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B.D. Wong and John Cho among 774 invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Thursday, 29 June 2017

B.D. Wong and John Cho among 774 invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
June 28, 2017 Los Angeles The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its 2017 list of invitees. Asian American actors B.D. Wong and John Cho were included on the 2017 list of 774 people invited by the Academy.  Other actors invited include Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed (The Night Of, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Priyanka Chopra, Irffan Khan, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, Filmmakers invited to join the Academy's documentary branch include Grace Lee (American...

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Photos: Backstage with the Cast of Chinglish and David Henry Hwang at the Longacre Theatre

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 25 October 2011

 

Playwright David Henry Hwang in front of the Longacre Theatre in New York, where his new comedy Chinglish is currently in previews. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony Award-winning and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) is clad in a cozy salt and pepper turtleneck and black jeans when I meet up with him backstage at the Longacre Theatre after the Saturday matinee of CHINGLISH, his sexy, stylish and hilarious new play, currently in previews and set to open on October 27th.

Chinglish leading lady Jennifer Lim chats with playwright David Henry Hwang in her dressing room at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 22, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

The show comes to Broadway following its critically acclaimed world premiere production at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago this summer, which ran from June 18th through July 31st.

Ken Smith, playwright David Henry Hwang, Stephen Pucci and Joanna C. Lee Photo by Lia Chang


My backstage pass included photographing the cast in their dressing rooms, courtesy of cultural advisors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith.

The poster for David Henry Hwang's Chinglish Photo by Lia Chang

Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Christine Lin, Stephen Pucci, Johnny Wu and Larry Lei Zhang who appeared in the production at the Goodman, are 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, directs the Broadway production.

David Henry Hwang's Chinglish at the Longacre Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang


Hwang’s new comedy CHINGLISHis about the challenges of doing business in a culture whose language—and ways of communicating—are...

In the kitchen and on the radio in 120 cities. by Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres on Tuesday, 25 October 2011

In the kitchen and on the radio in 120 cities. by Ben Fong-Torres


I just flew in from Canada and a few dozen other cities, and boy, are my ears tired. Let me explain: It was a radio tour, as it’s called, for my new book, Eagles: Taking It to the Limit. The publisher, Running Press, set up 20 stops – mostly morning shows from coast to coast – from 5 to 8:20 a.m. – all from my phone at home.

            By 6:30, half way through, my left ear was feeling it. Before then, I’d also gone through a couple of technical glitches. My cordless phone ran out of juice, and I had to run (quietly) from my office to the kitchen upstairs. And my recorder malfunctioned.

But it was still better than going to 20 bookstores in 20 cities. The Canada call – from Astral Radio – reached 83 stations in 40-something cities. And the last stop was with Premiere Networks, which itself services 60 stations with show prep material. That’s 120 stations in all

            I met a wide range of broadcasters, from DJs in smaller towns like Lima, Ohio to news talk anchors in Atlanta and St. Louis, to Philadelphia radio legend John DeBella and rock artist turned morning jock Greg Kihn, himself an author. He knows all about th is 4 a.m. wakeup routine. Only he does it five days a week. One a book is plenty enough for me.

            The only flake-out was a station in Norfolk, Nebraska, scheduled near the end. My poor left ear was most grateful for the cancellation.

            The Eagles book is one of two I have out right now. University of California Press just published an expanded and updated version of my 1994 memoirs, The Rice Room. No radio tour, thank god. But on Friday, Oct. 28, I’m doing an...

Thailand - Deadly Floods worst in 50 years

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 24 October 2011

 

Thailand's worst flooding in five decades has killed at least 356 people and affected nearly 2.5 million, with more than 113,000 living in temporary shelters and 720,000 people seeking medical attention. Click here for the full story from Reuters. 

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

Posted by Lia Chang on Thursday, 20 October 2011

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...

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

Posted by Lia Chang on Saturday, 15 October 2011

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

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