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NOVEMBER 2003 NEWS

The Asian/Asian Pacific American communities have a constant struggle to have their voices heard exist in these "interesting times" in the American media. Acquiring an in-depth perspective of our historical heritages provides greater evidence of our communities' legacy. As stated in a well-known axiom - "If one doesn't know one's history, one is doomed to repeat its mistakes."

This is especially true in light of the many prominent events and crucial issues that are occurring throughout the United States, the Middle East, South America, Europe, Africa and throughout the rest of the world. our remembrance of the and other things such as the following:

"It is one of the ironies of our time that the techniques of a harsh and repressive system should be able to instill discipline and ardor in its servants - while the blessings of liberty have too often stood for privilege, materialism and a life of ease." John F. Kennedy's words still ring true today.

As a result, an invitation is extended to attend the many events and issues that have recently occurred directly affects the Asian/Asian Pacific American (US Asian) and/or emantes from these communities. In October's "Event Section" - it is our suggestion to support Byron Yee's "Paper Son" and East West Players' "Passion."

In light of the vast spectrum of topics, issues and events that are related to our communities, we've divided the vast amount of news into various categories that are listed below:

APA Media Polls Business Community
Diversity Events Featured Artists
Film & Television Music Politics
R.I.P. Sports Theater
 

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 even.

Invitation is extended to "chat" with other parties about APA Media issues by clicking on the banner listed on the "right"

APA MEDIA POLLS

CLICK HERE to participate in a "Film Poll" where you can tell us what movies from and/or with artists from the Asian/Asian Pacific American communities has the most buzz and support - along with reading some of the latest information regarding other APA movies and the film industry.

Listed below are the current films in the poll. (Please note that some of the films listed below are included in the Dragon's Roar DVD.)

ABC American Adobo American Desi
Bend It Like Beckham Better Luck Tomorrow Charlotte Someteimes
Close Call Debut Eye
Flip Side Full-Time Killer Monsoon Wedding
Notorious C.H.O. Together Way Home

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.

The artists included in this month's poll are listed below. Please note that some of the below-listed artists, including others from our Asian Pacific American Music Station at MP3.Com have been featured in the Dragon's Roar DVD.

Mia Doi Todd Second Wind Phuz
Ghost Orgy Florelie Escano Shell Lee
KJWAN Dig Jelly Burning Tree Projekt
Justis Kuo The Speaks Michelle Branch
Wendy Woo Linkin Park Elements of the Outer Realm

FEATURED ARTISTS & LEADERS

DRAGON'S ROAR MUSID DVD

 

 

On February 2004 - the Dragon's Roar DVD will be released containing the performances from a wide spectrum of music (i.e. hip-hop, rock, rap, pop, etc) being performed by groups such as Elements of the Outer Realm, Prach Ly, Ill Again, Noel, Cut the Chemist and The Sounders that was recorded on September 5, 2003.

In addition, there are "one on one" interviews with the these music artists that will explore why they have gone beyond just entertainers to being fujll-fledged artists. An added features are "one on one" interviews with participants from films such as Charlotte Sometimes, Better Luck Tomorrow, Looking for YlloGrl, First Vietnamese International Film Festival and Movie-Producer.Net.

This DVD documents the artists from the Filipino, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, Korean, Chinese and Japanese American communities that were brought together to celebrate their common passions to creatively express their respective stories and talents for the general public.

SUSAN CHOI

 

 

The daughter of a Korean immigrant father and a Russian-Jewish mother, Susan Choi was born in Indiana and raised in Texas. He met Susan's mother, daughter of a Russian Jewish immigrant couple, at the University of Michigan. They divorced when Susan was nine..

Her father's stories of life in Korea and of his experiences as a newly arrived immigrant in the American South would later inspire her own stories and her first novel.

She attended Yale, where she was a literature major, and went on to earn her M.F.A. in fiction at Cornell University. She now lives in New York City, where she has worked on the staff of The New Yorker. Choi's short fiction has appeared in Epoch, Documents, The Iowa Review, and Writing Away Here: A Korean-American Anthology.

