NORTH KOREA AND SCIENCE FICTION – talk by Seo-Young Chu, followed by screening of PULGASARI (dir. Shin Sang-ok, 1985)
Monday, February 28 · 6:30 pm 20 Cooper Square, Room 471 Since the division of Korea following World War II, the reality of North Korea has evaded direct representation. Photographs and firsthand accounts of this enigmatic country are relatively scarce. At the same time, the idea of North Korea has served as a prolific aesthetic resource – a wealth of images, metaphors, symbols – for a number of science-fiction writers and thinkers. David Mitchell, for example, draws from North Korea’s ominous mystique to generate powerful dystopian effects in his 2004 novel ‘Cloud Atlas’, parts of which are set in a futuristic Korea where the basic rights of humanoid artifacts are continually violated. Similarly, the 2002 James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’ borrows from North Korea’s nuclear aura to charge its North Korean villains with radioactive otherness and inhumanity.
Is the ‘poverty’ of factual representations of North Korea paradoxically what makes the idea of North Korea so ‘rich’ as a source of representational material? How do images of North Korea in South Korean science fiction differ from (or resemble) images of North Korea in Korean American science fiction? Can the Western imagination of North Korea be understood as a form of Orientalism? Finally, is it possible to place Anglophone accounts of a science-fictional North Korea in meaningful dialogue with North Korean works of science fiction such as the 1985 monster film ‘Pulgasari’?
Game Night with Bengali Students Association Tuesday, March 1 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm Kimmel 910 We challenge you to come and show your face for an awesome evening of Game Night organized by your very own BSA E-board! We have lots of games! If you would like to play something very strongly and would like us to include it, please send Tasfia an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can have that arranged. We also have food to feed your competitive appetite! Its a fierce time. Be there.
Family Dinner with CSS Wednesday, March 2 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm Kimmel 406 Getting ready for another semester of schoolwork? Well let go of some stress with us at CSS’s family dinner on Wednesday, March 2nd! This dinner is going to be formal (or semi-formal) with music, games, and lots of Chinese food! Get a chance to meet our awesome e-board members & participate in super fun games! If you are interested or still interested in attending this event please shoot us an email at email@example.com with a reply such as “attending” or “omg i’m so excited.” (Haha jk.)
F4NK: ADRIAN HONG: LiNK Co-Founder Guest Speaker Session Thursday, March 3 · 6:30pm - 7:30pm Kimmel 905 This THURSDAY, March 3, in Kimmel 905 at 6:30pm, F4NK will be hosting, with great honor, guest speaker ADRIAN HONG to speak about his experiences working as a founder of LiNK and his newest organizational involvements with the Pegasus Project.(Adrian’s TED Fellows Bio: http://www.ted.com/fellows/view/id/22)
Perhaps February is in fact the maddest month of the year, as there have been protests across Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Greece, and more muted rumblings in Iran, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and of course Wisconsin.
I would like to plead, therefore, for the opposite case that superficial similarities in terms of political structures, religious beliefs and skin color do not necessarily make analogous existential crisis.
Though presenting and being presented as a unified front, the Middle East is home to diverse peoples (socially, culturally and religiously because not all Islams are made the same) and - ye gods yes- different political systems as well. Despite the triumphant narratives of the “democratic domino effect in the Middle East”#; what is happening is much more reflective of (and frankly can’t be understood without) national contexts, frustrations and passions. This section will be dedicated to compiling information on the historical background of, world response to, and general factual progression of the ongoing revolts in the Middle East/African/Arab/Islamic regions.
SPOTLIGHT ON BAHRAIN:
According to the CIA, Bahrain was formed in 1783 by the al-Khalifa family who conquered the land from Persia. The family’s power was cemented by signing treatises with the British in the 1800’s, effectively turning them into a protectorate and part of the empire. Independence was formerly attained in 1971.
As Ambrose Pierce so astutely pointed out war is God’s way of teaching Americans geography. Not that the United States government, regardless of administration, is likely to bear arms against a country that among other things, houses the U.S. 5th fleet and 4,200 U.S. troops protecting the Gulf pipeline that supplies military maneuvers in Afghanistan. The U.S. military and nominally the State Department have ties to the ruling monarchy, and as of 1991 are committed to a bilateral defense pact. The U.S. government is to be “consulted” in times of “security threats” to the tiny ruling family, so for now the U.S. is calling for a peaceful resolution to the protests.
So far, the Bahraini Royal family seems to be refraining from militarizing the situation further, aware no doubt of the old adage that the fewer unarmed protesters you shoot, the less angry people become. The military, responding to the royal family, initially went in like gangbusters on February 14th 2011, showering protesters in Pearl Square (the main square in the capital of Manama) with tear gas from helicopters and firing into the crowd on mourners, as well as medics and reporters#.
The Royal Family has since allowed Pearl Square to be occupied by thousands of protesters, and ordered the military to withdraw. In a further gesture of “goodwill” the monarchy claims to have released about 300 prisoners on February 23rd 2011, 100 of whom were “political prisoners”. Lawyers for prisoners accused of sedition against the state are concerned that these releases may only be temporary. On the same day the crown prince annouced that he was open to dialogue with the protesters, as his father King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa goes to seek advice from King of Saudia Arabia.
Possible Roots of Protest:
Nine out of ten U.S. and U.K. news outlets agree that this is a demand by the Shi’ia population of Bahrain (the majority of the 526,000 citizens) for more representation from the Sunni Royal family. A noted blogger and activist Ali Abdulemam was released Februrary 23rd, claims that the arresting officers slandered his religion during his interrogation and incarceration in jail. There has been sustained outcry over the last decade against the absolute monarchy, which has resulted in dozens of arrests.
Additionally, outside of the U.S. media’s favorite explanation for tension in any Islamic country, youth unemployment has been and is a huge problem in Bahrain, at 15% unemployment. The situation is so acute that the Bahrani government officially pursues an anti-migrant worker policy to promote job growth for nationals within Bahrain. Reportedly, as the fiscal crisis worsens, funding for outside projects is drying up.
