I admit it. I’m a scaredy cat, which is why I can’t even watch the trailer I just posted for I Saw The Devil (악마를 보았다). I’m actually kind of getting scared by just typing out the title of the film! But enough about my wussiness!
UPDATE 3/2/2010: Congrats to the winners PS and Steve Li!
If you’re the kind of person who is into horror films, or if you already know the work of genre master Kim Ji-woon, who directed A Tale of Two Sisters, you’ll be happy to know that Kim’s latest film– I Saw the Devil— opens in the Bay area on March 11, 2011 at Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley.
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Every so often, we here at 8Asians get e-mails asking for advice. Here is one such e-mail received last week:
I found this quote on Andrew Sullivan’s blog: “a large majority of Japanese-Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s have one non-Japanese parent, usually of European origin.”
Any idea if this is true?
The simple answer is yes. But let’s examine the data, after the jump. Continue Reading »
The trials for the mens and womens national table tennis teams begin this weekend in San Jose, California. San Jose, is pretty much considered the U.S. center for table tennis, so it’s no surprise the trials are taking place here this weekend at The Top Spin at 1150 Campbell Ave, San Jose. At the most recent world championships, the U.S. men finished 46th and the women 16th, but the promising American women came in fifth at the Beijing Olympics. With these results it’s no surprise the eyes are on the women players including one of the top contenders, 15 year old Chinese American Bay Area native, Ariel Hsing, and 13 year old Indian American, Prachi Jha. My own sister was a great player in her day and competed admirably in tournaments in New York City’s Chinatown, while I served as her ball fetcher. It’s certainly a different game today, and one that’s got much more attention here in America.
“Despite his long political history — as a school board member, supervisor, assemblyman and state senator — Yee, who holds a doctorate in psychology, remains enigmatic. He is a consummate retail politician, given to small talk and an avuncular style. Speaking to small crowds at house parties, he sometimes lowers his gaze, projecting not shyness but a cool intensity. He is disciplined and a workhorse on the campaign trail. After legislative sessions in Sacramento, he often drives back to attend consecutive social functions, night after night, before turning to his Senate work around midnight. His omnipresence has bewildered political insiders.”
I’ve briefly seen Yee at a few political related events in the Bay Area, although I’ve never actually had a chance to chat with Yee. In reading and researching elsewhere about Yee, I was impressed with his prodigious accomplishments in San Francisco and California state government; he definitely seems to be more than qualified to be the next mayor of San Francisco. Continue Reading »
Portland, Oregon rock band The Slants’ attempt to trademark their name has been rejected by the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO), apparently because the department thought that the name was disparaging to Asian Americans. In their application, the band’s attorneys submitted examples of Asian American media supporting the Slants and descriptions of the band’s involvements with Asian American cultural festivals and non-profits. Continue Reading »
Banana 2 is so close we can taste it! On Saturday, February 26th, the second annual gathering of Asia/Pacific Islander American bloggers will take place in Los Angeles and we here at 8Asians are proud to be a part of the conference. We’re excited to see the various panels of our longtime friends covering a range of topics from building blogs, social activism, diversity and entertainment, as well as meet the new voices from the APIA community!
Join co-editor Joz as she coordinates the Breakout Session: Blogger Showcase, or ChannelAPA’s Steve Nguyen on the pop culture panel, Edward Hong’s discussion on activism in social media or even boring old me on how to build online communities (answer: troll baiting). Check out the full list of events here.
When: February 26, 2011, 8:00AM- 6:00PM
Where: CBS Studios in Studio City, Calif.
If any of you readers are planning to attend, come by and say hi!
Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park is one of the top most influential Asian American artists of my generation. His Japanese American father and family were interned by the U.S. government during World War II. When I saw him signing autographs sitting in the Japanese internment camp bunker for his Glorious Excess art exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, I smiled and thought, “Now that’s sweet revenge.” Continue Reading »
G4TV reports that an amusement park based on the video games World of Warcraft and Starcraft will be opening in China, with the only-in-China-would-they-give-this-English-name JoyWorld. Why isn’t a Blizzard Theme Park opening in South Korea, where Starcraft is king and there are entire cable networks dedicated to the real-time strategy game? Probably because Korea doesn’t have, you know, billions of people that could potentially make the game a household name.
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Lisa Ling was on The Daily Show the other night promoting her show, “Our America” on the newly launched Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She described her show as a “window into different aspects of America.” The show airs weekly on Tuesdays at 10pm ET. Personally, I don’t know all that much about Ling except that she’s done some guest reporting for The Oprah Winfrey Show from time-to-time. I’m not even sure if I get OWN with my Comcast cable package but I certainly wish Ling the best!
APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).
Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), a leading media and cultural non-profit organization located in San Francisco.
Stephen joined CAAM in 2006 after many years as the General Manager of the Pacific Film Archive, and Deputy Director of the Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to that he has been a program officer in the Media Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Associate Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute.
In a new study from Rui Yao, a professor in the University of Missouri School of Human Environmental Sciences, and published in the Journal of East Asian Studies. Yao found that a most Chinese American households do not save enough of their income, but instead they invest most of their net worth in the stock market.