The Foreign Student, her first novel, was chosen by Richard Eder of the Los Angeles Times as one of the Top Ten Books of 1998, and it won the Steven Turner Award for a First Book of Fiction. Her second, American Woman, based loosely on the Patty Hearst kidnapping in the '70s, is just released and already receiving raves from critics.

Her Publications include the following:

  • The Foreign Student, HarperCollins, 1998
  • "The Dark Ages," Epoch, v.47, n. 1, Fall 1998
  • "Harbor Deep," Shankpainter, n. 38, Spring 1999
  • "Memorywork," Hard Choices: An Iowa Review Reader, ed. David Hamilton, 1996
  • "The Runner," The Iowa Review, v.25, n.1, Winter 1995
  • "Seven," Writing Away Here: A Korean-American Anthology 1994
  • "Heir," Documents, n.4/5, Spring 1994
  • "Memorywork," The Iowa Review, v.23, n.2, Spring/Summer 1993
  • "The Way to Live Wisely," Epoch, v.41, n.2, Spring 1992
  • American Woman

 

SANDRA OH

 

 

Born in Nepean (suburb of Ottawa), Canada in 1971. Oh, whose parents emigrated to Canada from Seoul in the '60s, does not speak Korean and seems to see her Canadian identity as far more central to who she is than her Korean background.

Growing up, she began her career by studying and performing ballet (for fourteen years). In 1991, she left home to attend the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, where she performed in eight plays.

She won the 1994 FIPA (Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels) d'Or for Best Actress for her role in the CBC production "Runaway: The Diary of Evelyn Lau." She received a Special Mention at the Turin (Italy) International Festival of Young Cinema (Nov. 18-24, 1994) for her role in "Double Happiness."

She won the 1995 Canadian Genie Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie "Double Happiness." Won the 1997 CableACE Award for Best Actress in a comdey series for her role in "Arli$$." Won the 1999 Canadian Genie Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie "Last Night." She's also played a detective on the TV series "Judging Amy" and an obnoxious newscaster in "More Tales of the City."

In 2003, Oh delivered a wrenching, critically acclaimed turn as a stripper with literary aspirations in the HBO movie "Dancing at the Blue Iguana." She appeared in the world premieres of "Dogeaters" at La Jolla Playhouse and "Stop Kiss" at New York's Public Theater, and she performed in "The House of Bernarda Alba" at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum. In 2003, she appeared in the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" with Diane Lane.

She is married to Alexander Payne, of "About Schmidt," "Election" and "Citizen Ruth" fame.

 

STEVE BYRNE

 

 

He is one of the original "Kims of Comedy!"

Steve Byrne was born in Freehold, NJ on July 21, 1974. He is the son of Ok Cha and Steve Byrne. His mother is Korean and his father is Irish. He grew up in NJ and Pittsburgh.

When Steve entered his senior year of college at Kent State University, his family moved to New York City. September 30, 1997 he got onstage for the first time at Stand Up NY and has been performing ever since.

Steve was named as one of the top 10 comics to watch by Variety magazine. He just completed his first late night talk show stint on The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn. Steve followed that with a second late night set of stand up on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He taped a sketch for Dave Chappelles' show on Comedy Central. He has done dates as an opening act for Mariah Carey on her Charmbracelet tour.

Steve was on the very first episode of CBS's new version of "Star Seach" with Arsenio Hall. His stand up was featured on HBO, on "Comedy Shorts." He was invited on BET's "ComicView" twice, "Comedy Factory" television show in Rotterdam, Netherlands and he also taped a set on "Premium Blend" for Comedy Central.

 

ANTHONY MAR

 

 

American born Chinese Anthony Mar started his working career as a waiter at Yank Sing Restaurant in San Francisco. He worked for and with Alice Chan, the owner and Josephine Lo Fong the Head Chef. He has served luminaries such as Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Douglas and many others.

Mr. Mar has vast experience in business management from a variety of perspectives. He has served as CEO, CFO, Controller, Board Member and Analyst.

Mr. Mar’s background as an accountant and his tenure as an IRS agent have given him insightful knowledge that has secured many successes for the companies he advises.

