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Happy Birthday! to Justice Harry W. Low, pioneer community leader

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Thursday, 15 March 2018

Happy Birthday! to Justice Harry W. Low, pioneer community leader
March 26, 2018 San Francisco In a world in desparate need of heroes - we have a real life one. Decades before 'Diversity" and "Inclusion" became fashionable terms, Justice Harry W. Low was already at the forefront making positive change in our world.  This month Justice Low celebrates his birthday and is as busy as ever arbitrating cases all over the country.  My colleague ABC7 KGO TV's David Louie and I, a former KRON TV - NBC reporter Suzanne Joe (Kai), co-hosted this...

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Awards announced - San Francisco's CAAMFEST Celebrates Asian and Asian American Film, Food and Music

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Linsanity by filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong was the opening night film at CAAMFEST

Linsanity by filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong was the opening night film at CAAMFEST

March 30, 2013

San Francisco

Updates - CAAMFest winners announced:

DEAD DAD is the winner of the Comcast Narrative Competition.

SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE is the winner of the Documentary Conpetition.

Aggie Ebrahii Bazaz received the Loni Ding Award

The Emerging Filmmaker Award recipient is Ernesto Foronda of SUNSET STORIES.

CAAM (The Center for Asian American Media) offers programs all year round.

Visit CAAM's website at CAAMedia.org, and support its mission by becoming a member. 

 

March 17, 2013

San Francisco

CAAMFest is in full swing! 

The Center for Asian American Media has launched CAAMFest, an exciting new festival March 14-24, 2013. Formerly called the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the 31st annual event not only has a brand new name CAAMFest, and a brand new website CAAMFEST.com, the festival has branched out into food, music and digital media. 

As CAAM's Executive Director Stephen Gong says, CAAMFest aims to present a world-class festival of Asian and Asian American film, music, food and digital media.

Judging from what I saw in the first few days, CAAMFest's ambitious plans have succeeded. 

I counted at least 100 films and events representing more than twenty countries, held in ten venues mostly in San Francisco, with some events and film screenings at the Oakland Museum of California and Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive Theater.

There's still time to take in a screening or an event.

Click here to CAAMFest's schedule of...

David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad at Signature Theatre

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 18 March 2013

Playwrights Edward Albee and David Henry Hwang Photo by Lia Chang

Playwrights Edward Albee and David Henry Hwang Photo by Lia Chang

New York City

The Dance and the Railroad is extended through March 24, 2013.

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Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) celebrated Signature Theatre’s revival of The Dance and The Railroad starring Ruy Iskandar as Ma and Yuekun Wu as Lone, and directed by May Adrales, which opened February 25, 2013.

Renowned playwright and multiple Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") was among Hwang's honored guests to attend the opening night performance. The play is at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street in New York. 

Ruy Iskandar, David Henry Hwang and Yuekun Wu. Photo by Lia Chang

The Dance and The Railroad premiered as part of a commission by the New Federal Theatre in 1981, and had its professional debut on July 16, 1981 Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. It was directed by John Lone, with Lone and Tzi Ma in the cast. The Dance and The Railroad is set on a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad where two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for a 1982 Drama Desk Award. The Dance and The Railroad follows the twice-extended Golden Childas the second production in the Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series.

Mar. 21: Dian Kobayashi, Emily Kuroda, Sharon Omi, and Jeanne Sakata in A Cage of Fireflies Reading at Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 18 March 2013

Mar. 21: Dian Kobayashi, Emily Kuroda, Sharon Omi, and Jeanne Sakata in A Cage of Fireflies Reading at Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Los Angeles

East West Players, in association with the Japanese American National Museum, presents a Writers Gallery reading of A Cage of Fireflies by Daniel Akiyama. A Cage of Fireflies is his first full-length play which was developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.

The reading of A Cage of Fireflies stars Dian Kobayashi, Emily Kuroda, Sharon Omi, and Jeanne Sakata, on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM, at Tateuchi Democracy Forum, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 North Central Avenue in L.A.

Phyllis S. K. Look directs, with assistant director/stage manager David Johann Kim. Admission is free. Click here to RSVP. Click here or the blue headline above to the full story.

