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INFLUENCE OF "MOVING PICTURES
From their first beginnings, moving pictures stirred powerful emotions, including fear. Not just fear of sometimes frightening images, audiences actually leapt out of their seats watching "The Great Train Robbery," but fear of what these images might inspire, especially among the immigrants born into America from Europe. They might not be able to read, write, or speak English, but everyone could understand moving pictures.

"THEY FEAR DEATH & LOVE LIFE. WE ARE BELIEVERS IN ANOTHER LIFE & WE WELCOME DEATH"
"People are begging [Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah's Chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah] to fight. They want to be human bombs," said a bearded Hezbollah guard. Standing watch outside the offices, he refused to give his name. "This is the difference between us and them: They fear death and love life. We are believers in another life, and we welcome death."

BUSH'S DIPLOMACY
In an unusual moment of diplomacy,
Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman turned to Lebanese special envoy Nouhad Mahmoud next to him and whispered in his ear. When reporters later asked what he had said, Gillerman said he had told Mahmoud that they both wanted the same thing: to eliminate Hezbollah. "I told him, deep in his heart, he wishes he could be sitting next to me making the same statement because if we succeed, his country will be the beneficiary," Gillerman said.

SHYAMALAN ON FILMMAKING
"I make really precise, original movies. Not all of them are going to be right for everybody." 'It's about finding one's own childlike innocence, opening yourself up to the absurd, and being rewarded for that.' —
M. Night Shyamalan

CLINTON AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
We Democrats have a bad habit. We're prone to think. And when people are thinking, they sometimes disagree. It's a funny thing. And you know, the founding fathers thought it was a pretty good idea," he said.
(William Clinton)

FEARS OF A NEW MEDIUM
Whenever a new medium arrives, it both delights and frightens us with its power. The web, the computer, television all stirred such fears.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Illegal immigration, for example, is a red-hot issue today, but the first immigration debates go back more than 200 years. In 1798, Congress passed and President John Adams signed the Alien Act, a law allowing the president to deport dangerous aliens on his own say-so, without trial. The stimulus was an influx of refugees from Ireland and France — countries undergoing political turmoil that many founders feared would be brought to the U.S. by the new immigrants. For more info, click HERE.

2ND GENERATION CHINESE AMERICANS
Another cause was the exodus of second generation
Chinese Americans, youth whose citizenship rights enabled them to secure "outside" jobs and housing. Some were ashamed of the run-down place where their immigrant parents had been forced to live. They blamed discrimination on bad publicity emanating from the media portrayals of Old Chinatown. Note: This was in the 1930s!
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CAN MOVIES CHANGE THE WORLD?
Movies can take on the great social problems of their time, but they may be the least effective — or appropriate — medium for solving them. The more designs a movie has on us, the less willing we are to change our minds, much less our social and business practices.

WHITE MAN'S BURDEN FOR DOING GOOD
"It is great that rock stars donate their time for the needy and desperate," William Easterly writes in "The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good." "Unfortunately, the West already has a bad track record [with] previous beautiful goals." Indeed, Bono seems to offer a prime example of what Easterly calls "the second tragedy" of the world's poor.
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EMANCIPATION REMAINS A WORK IN PROGRESS
Slavery, it could be argued, didn't really end in the United States until civil rights legislation was passed in the 1960's. That was a full century after the Emancipation Proclamation. Or the "Emancipation Approximation," as the artist Kara Walker calls it in a series of hallucinatory silkscreen prints that turn the Old South into a compassion less moral state, in which slave and master alike are adrift. For more info, click
HERE.

ROBERT F. KENNEDY'S VISION
Some men see things as they are and say why, I dream things that never were and say why not. (Robert F. Kennedy)

THOMAS JEFFERSON'S WORDS OF VISION
"Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind," Jefferson wrote in 1816. "As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstance, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." (Thomas Jefferson) For more info, click
HERE.

ETHNICITY & DISEASE
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disease was equated with ethnicity; the low-income quarantined neighborhoods and other slums were deemed a menace to public health. "Some newspapers referred to the plague as being a Mexican disease," said Bill Estrada, a curator at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. The plague "only fanned the flames of racial attitudes that had been around a long time. Poor Mexican immigrants were accused of bringing unsanitary conditions with them."

