Actor Ed Skrein quits reboot of "Hellboy" over whitewashing concerns

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Friday, 15 September 2017

Actor Ed Skrein quits reboot of
Hollywood September 15, 2017 by Suzanne Kai The controversial practice of whitewashing movies has been going on for nearly a century in Hollywood. In the 1930's even the starring role of the Charlie Chan movies, scripted to be a Chinese man, was given to white actors pretending to play Chinese men.  Fast forward to 2017 - Ed Skrein, an English actor and rapper, wins the "Hellboy" movie role of Major Ben Saimio, a character of Japanese heritage in the original comic books....


8 year old Awonder Liang of Wisconsin Wins World Chess Championship

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Friday, 09 December 2011

8 year old Awonder Liang of Wisconsin Wins World Chess Championship

8 year old USA Team member Awonder Liang of Madison, Wisconsin is the best chess player in the world for his age group. He won the gold medal at the World Youth Championship in Brazil in the Under 8 Open, November 26, 2011. 

This year's coach and World Chess Federation Senior Trainer (FIDE - Fédération Internationale des Échecs) was Michael Khodarkovsky. 


Photo (Left): USA Team member 8 year old Awonder Liang wins Gold Medal at World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil.

Photo by permission Andrea Rosen



 Here's a sample of the rankings from the American team competing at the World Youth Championship in Caldas, Novas Brazil this year:

Awonder Liang of Wisconsin earned a gold medal in the Under 8 Open with 7.5/9

Ruifeng Li of Texas earned a silver medal in the Under 10 Open with 7/9.

Sarah Chiang of Texas earned 4th place in the Girls Under 14Jeffrey Xiong of Texas earned 5th in the Open Under 12.

David Peng of Northbrook, Illinois earned 7th in the Under 8 Open.

Albert Lu of Southern California placed 12th in the Under 10 Open.

Kevin Wang of Maryland placed 15th in the Under 14 Open. 

Varun Krishnan of La Jolla, California placed 14th in the Under 14 Open. 

Click here for the story from NPR here for the story in the New York Times and
here to the U.S. Chess organization. 




Finally - a major Asian hotel chain steps up to the plate - Effective January 1, 2012. Shark Fins off the menu

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Today, January 1, 2012 marks the day that a major hotel chain, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH), owner of the Peninsula Hotels finally made it official - no more shark fins will be served. We hope many more hotels, restaurants, and fishermen will also stop killing the millions of sharks for their fins for soup.  

Let's make 2012 a year that you also take measures in your own hands to help our world become a better place. 

This is one of the most important stories of our lives, our Earth.

Not only is banning shark fins from menus one tiny step forward (and not ordering shark fins if it is still on other menus), eating fish, particularly the larger fish is not necessarily healthy.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, 75, scientist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence has been studying our oceans for more than 50 years. Dr. Earle urges everyone, "We have the power to make a difference and its time that we use that power positively not just for the dolphins, not just for the whales and the fish. It all comes back to us. We all share space on this little Blue Planet."

Earle told AsianConnections' Steven Joe at a Greenbuild Conference for GreenPlanet.TV "What we are doing to the oceans, we are doing to ourselves." She told Steven Joe in a video interview that it is a myth that eating all fish is healthy. She warns that eating larger fish-eating fish is not healthy at all. She says the larger fish such as swordfish, tuna, and marlin have the highest concentrations...

Photos: Kathie Lee Gifford at the 2011 Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Unveiling in New York

Posted by Lia Chang on Saturday, 19 November 2011


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

On Monday, November 14, 2011, the Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Flagship store in New York unveiled the 2011 Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows.

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

This year, the windows were inspired by children’s drawings of “What is Christmas Made of?” and an illustration by Carl Wilson from 1941 that shows tiny illustrations and asks “What is Christmas Made of?” Lord & Taylor asked children from Women In Need shelters and local schools to draw what they believe Christmas is made of. The mechanical holiday windows were inspired by their art and feature 125 of the original drawings.

