Richard Alan Chen, Esq. is an attorney in private practice in Flushing since 1986. He has a JD from St. John’s University Law School and an MS from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Mr. Chen has also recently appeared as an actor on Nickelodeon and the Food Network. He has produced, directed and appeared in numerous live and taped comedy shows and films for over two decades. Mr. Chen is presently working on a book, “The Master on Wall Street,” with co-author Mark Hanna, who is the real life wall street personage played by Matthew McConaughey in Martin Scorsese’s new film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Mr. Chen is also a founding member of the Flushing Republican Club, and will be running for Assemblyman in the 40th District (Flushing) during the next election cycle.
Victor Chu is an event photographer and has been doing comedy all over the city since 2005. He was a featured emcee at AsianInNY’s 2012 Lunar New Year Celebration. He also the writer, director and actor on the Youtube comedy show “New York Chity”.
CeFaan Kim currently a reporter at News12 Westchester, prior to that was a NY1 Reporter who covers the borough of Queens. During the “Christmas Blizzard” of 2010 his exclusive story about a woman who died while waiting for help to arrive forced the Bloomberg administration to admit the city’s response to the storm had been inadequate. EMTs were delayed after getting stuck in unplowed streets, and it took neighbors and relatives 50 minutes to get through to a 911 emergency operator. In the summer of 2010 he extensively covered the damage caused by tornadoes that ripped through Queens and Brooklyn. In 2009 he reported for weeks from the epicenter of the H1N1/Swine Flu outbreak. Later that year he covered the assault trial of then-State Senator Hiram Monserrate. Before covering Queens, Kim worked in the political unit as an associate producer for “Inside City Hall.” He produced the jail-cell interview of then-Transport Workers Union head Roger Toussaint, during the 2005 transit strike. In 2008 he traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire to field produce coverage of the
Yvonne Leow is the video editor for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, a new initiative aimed to support 75 local newspapers across Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group. Prior to joining Digital First, Yvonne served as the west regional video producer for the Associated Press in Phoenix, Arizona. Yvonne currently serves as a national board member for the Asian American Journalists Association.
Richard Lui is an American journalist and dayside news anchor for MSNBC.Lui is also a rotating news anchor for NBC’s weekend Today show and contributes reports for NBC News Investigations Unit and NBC Weekend Nightly News. Before joining MSNBC, Lui was a news anchor for five years at CNN Worldwide. He also solo-anchored the 10 am edition of Morning Express and led morning political reporting during the 2008 Presidential election as a show member of Morning Express with Robin Meade. When Lui joined CNN Headline News in 2007 he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show in the U.S.
Yvonne Leow is the video editor for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, a new initiative aimed to support 75 local newspapers across Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group. Prior to joining Digital First, Yvonne served as the west regional video producer for the Associated Press in Phoenix, Arizona. Yvonne currently serves as a national board member for the Asian American Journalists Association.
Arthur Chi’en is a three-time Emmy Award winning Reporter currently with WPIX-TV Ch 11 in New York. His General Assignment duties focus on the PIX11 News. Since joining the station in 2005 Chi’en has reported on a wide range of national and local stories including the Transit Strike, the Russian Spy case, the Cory Lidle plane crash and various terrorism related cases.
Chi’en attended Columbia University and began his journalism career in 1993 at NBC News, working his way up as a Producer for NBC’s Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and as a New York Bureau Producer for the Today Show. Also a member of the Specials Unit, he covered several high profile events from hurricanes to plane crashes to major trials including the crash of TWA flight #800 and the Megan Kanka murder trial. His other assignments there include the Oklahoma City Bombing, the arrest and subsequent trial of O.J. Simpson and election coverage for Decision ’94, ’96. In 1998 Chi’en left the producing ranks to join New York 1 in New York as a Reporter. During his 4 years there he covered a variety of subjects, from hard news to features, to investigative work. While he found an expertise in transportation, the September 11th attacks and the clergy sex abuse scandal took over a bulk of his work in his later years there. In 2002 Chi’en moved to Boston as a General Assignment Reporter for WFXT Fox 25, eventually returning to New York for WCBS-TV as a General Assignment Correspondent. During his time there he covered national and international events such as Hurricane Frances and the devastating Tsunami in South East Asia.
Michelle Yu is a sports anchor/reporter for Sports Net New York and covers everything NYC in MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL. Michelle began her sports journalism career in print, writing for Gannett Newspaper’s ‘The Journal News and Sports Illustrated For Kids magazine. In 2003, Michelle made the transition from print to television when she joined College Sports Television. She has also spent time as a sports reporter on Time Warner Cable’s ‘Sportstime’ show in New Jersey. A Bronx native, Michelle co-authored her first novel China Dolls in 2007, and her second novel Young, Restless and Broke will be published in 2009. Michelle graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in communications and currently lives in Manhattan.
