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
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 Academy now...


September 27 - 16th Annual Chinese American Museum Historymakers Gala

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 14 September 2012

Honorable Carol Liu, California State Senator, 21st District among honorees at Chinese American Museum Historymakers Gala

Los Angeles


The Chinese American Museum's 6th anual 2012 Historymakers Awards Banquet takes place this year September 27 at The Westin Bonaventure.

Prominently recognized as one of the premiere Chinese American events in Southern California, the event honors the achievements of extraordinary individuals who have made a significant impact or lasting contributions towards the advancement of the Chinese American community and beyond in the fields of art, literature, journalism, medicine, film, science, business, government, law, athletics, and community service.

This year’s Historymakers Awardees include:

Excellence in Corporate Leadership – Tom McKernan and the Automobile Club of Southern California;

Excellence in Medicine and Community Service – Dr. Carl K. Moy, an OB/GYN who practices in Chinatown and Monterey Park;

Excellence in Government - Honorable Carol Liu, California State Senator, 21st District, serving Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, San Gabriel, Temple City, La Cañada Flintridge, East Pasadena and East San Gabriel

Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Dan S. Louie, Jr., Chinese American Citizens Alliance; 

The Judge Ronald S.W. Lew Visionary Award – Latham & Watkins, LLP.

“We are incredibly excited to be honoring this distinguished group of community, civic and corporate leaders,” said Banquet Chair Munson A. Kwok, Ph.D.  “The Board of Directors is committed to reaching its goal to become one of the pre-eminent museums in the...

Oct. 12-Nov. 18: Epic Theatre Ensemble Presents New York Premiere of Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths Starring Joel de la Fuente at the Theatre at the 14th Street Y

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 17 September 2012

Joel de la Fuente plays Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata's solo play Hold These Truths Photo by Lia Chang

he Epic Theatre Ensemble is presenting the New York premiere of Jeanne Sakata’s solo play Hold These Truths (formerly known as Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi), directed by Lisa Rothe and starring Joel de la Fuente, at the Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St. (between 1st and 2nd Ave) in New York, October 12 – November 18, 2012. Click here to purchase tickets.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths. Photo by Lia Chang

Inspired by a true story, Hold These Truths takes place in Seattle during World War II, where University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi is agonizing over U.S. government orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he fights to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Gordon journeys toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs — and a confrontation with its failures.

Performance Schedule:
Friday, October 12 @ 8pm
Saturday, October 13 @7pm
Sunday, October 14 @ 3 & 7
Friday, October 19 @ 8pm
Saturday, October 20 @ 7pm
Sunday, October 21 @ 6pm
Monday, October 22 @7pm
Saturday, October 27 @ 7pm
Sunday, October 28 @ 3pm & 7pm
Monday, October 29 @ 7pm
Saturday, November 3 @ 7pm
Sunday, November 4 @ 3pm & 7pm
Saturday, November 10 @ 7pm
Sunday, November 11 @ 3pm & 7pm
Monday, November 12 @ 7pm
Saturday, November 17 @ 7pm

Mu Performing Arts' 21st Season features Taiko Concert, Lauren Yee’s The Tiger Among Us, and Rick Shiomi’s Award-Winning comedy Yellow Fever

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 17 September 2012

MU Performing Arts Founding Artistic Director Rick Shiomi Photo by Lia Chang

Mu Performing Arts has announced the lineup for its 21st season of theater and taiko from the heart of the Asian American experience. This season marks founding Artistic Director Rick Shiomi’s final year at the helm of the company. Events celebrating Shiomi’s work in taiko and theater will coincide with the opening weekend of each production throughout the 2012-2013 season. These events will include special guests and retrospectives focusing on Shiomi’s development as an artist and administrator starting in the early days of the Asian American theater movement.

Rick Shiomi (Photo by Lia Chang)

Rick Shiomi was already an accomplished playwright, taiko drummer, and community organizer when he co-founded Theater Mu in 1992, which premiered its first New Eyes Festival of staged readings at Intermedia Arts in downtown Minneapolis. Since that time, Mu Performing Arts has grown to become one of the largest Asian American performing companies in the nation, garnering critical acclaim and a burgeoning audience base along the way. Mu’s company model is unique in North America in that it encompasses both a taiko drumming ensemble (Mu Daiko) and a professional theater company (Theater Mu).

