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Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female
November 14, 2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi has a new character named Rose Tico that fans are buzzing about. The character is the first major Star Wars role played by an Asian American woman. That woman is 29 year old Kelly Marie Tran, an actress of Vietnamese American descent from San Diego. After filming wrapped Tran took time off to travel to South Africa where she worked in an endangered wildlife reserve without electricity, internet or running water. Then she...

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Feb. 19: Congressman John Lewis, Jose Antonio Vargas and Simone Wu to Receive 2013 AALDEF Justice in Action Awards

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will honor Congressman John Lewis, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia), Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, and Simone Wu of Choice Hotels International, Inc., with the 2013 Justice in Action Awards at its Annual Lunar New Year Gala on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.

The awards will be presented by Rep. Grace Meng, the first Asian American to represent New York in Congress, Tony award-winning playwright of M. Butterfly David Henry Hwang, and Gordon Smith, CEO of Consumer and Community Banking, JPMorgan Chase.

The co-emcees for the evening are Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News, and Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer at Columbia University.

The AALDEF Justice in Action Awards recognize exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in advancing justice and equality. Past recipients include the late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, David Henry Hwang, Fareed Zakaria, BD Wong, Sandra Leung, Harold Koh, Mira Nair, Ivan Fong, Deval Patrick, George Takei, Salman Rushdie, Seymour Hersh, Larry Tu, Charles Ogletree, Jr., Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl Wu Dunn, Javade Chaudhri, Harry Belafonte, Margaret Cho, and Yoko Ono.

AALDEF’s 2013 Lunar New Year Gala celebrating the Year of the Snake begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by the Justice in Action Awards ceremony and...

Feb. 28-Apr.13: Ron Domingo, Francis Jue and Jon Norman Schneider Set for Paper Dolls at the Tricycle Theatre

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 20 January 2013

New York based actors Ron Domingo (Chiqui), Francis Jue (Sally) and Jon Norman Schneider (Jiorgio) are currently in London rehearsing for The Tricycle Theatre’s World Premiere of Paper Dolls, with their UK castmates Tom Berish (Yossi), Jane Bertish (Noa), Noa Bodner (Shoshana/Ensemble), Ilan Goodman (Shirazi/ Ensemble), Shimi Goodman (Ensemble), Jeffry Kaplow (Chaim), Tom Oakley (Ensemble), Angelo Paragoso (Zhan), Caroline Wildi (Adina) and Benjamin Wong (Cheska).

Ron Domingo

Paper Dolls is the second production directed by Indhu Rubasingham as Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre located at 269 Kilburn High Road in London. Rubasingham’s debut production, the critically acclaimed Red Velvet, recently won two Critics Circle Awards for Adrian Lester as Best Actor and Lolita Chakrabarti as Most Promising Playwright. Chakrabarti also received the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards in 2012.

Paper Dolls, written by Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of Sundance Theatre, is adapted from the documentary film by Tomer Heymann, which has won multiple awards including three at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival.

Paper Dolls, in association with Stanley Buchthal and Bob & Co, Ltd, and adapted from the documentary film by Tomer Heymann, runs at the Tricycle Theatre from 28 February until 13 April with press night on 6 March. Design is by Richard Kent, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by Ben and Max Ringham...

Ann Harada Plays Cinderella’s Stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 20 January 2013


Ann Harada

Fresh from playing Linda, the stage manager on the Golden Globe nominated NBC musical drama “Smash”, Ann Harada (AVENUE Q9 TO 5, Les MisérablesM. Butterfly) is currently appearing as the stepsister Charlotte in the Broadway premiere of RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’s Cinderella, at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street), alongside Laura Osnes (Tony nomination Award for Frank Wildhorn’s BONNIE & CLYDE,SOUTH PACIFICANYTHING GOESGREASE) as Cinderella; Santino Fontana (THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Drama Desk Award for BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, OBIE Award for SONS OF THE PROPHET) as the Prince; and Victoria Clark (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards forTHE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA) as Marie, the Fairy Godmother, in the Broadway premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street). RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’s Cinderellabegan previews on January 25, 2013, and will open on March 3, 2013.

Directed by Mark Brokaw (CRY BABY, THE LYONS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE), this new production has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a new book by four-time Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane (XANADU, SISTER ACT, LYSISTRATA JONES, THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED), based on the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical has choreography by Josh Rhodes, and music adaptation, supervision and arrangements by David Chase. Opening Night is Sunday, March 3, 2013. Tickets to RODGERS ...

Feb. 21-Mar. 2: Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths, Starring Joel de la Fuente, Plays Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 20 January 2013

Acclaimed Off Broadway drama HOLD THESE TRUTHS, Jeanne Sakata’s one-man show inspired by the true story of second generation Japanese-American Gordon Hirabayashi, travels to Hawaii for a limited engagement of six performances at Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre, February 21 – March 2, 2013.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths. Photo by Lia Chang


Directed by Lisa Rothe and starring actor Joel de la Fuente (the principal talent behind the original Epic Theatre Ensemble New York production in October 2012), the show is presented by producer/actor Daniel Dae Kim and Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY). The production is dedicated to the memory of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, an American hero who was directly involved by the themes of the play. Proceeds will support the non-profit theatre and drama education programs of HTY.

OPENING NIGHT Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The show continues Friday February 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday February 24 at 3:00 p.m.; Thursday February 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and CLOSES on Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m.

General admission is $20 for adults; $15 for students/seniors; limited premium seating available for $30. Tickets may be ordered online atwww.htyweb.org or by calling HTY at (808) 839-9885.

HOLD THESE TRUTHS is set in Seattle during World War II, where Hirabayashi, a University of Washington student, is agonizing over U.S. government orders to...

Feb. 15-17: Asians on Film Festival 2013; Winners Announced

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 20 January 2013

Congratulations to this year’s Asians on Film Festival Winners 2013. From Friday, February 15, 2013 – Sunday, February 17, 2013, check out the exciting lineup of films at the Asians on Film Festival 2013 screening at J.E.T. Studios, 5126-30 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA. The awards will be given out on Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 5:00pm. Check out the complete list of winners below.

Best Drama
Model Minority (Lily Mariye, Director)
Best Documentary
Lost Years (Kenda Gee, Director)
Best Actor
Chris Pang (Citizen Jia Li)
Best Actress
Eugenia Yuan (Strangers)
Best Supporting Actor
Roni Mazumdar (9 Eleven)
Best Supporting Actress
Elizabeth Sung (Anita Ho)
Best Ensemble Cast
Anita Ho (Steve Myung, Director)
Best Director
Lily Mariye (Model Minority)

SHORT FILMS
Best Drama
Dumpling (Wesley Du)
Best Comedy
The Gelephant (Jenn Liu)
Best Action/Adventure
Sudden: Butterfly and the Dragon (James Boss)
Best Documentary
A Flicker In Eternity (Ann Kaneko & Sharon Yamato)
Best Animation
Couch & Potatoes (Chris Lam & Eunsoo Jeong)
Best Actor
Won Lee (Dumpling)
Best Actress
Jessika Van (Reunion)
Best Supporting Actor
Hiro Kanagawa (Her Story)
Best Supporting Actress
Eileen Soong (Born To Dance This Way)
Best Ensemble Cast
Reunion (Jason Z. Wong)
Best Director
Wesley Du (Dumpling)
Best Cinematography
Junior Lucan & Alessandro Mattiolo (Vivian and Veronica)
Best Editing
Vincent Tran (BBOY)
Best Original Score
Terry Chan (30 ½)

Check out this year’s exciting lineup:

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