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- two teens arrested in chinese food delivery attack
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- music video: "that thang" by jen kwok & danakadan
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Check it. If you're in Southern California, APA@NBCUniversal invites to a night of food, community and fundraising in honor of APA Heritage Month: Feast for the East. The evening will be packed with celebrity guests, auction items, and a crapload of good stuff to eat. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Red Cross for disaster relief in Japan. It's happening Wednesday, May 4 at Gonpachi Beverly Hills. Here are some more details:
The Chinese man, who happened to be passing by the bar when the band was playing the 1970s hit, apparently took offense. The whole thing sparked some kind of altercation, in which the Asian guy "hurled an expletive and made an obscene hand gesture at the performers":
Okay. I don't know about you, but when I come across a link that says "Sword fight at Sikh temple," it's just one of those things -- I have to click on it. Generally speaking, "sword fight" usually gets my attention. I'm afraid I'm just wired that way.
This week in New York, seven people were arrested on riot and assault charges after a brawl involving swords and cricket bats broke out at a Sikh temple: Sword fight erupts at NYC Sikh temple; 7 charged.
I present to you the video:
Police announced Wednesday that they had arrested 16-year-old Charles Codrington of the Bronx and a 15-year-old boy whose name was not released. The two were part of a group who placed a Chinese food order and lured the delivery man to a sixth-floor apartment in Morningside Heights. Fortunately, the victim wasn't seriously hurt.
Both suspects charged with burglary and robbery:
New York! A bunch of friends are getting together this weekend to put on a relief concert for Japan: Holla For Japan: A Benefit Concert. Join Magnetic North, Taiyo Na, Vudoo Soul, Sam Kang, Alfa and host Sheng Wang for an evening of music, community and charity. It's happening this Saturday, April 30 at The Bitter End. Here are some more details about the show:
Spotlighting a few of the many great films screening at the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festial, running April 28 through May 7... Vicky Shen and Zoe Bui's indie feature Adultolescence is about an artist suffering from post-college career ennui, who returns home to live with her parents. The film deals with familial disconnection, post-grad adulthood and today's media generation, with a dash of Tiger Mother drama thrown in. From the LAAPFF website:
Just wanted to throw a spotlight on a few of the many amazing films screening at 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festial, running April 28 through May 7... One Kine Day, the debut feature from director Chuck Mitsui, is a coming-of-age story set in the world of a Hawaii slacker-skater who sees his relatively carefree world fade away when he learns his girlfriend is pregnant. Here's more from the LAAPFF catalog:
The two politicians have made it pretty clear to everyone that they do not care much for each other -- professionally, personally, and every way in between.
Paperdoll, one of our favorite bands, just released the music video for their brand new single "You Can't Stop It." I am digging the song. And seriously, lead singer Teresa Lee kicks all kinds of ass. You actually can't measure how much ass she kicks. It's just that much. Take a look:
Who are you?
I am Davis Charlesfield Jung. Ok, that middle name isn't real, but it's pretty damn cool, right?
What are you?
I'm a working graduate student, and full-blooded Korean-American. But also a padawan. Wizard-wannabe. Constantly disavowing my muggle status. I took a class in Ancient Greek Magic in college (yes... Brown would be a college that offers Ancient Greek Magic...) in a desperate attempt to learn some spells. Instead, I learned the theory and theology behind sacrificing a goat. I think that pretty much sums up my life.
In New York, police have released surveillance video of a Chinese food deliveryman getting brutally attacked by a group of teens trying in Manhattan. The attempted robbery happened Friday afternoon at an apartment building in Morningside Heights: Video released in deliveryman attempted robbery.
All of the suspects are described as black males between the ages of 15 and 19. The video is fairly clear for a surveillance camera, and authorities are hoping someone will come forward to identify the attackers. Here's a local news report with the video:
Forgot to mention this before it opened last weekend, but if you're in Southern California and want to check out some theater, Circle X Theatre Co. presents The Chinese Massacre (Annotated) by Tom Jacobson, a historical drama based on the true story of Los Angeles' first race riot in 1871. Here are some more details about the show:
This survey is being conducted by Charlton McIlwain, Professor of Media, Culture & Communication at New York University and Stephen Maynard Caliendo, Professor of Political Science at North Central College.
Just a quick reminder for films fans who love their samurai action big, bad and epic... Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins opens in limited theatrical release this Friday in New York, Los Angeles and Austin, with more cities to follow in coming weeks. (It's also available On Demand right now.)
Here's also a recent Los Angeles Times piece on Miike's foray into the samurai movie tradition: Takashi Miike picks up a genre's sword for '13 Assassins.'
