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Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Friday, 05 January 2018

Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female
January 5, 2018 Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi has a new character named Rose Tico that fans are buzzing about. The character is the first major Star Wars role played by an Asian American woman. That woman is 29 year old Kelly Marie Tran, an actress of Vietnamese American descent from San Diego. After filming wrapped Tran took time off to travel to South Africa where she worked in an endangered wildlife reserve without electricity, internet or running water. Then she...

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Ann Curry on America's Struggling Journalism Industry - "There is no possibility of a democracy without good journalism"

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Thursday, 29 August 2013

Ann Curry on America's Struggling Journalism Industry -

Note: July 29, 2017

Journalist Ann Curry's comments back in 2013 are as current and urgent as ever.

If anything, journalists are being challenged now more than ever. 

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New York City

Veteran broadcast journalist Ann Curry inspired and encouraged journalists to 'hang on.' She says while there is strain in the journalism industry there will also be opportuniity.


Photo by Lia Chang for AsianConnections.com

The  NBC network television reporter, anchor and international correspondent was the keynote presenter at the closing night gala of the Asian American Journalist Association's 23rd annual convention in New York City August 24, 2013.

The seven-time Emmy award-winner, wife and mother of two opened the gala with her passionate commentary about the state of journalism.

WPIX-TV's Arthur Chi'en introduced her to the audience. Here are excerpts of Curry's remarks (with more coverage of the convention to be posted soon):

Arthur: Let's get right into it. What is the state of journalism?

Ann: I think journalism is in a very interesting state of change. I say interesting because there is strain, and there is also opportunity.    People are very concerned about the future of journalism and yet did you know that enrollment in journalism schools is up? So there is this kind of awareness that there's an opportunity ahead.    Curry acknowledged the struggles of the journalism industry but said, "Rather than be afraid and close up,...open up to what is possible."     We don't know what it looks like. We do know it will be broad. I think that there is a great opportunity to be deep in terms of what we can report. So I am extremely excited about it. I think there will be an opportunity to put news in a place in a way that has never been done before in the...

Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa with MIT scientists Xu Liu and Steve Ramirez create false memory in a mouse

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 26 July 2013

Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa with MIT scientists Xu Liu and Steve Ramirez create false memory in a mouse

A team led by Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa, including scientists Drs. Xu Liu, Steve Ramirez, Pei-Ann Lin, Junghyup Suh, Michele Pignatelli, Roger L. Redondo and Tomas J. Ryan have reported in the journal Science that they have created a false memory in a mouse, a monumental discovery which sheds light on how such memories can form in human brains. 

For the full report click here to the story by James Gorman of the New York Times.

Dr. Tonegawa is the founder of the Picower institute for Learning and Memory, affiliated to the Riken-M.I.T. Center for Neural Circuit Genetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Invites Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Miyazaki Collaborator Joe Hisaishi, DP Michael Chin and others to become Members

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 01 July 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Invites Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Miyazaki Collaborator Joe Hisaishi, DP Michael Chin and others to become Members


Beverly Hills, CA

 Photo credit used by permission: Emmy Magazine, Lucy Liu

 
Congratulations to all of the 2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invitees.

"These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy. Invitees who accept their invitation to join will be eligible to vote in the annual Oscars.

The 276 invitees for 2013 include 12 names with Asian surnames that could be informally determined from the official Academy list. 

The 2013 invitees include actors Lucy Liu and Sandra Oh, CEO of Warner Bros Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara, documentary filmmaker Michael Chin, and composer and music director Joe Hisaishi who is a frequent collaborator to animation director Hayao Miyazaki ("Ponyo,""Spirited Away").

In 2012,  the overall list was 100 names shorter than 2013's. Only 7 people with Asian surnames made the 2012 list of 176 invitees including (Actor) Michelle Yeoh (“The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), (Cinematographer)  Larry Fong ("Super 8,” “300”), (Cinematographer) Toyomichi Kurita ("Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," "Waiting to Exhale"), (Director) Wong Kar Wai (“My Blueberry Nights,” “In the Mood for Love”), (Music) Ryuichi Sakamoto (“Love Is the Devil,” “The Last Emperor”),  (Short Film/Feature Animation) Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Madagascar”).

The New York Times reports that the Academy had limited its membership numbers since 2004 by using quotas within its branches, but has now changed...

A Double Celebration for Restaurateurs - Chef Philip Chiang and his mother Chef Cecilia Chiang

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Saturday, 25 May 2013

A Double Celebration for Restaurateurs - Chef Philip Chiang and his mother Chef Cecilia Chiang

Irvine, California

It's a double celebration for restaurateurs Philip Chiang and his mother Cecilia Chiang. 


Photo: Chef Philip Chiang, co-founder P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  P.F. Chang's China Bistro, the Asian-themed restaurant chain was co-founded by Philip Chiang twenty years ago. To celebrate, Chiang has unveiled a new Chef's Summer Cuisine menu.

Chef Philip Chiang has continued to develop innovative Asian-inspired cuisine offerings as a culinary consultant to the chain he co-founded to ensure its original vision since its sale to Centerbridge Partners LP last year reportedly in a transaction valued at $1.1 Billion.

If you can't wait to taste Chef Chiang's new cuisine offerings, head over to P.F. Chang's China Bistro at the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, California. The Irvine location is the first in the nation to premiere the new menu items and new look.

Chef Philip Chiang's culinary talents in classic and innovative fine Chinese cuisine goes back to his mother, Cecilia Chiang, a pioneer in her own right. Both Philip and his mother Cecilia are natives of Shanghai, lived in Tokyo, and relocated to San Francisco. 

Photo: Tribute video to Cecilia Chiang 2013 Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival   Mrs. Chiang, now 94, was the founder and chef of the upscale Mandarin Restaurant in San Francisco which she managed from the early 1960's until 1991. Chiang's mother was honored this month with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the James Beard Foundation Awards in New York City.

A new documentary about Cecilia Chiang The Soul of a Banquet directed by Wayne Wang (Joy Luck Club, Last Holiday) premiered at a screening sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society last month. In addition to Wayne Wang's documentary, here is another video Tribute to Cecilia Chiang produced for the 2013 Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival.   

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Son Surprises Mom with a new house on Mother's Day

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Son Surprises Mom with a new house on Mother's Day

Las Vegas

May 13, 2013

 

Photo credit: DIYMike's Youtube.com Channel videoMother's Day was a very special day for a Mom in Las Vegas. Her son, known as "DIYMike" on YouTube.com with his own channel of helpful do-it-yourself videos, decided to surprise his Mom with her dream come true. Click the top headline to the YouTube.com video or here.

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