CULTURAL OR ARTISTIC PURITY
Together, these works remind me
(David Henry Hwang) that notions of cultural or artistic purity are often historical and even delusional. Culture is a living thing, constantly changing, always incorporating new elements. In the final analysis, perhaps these pieces help me feel that I too am "authentic," after all! (David Henry Hwang)

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CALIFORNIA - PLACE FOR IMMIGRANTS
For all the attention focused of late on illegal immigration, California is by far the favorite destination of legal immigrants to the United States — about 200,000 in 2005 alone. Moreover, although the numbers fluctuate with the economy, the Golden State remains a powerful domestic magnet as well, with about 600,000 people from other states arriving here last year.
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KEANU REEVES/SANDRA BULLOCKS IN "LAKE HOUSE"
Directed by Alejandro Agresti ("Valentín") and written by David Auburn ("Proof"), "The Lake House" is a chronological brain-teaser confounding enough to keep you busy trying to figure out whether those holes are in the story or in your logic. A brief aside from L.A. Times' Carina Chocano: "I'm starting to formulate a theory about Keanu Reeves. I think he is the Al Gore of the acting world. He's thoroughly unobjectionable. He seems like a very solid guy. You want to like him, even. But he's, how do you say, wooden. A little on the stiff side."
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NGAWANG SANDROL & SRINIJA SRINIVASAN FIND FREEDOM
Immigration success stories include Ngawang Sandrol (27) - a person from Lhasa Tibet - who came for religious freedom and presently a student. Editor-in-chief of Yahoo!'s Srinija "Ninj" Srinivasan (34) came from Chandigarh India because his parents sought greater opportunities in the United States.
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SESSUE HAYAKAWA - A MOVIE SWASHBUCKLER
In 1949, Hayakawa uttered a sentiment that often echoes in the hearts of today's Asian-American actors: "My one ambition is to play a hero." In his autobiography, "Zen Showed Me The Way", Hayakawa observes, "All my life has been a journey. But my journey differs from the journeys of most men." The high-water mark left by this beautiful and inspired man has yet been equaled, even in this supposedly enlightened age.
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"NIGHT" VISION
"It's not a mermaid story, " says spookmeister M. Night Shyamalan, debunking a widespread myth that his upcoming "Lady in the Water" would involve anything as prosaic as a Daryl Hannah wannabe. "A mermaid is just one story of hundreds of stories of creatures that lived in the water. There have been stories of entities that lived in the water since the time of Babylon. In some of these stories from earlier times, these entities would lure boats to the rocks and crash them. They were a [reflection] of the psychosis of being out at sea for so long. Mine is an entirely made-up version of the sea nymph story."
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WWII INTERNEES OF MINIDOKA CAMP RETURNS
The National Park Service hosted their visit to discuss its plans to develop a 73-acre parcel set aside in 2001 by President Clinton to be an educational exhibit focusing on civil rights and the wartime experience of Japanese Americans. Minidoka was one of 10 detention camps operated between 1942 and 1946 in the Western U.S. and Arkansas. The camps held thousands of West Coast residents who had at least one-sixteenth Japanese ancestry. The forced removal of Japanese Americans was ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt two months after Japan's Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, only a handful of original Minidoka structures remain. For more info on the Japanese Internment Camps, click HERE
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MARK TWAIN & BRETT HARTE'S "AH SIN"
Henry Grimm's The Chinese Must Go (1879) and Joseph Jarrow's The Queen of Chinatown (1899) depict Chinese characters as opium pushers and enslavers of white women, who gleefully foresee an economic takeover: "By and by, no more white workingman in California; all Chinaman--sabee?" Those more sympathetic to the Chinese, such as Ambrose Bierce (whose Peaceful Expulsion satirizes the Anti-Coolie clubs and other rabidly anti-Chinese movements) generate more benign stereotypes. Harte and Twain's Ah Sin (1876) is perhaps the most influential of these plays; the mischievous, gibberish-speaking Ah Sin, the comic accessory to the white man.
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CULTURAL DIVIDE BETWEEN VIETNAMESE PARENTS & THEIR KIDS
Facing a growing cultural divide between immigrant parents and their children, the Garden Grove Unified and Huntington Beach Union school districts are offering Vietnamese classes to high school students, making Orange County one of only two counties in the nation with school districts offering Vietnamese as a foreign language elective like Spanish and French. The program originated in San Jose in 1992 after Vietnamese parents complained that their children were becoming too Western and losing their heritage.
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CHINA'S INVESTMENT HELP MN.'S "IRON RANGE" REOPEN ITS DOORS
Thanks to a hefty investment from China, the Eveleth's leading employer - Minnesota's Iron Range - was able to reopen its doors, putting more than 400 people back to work just before Christmas in 2003. The resurrection of the Evtac iron ore mine has provided a boost for this struggling northeast Minnesota community, whose main street boasts the world's biggest hockey stick, a nod to the town's role as the birthplace of American hockey.
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MEET THE HINDI "SUPERMAN"
The film "Krrish" (Starring Indian cinema's raven-haired heartthrob, Hrithik Roshan, as a young man endowed with special powers who must save the world against the tyranny of a megalomanic scientist played by art-house movie favorite Naseeruddin Shah) has done well in Indian communities in the United States too: In its first three days in North America, "Krrish" brought in $643,000 in 59 locations including West Hills and Artesia, or just less than $11,000 per theater. Worldwide, the box office haul was reported to be $15 million in its first week, a record for an Indian film. (The previous record holder was "Fanaa," a recent thriller that brought in almost $8 million in its first week.) "Krrish" has already recouped the $10.2 million it cost to produce.
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DEVON AOKI ON SEAN LENNON'S NEW CD