Think of it as a super-sized slash-tastic samurai flick that just won't quit. For more information about the movie, including the trailer, photos and the theatrical release schedule, go to Magnet Releasing's 13 Assassins website here.
To top it all off, rumors continue to persist that Fast Five director Justin Lin, who has a lot of heat right now, is attached to take the reins of Universal's reboot of the iconic franchise -- if they first get over the property's financial hurdles: 'Terminator' Back With Arnold To Star: Schwarzenegger In Package Shopping Now; 'Fast Five's Justin Lin To Direct.
Much love to our buddy Raymond J. Lee (a former Angry Reader of the Week) who is currently doing his thing as John in the cast of Roundabout Theatre Company's hit Broadway revival of Anything Goes.
Ray recently contributed an epic photo slideshow to Playbill.com, taking us on a candid backstage look at what goes into putting on the show. My favorite part? Check out what blog Ray reveals he regularly checks out as part of his pre-show rituals:
It started in 2006 at Calego International Inc., a bag and knapsack company in Montreal. Executive Stephen Rapps was apparently mad about the state of the facilities' kitchen and bathrooms, and gathered all the Chinese-born workers -- with an interpreter, to be clear -- to lecture them about personal hygiene and cleanliness:
This is super cool. Indie comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly and artist Adrian Tomine have teamed up to offer an exclusive set of prints to raise funds for disaster relief and recovery in Japan. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund: Tomine/D+Q Japan Fundraiser.
All the reported incidents have taken place in the 109 Precinct, based in Flushing, and all of the victims have been Asian women. The most recent incident happened last Tuesday evening at 11:40pm on Colden Street. The victim was an Asian woman in her early twenties.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his thirties standing five-foot-five, 140 pounds with black hair. Police have released the above sketch and two videos that apparently show the alleged attacker:
If you're in San Francisco, get ready for the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration coming in May. In the meantime, get a sneak peek of some the AHSC's amazing Asian American talent at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration Artist Preview Show and Mixer, happening this Saturday, April 30 at 111 Minna Gallery. Here are some more details:
Ryan Higa, who has the most subscribed channel on YouTube, makes videos for the people. But what happens when you put his videos under the scrutiny of the true critics? I'm talking about the kids! Check out this latest edition of "Kids React," where we get a group of kids' honest reaction to NigaHiga, the number one YouTube personality:
The Museum of Chinese in America recently hosted a dialogue with Frank H. Wu, Chancellor and Dean of University of California Hastings College of Law and author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, on the future of civil rights and civic engagement in multiracial America.
For those of us who missed it, MoCA has posted a video of the hour-long talk, which was introduced and moderated by Judge Denny Chin: "After Vincent Chin: A New Civil Rights Movement" A Talk by Frank H. Wu.
Awwwww yeah. Jen Kwok and DanAKADan are coming at you with this hot new collaboration, ready to get down and do That Thang -- and they're not messing around! But what exactly is "that thang"? No, seriously -- what are we talking about? I'm not sure Jen or Dan even know. But they seem to really mean it. Check it out:
Thinking about winning? You'd be in good company. Past winners of the award include Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri, National Book Award winner Ha Jin, Booker Prize Finalist Amitav Ghosh and Guggenheim Fellow Arthur Sze.
Pop star. Pro skateboarder. Master chef. Entrepreneur. Philathropist. What do they have in common? All of these different Asian American "tastemakers" and more are profiled in the second season of East of Main Street, HBO's On Demand documentary mini-series commemorating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, begins next weekend. Take a look at the teaser trailer:
Dickson allegedly authored a series of posts about drugs and pornography on a web forum devoted to urban Canada. He also apparently wrote a bunch of messages promoting incest and pedophilia on a forum for nudists. And surprise, surprise -- all of Dickson's favorite porn stars just happen to be Asian:
I've been so busy, I almost forgot to write a proper post about this... As some of you might know, this year marks the ten-year anniversary of this blog. To celebrate this milestone, I'm doing it big and throwing an official 10th Anniversary Party with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. It's happening Saturday, April 30, 10:00pm at Siren Studios (Orange) in Hollywood.
The evening will feature a special performance by The Shanghai Restoration Project, guest DJ O-Dub on the ones and twos, complimentary drinks from Jinro, and cookies generously provided by The Sweeter Things Co. Special shout out to our sponsor Mnet. Here are some more details:
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Oregon! Make some plans to come out to the movies... the sixth annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon is happening next weekend, April 29 through may 1 at Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene. Here's a brief trailer featuring this year's films:
Uh. Whoa. What the heck did I just watch? This is the music video for "Gentleman's Kool-Aid" by iLL-Literacy. It features an impressive collection of action figures and Barbie dolls convening to party one crazy disco diorama. At one point, Lego-head space explorers discover a Red Vine tree. Or something. Also, you might be drunk. Take a look:
Some interesting news out of Southern California... On Monday, April 25, the Venice Japanese Memorial Marker Committee will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a marker commemorating the 69th anniversary of the forced relocation of Japanese Americans to concentration camps during World War II.
