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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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Ang Lee Named Filmmaker of the Year

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Sunday, 29 January 2006

Ang Lee named Filmmaker of the Year by the Director's Guild of America

Ang Lee was named filmmaker of the year, adding the Director's Guild of America's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for "Brokeback Mountain" to his awards treasure trove.

The DGA's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film puts Lee in a prime position to win the best director Oscar, as this particular award has traditionally served as a near-perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director.

Only six times since the DGA Award's inception in 1949 has the winner not gone on to receive the Academy Award for Best Director. In 2000, Lee won the guild prize in 2000 for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," but Stephen Soderbergh took home the best director Oscar for "Traffic."

This year, Lee was honored by his peers over fellow guild nominees Steven Spielberg ("Munich"), Paul Haggis ("Crash"), Bennett Miller ("Capote") and George Clooney ("Good Night, and Good Luck").

Based on a short story by E. Annie Proulx, "Brokeback" stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as roughneck sheepherding pals who conceal their homosexual relationship from their families.

The DGA awards, presented at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel, honored directorial achievements in 10 categories. Veteran director Clint Eastwood was presented with the guild's lifetime achievement award.

Some Like It Haute

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 20 January 2006

Julie K.L. Dam spins a funny charming tale about a style and shoes-obsessed American girl with her first novel, Some Like It Haute.

I caught up with PEOPLE magazine editor and author Julie K.L. Dam at the book party for her chic-lit novel Some Like It Haute held at the National Arts Club in Manhattan. She appears regularly on Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, and Extra and writes a blog http://www.somelikeithaute.com as her alter ego Alex (the protagonist) of Some Like It Haute , due in stores in late February.

In Some Like It Haute , Julie spins a funny charming tale about Alexandra Simons, a style and shoes-obsessed American girl with all the right press passes, spending Fashion Week in Paris. A fashion correspondent for The Weekly magazine, Alex believes she will never live down her very public, very literal run-in with a six-foot model at the Chanel haute couture show in Paris. Things start looking up when she attends an avant-garde show at a trendy new dive and finds both a love interest and perhaps the hottest new designer in town! But are things too good to be true? Though Nick Snow, an American consultant working in Paris, makes Alex feel like a supermodel, she gets the feeling that hes hiding something from her. And Luis-Heinz, the Esperanto-speaking recluse of a fashion genius? Hes nowhere to be found. Following her big scoopand her heartsends Alex on a wild goose chase through the streets of Paris and tests her definition of reality. In between playing detective and finding the perfect accessories for a stakeout, will she finally get her storyand her man?

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, and raised in Dallas, Texas, Julie delved in journalism while studying American history and literature at Harvard. She moved to Manhattan after graduating in 1993 to work as a reporter and writer for TIME magazine. During her 2 1/2-year stint in TIMEs London office, she covered fashion and entertainment for the magazine; highlights included...

KUNG FU HUSTLE and LOST Stars Top the Winners List at AZN TV's 2006 Asian Excellence Awards

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Thursday, 19 January 2006

Asian Excellence Awards for Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, Dr. David Ho, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Stephen Chow, Lynn Chen, and Linkin Park

Hollywood's elite came out to honor Asian Americans' accomplishments in entertainment, music and science tonight at AZN Television's "2006 Asian Excellence Awards Featuring the Remy Martin(R) X.O Honors." Hosts Bobby Lee and Kelly Hu lead the evening's presentation, which saw Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim of "Lost" taking Outstanding Male and Female TV Performance awards home. "Kung Fu Hustle" won for Outstanding Film and actor Stephen Chow won for Outstanding Film Performance in that film. The presentation airs on AZN Television Sunday, January 29 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST.

Celebrity presenters and attendees at the Awards included Rob Schneider, Vivica A. Fox, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason Scott Lee, Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Bai Ling, Lisa Ling, Alice Wu, Tamlyn Tomita, Harold Perrineau, Parminder Nagra, Michelle Krusiec, Carrie Ann Inaba, Keiko Agena, Ravi Kapoor, Grace Park, Karl Yune, Magge Q, Rex Lee, Sharon Leal and many more.

