Archive for March 7th, 2003

  • Directions in Sound Turns 4 in Style: Asian punk to desi beats for this year’s shows

    Directions in Sound Turns 4 in Style: Asian punk to desi beats for this year’s shows

    At the grand old age of four, Directions in Sound, the annual showcase of Asian Pacific American musicians and video artists, is only an upstart next to the 21st annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAFF), which spawned it. Still, judging from the […]

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  • 10 Days of APA Cinematic Bliss: SFIAAFF celebrates 21 years with focus on Indian moviemaking

    10 Days of APA Cinematic Bliss: SFIAAFF celebrates 21 years with focus on Indian moviemaking

    As the 21st anniversary of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) marks its maturation as the nation’s leading venue exhibiting APA filmmakers, it’s also celebrating Indian cinema’s coming of age, as Bollywood and a burgeoning international independent film movement extend their reach […]

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  • The Opposite of Bollywood: 3rd I brings underground South Asian film to the light

    The Opposite of Bollywood: 3rd I brings underground South Asian film to the light

    South Asian cinema has washed up onto British and American shores for decades. Bollywood is the height of commercial filmmaking, churning out song-and-dance melodramas by the hundreds each month. But times are changing, and as Bollywood goes Western, new stories have begun to be told. […]

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  • Closing Night: Robot Stories

    Closing Night: Robot Stories

    Following a series of award-winning short films, writer-director Greg Pak created Robot Stories as his first feature, adopting a four-vignette perspective on the not-too-distant future of human-robot interactions.

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  • Opening Night: Soccer’s Universal Language

    Opening Night: Soccer’s Universal Language

    The curious title of Gurinder Chadha’s third feature, Bend It Like Beckham (a reference to British soccer superstar David Beckham’s ability to “bend” his goal-scoring shots around defenders), may be lost on some U.S. viewers, but its soccer-mad, girl-power message will surely hit its mark. […]

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  • Planting the SEED: South Asian women’s group focuses on economic empowerment

    Planting the SEED: South Asian women’s group focuses on economic empowerment

    Every other Sunday, a group of South Asian women gather at the Pacific School of Religion in North Berkeley. The classroom, lined with red chairs and black desks, fills with discussion about the basics of being financially independent and responsible.

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  • Tong Addresses Taiwanese American Chamber

    Tong Addresses Taiwanese American Chamber

    A recent meeting of the Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce, Northern California (TACCNC) featured a speech by Chiling Tong, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Pacific, for Market Access and Compliance, in the Department of Commerce.

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  • SFPD Shakedown Brings APA into High Rank

    SFPD Shakedown Brings APA into High Rank

    As San Francisco Police Chief Earl Sanders’ fate remains in murky waters after his announcement on Monday that he would take medical leave, current deputy Chief Heather Fong — the highest ranking Asian Pacific American in the department — will take over the number two […]

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  • Demanding Patriot Bonus, Filipino Screeners Continue to Ask for Justice

    Demanding Patriot Bonus, Filipino Screeners Continue to Ask for Justice

    A cadre of laid-off airport screeners led a trail of voices chanting — “Immigrants, workers, human rights, job and safety, fight, fight, fight!” — through San Francisco’s Civic Center, culminating at the Federal Building, where hundreds gathered last Wednesday to demand job reinstatements and promised […]

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  • Why a Westside Chinese Democratic Club Exists

    Why a Westside Chinese Democratic Club Exists

    This week, the Chinese American Democratic Club (CADC), one of the oldest political clubs in San Francisco, will celebrate its 45th anniversary. While longevity is a cause for celebration, the ossified “old guard” club leadership continues to take steps towards political irrelevancy in San Francisco.

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