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  • Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

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    Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
    If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and...

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  • Live Crab Vending Machines debut in China's Zhehiang province

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    September 11, 2013 - Hairy crabs are a popular delicacy in China. They are in season from August to October. A new vending machine has popped up in Hangshou, China reported by writer Gwynn Guilford of The similar to this live hairy crab vending machine which debuted in a subway station in Nanjing, Jiangsu province December 17, 2010. The crab dispenser was designed by Shi Tuanjie, Chairman of the Nanjing Shuanghu Crab Industrial Company  Photo Credit by Sean Yong Reuters

    Hangshou, China


    The owner of the vending machine which just opened in Hangshou in September, 2013 is Mr. Liu who owns a live crab shop. He hopes to cater to crab buyers who come after hours when his crab shop is closed for the night.

    11pm at night and hungry for live hairy crab? No problem, just head over to Mr. Liu's live crab vending machine!

  • Awards announced - San Francisco's CAAMFEST Celebrates Asian and Asian American Film, Food and Music

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Linsanity by filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong was the opening night film at CAAMFEST

    March 30, 2013

    San Francisco

    Updates - CAAMFest winners announced:

    DEAD DAD is the winner of the Comcast Narrative Competition.

    SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE is the winner of the Documentary Conpetition.

    Aggie Ebrahii Bazaz received the Loni Ding Award

    The Emerging Filmmaker Award recipient is Ernesto Foronda of SUNSET STORIES.

    CAAM (The Center for Asian American Media) offers programs all year round.

    Visit CAAM's website at, and support its mission by becoming a member. 


    March 17, 2013

    San Francisco

    CAAMFest is in full swing! 

    The Center for Asian American Media has launched CAAMFest, an exciting new festival March 14-24, 2013. Formerly called the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the 31st annual event not only has a brand new name CAAMFest, and a brand new website, the festival has branched out into food, music and digital media. 

    As CAAM's Executive Director Stephen Gong says, CAAMFest aims to present a world-class festival of Asian and Asian American film, music, food and digital media.

    Judging from what I saw in the first few days, CAAMFest's ambitious plans have succeeded. 

    I counted at least 100 films and events representing more than twenty countries, held in ten venues mostly in San Francisco, with some events and film screenings at the Oakland Museum of California and Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive Theater.

    There's still time to take in a screening or an event.

    Click here to CAAMFest's schedule of events.

    Linsanity, Evan Jackson Leong's documentary about NBA player Jeremy Lin was CAAMFest's opening night film     Linsanity, Evan Jackson Leong's inspiring documentary about Jeremy Lin was the opening night film to an enthusiastic sold-out audience. Linsanity has received rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the SXSW Film Festival, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival this month.

    Filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong, who had been documenting Jeremy Lin's career since 2010,...

  • Happy Year of the Snake! Angi Ma Wong's Predictions for the Year

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    Angi Ma Wong Predicts Year of the Snake

    by Angi Ma Wong

    FenSShui Lady ® Predictions for the

    Year of the Water Snake 4711  

    Currently Angi is scheduled to appear at an event called "The Chinese in America Interactive" with storytelling, displays, music and a surprise at the end!

    Wednesday May 29, 20134:40pmLive Oak Library4153 E. Live Oak AvenueArcadia, California

    You can order her feng shui books and kits at                                              


                During the Year of the Water Snake, the element of water sits on top of the fire element so they are in conflict. The Snake represents the month of May, a time of vigorous plant growth and signaling the oncoming zenith of summer, the hottest time of the year, possibly sparking revolution, change, violence and conflict. In recent times, the attack on Pearl Harbor fall of the Berlin Wall as well the Soviet Union, Tiananmen Square and 9/11 all occurred during Snake years. It is likely that there will be accidents and disasters involving air and sea, trains and ships, tornadoes and hurricanes, explosions and fires.  Children continue to be at risk.

                      In contrast to last year’s Dragon, the most yang of the twelve zodiac signs, it is followed by the Snake which represents the other end of the spectrum as the most yin. It can bring innovation, new ideas, reform, invention and advances in trade, travel and communication. The months of the Tiger (February) and the Monkey (August) create a trinity of hidden danger with the Snake. Unfortunate disasters involving fire or explosions during those months, as well as major health problems related to the heart, kidneys, circulation, brain, eyes, and blood. There may be viruses and epidemics as already evidenced with this year’s flu season which is proving to be one of the worst.

                Those born in the Year of the Boar are opposite to the Snake on the zodiac, and both Snakes and Boars should carry a Monkey charm for protection....

  • Nov. 9 Wexner Center Event: A Conversation between Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz and Rolling Stone founder, publisher and editor Jann S. Wenner

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    Columbus, Ohio

    Friday November 9, 2012 renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz will have a conversation with Rolling Stone's co-founder, publisher, and editor Jann S. Wenner at the Wexner Center for the Arts Mershon Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.

    Their collaboration at Rolling Stone in the 1970s is legendary. Their subsequent—and independent—roles are also legendary as interpreters and shapers of the social, cultural, and political history of America. This event is part of a public celebration of the prestigious Wexner Prize which will be presented in a ceremony to Ms. Leibovitz on Saturday November 10. 

    Annie Leibovitz Photo by Nick Rogers courtesy of Leibovitz Studio © 2012 

    Annie Leibovitz is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Wexner Prize which recognizes an artist whose work reflects exceptional innovation and the highest standards of artistic quality and integrity.  

    A major presentation of work of more than 200 photographs by Annie Leibovitz is on view now through December 30, 2012 at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.

    The Wexner Center is the first institution to be able to exhibit the complete "Master Set" which is a collection of 156 photographs personally selected by Annie Leibovitz. The exhibition will include photographs from her recent book "Pilgrimage," a project featuring interiors, landscapes and talismanic objects attached to historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Georgia O'Keefe, Elvis Presley, and Emily Dickinson, among others. 

    Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. By 1983, when she joined the staff of the revived Vanity Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape.

    Annie Leibovitz was Rolling Stone's Chief Photographer, during the period when Ben...

  • Best Albondigas and Hot Mint Tea In Arcos, Spain by Sarah Woo

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    October, 2012

    This month food blogger and recent law school grad Sarah Woo shares the many tastes and sights as she travels through Spain. Here are her photos of some of her most memorable meals so far.

    For her full story on her food adventures in Spain go to her delicious food blog at 

    Excerpts from Sarah's blog: "I watched carefully as Oscar, the owner and my waiter, held a kettle of mint tea high in the air, pouring the tea into a glass, pouring the tea back into the kettle,

    and repeating the process several times. Para mezclar, he said."

    "I dropped into a chair in a nondescript place where a few Spanish men were chatting with the female owner behind the bar. She walked me over to the bar and showed me some of the hot tapas available: Albondigas, mushrooms, pork in tomato sauce. I got it all, with some cheap white wine. It was a perfect meal-the closest I’ve felt to “homemade” since coming to Spain."

     The best albondigas dish Sarah had ever tasted was at this Tapas bar in Spain. A perfect meal on a rainy day.

     For more of Sarah's travels in Spain go to her official website: Sarah also is a contributing food writer for


















    Hot Mint Tea with Fresh Mint in Arcos, Spain  Photo by Sarah Woo 

    Best Albondigas Dish at a Tapas Bar in Arcos, Spain  Photo by Sarah Woo




















    Chewy but tender Octopus Galician Style in Andalucia, Spain  Photo by Sarah Woo