The last chance for a Brandon University (BU) student to win tution in the Smitty’s Tuition shoot-out of the 2012-13 season. Mason Kaluzniak chose Bobcats head coach Gil Cheung to shoot for him, and then the rest is history! The Bobcats’ third-year head coach, who played four years at Brandon, took the halftime, half-court shot and had nothing but net.
BU Half-Court shot for Tuition
Coach drains half-court shot for student’s tuition
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
Wong Fu Productions‘ Wes, Phil, and Ted graduated from UC San Diego (UCSD) in 2006. This summer Wesley Chan got invited back to his alma mater to deliver the 2012 UCSD Commencement Address for the Sixth College, which was the 10th anniversary for that college. Listen to Wesley Chan’s commencement with a lot of bad jokes, a handful of geeky references, and maybe a few words of “advice” to the graduating class. You can read more about Wesley’s experience here.
Wesley Chan of Wong Fu Production 2012 UCSD Commencement Address
YouTube sensation KevJumba has a new webseries on the YOMYOMF network called “KevJumba Takes All,” where he fearlessly duels celebrities in difficult, wacky, and hilarious competitions. (anyone remember KevJumba vs Baron Davis? or the stare down between KevJumba, Baron Davis, and Jessica Alba?) In episode 1, KevJumba challenges nerd queen Felicia Day (“THE GUILD”) to the most cerebral of challenges – the SATs. Back in high school, over-achieving Felicia got a perfect score. But when it comes to standardized tests, Kevin has a secret weapon (he’s Asian). Felicia was a math major. Who will win? The lowest scorer will need to take a remedial class the rest of the day.
With the NBA lockout, Jeremy Lin has a lot of time on his hands. (See A Day in the Life of Jeremy Lin in the off season.) His new found freedom has led him to create videos on YouTube. In his latest video, he tells you How to Get into Harvard with the help of Ryan Higa in five (5) easy steps. Here’s the secret list:
Play an instrument
Improve test taking skills
Practice while you study and study while you practice
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This educational video helps you learn a lot of facts about China compacted into 10 minutes. Topics covered include basic facts, history, language, Chinese zodiac, traditions, the youth, economy, food and more. Loads of interesting data points on how much China contributes to the world economy. Connections, relationships, and saving face are a big part of the culture. Also pick up some tips about the mannerisms and cultural etiquette.