Newsletter - Aug 07 - Dec 08 by liuqingyan


									          August 07 -                                 Keeping You Connected Within Our Community
         December 08
                                                     Welcome to LA 18’s Community Newsletter. As the leading Asian language station in the United States,
                                                             LA 18 constantly strives to make community involvement and awareness a priority.
                                                                    Here are a few events that LA 18 have participated in and sponsored:
LA 18 Supports These Events                          AUGUST 2007                                           LTSC 12th Annual LA Tofu Festival (8/18–8/19)
                                                     US-Philippines Expo (8/4-8/5)                         Hosted by the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC),
January 09                                           A successful two-day event, the US Philippines        the 12th Annual LA Tofu Festival made its return to
9-18 FOB II: Art Speaks Exhibition                   Expo was held at the LA County Fairgrounds in         downtown’s Little Tokyo. The theme, Where Tofu
17 Miss LA Chinatown Pageant                         Pomona. This weekend event attracted thou-            Meets its Perfect Match, reflected on tofu’s ver-
31 110th Annual Golden Dragon                        sands of festival-goers, which featured famous        satility to match with other foods and to create an
Parade                                               artists from the Philippines, amazing cultural per-   adventurous assortment of dishes. Dishes as tofu
30-31 Tet Festival – Year of the Ox                  formers, exhibits of Filipino and American prod-      cheesecake and tofu margarita were served by
31 Tet Parade                                        ucts, services and ethnic foods. In addition to the   LA’s top restaurants and food participants. LA 18
February 09                                          Kababayan Village, the expo continued with its        festival attendees were among the 25,000 people
1 Tet Festival – Year of the Ox                      fun-filled Show of Shows, Ms. US-Philippines Expo     of all ages who enjoyed the great food, along with
6 NOH: Pathos Behind the Mask                        and Singing Star Competitions and award presen-       the marketplace, live entertainment and the
7 CAM Lantern Festival                               tations. LA 18’s Kababayan LA Host, Jannelle So       popular Tofu Eating Contest. As a Gold Sponsor,
21 Kollaboration 9 Show                              received the coveted US-Philippines Expo’s 2007       LA 18 has been a long-time supporter of LTSC and
24 ABL Lawrys Mixer                                  Great Achievers Award. So was honored for her         joins in its mission to provide services to low in-
27 CCC Lunar New Year Banquet                        outstanding accomplishments in the field of           come people and families and preservation of the
March 09                                             Broadcasting and Entertainment, as well as her        greater Los Angeles community.
5 APEX OC Mixer                                      influence within the Filipino and Filipino-American
7 Vagina Monologues Production                       community. LA 18 was a proud sponsor of this
15 Toyo’s Miyatake Exhibition                        event.
15 IFFLA Wine Tasting Luncheon
19 KACCLA Gala & Award Night                         TAP 3rd Annual Banquet & Casino Night (8/11)
20 CAUSE Lunch w/ Ted Lieu                           Taiwanese American Professional (TAP) held their
27 SCCLA Installation & Awards                       biggest event of the year, the 3rd Annual Banquet
31 ABA Golf Tournament                               and Casino Night extravaganza, at the New Otani
April 09                                             Hotel & Garden. Past LA 18 Role Models, Tsuann
2-5 & 9-12 Vietnamese Film Festival                  Kuo and Justin Lin, were honored for their dedica-
2 CAUSE Dinner                                       tion to the community. Kuo, known as an advo-                                         Photo Courtesy of LTSC
17 KYCC Golf Classic                                 cate of volunteerism, is heavily involved in the        Festival-goers snack on fried tofu and teriyaki chicken
21-26 Indian Film Festival of LA                     community in more than 10 non-profits in the            skewers at LTSC’s 12th Annual Tofu Festival in down-
23 LTSC Sake & Food Tasting                          areas of health, senior well-fare, social, educa-                        town’s Little Tokyo.
25 JANM Gala Dinner                                  tion, culture and art. Lin, directed blockbuster
25 SIPA Awards Luncheon                              movies like Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Bet-   SEPTEMBER 2007
 * NOTE: Posted events are at time of publication.   ter Luck Tomorrow and Annapolis, continues to         ABL & SCCLA 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
                                                     work on projects to promote and improve Asian         (9/7)
       Inside this Issue                             Americans’ representation in the community. At-       The Asian Business League (ABL) and Southern
                                                     tendees enjoyed an entertaining night at the          California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA)
Upcoming Events                           1
                                                     blackjack, craps, roulette and poker tables – all     organized their 13th Annual Charity Golf Tourna-
Community News                            1-9        proceeds benefiting TAP. TAP provides resources       ment at Industry Hills Golf Club, Pacific Palms
Noteworthy Mentions                       9-10
                                                     and programs that inspire and empower; develop        Resort. LA 18 President/General Manager Brian
What’s New                                10         and support professionals to become community-        Reed and his team won Third Place in the tourna-
Role Models                               11         oriented leaders. LA 18 was a proud supporter of      ment. The day ended with a silent auction, a raffle
                                                     this event                                            contest and an awards dinner. For the second
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Continued from page one—COMMUNITY NEWS           at the City Club on Bunker Hill. Supporters
year in a row a portion of the proceeds were     engaged in a fabulous silent auction,
donated to Asians for Miracle Marrow             awards ceremony, and delicious food –
Matches, a non-profit organization dedi-         overseeing a great view of Downtown LA. As
cated to battling against bone marrow dis-       a Phoenix Sponsor, LA 18 has been a long-
ease, and the scholarship funds of ABL and       time supporter of APWC and helps support
SCCLA. ABL educates the business commu-          the organization provide shelter and coun-
nity as well as facilitates relationships that   seling for battered women of color and their                      Photo Courtesy of Victor Leung
generate business opportunities for indi-        children.                                          LA 18 Employees and friends promote heart-
viduals and companies throughout the Pa-                                                          healthy living at AHA’s Start! Heart Walk with a 3-
                                                 CPAF 29th Annual Community Benefit (9/20)               mile walk around Exposition Park.
cific Rim. SCCLA provides mutual support
for Chinese and Asian American lawyers,          The Center for Pacific Asian Family (CPAF)
jurists and law students in Los Angeles and      Annual Community Benefit held a beautiful        AHA 17th Annual Start! Heart Walk (9/29)
Orange counties. LA 18 was a tournament          evening underneath the stars at the historic     The American Heart Association (AHA) Start!
supporter.                                       Gilmore Adobe. Attendees enjoyed the en-         Heart Walk drew approximately 10,000 par-
                                                 tertainment, pan-Asian food and silent auc-      ticipants at Exposition Park. The Walk is a
FilAm ARTS 16th Annual Festival of Philip-       tion throughout the night. For 29 years,         celebration of the AHA groundbreaking na-
pine Arts & Culture (9/8–9/9)                    CPAF has provided quality care and support       tional Start! movement that calls on all
FilAm ARTS, the largest, comprehensive,          for hundreds of women and children survi-        Americans and their employers to create a
Filipino-American multi-disciplinary commu-      vors, while nurturing their courageous           culture of physical activity and to live longer,
nity arts organization in the region, hosted     choice to begin a life free from violence and    heart-healthy lives through walking. This
its annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Cul-    abuse. As a Leadership Circle Sponsor, LA        year’s Heart Walk raised nearly $900,000
ture (FPAC) at Point Fermin Park in San          18 has been a long-time supporter of             towards the fight against heart disease and
Pedro. As a family-fun community event,          CPAF’s invaluable services and excellent         stroke. The event’s attractions included a 5K
FPAC partnered with local artists, commu-        care for its Asian Pacific Islander survivors.   walk and a fun-filled Wellness Festival fea-
nity organizations, businesses and individu-                                                      turing free health screenings, food, Kids
als–drawing over 25,000 people of diverse        CSC 36th Annual Banquet and Silent Auc-          Zone, music and giveaways. LA 18 was a
backgrounds at the two-day weekend festi-        tion (9/21)                                      proud Media Sponsor for the Heart Walk,
val. Over 1,000 traditional and contempo-        Celebrating their 36th Anniversary, China-       promoting physical activity and heart-healthy
rary artists performed on the two stages–        town Service Center (CSC) held their annual      living in a fun family environment, while rais-
from poetry readings and concerts, to culi-      fundraising banquet and silent auction at        ing funds to fight heart disease and stroke,
nary and visuals arts. As a Media Sponsor,       the historic Empress Pavilion Restaurant in      America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers.
