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    by Published on 03-06-2011 03:00 PM
    BANANA 2

    On February 26 in Studio City, California, something unusual took place - the BANANA 2 conference. In many ways, the first BANANA conference held in November 2009 was the birth of an idea. BANANA 2 took the evolution so much further that I was impressed by just how grown up the conference had become in such a short time.

    One of the most commonly asked questions I heard at BANANA 2 was "what was the first one like?" I responded honestly with "well, there were probably more panelists than participants."

    The first BANANA was more like a gathering. Lots of discussion but nothing focused. You can read my thoughts on that event from my 2009 entry. Everybody who attended that was certainly blown away by BANANA 2. Organization was a huge factor and the IW Group kept things moving and grooving. It also helped that Lac Su and Steve Nguyen (founders of the conference) had incredibly passionate help from so many people willing to make the conference a success.

    A lot of the lessons learned from the first conference were evident in this second one ...
    by Published on 03-04-2011 06:27 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Music

    Disney's Tangled " I See the Light " cover by Megan Lee & Ray Lee

    If you have a have an Asian Pacific American project that is housed on Google Video, You Tube, or some other video service and are looking for more exposure for yourself or your project let us know about it and we will review your video for possible future feature. ...
    by Published on 02-24-2011 11:45 AM
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    2. Books,
    3. Authors/Writers
    Photo of Author Lisa Yee

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews children's book author Lisa Yee. Find out how Yee got started writing novels for kids, if she made a conscious decision to have Asian Americans be central characters in some of her books, and how an obsession with putting marshmallow Peeps into a microwave turned into a great way to meet famous authors. Her latest book, Warp Speed is available in bookstores starting March 1, 2011.

    How did you get started writing children's books? What drew you to writing children's books?
    I'd been almost every sort of writer before penning novels for kids. I was a journalist, a television writer, copywriter, jingle writer, you name it! However, I had always wanted to write children's books. It wasn't until I was a mom that I realized, how could I tell my kids they should pursue their dreams, if I wasn't pursuing mine?

    Since I was working full time, I had to write late at night. I didn't have an agent when I first started, so I just sent something to Arthur Levine, the editor of the HARRY POTTER series. He pulled it out of the "slush
    by Published on 02-14-2011 01:01 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Music

    Dawen's acappella version of Bruno Mar's "Just The Way You Are." Inspired by the old doo wop groups of the 50s and the TV show GLEE.

    Shot in one continuous take with 4 iPads, 3 Macbooks and an 1 iTouch.

    Music & Lyrics by Bruno Mars
    Arranged & Performed by: Dawen
    Directed by: Nicholas Acosta
    Produced by: George Wang
    Director of Photography: Nathaniel Fu

    Cast & Crew
    · Nate Fu
    · Tina Ong
    · Tiffany Nguyen
    · Johnny D. Nguyen
    · Joyce Nguyen
    · Jon Pierce
    · Sam Wang
    · Sayaka Takezawa
    · Amy Tsang

    If you have a have an Asian Pacific American project that is housed on Google Video, You Tube, or some other video service and are looking for more exposure for yourself or your project let us know about it and we will review your video for possible future feature. ...
    by Published on 02-11-2011 04:15 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Resources

    Raymond Lam review:

    Review: “Exposing the Myth Behind Why Asian Men Can’t Date White Women.”
    By JT Tran, narrated by William the Better Asian

    JT Tran has produced a CD letting Asian males know that if you are an Asian guy you can date a white woman. Yes you heard it correctly Asian dudes white women aren’t off limits. It’s approximately a 60 minute conversation spilt into chapters featuring JT and his buddy William the Better Asian Man. William if you’re out there reading this I like to hear how you got your nickname.

    The CD starts off a little slow as William talks about his personal experiences. The pace begins to pick up when JT provides his own insights. One of the things he uncovered as he was doing his research was that “white women assumed Asian men only dated Asian women.” Yes folks you heard it here first. Some other notable items I like to point out are what colors to wear, hair style, and keeping positive.

    For the most part I enjoy listening to JT and Williams’ personal experience and perspective but from time to time I couldn’t relate to some of their ideals. I’m no pick up artist ...
    by Published on 02-05-2011 10:15 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Acting
    Image of Keni Styles

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Raymond Lam interviews adult actor Keni Styles. Find out what this former boxer will be working on in upcoming projects, what guilty pleasures he likes to indulge in, and what the last thing is he does before he goes to sleep each night.

    First time a person meets you what do they notice about you?
    I feel like in America a lot of people comment on my accent, a cockney Asian? When they ask me where I'm from I always say Thailand and then when they say but where's the accent from I say yeah everybody in Thailand speaks like me!

    Do you enjoy living in the US over Europe?
    Honestly I really love traveling. I've been around the world quite a few times and I really don't like to stay still for too long. I like to see things with my own eyes and I love meeting people from different walks of life. For now I'm enjoying the US as there are still so many places that I've yet to see. I do miss Europe but I've been to most places there and I will go back but there's much more to see first!

    Do you one day hope to get into writing and directing?
    by Published on 01-25-2011 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Music
    Melissa Polinar

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Raymond Lam interviews singer/songwriter Melissa Polinar. Find out how this self-proclaimed nerd defines her person style, what alleviates the loneliness when traveling on the road, and who she would like to collaborate with in the future. Polinar's latest album As Of Now is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

    What song title best describes who you are?
    One of my tunes called Embrace Hope. It just so happen that I wrote that song specifically for me.

    What is your ethnicity? Do you speak multiple languages?
    I’m 100% Filipino. Lots of people of think I’m a mix of different ethnicities but I’m not. And if one really wants to be technical, nobody is really “100%” anymore. We’re all a mix of lots of things. I do speak some tagalog but I lack practice. When I try to be conversational, I get stumped with vocabulary and substitute with English. But I think I’m still pretty good at it.

    When you’re on the road traveling do you ever miss home? What’s the one thing you always have with you when you’re on the road?
    I do miss home when I’m on the road. I don’t really have anything that I bring with me to remind me of home. Technology is awesome because I can just log on to ...
    by Published on 01-24-2011 07:00 PM

    Model Minority is a rap group made up of D-One, Grand Master Chu, and Inglish, veteran Asian-American emcees who banded together to represent the lifestyles of young modern Asian-Americans. Covering topics like academic pressure from parents (Overachiever) to Asian food (Asian Food Rap) to romance (What's Your Name), audiences are sure to find something they relate to.

    The first rap group formed specifically to tackle the issues of growing up Asian-American, each member brings unique experiences to the table: Grand Master Chu has a degree in Philosophy from Yale, D-One started his own clothing brand in college, and Inglish has a budding stand-up comedy career.

    Following in the footsteps of pioneers like The Mountain Brothers, Jin Tha MC, and Far East Movement, the trio also draws from artists like Eminem, Mos Def, and Jadakiss. With their entertaining ...

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