• The Honorable March Fong Eu 1922 - 2017

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    The Honorable March Fong Eu 1922 - 2017
    January 9, 2018 Oakland, California The Honorable March Fong Eu will be laid to rest tomorrow Wednesday January 10, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 10AM (PST) at Chapel of the Chimes, at 4488 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California. She has left us with a lasting legacy of a lifetime of service to our world, and inspiring us to strive to make our world a better place. You will be...

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  • Opens Jan 20 in Theaters - Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night | Good Morning

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Manu Narayan and Seema Rahmani Photo by Lia Chang

    Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams, Love Guru) and Seema Rahmani (Loins of Punjab, Missed Call, Sins) star in Sudhish Kamath’s new film Good Night | Good Morning, co-written with Shilpa Rathnam. The story is about an all-night phone call between two strangers on New Year’s night in New York City. Vasanth Santosham and Raja Sen are also featured in the cast.

    Sudhish Kamath is a Chennai-based independent filmmaker, a journalist and film critic with The Hindu, one of India’s leading national newspapers. Good Night | Good Morning is his second feature. His first filmThat Four Letter Word, was a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film.

    Kamath also hosts a talk show called Hands Up where he grills celebrities at gun-point. Recently, he signed up to do a movie review show on radio. 

    Radovan Jovecevic, Gregory Generet,Vatsala Narayan, Seema Rahmani, Manu Narayan and Sudhish Kamath after the screening of GN/GM at the South Asian International Film Festival in New York in 2010. Photo by Lia Chang


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    Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

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  • Mu Performing Arts’ Little Shop of Horrors on 2 ‘Best of‘ Lists; Women in Arts Panel on 1/29, in Conjunction with Mu Daiko’s 15th Anniversary Concert and Tour

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Congratulations to Mu Performing Arts, currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary mainstage season, which continues its string of ‘Best of’ top end of year picks with last year’s musical offering, Little Shop of Horrors. In the last three seasons, seven out of nine productions have been listed on end of year lists.

    Sara Ochs as Audrey and Randy Reyes as Seymour in the Mu Performing Arts production of Little Shop of Horrors. Photo by Michal Daniel

    Graydon Royce of The Minneapolis Star Tribune, writes,“Little Shop of Horrors,” Mu Performing Arts“Heart, charm and humor wrapped up in a dopey musical about a human-eating plant.This show demonstrated how far Mu has come. Jennifer Weir directed and actors Randy Reyes, Sara Ochs and Kurt Kwan led the cast.” P. Papatola of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes,“Theater 2011: ‘Best’ missed the test. Here are 10productions that made a difference”“As I wrote in my March review, “If you’re in the mood to call out differences, you could note that Mu Performing Arts’ production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ features an Asian-American cast and that the role of homicidal houseplant Audrey II — usually voiced by a deep-voiced male — is played by a sultry femme fatale. But if you’re simply in the mood to enjoy a top-notch production of Howard Ashman’s comedy-horror musical, then nothing in the above sentence matters.” Helped along by stellar leading performances by Sara Ochs (as the dim-but- lovable Audrey) and Randy Reyes (as the geeky flower-shop employee Seymour), Jennifer Weir’s sprightly staging made the seemingly subversive casting choices seem perfectly logical and normal. In that regard, “Little Shop” was a great step forward both for Mu and for local audiences.”

    Women in Arts Panel (January 29) and Mu Daiko 15th Anniversary Concert (February 9-12) and...

  • Screen Actors Guild issues statement supporting Huang "Junie" Hoang's lawsuit challenging IMDB's unauthorized publication of her age.

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    Los Angeles (January 6, 2012) -- Screen Actors Guild today released the following statement:

    Earlier today the lawsuit against and its parent company was amended to identify the plaintiff by her name, Huang Hoang. Screen Actors Guild applauds the determination and courage of the plaintiff in standing up to fight the unfair and abusive practice of publishing actors’ private information online without their consent.

     “Ms. Hoang has shown great courage in stepping forward and pursuing her claims despite efforts to deter her by demanding she be publicly identified. Thousands of actors have had their careers harmed by the unauthorized publication of their birthdates by IMDb against their wishes. Screen Actors Guild and its members stand in support of efforts to curtail this invasion of privacy done to enhance a corporate balance sheet.

    The full news release from SAG.

  • Meet the authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac, Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, Museworks, Ltd.

    Posted by Lia Chang

    I caught up with musicologist Joanna C. Lee and veteran music journalist Ken Smith at the Longacre Theatre in New York, after the post-show talkback following the 100th performance of Chinglish, by Tony Award-winning and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright David Henry Hwang, which was recently named by TIME Magazine, Bloomberg Radio, NY1 and WNYC as one of the Top 10 Broadway shows of the year.

    Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang (center) is flanked by (l-r) his cultural advisors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, actors Johnny Wu, Christine Lin, Gary Wilmes, Angela Lin, Stephen Pucci, Jennifer Lim and Larry Lei Zhang after the 100th performance of Chinglish on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre in New York on January 5, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

    Smith and Lee were tapped as cultural advisors by the playwright when Chinglish, his play about an American businessman looking to land a deal in provincial China, had its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Smith writes about their participation as resident Chinglish cultural advisors here.

    Chinglish cultural advisors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith at the opening night party of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at Brasserie 8 ½ in New York on October 27, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

    The husband and wife team are co-authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac and co-directors of Museworks Ltd., a Hong Kong-based cultural consulting company offering wide-ranging support, from production to translation and media services, for artists and institutions seeking links to and from Asia. Their clients include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, Holland Festival, Habitat for Humanity, the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Sotheby’s HK.

    Ken Smith, Hong Kong-based composer Eli Marshall (Ashes of Time Redux) and Joanna C. Lee after the 100th performance of David Henry Hwang's Chinglish in New York on January 5, 2012. Photo by Lia...

  • Asia Society Honors Chinglish Playwright David Henry Hwang and Former Deputy Secretary of State John C. Whitehead at the Waldorf Astoria

    Posted by Lia Chang

    On Wednesday, January 11, 2012, Tony Award-winning and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), whose hilarious and sexy new comedy CHINGLISH is currently on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) in New York, will receive the 2011 Cultural Achievement Award at the Asia Society New York Awards Dinner, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue in New York.

    Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang (center) is flanked by (l-r) his cultural advisurs Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, actors Johnny Wu, Christine Lin, Gary Wilmes, Angela Lin, Stephen Pucci, Jennifer Lim and Larry Lei Zhang after the 100th performance of Chinglish on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre in New York on January 5, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

    The 2011 Global Vision Award will be presented to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leading pro-democracy opposition leader in Myanmar. The evening is also a celebration of the 90th birthday of John C. Whitehead, Former Deputy Secretary of State, who will be presented with the Global Vision Award. Comedian and actor, Dan Nainan will emcee the festivities, which will feature a special performance by members of the Silk Road Ensemble.

    Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

    Daw Aung San Suu KyiGlobal Vision AwardDaw Aung San Suu Kyi is the leading pro-democracy opposition leader in Myanmar and the daughter of Aung San, a martyred national hero, and Khin Kyi, a late Burmese diplomat. She has spent most of the past two decades under detention after her party, the National League for Democracy, won a victory in the 1990 elections but was denied power by the ruling military junta. In the midst of her struggle, she has endured the loss of her husband, Michael Aris, and continued separation from her two sons. She was eventually released from house arrest on November 13, 2010 following the election of a new government, and a year later announced she would rejoin the political system.

    Aung San Suu Kyi’s reemergence into politics...

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