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February 2007

FILM NEWS

ANG LEE
Program For Taiwanese Directors
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JET LI
Actor Struggles With Love Scenes
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BAI LING
Bisexual Actress Loves Sex
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PANG'S "THE MESSENGER"
A "Slow-Burn Creeper" Movie
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M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN
Will Write/Produce/Direct Nick's "Avatar"
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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Varius AA Films at the Festival
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KEN WATANABE
Ken Watanabe & "Letters from Iwo Jima"
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IRIS YAMASHITA
Screenwriter for "Letters from Iwo Jima"
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JESSICA YU
Yu's Film Include Wooden Rod Puppets
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LITERATURE

LINDA FURIYA
Her story in "Bento Box in Indiana"
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MUSIC NEWS

AHN TRIO
Glamorous & Hip Sister Music Act
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JAMES IHA
Produced "America's" Latest CD
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SOO-MAN LEE
Looking For Next Asian Star
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LUNAR NEW YEAR CONCERT
Jackie Chan Featured @ Aladdin Hotel
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ZUBIN MEHTA
World Tour Include L.A., Tokyo & Florence
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TILA NGUYEN
Cyber Model & Musician (w/Will I Am)
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LEA SALONGA
She Joins "Les Miz"
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JAKE SHIMABUKURO
He is Bruce Lee with a ukulele
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"THE FIRST EMPEROR" MUSICAL
Musical By Yimou/Dun/Domingo
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ZHANG ZIYI
She Introcued "Emperor" @ The Met
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NAVEEN ANDREWS
British Indian Star in "Lost"
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"MY LIFE - DISORIENTED"
Eric Byler's Story About Asian Americans
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CARRIE ANN INABA
"Dancing with the Stars" Tour
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MING CHO LEE
Set Designer Brings Magic to Productions
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"TERRACOTTA WARRIERS
"Action Musical" w/Martial Arts & Dance
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JAMES CUI
James Cui is "VJ Fader"
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ACTRESSES ON "BROKEN TRAILS"

Gwendoline Yeo from "Broken Trails"
US ASIANS: Gwendoline - how do you balance/prioritize your time upon graduating from UCLA (summa cum laude), diploma in classical piano from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, winning the Ms. Chinatown USA, CCTV reporter, FOX pilots, WB music countdown show, one woman radio show on NPR-KCRW’s “The Politics of Culture,” member of Second City’s “L.A. Soap,” winning two Dramalogue Awards and producing music tracks while being a successful actress?

GWENDOLINE YEO: Good question. Hard choices needed to be made. I had to be very honest with myself and was humbled at what I learned. You can't do everything because you end up compromising quality in the long run. It became clear that acting was my destiny because I received reinforcement through the kind of jobs I was landing. A wave had begun and I decided to ride the wave that brought me a series regular role on a “Desperate Housewives” and working with Academy Award winner Robert Duvall. At the end of the day, I have to let gut not ego make these hard choices. And as long as I am true to myself, I think I'll be ok on the path forward to even more successes. I also have to say that my strong faith and having God by my side has been essential in all my blessings.

Video Interview
US ASIANS: Which one of the above-listed passions created the most creative joy within your soul?

GWENDOLINE YEO: Whatever the passion, the instrument, the medium the context, the people--what is most important is being myself. When I am given the room to be un-edited and fully myself is where I shine and when I am happiest. It might be getting lost in a moment on the Chinese zither, or in a revealing moment of truth looking into the eyes of another actor--you hit the zone.Considering your work in the community and being awarded the 2004 Lorayne Richardson Memorial Award from the Canadian Mental Health Association, what insights could you share on why many Chinese girls committed suicide?
To Read the Entire Interview with all the Chinese Actresses in Robert Duvall's "Broken Trail" on AMC, click HERE.

EMPOWERING KA CHURCHES
Hyepin Christine Im

My effort in the last few months to develop a network of resources and partners to awaken and empower the Korean American churches in the area of economic development and governmental funding has been an exciting adventure and a great learning experience.

