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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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  • U.S. State Dept. Announces 'No Visa' Policy for Filipinos

    Posted by: AC Team

    April 22, 2014

    Washington, D.C.

    The State Department has announced a life-changing new policy for Filipinos. Visas will no longer be required to travel to the United States. The policy to take the Philippines off the list of countries that are required to obtain visas for travel to the U.S. is effective immediately.

    For more on this announcement click to related stories:

    Adobochronicles.com

    WheninManila.com

  • Dr. Herb Wong Pioneer Jazz Journalist & Educator 1928-2014

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Dr. Herb Wong Jazz Journalist & Educator 1928-2014

    April 20, 2014

    Menlo Park, CA

    Photo: Dr. Herb Wong at home July 18, 2012 Photo by Frank Jang.  Legendary jazz journalist, broadcaster, educator, and record and concert producer Doctor Herb Wong, 88, passed away at home in Menlo Park, California yesterday morning. 

    He hosted his own jazz show on KJAZ radio which aired from 1959 to 1996. He was a frequent emcee at the Monterey Jazz Festival, co-founded the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, produced the Palo Alto Jazz Festival, and was a president of the International Association for Jazz Education, and elected to its Hall of Fame. In December, 2013 he was honored with the Palo Alto Excellence Award in Jazz Education. 

    An avid educator, he designed and taught more than 75 courses on jazz during his 25 years as an edicator in Palo Alto. He has also taught at University of California Berkeley and Western Washington University, and introduced jazz education into the Berkeley elementary schools curriculum. 

    Always affable and witty, he had an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and was able to share his passion for the music in a way that anyone could understand. He knew many of the great jazz artists of the 20th/21st century personally.

    Known as a 'renaissance man' for his multiple talents, after serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Service, he earned a Phd from UC Berkeley in zoology and a master's degree in science education at San Jose State University. He has written many album liner notes, and co-authored several books on science for children.

    He was a dear family member, a descendant from my great-grandfather who came to America in 1852. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, brother Elwood Wong, daughters Kira and Kamberly and four grandchildren. 

    Photo: Dr. Herb Wong receives AAJA.org Pioneer Journalist Honor from Suzanne Joe Kai, AAJA-LA.org board member Photo by Frank Jang. In the summer of 2012, I interviewed my Uncle Herbie for our family archives and a documentary project on Asian American media pioneers. He...

  • Deadline Extended to April 20, 2014 - Apply to the Latino Media Market

    Posted by: AC Team

    Updated:

    The deadline has been extended to April 20!

    Submit your film projects to the Latino Media Market. This is a great oppotunity! 

    The NALIP 2014 Latino Media Market™ (LMM) is designed to bring funders, studio executives, distributors, dealmakers, agents, mentors and employers together with NALIP members and their projects.

    Now in its tenth year, the LMM consists of a meeting series for up to 24 selected projects.

    Filmmakers meet one-on-one with industry representatives who provide sound advice on how to advance their project to the next level. If your project meets the specific needs of the company, this can potentially open a window for your project to grow into a commissioned pilot, obtain broadcast licenses or completion funds. The photograph above is (L) with Katherine Lo, Director, Program Development, Independent Film & PBS Plus. 

    The LMM is a NALIP Signature Program created for NALIP members attending the NALIP MEDIA SUMMIT with qualified projects in the following categories:

    Low-budget Narrative Features in Development or Pre-Production
- Documentary Works-In-Progress
- Non-scripted / Reality TV Series Ideas

    Deadline for email submissions is Sunday, April 13, 2014. (NO EXTENSIONS).

    Selected projects will be notified by Thursday, May 8, 2014.

    The LMM will be held during the NALIP Media Summit on June 6-7, 2014 at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City, CA. 

    Questions? Check the LMM FAQ

    Download the application here: 
http://www.nalip.org/images/LMM-Application2014.pdf

  • Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970 Exhibition

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    San Francisco

    Filmmaker Arthur Dong has a new book and exhibition featuring items from his collection of nightclub memorabilia which he began to collect in 1985 for his research on his award-winning documentary "Forbidden City USA" about San Francisco's fabled Chinatown nightclub. 

    A series of events in San Francisco are scheduled:

    APRIL 12: 5:00-7:00 pm: "Forbidden City Happy Hour with Arthur Dong." Special guest Ben Fong-Torres is confirmed as a special guest to introduce filmmaker, author and curator Arthur Dong at a cocktail reception at the CHSA Museum to celebrate Arthur's new book and exhibit. Chinese Historical Society Museum, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco CA 94108. FREE. Info & RSVP: http://www.chsa.org/event/forbidden-city-happy-hour-with-arthur-dong/

    APRIL 13: 1:00 pm Opening Program: Meet curator and author Arthur Dong, with entertainment by former nightclub performers, the Grant Avenue Follies and Jimmy "Jay" Borges. Main Library, Koret auditorium. Arthur's new book will be available.

