See Asia like Asians Do....yeah....okay.
As much as I can't stand it in some ways, you gotta give credit where credit is due and getting to the Finals, winning it all - I can respect it no matter who it is.
And I have to admit - I did crack a smile.
I mean how I could not be happy for Erik Spoelstra - first Asian American, Filipino American coach in American pro sports who's reached the pinnacle of the NBA?
And I'm glad I was watching it live when it happened.
Here's what ESPN said from an article today on what an NBA championship would mean for Spoelstra:
Spoelstra, meanwhile, has a chance to join one of the most exclusive groups around: active coaches who have won an NBA championship. Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Rick Carlisle. That's it. That's the list.
Winning championships doesn't necessarily help a player improve. However, it can help a coach be more effective. When a coach diagrams a play his players might pay a little more attention, if they see the light reflecting off his gaudy championship ring. When he discusses his concepts they're a little more likely to take if he can prove that they've worked in the past.
So now it's true:
Erik Spoelstra has joined one of the most exclusive clubs in history - both on and off the court.
I'll be happy for you, but I'll also be sad.
I guess it was just fate that you happened to coach the Miami Heat, and sure, OKC could make an incredible comeback...but if it happens....
I'll still be happy for you.
Have things gotten better since Vincent Chin's brutal death 30 years ago? I'd like to say yes, but honestly - I just don't know. You can go into small towns across the U.S., a "neighborhood bar", or just be in your car when a cop decides to switch lanes for no apparent reason and roll up on you - all the time feeling on edge - and that you're being targeted in some way or another because of your race and ethnicity.
And not always safe.
Sure, you can make a case that the Phanthavong/Senser trial, or the case of Koua Fong Lee, the students at South Philly High - all of these and more (because these are just a few of the injustices we've seen) - that they are worlds apart from Vincent Chin.
But only if you really want too.
Because you can also make the case that they are leaves from the same tree - if not from the same branch - and that time alone doesn't make things better and that in all reality, our lives, as seen by some, aren't worth any more than what Vincent Chin's was to Ebans and Nitz, his attackers thirty years ago.
What killed Chin, what drove those two men to murder him was the simple fact that we as Asian Americans were not seen as a group of people that belonged, even in our own individual greatness - and that hasn't changed as much as some people want to believe - it hasn't changed as much as I want to believe.
From the workplace and government, to television and film, to even the most simplistic things like ordering food and not getting a receipt that targets your race - people still don't see us as individuals always worthy of getting the same respect and opportunities as everyone else - and that's what needs to change first.
That's what has to change in order to really say that things have gotten better.
APA's For Progress
Friday, June 29, 2012
5:00pm until 9:00pm
170 West Rose Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55117
Friday, June 29th 2012
All Ages Community B-boy Jam
Community School of Excellence
170 West Rose Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55117
$5 Entrance Fee
Doors Open at 5pm
5 vs 5 Crew Battle
1 vs 1 Solo Battle
WINNERS will get Trophies!!
(1 Trophy per Bboy or Bgirl)
DJ Soul Spin
(Luchie Lee B-boy from Floortribe Crew)
Judges: Digi, Ozzy,
Two Bboys: Monsta Matt (Looney Tunes Crew) and Finisher (Optimistic Crew) will be head instructors for two different middle schools: New Millennium Academy in Minneapolis and Community School of Excellence in St. Paul. Both instructors will get the entire school year to develop their students into a bboy crew and at the end of the school year the two crews will battle each other.
Both instructors Matt and Lue are going to teach about the history of Bboying and social impact of the Hip Hop movement to make sure they pass on knowledge for the next generation. They will also be mentors in encouraging students to strive for goals in education as well as the arts, how to connect parents to their passions and how to give back to the community through involvement in hip hop.
Proceeds of this event will go to support the development of two dance programs for Middle School Students in the Twin Cities building towards the future of the Bboy scene as a positive alternative for youth in leadership, physical health, community involvement and artistic expression.
Presented by United Prodigies
Sponsored by the Community School of Excellence
Supported by Omega Zulu Twin Cities Chapter
The mission of United Prodigies is to nurture at-risk Hmong youth into conscious and effective community organizers through artistic, educational, leadership, and social justice development
Sure, it may be unrequited and kind of like in a stalker sort of way, but what great romance hasn't started out like that?
I like news. I like Asian people.
HBO - I'll be watching.