The first production in the 3-show subscription series is Mu Daiko at the Cowles Center (November 9-11, 2012). Following last season’s record-setting concert and statewide tour, Mu Daiko Artistic Director Iris Shiraishi leads the Japanese drumming ensemble in their Cowles Center debut....

Tina Chilip, Jojo Gonzalez, Marcus Ho and More in Leviathan Lab’s Twelfth Night Production Photos, Performances through 11/19

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Foreground Center: Jojo Gonzalez as Feste with the cast of Leviathan Lab's TWELFTH NIGHT Photo by Bree Warner

Is it possible to have too much fun on stage? I don’t think so. If you haven’t made it to the Leviathan Lab’s inaugural production, Twelfth Night, an entertaining romp starring Jojo Gonzalez as Feste the clown, Tina Chilip as Viola, Kurt Uy as Orsino, Eileen Rivera as Olivia, Andrew Eisenman as Malvolio, John Roque as Sir Toby Belch, Ka-ling Cheung as Maria, Marcus Ho as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Chris Doi as Sebastian, Roger Yeh as Fabian, and Eugene Oh as Antonio, you only have three more chances to do so through November 19 at the Arclight Theater in New York. I guarantee you will have a grand time.

L to R: Ka-ling Cheung as Maria, Eileen Rivera as Olivia and Tina Chilip as Viola Photo by Bree Warner

Leviathan Lab’s Twelfth Night is set in the seaside city of Illyria, but is a fresh take on Shakespeare’s comedy, infused with auteur Wong Kar-wai’s 1960s Hong Kong sensibility and style, and helmed by Nelson T. Eusebio III, with original music by veteran Broadway actor/composer Jason Ma, choreography by Dax Valdes, and sets & costumes by Maiko Chii.

Chris Doi as Sebastian, Tina Chilip as Viola Photo by Bree Warner

Performances are Thursday – Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors, with special prices for groups of 10 or more.

L to R: John Roque as Sir Toby Belch, Marcus Ho as Sir Andrew...

Sept. 18-Oct. 21: La Jolla, CA - Manu Narayan, Johnny Wu, Peter Maloney, Jeff Marlow, Matt MacNelly, Kevin Skousen & Ray Anthony Thomas Set for La Jolla Playhouse’s Glengarry Glen Ross

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 17 September 2012

Johnny Wu plays John Williamson in David Mamet's Pulitzer-Prize Winning Glengarry Glenn Ross

La Jolla, California

La Jolla Playhouse is presenting David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, with performances from September 18 – October 21, 2012. Click here for the complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets online, or call The Playhouse Box Office at (858) 550-1010. La Jolla Playhouse is located on the UCSD Campus via the Revelle Entrance, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla, CA.

Manu Narayan (Photo by Lia Chang)

The cast features Peter Maloney (Broadway’s West Side Story, Six Degrees of Separation) as “Shelly Levene,” Jeff Marlow (Colony Theatre’s Around the World in 80 Days) as “James Lingk,” Matt MacNelly (NY Fringe Festival’sFourteen Flights) as “Baylen,” Manu Narayan (Broadway’s Bombay Dreams) as “Richard Roma,” Kevin Skousen (Public Theatre’s Talk Radio) as “Dave Moss,” Ray Anthony Thomas (Broadway’s Race) as “George Aaronow” and Johnny Wu (Playhouse’s Peter and the Starcatchers, Broadway’s Chinglish) as “John Williamson.”

Johnny Wu (Photo by Lia Chang)

The creative team includes: Christopher Ashley, director; Todd Rosenthal, set design; Toni Leslie James (Playhouse’s Milk Like Sugar), costume design; David Lander (Playhouse’s 33 Variations), lighting design; David Corsello, sound design; Shirley Fishman,...

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