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If you’re in Southern California, here’s a cool free screening happening this week. As part of its monthly Movies That Made A Difference mini-series,
Visual Communications presents Chris Chan Lee’s 1997 debut feature Yellow.

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Blood Of My Heart, Nomi, Mister REY, Fatgums, And Remittances

Free Download, And Forthcoming CD

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San Francisco Hosting Two Anime/Manga Art Exhibitions

samurai-champlooThe Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is currently hosting two art exhibitions that highlight anime and manga. he exhibition runs from January 16 to May 2, 2010.

Jackie Chan starts own cinema chain

International action starJackie Chan announced the trial opening of his Yaolai International Cinema in Beijing on Monday. The theater has 17 screens, 3,500 seats, and covers 15,000 square meters (Almost 162,000 square feet!). (more…)

Video of the day: Japanese commercial makes me love soccer

I’ve just been recently finding out that Asian countries love soccer. I didn’t know that Korea and Japan were huge fans of it. I always thought they loved baseball more. Anyway, I think that the commercial is for a stadium, but I’m not positive about that. It makes me want to go to one of these games though. I think it’s hilarious, so check it out!!! (more…)

Meet This Year’s Token Asian American Idol Contestant: John Park


Asian community seems unmoved by MARTA’s ‘yellow line’
Atlanta Journal Constitution
MARTA’s decision to brand its train line into Doraville “yellow” hasn’t stirred much passion within the area’s large AsianAmerican
Daily Gut: AsianAmerican Activists Upset Over ‘Yellow’ Train LineBig Hollywood (blog)
MARTA’s ‘yellow line’ angers some Asian AmericansCreative Loafing Atlanta (blog)
The Evening Dig: MARTA Hit With Racism ChargesThe Infrastructurist
Wonkette (satire) (blog)
all 6 news articles »

Asians Urged to Apply for Redistricting Commission
“As of this morning, only 874 of the 16898, or less than 6 percent of applicants are Asian American and Pacific Islander,” said Victor Lim,
Last Chance for Asians to Join Redistricting CommissionNew America Media
Poised to shape political landscapeSan Bernardino Sun
Redistricting to become task of 14-member commission by Sept.

Southeast Asian community views census count as key to resources
Medill Reports: Chicago
Volunteers receive training Saturday on how to fill-out census forms at the AsianAmericanInstitute. by Kyung Jin Lee “We have no voice, we have no power,”

California Community College seeks pre-WWII students for Diploma Project

Sacramento, Calif. – Sacramento City College has begun a statewide search for former Japanese American students whose studies were forcibly suspended in 1942, when Executive Order 9066 was issued. These efforts are part of the California Nisei College Diploma Project, an initiative that seeks to award all those who were impacted by EO 9066 with honorary degrees.

The California Nisei College Diploma Project is the implementation of AB 37, a bill introduced by Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach) and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 11, 2009. The bill requests that California Community Colleges, the University of California and the California State University systems “confer an honorary degree upon each individual whose studies […] were disrupted by Executive Order 9066, and […] allow a representative to accept an honorary degree on behalf of individuals who are deceased,” as stated in its text.

“AB 37 is a unique opportunity for our college and community to do our part in righting the wrongs of nearly 70 years ago,” said Keith Muraki, a Sacramento City College counselor whose late father, Tom Muraki, was interned in 1942. “For me, this is an opportunity to recognize and honor the Nisei [second-generation Japanese American], and to a large degree, the Issei [first-generation Japanese immigrants] for the many sacrifices they made for all of us.”

According to the California Nisei Diploma Project, more than 2,500 Japanese American students were affected by the order — among them were more than 1,200 community college students. It is estimated that approximately 224 Nisei were studying at what was then called Sacramento Junior College when the order was signed into law — this is the second highest number of students impacted by the order per institution, with Long Beach City College being the first, with 265 students.

