October 8, 2019
Actor Tim Lounibos wrote on his Facebook page about the positive changes he is currently experiencing in Hollywood.
We caught up with him to share his thoughts with us.
Asian Americans have historically found limited opportunities as actors in movies and television in Hollywood, but fortunately for Tim he had a great start as a busy actor in the 1990s, but then his career went off a cliff - temporarily.
We thank Tim for sharing his personal thoughts with our readers.
In the 1990's Tim Lounibos was a busy actor in Hollywood with roles in hot shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Suddenly Susan, and The Nanny, and recurring roles in Beverly Hills, 90210, The Practice, JAG and The West Wing, plus starring in one of the first US films shot in Hong Kong, Erotique.
At the local café with tears in my eyes – because of joy not sadness…
I’m an actor.
I left for seven years because of the lack of opportunity for those like me. That was heartbreaking but necessary. Family comes first. Always. On returning, I’ve been very fortunate; because as an actor, I’m relevant again and working consistently, but merely working is not the be all and end all.
Something happened that reminded me of why I act.
I was asked by Jess Ju and Michelle Sugihara to participate in one of their 2019 CAPE New Writers Fellowship Table Reads. I’m always down with supporting our community and helping upcoming artists (usually through coffee meetings where...
July 1, 2019
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, best known as the organization behind the Oscars is continuing its push during the past few years toward a more diverse, inclusive and global membership.
This is a promising trend toward a more inclusive membership, ever since the 2016 Oscars presentation which sparked outrage, when young Asian American children were brought onto the world stage during its awards program to use as part of a stereotypical racial joke.
AMPAS' 2019 invitations are going out to 842 new members from 59 countries, 50% are female, and 20% are people of color.
Here are just a few of the 842 invitees for the AMPAS Class of 2019:
Gemma Chan – Crazy Rich Asians, Mary Queen of Scots
Rosalind Chao – I Am Sam, The Joy Luck Club
Hong Kyung-pyo – Burning, Run Off
Akira Sako – Ajin: Demi-Human, Shippu Rondo
Zero Chou – Ching’s Way Homes, Spider Lilies
Jonathan M. Chu – Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2
Jimmy Chin – Free Solo, Meru
Hong Hyung-sook – The Border City 2, Reclaiming Our Names
Chiemi Karasawa – Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
Su Kim – Midnight Traveler, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Miao Wang – Maineland, Beijing TaxiHao Wu – People’s Republic of Desire, The Road to Fame
Stephanie Wang-Breal – Blowin’ Up, Tough Love
M. Watanabe Milmore – Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Revelations: Paradise Lost 2
December 5, 2018
The Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association honors documentary filmmaker Stephen Maing, at the IDA's annual awards, December 8 in Los Angeles.
Maing is honored for his explosive documentary exposing the New York police department's racially discriminatory policing practices.
A class action suit by twelve minority whistleblower officers revealed the NYPD's practice of pressuring minority officers to issue predetermined numbers of arrests and summonses per month, often in communities of color it classified as 'high crime.'
Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated, Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His 2012 feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life, chronicled the gripping story of two of China's first dissident citizen-journalists fighting state-monitored censorship, and was broadcast nationally on PBS.
His short film The Surrender, produced with Academy Award winner Laura Poitras, documented State Department intelligence analyst Stephen Kim's harsh prosecution under the Espionage Act, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary.
He has directed numerous films for Time Magazine, The Nation, The New York Times, The Intercept, PBS and Field of Vision; his New York Times Op-Docs documentary, Hers to Lose, was awarded a World Press Photo Award for Long Features.
Maing is a Sundance Institute Fellow, a John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow, and an IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund...
Unveiled at town hall honoring 50th anniversary of Chinese for Affirmative Action
San Francisco Bay Area newscasters, editors, reporters, producers, podcasters, filmmakers and pioneer internet content creators came together to mark the emergence of Asian American journalists in mainstream news media where there none before 50 years ago.