Award-winning journalist Ti-Hua Chang joined WNYW/Fox 5 in 2009 as a general assignment reporter from sister station WWOR/My9, where he served as a general assignment and investigative reporter since 2008. Previously, Chang worked at WCBS-TV where he served in the same capacity. Prior to that, he was a reporter with WNBC. On 9/11, he was the first reporter to inform the public on the number of causalities that day quoting Mayor Giuliani and city officials. Chang joined WNBC from WNYC-TV, where he was host of his own talk show, New York Hotline. Before he began his on-air career, he was an investigative producer at ABC News. Chang is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1996, he won the prestigious Peabody Award for a series of reports he filed on accused drug-dealing murderers. In 2004, he won a New York Press Club award for his reports on a shooting at City Hall. He received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2005 for a piece exposing police officers using a helicopter and high tech infra-red equipment to spy on private citizens. Chang is especially proud of discovering the four witnesses to the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers, which led to the reopening of that famous case. Chang has also won five Emmys; the Philadelphia, Denver and Detroit Press Association awards; and, the Associated Press and United Press International awards.Very active in Asian-American community affairs, Chang was both a national and local New York Board member of the Asian-American Journalists Association. Chang also has been published in a number of magazines, including the Sunday New York Times and The Detroit News.
Caroline Shin is a video journalist and a native New Yorker. She attended Hunter High School, Brown University and Columbia Journalism School, which have led to her current posts as video blogger at New York Magazine, producer at Brooklyn Independent TV and co-host of Cooking with Granny, alongside her grandma. Caroline has a passion for languages, photography and dancing, and the joie de vivre to appreciate the world.
Susan Hamaker is the half-Okinawan/half-American writer/editor of JapanCulture-NYC.com, an English-language resource for Japanese culture in New York City. Susan strives to highlight the people and activities of New York’s Japanese American community from the arts to food and everything in between. She has served as the MC for several Japanese-related events, including functions for the Okinawa American Association of New York (OAANY), a kimono fashion show at the Queens Library, and last year’s NY Street Ramen Contest with Yoshi Amao of Samurai Sword Soul.
Born September 6, 1950, New York City, Ti-Hua Chang is an award-winning Chinese American broadcast journalist based in New York.
He is currently a general assignment and investigative reporter for WNYW, the FOX affiliate in New York. Before joining WCBS in 2005, Chang worked as a general assignment/investigative TV reporter at WNBC-TV. Prior to that, he was the host of his own talk show, New York Hotline on WNYC-TV. Chang also worked as an investigative producer at ABC News and as a reporter at WLOX in Biloxi, Mississippi, KYW-TV in Philadelphia, KUSA in Denver and WJBK in Detroit.Chang is a native New Yorker, and grew up on the Upper West Side. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1972) and a Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (1977).In 1996, Chang won the George Foster Peabody Award for his news documentary “Passport to Kill”. The series of reports tracked suspected killers of children and cops who fled to the Dominican Republic, where they were protected by outdated extradition laws. The laws were changed in 2006.
Pei-Sze Cheng – Reporter; WNBC 4 New York
Emmy Award winning reporter Pei-Sze Cheng joined News 4 New York in April 2005 from WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut where she served as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Cheng began her broadcasting career in 2001 as an on-camera Metro Traffic and Weather reporter in Woodbury, New York and was a reporter at News 12 in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Cheng, a 2009 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding On-Camera Talent: General Assignment Reporter, reports for newscasts across all NBC 4 New York platforms and covers a wide range of stories in the tri-state area. She has reported on the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme, the Times Square Bomb Plot and the “Miracle on the Hudson” Airplane Crash landing in the Hudson River.
A trusted reporter with strong community ties, she is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and was recognized by the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Association during their heritage month celebration.
Cheng holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Columbia University. A native of Dix Hills, New York, Cheng and her family reside in Manhattan.
Rockwell (“Rocky”) Chin – Civil Rights Attorney, AAYA
Rocky Chin is a civil rights attorney and activist. He has been active in labor, community and civil rights struggles for over 35 years. In the 1970’s, he had the opportunity to develop and teach some of the first Asian American studies courses in the country. In the 1980’s, he was one of the organizers of this Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival. In 2001 he ran for City Council after having served several years on the local community board. In 2008 and 2012 he helped organize Asian Americans for Obama in New York. Rocky serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (www.aaaya.org), which participates in service projects at P.S. 124 – named after Yale alumnus Yung Wing, the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university.
Katherine Creag - General Assignment Reporter, NBC 4 New York
Katherine Creag joined NBC News 4 New York as a general assignment reporter in January 2011. You can see her reports as early as 4:30 a.m. on newscasts of Today in New York as well as on the noon and evening newscasts.
