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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Secret Identities Universe+Shattered

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Definitely sounds like something I'd want to have at my school...if I owned a school.

The creators of the groundbreaking Asian American comics anthology SECRET IDENTITIES are back, bringing together the most exciting Asian American talents in comics and beyond for SHATTERED — a brand new collection that upends and subverts the negative and cliché stereotypes that have haunted Asian America for generations.

Now, the SI UNIVERSE team is preparing to go on the road with a unique interactive, multimedia program designed to bring the historical context and sociological consequences of these stereotypes to life — incorporating both the ideas and stories of SHATTERED and the rich artifacts of its thematic companion, the acclaimed museum exhibition “MARVELS & MONSTERS: Unmasking the Asian Image in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986,” curated by SHATTERED editor-in-chief Jeff Yang.

“SHATTERED and MARVELS & MONSTERS evolved side by side, and share a common structure —they both explore a set of pervasive archetypes that have shaped how America has seen Asians for the past 200 years,” says Yang. “MARVELS & MONSTERS shows how these images have been internalized in American popular culture — and SHATTERED brings together some of Asian America’s most talented and celebrated creators to reinvent and subvert those images. This tour is our way of bringing the two together, and getting them in front of as many people as possible.”

SHATTERED Tour programming includes one or more of the following:

A live multimedia presentation by SI UNIVERSE’s creators, featuring images, video, and audio;
An interactive “Build a Hero/Villain” workshop, in which SI UNIVERSE artists and editors work with the audience in real time to develop and draw an original superhero or arch-villain that reflects a complex, nuanced, and authentic cultural identity;
Kiosk installations that showcase the history, cultural context, and comic book depiction of the five pop-culture archetypes addressed in SHATTERED: the stoic Brute (coolies, gangsters, henchmen, and martial artists); the cerebral Brain (mad scientists, ancient wise men, maladroit nerds, and overachieving whiz kids); the exotic Temptress (the sensual femme fatale of a thousand faces); the inscrutable Alien (the eternal foreigner, utterly incomprehensible, totally unassimilable); and the devious Manipulator (puppet master and conspirator who seeks to control and conquer from the shadows); and
Guided breakout sessions that allow deeper sharing and discussion of the personal impact of stereotypes on participants’ real lives.

The SI UNIVERSE team is currently in discussions to bring the tour to schools and community groups in a series of major U.S. cities including, but not limited to Boston, Chicago, New York, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. If your school, museum or other institution is interested in hosting the tour, please visit the official website and fill out the form located at, or contact Keith Chow, SI Universe Outreach Director, at

The pioneering collection SECRET IDENTITIES looked at the Asian American experience through the lens of superhero comics; its sequel, SHATTERED, expands its horizon to include edgier genres, from hard-boiled pulp to horror, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction. Using this darker range of hues, it seeks to subvert the hidebound stereotypes that have obscured the Asian image since the earliest days of immigration: the stoic brute, the prodigious brain, the exotic temptress, the inscrutable alien, the devious manipulator.

Its eclectic and impressive lineup of contributors includes many leading comics creators, including Bernard Chang, Greg Pak, Takeshi Miyazawa, Gene Yang, Ming Doyle, Sonny Liew, Sean Chen, GB Tran, Christine Norrie, and Larry Hama; as well as stars from other media such as rapper Adam WarRock, slam poet Bao Phi, filmmaker Michael Kang, author Jamie Ford; and many more! Their original graphic short stories cover topics from ethnic kiddie shows, China’s AIDS policy, and airline security procedures to the untold backstory of Flash Gordon’s nemesis and the gritty reality of a day in the life of a young Koreatown gangster.

