(H)API Hour at Hukilau for Chinese Progressive Assoc

Join us as (H)API Hour supports the Chinese Progressive Association (www.cpasf.org) on Friday, May 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hukilau (dahukilau.com) at 5 Masonic Ave. (SW Corner of Masonic and Geary) in San Francisco.

We’re asking for a $10 voluntary donation at the door. 100 percent of the funds collected will be donated to CPA.

For 35 years, the Chinese Progressive Association has nurtured generations of movement builders to fight for social justice. Today, we continue to educate and organize the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people. CPA engages in community education and organizing around health and environmental justice, workers’ rights, housing, and immigrant rights. Your support will help to sustain our critical work.

The (H)API Hour (hapihour.org) brings together supporters of Asian American Pacific Islander communities through happy hours that raise funds for, and awareness of, nonprofit organizations serving AAPIs in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. We hold our events roughly every month in the Bay Area and 2-3 times a year in Los Angeles — each event benefiting a different AAPI organization. (H)API Hour is an event series run by volunteers and is not itself a nonprofit. One hundred percent of all funds raised are donated to the organizations we benefit.

RSVP @ evite.com | upcoming.org | going.com | keith@hapihour.org

If you can help us promote this event, please download a text file by right-clicking on this link.


May 3 (H)API Hour with CAAGE for Chinese Historical Society of America

Celebrate APA Heritage Month by joining us for a (H)API Hour event with the Coalition of Asian American Government Employees (CAAGE) on Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30-8 pm at the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) on 965 Clay Street (cross street Powell). A $10 voluntary donation at the door will support CHSA. Please RSVP to events@chsa.org:

Our special guest will be San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, the city’s highest ranking elected APA.

CAAGE’s long-standing goal is to promote the talents and strengths of APAs in public service by building relations with other employee and community organizations while supporting Asian leadership.

CHSA is proud to present Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act. In 1882, Congress passed the nation’s first immigration legislation–a law to prevent people of Chinese descent from entering the United States. The act would tear apart families, cut the nation’s Chinese American population in half, and remove their right to become citizens.

Featuring an exhibit and museum theater piece, Remembering 1882 culminates in a panel discussion & reception May 9 from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Philip Burton Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate. The panel will investigate the historical significance of 1882, the subsequent civil rights struggle, and its ramification today.

RSVP on our evite or to info@hapihour.org.

Korean American Organizations Set Up ‘Virginia Tech Memorial Fund’

The Korean American Coalition, the Mirae Foundation and the Southern California Korean College Student Association announced today (press release) the creation of a “Virginia Tech Memorial Fund” to support those affected by the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech.

The groups extended their “most heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy, and does not condone any act of violence.”

“The catastrophe that has befallen the victims and their families is tragic and terrible,” said Gie Kim, President of the KAC-DC chapter. “Our community expresses sympathy with the victims and their families as fellow Americans, and the thoughts and prayers of our community are with them.”

“We have found an overwhelming outpouring of support from students across the nation for those victims at Virginia Tech,” said Adrian Hong, member of the Board of Directors of the Mirae Foundation. “The students in Blacksburg have the sympathy and support of fellow students all over the nation, as well as our greater community.”

If you would like to contribute to the Virginia Tech Memorial Fund, please send checks to:

Korean American Coalition
Attn: VA Tech Memorial Fund
1001 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 730
Washington, DC 20036

Or donate online here

Yesterday, the Asian American Journalists Association issued a media advisory urging media to use caution in how the suspected shooter’s ethnicity factors into any coverage.

“As coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting continues to unfold, AAJA urges all media to avoid using racial identifiers unless there is a compelling or germane reason. There is no evidence at this early point that the race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman has anything to do with the incident, and to include such mention serves only to unfairly portray an entire people.

“The effect of mentioning race can be powerfully harmful. It can subject people to unfair treatment based simply on skin color and heritage. “

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) issued a press release today epxressing shock “by the meaningless loss of human life in the killing of over 30 students and faculty at Virginia Tech. The JACL joins the rest of the Nation to express condolences to the families of those who perished in this tragedy and wish for a speedy recovery of those who were injured.”

In this tragedy, the JACL also cautioned against reprisals against students, faculty, and others who are of Asian ancestry. While it has been confirmed that the gunman was Asian, there is no evidence that race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman had anything to do with the incident. The JACL emphasizes that this tragedy must be seen as the act of an individual and not that of an ethnic community.

