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9.27.2009

lazy link roundup

Cambodians testify for war crimes tribunal: Dozens of Cambodian refugees are speaking publicly -- many for the first time -- about Khmer Rouge atrocities so a legal team can use their testimony in an international war crimes tribunal currently underway in Phnom Penh.

Homeownership fell in '08; Asians hit worst: According to new Census data, Asians suffered the sharpest drop in homeownership last year -- particularly in California, which has seen foreclosure rates skyrocket and home values plummet since the housing bubble burst.

Reopened Museum Tells Chinese-American Stories: The New York Times has a review of the Museum of Chinese in America's recently re-opened $8.1 million, 14,000-square-foot new space -- designed by famed architect Maya Lin, no less -- in New York's Chinatown.

Constitution center sponsors teen video debate on immigration: Last week, Su Chin Pak moderated an innovative youth debate on immigration reform, sponsored by the National Constitution Center, involving high school students across several states linked via videoconference.

'Barbarian Princess' film title raises some hackles in Hawaii: Some native Hawaiians have expressed anger and offense over the title of an upcoming feature film on the life of royal heroine Princess Ka'iulani, Barbarian Princess.

Learning to Fly With a Fledgling Director: Here's a story on the new remake of Fame, with a focus on 25-year-old Thai American first-time feature film director Kevin Tancharoen, whose unusual career path started by tagging along to hip hop dance classes with his sister.

Poet tries her hand at grrrl-power fiction: Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, the debut novel from accomplished poet and San Diego State University professor Marilyn Chin, apparently "might upset some readers."

Comedian Ansari Enjoys Playing Sleazebag On TV: NPR recently aired a story on comedian Aziz Ansari, who can currently be seen starring as Tom Haverford, savvy sleazebag right-hand man to Amy Poehler on NBC's Parks and Recreation.

America's Best Dance Crew and Asian Americans: Interview With Travis Wong: Here's an interview with professional dancer/stuntman/martial artist Travis Wong, who talks about his career thus far working on America's Best Dance Crew, Jon M. Chu's upcoming LXD, and other Hollywood projects.