Eisner-winning graphic novelist Derek Kirk Kim (Same Difference) calls SHATTERED “a highly eclectic grab bag,” while best-selling YA author David Yoo (The Detention Club) says, “there truly is something for everyone… these stories are all ridiculously unputdownable!” Spoken word artist Beau Sia says SHATTERED “would have been a truly beneficial graphic novel to have while growing up, unsure of my place in the world.” And Konrad Ng, director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, calls SHATTERED “a visual delight that envisions how the rich tradition of American comics is an Asian American experience. The result? A novel and entertaining form of empowerment.” SHATTERED incorporates thrills, chills, and delight while exposing the hidden issues and vital truths of the nation’s fastest-growing and most dynamic community, and features a cover designed by DC Comics' superstar Cliff Chiang.

New York University's Asia/Pacific/American Institute commissioned SECRET IDENTITIES editor-in-chief Jeff Yang to curate MARVELS & MONSTERS on behalf of NYU’s Fales Library, which had received a bequest of a unique collection of comic books gathered by science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu over the course of four decades of adult life. The Wu collection wasn't notable for its size or the rarity of its contents; what distinguished this archive was its subject — Wu had spent dozens of years painstakingly gathering and organizing mainstream comics that presented images of Asians and Asian Americans, creating a fascinating timeline of evolving social and cultural perceptions from 1942 to 1986, a span that was among the most turbulent period in relations between the U.S. and Asia, when America was engaged in nearly continuous conflict with Asian powers, while also opening its doors to large-scale immigration from Asia for the first time in its history.

Yang, who with the SI UNIVERSE team was in the process of working on SHATTERED, developed the book and the exhibit side by side, using the common theme of illustrating a set of persistent archetypes that still define Asians in the popular eye as exotic foreigners, cerebral nerds, impassive brutes, fiendish manipulators, and sultry seductresses. In MARVELS & MONSTERS, these depictions — originating in racist editorial cartoons and xenophobic propaganda — are seen in hyperreal, four-color form in a medium conceived of as children's entertainment. The full show has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, and Purdue University in Indiana and is headed for Los Angeles in Fall 2013. A pop-up mobile version of the show is being developed as part of the SHATTERED tour.

For more information on SHATTERED and real-time updates on the SHATTERED tour, follow the Secret Identities Universe on Twitter at @SIUniverse; on Facebook at; or visit the website at

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East West Players + Tea With Music

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

East West Players (EWP), the nation's largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work and the longest-running professional theatre of color in the country, has partnered with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) and USC Center for Japanese Religions & Culture (CJRC) for the world premiere of TEA, WITH MUSIC.

Book and lyrics for TEA, WITH MUSIC are by acclaimed playwright Velina Hasu Houston, music by Nathan Wang and choreographed by Giovanni Ortega. This production is directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. The musical features Joan Almedilla (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), Tiffany-Marie Austin (Miss Saigon, A Little Night Music), Yumi Iwama (Our Town, South Pacific), Jennie Kwan (TV’s California Dreams, Avenue Q), and Janet Song (Twelfth Night, Medea).

Founded in 1971, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States. The JACCC is the preeminent presenter of Japanese and Japanese American, and Asian American performing and visual arts nationally. Their mission is to present, perpetuate, transmit and promote Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture to diverse audiences, and to provide a center to enhance community programs. The JACCC also provides office space to a wide variety of nonprofit cultural, educational and community-based organizations in Los Angeles.

"The Japanese American Cultural Community Center (JACCC) fully values a partnership with other arts groups that present quality works of art for the community. We share much in common - and we can only wish the greatest success for EWP in this production of Tea, With Music!" says Bill Watanabe, Interim Executive Director of the JACCC.

The Center for Japanese Religions and Culture was established at USC in September 2011. The Center’s mission is to promote the study of Japanese religions and culture at USC and in the broader intellectual community of Japan Studies. The CJRC will foster this area of study by funding faculty-led research projects; planning conferences, colloquia, and workshops; providing faculty and graduate student research support awards; and by building our capacity to host visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows in the near future. CJRC is the first research center for Japanese religions on the West Coast of the United States, and only the second such center in the country.

