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  • Happy Year of the Wood Horse 4712! Predictions by Angi Ma Wong

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Happy Year of the Wood Horse 4712! Predictions by Angi Ma Wong
    Predictions for Year of Wood HORSE 4712   1/31/14 to 2/18/15 By Angi Ma Wong, Intercultural & Feng shui Consultant 2014              Hang on tight, Folks, it’s going to be a fast-paced year and not for the faint of heart. The characteristics of the Horse – headstrong, principle-driven, stubborn, inflexible, emotional and unstable,...

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  • Join Ben Fong-Torres and Carlos Santana Dec. 3 in San Francisco!

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    San Francisco

    Join Ben Fong-Torres and Carlos Santana in conversation about Mr. Santana's new book THE UNIVERSAL TONE at the Castro Theater in San Francisco December 3., 2014!

    Order your tickets today! 

    Presented by The Booksmith

    7:30 PM at the Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street, San FranciscoTickets, $35 - $45,  available online at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 800-838-3006

    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/885566

    Buy one ticket and receive Carlos Santana's latest book!

    Or, you can buy two tickets and receive one book!  PLEASE NOTE: This is not a concert!

    For forty years and as many albums later, Carlos Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. A 10-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 

    This evening, he tells his story, in conversation with Ben Fong-Torres.THE UNIVERSAL TONE is not just the history of a rock band that sold millions of albums. It is the story of an individual who is ceaselessly creative, spiritually focused and yet fearlessly part of a world that brought him fame and adulation and challenged his dedication to his music and to doing good.

    Santana's memoir is filled with well-remembered historic details and visceral storytelling, beginning with his humble childhood in Mexico one can smell the food of his early youth in Autlán, growing up the son of a violin player and the scents of playing at the local El Convoy bar in Tijuana when he was just a teenager.

    He also shares recollections of his emergence in the 1960s rock underground scene as a young adult after he moved to San Francisco and goes on to tell of his explosive later career success and reaching a new generation with the epic album Supernatural.  Fun and funky, THE UNIVERSAL TONE traces the arc of a singular lifeyielding life lessons and inspiration to any reader and especially the millions worldwide who count themselves as Santana devotees. Ben Fong-Torres joined Rolling Stone in 1969,...

  • Leroy Chiao former NASA Astronaut: Philae's comet landing is "Amazing"

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

     

    November 13, 2014

    Philae's historic comet landing today is 'amazing' says former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao. Read his commentary at CNN.com

    Chiao was Commander of the International Space Station during ISS Expedition 10 where he lived on board from October 13, 2004 to April 23, 2005. During his 15 years at NASA, he flew four space missions, performed six spacewalks and has logged nearly 230 days in space.

    In 2004 and 2005, Chiao communicated from space to editor Lia Chang to post here at AsianConnections. Today, Chiao is busy working in space technology research and ventures, and is a popular motivational speaker and educator.   

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    In 2004 and 2005 Astronaut Leroy Chiao transmitted blog posts and Q&A with editor Lia Chang for AsianConnections. Most of the communication was conducted beginning with the Expedition 10 mission pre-launch period and continued to transmit from space beginning in October, 2004 while he was Commander of the International Space Station for six and a half months.

    Chiao and his crew conducted numerous scientific experiments on board the International Space Station, including researching new AIDS vaccines, and conducting physiological experiments to measure how well humans can adapt to zero gravity.  

    Blog highlights from the International Space Station Mission:

    October 14, 2004 Leroy Chiao - 1st Asian American Commander of the International Space Station

    December 10, 2004 Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog

    Leroy Chiao's official website http://leroychiao.com

     

     

     

     

  • Jeremy Lin Gears Up for the Lakers

    Posted by: AC Team

    October 25, 2014

    Jeremy Lin Gears Up for the Lakers.

    Samuel Chi, writer for The Diplomat reports on Jeremy's career as he prepares to debut with the Los Angeles Lakers next week as the 2014-2015 NBA seasons begins.

    Click here for the full story:

    http://thediplomat.com/2014/10/jeremy-lin-gears-up-for-lakers-debut/

  • Help 'Right Footed' Documentary about Jessica Cox Take the Final Step!

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    October 24, 2014

    Los Angeles

     "Right Footed" the inspiring documentary about Filipino American disability activist Jessica Cox who was born without arms is almost ready for distribution. Donate now through IndieGoGo to help the filmmakers complete this documentary. The film is directed by Nick Spark and produced by Mona Lisa Yuchengco, a documentary filmmaker, Filipino American community activist, and publisher of Filipinas magazine. The url link to donate is:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-right-footed-take-the-final-step--2 

    Despite the challenges, Jessica managed to overcome both physical and emotional hurdles to become independent, learning to type with her toes, drive a car with her feet and - facing one of her greatest fears - learning to fly an airplane with her feet. 