Santa and the kids whose drawings inspired this year's windows! Photo by Lia Chang

The 2011 Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows unveiling was live streamed online and a video of highlights can be viewed 

The Young People's Chorus of New York City Photo by Lia Chang

The celebration began with performances by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ who were joined by Kathie Lee Gifford, co- host of the fourth hour of NBC’s Today Show for one number.

NBC co-host Kathie Lee Gifford performs Photo by Lia Chang

Prior to the unveiling, the Young People’s Chorus of NYC performed “What is Christmas Made Of” a holiday song composed exclusively for Lord & Taylor. Simultaneously, Lord & Taylor stores...

Tina Chilip, Jojo Gonzalez, Marcus Ho and More in Leviathan Lab’s Twelfth Night Production Photos, Performances through 11/19

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Foreground Center: Jojo Gonzalez as Feste with the cast of Leviathan Lab's TWELFTH NIGHT Photo by Bree Warner

Is it possible to have too much fun on stage? I don’t think so. If you haven’t made it to the Leviathan Lab’s inaugural production, Twelfth Night, an entertaining romp starring Jojo Gonzalez as Feste the clown, Tina Chilip as Viola, Kurt Uy as Orsino, Eileen Rivera as Olivia, Andrew Eisenman as Malvolio, John Roque as Sir Toby Belch, Ka-ling Cheung as Maria, Marcus Ho as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Chris Doi as Sebastian, Roger Yeh as Fabian, and Eugene Oh as Antonio, you only have three more chances to do so through November 19 at the Arclight Theater in New York. I guarantee you will have a grand time.

L to R: Ka-ling Cheung as Maria, Eileen Rivera as Olivia and Tina Chilip as Viola Photo by Bree Warner

Leviathan Lab’s Twelfth Night is set in the seaside city of Illyria, but is a fresh take on Shakespeare’s comedy, infused with auteur Wong Kar-wai’s 1960s Hong Kong sensibility and style, and helmed by Nelson T. Eusebio III, with original music by veteran Broadway actor/composer Jason Ma, choreography by Dax Valdes, and sets & costumes by Maiko Chii.

Chris Doi as Sebastian, Tina Chilip as Viola Photo by Bree Warner

Performances are Thursday – Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors, with special prices for groups of 10 or more.

L to R: John Roque as Sir Toby Belch, Marcus Ho as Sir Andrew Aguecheek Photo by...

Anatomy of a Breakout Panelists include David Henry Hwang, Jennifer Lim, Leigh Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Kenny Leon and David Ives at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus on 11/13

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 11 November 2011


Jennifer Lim at the opening night curtain call of David Henry Hwang's Chinglish at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 27, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

The Drama Desk and the Fordham University Theatre Program will present a special panel discussion on Sunday, November 13th at 6:30pm at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus (Pope Auditorium, 113 West 60th Street). The discussion, titled “Anatomy of a Breakout,” will reflect on the remarkable trend of breakthrough productions and breakout performances on the New York stage in 2011.

Chinglish Playwright David Henry Hwang and director Leigh Silverman arrive at the Longacre Theatre in New York for the opening night performance of Chinglish on October 27, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

The panelists fromCHINGLISH include actor Jennifer Lim, playwright David Henry Hwang, who recently received a Jeff Award (New Work-Play), and director Leigh Silverman. The discussion will be moderated by Randy Gener, the George Jean Nathan Award winning editor/critic, and Leslie (Hoban) Blake, the Drama Desk’s Vice President.

Other panelists include Douglas Carter Beane (book writer, Lysistrata Jones), Lewis Flinn (composer/lyricist,Lysistrata Jones), David Ives (playwright, Venus in Fur), Samuel L. Jackson (actor, The Mountaintop), Dan Knechtges (director/choreographer, Lysistrata Jones) and Kenny Leon (director, The Mountaintop and Stick Fly).

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