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  • Jackie Chan's latest movie The Foreigner shows off his acting skills

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Jackie Chan's latest movie The Foreigner shows off his acting skills
    Hollywood October 11, 2017 Finally! After 56 years, 200+ films and bringing humor and entertainment to audiences around the world, Jackie Chan, one of the world's most prolific action stars and filmmakers was presented an honorary Oscar at the 8th annual Governors Awards in Hollywood. Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker all former co-stars in movies with Jackie co-presented the...

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  • Photos: Opening Night of Mu Performing Arts’ Katie Hae Leo’s Four Destinies

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Playwright Katie Hae Leo on the set of her new play, Four Destinies, at Mixed Blood Theatre on October 15, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

    It is the opening night of performance of Katie Hae Leo’s Four Destinies, helmed by Suzy Messerole and presented by Mu Performing Arts, the second largest Asian American Theater Company in the U.S, and the lobby of Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis is abuzz with excitement.

    Mu Performing Arts Artistic Director Rick Shiomi and Reme Grefalda, curator of the Asian Pacific Islander Collection at the Library of Congress. Photo by Lia Chang

    Reme Grefalda, curator of the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection located in the Asian Division of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and I flew in to photograph the cast in rehearsal for my Library of Congress collection, the Lia Chang Theater Photography Portfolio/AAPI Collection in the Asian Division at the Library of Congress, and to celebrate opening night.

    Four Destinies director Suzy Messerole and playwright Katie Hae Leo Photo by Lia Chang

    With Four Destinies, local playwright Katie Hae Leo has fashioned a satirical exploration of adoption through the eyes of Destiny Jones, a single character represented from four different ethnic backgrounds, as she/he grows up in a Minnesota family. Leo, a playwright, poet, essayist and performer, and who is also a Korean adoptee, presents herself as a character determined to embody the overarching adoptee experience, both in youth and adulthood.

    (L-R First Row) Katie Bradley, La Dawn James, Nora Montanez, Sara Ochs; (L-R Second Row) Shanan Custer, playwright Katie Hae Leo, Don Eitel, Neil Schneider, director Suzy Messerole, Maria Kelly and Nicholas Freeman on the set of Four Destinies at Mixed Blood Theatre after the opening night performance on October 15, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

    The cast features Katie Bradley, La Dawn James, Nora Montanez, Sara Ochs, Neil Schneider, Shanan Custer, Don Eitel, Maria Kelly and...

  • Photos: Backstage at Mu Performing Arts’ Four Destinies by Katie Hae Leo,10/15-10/30

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Sara Ochs, La Dawn James, Katie Bradley, Nora Montanez and Neil Schneider Photo by Lia Chang

    The 2011 – 2012 Mu Performing Arts 20th Anniversary mainstage season lineup kicks off on October 15 at Mixed Blood Theatre with the world premiere of Four Destinies, directed by Suzy Messerole. The play by local playwright Katie Hae Leo is a satirical exploration of adoption through the eyes of Destiny Jones, a single character represented from four different ethnic backgrounds, as she/he grows up in a Minnesota family. Leo, herself a Korean adoptee, presents herself as a character determined to embody the overarching adoptee experience, both in youth and adulthood. Four Destinies has been in development for the past two years through Mu’s Jerome New Performance Program, a platform for emerging Asian American theater voices to create and present edgy new work.

    Nora Montanez, Katie Bradley, Sara Ochs, La Dawn James, Maria Kelly, Shanan Custer Photo by Lia Chang

    Mu Performing Arts Artistic director Rick Shiomi invited me to Minneapolis, providing me with an all-access pass to the production during rehearsals.

    Don Eitel, Nicholas Freeman and Neil Schneider Photo by Lia Chang

     

    Shanan Custer and La Dawn James Photo by Lia Chang

     

    Nora Montanez Photo by Lia Chang

     

    Sara Ochs Photo by Lia Chang

     

    Don Eitel, Sara Ochs, Shanan Custer, Maria Kelly and Katie Bradley Photo by Lia Chang

     

    Don Eitel, Shanan Custer and La Dawn James Photo by Lia Chang

     

    Nicholas Freeman, Maria Kelly, Neil Schneider, Don Eitel, Shanan Custer, Katie Bradley Photo by Lia Chang

     

    Nora Montanez Photo by Lia Chang

     

    Nora Montanez, Katie Bradley and Sara Ochs Photo by Lia Chang

    Four Destiniesby Katie Hae Leodirected by Suzy MesseroleOctober 15 – 30, 2011Mixed Blood Theatre1501 S. 4th StMinneapolisClick herefor tickets.

