ABDC: Yeah - Quest Crew Is Killing It On America's Best Dance Crew AKA Super Crew Showdown!

Thursday, July 30, 2015



This is going to be good.

Watch the first full episode of this new season down @ mtv.

A fight to the finish...and what's that?

KINJAZ is in the house?

Three years - you have to be starving just a little...

Kaye Cal Acoustic Cover + Like I'm Gonna Lose You + Jason Chen + Ceresia

Thursday, July 30, 2015



Jason Chen And Ceresia

MV On And On Cause Your Talking Bodies With Travis Atreo

Thursday, July 30, 2015

#TBT Sam Tsui + FourFive Seconds

Thursday, July 30, 2015



And Just Because

Visual Communications + 2015 Summer Screening - VC #TBT

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

You still have a time left to get some discounted tickets here for the VC #TBT:

After a four-year absence, Visual Communications is pleased to welcome the return of the summer screening, curated and organized by our intrepid group of summer interns. Join us as we present a summertime #tbt, featuring ten new short films by Asian Pacific American artists that showcase a diverse variety of stories and styles. Stick around afterwards for a post-screening reception in the Aratani Courtyard with free food and drinks, good company, and an opportunity drawing for cool prizes.

Here's the lineup from the the VC site:

ALL THE WAY
Directed by Allison Nakamura

It’s a Wednesday morning in Salt Lake City and the “Nisei Senior Mixed” bowling league is cooking up competition on the lanes. Black-haired perms bob up and down alongside white-haired combovers under the dimmed fluorescent lights. Rants about expired hearing aids and grandchildren gossip weave amongst the crash of strikes and spares. Down-low high fives, gasps, and cheers accompany white Velcro sneakers and tucked-in button-ups. Backed by slouched posture and arthritic hands, the ball rolls straight down the middle.

HELLO KITTY AND HER FANS
Directed by Frances Ito

Sanrio created Hello Kitty and began her globalization in 1974. She is not a cat, does not have a mouth but is an ambassador of friendship. Watch how she takes over the world with her motto: you can never have too many friends!

CROISSANT MAN
Directed by Tulica Singh

Croissant, a depressed artist, feels that his life as a pastry is meaningless. When his best friend Biscotti takes him out to the junk-food slums to clear his existential blues, Croissant meets a beautiful Pain Au Chocolat vision that inspires him to validate his existence by protecting the Pastries of the Boulangerie from an angry Donut assailant. A 9-part web series, Croissant Man combines puppetry, beauty, and melodramatic comedy to look at issues of depression, social stratification, and the brief life-affirming moments that make life worth living.

JULIET JULIET - THE SOUND OF LOVE MUSICAL
Directed by Ken Ochiai

Two rivals bid for the lead role in an annual music festival at a prestigious women’s high school. Things get complicated when a male transfer student appears.

OUR PLACE IN THE SKY
Directed by Yoko Okumura

Starla knows a place where pigtails are on animals and schoolgirls are educated. OUR PLACE IN THE SKY is a slam poetry film that pulls back the curtain on fetishization.

INSOMNIA
Directed by Brian Tran

A man goes through his normal routine under a troubled sleep-deprived state. As the day progresses, delusion and reality become indistinguishable until he finally reaches a deeper state of insomnia.

JEANNIE WONG WANTS TO DO EVERYTHING
Directed by Jeff Man

A portrait of the multi-talented Jeannie Wong: filmmaker, artist, writer, party host, marathoner, dancer, and musician. Jeannie does it all and yet still finds that her life is missing something.

REMEMBERING RAFU MANDOLIN CLUB
Directed by David Osako

The discovery of old reel-to-reel tape recordings exhumed from the back of a closet leads to the resurrection of musical treasures from the Japanese American musical culture of the 1950s-60s, recorded by a Los Angeles band called the Rafu Mandolin Club. The film presents a selected sample of these recordings — highlighting the extraordinary female Japanese vocalist, Harumi — along with some moments captured from a 50-year reunion of the original music group members and family at a gathering in a Little Tokyo restaurant.

COMING HOME
Directed by Steven Liang

Jie Cheng, a well-behaved local Taiwanese high schooler, and Eric, a rebellious international student from the US, take a road trip down the most dangerous highway in Taiwan. Their trip is cut short when Eric reveals that he must return home after graduation, forcing Jie Cheng to confront his darkest demons.

THE CUT THROUGH
Directed by Weldon Powers

Kenneth, a suburban husband, is tired of the neighborhood kids cutting through his backyard to get to the woods behind his house. One day, Kenneth decides to follow the kids into the woods, and he finds out about their discovery of a mysterious portal to an unknown place. With some peer pressure from the kids, Kenneth begins to question his own comfortable suburban lifestyle and considers jumping into the portal with them.

Just An Amazon Reminder: Awesome Asian Bad Guys

Tuesday, July 28, 2015



Seriously.

Just a reminder.

That it's on Amazon.

In HD.

For $5 bucks.

Why wouldn't you watch it?