Prior to joining NBC 4 New York, Creag served as a reporter at WNYW/Fox 5 for five years. She previously worked at KDFW/ Fox 4 in Dallas, Texas, WSOC in Charlotte, North Carolina and WTVH in Syracuse, New York. Creag has won two Emmy, Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow awards for her breaking news and continuing coverage.
Creag attended New York University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Journalism. While at NYU, she edited the school newspaper and interned at various networks. She began her career at NY 1.
As a Manila, Philippines native, Creag is fluent in Tagalog and represents NBC 4 New York as a host at various tri-state area Filipino community events. In addition, she takes part in charity events for the American Cancer Society and United Way.
In her spare time, Creag relishes spending time with her husband and two kids.
To read more about Katherine Creag please log on to: nbcnewyork.com and follow Katherine on Twitter @KatCreag4NY.
Betty Lo, VP Public Affairs, Nielsen
Betty Lo is a highly motivated and experienced senior level professional with 17+ years in multinational CPGs leading programs in organizational development, change management, communications/ PR and process improvement initiatives to increase organizational productivity and profitability.
Experienced in leading multicultural global teams, Betty serves with integrity and leverage skills in strategy development, change management, public affairs, communications/PR, planning, and partnership management to help organizations through transformational change and unlock the trapped capacity for growth. Betty is a strategic yet analytical decision-maker skilled at finding innovative solutions to business issues and an expert in building long-term partnerships and alignment based on integrity and trust. / Betty Lo is vice president of public affairs for The Nielsen Company and works with community leaders, media, entertainment and consumer businesses to promote Nielsen’s education, philanthropic, and public affairs initiatives in the community. Betty has 18 years of experience leading multinational CPGs in communications/PR, organizational development, change management, process improvement and building Asian-American business opportunities to increase organizational productivity and profitability. She has helped organizations through transformational change to unlock the trapped capacity for growth and is experienced in leading multicultural and cross-functional global teams. Betty is skilled in building collaborative, win-win partnerships across various internal and external, non-profit, NGO and governmental organizations.
Prior to joining Nielsen, Betty served as the Organizational Development/ Change Management Lead at Newell-Rubbermaid, supporting Global Supply Chain and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) functions. She started her career with The Coca-Cola Company and spent 15 years in various roles of increased responsibility with The McDonald’s Division, Corporate Communications, USA Operations Marketing, Finance and Global IT. She has worked with some of the world’s well know global brands including Coca-Cola®, dietCoke®, Sprite®, Fanta®, Minute Maid®, Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®, Calphalon®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Levolor®, Paper Mate®, Dymo®, Waterman®, Parker®, and Goody®.
Betty is an active leader in the Asian-American community and is currently President and Chair of the Board of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)-Atlanta chapter having served in various leadership roles. She also served as the co-chair of the 2007 NAAAP National Convention and worked with the White House to coordinate community events. Betty served on the executive committees of Coca-Cola’s Women’s Forum, Coca-Cola’s Asian Employee Business Resource Group and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) – Georgia.
Betty received her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College and received her Executive MBA at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School .
Betty had the distinct honor of being selected by her colleagues as a torchbearer representing Coca-Cola during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Torch Relay. In her downtime you can find Betty travelling and exploring the wonderful cultures of the world with her husband and daughter.
Asian Traditional Folk Artists presented by Asian American Arts Centre – AAAC
Founded in 1974, the Arts Centre continues to presents the arts in the context of community and their innovative artistic and spiritual relationship. The AAAC Artists Archive, documenting our art exhibition program, is a research and educational archive of contemporary artists from 1945 to the present and can be found at www.artasiamerica.org.
Robert Lee Exec. Director/Curator
111 Norfolk St, NYC 10002
Rose Sigal-Ibsen has practiced calligraphy for many years and won critical acclaim for her work. Born in Romania and migrating from Israel to the US, she worked as an enamelist after studying at FIT. In 1979 she began her study of Sumi ink at the KoHo School of Sumi-e in NY and later Chinese brushwork at the Zhejiang Academy in China. She has won Awards of Excellence from the Kampo Cultural Center and from the Manhattan Arts International magazine. She has exhibited widely, for example, in China at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in Bucharest at the Romanian Cultural Foundation, and in the US at the Steinhardt Conservatory and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.
The Art of Mehadni
Kavita Vyas practices the Art of Mehandi, the art of painting designs on hands and feet. Mehandi designs use animals and floral patterns, sometimes even musical instruments, taking hours to finish. It began over 100 years ago in India by the Muslims, mostly in Pakistan. It is also widely done by the Arab people. She learned this art form from the master Mrs. Saroj Oza, who created the cone method. Kavita loves Mehandi art because she can create new designs each time she paints. Mehandi is the name of a vegetation. Its leaves are dried, grounded into powder, then mixed with lemon juice, tea and eucalyptic oil, and made into a paste. Designs made with the paste are temporary and lasts for 2-3 weeks.
