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2013 Asian Heritage Street Celebration

2013 Asian Heritage Street Celebration

In you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the 2013 Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC) on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the Asian Art Museum, leading up to the Little Saigon District in San Francisco. Street fair goers will have the chance to learn how to cook delicious pan Asian dishes at the AHSC cooking demonstration stage located at Ellis and Larkin Streets, by celebrity chefs including Martin Yan. The AHSC will also have a variety of scrumptious pan Asian delights with an estimated 20-30 food trucks and vendors in attendance. Shoppers will have the chance to purchase the best and most creative handmade arts and crafts items at the Arts and Crafts World Market. Other new features this year include a fashion show and an expanded Faces of Asia Cultural Procession with awards and prizes given to the best and most colorful contingents. The Asian Art Museum will once again offer free admission to all fair goers with activities all day. Performers will provide live entertainment continuously on two outdoor stages. For the fourth year in a row, the fair will also feature a health section entitled Healthy Living Pavilion. This area of the street fair will comprise of many community health groups and sponsor booths that will collectively promote health and wellness and include a Natural Medicine area. Go here for more details.

Saturday, May 18, 2013
11 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Civic Center/Little Saigon District
Larkin and McAllister Streets
San Francisco, CA

2013 Asian Heritage Street Celebration

Far East Movement concert at Macy’s : May 2013

Far East Movement concert at Macy's : May 2013
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 Floor RSVP Information
Metro Center
Washington, DC
May 9 @ 5:30pm Lower Level
Union Square
San Francisco, CA
May 11 @ 2pm Impulse on the 3rd Floor N/A
First Colony Mall
Houston, TX
May 19 @ 2pm Level 1
South Coast Plaza
Costa Mesa, CA
May 22 @ 6pm Level 2
Herald Square
New York, NY
May 23 @ 6pm Level 4
State Street
Chicago, IL
May 30 @ 12pm Level 2 N/A

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.

Mr. Hyphen 2013

Mr. Hyphen 2013

Mr. Hyphen is a competition like none other. It offers a unique opportunity to celebrate and highlight four outstanding Asian American men who are serving their community and devoted to a cause. The contestants will showcase their skills and charisma in three rounds: Talent, Style and Q&A to see who will walk away with the coveted title of Mr. Hyphen and $1,000 for the nonprofit of his choice. This year’s the show is hosted by Mr. Hyphen 2011 Terry Park and Founder of RAMA Ryan Takemiya. Mr. Hyphen’s judging panel includes the following community movers and shakers: Tanzila Ahmed, Lisa Lee, William Nguyen, Tamiko Wong, and Eddy Zheng.

Mr. Hyphen 2013 Contestants:

Miguel N. Abad, Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE)
Niño-Pierre Galang, Mabuhay Health Center (MHC)
Tim Huey, Asian Law Caucus
Sean Miura, Tuesday Night Project

It all goes down this weekend

Date and Time: Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 7pm-10pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Venue: Brava! Theater Center
Address: 2789 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Tickets: $15 online pre-sale, $10 student (w/current ID)

Mr. Hyphen 2013 teaser

A Twitbook Proposal

A Twitbook Proposal

A few years ago, we saw a bunch of Asian American flash mob wedding proposals. Now we have an internet proposal of sorts. Not quite the Internet Meme proposal.

On Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:15pm PST, after 4+ years of dating, Jon Park proposed to his girlfriend Genevieve Wong. Given that they both work in social media (her – Twitter, him – Facebook), he wanted to leverage both platforms in the proposal. Needless to say, it involved some coordination among all of their friends and family.

To briefly summarize the plan, after a day of wandering through the Dogpatch and Mission Districts of San Francisco, they found ourselves “unexpectedly” meeting their friends at Dolores Park. What the video doesn’t capture is that immediately after he stepped away from the group, three of her coworkers bombed her phone with tweets telling her to watch a video. The rest is history.

You can read more about Genevieve’s perspective here.

A Twitbook Proposal

2013 CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival)

2013 CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival)

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is excited to launch the 2013 CAAMFest. Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, CAAMFest is an 11‐day celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.

