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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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"Asians Eat Weird Things" by Fung Bros Comedy and Singer/Musician AJ Rafael

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 18 July 2013

July 18, 2013

Credits: Scene from Fung Bros Comedy/AJ Rafael Youtube video "Asians Eat Weird Things"

 We love food, great talent, cool music and videos at AsianConnections.com, so when we saw this video about Asian food on Youtube we had to share "Asians Eat Weird Things" with you. Its fun, and its already garnered 300,000 views since its launch July 5. 

Congrats to the video's creators: Rapper/comedian brothers Andrew and David Fung producers of the Youtube Channel Fung Bros Comedy, singer/songwriter AJ Rafael, and director Jason Poon.

Andrew and David Fung have been producing videos about Asian American culture on topics from Boba Tea to NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin. The brothers are originally from the Seattle area, and are now located in Monterey Park in Southern California.

Check out Andrew and David's blog and other videos at Youtube.com and at www.fungbrothers.com 

The video features vocals by AJ Rafael. Arthur Joseph "AJ" Rafael is a singer/songwriter from Moreno Valley, California with his own popular Youtube channel. AJ has just released a new single "Jetsetter" and music video which is available on iTunes. AJ's Facebook page announced that he is going on tour this August. Visit matchmakertour.com or his website http://www.ajrafael.net for his schedule.

Click here from the homepage to the full story and Youtube.com video.

Credits: Scene from Fung Bros Comedy/AJ Rafael Youtube video...

Update: Go see Linsanity! Jeremy Lin's "Linsanity" Documentary hit theaters Oct 11, 2013 but watch for earlier releases in your area!

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Update: Go see Linsanity! Jeremy Lin's

October 6, 2013 Update: Linsanity is in selected theaters now! Buy tickets and go!

October 4, 2013 UPDATE: Go see Linsanity!

"Linsanity" the docoumentary begins screening in theaters in a limited release October 11, but keep an eye out for earlier screenings in your area!

Its a terrific documentary! Show support on the opening weekend by buying tickets!

July 24, 2013

Mark your calendars!

Variety Film Reporter Dave McNary reports exclusively that "Linsanity" the documentary about Jeremy Lin directed by Evan Jackson Leong, and produced by Christopher Chen, Allen Lu and Brian Yang will be released in theaters beginning October 4, 2013.  

For the full story by Dave McNary at Variety click here.

I saw the documentary at a press screening earlier this year, and a second time at CAAMFest 2013's Opening Night in San Francisco, and look forward to its theatrical release. 

If you would like to join the movie's "Street Team" to get the word out click here to fill out the Linsanity - Street Team form or go straight to the website and find the link at www.Linsanitythemovie.com

If you would ike to host your own screening with your group you can fill out a form at the official website www.Linsanitythemovie.com/screening

"Linsanity" credits:

Executive Producer: Sam Kwok, James Stern, Patricia Sun
Producer: Christopher Chen, Allen Lu, Brian Yang
Cinematographer: Evan Leong
Editor: Greg Louie

Here's the description of "Linsanity" from CAAMFest 2013:

In 2012, the...

Lia Chang Stars in "Power Play" by Lorey Hayes July 31-August 1, 2013

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 26 July 2013

Lia Chang Stars in

July 26, 2013

Actress Lia Chang stars in the award-winning play "Power Play"  by playwright/actress Lorey Hayes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina July 31-August 1. 

We are proud to take over Lia's "Backstage Pass" column this month to congratulate her on her upcoming performance in "Power Play."

Lia stars with Pauletta Pearson Washington, aka Mrs. Denzel Washington ("The Watsons Go to Birningham"), Lorey Hayes ("Dreamgirls)", Roscoe Orman ("Sesame Street"), Marcus Naylor ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)", and Phynjuar ("Meet the Browns").

Photo credit courtesy by Wiliam J. Chang (L to R) Pauletta Pearson Washington, Lia Chang, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes.

The actors will perform the play in a staged reading at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

“Power Play” by Lorey Hayes
 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1
 Shirley Recital Hall, Salem College, 500 E. Salem Ave., Winston-Salem
 Tickets: $25
 Information: 723-7907, www.nbtf.org.
Tickets also are available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday at the N.C. Black Repertory Company office,
610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem.

Starting Tuesday, tickets may be purchased from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily at
Benton Convention Center, 301 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem.

About "Power Play":

 Roscoe Orman's Franklin Wright has been propelled to political stardom by his Asian American campaign manager, played by Lia Chang.

Just...

Racist Tweets after Miss America Nina Davuluri is crowned - first Indian-American to win title

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 15 September 2013

Racist Tweets after Miss America Nina Davuluri is crowned - first Indian-American to win title

September 15, 2013

Atlantic City, N.J. 

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Photo credit: The Miss America Organization / ABC

CNN.com reported examples of racist tweets that were posted on Twitter by some users right after Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America tonight. The 24 year old Miss New York made history as the first Indian American to win the Miss America title. Miss Davuluri's talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance. 

In response to the racist tweets on Twitter, including some Twitter users accusing her of being Arab and a terrorist, Ms. Davuluri said at her first press conference after winning the crown in Atlantic City, "I have to rise above that."  "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."

Ms. Davuluri said "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America." 

A native of Syracuse, New York, Davuluri is applying to medical school. As the 2014 Miss America, she will receive a $50,000 scholarship as part of her pageant title. 

Ms. Davuluri's first runner-up is Miss California Crystal Lee. Lee performed a ballet dance, is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, and obtained a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford in four years.

Davuluri is the second Asian American to win the title. The first Asian American to win the title of Miss America was Angela Perez-Baraquio who won in 2001 and is of Filipino descent.

For more on the story:

MissAmerica.org

ABCNews.go.com

CNN.com

USAToday.com

Jeff...

Actress Michi Barall is in the ensemble cast of stop.reset. a new play by Regina Taylor

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 23 September 2013

Photo by Lia Chang of Michi Barall, Actress

New York City

stop. reset., a new play written and directed by Regina Taylor which has performances in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York through September 29, 2013, tackles powerful questions of legacy, identity and survival in a world where the real and the virtual are more closely tied than we think.

Photo by Joan Marcus of Teagle F Bougere as Chris, LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Jan, Donald Sage Mackay as Tim and Michi Barall as Deb in Signature Theatre’s world premiere of Regina Taylor’s stop. reset.

Photo by Lia Chang of Ismael Cruz Cordova in stop. reset, written and directed by Regina Taylor. 


In stop.reset., e-books are outselling printed books, and Alex Ames (Carl Lumbly), the owner of Chicago’s oldest African American book publishing company, is faced with the task of questioning each of his employees, Deb (Michi Barall), Chris (Teagle Bougere), Jan (LaTanya Richardson Jackson) and Tim (Donald Sage MacKay), to determine who is still relevant in a rapidly changing world. When he meets J (Ismael Cruz Cordova), a mysterious youth plugged into the future, Mr. Ames is forced to discover just how far he will go to survive.

Photo by Lia Chang of castmembers LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Michi Barall starring in Regina Taylor’s stop. reset. on September 21, 2013. 

Photo of Lia Chang of Michi Barall. 

Signature alum Michi Barall, and member of the ensemble cast of stop.reset. is a...