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3RD ANNUAL DRAGON'S
The 3rd Annual
Dragon's Roar, an APA version of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival,
will occur on Friday: September 17, 2004 at Hollywood's famous "The
Sunset Room." The three stages will feature a wide spectrum of artists
from throughout the United States displaying vision through rap, psychedelic
rock meets traditional Cambodian pop, r&b, emo-rock, spoken word, j-pop
meets hip-hop/r&b, thrash metal and glam rock.
In the past,
artists such as the following have participated in the event (Note:
Click on the group's name to view - for people with DSL connection and
higher - their performances)
the groups (in alphabetical order) that have committed to performing on
September 17 are the following:
|Airlia (art rock)
||Anzur (emo rock)
||Dig Jelly (rock)
|Kate Rigg (comic)
|MiGS (surf rock)
|The Speaks (glam)
on the event and regarding the purchase of discount and advance tickets
for purchase are available.
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SWIRLY ASIAN AMERICANS
Four years ago, when the official count revealed that more than 7 million Americans self-identify as being of two or more races, Chau started Swirl Inc., a nonprofit support group based in New York especially for those from interracial, intercultural and interfaith backgrounds.
IMAGINASIAN TV'S ARTHOUSE THEATER
ImaginAsian Entertainment, the recently formed multi-media entertainment company, will be launching a new Asian American arthouse theater and cultural center in New York dedicated to first-run Asian and Asian American films.
RICKY MARTIN LOVES WILLIAM HUNG
Latino Pop sensation Ricky Martin has showered words of encouragement on William Hung, the participant in the talent hunt American Idol, who made a complete fiasco while performing Ricky's hit single, She Bangs.
SEXPLOITATION IN PRINT
". . an ad for the new Swatch Skin collection . . "The Ultraflat from Swatch," and underneath it is a topless Asian woman wearing a scarf made out of Swatch watches, hiding the smooth silhouette of her cleavage with only her lanky arms. . . how closely do I mirror this woman in the ad?
ASIAN FACTOR IN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
What is missing in this equation is the Asian factor, and the outcome of these proceedings can have dire consequences on the community that the media often neglects in this contentious politics of black and white. For Asian Americans, the policy behind affirmative action has been a blessing and a curse.
BANZAI - TWO VIEWPOINTS
Since the show aired, many Asian American organizations and civil activist groups have protested against the show's condescending nature towards the Asian ethnicity, inspiring a current debate on whether the show is a demeaning Asian stereotype or just a goofy, harmless comedy.
VICTOR VU'S "OAN HON" (SPIRITS)
And this is why the far-more-thoughtful treatise on sin, Westminster resident Victor Vu's Oan Hôn (Spirits), will likely struggle to reach mainstream audiences—the hoi polloi just doesn't want to ponder serious questions about the ramifications of sin unless it involves crucifixion and togas.
GAYS & LESBIANS IN CHINA
"I always wanted to tell her that I am gay, and finally I did it. She was very upset, but I told her the purpose was so that gays like myself could someday live more easily. She has calmed down a lot now."
LOONEY TUNES IN CHINA
The first U.S. studio pic to unspool exclusively on China's digital circuit, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" whistled up an estimated $423,000 in eight days on 54 screens.
MINORITIES AND NIELSEN'S "PEOPLE METERS"
Black and Latino activists have joined their New York counterparts in demanding that Nielsen Media Research drop plans to introduce "people meters" to determine the local ratings of television shows.
CHANG-RAE LEE'S NOVEL
The incident served as a mildly uncomfortable reminder to the Korean-born Lee — whose novels often explore the concept of assimilation —that fitting in, even on a suburban golf course, is not all that easy.
SEX & THE ASIAN MALE
Wanting to know what the mostly Asian American class considered desirable, professor Darrell Hamamoto asked: What posters are on your bedroom walls?
COL. ANTONIO TAGUBA
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Col. Antonio Taguba will become the second Filipino American general in the U.S. Army, joining Brig. Gen. Edward Soriano, who is the director of Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization at the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans at the Pentagon.
A.R. RAHMAN - BOLLYWOOD TO BROADWAY
It isn't just Rahman's phenomenal productivity that's so dazzling, but the quality—and success—of the work he's turning out. In 14 years, the 38-year-old has written music for more than 50 movies.
JIN & WILLIAM HUNG
One is a dexterous street poet; the other, an adorable nerd. They are, respectively, New York City's Jin and Berkeley's William Hung, two men whose recent forays into the charts have provoked controversy in the Asian-American community.
HARRY POTTER LOVES KATIE LEUNG
"The film producers and author J. K. Rowling were keen to get a complete unknown for the part of Cho Chang and Katie Leung's absolutely perfect. She's pretty, bright and one can see why Harry would have a crush on her. She has a glittering career ahead of her."
ALAN YU & GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE
Alan Yu is the ubiquitous presence and guiding force behind the annual Game Developers Conference that is known for bringing together the best and brightest game developers, creators, and collaborators.
R.I.P. - YANG SHEN-SUM
Yang Shen-sum, a Chinese artist who was a master of the Lingnan school of painting, has died in Hong Kong at the age of 92.
QUIKSILVER IN SHANGHAI
For Quiksilver Inc., the Huntington Beach company that helped popularize the surf-wear craze in the United States and made millions exporting it around the globe, cosmopolitan Shanghai was the obvious place to introduce board shorts to a country of more than 1 billion consumers.
CLOTHING RETAILING IN CHINA
Although the retail market is still highly fragmented, large retail chains are developing through amalgamation. The leading retailer in China is now Bailian Group, which was formed by merging four Shanghai-based companies. Second in importance is the French-owned Carrefour supermarket chain.
DANNY KWOK & QUIKSILVER ENTERTAINMENT
Quiksilver, Inc., a designer of sports clothing and accessories, has launched Quiksilver Entertainment headed by Danny Kwok, new division of Quiksilver, Inc. established to sell its action sports lifestyle expertise to television producers and networks and to produce TV programming, movies, events, music, publishing and corporate partnerships targeted at the youth market.
DEREK KIRK KIM & COMIX
Derek Kirk Kim's debut book, "Same Difference and Other Stories," flew under most radars. Suddenly Kim has swooped into our airspace, receiving nominations for two of the top honors in comix: Eisner Award nominations for Best Short Story and Name Deserving of Wider Recognition, and a Harvey Award nomination for Best New Talent.
WORRIES ABOUT TIBET FILM FOOTAGE
Two filmmakers at Cannes took extreme precautions Sunday to make sure the people they interviewed for a rare documentary filmed in Tibet would not face a crackdown by Chinese authorities.
What is fundamentally wrong with intercountry adoption is that white Westerners adopt children, while non-whites in non-Western countries relinquish and supply those children.
ZHANG YIMOU'S "HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS"
Celebrated Chinese director Zhang Yimou dazzled Cannes on Wednesday with a spectacular martial arts epic that could match the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
HA SEUNG-JIN & PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS
NBA's Portland Blazers could dream big with Ha Seung-Jin. The 7-foot-3 South Korean teenage center works out for Portland, and team officials are impressed with what they see.
AB 2428 (KENNY'S LAW)
California State Assemblymember Judy Chu has proposed AB 2428 — "Kenny's Law" — new legislation protecting hate crime victims. AB 2428 is named after Kenny Chiu, a 17 year old Taiwanese American boy who was brutally murdered simply because he was Asian.
WILL YUN LEE IN "ELEKTRA"
The Hollywood Reporter says that Torque and Die Another Day star Will Yun Lee has been cast as the main villain in the movie "Elektra" (Daredevil spinoff) for Regency Enterprises and 20th Century Fox that stars Jennifer Garner.
ASIAN CANADIAN MAGAZINES
A Banana Split - New magazines (Jasmine, Bambooda and Rice Paper) are all trying to do what Banana magazine couldn't: attract second generation Asian-Canadians.
JACKIE CHEUNG ATTACKS CHINESE POP MUSIC
Jacky Cheung is one of China's biggest pop stars 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.
JASMINE TRIAS & AMERICAN IDOL
Jasmine Trias was voted off "American Idol" after a longer journey than some thought she deserved, leaving Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo to sing off in next week's finale. With her trademark sunny style, the 17-year-old from Hawaii kept smiling even as she learned of her removal from the Fox singing competition where there were many disputed decisions made by the viewing audiences that voted. She was, however, offered a $100,000 recording contract one week later.
WONG KAR-WAI'S "2046
It has become something of a journalistic cliché to preface any mention of Wong Kar-Wai's "2046" with the words "long awaited." Four years have passed since "In the Mood for Love," with its elliptical story and fabulous clothes, set the critics swooning at the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival (and won its dapper male lead, Tony Leung, the award for best actor).
THE ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
In a personal and collective voice I will analyze stereotypes regarding Asian Americans, suggesting a propensity for prejudice and irrational hatred on the part of dominant culture. I will also explore the social construction of Asian womanhood and manhood in the context of social separation and discrimination.
SHANE KIM - G.M. OF MS GAME STUDIOS
is grabbing attention for reaching a spot responsible for Microsoft's
game software business. MS announced that Korean-American Shane Kim was
recently appointed as the General Manager of the MS Game Studios (MSG).
It is the first time a person of Korean ancestry has reached such a high-ranking
position within MS.
