Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sung Kang Co-stars in New Action Thriller ‘Bullet to the Head’ The new action thriller Bullet to the Head is coming out this weekend and it co-stars Korean American actor Sung Kang, who Dino-Ray interviewed last March regarding Sunset Stories. Directed by Walter Hill, the film stars Sylvester Stallone as … Continue reading

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8Questions with Stanley Yung, Filmmaker

Writer, producer, and director Stanley Yung wrote for PBS’s Puzzle Place and produced Quentin Lee’s White Frog, Ethan Mao, and People I Slept With. He graduated from UCLA’s Film School, and his most recent work is on a feature film … Continue reading

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Busan West Film Festival Introduces New Competition for Short Films

Fueled by the rapidly expanding influence and popularity of Korean filmmakers in Hollywood, Busan West, the annual pan-Asian film festival staged by Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in partnership with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival … Continue reading

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Utah Honors Topaz Internee, Fred Korematsu

I first learned more and blogged about Japanese American internment camp detainee and civil rights icon Fred Korematsu when the State of California first had declared that January 30th would be known as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and … Continue reading

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Asian Americans Chase The American Dream In Ancestral Countries

KCET recently reported that a trend of reversed immigration is undergoing in southern California. Many Americans are going overseas to find employment and pursue careers. In the video, it says about 3-6 million Americans are working overseas and a third … Continue reading

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From TeamCoco: Andy Outsources His Job To China

Actually, Andy’s not the only one to take advantage of outsourcing: “Suddenly the whole show is much more ‘Beijing’ than ‘Burbank.’” Yup, Conan’s been outsourced to Chinese actors, producers, and head writers. Here’s Chinese Conan, Chinese Andy, Chinese producer Jeff … Continue reading

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Photographer George Masa in Ken Burn’s “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”

The George Masa mentioned by President Obama in the above video (9:00) was originally born as Masahara Iisuka in Japan in 1882. After his father’s death, he came to the United States to study engineering at the University of California. … Continue reading

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2013 Growing Up Asian in America Art, Essay, and Video Contest: If I Were President

Every year, the Asian Pacific Fund hosts an art and essay contest on Growing up Asian in America.  2013′s theme is “If I were President”.  San Francisco Bay Area students from Kindergarten through the 12th grade can submit essays, poems, … Continue reading

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Strange Serendipities in Ceylon (Part 2)

[In 2009, the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka between the terrorist LTTE or Tamil Tigers and Sri Lankan Government finally ended, but left behind a legacy of war that endures, further complicated by global climate change. In 2012, Johnny … Continue reading

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First Asian American to Head a Major Studio: Kevin Tsujihara Named CEO of Warner Bros.

In a move that surprised many Hollywood insiders, Kevin Tsujihara was been named successor to Barry Meyer as CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. He will step into the job March 1, and Meyer will remain as chairman through 2013. Tsujihara … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Another Country

In Another Country (2012); English and Korean with English subtitles. Isabelle Huppert, Yoo Jun-sang, Kwon Hae-hyo, Moon So-ri, and Jung Yoo-mi. Written and directed by Hong Sang-soo. A French woman who speaks no Korean. A young woman who manages a … Continue reading

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Jason Commisso Identified as Suspect in Attacks Targeting Asian Americans in East Harlem

There has been a series of violent muggings in East Harlem that appeared to target Asian Americans, and the suspect is named as Jason Commisso. In all the incidents the suspect followed the victims into their elevators, violently attacked them, … Continue reading

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