The 2013 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), which will run from July 24 to August 3, 2013. This year AAIFF is presenting 26 feature films and 44 short films, for, by and about Asians and Asian Americans, with works from or featuring characters from 18 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, and the USA. Of the feature films one will be making a World Premiere, one will be making an International Premiere, six will be making a U.S.
Premiere, seven an East Coast Premiere, and eight a New York Premiere. With the themes of Asian American Achievements, Exploring Asian Filmscapes, LGBTQ spotlights, Taiwan Cinema Days and a tribute to Philippine filmmaker Marilou DIAZ-ABAYA (1955-2012) as well as other female filmmakers, the 36th Asian American International Film Festival aims at giving the audiences a comprehensive picture of the Asian and Asian American independent cinemas. Screenings will be held at the Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue), Asia Society (725 Park Avenue), Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street), and New York Institute of Technology (1871 Broadway).
Highlights for the 2013 Asian American International Film Festival include:
Opening Night Film – Linsanity
Centerpiece Film – Soongava : Dance of the Orchids
Closing Night Film – Our Homeland
In honor of contributions made by Asian-Pacific Americans, Macy’s celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month this May at select Macy’s locations nationwide. Macy’s will host the platinum-selling Far East Movement for a series of performances and appearances in six markets across the country geared toward highlighting and celebrating the unique influence of Asian-Pacific Americans on American culture and pop music. (also check out Far East Movement in the HTC One commercial)
Far East Movement, the phenomenon that exploded on the American music scene and broke barriers is coming to Macy’s! The group is the face of Macy’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. They’ll be dropping by stores across the country to give a live performance and chat about how their culture has influenced their musical style. Come meet them at your local Macy’s! Don’t miss the excitment! they’ll be celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month all month long at a Macy’s near you. Come be a part of the movement and experience Far East Movement in their very own Macy’s listening party where they’ll perform their latest music!
Store Name & City
Date & Time
May 9 @ 5:30pm
San Francisco, CA
May 11 @ 2pm
Impulse on the 3rd Floor
First Colony Mall
May 19 @ 2pm
South Coast Plaza
Costa Mesa, CA
May 22 @ 6pm
New York, NY
May 23 @ 6pm
May 30 @ 12pm
Turn Up the Love by Far East Movement
More about Far East Movement
Raised in Downtown Los Angeles, Cherrytree recording group Far East Movement (Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif, and DJ Virman) embody the pulse of contemporary LA. They paid their dues at local clubs, expanding their fan base until they became city-wide stars in the wake of their first LA chart-topping pop hit, “Girls on the Dance Floor.” They made history on their debut album Free Wired when 2010’s multi-platinum selling single “Like a G6” became the first #1 Billboard Hot 100 song ever achieved by an Asian-American group. And followed with another Billboard Top 10 smash “Rocketeer.” Their sophomore album Dirty Bass features the international smash “Live My Life,” an anthemic all-night dance party featuring Justin Bieber, that reached Top 20 on Billboard and #2 on iTunes almost instantly. Their latest Dirty Bass single “Turn Up The Love” hit Top 10 in 10 countries and achieved over 50 million views on VEVO/YouTube.
Hey New York City, do YOU have what it takes to be the next Kollaboration Star?
Kollaboration is constantly on the lookout for the nation’s top performers, hidden talents and undiscovered superstars extraordinaire. If you’re a student by day and a crooner by night; an office worker by trade but a mesmerizing dancer on sight, then we want YOU.
Whether you’re a singer, a dancer, a spoken word poet, a hip-hop violinist, or have the next big underground hidden talent, you can gain the exposure and experience you’ve always wanted via the Kollaboration New York September talent showcase — not to mention a chance to secure a spot at the Kollaboration Star Finale in Los Angeles, where finalists from across the nation will compete for a $20,000 grand prize!
To register and audition, please go here. Applications are due no later than April 30, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
From February 22-24, 2013, the oldest and largest Asian American student conference comes to Columbia University in the City of New York! The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) is a national, non-profit, intercollegiate advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander American (APIA) issues. Our 2013 conference theme is Within, Across, Beyond: Reflection from within; Coalition building across cultures; Pushing beyond present confines. Here’s more about the conference:
Within. At the 2013 Conference, we want to take a step back and examine the state of the APA community. We want to encourage reflection on what it means to be Asian American, expose the multidimensional nature of the APA experience, and inspire our peers to act upon what they feel, think and experience as members of the APA community.
Across. There exists strength in numbers. This conference aims to increase dialogue between individuals of different cultural identities, from different geographical locations and with different experiences. We hope to build connections and form coalitions across perceived boundaries.
Beyond. The Asian American identity is one that is constantly being recreated and we are the generation to build it. We aim to have students reflect on what they can do for their community and encourage the APA community to explore ideas and opportunities beyond the traditional and established. We want our attendees to think critically and leave knowing they speak with the intention of being heard.
This year, they’re excited to present a fantastic lineup of performers and speakers, including major Asian American artists such as JASON CHEN, DAVID SO and CLARA C, and influential figures such as NORMAN MINETA, RICHARD LUI and MIA MINGUS. In addition, we’ll be featuring over forty-five workshops covering topics such as the Bamboo Ceiling, the DREAM Act, the Model Minority Myth, Remembering Danny Chen, and more.
Finally, conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend ECAASU in the vibrant and exciting New York City. With guests staying in the luxurious Hudson Hotel, and gala and after-party venues in the heart of Manhattan, students will experience ECAASU not only in Columbia, but also in the city that never sleeps.
