From Better Luck Tomorrow to K-Town: Asian Americans and Los Angeles in 21st Century Media

Here is a great article on the KCET (Southern California’s PBS entity) website regarding the path of Asian Americans in film and tv over the last 15 years, including interviews with directors Quentin Lee and Justin Lin. As many know, Justin Lin (who has directed four films in the Fast and the Furious franchise) made his initial mark as the director of the groundbreaking Generaxian-X film, Better Luck Tomorrow (featuring The Fast and the FuriousSung Kang, and Star Trek‘s  John Cho).

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From Better Luck Tomorrow to K-Town: Asian Americans and Los Angeles in 21st Century Media



KTVU producers fired over the four Asiana Air fake/racist names that it aired

KTVU-TV has confirmed that the station fired three veteran producers over the four fake names for the on-air gaffe involving the fake names of those Asiana Airline pilots that became a viral YouTube clip and a major embarrassment to the station. Investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock were all dismissed after an in-house investigation into the matter.

To backtrack, during its noon newscast on July 12, anchor Tori Campbell announced that “KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board” the ill-fated plane – then proceeded to read from a teleprompter while the phony names were displayed on a graphic.

The names she gave were Capt. Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow.

Only after the station returned from a break did Campbell – who had clearly been unaware of the mistake – read an on-air correction, telling viewers that the station had confirmed the names with the National Transportation Safety Board.

By day’s end, the NTSB issued its own apology for “inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed” to KTVU. Soon after, the NTSB announced that it had fired a summer intern over the incident.

Colleagues said they were saddened, but not completely surprised by the dismissals given the international attention the gaffe got, including a threat – later dropped – by Asiana to sue to the station.

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KTVU producers fired over the four Asiana Air fake/racist names that it aired



Scotty Nguyen and Tracy Shibata: “There Goes My Baby”

Check out our friends Scotty Nguyen and Tracy Shibata, dancing in this video to Usher‘s “There Goes My Baby.”

Scotty is a dancer/choreographer/director who has danced for the likes of Michael Jackson and The Spice Girls. His choreography has been featured on Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor USA, and America’s Best Dance Crew enlisted Scotty as a supervising choreographer for it’s seventh season. Scotty is currently working as the director/choreographer for the highly acclaimed Nuclear Cowboyz 2013 tour.

Tracy has been a featured dancer on television (Fame, X-Factor) and on tours with Rihanna and Kylie Minogue. She is currently on world tour with P!NK.



Hideki “Godzilla” Matsui re-signs and resigns from the Yankees

Hideki Matsui retired from the New York Yankees on Sunday (July 29, 2013), as he signed a one-day minor league deal with the team and later inked his retirement papers in a ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Flanked by his father, mother and brother, Matsui sat at a desk behind home plate and signed his retirement papers to officially retire as a Yankee.

Derek Jeter: “He came here and was supposed to be this Godzilla that hits home runs, but he was a situational hitter. Matsui moved runners when he had to move them, he got big hits, he drove guys in, he wanted to play every day. The biggest thing — he never made excuses. Never heard him talk about any injuries, which I appreciate — he would play or he didn’t play; I enjoyed getting to know him throughout the years. He’s always been one of my favorite teammates and always will be.”

Jeter, who jokingly called Matsui an “ojiichan,” which is Japanese for old man.  Matsui reigned king in New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, Tampa Bay, and Bunkyo, Tokyo (the city in which Hideki played with the Yomiuri Giants for the first ten years of his baseball career).

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Hideki “Godzilla” Matsui re-signs and resigns from the Yankees

Hideki Matsui


Lambo’s and Yakuza… What’s not to love about that?

Underground Hero: Love To Hate Me – Lamborghini Bosozoku is a mini-documentary by Luke Huxham following Moroshi-San, a Lamborghini enthusiast, speed demon, and member of the Japanese Yakuza.

It takes a look at the underground automotive culture reaped by some of Japan’s most dangerous drivers. Just short of eight minutes, the documentary not only showcases the stunning cars shredding the city, but also delves in to Moroshi-san’s first encounter with a Lamborghini Countach, childhood disobedience, and what he describes as the “grey” area of his work.

The film also features Japan’s Bosozoku riders, and their heavily modified Honda and Suzuki bikes.