"We are honored to be associated with one of the most important plays on the post-war Japanese-American experience, Tea With Music by Velina Hasu-Houston,” says Duncan Williams, Director of the USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. “We are excited about this collaboration with East West Players to celebrate one of our faculty affiliates' major works, this time as a musical production. The struggles overcome by the war brides depicted in the play are one of the many stories that represent the fabric of the U.S. - Japan relationship today."

Generous support for this production is provided by the S. Mark Taper Foundation Endowment for East West Players. Additional funding for TEA, WITH MUSIC is provided by the James Irvine Foundation, the California Community Foundation, Shubert Foundation, The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

All performances of TEA, WITH MUSIC will be staged at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Previews run from November 8-10 at 8pm, and November 11th at 2pm. TEA, WITH MUSIC opens November 14th and closes on Sunday, December 9, 2012. Opening night will be accompanied by a pre-performance cocktail reception and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. The Pay-What-You-Can Performance will be held Wednesday, November 21st at 8 pm. The post-show discussion will be held on Sunday, December 2nd.

General Tickets range from $31-$41. Preview tickets are $21 general admission, $16 for students. Opening night tickets are $65 for all seats. Tickets are currently on sale. For ticket purchases or more information, please call East West Players at (213) 625-7000 or visit Senior, student and group discounts are available. Dates and details are subject to change.

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Friday Ice Cream

Friday, October 26, 2012

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Kina Grannis: Gone

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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MANAA + Cloud Atlas + Yellow Face

Thursday, October 25, 2012

From the important PR:


LOS ANGELES-The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) is criticizing the new Warner Brothers motion picture “Cloud Atlas”—promoted as artistically groundbreaking because its actors swap racial and sexual identities—as business-as-usual in its exclusion and offensive yellow-faced renditions of Asian people.

A multi-ethnic epic spanning 500 years and around the globe, “it’s an artistically ambitious approach to filmmaking,” according to the organization’s Founding President Guy Aoki.
“Unfortunately, it reflects the same old racial pecking order that the entertainment industry has been practicing for decades.”

“Cloud Atlas,” written and directed by Tom Tykwer (“Run, Lola, Run”) and Lana and Andy Wachowski (“The Matrix” trilogy) and based on the novel by David Mitchell, utilizes an all-star cast that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, and Hugo Weaving. In order to stress a thematic continuity among the movie’s six different interwoven stories, the filmmakers cast many of the same actors as different characters in each time period.

One of the stories takes place in a totalitarian, mechanized Neo Seoul Korea in the year 2144. An Asian female clone (South Korean actress Doona Bae) is encouraged by another female clone (Chinese movie star Xun Zhou) to break out of her oppressive pre-programmed routine to serve men and become an independent thinker. The segment also includes White actors Sturgess, Weaving, and James D’Arcy as ostensibly Korean characters, using eye prosthetics to make their Caucasian features look more Asian.

“’Cloud Atlas’ prides itself on its ‘multi-racial cast,’” said Aoki, “but that basically means White men and women of color, like La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘The Nightingale,’ which was criticized last Summer for using only two Asian American actresses but allowing five White men to play Chinese characters.

Aoki said, “’Cloud Atlas’ missed a great opportunity. The Korea story’s protagonist is an Asian man--an action hero who defies the odds and holds off armies of attackers. He’s the one who liberates Doona Bae from her repressive life and encourages her to join the resistance against the government. It would have been a great, stereotype-busting role for an Asian American actor to play, as Asian American men aren’t allowed to be dynamic or heroic very often.

“But instead, they cast Jim Sturgess in yellowface,” Aoki continued, referring to the historically frowned-upon practice of using cosmetics, such as eye prosthetics, to make Caucasian actors look Asian.