Chef Lee Anne Wong has a lifelong passion for exploring, learning and savoring Asian food. Sometimes a simple craving for a bowl of noodles is all the motivation she needs to hit the town and search for delicious eats. In this one hour special “Food Crawl with Lee Anne Wong”, she goes on a food crawl for the best dumplings and noodles New York has to offer. Her eating tour takes her to the historic Chinatowns in Manhattan and Queens, as well as the up and coming food neighborhoods in Williamsburg and Park Slope. Lee Anne visits legendary Vanessa’s Dumplings where the choices for dumplings are high and the prices are low. It’s a fun lesson filled with a lot of laughs while learning how to make hand-torn noodles at Biang! in Flushing, Queens. At Williamsburg’s Smorgasburg, Lee Anne indulges at two innovative food stalls for the best cold Chinese sesame noodles and mazeman which is cold Japanese ramen noodles. This delicious food crawl features families who have made culinary marks, as well as the next generation of inspired cooks who continue to celebrate Asian cuisine.
Food Crawl with Lee Anne Wong
Here’s the list of locations that Lee Anne Wong hits on the special:
41-10 Main Street Flushing NY 11358
The flagship restaurant for the Xi’an Famous Foods empire. The food is authentic Xi’an cuisine featuring the infamous handpulled noodles in lamb broth!
VANESSA’S DUMPLING HOUSE
310 Bedford Ave Brooklyn NY 11211
New Yorkers seek out these authentic handmade, Beijing-style dumplings. They are simply amongst the best in the city!
East River Waterfront between North 6th & North 7th Streets Brooklyn NY 11211
Yuji introduces ramen lovers to the brothless mazemen-style while using regional and seasonal ingredients in innovative ways.
SHORTY TANG & SONS
East River Waterfront between North 6th & North 7th Streets Brooklyn NY 11211
Casey and Gilley Tang bring back their grandfathers’ beloved Cold Sesame Noodles.
360 Park Avenue South New York NY 10010
When you enter this Polynesian-Supper Club, you enter a new world. The drinks are served in whole fruit, the food is nuevo pan-Asian and everyone is having a great time!
369 7th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215
Chef Dale Talde has created a local restaurant with an Asian-American menu that marries authentic dishes with a nostalgic twist.
There were many unexpected surprises in 2012 for Asians and Asian Americans in entertainment. We saw both tears of sadness and joy. Our hearts were broken in early 2012 with the story of Janet Liang as well as school yard bullying caught on tape. We witnessed global phenomenons from Jeremy Lin and PSY along with the long-awaited and often-feared K-Town Reality Show. Thanks to all the fans, followers, supporters, the people we interviewed and the people behind the scenes of channelAPA.com. Here’s a recap of the top videos for 2012 on our site.
In June 2012, she found a match and by September, she got her bone marrow transplant. A week later, Janet Liang passed away. We’re saddened by the lose, but she opened our eyes to the importance of Asian American bone marrow registration. In mid-September 2012 along with other Asian American site, we launched a bone marrow donor cyberdrive.
3. K-Town Reality Show
Two years since, channelAPA.com broke the story about revealing the cast of the K-Town Reality Show. The long awaited show made it’s debut online with a slight change in casting with not one, but two seasons. K-Town Reality Show Season 1 revolved around Joe and the crew helping him promote a big club event, while Season 2 focuses on the cast helping to plan Young’s wedding. K-Town Reality Show started at 10 minutes an episode in Season 1 and doubled to about 20 minutes an episode in Season 2. If you haven’t seen the series yet, you’re missing out on lots of drama, drinking, and more drama. Drinking begats more drama. Get to know Violet Kim, Scarlet Chan, Jasmine Chang, Young Lee, Steve Kim, Joe Cha, and Jowe Kyu.
6. Wedding : Impossible with Gail Kim x Robert Irvine
WWE Diva Gail Kim married chef Robert Irvine (Restaurant Impossible) over the summer. The Food Network Special Wedding :Impossible showed the highlights of their Napa Valley wedding with Irvine leading the charge and his chef friends contributing special dishes. Lots of wonderful dishes and surprises for everyone.
7. Seoul Sausage wins the Great Food Truck Race Season 3 Seoul Sausage entered Season 3 of the Great Food Truck race to win their dream truck and cook full time. The first-generation trio of Korean Americans Yong, Chris and Ted sold their signature Korean-style sausages along with other Korean inspired dishes at each leg of their journey. They made their way from the west coast to the east coast to eventually take the win on The Great Food Truck Race Season 3. Seoul Sausage has won the keys to their dream food truck and $50,000 to start their business.
8. I’m Not Perfect by Cheesa x Charice
Singer Cheesa x Charice collaborated on the single “I’m Not Perfect“. Cheesa appeared on “The Voice” Season 2 with Team Cee Lo and is part of the group A2C, while Charice needs no introduction. The two powerhouse singer combine for a special duet to inspire those who have been underestimated and bullied.
10. Sullivan and Sons
Comedian Steve Byrne brought his sitcom Sullivan and Son to TBS. Much like his own HAPA background, he created a show with a very diverse ethnic mix. His character buys a neighborhood bar from his Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan (Dan Lauria – The Wonder Years), and Korean mother, Ok Cha (Jodi Long – Beginners). Meanwhile, he has an ongoing sibling rivalry with his younger sister Susan (Vivian Bang). What can possibly go wrong running a family business? The show has been renewed for a second season, so look for more Sullivan & Son in 2013.
Some of these moments were captured in YouTube Rewind Style
Each year since we’ve started channelAPA.com, we’ve seen bigger and bigger accomplishments from our community. We expect more unforgettable moments in 2013. We leave you with the DJ Earworm Mashup “United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter)” featuring Bruno Mars, PSY, and more