Through live events, multimedia performances, and expanded ventures into the music and culinary worlds, CAAM has embraced new forms of artistic expression with the spirit of curiosity and adventure. Always pushing new ideas for creative ways to experience media, CAAM continues to stretch the concept and breadth of its Festival in 2013.

LINSANITY: CAAMFest is proud to launch with the San Francisco premiere of LINSANITY. Directed by San Francisco native Evan Jackson Leong, LINSANITY captures the man and the cultural phenomenon that took over the NBA nation in February of 2012: basketball sensation Jeremy Lin. Straight out of its World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival, LINSANITY gives the audience courtside seats to Lin’s sudden rise, masterfully capturing the energy and frenzy that swept up this Palo Alto baller through a trove of home movies, jaw‐dropping game footage and intimate interviews with family members. LINSANITY is the first documentary to open the festival in over a decade. The evening continues with the Opening Night Gala reception at the Asian Art Museum with Director Leong in attendance. Coupled with culinary creations from some of the Bay Area’s most talented and innovative food purveyors, the Museum opens its doors with an exclusive viewing of China’s Terracotta Warriors.

MEMORIES TO LIGHT: Ten days later, CAAMFest concludes with the official public launch of CAAM’s new home movies initiative, MEMORIES TO LIGHT: ASIAN AMERICAN HOME MOVIES. MEMORIES TO LIGHT is a national participatory arts project that aims to recover and make accessible a moving image library of the Asian American experience. Presented by acclaimed filmmaker Mark Decena, the closing night selection “The War Inside” captures six decades of home movies that CAAM has collected thus far. Through this project, CAAM hopes to digitize film (8mm, Super‐8, and 16mm) and provide an online streaming collection accessible through the Internet Archives,, and a series of public screenings.

In collaboration with the Asian Art Museum, CAAM is pleased to present its New Directions Launch with the West Coast premiere of the film DOSA HUNT, a special set by Indian Bastards from Hell (featuring members of Das Racist), a curated menu by Café Asia, and local food trucks. DOSA HUNT, the brainchild of’s Amrit Singh, assembles a who’s who of New York’s brown musical cognoscenti (Singh, pianist Vijay Iyer, and members of Das Racist, Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer and Neon Indian) to roam the streets of New York City in search of the city’s best dosa. Singh will be available for a Q&A following the screening. With expanded ventures in music and food, New Directions taps into CAAM’s adventurous spirit to bring this unique approach to the way we experience media. The New Directions segment continues with Directions in Sound and CAAM Salons. Directions in Sound will feature Dengue Fever, Jhameel and Vinroc. For CAAM cook salons, CAAM is bringing out local chefs Thy Tran (, Pawaan Kothari (The Chai Cart), Lisa Murphy (Sosu), and Wendy Lieu (Socola) to refine your palate with the art of mixing spices and chocolate.

Following a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and a Gala Presentation spotlight at Vancouver International Film Festival, CAAM is thrilled to bring MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN to the Bay Area for its San Francisco Premiere. Based on the celebrated 1981 novel written by Salman Rushdie, MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN tells the tale of two boys born into opposite classes of wealth and poverty, switched at birth on the day India became an independent nation. Critically acclaimed Director Deepa Mehta is regarded as one of the most provocative and influential filmmakers to make an impact in world cinema. Her films are known for their bold, outspoken approach on issues of intolerance and prejudice, often evoking thoughts of cultural practices that both divide and unite us. No stranger to the CAAM family, Mehta has screened many of her previous films at the festival: Fire (1997), Water (2006) and Cooking With Stella (2010).

At the School of Good and Evil, ordinary boys and girls are trained to become either extraordinary fairy tale heroes or nefarious villains. Join Soman Chainani, emerging screenwriter, graduate of the MFA Film Program at Columbia University and CAAM fellowship alumni, as he reads from the first book in THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series.

They’re back! After a sizzling debut in 2012, Sheetal Sheth, Lynn Chen and Michelle Krusiec return in this CAAM‐produced, web comedy Nice Girls Crew about three best frenemies and their crazy antics in a book club. For Season 2, Leonardo Nam (The Perfect Score, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced) and the iconic Tsai Chin (Joy Luck Club) join the cast.

