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The Vietnamese contestant at Miss World, Huong Giang, has been ranked third in the “Sexiest Woman Alive” selection held by the Global Beauties website.

North Korean stamps featuring Kim Jong Il with the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, and the former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin are sold during the North Korean leader’s last visit to China in October 2006. Cancan Chu / Getty Images

Kim Jong Il expected to make rare visit to China

Sunny Lee, Foreign Correspondent
Overall, the North’s primary goal is to secure economic aid amid the socially unsettling impact of a recently implemented currency reform aimed at reducing both inflation and the black market, on top of the continuing UN-led economic sanctions. Mr Kim also needs China to support the choice of his youngest son as his heir, to bring some semblance of legitimacy to the appointment, analysts said.

Shanghai Man Lands On Lover, Survives Suicide Jump

Unable to endure public disgrace, middle-aged man clutches his “nubile lover” and attempts suicide

mapid now accepting group submissions for osoji

Ken Choy and Mavericks of Asian Pacific Islander Descent (MAPID) announce an open call for submissions for OSOJI, an innovative theater experience which will premiere at Breaking the Bow 2 in October 2010.

CAUSE Urges Asian Americans to Apply for the New Citizens Redistricting Commissions

Editor’s Note: Apply for the redistricting commission in states where the state legislature doesn’t do so. Californians can visit and read a briefer. All US citizens can refer to lists of states’ redistricting websites and more lists of states’ redistricting websites.


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Asian American Designers Storm the ‘Project Runway’ Catwalk

The new season of ‘Project Runway’ promises fashion and drama on day one, says contestant Jay Nicolas Sario.via:

A sorry sagaPhoto courtesy Pete Souza/White HousePresident Barack Obama signed off on the Native American Apology Resolution Dec. 19 as part of a defense appropriations spending bill, but little has been publicized about it.

A sorry saga

Obama signs Native American apology resolution; fails to draw attention to it

Even with the more general language, the apology is historic, but the White House has made no announcements to date about it. Nor has Obama expressed an apology to any tribes or Indian citizens, despite saying on the presidential campaign trail that he thought an apology was warranted.


San Diego Asian Film Festival Call For Entries 2010

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation

on January 14, 2010

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Hello Film Makers!

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is proud to announce its 2010 call for entries. SDAFF will celebrate its 11th annual film festival season to an estimated audience of more than 18,000 during 8 days of film, panels, and exciting special events.

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is competitive, seeking entries in the following categories: narrative feature, narrative short, documentary feature, documentary short, and animation. An independent jury selects winners in each category, along with the Grand Jury award, which are announced at the Festival’s Gala Awards Night on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Festival programmers also select a first-time filmmaker to receive the George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award, which is accompanied by a $1,000 prize.

Films/videos submitted must be directed or principally acted by an artist of Asian or Pacific Islander descent; or whose subject matter relates to Asian or Pacific Islander culture.
• Early Deadline: April 30, 2009 ($25 Submission Fee)
• Late Deadline: June 11, 2009 ($40 Submission Fee)

The 11th San Diego Asian Film Festival is schedule for October 21-28, 2010 at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center. All rules, entry forms, application, and festival info can be found online at The San Diego Asian Film Festival is an event of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting audiences with the Human Experience through the Pan-Asian media arts.

We Look Forward to Receiving Your Entries! Please feel free to contact us at or 858.565.1264 with any questions.

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Another big difference from a decade ago is that the campaign will run in many media outlets that did not exist in 2000, among them Facebook, Flickr, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube, along with a blog by Mr. Groves. That is in response to the profound changes in the last 10 years in media usage.