LA 18 joined FilAm ARTS’s mission to ad-         Chinatown. This year’s benefit event, Cir-
vance the understanding of the art and           cles for Success: Thriving Lives & Commu-        OCTOBER 2007
diverse cultural heritage of Filipinos in the    nities, guests feasted on a traditional Chi-     OCA 16th Annual Image Awards Banquet (10/5)
United States.                                   nese dinner. As an Emerald Sponsor, LA 18        The Organization of Chinese Americans
                                                 joined CSC’s mission to promote and              (OCA) Greater Los Angeles Chapter held their
APEX 14th Annual Awards Gala (9/15)              broaden immigrants, refugees and others in       16th Annual Image Awards Banquet at the
The Asian Professional Exchange (APEX)           need of assistance in adjustment to the          Omni Hotel. OCA recognizes individuals who
held their 14th Annual Awards Gala celebra-      American life.                                   exemplified not only excellence in their pro-
tion honoring prominent Asian Pacific                                                             fession, but also leadership and commit-
                                                 8th Annual Asian Small Business Expo (9/29)      ment to the community. As a Media Sponsor,
Americans in the spheres of professional
                                                 This unique event, held at the Omni Hotel,       LA 18 supported this national organization
leadership, community service, the arts and
                                                 presented multiple opportunities in the Los      and its efforts to advancing the social, politi-
entertainment at the Omni Hotel in Down-
                                                 Angeles Asian business community. Over           cal and economic well-being on Asian Pacific
town Los Angeles. More than 300 people
                                                 750 participants, including business own-        Americans in the United States.
attended the gala in support of APEX. The
                                                 ers, entrepreneurs and sponsors attended
gala highlighted award honorees, entertain-
                                                 various workshops and discovered a wide
ment and the new APEX Board. As a Gold
                                                 array of business services and benefits
Sponsor, LA 18 joined APEX’s commitment
                                                 available to them. As in previous years,
to excellence in community service, profes-
                                                 Asian language and English workshops
sional development and cultural aware-
                                                 attracted over hundreds in attendance and
                                                 were held throughout the day, covering
                                                 specialized business topics. The Expo is a
APWC 6th Annual Metamorphosis Gala (9/19)
The Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC)          unique business-to-business event that
                                                 engages the Asian business community and                          Photo Courtesy of Sydney Chiu
6th Annual Metamorphosis Gala was a won-
derful evening celebrating the works of          brings this growing economic factor into the      LA 18 Staff and guests enjoy a relaxing evening
APWC and generating support and aware-           mainstream to connect and utilize compa-                at the OCA Image Awards Banquet.
ness for the fight against domestic violence     nies and its services. LA 18 was a proud
                                                 media sponsor of this event.                        Continue on page three
Continued from page two—COMMUNITY NEWS ership development. The dinner recognized                   JACCC San Jose Taiko in Concert (11/9)
                                                   Survivor: Cook Islands winner and commu-        The Japanese American Cultural & Commu-
A3M 10th Annual Benefit Dinner & Concert           nity advocate Yul Kwon; BP America Inc.;        nity Center (JACCC) presented their San
– A Night with Martin Nievera (10/14)              and API Equality-LA with excellence and         Jose Taiko 2007 Rhythm Journey Tour
The Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches              service in the APA community. As a Plati-       Benefit Concert at the Aratani / Japan
(A3M) Martin Nievera Benefit Concert was           num Circle Sponsor, LA 18 has been a long-      America Theatre in Little Tokyo. San Jose
an evening of classic ballads, up-tempo            time supporter of APALC’s mission to advo-      Taiko mesmerized the audience with their
rock ‘n roll, Broadway hits and pop tunes,         cate for civil rights, provide legal services   powerful, spellbinding and propulsive
held at the Cerritos Center for the Perform-       and education to positive influence and         sounds of taiko, the Japanese drum. As a
ing Arts. Nievera wrote a special song called      impact APAs.                                    Media Sponsor, LA 18 was proud to help
Miracles, dedicated to patients fighting                                                           JACCC and San Jose Taiko bring this tradi-
bone marrow disease and in need of mar-            JACCC Bunraku – The National Puppet             tional Japanese art form and music to
row transplants. LA 18’s Kababayan LA              Theatre of Japan (10/18–10/20)                  Southern California.
Host Jannelle So co-emceed the VIP recep-          The Japanese American Cultural & Commu-                                        Make-A-Wish
tion prior to the concert. As a Platinum           nity Center (JACCC) presented Bunraku: The                                     Foundation–
Sponsor, LA 18 continued to carry A3M’s            National Puppet Theatre of Japan for the                                       A Season of
mission to improve the health and welfare          first time in nearly two decades for four,                                     Wishes
of all those fighting bone marrow disease by       spectacular performances at the Aratani/                                       Weekly Wish
providing education and awareness.                 Japan America Theatre. The 32-member                                           Nights
                                                   Company performed two classic master-                                          Continuing
                                                   pieces – Oshichi’s Burning Love and Mira-                                      it’s partner-
                                                   cle at the Temple. This ancient form of                                        ship with the
                                                   theatre fuses together three very distinct                                     Make-A-Wish
                                                   forms of storytelling – ballad narration, the    Photo Courtesy of Make-A-Wish Foundation
                                                   shamisen string instrument and puppet                                          of    Greater
                                                   manipulation. In addition, company mem-                                        Los Angeles
                                                   bers and experts conducted a special Intro-     for the 2007 Holiday Wish-Granting Cam-
                                                   duction to Bunraku segment for the audi-        paign, A Season of Wishes, LA 18 brought
                                                   ence. All shows were sold out and were          its multi-cultural viewers up close and per-
                Photo Courtesy of Victor Leung     widely received by LA 18 attendees as well      sonal with many heartfelt stories of South-
                                                   as the general audience. LA 18 was a proud      ern California wish children. A Season of
 Martin Nievera: A3M’s Miracles concert has
 taken the “Philippine Concert King” back to       Media Sponsor.                                  Wishes provided SC residents opportunities
memories of his youth, while raising money for a                                                   to witness the powerful impact that fulfilling
                 good cause.                       FAL 7th Annual Spirit Awards & Dinner           a wish has on the lives of children battling
                                                   Benefit Gala (10/20)                            life-threatening medical conditions through
                                                   LA 18’s Kababayan LA Host Jannelle So           a series of public wish fulfillment celebra-
ABA 31st Annual Awards Banquet (10/17)             was honored with the Community-Building         tions that include “Weekly Wish Nights at
The Asian Business Association (ABA) held          Journalism Award at the Filipino American       The Grove” in Los Angeles.
its 31st Annual Awards Banquet at the Omni         Library (FAL) 7th Annual Spirit Awards Bene-
Los Angeles Hotel. Inspire was the theme of        fit Gala held at the Millennium Biltmore        DECEMBER 2007
the evening, which began with a reception          Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. More than        API 8th Annual Holiday Toy Drive & Network-
and silent auction, followed by a banquet          450 guests attended the elegant night of        ing Reception (12/6)
dinner and awards ceremony. ABA honored            entertainment and a grand silent auction.       LA 18, among local API organizations,
individuals and companies that have made           As a Media Sponsor, LA 18 continued to aid      joined the 8th Annual Holiday Toy Drive &
contributions to the communities in which          FAL’s mission in actively promoting the         Networking Reception at the Asian Pacific
we live and do business. Proceeds from this        history, culture, and professional achieve-     Legal Center in Downtown Los Angeles. All
event support ABA’s programs. LA 18 sup-           ments of Filipinos and Filipino Americans.      proceeds raised went towards the purchase
ported ABA’s mission to represent Asian
                                                                                                   of new toys for recipient organizations.
American business owners, and creates
                                                   NOVEMBER 2007
business opportunities for its members and
                                                   APCF 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala (11/7)         KCCLA & KOCCA DARI Awards (12/7)
their diverse communities.