2006 Asian Excellence Awards Featuring the Remy Martin X.O Honors:
OUTSTANDING FILM - "Kung Fu Hustle"
OUTSTANDING FILM PERFORMANCE - Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle")
OUTSTANDING FEMALE TV PERFORMANCE - Yunjin Kim ("Lost")
OUTSTANDING MALE TV PERFORMANCE - Daniel Dae Kim ("Lost")
OUTSTANDING LIVE PERFORMANCE - Linkin Park
OUTSTANDING STYLEMAKER - Kimora Lee Simmons (Baby Phat)
OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER - Lynn Chen ("Saving Face")

In addition, the Remy Martin X.O Honors were presented to three honorees. Earvin "Magic" Johnson presented the "Inspiration" Remy Martin X.O Honor to renowned AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho. Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman presented the "Visibility" Remy Martin X.O Honor to Lucy Liu. The "Bridge" Remy Martin X.O Honor (for bridging cultures) was presented to Quentin Tarantino by Johnnie To. The Honors, now in...

Sleeping on Potatoes: A Lumpy Adventure from Manzanar to the Corporate Tower

Posted by Lia Chang on Thursday, 19 January 2006

Former Japanese American internee, Carl Nomura, achieves the real American dream

Carl Nomura's memoir, "Sleeping on Potatoes: A Lumpy Adventure from Manzanar to the Corporate Tower, " is the story of a former Japanese American internee who became a scientist, physicist and successful business executive. His inspirational life story is the epitome of the American Dream.

Born in a box car to immigrant parents, his father was an abusive man who moved the family around, separating his six children by sending Nomura's older brothers and sisters to stay with relatives. After his father died, his mother supported the kids as best she could but the Depression hit and the family struggled to survive.

After graduating high school, Nomura and his family found themselves the target of the relocation efforts of the American government during World War II. Along with 110,000 Japanese Americans, Nomura and his family spent two years in Manzanar, an isolated dust-covered internment camp located in California.

Determined to learn from his experiences and motivated to change his situation, Nomura went back to school when World War II ended. He earned a bachelor's degree in physics in 1948, a master's of science degree in 1949 and a doctorate degree in physics in 1953. He then began a career that would span 33 years with Honeywell, a multi-billion dollar manufacturing company. Starting as a research physicist, he climbed the corporate ladder holding positions like manager of operations and associate group executive of the solid state electronics division to later become the corporate senior vice president of the company. When Carl retired, the Honeywell CEO commended him for his contributions to the company saying, "Carl has made a greater contribution to our success than any other executive in the company."

The director of the Washington Center for the Book wrote, "His story brings greater understanding and deep appreciation of the...

New York Lunar New Year Flower Market

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 17 January 2006

The New York Chinatown Lunar New Year Flower Market Kicks Off Celebrations with Arts and Performances

Jan. 29, 2006 is the first day of the Lunar New Year for 4704 - the Year of the Dog. Dogs are attributed as being loyal, honest and humorous people. Those born in the years 1958, 1970, 1982, and 1994 fall under the sign. From Jan. 27th-28th, check out New York Chinatown's third annual, tri-state Lunar New Year Flower Market presented by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA), United East Athletics Association (UEAA), in collaboration with Asian American Arts Alliance.

New Year celebrations last for fifteen days afterwards, but preparations including cleaning and decorating the home begin as early as two weeks prior. The market is a significant kick-off event in many Asian countries. The flower is one of the most important and symbolic decorations: "fa" in Cantonese shares homonymic qualities to the word for fortune, "fat." Therefore, to have flowers blooming in one's home during the New Year is a prosperous and fortuitous sign. Among the propitious plants and flowers are azaleas, dahlias, chrysanthemums, peach and plum blossoms, peonies, narcissi and small orange trees.

The Flower Market adds a creative twist to an old tradition this year by including artists and performers to engage and entertain visitors throughout the two day event. A welcoming ceremony with a lion dance performance by the UEAA lion dance troupe will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28th at 12 pm. Florists and vendors interested in participating in this year's event should contact Jonathan Choy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak7a1bed8d0ce3603cde04d20bd2b34866').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy7a1bed8d0ce3603cde04d20bd2b34866 = 'choyjonathan' + '@';...