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L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival expands to Long Beach
Posted: webmaster @ Fri May 11, 2012 4:06 am

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Sunset Stories

“The sexy ninja.” That’s how Korean American actor Sung Kang described the bulk of his roles to filmmaker Ernesto Foronda, his director in "Sunset Stories." Fononda was happy to give Kang the opportunity to do something different, and more complex, in his dark romantic comedy, which screens at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this weekend.

“I’m really focused on telling Asian American stories and resisting these stereotypical depictions,” Foronda, who was born in the Philippines, said. “Where can you find a movie with an Asian American male lead with the romantic interest being a Latino woman? No one else is going to tell those stories.”

“Sunset Stories” centers on the chance re-encounter of May (Monique Gabriela Curen) and her ex-fiancé JP (Kang), whom she left...

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Mayor Kicks Off APIA Heritage Month
Posted: webmaster @ Tue May 08, 2012 5:55 am

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city officials kicked off Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month with an award ceremony and the unveiling of the APIAHM Calendar and Cultural Guide at Los Angeles City Hall on April 27.

The honorees were: K.W. Lee, award-winning journalist and founder of the first national English-language Korean American newspaper, Koreatown Weekly; Jyoti Nanda, faculty member in the David J. Epstein Public Interest Law Program and Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA’s School of Law; and Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.

Following a performance by Bollywood Flash Mob, Villaraigosa cited events in Asian American history to show how far the community has come. “In 1854, California’s Supreme Court ruled that the testimony of a Chinese man who witnessed a murder by a white man was inadmissible. The court just...

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Xfinity TV Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Posted: webmaster @ Tue May 08, 2012 5:54 am
PHILADELPHIA, May 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Comcast's Xfinity TV is celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a special collection of more than 350 entertainment choices that highlight Asian American and Pacific Islander culture and contributions. The collection includes movies, documentaries and biographies hand-selected by Chi-hui Yang, the curator of Cinema Asian America on Xfinity On Demand. It also includes diverse music, TV shows, anime, trivia and slideshows across Xfinity On Demand, XfinityTV.com, Xfinity TV on Xbox 360 and Xfinity.com.

"Our collection celebrates the richness of the Asian-Pacific American culture on Xfinity TV," said Ruben Mendiola, Vice President and General Manager of Multicultural Video Services, Comcast Cable. "With diverse TV line-ups and special programming, we offer the best multicultural video experience across screens and devices, and we plan to bring our customers even more choices and ways to watch in the coming year....

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15th annual Asian American Celebration kicks off today
Posted: webmaster @ Tue May 08, 2012 5:53 am
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – East meets west today at the Greater Richmond Convention Center for the 15th annual Asian American Celebration.

This year’s theme is about celebrating Asian American friendship.

The free event features a variety of ethnic Asian foods, cultural exhibits, entertainment, children’s activities and a parade.

Chairman Malik Kahn said that the event represents diversity throughout the community.

“The wonderful thing about this event is that it’s not just the Asian Americans attending this event. I see people who are are Hispanic, African Americans, White folks. Everyone is here. It’s not focusing just on one ethnicity or race if you will. There are people from all across.”

Organizers expect more than 12,000 people at this year’s event.

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month
Posted: webmaster @ Tue May 08, 2012 5:53 am
WASHINGTON – In recognition of the contributions to our nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, the National Park Service celebrates May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

“The resources of the National Park Service provide a wealth of opportunity to explore the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the American story,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Scores of national parks and properties highlight the bitter hardships and proud accomplishments of the Asian and Pacific experience in America.”

From the early 1800s to the 21st century, Asian and Pacific peoples have played a vital role in the development of the United States and made lasting contributions in all elements of American society. Among the national parks that highlight important aspects of the Asian and Pacific experience in America are:

- Pu’uhonua O Hónaunau National Historical Park (Hawaii) - Home to some of the most significant traditional H...

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Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month
Posted: webmaster @ Tue May 08, 2012 5:52 am
5/4/2012 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

This year's theme is "Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion."

Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Y. Mineta introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives in June 1977 calling upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian and Pacific Heritage Week. A month later, Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Congress passed both bills.

President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution Oct. 5, 1978 designating the annual celebration. The holiday was expanded further in May1990 when President George H. W. Bush designated May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

May was historically significant to Asians. The immigration of the first Japanese to the United States occurred on May 7, 1843, and May 10, 1869...

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Asian-American Festival Kicks Off
Posted: webmaster @ Tue May 01, 2012 7:58 pm
The sixth annual Asian-American Festival starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Farmingdale State College.

The daylong festival features costumes, displays, traditional and contemporary entertainment, martial arts exhibits, food and more.

Celebrate diversity on Long Island by bringing the whole family to the 6th Annual Asian-American Cultural Festival in the spacious Multi-Purpose Room of Farmingdale State College.

A staged theater performance is also on the schedule.

Those willing to test their skills are invited to compete in the first Asian-American Festival Idol. Contestants should supply their own downloadable music for a karaoke machine. Beneficiary of the event is Leadership Huntington.

Other highlights:

WaFoo - a Japanese jazz band

Children's workshops

Small business vendors

Lion dance

Cultural parade

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New XPN Music Film Fest, from Paul Simon to hip-hop
Posted: webmaster @ Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:03 pm
Many a demographic is super-served throughout the year on the Philadelphia film festival calendar. Cineastes with particular interests are catered to by the Latin American, Jewish, Terror, Gay & Lesbian, Science, Asian American and Animation film festivals, among others, not to mention the overarching Philadelphia Film Festival, which will take place in October this year.

Add another group of movie buffs to the list: music fans. Starting this week, the inaugural XPN Music Film Festival will take place in University City, with 20 movies screening, mostly at the Annenberg Center on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

The fest, which is being presented by adult alternative radio station WXPN (88.5 FM) and curated by the Philadelphia Film Society, which also presents the Philadelphia Film Festival, begins Thursday night with Big Easy Express.

A documentary, the opening film follows the XPN-friendly folkie bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and...

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Filipino American Authors Night and LA Times
Posted: webmaster @ Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:09 am
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA– To celebrate the printed and spoken words and to launch ten new works by Filipino American authors, Philippine Expressions Bookshop will host its annual event called Filipino American Authors Night in order to present new authors and new works to the community. Traditionally, Authors Night is held on the eve of the LA Times Festival of Books when authors gather in Los Angeles for the Festival. This year, Authors Night will be held on Friday, April 20 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the Community Hall of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center which is located at 1145 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.

Please visit http://www.apalc.org/ for the map site. The event is free and open to the public but RSVP is requested. Email or call (310) 514-9139. Parking is available for a fee at a parking structure next door. Featured authors at this year’s Authors Night include Ofelia V. Dirige, Aurora S. Cudal, Cecilia Gaerlan, Theodore S. Gonzalves, Greceila Jota, Paulino Lim, ...

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L.A. Asian Pacific Film Fest announces documentaries
Posted: webmaster @ Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:04 am
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has announced a lineup of 11 documentaries touching on subjects as diverse as South Korean pop music, the golden and lost era of Cambodian cinema, and healthcare to the remote villages of northwest China.

LAPFF runs May 10 – 20, with screenings at the Directors Guild of America, CGV Cinemas in Koreatown, and for the first time, the Art Theater in Long Beach.

The festival will screen:

"Seeking Asian Female," directed by Debbie Lum, about an aging American white man with “yellow fever” who is obsessed with marrying an Asian woman, and the young Chinese bride he finds online.

"Planet of Snail," directed by Yi Seung-jun about a South Korean man who is deaf and blind and his wife, who helps him despite her own disability.

"Papa Mau: The Wayfinder," directed by Na’alehu Anthony, about a master navigator who taught Hawaiians the dying art of how to voyage on the seas without instrumentation.

"I am – ...

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