Dough figurine master artist
Dough modeling is a traditional Chinese handicraft that has continued to develop for over 700 years. Mr. Ye Xun, born in Zhejiang, has combined the qualities of both his master teachers, the poetic sensibility of Master Zhao Kou Ming with the realistic representation of color and manner of Master Lang Shao An (his grandfather). His figures appear life-like with a sense of vitality in the scenes and characters of his work. His work include the famous mythological characters such as the Monkey King from “Journey to the West”, the Eight Immortals and the Goddess of Mercy. He has also won numerous awards for his designs including First Place in the Zhejiang Provincial Competition for Best Design. He has recently completed a model of the Brooklyn Bridge.
TIBETAN JEWELRY DESIGNER AND FOLK SINGER
Jampa Youden grew up in one of the many nomadic communities in Tibet, where the land is vast (larger than Texas and California together), streams are crystal clear, where there are herds of sheep, birds, meadows of fragrant flowers and medicinal plants, surrounded by snow capped mountains. He learned to sing from his grandfather. The songs are of nomadic life since 70% of the Tibetan population is nomadic. From a family of singers, he and his brothers are often invited to sing at special occasions, weddings and parties. At age thirty he escaped with family members to Nepal before coming to the United States. He thinks singing is like medicine. He says, “It is free to be happy.” He tells of the Tibetan proverb, “When you are happy, you enjoy wine. When you are sad, you must tame your mind.” He has also taught himself jewelry design. Taking his cue from traditional works he has brought this kind of design back in new materials, sizes and forms, sometimes using beads from Arizona.
Ming Liang Lu
Master papercutter of portraits
Ming Liang Lu began studying calligraphy with his father at the age of five. He also studied carving, sculpture and engraving under the tutelage of renowned Shanghai artists such as Zheng Chi Lai, Shu Xun Long and Wu Su Wei. In 1981 he was commissioned to replicate a miniature scale model of Qing Pu Dai Guan Garden with 796 stone sculptures, some as small as a grain of rice. His sculptures were exhibited in the US from 1980 to 1985 and received wide acclaim. A creation from this period, “Dawn”, was enlarged into a public art piece over five meters tall and is now permanently installed in the Shanghai Hua Xin Garden. He been in the US for nineteen years and continues to receive awards at various art shows here.
Karen K. Ahn
Maedeup (Koraen Ornamental Knotting)
Karen K. Ahn learned Korean Knotting or Macrame as a young adult from a master Knotting folk artist named Kim Hae Soon in 1981 at the Institute for Traditional Art. Korean Knotting is different from Chinese Macreme as well as different from Celtic knotting, being a highly complex form of the art. Maedeup, or the knotting of cords into various forms for aesthetic effect, has been developed since prehistoric times. The oldest examples of Maedeup were discovered from Kingdom Kochoson (100 B.C.) tombs. Maedeup objects appeared in crowns, spangles, and necklaces of Koryo Buddhist paintings, and Yuso, a long sequence of knots ending in a tassel. The demand for Maedeup ornaments declined toward the end of the 19th Century. However, Maedeup declined by 1890 was rediscovered in1960s and has since enjoyed a revival.
Shao-Hua Yu & Wang Wai
Grass Animal artist
Shao Hua Yu learned to make animals by weaving palm leaves together from his father who learned it from his mother. By traveling around China and seeing other masters he gathered many skills and expanded his repertoire. After immigrating to New York in 2000, he found he could continue his art by starting demonstration tables on Mott St, in Soho and in Time Square. Wang Wai who learned this craft from Shao Hua, her husband, will demonstrate at their table. It takes energy to make these works and it is very time consuming. The pride and joy he takes in his craft is conveyed especially to children who marvel at this charming folk art. Because of his diligence and love for this simple craft, this may be one Chinese folk art that can survive within the complex economy and gadgetry of New York City.
Artists, Talents and Performers
Ajna Dance Company
Indian Dance – Bollywood & Classical
We are a performance company focused on Classical Indian, Bollywood and Indian folk dance. We teach classes in New York and offer professional performances an choreography. The Ajna Performance Company was created to deliver visually stunning, culturally rich performances that engage and inspire. Each of our pieces include music that has been carefully curated and paired with Minila’s signature choreography, which blends the traditions of classical Indian and folk dance with Bollywood and other contemporary movement. The objective is to entertain, educate and inspire.
An emerging dance company in New York City and offer visually stunning performances incorporating classical Indian dance and modern/contemporary movement with the flair of Bollywood. You will not be disappointed!