Lennon produced a short film for each of the album's tracks, directed by Michele Civetta, featuring appearances by Lindsay Lohan, Bijou Phillips, Asia Argento, Devon Aoki, Carrie Fisher, Jordana Brewster and others.
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JENNY MING LEAVES GAP INC./OLD NAVY
Gap Inc. said that the highly regarded president of its Old Navy chain would leave in the fall, continuing the exodus of top executives from the struggling apparel retailer. The loss of Jenny Ming, who helped launch the Old Navy brand in 1994, heaps additional uncertainty on attempts by San Francisco-based Gap to reverse its sagging fortunes. Old Navy's 970 stores and online sales provide 44% of Gap's revenue.
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LE LY HAYSLIP'S MAKING A DIFFERENCE
She is Vietnamese and a survivor of the Viet Nam war. She has been the victim of all the horrors of that war, both reported and unreported, for most of her life. Le Ly Hayslip has every right to be bitter, but she has forgiven her enemies and moved forward to help others rebuild their shattered lives. Le Ly is a woman who is making a difference in the United States and in her homeland.
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DIVERSITY IN THE "BIG DEALS"
Diversity is seen in these deals that were made: 1) Turner's Purchase of Castle Rock / Scott Sassa and Alan Horn; 2) Viacom's Purchase of Black Entertainment TV / Robert Johnson and Sumner Redstone; 3) Yahoo's CEO Appointment / Jerry Yang and Terry Semel; 4) Time Warner's Purchase of Saban Ent. / Haim Saban and Richard Parsons and: 5) BET/Miramax Deal / Robert Johnson and Miramax's Weinstein
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JACKIE CHAN GIVES RS $500,000 TO CHARITY
The 51-year-old actor, who said that charity gave him a lot of happiness, handed out a cheque of Rs 500,000 to the Salaam Balak Trust, which was set up by acclaimed New York-based filmmaker Mira Nair to help street children.
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CHINESE AMERICAN TRENDS
93% of the Chinese speaking community reads Chinese language newspapers. Chinese Americans seem to be Internet savvy with two-thirds online and 60% of them having made at least one purchase online in the past year. Chinese consumers are more likely to notice or read an ad written in Chinese and more likely to be influenced by ads in Chinese language media, newspapers in particular, when making purchasing decisions.
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CCTV'S TV SERIES ON BRUCE LEE
The Legend of Bruce Lee will be scripted by Qian Linsen and directed by Wu Ziniu with production due to begin in December in China, Hong Kong, Canada and the U.S. The state broadcaster's production/marketing unit, China Intl. Television Corp., will develop the series. It is slated to debut to overlap with the Beijing-hosted Olympic Games in the beginning of 2008.
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WEINSTEIN COMPANY'S "DRAGON DYNASTY" FILM LABEL
The company will release Asian films in the U.S. such as Ong Bak 2, The Protector, Born to Fight, SPL, Seven Swords and Dragon Squad. Weinstein also licensed a package of 43 high profile titles from STAR Group's (News Corporation) Fortune Star Entertainment in addition to The Weinstein Company's special collection of 50 classic Shaw Brothers' movies and several indie acquisitions. Quentin Tarantino will work with Bob and Harvey on Dragon Dynasty's brand development.
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PROSTITUTION STING IN FLUSHING
Police arrested four suspected prostitutes: Sunwoo Lee, 27, Yinfi Pial, 28, Jenny Lee, 31, Sunhee Choi, 36, and their alleged madam, Soonhu Park, 57, inside 151-04 Bayside Ave. at 8:45 p.m., authorities said. The four women were charged with misdemeanors and Park was charged with a felony charge of promoting prostitution, a spokesman for the Queens district attorney said. Many advertise by word-of-mouth and patrons must know secret passwords to get in. He said modern-day Asian brothels tend to cater to specific ethnicities.
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CHILDREN OF ASIAN-MEXICAN HERITAGE
Asian-Latino unions are not uncommon in California. The Ties that Bind project, supported in part by the Animating Democracy Initiative, collected stories of Asian-Latino marriages in California. Notable individuals of Asian-Latino heritage David Tseng - served at the White House as Staff Director and Senior Policy Advisor for the National Economic Council. Camillo Wong Moreno, aka Chino Moreno of the hard rock band Deftones, is of Mexican and Chinese descent. Carlos Galvan of the Korean hip-hop group Uptown is Mexican and Korean.
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SOUTH KOREANS IN GOLF
Koreans and Americans born to parents of Korean descent have become a major force on the U.S. junior golf circuit the last several years. It has also trickled to the college and professional ranks, especially on the LPGA Tour, where nine of the 18 winners this year have been Koreans. There are myriad reasons, experts say: Good old-fashioned work ethic, a love for the game, a dedication to learning and a culture in Korea that places golf high in social status.
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M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN
Mr. Shyamalan is big on faith. He wants us to believe in him - in him - in his films. To be swept away by that transporting swell of feeling that comes with love, sex, gods, the great outdoors and sometimes, though not often enough, the movies. Mr. Shyamalan wants to carry us away. He wants to be Steven Spielberg.
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JET LI'S "FEARLESS"
"Fearless," reportedly the final film Li will make in the traditional wushu style, did excellent business when it opened earlier this year in East Asia, besting the opening weekends of "Hero" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Western audiences less well-versed in the legend of the Chinese hero can't be expected to respond as well and might be left frustrated by the shortcuts director Ronny Yu takes in the telling of his tale. Still, there is no shortage of bone-crunching brawls, expertly choreographed by the celebrated Yuen Wo Ping in a spare, old-school style that makes the occasional use of wires and special effects look strangely incongruous.
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KOREAN "MOTOCROSS" MOM ACCUSED OF PROSTITUTION
Kimberly Mao (Jong Ock Mao, a.k.a. Jong Ock Hahn) was arrested in Madisonville, Texas, for allegedly heading a multimillion-dollar prostitution and money laundering conspiracy. In a 40-count federal indictment, the government said she hid profits from her brothels in Inglewood, South Gate, Baldwin Park and Dallas in the East Texas property and four other tracks she owned in California, Texas and Florida, collectively named MX Oasis.
