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Hawaii Five-O co-stars ask for equal pay to white co-stars - CBS offers less - They Quit

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Thursday, 06 July 2017

Hawaii Five-O co-stars ask for equal pay to white co-stars - CBS offers less - They Quit
by Suzanne Kai July 5, 2017 A year after the 2016 Oscars ceremony host Chris Rock made stereotypical jokes out of the Asian American kids on stage - Asian actors are still fighting for parity and roles. Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, co-stars on the CBS series 'Hawaii Five-0' since 2010 asked for equal pay to that of their white co-stars, Alex O'Laughlin and Scott Caan. According to Variety, CBS' final offer was 10 to 15 percent lower than what O'Loughlin and Caan are...

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Mario Machado - Pioneer Los Angeles TV and Radio Broadcaster - 1935 - 2013

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 06 May 2013

Mario Machado - Pioneer Los Angeles TV and Radio Broadcaster - 1935 - 2013
Los Angeles
May 6, 2013

by Suzanne Joe Kai

In Memoriam: Mario Machado 1935-2013
Pioneer Radio and TV Newsman, Anchor and Actor

Mario Machado, the nation's first Asian American on-air television news reporter and anchor passed away May 4, 2013 at age 78.

Mario was a pioneer who blazed a trail for all of us. A pioneer with heart, he went out of his way to encourage us to follow our dreams. 

In 2010, the Asian American Journalists Association honored Mario Machado inducting him onto its new Honor Roll of Asian American Pioneers in U.S. Journalism (1925-1975) at AAJA's 29th annual National Convention in Los Angeles.

In 1999, Machado was honored by the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco. The CHSA produced this video which has excerpts of some of his early broadcasts.

As fellow pioneer television broadcaster Christopher Chow says about Mario:

"Everybody in our field and in the Asian American community owes him for opening doors for us and for helping us to gain credibility and opportunities.  Not only did he perform well on air but he actively advocated for us, for our inclusion, for the hiring and promoting of Asian Pacific Islander journalists by news media organizations all across America. Mario, we salute you."

Chow wrote about Mario in his "Casting Our Voices" for the Chinese Historical Society's tribute to Chinese American Pioneer Broadcasters:

"His father's Portuguese name and his Chinese mother's heritage steeled him for the travails of the mass media system that often prejudged him as a Mexican and ignored him as a Chinese American. His undeniable talent for communications made him one of the first and few ethnic minority national network sports analysts when he joined CBS Sports in 1968 as a color commentator."

Mario began his career as an on-air news...

Actress Junie Hoang loses suit against IMDb

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 15 April 2013

Actress Junie Hoang loses suit against IMDb

April 12, 2013

Seattle

Photo: JunieHoang.com 

Actress Huang "Junie" Hoang has lost her lawsuit. She sued IMDb for refusing her request to remove her correct age from her IMDb Pro account. A federal jury in Seattle ruled against her lawsuit.  

Hoang, now 41, originally filed suit in October 2011 against IMDb.com and its parent company Amazon.com for revealing her true date of birth, which she said opened her up to age discrimination. 

In March 18, 2013, all of her claims against Amazon and all but one of her claims against IMDb were dismissed, and on April 12, 2013, a jury found that IMDb was not liable for the remaining claim for breach of contract.

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In Memoriam: Roger Ebert 1942-2013 American journalist, Film critic and Asian American Cinema Champion

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Thursday, 04 April 2013

1942-2013 Roger Ebert Champion of Asian American Film Photo: RogerEbert.com

1942-2013 Roger Ebert Champion of Asian American Film Photo: RogerEbert.com

Roger Ebert 1942-2013 Photo: RogerEbert.comRoger Ebert lost his battle with cancer today. He will be greatly missed. Most famous for his film criticism, he was the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Since 1967, and up to just two days ago he wrote a column for the Chicago Sun-Times.

He authored twenty books, and co-hosted several long-running syndicated television shows including Siskel and Ebert at the Movies. 

I will remember Roger Ebert not only for his reviews and commentary, but also for his advocacy of Asian American cinema.

I thank Roger Ebert for his outspoken support and standing up (literally) for a film called Better Luck Tomorrow.