“In fact, every major male character in the Korea story is played by non-Asian actors in really bad yellowface make-up. When you first see Hugo Weaving as a Korean executioner, there’s this big close-up of him in this totally unconvincing Asian make-up. The Asian Americans at the pre-screening burst out laughing because he looked terrible--like a Vulcan on ‘Star Trek.’ It took us out of the movie. And Jim Sturgess and James D’Arcy didn’t look much better.”

MANAA Vice President Miriam Nakamura-Quan stated, “In the modern age of movie make up, it is disturbing to see poorly done Asian eye prosthetics to make Caucasian men look Asian. The race-changing make-up totally disrupted the flow of the film. The old yellowface movie characters of the past like Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan looked more realistic than the characters in ‘Cloud Atlas.’ Why couldn’t they have cast a handsome Asian American actor of mixed race to play the multiple roles in Neo Seoul and the other time periods? It would have made the movie more believable.”

Added Aoki, “It appears that to turn white and black actors into Asian characters (black actor Keith David was also Asian in the 2144 story), the make-up artists believed they only had to change their eyes, not their facial structure and complexion. In two scenes in other segments of the film, Bae and Zhou are made up to appear Caucasian. The filmmakers, Aoki said, “obviously took more care to make them look convincingly white. The message the movie sends is, it takes a lot of work to get Asians to look Caucasian, but you can easily turn Caucasians into Asians by just changing the shape of their eyes.”

In another story set in the South Pacific in 1849, Maori slaves are played predominantly by blacks, including Afro-British actor David Gyasi. “You have to ask yourself: Would the directors have used blackface on a white actor to play Gyasi’s role?” asked Aoki. “I don’t think so: That would have outraged African American viewers. But badly done yellowface is still OK.

“In any case, this was a lost opportunity to cast real Asian Pacific Islanders. Why weren’t there any real Asian male actors portraying any of the major characters in this supposedly racially diverse film?” Aoki concluded, “It’s a double standard: White actors are allowed to play anything--except black characters--and have the dominant roles; Asian male actors are non-existent. And Pacific Islanders are played by blacks.”

Asked Nakamura-Quan, “If, in the making of this complex movie, the creators of ‘Cloud Atlas’ can make creative leaps in time, place, characters, race and gender, why can’t they also take a creative leap in the casting?”

MANAA, the only organization solely dedicated to advocating balanced, sensitive, and positive depiction and coverage of Asian Americans, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It led nationwide protests against the movie “Rising Sun” in 1993 and challenged Sarah Silverman’s use of “chinks” in her joke on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” in 2001.
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Must Read On The NPR Cover Up: Hyphen Magazine And Kao Kalia Yang's "The Science Of Racism: Radiolab's Treatment of Hmong Experience"

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hands down, one of the most powerful articles I've read in a long time and a huge shout out to Kao Kalia Yang and Hyphen for getting this out, making this statement, and telling it like it happened.

Read it now.

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DFD: New Chick

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Hibakusha: Choz Belen, Steve Nguyen, Karin Anna Cheung + More

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

While the screening down at the JANM has passed, the life of this film looks to be just beginning, and with an amazing group of people involved, it should go a long way.


“HIBAKUSHA” is an animated documentary/drama featuring Kaz Suyeishi, a 57 year old Japanese woman, who recalls her most vivid and horrific experiences as a 17 year old Hiroshima student during the morning of August 6, 1945 when the atomic bomb dropped on her hometown.

This film is inspired to bring awareness to the Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombings in hopes that nothing like this will ever happen again and over time, show tremendous forgiveness after these terrible incidents occurred. This project will commemorate the 66th Anniversary of the bombings and is dedicated to the Association of Hiroshima & Nagasaki A-bomb Survivors.





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Kollaboration Star 2012: Episode 1

Monday, October 22, 2012

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Dance Showdown Episode 3

Monday, October 22, 2012

Just in case you didn't know about you do.