Neap Sampat (Dev Patel)
Neal writes Will's blog and scours the Internet for stories and leads others have missed. Just 21, he's a self-made newsman, having covered the London subway bombings with his camera phone.
Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn)
The network's financial news reporter, Sloan could be earning much more money as an analyst at Goldman, but her calling is economic reporting.
First Chinese woman to go up in space.
Boys over girls? Men over women?
I don't know who that should be - and surely not me because I like to masturbate way too much and even if I didn't I'm not going to chop my dick off for some dumbass White Girl who's only claim to fame is that she's the daughter of a dumbass White Woman.
Labels: Dumbass White Girls
So I'm a little late in posting this up (I blame it on laziness), but in case didn't know, YOMYOMF Network is one of YouTube's new premium channels and is a collaboration (why do I want to spell that with a K?) between director Justin Lin (Fast Five), and YouTubers like Ryan Higa, KevJumba, Chester See and others.
They put out their promo a little over week ago, and having been steadily putting up a lot of content over the last few days. Check out a few of their latest videos.
IT HAS BEGUN: BANANAPOCALYPSE
Acting for Action w/ Sung Kang - Lesson 1
BFFs Trailer (OFFICIAL)
From the PR (and good luck, the magazine business seems to be brutal)
Yeah, you read that right. We're launching three magazines. (Three!) We’re trying to think big--as big as a world where China and India are ascendant and where Asian Americans are bursting out of the margins as a new creative class rewriting what it means to be a global and American citizen. The Margins will be our flagship magazine and Workshop front-page--it’s where we’ll invent the future of Asian American intellectual culture. CultureStrike will share the best of immigrant counterculture in an online magazine at the vanguard of arts and politics. Open City: Urban Asian America will tell New Yawk stories in a time when the city is 70% people of color and home to more than a million Asian Americans. We’ll post videos of Maxine Hong Kingston, Junot Diaz, Teju Cole, Jeff Chang, and Amitav Ghosh and work from director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Das Racist’s Ashok Kondabolu and Amitava Kumar--so you’ll be able to join us even if you’re not in New York. And we want you to come to our June 28th LAUNCH PARTY to celebrate it.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be working out the kinks in our beta launch and come to our exclusive launch party on June 28 from 7pm-midnight at Projective Space (below). You’ll see Das Racist’s Ashok Kondabolu present a special custom show just for the party. Literary enfant terrible Tao Lin will deliver a slideshow about his Vice magazine columns about “Drug-Related Photoshop Art.” We’ll also feature two signature Remy Martin cocktails (the Remy Victory Tea and the Remy Royale), Tiger Beer, a photobooth, and DJing by Gigantic magazine editor James Yeh. Save the date and RSVP in advance.
Congressman Mike Honda Today Released the Following Statement in Reaction to President Obama’s Speech in Cleveland, Ohio
“Today we heard the President articulate two fundamentally different visions for how we grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and pay down the debt. We in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community know what’s at stake in this election, and it’s clear that the path laid out by the President is the right course for America’s economic future.
President Obama understands that we must invest in our middle class now in order to create an economy built to last. He believes America prospers when hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and everyone gets a fair shot. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is offering the same failed policies of the past that benefitted a few, crashed our economy and devastated the middle class. The President’s speech in Ohio today was a clear indication of the choice we as AAPIs and all Americans have in this election: We can continue to move forward with President Obama or go backwards with Mitt Romney.”
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
9:00pm until 10:15pm in PDT
Kevin So - keyboards, vocals
Jeff Paris - guitar
Charles Kim - bass
Abraham Kim - drums
About K.S.Q.W. ...
Kevin So has earned the respect of Keb' Mo', Billy Bragg and Amos Lee, and has built a loyal fan base around the world for the past 15 years. He was recently hired as mulit-instrumentalist in the KEB MO BAND and has been on tour internationally with them since July '11. He has performed on the main stages at some of the most prestigious folk festivals across the US (Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Newport), and more recently at Carnegie Hall and The Ryman in Nashville.
Kevin was also proud recipient of the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival Award (Best Music & Lyrics) for “Great Wall” – a semi-autobiographical musical soon to be further developed this coming summer in Seattle at The Village Theatre's 2012 Festival of New Musicals, and in collaboration with Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang.