Former Vice President Annette Lu formerly announced her candidacy for the 2012 presidency on Friday. Lu feels she is the most capable candidate because she was one of the only vice presidents to serve the maximum number of years, 8. For those eight years, she served under President Chen Shui-bian who adamantly promoted Taiwan’s independence from China. During the years of Chen and Lu’s administration however, the relations with China suffered because of their desire for independence. Lu plans to continue this campaign if elected into office. She feels that if the present president Ma Ying-jeou continues in office, “Taiwan will soon come to a demise”. However, when Ma obtained office, relations with China improved significantly. In the 2008 presidential elections, Ma of the Kuomingtang party won overwhelmingly over the pro-independence platform of the Democratic Progressive Party. His platform was improving trade and tourism with China.
China, who views Taiwan as a territory that is going to be reunified with it soon, even by force if necessary has called Lu “the scum of the nation”.
The South Korean military has been sending over leaflets to their Northern neighbors with messages of pro-democracy and information on the recent Egypt uprisings and its influence on Libya. (The media of North Korea are under one of the most strict government controls in the world and the government is particular about the leakage of news that might undermine the regime of Kim Jong-Il.) These leaflets from the sky are designed so that upon making its way to North Korea in balloons, they will burst and distribute its cargo. "These messages intend to spark a protect against Kim Jong-Il’s rule," a South Korean lawyer explains.
These leaflets are part of South Korea’s mission of “psychological warfare” that started in November when North Korea shelled one of its islands and killed four people. There have been over three million leaflets sent to their Northern neighbors.
On an interesting note, in China, North Korea’s ally and major economic benefactor, the government has “blocked phone messages and websites” in order to keep out the influence of the Middle Eastern revolts.
“North Korean people’s protests may also be able to bring a change to the regime,” stated Song, a member of the Future Hope Party. “South Korea’s military and government should also be ready for any revolt inside North Korea.” However, there have been no reported revolts as of yet.
In addition to leaflets, South Korea has also started sending rice, clothing, medicines and radios in baskets tied to balloons for the first time in 11 years.
While there are certainly parallels between North Korea’s current plight and of Egypt’s and Libya’s, there is no mistaking that there are also striking differences unique to North Korea’s political regime. There is the cultish admiration for their “dear leader,” and the stigma attached to this country as one that belongs to “an axis of evil” and “outpost of tyranny” (phrases popularized by George W. Bush).
The first Muslim chaplain at New York University and youngest chaplain of the New York City Police Department.
On USA Network’s series Characters Unite, NYU’s Imam Khalid Latif shares his own story about his relationship with Islam, and his identity as a Muslim American, in post-9/11 NYC. It’s an incredibly honest and moving speech, a must-watch for everyone.
The theme is “I Never…” Over thirty Asian American artists crash-banging into each other. The form is Vaudeville. They are making these things over the course of a week. There may be clowning, dance, songs, short plays, hybrid theater and everything in between. There will most certainly be mayhem. And possibly magic.
Friday, February 25 8:30pm
Saturday, February 26 4pm & 8:30pm
at HERE Arts Center 145 6th Avenue New York, NY 10013-1548
On Wed. Feb. 16th, 150 members of a coalition representing 40 Asian American organizations and Council Members Daniel Dromm and Margaret Chin gathered in front of the steps of City Hall to urge the Mayor to recognize the needs to support Asian Pacific American organizations. The 12% and Growing Coalition, remind the Mayor that although APAs make up of 12% of New York City’s population, they are only allocated 1% of the total funding. Specifically, the APA community receives 0.24% of the City’s social service contract dollars and 0.38% of the City’s foundation grant dollars.
Asian Pacific Americans have the highest rate (28%) of linguistic isolation, meaning that no one over the age of 14 in a household speaks English well.
Asian Pacific Americans have the second highest rate of poverty (25.9%).
1 out of 4 Asian Pacific Americans 25 years and older do not have a high school diploma.
1 out of 3 Asian Pacific American high school students do not graduate on time or at all.
In their statement, the Coalition urges the City and the State to take into account the economic recession’s effects on the most vulnerable Asian American communities, as well as the importance of funding community based organizations that provide essential community support, e.g. social services and immigrant services, for Asian Pacific Americans.
For more about the press release for the rally, check this blog by the YWCA of Queens New York, one of the coalition members.
(Side) Notes: This article by Shuang Liu originally appeared in Chinese-language newspaper, the World Journal (世界日報)on Feb. 18th. It was translated on Feb. 24th by Connie Yik Kong of the New York Community Media Alliance (NYCMA). Interestingly enough, I could not find coverage about this rally in the New York Times. Instead, the NYCMA’s translation of World Journal really shows me the importance of ethnic media in our APA community and the necessity of translating different forms of ethnic media for a broader audience!
John Kerry has just flown in from the States to Lahore, Pakistan, and boy is he tired. Tired of trying to claim that the shooting of two Pakistani motorcyclists on January 27, 2011 by an American consulate employee, Raymond Davis, is covered by the Geneva Convention. The two young men were allegedly chasing the American vehicle to rob it.
On the surface the U.S. government is making a not unreasonable request; allow the precedent of diplomatic immunity to remain untainted in exchange for a full trial in an American court. However the United States and Pakistan have a historical relationship that, while often amicable, has rarely conformed to what the rest of us may consider fair, judicial or even legal. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been funding the Pakistani military intelligence service, known as the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence Agency), before the U.S.S.R invaded Afghanistan in 1980.
The money was supposedly to go to training a plucky young band of Afghani insurrgents called the Taliban, in exchange for their continued resistance to the Communist incursion. It’s been suggested that the CIA’s intent was to create a series of “Islamist brigades” in the various muslim border countries around the U.S.S.R, to engage the U.S.S.R in constant conflict. It has also been estimated that upwards of 35,000 radical Islamists from 40 countries came to fight in the jihads, and that “tens of thousands” of extremist Muslims were trained in CIA sponsored, ISI-run training camps in Pakistan.
CIA funding to the ISI has only increased in the intervening years, and as of 2009 aid to the ISI comprised one-third of the CIA’s annual budget. Despite suspicions that many members of the ISI are actively collaborating with radical Muslim groups, the expense is justified because almost every major terrorist plot in the last decade has orignated from the Pakistani tribal belt and the ISI are the “only game in town”. Pakistani anger at the U.S. government stems from, allegedly, the continuing mess of Afghanistan’s stabalization process and ironically from U.S. drone missile strikes in the Northwest of the country to clear out militant Islamist training camps.