                                                   The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF)         The Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles
                                                   hosted their benefit fundraiser, Giving for     (KCCLA) and The Korea Culture & Content
APALC 24th Anniversary Dinner (10/18)
                                                   All Seasons, at the elegant Gonpachi Res-       Agency (KOCCA) held an awards ceremony
Celebrating their 24th Anniversary, the
                                                   taurant. Attendees enjoyed an intimate          to honor entertainment executives and
Asian Pacific American Legal Center
                                                   evening of gourmet Japanese food and an         companies for outstanding contribution in
(APALC) held their annual dinner at the
                                                   awards ceremony. As a Silver Sponsor, LA        advancing the culture of Korea within the
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites. As the
                                                   18 joined APCF and its 29 Affiliate Agencies    US market. The word DARI is Korean for
nation’s largest legal organization serving
                                                   dedicated to serving the vast and wide          bridge. LA 18 was honored with the 2007
the API communities, APALC is a unique
                                                   range of needs in the API community with        DARI Award, for its commitment towards
organization that combines traditional legal
                                                   vital and critical services provided in 27
services with civil rights advocacy and lead-                                                         Continue on page four
                                                   Asian languages throughout Los Angeles
Continued from page three—COMMUNITY               18 Global Report Vietnamese News Anchor              Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, with Tam-
NEWS                                              Tracy Bui, who is heavily involved with the          lyn Tomita, Takayo Fischer, Cher Calvin,
creating bridges between the Korean and           Vietnamese American community, rode in               Alison de la Cruz, Tsuann Kuo, among many
American cultures at the 2007 LA 18 Lunar         the parade. As a Silver Sponsor, LA 18               other wonderful API actresses and commu-
New Year Parade and Festival and 2007 LA          joined this all-student volunteer organiza-          nity leaders at the Aratani/Japan America
18 Harvest Moon Festival.                         tion to strengthen cultural awareness                Theatre in Little Tokyo. In response to last
                                                  among youth, build future leaders and                year’s one-night sold out performance,
                                                  spread cultural awareness across the                 CPAF returned their production with two
                                                  Southern California region. The Tet Festival         showings – a matinee and evening per-
                                                  remains the largest Vietnamese cultural              formance. This benefit performance was
                                                  event outside of Vietnam.                            vital to the API community in Los Angeles –
                                                                                                       spreading awareness and helping victims of
                                                  109th Annual Golden Dragon Parade & Fes-             abuse and sexual assault break the cycle of
                                                  tival (2/9–2/10)                                     violence and helping them get back a life of
                                                  Disney’s Mickey Mouse rang in the Lunar              dignity and become survivors. CPAF raises
                     Photo Courtesy of LA 18      New Year Year of the Rat as Grand Marshal            awareness about the problem of domestic
DARI Award: LA 18 was honored for it’s involve-   for the 109th Annual Golden Dragon Parade            and sexual violence in API communities,
  ment in the Korean American community.          & Festival in Chinatown on Saturday. This            where a small percentage of such crimes
                                                  historic event drew more than 100,000                are ever reported because of cultural
JANUARY 2008                                      people and remains the largest and oldest            stigma. As a Media Sponsor, LA 18 joined
CCC Miss LA Chinatown Pageant (1/19)              parade of its kind in Southern California.           CPAF in the global movement and series of
                                                  The parade ran along Broadway and Hill               consciousness-raising events to end vio-
                                                  Streets with a line-up including Mayor Anto-         lence again women and children.
                                                  nio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief William Bratton
                                                  as Honorary Grand Marshal, newly-                    APRIL 2008
                                                  appointed Deputy Chief Terry Hara, newly             6th Annual IFFLA (4/22-4/27)
                                                  crowned 2008 Miss Los Angeles Chinatown              The 6th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los
                                                  Queen and her Court, along with over 100             Angeles (IFFLA) ended their six day festival
                                                  floats, marching bands, celebrity cars and           with more than 6,500 film goers and show-
                                                  cultural organizations. Pan-Asian perform-           cased 21 features and 12 shorts for a total
                                                  ers entertained the stage area at the two-           of 33 films representing eight countries at
                       Photo Courtesy of CCC
                                                  day festival. NBC’s Last Comic Standing              the ArcLight Hollywood, a state-of-the-art
Sharon Isadora Ha was crowned Queen at            winner Dat Pham emceed the event. The                facility located in the heart of Los Angeles.
the Chinese Chamber of Commerce (CCC)             festival headlined Filipino and Thai danc-           Each year, the festival demonstrates sig-
Miss Los Angeles Chinatown Pageant, held          ers, Taiko drummers and Asian pop bands.             nificant growth in attendees and film sub-
at the Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los          Gearing for the summer Olympics in Beijing,          missions. IFFLA kicked off with the Opening
Angeles. Joining her court are 1st Princess       sensational Chinese acrobatics as well as            Night Gala presentation of Richie Mehta’s
Debbie Tran, 2nd Princess Karin Yi-Chieh          Shaolin Temple martial arts dazzled the              AMAL, which received the Jury Prize for
Lin, 3rd Princess Jackie Tsang, 4th Princess/     audience. The Lunar New Year events were             Best Narrative Feature. The festival closed
Miss Photogenic Jody Chan and Miss                organized by the Chinese Chamber of Com-             with the Closing Night Gala presentation of
Friendship Tiffany Jennell Kwong. This            merce of Los Angeles and in partnership              Mumbai Cutting … A City Unfolds. IFFLA
year’s pageant attracted 16 young, talented       with LA 18.                                          continues to thrive and dedicate the
ladies from Southern California. The event                                                             achievements of Indian cinema and film-
also featured performances from local                                                                  makers, as well as highlight the dynamic
community groups, as well as overseas                                                                  and diverse Indian culture. As a Media
talent from Hong Kong & Macau. LA 18 was                                                               Sponsor, LA 18 continued to support the
a Presenting Sponsor and aired the pag-                                                                diverse perspectives of the Indian culture.
eant on the station.
                                                                                                       SIPA 36th Anniversary Awards Benefit Din-
FEBRUARY 2008                                                                                          ner (4/26)
Tet Festival Year of the Fire Rat (2/8-2/10)                                                           Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)
The Union of Vietnamese Student Associa-                                                               honored the outstanding contributions and
tion (UVSA) hosted the 26th Annual Tet Fes-                                                            accomplishments of esteemed community
                                                                         Photo Courtesy of LA 18       leaders, generous corporate businesses
tival of Southern California, Year of the Fire      The Official Mascots of 2008 Beijing Olympics
Rat, in Garden Grove. Tet, the Lunar New                                                               and philanthropic individuals within the
                                                   greeted festival goers at the gates of Chinatown.   community at the 36th Anniversary Awards
Year, marks the beginning of spring and is
the most observed holiday within the Viet-                                                             Benefit Dinner, Ang Bukas Ng Ating Pama-
namese community. Over 100,000 patrons
                                                  MARCH 2008                                           yanan – The Future of Our Community, held
immersed themselves in the Vietnamese             CPAF Vagina Monologues (3/15)                        at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown.
American culture while indulging in tradi-        In celebration of V-Day’s 10th Anniversary,
                                                                                                       Continue on page five
tional foods, ceremonies and customs. LA          the Center for the Pacific Asian Family
                                                  (CPAF) produced a Pan Asian cast of Eve                                                                                                                               4
Continued from page four—COMMUNITY NEWS MAY 2008                                                        Competition Awards Dinner. Director of
                                        VC 24th Annual LA AP Film Festival (5/1–5/8)                    Community Relations Joyce Shimazu served
Congratulations to LA 18’s Kababayan LA             Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s            on the Mayor’s Steering Committee. LA 18
Host Jannelle So for receiving the Gawad            premier Asian Pacific American media arts           was the Asian Media Sponsor and sup-
Manlilikha - Creative Arts Award. As a Gold         center launched the celebration of APIAHM           porter of the rich diversity that makes Los
Sponsor, LA 18’s support helped raise over          with their 24th Annual Los Angeles Asian            Angeles an international capital of cultural
$100,000 to support SIPA’s mission to               Pacific Film Festival at the Director’s Guild       traditions.
