Monday, April 24, 2006

The Conrad Boys director Justin Lo

On Monday 24 April, 2006, we chatted with Justin Lo, the Hapa (Chinese/Caucasian) director of a new film, The Conrad Boys, set in OC with a gay theme. The film had its world premiere at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach Monday evening at 5 pm as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. See: Film web site. See press release.To hear the audio of the show, click here: .

Justin Lo directs and stars in The Conrad Boys

Monday, April 17, 2006

Buffalo Boy filmmaker Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo

On Monday, 17 April, 2006, we chatted with filmmaker Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo (above right during filming), director of award-winning The Buffalo Boy (Mua Len Trau), set in 1940s Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

His film is currently showing at Regal Cinema 16, Garden Grove, 9741 Chapman Avenue (at Brookhurst St.) on selected days: April 16, 22, 23, and 29th. Each day has (corrected:) 1 screening: 12:45 PM. Discussion with filmmaker after each showing.
Concurrently in Vietnam, legislators there are considering, ironically, a proposed new cinematography law that would bar overseas Vietnamese and other expatriates like Nguyen-Vo from being involved in making Vietnamese films in Vietnam, despite his film's selection as the official 2005 Oscar submission from Vietnam. The head of Vietnam's cinematography department has been quoted in press reports as saying that "expatriates living away from their native country would not fully understand its ethics, customs, aesthetics, and cultural values." (Thanh Nien, Ho Chi Minh City, 15 March 2006:
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Scene from The Buffalo Boy

Monday, April 10, 2006

Immigration Movement at Ground Zero: Costa Mesa

Two days after several thousand immigration rights marchers rallied in Costa Mesa, what are the prospects of immigration reform in Congress, and does it go far enough? On our April 3, 2006 show, the first of Spring Quarter 2006, we chatted with Amin David, who heads Los Amigos in Orange County, and with John Earl, publisher of, about Costa Mesa and ground zero in standing up to repressive law enforcement. David, who serves on the Orange County sheriff's advisory commission, breaks with him on this issue.

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Photo of Costa Mesa, California, Rally, April 1, 2006, © Daniel C. Tsang 2006

See also photo, from Reuters, of activist Coyotyl Tezcalipoca of Colectivo Tonantzin, addressing the crowd after initially being barred from the podium.

Another View on Immigration Debate

On our 10 April 2006 show, we talked with Christopher Punongbayan, trained as a lawyer, who's a Ford Foundation New Voices Fellow at Filipinos For Affirmative Action (FAA) in Oakland, CA., about the latest developments in immigration legal reform. We talk about why he is active on this issue.
See press release on this show: press release.
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