“We hope to locate as many of our former Japanese American students as possible,” said Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Sacramento City College’s president. “It is with great anticipation that we look forward to this rare opportunity to correct an injustice, to receive former students and members of their family, and to proudly acknowledge their pursuit of higher education.”

Muraki will be receiving an honorary degree on behalf of his father. He, along with former students or their next of kin, will participate in the college’s Commencement exercises to be held on May 19, 2010, at Sacramento City College, in Hughes Stadium.

To help facilitate its search, Sacramento City College has launched a Web site that includes, among other resources, a list in progress of former students who may have been attending Sacramento Junior College in 1942. For more information, or to help the college identify and locate former Japanese American students, please visit or contact Kim Goff at 916-558-2054.

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Nyan Nyan Nyanko’s super kawaii San-X commercial

From Girlybubble: Without ever knowing what Nyan Nyan Nyanko is, most people would assume that Japanese people eat cats because it is always seen stuffed into a hamburger or fries. Fortunately, the whole point of stuffing a cat into food is to be cute (or kawaii) and not to eat. So please, do not confuse this super cute commercial for a restaurant advertising cat burgers or fries. Just think of it as the best 46 seconds of your life, ever. More »

The Hyphenite’s Social Calendar: Swinging Chinatown, Mouth to Mouth

Wednesday February 10th — NYC

Vincent Who? Screening

vincent.jpgAsian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) will screen its documentary Vincent Who? — about the hate crime and murder of Vincent Chin over 25 years ago that galvanized the APIA community and movement. Featured interviews include Helen Zia, Lisa Ling, and young APA activists whose lives were impacted by Vincent Chin. Followed by a Q&A with Curtis Chin, co-founder of APAP and a producer of the film.

7 to 9 pm
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd St, 10th floor, New York
$ 5, light refreshments served
RSVP here

Wednesday February 10th — Seattle

Eric Tang Lecture: A Gulf Unites Us

University of Texas, Austin Professor Eric Tang will be in Seattle to deliver his special lecture “A Gulf Unites Us: Black and Vietnamese American Solidarities in New Orleans”, in which Tang explores the forms of inter-ethnic activism in communities of color in East New Orleans post-Katrina to script new racial politics for the Gulf Coast.

4 pm
University of Washington
Communications Bldg, Room 120, Seattle

Thursday February 11th — San Francisco

DIY Music Video Contest Launch Party

flyer_launch-kswversion-small2.JPGLocus@KSW and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) paired Asian American filmmakers and musicians to make a music video on a shoestring budget within two months. Watch the music video premieres and musician performances. Winners will be featured in the 28th Annual SFIAAFF. Vote for your favorite video here following the launch party.

8 pm
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna St, San Francisco
$ 10

Swinging Chinatown Opening Night Gala

swinginchinatownsmall.JPGSwinging Chinatown: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs” is a celebration of the excitement and glamour of the Chinese nightclub scene in San Francisco from the 1930s through the 1960s. Clubs like the Chinese Skyroom and Forbidden City were the first and only venues for Asian American performers. With over 100 vintage photos, costumes, and other memorabilia. Exhibit runs through February 21st.

6 to 8 pm
The Old Mint
88 5th Street, San Francisco
$ 100
Exhibit open to public 2/12-2/15 and 2/19-2/21 from 1 to 5 pm; $ 5

Friday February 12th — NYC

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

aawwm2m_rgbsmall.JPGJoin writer Ed Lin (This is a Bust) and comedian/performer Jen Kwok (“Date an Asian”) for the Second Annual Lunar New Year Reading and open mic. Special guests include singer-songwriter Cynthia Lin and poet Patrick Rosal.

8:30 pm
The Workshop
16 West 32nd St, New York
$ 5 suggested donation

Nomi Network’s Dance for Haiti Fundraiser

nomiheader.JPGNomi Network, which leverages the fashion marketplace to fight human trafficking in Asia, is holding its Second Annual Dance-a-thon Fundraiser. Half of proceeds will be donated to UNICEF for Haiti relief efforts. Drink specials included.

