Ending August 29, 2003
Dragon's Roar Festival to Showcase APA Music Talent
Toby Preciado Jr., Lew Soratorio Jr., and Angelo
Arce of InnerVoices are just one of many musical
talents that will be appearing at the Dragon's Roar
Festival on September 5 at the WCETV studio. Courtesy
wide range of Asian Pacific American artists will be
gathering at the second annual Dragon's Roar festival
on September 5 at WCETV's Concert Venue/Television Studio
in the City of Industry to showcase their talents. Not
only that, but the event will be filmed for an upcoming
DVD, expected to be released sometime during Christmas,
which will include interviews with the artists as well
as behind the scenes footage of the festival.
year's musical guests will include Ill Again, CreAsian,
InnerVoices, Element of the Outer Realms, Prach Ly,
Corinne May, and Digital Cutup Lounge. These are all
image-breaking artists who represent the diverse APA
community while covering a broad-spectrum of musical
styles. Throughout the event, there will also be showings
of recent breakthrough films such as Justin Lin's "Better
Luck Tomorrow," Eric Byler's "Charlotte Sometimes,"
Daisy Lin Shapiro's "YlloGrl" and Jimmy Lee's
"Close Call." Special guests, directors, participants,
and actors from these films will also be present to
share their experiences.
$15.00- At the Door
$10.00- Advance (Purchased by September 1, 2003)
$7.50- Group Purchases (7+ tickets purchased by September
For further information, please contact email@example.com
or call (562) 925-8813.
Taste of Chinese Opera at SilkROAD 2003
A character from "Monkey King Wreaks Havoc
in Heaven," a story about a monkey who possesses
magical powers, and uses them to cause trouble in
Courtesy of silkroad2003.com.
Ventures and The Koo Foundation have collaborated this
year to produce SilkROAD 2003, a two-day theater performance
of Kunqu Theater, a genre of classic Cantonese Opera
that originated over 400 years ago. The event will take
place in New York on September 5-6 and will feature
Maestro Bao-Chun Li, one of the most renowned stars
of classic Chinese Opera. Accompanying him will be more
than 40 performers from the Taipei Li-Yuan Chinese Opera
first day of the event, September 5th, will feature
"The Monkey King Wreaks Havoc in Heaven,"
a tale about a monkey who causes trouble in heaven with
his magical powers. The second and final day, September
6th, will feature "Farewell My Concubine,"
a classical Chinese opera piece about a king and his
favored concubine, and "Golden Falcon," a
story about forbidden love between a golden falcon and
name of the production was inspired by the historical
route that had connected China with the rest of the
world in ancient times. Not only facilitating the transport
of economic goods, the Silk Road also allowed for a
transportation of ideas. In this sense, the producers
hope to promote a modern day exchange of culture among
different groups through the experience of classical
Chinese theater. Sponsored in part by New York's MoCA
(Museum of Chinese in the Americas), SilkROAD 2003 will
be shown at the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center
in New York. For more information, please visit www.SilkRoad2003.com.
For tickets, please visit www.lincolncenter.org.
Asian American Contributions to the Seattle Hip-Hop
Many paintings will be on display in "It's
Like That: Asian Pacific Americans and Seattle's
Hip Hop Scene" including this one entitled
"DJ" by Hoven Vida. Courtesy of seattlepi.com.
think that hip-hop is strictly a black phenomenon originating
from either Los Angeles or the Bronx, but the new exhibit
at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle proves this
wrong by displaying Asian American contributions to
Seattle's hip-hop culture.
exhibit entitled "It's Like That: Asian Pacific
Americans in the Seattle Hip-Hop Scene" pays homage
to artists such as DJ Nasty Nes, Emcee Karim Panni,
and break-dancing crews like Emerald City Breakers.
bring hip-hop closer to the audience, the exhibit is
set up to look like a typical teenager's room where
visitors are encouraged to browse through the wide range
of hip-hop paraphernalia such as a turntable, boom boxes
and graffiti-painted clothes. Hip-hop influenced paintings
line the wall along with local posters, decals and fliers.
