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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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Dec. 6-22: Photo Exclusive of Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s BUMBUG The Musical at The Clurman Theatre

Posted by Lia Chang on Thursday, 06 December 2012

Dec. 6-22: Photo Exclusive of Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s BUMBUG The Musical at The Clurman Theatre

I can’t wait to get my holiday cheer on at the world premiere of BUMBUG The Musical, a new Rock Opera by Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri, presented by LAUGHistan, during its limited engagement at The Clurman Theatre (Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street) in New York. I loved the workshop production of Bakwas Bumbug, presented by Desipina at the Wild Project in 2011, and have been anxiously awaiting its return.

(Photo) Internationally Acclaimed singer Falu (center) shares her breathtaking voice and dance moves with the Angel Crew (left to right: Lipica Shah as Sunita, Matthew Knowland, Kiarri Andrews & Brooke Ishibashi) in the show stopper song “Ajaa Ajaa” from LAUGHistan’s World Premiere of “BUMBUG The Musical”. Photo Credit: Lia Chang

(Photo) Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte as “Scroogewala” from LAUGHistan’s World Premiere of “BUMBUG The Musical”. Photo Credit: Lia Chang


Performances begin Thursday, December 6 and continue through Saturday, December 22. Opening Night is Saturday, December 15 (8 p.m.).

Helmed by Mercedes Murphy, BUMBUG The Musical, is an electrifying musical reinvention of “A Christmas Carol” told through the looking glass of NYC Immigrants and Hyphenated America. Like so many immigrants, disillusioned Deli-owner Scroogewala left his motherland years ago to pursue the American dream. Amidst his battle with holiday merriment, Scroogewala is visited by a motley crew of...

A Few Words about Burton Fong-Torres 1949-2012 by Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 01 December 2012

Photo: Burton Fong-Torres with mother Connie Fong-Torres

Photo: Burton Fong-Torres with mother Connie Fong-Torres

San Francisco

Burton, My Brother

by Ben Fong-Torres


The hardest part about losing a sibling – or anyone close to you, come to think of it – is having to go out and see friends and hear those most innocent of questions: “What’s new with you?” or “How’re you doing?”

Depending on who’s asking, I’ve been saying, “All right, thanks, and you?” or “Not so great. My younger brother died.” And then you gird yourself for the questions and sympathy, and you let out a couple of details, and try to figure out a transition to another subject; any other subject.

That’s how it’s been since November 11th, the Sunday of Thanksgiving week. Burton, who was 63 and the youngest of us five children, died after several years of living with a weak heart, helped not at all by kidney dialysis.  Since childhood, Burton was slow, and did not advance far, in school or in life. Later in life, he had no friends. And so, when he passed away, we, his family, chose not to have a service. Our mother, 91, is in nursing care and in no shape, physical or mental, to be attending a funeral for the third child she has lost.

So, no obituary, no service, no facebook page, as we had for my sister Shirley, who died in June of last year. She was a public person, constantly in the media. Burt was the flip side.

But he was vitally important in our family. As a close friend wrote, “Looking back, Burton was a blessing for your family. He was the one who kept your parents company.” At the Bamboo Hut, our restaurant in Hayward, after the older kids had finally escaped to college and beyond, Burt stayed and helped out until our parents closed it in the mid-‘70s.  After our father died in 1994, Burton, who by then had ended an arranged marriage with a woman from Hong Kong, moved into my parents’ condo in Oakland’s Chinatown. It was an unorthodox arrangement, a 45 year old son moving in with his 73...

Dec 5 Ben Fong-Torres hosts a Q&A with The Doors Ray Manzarek LIVE on FACEBOOK to Premiere LIVE AT THE BOWL '68 Concert Film

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Saturday, 01 December 2012

Dec 5 Ben Fong-Torres hosts a Q&A with The Doors Ray Manzarek LIVE on FACEBOOK to Premiere LIVE AT THE BOWL '68 Concert Film

The Doors Perform Live on Facebook

 December 5th   8:30pm EST - 5:30pm PST

Ben Fong-Torres hosts a LIVE Q&A with
The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek

Qello and Eagle Rock Entertainment Host a Facebook Digital Premiere of the Restored LIVE AT THE BOWL ’68 Concert Film.

