It’s one thing to be born into an interracial family, but it’s another thing to come home after being away for 2 years and unexpectedly find yourself suddenly part of one. Wong Fu Production’s new mini-series, in association with a FremantleMedia Company – “Home is Where the Hans Are” – shows how this unanticipated surprise might just be what Derek needs most as he returns home after realizing his dreams are getting him nowhere. Continue Reading »
Throughout the years, Asian Americans have yearned to see faces like theirs on the small screen. With Nickelodeon’s new show Supah Ninjas, the Asian American family is returning for the first time in 16 years as the star of a mainstream television series. While teen-oriented shows are saying they’re committed to diversity, do AA teens today really feel well-represented?
ISSUE: Spring 2011
STORY: Janice Jann
There’s a new family moving into TV-land this spring. The dad, a bumbling cop. The grandfather, a wise old man. And the son, a doe-eyed high-schooler named Mike who just wants to win over the girl of his dreams.
“I don’t strive for more in a way that makes me feel bad. I strive for more in a way that keeps me excited and having fun.” — Randall Park
ISSUE: Spring 2011
STORY: Janice Jann
In recent years, Randall Park’s mug has been all over the place. On TV, he’s either awkward-ing it up in KY lubricant commercials, or on House as a patient undergoing a lobotomy. He’s raking in laughs as the lovelorn Carlton in the indie film The People I’ve Slept With and as the silent Henderson in Dinner with Schmucks. He’s gone viral online in quirky short films, often ones he’s written and produced. The 36- year-old Korean American talent is used to wearing a lot of hats. Continue Reading »
Our favorite funnyman Randall Park graces the Personalities section of our Spring Issue, but one photo does not reflect the life the actor-comedian infuses into his flexible facial expressions. We know the Supah Ninjas star likes to improv so we concocted a series of scenarios for him, and photographer Carmen Chan produced the series of photos below.
The Spring ’11 cover has arrived! Funny gal Olivia Munn is rocking the Shirley Temple curls. Inside, Munn dishes on Chinese mothers (she has one!), dating celebs and her loyal fans.
Not tootin’ our own horn or anything but the Spring issue is pretty solid. And it’s about everyone’s favorite subject: television!
We have an in-depth report on teen television diversity and its influence on our teens, including a round table with actresses Jolene Purdy, Nikki Soohoo and Ashley Argota and profiles of TV stars Randall Park, Anisha Nagaarajan, broadway baby T.V. Carpio and the indie darling The Go! Team (amongst others).
Also in the issue:
All this and plenty more! To purchase a copy of the Spring ’11 issue (or get yourself a whole year’s subscription while you’re at it), check out our shop here. It will be out in news stands and your mailbox early March!
Itching to read some of our old issues? Now you can at our Archives page.
What are your thoughts on the new cover?
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:
KoreAm Journal’s Unforgettable Gala has come and gone. All the glitz and glamour can be a little overwhelming to take in so Audrey breaks it down a bit for you with our Ten Things: Highlights (and lowlights) of Unforgettable.
1) A Jinro Bottle dressed up in a tux brings all the girls to the yard.
Forget the pick-up lines, nice cars and sleek haircut. Because seriously, who can compete with this hunka hunka green chunka glass?
2-5.) We love Parks!
2. We love the gorgeous Park Plaza where Unforgettable was held.
3. We love the adorable Randall Park and how he can make the terribly trying task of being master of the ceremony (entertaining and informative and smart and semi-politically correct) look so easy.
4. We love Heather Park and her silky smooth husky tremor of a voice. We weren’t the only ones crushin’; Brian Joo could not stop raving about the R&B singer. (Park is also featured in the winter issue of Audrey Magazine.)
5. We love Grace Park. The Hawaii 5-0 cutie may be the only person in the world who can forget what she was supposed to say, like, 5 times throughout the night and have the audience still sigh at how adorable she is when she’s forgetful.
6. Poreotics can dance
The America’s Best Dance Crew champs showed what they were made of –which, if you just watch the way they dance, you’d think they were made of feathers and rubber– as they grooved their way into everyone’s hearts. Grace Park totally gave them a shout-out when she went on stage too! If that’s not awesome, I don’t know what is.
7. Juju Chang’s Acceptance Speech
The always eloquent Juju Chang used her effortlessly eloquent storytelling to show her gratitude for winning her achievement award for the evening. Funny, sweet, poignant, America’s lucky to be able to say good morning to her everyday.