Currently based in Nashville, his songs have been recently recorded by Keb' Mo' and soul songstress India Arie ("Crush On You") and blues singer Shemekia Copeland ("Sounds Like The Devil"). He is blues, folk & soul in its finest blend.
has played with Keb Mo since 2000, performing on guitar, mandolin, keyboards, organ, harmonica and vocals. They met while touring with A Taste of Honey in ‘82. He’s also toured with Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Bill Withers, Dan Fogelberg, and many others.
As a songwriter, Jeff’s songs have been recorded by more than 60 artists. He’s contributed to gold and platinum albums by Sheena Easton, Jeffrey Osborne, Vixen, Alias, Mr. Big, and Lita Ford. He and Keb’ Mo’ co wrote “Shave Your Legs” and “The Itch.”
As a recording artist, Jeff’s album releases are: Pieces, as part of the band Pieces on United Artist Records, 1980 – Race to Paradise as a solo artist on Mercury/PolyGram, 1986 – Wired Up as a solo artist on Mercury/PolyGram, 1987 – Lucky This Time as a solo artist on Now & Then Records, 1993 – Smack as a solo artist on USG Records, 1997 – Freak Flag as a solo artist on Barenuckle (Japan), 1998 – Broken Chain, 2011
And yes - she rocked the Anthem.
You probably already know that Pacquiao lost the fight (with the outcries still going on) and I thought I would post up a quick tweet from Lennox Lewis:
Pac won the fight. Bradley won the decision. (Arum) won another payday. Boxing lost its integrity and the fans lost confidence.
Young team with a good story?
Or Erick Spoelstra winning an NBA championship, even though it's with Dwayne Wade and Lebron James (who I don't actually hate as much as everyone else)?
I'm a flipper.
I'm a flopper.
Kollaboration, North America’s Premier API Talent Showcase, launches Kollaboration Los Angeles, scheduled for
Friday, July 13, 2012 at 8:30pm at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, CA
This summer, Kollaboration Los Angeles is back to take place at the majestic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, CA on July 13 for an evening filled with fresh talent as seven up-and-coming musicians from the API (Asian/Pacific Islander) community selected through a rigorous audition process vie for this year’s title and a chance to compete at the national finale show in November. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and join the excitement as these seven passionate musical acts bring their hard work and hours of practice to the most anticipated showcase for API talent in North America.
The seven competitors will perform in the 1,200-seat open-air historic venue for a live audience and celebrity judges. The selected winner of the show will be submitted in an online poll alongside winners of each of the other 14 Kollaboration 2012 event cities, and the top 7 highest votes will be flown into Los Angeles to face-off in the November finale show.
This year’s competitor lineup is as follows: Nate Tao, an L.A. based singer/songwriter known for his smooth, yet powerful R&B pop vocals; Ms. Laney, a versatile vocalist and performer who utilizes her classical background in pursuance of both opera and contemporary music; Jeremy Crooks, a YouTube sensation hailing from Irvine, CA who received national attention dancing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show;” Brooke Taylor, an R&B vocalist featured on Power 106 with DJ Felli Fel, Big Boy’s Neighborhood, and The Steve Harvey Show; Dave & the Cousins, an up-and-coming indie folk band led by singer/songwriter Dave Cho that can be spotted playing on the well-known Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica; Kaitlin Obien, a nationally recognized speech and debate artist who combines her oratorical skills and love for the ukulele to become a versatile musician; and St. Andrew, a classically trained pianist that infuses 20 years of his classical artistry into his pop music.
This event is hosted by stand up comedian and Kollaboration founder PK, with a guest performance by prominent Chinese-American comedian Jimmy Ouyang, who has been featured on CBS’s hit television series, “2 Broke Girls” and named by FunnyorDie in its nationwide “Top 30 Comedians Under 30 to Watch.”
In a little more than a decade, Kollaboration has grown tremendously as an organization, with shows in 14 cities across the United States and Canada, and yet, its mission still remains the same. By providing a creative platform through our talent shows, Kollaboration seeks to empower and encourage Asian Pacific Islander American & Canadian artists to pursue their passions in mainstream media and inspire future generations to do the same.
Tickets prices start at $15 for General and $40 for VIP. Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1-FORD). For groups of 8 or more, please call 323-769-2147.
Since I didn't see a lot from last year - I'm just that much more hyped for this year.
