On October 13, 2011, the White House was filled with the beautiful music of the three Korean American sisters, the Ahn Trio, as part of a Welcoming State Dinner for South Korea. Continue Reading »
Leave it to Kirin, which defines an ancient Chinese mythological creature, one-half dragon, the other deer, to create something safe, satisfying, and smart to fulfill our cold beverage-bud desires.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd., one of Japan’s most prominent and respected breweries, is launching Kirin Free, the world’s first ever 0.00%, completely alcohol-free beertaste, beverage in the United States.
The Korean hip-hop group, Yellow Boyz, stays true to their name as the headlining stars of this year’s Asian Hip Hop Summit at Princeton University for the 2nd annual IvyCon on November 12, 2011.
Shooting to fame following their appearance on Mnet’s Superstar K3, the Hip Hop group from Atlanta was chosen to headline this year’s Asian Hip Hop Summit. Now an annual concert tour, the Asian Hip Hop Summit was founded as an annual festival in Los Angeles’s in 2001, and is now North America’s oldest and most widespread Asian arts movement.
Also joining Yellow Boyz at this year’s Summit will be Lyricks from Northern Virginia, Decipher from Philadelphia, Jackie Chain from Huntsville, and Smokes from Milwaukee.
The Asian Hip Hop Summit’s 10 Year Anniversary Tour kicked off on October 1 at the R.E.A.C.H Conference (UNC, Duke, NC State) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The group also performed at the A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta and will make additional stops at Rutgers University, Boston University, and many other schools.
For more info and an up-to-date Tour Schedule, check it here.
Taking you from the streets of Vietnam to the beautiful 2012 Saja Bridal Wedding collection, this week’s Happenings cater to the feminine side with a touch of war hero and a sprinkle of underground hip-hop. I think I’ll be wearing a white dress to the movies.
SAIGON ELECTRIC, VIETNAM’S FIRST HIP-HOP FILM
When : October 7, 2011
Where: In select U.S. cities Nationwide
How: For more information, visit www.saigonelectric.com
Saigon Electric, directed by Stephane Gauger, takes audiences to the streets of Vietnam to showcase the best underground talent in Vietnam. The Vietnamese Hip Hop film aims to expose the youth culture that is seeping onto the streets of Vietnam, and provide movie-goers with a fresh new look at the dreams and struggles of Asian youth.
DailyCandy’s new talking head isn’t just any head; it’s the lovely noggin of South Korean-born American television news correspondent, SuChin Pak. DailyCandy, an email Newsletter based in New York, has recently hired Pak to be their woman about the town and on TV.
Although she had to undergo a grueling interview for the position, for most viewers, Pak won’t need much of an introduction. Pak is easily recognizable from her frequent appearances on MTV as part of their news team. She also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2007 to discuss her struggles with confidence and beauty issues relating to being an Asian American woman.
Pak’s interests and knowledge base are seemingly vast, as she is the founder of Hester Street Fair, an alfresco small biz bazaar in New York’s Lower East Side, as well as the host for the National Constitution Center’s “The Exchange,” a program where high school students to discuss their views on relevant constitutional issues.
Check out Suchin’s charming job interview here.
Lucky for Pak; her extensive resume, Mad Men aspirations, and charming head shot were just enough to land her a position with DailyCandy. Unfortunately for us, with her experience and sweetness, it looks like we’ll be making a trip to the dentist sometime soon.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear someone singing about destiny, I don’t expect them to be under 18. As a recent college grad, and still unsure of her path in life, I know I’ve still yet to find my own. However, when I heard 15-year-old Megan Lee belt out tunes to her newest single, “Destiny”, she sounded like a young woman fully aware of her path, place, and purpose.
With five years of professional industry experience already under her belt, Lee is on the straight track to fulfilling her own destiny. And with the recent release of her new single’s music video, Lee is looking to embody the hero through reflection of her time spent navigating her own path.
“I am pretty sure that all of her fans and non-fans would agree about her passion for music regardless what language is written in,” said Lee’s mom, Elaine Lee. “She always looks for the music that she would love to deliver to give hope, love and any other positive messages because she strongly believes that music has the power and the media has the power to move people’s heart and mind.”
Megan is currently auditioning for the next round of Korea’s most popular music reality show, MBC Star Audition Season 2, and hopes to release her very first EP album by the end of 2011.
Check out Lee’s music video to “Destiny” directed by Timothy Tau:
We’re all abuzz over Joseph Vincent’s new song, BumbleBee.
Vincent, who was first featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2010, has since established a more solid following of fans and supporters, encouraging him to launch the BumbleBee Cover Contest.
The contest encourages fans to record their own cover of “Bumblebee” with their unique style, and then post the video to YouTube. Sponsored by the Catch Adventures Staff, the contest will run from now until October 2. The five most viewed videos, along with five more videos hand-picked by Vincent, will move on to compete in two more elimination rounds.
The Bumble Bee winners will receive the very first Joseph Vincent RF3LIVE Earphones, along with a #TEAMJV T-shirt pack.
This is a snippet of Joseph’s original Bumblebee song:
Do you think you have what it takes to win?
Check out the official contest page http://www.josephvincentmusic.com/bumblebee/contest.html”>here.
From remembering 9/11 to an empowering musical showcase to our own Audrey’s Fashion Night Out, here are this week’s Happenings.
When: Now to Sunday, September 18th
Where: 145 6th Ave, New York
How: Purchase tickets here.
Taking place four months after 9/11, Barriers deals with the Chinese/Pakistani Abbas family, and the loss of their oldest son Nabhil at the World Trade Center. As this multicultural family begins to disintegrate, we piece together the past each one hides, and the future they all share. Originally mounted in 2002 and then subsequently co-produced with the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2003, Barriers is returning to the stage to look back on the ten-year anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy. The play is written by Rehana Mirza and directed by Colete Robert.
From the city that brought you the trio behind Wong Fu productions comes a film festival catering to Asian American online video content.
From Sept 1st- Dec 31st, the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation (SDAFF) will be partnering with DramaFever, the largest Asian online video streaming platform. The two groups plan to present DigiFest, the first ever virtual on-demand exhibition of independent movies and documentaries produced by Asian Americans.
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“Fashion has always been married to technology,” Jinhee Kim said.
To continue celebrating its union, Korean American Harvard grads Kim and Sarah Paiji developed a new iphone application, Snapette, aimed for the “Snap-Happy Fashionista.”
Kim and Paiji designed the app to create a companion-style application that is location-based and mobile. Snapette is the first app that lets you share and browse the hottest shoes and bags near your current location right from your phone. Searches can be done by brand, store, or description. Snapette allows users to simply snap photos of bags and shoes from their favorite stores and share them amongst other like-minded Fashionistas– like window shopping right from your phone!
If you want to browse styles and trends overseas, Snapette also allows users to browse what other viewers are posting from around the world. With each application, users are given their own “virtual closet” displaying what they’ve snapped, Like and Want, and the ability to share their closets over Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Audrey Mag had a chat with Kim and Paiji about Snapette, being female entrepreneurs, breaking out of the stable Asian American stereotype and fashion.