    The Mu Performing Arts 2011-2012 season is sponsored by General Mills.Mu Performing Arts Website

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  • Filipino WWII Veterans Celebrate California Governor Signing of CA Assembly Bill 199 recognizing their contributions.

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    News ReleaseOctober 13, 2011 

    Assemblywoman Fiona MaCalifornia Speaker Pro Tempore 12th Assembly District 

    California Assembly Bill 199 will help ensure that the contributions of Filipino veterans who fought side by side American troops are properly recognized and remembered by future generations.

    Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco and San Mateo Counties), announces the signing of Assembly Bill 199 this Friday October 14, 2011 at Bessie Carmichael Middle School in San Francisco. Bessie Carmichael, whose school population is 50% Filipino, sits in the SOMA district of San Francisco, home to many Filipino WWII Veterans. When this bill was originally introduced in 2004, 98 Filipino WWII veterans were still alive to tell their stories. Today, there are only 17 veterans still alive. Two previous versions of this bill were vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger. AB 199, the Filipinos in WWII Social Studies Curriculum Act, is the first step toward ensuring that social science instruction in grades 7-12 includes the significant role of Filipinos in World War II. This bill helps ensure that our children and future generations learn of the contributions and sacrifice of these brave Filipino soldiers before we lose them in history. During World War II, the Philippines was a commonwealth of the United States. Filipino soldiers in the US Armed Forces were in effect US nationals, who fought side by side with American Troops.

  • California Governor Signs Bill Requiring Accurate Collection of Information on AAPIs

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    LOS ANGELES –

    APALC News Release:

    October 10, 2011

     

    Bill co-sponsored by APALC requires the disaggregation of data on Asian ethnic groups in key state departments.

    Legislation requiring key state agencies to collect and post information about job programs participation and employment and housing discrimination faced by Asian and Pacific Islander ethnicities was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday.

    Assembly Bill (AB) 1088, introduced by Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) and co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice; Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE); and Asian and Pacific Islanders California Action Network (APIsCAN), requires two key state agencies to include the full spectrum of Asian American (AA), as well as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI) ethnicities in their data collection, consistent with those groups reported by the U.S. Census. “We are extremely pleased that Governor Brown signed AB 1088 into law,” said Assemblymember Eng. “Asian Americans, as well as Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, represent over 30 ethnicities, and each community experiences its own unique challenges. Because information about these communities is frequently reported under one or two large categories, the experiences of specific ethnicities can be masked, preventing policy-makers, advocates, and elected officials from understanding the real issues that affect our communities. With this passage, the Governor recognizes the disparities within the Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander communities, and the role that the State of California has in addressing these issues.” Current law already requires the collection and disaggregation of some Asian and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander groups, such as Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and Samoan. However, many emerging ethnic groups are not...

  • David Henry Hwang is back on Broadway with Chinglish at the Longacre Theatre, opens October 27

    Posted by Lia Chang

    David Henry Hwang Photo by Lia Chang

    CHINGLISH, the new comedy by Tony Award-winning and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), begins previews at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) on Tuesday, October 11th and will officially open on Thursday, October 27th. The show comes to Broadway following its critically acclaimed world premiere production at Goodman Theatre in Chicago this summer, which ran from June 18th through July 31st.

    Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Christine Lin, Stephen Pucci, Johnny Wu and Larry Lei Zhang who appeared in the production at the Goodman, will be joined by Gary Wilmes, star of the recent acclaimed Gatz. OBIE Award winner Leigh Silverman, who directed Lisa Kron’s Well on Broadway and won a 2011 OBIE for directing both Go Back To Where You Are and In The Wake, will return to direct the Broadway production.

    Hwang’s new comedy CHINGLISH is about the challenges of doing business in a culture whose language—and ways of communicating—are worlds apart from our own. An American businessman arrives in a bustling Chinese province looking to score a lucrative contact for his family’s sign-making firm. He soon finds that the complexities of such a venture far outstrip the expected differences in language, customs and manners – and calls into questions even the most basic assumptions of human conduct.

    Tickets are available for purchase on Telecharge.com or 212-239-6200.

    “The U.S. and China are at a critical moment in history—each nation is deeply interested in, but knows very little about, the other,” said playwright David Henry Hwang. “CHINGLISH was born from the many visits I’ve made to China over the past five or six years to witness the exciting changes there. During one visit, I toured a new arts center where everything was first-rate—except for the ridiculously translated English signs. It was at that moment that I thought of writing this play.”

    The design team includes: Set...

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