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Archie Kao - A Chinese American Actor‘s Journey Along the Pacific Rim

Archie Kao - A Chinese American Actor‘s Journey Along the Pacific Rim

November 30, 2021

Born in Washington D.C. to Chinese immigrant parents, Archie Kao is a Chinese-American actor/director/producer, perhaps best known to American audiences for television series regular roles on Chicago P.D.Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

From his start in starring in the world’s #1 kids show as the Lost Galaxy’s Blue Power Ranger to later spending 10 seasons with the world’s #1 drama franchise CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Kao has had a colorful and storied career. 

In 2010, Kao was inducted into MOCA’s (Museum of Chinese Americans) inaugural class of YPX88- honoring Asian Americans in creative culture, along with actresses Lucy Liu, Michelle Krusiec, and trailblazing playwright David Henry Hwang. In 2012, Kao was honored with CAPE’s (Coalition of Asian Pacific’s in Entertainment) Leaders and Legends award from Who’s Who in Asian American Communities, amongst such distinguished recipients as former US Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, US Congressman Mike Honda and Indonesian Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal. 

In 2013, Kao joined the series regular cast of NBC/Universal’s hit series Chicago PD, broadening the success of legendary producer Dick Wolf’s One Chicago franchise. Being named one of People Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelors”, as well as dozens of appearances in US film and television productions led Kao to his first Chinese production: SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN with Li Bing Bing, Gianna Jun, and Hugh Jackman. In 2014, Kao became the first male to appear on the cover of Vogue China. 

In 2016, Kao spent time in mountainous rural regions of Sichuan China when he volunteered to build educational centers for the impoverished youth of the region with donations from Harper’s Bazaar, and is on the advisory board for Homes4theHomeless, a non-profit organization aiming at tackling the homelessness epidemic, as well as supporting underserved youth with vocational training programs. 

His production entity Summer Grape Productions aims to create content for a transpacific audience, and Kao has produced various productions under this banner- including FAST MONEY, the recipient of numerous festival awards- as well as writing and directing INITIATION- starring Ashley Bell of THE LAST EXORCISM. 

In 2020, Kao began work on two new projects: Warner Brothers/HBO series FLIGHT ATTENDANT, and iQiyi’s BREATH OF DESTINY. 

Quyền Nguyen Le - - Queer Filmmaker and Writer Creating Pathways to Understanding through Film

Quyền Nguyen Le - - Queer Filmmaker and Writer Creating Pathways to Understanding through Film

November 23, 2021

In this episode, filmmaker and writer Quyen Nguyen-Le talk about their films, generational divides, queer stories, and struggles with self-identity.

Quyên Nguyen-Le (they/them) is a queer vietnamese american filmmaker and writer. Born to refugee parents in the place where Chumash and Tongva lands meet (San Fernando Valley, Los Ángeles), Quyên's work focuses on the ways histories emerge in the quotidian everyday. Their short films Nước (Water/Homeland) (2016) and Hoài (Ongoing, Memory) (2018) have screened in film festivals, museums, art galleries, universities, libraries, and community spaces worldwide. Recently, Quyên's documentary The Morning Passing on El Cajón Boulevard, a segment of a 4-part feature anthology, premiered as the Opening for the 20th San Diego Asian Film Festival.

In the past, Quyên was a recipient of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation's Fellowship at Focus Features/NBCUniversal (2011-2013), Visual Communications’ Armed with a Camera Fellowship (2016), the National Multicultural Alliance's documentary fellowship with the Center for Asian American Media (2018), and Points North Institute's North Star Fellowship (2019). Quyên holds B.A. in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, Politics & Law from the University of Southern California.

Saleka Shyamalan - Indian American R&B Singer Songwriter & Activist

Saleka Shyamalan - Indian American R&B Singer Songwriter & Activist

November 9, 2021

Saleka is a classically trained, Indian American musician, who began playing piano at the age of four. As the daughter of M. Night and Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, Saleka was raised on an eclectic combination of music. Rather than attending a traditional conservatory, she made a transformative decision and enrolled at Brown University to begin her journey as an R&B singer-songwriter and study both Literary Arts and Music.

