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

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Tuesday, 27 December 2011

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 in my home office) for my Eagles book. On my own home page, the last thing was about hanging with...

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FOB Squad

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 09 August 2003

Wayne Chiang achieved his first 15 minutes of fame by winning the StarCraft Brood War World Championship in 1999. He parlayed his new-found fame to eventually meet his idol Eugene of S.E.S. that same year, appearing off-camera in the music video "Love." Wayne is currently a student at UCSD and spends his free time on FOB Squad , his comic strip on the lives and misadventures of two Asian dudes, Wes and Joey.

26th Asian American International Film Festival

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 23 June 2003

Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society
presents the 26th Asian American International Film Festival
June 20-29!

Celebrate the life of former Asian CineVision executive director Bill Gee at a memorial service on Sunday, June 22 at 1:30 at the Asia Society (725 Park Avenue).

In association with ACV, the Asian American Journalists Association-NY Chapter has established the BILL J. GEE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA ARTS JOURNALISM.

The $500 prize, to be awarded annually, will recognize excellence in writing by a professional journalist or critic that advances and illuminates the work of Asian Americans in the media arts. An independent panel of distinguished writers, journalists, scholars and artists will review recommendations from other professionals for nominees. The award honors the memory of Bill Gee, journalist and former Executive Director of Asian CineVision, who passed away in March 2003. Gee was the founding editor of CineVue, the critical media arts journal published by ACV, and a founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association-New York Chapter.

The Bill J. Gee Award for Excellence in Media Arts Journalism will be presented at the 27th Asian American International Film Festival in 2004.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the fund or for more information, contact Risa Morimoto, Executive Director of Asian CineVision, at 212.989.1422 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloaka76a477978a5e39fcddf7da873177e1d').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addya76a477978a5e39fcddf7da873177e1d = 'billgeeaward' + '@'; addya76a477978a5e39fcddf7da873177e1d = addya76a477978a5e39fcddf7da873177e1d + 'asiancinevision' + '.' + 'org'; var...

The Bruce Lee Collectors Exhibit 2003

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 23 June 2003

The Bruce Lee Collectors Exhibit, The Beginning of a Legend, the Story of a Man opens June 26th, 2003!

SEATTLE, WA -

THE BRUCE LEE
COLLECTORS EXHIBIT 2003

The Beginning
of a Legend,
the Story of a Man

This exciting exhibit opens June 26, 2003 and runs through December 2003.

The exhibit will be open Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays) from 10am-8pm at 519 6th Ave. S. (S. King and 6th Ave. S. - the former Uwajimaya building) in Seattles International District. Admission is $9 general, $5 students, seniors (62 years & older), and groups of ten or more, free for ages 5 & under.

The exhibits opening date coordinates with the official Bruce Lee Convention on July 12-13 in Burbank, California (www.bruceleeconvention.com).

This Seattle exhibit devoted to martial arts legend Bruce Lee will be on display exclusively in Washington state this year, marking the 30th anniversary of his death.

The late movie actor lived in Seattle for several years before making it big in landmark martial arts films such as Enter the Dragon and Fists of Fury. Lee opened his first martial arts studio in the Seattle's International District. He attended the University of Washington where he was a philosophy student. His first break was starring as Kato in the television show, The Green Hornet.

The exhibit will feature hundreds of Bruce Lee memorabilia, including his jabbing machine, an original pair of nunchaku, Green Hornet items, personal clothing as well as letters and drawings. The memorabilia is from the private collection of Seattle resident Perry Lee and others.

At the heart of the exhibit, designers will recreate Bruce Lees martial arts studio or kwoon, where he taught kung fu to students. Visitors can imagine practice sessions in the kwoon or experience the early days of Lees growing popularity and the excitement of the 1960s and 70s when he made a name for himself. Lee died in 1973 of cerebral...

Indian Movie Star Waheeda Rehman on U.S. Tour to Aid Underprivileged Children in India

Posted by Marissa Beker on Tuesday, 17 June 2003

Bollywood movie star Waheeda Rehman helps the Pratham charity organization raise an impressive $100,000, which will help educate 10,000 Indian children.

Buena Park, California, June 2003 - Celebrity Movie Star Waheeda Rehman, a legend in the Indian Community for her extraordinary talent and timeless beauty, visited the Pratham Gala Fundraiser to promote her vision of educating the slum dwelling children in India.

While playing in over 70 film roles during her successful career, Ms. Rehman is understandably most passionate about her real life role as the goodwill ambassador of Pratham. Southern California, home to one of the largest Indian communities outside of India, is one of many stops the movie icon has made in the United States. She aspires to earn nationwide support to help turn her vision into a reality.

Nearly 400 people gathered at the Sequoia Center Ballroom in Buena Park to support Prathams nobel mission of providing universal primary education in India. While a great energy existed among the attendees during the first half of the event, the mood in the ballroom took on a whole new dynamic once Waheeda Rehman was presented to speak.

The energy was instantly intensified and was accompanied by a sea of mesmerized onlookers, awestruck by the classic Indian beauty. Not even a minute passed before the paparazzi - aka shameless fans that wanted to snag a snapshot of the star - rushed the stage during Ms. Rehmans speech. However, personifying grace and dignity, the actress did not reveal any signs of agitation amidst the plethora of camera flashes erupting in her face.

In spite of all the attention she received at the fundraising event, it was clearly evident through Ms. Rehmans demeanor and words that she did not want the spotlight on herself, but rather on the great cause of the evening. Children are the future of India, the star emphatically proclaimed, indicating why Prathams mission is indispensable to the welfare of...

Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 10 September 2002

The Emmy-award winning documentary Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story , is a look back at Korematsu's long ordeal to achieve personal justice.

The matter seemed lost to the history books until 1981, when Peter Irons, a law professor writing a book about the internment, and Aiko Yoshinaga-Herzig, a Japanese American on a quest to find out why she'd been interned as a teenager, happened upon a wartime memo from a Department of Justice lawyer. The memo showed that crucial evidence had been withheld by federal prosecutors in the Korematsu case, including military reports concluding that Japanese Americans did not pose a serious threat to U.S. security.

Peter Irons knew he found a "smoking gun," and tracked down Korematsu and the other two resisters- Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui-- to ask about reopening their cases. Irons contacted noted civil rights attorney Dale Minami, who assembled a team of lawyers--mostly Asian American, who worked countless hours pro bono.

Recalls Minami, "Peter Irons called me in May of 1982 and told me about the evidence he had found. I had read these cases in law school, but for me they were taught as intellectual exercises about the balance of rights and due process. At that time Korematsu vs United States was not linked to human tragedy, loss of homes, broken dreams, or financial losses of income that people suffered. I called my colleague Don Tamaki at the Asian Law Caucus, a community interest law firm that I helped start, and disclosed the nature of the evidence. A number of attorneys I was working with had already been lobbying for redress for Japanese Americans. All of them were stunned at the evidence and were blown away that we might be able to reopen the cases. We had the smoking gun-the things that lawyers talk about, the thing that lawyers love. We worked in secrecy because we didn't want any documents to "accidentally" disappear from the archives.

Minami, as coordinating...