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  • Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

    Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

    Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
    By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone...

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  • Performing Arts Images from the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection on Display at the Library of Congress to Celebrate APA Heritage Month

    Posted by Lia Chang

    From May 1 through May 31, 2012, “In Rehearsal”, a display of photographs drawn from the Library of Congress’ Asian American Pacific Islander Collection, is on view in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room, located in Room 150 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The hours of the Library of Congress’ Asian Division Reading Room are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Lia Chang with her Lia Chang Theater Portfolio “In Rehearsal” photographs on view through May 31, 2012, in the Library of Congress’ Asian Division Reading Room, in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington D.C, on May 5, 2012.

    Selected scripts from the Performing Arts Playwright Series in the Library of Congress’ AAPI Collection. Photo by Lia Chang

    Sponsored by the Library of Congress’ Asian Division, the display of “In Rehearsal” photographs, drawn from the AAPI Collection’s Lia Chang Theater Portfolio, along with select working scripts from the Playwrights’ Archives including the plays of Rick Shiomi, Velina Hasu Houston, Christine Toy Johnson, Reme Grefalda, Jeanne Sakata, and Lani Montreal, is being held in conjunction with the Library of Congress celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM).

    Selected scripts from the Performing Arts Playwright Series in the Library of Congress’ AAPI Collection. Photo by Lia Chang

    The 54 photographs on display feature the following artists rehearsing for “opening night”: Shinsai: Theaters for Japan, a collaborative benefit by New York’s leading theater companies as a gesture of solidarity with theater communities in Japan devastated by the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami; Katie Hae Leo’s Four Destinies, produced by Mu Performing Arts in Minneapolis MN; BD Wong and Wayne Barker’s King Matt the First with Wong directing Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids; Cindy Cheung’s SPEAK UP CONNIE a one-person show also directed by BD Wong; David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at...

  • SHANGHAI CALLING Premieres at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    May 2, 2012

    Newport Beach, California

    Tomorrow marks the world premiere of SHANGHAI CALLING directed by Daniel Hsia, and produced by Janet Yang ("The Year of the Fish," "The Weight of Water" and "The Joy Luck Club."  

    The film makes its premiere as the closing night event of the Newport Beach Film Festival which attracts more than 30,000 attendees annually.

    Shanghai Calling stars Daniel Henney, best known for his roles in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the South Korean romantic comedy My Lovely Sam Soon, and starred alongside international pop star RAIN in the series The Fugitive: Plan B.

    Henney stars in SHANGHAI CALLING as Sam, a promising young New York attorney selected to open his firm's new satellite office in Shanghai, despite the fact that he speaks no Chinese and knows nothing about Chinese culture. 

    Zhu Zhu plays Fang Fang in SHANGHAI CALLING, Sam's attractive and street-smart legal assistant, who uses her impeccable wardrobe and stunning appearance to conceal the truth about her background.  An actress, singer, model and music video host on MTV China, she co-stars in Quentin Tarantino and RZA's upcoming martial arts film The Man with the Iron Fist, alongside Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. 

    Eliza Coupe plays Amanda, a relocation specialist who speaks fluent Chinese and is an expert on local customs and culture. Coupe is an actress from Scrubs, Flight of the Conchords, Community and Happy Endings. 

    Geng Le is an acclaimed actor from such critically lauded Chinese films as Spring Subway, Resless, Beijing rocks, Desires of the Heart, andmany television series. Geng Le plays "Awesome Wang," an investigative journalist with an uncanny ability to dig up hard-to-find facts no matter what the circumstances. 

    Source: Official website ShanghaiCalling.com

    The film's synopsis:

    The film is a romantic comedy about modern-day American immigrants in an unfamily land. When an ambitious New York attorney is sent to Shanghai on assignment, he immediately stumbles into...

  • Filmmaker Justin Lin Acquires Film Rights to David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Justin Lin (Photo by Lia Chang)

    Filmmaker Justin Lin, who is responsible for Universal’s mega-successful FAST AND FURIOUS franchise has just acquired film rights to David Henry Hwang’s critically acclaimed comedy CHINGLISH hailed by TIME Magazine as the BEST PLAY of 2011.

    CHINGLISH, a romantic comedy with a timely, political spin debuted at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and follows its Broadway run with an international tour beginning at Berkeley Repertory Theatre this fall. Lin will direct and produce the film for his company, Barnstorm Pictures.

    “As soon as I saw CHINGLISH on Broadway, I began to envision this smart and insightful cross-cultural comedy as a film. I’m excited about working with David to bring this very timely story to the screen, ” said Lin.

    Playwright David Henry Hwang in front of the Longacre Theatre in New York, where his new comedy Chinglish played on Broadway through January 29, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

    “I’ve loved Justin’s work ever since he burst on the scene with Better Luck Tomorrow, and it feels very right to be collaborating with him on the movie verision of my play, said playwright Hwang, a Tony Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Hwang will write the screenplay and is set to co-produce the film with Bobbi Thompson.


    Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.


    Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

    Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist

  • LA: Film Screening "The Untold Story of Ralph Carr and the Japanese: Fate of 3 Japanese Americans and the Internment

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Los Angeles - at the Japanese American National Museum Film Screening April 28, 2012 at 2:00pm The Untold Story of Ralph Carr and the Japanese: Fate of 3 Japanese Americans and the Internment This documentary follows the story of two Japanese Americans who were forced to relocate to Amache, and one Colorado native of Japanese descent who worked for the state government beginning in the Carr administration.     The Japanese American National Museum has many wonderful exhibitions and events year round.    Click here to the JANM.org calendar for more exhibitions and events information.      JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM 369 East First Street Los Angeles, California 90012 phone: 213.625.0414 fax: 213.625.1770
  • April 27-May 26: Sex in Seattle 20: Happily Ever After . . ..

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Photo by Rick Wong

    SIS Productions celebrates the grand finale of its popular hit series! Sex in Seattle 20: Happily Ever After . . . premieres at West of Lenin located at 203 N 36th Street in Seattle. The show runs April 27 – May 26, playing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets are $16 for general admission, $12 for students/seniors/actors. Advance purchase discounts and group rates are also available. Call (206) 323-9443 or email tickets@sis-productions.org for reservations and information or check out the website at www.sexinseattle.org. Advance tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets ~ call 1-800-838-3006 or go tohttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233110.

    Sex in Seattle is the country’s longest-running theatrical romantic comedy experience! Each episode explores the ups and downs of life and love from a uniquely humorous perspective. Is it possible to live happily ever after? Or are fairytale endings just a made-up myth? From media expectations to parental pressures to living up to the model minority stereotype, how can any modern-day woman ever hope to achieve true happiness? Find out how Seattle’s favorite Asian American gals discover their own secret to a happy ending!

    Rated “PG-13″ for sexual innuendo and saucy situations.

    Sex in Seattle 20: Happily Ever After is written by Kathy Hsieh, directed by Lisa Anne Glomb and produced by Lorna Chin, Kathy Hsieh, Lisa Marie Nakamura, May Nguyen, Hayley Park, Miko Premo & Roger Tang.

    Featuring: Leilani Berinobis or Audrey Fan, Henry Drew, Tom Falcone or Don Fleming, Gordon Hendrickson, Kathy Hsieh, Miko Premo, Serin Ngai or May Nguyen and Moses Yim.

    SIS Productions is a production company that strives to create, develop and produce quality works that involve Asian American women,their themes, and Asian American issues. SIS Productions encourages opportunities and support for Asian American women to be involved in all aspects of the production of artistic endeavors.

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