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Best Comment On Jeremy Lin's "The Unexpected Ones" Volvo Commercial On YouTube

Monday, October 22, 2012

I really don't know the exact comment "George Michael" was replying to in the Lin Volvo commercial comments, but this was just funny for me:

"White men also seem to have small cock and can't drive for shit..."

When I read that I just couldn't help but think of someone's aunt who had some really bad dates on never to return again to the dating scene, bitter at the small white penises that almost got her into numerous accidents on the way to what they described as "a really authentic Chinese place" nestled between a Big Bowl and Leaann Chin.

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Maroon 5 Holds One #1 And PSY Has The Other

Monday, October 22, 2012

Number 2 on the Billboard 100 still isn't bad...and if you can't get #1 because of some scruffy white guys, at least take solace that your #1 on the Billboard Social 50.

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Where'd that week go?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Work. Sleep. Flu like symptoms.

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Watch It Again: Getting Pulled Over

Monday, October 15, 2012

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Netflix Watch: A Beautiful Life

Monday, October 15, 2012

Shu Qi in her Golden Horse and HK Film Award nominated role (her first since winning in 2005 for Three Times) and the director praised Liu Ye.

And yes...

It didn't make me blubber like Hula Girls (because when they do the dance at the train station trying to get Hirayama back, all bets are off) but there was some...quite blubbering going on that is.

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New Heights: Peaches (Live at Compound Studios)

Monday, October 15, 2012

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Candidates You Should Know

Monday, October 15, 2012

From AAA-Fund:

Tim Kaine, Former VA Governor, Military Veteran

Running for US Senate in Virginia

Tammy Duckworth, Former Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Veteran
Running for the US House of Representatives from Illinois' 8th CD (Lake, McHenry and Cook counties)

Dr. Ami Bera, Physician and Educator
Running for the US House of Representatives from California's 16th CD (Folstom, Elk Grove, Eastern Sacramento)

Mark Takano for Congress, School Leader and Educator
Running for for the US House of Representatives from California's 41st District (Riverside, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, Perris)

Nate Shinagawa, Tompkins County Legislator
Running for the US House of Representatives from New York's 16th CD (Tompkins County; Seneca, Yates, Schuyler, Chemung, most of Tioga; Steuben, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties; eastern half of Ontario)

Jay Chen for Congress, Schoolteacher, Military Servicemember
Running for the US House of Representatives from California's 39th CD (Brea, Buena Park, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Fullerton, Hacienda Heights, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia, Rowland Heights, Walnut, Yorba Linda)

Dr. Manan Trivedi, Physician
Running for the US House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 6th CD (Berks, Chester, Lebanon, Montgomery Counties)

Tulsi Gabbard, Honolulu City Councilmember, Military Veteran
Running for the US House of Representatives from Hawaii's 2nd CD (Honolulu)

Otto Lee, Patent Attorney, Military Veteran
Running for the US House of Representatives from California's 22nd CD (Fresno, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare, surrounding San Joaquin Valley)

Grace Meng, New York State Assemblywoman
Running for the US House of Representatives from New York's 6th CD (Queens)

Dr. Jennifer Ong, Optometrist
Running for CA State Assembly from District 20 (San Lorenzo, Cherryland, Ashland, Fairview, Hayward, Castro Valley, Sunol, Union City, North Fremont to Mowry exit)

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Albert M. Chan,, Boston Asian American Film Festival, MNTRFF, And The Commitment

Monday, October 15, 2012

One post about two projects with mildly related topics: Asian American, Interracial Gay Couple, and Adoption.

And a couple of film festivals.

The first project is on director/actor Albert M. Chan's new film, The Commitment, which will be presented down at the Boston Asian American Film Festival about an interracial gay couple who looks to start a family through adoption and is chosen by the mother Kerri Patterson, to adopt her baby to.

The second project is on started by two Asian Americans, both adoptees, who have started out a site to stream films dealing with adoption and adoptee related narratives. The site is also a part of the Minnesota Transracial Film Festival now in its third year.