JACL National Director, Floyd Mori stated, “The Asian American community is stunned and outraged that such a horrible incident could occur anywhere, especially in the peaceful atmosphere of an academic institution. We grieve with the families and friends of those who have died, yet we caution against stigmatizing an entire ethnic community. The Asian American community understands well the negative impact of such ethnic stigmatizing, and we hope that authorities will assure the future safety of all students and faculty there at Virginia Tech.”

The JACL is the largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization in the country with members through out the nation and over one hundred active chapters in over 20 states.


The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, NAKASEC, and our affiliates in Los Angeles (Korean Resource Center), in Chicago (Korean American Resource & Cultural Center), and Flushing, NY (YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community) extend our deepest condolences to the students, faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech. We join all Americans in mourning the lives lost as a result of the school shooting that took place yesterday.

Our hearts go out to the victims, their family members and friends. This unspeakable tragedy hurts all of us. As a community, Korean Americans will come together to provide the support and resources needed for the students, their families, the faculty and the staff at Virginia Tech. to overcome the grief and pain that overwhelms them all at this moment.

From Colombine to last fall’s shooting in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, school shootings & gun violence continue. The Korean American community will join the efforts of others in tackling the root causes of these senseless school shootings that continue to endanger our children and young adults.

NAKASEC is a national Korean American civil rights organization was founded in 1994 to promote the full participation of Korean Americans in American society. The organization’s website is http://www.nakasec.org.


OCA, a national Asian Pacific American organization dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, expressed its support for Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, friends, and family members in the wake of yesterday’s tragic shootings.

“The events at Virginia Tech were horrible and devastating, and OCA extends its support and sympathies to the entire grieving community,” said Ginny Gong, OCA National President. “We hope that the healing process is swift and complete for all those affected.”

“We, like the rest of the country, are shocked at these murders,” said Michael Lin, OCA Executive Director.  “We trust that the administration and law enforcement authorities will do their utmost to ensure the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech during this time of tragedy.”


Today, Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus offered the following statement:

“On behalf of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I express my profound sympathy to the campus community of Virginia Tech University for the tragic murders that occurred yesterday. We offer our prayers to the students, their families, the faculty, and the staff at Virginia Tech.

“As the campus community joins together to mourn and rebuild, CAPAC will stand together with all Members of Congress and our community leaders to find ways to prevent future incidents and to offer support and resources to the Virginia Tech community.”

Join AAJA-SF at April 21 Matinee of ‘After the War’ by Philip Kan Gotanda

After the War
by Philip Kan Gotanda
Directed by Carey Perloff

Fillmore Street. San Francisco. 1946. A place to call home?

When more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II, San Francisco’s bustling Japantown suddenly became an urban ghost town. African Americans from the neighboring Fillmore District, rural whites from the Midwest, and other societal outcasts began to fill the vacant neighborhood. But what happened when the Japanese Americans came back?

In this world premiere commissioned and developed by A.C.T., Philip Kan Gotanda (The Wash, A.C.T.’s Yohen) portrays an unexpected grouping of characters as they struggle to revive a community shattered by the effects of the war. Radiantly hopeful, heart-wrenchingly honest, and deeply infused with the jazz rhythms of the neighborhood, After the War is a powerful valentine to San Francisco—and to the everyday people who built this city with their lives, loves, and stories.

Join members of the Bay Area chapter of the Asian American Journalists for the 2 p.m. showing this Saturday, April 7 April 21. (Sorry, I got the date wrong!)

AAJA-SF is getting a group rate of $38.50 ($40 via credit card on paypal) for balcony seats (regular $45). The group may have dinner or drinks afterward.

Credit card payments accepted at aajasf.org or contact Jessie Mangaliman at jmangaliman@mercurynews.com by Thursday, April 5.

