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Lovely to Me website

Lovely to Me website

A few years ago rapper Taiyo Na and director Gary San Angel released the music video “Lovely to Me (Immigrant Mother)“. got a special note from director Gary San Angel:

Thanks for your piece on Lovely to Me (Immigrant Mother). Because of your article it had inspired me to create a home for the films as well as a living gallery to honor all moms.

We are soft launching it today for this Mothers Day weekend. There’s the family photo that you have that pays homage to the film and we would love to have you share that or any other mom photos on the site.

Share a digital picture of your “Mom” on the site here. The photo can be your mom, grand mom, aunty, or that special someone who helped raise you and make you who you are today.

It’s interesting to see how this song has progressed to a music video, then a short film, and now a website.

Lovely to Me (Immigrant Mother) music video by Taiyo Na

Lovely to Me the film turns 3 turns 3

Three years ago set out to create something special for the Asian American community. Not only did we want to provide great Asian American entertainment to the public, but we also wanted to support the indie artists. Our crew has had the chance to connect with musicians, actors, directors, and all sorts of entertainers. None of what we do could have happened without the support of the Asian American community. While we initially started with the U.S. market in mind, the site reaches well beyond the USA including Canada, Asia, Australia, Europe, and other parts of the world. truly appreciates each and every one of you and will continue to strive for more.

Here’s some interesting stats and facts to share with you from our short history:

* almost 1.5 million people visited our site (we started with 0)
* almost 1.5 million views on our YouTube channel (we started with 0)
* You are reading our 5000th post.
* Most viewed article : Ktown Reality Show Cast Revealed
* Most viewed music video : Like a G6 by Far East Movement
* Most commented: Nothing on You by Jay Park (aka Jae-beom from 2PM)

Not bad for 3 years. Stayed tuned for more new things from We’re here for both the fans and the artists. interview with Nicki Sun

Google launches 2011 Japan Earthquake people finder

Google launches 2011 Japan Earthquake people finder

Google has launched a “people finder” that allows people to search for information on people impacted by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. If you are looking for someone in Japan, you can use the FREE tool below:

Hopefully, this database will stay clean for people to find one another. PLEASE NOTE: All data entered will be available to the public and viewable and usable by anyone. Google does not review or verify the accuracy of this data.

Additionally, Google has also has photos of shelter resident lists in Japan. Those who are unsure of their loved ones’ whereabouts can check here.

Google launches 2011 Japan Earthquake people finder



If you can’t make it out to Los Angeles for the BANANA 2 conference, you can watch it online. The conference is slated to go live from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. A most wanted list of Asian Pacific Islander American bloggers from across the country will participate on the back lot of CBS Studios in Studio City, CA. Here’s the schedule (in PST):

8:45am Welcoming Remarks
9:00am Building Online Communities
10:00am Bananas, Twinkies, Coconuts & a lot more: The rainbow of the AAPI blogosphere
11:30am Breakout Sessions
1st session: Blogging 101
2nd session: Blogger Showcase
1:00pm Awards Luncheon
2:00pm Uncovering the Activist in You/Social Media for Social Change
3:00pm Fixated: Covering Niche Communities (Topic-specific Blogging)
4:15pm Blogging and Pop Culture
5:15pm Communications Connections: Building Bridges Between Bloggers, Corporations and
6:00pm Official Reception/Party on the CBS lot “New York Street” set of CSI:NY*

BANANA 2 Live interviewed by Nicki Sun interviewed by Nicki Sun

Recently, some of the people behind were interviewed by journalist Nicki Sun. She sat down with Kevin Hsieh and Steve Nguyen to talk about our movement, how the site started, how we connected, and future plans for ChannelAPA. It’s a rare chance to see the people behind the scenes. Shout out to Nicki Sun for doing the interview.

If you’re in the Los Angeles are this weekend, join and Nicki Sun at the BANANA 2 Conference. interviewed by Nicki Sun

Thick Dumpling Skin

Thick Dumpling Skin

Today, Hyphen magazine’s publisher, Lisa Lee, and award-winning actress, Lynn Chen, launched “Thick Dumpling Skin”, the first community-focused website on Asian Americans, eating disorders, and body image. By curating stories from notable guest contributors within the Asian American community and encouraging readers to share their own, they are hoping to put a cultural perspective to this silent but dangerous issue. (also see Lynn Chen’s story You Are What You Eat from Secret Identities)

In June of 2010, Chen started a food blog, “The Actor’s Diet,” after years of battling eating disorders. She stumbled upon an interview on NPR with Lee, (Listen to the NPR broadcast) in which Lee openly discussed a story she wrote for Hyphen magazine about her past struggles with food, body image, and how being Chinese American specifically played into her unhealthy quest for the perfect body. After listening to and reading Lee’s story, Chen immediately knew they had to connect. (This also sounds like Ada Wong‘s Story from The Biggest Loser.)

“I didn’t even know what I wanted from Lisa, but I felt compelled to start something,” Chen says. “I’ve been looking for something concrete regarding Asians and body image for years. When I first began my therapy in my 20’s, I had contacted various national eating disorder groups to see if there were any support groups for Asians. I was left at a dead end, and the messages I got over the next decade were that eating disorders and body image were not problems that affected people in my community. “

This myth was shattered when Chen received numerous emails from her blog readers, both men and women all over the world, who admitted their past and current struggles with food, and felt the pressure to look thin. Like Lee, Chen realized that their problems were not just about will power – they’re social, cultural, and familial.

The two women connected over their experiences and passion for wanting to spotlight this specific issue, and together, they decided to launch “Thick Dumpling Skin” to provide a space for everyone who may have felt alone in their struggle for the “perfect” body.

“We wanted to create a place for Asian American men and women to come together, to share, to discuss, and more importantly, to find support for something that has only been acknowledged on the surface, yet largely ignored in our community,” says Lee. “We want anyone who has felt cornered in their struggle with weight to grow some thicker
skins and learn to love them as well.”

Lynn Chen talks eating disorders