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January 2006

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Featured Artists                            R.I.P.                                         Editorials
 
     
 

EDITORIALS
POLITICAL INTEGRITY
"there was a great deal made today of Governor Baker's decision to not disclose his wife's minor medical condition, many people believe that is should have. But I don't believe Governor Baker failed to disclose it because he was ashamed or embarrassed. I think he didn't disclose it because we're the hyprocrite, not the Bakers because we're all broken - every single one of us and yet we pretend that we're not.

We all live lives of imperfection and yet we cling to this fantasy that there's a perfect life and that our leaders should embody it. But if we expect for our leaders to live on some higher moral plane than the rest of us, we're just asking to be deceived. It's been suggested to me that I should try to buy your support with jobs and the promise of access. It's been suggested to me that party unity is more important than your democratic right as delegates. It's not and you have a decision to make.

Don't vote for us because you think we're perfect. Don't vote for us because of what we might be able to do for you only. Vote for the person that shares your ideas, hopes and dreams. Vote for the person who most embodies what you believe what we need to keep our nation strong and free. When you have done that - you can go back to Seattle, Boston, Miami, Omaha, Tulsa, Chicago and Atlanta with your heads held high and say I am a member of the Democratic Party." - Matt Santos on "The West Wing." (2162 Votes Series)

TOOLS OF CONQUEST
"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes and prejudices to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicions can destroy. The thoughtless and frighten search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children and the children unborn. The pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the "twilight zone." - Twilight Zone episode entitled "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"

CREATIVITY
"...conflict is the primary engine of creativity and innovation. People don't learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering difference." - Ronald Heifetz

HEALING
As the world's only superpower,
America should be seen as the unswerving champion of peace, freedom and human rights. Our country should be the focal point around which other nations can gather to combat threats to international security and to enhance the quality of our common environment. We should be in the forefront of providing human assistance to people in need.

It is time for the deep and disturbing political divisions within our country to be substantially healed, with Americans united in a common commitment to revive and nourish the historic political and moral values that we have espoused during the last 230 years. (Jimmy Carter)

DO WE KNOW EACH OTHER, OR DO WE KNOW STEREOTYPES
People's notions about which personality traits are most common in their nations are rooted more in stereotypes from movies, books and jokes than from knowledge of those they know well. The deeper finding of our (National Institutes of Health) study is that most of what everybody thinks when they generalize about their own culture is wrong.

LOST'S NAVEEN ANDREWS ON "LIFE"
As "Lost" star Naveen Andrews sees it, people simply need to wake up.
To the inherent racism of Hollywood.
To the trapdoors of dogma and religious extremism.
To the brutalization of women in paternalistic societies.
To media that erode our ability to think critically.
To sexual hypocrisy as rife in America as it is in England.

BILL COSBY LESSONS
"I do believe we need clarity on what is protection for our youth. . . . Education should be as important as your child's cough, your child's sneeze, runny nose or high fever. That is part of the protection."

MARK TWAIN BIOGRAPHY
But the detail here and elsewhere brings alive the man who was not just a humorist but in his way a writer of tragedy, the tragedies so especially American of loneliness and loss and good intentions gone terribly wrong and, yes, of race. No biography of Mark Twain could do him full justice. Powers' comes as close as you can imagine.

NO DUMPING - A TALE OF RACISM (MOUTHER)
Stereotypical depictions of weak, submissive Asians or Asian-Americans lead to racial stereotypes - often guised in "humor" - which in turn, leads to brutal violence and verbal negativity directed against us based on those racial stereotypes. Racist "jokes" insidiously teach Asian-Americans -- and Asian-American children -- that it is "normal" to laugh at ourselves as ridiculous, and that when others laugh at us because of our race, this is also "normal."

Unbelievably, many of these racist "jokes" are made by other minorities. Even the most innocuous "joke" reinforces images of Asian-Americans as the "other." The clear message to Asian-Americans is that we will first and foremost be perceived as foreigners: and in today's racially charged times, it's hard to miss that, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, it's one of the most dangerous times to be perceived as un-American.