Saleka has performed at iconic venues across the United States, opening for both R&B legends and up-and-coming artists such as Boyz II Men, Summer Walker, Baby Rose and K. Michelle.

Upon debuting her first single, "Clarity", in September 2020, Refinery29 called Saleka "a new artist to watch". Saleka frequently collaborates with her sister, Ishana, who has so far directed three of four of her music videos.

In addition to music, Saleka uses her powerful voice to raise awareness for social justice reform, youth education and women’s rights. Saleka currently resides with her family in Philadelphia.

To learn more about Saleka and her upcoming tour schedule, visit here website at


Cathlyn Choi - Korean Chef Introducing Tasty Asian Inspired Halloween Recipes and Horror Films

Cathlyn Choi - Korean Chef Introducing Tasty Asian Inspired Halloween Recipes and Horror Films

October 31, 2021

In this special Halloween episode, Korean Chef Cathlyn Choi shares some of her popular Asian inspired recipes such as 'Witch's Stew' made with ground turkey and vegetables and 'Tasty Finger' snacks made with sausages. She also talks about some of her favorite horror movies including a first hand experience of her scarey encounter with a 'shadow person' when she was in Paris.

A TV/Film Producer, celebrity chef, community leader and media activist, Cathlyn is best recognized by her fans and the Media as the Korean Food (Hansik) & Cultural Ambassador since 2009, having self-hosted and produced 4 Seasons of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen, the first Korean cooking show in English broadcasted on national PBS in the US. Over the course of 9 years, Cathlyn frequently performed culinary demonstrations at over 300 cultural festivals and food events to create awareness and educate the public about easy to make, delicious and healthful Korean inspired recipes. 

Cathlyn is the founder and Executive Director of Asian Culture and Media Alliance, a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization established in 2013 to promote a voice of unity, awareness and empowerment for the Asian and Pacific Islander communities and culture through the power of Television, Film and New Media. As part of the mission, Cathlyn has been hosting and producing Asian Voices (currently in production of Season 4 series), featuring Asian culture, history, businesses, artists and events in Southern California.

Additionally, Cathlyn has over 25 years of international business development, sales and marketing background as the VP of Marketing and Business Development working for startups within the wireless, media, wellness, F&B, health and beauty industries in North America, South America and Asia. 

Joseph Lam - CEO, Parents are Human

Joseph Lam - CEO, Parents are Human

October 26, 2021

Entrepreneur Joseph Lam is the CEO and Creator of 'Parents Are Human', a bilingual connection card game he created in 2019, designed to spark deep conversations for families. Since then, Joseph has been helping people connect deeply with their parents, normalize working through dysfunctional family dynamics, and bridge the generational gap.

Previously, Joseph built an award-winning nutrition tech company called Brainbuild, an iOS and Android app that automatically planned a person's meals, snacks, hydration, and sleep events based on their daily schedule. Joseph is also an athlete having competed for the United States in 7 world cups and earned 8 national medals in fencing.

Based on his own experience of rebuilding the broken relationship with his own parents later on as an adult, Joseph has been on a mission to support and inspire people around the world through his latest venture, helping connect more deeply with their families and cultivate intergenerational wellness.

Joseph also co-created The Parent Project, where pods of 3-4 peers come together to show up for their aging parents each week—working through past traumas, rewriting outdated beliefs, and learning to love and be loved by their parents.



Ausdon and Josdon Thong: Empowering Next Generation of Asian Youth Voices in Film Media Arts and Pop Culture

Ausdon and Josdon Thong: Empowering Next Generation of Asian Youth Voices in Film Media Arts and Pop Culture

October 19, 2021

Introducing a new show segment called Asian Voices Youth Radio Podcast that empowers our next generation of API Creatives & Leaders.

