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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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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 PERFORMANCE - Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle")
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('cloak3bd5c6c928ca190ce79052f83239090f').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy3bd5c6c928ca190ce79052f83239090f = 'choyjonathan' + '@';...

Beethoven's Ninth for South Asia

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 04 January 2006

Carnegie Hall Fundraiser for Victims of the October 2005 Earthquake in South Asia

Conductor George Mathew leads a specially formed orchestra and chorus in a benefit performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Monday, January 23, 2006 at 7:30 pm. Organized by Mathew to to raise funds and awareness for the survivors of the October 2005 cataclysmic event in South Asia that left 3 million people homeless, the targeted goal is $500,000.

The performance features a quartet of both renowned veterans and rising stars and a chorus of 150-200 assembled from the major choral ensembles in New York City. Musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta (The Netherlands), Brentano and Emerson Quartets, students, graduates and faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard School, and Mannes College of Music will be participating.

Mr. Mathew, who is also the Artistic Director, conceived the idea of bringing together some of the world's finest orchestral players, to perform Beethoven's masterpiece in a politically neutral setting to help those suffering from the ravages of the harsh conditions in the mountainous regions of a stricken land.

Tax deductible tickets range in price from $30.00 to $175.00 and are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office and may be ordered through CarnegieCharge (212-247-7800) or www.carnegiehall.org.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Within days of the October 8, 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, MSF physicians, nurses, mental health specialists, and logisticians began providing medical assistance and distributing relief and medical supplies to those affected by the disaster. MSF's 566 local and...

Asian Excellence Awards for Dr. David Ho, Ismail Merchant, Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Wednesday, 04 January 2006

Asian Excellence Awards celebrate Dr. David Ho, Ismail Merchant, Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu on Jan. 19 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

Dr. David Ho, Ismail Merchant, Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu will be honored at the Asian Excellence Awards on Jan. 19 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Asian Excellence Awards www.axawards.com presented by AZN Television and featuring the Remy Martin X.O Honors, shines a national spotlight on Asian Americans who have made a genuine difference. The Awards celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of Asians and Asian Americans. The evening includes a televised Academy Awards style show and after party hosted by THE HOUSE OF GLAM www.glamla.com.

About the Rmy Martin X.O Honorees:
Inspiration - Dr. David Ho, the 1996 Time "Man of the Year" for his tremendous work in the field of HIV/Aids research and development of antiviral cocktails to fight the virus in the early stages of infection

Lifetime Achievement - Ismail Merchant (posthumously) best known for his long collaboration with James Ivory, who together founded Merchant Ivory Productions that have won several Academy Awards.

Bridge - Quentin Tarantino for his renowned admiration and dedication to Asian cinema.

Visibility - Lucy Liu for her continued work in feature films raising the profile and visibility of Asian American actors.

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