The Asian superstar Jay Chou, who just played a part in the Hollywood movie “The Green Hornet,” now cooperates with Kobe Bryant, the Lakers All-Star guard in a music video for Sprite. The new song “The Heaven and Earth Challenge,” written by Chou, is the latest Sprite commercial basketball theme song. The breakingthrough cooperation between a world famous basketball player and a world great multi-talented singer is undoubtedly a huge attraction. And they will donate the income from online download of this song to a charity in China.
TEA’LiCIOUS TASS-First General Meeting Tuesday, February 22 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm Kimmel Shorin 802 Come out and join TASS on Tuesday night for a cup of yummy tealicious bubble tea! Also learn about the exciting upcoming events that TASS has to offer and last but not least to hang out with the cool eboard
The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion Wednesday, February 23, 2011· 6pm-8pm NYU OPEN HOUSE 528 La Guardia Place (Between West 3rd Street and Bleecker Street) Since the 1990’s, young Asian Americans including Doo-Ri Chung, Derek Lam, Thakoon Panichgul, Alexander Wang, and Jason Wu have emerged as leading fashion designers. They have won prestigious awards, been chosen to head major clothing labels, and had their designs featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and other fashion magazines. At the same time that these designers were rising to prominence, the fashion world was embracing “Asian chic.” During the 1990’s, “Asian” shapes, fabrics, iconography, and colors filled couture runways and mass-market clothing racks.
In The Beautiful Generation (Fall 2010, Duke University Press), author Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu explores the role of Asian American designers in New York’s fashion industry, paying particular attention to how they relate to the garment workers who produce their goods and to Asianness as a fashionable commodity. The Beautiful Generation links the rise of Asian American designers to historical patterns of immigration, racial formation, and globalized labor, and to familial and family-like connections between designers and sewers.
ACU Movie Night!!! Wednesday, February 23 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm Kimmel 406 This year, we are expecting to show the 2005 Humanitas Prize-winning “The Motel” by film director (and NYU alumnus!) Michael Kang. The film explores the difficulties of adolescence as experienced by thirteen-year old Earnest Chin, a boy working at his parents’ motel, which hosts a variety of “shady characters.” See the trailer. Food will also be served, so don’t miss it!
Japan International Movie Night Friday, February 25 · 6:00pm - 8:30pm Kimmel 803 We will be screening a Japanese film with English subtitles. This event is open to everyone. We will choose the film by popular vote ^-^ Go to the online survey. Come for a relaxing night to enjoy food and Japanese visual media :)
全城热恋－City in Love Valentine’s Day Theme Party Friday, February 25 · 7:00pm - 10:30pm Kimmel 4th Floor E&L Auditorium Speed dating and dancing are exciting regulars you can always expect! We’ll offer gelivable music and drinks for the event. Renowned DJ Tim Martell spinning top 50 all night long with a cash bar for some added fire power. You’ll have game time with your date of the night. You don’t know how “high” you can get unless you come find out. $5 for NYU and other student ID, $20 for Non-Student.
Bangladesh has traditionally been an antifeminist country, but could change be coming? That’s what it seemed like when both men and boys gathered on a field to watch a girl’s team play one of the country’s favorite past times, cricket.
Bangladesh is a very traditional country in which girls are forbidden to play sports and are usually married off around the age of 15. However, Rohima Bibi Moni’s father ignored the taunts of his neighbors and all the values he had been brought up with and allowed his 15 year old daughter to continue her school and join her school’s cricket team. Rohima’s attendence at the school run by the BRAC, one of the largest non-governmental organizations has transformed both her and her family. Rohima had always been a hardworking girl, but now, she is more confident. She dreams big, hoping to even play cricket for the national team at the World Cup. Her attendance at the BRAC run school has also had significant impact on her family. Her once illiterate father, who was never given the chance for an education has been taught by his daughter to write his name. Significant change has occurred in the family of the Moni’s. Hopefully this change soon sweep through the country; hopefully we will see the day when women will be valued and given the same opportunities as men.
Friends! This week Kyoung H. Park’s new play, disOriented premieres at the Peter J. Sharp Theater (42nd St. between 9th and 10th avenue). Running from February 16- March 5, the play “tells the story of Ju Yeon, an immigrant living in New York who has distanced herself from her Korean roots.” Featuring a dancing spirit and a journey back to Korea, it’s bound to be a performance full of excitement. Please come out to support! Click here for more details.
Marvin Mercado, the thirty-seven year old former leader of Asian Boyz (or ABZ), has been convicted of an astounding number of eight murders and 10 attempted murders.
The Asian Boyz are an Asian American street gang, some formed with the Crips (which would then be known as the ABZ Crips). The history is relatively simple - in 1985, ABZ was created by a group of Cambodian youths. They represent themselves by the color blue, like the Crips. They are mostly comprised of boys from Vietnamese or Cambodian descent.
By the mid-1990’s, the Boyz were about 200 members strong with many of them hailing from Southern California and also containing affiliates from Northern California an Texas. Their past offenses include Mercado pulling the pin on a live grenade at a party, killing one and injuring two others. In addition, one of their past leaders, Sothi Menh, got arrested in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 1997 after fleeing the country just a few months before his capture. He was accused of committing five gang-related murders in the San Fernando Valley. Then on 1998, seven members of Asian Boyz were charged with a total of seven murders, 18 attempted murders, and five instances of intended murder in Van Nuys, CA. Then in 2007, three of its members were charged with physically assaulting a 15-year-old boy to death in Utica, NY. These and many more offenses can be pinpointed to this Asian American gang.
They’re also allegedly responsible for many property crimes targeted toward Southeast Asian immigrant business people.
The predominantly white suburban Los Angeles area has good reason to be scared of this of this gang of minorities, and for good reason.
Here are a few more facts about these Asian Boyz:
Mercado was involved in the ambush homicides of two rival Latino gang members, Armando Estrada and Miguel Limon, in Van Nuys in the spring of 1995.
Authorities have said Asian gangs like the Boyz could be behind “grow houses" in San Gabriel Valley neighborhoods that churn out pounds of high-grade pot.
