I received this in the inbox recently,
“My name is Raymond C. Lai and I am an Asian-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. I am writing you today to let you know about my unique and hilarious independent pilot At Your Convenience. It is a surreal, hybrid live-action/animated sitcom pilot which I directed and co-wrote with RANDALL PARK (ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, The Interview) and stars Park and DWAYNE PERKINS (Tosh.0, Late night with Conan O’Brien) as two best friends who own and operate a convenience store together.
It made it’s premier as an official selection at the prestigious New York Television Festival, picked up the Jury Prize at the Iron Mule Comedy Showcase, and screened as part of CAAMFest in SF, the San Diego Asian American Film Festival, was nominated for Video of the Week at Awardeo, and now been featured on Short of the Week, where they called it “absurd and refreshingly original.”
I thought that this project might be of interest to your site and its readers because of Randall Park’s rising star, and the show’s depiction of race, stereotypes, and perspective. Here’s a link: http://www.shortoftheweek.com/2014/09/20/at-your-convenience/“
I find Randall Park to be a pretty funny guy and that was proven true as well in this video, which was pretty funny and also plays around with stereotypes. Check it out below.
I don’t usually post Asian music videos but John Park being Korean American with a fairly memorable run on American Idol has been trying to make his music career in South Korea. I still remember Shania Twain’s appreciation of his “beautiful bottom end”. I haven’t followed John Park’s career in South Korea much but he recently released a really awesome song. Those who know better than me say it has a Britpop sound. Check it out.
Here’s a link to the CBC article about Mai Duong, a Vietnamese Canadian in Montreal, who is suffering from Leukemia. There has been a search for a compatible donor for months. A bone marrow donor would be preferable but there may be enough stem cells from the umbilical cord. Her public campaign has helped increase the number Asian blood and tissue donors but it’s still a very small percent of the total.
Here’s a talk segment on the French TV program “Tout le Monde En Parle” (The whole world is talking about it) with Mai Duong. Yes, it’s in French. Most of what she talks about is found in the article link above. To briefly summarize, the umbilical cord is a plan C (plan A was her brother who was not compatible and plan B was an anonymous donor tissue donor). The umbilical cord comes from somebody not from North America and that by law she cannot know or will never meet the donor of the umbilical cord. There are risks with the procedure using the umbilical cord stem cells such as infections. She also says that her baby daughter knows she’s sick but not the extent of it. Whenever the daughter sees her on TV or in a newspaper, she asks “Why is mama on TV?” to which she or others respond that people like watching her.
2KSquad is an independent collective of dancers, musicians, singers and more who perform dance & music covers of Kpop and also original performances inspired by Asian pop music. They’ll be having their annual showcase at UQAM, tickets can be bought online or various locations in downtown Montreal. For details check out their facebook event page.
Isaac Hou is a street performer in Taiwan, check out the amazing feats he does with a Cyr wheel. It was filmed by Kuma Films, two brothers, Todd & Joe Robbins from Utah who like to travel and film amazing performers. They’ve been filming videos of different performers in Taiwan and have amassed a following both in Taiwan and the USA. They also helped Dawen film a music video there as well.
Recently received a link to this short film in the inbox…
“My name is Patrick Ng and I am an NYC based filmmaker an an avid follower of your blog.
My short film, REAL TALK, is being released today to the public on Vimeo and I would like to share it with you and your readership! The film is about how a friendship unravels between an Asian American teenager and his African American best friend. I made the film to shed light on the complexities of being an Asian American, which is a subject I think your readers will find very relevant.
Synopsis: Pax and Iggy are best friends, but their bond is broken when Pax discovers where Iggy’s loyalties truly lie.
The film was an official selection at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Boston Asian American Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Asian Film Festival Dallas, and won multiple awards at the Asians on Film festival.”
I don’t follow tennis as much as I used to. I was familiar with Kei Nishikori but did not think he had the ability to beat the no.1 player Novak Djokovic but then again he has beaten Federer in the past. However, I wasn’t surprised that he did beat Canadian player, Milos Raonic, earlier in the tournament. I also didn’t know Nishikori is coached by well known Asian American tennis player and French Open champion, Michael Chang. Nishikori’s opponent on Monday afternoon (5pm EST) will be Marin Cilic who upset Roger Federer. I don’t think anybody predicted that neither Djokovic or Federer would be in the US Open final but it’s a nice bit of fresh air to be honest. Should be an interesting match. Nishikori has a winning record against Cilic but that doesn’t really mean much. Here are 9 things to know about Nishikori and here’s a prediction on who will win and another prediction here.