provide health and human services, as well          of America, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatres,
as economic development and cultural arts           ImaginAsian Center, The National Center for         Bowers Museum Terra Cotta Warrior Exhibit
programs for youth and families within the          the Preservation of Democracy and the               (5/18–10/12)
Historic Filipinotown and the greater Los           Aratani/Japan America Theatre. Formerly             The Bowers Museum presented Terra Cotta
Angeles Pilipino American community.                the VC FilmFest, VC officially changed the          Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Em-
                                                    festival name to the Los Angeles Asian Pa-          peror, the largest loan of terra cotta figures
CSC 20th Annual Golf Classic (4/28)                 cific Film Festival. The festival showcased         and significant artifacts to ever travel to the
The Chinatown Service Center (CSC) hosted           over 160 films and videos from both Asian           US from China’s First Emperor, Shi
their 20th Annual Golf Classic at the Califor-      Pacific American and international Asian            Huangdi’s (259-210 BC) tomb. The exhibi-
nia Country Club. The golf tournament               directors. This year, the festival opening          tion provided a deeper knowledge of this
helped CSC raise funds to support over              night kicked off with Oscar-winning director        historical site and showcased 100 sets of
11,000 individuals, children, seniors and           Jessica Yu’s comedy Ping Pong Playa, and            objects, which included 14 complete life-
families through its social service, employ-        closed with the Australian director Tony            size terra cotta warriors representing all
ment, counseling and health programs. As a          Ayres’ moving drama The Home Song Sto-              aspects of the Emperor’s army. LA 18 was a
Media Sponsor, LA 18 continued to support           ries. The festival’s eight-day run also in-         sponsor.
youth and community development pro-                cluded a complement of filmmaker semi-
grams in our community.                             nars, panel discussions, workshops and              LTSC 2nd Annual La Vida Sake and Food
                                                    awards. As a Media Sponsor, LA 18 has               Tasting (5/22)
                                                    been a long-time supporter of Southern
                                                    California’s largest and most prestigious
                                                    Asian Pacific film festival.

                                                    Asian and Pacific Islander American Heri-
                                                    tage Month
                                                    Highlighting Los Angeles’ rich Asian and
                                                    Pacific Islander traditions and vibrant com-
                                                    munities, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa cele-
                        Photo Courtesy of CSC       brated the 31st Annual Asian and Pacific
LA 18 Dir. of Community Relations Joyce Shimazu     Islander     American     Heritage    Month                                  Photo Courtesy of LTSC
 forms a foursome group for the CSC golf classic.   (APIAHM). At the city’s opening and closing         LTSC Executive Director Bill Watanabe present the Fu
                                                    ceremonies, Mayor Villaraigosa recognized             Re Ai award to Chef Akira Hirose of Maison Akira.
JACCC Ambassadors Cup US-Japan Friend-              honorees: Spirit of LA – Deputy Chief Terry
ship Golf Tournament (4/28)                         S. Hara; Dream of LA – Peter and Charlie            An unconventional sight, automobiles and
The Japan American Cultural & Community             Woo; Hope of LA – Takashi Saito. Guests             alcoholic beverages marketed together. But
Center’s (JACCC) 3rd Annual Ambassador’s            included business and corporate leaders,            at the La Vida Sake and Food Tasting, held
Cup US-Japan Friendship Golf Tournament             political leaders, entertainers, civic, com-        at the Peterson Automotive Museum, cars
celebrated its 25th year at the Friendly Hills                                                          were parked and sake helped raise money
Country Club in Whittier. The day began with                                                            for the Little Tokyo Service Center’s (LTSC).
a full round of golf and ended with a fan-                                                              At this annual benefit fundraiser, around
tastic awards dinner. LA 18 President/                                                                  800 guests sampled premium sake from
General Manager Brian Reed and his team                                                                 Northern Japanese breweries, unique food
won First Place in the tournament. JACCC is                                                             pairings and viewed classic, one-of-a-kind
the preeminent presenter of Japanese and                                                                cars at the featured La Vida Lowrider:
Japanese American, and Asian American                                                                   Cruising the City of Angels exhibit. The VIP
performing and visual arts nationally. Pro-                                                             reception featured a ceremony in honor of
ceeds from the tournament provide vital                             Photo Courtesy of Sydney Chiu       Chef Akira Hirose of Maison Akira with the
support which sustains the many out-                                                                    Fu Re Ai Award. Chef Hirose was celebrated
                                                    LA 18 employees celebrate APIAHM, theme Honor-
standing programs presented by the JACCC.            ing Our Pioneers and Uniting Future Generations.   for his continued support in the local com-
As a Media Sponsor, LA 18 supported                                                                     munity as well as his dedication to LTSC for
JACCC’s mission to promote Japanese and             munity organizers, international invitees,          over 12 years. As a Platinum Sponsor, LA
Japanese American arts and culture to di-           students and residents throughout the city.         18 has been a long-time supporter in
verse audiences, and to provide a center to         More than 100,000 people attended the               LTSC’s mission to provide services to the
enhance community programs.                         plethora of cultural events spread across
                                                    Southern California’s API communities. LA                Continue on page six
                                                    18’s Kababayan LA Host Jannelle So em-
                                                    ceed the Time to Write Creative Writing                                                                                                                                      5
Continued from page five—COMMUNITY NEWS Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. They honored                  AUGUST 2008
greater Los Angeles community. LTSC is         individuals that share a commitment to            6th Annual Historic Filipinotown Festival (8/2)
committed to the cultural and historic pres-   enriching the lives of people in Southern         The 6th Annual Historic Filipinotown Festival
ervation of Little Tokyo and has spear-        California through arts and culture. For 28       drew large crowds to the streets of Filipi-
headed various renovation projects in the      years, JACCC is still one of the largest ethnic   notown. The popular street festival was a
community.                                     arts and cultural centers of its kind in the      free event and featured a Grand 5K Walk/
                                               US. LA 18 was a Media Sponsor.                    Run, all-day carnival rides, guided bus tours
APWC 7th Annual Metamorphosis Gala (5/22)                                                        around the Historic Filipinotown district,
The Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC)        JULY 2008                                         vendor booths and entertainment. LA 18
held Studio Night, their 7th Annual Meta-      APCF 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala (7/9)            was a Media Sponsor.
morphosis Gala at Los Angeles Center Stu-      The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF)
dios/Downtown. Guests enjoyed an evening       celebrated their 2nd Annual Fundraising           US-Philippines Expo (8/9–8/10)
of fine food and entertainment emceed by       Gala, Giving for All Seasons, at the Califor-     The annual US-Philippines Expo gathered
Heroes’ James Kyson Lee in a hip and so-       nia Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. APCF           thousands of Filipino-Americans from all
phisticated atmosphere. APWC is dedicated      honored key Frank Queveda – Southern              over Southern California to the Pomona
to providing a safe haven and support ser-     California Edison; Stephen Liu – APEX; and        Fairplex. This two-day event featured popu-
vices for women and children who are sur-      the Los Angeles County Asian American             lar entertainment from the Philippines and
vivors of domestic violence. Proceeds          Employees Association. Today, APCF pro-           amazing cultural performers, shopping in
raised from their gala goes to awareness to    vides funding to 29 affiliate agencies serv-      the Kababayan Village for products and
combat domestic violence. As a Phoenix         ing client, the majority of who live in low-      services, delicious authentic Filipino food
Sponsor, LA 18 supported APWC’s commit-        income and immigrant API communities.             and friendly pageant and singing competi-
ment to education and outreach, raising        Since its founding, APCF has granted over         tions. The US-Philippines Expo continued to
awareness about domestic violence and          $1.2 million API non-profit organizations, all    bring wholesome entertainment and enjoy-
fostering violence prevention.                 from funds collected from individual do-          able consumer shows to the community. LA
                                               nors. LA 18 was a sponsor.                        18 was a Presenting Sponsor.