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Austin Luu is a 19 year old Chinese-American singer-songwriter originally from Bethel, CT but now resides in Queens, NY. He attends Queens College where he is on a path to become a schoolteacher, but is still unsure of what he wants to do in the future. He started singing in front of audiences 3 years ago, around the same time he self taught himself how to play guitar, and began writing songs as well. But he only recently started to take his music more seriously after an incredibly overwhelming response at an event this past fall. His goal is to release an acoustic EP in the near future with a sound that is highly influenced by Indie, Pop, and R&B. If you would like to stay updated on his upcoming events, music, etc. Check him out at his Youtube(Aluumusic), his Facebook page (AustinLuuMusic) and follow him on Twitter(Austin_Luu).
Beatrice “Bea” Go is a 19-year-old singer from Westchester, NY. Formerly a visual art student, she’s recently decided to pursue her passion for music full-time, ever since she got over her fear of performing only a year ago. She came in as a final vocal competitor for Kollaboration New York 2012 and performs around the NYC college scene often. Since Kollaboration, she’s started a YouTube channel for her singing and quickly picked up an audience of over 10,000 subscribers! Driven and determined to succeed as a singer, her ultimate goal is to inspire people who were once like her, who kept their dreams in the closet, to believe in themselves enough to follow their passions. / Bea Go is a Filipino-American singer and performer from Westchester, NY. She’s always loved to sing, but only remained a shy, closeted musician until only about a year ago. With support from her friends, she gathered enough confidence to sing in front of audiences in 2012. Bea began performing at college events in NYC, participating in talent competitions, and most recently, was a finalist in Kollaboration New York’s 7. Realizing that performing is her passion, she has since decided to seriously pursue music. Bea recently started posting videos to YouTube, collaborating with other musicians, and has since received an overwhelming response with a fast-growing audience. She continues to keep performing, develop her unique sound, and win over hearts with every show and video! Her musical influences include Marina & The Diamonds, Elle Varner, Demi Lovato, Mariah Carey, and Jazmine Sullivan. Check her out on YouTube: http://youtube.com/yobeago
Blue Dragon Demo Team
We are a Taekwondo Demo team performing out of Brooklyn, NY. Our goal is to preserve the traditions of Taekwondo and spread the benefits and philosophy of South Korea’s National sport.
CCBA New York Chinese School Crimson Kings Drum Corps
The New York Crimson Kings Drum, Fife & Bugle Corps, established in the 1950s, is the oldest and most honored Asian-American drum corps in the east coast dedicated to youth development through music and performing arts education. The Corps has been dedicated to preserving rich musical traditions and the ideals of community service as a non-profit youth arts organization based in the heart of New York’s Chinatown. They have been proudly performing shows, concerts and parades every year representing the only Asian-American fife, drum, and bugle corps on the East Coast. It has been a second home and family for the scores of members to have proudly worn the Red and Gold.
We are a year-round safe and productive music activity for youths between 10 and 22 years old rooted in the Drum Corps tradition. We welcome youths no matter what kind of musical or lack of musical experience one may have. Free music lessons are offered in New York’s Chinatown every Friday and Sunday in drumming, fifes (like flute), and brass (horns). If your interested in knowing more about our organization or joining, please visit our website on Crimsonkings.com or come visit us on our rehearsal times, Fridays from 6-8pm, Sundays from 11:30-3:30pm, 62 Mott Street, Room 408 New York, NY 10013
Gao’s Kung Fu Academy
Students of Gao’s Kung Fu Academy train in modern and traditional kungfu/wushu, with it’s roots in TongBei Quan, though many different styles are practiced. Students learn empty handed forms, fighting forms, as well as the four basic weapons: staff, sword, broadword and spear.
HIP(Home Island Project)
Shikoku is the smallest and least populous of the four main islands of Japan. The island has always been famous for its hospitality and spirits of cooperation originated from “Osettai” tradition – people provide pilgrims with free accommodation and meals, and thereby participate “88-temple pilgrimage” – as well as for its beautiful natural and living environment. At the present day, Shikoku has also got world-class art spots and companies. Moreover, outdoor leisure venues, eco-friendly practices, agri-business, and dietary education in Shikoku cultivate values for the 21st century. We the members of HIP re-discovered such attractions of Shikoku after living away, and got together to share ideas and launch the project in January 2008. HIP aims at raising awareness about our home island Shikoku and turning it into magnet for people around the world. Home Island Project
Ho Yeen Kung Fu Federation
Ho Yeen has been studying kung fu under Grandmaster Tak Wah Eng for 23 years. He teaches a combination of kung fu that includes (but not limited to) Five Animals, and Shaolin. Classes are designed to develop the mind, body, and spirit. Currently Ho Yeen travels from location to location teaching classes to the public. If you would like to learn more about training and schedule of classes please log on to, and “like” facebook.com/HoYeenKungFu.