Oh You Boy Scouts...AKA Does The B in BSA Stand For Bullshit and Bigoted (Still) AKA It's A Little Smoke And A Little Mirrors Even If The National Ban Was Lifted

Monday, July 27, 2015



I thought exactly the same thing as Peter McGraith who is the leader of the Transatlantic Council of Boy Scouts of America, after listening to the speech and reading the PDF transcript (to make sure I got it right):

Peter McGraith, the gay leader of the Transatlantic Council of Boy Scouts of America, called the vote "an expedient move to preempt legal action against BSA national, rather than a genuine attempt to make BSA inclusive."

Why?

Because of this (from the transcript):

ON MONDAY, JULY 27, THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD RATIFIED A RESOLUTION REMOVING THE NATIONAL RESTRICTION ON OPENLY GAY ADULT LEADERS AND EMPLOYEES. THIS FOLLOWS THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, WHICH ADOPTED THE RESOLUTION EARLIER IN JULY. THIS MEANS CHARTERED ORGANIZATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO SELECT THEIR OWN ADULT LEADERS. RELIGIOUS CHARTERED ORGANIZATIONS MAY CONTINUE TO USE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AS A CRITERION FOR SELECTING ADULT LEADERS, INCLUDING IN MATTERS OF SEXUALITY. SCOUTING’S MEMBERS AND PARENTS WILL CONTINUE TO SELECT LOCAL UNITS, CHARTERED TO ORGANIZATIONS WITH SIMILAR BELIEFS THAT BEST MEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR FAMILIES.

With the majority of units partnered with religious organizations it begs the question of what this really does except cover the BSA (and are we sure that B isn't standing for Bullshit right now too?). If you look at the other language as well being used you'll notice that nowhere in the transcripts do they talk about:

1. The past mistakes of their policy.

OR

2. Anything positive - whatsoever - about the LGBT community.

So they're doing it to not get sued but leaving in a loophole to still be bigoted.

I guess they'll count that as a win huh?

Here's to hoping the Bullshit Bigoted Boy Scouts Of Straight America get a MF clue.

Re: On The "Golden Daughter" Murder Plot

Monday, July 27, 2015

I'm just going to do a list of thoughts on this one:

1. Either you, or someone you know, or many someone's you know grew up with some crazy hard-ass immigrant expectations (it's just a given in our APIA community) and while yes, it can be hard, I just don't see murder as a way out. I don't know anything about her home life - but if it's bad enough that you want/need to hire hit men - just leave. Sure it's going to be rough - but at least by not killing your family and just letting them go - you don't end up in jail and get to enjoy your life.

I think this sentiment goes double for someone when they're 21 and older.

2. Sure, academics and doing well is what everyone wants (generally speaking), and yes, immigrants by nature can have the mentality to "use it or lose it" in regard to opportunities - but there are APIA parents who also focus on art and activities which aren't driven by what college to attend, or what will make the most money or give the most stature. Let's put to rest this notion that all parents from the APIA community share those same sentiments. Mindsets are driven by background, country of origin, experiences in the old country and experiences in the new country and how you are received. If you've escaped war and trauma you may not be worrying as much about getting your kids into the Ivy's - getting them to high school and to graduate might be the main goal and anything after that is just gravy.

3. This is just unfortunate for everyone involved and I think I'll leave it at that.

Indiegogo It: The Seoul Searching Movie Release Tour

Monday, July 27, 2015



There's so much good information to read about race and film and drive and how to help level the playing fields that I'll just direct you to the Indiegogo campaign for some inspiration where you too can help bring the film closer to a city near you.

Paris By Night + Struggling To Survive?

Monday, July 27, 2015



If you're Viet, at some point in your life, you've been indoctrinated to Paris by Night - maybe you were young and the bright and shiny covers pulled you in, maybe you were a little older because you didn't want to be associated with that old school country stuff (whenever that may have been for you), or maybe PBN has always just been in your blood - either way, most likely you know PBN (even if you're not Viet).

But that doesn't mean it'll be around forever:

DVD sales plummeted from 85,000 for a 2005 recording to 30,000 for a release today. They are no longer able to cover the million-dollar cost of Paris by Night extravaganzas, which feature flashy costumes, elaborate dance routines, sophisticated sets and lighting, live bands and cinematic backdrops of Vietnamese landscapes. Thúy Nga’s full-time staff is bare-bones — about a dozen. But mounting the lavish spectacles requires some 150 freelancers, from Hollywood-based directors, lighting designers and recording engineers to singers, dancers, makeup artists and wardrobe assistants.

“Profit? We are barely making it,” To said.

As a privately-held company, Thúy Nga doesn’t reveal its financials, but To estimates that revenue has dropped by 40 percent in the last decade, even as production costs have risen.

Vietnam is the only country where Thúy Nga is barred from selling its DVDs or CDs. That’s partly because To refuses to submit them to government censors. Another factor: one of the show’s long-time co-hosts, a former political prisoner, has written books criticizing the regime.

However, most of the piracy sites appear to be based in Vietnam, and bootleg copies of Paris by Night are widely available there. Thúy Nga tried filing lawsuits, To said, but gave up after realizing there were hundreds of illegal websites.