RMHC Scholarship Awards Dinner (5/22)
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)         KYCC 7th Annual Benefit Concert (7/24)            68th Nisei Week Japanese Festival (8/16–
of Southern California awarded $448,000        In celebration of 33 years of service to the      8/24)
in college scholarships to Southland’s         Koreatown area, Koreatown Youth and               Marking its 68th year, the Nisei Week Foun-
brightest high school seniors at the Hyatt     Community Center (KYCC) hosted their 7th          dation successfully ended the Nisei Week
Regency Century Plaza Hotel. The gala,         Annual Benefit Concert in association with        Japanese Festival in Little Tokyo. The Nisei
hosted by the McDonald’s Operators’ Asso-      the Korean American Women’s Association           Week Japanese Festival, one of the longest
ciation of Southern California (MOASC),        at the world-famous Walt Disney Concert           running ethnic festivals in the US, attracted
celebrates the students’ commitment to         Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Conductor           hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy a
academic achievement and community             Jong Hoon Bae created an eclectic and             Japanese arts and cultural experience. The
service. The RMHC/Asian Pacific American       multicultural program of classical jazz, tra-     nine-day festival celebrated Japanese and
Students Increasing Achievement Scholar-       ditional Korean and American pieces, and          Japanese-American culture with cultural
ship was among the various scholarship         featured Grammy-award musician, Scott             exhibits, games and entertainment. Many
programs offered by RMHC. LA 18 employ-        Tennant, in the world premiere of a guitar        festival attendees enjoyed the street arts
ees participated in the annual scholarship     concerto composed by UCLA’s Dr. Ian               fair and traditional celebrations, as well as
program as judges and essay readers.           Krouse. As a Media Sponsor, LA 18 sup-            unique attractions which included the Nisei
About 600 applications were received from      ported KYCC and more than 30 programs             Week Grand Parade, Nisei Week Pageant,
the greater Los Angeles area and 21 stu-       for the children, youth and families of Ko-       car show, sumo demonstration, gyoza-
dents were recipients of $2,000 scholar-       reatown.                                          eating contest and sport competitions. As a
ships with a $500 honorarium awarded to a                                                        Media Sponsor, LA 18 and Nisei Week
community-based organization of their          Project by Project 6th Annual Tasting Benefit     Foundation President Helen Ota promoted
choice. As a long-time supporter, LA 18        (7/26)                                            the Japanese and Japanese-American cul-
partnered with RMHC and LEAP and contin-       Built upon years of success in hosting this       ture in the community.
ues their ongoing commitment of higher         signature event in both New York City and
education and improving the lives of our       Los Angeles, Project by Project hosted its        NAAAP 22nd Annual National Convention
future leaders.                                6th Annual Tasting Benefit at the California      (8/21–8/24)
                                               Science Center. This signature gala show-         The National Association of Asian American
JUNE 2008                                      cased savory food and dessert delicacies          Professional (NAAAP) hosted their annual
JACCC 28th Anniversary Celebration &           prepared by talented chef from the top LA         convention to foster leadership and diver-
Awards Dinner (6/1)                            restaurants, as well as samplings from pre-       sity within the community and in the work-
The Japanese American Cultural & Commu-        mier wineries and beverage companies.             place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
nity Center (JACCC) held their 28th Anniver-   This year’s Project by Project’s partner is       Hotel. This four-day long convention,
sary Celebration & Awards Dinner, themed       the Center for Asian Americans United for         themed Leadership: Rising and Shining
Connecting Cultures & Communities, at the      Self Empowerment, a non-profit, non-              Stars, drew over 1000 attendees from
                                               partisan, community-based organization
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                                               whose mission is to advance the political
                                               empowerment of the APA community. LA 18
                                               was a Media Sponsor.                                                                                                                           6
Continued from page six—COMMUNITY NEWS         CSC 37th Annual Dinner (9/26)                  sition Park in Los Angeles. As a Media
                                               Chinatown Service Center (CSC) celebrated      Sponsor, LA 18 created opportunities for
across the world. The convention high-         its 37th Annual Fundraising Dinner at the      people to improve their health by walking
lighted over 40 workshops, seminars and        Empress Pavilion in Chinatown. Theme           and raising funds to help fight heart disease
panels on leadership and professional de-      Circle of Giving served to recognize and       and stroke.
velopment, inspiring keynote speakers, a       appreciate the community’s support during
two-day Diversity Career Fair, an intensive    these harsh economic times. CSC provides       Komen 17th Annual OC Race for the Cure
one-day Leadership Institute, the NAAAP        services that promote better quality of life   (9/28)
Golf Classic and concluded with the Who’s      and equal opportunity for immigrants in the
Who in Asian American Communities Lead-        southern California region. LA 18 was a
ers and Legends Awards Gala. LA 18’s Ka-       Media Sponsor.
babayan LA Host Jannelle So participated
in the Asian American Women Leading in         API SBP 9th Annual Asian Small Business
the Entertainment Industry panel. LA 18        Expo (9/27)
was a Gold Sponsor.                            Thriving in Tough Times was the suitable
                                               theme for the 9th Annual Asian Small Busi-
SEPTEMBER 2008                                 ness Expo. With over 50 exhibitors and 800
CPAF 30th Anniversary Garden Party (9/5)                                                                    Photo Courtesy of Victor Leung
                                               participants, the expo helped Asian immi-
Celebrating 30 Years of Voices Rising to       grant entrepreneurs share and learn about      In time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
End Gender Violence, the Center for the        strategies for surviving and thriving during   in October, the Susan G. Komen Orange
Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) held their 30th    economically challenging times. Expo at-       County (OC) Race for the Cure was a great
Anniversary Garden Party at the Gilmore        tendees connected with small businesses,       success at Fashion Island in Newport
Adobe. Guests enjoyed this night of inspira-   service providers and governmental and         Beach, which raised over $3.1 million. LA
tion, celebration and generosity benefiting    legislative representatives. English and in-   18 Team Captain, Jennifer Leung, recruited
CPAF. As a Platinum Sponsor, LA 18 sup-        language workshops covered specialized         17 team members and the team raised
ported CPAF’s mission to build healthy and     business topics and money-saving solu-         over $2,000. LA 18’s team joined the
safe communities by addressing too causes      tions, which were held throughout the day.     30,000 participants of survivors and sup-
and consequences of family violence and        The expo organizer, the Asian Pacific Is-      porters, friends and family. This premier 5K
violence again women.                          lander Small Business Program (API SBP),       fundraising event celebrated breast cancer
                                               has been recognized for its leadership and     survivorship and honored those who have
FilAm ARTS 17th Annual Festival of Philip-     innovative service to the Asian Small Busi-    lost their battle with the disease. As a Dia-
pine Arts & Culture (9/6–9/7)                  ness Community. LA 18 was a Media Spon-        mond Sponsor, LA 18 worked with the Ko-
Over 25,000 festival goers attended the        sor.                                           men OC Affiliate and played a key role in
17th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts &                                                     raising funds for breast cancer research,
Culture (FPAC) at the beautiful seaside Pt.    APEX 15th Annual Awards Gala (9/27)            awareness, education programs and ser-
Fermin Park in San Pedro. FPAC is the larg-    Celebrating the Asian Professional Ex-         vices. LA 18 produced and aired PSAs in
est and longest running Annual Filipino        change (APEX) 15th Year Anniversary, the       Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Tagalog,
traditional festival in Southern California    Aspire to Inspire Awards Gala was pre-         which featured LA 18 talent.
with 85 exhibitors, 1,200 artists and 450      sented at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los
volunteers. As a Media Sponsor, LA 18 was      Angeles and honored prominent Asian Pa-        OCTOBER 2008
a proud supporter of Filipino arts and         cific Islander Americans (APIA) who are        OCA 17th Annual Image Awards (10/3)
dance, along with their theme katutubong       leaders and accomplished individuals in        LA 18’s Kababayan LA Host Jannelle So
landas tungo masaganang bukas, meaning         their communities. For the past fifteen        emceed the Organization of Chinese Ameri-
native ways toward a prosperous future.        years, APEX has strived to be the premier      cans (OCA) Greater Los Angeles 17th Annual
                                               membership organization for APIA in South-     Image Awards at the Omni Hotel Los Ange-
ABL & SCCLA – 14th Annual Charity Golf         ern California. LA 18 was a Gold Sponsor       les. OCA honored and recognized individu-
Tournament (9/15)                              and a proud supporter of this all-volunteer    als who exemplified not only excellence in
The Asian Business League (ABL) and the        organization deeply committed to excel-        their profession, but also leadership and
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Asso-      lence in professional development, com-        commitment to the community. LA 18 was a
ciation (SCCLA) held their 14th Annual Char-   munity service and cultural awareness.         Media Sponsor.
