STIR TV is the first ever English-language nationally broadcast program for young Asian Americans that can be watched weekly on the International Channel nationwide. Produced by Factor Inc., KTSF and I-Channel, STIR has recently aired the first of it's 26 episodes. Please visit the website for more information on channel availability in your area. Also, don't forget to vote for an artist in the Pepsi/ Stir Music Challenge!
What is Willian Hung to us? Monday - February 23, 2004 02:03pm
I'm pretty sure everyone has heard of William Hung, even if they never watched American Idol. The new found celebrity status of William is an interesting study.
Is the love for more William Hung positive or has America found their next "Charlie Chan" to to represent their stereotypical views of chinese people. There's no doubt we can all have a good laugh at this kid, but when it come down to it, he is reinforcing the stereotype Asian American have worked and are still working so hard to erase.
What are your views?
ClubZen.com v3.0 Released! Wednesday - December 31, 2003 11:15am
ClubZen.com will like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
It's been a great year here at ClubZen. Still the premier place to find up-coming Asian Nightlife Events, it will now become the premier Asian Nightlife & Entertainment Community. 2004 will be the year ClubZen takes Asian Nightlife to the next level. By creating powerful community features we hope to create a large network of Asian party promoters, partygoers, DJs, and entertainers. Allowing promoters to team up with other promoters and partygoers to meet new partygoers so we can all get down.
Here are some new features on ClubZen.com
Recurring Events - if you throw parties every week, you can now submit a recurring event, instead of having to submitted a new event every week.
Upload Event Photos - now you can show us what kind of people hit your parties. Just goto your manage events and click
Better Luck Tomorrow: Thank you by Justin Lin Saturday - April 19, 2003 12:30pm
Thank you for your incredible support this past weekend. I got the wake up call of a lifetime Sunday morning from the heads of MTV Films and Paramount. Not only was "Better Luck Tomorrow" the highest grossing film per screen in the country, but we also set records for both the studio and MTV Films. And my phone did not stop ringing there. Executives from other studios also called, and one thing's for certain, everyone is baffled. They can't figure out how a small independent film with barely any advertising muscle could out-perform the big movies. Of course, we already know the answer: word of mouth.
This history-making success is a testament to all of you that came out, bought a ticket, and told your friends to go see it. Now, the audience is telling the studios what kind of film they want to see - something completely unheard of in Hollywood. We are setting a new precedent. Fans showed up in such big numbers that theaters actually cancelled screenings of "Anger Management" in order to add additional showings of BLT. And in cities where BLT isn't showing, fans have been calling their local theatre managers and demanding that the theatres bring it to their towns.
But we still have a long road ahead. If there's any downside to our triumphant opening weekend, it's that we might be seen as a fluke. BLT is opening in ten additional cities on Friday, April 18th. If we can sustain the same momentum of last weekend, I've been assured that ?Better Luck Tomorrow? will go to a nationwide release on April 25th! Not only would this be historic for Asian American cinema, but it would finally put us on a level playing field with the average Hollywood film. I found out that approximately 60% of the audiences last weekend were Asian Americans. If this trend continues, we will at last be able to carve out a piece of the pie on the studio marketing chart, thereby signaling the way for more films with real, human portrayals of Asian Americans. We?re on the verge of something truly groundbreaking, so let?s not turn back now. If you haven't seen the film yet, now is the time. If you saw it last weekend (thank you!), bring a friend and watch it again. Remember, your movie ticket is your vote.
Please look at the new cities listed below and if you have friends or family there, let them know about the film and tell them to visit the website or read the reviews.
Once again, thank you for all your support.
Still in these theaters: APRIL 11th
Chicago, IL- Esquire Loews
Chicago, IL- Evanston Century
Los Angeles, CA- Hollywood Pacific Arclight
Los Angeles, CA- Century 14, AMC
Orange County, CA- Irvine Spectrum
Orange County, CA- Block at Orange AMC theaters
New York, NY- Empire AMC
New York, NY- Chelsea Clearview
New York, NY- Angelika City Cinema
Berkeley, CA- Shattuck Theater
Union City CA- Century 25
San Francisco, CA- AMC Van Ness 1000
San Jose, CA, San Jose- Camera 1
Second week: APRIL 18th
Arlington, VA- Arlington Shirlington Loews
Atlanta, GA- Atlanta Phipps AMC
Baltimore, MD- Baltimore Charles Mansour
Boston, MA- Boston Copley Loews
Boston, MA- Boston Commons Loews
Boston, MA- Cambridge Harvard Square Loews
Toronto, ON -Toronto Eglinton Town Center Loews
Toronto, ON- Toronto Varsity Loews
Vancouver, BC- Vancouver Granville Loews
Victoria, Canada- Victoria University Theaters
Daly City, CA ?Daly City Century Theaters
Dallas, TX Dallas- Angelika City Cinema
Ft. Worth, TX- Ft. Worth Hulen UA
Houston, TX- Houston Studio AMC
Houston, TX- Houston Angelika City Cinema
Pasadena, CA- Pasadena Market Place Regal
Ft. Lauderdale, FL -Ft. Lauderdale Gateway
Miami, FL - Miami Intracoastal
Miami, FL - Miami Sunset AMC
West Palm, FL - Boca Raton Mizner
West Palm, FL - Delray Beach Delray 18 Regal
New York, NY - New York Lincoln Square Loews
Phoenix, AZ- Tempe Center Point Harkins
Portland, OR- Portland Fox Regal
San Diego, CA- San Diego Madstone
San Diego, CA- San Diego Mission Valley AMC
San Francisco, CA- Sony Metreon
San Jose, CA- San Jose Camera 3
Seattle, WA- Seattle Uptown Loews
Seattle, WA- Seattle Varsity Landmark
Washington, DC- DC Washington Georgetown Loews
Flim: Better Luck Tomorrow Tuesday - April 01, 2003 02:39pm
Better Luck Tomorrow, also known as BLT will be in theaters on April 11th 2003. It will be released in what's called a "limited platform release," meaning it will be screened in a few select cities for the first few weeks, and then expand to more theaters in more cities.