Mercado was involved in an attack on three victims were mistaken for rival Taiwanese gang members; they were followed in the car they were riding in by three carloads of Asian Boyz in 1995.
In addition, LAWeekly adds a somewhat lighthearted but all the more serious ending note to their interesting article on the Boyz -
So what have we learned today about [one] of L.A.’s more notorious gangs? Really, the only conclusion is that any ethnicity, even ones with “model minority” stereotypes, can be made to scare the bejesus out of white, suburban SoCal with deft use of the English language:
Add Boyz to the end of your ethnic group. Again: Argentinian … Boyz. Welsh Boyz. New Guinean Boyz. See. Too tough.
Having recently made the headlines for the murder charges against Mercado, what comes to light is that they’re an interesting group not only because they’re an Asian American gang - a minority that is not largely associated with that sort of culture - but rather, the individual case studies of certain members, such as that of David Evangelista
[He] got straight A’s in school, volunteered at a hospital and delivered jewelry while he was involved in a five- month crime spree in 1995 that left seven people dead. Evangelista was eventually convicted.
Link Compilasian: Asia's Biggest Boozer, Museums, Banh Mi, Yamamoto
Get unlimited two-for-one admission to the Museum of Chinese in America through May 31st with the Museum Discovery Pass. Also good towards seven other museums, including the Asia Society Museum, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, and the Noguchi Museum.
Based on a map that published recent findings from the World Health Organization, South Koreans consume the most alcohol out of all their Asian counterparts.
Kenji rants about the recent (and uninformed) NYTimes take on Banh Mi in America. Get educated. Also, check out his reviews of the Best Fried Dumplings in Chinatown, NYC.
Hyphen Magazine’s publisher, Lisa Lee, recounts on her younger years and her struggle to maintain what Asian culture in particular deems a "perfect body." She says, “look[ing] more like the women on Chinese variety shows [would] hence build a stronger sense of self-worth.” The culture in which she lived in encouraged her to prove herself by becoming thin - an idea Lee says compromises the woman she truly wants to be.
Hisaye Yamamoto, short story writer and former internee, dies at age 89. At age 20 she was sent to internment and afterwards found work in an African American publication. She did not shy away from addressing race relations, the central focus in her essay “A Fire in Fontana” and is best known for tackling Asian American experiences in “Seventeen Syllables” and “The Legend of Miss Sasagawara.”
After the Key Food closed down in downtown Flushing and replaced by New York Asian Mart, many white residents have decided that this was the last straw. Non-Asian residents are demanding a wider selection of food and more signs translated into English because they are often written in Chinese or Korean, which they can’t read. While complaints like these have been common since the demographic of Flushing began changing in the 1970s and 1980s, I’ve noticed lately that there seems to be a supermarket on every street (sometimes even across the street from each other!).
How are people attempting to resolve this food fight?
Mary Ann Boroz, a longtime Flushing resident, has started a petition to keep the Key Food open on Roosevelt Ave. Boroz states:
"I’m not asking for all American products, but just a reasonable selection. We’d like to see a 50-50 split."
Wait, so how does one go on implementing a “50-50” split of products? Is a tomato considered “American” or “Korean”? Are Oreos categorized as “American” or “Chinese”? Other petitioners are telling Asian immigrants to learn English because we’re in America, as if a 50-year-old butcher from Fujian would magically learn English overnight and all our problems would be cured. And calling Asian products “strange” and “exotic” doesn’t really help the situation either.
Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Councilman Peter Koo and other community leaders are trying to take a more diplomatic approach, meeting with New York Mart to talk about the non-Asian constituency’s concerns without encroaching on the Asian businesses. Meng has been working with student volunteers at P.S. 20 as part of an initiative to translate signs. But of 100 businesses approached, only 20 have agreed to accept the volunteers’ help.
Hopefully, New York Mart’s meeting with officials and local community members can help defuse these rising tensions and not have this situation escalate to another trite conversation about an Asian invasion of Flushing. Dear God, I hope not. I’m so over that. As the American Community Survey (ACS) reveals, the demographics of of Flushing and its surrounding neighborhoods have changed so much that the Asian population is almost matching in percentage to the white population. No doubt that there will continue to be fights over public and private space in downtown Flushing. Let’s hope we can keep it civil. No real food fights, please.
Tuesday, February 15 5:30pm - 7:30pm Kimmel 808 NYU’s Chinese Mei Society is ready to present Yuan 2011! Yuan has always been one of the biggest fashion/cultural shows of the year so we’re looking for the hottest models to work our runway! If you can’t make it to the first audition date on Feb 13, here’s you second chance! Ladies, bring your heels!!!!!!!
Wednesday, February 16 7:00pm - 9:00pm Kimmel 10th Floor Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How it Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict. Roundtable with Moustafa Bayoumi, Max Blumenthal, Susan Buck-Morss, and Noam Chomsky, moderated by Andrew Ross. RSVP by Monday, February 14 online: apa.nyu.edu | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | phone: 212-992-9653
Thursday, February 17 5:00pm - 7:00pm Kimmel 908 The Bengali Students Association is celebrating International Mother Language Day! They have planned some really awesome activities, and yummy yummy yummy food!! Games, food, people, Bengali people, paint, flowers, food, free food. (Just imagine, try not to drool). Its going to be a great evening!
Thursday, February 17 6:00pm - 8:00pm Kimmel 805 Join us as we celebrate the last night of the Lunar New Year. Come to meet other VSA members, learn about the Vietnamese New Year and hear about our events planned for this upcoming semester such as SEA Night, Karaoke Night, Movie Night, etc. There will be food and refreshments served. Hope to see you there!
Susie Woo: Re-Scripting Blood and Race: Transfusions, Korean ‘GI Babies,’ and the Limits of Cold War Liberalism”
Thursday, February 17: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. 20 Cooper Square, Room 485 The Department of Social & Cultural Analysis is conducting a faculty search and you are hereby invited to meet the four candidates! There will be informal meetings open only to undergraduate and graduate students, and also job talks that are open to everyone. Please try to attend and provide your valuable feedback afterwards. Mark your calendars!
Thursday, February 17 7:00pm - 10:00pm Kimmel 4th Floor (E&L) This Thursday, come play games with CSS, ACU, CMS, HKSA, TASS, and KSA! Games will be modeled after the hit television game show: “Minute to Win It” with chances for everyone to participate for great PRIZES! That’s 1 gift card EVERY minute! As always, there will be plenty of FOOD to go around.
