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As we are fast approaching the holiday season, a personal invitation is extended to visit our online shopping mall to review our gift options and choices that features artists of Asian descent - among other options. Click on the above-listed "Gift Links" listed above.

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PREJUDICES DURING CHANDLER'S DYNASTY AT LA TIMES
"I don't want to read, and none of my friends wants to read," she scolded her son (Otis), as he recalled the conversation years later, "about black foster parents and Spanish women who run clinics, or the sad story of some woman who has 10 children and has never been married and is on Aid to Families With Dependent Children."

He (Otis) once paraphrased the angry letters he received from readers, and relatives, who missed the old Times: "Your grandfather would have turned over in his grave if he could see what you are doing to The Times today. It used to be a good Republican newspaper, and now we don't know what it is. And it's even endorsing Democrats, and it even has black faces in the paper, and it even has news about labor unions and labor leaders!"
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WORDS OF EMPOWERMENT ("MONA LISA SMILE")
I've heard her called a quiter for leaving (Wellesley) - an aimless wonderer. But not all who wonder are aimless, especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond image.
(from the movie Mona Lisa Smile)

POPE WAS RIGHT (REGARDING HIS ISLAMIC VIEWS)
Responsibility for challenging these distorted views of God and the distorted understanding of moral duty that flows from them rests, first, with Islamic leaders. But too few Islamic leaders, the pope seemed to suggest, have been willing to undertake a cleansing of Islam's conscience — as Pope John Paul II taught the Catholic Church to cleanse its historical conscience.
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  • American Singer/Activist Harry Belafonte called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world"
  • Bono invested in a video game that casts the current nation of Venezuela as a banana republic led by a "power hungry tyrant" (Hugo Chavez)
  • "You don't come into my country, you don't come into my congressional district and criticize my president . . it would be crazy to think that Americans do not feel offended (by Chavez's comments)" U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel
  • New York Governor George Pataki called for a united front by Americans from all political parties to stand together against Chavez. "This person has no right coming to our country to criticize our president"
  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez branded US President George Bush "an alcoholic and a sick man,"
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    APA & MEDIA NEWS
    MICHAEL FUNG - WAL-MART'S CHIEF AUDIT EXECUTIVE
    Wal-Mart has appointed an APA within upper management. Senior Vice President Michael Fung is the company's chief audit executive. He has a seat on the board of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), a group that Wal-Mart and other corporations helped to create.
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    JANE HYUN'S "BREAKING THE BAMBOO CEILING"
    Jane Hyun noticed some familiar traits in Asian Pacific American interviewees that she saw in herself when she graduated from Cornell University and first entered the workforce — a manifest conflict between her built-in Asian values and adopted Western corporate values.
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    ASIAN AMERICANS - AN INVISIBLE MARKET
    InterTrend's Julia Huang believes that Asian Americans are an "invisible" market to U.S. packaged goods companies. As proof of her assertion, she recalled the researcher who once showed her videotape from a San Jose, Calif., supermarket in which two Chinese shoppers were seen opening packages of detergent, soap and salad dressing, touching and smelling the items before placing them back on shelves.
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    GISH JEN'S DEFINITION OF "IDENTITY
    For author Gish Jen, Chinese Americans have gone from misfits to regular suburban teenagers to fully assimilated locals who don't speak Mandarin and who marry whites, and in the process, redefined the meaning of identity. A major theme in Jen's work is that identity is fluid and that traditional definitions of identity based on skin color and geographical origin no longer apply in today's America.
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    "SURVIVOR" SPONSORS DECISIONS
    GM and some other big advertisers have dumped their longtime sponsorship of "Survivor," but they insisted last week that the decision had nothing to do with the CBS show's new "ethnic" format, where teams will initially be divided along racial lines.
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    DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH
    But to have "Do you speak English?" and its corollaries ("Where are you really from?") thrown at you everywhere from a street corner in New Haven, Conn., to a restaurant in Silver Lake is to realize that you will always be labeled as "the other" merely because of the way you look.
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    "THE ROCK" IN A MOVIE OF "HARD KNOCKS"
    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is talking about the injuries that have torn up his athlete-turned-movie-star body over the years. A complete shoulder reconstruction. Four knee surgeries. One by one, he ticks off his old football wounds. One, two, three ruptured disks, all during his senior year in college.
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    FUGITIVE JIN CHENG FOUND
    Wanted by federal and state authorities in New York City, Jin Cheng Chen decided to hide in small-town Mid-America. The alleged organized-crime honcho stayed incognito for months in tiny Carthage. But the FBI finally tracked him down, and the big-city fugitive was corralled by little-town cops.
