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MAY 2003 NEWS

As we enter May 2003, we have witness some exciting events that will be remembered in history books for the many generations that will follow us.

Within the world communities - we have seen the end of the prominent battles between Iraq's Saddam Hussein with the US-lead coalition forces, the dramatic effects of SARS on business to healthcare issues, international battles on how to "reconstruct" Iraq, the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflicts, nuclear arms in North Korea,

Within the Asian Pacific American communities (in addition to the events listed in the "APA Media News" Section listed on the right - we have seen the surprising and historic trail-blazing success of Justin Lin's BLT (aka "Better Luck Tomorrow") with the following information as of the close of the April 25 - 27 weekend:

  • This Week's Ranking: #18 (last week was #22
  • This Weekend's Gross: $1,031,460
  • Percentage Change: 111.5%
  • Number of Theaters: 380
  • Added Theaters: +338
  • Per Screen Average: $2,714
  • Total Gross: $2,197,177
  • Cost: $250,000
  • # of Weeks in Release: 3
  • As of April 15, 2003, it has grossed $417,840.00
  • During April 11 - 13, 2003, it had the highest grossing per screen average across the nation
  • The April 18 - 20, 2003 weekend gross figures was $515,000.
  • As of April 20, 2003, BLT had an estimated gross sales of $1,011,000
  • MTV Film's First Purchase

This is in addition to the opening of Eric Byler's "Charlotte Sometimes," the ongoing strong support for "Bend It Like Beckham," the appearance of Russell Wong in WB's Black Sash - unfornately, at the time of this writing, it has just been cancelled), the music success of Linkin Park and the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

In these "interesting times, the need to be fully informed can never be greater.

Please note that upon "CLICKING" on each link listed within this section, one will have the ability to obtain additional in-depth information on each event.

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YOUR OPINIONS ARE NEEDED to help us locate the best of the upcoming films from the Asian/Asian Pacific American communities being played in the United States.

CLICK HERE to participate in a "APA Film Poll" that will let us know which movies has the most buzz and support, along with reading some of the latest information regarding other APA movies and the film industry.

Better Luck Tomorrow
Bend It Like Beckham Monsoon Wedding
Notorious C.H.O. Close Call
American Desi ABC
The Flip Side The Debut
Blood of the Samurai Unknown Pleasures
The Way Home Full Time Killer
Charlotte Sometimes American Adobo

 

YOUR MUSICAL INPUT IS NEEDED as we seek identify the talented and upcoming Asian/Asian Pacific American music artists and their songs in our "Music Poll.".

Click HERE to participate in this poll that will indicate your opinion(s) on the music groups listed below, along with reading some of the latest information regarding selected artists and the music industry.:

N.E.R.D. Second Wind Phuz
Ghost Orgy Maggie Kim Junoon
Bad Candie CreAsian String Cheese Incident
Ghost Orgy Vanessa Mae Big Head Todd
Hiroshima Linkin Park Ill Again

 

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LING-CHI WANG
 

It is a simple phrase that has become his guiding principle in a life devoted to Asian American civil rights - "When you see injustice," Ling-chi Wang translates, "protest."

The 63- year-old coordinator of the Asian American studies program at the University of California at Berkeley has been called the "Asian Martin Luther King" for his four decades of activism.

His latest case is winning his toughest challenge yet -- improving the lot of Asian American scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and the nation's other weapons research facilities.

Wang successfully fought for bilingual education in San Francisco in the '70s, the establishment of an ethnic studies department at UC Berkeley in the early '90s and revised height requirements for San Francisco police and firefighters.

In the wake of the Wen Ho Lee spy case, Wang and an Asian American academic organization instituted a boycott of the two labs run by the University of California, in Livermore and Los Alamos, N.M.

Wang immigrated to the United States in 1957, and in the years since, has devoted himself to speaking up for Asian American rights and, occasionally, speaking out against Asian Americans who he feels have tried to isolate themselves from the community at large.

Wang founded the Chinese for Affirmative Action civil rights group. He's never had any political aspirations of his own, so he's not afraid of making enemies."

In 1996, he angered some liberal Asian Americans by speaking out against President Bill Clinton and fund- raiser John Huang in the Democratic Party fund-raising scandal. In 1984, he received death threats from people in Taiwan for chairing the Committee to Obtain Justice for Henry Liu, a Daly City journalist killed by gangs linked to the Taiwanese government.

HAZEL YING LEE
 

Hazel Ying Lee was the first Chinese American woman to fly military planes in U.S. history. She was the last American woman pilot to die in a military plane in World War II.

Hazel was one of nine children and was a first generation Chinese American. After high school, she learned to fly at Swan Island, Portland. She also trained in aerobatics. She went to China during the Sino-Japan war but was not allowed to fly.

