Start the New Year right.
No racism. No bullying. No more violence.
Pan Asian Community Together (PACT) just released the second of its PSA projects, “Speak Out! APIs Against Violence.”
Directed by Shane Sato and produced by PACT and Ken Choy, the PSA includes Tzi Ma, Elizabeth Sung, Nebula Gu, Edward Hong, Sue Jin, Randall Park, Jae Suh, Megan Lee, and Joseph Yuan. Longer versions include Amy Hill, Katherine Iniba, James Huang, Aki Aleong, Jully Lee, Junko Goda, and more.
Check out the long version of the PSA here:
The Asian American community got together for this PSA to encourage all of us to get out and vote! Featuring Tzi Ma, Elizabeth Sung, Amy Hill, Francois Chao, Nebula Gu, Katherine Iniba, Amy Hill and Megan Lee, directed by Mark Niu.
It’s time to exercise your rights! Get out and vote TODAY!!!
Census 2010 shed light on the gaps in our understanding of race — especially what happens when our cut-and-dry textbook definitions of race collide. Multiracial individuals and transnational adoptees are among those who may have paused at an uncomfortable length when asked to indicate their race(s). A simple check-mark won’t do. “The mixed experience”, which refers to interracial and intercultural relationships, transracial and transcultural adoptions, and anyone who identifies as having biracial, multiracial, hapa or mixed identity, prompts more than Census form complications; explorations of the mixed experience unearths twists and turns in ancestry, geography, language, self-identification, social constructs and American nationality — all of which make for good stories and food for thought.
To that end, the Third Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, an arts festival held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, seeks to share and nurture storytelling of the mixed experience with its exciting roster of readings, short and feature films, activities, speakers, panels and a marketplace. In particular, multicultural and global educator Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng (that’s right, President Barack Obama’s sister) will lead a discussion on identity, family and what it means to be multiracial in America, with slam poet, filmmaker and author Kip Fulbeck (Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck), moderated by actor Amy Hill, in a special ticketed presentation on Saturday, June 12.
– Audrey Sunu
The Third Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, June 12-13, 2010
Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, CA
Most events are free and open to the public.
And don’t miss Kip Fulbeck’s newest collection of works, called “Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck,” in a family-friendly exhibition that offers a playful yet powerful perspective on contemporary American identity. On display now through September 26, 2010.
Actor, dancer and spoken word artist Dante Basco (Hook, Take the Lead, Love Don’t Cost a Thing) comes from an illustrious Filipino American entertainment family. His brothers Derek, Darion and Dion are all actors. His sister Arianna is a spoken word artist and actress. Together, they’re quite a force.
This month, the Basco family comes together once again, this time to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the entire community. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?, an all-day event of culture, music, art and celebration, will take place at The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, on Sunday, May 23.
Of course, being the Bascos, they just had to get their Asian American luminary friends involved in the event. Expect special guests and emcees for the event, including actress and singer Lindsay Price (“Beverly Hills 90210,” “Lipstick Jungle,” and upcoming CD “Someone Like Me”), actress Amy Hill (“King of the Hill,” “American Dad,” “Lilo and Stitch” and upcoming “Kung Fu Panda” series on Nickelodeon), and actor Brian Tee (“The Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift” and TV’s “Crash”) .
Beyond the star power, it’ll be a whole day of programming devoted to the multi-cultural heritages of Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
There’ll be Polynesian dance, muay thai martial arts, comedy and improv, music and even spoken word (Lindsay’s brother Bryan is expected to perform!). Professional boxer Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will be showing off his other skill — ukelele playing — while DJ Icy Ice from Power 106FM will be spinning tunes. Other performances include a dance by Viva La Vida Dance Company, and a special performance by Jennifer Kumiyama, Miss Wheelchair California 2010.
Bring the kids too — they’ve got all sorts of workshops and goodies to entertain all ages. “We even have a special presentation about the history of the yo-yo,” says Dante Basco. “Not too many people know it originated in the Philippines as a weapon, but on event day, kids will have the opportunity to decorate and take home a yo-yo.”
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? A Celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Hosted by the Basco Family
SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Museum of Tolerance
9786 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90035-4720
Advanced Ticket Purchase Recommended at 310-772-2505
Tickets: $15.00 (Adults), $12.00 (Seniors), $11.00 (Students)