7 to 10 pm
Lucky Jack’s Bar and Lounge
120 Orchard St, New York
$ 20 requested donation
RSVP here

Open Mic at the MOCA: “Love” featuring Kelly Tsai

Kelly_Tsai_3.jpgThe Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) presents a New Year/Valentine’s Day open mic celebration, hosted by and featuring spoken word artist Kelly Tsai. More info here.

7 to 8:30 pm
215 centre St, New York
$ 7 general / $ 4 students & seniors / free for open mic performers

Friday February 12th to Sunday February 14th — San Francisco

Love Everywhere

love_everywhere.JPGA new work by the Erica Chong Shuch Performance Project, inspired by the struggle for marriage equality. Love Everywhere is an interactive celebration of the sixth anniversary of San Francisco issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. More info and complete performance schedule here.

San Francisco City Hall Rotunda

Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Accepting Scholarship Applications

OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, is accepting applications for its OCA-AXA Achievement, OCA-UPS Gold Mountain, OCA-Verizon, and OCA-Verizon College scholarships. All are for $2,000. More info and applications here. Deadline: April 1, 2010.

APA Heritage Festival Booth and Performance Registration

capasmall2.JPGThe Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans is having an open call for booths and dance/music performers for their 31st Annual APA Heritage Festival on Sunday May 2nd in Union Square, New York City. More info and registration here. Performance submission deadline: February 15, 2010. Early Bird Booth rate: March 1, 2010.

Random News of the Day: Monk uses rap to convert people to Buddhism

Japanese monk, Kansho Tagai is in charge of a 400-year-old temple in central Tokyo and has the basic services any other temple in Japan has to offer. What makes this temple different from others is that Tagai sometimes hosts events where he takes up the stage name MC Happiness and raps the teachings of Buddha. (more…)

A Fresh Look at Alan Tang

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by Jean Lukitsh | February 9, 2010

Regular readers of this Electric Shadows blog may already know that for eight years, from 1979 to 1986, I worked as a movie projectionist in Boston’s Chinatown. My boss owned two theaters, the Star and the China. The Star Cinema was the local showcase for Shaw Brothers productions; after it was enlarged to two screens, around 1980, we also ran the Cinema City comedies, Jet Li’s Shaolin Temple series, and Tsui Hark’s early films. The China showed mostly films from Taiwan. Every once in a while, I think of a movie or actor or director who made an impression on me back then and wonder, “What ever happened to so-and-so?” There are a lot of talented people from that era, the 70s and 80s, who are unknown or forgotten now – unjustly so, in my opinion.

Take Alan Tang Kwong-wing for example. He starred in a gritty “heroic bloodshed” film from 1984 called YELLOW PERIL.


Vietnamese Food in Beverly Hills… 9021PHO!

Kimmy Tang is Back in Los Angeles.

Around my neck I always wear a stunning jade pendant of a smiling, rotund buddha…the glowing green figure attracts the interest of everyone I encounter, many of whom then rub the image’s stomach ‘for good luck.’ It was given me some years ago by a vibrant, charming Vietnamese woman chef named Kimmy Tang, who owned a little Vietnamese restaurant across from Cedars Sinai on Third Steet called Michelia. After two years of trying, I helped her get a wine-and-beer license for the eatery, and she then asked her father in Saigon to go to Burma, home of the best jade, to get the rare, 100-year old pendant for me.