His ability and talent in re-establishing profitability, developing relationships with credit resources, and thorough knowledge of tax minimization strategies create new avenues of wealth for his clients.

Mr. Mr. has developed and implemented corporate estate plans, employee stock option plans; cross purchase agreements and treasury stock buy back arrangements. He has worked with businesses across the country and throughout the Pacific Rim. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of San Francisco.

He established Anthony Mar Advisors, a business wealth advisory firm in 1999. The company consists of a team of highly qualified and experienced professional (i.e. Y.F. Cheung and Thomas Safir) with a bounty of products and strategies to help the business owner and the business make their vision a reality.

In most cases his firm does not take the place of either the company’s legal council or their CPA’s, in fact usually his firm compliments them. Mr. Mar’s firm uses a client based methodology in advising their clients.

Their one goal is to help business owners maximize the value of their companies thereby increasing the owners personal wealth and improving the quality of their lives. They accomplish this by synthesizingevery aspect of financial and operational management to turn under-performing companies into viable, growing concerns through re-capitalization, restructured operations and strategic planning.

They bring fresh perspectives concerning cash maximation, risk minimization, financial forecasting, financial institution negotiations, tax strategies, benefit and retirement plans and business insurance products. In addition, Anthony Mar Advisors provides support for the business owner with transition and succession planning, exit strategies and capital gains, estate and income tax minimization procedures. Their goal is to become a company's trusted advisor.

 

BAO TRAN CHI

 

 

Bao Tranchi's eccentric vision of defining individuality has been featured in the top magazines, on the top rock stars, while gazelling down the red carpets everywhere; colliding worlds of juxtaposition, masculine with feminine, delicate with edge, chaotic with a new world order. creating dripping decadence through the power of manipulation in handiwork and craftsmanship over the finest leathers, suedes, silk chiffons and jerseys, with the highest grades of woolens and cashmere.

Bao graduated at the top of her class at Otis College of Art & Design. Sweeping the awards, she then went to work with the elite of her industry: Madonna, Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child, Charlie's Angels, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Queens of the Dammed. Bao then took over the Henry Duarte store on the Sunset Plaza as the head designer and creative director.

There is nothing conformist about Bao Tranchi's design: avante garde, raw couture, with the deliverance of yesteryear's inspirations. The Bao Tranchi Collection is men and women.

L.A. -- so much more than Juicy 'We can do clothes that are avant-garde but also wearable,' says designer Bao Tranchi – whose fiancé and business partner is the musician Jack Atlantis.

 

RACHAEL YAMAGATA

 

 

This self-taught singer/musician released her debut EP in 2003 entitled EP. This recording was produced by Malcolm Burns for Private Music/ Arista Associated Labels) and reflected her influences of 1970's music (i.e. Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Carole King, etc.) and others (i.e. Fiona apple, Norah Jones, Bjork, Beth Orton, etc.).

Her background experiences also includes singing opera, fronting a funk-soul-hip-hop band, playing Madison Square Garden, opening for David Gray and getting radio airplay before releasing her first solo recording.

Rachael Yamagata was born in Arlington, VA inheriting her exotic beauty from her father of Japanese descent and mother of German and Italian ancestry. After her parents' divorce, she traveled between New York and Washington D.C.

At fourteen she began composing songs. Rachael attended Vassar and later Northwestern where she majored in theatre and spent a year studying opera. Upon her junior year in college, she met and eventually became part of Bumpus - Chicago’s funk/soul groove-oriented band – singing back-up vocals while playing keyboards and flute.

Eventually she took over the female lead vocals and recorded two albums with Bumpus, along with touring extensively with them. To find an outlet to release her musical vision, she decided to go solo after being with Bumpus for 4 ½ years.

Rachael recorded a 5-song demo with Doug McBride and Joe Wolmouth at Chicago's Gravity Studios. Craig Winkler became her manager after hearing her music at a CD duplication company that he runs.

Rachael's second solo performances included L.A.’s Viper Room in November 2001 and Chicago's MOBfest in 2003 that led to her being signed on Private Music, part of the Arista Associated Labels, by Executive VP/General Manager David Weyner and a team that included AAL Senior VP, Worldwide Marketing Jeb Hart and veteran A&R man Steve Ralbovsky (RCA).