    MAY 6: 6:00 pm "Author Talk and Book Signing" with Arthur Dong, Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Arthur will discuss his new book "Forbidden City U.S.A.: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970."

    MAY 10: 11:00 am Chinatown Walking Tour with City Guides. RSVP required. Email: tours@sfcityguides.org

    JUNE 12: 6:30 pm "Open Books" with Lisa See discussing her new book "China Dolls," Main Library, Koret Auditorium. See's novel is set in Chinese American nightclubs in the 1930s and 40s.

     

    Related: 

    http://ForbiddenCityBook.com/   

    http://deepfocusproductions.com/forbidden_city_exhibit.php

     

     

     

     

  • Circle your calendars for May 10, 2014, Request an Invite, and Shoot! for "A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America" Exhibition

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    March 29, 2014

    Eddie Wong has an exciting photo and video exhibition and wants you and thousands of your friends and family to participate!

    Wong, the former executive director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF.org) and former executive director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAMEDIA.org) is guest curating an exciting one day photo and video shoot on May 10, 2014 called "A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America." 

    The results will become an online photo/video exhibition which will appear at the end of May on the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's website - www.smithsonianapa.org.

    THE SMITHSONIAN ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CENTER + FLICKR PRESENT

    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICA

    HERE’S HOW YOU CAN BE PART OF THIS EXHIBITION!:

    1. Request an invitation to the SMITHSONIAN APAC: A DAY IN THE LIFE Flickr group by sending an email to life@smithsonianapa.org. Please send the email via your registered Flickr email address, or include your Flickr username in the email. Please also include your full name, and location you plan to be* on May 10, 2014 (the day of content capture). You will receive your invitation to the group by May 1, 2014.

    2. Take your photographs and/or videos on May 10, 2014. Content must be captured between 12am and 11:59pm on your current timezone. You may submit up to 5 photos OR up to 5 videos with a total runtime of 3 minutes. This exhibition is based on global Asian Pacific American experiences. Although you do not have to identify as Asian Pacific American or be located in the United States, please keep your content consistent with the exhibition theme.

    3. Upload the photographs or video to the Flickr group by 11:59pm EST on May 14, 2014. Please provide a short biographical statement and your contact information. The works you submit may be used by the Smithsonian for the exhibition, publicity purposes and an e-book.

    All photos or videos selected for the project will credit the...

  • Remembering Filipino Farm Workers role as Cesar Chavez - the movie opens today nationwide

    Posted by: AC Team

    March 28, 2014

    The movie, Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna hits theaters nationwide today. It focuses on the early years of the United Farm Workers Union and Cesar Chavez, one of the most influential Mexican American civil rights leaders. 89.3 KPCC Southern California public radio reporter Dorian Merina reports that one largely overlooked aspect of the story of the farm workers struggle is the Filipino farm workers' pivotal role in launching the 1965 grape strike in Delano that led to the birth of the United Farm Workers Union. 

    For the full story by KPCC's Dorian Merina.

    Journalist Leezel Tanglao, now an editor-writer based in New York City wrote about Filipinos' important contribution to the founding of the United Farm Workers in an article she wrote for The Press-Enterprise in 2005, originally published September 4, 2005 excerpted below.

    For the full story by Leezel Tanglao 

    '65 strike set stage for farm labor cause by Leezel Tanglao  

    Many of them died unmarried, childless and alone. And when they were buried, they took with them a labor legacy that was scratched out of the vineyards of the Coachella Valley. They were the Filipino grape pickers who 40 years ago called a strike against vineyard owners that spread north to Delano and helped spark the national farm-labor movement. "They set the stage for everything." said Paul Chavez, son of the late Cesar Chavez, founder of what became the United Farm Workers. "Nobody showed the kind of conviction these men did."

    Yet their story is fading into history's background and is rarely remembered during national observances such as Labor Day. This is happening for two reasons: Labor historians focus on the larger and later strike led by Chavez that lasted five years and captured national headlines. 

    For the full story by Leezel Tanglao 

     

     

  • State Senator Leland Yee indicted on corruption charges and arms trafficking

    Posted by: AC Team

    San Francisco

    Update March 27, 2014

    State Senator Leland Yee drops out of race for California Secretary of State.