ity Golf Tournament at the Hacienda Golf
Club in La Habra. The day began with the       AHA Start! Los Angeles Heart Walk (9/27)       LA 18 KSCI-TV DTV Transition Seminar (10/7)
putting and chipping contest and lunch.        The American Heart Association’s (AHA)         LA 18 hosted a digital television transition
During the day, players competed in Long-      premier fundraiser, the Start! Heart Walk      (DTV) seminar for Asian community-based
est Drive and Closest to the Pin contests as   successfully raised over $1 million. In re-    organizations at the Democracy Forum in
well as an opportunity to take their best      sponse to the increasing risks of heart dis-   the Japanese American National Museum.
show at winning $1 million at the “Shoot       ease and stroke in Americans, AHA’s na-        Representatives Rachelle Chong from the
Out.” The day concluded with a silent auc-     tional campaign calls on all Americans to      California Public Utilities Commission, Lyle
tion, raffle contest and an awards dinner. A   create a culture of physical activity and      Ishida from the Federal Communications
portion of the proceeds were donated to the    health to live longer, heart-healthy lives
scholarship funds of ABL and SCCLA. LA 18      through walking. The LA 18 team partici-       Continue on page eight
was a Supporting Sponsor.                      pated in this free event and joined the
                                               thousands in a brisk 5K walk around Expo-                                                                                                                      7
Continued from page seven—COMMUNITY NEWS incredible support for the dinner event,                  semble infused the powerful rhythms of
Commission, Kathie Klass from the Na-            APALC successfully met its goal and raised        Japanese ensemble taiko drumming with
tional Telecommunications and Information        over $1.1 million to fulfill a $1 million chal-   hip-hop, electronica, Tuvan throat singing
Administration and Harold Protter from the       lenge grant pledge by Cyrus Tang, a long-         styles. The program concluded in one
National Association of Broadcasters, along      time friend and supporter of APALC. The           member, Kris Berstrom, receiving the pres-
with LA 18 Vice President of Engineering Bill    evening included a reception and silent           tigious natori honor and was inducted into
Welty, addressed various range of issues         auction, followed by an awards program            the Kineya School of Shamisen. LA 18 was
and solutions regarding the transition from      and dinner. As a Golden Circle Sponsor, LA        a Media Sponsor.
analog to digital broadcasting originally set    18 celebrated its long-standing partnership
for February 17, 2009. The National Asian        with APALC and it’s continual efforts of legal    KAFLA 46th Annual Heritage Night (11/14)
Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) is collabo-      service, advocacy and leadership develop-         Korean American Federation of Los Angeles
rating with LA 18 by providing a NAPCA           ment in the Asian Pacific American commu-         (KAFLA) held their 46th Annual Heritage
national toll-free multilingual helpline for     nity.                                             Night at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. The eve-
any questions or concerns related to DTV                                                           ning included a VIP reception, awards cere-
transition issues. More than 100 attended        ABA 32nd Awards Banquet (10/30)                   mony and live entertainment. KAFLA hon-
the seminar which focused on constituents        The 32nd Annual Asian Business Associa-           ored Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with the
who may be at risk of losing their TV signals.   tion (ABA) Banquet was held at the Univer-        Outstanding Leadership Award and Califor-
Specific solutions were presented and dis-       sal Hilton and drew record-breaking atten-        nia State Board of Equalization Board
cussed. Please note: the DTV switch date         dees to the event. Close to 500 guests net-       Member Michelle Park Steel, with the Out-
has been postponed to June 12, 2009.             worked over an eight-course Chinese meal,         standing Achievement Award for their con-
                                                 honored individuals in the community and          tributions to the Korean American commu-
FAL 8th Annual Benefit Gala and Concert –        was entertained by the night’s perform-           nity.
Jazzmopolitan (10/11)                            ances. Founded in 1976, ABA proactively
The Filipino American Library (FAL) pre-         help Asian Americans gain access to eco-          Go For Broke 7th Annual Gala Dinner (11/15)
sented their 8th Annual Gala and Benefit         nomic opportunities and advancement. LA           Go For Broke National Education Center’s
Concert Jazzmopolitan at the Aratani/Japan       18 was a Media Sponsor.                           7th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner
America Theatre in Little Tokyo. Gala atten-                                                       featured the cuisine of Chef Roy Yamaguchi
dees joined the celebration of music and to      NOVEMBER 2008                                     of Roy’s restaurants and Chef Chris Yeo of
honor spirit awardees. LA 18 was a Media         A3M 11th Annual Benefit Dinner & Concert          Straits and Sino restaurants at the Westin
Sponsor.                                         An Evening with Keiko Matsui (11/2)               Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Ange-
                                                 Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M)           les. This special night was to pay tribute to
3rd Annual Asian American Real Estate            was truly a night to remember. A3M’s an-          the heroic World War II Japanese American
(AREAA) Convention & Gala (10/9–10/12)                               nual benefit was held at      veterans. The 2008 Na Hoku Hanohano
Allen Okamoto, a Bay Area business leader                            the Cerritos Performing       Group of the Year, Maunalua, performed
who pioneered efforts to open the real es-                           Arts Center and raised        with LA-based, award-winning Halau Keali’i
tate industry to Asian American profession-                          over $30,000 from the         O Nalani. General Eric Shinseki (Ret.), for-
als and consumers, was named 2008 Real                               prize drawing and silent      mer US Army Chief of Staff, was the keynote
Estate Person of the Year by the Asian Real                          auction alone. Over 300       speaker. LA 18’s support as a Media Spon-
Estate Association of America at its 3rd                             guests attended the sold      sor enabled Go For Broke to deliver their
Annual Asian American Real Estate Con-                               out dinner. The highlight     mission of honoring the accomplishments
vention & Gala. This one-of-the-kind real                            of the evening was the        of World War II Japanese American veter-
estate conference focused on Asian Ameri-                            meeting of 13-year old        ans through educational programs and
                                                                                                   historical preservation.
can homebuyers and realtors. This year the             Photo A3M marrow recipient, Janice
conference included workshop on the more                             Lee, and donor Mark
up-to-date topics, such as foreign invest-       Tomita, a Los Angeles fire fighter. Lee and       Make-A-Wish Foundation–A Season of
ment, REO, short sales, foreclosure and          her family flew from Louisville, Kentucky to      Wishes–Weekly Wish Nights
financial tools. LA 18 was a Media Sponsor.      attend dinner and were touched by To-             LA 18 continued it’s partnership with the
                                                 mita’s surprise fire truck grand entrance. At     Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los
APALC 25th Anniversary Dinner (10/21)            the Keiko Matsui concert, audiences were          Angeles for the 2008 Holiday Wish-Granting
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center          delighted with her enthusiastic personality       Campaign, A Season of Wishes. The cam-
(APALC) honored LA 18 with the Corporate         and energetic performance. As a Platinum          paign is designed to Share the Power of a
Award for its 25-year-long partnership at the    Sponsor, LA 18’s support made it possible         Wish with Los Angeles residents and grant
25th Anniversary Dinner held at the Weston       for A3M to continue providing education to        an unprecedented number of wishes for
Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Ange-          communities about the need for marrow             children with life-threatening medical con-
les. LA 18 joined the 1,200 guests that          and blood cell donors.                            ditions during the holiday season of No-
gathered to support APALC. APALC recog-                                                            vember and December. As a Media Partner,
nized over 55 individuals, corporations, law     JACCC On Ensemble 08: Yobu (11/8)                 LA 18 broadcasted interviews with some of
firms and foundations that have supported        The Japanese American Cultural and Com-           the wish children during the weekly wish
APALC over the years. With an outpouring of      munity Center (JACCC) presented On En-            nights.