Read more down at the OC Register.

Make It An AAIFF 2015 Weekend

Friday, July 24, 2015





Lots.o.films@AAIFF.

DANakaDAN ft. Sam Kang + Yuri Tag - "SPACESHIP"

Thursday, July 23, 2015



Song/Video Info From @ Youtube

A Space B-Movie to End All Space B-Movies.
Download Song: https://itun.es/us/i4SbY
Follow on Insta/Twitter: @DANakaDAN / Snaps @DANakaDANtv
Click to Subscribe! http://youtube.com/DANakaDANtv

Nice to Meet Ya! Get At Me asxproductions@gmail.com
Like on Facebook: http://facebook.com/DANakaDANtv
Follow Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/DANakaDAN

Watch More Dan:
akaDAN Adoptee Series: http://youtu.be/OzGHY6enzDs
Stuntman Music Video: http://youtu.be/ABazRWEvu18
Til' Music Video: https://youtu.be/w_-yRKQIXdg
Anybody Out There MV: https://youtu.be/c_PcFDoOihY
NO Age MV: https://youtu.be/kyy8MEjRLno
afterwords (audio): http://youtu.be/2hzvIU5qWE0

Directed+Edited: Rommel Andaya
http://youtube.com/RomixMedia
http://www.rommelandaya.com/
https://twitter.com/rommelandaya

ANIMATIONS / GRAPHIC SEQUENCES
Choz Belen / http://www.chozbelen.com/

STARRING
Yuri Tag: http://twitter.com/YuriTag
The Fu: http://twitter.com/TheFuMusic
Ally Maki: http://twitter.com/HeartsMaki

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Jeffrey Gee Chin
http://leapmanproductions.com/

PROP MASTER / ART: Vanessa Augustin
PRODUCER: Joya Camaiso, Eugene Choi
KEY GRIP: Derek Lee
GAFFER: Christian Porter-Gabriel
PA: Chloe Uyehara, I-Wen Lai, Christina Leung, Linda Dahn, Vivian Ur, Christian Soriano,

SONG PRODUCERS:
Travis Graham: https://www.youtube.com/TravisAtreo
Chucky Kim: http://www.chuckykim.com/
Sam Kang

SONG WRITTEN BY: SAM KANG

CO-WRITERS
Travis Graham: https://www.youtube.com/TravisAtreo
Priska: http://youtube.com/PriskaMusik
Chucky Kim: http://www.chuckykim.com/
Sam Kang
Abe Kim

HAIR AND MAKE-UP
Andi Loc: http://instagram.com/xoxo___andrea

LOCATION:
Sophia Wang / Bistro 85
https://www.facebook.com/newbistro85
IG: @Bistro_85
3785 Wilshire Blvd #32,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

SPECIAL THANKS / EXTRAS
Christine Minji Chang, Yeney Amaro, Chloe Uyehara, Jennifer Lai, John Paul Fukumae, Helen Wu, Stephanie Leung, Jenette Liaw, Erica Ling, John Enriquez, Connie, Jocelyne Watts, Tony Chau, Marvin Yueh, George Shaw, Steve Lim, Mayrok Media, Jon Maxwell

JACL Response To Wesley Clark And His Comments On "Radicalized" Muslims

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I'll just let the JACL do the talking:

General Wesley Clark's call for internment camps for "radicalized" Muslims is troubling. In 1988, the United States apologized to Japanese Americans for the injustice of summarily incarcerating our community during World War II. It was a time of fear and backlash toward Japanese Americans stemming from causes even beyond race.

The true character of a nation is evident during troubling times when our security, real or imagined, is threatened. In 1942, the threat of an internal enemy was made to appear real when our government knew otherwise through findings from the FBI and other intelligence agencies. As a result, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes, dispossessed of their property and confined in concentration camps located in remote and desolate places. This action ignored due process and equal protection, rights guaranteed by our Constitution.

It's important to draw lessons from the Japanese American experience. An apology by government is exceedingly rare. Its offering attests to the scale of governmental wrongdoing that was embedded as law in the case of Fred Korematsu, which caused Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson to caution, "The principle then lies about like a loaded weapon, ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of an urgent need..."

The threat of terrorism is real, but we must remain circumspect about the solutions we pursue. The apology to Japanese Americans says that we owe it to ourselves, to our own sense of honor that we do not go down a path that jeopardizes the rights of Americans. A response of mass segregation was wrong in 1942, and is no more right today.
I'll go a step further and say it's not just "troubling" but it's MF Are You Kidding Me Who The Hell Does This White Guy Thinks He Is Troubling.

Random Jessica Sanchez (This Love)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If Taylor Swift Can't Apologize To Nicki Minaj She's Just Being Whitel AKA What The Hell White People AKA White + Little = Whitel

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you haven't heard about this I suggest you read up on it yourself (because I am not contracted to read for you at least nothing in the court order that I read...) - and I just am going to add that WTH - now Katy Perry got into it, but she's on the side of Nicki Minaj so that means I can't disagree with her even though when I say appropriate you say Perry so that just adds to the 7 layers of the midwest taco salad/dip.