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    by Published on 01-05-2011 08:30 AM
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    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 ...
    by Published on 12-29-2010 07:15 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Music,
    3. Arts,
    4. Poetry/Spoken Word
    Photo by Katie Piper. Make-up & Hair by Myrian Touma. Styling by Jill Aguado & Alli Maxwell.

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews poet and spoken word artist, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. Find out how she got introduced to spoken word poetry, what she would be if not a spoken word poet, and what advice she has for other artists. Catch Tsai's 2nd album Further She Wrote, produced by Black Cracker,online via her Bandcamp site where you can listen and download. Through January 2011, the album will be "Name Your Own Price" (i.e. free).

    What was your first introduction to spoken word poetry? Were you instantly drawn to it or was it something you developed a passion for over time?
    My first introduction to spoken word poetry was as a teenager. My high school English teacher used to take me and a group of my friends to the Green Mill in Chicago, where the international poetry slam movement began. A poetry slam is a competition between poets that is scored by the audience Olympic-style from 0-10. It definitely was something that I was instantly drawn to, and my passions and ...
    by Published on 12-10-2010 11:45 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Acting,
    3. Comedy

    Brandon likes to do everything fast. Everything. But is it possible to be...too fast?

    FEATURING:
    Brandon - Randall Park http://youtube.com/randall1
    Kelly - Jae Suh http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0837581/
    Narrator - Tay Zonday http://youtube.com/tayzonday
    Friend - Philip Wang
    Dad - Andy Au
    Young Brandon - Edgar
    Kid - Jaden Chiang

    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 11-24-2010 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Acting,
    3. Comedy

    A new independent 35 min feature created by Ryan Higa and Wong Fu Productions.

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: HigaTV and Wong Fu Productions
    DIRECTED by Wong Fu Productions (Wesley Chan, Ted Fu Philip Wang) http://youtube.com/wongfuproductions
    PRODUCED and WRITTEN by Ryan Higa and Wong Fu Productions

    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 11-17-2010 03:00 PM
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    2. Resources

    Dedicated to my friend Sheri Chin Co -- I have finally taken the plunge to register to be a bone marrow donor. Sheri is 43, my dear friend from high school. Today, she's a strong, brave mom -- facing this cancer head on. She's just finished the chemo treatments and those nasty cancer cells are dead. The next step is that she needs a bone marrow donor.

    I hope I'm a match, but if not, maybe you will be. Please register to be a donor.

    More bone marrow drives to be scheduled! Check back.
    A call to arms, so to speak, of a different kind. Can you help? Will you help? Currently, there is a need to come together to help those of us (Asians/Pacific Islanders), who are facing life-threatening illnesses. How can you help? Read on.

    There is a National Marrow Donor Program in place to help people who need bone marrow transplants. Tut, tut, don't stop reading here; it's really painless for the most part. As you'll read below there
    ...
    by Published on 11-16-2010 11:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Music,
    3. Comedy

    Even tough guys cry sometimes.

    Song Written by:
    Kevin Wu (Kevjumba)
    Ryan Higa

    Featuring:
    http://www.youtube.com/chestersee
    http://www.youtube.com/nigahiga
    http://www.youtube.com/kevjumba

    All music recorded, mixed, and produced in 1 day by Andy Lange. See how he does it at http://youtube.com/andylangemusic

    Shot by Scotty Yoshimoto (Go check him out!):
    http://www.youtube.com/user/movemedia...

    Edited by:
    Kevin Wu (KevJumba)

    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 11-08-2010 11:15 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Acting,
    3. Arts,
    4. Books,
    5. Web/Internet
    Photo of Ren Hanami

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews Ren Hanami, one of the creators of Ninja Mom entertainment franchise. Find out how Ninja Mom got started, how San Diego Comic Con was the launching ground for the project, and how the Little Mermaid started her dream of portraying a cartoon character.

    How did Ninja Mom get started? What was the inspiration for creating Ninja Mom?
    The dream of Ninja Mom started about 18 years ago when I began creating a female ninja action hero called Ninja Girl. I called her a She-ro -- who was a sexy crime fighter inspired by the comic book characters Shado from The Green Arrow series and She by Billy Tucci. Well, several years and outlines later Ninja Girl transformed into Ninja Mom, a do-gooder mom with some substantial secrets from her teenage daughter. Then I met the talented writer Darrah Cloud while acting in one of her original plays at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA. We began collaborating on a story merging my Ninja Momô characters and myth with ...

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