AHSC Enewsletter 2011

  E-newsletter: Issue 3Play "Spot the Crane" Around the Bay Area  May 5, 2011
In This Issue
Art Students Win Poster Contest
AHSC Commercial
AHSC Artist Preview Show Pictures
Sponsor Profile: SFMTA
Vendor Highlight: Punk Rock Apparel
Featured Entertainment: The Like Me's
Volunteer Profile: Nicholas Terry

Free Admission to Asian Art Museum Courtesy of Target  


Throughout the day during the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, admission to the Asian Art Museum is free courtesy of Target. Admission to the special exhibit "Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance" is $5. 



Thai Monk Blessing

10 a.m.

Monks from the San Bruno Thai Temple will perform a blessing to kick off festivities.

Civic Center Stage



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11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Quality modern J-cars and high-end European sports cars, like the A.m.use Skyline R35 GT-R, Mach III G35, Full Function 800HP and 650HP Evolutions, hosted by Wekfest.

Larkin and Turk Streets



Asian Arts and Crafts Alley

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Creative and high end arts and crafts.

Larkin and Golden Gate Streets



Muay Thai Kickboxing Ring

Muay Thai Kickboxing

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Mixed martial arts demonstrations by the Shaolin monks, International Eskrima/Serrada Association, and bouts by amateur and professional Muay Thai and mixed martial arts fighters.

Sponsored by World Team USA

 Ellis and Larkin Streets



Wine Area

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$10, includes five tastings and special souvenir glass.

Golden Gate and Larkin Streets



CAAM Presents AHSC Cinema Showcase




The AHSC Cinema Showcase, presented by Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), celebrates local Asian American media and media makers. From emerging talent to celebrated media pioneers, this exciting collection of short films and music videos reveal the vibrant Asian American media arts scene here in the Bay Area. Many of these films were hits at the SF International Asian American Film Festival. From comedies to sci fi to social justice documentaries, there will be something for everyone!  


Date: May 21, 2011

Time: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall



1-2 p.m.  

A Series of Seriesed Events by Secret Sidewalk, Dir. Aireen Almario, 9 min.

Drop You by Golda & the Guns, Dir. Wernher Von Goff, 3 min.  

Virtues of Corned Beef Hash, Dir. Kerwin Berk, 22 min.  Shot almost entirely in SF Japantown, this touching film stars Asian American theater legend, Hiroshi Kashiwagi as an 87-year-old Nisei war veteran who is interviewed by a young reporter researching a story about WWII.

Wahid's Mobile Bookstore, Dir. Anjoo Khosla, 10 min.  Film shows the young boy's struggles and hopes through his own candid voice and resilient attitude.  

Hip Star, Dir. Jason Nou, 4 min.  When some jeans don't dry before a big date, a young man accidentally stumbles onto, and embraces, hipsterdom in the Mission district. 

Everything is Fine by Digital Crafts Night, Dir. H.P. Mendoza, 4 min.  A music video by H.P. Mendoza featuring a sweet and melancholic song for the displaced by Digital Crafts Night.   

2-3 p.m.  

Be My Baby, Dir. Kevin Wong, 17 min.  When Angela returns from the Philippines to help care for her younger sister, she is forced to deal with a past she thought she escaped.  

Boys and Girls, Dir. Chris Tipton-King, 4 min.  In this whimsical short, a boy and girl prepare for a big date and go about their grooming rituals with a warm and familiar anxiety.  

The Oak Park Story, Co-Dir. Valerie Soe & Russell Jeung, 22 min.  Valerie Soe's newest film documents a contemporary tenant community's struggle to improve their living conditions in a slumlord-managed apartment complex in East Oakland.

Kuna Ni Nanang (My Mother Said), Dir. Jessica Sison, 5 min. Elena Bautista, 100 years old, reflects on the years of her life.  

The Bus Pass, Dir. Narissa Lee, 3 min. A young woman anxiously tries to plot her first move when the person of her dreams gets on the bus in this amusing San Francisco-based short. 

Surrogate Valentine by Goh Nakamura, Dir. Rich Wong, 3 min. A music video featuring Bay Area Indie rocker Goh Nakamura. The song is his newest hit from his latest album, "Daylight Savings."  

3-3:30 p.m.

PIA, Dir. Tanuj Chopra, 18 min.  Can an android have feelings? Can true love be resurrected through technology after death? Both ethereal and frighteningly cold, the future of Chopra's PIA combines the sterility of science with the persistence of human emotion.  

A Series of Seriesed Events by Secret Sidewalk, Dir. Aireen Almario, 9 min.

Drop You by Golda & the Guns, Dir. Wernher Von Goff, 3 min.  




Kung Fu Panda


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DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda will have a booth in the AHSC Children's Area. Po will also be marching in the Faces of Asia Cultural Procession. Come share a bao with Po!