The memorial marker will be located on the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards near the former "Civil Control Station" where in April of 1942, local residents from Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu assembled and then boarded buses to the Manzanar War Relocation Authority Camp and would spend the next three years of their lives.
Here's an excerpt from the VJAMM press release:
Who are you?
1 part dreamer, 2 parts doer, a splash of creativity, and a boatload of passion. 99% of the time, I let feeling trump rationalizing. I laugh often and loud - wall-piercingly-loud. Oh yeah, and I've got a soft spot for old people and chubby kids.
This is good stuff. Check out Hokuto "Hok" Konishi, whose slick moves you know and love from Quest Crew, doing a crazy little solo thing in this video: Super Mario Fingers. And he never even stands up! Just a lot of funny looks and frantic fingers. Fun stuff. Take a look:
All right, good people of Los Angeles. The countdown to the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is on. Running April 28 through May 7, they've got an absolutely packed scheduled of films, parties, panels and other events to satisfy your cinema-lovin' self. There's something for everybody!
Want to be part of the festivities? I think you do. This blog is a proud media sponsor and community co-presenter of LAAPFF, and I'm giving away some free passes to several films: Saigon Electric, Among B-Boys and Bangkok Knockout. Read on for details...
If you're in the Bay Area, just wanted to help spread the word about a benefit event happening this weekend for disaster relief: We Are One Island: Japan Relief Concert and Auction. The evening will feature a silent auction and performances from Asian Crisis, Colin "Senbei" Ehara, Dirty Boots, Maze Daiko, Michael Sasaki and more. It's happening Saturday, April 23 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Here are some more details:
Wow. For their latest video, The Jubilee Porject partnered with TOMS Shoes for their annual One Day Without Shoes 2011. Basically, the video follows a number of people who basically went shoeless for entire day. It sounds simple enough, but could you do it? Millions have to do it every day. Watch the video to see how it went:
Reel Asian welcomes new film and video submissions by and/or about East/Southeast Asians from around the world, including North America.
The early deadline has passed, but you still have time to make it under the final deadline on June 1. Here are some more details:
Uh... what kind of awesomeness is this? Saw this project on io9, and was kind of stunned at how cool it looks: A conspiracy movie about Gundam-style mechs and cloning set in a dystopian future.
The Last Cause is described as "a conspiracy story set in a dark future with Gundam-style mechs," written and directed by Linh Mai. The project is currently seeking to raise $50,000 to produce a proof-of-concept reel for what will eventually become a full-length feature.
Think The Matrix, Blade Runner and all those mecha-inspired anime series you know and love. They've got something special going here, if they can just raise enough scratch. Check out the Kickstarter pitch video:
Ly won the prize for his working in co-founding the Asian Student Association of Philadelphia and for "exceptional leadership" in exploring solutions to racial violence at his school and across the city. This is the second straight year an Asian student at South Philadelphia High as received the award:
Can we take a moment to praise Devin Setoguchi's amazing game-winning overtime goal that put the San Jose Sharks 6-5 over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night? The Sharks took a 2-1 series lead in what had to be one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history, rallying from a 4-0 deficit to win it 6-5. Yeah, that was awesome.
This week, Toronto police arrested and charged 29-year-old Brian Dickson with Liu's murder. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday morning: Police: arrest in case of dead Chinese student.
Liu, a student at York University, was talking to her boyfriend friend when a man allegedly knocked on her door, asking to use her phone. The online witness apparently saw her and the assailant struggle before the attacker turned off the laptop. After her boyfriend notified authorities, Liu was dead in her apartment a few hours later:
Kollaboration has taken the show on the road! Or, um, Monterey Park. If you're in Southern California, you're invited to check out a series of free concerts they're producing to spread the Kollaboration talent show movement to wider audiences: Kollab Live at Atlantic Times Square.