8. Ameriie and Kero One Duet??!
Would this not be the flyest collaboration ever?
9. Thank God for open bars.
Asians are naturally awkward, right? Thanks to sponsors Jinro Hite, we got a little juice to loosen them up and enjoyed a totally poppin’ after-party.
10. No thank you to camera hogs
A sore spot of the evening would have to be those individuals–you know who they are–that hogged the cameras as if it was their oxygen tank. Going through the Unforgettable photo gallery, we couldn’t help but see one or two of these individuals that seem to be in EVERY SINGLE PICTURE with every single person they can possibly grab to stand next to them and pose with. I would post a picture to show you exactly what I mean but that would just be giving those fame whores exactly what they want- more attention. No thanks.
What were some of your highlights and lowlights to Unforgettable? Let Audrey know!
Photos thanks to Mas Chae, tada Chae and Eric Sueyoshi
As done on award shows, we at Audrey like to also play the role of best supporting actress to our sister publication KoreAm Journal for its role in hosting a night of entertainment and awards called Unforgettable.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of KoreAm as a publication and the 10th annual anniversary of the Unforgettable gala. So come out on Saturday, Nov. 20, and join us at this premier event, hosted by comedian Randall Park.
KoreAm will present achievement awards to actress Grace Park, news anchor Juju Chang and baseball pitcher Chan Ho Park. There will be live entertainment from Brian Joo (Fly to the Sky), singer-songwriter Heather Park, DJ Kero One and Poreotix (America’s Best Dance Crew, Season 5).
Unforgettable will take place at the opulent Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, and it will be an exclusive chance to wine and dine on luscious prime rib from Lawry’s, while hobnobbing with a who’s who of the Korean American community.
For more information on how to buy tickets, visit www.iamKoreAm.com/Unforgettable10.
The San Diego Asian Film Festival (http://www.sdaff.org/) is ready to open up for its week-long festivities and screenings for the eleventh time this October 21-28th. The San Diego Film Foundation behind the Festival had put together a video contest (http://sdaff.org/festival/reel-in-the-vote.php) this past summer to get people armed with a camera to create 30 second PSA’s for the promotion of API votes. To encourage submissions and voter turn-out, Randall Park, along with a string of other Asian American celebrities released this video:
Beyond Tacobell and diarrhea, in all seriousness, Randall Park shares with us why it’s critical for the API community to vote— to raise our voices to be heard tomorrow.
“I believe that there is no community without it’s voice. And anyone who chooses to not be heard deserves to have their choices made for them. This includes mute people. If the mute community chooses not to be heard, then they deserve to have the blind community speak for them. They deserve to have their signs in braille. They deserve to be provided seeing-eye dogs, free of charge. They deserve to have Stevie Wonder be the President of the United States. (Which actually would be pretty cool.) But my point is, we as a community should not be mute. Even mute people can vote. It’s a basic and essential duty. The upcoming election is critical for all the obvious reasons, but I’d argue that every election is critical. Our inaction years ago is a big reason why everything is so “critical” today. Our action today will shape tomorrow.” – - Randall Park
You can enjoy more of Randall and his funniness at this year’s Unforgettable hosted by KoreAm Journal on November 20, 2010.
Every year, there seems to be one majorly buzzed-about film with a heavy Asian American ensemble cast. This year, Quentin Lee’s The People I’ve Slept With is it. Starring Karin Anna Cheung and a slew of other sexies including Archie Kao, Randall Park and Lynn Chen, the film revolves around one woman’s frisky ways causing her to get knocked up without knowing who the babydaddy is. This is definitely not your typical Asian American romantic comedy. Which is why you should definitely check it out…With Audrey! And Angry Asian Man!
On August 28th, Audrey Gets Angry. Seriously. Let me explain.
The People I’ve Slept With will be playing in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Sunset 5 with a cast and crew Q&A moderated by Angry Asian Man’s Phil Yu. Following that, head on over to Libertine on Sunset, where Audrey is hosting an intimate after-party with the stars of the film. Karin Anna Cheung, Lynn Chen, Archie Kao, writer Koji Steven Sakai, producer Stanley Yung and director Quentin Lee are already slated to appear.
To attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you attend the after party, you might even get a chance to win two VIP tickets to Audrey’s Night Out 2010— the hottest fashion event for the Asian American community.
So, to sum it all up, a night to watch the hottest AA film of the year, hang with the stars and possibly win tickets to another fabulous event? This could be better than sex.
Purchase movie tickets here.