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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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Enter to Win A Trip to the New Orleans Jazz Festival and DVD Classics from Universal!

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 11 February 2004

Enter to Win a Trip for 2 Couples to the famed New Orleans Jazz Festival and your own set of the cult classic "Imitation of Life" just released by Universal Studios Home Video.

Considered one of the most acclaimed films of its time, Universal Studios Home Video is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the timeless classic by featuring both the original 1934 and 1959 versions on one disc.

A favorite of many, this is the first time ever that you can own the original 1934 version.

"Imitation of Life" - brought to life the reality of racial misogyny and the hidden conflicts that for many in America during this era, the ability to pass as white presented the opportunity for a better life. Timeless and still relevant today, Universal's "Urban Suite" DVD set is being introduced to a whole new generation.

Enter to Win exciting prizes, including a vacation for two to the 35th
Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.


Entry can be done online or by mail. To learn more visit:
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http://www.thebigballoon.net/uuspromocion.jpg. Entries must be postmarked
by March 5 and received by March 15.
Winners will be announced April 5, 2004.
Complete sweepstakes rules are available by request at
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FOB Squad 1.02

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 16 September 2003

Wes and Joey dole out some education by visiting an aquarium.

FOB Squad

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 09 August 2003

Wayne Chiang achieved his first 15 minutes of fame by winning the StarCraft Brood War World Championship in 1999. He parlayed his new-found fame to eventually meet his idol Eugene of S.E.S. that same year, appearing off-camera in the music video "Love." Wayne is currently a student at UCSD and spends his free time on FOB Squad , his comic strip on the lives and misadventures of two Asian dudes, Wes and Joey.

26th Asian American International Film Festival

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 23 June 2003

Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society
presents the 26th Asian American International Film Festival
June 20-29!

Celebrate the life of former Asian CineVision executive director Bill Gee at a memorial service on Sunday, June 22 at 1:30 at the Asia Society (725 Park Avenue).

In association with ACV, the Asian American Journalists Association-NY Chapter has established the BILL J. GEE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA ARTS JOURNALISM.

The $500 prize, to be awarded annually, will recognize excellence in writing by a professional journalist or critic that advances and illuminates the work of Asian Americans in the media arts. An independent panel of distinguished writers, journalists, scholars and artists will review recommendations from other professionals for nominees. The award honors the memory of Bill Gee, journalist and former Executive Director of Asian CineVision, who passed away in March 2003. Gee was the founding editor of CineVue, the critical media arts journal published by ACV, and a founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association-New York Chapter.

The Bill J. Gee Award for Excellence in Media Arts Journalism will be presented at the 27th Asian American International Film Festival in 2004.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the fund or for more information, contact Risa Morimoto, Executive Director of Asian CineVision, at 212.989.1422 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakfa2574f6cb4d4702202d8309c081bb05').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addyfa2574f6cb4d4702202d8309c081bb05 = 'billgeeaward' + '@'; addyfa2574f6cb4d4702202d8309c081bb05 = addyfa2574f6cb4d4702202d8309c081bb05 + 'asiancinevision' + '.' + 'org'; var...

The Bruce Lee Collectors Exhibit 2003

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 23 June 2003

The Bruce Lee Collectors Exhibit, The Beginning of a Legend, the Story of a Man opens June 26th, 2003!



The Beginning
of a Legend,
the Story of a Man

This exciting exhibit opens June 26, 2003 and runs through December 2003.

The exhibit will be open Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays) from 10am-8pm at 519 6th Ave. S. (S. King and 6th Ave. S. - the former Uwajimaya building) in Seattles International District. Admission is $9 general, $5 students, seniors (62 years & older), and groups of ten or more, free for ages 5 & under.

The exhibits opening date coordinates with the official Bruce Lee Convention on July 12-13 in Burbank, California (www.bruceleeconvention.com).

This Seattle exhibit devoted to martial arts legend Bruce Lee will be on display exclusively in Washington state this year, marking the 30th anniversary of his death.

The late movie actor lived in Seattle for several years before making it big in landmark martial arts films such as Enter the Dragon and Fists of Fury. Lee opened his first martial arts studio in the Seattle's International District. He attended the University of Washington where he was a philosophy student. His first break was starring as Kato in the television show, The Green Hornet.

The exhibit will feature hundreds of Bruce Lee memorabilia, including his jabbing machine, an original pair of nunchaku, Green Hornet items, personal clothing as well as letters and drawings. The memorabilia is from the private collection of Seattle resident Perry Lee and others.

At the heart of the exhibit, designers will recreate Bruce Lees martial arts studio or kwoon, where he taught kung fu to students. Visitors can imagine practice sessions in the kwoon or experience the early days of Lees growing popularity and the excitement of the 1960s and 70s when he made a name for himself. Lee died in 1973 of cerebral...