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    L.A. DODGERS' HONG-CHI KUO
    The L.A. Dodgers feared that their pitcher's (Taiwan's Hong-Chih Kuo) left elbow twice reconstructed by Tommy John surgery couldn't withstand the demands of being a starting pitcher, so they had the 25-year-old relieve all year. Pitching exclusively from the stretch in his first career start, he threw six scoreless innings in a 5-0 shutout win that kept the Dodgers in first place in the National League West and will keep Kuo in the rotation for at least another start.
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    YUNJIN KIM INTERVIEW
    When Yunjin Kim originally auditioned for Lost, she was looking to play Kate, the troubled fugitive stuck in a love triangle between hero Jack and roguish anti-hero Sawyer. The producers didn't feel like she was right for the part, but they liked her nonetheless, and decided to write a role especially for her: Sun, the optimistic but put-upon wife of Korean businessman Jin (Daniel Dae Kim).
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    TAMILYN TOMITA INTERVIEW
    So is it any surprise that the woman who has it all holds absolutely nothing back when she's onstage, no more than a few feet from the closest audience member, giddy with the idea that by the end of her performance, she has left you bleary-eyed and slack-jawed?
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    RUSSELL WONG/SUNG KANG INTERVIEW
    The stars of Chris Chan Lee's Undoing, Russell Wong and Sung Kang are the contemporary representations of Asian American masculinity in Hollywood, be it by devouring watermelons salaciously or getting phone numbers the hard way. They tell why bringing sexy back is harder than it looks and how it takes some educated manuevering to navigate through Hollywood.
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    DANIEL DAE KIM INTERVIEW
    Despite having almost no English dialogue whatsoever (and what little he did have was in a dream sequence), Daniel Dae Kim has made an indelible impression on ABC's Lost, where he plays the conflicted husband Jin
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    GLORIA KIM HELPING THE HOMELESS
    For 20 years, Kim has been feeding the homeless of Los Angeles, rising each day at 2 a.m. to cook vegetable soup and bundle bunches of bananas, grapes and bagels into plastic bags. She distributes the food to people living under bridges, in parking lots and on street corners. The homeless greet her with hugs and call her "Mama." They pray together and sing "Amazing Grace."
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    SCOTT FUJITA
    The name on the football jersey reads "Fujita," but by his own admission, he does not have one drop of Japanese blood. Instead New Orleans Saints linebacker number 55 has what he calls dual heritage — a chiseled jaw line and green Irish eyes that belie his other identity. Yes. Scott Fujita is Japanese American.
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    FELICIA HOSHINO'S INTERNMENT CAMP ILLUSTRATIONS
    The topic of Japanese-American internment was rarely discussed in Felicia Hoshino's home. "Growing up, I was told how painful an experience camp was for my grandparents and that they did not feel comfortable talking about it," she said. That is one of the main reasons Hoshino chose to illustrate Amy Lee-Tai's book, "A Place Where Sunflowers Grow."
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    JOHN WOO'S RED CLIFF'S CAST
    John Woo has cast Chow Yun-Fat, Ken Watanabe, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chi-Ling in his Chinese costumer, The Battle of Red Cliff, a co-production with the China Film Group. Based on the classic Chinese novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," the film is set in the final days of the Han Dynasty in the year 208 and covers the war that established the Three Kingdoms period, when China had three rulers. Canadian Entertainment site Canada.com is reporting on the upcoming John Woo helmed epic Battle of Red Cliff and how the film could be used as a marketing device for the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympics.
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    HA JIN'S JOURNEY
    Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu. For seven years now, this line from the bestseller Waiting has defined the writing career of Ha Jin, a stocky and shy creative- writing professor at Boston University who left his wife and baby behind in China in 1985 to come to the United States and get his PhD, intending to return home and work as a teacher. But he decided to stay.
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    TONY JAA'S "THE PROTECTOR"
    Jaa explained how his style had changed for his second movie. "The action was a little easier because we had a bigger budget, and we were able to hire martial arts specialist from all around the world, specializing in wrestling and Capoeria. There's an emphasis on a heavier, more action-packed Muay Thai with more (simulating of) breaking of bones and then there was also the traditional Muay Thai fighting with elephants."
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    ROBERT MINKOFF DIRECTING J&J PROJECT
    Robert Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2) is slated to direct The J&J Project - the long anticipated movie that would team two of China's biggest stars, Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Apparently, it's going to be Jet Li's first movie for kids (and hopefully, it will be Jackie Chan's last.)
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    20/20 PROGRAM ON RACISM
    Daniel Dae Kim told 20/20 he'd played at least fifty roles on television and had never gotten to kiss a woman on-screen until "Lost." Kim says Hollywood stereotypes Asian American actors, relegating them to certain roles. "We've been portrayed as inscrutable villains and asexualized kind of eunuchs," Kim says. "Even Jackie Chan in his movies rarely gets to kiss his female lead."
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    JACKIE CHAN "FED-UP" WITH ACTION ROLES
