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  • Thom Sesma's Summer in Bangkok, Star of Signature’s Miss Saigon

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    Arlington, VA

    This summer, Broadway vet Thom Sesma (Titanic, The Times They Are A’Changin’) is busy appearing in three shows all hailing from Thailand. In July, he appeared as The King in the critically acclaimed Music Theatre of Wichita’s new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic The King and I.

    Kim Huber and Thom Sesma. Photo by Christopher Clark, Music Theatre of Wichita

    Production Photos: Music Theatre of Wichita’s The King and I Starring Thom Sesma, Kim Huber, Alan Ariano, Karl Josef Co, Kay Trinidad, Tami Swartz at Century II Performing Arts Center through July 14, 2013 

    Thom Sesma as The Engineer in Miss Saigon. Photo by Christopher Mueller

    Tonight, Sesma revisits the role of The Engineer for the first time since leaving the Second National Tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Miss Saigon in 1997, in Signature’s production of Miss Saigon, directed by Signature Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer at the MAX Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue in Arlington, VA., August 16- September 22, 2013.

    The day after Miss Saigon closes, he begins a 29 hour reading of a musical called Behind The Painting, which hails from Thailand. It stars Thai pop sensation “Bie”, and was presented in Bangkok by Broadway producer Thakonkiat Veerawan. The American adaptation is by Richard Maltby (with whom Sesma worked with on Broadway’s Nick and Nora) and David Shire in collaboration with Thakonkiat (“Tak”) and is being produced by Tak and Jack Dalgliesh.

    Signature’s production of Miss Saigon kicks off the 2013/2014 and also stars Signature newcomers Diana Huey as the Vietnamese bar girl Kim, Jason Michael Evans as the American GI Chris. They are joined by many of Signature’s most well-known actors, including Erin Driscoll (Spin, Company) as Ellen, Chris Sizemore (Chess, Sweeney Todd) as John, and Christopher Mueller (Spin, Brother Russia) as Thuy.

    Cheryl Daro will play Gigi. Stephen Gregory Smith, James Gardiner, Gannon O’Brien, Vincent...

  • Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa with MIT scientists Xu Liu and Steve Ramirez create false memory in a mouse

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    A team led by Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa, including scientists Drs. Xu Liu, Steve Ramirez, Pei-Ann Lin, Junghyup Suh, Michele Pignatelli, Roger L. Redondo and Tomas J. Ryan have reported in the journal Science that they have created a false memory in a mouse, a monumental discovery which sheds light on how such memories can form in human brains. 

    For the full report click here to the story by James Gorman of the New York Times.

    Dr. Tonegawa is the founder of the Picower institute for Learning and Memory, affiliated to the Riken-M.I.T. Center for Neural Circuit Genetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • KTVU Producers Fired over Asiana Pilots' Fake Names

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    July 25, 2013

    San Francisco

    San Francisco blogger Rich Lieberman has reported in his "Rich Lieberman 415 Media" blog that KTVU-TV has fired three of its veteran producers over the gaffe involving the fake names of the Asiana airline pilots broadcast on its news program. 

    Leiberman provides a blow-by-blow account of his story of the firings. Click here for the full story

    Meanwhile, San Francisco Chronicle columnists Andrew Ross and Phillip Matier, who is also a radio and TV broadcaster, credit Leiberman with breaking the news of the firings, and comment in their Ross & Matier SFGate.com blog on the reaction by colleagues.

    Ross and Matier report that many colleagues were saddened but not completely surprised given the international attention the gaffe got, including a threat - later dropped - by Asiana to sue the station. "People are definitely down about it," one source said.

    The columnists cite Randy Shandobil, a former KTVU political editor who left the station 2 1/2 years ago commenting on the gaffe as an example of a systemic problem with news reporters pressured and overtaxed everywhere. For the full story by Ross and Matier click here.

    RELATED:

    Update July 17, 2013 Asiana Airlines drops plans to sue KTVU-TV

    UPDATE July 15, 2013

    The Associated Press reports that Asiana will sue KTVU over broadcast of bogus names of four pilots of Asiana Flight 214 at SFO.