When Ebert stood on his theater seat and yelled back at an audience member who was chastising the film's director Justin Lin and his cast on stage for making an "empty and amoral" film, it was a watershed moment in Asian American cinema.

Mind you, this was at the third screening of Lin's film Better Luck Tomorrow at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival where alot is at stake. Filmmakers are hoping that distribution deals are made. 

A video posted on Youtube captured the moment. (click here for the full story with the Youtube video). The audience member said, "You know how to make a movie. But why with the talent up there and yourself make a film as so empty and amoral for Asian Americans and Americans?"

Then Roger Ebert gets up and says "What I find very condescending and disturbing about your statement is nobody would say to a bunch of white filmmakers, "How could you do this to your people?!" (applause from the crowd) Then Ebert continues, "Yes, film has the right to be about these people and Asian American characters have the right to be whoever the hell they want to be. They do not have to represent their people."

And as America's influential dean of film critics sat back down in his seat, he had...

GIRL RISING - in Select Regal Theaters April 19-26 Frieda Pinto, Priyanka Chopra, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, and others narrate

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Wednesday, 03 April 2013

GIRL RISING to screen nationwide in select Regal Cinemas April 19-26, 2013 Photo credit: GIRL RISING

GIRL RISING to screen nationwide in select Regal Cinemas April 19-26, 2013 Photo credit: GIRL RISING

Sokha is one of nine girls featured in GIRL RISING. She was a Cambodian child of the dump, orphaned and forced to pick through garbage to survive. Through a series of miracles she finds her way to a school and has risen to become a star student with a promising future. Photo credit: GIRL RISING


April 19-26, 2013 GIRL RISING is screening nationwide in selected Regal Cinemas.

“No one is more vulnerable than an uneducated girl, and this film is a wake-up call to the world that it’s time to educate girls,” actress Freida Pinto said in a statement to India-Times.com. “Right now, 66 million girls are not in school, and 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year — that’s 38,000 girls married today, and 13 girls married in the last 30 seconds."

Freida Pinto joined other actresses Priyanka Chopra, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek, and Cate Blanchett to narrate GIRL RISING which recently premiered in Los Angeles and screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.


Sometimes it only takes a single person to start a revolution. This time, its a documentary film. GIRL RISING is the centerpiece of a campaign for girls' education. The film's message: "Educate Girls and you will change the world." A simple notion, yes, but in reality - not so simple.

Millions of girls in developing countries face barriers to education that boys do not encounter.

The film's campaign reports that 66 million school-age girls are not in school, 496 million girls over age 15 cannot read or write, and there are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school worldwide.

They grow up in extreme poverty, they are subject to early and arranged marriages, they are child-slaves, they are victims of war, gender violence and discrimination, and much more.  

The film is directed by Academy Award nominee director Richard E. Robbins, with...

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013 Latino Media Market - Get your project in front of funders, distributors and dealmakers

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 26 March 2013

PBS's Katherine Lo, Dir, Program Development Independent Film & PBS Plus was one of the industry executives meeting with NALIP members at the 2012 Latino Media Market

PBS's Katherine Lo, Dir, Program Development Independent Film & PBS Plus was one of the industry executives meeting with NALIP members at the 2012 Latino Media Market

PBS's Katherline Lo, Dir., Program Development, Independent Film & PBS Plus was one of the industry executives meeting with NALIP members at the 2012 Latino Media Market 




APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE

2013 LATINO MEDIA MARKET 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION  THE DEADLINE IS MONDAY APRIL 15, 2013 MEETINGS WILL BE HELD JUNE 7-8, 2013 AT THE NALIP 2013 CONFERENCE AT THE SHERATON UNIVERSAL HOTEL, UNIVERSAL CITY, CA

The NALIP 2013 Latino Media Market™ (LMM) will introduce NALIP members and their projects if accepted into this program
to funders, studio executives, distributors, dealmakers, agents, mentors and employers. 

The LMM is a NALIP Signature Program created for NALIP members attending the NALIP 2013 national conference
with qualified projects in the following categories:

- Low-Budget Features in Development or Pre-production - Documentary Works-in-Progress - Non-Scripted Series Ideas

 

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