    Hong Kong action hero Jackie Chan has said he is "fed up" playing action roles and wants to imitate Robert De Niro by taking on more mature movie roles.
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    PETER LEUNG - 1ST APA NAACP REPRESENTATIVE
    Peter Leung - the first Asian-American ever to serve as president of an NAACP chapter - is equal parts enthusiastic entrepreneur, angry activist and resolute role model. An agitator from his days as a youth living in Hong Kong, he is determined to be a positive example to Asian-Americans and other minority groups.
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    JOHN WOO/CHOU YUN-FAT DEVELOPING VIDEO GAMES
    I went to E3 several years ago and saw my action style imitated in a lot of other games, and they were not even well done. I thought I should protect my trademark and produce my own videogames. I can bring stronger characters and better storytelling to the games. I want the gameplayer to feel like they are watching a movie, except that they are in the director's seat.
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    CHOU YUN-FAT IN "CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER"
    Production on Zhang Yimou's "Curse of the Golden Flower", as the film now seems to be known in the West (which is apparently a more direct translation of the Chinese title) rumbles forward, with the director now shooting a crucial scene filled with chrysanthemum flowers and involving Chow Yun Fat as the emperor and Jay Chou as a rebellious prince.
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    DIVERSITY AND "SURVIVOR
    CBS argues that getting to know these contestants will help dispel stereotypes. It also will allow us to see which stereotypes are true and discuss which differences make us uncomfortable. Maybe if we admit that race is a factor — just like gender and age — we'll be a little more honest with each other. And maybe we'll also realize that, if we're going to survive, we really need to band together against the yellow people.
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    JET LI'S LAST MARTIAL ARTS FILM
    After making martial arts movies for 26 years, the 43-year-old actor is ringing down the curtain on that part of his career with "Jet Li's Fearless." "In this movie and in my past three movies, I continue to say that violence is not any solution," the energetic actor said in a recent phone interview from New York. His next movie is "Rogue," a thriller involving the FBI and the Mafia.
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    STEWART KWOH, L.A. TIMES & TRIBUNE
    20 Los Angeles civic leaders (including APALC's Stewart Kwoh) sent a letter to Tribune Co., owners of the Los Angeles Times. The letter, signed by former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher and other prominent citizens, warned that continued cuts and staff reductions were threatening to erode the quality of journalism at The Times. The letter called on the company and its stockholders "to resist economic pressures to make additional cuts."
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    OPENING OF SAN GABRIEL'S WAL-MART
    After more than three years of controversy, Wal-Mart celebrated the grand opening of its Supercenter in Rosemead. But the political fallout from the battle will culminate today when voters in the predominantly Latino and Asian suburb of 55,000 in the San Gabriel Valley decide whether to recall two council members who back the retail giant.
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    "MOZART OF MATH" - TERENCE TAO
    A UCLA mathematician sometimes called the "Mozart of Math," a Stanford University aviation engineer using abstract mathematical principles to help prevent airborne collisions, a San Francisco entrepreneur developing affordable drugs for neglected diseases in Third World countries and a Palo Alto engineer helping the blind read are among the 25 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants. Read his interview by clilcking HERE.
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    SURVIVOR: EVERYBODY HAS STEREOTYPES
    Survivor Host Jeff Probst commented that "When you start talking to a person from Asia, you realize, 'Wow, they have all different backgrounds!' Show comments from the Asian team included "We fly under the radar. Nobody suspects these little people with slanted eyes to see anything or to be strong enough to do anything." That's the thing about stereotypes — they're persistent, plenty, and everybody's got them.
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    IMAGINE THE POWER OF 1M ADDITIONAL AA VOTERS
    It is important to recognize that Asian Americans are California's 3rd largest vote bloc, and every Asian American running at the base of the ticket will generate votes for the top of the ticket. In California, 1 million registered Asian American Californians voted, but 1.5 million Asian Americans who were eligible to vote, did not. In other words, California is missing out on the votes of 0.3 million Asian American registered voters, and 1.2 million eligible Asian American Californians who still need to be registered, and turned out, to vote.
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    SHU WOO'S PICTURES OF HOMELESS ADDICTS
    Through the plate-glass window and steel security grate of his family's ABC Toys company on San Pedro Street, Woo has taken dozens of photos and video clips: homeless drug addicts "cooking up" heroin and injecting themselves on the sidewalk right in front of their building; a man injecting a woman in the veins of her neck; another man urinating on the storefront in broad daylight.
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    NBC'S "HEROES" W/MASI OKA & CHUCK KIM
    Santiago Cabrera is a junkie who paints pictures and draws comics of the future — actually drawn by real-world comics artist Tim Sale, a frequent collaborator of Loeb's — one of which happens uncannily to feature the clock-stopping, teleporting Japanese salaryman played by Masi Oka ("Scrubs"). As the one character who actually sees himself as a superhero, as answering a call, Oka turns in a performance of utter, unbridled joy quite unlike anything else on TV.