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JENNY SHIN - 2ND YOUNGEST U.S. GIRLS' JUNIOR WINNER
Jenny Shin of Torrance rallied from a late three-hole deficit Saturday to beat Vicky Hurst in 37 holes and become the second- youngest winner in the 58-year history of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
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EFFORTS TO MAKE TULE LAKE A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK
A six-year effort to designate Tule Lake (for more info on Tule Lake, click HERE) a national historic landmark culminated earlier this month with a ceremony at the camp. But former internees, the Modoc County Board of Supervisors and the National Park Service, among others, have been campaigning almost as long for the camp to become a state or national park or be turned over to a nonprofit group. Proponents of preservation warn that unless action is taken soon, one of the most significant vestiges of World War II-era American history will pass beyond repair as the buildings continue to decay.
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SAYING "YOU" FOR KOREAN/KOREAN AMERICANS
But Korean has four words for you. The irony is we go out of our way to find substitutes so we won't have to use them. Since Korean is one of the world's most complicated and nuanced languages, laden with honorifics, saying "you" (in English) pushed me out of the confines of Confucian-steeped, hierarchal Korean language into a world of egalitarian impulses. Korean is a wonderfully poetic language, full of alliteration and onomatopoeia, but Korean has no fewer than six speech levels — each with a unique set of verb endings to indicate the degree of formality, ranging from extremely polite to actively impolite — and many gradations in between.
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TALE OF TWO CHINATOWNS
These days, there are two Chinatowns — one on the rise, the other on the decline. The old Chinatown — the one established as an entry point for Chinese immigrants, made up of long-standing family associations and shops that celebrate China's traditions — is struggling. The new Chinatown — the one of art galleries, loft developments and trendy boutiques celebrating modern Asian fashion — is booming. It's a community more about style than tradition, created by a mix of white artists and second- and third-generation Chinese Americans who came from the suburbs to form their own vision of Chinatown.
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SHYMALADENFREUDE
As one wag put it, there's been an outbreak of Shyamaladenfreude. If there is a recurrent theme in Bamberger's book, it's that Night is different from the rest of us. Like the mythic creatures who populate his new movie, he is not subject to the same mundane laws of gravity that keep us moored to the ground.
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HSBC - GLOBAL ENTREPENEURS' BANK
Over the last six years, Chris Blackwell has centralized his financial arrangements as a client of HSBC's private bank. Blackwell is the type of client HSBC has been seeking. Credit Suisse is pursuing the same kind of client. It is turning its cloistered image into a platform to sell global advice just as HSBC is trading on its international roots, having been founded in Hong Kong 150 years ago.
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UPCOMING FILM ON BRUCE LEE
Bruce Lee's family plans to produce a new film on the late martial arts star — the first such movie it has actively supervised with the Beijing Jian Yongjia film company. It will be based on an upcoming biography of the late actor by Lee's brother, Lee Chun-fai. Beijing Jian Yongjia will produce a series of films, TV shows and documentaries based on it, including a movie titled "Bruce Lee."
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LT. EHREN WATABA - 1ST OFFICER TO REFUSE IRAQ DEPLOYMENT
A Japanese/Chinese American from Hawai'i became the first U.S. commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. On Wednesday U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Ehren Watada announced that, because he believes he "cannot justify or support legally and morally" the war in Iraq, he will disobey orders to deploy to Iraq. Watada is a member of a Stryker Brigade based near Seattle, Washington. His unit is set to be deployed later this month to Mosul.
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BILLY MAK & MOTHER INDICTED AS SPIES
An indictment returned by a grand jury in Santa Ana charged Billy Mak, 26, and his mother, Fuk Heung Li, 48, with making false statements and acting as agents of a foreign government, namely China, without prior notification to the U.S. attorney general, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
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NORMAN MINETA & PRESIDENT BUSH
"We know what happened to Norm Mineta in the 1940s, and we're not going to let that happen again," Bush vowed. He referred to the internment of 140,000 Japanese-Americans, including the Mineta family of San Jose, after Pearl Harbor. Bush's remark was a critical moment for Mineta, who leaves the job of secretary of transportation today, 5 1/2 years after Bush made him the only Democrat to serve in the Cabinet. His departure caps a 40-year career in public life that took Mineta from the San Jose City Council to mayor, to Congress and two Cabinet positions.
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GONG LI - ONE WOMAN CULTURAL REVOLUTION
Gong Li was always destined to be a star. At 21, she was plucked from her class at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing by the director Zhang Yimou to star in his debut film, Red Sorghum; within a couple of years, she was the best-known actress in China. Her extraordinary performances in early 1990s movies such as Raise the Red Lantern and Farewell My Concubine meant that to most western filmgoers, she was Chinese cinema. At least, that was the case until the beginning of this decade, when she took a two-year break from acting. "There were just no roles that were worth my time," Gong explains.
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CHINESE LANGUAGE DIPLOMACY
Over the past 18 months, the Chinese government has instituted a substantial cultural diplomacy program, the establishment of Confucius Institutes, which offer Chinese language teaching for foreigners. With 100 institutes planned worldwide by 2010, they constitute a powerful element of the "soft power" China seeks to build as part of its development of a global role.
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ADOPTEES FROM CHINA RETURN AS GUESTS