72 Hour Film Shootout
The 72 Hour Film Shootout (“Shootout”) is a worldwide competition organized by The Asian American FilmLab, in conjunction with Asian CineVision and the Asian American International Film Festival, in which filmmaking teams have a total of 72 hours to write, shoot, edit and produce short films up to five minutes in length on a common theme. The competition creates opportunities to demonstrate talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and significantly impact gender and ethnic diversity in film and television. At least one key production member and a lead actor from each team must be of Asian descent. To register, go on line to www.aafilmlab.org or find us on Backstage online.
2012 will be the 8th year Asian CineVision will partner with FilmLab to promote the Shootout at the 35th annual Asian American International Film Festival (“AAIFF”). AAIFF is New York’s leading festival for independent Asian and Asian American film and video, and the first and longest-running U.S. festival of its kind.
As an integral part of AAIFF, the Shootout celebrates the creativity and genius of the directors, their casts and crews as they share stories by, about and for Asian Americans with the world. AAIFF has played a vital role in discovering and nurturing such acclaimed talent as Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB), Ang Lee (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), Mira Nair (THE NAMESAKE), Zhang Yimou (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS), Christine Choy (WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?), Steven Okazaki (THE MUSHROOM CLUB), Jessica Yu (PING PONG PLAYA), and Justin Lin (FAST FIVE).
2012 Shootout Judges include:
RUSSELL SIMMONS, Forbes Magazine recently named Russell Simmons one of “Hollywood’s Most
Influential Celebrities.” USA Today named Russell Simmons one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” calling him a “hip-hop pioneer” for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, the jewelry industry, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy. From creating his seminal Def Jam Recordings in 1984, to his fashion industry changing brands including Phat Farm in 1992, Baby Phat in 2001 and current men's lifestyle brand Argyleculture, to founding UniRush in 2003 providing instant access to a set of basic financial services for over 48 million Americans who could not previously establish traditional banking relationships, to the 2007 publishing of his New York Times best-seller Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success, to founding GlobalGrind.com, the leading online destination for celebrity entertainment, music, culture and politics for the new, postracial America and his latest New York Times best-seller “SUPER RICH: A Guide To Having It All”, Russell is recognized globally for his influence and entrepreneurial approach to both business and philanthropy. Giving back is of primary importance to him in all aspects of life and as Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, he has consistently leveraged his influence in the recording industry, fashion, television, financial services, and jewelry sectors to give back. A devoted yogi, Russell also leads the non-profit division of his empire, Rush Community Affairs, and its ongoing commitment to empowering at-risk youth through education, the arts, social engagement, and promoting racial harmony and strengthening inter-group relations.
MARCI PHILLIPS, the Executive Director of Primetime Casting for ABC Entertainment. Marci is responsible for covering the East Coast talent pool. For over a decade, Marci has cast for ABC and ABC Studio pilots, new series regulars, TV movies and alternative series. She was voted “Favorite NY TV/Film Casting Director” in the 2009 Backstage readers poll and tied in 2007. Marci is happy to have the lofty title of adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Department of Theatre Arts. Marci was voted "Favorite TV/Film Casting Director" by Backstage magazine.
TEDDY ZEE, a film producer, entertainment executive and marketing consultant with 30 years experience in Hollywood. Currently, he is Chief Creative Officer of Mozaik, a Silicon Valley based interactive media company. Zee's films have grossed over $1.7 billion at the box office. As one of the first Asian Americans to reach prominence in the film industry, he was of SVP at Paramount Pictures and EVP at Columbia Pictures in charge of such films as Charlie’s Angels, Cable Guy, My Girl, Fools Rush In, Anaconda and Indecent Proposal. His producing credits includePursuit of Happyness, Hitch, West 32nd, Saving Face, Life or Something Like It, Quantum Quest and the Asian Excellence Awards. Zee headed production at Davis Entertainment (Fox) and Overbrook Films (Universal and Sony). He is Executive Producer of Mashbox, a TV show debuting this year on Myx.
