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Celebrate! Ben Fong-Torres co-hosts Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade Feb 24, 2018

Posted by AC Team - on Saturday, 03 February 2018

Celebrate! Ben Fong-Torres co-hosts Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade Feb 24, 2018
February 15, 2018 San Francisco Happy Lunar New Year! The Lunar New Year begins Friday, February 16, 2018! Ben Fong-Torres and Julie Haener co-host Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade on February 24 in San Francisco beginning at 5:15pm PST. Organizers expect 1.2 million people will be attending in person. The Parade will be broadcast live on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26 6:00-8:00pm Saturday February 24, 2018 on television! Watch the Parade live from the streets in...

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Feb. 15-17: Asians on Film Festival 2013; Winners Announced

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 20 January 2013

Congratulations to this year’s Asians on Film Festival Winners 2013. From Friday, February 15, 2013 – Sunday, February 17, 2013, check out the exciting lineup of films at the Asians on Film Festival 2013 screening at J.E.T. Studios, 5126-30 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA. The awards will be given out on Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 5:00pm. Check out the complete list of winners below.

Best Drama
Model Minority (Lily Mariye, Director)
Best Documentary
Lost Years (Kenda Gee, Director)
Best Actor
Chris Pang (Citizen Jia Li)
Best Actress
Eugenia Yuan (Strangers)
Best Supporting Actor
Roni Mazumdar (9 Eleven)
Best Supporting Actress
Elizabeth Sung (Anita Ho)
Best Ensemble Cast
Anita Ho (Steve Myung, Director)
Best Director
Lily Mariye (Model Minority)

SHORT FILMS
Best Drama
Dumpling (Wesley Du)
Best Comedy
The Gelephant (Jenn Liu)
Best Action/Adventure
Sudden: Butterfly and the Dragon (James Boss)
Best Documentary
A Flicker In Eternity (Ann Kaneko & Sharon Yamato)
Best Animation
Couch & Potatoes (Chris Lam & Eunsoo Jeong)
Best Actor
Won Lee (Dumpling)
Best Actress
Jessika Van (Reunion)
Best Supporting Actor
Hiro Kanagawa (Her Story)
Best Supporting Actress
Eileen Soong (Born To Dance This Way)
Best Ensemble Cast
Reunion (Jason Z. Wong)
Best Director
Wesley Du (Dumpling)
Best Cinematography
Junior Lucan & Alessandro Mattiolo (Vivian and Veronica)
Best Editing
Vincent Tran (BBOY)
Best Original Score
Terry Chan (30 ½)

Check out this year’s exciting lineup:

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How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz - and Us by Columbia Law School Prof. Tim Wu

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 19 January 2013

How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz - and Us by Columbia Law School Prof. Tim Wu

January 19, 2013

Author and Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu writes in The New Yorker magazine about Internet prodigy, writer and activist Aaron Swartz who took his own life at age 26 on January 11, 2013.

Click here for Wu's commentary for The New Yorker.

Friends and supporters gathered at memorial services in cities nationwide to pay tribute to Swartz, who was blazing trails as an advocate for the open exchange of information, as he faced trial by federal prosecutors on hacking charges. Swartz's trial was a month away, accused by federal prosecutors for breaking into an Massachussetts Institute of Technology computer wiring closet in 2010 to tap into the computer network to get millions of paid-access scholarly articles which he planned to make available for free.

Swartz accomplished many groundbreaking projects in his short life. As a teenager, Swartz helped create RSS, technology for gathering updates from news sites, blogs and elsewhere on the Web. Swartz also co-founded the popular social news site Reddit, and Demand Progress, a group that campaigns against online censorship.

Memorial events for Aaron Swartz are scheduled January 24 in San Francisco, January 19 in New York City. Other memorial events were held January 18 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Swartz's funeral service was held on January 15 at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Illinois. Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web delivered a eulogy at the service.