ASTRO BOY SPOTLIGHT: In celebration of its sixtieth anniversary, CAAM is bringing the iconic ASTRO BOY to CAAMFest. A global sensation, ASTRO BOY is a touching story of a child’s dream for world peace. Starting as a Japanese manga in 1952 by Osamu Tezuka, ASTRO BOY was the first official anime released in America. Our ASTRO BOY spotlight will be an all‐inclusive event featuring rare TV episodes, classic manga, video games, and of course, ASTRO BOY, the film.

ROYSTON TAN RETROSPECTIVE: Royston Tan is a nuisance, a thorn in the side of the body politic. At the just legal age of twenty‐one, he began issuing forth a torrent of provocative films, such as 15 (2002), that inspired admiration from the critics and condemnation from the censors in his native Singapore. CAAMFest is excited to bring a selection of Tan’s most daring works and will also feature a postscreening conversation between experimental media artist Valerie Soe and Tan himself at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.

THE MONKEY KING: UPROAR IN HEAVEN 3D (OUT OF THE VAULTS): Composed of flowing animation created by hand from over 130,000 ink drawings and an opulent soundtrack inspired by the Beijing Opera, the film follows the adventures of the magical Monkey King of Flower Fruit Mountain. Based on the classic Chinese story Journey to the West, the original film was made at the height of the country’s golden period of animation. Released mere months before the entire film industry was shut down by the Cultural Revolution, it is a stunning work of animation and mythological storytelling, far surpassing anything China has produced before or since.

LET’S PLAY MUSIC! SLACK KEY WITH CYRIL PAHINUI & FRIENDS: Cyril Pahinui is universally recognized as the master of the slack‐key (or open‐tuned) guitar. This intimate documentary follows Cyril, his friends and family as they play music, “talk story “and reminisce about Cyril’s trend‐setting father, Gabby Pahinui, one of the island’s true recording legends. (With Short LINA‘LA‘ LUSONG)

E HAKU INOA: TO WEAVE A NAME: There are some things in this world that we can’t escape, ghosts that yearn to come out and be heard. Honoring the places and people that we fight to recall from a muddled past, this heartbreakingly rich documentary of identity, family and memory ostensibly tells of a Hawai‘ian woman’s search for the meaning of her lengthy Hawai‘ian name, as given to her by her schizophrenic mother. (With Short PIKO)

READY, SET, PITCH! CAAM is thrilled to present the 2013 Ready, Set, Pitch! Panel. CAAM selects three to five media producers with projects in development to present their pitch to a jury of media professionals and a live festival audience. The winning pitch receives a CAAM challenge grant. At last year’s live fundraising pitch, four of the five projects reached their crowd‐funding goals.

MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR + CONVERSATION: As the launching point for CAAMFest’s Tides on the Korean War, MEMORY follows the stories of four Korean Americans who witnessed firsthand the Korean War’s devastation and aftermath. Following the screening, a panel of distinguished academics, artists and community leaders will engage in a candid conversation about the highly polarizing social and political issues surrounding the Korean War.

This year’s Narrative Competition highlights six distinctive films, including DEAD DAD (dir. Ken J. Adachi), a comedic drama about three estranged siblings who reunite following the death of their father; GRACELAND (dir. Ron Morales), a twisty underground thriller set in the rabbit hole of Manila’s seedy underbelly; and SUNSET STORIES (dir. Ernesto Foronda & Silas Howard), a love letter to Los Angeles in the form of a mini road movie featuring Sung Kang (Fast & the Furious). Other competition films include ABIGAIL HARM (dir. Lee Isaac Chung), a Korean folk tale come to life in New York; LATE SUMMER (dir. Ernie Park), an Ozu‐inspired film set in the Black South, paired with a conversation with acclaimed film essayist Kogonada; and SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW (dir. Nadine Troung), a story about losing our way and finding our friends featuring an ensemble cast including Brian Yang (Saving Face, Hawaii Five‐O), Rex Lee (Entourage), and Eddie Mui (Gone in Sixty Seconds).