When she returned to the U. S., she moved to New York and supported the Chinese in procurement of materials for China. After completing basic WASP training on August 7, 1943, she reported to the 3rd Ferring Group in Romulus, Michigan. She died on November 23, 1944.

ERIC BYLER

 

This first time writer/director Eric Byler made the acclaim film "Charlotte Sometimes" on a micro-budget of twenty thousand ($20,000) dollars.

The film has won awards at South by Southwest and the Florida Film Festival. Now, Charlotte Sometimes is vying for the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award for best film made for under $500,000 and one of its stars, Jacqueline Kim, is up for a best supporting actress Independent Spirit Award.

The film will be in selected theaters starting in May 2003. To discover what the initial dates and theaters where the movie will be seen, click CLICK HERE. Click HERE to learn more about "Charlotte Sometimes."

Click HERE to learn more about Eric Byler.

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APA & MEDIA NEWS

VIETNAMESE CULTURE
American Museum of Natural History installations display a Vietnamese mosaic, including robes and religious images.
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EBAY
Following complaints from activists, Internet auction giant eBay will caution sellers against describing items using a racial slur.
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BALLENTINE'S HK LAW OFFICES CONTROVERSY
Ballentine's "parody joke" mocks Asians.
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KAREN KASUMA & MTV'S "AEON FLUX"
Karyn Kusama (Director of "Girlfight), is in final discussions to direct MTV's "Aeon Flux."
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CHOU YUN-FAT - "GOD OF ACTORS"
Chow Yun-Fat, God of Actors (according to a website dedicated to him) and one of the World's 50 Most Beautiful People of 2002 (according to People Magazine) first made his name as a stone-cold killer. His next project is "Walking Like a Dragon."
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BRIGHT SHENG, TAN DUN & YOYO MA
Bright Sheng and Tan Dun have written brilliant, innovative concertos for cellist Yoyo Ma that make penetrating quests for cultural identity.
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INTERERACIAL MARRIAGES
2000 Census show that the interracial marriage "gender gap" endured by black women and Asian men may have worsened since 1990.
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CHINESE IN LOUISIANA
"From China to Louisiana" program features four prominent Chinese-American families who have lived in New Orleans for three or four generations since the 1800's.
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REASONS BEHIND THE INTERNMENT CAMPS
Japanese and Arab Americans (along with Asian ethnic groups that "look" like Arab Americans - such as Sikks) face similar tales of racial prejudices and hate crimes - despite complaints and heroics.
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BILL MOYER'S PBS CHINESE DOCUMENTARY
Moyers states "We've looked at American diversity through many lenses and perspectives, but . . .we hadn't really done justice to the Chinese American." This three-part program traces the struggle of Chinese immigrants to America in the mid-19th century, largely ignored by history books. (NPR, PBS, NEA, etc.as they are facing sever funding proglems in 2003. Please support their efforts)
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CNN DROPS CONNIE CHUNG
Veteran anchor Connie Chung has decided to leave CNN after the network dropped her prime-time show.
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RISE AND FALL OF ASIAN ART
Forget about Matisse and Picasso. Things of beauty from across the Pacific are landing everywhere in the United States.
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GRACE OF THE CHINESE SKATERS
Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo successfully defended their skating title at these World Championships with speed, grace and courage.
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WAYNE WANG IS A "GOOD COOK"
Wayne Wang will be directing New Line Cinema's "Good Cook, Likes Music" starring Adam Sandler and Zhang Ziyi.
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CROUCHING TIGER ONLINE GAME RELEASE
Game design company Ubi Soft said that it is on-target for a August 2003 release for its "CTHD" video game.
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RATNER LEAVES SUPERMAN FOR A RUSH HOUR
Brett Ratner has dropped from the troubled Superman production to do the next installment of the Rush Hour franchise.
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SONY FILM BEING SHOT IN SHANGHAI
Sony has purchase worldwide distribution rights to "Ultraviolet," a female-driven futuristic action $30M thriller to be shot in Shanghai.
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JOHNNIE TO'S FULL TIME KILLER W/ANDY LAU
Johnnie To Kei Fung and Wai Ka Fai's"Fulltime Killer" includes Andy Lau in their latest action flick.
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DIVERSITY W/TV REPORTERS
Women and minority reporters are becoming more visible on the broadcast network evening news programs, with Joie Chen and John Yang made the list of top 50 busiest reporters.
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GEORGE & ARLENE CHENG
Pacific Symphony's Chinese American League was formed by George & Arlene Cheng to strengthen ties between the Chinese-American community and the Pacific Symphony.
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APA'S DIVIDED OVER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
San Francisco-based Asian American Legal Foundation want to end race-based admission policies while the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, a coalition of 25 Asian civil rights groups, sides with the University of Michigan and urges the court to preserve affirmative action.
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KWAN WINS 5TH WORLD TITLE
Michelle Kwan won her fifth world title at the World Figure Skating Championships in 2003.
