The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Sunday, 11 April 2021

The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres
By Ben Fong-Torres San Francisco The Year of the Rat Being an older Chinese American, I am no longer, as Roy Orbison sang, “Running Scared.” I am walking scared, constantly looking around and behind me.  Stop AAPI Hate, the advocacy group, knows of nearly 4,000 cases of violence against Asian Americans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s time to stop the beatings and shootings, the blaming and finger-pointing.  For me, it’s also...


Clint Eastwood: A Ramblin’ Guy By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres on Tuesday, 18 September 2012

(L to R) Portion of Haight-Ashbury Mural in San Francisco by artist Bill Weber of Margarita 'Rita' Chan, Ben Fong-Torres, Joan Baez

Clint Eastwood: A Ramblin’ Guy 
by Ben Fong-Torres

All right, all together now, with Neil Diamond in mind:

"I am," I said, to no one there
And no one heard at all, not even the chair
"I am," I cried. "I am," said I
And I am lost, and I can't even say why
Leavin' me lonely still

Well, Clint Eastwood must’ve felt pretty lost and lonely after his debacle of a speech at the Republican convention. Here he’d turned his back on the Democratic Party by attacking President Obama – or at least his imagination of Obama, represented by the now infamous empty chair on stage, with which Eastwood conducted a one-to-none conversation. But he’d done Mitt Romney and the GOP no favors by screwing up the convention’s rigid time line, looking slightly disheveled and rambling for 12 minutes when he’d been given five, delaying Romney’s big moment. And, in line with previous convention speakers, Eastwood issued statements that either were inaccurate or did no service to the anointed candidate.

Among his missteps: He chastised Obama for his timeline for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.  But Romney himself has endorsed that strategy. Eastwood wondered whether it was a good idea to have attorneys (like Obama, a Harvard Law School grad) to be in the White House.

Backstage, Romney probably wasn’t wondering, since he also holds a degree from Harvard Law School.

That’s how it went. Eastwood threw off the schedule, then grabbed most of the headlines, for all the...

Far East Movement and IM5 entertain at Perez Hilton's "One Night in Los Angeles" to benefit VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 13 September 2012

Far East Movement and IM5 entertain at Perez Hilton's

Los Angeles

FAR EAST MOVEMENT entertained the crowds at celebrity blogger Perez Hilton's "One Night in Los Angeles" event to benefit the VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION. 

The American hip hop quartet is the first Asian-American group to earn a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. FAR EAST MOVEMENT's music "Round Round" is featured in the Hollywood movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. FM performers are Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), J-Splif (Jae Choung), and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia).

Funds raised from the Perez Hilton's "One Night in Los Angeles" September 6 event will be donated to VH1's Save the Music Foundation. Perez Hilton's event in March this year, "One Night in Austin" during South-by-Southwest's music festival and conference also raised funds for VH1's Save the Music Foundation.  VH1's Paul Cothan, VP and Executive Director of VH1 Save the Music Foundation, said "With Perez' help, we will be able to generate a great deal of awareness for our cause." Cothan said since its inception in 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has provided more than $48 million in new musical instruments to 1,800 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of over 1.8 million children.

Among other groups headlining the benefit were IM5, Melanie Amaro, Rita Ora, Walk The Moon, Iggy Azalea, The Saturdays, The Wanted, and Doors Close.

FAR EAST MOVEMENT entertains...

Joe Zee debuts Season 3 of his fashion rescue series "All On the Line with Joe Zee" on the Sundance Channel

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Joe Zee debuts his third season of

Season 3 of  the popular fashion rescue series "All On the Line with Joe Zee," premieres Monday, September 10 (9:00pm ET/PT) on the Sundance Channel.  


The third season features celebrity guests Grammy®-Award winning singer Mary J. Blige, Oscar®-winner Octavia Spencer, Designer Whitney Port and actress Zoe Kazan (RUBY SPARKS). 


Joe Zee will incorporate new design challenges with the help of Good Morning America’s Josh Elliott and Lara SpencerExtra’s Mario Lopez and Revenge star Ashley Madekwe. 


The third season of the hit fashion docu-series "All On the Line with Joe Zee" starring the fashion powerhouse and ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee will, for the first time, expand its purview to include the LA fashion scene and LA-based designers.


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

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