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Elaine Chang: A TIME Disrupter With Teeth

Monday, October 15, 2012

In case you missed it check out's feature on Elaine Chang, 24 year old CEO of Social Teeth, who's mission is to crowdfund media plans for political ads.

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Last Chance Concert

Friday, October 12, 2012

October 13
5:00pm - 7:00pm at
706 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN

Featuring Tou Saiko Lee, Chili Lor, Cody Lee, and more.

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Takei + Obama

Friday, October 12, 2012

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David James Said What?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Don't take the title of my post as knowing a lot about the football on the other side of the pond but I just thought it was interesting what former English goalkeeper David James said on racism:

I think that some people have an agenda to keep themselves in existence and, as a player, I don't see the racism issue - anywhere, personally. Maybe people just don't want to aim it at me - I don't know.

Remember - if it doesn't happen to you, it doesn't happen to anyone.

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Sad Simon Cho

Thursday, October 11, 2012

You might have heard about this already, and you may also not even care, but in case you do, or haven't, or just want some interesting news to talk about at the next dinner you might be attending:

He was 18 when won his Olympic medal in Vancouver as the youngest member of the short-track squad. He’s now the reigning world champion at 500 meters. On Sunday, he turned 21. But now Mr. Cho has admitted to secretly tampering with the skates of a Canadian athlete before a race last year, an unthinkable act of sabotage that the sport’s governing body, U.S. Speedskating, called “an egregious breach” of its code of ethics.

Winning is great, but it's not everything.

Second and third and just being there is also good enough.

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VP Debate: Words And Phrases Of The Night

Thursday, October 11, 2012



Grinnin' like your winnin'.

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Robin Lung + Finding Kukan + Kickstarter

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Got this sent in by Robin Lung, producer and director of Finding Kukan. Check out the kickstarter campaign.


When I discovered a full copy of the lost Oscar-winning film KUKAN, I was ecstatic. But what really captivated me were the stories of the two novice filmmakers behind the making of the movie – a Chinese American author from Hawaii named Li Ling-Ai and a freelance photographer from the Midwest named Rey Scott. Each braved War, Prejudice and Financial Hardship to make a color film of war-torn China that helped change history. Now the world has forgotten them. I’m asking for your help to change that.

FINDING KUKAN will be a feature documentary targeted at a national PBS broadcast that chronicles my quest to restore the badly damaged print of KUKAN and the untold story of its makers to their rightful place in history. It’s a story that has taken me from Hawaii to the mainland and from one coast to the other. It’s also a story that has been winning over friends, colleagues, and complete strangers who have donated time and resources to get us to where we are now -- two thirds of the way through production. Now, at the difficult juncture between production and post-production, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

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Myx TV: Press Play

Thursday, October 11, 2012

When music is your life, a big break is all you need. For 10 independent artists around the country, that break is already within reach. Myx TV’s Press Play kicks off the voting period for its second episode of the show’s second season. Based on total fan votes, the winner’s original music video will get premiered and played on the nationwide cable channel. The music act will also perform at the network’s state-of-the-art studios in California and experience a full launch as a break out artist. Check out the network’s greatest finds and vote! The polls are open from October 8 til October 15, 12pm pacific time on Myx TV and the winner will headline the premiere episode on November 9.

Check out the original songs and music videos from artists like Matt Almodiel of Oxon Hill, Maryland with his single, “Nothing To Lose.” This R&B pop musician debuted into the scene through the Kollaboration DC stage in 2011. No stranger to entertainment, having played a small role as Sean Kingston’s “High-fiver” on an episode of Disney’s The Suite Life, Chicago’s TrakBoss premieres his track “Act Like You Want It.”