    "Right Footed" is a portrait of Jessica's unexpected journey as she becomes an activist, working for disability rights in Washington, D.C. And Ethiopia, and bolstering the spirits of typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. The film also tells a very personal story - spanning over two years during which time Jessica gets married and begins a new life with her husband Patrick, and takes care of her mother Inez who is stricken with cancer.  

    "Right Footed" is one of only eight documentary projects selected this year to participate in Film Independent's prestigious 2014 FIND Documentary Lab, and is a winner of a 2014 Center for Asian American Media Documentary Grant. 

     

     

     

  • October is Filipino American History Month - Oct-Nov Screenings for THE DELANO MANONGS

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    October 21, 2014

    Updates:

    New U.S. Screenings for the groundbreaking documentary directed by Marissa Aroy.

    For news go to the official website at www.delanomanongs.com

    THE DELANO MANONGS

    Forgotten Heroes of the United Farmworkers Movement

    Tuesday October 21st, 2014 - Irvine, CA University of California at Irvine Cross-Cultural Center presents the screening as part of the contemporary social issues series.  Co-sponsored by Kababayan at UCI,  Student Life & Leadership, Student Affairs.  A discussion with director, Marissa Aroy and Mayor of Cerritos Mark E. Pulido follows. 7PM  Dr. White Room, UCI Cross-Cultural Center, 106 Gateway, Irvine, CA 92697.   ======================================================================= Thursday October 23rd, 2014 - San Marcos, CA Cal State University, San Marcos Multicultural Programs, Student Life & Leadership along with SLL Cross-Cultural Center, CSUSM Library, and Kamaylayan Alliance will hold a screening with director Marissa Aroy in attendance. 6:00 PM-8:00 PM University Student Union 2310-AB, Cal State University, San Marcos, 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078. ======================================================================== Thursday October 23rd, 2014 - Honolulu, HI 

    University of Hawaii, Manoa Office of Multicultural Student Services, Hawaii Center for Food Safety, Decolornial Pina@ys, UH Food+, Friends of Operation Manong, UHM Center for Philippine Studies and UHM Departments of Ethnic Studies and American Studies sponsor a screening of The Delano Manongs in an event titled “Growing Solidarity: Food Sovereignty, Farmworkers, and Organizing”  Featuring food, films and discussion.

    5:30-8:00PM Shidler Bus Ad D106 (corner of Maile Way & University Ave) call 956-7348 for more information http://www.hawaii.edu/calendar/manoa/2014/10/23/25014.html?et_id=33009  =============================================================================== Friday October 24th, 2014 -...
  • Sumi Sevilla Haru, SAG-AFTRA Leader 1939-2014

    Posted by: AC Team

    October 16, 2014

    Los Angeles

    AFTRA mourns the passing of national board member and former interim Screen Actors Guild President Sumi Sevilla Haru, who died October 16, 2014 at age 75.

    “It is with great sadness that our SAG-AFTRA family says goodbye to Sumi Haru,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard. “Sumi notably represented SAG-AFTRA and its predecessor unions for decades on our local and national boards, and as Screen Actors Guild recording secretary and interim president.

    Sumi served our members through her lifelong dedication to actors, the labor movement, and civil rights and equal employment. She did that with conviction, passion and grace. Our deepest condolences go out to her loved ones. We will miss her.”


    Haru joined SAG in 1968 and AFTRA in 1972 and served as a national board member for both organizations for multiple terms since 1974. She served as interim president of Screen Actors Guild in 1995, the first and only woman of color to hold the position (image to the left is of Barry Gordon passing the gavel to Sumi Haru in 1995).

    Haru also served as a delegate at both AFTRA and SAG-AFTRA conventions. In 2013, she was elected for a two-year term as a member of the first elected national board of the merged SAG-Sumi Sevilla Haru, SAG-AFTRA Leader 1939-2014

    AFTRA.

In 1995, she became the first Asian Pacific American to serve as a national vice president of the AFL-CIO, a position she filled for six years. Haru was a co-founder and national chair of SAG's Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee and Western national chair of AFTRA’s Equal Employment Opportunities Committee.