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Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night | Good Morning starring Manu Narayan and Seema Rahmani on J. Hurtado’s Top Ten Indian Films of 2012

Posted by Lia Chang on Saturday, 12 January 2013

Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night | Good Morning starring Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams, The Love Guru) and Seema Rahmani (Loins of Punjab,Missed Call, Sins), co-written with Shilpa Rathnam, was named on “J. Hurtado’s Top Ten Indian Films of 2012″ on Twitchfilm.com. The story is about an all-night phone call between two strangers on New Year’s Eve in New York City. Vasanth Santosham and Raja Sen are also featured in the cast.

Manu Narayan and Seema Rahmani in Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night | Good Morning.


J. Hurtado of Twitchfilm.com writes, “In the grand tradition of the French New Wave, Good Night | Good Morning comes to us from a film critic turned filmmaker. Sudhish Kamath, film writer for major Indian periodical, The Hindu, wrote and directed Good Night | Good Morning and made it all happen with minimal cast and crew. The story of an all night phone call between a pair of potential lovers is short and sweet, but resonant in its depiction of the search for love and the strange turns it sometimes takes. Performed entirely in English, this film deserves to be seen by international audiences, as it rivals any Indie romance out there. Turiya, played by Manu Narayan, embodies his lovesick character’s neurosis and blind faith well. He’s able to tap into emotion when necessary without the distraction of visual or editorial trickery, which is impressive.”
Twitchfilm.com: Top Ten Indian Films of 2012 by J. Hurtado (January 7, 2013)

Katherine Matthews of Bollyspice.com writes...

Jan. 24-Feb. 10: Mu Performing Arts Presents World Premiere of Lauren Yee's The Tiger Among Us at Mixed Blood Theatre

Posted by Lia Chang on Saturday, 12 January 2013

Mu Performing Arts is presenting the world premiere commission of The Tiger Among Us, by Lauren Yee (Ching Chong Chinaman), directed by Ellen Fenster (Pillsbury House Theatre, Gremlin Theater, Phoenix Theater Project).The Tiger Among Us previews January 24, opens on January 25 and plays Thursday -Sunday through February 10, 2013 at Mixed Blood Theatre (1501 South 4th Street, Mineapolis, MN 55454). Single tickets start at $10 (students and children under 18), $18 seniors, and $22 adults, and are now on sale by calling Mu Performing Arts at 651-789-1012 or by visitingwww.muperformingarts.org.

Photography © Aaron Fenster, 2012

The Tiger Among Us cast features Maxwell Thao (Mu: Into the Woods, Stages Theater Company, TigerLion Arts) as Pao and Gaosong Vang (Mu:Into the WoodsWTF) as his younger sister Lia, two Hmong American teens growing up in rural MN with their father portrayed by Saikong Yang (WTF). Sheng Kong, Claire Bancroft and Garry Geiken (Jungle Theater, Gremlin Theatre, Park Square Theatre) round out the cast.

November in Minnesota: to bored high schooler Lia, it’s just another unbearably cold month. But for Lia’s troubled father, November means the start of the hunting season and a chance to capture what has eluded him his entire life. For her entrepreneurial brother Pao, each day offers the opportunity to scratch out a new way of living in this rural landscape. But soon, Lia finds herself caught between her responsibilities and her dreams. And just...

Feb. 5 - Mar. 17: Ruy Iskandar and Yuekun Wu Set for Signature Theatre’s Production of David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 02 January 2013

Feb. 5 - Mar. 17: Ruy Iskandar and Yuekun Wu Set for Signature Theatre’s Production of David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad

New York

Signature Theatre (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) is presenting THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD written by Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and directed by May Adrales, in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street in New York. THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD begins preview performances on February 5 and will continue through March 17, 2013. Opening night is on February 25, 2013. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. Purchase Tickets

(Photo) David Henry Hwang Photo by Lia Chang


The cast features Ruy Iskandar (The Public Theater’sMeasure for Measure and Classic Stage Company’sPurimcelo) as Ma and Yuekun Wu (Theater for the New City’s Love in Tears and Laughter & Luo Shen: Legend of the Luo River) as Lone.

On a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad, two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD premiered as part of a commission by the New Federal Theatre in 1981, and had its professional debut on July 16, 1981 Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. It was directed by John Lone, with Lone and Tzi Ma in the cast. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for a 1982 Drama Desk Award. THE DANCE...

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