                                                 semble 08: Yobu at the Aratani/Japan
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                                                 America Theatre. Composed of four of the
                                                 United State’s elite Taiko players, On En-                                                                                                                           8
Continued from page eight—COMMUNITY             NOTEWORTHY MENTIONS
DECEMBER 2008                                   Congratulations to the promotion of LA 18 Anchor Christine Chiang. Highlights of her work
9th Annual APA Community Holiday Toy            this past year include the live report on the US presidential debates from the Reagan
Drive Networking Reception (12/4)               Presidential Library in Simi Valley, the seven-hour live show of the Taiwan presidential
Despite this economically challenging time,     election in the studio and the recent live three-hour China earthquake relief special. Chiang
the annual APA community holiday toy drive      will cover the upcoming summer Olympics in Beijing and the US presidential elections in
had record breaking attendance, volunteers      November.
and toy and cash donations at the Japa-
nese American National Museum in Little         Congratulations to the promotion of Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Deputy Chief
Tokyo. With the support of close to 350         Terry Hara on April 7, 2008 at the Los Angeles Police Academy. This marks a major mile-
attendees and couple hundred volunteers,        stone in the Department’s history – an Asian-American commanding officer promoted to
the Committee was able to fulfill not only      Deputy Chief, making Deputy Chief Hara the highest-ranking Asian-American member of the
the 12 beneficiary organizations’ wish list,    LAPD. As a 28-year veteran of the Department, Deputy Chief Hara has excelled within the
but had extra funds to donate to each           ranks, working a variety of assignments while demonstrating steadfast loyalty and dedica-
beneficiary agency. The talented Helen Ota      tion to the Department and community.
engaged the audience as emcee, and
popular hip-hop group Far*east Movement                                           Congratulations to LA 18 Director of Community Relations Joyce
& Jazz Edition energized the crowd. Bever-                                        Shimazu for receiving the Outstanding Community Leader Award at
ages and food were donated by Singha                                              Assemblymember Ted Lieu’s 1st Annual Asian Pacific American
Beer, Hynotiq, Panda Express, Beard                                               Community Awards ceremony at the George Nakano Theater in
Papa’s and Mrs. Garcia. LA 18 along with                                          Torrance on May 23, 2008. Shimazu was honored for her out-
Pause Clothing, Island Pacific Supermarket,                                       standing contributions to the tapestry of Asian Pacific American
Winston Toys and Okk Trading were the                                             cultural promotion in her work with LA 18’s Our Role Models, the
Corporate Sponsors. Co-sponsors included                                          station’s sponsorship and partnerships with API community organi-
ABA-LA, APABA, APALC, APAWLA, APEX,                                               zations, serving on the Mayor’s Steering Committee and Executive
JABA, JANM, KABA, OCA, PABA, SABA,                                                Advisory Board of APALC, among many others.
SCCLA, TALA. LA 18 Director of Community
                                                 Photo Office of Assem. Ted Liu
Relations Joyce Shimazu served as Com-
mittee Co-chair.                                The LA 18 “Earthquake in China: How You Can Help” Special Program
                                                In wake of the devastating May 12 earthquake in Sichuan, China, LA 18 broadcasted a live
1st Annual LA Taiwanese Film Festival           3-hour Mandarin program on May 16, 2008, informing viewers about ways to help the
(12/12–12/14)                                   affected areas in China and informational tips to prepare and protect themselves if a simi-
LA 18 co-presented the 1st Los Angeles          lar disaster occurs. Taking the lives of over 69,000 people, the 7.9 magnitude quake
Taiwanese Film Festival, which took place       caused serious damage to schools, factories and important local resources. Hosted by LA
at the UCLA James Bridges Theatre. The          18 Evening News co-anchors Harry Chang and Christine Chiang and LA Living host Juliette
biggest buzz was around the highly-             Zhou, “The Earthquake in China: How You Can Help” special featured in-depth interviews
accolade Cape No. 7, a debut feature by         with disaster experts and community leaders, along with continual coverage of the rescue
director Wei Te-Sheng. Opening night            and repair efforts in China. The relief special also connected LA 18 viewers with critical
kicked off with a wine and hors d’oeuvres       information to help the victims of this tragedy and provided toll-free numbers for grief
reception with an introduction to the nine      counseling. Throughout the program, LA 18 highlighted generous donations from 99 Ranch
films being screened throughout the week-       Market, Harrah’s Entertainment, McDonald’s Operators Association of Southern California
end, a highlight of diverse Taiwanese cin-      and Southern California Toyota Dealers Association –a total contribution of $131,500. All
ema, a keynote speech on the social and         donations were given to the American Red Cross.
cultural milieu in which those films were
made and a roundtable discussion about          The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 requires TV stations to stop
making a debut feature. Cape No. 7              broadcasting in analog and to broadcast only in digital after June 12, 2009. If a consumer
wrapped up the three-day event, which           has a TV in the home that works with the help of “rabbit ears” or a rooftop antenna, action
featured a total of five feature films and      must be taken to continue to receive programming. For each analog TV owned, there are
four documentaries. The film festival was       several ways to get digital programming:
organized by the Taiwanese United Fund               Buy a converter box that will plug into an analog-only TV. (coupons available)
(TUF), in collaboration with UCLA and the            Buy a TV with a digital tuner.
Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Los             Connect the Analog TV to cable, satellite or other pay service (may not give access to all
Angeles. TUF has grown to become a lead-                 digital sub-channels).
ing Taiwanese American association in the       Cable and satellite users will have to check their listings to determine whether digital
US and continues to celebrate the Taiwan-       channels will be offered. More information and applications for up to two $40 coupons to
ese cultural heritages and America’s cul-       help pay for the cost of a certified digital converter box are available through
tural diversity. LA 18 was a Co-Presenter for For more information, please visit the LA 18 Digital TV Transition web-
the film festival.                              site ,

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Continued from page nine—NOTEWORTHY MENTIONS                           WHAT’S NEW AT LA 18
LA 18 Multicasts: Suite of Asian Digital Channels                                                   LA 18 Power Breakfast (Mandarin)
Committed to air free, quality entertainment and information on                                     A blend of mainstream American morning
its digital channels, 24/7:                                                                         shows with Chinese American sensibilities,
- 18.1 LA 18—LA’s #1 Asian language TV                                                              LA 18 Power Breakfast is a live, two-hour
- 18.2 United Television Broadcast—Japanese news & dramas                                           morning show packed with news, traffic,
- 18.3 MBC Digital—Korea’s best dramas & news                                                       weather, and much more! Hosts Andy
- 18.5 The Armenian Channel—News & entertainment programs                                           Chang, Yiyi Lu and Sean Liao offer daily
- 18.7 Vietnamese American Network—news, drama & education                                          entertainment reports, business informa-
programs                                                               tion from both a national and international level, and news about
- 18.8 LA 18—LA 18’s best shows in primetime                           other Chinese communities around the nation. Chinese Americans
*Please note: If you wish to watch LA 18 Digital Sub-channels          will finally be able to incorporate television into their morning routine.
(18.2, 18.3, 18.5, 18.7, 18.8) and…                                    Monday to Friday mornings from 6-8am; repeats on 18.8 from 8-
   - you have a digital TV, you need to buy an antenna and connect     10am.
it to your TV.
   - you have cable/satellite, you need to buy an antenna and                                     LA 18 Halo Halo (Tagalog/English)
connect it to your TV.                                                                            A showcase of popular culture, Halo Halo
   - you have an older analog TV, you need to buy a DTV converter                                 presents audiences with the latest Holly-
box and an antenna and connect it to your TV.                                                     wood news/gossip and up-to-date Filipino
                                                                                                  entertainment headlines. Hosted by Kat
2008 LA 18’s 3rd Annual LNY Card Contest—Year of the Rat                                          Iniba, viewers can laugh aloud to the
Congratulations to the winners of the 2008 LA 18’s 3rd Annual                                     “Funny Filipino Files”, side-splitting online
Lunar New Year Card Contest in partnership with Asian Youth                                       videos gathered from YouTube, MySpace
Center.                                                                and other online video sharing sites. The “cherry on top” of each epi-
Theme: 2008 Year of the Rat                                            sode will be an in-studio musical performance from Filipino and Fili-
1st Place – Cindy Tian, Age 10, Dewey Ave. Elementary                  pino American artists. Monday to Wednesday from 4:15-4:30pm.
2nd Place – Victoria Yang, Age 15, Orange High
3rd Place – Jessica Zhou, Age 9, Juan DeAnza Elementary                                            LA 18 tSOu LA (Mandarin)
Honorable Mentions                                                                                 LA 18 tSOu LA is all about living an active
Novia Poon, Age 7, McKinley Elementary                                                             Southern California lifestyle. Each week,
Sherry Zhou, Age 7                                                                                 Bell Tsou, LA 18 News’ Lifestyle personal-
                                                                                                   ity, highlights the latest trends in local
                               Cindy Tian’s winning artwork was                                    entertainment, fashion and weekend ac-
                               used for LA 18’s 2008 Year of the Rat                               tivities for the entire family. Every Thurs-
                               Lunar New Year Card. All placed win-                                day at 5pm, also on 18.8 at 3pm.