Visitors can watch tapes featuring local break-dancing
crews, or listen to oral histories on headphones. The
museum curator, George Quibuyen, an MC with the Blue
Scholars (an MC-DJ duo from Seattle), developed the
idea for the exhibit, which opened on July 5 and will
continue to run until November 30. For more information,
please visit www.wingluke.org.
Blending of Chinese and Western Art in Landscape of
Memory: The Art of Mu Xin
This is an ink-and-gouache painting entitled "Spring
Brilliance at Kuaiji" that Mu Xin created during
his period of house arrest from 1977-1978. Courtesy
Asia Society Museum in New York is currently exhibiting
"Landscape of Memory: The Art of Mu Xin" until
September 7. These are writings and landscape paintings
produced by the artist during his imprisonment during
China's Cultural Revolution (1965-1976). The exhibit
includes "The Prison Notes," a collection
of 66 pages of notes that he composed during his incarceration
from 1971 to 1972, and 33 ink-and-gouache landscape
paintings that he created during his period of house
arrest from 1977 to 1978.
though he incorporates aspects of both Chinese and Western
artistic idioms, his works still come across as distinctly
Chinese. But it is the fusion of the two cultures, coupled
with the commentary about China's cultural past and
present that sets his work apart from other artists.
Given the conditions under which they were produced,
these works serve as powerful reminders of Mu Xin's
remarkable response to political terror.
exhibit is co-organized by the Yale University Art Gallery,
and David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University
of Chicago. It is curated by Alexander Monroe and Wu
Hung. For more information, please visit www.asiasociety.org.
of New Vietnamese American TV Show in Huntington Beach
A flier promoting the VAX (Vietnamese American Xposure)
premiere at Club Majestic in Long Beach. Courtesy
Vietnamese American TV show "VAX," which stands
for "Vietnamese American Xposure" made its
premiere at Club Majestic in Huntington Beach on August
28. Aimed at a younger generation Vietnamese audience,
"VAX" is an English-speaking magazine show
featuring youth lifestyles, talent showcases, celebrities,
and cultural diversity. The show is scheduled to broadcast
in late September on Time Warner Channel 16 on Fridays
from 7:30-8 pm.
premiere featured an exclusive screening of the show's
first two pilot episodes as well as a fashion show sponsored
by Manhattan Ave. and live performances from Seven,
Nuthouze, and Chosen 1. Guests included Director Tony
Bui, winner of the Sundance film festival awards, Director
Timothy Linh Bui of "Green Dragon," and many
Vietnamese singers such as Nhu Quynh, Linda Trang Dai,
and Trish Thuy Trang. The premiere was sponsored by
Viejas Casino, 411 V.I.E.T., New World Electronics,
Manhattan Ave., Select Printing and Graphics, and Mega
Wonderland Brings Korean Films to New York Audiences
Joo Kyung-Jung's "A Little Monk" starring
Kim Tae-Jin was just one of 18 movies that were
shown at the New York Korean Film Festival. Courtesy
films such as "A Little Monk," "Oasis"
and "Jail Breakers," the third annual New
York Korean Film Festival gave east coasters a taste
of contemporary Korean cinema. The showings were held
at the Quad Cinema (August 15-21) and the BAM Rose Cinemas
(August 22-24) in New York. Presented by the Korean
Film Forum and Samsung Electronics, the theme this year
was "Secret Wonderland" and included a line-up
of 18 films.
Korean Film Forum is a group composed of students and
enthusiasts based in the greater New York area. The
group's goal is to promote and exhibit Korean cinema
in New York. To learn more about them, please visit
Annual Boulder Asian Festival Celebrates Colorado's
Diverse Asian Community
Denver Taiko, a self-taught group of third and fourth
generation Japanese American drummers, was one of
many performances present at the Boulder Asian Festival.
Courtesy of denvertaiko.org.
9th Annual Boulder Asian Festival took place at the
Pearl Street Mall in Colorado on August 22 and 23. Organized
by the Boulder Asian Pacific Alliance (BAPA), this festival
is the longest running Asian event in the Denver Metro
area. The event is an annual summertime outdoor festival
that celebrates the thriving and diverse Asian Pacific
culture within the community. The festival included
song, dance, martial arts demonstrations, Puppet Theater,
and authentic cuisine from over 15 Asian cultures. This
year's special guest was Watanabe, a renowned Japanese
Taiko Drum artist, who performed with Denver Taiko on
August 22. The event was free and open to the public.
