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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...

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The Honorable March Fong Eu 1922 - 2017

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 24 December 2017

The Honorable March Fong Eu 1922 - 2017

January 9, 2018

Oakland, California

The Honorable March Fong Eu will be laid to rest tomorrow Wednesday January 10, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 10AM (PST) at Chapel of the Chimes, at 4488 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California.

She has left us with a lasting legacy of a lifetime of service to our world, and inspiring us to strive to make our world a better place. You will be dearly missed. 

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Back on March 29, 2013 I wrote a birthday commentary to celebrate her birthday.

By Suzanne Kai 

March 23, 2013

Happy Birthday to March Fong Eu, a truly great lady. Today, March 29, 2013 the former U.S. Ambassador to Micronesia and Secretary of State of California turns 91. 

Photo taken On March 23, 2013 We wished March a Happy Birthday! (LtoR) Suyin Fong Stein, March Fong Eu, Suzanne Joe Kai Photo by May Hsu   

Last Saturday, her daughter Suyin and I celebrated her March 29th birthday early. Dr. Eu is in good heatlh, and maintains her natural sense of humor. 

As a successful Asian American in the public eye for decades as well as being a female in the male dominated world of politics, Dr. Eu has been one of the most popular political figures in California history. 

She has inspired generations of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. She has always had a strong connection to serve the 'common man.'

For decades, her official government office staff whisked her from event to event by...

Visual Artist Sim Chi Yin is this year's Nobel Peace Prize Photographer

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 21 December 2017

Visual Artist Sim Chi Yin is this year's Nobel Peace Prize Photographer

December 20, 2017

Nobel Peace Center, Oslo

Sim Chi Yin has travelled to North Korea and the US to photograph nuclear sites as part of the Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition 2017, at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize exhibition is named “Ban the Bomb” inspired by ICAN’s slogan.

Equipped with cameras and a drone, Sim Chi Yin has spent the past two months traveling along the border of North Korea and across six American states to depict a world we otherwise would not see.

Sim Chi Yin’s photographic series –Fallout– offers an insightful investigation into the realities of nuclear sites and nuclear weapons, and how they have affected individual lives and societies.

“Creating this exhibition has been fascinating for me given that I had read Cold War history at university and my previous career as a Beijing-based journalist writing about the region including North Korea.

I set out to create a series of images pairing the landscapes of North Korea with those of the United States – which are the only country to test nuclear weapons in the 21st Century and the only country to use them.

I found some interesting, uncanny parallels, which led me to reflect on the human experience with nuclear weapons, past and present.

Given the current global worries over the recent North Korean missile tests, and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington, it feels particularly timely to reflect on this issue,” says Ms. Sim.

“The Nobel Peace Center...

Jackie Chan stars in 2 movies - The Foreigner (Oct 2017) & Bleeding Steel (Dec 2017) - & Streaming Jan. 2018

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 14 September 2017

Jackie Chan stars in 2 movies - The Foreigner (Oct 2017) & Bleeding Steel (Dec 2017) - & Streaming Jan. 2018

by Suzanne Kai

  September 14, 2017   Jackie Chan, at 63, is as busy as ever. His latest film The Foreigner releases on American screens this October 13, 2017, and launches on streaming platforms in January, 2018.   This is his first high profile movie to come to America since 2010's release of The Karate Kid where he played the mentor to the karate kid (Jaden Smith). He has also been a voice actor during this time for two Kung Fu Panda sequels, the Lego Ninjago Movie, and The Nut Job 2.  The Foreigner, starring Jackie and Pierce Brosnan is an action thriller directed by Martin Campbell, (Casino Royale).   Jackie plays Quan, a humble London businessman whose teenage daughter is killed in a senseless act by terrorists. While frantically searching for the terrorists, he gets entangled in a conflict with a British government official played by Brosnan who may have clues to lead him to the terrorists.   After wrapping The Foreigner, Jackie completed another film Bleeding Steel with a limited U.S. release date of December 22, 2017, directed by Chinese director Leo Zhang.   Jackie stars in this sci-fi action movie as a UN security officer trying to rescue his estranged daughter from a mutant super soldier and space robots.   The film features Jackie in the first fight scene to be filmed on the roof of the Sydney Opera House, with Australian co-star Tess Haubrich. Observers...

Hawaii Five-O co-stars ask for equal pay to white co-stars - CBS offers less - They Quit

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 05 July 2017

Hawaii Five-O co-stars ask for equal pay to white co-stars - CBS offers less - They Quit

by Suzanne Kai

July 5, 2017

A year after the 2016 Oscars ceremony host Chris Rock made stereotypical jokes out of the Asian American kids on stage - Asian actors are still fighting for parity and roles.

Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, co-stars on the CBS series 'Hawaii Five-0' since 2010 asked for equal pay to that of their white co-stars, Alex O'Laughlin and Scott Caan.

According to Variety, CBS' final offer was 10 to 15 percent lower than what O'Loughlin and Caan are paid.

Grace played Kono Kalakaua, and Daniel's character was Chin Ho Kelly. They acted in all of the 168 episodes of the series.

Daniel Dae Kim posted on his Facebook page on July 5, 2017: (excerpt from a longer message to his fans)

By now many of you have heard the news, and I’m sad to say it is true. I will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 when production starts next week. Though I made myself available to come back, CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue.

As sad as it feels to say goodbye, what I feel most is gratitude. I am so deeply thankful to our crew, writers and everyone associated with the show – and especially the cast, who have been nothing but supportive through this entire process. They and the crew have been my second family for seven years and I wish them nothing but success for season 8 - and beyond.

I also want to say thank you to Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and everyone at CBS. I will...

B.D. Wong and John Cho among 774 invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 28 June 2017

B.D. Wong and John Cho among 774 invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

June 28, 2017

Los Angeles

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its 2017 list of invitees. Asian American actors B.D. Wong and John Cho were included on the 2017 list of 774 people invited by the Academy. 

Other actors invited include Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed (The Night Of, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Priyanka Chopra, Irffan Khan, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung,

Filmmakers invited to join the Academy's documentary branch include Grace Lee (American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), S. Leo Chiang (Village Called Versailles, Out Run),  and Keiko Deguchi (Cats of Mirikitani, God Knows Where I Am). Greg Pak was invited to join the feature animation and short films branch.

This year, the move is to increase a more diverse membership to better reflect the industry, after the Oscar nominees in 2016 were all White for the second year in a row which sparked the #OscarsSoWhite backlash. If they accept, the new members will be able to vote in the acting categories.

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