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[VIDEO] CAPE’s 2015 #IAM Campaign Features Korean American Role Models

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

To celebrate this year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) has launched its 2015 #IAM Campaign to put a spotlight on Asian American talents and leaders in media, entertainment and food.

This is the second year CAPE is running its #IAM Campaign. Last year, the organization teamed up with Verizon for the first time ever and created a comedy web series and mini-documentary series featuring eighteen Asian American artists and personalties, including Steven Yeun, David Choi, Randall Park, Jessica Gomes, Lisa Ling, Brian Tee, Leonardo Nam and Bobby Lee.

Among the role models featured in this year’s campaign, there were several Korean American talents: Daniel Dae Kim, Ki Hong Lee, Arden Cho and Seoul Sausage Co. In the videos below, these four representatives share their success stories and the lessons they’ve learned in their journeys.

#IAM Ki Hong Lee

“The only way to change [Asian American perception] faster or to launch a new wave of how people see Asians is to create our own content, to create our own stories, and make opportunities for ourselves as actors and as entertainers,” says Ki Hong Lee. “I think the only way to change anything is to just take it and change it yourself.”

#IAM Arden Cho

“Don’t be afraid to fail because failure adds character and color and it’s those imperfections, flaws, and mistakes that you make along the way that add to a great story,” says Arden Cho.

#IAM Daniel Dae Kim

“In this career as an actor, regardless of your race, there are so many variables that are beyond your control,” says Daniel Dae Kim. “What you can control is your level of talent, your work ethic. Be excellent at what you do. That way, if you’re good and the opportunity train rolls by, you’ll be able to hop on.”

#IAM Seoul Sausage Co. 

“If you just start thinking ‘I am…,’ that’s the first step in figuring out what you want to be, what motivates you, what excites you, and who you’re going to become in the future. I think that’s very powerful,” says Ted Kim of Seoul Sausage.


You can watch the rest of the #IAM Campaign representatives (Constance Wu, Jason Chen and Cassey Ho) on the campaign’s official website.

Join the conversation and share your #IAm story via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  To learn more about CAPE, check out their website or YouTube channel.  


Featured image via CAPE

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Daniel Dae Kim Steps Behind the Mic in ‘Saints Row: Gat out of Hell’

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Daniel Dae Kim has recently been featured in a behind-the-scenes video that introduces the voice cast of the upcoming video game, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell.

The game is the latest addition to the popular Saints Row franchise and is a standalone expansion to the zany Saints Rows IV.  The open-world game follows Johnny Gat, voiced by Kim, as he travels to Hell to rescue his gang leader, who was kidnapped as part of Satan’s efforts to marry off his daughter. Needless to say, this game is expected to be as bizarre and over-the-top as its predecessor.

The behind-the-scenes video gives an inside look at the voice acting process and spotlights various voice actors, including Natalie Lander, Dee Bradley and Matt Mercer.

“People who play an instrument are able to create different sounds and different melodies from that instrument,” Kim says in his interview. “For those people who can use their voices in such a way to create characters, different animals, it’s a pretty unique skill.”

Check out the BTS video below:

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell will be available on the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. It will release on Jan. 20 in North America.

Thursday's Link Attack: David Chang's New Mag, Daniel Dae Kim, Toilet House

David Chang Launches ‘Lucky Peach’

The Momofuku chef known for his exquisite ramen recently launched a new quarterly magazine for foodies and the early reviews of the publication, which hit newsstands yesterday, were largely positive.

The Chicago Tribune published an extensive review of the new venture, calling it “a powerhouse lineup of food porn.”

It’s part-literary magazine, part-conversation between friends and a whole lot of attitude about the state of noodles and cooking, the first of what will be a sprawling quarterly mix of ideas, art and recipes in exploration of a single topic.

LA Weekly called it “an enormous amount of fun.”

Yes, recipes. 22 recipes. David Chang recipes, mostly. Worth the price of admission themselves. So that you can make your own tonkotsu broth to spill on the journal’s pages. Or make cacio e pepe from instant ramen. Or instant ramen gnocchi. Or bacon dashi. And if that isn’t highbrow enough, Chang provides a recipe for Alain Passard’s famous egg, called here the Arpege egg, too. Knock yourself out.

‘Lost’ Star Daniel Dae Kim Was Going To Be Comic Relief In ‘The Adjustment Bureau’

Kim had a part that was ultimately cut from the sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon, a “blackly humorous” role, according to an IndieWire interview with director George Nolfi.