Organizers believe the trip is the first time the Chinese government will pick up all the expenses, except airfare, for adoptees to return to the country where they were born, although the government in recent years has been partially subsidizing trips for adopted children and often pays for travel for visitors, such as the recent trip by San Francisco school officials interested in expanding Chinese language programs. Families taking the adoption trip are paying the airfare.
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LAWSUITS REGARDING "CROUCHING TIGER" RIGHTS
This summer, art blurred into reality in a Saskatchewan courtroom, which became the real-life setting for an epic legal fight between two of Hollywood's most powerful movie studios. At issue: the lucrative film and stage rights to the four remaining novels in the five-part series that spawned the 2000 blockbuster movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
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VIDEOGAMES STEREOTYPES
Kung fu warriors and faceless, yellow-skinned victims are two prevalent images of Asian males found in top-selling video games which tend to trade in racist stereotypes that society generally condemns in other media, says a University of British Columbia student researcher.
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N.Y. CHINATOWN'S TRASH
The history of Chinatown and trash is long and colorful. In 1981, for instance, after private carting workers went on strike there, the Health Department intervened and ruled the area a public health hazard. The ruling allowed the Sanitation Department to make pickups.
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KAREN CHEN VS. QUINCY POLICE
According to Chen, it all began when she and some friends left a party. They were meeting up with a friend, Quan Thin, who had just gotten in an argument with his girlfriend. Thin claims a Massachusetts state approached and interrogated him for no reason, and then, according to Chen and the others who arrived at the scene, a Quincy police officer suddenly pulled up, sprung out of his cruiser, and sprayed Thin, Chen, and another friend with pepper spray.
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BIGOTS TARGET HINDU FAMILY IN NEW JERSEY
The neighbor's husband said Wednesday he was stunned when he saw the painted words, including "I HATE INDIANS" and others targeting Hindus that are too vulgar to print. "You can't believe your eyes when you see it," the neighbor said, requesting anonymity. "I mean, how do you make sense of something like this?"
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TOMOMI HANAMURE STABBING/KILLING
Now. a vicious murder threatens to cast a cloud over the idyll the tribe protects (village of Supai on the Havasupai Reservation). A Japanese tourist, Tomomi Hanamure, was stabbed 29 times and left in shallow water near Navajo Falls on May 9. Hanamure, 34, was traveling alone when she was killed. Police say her credit cards and other valuables were stolen. Media scrutiny of the unsolved crime has been intense in Japan, with the story landing repeatedly on the front pages and television.
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AA YOUTHS: NEW AMERICAN TRENDSETTERS
A new study on the cultural influence of Asian American youth released by New American Dimensions and interTrend Communications reveals that Asian American youth are increasingly generating some of the key trends in pop culture being embraced by the rest of mainstream American youth culture
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MAYOR JUN CHOI/PETER KOTHARI TRYING TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER
After an Asian-Indian resident claimed he was beaten by an Edison police officer in July, Mayor Jun Choi reached out to Asian-Indian community leader Peter Kothari, in an effort to defuse tensions over the alleged incident.
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MI SUK YI & HUSBAND SENTENCED IN CREDIT FRAUD
The jury found them guilty last year of bank fraud, Social Security fraud, structuring cash deposits to avoid detection and money laundering. It also decided that the couple should forfeit the two homes. Although they sold the homes in an attempt to thwart the forfeiture, more than $1 million in sale proceeds is being held in escrow, Matz said.
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BEP'S FILIPINO PRIDE/LOW-BUDGET "BEBOT" VIDEO
The video was a passion project for Apl who, with some help from fellow Peas Will.I.Am, Fergie and Taboo, funded the production independently. "It's not just about doing a video," Apl said proudly. "Filipino culture is like a community movement, and it feels good to represent my culture and to be embraced by my people."
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DENNIS HWANG - THE "GOOGLE DOODLER"
On Halloween, as many people set jack-o'-lanterns in front of their homes, Google puts up a decorative facade of its own. Dennis Hwang is the 28-year-old webmaster behind the whimsical themed logos that appear on the site. Known as Google doodles, according to Google, the drawings have become a pop-culture phenomenon.
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FLOWER DRUM SONG DVD RELEASED
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, which is the only screen musical by the team not to have been available on DVD, will be released by Universal Home Video on November 7th. It will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with an English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, and English, French and Spanish subtitles will be included.
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PANG BROTHERS ON HORROR
When it comes to horror, Danny was saying, Americans crave explanation. "Every detail has to be logical. Why is the ghost flying? Why is the ghost walking? Why does the ghost attack that guy and not the other guy? They keep asking." He shook his head slightly in frustration. "This is a ghost movie," Danny said. "Ghosts are already illogical."
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JUNICHI SEMITSU - EMBEDDED BLOGGER FOR "THE DIXIE CHICKS"
Semitsu, a 32-year-old law professor at the University of San Diego, is an "embedded blogger," apparently the first of its kind. Many musicians blog, and record companies sometimes send their own publicists on tour with bands, but Semitsu is an independent contractor with an all-access pass and the freedom to write pretty much whatever he wants.
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CHOU YUN-FAT IN "PIRATES 3"
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest's third film have Chow Yun Fat as Captain Sao Feng, as a baddie. Sao Feng doesn't get a whole lot of screen time, but for a limited character he's pretty interesting.
