(re)present 2011 Showcases Community Talents

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(re)present 2011 was held last Thursday (5/12) at San Jose’s Theatre on San Pedro Square. Presented by South Bay First Thursdays, this annual Asian American talent showcase is now on its third year. This time around, the lineup included many San Francisco Bay Area musicians, singers, spoken word artists, and dancers.

Digital Release of Aziatix’s First EP


Asian American music group, Aziatix released their first 5-track EP today (5/17) on iTunes. Debuting earlier this month with a successful showcase concert in New York City, Aziatix is taking a whole new approach toward the Asian American music scene.

The group, under the lead of famous producer Jae Chong is comprised of award-winning singer Nicky Lee, songwriter Eddie Shin, and rapper/producer Flowsik.

Jay Park Wants You to Dance!

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Jay Park just released the music video to his second single, “Tonight.” The track is currently the most popular song off of his mini-album, “Take a Deeper Look”, on iTunes. After a listen (and a look), it’s not hard to see why. Jay Park shows off his lighter side in the new music video, which is complete with colorful backdrops, non-stop dancing, and a slew of homemade 3rd grade sweaters.

The video gives fans all the essential elements of Mr. Park: the quick dance moves, the clueless facial expressions, and the playful character that Jay Walkerz have all come to appreciate.

Gowe’s “I Wonder” is a Song with a Mission


Seattle-based rapper, Gowe (pronounced “Go”), uploaded a YouTube video this past week and it has generated over 49,000 views. Every view gets this rather unknown artist a step closer to finding his biological mother. How’s that for a Mother’s Day gift? The song, shared just before Mother’s Day, showcases Gowe’s ability to deliver verses and pen humble lyrics, the kind that cuts right to the core.

Material Queen Boosts Idol Drama Production Value


Newly minted Chinese idol drama Material Queen is going to be a visual feast of fashion and opulence this summer. Starring Taiwanese-American actor Vanness Wu, supermodel/actress Lynn Xiong, actor Daniel Chan, Korean-Taiwanese-American singer Harry Chang (of Da Mouth), Material Queen is a story about a top model’s dilemma in choosing between wealth and love. However, what makes this drama so unique is not the cast, but the exceptional high production value for an Asian idol drama series.

New heyyaa! Correspondent


This is the first post on heyyaa.com that reads “Posted by Gina”, and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to see that.

I’m thrilled to be able to write in a space that promotes Asian American entertainment. As an Asian American twenty-something year old, I’ve always wanted mainstream America to embrace Asian Americans on magazine covers, on the radio, and on the big screen. However, the Asian American community—at the moment—has a very little voice within the larger entertainment landscape. Although this is improving with more noticeable faces popping up (like the men of Far East Movement, Jamie Chung, and Maggie Q), I’d love to play a part in bringing that voice to life even more.

Drama Version of Hit Manga Skip Beat! in Production


Live-action drama, Skip Beat!, starring K-pop group Super Junior’s Siwon and Donghae, award-winning Taiwanese actresses Ivy Chen and Bianca Bai is currently filming in Taiwan. The highly anticipated drama will be broadcasted on Taiwan’s GTV later this year.

Skip Beat! is the drama version of the popular manga series of the same title by Japanese mangaka Yoshiki Nakamura. It is a romantic comedy following a young girl’s journey towards revenge against her rock idol ex-boyfriend, Fuwa Sho, by becoming an idol in the entertainment business herself and beating him at his own game.


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