The Documentary Competition features eight films including five films from CAAM’s Media Fund program: HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE (dir. Steven Maing), an exploration of China’s digital divide and rise of its netizen culture; THE MOSUO SISTERS (dir. Marlo Poras), a poignant account of Beijing’s dwindling economy and its impact on the lives of two sisters; SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE (dir. Debbie Lum), a highly intimate documentary about an unconventional relationship; SEEKING HAVEN (dir. Hein S. Seok), a daring reveal of the often overlooked story of North Korean defectors; and WHEN I WALK (dir. Jason DaSilva), the point‐of‐view telling of a filmmaker with multiple sclerosis. Other documentaries include HARANA (dir. Benito Bautista), a cinematic serenade to the abandoned art of harana; MARILOU DIAZABAYA: FILMMAKER ON A VOYAGE (dir. Mona Lisa Yuchengco), a fascinating portrait of the first lady of Philippine cinema; and XMAS WITHOUT CHINA (dir. Alicia Dwyer), a challenge to the media hype surrounding China‐made goods.

New to this year’s festival is the Great Star Theater in San Francisco Chinatown. Reopening after 10 years, the addition of the Great Star Theater reintroduces the public to a space of cultural expression and art.

As CAAM marks its transition from a traditional film festival to CAAMFest, it also presents an exciting new way to navigate the program. An alternative to typical festival sections, CAAM Tides highlights key themes that are threaded throughout the program, enabling the festivalgoer to experience the new waves of culture that are hitting shores in the Bay and beyond.

ABOVE THE LINE (Women in Media): Media craves the unique voice, and in this slate of female‐backed projects the creative vision is clearly driven by women. From filmmakers to actresses, musicians to chefs, ABOVE THE LINE showcases the new wave of women succeeding across all spectra.
AGENT/ADVOCATE (Brave Creators): AGENT/ADVOCATE highlights visionaries who dare to tap into the most controversial and sensitive issues of our time. More than merely seeking provocation, these artists push their audiences to question troubling political, economic and cultural realities.
BEYOND BOUNDARIES (On the Anniversary of the Armistice): Unknown or forgotten by most Americans, the Korean War divided a people with several millenniums of shared history. Utilizing the documentary MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR as a launching point, BEYOND BOUNDARIES explores the societal repercussions and cinematic incarnations of the Korean War.
ECONOMIES OF POWER (Examining Present‐Day China): Few topics spark more interest and inquiry as the rising economic power of China. In this intriguing selection, filmmakers provide a human face and layered narratives to the story of Chinese, Americans and Chinese Americans.
NEW CUTS (Creative Adaptations): These programs embody the ever‐evolving practice of creative adaptation. Whether turning contemporary literary masterworks or legendary folk tales into films, charting how a popular anime figure is reshaped through the years, discovering new flavors in traditional dishes, or remixing old soul and hip‐hop into modern sounds, these events will open eyes to the possibilities–and pleasures–of creative re‐interpretation.

2013 CAAMFest trailer (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival)

Fresh Off The Boat With Eddie Huang: Bay Area Part 3

Fresh Off The Boat With Eddie Huang: Bay Area Part 3

Chef Eddie Huang continues his new web series “Fresh Off the Boat” in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eddie kicks it with Julez of the Barber Gang, a crew of Filipinos who cut fades and liners in Little Manila aka Daly City. While getting his cut, Eddie Huang hangs with local rap group The Jealous Guys talking about the “lotus flower.” After his buzz, Eddie and Julez heads off to Julez’s favorite Filipino joint to talk chicken adobo, and how sisig could become the next sushi. Also in this episode, Eddie hits up multiple burrito dives in the Mission District of San Francisco, where he gives you a locals only tour ending with him crowning his personal favorites.

Previous episodes:
Fresh Off The Boat With Eddie Huang: Bay Area Part 1
Fresh Off The Boat With Eddie Huang: Bay Area Part 2

Fresh Off The Boat With Eddie Huang: Bay Area Part 3 (contains profanity)

Fresh Off the Boat is a genre-bending venture into subculture through the lens of food. Raw, wild, and heartfelt, Eddie Huang gets down in the underbellies of cities around the world in search of what’s cooking in their back alleys and underground spots. He’s hunting rabbits with biker gangs in Oakland, eating seafood and surfing in Taiwan, hitting low-rider BBQs in East LA, and dining on rice and beans with your drug dealer’s grandmother in Miami.