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    THE ROCK IN "GRIDIRON GANG"
    Playing Sean, the Rock commendably tries to broaden the hitherto comic-book hero range of his parts in movies such as "The Mummy Returns," "The Scorpion King" and (his best) "The Rundown." There's even a scene between Sean and his desperately ill mother, along with lots of tough-love wrangles with his kids. As sports movies go, "Gridiron Gang" isn't bad, just not top-line material. Even when it plays its heart out, this movie's clichéd environment drags it down.
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    "RED DOORS" REVIEW
    Georgia Lee's family dramedy "Red Doors" owes something to Chekhov and something to "Family Guy." The angst-ridden Wongs are so weird they transcend their Asian identity. The issues confronting them — the suicidal impulses of Dad (Tzi Ma) or the hip-hop vendetta perpetrated by daughter Katie (Kathy Shao-Lin Lee) against the boy next door — are of the type that make you forget you're watching a film in which Chinese-ness is supposed to be so paramount.
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    JET LI'S "FEARLESS
    "Jet Li's Fearless" is one of those corny, lusciously mounted, almost predictably thrill-packed action movies you can't help but enjoy, if you have any susceptibility to the rock-'em-kick-'em genre that produced Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
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    DEAN DEVLIN'S "FLYBOYS
    Just about everything in the video-gamey World War I picture "Flyboys" rings false, although the planes certainly are terrific. The film takes a strong subject, the Americans who volunteered for the French as aviators in the Lafayette Escadrille, and turns it into romantic slush.
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    SIDES - THE FEAR IS REAL
    Supposedly based on "true life audition nightmares," "Sides" is essentially blackout comedy sketches performed with gusto by six high-energy writer-performers - Hoon Lee, Sekiya Billman, Rodney To, Peter Kim, Cindy Cheung and Paul H. Juhn. From cattle call to callback, we feel their pain.
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    ASIANS IN FORBES' "TOP 400" LIST
    For the first time, Forbes magazine's list of the 400 richest Americans consists exclusively of people worth $1 billion or more that includes the following Asian/Asian Americans: Sergey Brin, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Min H Kao, Jerry Yang, James Kim & family and Weili Dai.
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    ZEN NOIR: PI FLICK TO INNER INVESTIGATION
    More than 10 years ago, writer-director Marc Rosenbush was meditating at a Buddhist temple when he looked at the half-asleep people all around him and wondered, "What would happen if one of us just keeled over, dead?" One possible answer lies in the theater director's first feature film, "Zen Noir."
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    JET LI INTERVIEW
    First of all, I'm saying this is my last wushu movie. I'm saying this because wushu has many levels. The first level is physical contact, using your skill to stop the enemy. The second level is using words—knowledge, strategy, everything—to stop your enemy, before physical contact. The third level is using your love, compassion, honor to turn your enemy into your friend.
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    TOKYO ROSE - PATRIOT
    "When you separate out fact from myth, why, their case falls apart," (Bill) Kurtis said. "In this great admiration we have for the greatest generation, Iva Toguri should be included in those patriots loyal to America."
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    JACKIE CHEUNG'S MUSIC CRITICISM
    Hong Kong pop star Jacky Cheung has warned that a focus on profit over quality has caused a decline in China's music industry. He said young pop stars were expected to juggle singing and acting careers instead of developing their vocals. He lamented a lack of creative talent in China's music industry, known for its preponderance of ballads. "Everyone is writing the same type of songs," he said. "There's less variety," he said.
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    THE JOURNEY OF VAAN NGUYEN
    "The Journey of Vaan Nguyen" describes a crucial period in the life of the Nguyen family. Hoimai Nguyen and his wife escaped Vietnam in a refugee boat and arrived at the Israeli shores, where he and other refugees were granted asylum. Hoimai's seven children were born in Israel. Two died at birth. Five girls were raised in an Israeli surrounding and developed a complex and split identity.
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    US ECONOMIC FALLING
    U.S. economic competitiveness has fallen significantly over the last year (2005), as high budget and trade deficits hurt America's business environment, according to a report released by the World Economic Forum.
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    MAZDA'S MX-5 - MIATA
    For more than a decade, the best canvas top has belonged to Mazda's MX-5, nee Miata, the company's latter-day Lotus Elan. Not only could you lower the top simply by releasing two headliner latches and tossing the top over your shoulder as if you were taking off a hat, you could raise it with one arm, without leaving the driver's seat and without rending your rotator cuff. Also, thanks to the MX-5's Z- shaped folding mechanism, the top folds with the exterior side out to form a clean tonneau.
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    HITOSHI ABE: DEAN OF UCLA'S ARCHITECTURE
    Architect Hitoshi Abe, who has built little outside his native Japan but has strong ties to Southern California, has accepted an offer to become chair of the architecture and urban design department at UCLA.
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    ORVILLE MENDOZA (UNCLE HENRY IN "THE WIZ")