VC FILMFEST 2007: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Presented by Honda Announces Line Up for May 3 – 10, 2007

Co-sponsored by APA|FIVE, bSocial, APA Bar Association of LA County, the Organization of Chinese Americans-Orange County, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) and Hyphen Magazine
Presented by Philip Kan Gotanda’s ‘Life Tastes Good’ Now on DVD
Supporting Project by Project (PbP)
Co-hosted by Keith Kamisugi, Ling-ling Chang, Diane Tanaka, Derek Tran and Brian Wang

Wednesday, May 2, 2007
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chop Suey Cafe + Lounge / Far Bar
347 E 1st Street
Little Tokyo

$10 voluntary donations at the door will go to Project by Project (PbP)

RSVP at http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/keith@keithpr.com/vcfilmfest2007
or via email to keith@hapihour.org

Join us for a VC FilmFest “warm up” party! Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center features VC FILMFEST 2007: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Presented by Honda from May 3-10. Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind launches the celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 150 films and videos from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international directors.

This will be your opportunity to be among the first to get the festival calendar and plan your movie-going week with the festival. VC will invite all the participating local filmmakers along with their respective casts to join in the festivities and mingle with the (H)API Hour folks in a casual atmosphere.

festival.vconline.org | www.myspace.com/vcfilmfest

About the Supporting Organizations

APA|FIVE is the organization behind INSPIRE|07, a three-day conference Sept. 1-3, 2007, in San Francisco bringing together more than 1,000 Asian Pacific American professionals and leaders, for the largest interdisciplinary network in the country.

Philip Kan Gotanda’s ‘Life Tastes Good’ Now on DVD. Asian-American playwright Philip Kan Gotanda made his directorial debut with this unusual crime drama. Also starring Julia Nickson, Tamlyn Tomita, Greg Watanabe, Kelvin Han Yee and Tim Lounibos, the film was executive produced by Dale Minami and features music by Dan Kuramoto of Hiroshima. Life Tastes Good was shown as part of the American Spectrum series at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. DVD now available on Amazon, Netflix, Blockbuster and many other locations and sites.
myspace.com/lifetastesgoodmovie | youtube.com/lifetastesgoodmovie

On July 19, 2007, LEAP will host its annual Awards Dinner Gala, which will take place at the Los Angeles Hilton in Universal City. This gala dinner celebrates LEAP’s 25th Anniversary as well as the leadership and accomplishments of individuals and organizations who exemplify LEAP’s mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders through leadership, empowerment and policy.

bSocial is a brand new ‘social club’ catering to young professionals looking for a fun happy-hour type event with a cosmopolitan crowd & hip, sophisticated surroundings.

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County is a member organization comprised of attorneys, judges, commissioners and law students throughout Los Angeles County. It is a voice for issues of concern to the Asian Pacific Islander community. APABA provides legal education and assistance to underserved Asian Pacific Islander communities and also sponsors programs in professional development, community education, and law student mentorship.

OCA-OC is the Orange County chapter of OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. To full its mission, OCA’s goals are to: advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment; promote civic participation, education, and leadership; advance coalitions and community building; and foster cultural heritage.

Hyphen is a magazine about Asian America for the culturally and politically savvy. Built around a clarity of image, word and social awareness, Hyphen takes form from the artists, thinkers and creators who are shaping a new multiethnic generation. Hyphen is not a formula but a sensibility—not a collection of recycled fare with an Asian flavor, but original reporting on stories that move beneath the mainstream. Curious and questioning, Hyphen looks into the hard issues, but also the Asian American by accident, by tangent or by happenstance. Visually arresting, it strikes the gut with clean design, sharp photography and original illustration.

Project by Project (PbP) is a national volunteer organization of social entrepreneurs that serves Asian Pacific American non-profit organizations by raising public awareness, encouraging volunteerism and building capital. Each year, a PbP chapter partners with a different Asian Pacific American community-based organization and tailors an eight- month long campaign to help the group achieve its goals. By partnering with a different undeservedgroup each year and assisting in areas such as fundraising, marketing and public relations, event planning, strategic consulting, recruiting, and other assistance, Project by Project represents an innovative and unique approach to community service. Project by Project is a 100% volunteer driven, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center today announced their Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night films for the upcoming VC FILMFEST 2007: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Presented by Honda. The festival runs from May 3 through May 10 at the Director’s Guild of America, the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatres, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and the Aratani/Japan America Theatre.

Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind launches the celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 150 films and videos from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international directors. This year, Los Angeles based filmmakers are featured in the highlighted slots of the festival.

Highlights include:

OPENING NIGHT (Thursday, May 3) at Director’s Guild of America

CENTERPIECE FILM (Sunday, May 6) at Director’s Guild of America
AMERICAN ZOMBIE — A FILM BY GRACE LEE (THE GRACE LEE PROEJCT) VC FILMFEST alum Grace Lee is back with her first narrative feature film about the making of a documentary about the lives of zombies living in the US. A huge hit at 2007 Slamdance and 2007 South by Southwest film festivals, American Zombie answers the question — Is There Life After Death? — with a resounding YES!!!

CLOSING NIGHT (Thursday, May 10) at Aratani/Japan America Theatre
THE REBEL — A FILM BY CHARLIE NGUYEN The talented Vietnamese American filmmaker Charlie Nguyen brings THE REBEL, an action/adventure romance epic set in 1920’s Saigon as a government agent and the daughter of a rebel peasant flee the clutches of a malevolent turncoat thirsty for power. Starring: DUSTIN NGUYEN, JOHNNY TRI NGUYEN and NGO THANH VAN

— A Tribute to Mako (the Oscar nominated actor who passed away in 2006)
— Spotlight on the Director — An Afternoon with Justin Lin
— Spotlight on the Actor — An Afternoon with Dustin Nguyen
— Cinematographers Master Class


— HULA GIRLS — Japan
— EAGLE VS. SHARK — New Zealand
— ANG PAMANA — Philippines
— TODO TODO TEROS — Philippines
— KING AND THE CLOWN — South Korea


— BOLINAO 52 — Duc Nguyen
— THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI — Linda Hattendorf
— YOUNG REPUBLIC — Nooshin Navidi
— BEST IN THE WEST — Maryam Kashani
— NA KAMELEI: MEN OF HULA — Lisette Marie Flanery
— NEW YEAR BABY — Socheata Poeuv
— BABY — Juwan Chung
— AMERICAN PASTIME — Desmond Nakano

More films and events will be announced later.

Established in 1983, VC FILMFEST is Southern California’s leading showcase for Asian Pacific American and Asian international cinema. This year, the eight-day movie-rama will also include a complement of filmmaker seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and awards.

For ticket and program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on to http://www.vconline.org or contact Visual Communications at (213) 680-4462 x68.

VC FILMFEST 2007 is presented by Honda and supported by the following sponsors: Presenting — Honda; Premium — Directors Guild of America; Premiere — John Woo Presents Stranglehold from Midway Games; Platinum –National Endowment for the Arts; Screen Actors Guild — Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund; Gold — AZN Television; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Macy’s; Multicultural Radio Broadcast, Inc.; Project By Project; Sony Pictures Entertainment; and Wahoo’s Fish Taco; Silver — Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; Cultural Affairs Department — City of Los Angeles; Eastman Kodak Company; Entertainment Partners; FOX; MUSE; Bronze — Asian Pacific Community Fund; Hitachi, Ltd.; Little Tokyo Service Center; SAG Indie; Search to Involve Pilipino Americans; Writers Guild of America — West, Inc; Official Festival Beer –Heineken; Official International Airline — Cathay Pacific Airways; Official Domestic Airline — Southwest Airlines; Awards — Eastman Kodak Company; Entertainment Partners, LA Digital Post, Write Brothers, Inc; Media — LA36; GIANT ROBOT; IKOn; LA 18/KSCI-TV; and Multicultural Radio Broadcast, Inc.

Film Fest Party Celebrates Asian Pacific American Political Empowerment

On Saturday, several artists attending the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival appeared at an afterparty and fundraiser at the Dot Bar in Japantown’s Miyako Hotel to show their support for Asian Pacific American political empowerment. More than $1,000 was collected at the event and donated to APAs for Progress.

Special guests included Yul Kwon (Survivor), Ken Leung (X-Men 3, Shanghai Kiss), Jacqueline Kim (Charlotte Sometimes, Present), Karin Anna Cheung (Better Luck Tomorrow, My Life Disoriented), Ron Yuan (Baby), Chris Chan Lee (Yellow, Undoing), Sung Kang (Undoing) and Eric Byler (Charlotte Sometimes, Americanese).

Byler, whose new film Tre screened at the festival, contacted the filmmakers of Shanghai Kiss and Baby, which also premiered Saturday, with the idea to throw a joint party and deliver a meaningful message about the link between representation in mainstream media and representation in the political process.