In 2003, she was the opening act for David Gray at Detroit’s Fox Theater and at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2003.

At the beginning of 2003, Rachael went into Malcolm Burns' Kingston Studios to record EP with help from leading lights Kevin Salem (Yo La Tengo), Matt Walker (Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage), Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and Jane Scarpantoni (everybody from Bruce Springsteen to Adam Green).

Rachael is presently working on her debut full-length follow-up to EP with John Alagia (Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, John Mayer) as well as planning a nationwide tour in 2003.


 

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our fears and our hopes and
UNCOVERING
invaluable and missing information

APA & MEDIA NEWS

MANHATTAN'S CHINATOWN
Nobody says much about Chinatown these days. Not Manhattan Chinatown, anyway. Flushing is where the excitement is, or Brooklyn. "You know," one Chinese-food maven whispered to me recently, "there are really two Chinatowns in Brooklyn now, Sunset Park and the Avenue U area near Bensonhurst, but nobody knows about that one."
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HONG SUK CHON'S COMING OUT
Three years ago, Mr. Hong, a popular television actor, became the first well-known figure in South Korea to state publicly that he is gay. His declaration introduced the concept of coming out to a society that until then did not even acknowledge the existence of homosexuality here and regarded it as a foreign disease.
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BOBBY JINDAL
In Louisiana's race for Governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, 32, born and raised in Baton Rouge by parents who emigrated from India whose experiences already include being a state health secretary, executive director of the national commission on Medicare, president of the University of Louisiana system and a top health-policy adviser to the Bush Administration could be governor.
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EWP'S SEASON
Lloyd Suh's "Masha No More" from Nov. 12 to Dec. 7, Philip Kan Gotanda's "The Wind Cries Mary" from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 2004 and David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly" are part of EWP's upcoming season.
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REVIEW: BYRON YEE'S "PAPER SON"
Byron Yee has been honing his autobiographical one-man show, "Paper Son," for several years on the small-theater circuit. That polish shows in the play's production at the Gascon Center Theatre, as noted in other reviews at publications such as Variety.
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REVIEW: FLOWER DRUM SONG
The 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" was a first. It is also a second. "It was the first Broadway musical comedy to focus onAsian Americans," says playwright David Henry Hwang. "Between then and now-- nothing, no follow-up. So this new version of 'Flower Drum Song' is the second Broadway musical to focus on Asian Americans."
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RUSH LIMBAUGH EFFECT
The NFL considers Limbaugh's comments insensitive to minorities, yet all but six NFL teams feature blatant T & A shows on their sideline and many, like the Eagles, sell lingerie or bikini calendars featuring these women with their buttocks fully exposed, with nothing but arms and elbows covering their breasts. o me the message is as clear as it is hypocritical: Some minorities you can degrade; some you can't.
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HOLT CHENG - MEDICAL PIONEER
Holt Cheng was the first Chinese American who graduated from a U. S. medical school and passed the California Medical Board.
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JESSICA HAGEDORN'S NEW NOVEL
A narrative collage hopscotching from year to year, from place to place and from one point of view to another: that's what Jessica Hagedorn offers in her intricate new novel, which boldly links a Manila millionaire's ''discovery'' of a Stone Age tribe on Mindanao with a filmed re-creation of the Vietnam War on that same guerrilla-plagued island six years later.
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INTERVIEW: JASON SCOTT LEE
Though forever remembered as a young Bruce Lee in the film Dragon (1993), Hawaii-based actor Jason Scott Lee is gearing up for one of his best year's yet.
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PULMUONE STAYS IN CALIFORNIA