California comes in strong this week with a number of artists including JB of Brentwood with “2AM (Original).” The multi-genre acoustic artist was recognized as California’s Best Unsigned Artist at the 2012 Apollo Night in Stockton. Former starting point guard of a division one basketball team, the self-taught pop musician Alex Carbonel of San Jose with her single “I Can’t Wait” moves from the hard court to the entertainment scene. Also check out sultry soul songstress Tracy Cruz of San Jose with “Love’s Galaxy” and versatile popstar Morgan Ashley’s “Never Get Enough.”

The best lyrics tell life stories and that’s how “When You Come Home” was made by Alaskan hip hop artist Blaack. “I wrote half of this song while I was deployed, the other half once I was out of the military,” he says of his recent stint serving overseas. “Choose me coz it’s for the troops.”

At its core, Press Play continues to search for unique voices like San Francisco’s KOOL GUY w/ EazE. His hip hop electronic single, “It’s Going Down” speaks to his style. “I dare to be different.” This week also features street famous hip hop artist J Slick ft. Samyell of Sacramento with “Lookin at You.”

Krystle Tugadi brings “Sunshine” from Buena Park, California. She says, “All I’ve ever needed was one shot to prove myself as an artist.”

So check out these videos and vote for your favorite through October 15. Get your favorite artist “played.”

“The search for independent music artists has been a remarkable revelation of the talent we have in the United States,” said Nicki Sun, Associate Producer for Myx TV Press Play. “Each artist brings incredible sound, unique story-telling lyrics, and a soul that truly reflects our generation.”

All videos and voting happens on Myx TV where YOU choose who gets played and who gets famous. See the winning videos premiere on nationwide TV on the network that brings the best entertainment, Myx TV.



Myx TV is the premier Asian American entertainment and lifestyle cable network in the United States. Dedicated to airing the best in entertainment, Myx TV’s programming is a unique combination of original and syndicated shows, including magazine talk shows, interactive music video countdowns, independent film and Asian cinema, and animation, airing 24/7 in English. Broadcast in over 10 million households across the country it provides a platform for Asian Americans on mainstream television and is also represented on its official website by a community of bloggers from coast-to-coast. To find Myx TV in your area and for exclusive content online, visit

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Music Speaks

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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In Case You Missed It: Glee, 3, And Jenna Ushkowitz

Thursday, October 04, 2012

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AJ Rafael + Cathy Nguyen: (U Drive Me) Crazy (Glee)

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

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18 Million Rising And Registering To Vote

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

You know what time it is.


Not time to make yourself a sandwich and sit down in front of the TV or your computer watching the latest YouTube videos of people going Gangnam Style.

Well - there's probably always time for that.

But I'm talking about voting.

I'm talking about making sure that your voice is heard in a process that does indeed make a difference no matter how many cynics might tell you different.

And On Every Post From Now Until The Election

You will see a couple of links pointing you to: - If you're not already registered, follow the link and get yourself registered. If you are registered but you know people that aren't - push them to the link or to the site, and help them get registered. If you want to get them registered another way - do that too.

2.18 Million Rising - I could tell you about 18 MR but I might as well just let them tell you about it because who knows you better than yourself.

There are approximately 18 million Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, representing nearly 6% of the total population and growing faster than any other racial group (!) Despite that, Asian Americans remain one of the most politically under–organized, under–engaged, and under–represented constituencies: only 55% of Asian American citizens of voting age are registered to vote -- the lowest rate of all races. was founded by Jee Kim and Ian Inaba (Citizen Engagement Lab) to promote APIA civic engagement by leveraging the power of technology and social media. (18MR) is a campaign composed of a broad coalition of partners, ranging from community based organizations and print magazines to Asian American blogs and YouTube channels. Throughout the 2012 election cycle, 18MR will promote online voter registration tools, run social media-fueled civic engagement campaigns and contests, and provide up–to–date information and analysis on all things political that Asian (and all!) Americans should know about.