    Asian American Journalists Association Issues Statement on KTVU's Bogus Names of Pilots of SFO Asian Flight 214 Crash

    Related:

    Reuters.com 

    CBS News

    Los Angeles Times

    NBC News

  • Update: Go see Linsanity! Jeremy Lin's "Linsanity" Documentary hit theaters Oct 11, 2013 but watch for earlier releases in your area!

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    October 6, 2013 Update: Linsanity is in selected theaters now! Buy tickets and go!

    October 4, 2013 UPDATE: Go see Linsanity!

    "Linsanity" the docoumentary begins screening in theaters in a limited release October 11, but keep an eye out for earlier screenings in your area!

    Its a terrific documentary! Show support on the opening weekend by buying tickets!

    July 24, 2013

    Mark your calendars!

    Variety Film Reporter Dave McNary reports exclusively that "Linsanity" the documentary about Jeremy Lin directed by Evan Jackson Leong, and produced by Christopher Chen, Allen Lu and Brian Yang will be released in theaters beginning October 4, 2013.  

    For the full story by Dave McNary at Variety click here.

    I saw the documentary at a press screening earlier this year, and a second time at CAAMFest 2013's Opening Night in San Francisco, and look forward to its theatrical release. 

    If you would like to join the movie's "Street Team" to get the word out click here to fill out the Linsanity - Street Team form or go straight to the website and find the link at www.Linsanitythemovie.com

    If you would ike to host your own screening with your group you can fill out a form at the official website www.Linsanitythemovie.com/screening

    "Linsanity" credits:

    Executive Producer: Sam Kwok, James Stern, Patricia SunProducer: Christopher Chen, Allen Lu, Brian YangCinematographer: Evan LeongEditor: Greg Louie

    Here's the description of "Linsanity" from CAAMFest 2013:

    In 2012, the entire media landscape was abuzz about one man: basketball sensation Jeremy Lin. From gracing the covers of Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated to being satirized by Saturday Night Live, Lin captured the imagination, both here and abroad, like no single Asian American since Bruce Lee. In Linsanity, director and Bay Area native Evan Jackson Leong goes beyond the headlines to uncover the real story behind this cultural phenomenon.

    The Jeremy Lin story begins in the suburbs of Palo Alto, where as a...

  • "Asians Eat Weird Things" by Fung Bros Comedy and Singer/Musician AJ Rafael

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    July 18, 2013

    Credits: Scene from Fung Bros Comedy/AJ Rafael Youtube video "Asians Eat Weird Things"

     We love food, great talent, cool music and videos at AsianConnections.com, so when we saw this video about Asian food on Youtube we had to share "Asians Eat Weird Things" with you. Its fun, and its already garnered 300,000 views since its launch July 5. 

    Congrats to the video's creators: Rapper/comedian brothers Andrew and David Fung producers of the Youtube Channel Fung Bros Comedy, singer/songwriter AJ Rafael, and director Jason Poon.

    Andrew and David Fung have been producing videos about Asian American culture on topics from Boba Tea to NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin. The brothers are originally from the Seattle area, and are now located in Monterey Park in Southern California.

    Check out Andrew and David's blog and other videos at Youtube.com and at www.fungbrothers.com 

    The video features vocals by AJ Rafael. Arthur Joseph "AJ" Rafael is a singer/songwriter from Moreno Valley, California with his own popular Youtube channel. AJ has just released a new single "Jetsetter" and music video which is available on iTunes. AJ's Facebook page announced that he is going on tour this August. Visit matchmakertour.com or his website http://www.ajrafael.net for his schedule.

    Click here from the homepage to the full story and Youtube.com video.

     

    Credits: Scene from Fung Bros Comedy/AJ Rafael Youtube video "Asians Eat Weird Things"  Credits: Scene from Fung Bros Comedy/AJ Rafael Youtube video "Asians Eat Weird Things"

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