“The alchemy of the arts and media is a path to political empowerment for Asian Pacific Americans and for all marginalized communities,” said Byler. “More than ever before, today’s politics is about control of the media message, and now that the Internet is a big part of that message, we have a unique opportunity to make our voice heard.”

Byler came to such conclusions as a leader of Real Virginians For Webb, an Asian American-focused grassroots organization credited with helping Jim Webb defeat former Sen. George Allen in the 2006 Virginia Senate race. Through a combination of guerrilla and new media approaches (including a YouTube video featuring Lost star Daniel Dae Kim), the grassroots organization was able to garner support from the national APA community. Donations sent from APA strongholds like San Francisco, Honolulu and Los Angeles meant that the power of the national community was being focused on a Senate race in Virginia, where Asian Pacific Americans are still struggling to assert their power.

The videos Byler shot during the campaign, seen collectively by more than 40,000 viewers on YouTube, generated an unprecedented involvement of Asian Americans in the election. A poll by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund showed that 76 percent of Asian American Virginians voted for Webb, who won the race by just three-tenths of a percent of the total vote.

Learn more about Eric and his work on his Myspace page.

March 17 Party for Shanghai Kiss, Tre and Baby

Shanghai Kiss/Tre Afterparty & Baby World Premiere Party

a (H)API hour fundraiser for APAs for Progress
co-hosted by the Harvard B-School Asian American Alumni Association
with special guests the Asian American Journalists Association SF Bay Area*

Saturday, March 17, 2007
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Dot Bar in the Miyako Hotel
$10 suggested donation at the door
(proceeds go to APAs for Progress)

RSVP on evite.com

Join special guests Tre director Eric Byler and writer/actor Kimberly-Rose Wolter, Shanghai Kiss directors Kern Konwiser, David Ren, producer Kip Konwiser and actor Ken Leung, along with Baby director Juwan Chung, producer Jason Cerrato, and stars Tzi Ma, Ron Yuan, Kenny Choi and Feodor Chin, plus Present director Jacqueline Kim, Undoing director Chris Chan Lee, Better Luck Tomorrow’s Karin Anna Cheung, Yul Kwon from Survivor, and filmmakers and stars from other festival entries and from the Bay Area arts community.

Click on the photos below to learn more about each movie.

“This festival isn’t just about the Asian American community supporting its artists; it’s also about artists supporting the community,” says Eric Byler, writer/director of Charlotte Sometimes, Americanese, and TRE. “The alchemy of the arts and media is a path to political empowerment for Asian Americans and for all marginalized communities. As artists, we can lead the way by joining and supporting organizations like Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. We’d be nowhere without the community’s support, so really, this is the least we can do.”

See two examples of how Eric and others did this in the 2006 campaign:

* YouTube: 2006 VA Senate Race: Looking Back at Role of Asian Americans
* YouTube: Daniel Dae Kim Calls Out the APA Community

Learn more about our supporting organizations

hapihour.org | apaforprogress.org | hbs4a.org | aajasf.org

*The AAJA-SF Bay Area chapter’s presence at this event does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the event organizers.

(H)API Hour on March 8 for AACRE at Lucid

Join us in a (H)API Hour for Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE) on Thursday, March 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the new Lucid Bar and Gallery on 580 Sutter (cross Mason).

We’re asking for a $10 voluntary donation at the door. 100 percent of the funds collected will be donated to AACRE. RSVP on this evite or email keith@hapihour.org.

Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality is a progressive voice advocating for social justice in California. As the only policy office in Sacramento dedicated to state legislative and budget advocacy, AACRE fights for critical legislation and funding on behalf of our diverse Asian Pacific American communities and empowers APAs to be an active and engaged force in advancing civil rights and social justice.

AACRE is a collaborative project of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and the Asian Law Caucus. Building on the expertise and commitment of these three civil rights organizations, AACRE primarily focuses its advocacy efforts on assisting low-income, immigrant, and underserved Asian Pacific Americans. AACRE advocates on a broad range of issues, including civil rights, language rights, and voting rights, as well as broader issues of equity and justice.

Please use this static link to invite others:

Feb 22 H(API) Hour for Citizens for the World

UDPATE 2/23: For more information about Citizens for the World and the March 3 fashion show, visit:
http://citizensfortheworld.org/the_bare_campaign.  The link at the top of the page will allow you to purchase tickets online. iki Matsumoto and Kenneth Wun were the winners of the free tickets we were
giving away.