The turnout at the screenings in these three cities is crucial in determining how wide the film will be released. So come support your Asian brothers and sisters in the flim industry and spread the word about the film and make sure you go watch it.
This film represents a major milestone for Asian Americans. It is the first ever Asian American film to be picked-up for distribution, and the first ever acquisition by MTV Films. So the success of the film will greatly determine the future of Asian American based films.
Everyone knows a person like Ben - the perfect Asian American high school teen. He's an extremely intelligent perfectionist, an overachiever whose tunnel vision will lead to nothing less than graduating at the top of the class and acceptance to the best Ivy League university.
Ben lives in an upper middle class, conservative L.A. suburb in Southern California. As he struggles to achieve social success in high school, we discover his darker side. Along with two friends, Virgil, a brilliant yet socially inept misfit, and Virgil's cousin Han, a lost soul with more brawn than brains, Ben leads a double life of mischief and petty crimes that alleviate the pressures of perfection.
At the start of his high school freshman year, Ben befriends Daric, the senior valedictorian and another archetypical overachiever and perfectionist. But Daric is somewhat odd. While being the most intelligent student in the class, he also seems to be the most volatile and dangerous. Behind his trusting and benevolent fa
Becoming American: The Chinese Experience Thursday - March 20, 2003 11:46pm
A 3-Part Bill Moyers Special:
Premiering on PBS March 25-27, 2003 at 9pm.
"What does it mean to become an American?"
"The story of Chinese Americans is part of the great American narrative, and ti has received too little mainstream attendtion. I have been interested in the experience of Chinese immigrants to this country- and what it helps us to understand about American- since back in the sixties when I was a young White House press secretary for President Lyndon Johnson.
"I worked on helping to pass the Immigration Acts of 1965 and then flew with President Johnson to the Statue of Liberty in new York Harbor where he signed the bill into law on October 3rd of that year. That act turned American immigration upside down. It opened the door for Asians and others to come here in record numbers, and it's been fascinating to watch with face of America change.
"Over the last forty years, I've heard Chinese Americans and recent arrivals grappling with the issues that every immigrant group has had to face over time. What does it really mean to become an American? What do you give up and what traditions do you try to preserve? At what moment do you think you are an American? And when do you feel you are accepted as American? These are personal and political issues. Issues of identity and assimiliation. Issues of access and empowerment. And they lie at the very heart of America's future."
3/25 Part One - Gold Mountain Dreams
3/26 Part Two: Between Two Worlds
3/27 Part Three: No Turning Back
15th Asian Entertainment Night @ Baggot Inn Tuesday - March 11, 2003 03:21pm
On Sunday March 9th, Melodic Syndrome Music Showcase hosted its 15th Asian Entertainment night, which is held every 2nd Sunday of the Month at the Baggot Inn. This monthly showcase features a variety of performers from singers, dancers, rappers to comedians of Asian descent.
The Baggot Inn reminds me of a dark hometown tavern from the old days, kind of like the Prancing Pony in Lord of the Rings. With wooden furniture and candles providing most of the illumination around us, it provided a relaxing environment for us to enjoy the show. The place was not very large, seating around 80 people up front around the small stage area with more space for standing speculators near the bar.
Even though it was an Asian Night, the crowd was quite mixed with mostly artsy types and the Asian mix was mostly Japanese. This was probably because the show was organized by the host of the night, Tomoko, who is also Japanese. But overall from my point of view, most of the speculators were the performers, their friends and a few talent scouts and reviewers.
Even though it was advertised as starting at 7pm, the show actually started at 9:30pm, which we found out is normal for this event. So if you decide to go to the next AEN we suggest going there around 9pm, a little earlier if you want seats. You can always enjoy a few drinks.
Now the show that night featured 15 acts: 8 singers, 1 rap group, 3 dances, and 2 comedian, and one poetry reading at the end. As with any talent showcase, not every act is going to be entertaining. Three of the act that stood out would have to be A.U.G (a Japanese Trio doing a Hip-Hop Dance), Notorious M.S.G. (the funny and energetic Chinatown Trio doing their signature FOB Rap), and DWIT (Male Vocal with Hip-Hop Dancing). This show also contain a few non-Asian performers, one of with was DWIT.
Out of the singers, I enjoyed the first act JC, Eric Chris, and DWIT. JC is a Filipino R&B singer with a good voice and nice songs. Both Eric Chris and DWIT is African American. Eric Chris resembles Wesley Snipes, maybe that why he was a stunt double for him his the
ClubZen is Back! Monday - February 10, 2003 03:32am
ClubZen has returned with a new and improved interface to once again become the premier source for Asian parties, nightlife, and entertainment information. Started in 1995, ClubZen has steadily become the hot spot for party-goers to get info on the next Asian event. ClubZen has also been a great tool for new promoters coming into the Asian scene and also for established promotion groups to spread the word about their events.
With the re-launch of version II, we wish to continue the ClubZen tradition of providing the most up-to-date listing of Asian parties and event. Our goal is to unite the growing Asian scene by keeping people in the know. We hope you like out new look. There will be many more features that will be added. So for now, keep the parties going.