Healthy Living Pavilion  

Get free health screenings at the fair at our healthy living pavilion. Booths will be featuring:

  • Hepatitis B screenings
  • Glucose tests
  • Lupus awareness 
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Health education
  • Doctors on hand to answer all your health related questions
  • Enter your chance to win and IPAD 2, sponsored by SUBARU!


Balut Eating Contest


 Balut Contest 2011 


For the 2nd year in a row, Mama Sitas and the Filipino American Arts Exposition are sponsoring the Balut Eating Contest at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration! Contestants will be split up to compete in men and women heats. Winners of each heat will receive $50! The two winners of each heat will battle for an additional $50 prize!   To enter the competition email your name, age, ethnicity, and contact information to intern@awfoundation.com. In the subject, write Balut Contest. 





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(415) 373-4006  

Volunteer for AHSC


Come volunteer, have fun and meet new friends!  


Volunteers are needed for:

Event Monitors

Information Booth


Barricade Monitors

T-Shirt Sales

Raffle Ticket Sales

Garbage/Recycling Monitors

General Setup and Tear-down

Sponsor Concierges


Commemorative t-shirts, snacks, refreshments, and lunch provided. For more info visit:


Walk in Faces of Asia Cultural Procession


Cultural Procession


Dress in traditional Asian cultural attire and walk in the annual Faces of Asia Cultural Procession - a dazzling showcase of the diversity of the Asian community.  

This year, the procession will begin behind the Fulton Street Stage, proceed north on Larkin Street and end in front of the Ellis Street Stage at 11am to kickoff the street celebration. This year the procession is being spearheaded by Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center. To participate contact Hang To: hangleto@yahoo.com.


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7th Annusl AHSC Poster

If you would like to help distribute posters and fliers or would like some to display and share with your friends and family, please contact Angela Pang: (415) 373-4002 or apang@asianweek.com

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Editors: Megan Kung, Angela Pang, Leanna Yip
: Lloyd Alaban, Charlene Cervantes, Annie Chan, Carrolyn Kubota, Tiffany Louie, Linda Ong, Natalie Schrik.
Masthead: Concept and Illustration by Minh Tran and Virgilio Leynes, Design by  Al Perez.

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Art Students are Youngest Winners of Poster Contest
By Angela Pang
  Virgilio LeynesMinh Tran

Virgilio Leynes, Jr., left, and Minh Tran,right, both studying web design and new media, won the $500 grand prize for their poster design. 


Two Academy of Arts University students have become the youngest winners of the Asian Heritage Street Celebration's poster contest with their chic crane shaped as a seven, in honor of the 7th annual event.


Their collaborative design was one of more than 30 global entries for the annual poster contest held in partnership with the Asian Art Museum, Center for Asian American Media and Kearny Street Workshop.


"It was extremely difficult to select our poster winner this year as there were many talented entries, but this crane creatively shaped as a seven stood out for its simple elegance," said Shelly Kim of Center for Asian American Media.


Filipino Virgilio Leynes, Jr. and Vietnamese American Minh Tran, both majoring in web design and new media, won the $500 grand prize. Their crane has become part of the personality for this year's event and is currently featured in a marketing campaign in both the mainstream and Asian Pacific markets in a combination of posters, postcards, Muni bus ads, BART banners, bus shelters, newspaper ads and a TV commercial.


"This contest is a great opportunity for any aspiring artist to have their work showcased on such a large scale through a major citywide multimedia advertising campaign," said Jennifer Yin, marketing and communications associate for the Asian Art Museum.


Friends Leynes and Tran decided to incorporate a crane into their design because the bird is a prevalent symbol of wisdom and peace in many Asian cultures, including Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.


Born in Quezon City, Philippines, Leynes, 22, has traveled around the world with his mother due to her job as a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees field agent. He lived in India for two years, and Macedonia, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and Thailand are just a few places he's been to. His travels have widened his appreciation for Asian art, and this appreciation shapes his artistic vision today.


Tran, 20, born in Vinh Long, Vietnam, is the founder and director of public relations of AuCo Productions at the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center in San Francisco. His works are heavily influenced by Asian culture and mainstream fashion.


"We are both excited to be apart of this wonderful street fair that celebrates the diversity of the Asian American community," says Tran.



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Asian Heritage Street Celebration 2011 Commercial
Asian Heritage Street Celebration 2011 Commercial produced by MYX TV 

AHSC Artist Preview Show Draws Over 300 People!

Joyo Velarde

Joyo Velarde sings at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration Artist Preview Show on April 30 at 111 Minna, which attracted more than 300 people. The event was hosted by viveSF and RAMA. Photographs by Jennifer Hsu and Nicholas Terry of 6 Degrees Creative.

Sponsor Spotlight: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Once again the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration, an event that brings together the rich cultures of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities that continue to play a significant role in the development of our city.


The SFMTA is responsible for managing and operating the city's surface transportation network that includes the Municipal Railway (Muni), paratransit for people with disabilities, parking and traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists as well as taxi regulation.