Thursday, February 17 7:30pm - 9:30pm Kimmel 803 TASS is holding auditions for its annual Nightmarket event again! We’re looking for all types of performances from singing, dancing, acting, and anything and everything else! ALL ACTS ARE WELCOME! I know everyone is busy with exams so here is a rough schedule of our auditions! We’re not looking a perfect performance, but just a preview or a rough guideline of what you are planning on performing.
Susie Woo: Informal Meeting with Students
Friday, February 18 at 10:00 am 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor Lounge The Department of Social & Cultural Analysis is conducting a faculty search and you are hereby invited to meet the four candidates! There will be informal meetings open only to undergraduate and graduate students, and also job talks that are open to everyone. Please try to attend and provide your valuable feedback afterwards. Mark your calendars!
Friday, February 18 at 2:00pm - February 19 at 10:00pm Appointments by email When the very first YUAN shows were produced, they were strictly either a talent show or a fashion show. In recently years, we have fused the two into an exciting, two-and-a-half hour production, and this is YOUR chance to get involved. We are looking for talented performers who would like to take part in our wonderful show. Benefits to being a performer include looking like a baller on stage, and being awesome at life. And you get to showcase your talent to all your friends (and potential friends) at NYU! We are also looking for up to two Emcees! Feel free to audition with a friend or significant other. Cute couples get bonuses.
Yes that’s right. 1,600 Indian immigrants were caught crossing the border in 2010 as being but the numbers of those who have not been caught may potentially be in the thousands. To put it into context, in 2009 only ninety-nine Indians were found along the entire Southwest border. The young men, mainly Sikhs from the Punjab and Gurat as well as the conservative Bharatiya Janata Party members, all claim that they are avoiding persecution- the former religous and the latter political persecution from the leading Congress Party (the primary opposition party). These claims seems unlikely in some ways given that firstly the Prime Minister of India, Manhoman Singh, is a practicing Sikh and secondly that there has been little suggestion of political turmoil on that scale. Reaction to the rising indian immigration has been mixed, security officers at the borders are suspicious as immigration courts are inundated with asylum petitions. Added to that a number of detainees, who manage to have bail posted, allegedly disappear across the country. However some members of communities along the Southwest corridor have been opening their doors, charity organizations yes but local South Asians who have already established themselves.
Reportedly local immigration courts have been overwhelmed by the influx only account for about 2% of the total number of “illegal” immigrants that cross the Texas-Mexico border, according to a recent report from the Homeland Security Department. “Illegal Indian immigration” reportedly increased by 64% between 2000-2009, so there is hope for Indian Americans to once again top the charts.
This article is both interesting and comedic. A must read; I can’t do it justice by summarizing it so please go and read it.
Chua is a Yale Law school professor whose book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” is based off her her own adventures as a mother of 2 daughters. In the article, she outlines her very strict and stereotypical Chinese mothering style complete with banning:
participation in school plays
complaining about not being in a school play
any grade less than an A
not being the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama
playing anything other than the violin or piano
not playing the violin or piano
Suffice to say, her article published in the Wall Street Journal aroused much controversy. She has been called “the worst mother ever” and other derogatory things, but what does her daughter, who at the young age of 18 has played at Carnegie Hall have to say?
Well, Sophia Chua-Robenfeld expresses nothing but gratitude for the way her mother raised her in a letter she published in the New York Post. She reveals that although her mother was strict and made her do many things, there were times when she and her sister were given some freedom and enjoy being children. In the letter, Chua-Robenfeld says, “I think your strict parenting forced me to be more independent”. At any rate, when most Western parents were horrified with Amy Chua’s parenting style, believing it to produce children with developmental issues, etc. Chua’s daughter reveals that her mother gave her a gift, the gift that she could do something that she never thought was possible. She gave her daughter the knowledge of working towards something to “the limits of [her] own potential”. And it is the knowledge that she has completed something (in her case the piano) to that limit that she says, “If I died tomorrow, I would die feeling I’ve lived my whole life at 110 percent. And for that, Tiger Mom, thank you.”
Singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn has released a brand new track, When You Grow Up. Ahn is known for her folk influences, a subtle use of vocal counterpoint, a subtle use of vocal harmony, extensive vamping, mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation (well, according to the experts over at Pandora). This has been her most recent work since her debut album, A Good Day (2008), which included her one of her more well-known singles, Dream.
Her new album titled When You Grow Up is scheduled to be released on May 3rd. This title track is currently available on her website for free download.
This new track seems to carry over some of the similar themes sung from her past tracks - themes of dreams, hopes, and expectations for the future. Enjoy!
Link Compilasian: Egypt, Missing Children, Vietnamese Sandwiches, 2010 Census
A few protestors in Egypt have been photographed with posters written in Chinese with messages like “The Egyptian people demand that President Mubarak step down.” Reasons for this are not clear, but one Egyptian commentator explained, “Nothing to do with spreading democracy to China. Just sarcasm and humor about Mubarak’s inability to ‘understand’ Arabic and understand what the protesters have been telling him: ‘To leave.’” However, speculations remain about whether these posters were meant to gather more media attention or to send a message to their Chinese audience.
An online campaign has been set up to combat the increasing problem of missing children in China. The problem of gangs kidnapping children and then forcing them to walk the streets of the cities begging for money is an ever increasing problem. A blog has been set up in which the creator asks ordinary people to post pictures of children they see begging on the streets. So far, six children have been rescued and reunited with their families with the hopes of more happy endings to come.
A trove of hidden art by Jake Lee (above) was discovered in San Francisco’s Chinatown recently. Lee’s art was “notable for their rare depictions of Chinese-American history, including laborers working in vineyards, on shrimp farms and in cigar factories at the turn of the 19th century.”
The American Community Survey predicts what the 2010 census will reveal in a few months - shifts in the demographics of New York City’s ethnic enclaves. Which neighborhood contains the largest concentration of Filipino immigrants? Which neighborhood is the most racially and ethnic diverse? You might be in for some surprises.
The New York Times shares its recommendations on the best Vietnamese sandwiches in America. Do you agree?