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APA & MEDIA NEWS
LUNAR NEW YEAR
One of the biggest celebrations of the year will take place all across the world on January 29th - Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year or Asian New Year.
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JOHN SIE/STARZ FOUNDER RETIRES
The man who built the Starz Encore Group LLC (Starz) into a major cable content provider announced that his family is his main priority, not movies and will give up his coveted chief executive officer title.
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ANG LEE'S "BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN"
No American film before has portrayed love between two men as something this pure and sacred. As such, it has the potential to change the national conversation and to challenge people's ideas about the value and validity of same-sex relationships. In the meantime, it's already upended decades of Hollywood conventional wisdom (along with Hollywood's current interest in gay films).
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DAVID JI
The case of 53-year-old David Ji is a troubling reminder of the perils that U.S. companies face when they do business in China. If Chinese authorities value their relationship with the Golden State, they should give Ji back his passport and let him return home with Schwarzenegger.
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JAMES WAN & LEIGH WHANNELL'S "SAW"
"Saw" has grossed more than $102 million worldwide, and its sequel, "Saw II," (Lions Gate) has pulled in $75 million at the box office in less than three weeks.
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KIMORA & RUSSELL IN THE SUNSET STRIP
Russell Simmons, widely recognized for taking rap and hip-hop into the mainstream, and his wife, Kimora Lee, have purchased a Sunset Strip-area home for close to $5.3 million.
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KAZUO ISHIGURO / WHITE COUNTESS
The latest foray into screenwriting for Ishiguro, who was born in Japan and grew up in Britain, is "The White Countess." The film was directed by James Ivory and produced by the late Ismail Merchant, the same team who brought Ishiguro's "Remains of the Day" to the screen in 1993.
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MAYA LIN'S "PLAZA OF POSSIBILITY"
Maya Lin, who was catapulted to prominence in 1981 after winning the competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington while still a Yale undergraduate, has spent the last decade or so expanding the scope of her work to include architecture and sculpture to go with a handful of public-art installations such as UC Irvine's "Arts Plaza."
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BRUCE LEE'S HONG KONG FESTIVAL
A weeklong festival was be held in Hong Kong to celebrate the unveiling of a Bruce Lee statue on Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars on his 65th birthday.
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MARGARET CHO'S "MOMMY" SHOW
Cho has sealed a talent holding deal with Fox and Regency TV to develop a multigenerational family comedy. She'll exec produce with Susan DickesSusan Dickes ("Just Shoot Me""Just Shoot Me"), who will write the project. Sitcom will revolve around "Mommy," a character based on Cho's own mother -- whom the standup frequently impersonates in her routine.
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STEVE AOKI (AKA "KID MILLIONAIRE")
Steve Aoki, aka Kid Millionaire is steadily building a rock n roll empire growing from LA to New York, and more recently shooting out to London and Japan. Steve sets up some of the best party club nights in LA, and somehow manages to nab all the hottest visiting bands to come and guest D.J. His indie record label, Dim Mak is the tiny label that roared with its artists such as with Bloc Party, the Kills, the Rakes, Ben Lee, and Blood Brothers.
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GARETH CC CHANG
What Chang meant to suggest by this perspective is that to understand where global entertainment and popular culture are headed, one should begin by looking afresh at the starting point: the fundamental cultural, political, and economic landscape of the earth as it stands today.
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JACKIE AND ARNOLD ON TV
Governor Schwarzenegger will co-star with fellow action hero Jackie Chan in a new buddy flick/ buddy promo on Chinese TV. The 30-second public service announcementis for a cause near and dear to the onetime star's heart -- stopping film and music piracy.
Click Here to Read More>>>>>