I Love Dance
The biggest and hottest Kpop Dance/Hip Hop Dance Crew in NYC.
I LOVE DANCE is the most popular kpop dance class/club in New York City! Check out their fun, energetic, and exciting classes which have a collection of really cool people who truly create a warm and friendly environment. To find out more about I LOVE DANCE, please visit their website at www.ilovedance.us
On Saturday, May 11th, I LOVE DANCE will have their 3rd annual student showcase at the Riverside Theatre. About 50 dancers will perform 20 different Kpop and Hip Hop dance pieces. They prepare for 4 months to put up the best show! For more information please visit their website at www.ilovedance.us
Ki-yo (well-known as KIYOTAKA in Japan) started playing piano at the age of five with a passion for music that has remained throughout his life. Amazingly, he does the whole process of making music by himself.
Early on, he was moved by the classical variations of Frederic Chopin and Maurice Ravel, and the jazz stylings of Nina Simone, Bill Evans, Nat King Cole, and Diana Krall. As he got older, pop music legends, Billy Joel, Elton John, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston, as well as soul music icons, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Luther Vandross were his inspiration.
Ki-yo was discovered at the age of 16, and released his first single, “No No No” at age 17. It was immediately put into heavy rotation on 17 major radio stations in Japan – a record for a new artist. His third single, “The Only One”, sold over 350,000 copies, and his debut album, “I’ll Be There”, reached Number 7 on the Japan Pop Chart its first week. That same year, Ki-yo received the “ALL JAPAN REQUEST AWARD”, and the “JFN LISTENER’S AWARD”.
Currently, Ki-yo’s total album sales have reached over one million copies. He has appeared live at a number of festivals, such as the “JOUNETSU TAIRIKU SPECIAL LIVE SUMMER TIME BONANZA” before over 40,000 people. Ki-yo expanded his reach by co-writing the score and serving as Music Director for “Seven Seas”, the musical theatre production in Tokyo. Seeking inspiration and a more global perspective on music, Ki-yo moved to New York in 2010 and became a lead singer of the “Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir”, which took first place, out of 40,000 entries, in the McDonald’s Gospel Festival in 2010 – the first time in history for an internationally assembled Gospel group. After their win, the Choir was invited to perform as the first ever, Japanese guest performers at the Apollo Theater.
Recently in New York, Ki-yo has appeared Off-Broadway in the musical, “Black Nativity Now” and has graciously supported the IKO Kyokushinkaikan by performing the USA National Anthem at “The 2010 and 2011 ALL AMERICAN OPEN INTERNATIONAL KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS”. Ki-yo’s international debut single, “#1″, topped the Amazon Japan Pop Chart in 3 different categories (MP3 total sales, Pop, and R&B/Soul). And his second single “Dear All My Loves”, 3rd single “Spend My Life With You”, and 4th “Need Somebody Tonight” became number one as well. This year, he has been working in Manhattan, NY on his eagerly awaited, 1st international studio album. Ki-yo was born and raised in Sendai, Japan, the region on the Pacific Ocean directly hit by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of 3/11/11. In the aftermath of the disaster last year, Ki-yo has been working with aid charities in Japan and in the USA, to raise funds and give hope through music, for the people of his community in Sendai, to help recover and rebuild.
Ki-yo/KIYOTAKA Official Website: “http://www.g-glamour.com/kiyotaka/” http://www.g-glamour.com/kiyotaka/
Lotus Music and Dance
Lei Pasifika – Hula & Tahitian Kinding Sindaw – Philippines Korean Ukulele ensemble
Lotus Music & Dance, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1989 by master Bharata Natyam dancer Kamala Cesar. It is a performance space, sanctuary, and center of education for traditional and indigenous performing arts forms. The mission is to keep alive and accessible the music and dance traditions of all world cultures. Lotus Music & Dance remains the only institution of its kind in New York City where master artists from India, Korea, Burma, China, the South Pacific, Middle East, the Mohawk Nation, West Africa, and Spain collectively call home.
Makalina Gallahger, Arts In Education Coordinator
212-627-1076 x 11
Pop, rock, alt & folk Muscian
Even before Mariko was handed her first guitar at 15, she knew she wanted to pursue a music career. She spent the first five years of her life in Japan and then moved to the suburbs of Boston, where she was encouraged by the local music scene to follow her passion. She began actively songwriting while in high school and then took her aspirations to New York.
Mariko has performed at LAUNCH Music Conference and The Yellow Phone Music Conference. She has performed at countless venues across the northeast including the Apple Store in Boston to promote the release of her EP, ON WITH THE SHOW. She has appeared on ABC and Fox television stations in Pennsylvania and Connecticut to interview and perform her original music. WHDA FM, a NJ rock radio station has aired her single. This past summer she played on the Vans Warped Tour 2012, where Music Choice interviewed her about her new EP and Warped Tour experience. Most recently Mariko was asked to perform at Summerfest 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (notably known as the world’s largest music festival.)
