The 60s and 70s in Southern California (and to a lesser extent in Northern California) were marked by the flourishing of talented Asian American dance-party-bands. Harry was a central figure in that captivating scene, as a musician and later as the co-owner of one of the hot venues. As such, he has captured this era in exciting and exacting detail.
William Hung was a college student in 2004 when he decided to audition for the "American Idol" televised singing competition. Although his lack of ability was seen by millions, Hung's positivity seemed to counter the judges' negativity. Was he faking that for the cameras? Or was he wired in such a way to keep taking risks and learning from his failures for the rest of his life?
There's a reason why 80% of California's donut shops are owned by Cambodian Americans. This is a result of the work of Ted Ngoy aka The Donut King. Filmmaker Alice Gu shares with host Ken Fong why she decided to make this film and why Ngoy's rags to riches story is so compelling.
The confessed killer in Atlanta claimed he was motivated by sex addiction. This has created a renewed fascination in something that's been called "Purity Culture" since the 1990s in conservative Evangelical churches. While some are defending it as what the Bible says that a holy God requires of us, others are condemning it as unnatural, unhealthy, even unbiblical. This conversation presents an alternative to "PC" that embraces every person's sexuality and eschews the sterile standards that often serve to send us into hiding.
Director Kristina Wong has assembled a small circle of Asian Pacific Islanders who either were formerly incarcerated or have a loved one that's in prison. Eight years ago, Kirn Kim came home to Orange County after serving 20 years for his part in "The Honor Roll Murder " in 1992. He and Wong are hoping to shatter the walls of silence and secrecy in API communities around incarceration through this virtual production @ East West Players on April 10-11.