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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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In Memoriam - Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) and Kate Spade (1962-2018)

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Friday, 08 June 2018

In Memoriam - Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) and Kate Spade (1962-2018)

June 8, 2018

Its been a tough week. First Kate Spade. Then this morning the news of Anthony Bourdain. 

I never knew them personally, but they touched my life and so many of my friends. There was something about our Kate Spade handbags that made us smile, and we watched Anthony Bourdain travel the world sharing his adventures in culture and cuisine. 

Of the many tributes and articles, here is one by writer/filmmaker Kevin Pang, who met Anthony Bourdain several times. (for links to work, click to the main article) Click here to his article "What Anthony Bourdain gave us, and what he left us." 

Another notable article "Preventable Tragedies" written by The New Yorker writer Andrew Soloman discusses the factors that may be contributing to our naton's increased suicide rate.

Soloman writes in his article,"we feel both our own anguish and the world's. There is a dearth of emphathy, even of kindness, in the national conversation, and those deficits turn ordinary neurosis into actionable despair." 

Two important new documentaries on suicide are "The S Word" https://theswordmovie.com and the soon to be released "Do No Harm." "The S Word" is directed by Lisa Klein, and produced by Doug Blush who was also Supervising Editor. Filmmaker Robyn Symon, director of the soon to be relesed documentary Do No Harm DoNoHarmFilm.com about the suicide rate of doctors writes:

"The CDC published a survey showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds. 

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

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Saturday, 05 May 2018

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

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

 

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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.