Despite California's high business costs, Pulmuone USA Inc. (subsidiary of South Korean food giant Pulmuone Co.) has pinpointed Southern California as its beachhead for conquering the U.S. market for soy-based products.
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PARIS CELEBRATES CHINESE NEW YEAR
Actors Gong Li and Jackie Chan are honorary patrons of a nine-month nonstop festival bringing Chinese opera, circus and ballet - plus museum exhibits devoted to Chinese history, art and pop culture - to cities throughout France.
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KREUK IN "SMALLVILLE" DVD
One of the WB's most acclaimed and popular series is "Smallville," which cleverly puts a new twist on the "Superman" myth by chronicling the teenage years of the Man of Steel in Smallville, Kan. is being released on DVD with Kristen Kreuk.
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GROUCHO & MINORITIES
Although minorities were rarely seen on TV in the 1950's, except in minor and stereotypical roles, "You Bet Your Life" featured African American, Latino and Asian American contestants.
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GHETTOPOLY
The game is Ghettopoly (created by David Chang), which claims to satirize ghetto culture and gangsta-rap stereotypes. And in the last two weeks, since sales have expanded from the Web to the hip, Philadelphia-based retailer Urban Outfitters, it has been flying off shelves - and drawing protests from community leaders from the Asian and Black community (in addition to a lawsuit from Hasbro) to make the games unavailable.
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SUSAN CHOI'S "AMERICAN WOMAN"
Susan Choi, whose quietly skillful first novel, ''The Foreign Student,'' recounted dislocations in the life of a young Korean translator, could not have timed the arrival of her second any better. ''American Woman,'' a fictional account of the intersection of the radical activist Wendy Yoshimura with the fugitive Patty Hearst, takes us straight into one of the strangest segments of our ever-surreal American dream life.
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QUOTA ON ASIAN GOLFERS
Jan Stephenson said: "This is probably going to get me in trouble, but the Asians are killing our tour. Absolutely killing it. Their lack of emotion, their refusal to speak English when they can speak English. They rarely speak or challenge the statements.
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TAIWANESE YOUTHS PREFER HIP-HOP & J-POP
Taiwanese youth are attracted by things Japanese, with 40% like Japanese pop culture most, 23% like European and American pop culture, followed by local pop culture at 19%.
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DATING HABITS
When someone argues that a woman like Lucy Liu, who plays a sexy lawyer named Ling Woo on FOX TV's Ally McBeal, reinforces stereotypes of Asian women as exotic sexual beings, the complaint seems to ignore the larger reality that women - especially women in film and television - are constantly portrayed as erotic subjects. In other circumstances, Lucy Liu is accused of being stereotyped as a "Dragon Lady" that kicks butt.
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STORY BEHIND MEDIA PORTRAYALS
Until the late 1980s whiteness was consistently naturalized in U.S. television--social whiteness, that is, not the "pinko-grayishness" that British novelist E.M. Forster correctly identified as the standard skin-hue of Europeans. This whiteness has not been culturally monochrome.
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YELLOW PORN
In the U.S. adult film industry, Asian women are a sexual fetish and Asian men are almost completely absent. Prof. Darrell Hamamoto wants to change that -- by producing skin flicks with Asian male stars.
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VAN VO'S STRONG SHOWING
Perhaps the most surprising local showing came from Van Vo, a talk-show host in Little Saigon. He campaigned heavily in Asian American neighborhoods, boosting him to fifth among candidates for California's governor in Orange County, with 0.4% of the vote.
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R.I.P.: DOUGLAS FANG
Douglas Fang, chief operating officer of the San Francisco Examiner and other Fang family Bay Area publications, has died. A graduate of Lowell High School in San Francisco, Douglas Fang earned his bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley. Master's and doctorate degrees in computer science followed at USC, where he served briefly on the faculty. After graduating, Fang helped start, develop and operate several high-tech companies, including Bridgespan, where he served as a senior vice president.
