people and stuff

Blogger Jen Chung, co-founder, editor of Gothamist, and executive editor for all Gothamist sites, has won a 2007 Wired Rave Award. The Rave Awards look for people that are "innovators, instigators, and inventors" in their field, with Jen receiving the award for blogs: Jen Chung Wins a Wired Rave Award! She's awarded alongside such folks as J.K. Rowling, Alfonso Cuaron, Arianna Huffington, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and our man Masi Oka, star of Heroes. Read Jen's profile in Wired here. Bloggers rule.

Asian pop superstar Rain has become the first entertainer from South Korean to make People magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People" list: SKorean pop star Rain listed in People's 100 Most Beautiful. Not only did he land on TIME's 100 most influential people list last year, now he's one of the most beautiful. The issue is on stands now. There's a scan of his profile from the magazine here.

Speaking of Asian pop stars, here's an interesting interview with Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu, who recently came back to his native San Francisco Bay Area to screen his directorial debut, The Heavenly Kings, a Cantopop boy band mockumentary, at this year's 50th San Francisco International Film Festival: Daniel Wu, "Heavenly King"

The Los Angeles Times recently ran a profile on DJ/club promoter/indie label baron Steve Aoki, considered one of LA's most influential tastemakers: Steve Aoki

Here's an interesting profile of Frank Wu, current dean of Wayne State University Law School and author of the 2003 book Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. He says the murder of Vincent Chin in 1982 was turning point in his life, the moment he "decided to stand up and speak out, to have a voice and influence the world." This summer, Wu will speak in Detroit at the 25th anniversary of the Chin murder.

Check out Apprentice runner-up James Sun's website. He has a blog entry about his impressions of the finale, not winning the top spot, and what he would've done differently: My Apprentice Finale Thoughts

10-year-old newcomer Jade-Lianna Peters will provide the voice for Kai-lan, the lead character of Ni Hao, Kai-lan, Nickelodeon's upcoming big-ticket preschool series: Girl gives voice to new Chinese-American cartoon. The network is hoping the show will be to Mandarin Chinese what Dora the Explorer has been to Spanish. The show is scheduled to premiere in August.

Last week, ABC's Andrea Wong was named president and chief executive of the Lifetime network: Wong takes over as Lifetime's CEO. She'll be responsible for day-to-day operations for Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime's website, including advertising sales, affiliate sales, research, programming, public affairs, marketing, business and legal affairs, and strategic planning and operations.

The Boston Globe has a story on filmmaker Gina Kim, whose feature film Never Forever debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January: Worlds apart. The article includes a clip from the film. Unfortunately, at the moment, Never Forever has no scheduled U.S. release date.

Meet Hideki Okajima, the other Japanese pitcher on the Boston Red Sox: Okajima Invaluable to Red Sox in Relief. Says Yankees first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, "He's funky. He’s got something different."

Terry Hong reviews May-lee Chai's Hapa Girl: A Memoir, about her experiences as a young woman of Chinese-Irish descent growing up in an intolerant, xenophobic South Dakota town: Growing up a 'Hapa Girl' in America

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