                               ners received a Certificate of Excel-
                               lence and a cash prize presented by                                LA 18 Korean Primetime News (Korean)
                               LA 18 employees, Patti Gallagher,
                               Jennifer Leung and Joyce Shimazu,
                                                                                                  The LA 18 Korean Primetime News is a
                               during the ceremony at Asian Youth                                 brand new Korean news program airing
                               Center on January 10, 2008.                                        five days a week! An American-style news-
                                                                                                  cast with a faster pace than anything seen
2009 LA 18’s 4th Annual LNY Card Contest—Year of the Ox                                           to date in the Korean market, the program
Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 LA 18’s 4th Annual                                     features local and national news in addi-
Lunar New Year Card Contest in partnership with Asian Youth                                       tion to weather, financial segments, and
Center.                                                                entertainment news. Anchor Sarah Cho connects Korean viewers to
Theme: 2009 Year of the Ox                                             the mainstream American news relevant to their life in America as
1st Place – Dylan Chen, Age 8, Park Elementary                         well as to the hyper-local Korean community news of importance.
2nd Place – Melody Yeh, Age 17, Gabrielino High                        Monday to Friday evenings from 8-8:30pm.
3rd Place – Amy Lee, Age 9, Coolidge Elementary
Honorable Mentions                                                                                 Korean Primetime Lineup (Korean)
Phoenix Gong, Age 10, Washington Elementary                                                        In a long-term agreement with highly-
Julie Mac, Age 16, San Gabriel High                                                                acclaimed broadcaster Seoul Broadcast-
                                                                                                   ing System (SBS), LA 18 will provide the
Dylan Chen’s winning artwork was used for                                                          Los Angeles Korean community with the
LA 18’s 2009 Year of the Rat Lunar New                                                             best of SBS programming. The lineup
Year Card. All placed winners received a                                                           begins at 8pm, with the LA 18 Korean
Certificate of Excellence and a cash prize                                                         Primetime News, followed by variety
presented by LA 18 employees, Patti Gal-                               shows at 8:30pm, SBS Korean International News at 9pm, and top-
lagher and Joyce Shimazu, during the                                   rated English-subtitled dramas at 10pm. Monday to Friday evenings
ceremony at Asian Youth Center on Janu-                                from 8-11:30pm; Saturday to Sunday from 9-11:30pm.
ary 21, 2009.

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Continued from page ten—WHAT’S NEW AT LA 18

  Our Community Role Models                                          Our Role Models recognizes outstanding Asian Americans
                 Individuals Making a Difference                      who have made a profound impact in the community.
August 2007                                                          June 2008
- Justin Lin (Chinese) – Director/Filmmaker, Better Luck Tomor-      - Chun-Yen Chen (Chinese) – Executive Director, Asian Pacific
row, Finishing the Game, The Fast and the Furious                    Women’s Center
- Charles Song (Korean) – Legal Services Director, Coalition to      - Helen Kim (Korean)– President, National Asian Pacific American Bar
Abolish Slavery & Trafficking                                        Association
- Diane Dang, Lisa Dang, Chan Dang-Haller (Vietnamese) –             - John Tran (Vietnamese) – Mayor, City of Rosemead
Restauranteurs, Brodard Chateau                                      July 2008
September 2007                                                       - Thomas Shu (Chinese) – Vice President, ABC Teahouse
- Viet Le (Vietnamese) – Board Member & Artist, Vietnamese-          - BongHwan Kim (Korean)– General Manager, Dept. of Neighborhood
American Arts & Letters Association                                  Empowerment
- Eun Sook Lee (Korean) – Executive Director, National Korean        - Jack Toan (Vietnamese) – Martial Arts Instructor; Contributions
American Service & Education Consortium                              Manager; Wells Fargo Foundation
- Jim Liaw (Chinese) – President/Co-Founder, Formula Drift           August 2008
October 2007                                                         - Charles Carter Lee (American) – Superior Court Judge, Los Ange-
- Yong Soo Lee (Korean) – Comfort Woman Victim in World War II       les Superior Court
- Dr. Linda Lau (Chinese) – Neurosurgeon, UCLA Medical Center        - Emile Mack (Korean)– Deputy Chief, LA Fire Department
- Charlie Nguyen (Vietnamese) – Director, The Rebel                  - Dat Phan (Vietnamese) – Comedian
November 2007                                                        September 2008
- Jin Au-yeung (Chinese) – Hip Hop Artist, Rapper                    - Mark Yu (Chinese) – Concert Pianist, Child Prodigy
- Yul Kwon (Korean) – First Asian-American winner of CBS’ Survi-     - Monica Macer (Korean)– Writer, NBC Universal
vor                                                                  - Ted & Anh Nguyen (Vietnamese) – Vietnamese Outreach & Recruit-
- Don Luong (Vietnamese) – Program Director, Project MotiVATe        ment Coordinator, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches
December 2007                                                        October 2008
- Curtis Chin (Chinese) – Co-Founder & Board Member, Asian Pa-       - John Chiang (Chinese) – California State Controller, Office of CA
cific Americans for Progress                                         State Controller
- Ni Cha Kim (Korean)– Co-Founder of Gallery Row, NICHE LA Video     - Erin Pak (Korean)– CEO, Korean Health Education Information &
Art                                                                  Research
- Linda Trinh Vo (Vietnamese) – Associate Professor & Chair, Uni-    - Jason Tran (Vietnamese) – Research Analyst, Community Develop-
versity of California, Irvine—Dept. of Asian American Studies        ment & Research Dept., Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team
January 2008                                                         November 2008
- Sally Huang-Nissen (Chinese) - Diversity Consultant & Leader-      - Mary Anne Foo (Chinese) – Executive Director, OC Asian & Pacific
ship Coach, Huang-Nissen & Associates                                Islander Community Alliance
- Michelle Park Steele (Korean) – Board Member, California State     - Colonel Young Oak Kim (hon. by biographer Woo Sung Han)
Board of Equalization, 3rd District                                  (Korean)– Founder, Colonel in US Armed Forces, Go For Broke Na-
- Hiep Nguyen (Vietnamese) – Artist                                  tional Education Center
February 2008                                                        Kim-Yen Huynh (Vietnamese) – Commissioner, Asian & Pacific Is-
- Christopher Tang (Chinese) – Medical Student, UCLA                 lander American Affairs Commission; Founder/President, Asian Ameri-
- John Suh (Korean)– CEO,                              can Business Women Association
- Joseph Tran (Vietnamese) – Magician, MMJT Entertainment
March 2008                                                           About LA 18 KSCI-TV
- Jane Yin (Chinese) – Founder & CEO, JSY Public Relations           Founded in 1976, LA 18 is Southern California's #1 Asian-language TV
- Daniel Kim (Korean)– President & CEO, Red Mango                    station bringing news and entertainment, in multiple languages, to the
- Dr. Bichlien Nguyen (Vietnamese) – Breast Cancer Specialist,       largest U.S. Asian market – composed of 2.6 million Asian consumers.
Breastlink Medical Center                                            LA 18 produces over 5 hours of local news in Mandarin, Korean, and
April 2008                                                           Vietnamese, and produces daily variety shows in Mandarin and Taga-
- Janet Yang (Chinese) – Movie Producer, Manifest Film Company log. LA 18's over-the-air signal covers 6.3 million TV households in the
- Phil Yu (Korean)– Founder & Editor;              Los Angeles and San Diego television markets, and is also a must-carry
- Tram Le (Vietnamese) – API Arts Coordinator, The Ford Amphitheater station on cable systems, DirecTV and the DISH Network in the Los
May 2008                                                             Angeles television market. In 2008, LA 18 launched a Suite of Asian
- Teddy Zee (Chinese) – Movie Producer, Ironpond                     Digital Channels, providing 24/7 free over-the-air Chinese, Japanese,
- Anne Kim (Korean)– Editor-in-Chief, Audrey Magazine                Korean, Vietnamese and Armenian Channels to the community. For
- Suzie Xuyen Dong-Matsuda (Vietnamese) – Psychotherapist,           more information, please visit
Mental Health Specialist, OC Health Care Agency

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