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.
Each summer, moviegoers form lines at the theaters to be the first to see the newest crop of action-packed-hilarity-inducing flicks. For many it’s just something to do; for others it’s an addiction. And Hollywood doesn’t exactly make it easy for them to break the habit. Since the first summer blockbuster hit of yesteryear (thanks to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws), the movies have gotten bigger and better throughout the years (e.g., Independence Day, Iron Man, The Dark Night, Inception). But films with smaller budgets have also found their way into the spotlight (think Knocked Up and (500) Days of Summer).
This summer, the storylines of your favorite movies will continue, while new ones will be introduced hoping the marquee names catch your eyes. (Pick up our Summer 2011 issue, out in early June, for a full list of all the must-see summer movies!) Meanwhile, here’s a list of some pre-summer releases starring your favorite AA celebs (and some newcomers) — from Ken Jeong to Maggie Q – to whet your appetite.
As celebrated Bollywood film star, Shah Rukh Khan (whose latest film My Name is Khan is out on DVD now), made his debut at Madame Tussauds New York Wax Museum in Times Square last week — a part of the museum’s “Bollywood Zone” which includes film legend Amitabh Bachchan — we couldn’t help but wonder, which other Asian and Asian American greats have been immortalized in wax figure by the popular tourist attraction?
Seems like, not many.
After some sleuthing, we have found martial arts kings Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee at the Madame Tussauds Hollywood location and a tense-looking Tiger Woods at the Vegas location. And of course there’s Indian film legend Aishwarya Rai in the museum’s London location.
As for rest of the ladies? Fuggetabout it. The closest figurine we spotted even resembling an Asian woman was an eerie Michael Jackson figure made as part of a Jackson tribute at the Washington, D.C. museum.
For the rest of us itching to cuddle up with wax figures of Lucy Liu or Michelle Yeoh, we’ll have to travel a bit farther — to a Hong Kong, Shanghai or soon-to-be-opened Bangkok location to get our fix. ‘Cause frankly, putting your arms around an Asian-looking Michael Jackson just doesn’t cut it.