BLACKEYE PEAS' FILIPINO FLAVA
The latest Blackeye Peas video features cameos from quite a few familiar Filipino American faces. Not only were there familiar faces (i.e. Neptunes' Chad Fugo) in front of the camera but there were some good friends of this site that were working behind the scenes.
LIM YO-HWAN - INTERNET GAMING STAR
At age 24, South Korea's Lim Yo-Hwan plays computer games all day, makes a six-figure income doing it and has thousands of adoring fans. Computer games have become a spectator sport here, and Mr. Lim is a star.
TONY LEUNG - ASIA'S CLARK GABLE
star of the Chinese film that almost missed the deadline for the Cannes
film festival, says he was still shooting scenes for "2046"
just days before its French
YAGIRA YUUYA WINS BEST ACTOR AWARD
Japanese child actor Yagira Yuuya won the best actor award at the Cannes film festival. Yagira stars in "Nobody Knows," the story of four children abandoned by their mother who have to fend for themselves.
MAGGIE CHEUNG WINS AT CANNES
Chinese actress Maggie Cheung (news) won the best actress award at the Cannes film festival. Cheung won for her role in "Clean" by director Olivier Assayas about a mother who tries to kick her drug habit and reconcile with her long-lost son.
NOT A MODEL MINORITY?
If you look at the statistics, the myth of the "model minority" shatters some more. According to the last Census, the Asian community's perceived economic success is only a facade - a higher percentage of Asians live below the poverty line than the population as a whole (14 percent compared to 13 percent). Asians are also twice as likely to be poor as compared to whites.
KAL HO NAA HO
The romantic drama "Kal Ho Naa Ho (Tomorrow Might Not Be There)" won eight awards at the fifth International Indian Film Academy Awards, India's version of the Oscars (news - web sites). "Kal Ho Naa Ho" won best picture, actress, supporting actor and actress, story, music direction, lyrics and male playback singer.
ASIAN FILM WAVE COMING
South Korean director Park Chan-wook, whose ultra violent film "Old Boy" won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival, believes Asian cinema is moving away from the fringe and increasingly influencing the mainstream.
RANGARSONS - DESIGNER IN HOLLYWOOD
The embroidered robes in "Troy," the props and flags in Oliver Stone (news)'s "Alexander the Great," the intricate embroidery on the 400-meter stage curtain in the upcoming "The Phantom of the Opera" -- all came from Rangarsons, a family-run business located in New Delhi's central business district.
R.I.P.: JOHN YOSHIO NAKA - BONSAI MASTER
John Yoshio Naka, the world-renowned bonsai master who was credited with bringing the art to Western culture, has died. He was 89.
MTV VIDEO AWARDS - JAPAN
Japanese divas Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro and Mika Nakashima reigned supreme at the third annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan bringing home multiple awards. Ozzy Osbourne and Janet Jackson thrilled the 7,000 screaming audience at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall with their surprise appearances, winning the Legend Award and the Inspiration Award respectively.
CHINA'S PIRATES & CONSOLE MAKERS
Resourceful pirates have taken a big bite out of business for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, whose official games retail at between 200 yuan and 500 yuan ($24-$50) in China. Players say they wouldn't even consider paying those prices.
CHINESE "LACI PETERSON CASE"
Ying Deng and Jason Cai fell in love Silicon Valley style: They courted over the Internet for two years before exchanging vows. The wedded bliss, though, lasted all of six weeks before Deng's lifeless body was found floating in the pool of their Cupertino home, and her engineer husband was charged with murder.
SELLING TO A DIVERSE FAN BASE
Even if all 17,120 people in Texas who checked "Japanese" under race on their Census 2000 questionnaire had attended the game, they could still form a minority in the 49,000-seat stadium. But with Suzuki and the influx of other Japanese position players on the field, Asian faces also became a familiar site in the stands of ballparks from Seattle and Los Angeles to Boston and New York.
MIKE ROGERS' ANTI-ASIAN REMARKS
That's why Mike Rogers (Senator from Michigan) introduced the first bill in Congress designed to stop Chinese currency manipulation, and in January, he succeeded in creating a new office devoted solely to fighting illegal Chinese imports." "Currency parasites?"
DIVERSITY'S GREAT STRENGTH
Working together despite the strictures of Jim Crow racism, a white surgeon and a black lab technician make revolutionary strides in cardiac surgery techniques at Johns Hopkins Hospital in "Something the Lord Made," a moving historical drama premiering Sunday on HBO.
R.I.P.: TOSHIKAZU KASE - JAPANESE DIPLOMAT
Veteran diplomat Toshikazu Kase, who took part in the signing of Japan's surrender to the United States in World War II and other major events in this country's modern history, has died. at the age of 101.
JAPAN PRO WRESTLING WEEKLY TV SHOW
After several weeks of negotiations, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that it would host a weekly studio wrestling program on Southern California television station KVMD- TV channel 23.