ASIAN & MASCULINE (PHOTO EXHIBITION)
& Masculine, one goal is to open some eyes to better appreciate
and recognize Asian male beauty, wiping out typical stereotypes.
Thanks to Steven Spielberg, the whole world knows about Oskar
Schindler and his "List" which saved the lives of 1200 German
Jews in World War II. But few know about the Philippine List
compiled by the Frieder brothers which saved a similar number
of German and Austrian Jews in 1939, but it was a proud moment
in Philippine history.
KOREAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN SPORTS
Korean women, who have progressed from the traditional roles
of being good wives and mothers to excelling as musicians,
doctors, lawyers and stock brokers - have taken over the sports
TV STATIONS FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKING ASIANS
In just the past few months, no fewer than six 24-hour television
channels aimed at English-speaking Asians in the U.S. have
launched or been announced -- including three from that 2,000-pound
gorilla of youth culture, MTV. The others include AZN TV/I-Channel's
StirTV, ImaginAsian TV and American
ROBOT STORIES COMBINE TECHNOLOGY & HEART
Mending futuristic technology and the human heart, Pak's storytelling
(as seen in his "Robot Stories") resembles the science-fiction
novels he read throughout his youth in Dallas.
HIROKAZU KORE-ENDA'S "NOBODY KNOWS"
A magician of the cinema, Hirokazu Kore-Eda brings a human
touch, a literary sensibility and documentary experience to
bear in his fiction films that include "Mabarosi," "Distance"
and the exquisite celestial fantasy, "After Life" - including
his latest "Nobody Knows."
HARUKI MURAKAMI'S "KAFKA ON THE SHORE"
The weird, stately urgency of Murakami's
novels - such as "Kafka
on the Shore" - comes from their preoccupation with such
internal problems; you can imagine each as a drama acted out
within a single psyche.
WWII AA SOLDIERS
The U.S. Army's 442d
Regimental Combat Team (RCT), comprised of about 4,500
Japanese-Americans- the unit received more than 18,000 individual
decorations and seven Presidential Unit Citations. More than
20,000 Chinese Americans served in the armed forces, many
as integrated members of Army units.
FATE OF LONDON'S CHINATOWN
London's Chinatown, the busiest and best-known Chinese district
in Europe, is a centre of cultural identity for Britain's
247,000 ethnic Chinese, of whom 60,000 live in the capital.
Locals up in arms over a real estate development they fear
will wreck the district's unique character.
OANH NGUYEN'S "CHANCE THEATER"
Nguyen would also like to tell stories from the community
he grew up in, — but he says he hasn't found anything compelling
yet. "I have to say, 'Get me a script that you truly believe
in,' " Nguyen says. "I'm definitely interested."
POWER RANGERS MORPHED AGAIN
East is East and West is West, wrote Rudyard Kipling, and
never the twain shall meet. But he hadn't imagined producer
Haim Saban, who in 1993 transformed a Japanese adventure serial
called "Kyoryuu Sentai Zyuranger" ("Dinosaur Task Force Beast
Rangers") into "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," a cross-cultural
hybrid that — reinforced by the plastic legions unleashed
by giant toymaker Bandai — created a true Asian-inflected
COMMUNITY SAVES KOREAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT
Three years ago, the Center for Korean Studies at the University
of Washington was losing a professor to retirement that would
have spelled the end for Korean Studies, once the largest
program in the country. In an unusual and ambitious collaboration,
the local Korean-American community (one of the largest in
the U.S.) stepped in and raised the money to create an endowment
to fund a professor's position forever.
B.D. WONG'S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Grace marks B.D.
Wong's directorial debut. The independent
film, shot in New York City, is a romantic comedy about
the cultural complications that occur when an Asian-American
woman realizes her Cinderella fantasy by dating one of Manhattan's
most eligible blue-blood bachelors.
LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS DIVORCED
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips has another failed marriage on
his hands. His wife, former makeup artist Kelly Phillips,
has filed a petition for divorce at Los Angeles County Superior
GRAMMYS CELEBRATE HAWAIIAN MUSIC
"In our culture the elders, the kupuna, hold a special place,"
Cazimero, who with his brother, Roland, is nominated in
the first-time category of Hawaiian music for their album
"Some Call It Aloha … Don't Tell." "This is for them. I always
feel thousands of them standing behind me."
ABC'S "LOST" - ODD PATH TO DIVERSITY
"Nobody wants tokenism, and that's one of the reasons I'm
so proud of this show," Daniel
Dae Kim said. "It shows America and television executives
and movie producers that you don't have to have a lily-white
cast of twentysomethings to have a successful project. The
story lines speak to America regardless of color and can even
be enhanced by mixtures of race and gender."
NASCAR & DIVERSITY
NASCAR is committed to making its sport - on and off the racetrack
- look more like America. No other issue is more important
for NASCAR to succeed and to grow.
REMAKES OF ASIAN FILMS
If there's a trend to be found in recent cinema, it's the
decidedly Eastern persuasion of more than a few American movies.
"The Grudge," "The Ring," and "Shall We Dance?" were all based
on Japanese originals, and together they pulled in nearly
$300 million domestically.
OGATA AS HIROHITO
Japanese actor Issey Ogata knew he was taking on more than
just a film role when he agreed to play the late Emperor Hirohito
in Alexander Sokurov's portrayal of the man once revered as
a god as he surrenders to the Allies.
