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In Memoriam: Roger Ebert 1942-2013 American journalist, Film critic and Asian American Cinema Champion

Posted by AC Team - on Thursday, 04 April 2013

1942-2013 Roger Ebert Champion of Asian American Film Photo: RogerEbert.com
Roger Ebert 1942-2013 Photo: RogerEbert.comRoger Ebert lost his battle with cancer today. He will be greatly missed. Most famous for his film criticism, he was the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Since 1967, and up to just two days ago he wrote a column for the Chicago Sun-Times. He authored twenty books, and co-hosted several long-running syndicated television shows including Siskel and Ebert at the Movies.  I will remember Roger Ebert not only for his...

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Indian Movie Star Waheeda Rehman on U.S. Tour to Aid Underprivileged Children in India

Posted by Marissa Beker on Monday, 16 June 2003

Bollywood movie star Waheeda Rehman helps the Pratham charity organization raise an impressive $100,000, which will help educate 10,000 Indian children.

Buena Park, California, June 2003 - Celebrity Movie Star Waheeda Rehman, a legend in the Indian Community for her extraordinary talent and timeless beauty, visited the Pratham Gala Fundraiser to promote her vision of educating the slum dwelling children in India.

While playing in over 70 film roles during her successful career, Ms. Rehman is understandably most passionate about her real life role as the goodwill ambassador of Pratham. Southern California, home to one of the largest Indian communities outside of India, is one of many stops the movie icon has made in the United States. She aspires to earn nationwide support to help turn her vision into a reality.

Nearly 400 people gathered at the Sequoia Center Ballroom in Buena Park to support Prathams nobel mission of providing universal primary education in India. While a great energy existed among the attendees during the first half of the event, the mood in the ballroom took on a whole new dynamic once Waheeda Rehman was presented to speak.

The energy was instantly intensified and was accompanied by a sea of mesmerized onlookers, awestruck by the classic Indian beauty. Not even a minute passed before the paparazzi - aka shameless fans that wanted to snag a snapshot of the star - rushed the stage during Ms. Rehmans speech. However, personifying grace and dignity, the...

26th Asian American International Film Festival

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 23 June 2003

Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society
presents the 26th Asian American International Film Festival
June 20-29!

Celebrate the life of former Asian CineVision executive director Bill Gee at a memorial service on Sunday, June 22 at 1:30 at the Asia Society (725 Park Avenue).

In association with ACV, the Asian American Journalists Association-NY Chapter has established the BILL J. GEE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA ARTS JOURNALISM.

The $500 prize, to be awarded annually, will recognize excellence in writing by a professional journalist or critic that advances and illuminates the work of Asian Americans in the media arts. An independent panel of distinguished writers, journalists, scholars and artists will review recommendations from other professionals for nominees. The award honors the memory of Bill Gee, journalist and former Executive Director of Asian CineVision, who passed away in March 2003. Gee was the founding editor of CineVue, the critical media arts journal published by ACV, and a founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association-New York Chapter.

The Bill J. Gee Award for Excellence in Media Arts Journalism will be presented at the 27th Asian American International Film Festival in 2004.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the fund or for more information, contact Risa Morimoto, Executive Director of Asian CineVision, at 212.989.1422 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

The Bruce Lee Collectors Exhibit 2003

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 22 June 2003

The Bruce Lee Collectors Exhibit, The Beginning of a Legend, the Story of a Man opens June 26th, 2003!



The Beginning
of a Legend,
the Story of a Man

This exciting exhibit opens June 26, 2003 and runs through December 2003.

The exhibit will be open Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays) from 10am-8pm at 519 6th Ave. S. (S. King and 6th Ave. S. - the former Uwajimaya building) in Seattles International District. Admission is $9 general, $5 students, seniors (62 years & older), and groups of ten or more, free for ages 5 & under.

The exhibits opening date coordinates with the official Bruce Lee Convention on July 12-13 in Burbank, California (www.bruceleeconvention.com).

This Seattle exhibit devoted to martial arts legend Bruce Lee will be on display exclusively in Washington state this year, marking the 30th anniversary of his death.

The late movie actor lived in Seattle for several years before making it big in landmark martial arts films such as Enter the Dragon and Fists of Fury. Lee opened his first martial arts studio in the Seattle's International District. He attended the University of Washington where he was a philosophy student. His first break was starring as Kato in the television show, The Green Hornet.

The exhibit will feature hundreds of Bruce Lee memorabilia, including his jabbing machine, an original pair of nunchaku, Green Hornet items, personal clothing as well as letters and drawings. The memorabilia is...

Celebrating Moms

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 03 October 2008

It's been nine years since my mom died and not a day goes by that I don't miss her.

I celebrate the memory of my mother by posting the A. Magazine article I wrote shortly after her death highlighting her achievements as an Asian American Union activist.

When the paramedics brought my mother to University of California Medical Center on October 2 with a brain aneurysm, the doctors said she wouldn't make it through the night. They didn't know my mother. She hung on while my sister Tami and I rushed from New York to the hospital, and we were able to hold her hands when she finally slipped away. That was our mom, Beverly Umehara--a woman warrior holding court even in the last hours of her 53 years of life.

Born in San Francisco on December 18, 1945, Bev--as her friends called her--grew up in Chinatown. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about her was that her calling came late in life at 47, when she made the sudden transformation from a humble hard working secretary and mother of four into a labor activist, a respected union leader and a role model for rank-and-file workers, women of color and for all Asian Americans.

I was fortunate enough to sit down with my mother in 1998, to hear her share the roots of her activist drive. "In 1992, as secretary and assistant to the head of the Calfornia Labor Federation, I attended a reception announcing the first organization of Asian American trade unionists--the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO," she said. "There was a...

Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 10 September 2002

The Emmy-award winning documentary Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story , is a look back at Korematsu's long ordeal to achieve personal justice.

The matter seemed lost to the history books until 1981, when Peter Irons, a law professor writing a book about the internment, and Aiko Yoshinaga-Herzig, a Japanese American on a quest to find out why she'd been interned as a teenager, happened upon a wartime memo from a Department of Justice lawyer. The memo showed that crucial evidence had been withheld by federal prosecutors in the Korematsu case, including military reports concluding that Japanese Americans did not pose a serious threat to U.S. security.

Peter Irons knew he found a "smoking gun," and tracked down Korematsu and the other two resisters- Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui-- to ask about reopening their cases. Irons contacted noted civil rights attorney Dale Minami, who assembled a team of lawyers--mostly Asian American, who worked countless hours pro bono.

Recalls Minami, "Peter Irons called me in May of 1982 and told me about the evidence he had found. I had read these cases in law school, but for me they were taught as intellectual exercises about the balance of rights and due process. At that time Korematsu vs United States was not linked to human tragedy, loss of homes, broken dreams, or financial losses of income that people suffered. I called my colleague Don Tamaki at the Asian Law Caucus, a community interest law firm that I helped...