Hosted by twin brothers, Ausdon and Josdon Thong. Asian Youth Voices features younger generation of API entrepreneurs, filmmakers and artists with topics ranging from TV and film content, music, media arts and pop culture.

In this episode, Ausdon and Josdon talks about their childhood and life experiences growing up in the US, and how some of the television and film content had made a big impact in their lives involving their educational and future career choices.

Ausdon is a graduate from California State University of Fullerton with a degree in Cinema & TV Arts with a focus in Screenwriting. Being passionate about movies and television since he was younger, and noticing that there wasn’t much representation of Asian Americans in mainstream media, he made a conscious decision to be a filmmaker. Ausdon currently hosts his own produced true crime podcast on Spotify and in development of a new horror anthology podcast. His goals are to improve his craft on acting and become a director and producer in the future.

Josdon Thong is an alumni of California State University of Northridge. He graduated in the spring of 2020 and his field of study was in the Cinema & Television Arts, specifically in Screenwriting.

As an aspiring screenwriter, Josdon has written a number of stories that he’d like to share with the world on the big screen one day. He’s currently producing, writing and voice acting in two fictional, audio drama podcasts. Josdon's dream is to someday produce his own animation film for the big screen and win an Oscar. 
Nadya Okamoto: Dismantling the Stigma and Negative Connotations of Menstruation

Nadya Okamoto: Dismantling the Stigma and Negative Connotations of Menstruation

October 6, 2021

A social entrepreneur, speaker, author and activist, Nadya Okamoto is a fierce advocate for destigmatizing periods and mental health. At the age of 16, Nadya founded PERIOD (, a non profit organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma.

At age 19, Nadya was the youngest candidate in the race for a seat for Cambridge City Council, focusing her campaign on issues of affordable housing, education equity, and climate change.

In 2017, Nadya was named as one of Teen Vogue's 21 Under 21. She was awarded the L'Oréal Women of Worth award at the annual Glamour Women of the Year ceremony in November 2019.

In 2020, Nadya co-founded August, a lifestyle period brand with Nick Jain, the founder of JUV Consulting. The brand also built Ask August, a "judgement-free platform" that "makes it easier for Generation Z to navigate the process of menstruation."

Author of, "Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement," Nadya was featured in multiple high-profile media interviews, landing on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list as well as others — that, amid the whirlwind, she did not realize she was "monopolizing" the movement.


Uncovering the History of Racial Hate Against Filipinos in Short Film ”No Dogs”

Uncovering the History of Racial Hate Against Filipinos in Short Film ”No Dogs”

September 28, 2021

The film "No Dogs" brings light to the history of racism and discrimination against Filipino immigrants in the early 1930s. At that time, many clubs and restaurants refused service to Filipino folks--but there were a few designated places where they could find refuge in. In this episode, writers Georgina Tolentino and Alex Fabros share their journey in uncovering this deep-rooted history, the importance of sharing these types of films, and details about creating the film itself.

Georgina was born and raised in San Francisco, where she attended New Conservatory Theatre and later UC Santa Barbara. She worked for numerous production firms in Los Angeles before starting Urduja Films, which focuses on amplifying women's perspectives and intersectional storytelling.

Alex S. Fabros, Jr. is the son and grandson of immigrants who lived through the anti-Filipino racial discrimination of the early 1930s. After retiring from the U.S. Army in 1992 he was affiliated with the Asian American Studies Department of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. He taught the history of Filipino Americans as taught to him by his father. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University and the University of California Santa Barbara.

“No Dogs ” is a short film written by Georgina Tolentino and Alex Fabros about the race riot in 1930 that led to the death of Fermin Tobera, a Filipino man who was killed in a drive-by shooting. The story is based on actual events but is a work of fiction. A “Nightrider” firebombs the taxi dance hall where Filipino men and white women socialize. The “Nightriders” are a white hate group enraged at the massive influx of Filipino migrant farmworkers taking jobs away from the white workers. They are also opposed to relationships forming in Central California between Filipino men and white women.

"No Dogs" EPK - Synopsis


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