Her combination of honest, soulful singing and her upbeat, addictive rock riffs prove that her music is just as original as it is entertaining.
Performed in Japan as a wedding singer. She performances include singing pop, Jazz or acoustic songs with guitar and/or piano.
Moy Yat Ving Tsing
Chinese martial art deals with short distance combat.
We are the direct lineage of Grandmaster Yip Man. Our Si Gong, Moy Yat brought Wing Chun to America back in the early 70s. We teach respect, self control, and honor. Wing Chun emphasizes short distance and center for both offense and defense.
Neo Blues Maki
Neo Blues Maki is a Contemporary Japanese Soul band which blends the traditional soulful side of Japanese singing and New York influenced progressive arrangements. / With a unique contemporary approach to old school Japanese soul music, Neo Blues Maki is a project launched in 2009 led by Soshi Uchida. While placing lead vocalist, Kayo Yoshioka’s authentic interpretation of enka and 70′s Japanese folk/pop music in the center, the band’s music personifies atypical progressive arrangements created by Soshi and Junya Yamaguchi. Combined influences of members in the band reflect neo-soul, R&B, gospel, rock, funk, hip hop, and fusion. The band performed on the main stage at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Annual Sakura Matsuri in 2011, surprising the crowd with their exquisite blend of Japanese tradition and intricate yet dynamic harmony and rhythm.
Norman Chin Southern Praying Mantis School
The Southern Praying Mantis School, led by Sifu Norman Chin, continues the 55 year legacy of teaching Southern Mantis Kung Fu and Southern Chinese Lion Dance in New York City’s Chinatown.
Polynesian Dance Productions
Polynesian Dance Productions brings you the most elite Polynesian dance revue in the tri-state area. Polynesian Dance Production specializes in tahitian, hula and maori dances.
Magician – The Astonishing Asian
Rich Kameda is a Japanese-American magician based in New York City. He’s a versatile performer who can adapt to several performing conditions. In the past two years Rich has performed magic for over 20,000 people.
Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship performance from RESOBOX, a Japanese culture space in New York. Traditionally trained martial artist, Deborah Klens-Bigman will perform with her students.
Setsuko is a Japanese pop singer and song writer. Her music career began while attending university in Japan but her desire to beocme a worldwide entertainer brings her to New York City. Her first single ‘Mr.Right’ is available on iTunes, and her newest single ‘If You Believe in Yourself’ will be released in May.
We are a New York based Japanese taiko drumming group comprised of 10-12 Japanese and Asian American performers. Since our inception in 1979, we have been performing both traditional Japanese as well as original compositions to promote an appreciation and understanding of Japanese culture within the community and beyond./ In 1979, Soh Daiko was established as the first taiko drumming group on the East Coast under the guidance of the New York Buddhist Church. Soh Daiko’s current membership numbers about 16, with diverse backgrounds and professions. The group has steadily increased its varied repertoire to include traditional compositions from Shinto music tradition, adapting existing taiko compositions, and original arrangements by its own members. In addition to drums, the group incorporates accessories such as bamboo flutes, brass bells, conch shells, gongs, African shekere, and Tahitian toere (wooden slit drum). Much more than mere percussion, Soh Daiko’s presentation also features the visual element of movement and choreography, requiring physical strength, endurance, and energy that makes taiko such an exciting performance experience. To promote and propagate an understanding and love for taiko music, Soh Daiko has participated in many local cultural festivities such as Brooklyn Botanic Gardens’ Cherry Blossom Festival, Smithsonian’s Folk Life Festival, The Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival, Japan Day Festival in Central Park, and Summerstage. Soh Daiko has also expanded its vision to share taiko with a broader audience, performing across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom, and at celebrated venues that includes Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the American Museum of Natural History, and Radio City Music Hall. The group’s debut recording, Soh Daiko, has been released by Lyrichord Discs. Please visit our website at http://www.sohdaiko.org for more information, including future performances, contacts, and more.
South Pacific Island Dancers
We are Professional Polynesian Entertainment group serving the east coast for over 25 years! Family owned and operated by the Savaiinaea Family, native Pacific Islanders!
Spring Swallow Dance Troupe
Two of the students April Xu and Mandy Xiang in the Spring Swallow Dance Troupe got 3rd places at the American Youth Talent Contest 2011 and 2012. Dance Teacher Ms. Ashley Liang is an Executive Board and Dance Choreographer of Yangtze Repertory Theater of America, Inc.
