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  • Finally - a major Asian hotel chain steps up to the plate - Effective January 1, 2012. Shark Fins off the menu

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Today, January 1, 2012 marks the day that a major hotel chain, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH), owner of the Peninsula Hotels finally made it official - no more shark fins will be served. We hope many more hotels, restaurants, and fishermen will also stop killing the millions of sharks for their fins for soup.  

    Let's make 2012 a year that you also take measures in your own hands to help our world become a better place. 

    This is one of the most important stories of our lives, our Earth.

    Not only is banning shark fins from menus one tiny step forward (and not ordering shark fins if it is still on other menus), eating fish, particularly the larger fish is not necessarily healthy.

    Dr. Sylvia Earle, 75, scientist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence has been studying our oceans for more than 50 years. Dr. Earle urges everyone, "We have the power to make a difference and its time that we use that power positively not just for the dolphins, not just for the whales and the fish. It all comes back to us. We all share space on this little Blue Planet."

    Earle told AsianConnections' Steven Joe at a Greenbuild Conference for GreenPlanet.TV "What we are doing to the oceans, we are doing to ourselves." She told Steven Joe in a video interview that it is a myth that eating all fish is healthy. She warns that eating larger fish-eating fish is not healthy at all. She says the larger fish such as swordfish, tuna, and marlin have the highest concentrations in their bodies of heavy metals and toxins including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and other poisonous substances that are dumped into the oceans and fall from the sky from coal and other industrial processes. 

    She advises to "eat smart" and eat plant-eating fish, and smaller sustainably cultivated fish such as tilapia and catfish. 

    She is recognized by the Library of Congress as a Living Legend. Among her many achievements and efforts in global marine conservation, she is the founder of...

  • Photos: Kathie Lee Gifford at the 2011 Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Unveiling in New York

    Posted by Lia Chang

     

    2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

    On Monday, November 14, 2011, the Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Flagship store in New York unveiled the 2011 Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows.

    2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

    This year, the windows were inspired by children’s drawings of “What is Christmas Made of?” and an illustration by Carl Wilson from 1941 that shows tiny illustrations and asks “What is Christmas Made of?” Lord & Taylor asked children from Women In Need shelters and local schools to draw what they believe Christmas is made of. The mechanical holiday windows were inspired by their art and feature 125 of the original drawings.

    Santa and the kids whose drawings inspired this year's windows! Photo by Lia Chang

    The 2011 Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows unveiling was live streamed online and a video of highlights can be viewed atwww.lordandtaylor.com/christmas 

    The Young People's Chorus of New York City Photo by Lia Chang

    The celebration began with performances by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ who were joined by Kathie Lee Gifford, co- host of the fourth hour of NBC’s Today Show for one number.

    NBC co-host Kathie Lee Gifford performs Photo by Lia Chang

    Prior to the unveiling, the Young People’s Chorus of NYC performed “What is Christmas Made Of” a holiday song composed exclusively for Lord & Taylor. Simultaneously, Lord & Taylor stores throughout the chain hosted local student choral groups to perform the special song.

    Santa and Brendan Hoffman, President/CEO Lord & Taylor, dedicating the windows to New York City on November 14, 2011.Photo by Lia Chang

    With a little help from Santa, Brendan Hoffman, President/CEO Lord & Taylor, dedicated the windows to New York City. Lord & Taylor also hosted a charity day with proceeds benefiting the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™.

    Francisco Núñez,...

  • Tina Chilip, Jojo Gonzalez, Marcus Ho and More in Leviathan Lab’s Twelfth Night Production Photos, Performances through 11/19

    Posted by Lia Chang

     

    Foreground Center: Jojo Gonzalez as Feste with the cast of Leviathan Lab's TWELFTH NIGHT Photo by Bree Warner

    Is it possible to have too much fun on stage? I don’t think so. If you haven’t made it to the Leviathan Lab’s inaugural production, Twelfth Night, an entertaining romp starring Jojo Gonzalez as Feste the clown, Tina Chilip as Viola, Kurt Uy as Orsino, Eileen Rivera as Olivia, Andrew Eisenman as Malvolio, John Roque as Sir Toby Belch, Ka-ling Cheung as Maria, Marcus Ho as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Chris Doi as Sebastian, Roger Yeh as Fabian, and Eugene Oh as Antonio, you only have three more chances to do so through November 19 at the Arclight Theater in New York. I guarantee you will have a grand time.

    L to R: Ka-ling Cheung as Maria, Eileen Rivera as Olivia and Tina Chilip as Viola Photo by Bree Warner

    Leviathan Lab’s Twelfth Night is set in the seaside city of Illyria, but is a fresh take on Shakespeare’s comedy, infused with auteur Wong Kar-wai’s 1960s Hong Kong sensibility and style, and helmed by Nelson T. Eusebio III, with original music by veteran Broadway actor/composer Jason Ma, choreography by Dax Valdes, and sets & costumes by Maiko Chii.