    Related:

    Los Angeles Times

     

    March 26, 2014

    State Senator Leland Yee has been charged with conspiring to traffic in firearms and public corruption as part of a major FBI operation. Yee, (D-San Francisco) and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, an alleged Chinatown gangster were among the targets of the early-morning raids today.

    A 137-page criminal complaint charges 26 people with crimes including firearms trafficking, money laundering, murder-for-hire, drug distribution, trafficking in contraband cigarettes, and honest services fraud. Click here to the full story at www.mercurynews.com by staff reporters Josh Richman, Howard MIntz, Jessica Calefati and Robert Salonga. 

    Yee ran for mayor of San Francisco in 2011 and now is a candidate for California Secretary of State.

     

     

  • Chinese government news editorial uses racist slur against outgoing US Ambassador Gary Locke

    Posted by: AC Team

    February 28, 2014

    A report that a major Chinese government news service has used a racist slur in an editorial slamming outgoing American ambassador to China Gary Locke has stirred up controversy.

    The outgoing ambassador left Beijing today after two and a half years as the first American ambassador of Chinese descent to the country. 

    Photos went viral in his early days as the American ambassador to China showing his lifestyle as a man who carries his own backpack, doesn't mind waiting in line at Starbucks, and takes economy class flights.

    Photos also showed Locke and his family arriving at a Chinese airport carrying their own bags.

    As U.S. ambassador to China, Locke was critical of China's human rights record and released air pollution data of Beijing's air pollution to the public. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has more on the editorial pubished by the Chinese state media outlet, China News.

     

    Related:

    NPR.org

    Associated Press

    South China Morning Post 

    FoxNews.com

    NBCNews.com

    NYDailyNews.com

     

     

  • Happy Birthday James Hong!

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    February 22, 2014

    Happy Birthday James Hong!

    Our favorite actor James Hong celebrated his 85th birthday February 22, 2014!

    All of us at AsianConnections.com wish you a very Happy Birthday!

    Here are our favorite interviews we have done with Mr. Hong over the years. 

    If you view this on our homepage, click on the blue headline title above to the full story and our interviews with him!

    or click here to our video interviews.

    Part 1 of 3: AsianConnections' interview with James Hong:On APAs in Hollywood - Urges Cooperation and Support of organizations like CAPEUSA.org.

    Part 2 of 3: AsianConnections' interview with James Hong: James Hong shares his famous lines from his role as Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda

    Part 3 of 3: AsianConnections' interview with James Hong and daughter April Hong

    James Hong sighting! Mr. Hong attended a CAPE event with Film Independent in Los Angeles back in February 1, 2012. I had a chance to visit with him and personally wish him Happy Birthday, in advance of his real birthday that month!  He was born February 22, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied civil engineering at the University of Southern California. As a road engineer for Los Angeles County for 7-1/2 years, he would act during his vacations and sick days, eventually quitting to go full time as an actor. Mr. Hong has played in more than 500 television and film roles, including his award-winning role as "Mr. Ping" in Kung Fu Panda, and Kung Fu Panda 2.  

    - Suzanne Joe Kai, Publisher/Editor AsianConnections.com 

     

  • Jackie Chan - Stop Illegal Trafficking Stop Killing our World - Animal products for cures is a Hoax

    Posted by: AC Team

    London

    February 16, 2014

    Jackie Chan was in London as global leaders were attending the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference. Chan is on a mission to stop illegal wildlife trafficking and says that its just a myth to use animal parts for medicinal cures. He admitted to using some animal products in the past, but he said it never helped, and he discovered it was just a myth.

    Chan said, "We are already hurt enough, we destroy the earth - now we destroy the space. Stop. When you destroy the animals you destroy yourself." "When the buying stops, killing can too." Chan spoke with CNN's Max Foster in London about his mission to stop the killing. 

    Jackie Chan joins other celebrity supporters to stop the illegal wildlife trafficking. WildAid released two media messsages as part of its campaign to reduce the demand for endangered species products.

    A media campaign "Whole World" featuring Yao Ming, David Beckham and The Duke of Cambridge Prince William began airing globally with targeted outreach in China and Vietnam beginning in January, 2014 as part of WildAid.org's demand reduction campaign and the Royal Foundation's United for Wildlife Collaboration.

    Another WildAid message produced is called "Fatherhood" featuring conservation activists Prince William, David Beckham and Yao Ming.

    media campaign with Yao Ming has reportedly made an impact in lowering the slaughter of sharks for shark fin soup in China. 

    To learn more about this campaign and ongoing efforts visit www.wildaid.org/rhino or www.awf.org/sayno.    

     

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