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SHIRIN EBADI WINS NOBEL PRIZE
Iranian jurist and activist Shirin Ebadi was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for her long fight for human rights in her native land, becoming the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to win the honor.
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APAMC'S MEDIA REPORT
The grades in the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition's report reflect the progress or lack of progress each network has made in its diversity efforts relating to Asian Pacific Americans (APA) resulting from their efforts - so states Karen Narasaki.
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STATE OF CHINESE POP
During the 2003 Chinese Pop Music Forum in Beijing early last week, more than 150 pop music composers, songwriters and arrangers from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore met to discuss the status of Chinese Pop.
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PLANET BOLLYWOOD
Indian musicals are hip, sure, but the Hollywoodization of Bombay cinema may not be as imminent or as desirable as advertised
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CHINESE BUSINESSMEN ARE HAGGLERS
"I just made that a policy," Uberdeveloper John Elkington (who speaks for "Over-the-Rhine" business owners in Cincinnati and paid by Counselman John Cranley and Mayor Charlie Luken for consultant services) says. "Chinese businessmen are hagglers. They use different math." The man singing the praises of diversity won't rent to Chinese restaurants.
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KOREAN IT LEADERS
Prominent Korean/Korean American players in the worldwide proliferation of the International technology industry include Chong-Moon Lee, Dr. William C.Y. Lee, Sungshin Kwak, Tae Hea Nahm, Anthony Sun, Sateesh B. Lele, Michael Yang, Sung Y. Yoon and Dr. Fan Hsu.
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COKE APOLOGIZES TO YAO
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and Coca-Cola's China subsidiary have agreed to an out-of-court settlement over his contention that the soft-drink giant used his image without his permission, the company and the government's official news outlet reported.
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YOYO IS STILL #1
Classical Crossover's # 1 position belongs to Yo-Yo Ma! Obrigado Brazil continues to chart on the Billboard top 200 and on airwaves across the USA!. The album's first single, "Chega De Saudade," is currently being broadcasted over 340 jazz, new world and classical stations nationally!
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INTERNMENT CAMP'S BASEBALL DIAMOND
Baseball was one of the positive points of internment camp life. ``While we were interned,'' Kashino (an internee) told William C. Rhoden of the New York Times, ``baseball saved us.''
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CULTURE PERCEPTIONS
"What's the difference between minstrelsy and black behavior, black culture?" Ms. Tricia Rose (teacher of an African American studies course) asked the class of about 125, waving her hands as she paced, her dark curls shaking.
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APA PORN FILM DISTRIBUTORS
Anh Tran, 27, and Danny Ting, 28, two former consultants who worked for the now defunct Arthur Andersen are entrepreneurs who are literally helping to change the way people look at adult movies via their website Wantedlist.com.
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INDIAN SPICE
Kochia India's people, known as Malayalees, call it "God's own country" or "the blessed land," not least because of its irresistible food.
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LIGHTING OF CHINATOWN
In pursuit of a more distinctive ambience for the area, members of L.A.'s Chinatown Business Improvement District paid $200K to supplement the L. A. Bureau of Street Lighting's $300K for 50 dark green poles & 42 "post-top" pedestrian lights featuring windowed lamps shaped like Asian temples and decorated with gold detail motifs, including a Chinese dragon.
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LAURA KIM @ WARNER INDEPENDENT PICTURES
Laura Kim, a PR veteran, has been named EVP of publicty and marketing at the new Warner Independent Pictures.
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ANDY LAU'S FOCUS FILMS
Andy Lau's Focus Films Limited will focus on films investment and distribution, while constantly seeking opportunities to finance or co-finance in films.
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R.I.P.: MADAME CHIANG KAI-SHEK
Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the widow of China's leader during World War II and the era's last surviving global figure, died in New York. She was 106.
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BRUCE LEE - AFRICAN/ASIAN FUSION
Anyone who is not already steeped in the kung fu cult of Bruce Lee movies may have a problem with "Black Belt," a puzzling new exhibit at the Studio Museum in Harlem about the intersection of African-American and Asian-American cultures in the 1970s and '80s.
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SUCHIN PAK'S "MY LIFE TRANSLATED"
"My Life Translated" follows young people who are juggling two different cultures (and trying to find their identity somewhere in the midst). The show attempts to demonstrate how this experience shapes the decisions they make, the lives they lead and the consequences they face. \
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YU HUA'S "BLOOD MERCHANT"
Yu Hua has long been considered one of China's most important novelists, and his novels To Live and Chronicle of a Blood Merchant have just been translated into English for the first time; recently, they were named two of the last decade's 10 most influential books in China.
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INTERRACIAL MARRIAGES
Interracial relationships in the U.S. have a long, sometimes tortured, history. Since the days of slavery, individuals of different races have pursued relationships in the face of adversity. Today, as the face of love is changing and the numbers of interracial relationships continues to rise, more and more interracial couples are finding less opposition to their relationships.
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JUDY OTSUKA'S "WHEN EMPEROR WAS DIVINE"
Judy Otsuka's "When the Emperor Was Divine" (title is an indirect reference to life before WWII) is a shockingly brilliant debut novel. Historically accurate, this slim volume has no surprises or plot twists but it will make you gasp as it exposes the truth (so stated a reviewer).
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CANCER & ASIAN AMERICAN FEMALES
Cancer is the leading cause of death for female Asian Americans and cancer has been the number one killer of Asian American women since 1980.
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LOVE OF JAPANESE CULTURE
When Stuart Levy started Tokyopop Inc. in 1997, he had a tough time convincing venture capitalists that Japanese comic books could be popular in America. But "comic books" doesn't adequately describe the mass appeal of manga, full-length black-and-white graphic novels spanning every genre from hard-boiled action-adventure sagas to sci-fi and fantasy.
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NETEAST'S WILLIAM DING LEI
Booming sales of online games and messages spurred a revival in Chinese high-tech stocks and made William Ding Lei, the 32-year-old founder of a popular Internet portal, the richest entrepreneur in mainland China with a net worth of $900M.
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WHINING DOESN'T WORK
That's why director Warrington Hudlin, who co-founded the Black Filmmakers Foundation, counsels that group's members not to bitch and moan, but rather to constructively engage Hollywood, convincing execs that hiring minority talent is simply smart business.
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ZHANG ZIYI & ANITA MUI IN HERO SEQUEL
"Shi Mian" is set in the Ming Dynasty, involving the love triangle between two constables (Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro) and a blind singer (Zhang Ziyi). Anita Mui is scheduled to portray Ziyi's older sister, contingent on her health.
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NBA GOES TO JAPAN
The affection the Japanese have for Allen Iverson and other NBA stars, some might call it an affectation, is more proof that the N.B.A. is not so much a sport as an attitude and a brand in Japan.
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DIEM SUM TO CEO AND BACK AGAIN
Anthony Mar started his working career as a waiter at Yank Sing Restaurant in San Francisco serving luminaries such as Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Douglas and many others. After graduating as a Finance and Accounting major, he passed through many positions of ultimate responsibility culminating in Chief Executive Officer of one of Northern California’s largest perishable commodities distribution company. He has now come full circle and is back to serving Diem Sum in his company - Anthony Mar Advisors, a business wealth advisory firm quite similar to serving Diem Sum to clients. Read More>>>>>