“Jade is a very spiritual stone, so never take it off,” she alerted me, “and it will bring you nothing but good luck.” I never do…and it has! (You would be surprised how many attractive women want to rub the buddha’s stomach for luck.) Eventually, Kimmy sold her restaurant and went off to Romania of all places to run the commissary in the country’s largest film studio. We kept in touch and I marveled at her resilience (and new red hair.)

jockohomo: Japa-Dog Vancouver Awaits You – What, you don’t have…


Japa-Dog Vancouver Awaits You – What, you don’t have Japa-Dog where you’re at…can’t get a hotdog topped with bonito flakes, fried cabbage, okonomiyaki sauce or Japanese Mayo, how about an edamame wiener, daikon oroshi and soy sauce topping anyone? There’s even a few vegetarian choices. This is a Canadian institution.

Catering NOMS to HBO premiere tomorrow- and you have a chance to attend!

Okee ya’ll so here’s how it goes– do a facebook update or tweet about with NOM NOM in the sentence and you’ll have a chance to attend the premier below this THURS night AND get free NOMS at that event! Purrrty sweet eh? I’d say so 🙂

For Facebook:
1. Add us on facbeook (
2. Do an update using the word “Nom Nom” and tag us at the end @Nom Nom Truck

For you Tweeters:
1. Use “Nom Nom” in a sentence, and put @nomnomtruck at the end

We will pick 3 luckay winnas!!

BoA’s songs from 7th Japanese Album ‘IDENTITY’ got leaked!

Kina Grannis releases the most adorable MV


Fake wu mao bill with cao ni ma

Chinese foods hold double meaning

A Lychee Champagne granita makes a romantic dessert for Valentine’s Day.

Ingredients rich in symbolism focus on family, fertility and good fortune

By Bill Daley
McClatchy News Service
Published: Monday, February 08, 2010
The juxtaposition of the Chinese or lunar new year with Valentine’s Day offers interesting culinary possibilities for home cooks and those heading out to dinner on what is one of the most popular restaurant nights of the year.

What you do to mark the Year of the Tiger and V-Day on Feb. 14 is up to you, but a Chinese-themed meal does seem in order. Just don’t expect a lot of Cupids to sprout up on a traditional Chinese menu stocked with foods and ingredients that have special meaning at the beginning of the new year.

“The Chinese aren’t big on romance as a whole,” said Laura Yee, a Chicago publicist, “but they do take fertility, marriage and building a family seriously, as expressed in the symbolic foods.”

Just how deep the symbolism runs can be seen in a menu composed by Belinda Chang, wine director of The Modern restaurant in New York City. The dishes, all her mother’s, make a clear statement: Marbled eggs cooked in tea (fertility), stir-fried spaghetti with vegetables (long strands for long life), red-cooked chicken (happiness, good fortune) and a whole bass (prosperity) cooked in hot oil with green onions and fermented black beans.

Valentine’s Day with an Asian flair

“Duck symbolizes fidelity and the red color of this dish is the color of happiness,” said Ming Tsai. “Pomegranates, because of their many seeds, symbolize fertility.” Host of the long-running television cooking series, “Simply Ming,” he likes to serve thi


Kris Van Assche 2010 Fall/Winter Footwear Collection

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Eye test FTW

Found in a Korean ESL book.


Mom to little girl: If you look at too much art in one day, you’ll turn into a statue.


Guy on phone: Yeah, she said she didn’t think I would want to go, but why the fuck not? I’ll go to a fucking museum if I fucking want to. I’ll look at some paintings and shit.

–Downtown Brooklyn

New People x Bazaar Bizarre SF :: Artist Village Vol. 2

New People Artist Village



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The Unknown Hipster: Damien Hirst’s “End of an Era”

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Having ended Damien Hirst’s latest art exhibition, “End of an Era”, illustrator Richard Haines offered a glimpse and insight into the whole event through his increasingly popular illustrated style. In addition to his own commentary, Richard Haines captures some of the high-profile personalities in attendance from Mick Jagger’s signature hair to fashion photographer Terry Richardson. A further look into the events can be seen over at Haines’ blog, The Unknown Hipster.

Vintage NBA Stickers

Hitler Learns MOCA Job Goes To Jeffrey Deitch


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