Ultimately, 18MR is about you, your friends, your cousins, your aunties, your whole community. It’s about making our voices heard...on Election Day, when a Sikh gurdwara is attacked, when an Asian American soldier or student is viciously bullied, when we’re misrepresented in the media or mainstream culture, when Jeremy Lin is called a “chink” (and when he registers his first triple double!), and when one of our APIA elected officials does us proud. 18MR is about us, all 18 million of us.

Who Made You The Voting Police?

No one dumbass. I'm just trying to help spread the word and if you read this post and that's the best question you have, I probably have even stronger words for you, but I'll just say this:

Even though I support a person's right not to vote (because that is your right as well to exercise), I think this election is even more important than the last and I hope you do vote - especially as APIAs because we're a force to be reckoned with - and I'll keep on reminding you of that right up until the election.


That's it.

Now I'm hungry and feel like watching some YouTube videos...

Register To Vote | 18 Million Rising. Activating Asian America

Last Chance For 2013 SFIAAFF Entries

Monday, October 01, 2012

Just in case you needed that push.

You still have 8 days to submit your film or digital and interactive media project for the 31st San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (March 14-24, 2013)! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your work included with CAAM’s incredible line-up of films, videos and digital and interactive projects.

This is your chance to have your work seen by sophisticated, diverse, and enthusiastic audiences from all over the world who converge in the San Francisco Bay Area each March to participate in the world’s largest festival devoted to bringing to light stories and projects by and about Asians and Asian Americans.

There are two more submission deadlines:

TONIGHT, October 1st by 11:59 PM PST ($35 submission fee)
Next Monday, October 8th by 11:59 PM PST ($40 submission fee available only through Withoutabox).
See the Festival submission guidelines and instructions here:

Submit online:

All CAAM members can submit for free! Limit one waiver per member. Join CAAM today to receive the amazing benefit of submitting your SFIAAFF31 entry for free.

Members also receive fantastic benefits throughout the year including:

Invitations to year-round events, exclusive members-only screenings & receptions and sneak preview screenings of theatrical releases
Discount on tickets to the festival
Visit our membership page or call (415) 863-0814, ext. 102 or more information.

Help CHINK Get That Final Push On To The Screen (Big And Small)

Monday, October 01, 2012

CHINK teaser from People Pictures on Vimeo.


Justin Chon + David So = Heart To Heart

Monday, October 01, 2012

You're A First: Justice Randall Eng

Monday, October 01, 2012

From Reuters:

Justice Randall Eng will become the first Asian-American presiding justice to sit in the Appellate Division, after Governor Andrew Cuomo named him to head the Second Department on Monday.

Eng, who was born in China and raised in New York City, said in an interview Monday that he was "very honored" to receive the appointment.

An associate justice in the Second Department since 2008, Eng was one of seven Appellate Division appointments announced by Cuomo.

"I am proud to appoint such an accomplished and diverse group of jurists to the Appellate Division," Cuomo said in a statement. "I am also pleased to appoint Justice Eng to serve as New York's first Asian-American presiding justice and lead one of the busiest appellate courts in the country."

In an interview, Eng said he became the first Asian-American judge in New York history when he joined the New York City Criminal Court in 1983.

In the nearly three decades since, he noted, the number of Asian-Americans in the legal community has grown, although perhaps "not as many as it should be on the bench," he said. "I hope this gives encouragement."

Get Your Video On: When White People Get In The Way Of POC With Spray Paint

Monday, October 01, 2012

Caught this video from the The Huffington Post and while the arrest isn't funny - and the White woman was the one that actual pushed Mona Eltahawy and I didn't see her get arrested (or hear about her getting arrested for anything - but then again I'm slow...) this video just made me laugh because the White woman is just bat-shit crazy and echoes the cries of Clueless White People who she obviously likes to quarterback for (in her own bat-shit way).

Free Speech For Everyone Including Clueless White People.


Rent Money: Can I Call A Video By Bambu Ft. Rocky Rivera Cute (Kind Of Like In Cuddly Cute)? Yes...I Think I Can

Monday, October 01, 2012