Many indie musicians have already gathered at the world-famous SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, but before heading to the Lone Star State, some of these artists and a few others took their show to the City by the Bay for two nights of unforgettable music mayhem. From sentimental soul and slinky blues to pulsating electronic beats and fist-pumping dance-rock, the East met the West in a duo of shows, delivering something special for every music lover.
As a special preview to the newly branded CAAMFest (Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), the inaugural San Francisco Music Matters Asia showcase brought together some of the hottest musical acts from Korea, China, and Taiwan at Broadway Studios on March 7 and 8. This Bay Area stop served as an extension of Music Matters, Asia’s yearly premier music event in Singapore. Partnered with local music promoters from the bands’ countries (DFSB Collective of Korea, Maybe Mars of China, and The Wall of Taiwan), SF Music Matters Asia was not only a rare opportunity for fans to see so many critically-acclaimed Asian artists together, but opened doors for these artists to share their music with a wider international audience.
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun and French Cambodian actress Elodie Yung both star as Storm Shadow and Jinx respectively in the upcoming G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Check them make look kicking ass so easy in this preview clip (the four minute version will be shown before Hansel and Gretel this Friday).
G.I. Joe 2 will be released in theaters on March 29, 2013 and is directed by Jon M. Chu.
We’re loving this editorial this month with Sun Fei Fei (shot by Steven Meisel) in Vogue Italia. Click on to see the rest!
Times are surely changing – South Korea just recently elected their first female President, Park Guen-hye! However, this isn’t the first time Asia has elected a female to the highest political office – walk with us down memory line as we take you through some former (and current) prime ministers and presidents of Asia. (Btw, we also think America is also ready for a female president in four years!)
London 2012 – the Summer Olympics are finally here! If you have missed some of our preview posts leading up to this year’s summer games, check below for our coverage. We rounded up our picks and spoke with some of the athletes competing in this year’s games. Let us know who you’re rooting for this year in the comments below!
In previous years, Asian models and designers have been been taking large strides. For example, more than ever – we are beginning to see more Asian faces gracing the pages of the world’s top fashion magazines, walking the runways of renowned fashion designers (40% of the models walking were women of Asian descent during New York Fashion Week in February 2012), and featured in international ad campaigns for popular brands. Fashion designers of Asian descent have also been making a name for themselves, such as designer collaborations with national retail chains such as Target, H&M, and Macy’s. Follow our monthly series as we name the best of the best featuring Asians in Fashion.
Rise of South Asian Models: Vogue India‘s highlight on Alyssah Ali, Ashika Pratt, and Jessica Clarke
Photo credit: Asian Models Blog
When Karl Lagerfield made a stunning move to feature nine (yes, NINE) models of South Asian descent in Chanel’s Pre-Fall India-themed collection last year – it was nothing short of amazing. It’s well known that Lagerfield hasn’t featured a racially diverse group of models in his previous shows. Prior to the show, Lakshmi Menon was arguably the most popular model of South Asian descent (from India). But with this move, more South Asian models are fast becoming more popular in the fashion industry. Vogue India takes a strong note of this of course, featuring three fresh faces: Alyssa Ali (Indian-Trinidian-Candian, IMG), Ashika Pratt (Indian descent from New Zealand, Anima Creatives), and Jessica Clarke (Indian-Nigerian, Marilyn) – in this lovely spread (click on the image to see more pictures from the editorial!).
I’m sensing a trend here. Cities all over the country and the world participate in some kind of sister city program. Los Angeles is sister city to several other global towns, among them Mumbai in India, Guangzhou in China and even Makati in the Philippines. But some cities are taking it even a step further.
New York City’s Carnegie Hall is already sending out huge press kits about its upcoming JapanNYC program, a citywide celebration with a Southern Cali counterpart scheduled to kick off late this year. Massachusetts-based Peabody Essex Museum is also gearing up for its April “Sensational India!” fest, featuring filmmaker James Ivory. The San Francisco Bay Area, meanwhile, is celebrating all things Shanghainese with a citywide “Shanghai Celebration,” a festival of sorts with films, concerts, art and all kinds of other special events all about Shanghai.
The cornerstone of this celebration is the Asian Art Museum‘s grand Shanghai exhibit. With more than 130 paintings, revolutionary posters, fashion and even movie clips from U.S.- and Shanghai-based museums, the exhibit attempts to cover the rich history of that most cosmopolitan of cities.
The Asian Art Museum’s Shanghai exhibit runs now through September 5, 2010.
DETAILS: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco.