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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....

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Celebrate! Ben Fong-Torres co-hosts Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade Feb 24, 2018

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 03 February 2018

Celebrate! Ben Fong-Torres co-hosts Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade Feb 24, 2018

February 15, 2018

San Francisco

Happy Lunar New Year! The Lunar New Year begins Friday, February 16, 2018!

Ben Fong-Torres and Julie Haener co-host Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade on February 24 in San Francisco beginning at 5:15pm PST. Organizers expect 1.2 million people will be attending in person.

The Parade will be broadcast live on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26 6:00-8:00pm Saturday February 24, 2018 on television! Watch the Parade live from the streets in San Francisco - the largest of its kind outside of Asia! It will weave its way through San Francisco Chinatown and ends at Jackson and Kearny Streets. Here's a report which includes comments on the 60-year parade tradition from Ben Fong-Torres on NBCNews.com. 

Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, this is truly a sight to see.

The parade began in San Francisco more than one hundred years ago, and is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in North America.

This year the Southwest Airlines® 2018 Chinese New Year...

The Honorable March Fong Eu 1922 - 2017

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 25 December 2017

The Honorable March Fong Eu 1922 - 2017

January 9, 2018

Oakland, California

The Honorable March Fong Eu will be laid to rest tomorrow Wednesday January 10, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 10AM (PST) at Chapel of the Chimes, at 4488 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California.

She has left us with a lasting legacy of a lifetime of service to our world, and inspiring us to strive to make our world a better place. You will be dearly missed. 

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Back on March 29, 2013 I wrote a birthday commentary to celebrate her birthday.

By Suzanne Kai 

March 23, 2013

Happy Birthday to March Fong Eu, a truly great lady. Today, March 29, 2013 the former U.S. Ambassador to Micronesia and Secretary of State of California turns 91. 

Photo taken On March 23, 2013 We wished March a Happy Birthday! (LtoR) Suyin Fong Stein, March Fong Eu, Suzanne Joe Kai Photo by May Hsu   

Last Saturday, her daughter Suyin and I celebrated her March 29th birthday early. Dr. Eu is in good heatlh, and maintains her natural sense of humor. 

As a successful Asian American in the public eye for decades as well as being a female in the male dominated world of politics, Dr. Eu has been one of the most popular political figures in California history. 

She has inspired generations of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. She has always had a strong connection to serve the 'common man.'

For decades, her official government office staff whisked her from event to event by limousine and plane, yet she's equally comfortable just getting on a public bus. 

(Photo: Senator Edward Kennedy with The Honorable March Fong Eu) 

Dr. Eu was elected Secretary of State of California in 1974, becoming the first Asian American woman ever elected to a state constitutional office in the United States. 

Dr. Eu...

Visual Artist Sim Chi Yin is this year's Nobel Peace Prize Photographer

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 21 December 2017

Visual Artist Sim Chi Yin is this year's Nobel Peace Prize Photographer

December 20, 2017

Nobel Peace Center, Oslo

Sim Chi Yin has travelled to North Korea and the US to photograph nuclear sites as part of the Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition 2017, at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize exhibition is named “Ban the Bomb” inspired by ICAN’s slogan.

Equipped with cameras and a drone, Sim Chi Yin has spent the past two months traveling along the border of North Korea and across six American states to depict a world we otherwise would not see.

Sim Chi Yin’s photographic series –Fallout– offers an insightful investigation into the realities of nuclear sites and nuclear weapons, and how they have affected individual lives and societies.

“Creating this exhibition has been fascinating for me given that I had read Cold War history at university and my previous career as a Beijing-based journalist writing about the region including North Korea.

I set out to create a series of images pairing the landscapes of North Korea with those of the United States – which are the only country to test nuclear weapons in the 21st Century and the only country to use them.

I found some interesting, uncanny parallels, which led me to reflect on the human experience with nuclear weapons, past and present.

Given the current global worries over the recent North Korean missile tests, and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington, it feels particularly timely to reflect on this issue,” says Ms. Sim.

“The Nobel Peace Center is honored to have had the opportunity to work together with Sim Chi Yin.

On assignment for the Nobel Peace Center, Sim Chi Yin went to parts of the world that most have not seen, offering us a lens through which to consider what we know of nuclear weapons and their imprint.

She has offered us a way to look back at how humans created nuclear technology and how we are still grappling with...

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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Crazy Rich Asians - The Movie is coming to screens August, 2018

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Saturday, 02 December 2017

Crazy Rich Asians - The Movie is coming to screens August, 2018

Hollywood

December 20, 2017

 

Crazy Rich Asians directed by Jon M. Chu is coming to theaters August 17, 2018  

This marks the first all-Asian ensemble cast for a Hollywood movie in more than two decades. The last movie to have an all-Asian cast was The Joy Luck Club.

Based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, the movie stars Constance Wu ("Fresh Off the Boat") as Rachel, a professor of economics who is an American-born Chinese, and Harry Golding who plays Nick, her boyfriend. (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)

Rachel accompanies Nick to Asia to meet his relatives, and discovers he is a member of one of Asia's wealthiest families, and is catapulted into the world of the super-rich.

The ensemble cast also includes Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Ken Jeong, Awkwafina, and Sonoya Mizuno.

Kevin Kwan's novel Crazy Rich Asians (2013), is followed by sequel China Rich Girlfriend (2015), and Rich People Problems (2017).

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