Fundamentals Explores Homosexuality in the American
Arthur Dong is the producer/director of several
acclaimed independent documentaries, including "Family
Courtesy of pflag.org.
Dong's "Family Fundamentals" (2002), a film
exploring homosexuality in Christian fundamentalist
families, premiered on PBS on August 26 at 10 pm. The
film was Dong's latest installment from his ongoing
efforts to understand the contempt that many Americans
have towards homosexuality. His other films that dealt
with this particular theme were "Licensed to Kill"
(1997), a film about convicted murderers of gay men,
and "Coming Out Under Fire" (1994), a documentary
about anti-gay military policies during World War II.
In "Family Fundamentals," Dong takes viewers
into the public and private lives of three families
who have responded to gay family members by actively
is the producer and director of several acclaimed independent
documentaries made within the last 20 years including
"Sewing Women" (1982), which received an Oscar
nomination, and "Public" (1970), which won
first place at the California High School Film Festival.
Between 1991 and 1992, ten of his documentaries, including
"Dust of Life" and "Echoes in the Grid"
appeared on KCET-TV, a public television program based
in Los Angeles.
Boats Compete at the Third Annual Colorado Dragon Boat
Dragon boats line the shore of Sloan's Lake at the
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Courtesy of coloradodragonboat.org.
the shore, it looked as though numerous dragons were
gliding across the water, but these weren't dragons-not
real ones at least. These were the dragon boats competing
against one another at the third annual Colorado Dragon
Boat Festival held at Sloan's Lake Park on August 17.
The event was an opportunity to celebrate the tradition
and cultures of Colorado's diverse Asian communities.
The festival included a marketplace that featured over
80 shops and food vendors, an entertainment stage that
featured 16 performances, and of course the highlight
of the event, the Dragon Boat race.
boat racing is a sport that originated in China over
2000 years ago. The canoe-like boats get their names
from the dragon designs found at the front and back.
Each team is made up of 18 paddlers, a drummer and a
flag catcher, who pulls a flag out of the water at the
end of the race. This year, 48 teams competed in the
race for the Colorado Dragon Cup, but the winner was
the Coors team. With only 15,000 spectators in its first
year in 2001, this year brought in more than 50,000
people making the event quite a success.
Artists Join Together at Staples Center for Power Concert
Shinhwa was one of the K-Pop groups to perform at
the "Power Concert 2003" held at the Staples
Center on August 22. Courtesy of soompi.com.
August 22, thousands of K-Pop fans gathered at the Staples
Center for the "Power Concert 2003" to see
their favorite Korean artists perform. This year's line-up
included Boa, Shinhwa, Seven, Jo Sung Mo, NRG, Park
Jin Young and many others. The concert also featured
special performances by the Manhattan Transfer Band
and Lee Oskar. Hosted by Red Won Entertainment, this
was the 3rd major K-Pop concert held in the United States
in recent months. The first was at the Hollywood Bowl
on April 26, and the second was at the RFK Stadium in
Washington DC on June 28. These first two concerts commemorated
100 years of Korean immigration, and were sponsored
by Korea Times newspaper, and the Korean television
100 Years of Korean Immigration at Korean Culture 2003
The NCKTPA performing the Cheoyongmu, the masks
dance of the Silla kingdom. Courtesy of kccla.org.
the centennial of Korean immigration to the United States,
"Korean Culture 2003" was held on August 15
at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The event included
performances from the National Center for Korean Traditional
Performing Arts (NCKTPA). The 55-member group gave audiences
a taste of traditional Korean arts and music through
five songs, three dances, and a vocal recital.
accordance with its North American Tour, the NCKTPA
also held performances in Canada on August 12 and 19
to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment
of diplomatic relations between Canada and Korea. NCKTPA
is recognized as the country's bastion for preserving
Korea's rich tradition in the field of arts.