10PM EST – 7PM PST

New York, NY – On December 5th, fans of The Doors will have the opportunity to watch Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, & John Densmore like never-seen-before live in concert on Facebook. Qello, the music entertainment digital streaming service, along with Eagle Rock Entertainment are hosting a Facebook Digital Premiere of The Doors 1968 live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which is considered to be the band’s finest concert on film.

The film of this historic concert has been meticulously restored using the original camera negatives; the audio has been remixed and mastered and three unreleased tracks have been resurrected, marking the first time the concert can be seen in its entirety. 

The Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek says, “the quality is stunning, mind-blowing; it’s like being there right on that Hollywood Bowl stage with me, Jim, John, and Robby.”

A ticket to the Facebook Digital Premiere comes with a trove of treats for music fans; for $4.99 ticket holders get:

oAccess to watch LIVE AT THE BOWL ‘68 for 30-days. oAccess to participate in the *LIVE Q&A with Ray Manzarek on Dec.5th (immediately following the premiere) hosted by legendary...

Exclusive video interviews with Hold These Truths Playwright Jeanne Sakata, Star Joel de la Fuente and Director Lisa Rothe

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Exclusive video interviews with Hold These Truths Playwright Jeanne Sakata, Star Joel de la Fuente and Director Lisa Rothe


(Photo by Lia Chang) In the dressing room with Joel de la Fuente, who stars as Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y in New York through November 25, 2012. 

(Photo below by Lia Chang) In the dressing room with Joel de la Fuente, who stars as Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y in New York on November 24, 2012. Joel is holding a photo of Esther Schmoe and Gordon Hirabayashi on their wedding day, August 05, 1944. 

By Lia Chang

As Gordon Hirabayashi, Joel de la Fuente is a revelation in his nuanced tour-de-force portrayal of Gordon, seamlessly transforming into 30+ other characters throughout the course of The Epic Theatre Ensemble’s New York premiere of Jeanne Sakata’s critically-acclaimed solo play Hold These Truths (formerly known as Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi), directed by Lisa Rothe, which recently played an extended run at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y in New York.   (Click on the blue link above or here for the full feature and videos.)

Playwright Jeanne Sakata was inspired by a true story to write Hold These Truths, which is set in Seattle during World War II, where University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi is agonizing over U.S. government orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he fights to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Hirabayashi journeys toward a greater understanding of America’s...

APAICS Congratulates New Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of 113th US Congress

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 07 November 2012

Ami Bera campaigning with former President Bill Clinton  Photo: Ami Bera Campaign

Ami Bera campaigning with former President Bill Clinton Photo: Ami Bera Campaign

 

APAICS Congratulates New 
Asian American and Pacific Islander 

Members of 113th US Congress

Update as of November 23, 2012:

Washington, DC -- On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 five new Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders were elected to serve in the 113th United States Congress, with one race for California's 7th Congressional District near Sacramento too close to call on Election night.

The Associated Press called the race on November 15 in favor of Dr. Ami Bera who was running against incumbent Republican Dan Lundgren. This was Bera's second attempt to unseat Lundgren.

Dr. Bera, 45, a Los Angeles-born physician becomes the third Indian-American elected to the House of Representatives, after Singh Saund in 1952, and Governor Bobby Jindal who was elected in 2004 and is still Governor of Louisiana.

Update as of November 23, 2012: Longtime incumbent Republican Dan Lundgren, 66, a lifelong politician who has served 9 terms in Congress, and was a former State Attorney General has not issued a statement on his official website.

Under California law, a recount may be requested by a candidate or voter within five days after the county registrar has finalized results. It is not known if Lundgren will pursue a recount.  

Image: Dr. Ami Bera campaigning with former President Bill Clinton  Photo credit: Ami Bera Campaign

Click here to the full story and photos of all five leaders. 

Click here to the latest as Congress welcomes its freshmen, and...

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