ERIC LIN, acclaimed director and cinematographer, studied film criticism and sociology as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. He went on to pursue his passion for visual storytelling and earned his MFA at New York University's Graduate Film Program. For his efforts, he received the award for Best Cinematography at NYU's First Run Film Festival as well as the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography at the International Student Film Festival, Buenos Aires. In the summer of 2003, Lin was chosen to apprentice under Rodrigo Prieto (“Babel”, “Brokeback Mountain”, and “Frida”) on Spike Lee's film “The 25th Hour”. For the Showtime network, he shot “Brighter Days”, a short dramatic narrative dealing with the relationship of two brothers and the haunting possibility of AIDS. He has shot numerous short films, including: “Missing” by director Kit Hui, which premiered in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival; and “Franklin and Matilda” by Paul Dano, starring Eddie Redmayne and Zoe Kazan. His feature film work includes Hui’s feature debut, “Fog”, which premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival; and Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl”, which premiered at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories. The Indiewire review of “The Exploding Girl” wrote: "Eric Lin’s magnificent cinematography seals the deal: Expressive colors and gentle movements become as relevant to thematic construction as the characters themselves." His most recent production, Olivia Silver’s “Arcadia”featuring Academy Award Nominee John Hawkes, premiered at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. Lin’s other features have taken him abroad to Hong Kong, Cuba, and Haiti. Other works of Lin include a music video for Asobi Seksu’s song, “Trails”,a Public Service Announcement for the Office of the Attorney General about student lending, as well as industrial spots for the global software company, SAP. An avid street photographer, Lin’s photos of Havana were selected to be exhibited at Fotografia 2010 – The Rome Photography Festival.
JAMES KYSON LEE, Voted by TV Guide as “Hollywood’s 25 Hottest”, James recently finished Hawaii Five-O on CBS, and a 4-year run on NBC's Heroes as ‘Ando’. A native of NYC, James graduated from Bronx H.S. of Science, then went on to study communications& broadcasting at Boston University, andNew England Institute of the Arts. After a stint in a hip-hop rap group in college, and trying out improv comedy, James moved to LA on a one-way ticket & a single suitcase, where he began his training in music, dance, and acting. His first ever Television audition landed him on CBS’s “J.A.G.”. Other TV credits include "CSI", NBC's "Las Vegas", "The West Wing", "Heist", as well as ABC's "Threat Matrix", and FOX's "All About the Andersons".
James has starred in feature films such as “Star Runners”, “Shutter”, “How to Make love to a Woman”, and “White on Rice”. James plays basketball for The Hollywood Knights, a charity celebrity team, and participated in Robbie Williams’ Soccer Aid for UNICEF, at Manchester United’s Old Trafford in England. An avid outdoorsman, James enjoys scuba diving, ultimate frisbee, and playing basketball. He is also an active member of theGlobal Green eco campaign & the Creative Coalition.
BRIAN YANG, a Chinese-American actor and producer, was born in Columbus, Ohio, raised in the Bay Area, California, and currently lives in New York City. Stage highlights include "Free Country" at the San Francisco Asian American Theatre Company, the Pulitzer-Prize winning play "Wit" at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and "OneFamilyOneChildOneDoor", a play about China's one-child policy, with the Yangtze Repertory Theatre in New York. On screen, he is perhaps best known for his role as "Little Yu" in Alice Wu's 2005 Sundance hit "Saving Face" where he was Joan Chen's younger secret love. At the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, Brian's short film "Red Shoes", directed by Singaporean director Li-Anne Huang, made its premiere. Recently, Brian has turned his attention to producing as well and thus has started a production company, 408 Films, along with some partners, with the intent of producing features that hold international cross-over appeal.
Asian CineVision, Inc. (ACV) is a not-for-profit national media arts organization dedicated to the
promotion and preservation of Asian and Asian American media expressions. ACV was founded in 1976 by Hong Kong cinema legend Tsui Hark (Once Upon a Time in China), Oscar-nominated director Christine Choy (Who Killed Vincent Chin?), Danny Yung, and Peter Chow with the purpose of producing Chinese Community TV, a weekly half-hour video program to effect positive change in areas such as housing, redevelopment, and healthcare. However, reflecting on the growth of the Asian American media community and its expanding needs, ACV amended its certificate of incorporation to specify much larger purposes: “[T]o produce and to exhibit films and video programs about the experience and culture of Asian and Asian American communities...,” “to provide consultation and technical assistance for artists, cultural and media organizations,” “to publish various documentation,” and “to organize seminars, conferences and workshops...” For more than thirty years, ACV has provided program and services to filmmakers and film lovers including the annual Asian American International Film Festival and the national tour of Festival works, exhibitions in film and video, media-production services and fiscal sponsorship for independent artists and producers, publications including CineVue (a quarterly journal), exclusive U.S. distributor of two book publications: Out of the Shadows: Asians in American Cinema and Indian Summer: Films, Filmmakers and Stars from Ray to Bollywood, print and media archive, and a variety of training workshops. In November 2004, ACV launched the Asian CineVision’s Monthly Film Series touring different cities throughout the U.S. in addition to the broadcast of select Asian and Asian American films through such cable networks as LinkTV, Time Warner Cable, International Channel and MTV Networks.