MICHELLE YEOH & GEISHA
"I've been a producer before for a couple of my own movies," Michelle says. "I can understand the stress related. It's not a small- budget movie. We're talking $80 million and an all-Asian cast speaking (READ about the filmmakers' defense of their casting) in English. In "The Last Emperor" still you had a strong Caucasian role in there. Now you're telling a story so far in the distance from American culture. When you make such a big investment, you want certain things guaranteed." (Click HERE to read a review of the film and the reasons behind comments such as "She's sold her soul and betrayed her country. Hacking her to death would not be good enough," China's state media quoted one blogger as saying. A Village Voice's U.S. critic stated it as "deluxe Orientalist kitsch." Cultural Anthropology professor Anne Allison of Duke University said: "It's a problem in that it's Westerners viewing all of Asia as the same. It kind of confirms that it's less a movie about Japan and more a movie about The Orient.")
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HOLLYWOOD WORK HARD TO FIND (RAI)
Indian actress Aishwarya Rai says finding work in Hollywood is no easy task even for one of Bollywood's most recognizable leading ladies. "People overseas are aware of me, but haven't seen enough of my work to be able to perceive me as anything but relatively new to their world." The former Miss India, long a major box office draw in India, recently wrapped up filming "The Last Legion," a Hollywood epic about a Roman warrior, played by Colin Firth, who must protect a young Caesar as the Roman Empire crumbles.
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KARYN KUSAMA'S "AEON FLUX"
Paramount, made a commendable decision hiring Girlfight director Karyn Kusama to helm the big-budget actioner, both because of her proven feminist approach and her heretofore indie sensibility.
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KEN WATANABE MARRIES
The 46 years old Ken Watanabe has wed the 41 years old Kaho Minami. The actor received an Oscar nomination for his role in "The Last Samurai" opposite Tom Cruise.
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WHORE IS BORN
It's still a story about pre-WWII Japan written originally written by a guy from Tennessee who was born in 1956. It's still directed by a 45-year-old guy from Wisconsin and filmed largely in Los Angeles. The editor's from Italy, the costume designer from rural Washington. The composer is John Williams, enjoying playing around with Asian instruments and perhaps flashing back to the early moments of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." Even the so-called "geisha consultant" was raised in Indiana.
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ANG LEE INTERVIEW
In 2000, director Ang Lee became a household name in America thanks to his Chinese martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. After being nominated for two Oscars, it would become the highest grossing foreign language film up until Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ. Despite making over $60 million its opening weekend, his next film ("The Hulk") was considered a disappointment by many, something not helped by the movie's computer generated title character being the subject of ridicule months before anyone saw it. Disappointed, Lee decided to reinvent himself by directing a movie based on Annie "The Shipping News" Proulx's daring short story Brokeback Mountain about the decades-long relationship between two cowboys in '60s Wyoming, a time and place that was tougher on homosexuality than it is today - while achieving success in major cities and outside the major cities. "One of the things that Ang brings to all of his projects is his deep sense of being a double exile, an outsider's outsider," says Larry McMurtry, co-author of "Brokeback"'s screenplay. "It allows him to connect with, to find his way to, other exiles and outsiders."
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"CHINAMAN" - WINNING CROSS CULTURAL ROMANCE
Full of understatement and subtle ironies, "Chinaman" conveys a restrained lyricism in its portrayal of two people reaching toward each other across their immense differences and allowing the green shoots of new emotions to emerge through their protective exteriors. Clearly, Keld (Bjarne Henriksen) has been restored to life by his experiences among the Chinese community. Henrik Ruben-directed "Chinaman" deals wittily and unfussily with ethnic and immigration issues, but is much more about personal relationships. With its occasional echoes of Wong Kar-Wai's "In the Mood for Love," it benefits from a powerful performance by Henriksen, well supported by Vivian Wu, best known to western audiences from Peter Greenaway's "Pillow Book."
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OTHER ASIAN MIRACLES
The Asian-American example (of success) has the power to inspire defensiveness among plenty of Caucasian strivers. Parents whose families have long been in the United States can't help feeling like slackers by comparison, failing to live up to a hard-work ethos that is, after all, American as apple pie.
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CURRENT STATUS OF ASIAN FEMALE ACTORS
Critics have charged that Memoirs' characters embed Asian female stereotypes, such as the cold-hearted, berserk dragon lady and the sexual China doll in Lucy Liu's Ling Woo on Ally McBeal, or Kelly Hu's Lady Deathstrike in X-Men 2. Has Hollywood moved forward by increasing its depictions of Asian women on-screen? Or has it regressed by recycling antiquated archetypes?
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ASIA SHOULDN'T APE U.S. (JACKIE CHAN)
Action star Jackie Chan has a message for Asia's film industry: Unite against American movies or risk losing your culture. "Why do we need to ape their culture?" "Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality."
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VIETNAMESE IMMIGRANTS GIVE $1M
A pair of immigrant businessmen (Frank Jao & Chieu Le) announced that they would give $1 million to a community college campus (Coastline Community College) near Orange County's Little Saigon (home to the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam).
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TV LOVE NO LONGER COLOR-CODED
One of the spiciest relationships on TV right now is blossoming between feisty, attractive Grey's Anatomy doctors Cristina Yang, who is Asian, and Preston Burke, who is black. Interracial pairings suddenly are integral to several of today's top-rated TV shows.
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SIMPLY INVISIBLE - ASIAN MALE ACTORS
Realistic, desirable Asian males are nowhere to be found in the current media landscape. This dearth of representation is leading many gay Asian men to a distorted and troubling view of their own physical attractiveness, writes one who's seen it firsthand.
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R.I.P.: AZN-TV
On Monday -- a day that insiders say was chosen to avoid embarrassment at the NAMIC gala -- AZN's staff members in Denver and New York received an unwelcome holiday surprise. Channel chief Steve Smith had been laid off, with the rest of AZN's senior programming, acquisitions and promotional talent to follow, after an unspecified "transition period."
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WHITE COUNTESS - END OF AN ERA
It seems fitting that new movie "The White Countess" tells of the end of an era and a friendship because it also marks the final collaboration of filmmakers James Ivory and Ismail Merchant.
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TAE HEA NAHM - VENTURE CAPITALIST
He is a founding partner of Storm Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that specializes in seed- and early-stage funding with more than $500 million under management.
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CHINESE FOOD POPULAR DURING THE HOLIDAYS
It's not exactly chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But for many people, Moo Goo Gai Pan or maybe even the Pu Pu Platter are traditional dishes for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and holidays, Chinese restaurants do some of their briskest business of the year.
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VIRGINIA CHA - CNN REPORTER
Cha joins CNN from NBC News where she served as correspondent based in New York. Prior to joining NBC, Cha was the news anchor and chief medical correspondent for WBZ-4 in Boston, Mass.
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FOXY BROWN'S HEARING LOSS
"In May 2005, my life was altered drastically. . .During my recording of Black Roses, I experienced a sudden hearing loss."
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LAO HMONG WAR MEMORIAL
On December 21st at Fresno County Courthouse Park, Mayor Alan Autry and various community dignitaries unveiled a Memorial created to honor the Hmong/ Laotian soldiers who fought heroically alongside the Americans during the Vietnam Conflict in Southeast Asia.
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FAMILY TIES & IMMIGRATION POLICIES BRING CHANGES
More than 90% of the 1.7 million Filipinos who legally immigrated to the U.S. since 1930 arrived after the law was changed. Four decades later, the 1965 immigration law that replaced quotas based on national origin with a system that favors families and skilled workers has dramatically reshaped the U.S. immigrant stream in ways policymakers never envisioned - by increasing the flow and changing its ethnic composition.
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CHEN KAIGE'S "THE PROMISE"
Chinese director Chen Kaige's new movie "The Promise" will no longer be distributed in North America by the Weinstein Co. because of a dispute over the release strategy.
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JAPANESE AMERICANS SEEK "OZONIE"
Good luck if you've waited until the last minute to buy the ingredients for your New Year's Day good-luck soup. That would be ozoni, the nutritious hot concoction that will be served over sticky rice cakes called mochi in thousands of Japanese American homes.
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LINKIN PARK SIGNS NEW WB DEAL
Having demanded their release from their contract earlier this year, Linkin Park have resigned with music giant Warner Bros Records.
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Karen Hua-Qi (Hwa-Chee) Han is an internationally renowned Er-Hu (classical 2-string Chinese instrument with the tonal qualities of the violin) virtuoso, composer and vocalist. This artist (the youngest person to receive a Masters Degree in Performing Arts with Honors from China's best music academy -
 