Open Call for Poster Contest Entries: Win $500 and Citywide Exposure

January 13, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC), Kearny Street Workshop, and NEW PEOPLE have teamed up to host the annual poster competition for the 6th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration to be held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 in front of the Asian Art Museum, leading up to the Little Saigon District.
Organizers are looking for innovative artists to create an exciting and unique image. The winning artwork will become part of the personality for this year’s event and will be featured in posters, postcards, Muni bus ads, BART banners, bus shelters, newspaper ads and in a TV commercial. The winner will also earn a $500 grand prize. All entries will be posted at

Photo below: Last year’s winning artwork by Dave San Pedro, featured at a MUNI bus stop.

“Each year the contest generates terrific original artwork from artists all over California and last year, even Hawaii. We hope to continue that tradition this year and encourage all to enter,” said Tamiko Wong of the AsianWeek Foundation.
The Asian Heritage Street Celebration gathers the diversity of the Asian American populations of San Francisco and promotes cross-cultural interaction through sharing of cultures, creation of innovative programs and entertaining activities for visitors and participants.

“The Asian Heritage Street Celebration continues to be the largest pan-Asian street fair nationwide, highlighting the diversity of the Asian American community. The poster contest will be a great opportunity for any up and coming artist to gain citywide exposure!” said Lisa Leong of Kearny Street Workshop.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 12, 2010.
Send AHSC Poster Entries to:

Poster Guidelines:
• Communicate a motivating message celebrating Asian Pacific American heritage.
• Graphically eye-catching.
• Visualization of the dynamic and multifaceted nature of Asian Pacific America today
• If possible, include reference to the fact that this will be the sixth annual event (i.e. the 2006 winner used a red background color for “2,” the 2007 winner used the body of the dragon for “3,” the 2008 winner used fist for “4,” and the 2009 winner used the branch for the “5″).
• Go to and click on “poster contest” to see all of last year’s entries and the chosen winner. This year’s poster should generate similar excitement, but represent a new year and a new celebration!
• Each entry must include the artist’s name, address, phone number and valid e-mail address
• Please submit original work only.
• Signed release forms are required for copyrighted images or materials. Release forms are also needed for “subjects,” whether public or private citizens.
• Artists may submit multiple poster entries.
• When creating your poster, please remember that the winning poster will be reproduced and distributed in various media and formats (print, TV, Internet, T-shirts, etc.) The winning artist will be responsible for reformatting the design.
• For more information, e-mail or call (415) 321-5894.

• Poster should be no larger than 11” x 17.” The poster must include the words 6th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration and the AHSC website address,
• The winner will be asked for additional materials including a high-resolution JPEG file. Computer-generated poster winners will be asked to send a disk or CD of all poster native files and linked images. All fonts should be converted to outline fonts.
• E-mail electronic submissions to by Friday, February 12, 2010.


Schwarzenegger Aims to Co-opt “Books, Not Bars!”

By Tam Ma and Oiyan Poon


man arrested in little tokyo hotel murder

In Los Angeles, police have arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of 74-year-old Hideko Oyama, a Little Tokyo hotel manager who was found dead in her building last week: Man arrested in stabbing death of downtown L.A. hotel manager.
The New York Times
January 14, 2010

The campaign is being produced in 28 languages and uses social media Internet sites that did not exist 10 years ago.

Asian American Variety Concert to Take Place in San Francisco

GOSTYLESAN FRANCISCO – GO!STYLE concert promises to be an explosion of local talent that will showcase the true, cutting edge artistry of the Bay Area Asian American community.

The event takes place Friday, February 5th at 8:00pm at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and will be hosted by prominent local comedians Ali Wong and Sheng Wang.

Hip Hop duo Magnetic North headlines the show which will feature singer/songwriter Goh Nakamura, whose work is featured prominently on the score to Ridley Scott’s film “American Gangster.”  Dance acts will include “The Odds”, an arm of the popular Funkbrella dance studio, and “Tattva”, a modern Indian dance troupe from Milpitas.  The Asian American variety concert will also feature Tongan poet sisters Loa and Fuifui Niumeitolu performing spoken word.