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JUSTIN LIN'S COMEDY REMAKE OF "GAME OF DEATH"
The 33-year-old Sundance sensation-turned-"The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" hitmaker is lifting the veil on a previously top-secret project that could be described as an unofficial sequel to a disrespectful film that bombed nearly 28 years ago. If that doesn't already sound like one of the most bizarre follow-ups in movie history, get this: It's a comedy on Bruce Lee's "Game of Death" that will include Roger Fan, Sung Kang, John Cho, Jason Tobin, Parry Shen, McCaleb Burnett, Vicellous Reon Shannon,Leonardo Nam and Brian Tee.
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JOHN WOO PARTNERS WITH VIRGIN COMICS
Newly formed Virgin Comics is collaborating with Tiger Hill Entertainment, film-maker John Woo and partner Terence Chang's creative shingle, along with best-selling comic book writer, Garth Ennis to create Seven Brothers. The comic book series is set to debut in mid-October, it was announced today by Sharad Devarajan, Virgin Comics' chief executive.
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NATASHA KAI - 1ST HAWAIIAN TO U.S. SOCCER TEAM
Kai, a former Kahuku and University of Hawai'i soccer standout, became the first female from Hawai'i selected to the U.S. National Team, joining an elite group of athletes who will compete in the 2007 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics.
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M.I.T.'S SUSUMU TONEGAWA IS ACCUSED
Eleven Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote in a latter "allowed a senior faculty member (Susumu Tonegawa) with great power and financial resources to behave in an uncivil, uncollegial, and possibly unethical manner toward a talented young scientist (Alla Karpo) who deserves to be welcomed at MIT."
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TONGAN PRINCESS FORGIVES CALIFORNIA TEEN KILLER
Princess Siu'ilikutapu of Tonga said her family has forgiven the teenage girl (Edith Delgado) charged with killing a Tongan prince and princess ( Prince Tu'ipelehake, his wife, Princess Kaimana, and the couple's driver, Vinisia Hefa) in a car crash, but they will not ask prosecutors to drop the charges.
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ANG LEE CASTS TANG WEI IN "LUST"
Taiwanese director Ang Lee has finally decided to cast mainland actress Tang Wei as the female lead, Wang Jiazhi, in his new film "Lust, Caution," according to Tuesday's Shenzhen Special Zone Daily.
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COULD WOMDER WOMAN BE FROM BOLLYWOOD
Evidently Joss Whelan and company are in negotiations with actress Priyanka Chopra to play the lead in his next big blockbuster comic-to-movie project. Chopra is a huge star in Bollywood and throughout Indian feature films, but is relatively unknown by Western audiences. She will be starring in India's answer to Superman this year in the big screen "Krrish."
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AIDAN QUINN JOINS JANET YANG-FINANCED "DARK MATTER"
Aidan Quinn has joined the cast of the independent feature Dark Matter financed by Janet Yang's American Sterling Productions. Quinn is working with a renowned international cast that includes Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, Tony Award winner Blair Brown and Chinese star Liu Ye, who makes his American film debut.
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BODY AND SEOUL
Over the July 4 weekend, nineteen young Korean-American women slipped into stilettos and one-pieces for the 30th annual Miss Korea New York competition. In August, the winner, Jin Lee, 22, and two runners-up will fly to Seoul for the Miss Korea pageant, which is a Miss Universe feeder and often a nodutdol, or stepping-stone, to a Korean film career.
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VAN DAMME VS. JACKIE IN "RUSH HOUR 3"
Jean Claude Van Damme has signed on to play the main villain in "Rush Hour 3"(set to film in August). It involves Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker getting mixed up with Triads in Paris.
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LITTLE SAIGON'S "HITLER"
Si Tien Nguyen selected his gang nickname, Hitler, at the age of 12, after a family trip to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. It was twisted and frightening and, he thought, funny, so funny that he bragged about it, even around cops. Like his namesake, Nguyen is diminutive—just five and a half feet tall and 117 pounds. Despite that, police say Dragon Family Junior, the gang he helped lead, was Little Saigon's most active criminal street gang in 2002.
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LENA CHEN/JENNIFER NGAN ACCUSED OF ALTERING GRADES
Two Cal State Northridge students have been accused of hacking into a professor's computer, giving grades to nearly 300 students and sending pizza, magazine subscriptions and CDs to the professor's home. Lena Chen of Torrance and Jennifer Ngan of Alhambra are to be arraigned Aug. 21 on misdemeanor charges of accessing computers illegally and other counts. If convicted, they face up to a year in prison.
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TED KAWASHIMA'S "SIMPLE MISTAKE" - DRIVING INTO PARKING LOT
Two Cal State Northridge students have been accused of hacking into a professor's computer, giving grades to nearly 300 students and sending pizza, magazine subscriptions and CDs to the professor's home. Lena Chen of Torrance and Jennifer Ngan of Alhambra are to be arraigned Aug. 21 on misdemeanor charges of accessing computers illegally and other counts. If convicted, they face up to a year in prison.
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BRIAN CHIN'S KILLING BY YOUNG ASIANS
Brian Chin (Cal State Long Beach graduate and "Pastor's Son") was stabbed to death in the parking lot of trendy Chapman Plaza, shortly before 2 a.m. on July 15. Earlier in the evening, Chin, a 6-footer with an athletic build, had tried to stop an altercation between a friend and a group of rowdy young (between 19 & 23) Koreans/Asians who had confronted them inside Blink, a popular nightclub at Brown Derby Plaza on Wilshire Boulevard. Additional information and updates can be found by clicking HERE.
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In 1965, there were no Asians in America. At least according to Hollywood, there were only Orientals: Japanese and Korean enemies, mysterious foreigners crammed into exotic Chinatowns, geisha girls beguiling American servicemen abroad, Charlie Chans, Fu Manchus and the cook on "Bonanza." To the movies, an Oriental was Mickey Rooney in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Luise Rainer in "The Good Earth" or Marlon Brando in "The Teahouse of the August Moon."