Rapper/DJ/Producer with styles in Electronic/Hip Hop/Rock
Taejo is an Electronic/Hiphop/Rock Performance Artist. Growing up, Taejo was always seeking something greater from life. With an immense imagination and possessing an innate talent for the arts, he first explored visual challenges through drawing and sculpting, later discovering poetry which would lead him to rapping and songwriting. Those building blocks would continue on to current day, where Taejo Raps, DJs, Produces, and Designs for himself and other upcoming artists/clients out of his professional studio in Queens. Taejo is excited to perform and will be releasing new digital downloads this upcoming summer!
Taikoza uses Japanese taiko drums, Japanese traditional dances and the soulful bamboo flutes to create a energetic performance. / Taikoza hits the stage with a high-energy performance of traditional and original Japanese tunes featuring the soulful bamboo flutes and an amazing array of ancestral Taiko drums. The show will also feature some sensual and colorful traditional dances that you will not want to miss.
The Exotic Experiment
Electronica Music meets Eastern Influences
The Exotic Experiment is an interstellar jazztronica adventure that combines futuristic Drum & Bass, The traditions of world music and 21st century technology to create an fx driven breakbeat biosphere of rhythm and melody.
Blending the hauntingly versatile traditional Chinese violin (ErHu) with modern American rock engineering – meet The Hsu-Nami!
An international renowned Erhu fronted instrumental prog-rock band from the New York city. The Hsu-Nami. Integrates an amplified electric ”erhu”, a tweaked two-string spike fiddle used in Chinese classical and folk music, into a rock lineup. The band typically compose lengthy erhu melodic-based instrumental pieces that feature dynamic contrast, heavy guitar riffs, melodic bass guitar lines and trading solo. Part of the new-fusion rock movement, the Hsu-Nami redefines the 1960s and 1970s progressive fusion rock.
Hsu-Nami’s music was featured in the 2008 Summer Olympic in Beijing. The track “Rising of the sun” was the theme music represen theme.
The Jack Lords Orchestra
Summer 2006-on hiatus from their other bands, The Jack Lords Orchestra began as a quest for timeless, melancholic pop that exists in a universe where the Brill Building of the sixties, Laurel Canyon in the seventies, Manchester in the eighties, Manila during martial law and the islands of Oahu and New York City are somehow one and the same.
The Jack Lords Orchestra released their second CD “Rides” in May 2012; available on iTunes & CDBaby.
Viennie V and DJ K Ho
Top 40 dance singer and DJ (along with dancers)
Viennie V’s hit “for You” reached #47 on the US Billboard Top 40 Airplay chart and #31 on the R&R Top 40 Indicator chart. / Viennie V is an Asian American singer, songwriter and dancer from Los Angeles. Since her debut in 2011, Viennie V has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the pop/dance world. She has received over 5 million hits on her music videos and her most recent single, “For You” reached #47 on the US Billboard Pop Charts. In the past year, Viennie V has released two albums and toured throughout the United States with many famous artists, including Korea superstar Jay Park and Somoa’s super band Common Kings. Her most recent album, “Whatever Happens” has received a lot of attention in the dance clubs with several of the songs reaching number one on various DJ sites which track which songs DJs are downloading.
WuTang Kung Fu
We are a traditional martial arts school that emphasizes the usefulness and power or kung fu. Our Kung Fu strengthens the body, mind and spirit. / The Wu Tang school is part of an international organization that has been advancing asian culture in New York and around the country for over 25 years. We teach students not only to protect themselves, but to think more clearly, be more confident, and to be mentally h3er. Our system combines several styles of kung fu with an emphasis on practical usefulness, and teaching the body to work as one unit.
Ya Han Chang
Band featuring singer/actress Ya Han Chang (http://yahanchang.com) and jazz artist Nori Ochiai (http://noriochiai.com) which performs JAZZ, R&B, Bossa Nova and original songs.
Recently performed at Taiwan Rocks Event (late 2012 in Flushing, New York) and presently appearing at IchiUmi Japanese restaurant in NYC. / Ya Han Chang was born and raised in Taichung, Taiwan. After receiving her BFA and MA degrees in vocal performance (with a specialization in Opera) from the prestigious Taipei National University of the Arts, she moved to New York in 2007 to further pursue her career in musical theatre. A proud graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Ya Han is highly sought after on the regional theatre circuit, particularly in productions of The King and I and Miss Saigon. The name Ya Han Chang is also very familiar to Taiwanese audiences. In 2004, she was handpicked by Dreamworks Pictures- China to record the song “Hero”, used in the film Shrek 2. She is also a company member and lead singer of the highly acclaimed and award-winning a capella group, Semiscon and has now expanded her horizons to include a new career as a vocal recording and performance artist in the clubs, restaurant and cabarets in the New York Metropolitan area, as well.
P.S. 124 Yung Wing School Lion Dancers
These young performers from local P.S. 124 will show off their lion dancing skills for you to see!