The Power Rangers are back, and this time they aren’t conforming to stereotypical color coding!
Some weekend events for those of us who need to get off the couch and live a little.
Asian/Pacific/American Studies Job Talk "Not-so-Desperate Housewives: Transnational Migration and the Diasporic Indian Household", lecture by Professor Amy Bhatt, University of Washington
The A/P/A studies department is searching for a new faculty member through a series called Job Talk, where candidates present their work and YOU can have your thoughts and suggestions included in the faculty selection process.
Thursday, February 10 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Department of Social & Cultural Analysis (SCA) 20 Cooper Square, Room 485
In the past ten years, growing numbers of U.S.-based Indian informational technology workers are returning to India after living and working for transnational corporations, often after obtaining American citizenship or starting families in the U.S. Central to this move “back” is the Indian household, which is primarily run by women. Drawing on ethnographies conducted in Seattle, Bangalore and Hyderabad, Bhatt examines the stories of Indian women to show how these returnees desire to maintain an American lifestyle, which relies on the management of a domestic workforce that is required to attune to the desires, expectations and tastes of returnees and the growth of American style suburbs, educational institutions, and amenities in metropolitan India. Using the analytic of “semi-national practice”, Bhatt argues that while this move is hailed as a “return to India”, examining how this returnee household is constructed and maintained as global and tied to the transnational corporation offers insight into how the circulating Indian family is shifting notions of contemporary diasporas and Asian community formation.
Thursday, February 10, 2011, 4pm Event held at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 520 8th Ave # 2020, New York, NY
With the recent string of tragic suicides, gay bullying became a topic everyone, from Madonna to Lady Gaga to President Obama, had something to say about. But in our day to day lives, walking down our halls, we can still think “no one can know” or “it isn’t about me.” Spoken word artist Regie Cabico and psychologist and People Magazine hottest bachelor Kevin Nadal for a discussion on the recent spat of anti-gay bullying and how they survived high school. It’s free ice cream and ideas against gay bullying!
The A/P/A studies department is searching for a new faculty member. For the first time, students can have an informal chat with potential candidates. This week, students can chat with Professor Amy Bhatt from the University of Washington (See info on her recent research above). YOU can have your voice heard as a student in the faculty selection process. This is a weekly series that will include a different potential faculty candidate each week.
Friday, February 11th 11:00 a.m. Department of Social & Cultural Analysis (SCA) 20 Cooper Square, SCA Lounge Area
Sunday, February 20, 6:00 p.m. 35 Avenue at 37 Street Astoria, NY 11106
Dir. Hong Sang-soo. 2010, 115 mins. A filmmaker on the skids who plans to move to Canada meets a film critic friend. During a classic Hong Sang-soo drinking session, they share memories of recent trips they took to the same seaside town. This deceptively lightweight romantic comedy, which has not yet been shown in New York, won the top prize in the latest Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Museum admission is $7.50 with valid student ID. Event is free with museum admission.
Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit! Yesterday, thousands of onlookers gathered in Chinatown to celebrate the 12th annual Lunar New Year parade. The festivities included floats, costumes, musicians, dancers, and plenty of good ol’ Chinese-American times. If you couldn’t attend the event because you were too busy preparing your infamous nacho dip or applying your decorative face paint for last night’s Super Bowl, take a look at what you missed.
Speaking Freely offers sessions in Arabic, Cantonese, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. It’s all free—and easy. Meet new people and have fun. It’s the perfect way to try out a language and culture before you study or visit.
On February 10, 1961, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech on the campus of New York University that advocated for civil rights and championed nonviolent protest for social change. For the sixth-consecutive year, the University will commemorate Dr. King’s visit and his legacy by hosting a weeklong schedule of special events and programs. This year’s theme is intended to remind us of the spirit of Dr. King’s message to come to together, work toward positive goals and change our world for the better.
All week - check event for details. KCN 2011!!!! Are You Ready?! We are looking for ANY TALENTS from high to low!!! We want to show it off so come out and AUDITION! Dance crews-please bring IPOD with music. Models-Females bring High Heels. Designers, Photographers, Videographers-Please bring samples for judges to keep. If you think you need it to show us your talent, bring it!
Monday, February 7 6:30pm 20 Cooper Square HERLOCK HOLMES: THE BLIND BANKER is a contemporary retorque of some of those late-Victorian tropes. Borrowing elements from Conan Doyle’s ‘The Dancing Men’ and ‘The Sign of Four’, it’s an atmospheric tale of cyphers, people smuggling, Chinese acrobats, precious teapots, chopsocky, lucky cats and a diabolical group called The Black Lotus all set in post-Banksy, Erotic Gherkin-skylined London. There are murder galore, a bewitching and ill-fated researcher called Soo Lin Yao (Gemma Chan), and – oodles of deliciously patronizing put-downs of dunderheaded humanity by Holmes himself. THE BLIND BANKER will be presented by Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen.
Tuesday, February 8 6:30 PM 20 Cooper Square Multi-media presentation and panel discussion on giant monster movies. Politics is an essential element in giant monster movies, whether subtle or blatant, propagandistic or ambivalent, notably present or conspicuously absent. In this panel, presenters will raise political issues evoked by plot, character, imagery and archetype in daikaiju eiga, with an emphasis on Godzilla movies of the past and the near future.
Tuesday, February 8 6:30pm - 7:30pm Kimmel 901 Asian American Women’s Alliance (AAWA) is having the first general meeting of the semester Tuesday, February 8th at 6:30 to 7:30PM in Kimmel RM 901. We will be having food from Cafetasia and playing games of Apples to Apples. Come by and hang out. Take a break from school! And remember you don’t have to be Asian-American or a woman to stop by and join us!
Thursday, February 10 7:00pm - 10:00pm Kimmel 900 series Roses are red, violets are blue…and HKSA wants you, single guys! It’s that time of the year again, and back by popular demand is our Valentine’s Dating Game. Our Miss HKSA will each be chatting up three anonymous guys, and after three rounds of contestants, one lucky guy will walk away as her Valentine!
Friday, February 11 6:00pm - 9:00pm Kimmel 803 Come eat, drink, and play. Go all out for an evening of fun and games. Think a cross between traditional Japanese merriment and modern TV game show. FREE FOOD! AWESOME PRIZES!