Yet in 1965, a young actor named Mako believed Asians did exist in this country, and he spent his life proving it, not only through his most acclaimed performances — his Oscar- and Tony Award-nominated roles in, respectively, "The Sand Pebbles" and "Pacific Overtures" — but also in the everyday jobs of a working actor — from "McHale's Navy" to "F Troop" — where his talent and dedication consistently managed to elevate stereotypes into fully realized human beings.

Had Mako's achievement been limited to his own performances, we would be remembering him today as a brilliant artist and pioneer. But he was also a fighter and activist of extraordinary vision and courage. In 1965, he co-founded East West Players, the nation's first Asian American theater, and served as its artistic director until 1989. . . . . Though the invention of Asian American theater was a collective act, Mako was its center, its heart, its founding father, the glue that held all else together. . . .

. . . . . . Mako's life touched that of every Asian American theater artist, whether he or she knew him or not; when he passed away on July 21, we all lost a colleague, a friend and an ardently supportive father Moreover, anyone who has ever attended an Asian American play, or watched Asian actors perform onstage or onscreen in recent decades, has seen the work of Mako. He lives, not only through the roles he played himself but also in those played by others, and those yet to come. Goodbye, Mako. Thank you for helping us find so much of ourselves. We will miss you, even as we see you everywhere. To read the entire tribute, click HERE.
David Henry Hwang is a Tony Award-winning playwright whose works include "M. Butterfly," "FOB," "Golden Child" and the musical books for Disney's "Aida" and "Tarzan," and the Broadway revival of "Flower Drum Song." To read US Asians' interview with David, click HERE.