“[Kim] did a great job—just two scenes—and they’re in there so people can see what it would have looked like if we had gone that direction. I ultimately decided that the Bureau needed to be a little more dark or it would risk being silly. It’s already such a difficult concept to kind of sell in a realistic way, so that’s why it’s out.”

In other DDK news, veteran actor Terry O’Quinn will join the cast of “Hawaii Five-0,” reuniting the two former “Lost” cast members.

Kim said the show is lucky to have the actor on board.

“He’s a great actor who brings a sense of professionalism to every project he works on and I’m excited to work with him again,” Kim said in a release.

O’Quinn, 58, played the mysterious and obsessive character John Locke on “Lost.”

Asian New Yorkers Surpass a Million, and Band Together
New York Times

Asians, a group more commonly associated with the West Coast, are surging in New York, where they have long been eclipsed in the city’s kaleidoscopic racial and ethnic mix. For the first time, according to census figures released in April, their numbers have topped one million — nearly 1 in 8 New Yorkers — which is more than the Asian population in the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles combined.

That milestone, in turn, has become a rallying cry for Asian New Yorkers who have been working for years to win more political representation, government assistance and public recognition. Many leaders have seized on the one-million figure as a fresh reason for immigrants and their descendants who hail from across the Asian continent to think of themselves as one people with a common cause — in the same way that many people from Spanish-speaking cultures have come to embrace the broad terms Latino and Hispanic.

Check out the cool interactive map to see where Asian American New Yorkers live. Chinatown? Obviously. Flushing? Check. Jackson Heights? Yes. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn? Didn’t know that.

My Life As An Undocumented Immigrant
New York Times

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas wrote a stunning first-person piece for the New York Times Magazine which revealed that he is an undocumented immigrant. Vargas came to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 12 years old.

At 16, he tried to get his driver’s license and was hit with a bombshell.

When I handed the clerk my green card as proof of U.S. residency, she flipped it around, examining it. “This is fake,” she whispered. “Don’t come back here again.”

Vargas’ story is engaging, in-depth and thought-provoking and is sure to spark heated discussion on the highly-sensitive issue of immigration.

There are believed to be 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. We’re not always who you think we are. Some pick your strawberries or care for your children. Some are in high school or college. And some, it turns out, write news articles you might read. I grew up here. This is my home. Yet even though I think of myself as an American and consider America my country, my country doesn’t think of me as one of its own.

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YOMYOMF's Interpretations: We're in New York This Sat!

Director Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast & Furious) and YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily.com are bringing the INTERPRETATIONS filmmaking panel to New York this Saturday, July 17 at 5 PM as part of the Asian American Int’l Film Festival. Our panel is FREE but reserve your tickets here before they’re all gone. We’ve commissioned actor Ken Leung (Miles on TV’s Lost) to make his own INTERPRETATIONS sample short and we’ll be world premiering his film/Valentine to the Big Apple entitled Rumble at our panel so come out and be the first to see Ken’s directorial debut. Ken will be in attendance to discuss his short and participate in our filmmakers’ panel following a screening of our commissioned shorts.

Check out all the updates on our INTERPRETATIONS website–this is our brand-new effort to support our community of aspiring filmmakers. We’re starting to receive your submissions and will start posting those films throughout the week and rest of the summer so check back often. We’re also starting a new feature entitled ONE ON ONE where we’ll be interviewing some of our jurors and other industry professionals about the craft and business of movies. Our first interview with hapa CAA agent Rowena Arguelles (whose clients include Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke and Justin Lin) is posted now (click here to read). Next up is producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Terminator Salvation) so if you have a question you’d like to ask Dan, submit it by this Sunday, July 18 to: Jerome@yomyomf.com

Remember you have until September 1 to submit your short film (of 3 minutes or less) to INTERPRETATIONS using the four-line script we provide. This is your chance not only to win some cash toward your next project (five filmmakers will win $3,000), but get your work seen by industry professionals. And a very special thanks to MTV who have just come on board as our Media Partner for INTERPRETATIONS!

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YOMYOMF's Interpretations: We're Coming to New York

Film director Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast & Furious) and YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily.com have launched a new film initiative entitled INTERPRETATIONS to support aspiring filmmakers. In a nutshell, you make a short film of no more than 3 minutes using the same script we provide (get all the info here). We’re encouraging all you aspiring Asian American filmmakers out there to enter for a chance to win a cash prize and get your work seen by industry professions. To help us do this, we’re bringing our FREE INTERPRETATIONS filmmaking panel to New York on July 17 as part of the Asian American Int’l Film Festival.