Join us on Thursday, February 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Lucid (580 Sutter St. at Mason) in San Francisco as we support Citizens for the World, a nonprofit that promotes awareness of poverty issues affecting developing countries in Asia.

We’ll ask for a $10 donation (not required to attend) and in turn give you drink specials until 8 p.m. Citizens for the World reps will share more information about their organization and also about fashion show on March 3, featuring Yul Kwon (CBS Survivor winner), and Carol Chen (2006 Miss San Francisco).

Attend the Feb. 22 (H)API Hour and be the first to buy discounted tickets (regular price $30) to Citizens for the World’s March 3 fashion show with Yul Kwon and Carol Chen We’ll be raffling off two free tickets to the fashion show at tonight’s (H)API Hour.

RSVP on our evite or email info@hapihour.org.

The March 3 fashion show will “encourage creativity and allows participants to personalize their anti-poverty message by modifying the jeans worn during the show. These fashionable jeans will also be sold to spread awareness and fund future campaigns. Thus, BARE becomes more than just a fashion show — it becomes a personal statement by the participants to share with others.”

Chat with Kelly Hu; hapihour.org co-presenting films at SFIAAFF

Photo of Kelly Huhapihour.org’s Keith Kamisugi chats with Kelly Hu about “Undoing” and “Shanghai Kiss,” two films starring Kelly appearing at the 2007 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. The festival takes place March 15-25, 2007, in various locations around San Francisco and the Bay Area. Kelly is currently starring in “In Case of Emergency,” an ABC comedy at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. We talk a little about Kelly explaining spam musubi to talk show host Craig Ferguson. You can see the YouTube video on twojapaneebruddahs.com.

hapihour.org will be co-presenting “Undoing” and “Shanghai Kiss” at SFIAAFF (see below).

UPDATE (02.16.07): The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), which this year brings the Bay Area 125 films and videos from the United States and around the world, proudly celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Festival takes place March 15 to 25, 2007, in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose and will have a new homebase: the AMC Van Ness Theatres (1000 Van Ness Ave.). In addition to usual programs at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro St.), the Pacific Film Archive (2575 Bancroft Way) in Berkeley and the Camera 12 Cinemas (288 S 2nd St.) in San Jose, there will also be screenings at the Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema (601 Van Ness Ave.) in San Francisco. For more information or tickets please visit www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org or call (415) 865-1588.

Excluding special events, galas and special screenings, advanced general admission tickets are $10 until March 14, 2007. Beginning March 15, general admission tickets will be $11. Students, senior (65+) and disabled adults are $9 (Limit 1 per program with ID Only!), and Center for Asian American Media members are $8 (Limit 2 per program per ID).

Shanghai kiss

SHANGHAI KISS: An LA actor encounters culture shock and romance when he inherits his grandmother’s Shanghai home. A delightful comedy starring Ken Leung and Kelly Hu. film info

UndoingUNDOING: A shadowy figure returns to the Los Angeles underworld to confront his past in this noir-influenced drama starring Sung Kang, Kelly Hu and Russell Wong. film info

DISCOUNT TICKETS: We will be able to purchase group tickets for Shanghai Kiss and Undoing at a special rate of $7.50 for 20 or more people. Fill out this form if you’re interested. (UPDATE 2/22: festival informed me that the discount price is a dollar more than they previously announced. UPDATE 2/23: festival retracted the price increase so it’s back to $7.50.)

MARCH 17 PARTY FOR ERIC BYLER AND APA FOR PROGRESS: More information coming, but the party will be on Sat., March 17, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Dot Lounge in the Miyako Hotel.

Upcoming Events

After a few months of light activity, we’re lining up some great events.

On Thursday, February 22, we’re throwing a (H)API Hour to support Citizens for the World, a group promoting awareness of poverty in Asia. Brian Wang, who’sone of our new organizers, is helping the group. We’re looking for a location now…

We’re supporting Chinese for Affirmative Action and AACRE (Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality) on Thursday, March 8, again location TBD.

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is coming up in March and we’ll be co-presenting two of the films. More details on that after the festival releases more details to the public.

In LA, we’re talking about doing events with LEAP and also Project by Project.