MYJENNYBOOK, personalized multi-media stories, will be contributing to gift bags for the 2012 shootout.
THE WHITE RABBIT NYC will be hosting the June 15 Launch Party.
HENRY LEE PHOTOGRAPHY is the official 2012 Shootout Photographer.
ASIAN IN NY seeks to inspire, educate, and connect our community, using a versatile platform that engages our audience via a multi-layered digital presence that showcases a rich cultural mix of news, events, interviews, and we pride ourselves in providing reliable online content and producing live offline events. . URL: www.AsianInNY.com
Want to read some press about the 2012 Shootout? Just click on the links below:
For more info: http://www.aafilmlab.org/72hours/ and email Shootout@aafilmlab.org!
Because Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
May 10 at 8:00pm until June 10 at 5:00pm
Tony Award Winning Musical
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Tim Dang
Musical Direction by Caroline Su
Choreography by Reggie Lee
Vocal Direction by Justin W. Yu
May 10 - June 10, 2012
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC explores the complexities of love and heartache as the summer night "smiles on the young, the fools and the old." Since its Broadway debut in 1973, the musical has enjoyed numerous accolades and revivals, and features Sondheim's most well-known song, "Send in the Clowns."
In assocation with Academy for New Musical Theatre and LA Opera Education and Community Programs.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theater International (MTI).
Generous support for this production is provided by the S. Mark Taper Foundation Endowment for East West Players.
FEATURING: Melody Butiu, Jon Jon Briones, Katy Tang, Karen Huie, Marcus Choi, Tiffany-Marie Austin, Glenn Fernandez, Maegan McConnell, Sascha Tominaga, Joseph Andreas, DT Matias, Paul Wong, Jennifer Hubilla, Kerry Carnahan, Kristina Reyes
UNDERSTUDIES: Jalin Hsu, Laurine Price, Carly Peeters
Tickets are available for purchase: https://eastwestplayers.secure.force.com/ticket.
Ken Oak and his bandmate Ed Gorski have teamed up with Nick Ruth to form a side project group called Louis Friend. Their first single is a catchy indie-Rock-Pop number called “We Get Up.” Sonically, this is a little more textured than what you may be accustomed to hearing from Oak & Gorski, but that makes it a refreshing change of pace.
Check out the single at a-tunes.net.
While I'm not a huge soccer/football fan these days, it does have a special place in my heart in the sense that when I was a younger, smaller, less blubbery version of myself, I did run my little legs ragged across the field chasing that ball much like my part-time dog chases imaginary specters from the vacuum cleaner -- many times w/o success and usually just tiring me out (and in case you're wondering I use 1-800-rent-a-pooch).
But sometimes it wasn't always in vein.
For one shining period of time I did have success, allowed to start in one spot and simply rove the field, somehow being the catalyst to numerous wins, applauded by opposing teams' coaches, and sometimes even carried off the field treated to milkshakes, hamburgers, and kisses by pretty young girls for my on the field performances (and again if you're wondering, yes, I'm probably making that portion up).
It wasn't always milkshakes and kisses though.
One time going for a steal, I accidentally swept an opposing player's leg, who went down extremely hard. As I, the coaches, and the other players went over to the player, all of us in a huddle, one of the opposing team's players looked at me and uttered a racial slur, afterwards, swiftly getting told in no uncertain terms by their coach to immediately leave the field.
It was the first time I had experienced that type of racism in a sport, while at the same time seeing how it was combated simply and effectively in that type of venue.
As I was watching the BBC World news while doing some work, I got caught into a special on Euro 2012 and the blatant racism that goes on - specifically in the Ukraine where it will be held - and while I've read some of the news about racism in football throughout the years -- watching the footage of White Power signs, Nazi salutes, and South Asians getting kicked down by fans barely making it out to safety, and then hearing that POC are being warned about their safety if traveling to watch their teams - it not only made me think about that time when I was younger and wishing that you could control the masses like you could a twelve year-old kid on an opposing team -- but also the simple fact that I don't think I'll ever be traveling to the Ukraine to go to a football match.