    Orville Mendoza, in addition to playing the character of "Uncle Henry" in the La Jolla Playhouse's 2006 production of "The Wiz" has appeared in numerous productions. This multicultural edition of "The Wiz" stars David Alan Grier (The Wiz), Nikki M. James (Dorothy), Tituss Burgess (Lion) Michael Benjamin Washington (Tinman), Rashad Naylor (Scarecrow), E. Faye Butler (Evillene), Heather Lee (Addaperle) and Valarie Pettiford (Aunt Em & Glinda). The ensemble includes Charl Brown, Courtney Corey, Mark Emerson, Dionne D. Figgins, Demond Green, Albert Guerzon, Dominique Kelley, Ron Kellum, Alan Mingo, Anisha Nagarajan, NRaca, Karine Plantadit, Terra-Lee Pollin,Keiana Richard, Liz Ramos and Marcos Santana

    His credits include the national tour of Adrift In Macao (Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2005), The Romance of Magno Rubio (Laguna Playhouse & Long Wharf Theatre while playing "Claro) in 2003 & 2005, Disney's Aladdin (Walt Disney Company - playing the "Genie" in 2003), Miss Saigon (Ensemble & Engineer - u/s - 1995-2000), The King and I (with Shirley Jones while playing the role of "Phra Alak" in 1994), Pacific Overtures (2004-2005), Ivanov (The Mint Theatre Company in 2005),
    Other APA Cast Members in "The Wiz"
    Anisha Nagarajan
    This Pittsburgh native's debut was playing "Priya" - the starring role in A.R. Rahman's Broadway Production of "Bombay Dreams." This musician/actress has played at various high-profiled venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.
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    Albert Guerzon
    This dancer appeared in Mamma Mia (Winter Garden Theater - 10/18/01 to 10/1/06), Chay Yew's The Long Season (George Street Playhouse - 05/20/06 to 05/21/06) and Times They Are A-Changin' (01/25/06 to 03/19/06)
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    The Romance of Magno Rubio (Ma-Yi Theatre Company in 2002), Macbeth (Diamond Point Porter in 2000), Godspell (St. Michael's Playhouse while playing "Orville" in 2002), Miss Saigon (The Muny Ensemble in 2001), The King and I (Theatre by the Sea while playing "Kralahome" in 2001) - along with other East West Players productions.