    Haru originated the EEOC Career Day and helped develop SAG's affirmative action conferences. She was a negotiator of "American Scene" language and affirmative action clauses for SAG’s national TV/Theatrical and Commercials contracts and for AFTRA’s national Network Television and Commercials agreements. She chaired SAG’s Legislative Committee and...

  • Are Asian Americans fleeing Hollywood for Asia?

    Posted by: AC Team

    September 20, 2014

    Are Asian Americans seeking careers in entertainment fleeing Hollywood for Asia?

    Writer Dana Ter presents compelling evidence in her article for Arts.Mic.com.

    Andrew Lam wrote early this year about the "Bamboo Ceiling" in Hollywood. 

    For decades, Asian Americans have faced an uphill battle to secure major starring roles in feature films and television.

    Non-profit CAPEUSA.org (Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) in Hollywood has carried the flag for 23 years to train, connect and open opportunities for Asian Americans.

    This year CAPE  has decided to eliminate all membership fees, and has opened its programs, services, and events to anyone seeking to make a meaningful impact in support of the AAPI community. So if you want to see more improvement for Asian Americans in Entertainment and Media in Hollywood - get involved, donate and be part of the solution.   http://capeusa.org/cape-programs/

     

    Related:

     http://capeusa.org/mission/ 

    Star Types and Stereotypes Maggie Q and Lucy Liu: Asian-Americans as Leading Ladies by Mike Hale, New York Times, Nov. 23, 2013

    Six Young Asian American Filmmakers Who Are Shattering America's Asian Film Bias by Dana Ter, Dec. 9, 2013

     

    The "Bamboo Ceiling": Hollywood Shuns Asians, While New Media Embraces Them by Andrew Lam for New America Media Jan. 26, 2014

     

     

  • Robin Williams RIP 1951-2014

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    August 11, 2014

    Sad and shocking news about Robin Williams dying today. What a brilliant talent, gone too soon. Here's a shot from our onstage interview at the Mill Valley Film Festival, celebrating his career as an actor as well as a comedian. Thanks, Robin, for all the laughs and your good heart.  - Ben Fong-Torres 

  • Maxine Hong Kingston honored by President Obama

    Posted by: AC Team

    July 29, 2014

    Washington D.C.

    Author Maxine Hong Kingston was honored today by President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington D.C.

    She received the National Medal of Arts. Other honorees receving the 2013 National Medal of Arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, and Hollywood studio CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. 

    The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. government.

    Honorees were also given the 2013 National Humanitie Medal.

    Image courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov video.

    The full list of honorees.

    2013 National Medal of Arts

    Julia Alvarez, Novelist, Poet, and Essayist Brooklyn Academy of Music, Presenter Joan Harris, Arts Patron Bill T. Jones, Dancer and Choreographer John Kander, Musical Theater Composer Jeffrey Katzenberg, Director and CEO of DreamWorks Maxine Hong Kingston, Writer Albert Maysles, Documentary Filmmaker Linda Ronstadt, Musician Billie Tsien and Tod Williams (receiving individual medals), Architects James Turrell, Visual Artist

    2013 National Humanities Medal

    M.H. Abrams, Literary Critic David Brion Davis, Historian Darlene Clark Hine, Historian Anne Firor Scott, Historian William Theodore De Bary, East Asian studies scholar Johnpaul Jones, Architect Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker Diane Rehm, Radio Host Krista Tippett, Radio Host American Antiquarian Society, Historical Organization

    Find out more about the recipients of the 2013 National Humanities Medal and the 2013 National Medal of Arts.

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  • YouTube Star Timothy DeLaGhetto surprises his parents with a $210,000 check

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    July 29, 2014

    YouTube celebrity rapper, comedian and videographer Tim Chantarangsu, 28, better known as Traphik and Timothy DeLaGhetto, surprised his parents with a $210,000 check to pay off his parent's mortgage.

    He made a promise to his parents as a kid that he would earn enough someday to do this. He didn't want his father Kongkiat Chantarangsu and his mother Sukhon Chantarangsu, owners of a Thai restaurant in California to work so hard anymore. 

    Timothy was born in Billings, Montana and raised in Paramount, California by his parents who immigrated from Thailand. 

    He attended Cal State Long Beach, majoring in art and left to pursue his career as a rapper, comedian, and director.

    Click here to popular blog Angry Asian Man and here for Timothy's YouTube video. Timothy has more than 2.4 million YouTube subscribers. 

    He is currently a cast member of MTV2's Wild 'n Out.

    Screenshots courtesy of Timothy's YouTube video.

    Related: 

    TimothyDelaghetto.com

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