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What’s Going On? Everything, All at Once By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Sunday, 08 May 2022

What’s Going On? Everything, All at Once By Ben Fong-Torres
What’s Going On? Everything, All at Once By Ben Fong-Torres MAY 8, 2022 With “Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres” the documentary about me, now out today and streaming merrily along on Netflix, I’m officially in the film industry.  Actually, that’s been the case since last June, when the documentary, which stole its title from a popular column at Asian Connections created by director Suzanne Joe Kai's son Mike when he was 14, premiered at the...

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SERIOUSLY's HEART Tour with a Cause

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 05 April 2008

SERIOUSLY's HEART Tour kicks off its concert tour with a mission to help the Asian American Bone Marrow Donor programs nationally. Check your schedules for UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC San Diego, UC Davis, and the Asian Cultural Festival in New York, and Georgetown University, Vascon 4, Marriott Connvention Center.

AsianConnections' is proud to be a media sponsor for LA-based pop/alternative/rock band SERIOUSLY for its national HEART Tour from April 5 to April 25.

Together, we can make a difference. Enjoy the concert and show support for this hot music band, which just so happens to be led by Asian American talent, and also help save some lives at the same time.

The HEART Tour's goal is to sign up 2,000 people to help increase awareness about fatal blood diseases and the urgent need to increase the number of potential bone donors in the APA community.

Come out and enjoy the performances with pop/alternative/rock band featuring Chris Pham (19) Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, Nathan Park (19) on Electric Guitar, Joshua Baek (22) on Bass, and Philip Park (19) on Drums.

The four formed their band when they met at a local Asian church near their hometown community of Diamond Bar, California. SERIOUSLY competed in KOLLABORATION, an Asian American talent show in Los Angeles and won the grand prize which included $1,200 in cash and the opportunity to record with music publisher and distributor Chaos Theory Music.

A friend of the band, Alex Park, is documenting their journey,...

Kevin Tsujihara named Warner Bros Studios CEO

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros. CEO Photo: WB

January 29, 2013

Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros. CEO Congratulations!

Tsujihara, 48, the twenty year Warner Bros veteran was named CEO on Monday and is expected to take over the post March 1. 

He has been president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment since its founding October, 2005. He has managed the studio's DVD business, as well as a range of responsibilities outside of the television and movie business helmed by other divisions, from games acquisitions and content distribution via VOD and other digital platforms.  

Tsujihara received his BA in business administration from Universiaty of Southern California, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Its been reported in the news media that Tsujihara has a humble and low-key management style, and was considered a "Black Sheep" of the list of likely candidates for the CEO post. Current chairman Barry Meyer, told LATimes.com "Everyone needs a leader, and Kevin was the best equipped to unify the company at this time." We just thought he was the best for the whole company."

He is the son of chicken farmers in Petaluma, California, and grandson of Japanese immigrants. When he becomes CEO on March 1, he will be the fifth CEO in Warner Bros. 90 year history, and the first Asian American to run a major Hollywood studio.

NBA Houston Rockets Guard Jeremy Lin makes appearance and Q&A after the Rockets vs Warriors Game

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 07 February 2013

Houston Rockets Guard Jeremy Lin  Photo courtesy GQ Magazine

Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin made an appearance and talked with fans at Golden State Warriors Asian Heritage Night.

We will be posting images and more. Stay tuned!

 Lin's appearance at Asian Heritage Night event is hosted by the Golden State Warriors and Cache Creek Casino Resort, February 12 when the Warriors play against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California (7:30 p.m. PST). The event will also be aired live to China on CCTV.

NBA Entertainment will produce a live feed capturing the February 12 in-arena celebrations, events and activities to air live in China on CCTV.

A portion of the event night ticket sales benefit the AsianWeek Foundation to increase awareness for Hepatitis B, one of the most common untreated diseases in the world that currently affects 1 in 10 members of the Asian/Pacific Islander community

The Warriors Asian Heritage Night is part of the NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2013, its largest international tribute ever from February 7-14.

Warriors players will wear specially designed Adidas shooting shirts on Friday, February 8 against the Memphis Grizzlies and Tuesday, February 12 against the Houston Rockets. Designed and developed by Adidas, the shooting shirt features “Year of the Snake” graphics that integrate the NBA logo, Chinese characters and basketball elements.

Fans purchasing Asian Heritage Night tickets for the February 12th game will receive a commemorative Heritage...

Congratulations! Ang Lee Wins Best Director Oscar for "Life of Pi"

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 24 February 2013

Congratulations! Ang Lee Wins Best Director Oscar for


February 24, 2013

Ang Lee won the Oscar for Best Director at the 85th Academy Awards for his film "Life of Pi," the adaptation of the bestselling novel by Yann Martel about a boy shipwrecked and stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. 

The film took Lee four and a half years to complete. He has said it was the hardest fim he has ever made.  (Click the top headline for the full story and a peek at Ang holding his new Oscar in one hand, and with his other hand enjoying an In-N-Out burger. This great photo was posted on Twitter by Vanity Fair's publisher Edward Menicheschi!

This is Ang Lee's second Oscar win. His first Academy Award was in 2006 for directing "Brokeback Mountain." 

Lee's 2000 Chinese-language film "Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger," won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Lee, 58, thanked his wife of 30 years, Jane Lin, a microbiologist, his two sons Haan and Mason, and the 3,000 people involved in the making of his film. He also thanked Taiwan, and Taichung City in central Taiwan where 80 per cent of the film was shot, and his Canadian and Indian partners. 

Other Oscar contenders for the Best Director award were Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln," David O. Russell for "Silver Linings Playbook," Michael Haneke for "Amour" which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Fim and the prestigious Palm d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and Benh Zeitlin with "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

And we couldn't help but admire Ang...

Chen Shi-Zheng's DARK MATTER

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 08 April 2008

Chen Shi-Zheng's DARK MATTER is playing in New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

DARK MATTER , starring Liu Ye, Aidan Quinn & Meryl Streep and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, is currently playing in New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

DARK MATTER , the feature film directorial debut of renowned opera and theater director Chen Shi-Zheng, delves into the world of Chinese students living on their own in the United States as they pursue a dream of higher education, and the unique challenges they face adapting to the, at times cut-throat, American academic system.

DARK MATTER , was the winner of The Alfred P. Sloan Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, which awards films for focusing on science as a theme.

Set in the early 1990s, DARK MATTER , stars Liu Ye as Liu Xing (Chinese for "shooting star"), a graduate student at an American university pursuing his Ph.D. in "dark matter," an unseen substance that shapes the universe. Driven to compete against the highest echelon in his field, Liu Xing also tries to fit in with his community. At first, everything seems to go his way: he meets other Chinese students, sharing a cheap apartment together; flirts with a pretty American girl who works at a tea shop; and, with the help of a local church, is befriended by Joanna Silver (Meryl Streep), a wealthy patron of the university. When the head of his department, Jacob Reiser (Aidan Quinn), chooses him as his protg, Liu Xing is convinced only hard work stands between him and a bright future....