The concert is the first large-scale, Asian American concert that is truly pan-Asian, LGBTQ-friendly, and produced by local organizations, featuring a lineup of performers all from the Bay Area.  These artists will shock, awe, and inspire with their unique brands of music, dance, poetry, and comedy.  It will be a night that will make history as Asian Americans in the Bay come together to celebrate their distinctive style.  If you’re looking for the next big thing in arts and culture, this is where you will find it.

The event is being organized by Bay Area based arts organizations RAMA – a Bay Area based collective of young Asian Americans devoted to fostering the creation of an Asian American Arts movement for the new century.and viveSF – an events promoton company devoted to promoting the healthy development of Asian Pacific American identity. Tickets are now on sale for $30 at


Hosts:Ali WongComedians are often ambitious egotists with poor boundaries who aren’t hiding how intelligent they are. Ali Wong is all of that, plus she has the things that really matter: wit, timing, experience, and a unique hairdo. We’re so proud of her! She delighted and embarrassed fellow comedian Bobby Lee when she interviewed him for Hyphen magazine a while back, saying she forgave her sister’s dog for sniffing her crotch while she had her period: “I know he means well. He just wants beef, that’s his world.” Eeew! Love it. Wong’s clarity of vision isn’t limited to her menses; she also hilariously goes after racists, poets, her sexual partners, and American Apparel. All this has landed her on Jamie Foxx’ Laffapalooza! and made her a busy and popular local comedian. -via sfweekly
Sheng Wang

Sheng Wang is a Taiwanese Texan who developed and honed his comedy in the thriving standup community of the San Francisco Bay Area. He performs jokes based on personal experiences with intense honesty and ill logic. His refreshingly affable stage presence combined with a healthy penchant for absurdity and self-deprecation make his act universally accessible and hilarious. In addition to touring with the Comedians of Comedy and American Eagle’s “Campus Comedy Challenge,” he has also appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” the AZN Network, and the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal. He now lives in New York City.


Magnetic NorthMagnetic North hit the ground running in 2003 when emcees Direct and Theresa Vu came together to write a song for an Asian American rally in Berkeley, California. The piece, titled “We Will Not Be Moved”, was an ode to their heritage – a mix of refugee war stories and ruminations about skin color and stereotypes. Their mix of refreshingly honest rhymes and organic beats has since become the duo’s trademark as they went on to rock stages and move hearts at hundreds of venues across the nation. Direct, the mastermind behind their instrumentals, draws upon his classical roots to create beats heavy on melody and acoustic stylings. He tops off his production with insightful lyrics and a uniquely versatile flow that make his vocals as much an instrument as a message. And then there is T-Vu, a female emcee with no need for the “female” qualifier. A wordsmith of rare caliber and presence – she’s known for her precise delivery and no-nonsense rhymes.

Goh Nakamura is a San Francisco Bay Area based musician Goh Nakamurawho writes ditties about parking tickets, impossible crushes and faraway dreamlands. With one foot in the traditional troubadour world and another in the digital age, he performs at venues small, large, and virtual, to an enthusiastic and ever growing audience. A fortuitous 2007 feature on YouTube’s front page brought his music videos over a million views and earned him a huge new fanbase from all over the world. Goh’s talents have also found a home in the film industry. Goh’s vocals and guitar work are featured prominently on the scores to Ridley Scott films A Good Year and, most recently, American Gangster. His song “Daylight Savings” is included on the soundtrack to the Robert Benton film Feast of Love, starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear.

The Odds Dance Crew (from Funkbrella Dance Company) What are the odds? For the collegiate competitive team of the Funkbrella, The Odds, it’s all about testing their creative boundaries when it comes to hip-hop dance. The goal of the collegiate comp team is to enter the top hip-hop dance competitions and represent the best of the Bay Area collegiate dancers, while also creating strong ties between college students all over the Bay Area. The Odds is a mix of collegiate dancers representing schools such as UC Berkeley, SF State, City College, USF, San Jose State, and more.

