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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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  • CAPE's Gala Marks 20th Anniversary with Awards for Asian Americans in Entertainment

    Posted by Admin

    The Time Has Come: Asian Americans Arrive on the Red Carpet

    By Amy Lieu

    Asian American actors and members of Hollywood's entertainment industry graced the red carpet at the 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration for the Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) at Union Station in Los Angeles Nov. 12, 2011.

    The evening honored the talents of Asian Americans in entertainment and celebrated the advancement of diversity in the media.

    For years, Asian Americans have been under-represented in Hollywood.

    However, CAPE's red carpet event indicated more Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) talent are in entertainment today. AAPIs have come a long way

    Maggie Q, the beautiful and savvy renegade spy from Nikita shared space with Carrie Ann Inaba, the talented dancer and one of the judges for Dancing with the Stars.


    George Takei, who played Sulu from Star Trek, YouTube musician sensation David Choi, and professional poker player Maria Ho, who has played in the World Poker Tour were also among the celebrities on the red carpet.


    The Gentlemen of YTF also strutted the red carpet; the group includes Ryan Higa, the most subscribed YouTube personality, as well as Victor Kim and Dominic of Quest Crew, who won the third season of America’s Best Dance Crew.

    Wenda Fong, says she co-founded CAPE twenty years ago when Asian Americans did not have a strong voice in the entertainment industry. CAPE is now one of the largest Asian-American professional entertainment industry organizations in Hollywood. Studio and network executives, managers, actors, producers and directors are among its members.

    The demographics and audience share of Asian American Pacific Islanders have risen. The latest U.S. Census figures show that AAPI's are among the fastest growing segments in the U.S. Fong says that good Asian American talent has always been in the industry, but roles for Asian Americans has been under represented. CAPE is working to mentor, support and develop...

  • Cast of CHINGLISH Welcomes in the Year of the Dragon

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    January 21, 2012

    Last night, playwright David Henry Hwang and the cast of Chinglish gathered at Ruby Foo's Restaurant in New York City to welcome in the Year of the Dragon.

    Chinglish just celebrated its 100th performance and will be ending its run on Broadway on January 29th. Time Magazine has named Chinglish the "Best American play of the year." 

    AsianConnections.com's columnist and editor Lia Chang joined the celebration at the restaurant. Lia shot the photograph featuring the two actors Jennifer Lim and Gary Wilmes used in Chinglish's latest media campaign (shown here). 

    Chinglish is a comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication, written by Tony® Award winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (From Up Here, Well).






  • Go out and bring in the New Year! YEAR OF THE DRAGON EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY

    Posted by Suzanne Kai


    begins January 23, 2012 with observances that continue 15 days.

    The Dragon is considered by many to be the most auspicous year in the twelve year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.Go out and bring in the new year!

    Read author and Feng Shui expert Angi Ma Wong's predictions here. 

    Here are just a sample of the many events celebrating the Year of the Dragon around the country, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Monterey Park, CA, New York City, Flushing, Queens, Vancouver, Portland, Oregon, Richmond, British Columbia, Toronto, Washington DC, Milpitas, Fremont, Palo Alto, Campbell, San Jose, Foster City, Redwood City, Saratoga, Cupertino, Newark, CA, San Bruno, and beyond! 

    (Compiled from news sources around the country. Please confirm all dates, times and locations independently if you plan to attend any of these events. Dragon photo by Lia Chang.)


    Jan 14-15: San Francisco Flower Market Fair and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 

    The Chinese New Year Flower Fair is held on the weekend before Chinese New Year Day. The Flower Fair is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candy and other new supplies for the home to begin the new year. At the main stage on Washington Street below Grant, the Mayor will join honored guests in officially opening the Festival with a ribbon cutting ceremony. (Estimated time for ribbon cutting ceremony 10:45 a.m.)  

    Jan. 29: Free San Francisco Zoo Admission for Dragons: The San Francisco Zoo will present Chinese acrobatic performances, traditional Lion and folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks and more family friendly entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is regular-priced but guests born in the Year of the Dragon, including 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012, can get in for free.

    Feb. 4: Miss Chinatown USA Pageant This annual pageant is a treasured tradition for Chinese Americans. Young women of Chinese descent from across...

  • Jan 23 - 29 Lang Lang, Tan Dun & others perform at "China in New York: A WQXR Festival”

    Posted by Lia Chang

    WQXR Celebrates Chinese New Year with

    “China in New York: A WQXR Festival”

    January 23 – 29


    An Exploration of China’s Rising Classical Music Scene

    With LANG LANG, HUANG RUO, TAN DUN, among others


    In Partnership with the New York Philharmonic, Queens Council on the Arts and Crossing Art


    (January X, 2012 - New York, NY) – As China grapples with its relationship with Western culture, one Western art form is booming: classical music of the European canon.  Approximately 50 million children study classical instruments, new concert halls have appeared in major cities and provinces, and an increasing number of Chinese artists are gaining international recognition.


    From Monday, January 23 – Sunday, January 29, WQXR will ring in the Year of the Dragon with CHINA IN NEW YORK: A WQXR FESTIVAL, an exploration of the work of Chinese-born composers and musicians now active in New York, as well as some of the economic and political issues surrounding classical music in China, through live events, radio specials, and online exclusives available at www.wqxr.org/china.

    CHINA IN NEW YORK will be book-ended by two special live events at WQXR’s event venue, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.  The first, on January 23 at 6pm, is Chinese New Year with Lang Lang and the Quintessenso Choir.  In this preview of their New York Philharmonic concert, the renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang will perform with a children’s choir from Mongolia.  On January 27 at 7pm, Written on the Wind, curated by Huang Ruo, is an evening of new music from Chinese and Chinese-American composers performed on traditional and Western instruments.


    On Sunday, January 22 at 3pm, the eve of the festival, the Shanghai String Quartet will help kick offCHINA IN NEW YORK with a special free performance in the community, at Crossing Art, a gallery in the heart of Flushing’s Chinatown.


    CHINA IN NEW YORK is presented in partnership with the New York Philharmonic, Queens...

  • No Winning Asian American Actors or Films at the Golden Globes this year but we spotted an Access Hollywood host!

    Posted by Admin


    We had our usual binoculars out, but no, no Asian Pacific Americans won for acting at this year's 69th annual Golden Globes last night.

    But, we did spot at least one host reporting the red carpet arrivals at the awards event, and we thought her dress and jewels were stunning.

    Here is SuChin Pak wearing a diamond bracelet, French hook earrings and a diamond ring designed by Tacori. The Tacori press release says her bracelet was valued at $124,000. Now that's one special bracelet!