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2022-2021-2020-2019 - New Diversity Rules for Oscars

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Monday, 07 February 2022

2022-2021-2020-2019 - New Diversity Rules for Oscars
Updated February 7, 2022 Hollywood by Suzanne Joe Kai Progress continues with our society's push for more "diversity, equity and inclusion."  If you search online for the term Diversity, Equity and Inclusion you will find the term "DEI" is now a standard term.  Its on many people's drawing boards in corporate America, and most importantly in Hollywood on how mainstream media, movies, and TV shows are made. If filmmakers aspire to win awards at the Oscar level, the...

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Must See! RUTH: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words - A documentary by Oscar winner Freida Lee Mock

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 08 February 2021

Must See! RUTH: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words - A documentary by Oscar winner Freida Lee Mock

Los Angeles

February 8, 2021

by Suzanne Joe Kai

A Must See feature documentary film is coming to virtual theaters February 12, 2021!

RUTH - Justice Ginsburg In Her Own Words -

is directed, written and produced by Academy and Emmy award winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock.  

To celebrate Women's History Month, Starz is premiering this inspiring film on Monday, March 1 at 9 PM EP/PM, 2021. 

The film tells the improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who couldn’t get a job despite tying first in her graduating law class and making Law Review at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools, became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It also reveals both the public and private sides of a resilient, resourceful woman who has survived the hostility of the profoundly male universe of government and law to become a revered Justice and icon for gender equality and women’s rights.

How does a person with three strikes against her rise to the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court? 

How did this happen despite closed doors and legal and social barriers facing Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the 1950's? 

Who made this possible? What personal, social and politial forces intersected to make this happen?

Academy award-winning Freida Lee Mock shows us the inspiring story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg as a wife, mother, and litigator for the ACLU's Women's Rights Project; as a professor; as an appellate judge, as a trailblazer in the 1970's arguing landmark gender...

2013 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Invites Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Miyazaki Collaborator Joe Hisaishi, DP Michael Chin and others to become Members

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Sunday, 30 June 2013

2013 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Invites Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Miyazaki Collaborator Joe Hisaishi, DP Michael Chin and others to become Members


Beverly Hills, CA

 Photo credit used by permission: Emmy Magazine, Lucy Liu

 
Congratulations to all of the 2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invitees.

"These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy. Invitees who accept their invitation to join will be eligible to vote in the annual Oscars.

The 276 invitees for 2013 include 12 names with Asian surnames that could be informally determined from the official Academy list. 

The 2013 invitees include actors Lucy Liu and Sandra Oh, CEO of Warner Bros Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara, documentary filmmaker Michael Chin, and composer and music director Joe Hisaishi who is a frequent collaborator to animation director Hayao Miyazaki ("Ponyo,""Spirited Away").

In 2012,  the overall list was 100 names shorter than 2013's. Only 7 people with Asian surnames made the 2012 list of 176 invitees including (Actor) Michelle Yeoh (“The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), (Cinematographer)  Larry Fong ("Super 8,” “300”), (Cinematographer) Toyomichi Kurita ("Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," "Waiting to Exhale"), (Director) Wong Kar Wai (“My Blueberry Nights,” “In the Mood for Love”), (Music) Ryuichi Sakamoto (“Love Is the Devil,” “The Last...

"Linsanity"- Jeremy Lin: ESPN fires writer and suspends broadcaster for its racist headline and remarks -New York Knicks Sensation has Captured our Hearts

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 18 February 2012

Update:

July 17, 2012

Goodbye New York, Hello Houston! 

After weeks of speculation, Tuesday night the New York Knicks announced it would not match the Houston Rockets' offer.

Emotions have been running high with Knicks fans. To quote writer Ian O'Connor at ESPNNewYork.com, "Jim Dolan just made one of the dumbest moves of his basketball life"...

Meanwhile, Lin remains a gentleman, thanking the Knicks and showing enthusiasm for Houston. 

Twitter comments: (@JLin7)

"Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!! ‪#RedNation‬" "Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year...easily the best year of my life ‪#ForeverGrateful‬"

For the latest on Jeremy Lin:

ESPN.go.com

July 5, 2012

This afternoon Jeremy Lin agreed to a multi-million dollar offer sheet by the Houston Rockets. Numerous sources say that the Houston Rockets' offer is reportedly a four year $28.8 million deal with Lin. The contract cannot be signed until after the NBA moratorium ends next Wednesday, July 11, 2012, then the New York Knicks have three days to match the Rockets' offer or let him go. 

This story is evolving day by day, and in some cases hour by hour.

(Video image by Suzanne Joe Kai at a press interview with Jeremy Lin in the NY Knicks locker room at Madison Square Garden March 11, 2012)

 

 

 

Update:

February 21, 2012

"Can't escape race, no matter what," says writer William Wong who pens...

Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson Wins Annie Award

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson Wins Annie Award

Jennifer Yuh Nelson was named best director for KUNG FU PANDA 2 by the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood) at the 39th Annual Annie Awards.

Nelson is the first solo woman to win the award for Directing in a Feature Production. KUNG FU PANDA 2 also won an Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production. 

The film is also nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category.

AsianConnections team was at Kung Fu Panda 2's red carpet premiere in Los Angeles in 2011

Sports Illustrated Cover Guy New York Knicks Starting Point Guard Jeremy Lin

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Sports Illustrated Cover Guy New York Knicks Starting Point Guard Jeremy Lin


Click here for the SI article on New York Knicks Starting Point Guard Jeremy Lin’s astonishing ascent. Linsanity continues tonight at Madison Square Garden, when the New York Knicks play the Sacramento Kings. Click here for more commentary on Linmania at AsianConnections.com.

Other Articles on Jeremy Lin:

cbsnews.com: Jeremy Lin: New York Knicks’ Cinderella story
espn.go.com: When Jeremy Lin takes over your team

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. In 2010, the Library of Congress established The Lia Chang APA Theater Portfolio in the Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian Pacific American Islander Collection.

 

 

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