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

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Tuesday, 27 December 2011

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 in my home office) for my Eagles book. On my own home page, the last thing was about hanging with...

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SHANGHAI CALLING Premieres at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Thursday, 03 May 2012

SHANGHAI CALLING Premieres at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival

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...

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

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 24 April 2012

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


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...

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

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Saturday, 31 March 2012

LA: Film Screening
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 on Wednesday, 21 March 2012

April 27-May 26: Sex in Seattle 20: Happily Ever After . . ..

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak0a650bee9e8bbaaf067b7ce49a9a6ad5').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy0a650bee9e8bbaaf067b7ce49a9a6ad5 = 'tickets' + '@'; addy0a650bee9e8bbaaf067b7ce49a9a6ad5 = addy0a650bee9e8bbaaf067b7ce49a9a6ad5 + 'sis-productions' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text0a650bee9e8bbaaf067b7ce49a9a6ad5 = 'tickets' + '@' + 'sis-productions' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak0a650bee9e8bbaaf067b7ce49a9a6ad5').innerHTML += ''+addy_text0a650bee9e8bbaaf067b7ce49a9a6ad5+''; 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...

Mar. 27: BD Wong in Rehearsal for “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids”

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Mar. 27: BD Wong in Rehearsal for “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids”

Last weekend, I caught up with BD Wong at the Maravel Arts Center on 445 W. 45th St. in New York, where he was rehearsing a number which will be performed in “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids,” on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W. 55th St. @ 9th Ave in New York.

BD Wong rehearses with Rosie’s Theater Kids at the Maravel Arts Center on 445 W. 45th St. in New York on March 17, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

BD will also be hosting the event, (also honoring Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids), which features Rosie’s Theater Kids alongside Derick K. Grant, Brandon Victor Dixon, Zakiya Young, and special taped video appearances by Audra McDonald and John Tartaglia. A highlight of the evening is sure to be an original piece conceived and co-written by BD, in which he will perform with 11 of the children from the “Rosie’s Theater Kids” program.

BD Wong rehearses with Rosie’s Theater Kids at the Maravel Arts Center on 445 W. 45th St. in New York on March 17, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

In Manhattan, thousands of children live near the “Great White Way” but never have the opportunity to step inside one of the theaters and experience Broadway. As Rosie O’Donnell says, it’s “like living in Hawaii and not having access to the beach.”...