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    by Published on 01-25-2011 04:00 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?
    Iím 100% Filipino. Lots of people of think Iím a mix of different ethnicities but Iím not. And if one really wants to be technical, nobody is really ď100%Ē anymore. Weíre 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 Iím still pretty good at it.

    When youíre on the road traveling do you ever miss home? Whatís the one thing you always have with you when youíre on the road?
    I do miss home when Iím on the road. I donít 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 06:00 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 ...
    by Published on 01-19-2011 09:15 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Fashion
    Image of Fashion Blogger Sandra Sarmonpal

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Raymond Lam interviews fashion blogger Sandra Sarmonpal of My Feathers by Bird. Find out what inspires her own personal style, what 5 items every person should have in their wardrobe, and what fashion faux pas she had made herself.

    How would you describe your own personal style?

    Sophisticated Eclectic

    Who inspired your personal style? How does your style evolve?
    Iíd say there are four big influences to my personal style: my love of design and the arts, my big sis, my mom and women I see everyday. I love mixing and matching colors, textures and patterns because of my background in design, but when I get dressed I always hear my motherís voice which keeps me modest, my sister inspires me with her polish and put-togetherness, and Iím always seeing women around me rockiní something uniquely fabulous that I tweak to suit myself. I also look to runway and fashion sites for style ideas. I like to invest in classic, quality pieces that help me look more and more polished over time.

    Which celebrity would you like to give a fashion make over to?
    None...when youíre a celebrity, you have designers and stylists at your disposal...however ...
    by Published on 01-18-2011 07:53 PM

    Be a part of the nationís largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films! We are looking for fun, exciting and reliable VOLUNTEERS for the 29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF). This year the film festival will be held March 10-17, 2011 in San Francisco and March 18-20, 2011 in San Jose presented by the Center for Asian American Media.

    SFIAAFF volunteers help make it happen, from the box office to galas and receptions, ticket taking and driving festival guests.

    Register at www.shiftboard.com and watch out for exciting news and updates!

    Questions? Please contact Pahole Sookkasikon, Volunteer Coordinator

    e: volunteeradmin@asianamericanmedia.org
    t: 415.863.0814, ext. 118

    For more info: www.asianamericanmedia.org ...
    by Published on 01-10-2011 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Web/Internet

    I recently celebrated a birthday and it suddenly dawned on me that for nearly half of my life, and very nearly my entire adult life, I have been keeping AArisings alive. Of course, over the years things have changed and there have been times where I thought I just didn't have enough time to really put a lot into the site but thankfully volunteer writers have stepped forward to help during those busy times where I'm just not able to maintain the site as much as I would like. As I look back over the last 20+ years, I am compelled to write about the history of AArisings while still keeping it relevant and interesting in this day-and-age.

    I became conscious of being a Chinese American from a very early age and living in the San Francisco Bay Area there were many influences locally on cultural pride, such as local TV station KTVU with their "I'm proud to be a..." series highlighting being Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Mexican American. It was also a time to see some amazing local talent getting their start like Dennis Dun and Kelvin ...
    by Published on 01-05-2011 08:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Movies,
    3. Authors/Writers
    Derek Nguyen

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Raymond Lam interviews Derek Nguyen writer and director of The Potential Wives of Norman Mao, a short film featuring George Takei (Narrator), Ed Lin, Tina Chen, Ron Nakahara, Cindy Cheung, Michelle Ang, Find out who some of Nguyen's inspirations are, why he creates films, and how he would rate his cooking skills.

    What movie/film best describes who you are?
    I canít decide. Itís either Amelie or Hannah and Her Sisters. Oh, or Casablanca. Iím usually not this indecisive!

    Whatís a more difficult challenge writing or directing?
    Definitely writing. Creating things from nothing is incredibly difficult. But I love it!

    Why choose Norman Mao as the main characters name? Is this character based off someone you know?
    Norman Maoís name just came to me when I was writing it. I liked the way it sounded. Some people have asked if there are any political implications to his name and there isnít. I just liked the way it sounded. His character was inspired by personal experience actually. There was a period of time in which my step-mother would try to set me up with all these women every time there was a family function. She was quite obvious about it and it made ...
    by Published on 12-31-2010 11:59 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Poetry/Spoken Word

    From self-hatred to fierce love, I AM KOREAN AMERICAN is a spoken poem performance about how Edward Hong came to accept his Korean American identity.

    Statement from Edward Hong:
    I wrote and performed this poem because I want Korean Americans across the nation to think about what their identity means to them. While it's specific to that particular identity, this poem is ultimately about the human nature and the struggles we all face when it comes to the self-hatred that can live inside all of us. It is a reminder to accept the flaws and ugliness within ourselves and turn it into something beautiful. This is what I wish to accomplish with this poem.

    How IAKA is involved:
    When I first heard about I AM KOREAN AMERICAN two years ago, I immediately took the opportunity to see what this project was all about. After submitting ...

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