Monthly Archives: April 2008

10 year old Filipino-American boy crowned World Sport Stacking champion

Ten-year-old Steve Purugganan from Longmeadow, Massachusetts set two new world records at the World Sport Stacking Championships. The Filipino-American boy became this year’s World Sport Stacking champion by clocking 1.86 seconds for the Individual 3-3-3 Stack Division and also clocking 6.21 seconds for the Individual Cycle Stack Division. The previous record holder for both events was himself.

Sport stacking is formerly known as cup stacking and commonly known as speed stacking.Here’s the two events that Steve Purugganan set records on:


StackCups are “up stacked” and “down stacked” from left to right or right to left (individual preference) in three stacks made up of three cups in each stack (3-3-3).

Cycle Stack

A sequence of stacks combining a 3-6-3 stack, a 6-6 stack, and a 1-10-1 stack, in that order. Stackers conclude the Cycle stack with cups in a 3-6-3 “down stacked” position.

Watch Steve Purugganan in action:

Nanking – DVD Release

A powerful, emotional and relevant reminder of the heartbreaking toll war takes on the innocent, Nanking tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. As part of a campaign to conquer all of China, the Japanese subjected Nanking – which was then China’s capital – to months of aerial bombardment, and when the city fell, the Japanese army unleashed murder and rape on a horrifying scale. In the midst of the rampage, a small group of Westerners banded together to establish a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Unarmed, these missionaries, university professors, doctors and businessmen – including a Nazi named John Rabe – bored witness to the events, while risking their own lives to protect civilians from slaughter.

The story is told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, chilling archival footage and photos of the events, and testimonies of former Japanese soldiers. At the heart of Nanking is a filmed stage reading of the Westerners’ letters and diaries, featuring Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway and Jurgen Prochnow. Through its interweave of archival images, testimonies of survivors, and readings of first hand accounts, the film puts the viewer on the streets of Nanking and brings the forgotten past to startling life.

Nanking is a testament to the courage and conviction of individuals who were determined to act in the face of evil and a powerful tribute to the resilience of the Chinese people – a gripping account of light in the darkest of times.

This film has also won several awards:

Winner, Best Cinematography Award, Chicago International Documentary Film Festival, 2007

Winner, Humanitarian Award, Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2007

Winner, Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Film Festival, 2007

Winner, Audience Favorite Award, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, 2007

Winner, Director’s Choice Award, Sedona International Film Festival, 2007

Winner, Best Documentary Film, Sedona International Film Festival, 2007

Winner, Excellence in Filmmaking Award, Sedona International Film Festival, 2007

Winner, Best Documentary Editing, Sundance Film Festival, 2007

And nominated for other awards
Nominated, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival, 2007

Nominated, Documentary Screenplay Award, Writers Guild of America, 2008

Watch the trailer for Nanking:

Bobby Jindal on The Tonight Show

Bobby Jindal was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday. Who is he you may ask? Piyush “Bobby” Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana on October 20, 2007. He won a four-way race with 54% of the vote. At age 36, Bobby Jindal became the youngest current governor in the United States. He also became the first elected Indian-American governor in U.S. history, as well as the second Asian-American governor to serve in the continental United States after Gary Locke of Washington. Rumors are floating around that Bobby Jindal may become John McCain’s running mate.

Watch the segment with Bobby Jindal and Jay Leno:

Watch the Bobby Jindal Inauguration:

Margaret Cho Day in San Francisco

It’s Margaret Cho Day in San Francisco on today!

Join Margaret Cho and her friends at San Francisco City Hall, as Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaims Wednesday, April 30th 2008, Margaret Cho Day!

The live event will be taped for use in Margaret’s new show, “The Cho Show,” which will air on VH1 this summer. The proclamation is open to the public, welcoming family, friends and fans of all ages. All attendees will be required to sign a release allowing the use of their image on television.

Here’s the info if you want to attend Margaret Cho’s big day:

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Time: Please arrive promptly at 4:00pm

Where: San Francisco City Hall

The South Light Court

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett PL.

San Francisco, CA 94102

You can add Margaret Cho as your Myspace friend.

Watch Margaret Cho interview on “The Hour” with George Stroumboulopoulos:

The Cho Show starts airing in summer 2008. More info on The Cho Show below:

THE CHO SHOW (7 Episodes – 30 Minutes)

Thirteen years after her catastrophic foray into television, Margaret Cho is triumphantly returning to television in a new reality-sitcom on VH1 in “The Cho Show.” This time it’s on her own terms.

Margaret burst onto the scene in 1994 with her sitcom “All American Girl” and her struggles with the network over that show are legendary. After the show was canceled, Margaret channeled all of that negative energy from her network experience into a wealth of comedy material that fueled her rise as one of the hottest comics in the business.

This VH1 series will follow the irrepressible Margaret Cho and her eccentric entourage as she fights to be herself in an industry that in the past wanted her to be something other than herself. The series will touch upon all aspects of Margaret’s “anything goes” lifestyle, from the strained and awkward moments provided by her somewhat traditional Korean parents to the more irreverent and outrageous moments shared with her colorful cast of friends and colleagues.

AsiaFest Austin 2008

Come and join the celebration of National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at AsiaFest Austin 2008 on May 3, 2008 with fun, food and entertainment. AsiaFest Austin 2008, hosted by the Network of Asian American Organizations (NAAO) with the support of City of Austin, Austin Parks & Recreation Department, and Capital Metro, is part of the National Asian Pacific American Heritage month.

The event will be held from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm at the future home of Austin Asian American Resource Center at 8401, Cameron Road, Austin, TX 78754. Admission to Asia Fest Austin 2008 is FREE.

AsiaFest Austin 2008 will have a number of activities, including:

Cultural Activities – Live music, dance and cultural performances, and a mini Asian Film Festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures.

Educational Activities – Workshops and instruction on Asian arts & crafts (face painting, henna, origami, etc.); and basic Asian language skills (learn 20 common words and phrases).

Children’s Activities – Sudoku contests; games; and Reading corner.

Food – Pan-Asian Cuisine featuring traditional Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian dishes.

Movies at the mini film-fest include Michael Kang’s wry teen comedy “The Motel,” the local premiere of Derek Shimoda’s “Killing of a Chinese Cookie” and Juli Kang’s musical “Damn the Past!” The film portion is sponsored by the Austin Asian American Film Foundation, which is hosting the Austin Asian America Film Festival in the fall.

Watch the trailer for “The Motel”