 
Karen Han is participating in "Don Felder & Friends Rock Cerritos for Katrina" - a concert to raise funds for the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina with a goal is to raise $150,000.
 
 

This event is sponsored by the City of Cerritos and East West Bank and Media Partner 95.5 KLOS. In addtion to Karen, the show will be hosted by Cheech Marin and performers scheduled to appear include
 
 
Don Felder, David Foster, Dennis Quaid, Alice Cooper, Stephen Stills, David Foster, D.L. Hughley, Tommy Shaw (STYX), Jack Blades (Night Ranger), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Adrian Young (No Doubt) and Tré Cool (Green Day).

Tickets available only at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office, on-line at www.cerritoscenter.com, or by calling (800) 300-4345.

"Central Conservatory of Music") recording accomplishments include Oscar winning movies (Hollywood Pictures, Warner Brothers, Memoirs of a Geisha, Joy Luck Club, Last Emperor, Passion of the Christ, Anna and the King, etc.), television (HBO, We Were Soldiers), radio programs, and seven albums. She has performed before former President Jimmy Carter, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti and China's President Jiang Zemin.

Er-Hu: The Hu-Qin (Er-Hu) is a barbarian mid-high-toned instrument whose mid-low tone sounds forceful & lavish is said to have been brought into China at the time of Han Dynasty (140 B.C.). It is a two string bowed instrument with a tone similar to western viola, very soulful and expressive. In classical Chinese music the Hu-Qin is melodic, haunting, beautiful, exquisite, ever changing, and alive. The traditional style of playing is rich in ornamentation, giving the music a deep, three-dimensional quality. The basic method of playing the Er-Hu is the same, but its application and style differ according to each area. It is the main melody-carrying instrument in the Chinese orchestra, capable of solo and the most important accompanying instrument in various folk stages.

 
 
He walked out the door with his keys and wallet. That's how it started. Jerry Tang was a handsome, creative tech executive who played jazz piano, volunteered at his church and doted on his wife and two boys, ages 4 and 7. Then, on Nov. 29, he was gone.

The San Francisco man is one of more than 4,000 people who are reported missing yearly in this city alone — though most cases are resolved quickly. But Tang's disappearance has prompted a grass- roots search campaign so thorough that police and private investigators call it unprecedented. Friends, family and strangers have scoured homeless shelters, stood on street corners with massive banners and checked encampments from Golden Gate Park to the remote beaches of Marin County. Childhood buddies have flown in from as far away as London to help, visiting shelters and bus stations in the Bay Area, Las Vegas and Tang's home state of Massachusetts.

At the request of a friend of Tang's, the Craigslist website promptly agreed to post "find jerry" links on every page, drawing in sympathizers who never met the man but are touched by the story of his disappearance. Tang's gentle smiling face now beams from "missing" posters on telephone polls throughout San Francisco, and his name is widely known here.

 
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