SWEAT SHOPS - MANHATTAN STYLE
The crime occurred on the sixth floor of a brick-and-stone
building sandwiched between a sausage factory and a parking
garage. There, five years ago, behind grimy windows, Chinese
women slaved for 11 hours a day, stitching garments for a
subcontractor hired by Donna Karan International.
VICTIMIZATION OF ASIAN MALES
The literature on Asian males' experience in the United States
has emphasized their victimization. The trouble, however,
is that their status changes with differences in context.
In one set of circumstances, they may be victims. In another,
they may be victimizers.
LEO & MARTY IN INFERNAL AFFAIRS
Leonardo DiCaprio is about to start working on his third film
with Scorsese, a remake of the Hong Kong hit Infernal Affairs,
called The Departed. They're already thinking about a fourth
go-round, reteaming with The Aviator writer John Logan on
a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Drunken Angel.
JACKIE CHAN SELLS B.H. HOUSE
Jackie Chan has put his Beverly Hills home on the market at
$6.7 million. Chan, a businessman as well as a film star and
director, plans to make his base in China, where he manufactures
motorcycles and cars and owns high-rise buildings, restaurants
and a growing number of stores similar to the Sharper Image,
F. Wong, a longtime friend
MC BEER BONG - HIP-HOP FLICK
I was not expecting it to be funny nor was I expecting the
music to be any good. However, I was pleasantly surprised
that it was funny and the music was as good as anything out
there. The Asians in this movie were finally portrayed as
real people, not Bruce Lee caricatures. Very refreshing!
THOMAS & STEPHEN CHENG - CD BOOTLEGGERS
By mid-December of last year (2004), the agents concluded
they had enough for a case. Thomas and Stephen Cheng, along
with three associates, were arrested and charged with illegally
importing and distributing in excess of 100,000 bootleg CDs.
SANDRA OH IN "SMELLS LIKE BUTTER"
Korean production company LJ Film's "Smells Like Butter" will
star 34-year-old ethnic Korean actress Sandra
Oh and be directed by Korean American director Grace Lee.
German film great Wim Enders will co-produce the project.
While ImaginAsian TV has cool graphics, a clean Web site,
a small movie theater in New York and a radio show in San
Francisco (KSQQ 96.1 FM), it's still decidedly, affectionately,
low-budget -- a nascent channel trying to find itself.
KEANU REEVES & CONSTANTINE
In "Constantine," Keanu Reeves plays a kind of INS agent on
the border between this mortal coil and the eternal hereafter.
ANIME'S CREATIVE FUTURE & BATTLES
But Hayao Miyazaki's latest success (Howl's Moving Castle)
comes at a testing time for Japanese anime, an art form he
has done so much to drag from the artistic ghetto into the
mainstream. While the rest of the world fetes anime's global
cool, some (Miyazaki, Katsuhiro Otomo, Toshiro Suzuki, Mamoru
Oshii) in Japan are wondering if it has peaked creatively.
TOMMY CHONG'S DAY IN COURT
The court case and prison experience might one day yield comedy
gold for Chong, but you won't see him venting about it in
public any time soon.
MIDORI IN CONCERT
Once thought in some circles mechanical, Midori has clearly
developed as an artist. She has added emotion, agitation and
passion to her technical arsenal. But her interpretive fervor
can come across as that of a prisoner trying to break free
of her instrument. One listens and watches with fascination.
ENTREPENEUR WANTS ROYALTIES ON CANTO-POP SONGS
Nicolas Chai, a former waiter and karaoke bar manager, has
secured the North American rights to the most popular Cantonese
pop songs and videos. Chai is demanding royalties of $20,000
or more per year from 300 karaoke bars from Queens, N.Y.,
OMG - CULTURE IN L.A.?!?
Boosters of the Los Angeles arts scene have long nurtured
a dream: that our city's familiar icons — film reels, surfboards,
palm trees — will be replaced by classier ones.
RACISM IN SANTA CLARITA
Robin Williams-Nohara (resident of Santa Clarita) says her
three sons have been harassed and beaten by white teenagers.
She is African American and works as an infant-care specialist
in West Los Angeles and her Japanese American husband, Seiji
Nohara, is a customer service representative for United Airlines.
BRIDE AND PREJUDICE
As "Bend It Like Beckham," her last film, demonstrated, co-writer
(with Paul Mayeda Berges) and director Chadha
has a knack for situations that blend cultures. Here she
not only mixes Western and Indian characters, she
marries the sensibilities of English language independent
cinema with the agreeable conventions of India's Bollywood
SAVING FACE (PRODUCED BY TEDDY ZEE)
It is hard to believe that there can be anything new in the
world to say about love, but first time director Alice
Wu may have done it in the charming romantic comedy Saving
Face - that features the talents of Michelle
Krusiec, Joan Chen and Lynne
YAO MING'S RESTAURANT
Yao Ming is a big fan of his mother's cooking and everyone
will be able to try it out at the restaurant that Yao's parents
(Yao Zhiyuan and Fang Feng Di) has opened their $1.5 million
venture that combines Chinese food with a sports bar - Yao
Restaurant and Bar on the west side of Houston - about three
miles away from Houston's thriving Chinatown.
BERTHA BAY-SA PAN'S "FACE
the extraordinary film debut by director Bertha
Bay-Sa Pan may be the Asian American version
of an early Spike Lee film that confronts the challenges