“Fresh Off The Boat” screening party in Washington DC


Angry Asian Man: 

For folks in Washington DC who are looking forward to the upcoming premiere of the ABC sitcom Fresh Off The Boat, save the date for a screening party hosted by DC Asian Pacific American Film at DC’s first and only Korean-style pojangmacha, BUL. After the viewing, special guests Janelle Wong (UMD), Christian Oh (DC APA Film), and Kat Chow (NPR) will provide insight and comments and lead an engaging audience discussion.

It’s happening Wednesday, February 10. Here are some more details:

Who: BUL and DC Asian Pacific American Film

What: An intimate screening party for the groundbreaking ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat starring an all Asian American cast: Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Forrest Wheeler, and Hudson Yang. The TV series is loosely based on the life and autobiography of celebrity chef and Baohaus owner Eddie Huang, whose book is entitled Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir.

After the series premiere, which airs at 8:00 p.m. EST, special guests Janelle Wong (Director of Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland), Kat Chow (Journalist, NPR’s CodeSwitch) and Christian Oh (Executive Director, DC APA Film) will provide insight and commentary, then lead an engaging audience discussion with restaurant diners.

Where: BUL, 2431 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7-9:30 p.m.

Why: Fresh Off the Boat is of special significance to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, whose presence in mass media are often overlooked or misrepresented. Like the restaurants run by Huang and his parents in real life and in fiction, BUL is a family-owned business run by first generation Asian Americans.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. A portion of ticket sales will go to supporting DC Asian Pacific American Film as they gear up for their 15th annual film festival, scheduled for April 16-19. For further information about the event, head over to Facebook.

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Obama to nominate Todd Kim to DC Court of Appeals

 

KoreAm:

President Barack Obama said on Friday will nominate Todd Sunhwae Kim to serve on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The president said he was confident Kim could take over successfully for former Judge Kathryn A. Oberly.

Todd Sunhwae Kim has proven himself to be not only a first-rate legal mind but a faithful public servant,” President Obama said in a statement. “It is with full confidence in his ability, integrity, and independence that I nominate him to serve on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.”

The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission initially accepted 11 applicants for the position in October 2013, and narrowed the number to three potential candidates in December 2013.

Kim currently serves as the first Solicitor General for the District of Columbia, a position to which he was appointed in 2006.

Todd Kim received his undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard College in 1995 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1997.

As the first Solicitor General of the District of Columbia, Kim oversees appellate litigation for the D.C. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment to Solicitor General, Kim served as an appellate attorney with the Justice Department’s environment and national resources division, practicing extensively before each of the 13 federal appellate courts.

Kim was the first contestant on the ABC game show Who Wants to be a Super Millionaire in 2004, on which he reached the million-dollar question but decided to walk away with $500,000.

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Property bought by Indian gov’t for Indian Cultural Center in Washington, DC

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The government of India has brought a property to house an Indian Cultural Center in downtown Washington, DC for $5.7 million.

The deal comes after two decades “of a quest and search for building that could be a voice for India,” which, according to Indian Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao, had reached epic proportions.

Rao told rediff.com, “It was a priority for me and was one of my goals.”

The property — a two-story building — was sold by the principals of Rock Creek Property Group to India for $5,750,000, or $467 per square foot, based on the total building size of 12,325 square feet, which includes two stories plus a small lower level.

I wasn’t going to leave town without making sure it was done — and it’s a done deal,” the ambassador, who will relinquish her charge on November 4 and be replaced by S. Jaishankar, currently India’s ambassador to China, said, and added, “So, I would count it as one of my major achievements.”

Rao acknowledged that the building would have to be refurbished — which some real estate analysts conservatively estimate will cost at least $1 million — but said “the next ambassador will have to take it from here.”

She said that although it was being dubbed as a cultural center, she envisaged it to be more “of a clearing house for ideas — a think tank and nerve centre for ideas — and not just a cultural centre.”

Rao, who was obviously elated over the purchase, said, “It’s a heritage building I believe, which had once been a main post office.”

The building had also once housed a nightclub called Cada Vez, which had attracted a largely Latina and gay clientele.  It has since gone through several other incarnations before being bought by the Rock Creek Property Group in December 2010 for $2.7 million.

At a reception accorded to her by the Indian American community, Rao said, “Our embassy worked very hard on this,” adding that embassy personnel had looked at over 20 buildings before deciding on 1438 U Street.

Finally the stars were aligned, everything worked out, we purchased the building and now the task is to refurbish it,” she said.

Rao reiterated, “I see it not merely as a cultural centre for India. We have a lot of Indian culture — all of you have been so active and there are so many Indian Americans who are votaries for India’s cultural expression in this country.”

Rao said, ‘I see that even more than that. I see that as a nerve centre for new ideas, for seminars, for conferences. That’s been my dream — that’s been my dream for this centre, to make more people more aware of the importance and significance of India and its growing role in the world.

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Otakon, 20 year-old otaku convention, moving from Baltimore to DC

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Otakon, the Japanese and East Asian anime and culture convention that has drawn tens of thousands of people to Baltimore since 1999, will be held in Washington beginning in 2017, organizers announced Sunday.

Otakon is one of the largest annual conventions Baltimore hosts. By 2017, the convention will move to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will remain in Washington for “at least five years,” Otakon organizers said. A return to Baltimore was not ruled out, but organizers said a return would have to wait until upgrades to the Baltimore Convention Center are complete.

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Otakon moving from Baltimore to DC

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