Monday, January 26, 2009

F.O.B. II: Art Speaks - Vietnamese American Art Show

Tram Le and Lan Duong, Co-Curators of F.O.B. II: Art Speaks

F.O.B. II: Art Speaks was an art show featuring over 50 visual and performing artists from the Vietnamese and Vietnamese American community. The event was organized by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) and co-curated by Tram Le and Lan Duong. It was held at the VAALA Center in Santa Ana, CA. The show was scheduled to run from January 9-18, 2009, but within the community where bitter memories of the war in Vietnam still run deep, political activists came out to protest the art show when they falsely believed that the art supported communism. The show organizers shut down the show three days early.

I intended to interview Tram and Lan at the VAALA Center on the night of a live performance event that was part of the show. But I arrived in Orange County only to find the doors locked and the show canceled. Fortunately I was able to catch up with the co-curators at a restaurant where they were having dinner with some of the artists and other supporters. Even though it had been a long hard day dealing with the protesters, the local law and the media, they agreed to do an interview. Inside the restaurant was too dark and noisy, so the only place I could do the interview was in the parking lot.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Little Tokyo community speaks up about Obama's Inauguration

I went to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles to watch the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama on a giant screen with other people from the community. Afterwards I asked people what they thought about the inauguration of the new president. Check it out! You can watch the high quality version on the YouTube page.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ping Pong Playa DVD Launch

pictured: Jessica Yu, Smith Cho, Jimmy Tsai, Roger Fan, Jim Lau
image: Eric Nakamura

"Ping Pong Playa" is a comedy by Academy Award winning director, Jessica Yu. The director and cast members dropped by GR2 in West Los Angeles to meet with fans for the release of the "Ping Pong Playa" DVD. If you haven't guessed it, the film is about ping pong.

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