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Meet Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero Huma Ahmed-Ghosh

Professor Huma Ahmed-Ghosh serves as the chair of the nation's first university Women's Studies department. She works at home and abroad to improve awareness of issues facing women — specifically ... Read more

Meet Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero Li-Rong Lilly Cheng

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Li-Rong "Lilly" Cheng is a tenacious teacher, language lover, and a curator of cultural immersion. Her passion for all of these earned her a nomination as an Asian Pacific American ... Read more

San Diego Asian Film Festival In Full Swing

San Diego Asian Film Festival In Full Swing

Nov. 4
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Asian Film Festival kicked off its 17th season Thursday night.

Podcast Episode 97: San Diego Asian Film Festival — Extreme And Ove...

Podcast Episode 97: San Diego Asian Film Festival — Extreme And Overachieving

Nov. 3
By Beth Accomando

The 17th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival runs through Nov. 12 at multiple venues with its home base at the UltraStar Mission Valley.

Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

The playhouse strives to showcase female playwrights and plays with dynamic women characters. Its current production "Peerless" offers a reimagining of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth."

Podcast Episode 75: San Diego To Broadway

Podcast Episode 75: San Diego To Broadway

May 13
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie serves up two archive interviews featuring Steve Martin and George Takai, both of whom have musicals currently on Broadway that premiered at the Old Globe Theatre.

Podcast Episode 63: Oscar Nominee 'The Look Of Silence'

Podcast Episode 63: Oscar Nominee 'The Look Of Silence'

Feb. 22
By Beth Accomando

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks about making documentaries from a subjective point of view in "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence," which is up for a Best Documentary Oscar this Sunday.

Special San Diego Screenings Of Oscar-Nominated Documentary 'The Lo...

Special San Diego Screenings Of Oscar-Nominated Documentary 'The Look Of Silence'

Feb. 22
By Beth Accomando

"The Look of Silence" is up for a Best Documentary Oscar. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer will be at UCSD Monday night and SDSU on Tuesday, Feb. 23, to discuss the film, one of the best from last year.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month Local Hero Azim Khamisa Teaches Princi...

Asian Pacific Heritage Month Local Hero Azim Khamisa Teaches Principles of Non-Violence

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2015 Honoree

May 6
By Monica Medina

Six weeks before Tariq Khamisa's 21st birthday, on a cold Saturday night in January 1995, the San Diego State University sophomore was gunned down while delivering pizza. It was part of a gang initiation, called "Jacking the Pizza Man," and Tony Hicks, the one being initiated, fired the fatal bullet. He was 14 years old.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero Daniel Hoang Makes...

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero Daniel Hoang Makes a Difference Through Martial Arts

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2015 Honoree

May 5
By Monica Medina

Daniel Hoang had set his dreams on becoming a physician. He volunteered at hospitals, and studied biochemistry at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in 1994. He worked three years at Scripps Research Institute Department of Neurobiology, where he received an Excellence Award for Research and Development.

Pac-Arts Spring Showcase Kicks Off Fifth Season

Pac-Arts Spring Showcase Kicks Off Fifth Season

April 16
By Beth Accomando

Pac-Arts’ fifth annual Spring Showcase kicks off Thursday night with the documentary “In Football We Trust.”

'The White Snake' Conjures Up Some Magic At The Old Globe

'The White Snake' Conjures Up Some Magic At The Old Globe

April 10
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

"The White Snake" (continuing through April 26 at the Old Globe Theatre) is an ancient tale about two snake spirits that learn how to transform into beautiful women and live on earth. It provides the perfect foundation for playwright and director Mary Zimmerman, who sees theater as a playground for the imagination.

Warning: 'Avenue Q' Contains Full Puppet Nudity

Warning: 'Avenue Q' Contains Full Puppet Nudity

Feb. 6
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Coronado Playhouse just extended its run of the musical "Avenue Q" through March 7. But don't be fooled by the cute puppets, this show is not for kids.

15th San Diego Asian Film Festival Challenges Stereotypes

15th San Diego Asian Film Festival Challenges Stereotypes

Nov. 7
By Beth Accomando

The 15th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival kicked off last night with a full house at the Reading Gaslamp Theaters. Pac-Arts' Brian Hu offers this preview.

Local Hero M.C. Madhavan Shines Light on India’s Culture & Traditions

Local Hero M.C. Madhavan Shines Light on India’s Culture & Traditions

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

May 16
By Monica Medina

Many of us have never been to India and chances are we never will. But it’s a country worth learning about, particularly when you consider that according to the World Economic Forum, India is expected to surpass Japan as the world’s third largest economy by 2015. What’s more, by 2030, it will supplant China as the country with the largest population.

Local Hero Dr. Allen Chan Preserves Asian Pacific Heritage

Local Hero Dr. Allen Chan Preserves Asian Pacific Heritage

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

May 15
By Monica Medina

Dr. Allen Chan leans in to explain to his guests, comprised of three adults and three children, the Chinese custom of finger tapping when served tea. We are sitting around a rather large, round table at the Jasmine Seafood Restaurant enjoying a bountiful meal of Dim Sum, and we also lean in order to better hear him above the din of the packed restaurant.

Preview: Pac-Arts Spring Showcase

Preview: Pac-Arts Spring Showcase

April 17
By Beth Accomando

Pac-Arts kicks off its fourth annual Spring Showcase on Thursday. KPBS' film critic Beth Accomando gives a preview of the film lineup.

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