A Cage of Fireflies tells the story of three elderly sisters of the kibei generation: sent as children to be raised in Okinawa, then returned to live and work in Hawai‘i. Two of the sisters confine themselves to their Honolulu apartment where they enact the rituals of daily life and dream of one day returning to Okinawa. The third, charged with running their family’s orchid nursery, embraces the modern world and disrupts her family’s fragile traditions. As long-hidden hopes, resentments and regrets surface, the sisters must confront the nature of their love for each other. A Cage of Fireflies, which recently premiered at Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu to critical acclaim and a sold-out, extended run (1/24/13-3/3/13), explores the tug-of-war between progress and...

Memories of Sweet Caroline, and of Oakland's Chinatown by Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 18 March 2013

Memories of Sweet Caroline, and of Oakland's Chinatown by Ben Fong-Torres

Berkeley, California 

Memories of Sweet Caroline,

and of Oakland’s Chinatown 

by Ben Fong-Torres

 

Caroline Chin was a neighbor and classmate of mine when we grew up in Chinatown, Oakland, in the ‘50s. We went to Lincoln Elementary, Westlake Jr High, and Chinese school together.

She went on to become a teacher, an administrator and, finally, principal at (full circle) Lincoln School, in the early 2000’s, just before retiring. Under her leadership, it became a California Distinguished School, and would go on to become a National Blue Ribbon School. At her various stops, she encouraged kids and teachers alike to "work hard; learn a lot."

A large, overflow crowd--maybe 750 or 800--learned a lot about Caroline Chin Yee, who passed away last month, at her services at the First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley.

Caroline had what appeared to have been a full and perfectly balanced life. She and her husband since 1968, Gary Yee, were devoted to their church – and to traveling the world. She even combined globetrotting with teaching, once in Zhongshan; another time, in Edinburgh, Scotland.  She had wonderful siblings, two children, grandkids and in-laws. One niece, Terri Lee, introduced herself as “the oldest of her nieces. So I’m guessing I was her favorite.” 

She and others, family and friends, told of Caroline’s dedication to them, and to children in general, and to the wider community.

Caroline passed away on February 21; her memorial was on March 16. The...

Mar. 8-24: Kurt Kwan, Sara Ochs, Eric Sharp and More Set for Mu Performing Arts production of R.A. Shiomi’s Yellow Fever in Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 08 March 2013

Mar. 8-24: Kurt Kwan, Sara Ochs, Eric Sharp and More Set for Mu Performing Arts production of R.A. Shiomi’s Yellow Fever in Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Minneapolis, MN

Mu Performing Arts production of Yellow Fever, written by R.A. Shiomi, will be performed in Guthrie’s Dowling Studio from March 8-24, 2013 and directed by Rick Shiomi. The play is a groundbreaking noir comedy in the Asian American theatrical canon told through the eyes of Sam Shikaze, a nisei (second generation Japanese) Canadian detective that explores themes of political deception and cultural assimilation.

Sara Ochs and Kurt Kwan in R.A. Shiomi’s Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever premiered in San Francisco in 1982 and was produced Off-Broadway to critical acclaim by Pan Asian Repertory Theater later that same year. The New York Times‘ Mel Gussow called the show, “…so captivating that it makes one eager for further adventures of the inimitable Sam Shikaze,” and named it a “New York Times Critic’s Pick.” Edith Oliver of The New Yorker observed, “Yellow Fever is a funny mystery-a real mystery that is, that parodies private eye movies and also tucks in quite a lot of social comment without ever breaking its own comic mood.”

Yellow Fever features Mu favorites including Kurt Kwan (Sam Shikaze), Sara Ochs (Nancy Wing), and Eric Sharp (Captain Kadota). Guthrie audiences may remember Kwan from his starring roles in Mu’s Dowling Studio productions ofCowboy Vs. Samurai and Yellow Face as well as recent appearances with Ten Thousand Things Theater. Ochs and Sharp were both featured in Mu’s recent smash hit Into the Woods. Ochs was seen in Company at Theater...

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