    Chris Doi as Sebastian, Tina Chilip as Viola Photo by Bree Warner

    Performances are Thursday – Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors, with special prices for groups of 10 or more.

    L to R: John Roque as Sir Toby Belch, Marcus Ho as Sir Andrew Aguecheek Photo by Bree Warner

     

    Andrew Eisenman as Malvolio Photo by Bree Warner

    Arclight Theater152 West 71st Street, Level 1 between Broadway and Columbus AvenuesNew York

    ABOUT LEVIATHAN LABLeviathan Lab is a professional creative studio founded in 2009 that includes more than 75 Asian-American actors, writers, and directors. Leviathan Lab invests in the advancement of both emerging and established Asian American performing artists by featuring them in new works by Asian American writers,...

  • Anatomy of a Breakout Panelists include David Henry Hwang, Jennifer Lim, Leigh Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Kenny Leon and David Ives at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus on 11/13

    Posted by Lia Chang

     

    Jennifer Lim at the opening night curtain call of David Henry Hwang's Chinglish at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 27, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

    The Drama Desk and the Fordham University Theatre Program will present a special panel discussion on Sunday, November 13th at 6:30pm at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus (Pope Auditorium, 113 West 60th Street). The discussion, titled “Anatomy of a Breakout,” will reflect on the remarkable trend of breakthrough productions and breakout performances on the New York stage in 2011.

    Chinglish Playwright David Henry Hwang and director Leigh Silverman arrive at the Longacre Theatre in New York for the opening night performance of Chinglish on October 27, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

    The panelists fromCHINGLISH include actor Jennifer Lim, playwright David Henry Hwang, who recently received a Jeff Award (New Work-Play), and director Leigh Silverman. The discussion will be moderated by Randy Gener, the George Jean Nathan Award winning editor/critic, and Leslie (Hoban) Blake, the Drama Desk’s Vice President.

    Other panelists include Douglas Carter Beane (book writer, Lysistrata Jones), Lewis Flinn (composer/lyricist,Lysistrata Jones), David Ives (playwright, Venus in Fur), Samuel L. Jackson (actor, The Mountaintop), Dan Knechtges (director/choreographer, Lysistrata Jones) and Kenny Leon (director, The Mountaintop and Stick Fly).

    For more information, or to purchase tickets, e-mail DramaDeskRSVP@gmail.com.

    Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus113 W. 60th St.New York6:30pm

  • Photos: Leviathan Lab’s Twelfth Night at the Arclight through 11/19

    Posted by Lia Chang

     

    The cast and creative team of Leviathan Lab's Twelfth Night on the set at the Arclight Theater in New York on November 11, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

    I had a great time at Leviathan Lab’s inaugural production, Twelfth Night, an entertaining romp starring Jojo Gonzalez as Feste the clown, Tina Chilip as Viola, Kurt Uy as Orsino, Eileen Rivera as Olivia, Andrew Eisenman as Malvolio, John Roque as Sir Toby Belch, Karen Tsen Lee as Maria, Marcus Ho as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Chris Doi as Sebastian, Roger Yeh as Fabian, and Eugene Oh as Antonio, currently having a limited run through November 19 at the Arclight Theater in New York.

    Leviathan Lab founder Ariel Estrada, composer Jason Ma, director Nelson T. Eusebio III and choregrapher Dax Valdes. Photo by Lia Chang

    Twelfth Night is set in the seaside city of Illyria, infused with auteur Wong Kar-wai’s 1960s Hong Kong sensibility and style, and helmed by Nelson T. Eusebio III, with original music by veteran Broadway actor/composer Jason Ma, choreography by Dax Valdes, and sets & costumes by Maiko Chii.

    Raul and Mary Aranas came out to support Karen Tsen Lee in her debut as Maria and the brilliant Jojo Gonzalez who is fearless as Feste the Clown. Photo by Lia Chang

    There are only 8 more performances for you to catch this talented ensemble, Thursday – Saturday, 8pm; Sundays, 2pm; Wednesday, 11/16 at 8pm. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors, with special prices for groups of 10 or more.

    As Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Marcus Ho displays his flair for physical comedy. Photo by Lia Chang

    Arclight Theater152 West 71st Street, Level 1 between Broadway and Columbus AvenuesNew York

    ABOUT LEVIATHAN LABLeviathan Lab is a professional creative studio founded in 2009 that includes more than 75 Asian-American actors, writers, and directors. Leviathan Lab invests in the advancement of both emerging and established Asian American performing artists by featuring them in new works by Asian...

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