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  • Guy Kawasaki - The Top Ten Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    UPDATE: We received alot of positive feedback to our posting of Guy Kawasaki's Spring, 2013 talk at the UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan). The former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures is such a good speaker that you wanted to hear more of him.  He was the keynote speaker at the first Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Business Plan...

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  • The Honorable March Fong Eu 1922 - 2017

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    (Note: sorry we are working to fix a technical issue with our missing images on the homepage - but you can click above on the blue headline "Honorable March Fong Eu 1922 - 2017 - you can read the full article with images - Thank you!)

     

    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...

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

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    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 its consequences today” says Ms. Liv Tørres, Director at the Nobel Peace Center.

    This...

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

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    January 8, 2018

     

    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! 

     

    JUST EMAIL YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS AND WRITE IN "HBO DVD CONTEST" TO INFO@ASIANCONNECTIONS.COM AND YOU COULD BE ONE OF TWO LUCKY WINNERS TO RECEIVE THESE DVD SETS! 

     

    THESE DVD'S ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR SALE NOW!

    GOOD LUCK! - AC TEAM

     

    Considered to be the best fighters in southern China during the 19th century Qing dynasty, each of the “Ten Tigers of Canton” was a master of a unique martial arts style, from the “Hap Family Fist” to the “Bone Melting Palm.” Their stories have been embellished by folk legends and passed down from generation to generation, and now two of their stories will be brought to American audiences when HBO releases Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So and Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 8th.

     

    Filmed in Hengdian, China, these films are HBO Asia’s very first Chinese-language productions and their first approach to the martial arts genre. The films are executive produced by acclaimed Hong Kong director Corey Yuen (The Transporter) and directed by Guo Jian-Yong, who previously choreographed the action sequences for Cradle 2 the Grave, Red Cliff, and the first three films in the Transporter franchise. 

     

    Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So. Born to a wealthy merchant in Canton, So Chan is pampered—but smart and ambitious—and about to become the Emperor's top Martial Arts Warrior. But when he finds himself dragged into a conspiracy between two political powers in the imperial court, he loses everything, including his family and almost his life. With the help of the beggar gang chief and his daughter—plus a healthy dose of Chinese liquor—So Chan grasps the full essence of the long lost martial art skill the Drunken Fist to become a proud and driven Beggar So,...

  • Happy Birthday Cameron Crowe!

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    July 13, 2017

    Happy Birthday Cameron Crowe!

    Thank you Cameron for sharing your amazing stories working with Ben Fong-Torres, your first editor at Rolling Stone for our documentary! The true life story behind "Almost Famous"!

    We've been working on a feature documentary film about the incredible life and times of Ben Fong-Torres, Rolling Stone magazine's first music editor. Both Ben and Cameron are as busy as ever!   Coming soon!     Suzanne Joe Kai Director/Writer/Producer  
  • Ann Curry on America's Struggling Journalism Industry - "There is no possibility of a democracy without good journalism"

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    Note: July 29, 2017

    Journalist Ann Curry's comments back in 2013 are as current and urgent as ever.

    If anything, journalists are being challenged now more than ever. 

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    New York City

    Veteran broadcast journalist Ann Curry inspired and encouraged journalists to 'hang on.' She says while there is strain in the journalism industry there will also be opportuniity.

    Photo by Lia Chang for AsianConnections.com

    The  NBC network television reporter, anchor and international correspondent was the keynote presenter at the closing night gala of the Asian American Journalist Association's 23rd annual convention in New York City August 24, 2013.

    The seven-time Emmy award-winner, wife and mother of two opened the gala with her passionate commentary about the state of journalism.

    WPIX-TV's Arthur Chi'en introduced her to the audience. Here are excerpts of Curry's remarks (with more coverage of the convention to be posted soon):

    Arthur: Let's get right into it. What is the state of journalism?

    Ann: I think journalism is in a very interesting state of change. I say interesting because there is strain, and there is also opportunity.    People are very concerned about the future of journalism and yet did you know that enrollment in journalism schools is up? So there is this kind of awareness that there's an opportunity ahead.    Curry acknowledged the struggles of the journalism industry but said, "Rather than be afraid and close up,...open up to what is possible."     We don't know what it looks like. We do know it will be broad. I think that there is a great opportunity to be deep in terms of what we can report. So I am extremely excited about it. I think there will be an opportunity to put news in a place in a way that has never been done before in the history of journalism and this is an amazing time.    The struggle now is to get to that point. And as we struggle to get to that point, the companies that are used to doing journalism a...
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