JUSTICE DIVERSITY ISSUES
The Justice Department has "significant diversity issues," including the perception by its minority attorneys that hiring, promotions and assignments are unfair, according to a long-withheld diversity report by outside consultants.
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ASIAN FAIRY TALES
This is a country of immigrants, yet most of the best-known children's fairy tales hail from medieval Europe. That may change with the help of newly translated books from Asia.
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Kamato Hongo, the world's oldest person, died at the age of 116 years, with her sense of humour still intact until her last days.
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DENTSU GIVE $275M TO MLB
Dentsu, Japan's largest ad company, has signed a six-year deal with Major League Baseball for $275 million, more than three times the previous amount paid to MLB for Japanese television rights.
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UPCOMING APA POLITICAL CANDIDATES
From APAICS, this a partial list of APA political candidates that will be on the ballots within the month of November. They include the following:

State Election
Louisiana:
Bobby Jindal (R) - Governor, Run-off November 15

New Jersey:
Jesal Amin (R) - State Assembly District 18
Upendra Chivukula (D) - State Assembly District 17, re-elect
Phil Peredo (D) - State Assembly District 39

Local Elections
California:
Dean Chu - Sunnyvale City Council
Lawrence J. Chu - Larkspur City Council
Kamala Harris - San Francisco District Attorney
Paul Randhawa (D) - Fairfield City Council
Kris Wang - Cupertino City Council
Raymond Wang - Redwood City Council
Kwang H. Lee - Diamond Bar City Council
Liz Tadman - Cupertino Union School District
Jack Tanaka - Diamond Bar City Council
Tony Torng - Diamond Bar City Council
Don Suminaga - Lomita City Council
Allen L. Wu - Walnut Valley Water District; Division 1
Jin Suk Yang (R) - Town of Corte Madera, re-elect
S. Mahal - Dos Palos-Oro Loma Unified School District
Stuart Johnson - Manhattan Beach Unified School District

California School/Community College:
Carole Hayashino - Marin Community College District
Hien “Q” Kieu - San Mateo County Community College District
Van Ton Quinlivan - San Mateo County Community College District Trustee

Armin Reyes - ABC Unified School District, re-elect
Paul Bong-Soo Kahng - ABC Unified School District
A. Cecy R. Groom - ABC Unified School District, re-elect
Ilean Ochoa - Azusa Unified School District
C. "Sonny" Santa Ines - Bellflower Unified School District
Annette Yee Steck - Carmel Unified School District, re-elect
Lynette Lee Eng - Cupertino Unified School District
Pamela Kawasaki - Duarte Unified School District
Russel Mendoza Paras - Duarte Unified School District
Linda Fukushima Broadman - Fieldbrook School District, re-elect
Anthony Wong - Garvey Unified School District
Mindy Mooc - Garvey Unified School District
John T. Tran - Garvey Unified School District
Henry Lo - Garvey Unified School District
Tom Chang - Hacienda LaPuente Unified School District
Norman Hsu - Hacienda LaPuente Unified School District, re-elect
Halit James Ma - Hacienda LaPuente Unified School District
Tuan Luu - Jacoby Creek School District, re-elect
Nicholas Aquino - Los Nietos Elementary School District
Jeffrey Aaron Hom - Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Connie Chin - Modesto City School District, re-elect
Bryan J. Wong - Monrovia Unified School District
Robert K. Taniguchi - N. Monterey County Unified School District
Richard Singh - Orchard School District
Marion Thom - Rio Dell School District
Albert Chang - Rowland Unified School District
Se-Yao Hsu - San Marino Unified School District
Melodie Lew - San Mateo-Foster City School District, re-elect
Karen Leong Clancy - Sequoia Union High School District, re-elect
Joseph Loo - South Pasadena Unified School District

Colorado:
Sum C. Nguyen - Aurora City Council

Connecticut:
Satish Chandra - Amity Regional District 5 Board of Education
Naogan Ma (R) - West Hartford School Board, re-elect

Massachusetts:
James Liang - Quincy Councilor at Large
Amy Mah Sangiolo (D) - Alderman-at-Large, City of Newton, re-elect
Charithy Uong (D) - Lowell City Council, re-elect

Michigan:
J. Owen Diaz - Mayor of Milan
Andrew Luzod - Mayor of Melvindale
Amy Seetoo - Ann Arbor City Council

Minnesota:
Bao Vang - St. Paul City Council, Ward 1
Tou Mou - St. Paul City Council, Ward 1
Alfred Tsang - Independent School District - Robbinsdale Area

New Jersey:
Satish Poondi - Edison Town Council
Peter Suzuki (D) - Summit Town Council

New York:
John Liu (D) - New York City Council, re-elect

Ohio:
Jadgish K. Bhati - Indian Hill City School District

Pennsylvania:
David Oh (R) - Philadelphia City Council
Joshua Chung (D) - Montgomery County District Attorney

Texas:
Mark Lee (D) - Houston City Controller
Gordon Quan (D) - Houston City Council, re-elect
Tim Shen - Houston City Council
Aloysius Hoang - Houston City Council
M.J. Khan - Houston City Council

Virginia:
Young Duek Ahn (I) - Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Ilryong Moon (D) - Fairfax County School Board

Washington:
David Della (D) - Seattle City Council
Kollin Min (D) - Seattle City Council
Kollin Min did not make the general election
Cindy Ryu (D) - Shoreline City Council
Michael Park (I) - Federal Way City Council - re-elect

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