Here’s an interesting discussion by four San Francisco Bay Area Asian American leaders representing various fields. The panel consists of Charles Huang (Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President, Guitar Hero), Kyung Yoon (Founder/CEO, Talent Age Associates), Fiona Ma (Assembly Member, District 12 San Francisco), and Jeff Adachi (San Francisco Public Defender and filmmaker) They talk about being Asian American today, and the opportunities and challenges facing the community.
Topics covered include Leadership, Business, Politics, Media and the Arts, Stereotypes, Hepatitis B and Health Disparities, and Current Issues. It offers a fascinating discussion about cultural differences that hold back Asian Americans like risk taking, being vocal, and expressing yourself.
SF Asian American Roundtable discussion
Verse 1 of Kina Grannis’ new song written by her YouTube Subscribers is complete. Here’s the winning verse:
Verse 1 (written by Kate McGill)
As I lay here on the bed my heart it speaks
I let it beat its beat, you feel the love it leaks
And I can’t describe just how much of it is for you and what you do
But if I could love just one it would be you
In Part 2, Kina Grannis gives you the music to the next part of the song, The Chorus. This is a key part of the song, so get crackin’. Visit the “Moderator” section on her channel page to submit your lyrics. Then help vote up the best lyrics over the next 2 weeks!
Write a song with Kina Grannis – Part 2
A few months back we had a chance to chop it up with singer Michelle Martinez. She talks about how she got into music, her music background, and singing competitions. The San Francisco Bay Area singers also shares her thoughts on the local music scene and the Asian American movement. With school and her music, she’s got a busy schedule to juggle. All her hustling and grinding has paid off. Her debut album Adrenaline dropped this week.
Pick up Adrenaline by Michelle Martinez online at or Amazon.
Michelle Martinez interview with channelAPA.com
Michelle Martinez Interview w/ Steve Nguyen
M. Night Shyamalan was on CBS Early Show promoting/defending his upcoming film “The Last Airbender.” He was intimately involved in the making of his films including writing, directing and producing “The Last Airbender.” In his first children’s film, he had even more control with the special effects. During the interview, Shyamalan discusses some of the criticism about the film’s casting controversy (casting Caucasians in Asian roles). See more at The Last Airbender Movie Boycott (Paramount Pictures vs Asian Americans).
On the casting issue Shyamalan said, “It’s a very small amount of people. … We’re talking about a few thousand people, but I’m saddened because they want them to look at me and be like, ‘It’s fantastic, this Asian guy has the mantle. His name is on the toys. This is fantastic.’ Go get a Happy Meal, you’ll see my name, this is good stuff. I want them to feel proud and excited. I want everyone to feel that way.”
He continued, “But I think there’s a misunderstanding about anime. Anime in and of itself is an art form where the features are ambiguous. When we watched the cartoon, I saw my daughters in it. I was like no doubt these are my daughters in the roles. And every family felt that and that’s the beauty of anime. It’s the most culturally diverse summer movie of all time. That should be its greatest asset is that it’s so culturally diverse. Every nationality is represented with the exception of
We don’t think he made a strong argument for his position on casting. Watch the box office results to see if the boycott worked.
M. Night Shyamalan on CBS Early Show
Kero One just dropped the latest track “The Fast Life” off his Kinetic World album. He collaborates with Esna Yoon for this song about his experiences of life in the fast lane. Previously, we saw some behind the scenes footage for the Fast Life. Also take a peek at some of the other tracks on the album including Asian Kids, Let Me Clarify, and Time Moves Slowly.
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The Fast Life by Kero One x Esna
For those in New York, the Asian CineVision (ACV) has released the feature film line up selected to screen at the 2010 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF 2010). The program consists of a total of 23 feature films that showcase the latest works created by filmmakers of Asian descent in addition to films that explore new constructs of Asian and Asian-American cinema. The AAIFF 2010 includes selections from both a national and international pool of filmmakers, including works from Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Screenings will take place from July 15 through July 24, 2010 at various venues throughout New York City including Chelsea Clearview Cinema, the Quad Cinema, and the Museum of Chinese America.
Here’s some highlights:
Opening Night Film – Manila Skies
Centerpiece Presentation – Au Revoir Taipei
Closing Night Film – The People I’ve Slept With
“This year, the AAIFF10 looks especially forward to bringing several Southeast Asian films to our audience,” states Martha Tien, Program Manager of the AAIFF10. “Southeast Asia has such a dynamic cinematic community, but its movies still tend to be underrepresented in most film festivals.” Renowned Filipino director Raymond Red’s Manila Sky will screen as the Opening Night Presentation at the AAIFF10 on July 15, 2010. Red, a pioneer of contemporary Filipino cinema, will be in attendance after the screening for a special Q&A session. Other Southeast Asian selections include Malaysian filmmaker Yuhung Ho’s dramatic feature At the End of Daybreak and Thai director Kongkiat Khomsiri’s thriller Slice. Oscar-nominated Australian Director Bruce Beresford will also screen his latest narrative feature Mao’s Last Dancer at the AAIFF10.
In addition to the international titles, the AAIFF10’s programming also includes a strong list of features from Asian American filmmakers including Filipino-American Gerry Balasta’s Mountain Thief. Taiwanese-American filmmaker Arvin Chen’s Au Revoir Taipei will screen as the Centerpiece Presentation on July 17th at 9:30 p.m. while Quentin Lee’s romantic comedy The People I’ve Slept With will close the festival on July 21, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. All special presentations will screen at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema.
Manila Skies Trailer (Opening Night Film)
Au Revoir Taipei Trailer (Centerpiece Presentation)
The People I’ve Slept With Trailer (Closing Night Film)