The college education system in Hong Kong is soon going to be quite different. Where previously, students completed 7 years of high school and then 3 years of college is now going to be changed to 6 years of high school and 4 years of college. Modeled after the educational system of the United States, the new curriculum will include more of the liberal arts. Also incorporated into the curriculum will be mandatory English and Chinese classes.
Hong Kong universities now embark on a journey to enlarge their campuses, add more classrooms and labs, and build more dormitories for their students. The problem with all that is they can’t find any space to do all that. I mean they are trying to do this in one of the most densest cities in Asia! However, it is imperative that these spaces be added because they will have to teach and house another year of students soon. Asking students to find off campus housing is also unreasonable because the living/renting costs in Hong Kong are through the roof. In fact, the majority of students whose families reside in the city live at home to save money. (Sound familiar?) While the construction is not quite underway, universities are nonetheless very optimistic about the future, despite the obstacles standing in their way. Heads of education in the city firmly believe that these new changes will greatly benefit their students and make them more competitive in the modern, globalized world.
Today’s NYC Chinatown Parade’ marked the first second time in this event’s 12-year history where LGBTQ contingents were allowed to march. Early January of 2010, LGBT group Q-Wave led a rigorous public campaign, the Asian Pride Project, appealing to the parade planning committee to include an LGBT group in this year’s parade. The Asian Pride Project is a coalition comprised of various Asian American community organizations such as: Q-Wave, Chinatown Youth Initiative (CYI), Project REACH, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, Museum of Chinese in Americas (MOCA), NY Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, Barangay: LGBTQ Flipin@s, Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY), Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA), and Queer Asian Spirit: LGBTQ Asians of Faith. Individuals such as actress Joan Chen, Councilwoman Margaret Chin and NYC Comptroller John Liu also voiced their support for the project.
Families and friends marched down Mott Street on a sunny Sunday morning, accompanied by the Asian Pride Project’s mascot, a friendly tiger holding a rainbow flag, welcoming the year of the Rabbit. Korean drums banged loudly as others held bilingual signs asking families for love and acceptance. Asian Pride Project’s website declares:
Homophobia & discrimination continue to divide Asian American families & communities. Lunar New Year is a time when families come together to strengthen ties to our communities. This year, we are joining the Lunar New Year Parade to challenge homophobia and to honor all of the different kinds of families in our community.
Parades are all about a display of one’s pride for one’s identity. Excluding gender and sexual identities as part of Asian cultural traditions and pride sends a very public and visually exclusive message of who is truly included in “the community.” So it becomes no surprise that in the last few decades, ethnic parades have become political and ideological fighting grounds for inclusion of LGBT contingents. The bodily presence of LGBTQ Asians visibly queer the “common sense” notion that gender and sexual identities are separate from understanding their racial and ethnic identities. In other words, LGBTQ Asians insist that they have always been part of Asian culture, and more broadly, the community. Their presence is a political message that courageously asserts queerness as suitable for both private and public spaces.
However, community reactions have not always been friendly. NY LGBT groups attending today’s New Year’s parade like South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA) and St. Pat’s for All have received bitter refusals from parade organizers when struggling to be included in the August Indian Independence Parade and St. Patrick’s Day Parade, respectively. Similarly, on Feb. 13th, the participation of Vietnamese American LGBT groups in the Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) Parade in Orange County, CA generated hostility from right-wing Vietnamese religious groups. Looks like the roots of homophobia still run deep in a lot of our communities. I hope the Asian Pride Project’s success today can be a step forward to dissipating hate and embracing love.
There are a lot of myths about the way South Asian women are, because of course gender and sexual preferences are “inherited”- inspite of any ethnic, class, nationality differences. For instance South Asian women, as a group, don’t have sex, don’t even like sex. South Asian women are always, at any given moment, about to be arranged into a marriage of convenience (don’t lie- I know you’ve asked or been asked. Or seen Outsourced the movie).
Well the truth is there is no way that South Asian women “are”.
But it’s an old South Asian American truism- what goes on at home, festers at home. Public discussions of South Asian sexuality and gender- what constitutes a good relationship and what does not, the line between compromise and victimhood- are rarely engaged in. The non-profit organization South Asian Sisters (SAS) of San Francisco, CA has set out to challenge all our preconceptions in their show, “Yoni Ki Baat”.
Meaning “Talks of the Vagina” in Sanskrit, Yoni Ki Baat’s inaugural performance in 2003 sparked the beginning of an annual run of performances in diverse locations such as Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Brunswick (Rutgers). Although some of the show’s content is recycled from show to show, much of it is drawn from submissions by South Asian women who annually flood the inbox of SAS. All proceeds are donated to various South Asian anti-domestic violence agencies that SAS partners with.
This year Yoni Ki Baat 7 is playing at the Women’s Building in San Francisco, with proceeds going to Narika on Saturday, March 5 2011 from 7:00-10:00 pm. For ticket information, please follow the link.
The outbreak of protests in Egypt have been astounding audiences worldwide - audiences including those in North Korea.
So what do these protests to overthrow Hosni Mubarak and the current situation in North Korea have in common?
The Egyptian regime faced much opposition when President Mubarak tried to transfer power to his son. Similarly, North Korea’s infamous Kim regime has been transferring power for three generations and with the talk of Kim Jong Il’s son, Kim Jong Un, taking over the deal leader’s position, the current North Korean regime may have every right to feel uneasy about the democratic protests happening in Egypt.
The protests have shown incredible strength in their effects and in their message to the world - the power of democracy. Radio Free Asia reported that a number of North Korean citizens have been secretly listening in on the Egyptian protests through their cellular phones, which are harder to regulate than regular landline phone calls. Other ways in which North Korean citizens may hear about the protests are through international phone calls from relatives in other countries or by secretly tuning into South Korean television news programs. It is a widely known fact that the North Korean government heavily regulates the information that its citizens have access to, perhaps largely for the fear of the influence that might cause an outbreak of some sorts. Thus, one can understand why the North Korean regime, as RFA speculates, are taking the current Egypt very seriously.
All the more reason for the North Korean government to worry is the friendly ties between them and Egypt. On January 26, the day after the Egyptian revolts began, the CEO of Egypt’s Orascom Telecom, which owns a majority of North Korea’s sole 3G cellular network, met and dined with Kim Jong Il.