I cannot lie and say that it has not had its tremendous challenges. However, in taking on this task of empowering the Korean American church community, I can relate to Thomas Aquinas's statement, "We manifest great energy when we are consumed by compassion." Although there has been no one specific organization that I volunteered for, in many ways, I feel that I have been volunteering for God or actually been volunteered by God. I can only conclude that this passion or compassion was God given.
To Read the Entire Interview with Hypein Im, click
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  • Jane Bolin (01/08/07) 1st Black Judge
  • Ruthanna Boris (01/05/07) Ballerina
  • Michael Brecker (01/13/07) Sax Player
  • Art Buchwald (01/17/07) Humorist
  • Ron Carey (01/16/07) TV Actor
  • Bob Carroll (01/27/07)"I Love Lucy" Scriptwriter
  • Jimmy Cheatham (01/12/07) Trombonist
  • Alice Coltrane (01/12/07) Legend Sibling
  • James Doherty (01/19/07) Mamas/Papas
  • Solveig Dommartin (01/11/07) French Film Actress
  • Ward Grant (01/11/07) Bob Hope's Publicist
  • Bong Soo Han (01/08/07) "Grand Master"
  • Billy Henderson (02/01/07) "Spinners" Co-Founder
  • Doyle Holly (01/13/07) Buck Owens Bassist
  • Joe Hunter (02/01/07) 1st Motown Bandleader
  • Floyd Levin (01/29/07) Jazz Journalist/Historian
  • Gian Carlo Menotti (02-01/07) Opera Composer
  • Benny Parson (01/16/07) NASCAR Driver
  • Carlo Ponti (01/09/07) Italian Producer
  • Sidney Sheldon (01/30/07) Bestsellers Author
  • Ming Sun (01/09/07) 1st Chinese National Killed
  • Glen Tetley (01/26/07) Fusion Choreographer
  • Betty Trezza (01/16/07) B-Ball Player
  • C.K. Yang (01/27/07)Taiwan's 1st Olympic Medal
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    2007 Indian American Newsmaker
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    PATRICK SOON-SHIONG
    Donates $35M to St. John's Center
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    TAI CHI & PA-KUA
    Pa-kua, The Art of the "Eight Changes."
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    EHREN WATABA
    Courft Martial Instead of Combat
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    CHARUPHA WONGWISETSIRI
    Unfortunate killing of a Thai youngster.
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    NOBU MATSUHISA
    Head of Robert De Niro is His "Hands-Off" Partner in "Nobu"
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    HITOSHI ABE
    Head of UCLA's Architecture Dept.
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    LITTLE ASIA ON THE HILL
    Asians Could Fill 4 of 5 Minority Spots
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    AA CONSUMER ATTITUDES
    Despite Affluence, Ignored by Marketers
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    SOOK YEO
    Struggles to Obtain Prescriptions
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    CAROL LAM
    Dismissal Draws Democrat's Ire
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    JANET NGUYEN
    Politics Are Getting Younger
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    TAKEO FUK
    CEO Brings Passion to Honda
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    MICHELLE KWAN
    She Ponders Life After Skating
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    YAO MING
    Honored as 2007 Young Leader
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    Wen Ho Lee
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    KIANA TOM'S THOUGHTS ON BEING ASIAN AMERICAN

    Has it been harder or easier to achieve your success because of your ethnic background?
    I don't feel any burden. I do feel responsible for my own actions and want people to appreciate what I do. I do know that saying is true: You can please some of the people all of the time.............." I can't worry about everyone else, I can do my very personal best and hope the majortiy agrees with me.

    Do you feel that you have to be a model for the Asian/Asian Pacific American communities, since you are the first successful Asian Pacific American female in your profession? Has this been a burden?
    No, but I would really like to! Please keep me updated on events, etc. Most of the events that I have been to, I have been sought out and aggressively pursued. This year, I really want to make the time to be more active.

    Do you feel a "connection" with early Asian American film actresses like Anna May Wong?
    I don't feel a connection, I feel more Americanized than they seemed on the screen. If I spoke to them in person, I would be able to answer better. My industry; fitness and health, is a universal appeal, it opens alot of doors for me to speak to all races easily.
    To Read the Entire Interview with Kiana Tom, click HERE

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