TattvaTattva Tattva Dance Academy is the first and only dance school in the Bay Area that teaches fusion dance as a stand alone dance form. All dance forms from Indian Classical, Jazz, Break, Contemporary to Capoeira are taught under the same roof. While the preliminary lessons emphasize selective training in each of the different world dances, they later blend together to form what we call World Wide Dance (WWDTM). The WWD curriculum is designed to breed well-rounded dancers by emphasizing culture, music, technique, movement, flexibility and posture and allow them to harness their learned and natural talents into a unique experience. Students are encouraged  to choreograph and allow dance to become a part of their social expression. They are provided the opportunity to showcase their talent and voice their stories through dance at various Tattva performances across the Bay Area. Currently, dance lessons as offered in Milpitas. 2010 will mark the opening of two new teaching locations in Fremont and San Francisco. Visit for more information. To register for classes please call Ashwini Srivatsan: 408-594-9244 or email @

Michelle MartinezMichelle Martinez If you think that R&B needs a fresh face and a new sound, look no further than Bay Area-bred songstress, Michelle Martinez. Since the age of 2, this classically trained vocalist has poised herself as the next big thing, and won’t stop until she is a household name. Her funky, feel-good vibe is inspired by contemporary artists like Alicia Keys, Keri Hilson and Rihanna, who continue to push the envelope in Pop music, while classic R&B artists such as Brian McKnight and Mariah Carey give her a fundamental appreciation for romantic balladeers. “I have a fun and sassy personality and I play that up in my songs,” she explains. “But I also can tap into my inner feelings and try to bring out the emotion on slower tempo songs.” After winning numerous singing competitions in the Bay, Midwest and Canada, she landed a spot on the WB Network’s “Live in Hollywood” and won during Amateur Night. Surely the years of singing experience couldn’t hurt, as the young singer used the momentum of the win to start working on her demo with established producers such as Traxamillion, Charles Williams, and Smash Hitta. When she finally turned 21, she started performing at various musical venues around the Bay Area, and later opened for Colby O’Donis and Donnie of MTV’s “Making The Band”. But it wasn’t until she started recording herself on YouTube that she started gaining international recognition, with over 5000 subscribers and over 90,000 views and counting. It was because of her viral videos that Avex Music Group in Japan sent an invitation to live and train there for 2 months, which she happily accepted

Loa Niumeitolu is a Tongan American poet and writer. She is a founding member of OLO (One Love Oceania),a support, art and activist group for queer, gay and lesbian women of Oceanic ancestry. Her poems and writings can be found in Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English, Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time, and her blog, Harvard Law School Diaries, which documents her journey to apply to law school in her late thirties. She works as an outside ally to sisters incarcerated at Valley State Prison for Women at Chowchilla.

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu is a Tongan American scholar, community organizer and poet. Her writing has been published widely in academic journals and family newsletters. She is a co-editor of “Usos On Freeways: An Anthology of Pacific Islander Writers from the Continental U.S.” She is completing her doctorate at UC Berkeley.

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with the more general language, the apology is historic, but the White House has made no announcements to date about it. Nor has Obama expressed an apology to any tribes or Indian citizens, despite saying on the presidential campaign trail that he thought an apology was warranted.

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In another of her popular skits, she spoofs the Vietnamese manicurists at a salon called Beautiful Nail. “Just one nail?” she jokes. “Can I pick which one?

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Indonesia: Lavish prison life

AFP — This photo taken on January 10 and released on January 12 by Media Indonesia Newspaper shows former businesswoman Artalyta Suryani, convicted last year for bribing prosecutors, sitting in her prison cell at a jail for women and children in Jakarta. The Indonesian government – which has promised to stamp out corruption – was embarrassed by revelations that rich and connected prisoners were living in luxury behind bars.


25th asian pacific american awareness conference at uci

This Saturday, the Asian Pacific Student Association at the University of California, Irvine invites you to its 25th annual Asian Pacific American Awareness Conference.

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