The shows are happening under the LCD Pavilion at Atlantic Times Square in Monterey Park, starting April 22 and running through June 4. The first two shows are this weekend, and will feature the likes of Megan Le, Oak & Gorski, Iris Leonardo, Mike Isberto and more. Here are some more details:
Napenas was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail and three years' probation, and must pay nearly $380,000 to federal and state governments. A state investigation revealed that he billed the Medicaid program for hundreds of thousands of dollars... and let's just say he did not use the money wisely. Or legally:
Suck it, Avatar. Grossing HK 2.63 million on its opening day in Hong Kong, James Cameron's massive sci-fi action film held the single day box office record... until last week, when the record fell to a new film: 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy. Yes, it is what you think. Here's the (SFW) trailer:
On Wednesday, a grand jury handed down a fifteen-count indictment against Ravi, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, tampering with physical evidence, witness tampering, and hindering apprehension or prosecution:
Comic book heads, remember Xombi? He was a Korean American superhero, created by John Rozum and Denys Cowan, that was part of DC's people-of-color-friendly Milestone Comics line back in 1990s.
While the cult-favorite series, about a scientist-turned-undead, nanotechnology-enhanced supernatural being, was relatively short-lived, it was one of the few Asian American comic book superheroes I remember ever headlining his own book back in my own comic book shop-dwelling days.
So I was pleased to hear that DC recently relaunched Xombi, with original co-creator John Rozum at the helm, and immortal series hero David Kim front and center, back battling more supernatural/science oddities.
So everybody's kind of up in arms about this whole Akira adaptation casting debacle, in which the studio is seriously considering white actors to play the classic manga/anime's principal characters. Pretty typical.
But what might that actually look like? Artist Ken Taya (aka Enfu) has come up with his own cleverly illustrated vision of the blond, Hollywood-ized Kaneda. Here's also a hi-res version of the image where you can insert your own snarky caption in the word bubble:
The most infuriating part? According to police, Nguyen was beaten to death by a group of young people as part of the "Knock-out Game," which involves "unprovoked attacks on innocent bystanders."
According to court records, 18-year-old Elex Levell Murphy has been charged with one count each of first degree murder and first degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. He is currently being held without bail:
Our friends in the kickass New York-based band Paperdoll are heading out on tour -- including a few rare west coast dates -- and they're inviting you to come out and enjoy a good old-fashioned indie rock show. Hey San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, D.C. -- a good-ass time is on your way. Here's the tour schedule:
Our friend Taz passes along this cool youth opportunity... This July South Asian American teenagers from across the San Francisco Bay Area will convene for the first ever Bay Area Solidarity Summmer, a four-day leadership camp for youth of South Asian heritage to learn about progressive issues, gain organizing skills, connect with other activists, and develop themselves into leaders.
Organized by the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, the all-inclusive camp will provide space for young people to learn skills on how to be a social activist, as well as learn about issues affecting the South Asian community both locally and globally. It's happening July 22-26 at the CTWO Training/Retreat Center in Oakland. Here are some more details:
Straight outta Northridge... I'm digging this new video of up-and-coming Southern California-based indie band Feats in Inches performing their original song "Broken Parts" in a seriously cool rock out session. The video is fairly bland, but I love their sound. Check it out:
Not surprisingly, somewhere along the way, things have gotten overly complicated. Many residents have turned to local lawyers, who in turn refer their clients to larger law firms with the experience and resources to battle big corporations. With this many entities involved, one could easily lose track of who is representing who:
Out Magazine recently released is fifth annual Power 50 list, naming the most powerful and influential LGBT individuals in America. Just observation: where the hell are all the people of color? Seriously, with the exception of Perez Hilton, this list is bright white.
What, not even going to throw a bone to our elder statesman George Takei? I'm not sure what factors determined who made the list, but intentional or not, the disheartening point has been made: it really sucks to be a minority within a minority. (Thanks, Marq.)
The EEOC's Los Angeles district office filed suit in Hawaii against Global Horizons, the labor broker, and six farms there, for trafficking violations against Thai workers. In a separate suit, the EEOC's Birmingham, AL office filed suit in Mississippi charging that Signal International, a marine services company with facilities along the Gulf Coast, subjected at least 500 Indian welders to intolerable conditions and labor violations:
Check this awesome Bruce Lee portrait by recycle artist and painter Juan Carlos Pinto, whose art is made largely from salvaged materials and found objects. This Bruce piece is made entirely of discarded Metro cards! To see more of Juan Carlos Pinto's art, go to his website here. (Thanks, Yulree.)
The station's first two apologies were really just non-apologies, taking the tried-and-true sorry-if-you-were-offended route. Any real apology needs to take responsibility and acknowledge wrongdoing, instead of putting it back on the listener. Is this more of the same? Here's their statement. You can also listen to it here.
Speaking of helping Japan... if you're in Southern California, just want to make sure you know about the Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert, an evening dedicated to helping the people of Japan recover and rebuild their lives. 100% of net proceeds will go directly to the hardest-hit prefectures of Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi through a 501(c)(3) fund with no administrative fees or holds. It's happening Saturday, April 23 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Here are some more details:
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