Where I’m At
…Or rather, where I’m at this week! I’ve got an action packed KA/AA Pride weekend ahead of me and I hope you can join me.
First up, I’ll be at Emory College in Atlanta, GA on Thursday and Friday March 13, 14 for KASCON. I’ll be speaking about my favorite subject — ME! If you are in the ATL, come by and say hi!
The annual Korean American Students Conference (KASCON) is the
largest ethnic students conference in the United States. Originating at
Princeton University in 1987, KASCON at Emory University will be its
22nd year running.
Who attends KASCON?
Korean American issues and the expansion of the Korean American voice.
The majority of KASCON registrants are from the U.S., Canada and
occasionally South Korea.
The ultimate purpose of KASCON is to inspire and empower its
participants so that they leave with the motivation to advance the
Korean American community. Through networking events, workshops, and
seminars that feature active leaders, KASCON offers its participants
the opportunity to learn, interact, and broaden their perspective.With
this year’s theme of “Living Your Dream,” KASCON XXII hopes to
encourage students to explore a wider range of opportunities by
expanding the seminars, workshops, and keynote sessions to include a
broader spectrum of topics, including politics, business, education,
fashion, pageantry, sports, dance, the arts and much more. By doing so,
it allows for a prominent presence of Korean Americans in all fields,
thus expanding the Korean American voice in American society.
Then on Sunday, I’ll be hitting the Bay Area where my film “West 32nd” will be the Centerpiece Presentation at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. It’s an awesome honor to come back to the festival that gave my first film “The Motel” the Best Narrative Feature Award.
Tickets for the screening are available here.
From the CAAM festival notes:
Korean American filmmaker Michael Kang won SFIAAFF’s Best Narrative Feature Award in 2005 with The Motel. He returns to the Festival with an accomplished second feature, West 32nd,
a sleek and stylish Koreatown noir set in the underbelly of New York.
The film marks the first foray into American production for CJ
Entertainment, Korea’s largest entertainment company, and represents an
exciting cross-cultural venture to bridge Asian and American filmmaking.
John Cho (Better Luck Tomorrow, SFIAAFF ’02; Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle)
plays John Kim, a young and ambitious lawyer with little connection to
the Korean community. But when he takes on a pro bono case to free a
teenager charged with the murder of a Koreatown “room salon” manager,
he finds himself attracted first to the boy’s beautiful sister Lila
(Grace Park, Battlestar Galactica), and then to the seductive
Korean underworld tucked deep within Manhattan. There he meets the
charismatic gangster Mike Juhn (arresting newcomer Jun Kim), an equally
ambitious man now in charge of the murdered manager’s club. Mike takes
John under his wing and guides him through the “room salon” culture of
scotch and hostesses, but soon the murder case intersects with gang
politics, forcing them to question their allegiances, temptations and
how far they’re willing to go for success.
With producer Teddy Zee (Saving Face, SFIAAFF ’05; Hitch) adding to CJ Entertainment’s Korean-industry know-how, West 32nd
has the look and feel of the most polished crime dramas from both
Hollywood and Korea, and even features a cameo by Korean star Jun Ho
Jeong (Marrying the Mafia). But director Kang parlays this
genre into a more personal exploration of the complex relationship that
Korean Americans have with Korean culture. John and Mike hail from two
different worlds, but beneath their drive to succeed is the yearning to
find a place in society. Just as Scorsese and Coppola did for Italian
Americans, Kang illuminates the immigrant-gangster milieu of New York
with both panache and insight.