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Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone...

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Must See Films! AAPI Heritage Month on WORLD CHANNEL's AmericaReframed

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Saturday, 05 May 2018

Must See Films! AAPI Heritage Month on WORLD CHANNEL's AmericaReframed

May 1, 2018

Mark your calendars now!  

Five must-see documentary films are screening on WORLD CHANNEL's America ReFramed. They will be available after their broadcasts for online streaming (see dates below).

Award-winning series co-creator Liz Cheng and her team have curated this stellar slate of films for May's AAPI Heritage Month. Cheng is WGBH's General Manager for Television which reaches local and national viewers, including series Local, USA, Doc World, and Stories from the Stage for WORLD Channel which reaches 152 stations in markets representing 63% of U.S. television households. 

These are worthy of organizing your own screening parties. Screening schedule:

UNBROKEN GLASS 

May 1, 2018 - Encore Broadcast on WORLD CHANNEL's America ReFramed at 8pm EST (East), and 9pm PST (West) 

May 1 to May 15, 2020 - Online Streaming http://bit.ly/ARF_UnbrokenGlass 

Things happen to you when you're a kid, says filmmaker Dinesh Sabu, "and you make sense of it  after." Sabu is ruminating on his parents' deaths, which came when he was 6 years old. Two  decades later, worried that thishe has no memories of his mother and father, he turns a camera on his  siblings, tryin afterg to understand their parent’s lives and tragic deaths. It's a journey that takes him to  India, a country he barely knows, and it forces him to think about the mental illness that seeo  run in his family

Things happen to you when you're a kid, says filmmaker Dinesh Sabu, "and you make sense of it after." Sabu is ruminating on his parents' deaths, which came when he was 6 years old.

Two decades later, worried that he has no memories of his mother and father, he turns a camera on his siblings, trying to understand their parent’s lives and tragic deaths. It's a journey that takes him to...

2018 Newport Beach Film Festival - April 26 - May 3

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Thursday, 26 April 2018

2018 Newport Beach Film Festival - April 26 - May 3

April 26, 2018

Newport Beach

The 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival (April 26 - May 3) features great movies and some of the best galas on the planet - with more than 350 films to showcase this year - there is alot to party about!

Here are just a few highlights of this huge festival with a wide range of galas, seminars, and screenings from documentaries to narrative features. Check out the 240 page 2018 NBFF Flipbook. View the schedule for films from Action Sports, Dramas, Culinary, to Irish, European, Latino Showcases. The Pacific Rim Showcase features films from Australia, China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines.

For the full schedule click here.

Ramen Heads

April 30, 2018 5:15pm

Triangle Cinemas- 1870 Harbor Boulevard 
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States 

Osamu Tomita, Japan's reigning king of ramen takes us deep into his world, revealing every single step of his obsessived approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles, and his relentless search for the highest quality ingredients. Five other noodle shops are highlighted in this film directed by Koki Shigeno.

 

Filipino Spotlight – ULAM: Main Dish 
Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido 
Newport Beach, CA 92663 

ULAM: Main Dish Follow the rise of Filipino food via the...

ENTER TO WIN THESE HBO ASIA FILMS ON ANCIENT MARTIAL ARTS STORIES!

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 21 December 2017

ENTER TO WIN THESE HBO ASIA FILMS ON ANCIENT MARTIAL ARTS STORIES!

December 20, 2017

 

ENTER TO WIN A 2-DVD SET OF FILMS BASED ON ANCIENT MARTIAL ARTS STORIES!

 

HBO ASIA IS CELEBRATING ITS VERY FIRST CHINESE LANGUAGE PRODUCTION. YOU CAN WIN ONE OF THESE DVD SETS! 

 

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Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female

November 14, 2017

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi has a new character named Rose Tico that fans are buzzing about.

The character is the first major Star Wars role played by an Asian American woman.

That woman is 29 year old Kelly Marie Tran, an actress of Vietnamese American descent from San Diego.

After filming wrapped Tran took time off to travel to South Africa where she worked in an endangered wildlife reserve without electricity, internet or running water.

Then she accompanied her family to visit her  father's village where he showed her where he slept as a homeless street kid for seven years. 

“I could have had this life,” Tran told Buzzfeed News, “and now I have this one, and it’s purely because my parents dropped everything and moved to a country where they didn’t know the language [and] didn’t have any opportunities.

I very much have felt this whole time that I’ve been living for multiple generations of life.”

Tran says, alot of “Star Wars” fans who are specifically Asian never had a character they could dress up like, or they would and people would always call them “Asian Rey” or “Asian fill-in-the-blank.”

I get very emotional when I see people who are able to identify with this character. That means a lot to me and I don’t think it will ever get old.

It feels like a big deal because it’s so rare, I wish it wasn’t. 

Actor Ed Skrein quits reboot of "Hellboy" over whitewashing concerns

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Friday, 15 September 2017

Actor Ed Skrein quits reboot of

Hollywood

September 15, 2017

by Suzanne Kai

The controversial practice of whitewashing movies has been going on for nearly a century in Hollywood.

In the 1930's even the starring role of the Charlie Chan movies, scripted to be a Chinese man, was given to white actors pretending to play Chinese men. 

Fast forward to 2017 - Ed Skrein, an English actor and rapper, wins the "Hellboy" movie role of Major Ben Saimio, a character of Japanese heritage in the original comic books.

Social media erupted negatively to his casting.

Unlike actors who won and defended their roles which were originally written as Asian characters, such as Scarlett Johansspn (Ghost in the Shell), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Matt Damon (The Great Wall), and Emma Stone (Aloha) Ed Skrein gave his role back.

Ed received favorable social media reaction, and Daniel York, writer for Time Magazine wrote this commentary Skrein is setting an example other actors should follow. If only more people in the industry had his integrity, courage and common humanity.

(full article at Time magazine "Ed Skrein Proved Actors Can Resist Whitewashington, Too" - click here)

 Ed Skrein issued the message below.

Skrein is best known in America for his role as Daario Naharis in the third season of Game of Thrones, and his roles in The Transporter Refueled, and Deadpool. Now he is known for

"It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the Arts.

I feel it is important to honour and respect that.

Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately," the British actor wrote in a statement.

"Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I...