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Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

Posted by AC Team - on Friday, 06 January 2012

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 cultural offerings, known as "Hallyu" or the "Korean Wave" feels more like a tidal wave in some...


2007 SAJA Journalism Awards Announced

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 09 July 2007

2007 SAJA Journalism Awards will be handed out at the 13th annual dinner on July 14, 2007 in NY.

SAJA Group, Inc. and the South Asian Journalists Association will honor the winners of the 2007 SAJA Journalism Awards contest at its 13th annual gala awards ceremony and dinner on Saturday, July 14, at the Roone Arledge Auditorium at Columbia's Lerner Hall (115th St & Broadway) as part of the four-day SAJA Convention ( in New York. These annual awards recognize excellence in reporting about South Asia, as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists and students in the U.S. and Canada.

CBS correspondent Hari Sreenivasan and Aditi Roy, an anchor with NBC 10 News in Philadelphia will emcee the gala. Sendhil Ramamurthy, who plays Dr. Mohinder Suresh on NBC's hit show "Heroes", is the keynote speaker. Ramamurthy, who got his start in acting at Tufts University and then studied in London, has performed in theater in New York and England. He's also worked in film and in television, with guest appearances on "Numbers" and "Grey's Anatomy."

The four-day convention opens with a day of workshops on Thursday, July 12, and a reception at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where journalism deans Steve Shepard of CUNY and Nicholas Lemann of Columbia University will speak. Friday opens with a conversation with Keller. After a day of workshops and panels, the evening reception at Bloomberg News will be headlined by Amanda Bennett, executive editor for enterprise at the news service. The last day of workshops and panels on Saturday, July 14 concludes with the gala banquet and awards ceremony later that evening. Sunday, July 15, brings a more relaxed event, a networking brunch with live entertainment.

On Friday, July 13, the SAJA Journalism Leader Award will be presented to Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times. At the dinner on Saturday, July 14, Peter Bhatia, executive editor of The...

National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Launches Career Center Online

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 09 July 2007

National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Launches Career Center Online

(U.S. ASIAN WIRE)-- July 9, 2007-- To coordinate with its National Convention in August, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) has launched a comprehensive Career Center to connect talented professionals with diversity-minded corporations. The NAAAP Career Center (http://www.naaap .org/careers/) allows job-seeking professionals to apply for top-notch opportunities with corporations dedicated to diversity and career development. Job seekers can publicly or anonymously submit their resumes for free to attract interest from potential employers.

Delta Airlines, a sponsor of NAAAP's convention, scheduled for August 16-19, 2007, in Atlanta, will be giving away three free round trip, domestic airline tickets to three lucky job seekers who post their resumes by July 31, 2007. The names/resumes will be drawn during the convention; however, the winners do not need to be present to win.


About the NAAAP Convention
The NAAAP National Convention is an annual event for Asian American and Asian Canadian professionals and organizations dedicated to serving our Asian communities. The event includes a two-day diversity career fair, more than 20 workshops focused on leadership, management, entrepreneurship, diversity and community service, over 45 national and local workshop speakers, inspiring keynote speakers, Friday and Saturday dinner galas, valuable networking, and exciting entertainment. The 2007 NAAAP National Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel from August 16-19, 2007, and boasts the theme: "Catalyst for Growth: Awareness, Opportunity, Leadership."


Established in 1982, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is the largest and fastest growing North American Asian professional organization in the United States and...

AAJA Governing Board Urges UNITY to Take Proactive Approach to Media Cutbacks and Layoffs

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 05 July 2007

AAJA Governing Board Urges UNITY to Take Proactive Approach to Media Cutbacks and Layoffs

SAN FRANCISCO--(U.S. ASIAN WIRE)-- July 2, 2007-- The AAJA Governing Board recently passed a resolution urging UNITY: Journalists of Color to take a proactive approach to the cutbacks in newsrooms all over the country. "Significant numbers of AAJA members as well as members of the other UNITY alliance partners have been seriously affected by the continued 'bleeding' in our industry," said AAJA executive director Rene Astudillo. "We are starting to see the impact of this situation in our membership rolls, convention attendance, and more significantly in the diversity of our newsrooms. UNITY '08 is just around the corner and this situation will definitely impact our goals and expectations of the Chicago convention," he added.

The AAJA Governing Board Resolution reads:

WHEREAS continued cutbacks and layoffs at media companies throughout the country are impacting AAJA's membership as well as those of our UNITY partners;

WHEREAS the goals of UNITY and its member organizations include increasing diversity in the newsroom and in news coverage, and advocating for its members; and

WHEREAS UNITY, as the collective voice of all four member organizations speaks with a stronger voice than any one individual member organization; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the AAJA Governing Board urges UNITY to take a proactive approach to industry cutbacks, including contacting media owners and industry leaders and their respective national professional organizations, writing op-ed pieces and issuing statements about the importance of preserving diversity and the crucial role diversity plays in ensuring fair and accurate news coverage. Email Print Talk about it!

About AAJA
The Asian American Journalists Association is a non- profit professional and educational organization with approximately 2,000 members across the United States and in Asia....

iPhone Mania!

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 29 June 2007

After months of anticipation, the wait was over today!

AC Team and friends shared in the excitement of the iPhone, undisputedly the biggest first day launch of a cell phone in history.

After months of anticipation, the wait was over today!

AC Team and friends shared in the excitement of the iPhone, undisputedly the biggest first day launch of a cell phone in history.

Since members of AC's team also produce video features for cell phone carriers ilke Sprint and Ampd Mobile, we had to check out the new iPhone.

And yes, it is beautiful!

Stay tuned for more reports as we try out our iPhones over the next few days.

Judge Robert M. Takasugi Receives UCLA Public Service Award

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 28 June 2007

Judge Robert M. Takasugi Receives UCLA Public Service Award

Los Angeles, CA Federal Judge Robert M. Takasugi of the Central District of California was recently awarded the UCLA Alumni Associations 2007 Public Service Award in a ceremony held on the Westwood, California campus. The award recognized his over thirty-year commitment and service to the courts.

At the time of his appointment by President Gerald R. Ford in 1976, Judge Takasugi was the first Japanese American appointed to the federal bench. As both a district court judge and an invitee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Takasugi's work in the courtroom has consistently been marked by a high degree of integrity and a commitment to equal access to justice. But perhaps Judge Takasugi's greatest contributions have occurred outside the courthouse, in his role as teacher, mentor and role model to thousands of law students and attorneys, and in his creation of a pro bono bar review course for public interest and minority law students.

In accepting the award, Judge Takasugi spoke of his concern with the current administrations unrestricted violations of constitutional rights and due process similar to those that were violated during his youth while he grew up interned as a Japanese American:

"I was a consequence of history. In 1942, as an eleven-year old child born in Tacoma, Washington, I became a prisoner-of-war imprisoned in an American-style concentration camp by the country of my birth. I vividly recall the military guard towers manned by armed soldiers surrounding the perimeter of the high-fenced walls which separated us from the free world. There were no formal charges, no right to face and confront the accusers, nor a right to a trial or hearing. Imprisonment was based on the accident of ancestry.

From this unfortunate history, a lesson should have been learned that under our Constitution, a truly free government must dedicate its powers to and for the...