Daily Dose & Announcements: 06/18/09

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>> 16th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival Set for Aug 8 & 9
>> Wine Tasting With Asian Community Groups
>> Kapakahi CD Release Party
>> Boogie Nights in J-Town
>> North Korea Says Journalists Admitted Crimes

Compiled by Beleza Chan

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16th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival Set for Aug 8 & 9

San Francisco – The largest celebration of Filipino Americans in San Francisco is back and bigger than ever featuring the return of the popular Adobo Cook-off and balut eating contests, delectable Filipino cuisine and desserts, cultural exhibits, and the 2nd annual San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival. Experience the best of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the 16th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival on Aug. 8-9 at the Yerba Buena Gardens. The Pistahan Parade will take place Saturday Aug. 8 and features approximately 6 beautiful themed floats and approximately100 contingents. The parade will begin at Beale St., march down Market Street, left on 4th Street, left on Folsom Street and end on 3rd St. The two-day event is expected to draw over 50,000 people. Both days will feature an array of entertainment and exhibits.

There will be 6 fun, educational, and interactive pavilions: art, dance, culinary, heritage, creativity, and health are included.

The Pistahan Parade and Festival would like to invite the public to participate. For more information about the parade or being a vendor, sponsor, entertainer, or volunteer, contact Angela Pang, (415) 321-5894, apang@asianweek.com.

Wine Tasting With Asian Community Groups

Event: Wine Tasting
Description: For the second year in a row, the public will have a unique and fun chance to sample over 50 wines and learn about local Asian American community groups in the Bay Area. This event will be a great chance to meet and greet many local Asian American community groups and taste over 50 wines from many regions in a friendly atmosphere. This year’s event features over 15 diverse Asian community groups, including: Asian American Theater Company, Asian Community Mental Health Services, Asian Women’s Resource Center, CauseConnect, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Community Educational Services, Hyphen Magazine, Kearny Street Workshop, Narika, Nakayoshi Young Professionals, Oriented, Richmond Area Multi-Services, SF Hep B Free, Wa Sung Service Club, and Young Filipinos Professional Association.
Details: June 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., The Green Room at the War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Contact: Les Tso, les_tso@yahoo.com

Kapakahi CD Release Party

Event: Kapakahi
Details: What exactly is Kapakahi? Simply put, it’s complicated. Imagine if you kidnapped Sublime, put them on an island with a case of rum and invited The P-Funk All Stars, 311 and Lupe Fiasco to join the party…they would probably come up with a sound ALMOST as unique as Kapakahi’s. Like the multi-cultural mix of musicians that make up the band, Kapakahi is about celebrating diversity in all its fun, funky glory. Their music is a fresh and progressive mash-up of pop, reggae, Latin, hip-hop and funk and their energetic stage show grabs the attention of whatever crowd they’re in front of. Please join the band this evening as they celebrate the release of their newest CD, “Light Up.”
Details: June 19, 8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., San Francisco
Contact: KapakahiMusic.com

Boogie Nights in J-Town

Event: A Fundraising Dance For the 36th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair
Description: On July 11, the Nihonmachi Street Fair will host a fundraising dance at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. Performing will be the Kanzaki Lounge All Stars, a band composed of some of the best-known Asian American musicians in the Bay Area–Carey Huang, DerrickTong, Billy Shen, Colette Ikemi, Rich Aguon, Eva Chew, Chris Garcia and Jessie De Torres.
Details: $30-$40, July 11, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m., Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco
Contact: grace@nihonmachistreetfair.org

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Global

North Korea Says Journalists Admitted Crimes

Two American journalists sentenced last week to long prison terms in North Korean labor camps admitted during their trial that they crossed into North Korea illegally, and confessed to committing their crimes out of political motives, the North’s official news agency reported on Tuesday.

The report by the state-run Korea Central News Agency represented the North Korean government’s most detailed account to date of the shadowy circumstances surrounding the arrest, trial and conviction of Laura Ling, 36, and Euna Lee, 32, both journalists for San Francisco-based Current TV.

North Korea sentenced the journalists to 12 years of hard labor on charges of illegal entry and committing hostile acts, dismissing calls for clemency from the women’s families, the United States and other governments.

According to Tuesday’s report, the journalists were detained on the North Korean side of the Tumen River, which serves as part of the boundary between China and North Korea. The Tumen has been used for years by North Korean refugees defecting across the border.

The KCNA report said that the women’s own confiscated video indicated that they crossed the river illegally. It also said that the women had admitted to fabricating some aspects of their video in order to “defile” the government’s human rights record.

Human rights advocates in South Korea who had helped arrange their trip to China have said that the journalists were on a reporting assignment about the plight of North Korean women sold through human traffickers and refugees fleeing hunger in North Korea when they were detained on March 17. The journalists’ families said they had no intention of crossing the border to the North Korean side.

American officials have said that the heavy sentences would likely be used as a negotiating ploy by the North as it tries to fend off a new United Nations resolution that imposes a mandatory ban on arms sales and calls on members to inspect cargo vessels and airplanes suspected of carrying military equipment in or out of the country.

-NY Times

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