    He was seen on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent while being heard on various recordings such as Hair (Actors' Fund Benefit Concert), Sh-K-Boom (2005) and Pacific Overtures (PS Classics in 2005). He has won awards such as the Garland Award (Pacific Overtures for "Kayama in 1998) and an Ovation Award nomination for his participation in 1994 in the production of Sweeney Todd

    MIKE TATSUGAWA: CEO OF "PMX" (PACIFIC MEDIA EXPO)
    US ASIANS Could you share what distinguishes PMX from other similar events (i.e. Anime, Comic Book, Japanese, Chinese and/or other "Asian" conventions/events)?
    MIKE TATSUGAWA PMX's focus is on Asian pop culture. We're moving away from a pure anime event to embrace Asian Cinema, music and other emerging trends coming from Asia.
    US ASIANS How is the planning of PMX progressing?
    MIKE TATSUGAWA
    NOVALA TAKEMOTO
    Mr. Takemoto’s accomplishments as a fashion designer, novelist and now the creator of a hit film in both Japan and the U.S. makes him the perfect Renaissance man to represent these trends to the United States,” said Mike Tatsugawa, PMX Event Chair. “With the growing popularity of the sweet Lolita fashion trend in Japan and the United States we felt that Halloween weekend was the perfect time to bring all his fans together.”
    This year is going quite well. We are continuing to reach out to new market segments and we're quite proud of the progress. Novala Takemoto is the first Guest of Honor who represents both the writing and the fashion side of Asian culture. He is the writer of the original novel that the movie Kamikaze Girls was based upon. He is also a fashion designer for Baby, The Stars Shine Bright.

    We also brought in our first non-anime animators, the creators of my current favorite animated show, Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino from Avatar, the Last Airbender. We were amazed with their Eastern influence and Western storytelling and thought they would be perfect to represent the intersection of East and West.

    Bryan Konietzko has proven an invaluable asset to the world of original design and creation throughout the animation industry for a number of years. His precision and devotion to the medium as a character designer, makes him one of the most talented men of his age. A character designer for Family Guy, and an assistant director for Mission Hill and King of the Hill, Bryan Konietzko has helped coordinate the inner workings of programs that greatly vary in style. His experience as a storyboard artist and art director for Invader Zim led to his new co-creation Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    Michael DiMartino has studied at a top-of-the-line film and animation design school, and worked a dozen years at Film Roman. He has helped direct King of the Hill, Family Guy, and Mission Hill in addition to his own animated short, Atomic Love, which has been screened at a number of high profile film festivals. Lending his directorial experience to an industry in need of young, insightful leaders; Michael DiMartino, in addition to being the co-creator, also serves as co-executive producer and story editor to the animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    US ASIANS Could you share what high-profiled Japanese bands will be performing at PMX?
    MIKE TATSUGAWA
    Currently, UchuSentai NOIZ is our high profile event, but we are also impressed by Mechanical Panda, who is also making their US debut at PMX. Of course, Dig Jelly and Random Ninjas are always huge fan favorites in Southern California.
    PMX MUSIC LINE-UP
    LATEST UPDATE: OLIVIA PERFORMING AT PMX
    Olivia will be live and in concert at Pacific Music Live, and will be attending a panel session and signing autographs at Pacific Media Expo. Her music is featured in the popular anime "Nana" (during the opening sequence in the first season and the ending sequence of the second season). Olivia Lufkin is also a former member of the popular j-pop band D&D. Olivia is appearing courtesy of Avex. For more info, click HERE
    US ASIANS Why LAX - after Anaheim Convention Center and Long Beach Convention Center?
    MIKE TATSUGAWA
    To be quite honest, we tried to return to Long Beach, but we couldn't get a window with both hotel rooms and convention center function space. The decision came down to Los Angeles vs. Anaheim and we decided to give the Hilton Los Angeles Airport a chance because many of us Anime Expo veterans have fond memories of the venue and have built good relationships there.

    About Pacific Media Expo:
    America’s first major trade show dedicated to Asian-Pacific popular culture and entertainment media, Pacific Media Expo (PMX) is an industry event sponsored by the Pacific Media Association. Pacific Media Expo will be held Oct. 28 and 29 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. The show will feature honored guests, live performances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, Asian cinema and animation video rooms, art exhibitions and one of the country’s only exhibit halls dedicated to Asian media and pop culture.
    About Pacific Media Association:
    Pacific Media Association is dedicated to promoting the Pacific Rim’s entertainment media industries. PMA specializes in Asia’s cultural exports, such as anime and manga, music and live entertainment, live-action television and films, and diverse cultural lifestyles, while building creative communities and promoting Asian awareness within the United States. PMA is the parent of Pacific Media Expo. The Pacific Media Association is located in Los Angeles, Calif., USA.

    To read the entire interview of PMX's Mike Tatsugawa, click HERE

     
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