 
BLIND-CASTING IN
TODAY'S HYPHENATED SOCIETY
  US ASIANS: What will it take for the general public and Hollywood to accept "blind-casting" choices such as Jonathan Pryce playing an Asian character, James Earl Jones can playing Italian characters and B. D. Wong can playing a Jewish character?  

DAVID HENRY HWANG: In general, I feel this is starting to happen in the theatre. Denzel Washington can play Julius Caesar, James Earl Jones can star in "On Golden Pond," Brian Stokes Mitchell can star in "Taming of the Shrew" & "Man of La Mancha," and Jose Llana can play a character named "Chip Tolentino." We are still miles away from this happening in the movies, however, where verisimilitude is taken much more literally.

US ASIANS: In the final analysis of living in the U.S.'s "hyphenated society" at this time, has being Asian (where you are telegraphing your identity through your physical characteristics) provided you the ability to explore and create without boundaries?

DAVID HENRY HWANG: Basically, yes. My main handicap at this point is that my all-Asian works, after their initial NY productions, tend to be produced less often than other successful Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, because regional theatres feel they're too hard to cast. Normally, a play which has been well-enough received on Broadway to receive a Tony Nomination will be popular with regional theatres, but this has not proven the case with "Golden Child," for example.

DAVID HENRY HWANG
US ASIANS: Do you consider yourself as a role model for the artists of Asian, Filipino and Asian Pacific American descent? If so, what do you feel are the obligations of a "role model?"

DAVID HENRY HWANG: Minorities and women often complain about being "objectified." Becoming a role model is a form of objectification also, and just as pernicious (though rather more seductive). The obligation of good role model is to become as full a human being as possible, an objective which often conflicts with the expectations imposed upon role models.

US ASIANS: To what extent do you embrace the position of being a role model and/or a leadership capacity for those within the Asian/Asian Pacific American communities and why do you feel that there are more legitimate role models to share this responsibility with you? Do you embrace the Charles Barkley saying that one's parents should be one's role model?

DAVID HENRY HWANG: I try to contribute to those APA (Asian Pacific American) organizations with which I feel an affinity. As for Barkley, one's parents are one's role models; whether they're good ones or not varies widely from family to family.

US ASIANS: What other artists should be and/or are "role models" for aspiring Asian/Asian Pacific American artists in the fields of theater, film, television and music?

DAVID HENRY HWANG: No one "should" or "shouldn't be" a role model. If APAs accept them as such, then they are, for better or worse. That said, I feel artists such as Ang Lee, Yo-Yo Ma, Gish Jen, and Jessica Hagedorn have been excellent leaders and inspirations. (Additional information about other artists can be found by clicking HERE.
To read the rest of David Henry Hwang's interview, click HERE

 
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