• Top Chef Shirley Chung launches her exciting restaurant today in Irvine, California!

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Top Chef Shirley Chung launches her exciting restaurant today in Irvine, California!
    December 10, 2014 Chef Shirley Chung's TWENTY EIGHT Modern Chinese Cuisine Lounge and Restaurant 19530 JAMBOREE ROAD, IRVINE, CA Congratulations to Top Chef Shirley Chung! Today marks the launch of new, exciting cuisine in Orange County, California with the grand opening of her highly anticipated restaurant TWENTY EIGHT: Modern Chinese Cuisine. Trained...


  • Civil Rights Activist Todd Endo Remembers Selma

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    January 19, 2015   Journalist Emil Guillermo features 1965 Selma voting rights protest march eyewitness Todd Endo, 74, on NBC News/Asian America today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Click here to read and view Emil's feature on Todd Endo.   2015 marks the 50th anniversary year of the three voting rights protest marches, from March 7 - 26, 1965 to walk the 54-mile highway from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama.  Todd Endo's memories of the 1965 voting rights marches still haunt him to this day. A 24 year old graduate student at Harvard and a community church organizer, he learned on March 9, 1965 that his acquaintance Jim Reeb, a white Unitarian minister had traveled from the Boston area to Selma and was killed by white segregationists. Endlo decided to join a g...
  • Happy 70th Birthday to Ben Fong-Torres!

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    January 7, 2015 HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY BEN! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to Jann Wenner, publisher and co-founder of Rolling Stone who is 69 today! Best wishes for many happy and healthy years to come! Ben and Jann are looking at photos of themselves from the early days when Rolling Stone started in San Francisco. As super busy as Ben is, he has graciously contributed commentary to our pages here at since 2000. Thank you! This photo was taken at Rolling Stone's offices in New York by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer and former staff photographer for the New York Times, Marilynn K. Yee for our documentary project LIKE A ROLLING STONE: The LIfe & Times of Ben Fong-Torres.          ...
  • Still Few Leading Roles for Asian Actors in Hollywood Movies - But the Star is Rising for Randall Park and Miyavi

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    December 30, 2014 Hollywood Asian American actors are still largely missing from the big screen in major roles. A year-end wrap up shows small gains for major movie roles for Asian American actors in Hollywood. Even for Asian actors who are not American, major roles in a current Hollywood movie are scarce. First time actor Takamasa Ishihara from Japan made the most of his opportunity. Ishihara, a 33 year old singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer known to his fans as Miyavi gave a chilling break-out performance as the brutal sergeant in Angelina Jolie's film "Unbroken." Ishihara's role as Sergeant Matsuhiro Watanabe was so intense, he told Vanity Fair's Natalie Finn "It's a story that is still painful for my country," ... "But she (Director Angelina Jolie) told me...
  • 1910-2014 Luise Rainer Academy Award-winner played Chinese servant "O-Lan" in "The Good Earth"

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    December 30, 2014 London Luise Rainer, the German-born actress who won an Academy Award for her starring role as the Chinese servant "O-Lan" in the 1937 movie "The Good Earth," died of pneumonia today at her home in London at age 104. Luise Rainer was cast in the leading role as the Chinese servant "O-Lan" over other actors including Anna May Wong. Rainer was an Academy Award-winning actress for her role in MGM's "The Great Ziegfeld" one year earlier in 1936. In 1937, Rainer won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "The Good Earth" becoming the first actress to win consecutive Best Actress Academy Awards. A well known actress in Europe, she was recruited to Hollywood by MGM in 1935, but her career in Hollywood was short-lived and she returned to Europe after disputes with MGM st...

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