Muni is one of America's oldest public transit agencies, the largest in the Bay Area and the seventh largest system in the United States. It currently carries more than 200 million customers annually.  Operating historic streetcars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel and hybrid electric buses powered with biodiesel,  electric trolley coaches and the world famous cable cars, Muni's fleet is among the most diverse in the world-and one of the greenest. The SFMTA is focused on providing a convenient, reliable, accessible and safe surface transportation network that meets the needs of residents and visitors alike within the City and County of San Francisco.


The SFMTA's parking and traffic operation manages on-street meters and 40 city-owned garages and metered parking lots. It also manages all traffic engineering functions within San Francisco, including the placement of signs, signals, traffic striping, curb markings and parking meters. In April the SFMTA launched the next phase of SFpark, a federally funded pilot project that uses new, smart parking management technologies and pricing policies to make it easier and faster to park in San Francisco. Better management of parking will open San Francisco's streets and result in cleaner air, improved safety and faster Muni service. 


Punk Rock Apparel with a DIY Twist

By Tiffany Louie


Korrupt Label

A scorpion reflects fashion designer Henry Miyoshi's Thai background.

Crafty Thailand-born Henry Miyoshi of Korrupt Label handcrafts each of his deconstructed T-shirts and hoodies with a punk rock aesthetic, layering with texts, images, and patches in his West Oakland, California workshop. 


Instead of relying on digital imaging technology like Photoshop, Miyoshi prefers to use copy machines to size his images and old fashioned collages and paste ups for printing. He often uses imagery of bugs, reflecting his childhood exotic bug collection in Thailand. Using multiple screens on the back and front of his shirts, texts and images are delicately layered to create a personal narrative on each shirt. Tea-dyed patches are screen printed and sewn upon, creating the unique layering effect of his wearable works of art. Along with T-shirts, Henry also creates hoodies in a similar manner.


Keeping with his deconstructionist theme, his past sewing included sewing T-shirts and pants with dental floss after cleverly cutting apart his shirts and re-stitching them back together again. In the future, Henry hopes to expand his line to include womenʼs styles and return to his couture line of deconstructed menʼs suit coats and clothing. Miyoshiʼs unique clothing line can be found at the Asian Arts & Crafts Alley at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, and through the website, www.korruptlabel.com.


Featured Entertainment: The Like Me's

By Annie Chan

The Like Mes 


One of the musical acts at the AHSC Artist Preview Night, The Like Me's are four ladies who felt empowered by their love of music and formed a band straddling the genres of R&B, alternative and pop.  These past few years, the Northern California-based band has expanded their audience domestically and internationally through YouTube and press coverage in English, Cambodian and French.


Loren Alonzo, Helena Hong, Monique Coquilla and Laura Mam's diverse fan base gained immediate popularity among Southeast Asian youth and Cambodian communities around the world because of their efforts to re-establish a music scene in post-war Cambodia. The Like Me's creed still stands as, "Healing through Expression, Interpreting Adversity, and Celebrating Adventure."

Contact: www.thelikemes.com 

Volunteer Profile: Nicholas Terry

By Natalie Schrik

Nicholas Terry



Name: Nicholas Terry 

Occupation: Graphic Designer, Photographer,

Administrative Assistant

Affiliations: Volunteer with Asianweek Foundation,

AHSC, SF Hep B Free and the Pistahan Parade and Festival.

Ethnicity: Japanese, Mexican, Native American,

Dutch and Scottish

Number of Years With AHSC: 1 

Chinese Zodiac Sign: Tiger


I  began volunteering for the AHSC because:

I used to intern with Asianweek, and through the people I met there, I learned about the AHSC. I am always looking for opportunities to expand my photography portfolio and I love community events, so through helping out I'm able to give back and practice my love of photography.


One thing I am looking most forward to at this year's celebration is: This is my first time helping out with this festival, so I am excited about everything. I'm especially looking forward to getting great shots of the Balut eating contest and Muay Thai boxing.


My favorite Asian cultural tradition is: the Japanese cultural traditions of New Years or Shogatsu. My family gets together at my Grandma's house and she cooks up a traditional Japanese feast; everything from sushi, oden, to soba, to insure that we live a long and healthy life.


Favorite Asian food: Basically anything my stomach can handle...curry, both Thai and Japanese, kastudon, koroke, sashimi, okonomiyaki, ramen, Korean BBQ, pork buns, gyoza... the list can go on.


Favorite Asian Pacific American Celebrity: Bai Ling....and I'll just leave it at that.


I am embarrassed to admit that I: Sometimes when I greet people, meet them for the first time, or say thank you or goodbye, I bow without realizing it.


My superhero power would be: My superhero power would be teleportation. I'm a very punctual person who always seems to rush from place to place. Teleportation would save me so much time, stress, and money.


If I could vacation with anyone, anywhere, it would be:

All of my friends and I have the same thirst for adventure and seem to get ourselves into random situations, with a great story to tell afterwards. I'd go to Russia, Thailand, Indonesia, or New Zealand. 









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