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LESLIE CHEUNG JUMPS TO HIS DEATH
Cantonese pop star and actor Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, who starred in the hit film "Farewall My Concubine," jumped to his death in Hong Kong.
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KOREAN'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY
100+ members of NYC's Korean American community gathered to hear Governor Pataki commemorating the Centennial anniversary the arrival of Koreans in America.
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SARS - NOT AN ASIAN DISEASE
As Chinese-Canadians complained they were being victimized for the spread of the respiratory illness SARS, a top U.S. health official said it is not a disease unique to Asians.
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TWO TONGUES INVADE L.A.
Chicago's I Was Born With Two Tongues, one of the hottest young Asian American spoken word ensembles, performs in L.A.
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DAN DUONG ARRIVES IN THE U.S.
After months of negotiations, the U.S. government has reached an agreement with Vietnamese officials to allow actor Don Duong to leave his native country and live permanently in the United States.
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CHINESE IMMIGRANTS INVOLVED IN POLITICS
Unlike other immigrant groups, Chinese immigrants aren't waiting for the second generation to win office.
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EDWARD CHIN - SOLDIER
The world watched Edward Chin, a Marine corporal, climbed up a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad and covered its face with an American flag just before the monument was pulled down and torn to pieces by cheering Iraqis.
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BASKETBALL, CHINATOWN & YAO
Most outsiders (non-Asian) do not know, how deeply basketball is cherished here in Chinatown. . . .and so grateful for Yao Ming.
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VIEWS ON A MAGAZINE'S DEMISE
Read Jeff Yang and Stanley Lim's responses to Monolid's Eric Lai's article on aMagazine's demise.
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STATUS OF ASIAN DOCTORS
Out of approximately 600,000 physicians in the US, more than 70,000, or about 12%, are Asians (over-representing the Asian American population about four times, as we make up just 3% of the total population).
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AUTO LENDERS DISCRIMINATION
Toyota, WFS Financial and Honda Finance were accused of unfairly charging blacks and Hispanics higher rates for car loans.
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HK FILM AWARDS
Oscar-nominated martial arts epic "Hero" and "Infernal Affairs" swept up almost every prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards - one of the most prestigious events on the Chinese movie circuit.
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ZHANG YIMOU - "HERO" IS A "RING?"
"Hero" has a spectra of wonderful images that are in many ways similar to what is in director Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.
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SARS AFFECT HK BOX OFFICE FIGURES
Hong Kong box office was badly hit by the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) cutting shows.
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KATRINA LEUNG - AN ACCUSED SPY
Katrina Leung is accused of being a Chinese double agent who was having long-term sexual affairs with two veteran FBI counterintelligence agents. She received $1.7M from the FBI for services since 1983. She was a key source for a special Justice Department campaign-finance investigation.
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OBJECTION TO "TONIGHT SHOW" HUMOR
Coalition of Asian American organizations sent a letter objecting to humor based on inflammatory depiction of Koreans and other Asians eating dogs to the Tonight Show's top corporate sponsors.
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MORE AGENT ORANGE IN VIETNAM
U.S. military sprayed roughly 1.8 million more gallons of dioxin-containing herbicides like Agent Orange in Vietnam then had been previously estimated.
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THREE CHINESE SUSPECTS RELEASED
Jonathan and Ching Chan (associated with the Ghost Shadows gang), with Alice Ling (sister), were arrestedin the Sunday slaying of bouncer Dana Blake, who was stabbed after telling Jonathan to put out his cigarette, in keeping with the city's new smoking ban.
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TIGER WOODS SUPPORT KIDS
Tiger Woods Foundation will raise $25 million to build and operate the Anaheim's Miller Golf Course that will be free to youths 8 to 17.
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SARS AND BUSINESS
SARS has forced firms to be creative while doing business in Asia while minimizing the risk of exposure.
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HOT IMPORT NIGHTS
California import scene mirrors the melting pot of the West Coast -- a big, loud, over-the-top multiculti rainbow coalition of communities consisting primarily of Asians that apreciates custom Japanese auto installations - along with the vast number of Asia models at the shows.
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AMY TAN ROCKS FOR CHARITY
Amy Tan, as a member of the feel-good Rock Bottom Remainders music group (w/Roger McGuinn), raise monies for charities.
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GOP NEWS
GOP news regarding race, gays and blacks.
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SPORTS UNITE ASIAN AMERICANS
Wing Luke Museum's exhibit "Playing for Keeps: Asian Pacific Americans in Sports" is a historical survey of famous and not-so- famous athletes who represent a tradition that's blossoming today but goes back generations.
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LOCAL FILM FESTIVALS & PERFORMANCES

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