The bigger picture amongst these revolts in the influence in thought and the potential for change that citizens possess. Over 100 protestors have died in these past few days and chaos has gone loose in the streets of Cairo, but their message is still one that brings hope to even America, arguably the most democratic nation in the world. South Korean bloggers have been writing about the connection between the two nations and how the uprising in Egypt may potentially bring about a change in North Korea. GangPitDae, in a public online discussion forum, says it best:
이번 사태는 지역과 종교, 문화를 막론하고 민주주의는 거스릴 수 없는 시대정신 이며, 인류사회의 대세임을 보여주고 있습니다. 당연히 북한도 예외가 될 수 없습니다. 북한주민이라고 해서 주민들의 기본적인 생존조차 보장해 주지 못하는 형편없는 못난 정권에 마냥 복종하지는 않을 것입니다. 다음차례는 바로 김정일 정권이 될 듯 싶네요.
Translation: This (protest) shows that democracy is the irrevocable spirit of our time and is the mainstream of human history regardless of the geography, religion and culture. North Koreans will no longer succumb to an incompetent regime who can’t even guarantee them the basic means of survival. Next [to be deposed] is the Kim Jung-il regime.
Whether one agrees with these thoughts or not, the immense effect of the Egyptian protests are influencing not only their own government but of their immense audience worldwide.
(Those interested in this issue regarding North Korea are welcome to join NYU’s Freedom4NorthKorea on Mondays, 6:30 PM, Kimmel 904.)
Link Compilasian: Korematsu Day, Year of the Rabbit, YouTube, Bay Area Mayors
Link Compilasian will be a weekly feature posted every Friday.
January 30th was the first ever celebration of Fred Korematsu Day in California. If you didn’t celebrate on Sunday, take today to reflect on Korematsu’s legacy and the issues and injustices that your own community faces. Better late than never, as I’m sure Fred would agree.
Year of the Rabbit could also be year of “love cheats.”
The influence of Chinese New Year in Trinidadian cuisine reflects the strong historical presence of Chinese in Trinidad. Foodie Ramin Ganeshiram shares some staple Trinidadian recipes.
NPR does a piece on two YouTube moguls - Ryan Higa (better known as nigahiga) and Wong Fu Productions - and their recent production of “Agents of Secret Stuff,” which got over eight million hits within only two months. “YouTube is a central platform, and many of its best-known stars, like Higa, happen to be Asian-American. Some say it’s an example of an ignored audience now getting “hyperserved.” This is a great piece on the diversity present in one of the most influential media outlets known to our generation.
Rayan, just three years old, was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He is in dire need of a bone marrow match and has yet to find one. People all over the nation are coming together to organize bone marrow drives and two of them happen to be in New York City. From the Facebook page, a bone marrow test
is free, painless and takes 30 seconds. Gender is not relevant, but SOUTH ASIAN ETHNICITY (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Srilanka etc) is very important, due to the under-representation of South Asians on the national donor registry.
Under-representation of Asians in bone marrow registries is a serious problem - highlighted by the number of recent bonemarrowregistrationcampaigns throughout the Asian American community. If you aren’t yet registered, I highly recommend you do so immediately! You never know whether you might be the life-saving match.
Upcoming drives will be held TOMORROW, February 4th:
Manhattan Passport Office in Consulate East 65th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues New York, NY 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Brooklyn Makki Masjid 1089 Coney Island Avenue New York, NY 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tonight is Chinese New Year’s Eve, and as I write this the lunar calendar is transitioning out of the Year of the Tiger and into the Year of the Golden Rabbit. Unlike the New Year’s celebrated on January 1st, Chinese New Year isn’t about self-improvement and resolution setting, rather it’s about ushering in wealth to the the coming year. Armed with red envelopes and incense, the holiday is laden with tradition, so don’t be surprised when Chinatown is mobbed with revelers this weekend. If you’re new to the celebration, pull up a chair, I’m listing some of my favorite spots to have dim sum. Order the chicken feet. And if you go this weekend, you might even see a dragon or two.
1. Congee Village - There are two locations, but I prefer the one at 207 Bowery between Rivington and Spring Streets. It’s a particularly good spot for non Chinese speakers, because they offer cards with the dim sum options listed and you just check off what sounds good. It’s become quite a hit with tourists, but don’t worry the food is quite authentic (if you order the right thing), and in my experience, quite decent!
2. Vegetarian Dim Sum House - Hidden away at 24 Pell Street, Vegetarian Dim Sum House is a great alternative for people who don’t love meat. It’s rare to find a dish prepared without any meat in traditional dim sum. At this place, all my favorite dim sum dishes are present with substitutes in place of what you’d normally find. Here, they also have cards listing the dishes in both English and Chinese, so it’s quite easy to order what you want.
3. Harmony Palace- This place has been around forever, since I was a kid, and it’s the place to go if you are looking for an old school dim sum experience. Ladies walk around with carts pushing steamers filled with different dishes. They stop by your table and ask you what you’d like. It’s not the “best” dim sum in the city, but unlike many of the others that have come and gone with popularity, I have to give this place respect for still being here. You can find it at 94 Mott Street between Canal Street and Hester.
Jay Chou, the Chinese pop superstar has successfully made his Hollywood debut in “the Green Hornet”! Chou is undoubtedly a huge star in Asia. As a singer, composer, song writer and music producer, he created his own music style which popularized the whole China, and started a new era of Taiwan pop music . His music has gained recognition throughout the whole Asia, and spread to the West as well, as he held his music concerts in Canada and U.S. in addition to almost everywhere in Asia.
What’s even more amazing was that he also became an actor, a film director who has already had his own film “the Secret.” After being featured in seven films in China, this time Jay Chou made his huge step into Hollywood! Alongside Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou plays the Green Hornet’s martial arts expert Kato. The role of Kato was once played by the Chinese-American martial arts star Bruce Lee in the 1960s, when Lee made the role an enviable one for any Chinese actor.
Although the film has been sitting on top at box offices throughout the world, and Chou’s performance got confirmed by the world, Jay Chou said that he had no intention to develop in the Hollywood. He would still focus on his music career and continue to create songs of his own music style.