Join us as we screen our commissioned shorts on the big screen and engage in a lively discussion about INTERPRETATIONS and the general state of Asian American film with our distinguished panel (see below). We’ve also commissioned a brand-new INTERPRETATIONS short film from actor Ken Leung (Lost) specifically for our NY event so come out and be the first to see that. Ken will also be in attendance.

The event will be on Saturday, July 17, 5 PM at the Clearview Chelsea Cinema. Tickets are FREE and available now along with all the other info you need here.

The panel will consist of:

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April 2010 Cover Story: Daniel Dae Kim


For twenty years, from fleeting roles on film and TV, to Lost, to his new show, Hawaii Five-0, Daniel Dae Kim has meticulously mapped out his rise to stardom.

I. The Mistake


You remember the mugshot, don’t you? White polo shirt, slightly wrinkled at the collar, open at the neck. Furrowed eyebrows, ambiguously pursed lips, but most of all, that crazy hair, like someone took a crimping iron and had at it with the dude.

“It’s really a quality mugshot, isn’t it?” he says. “How does one exactly pose for a mugshot? I remember thinking that, at the moment before it was taken.”

Of all the lasting images Daniel Dae Kim wanted to leave behind, this wasn’t it. He can joke about it now, but the time around the 2007 DUI was a rough patch for the 41-year-old Lost actor. A particularly humiliating year, especially within that small town called Hawaii. He was caught weaving erratically through Oahu streets late at night, with twice the amount of alcohol in his system than was legal. It was the first time that the outcome hadn’t been intended, the first huge mistake in decades of careful, careful planning.

“I try to live my life in a particular way, and that was a very serious mistake. There are always extenuating circumstances, but the bottom line is, it’s something that I wish I could take back.”


II. The Plan


He’s always had it mapped out; he was a missile set for this. The guy took a PowerPoint presentation to his parents, or whatever the equivalent was in 1990, and told his white-collar, anesthesiologist, immigrant father that once he graduated from Haverford, he was going to ditch his LSAT score and his Wall Street interviews, and instead give the theater a shot. He said he would think about becoming a lawyer or a banker if after two years his plan failed. It didn’t. He wouldn’t let it.

“I realized the ramifications and the consequences of my choices—to my parents, as well,” says the Busan-born Kim. “Their circle of friends in Pennsylvania is all doctors and high-profile business people. I understood that when they went to cocktail parties and everyone was bragging about how their kids were at Goldman Sachs or attorneys at Skadden Arps or doctors at Brigham, that my parents would have to sit there and say, ‘Well, my son is working as a temp at an office while he’s working to become an actor.’ Making them proud of the decision that I made remains a driving force in my career.”

It was in college that Kim became an actor. A dorm mate, Lane Savadove, was putting together a production of a play he’d written and was directing.

“He had this kind of strong, intellectual, confident side, and we had talked about theater together, and I knew he was interested in trying it,” Savadove says. After some prodding, Savadove convinced Kim to audition for the part of a psychiatrist who turns out to be a schizophrenic patient.

Kim couldn’t resist the tug of acting, no matter how much he wanted to do right by his Korean parents as the eldest son. He had spent his life doing everything right, and he wanted to keep doing everything right. There was just this one thing.

He thought about what he needed to do to prepare himself. He thought about all the variables, the x-factors, and decided, even if it was only by force of will, that he needed to do everything within his power to increase his own odds.

“If I wanted to give my career as an actor my best shot, then I knew I needed to be as well-trained as possible.” So he went to grad school and got an MFA in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His parents started coming around after that, and so did the work.

III. The Professional


“Dan was hyper-professional,” says Lane Savadove, recalling Kim’s first acting gig. “Incredibly confident for someone who’d never been in the theater before, and just very rigorous about his work. There are definitely lazy actors, and Dan isn’t one of them.”

“He’s such a consummate professional person,” says Michael Emerson, whose portrayal of Benjamin Linus on Lost won him a 2009 Emmy. “I would feel comfortable with him being our cast lawyer. He thinks before he leaps.”

Kim certainly doesn’t go around flashing his idiosyncrasies in public.

Emerson describes Kim’s work ethic as no-nonsense when it needs to be. He gets to the set and, minus a horoscope reading for the cast, is very “let’s get to work, let’s get this thing done, let’s get it done right.”

There’s this other recurring theme in the Daniel Dae Kim mythology that insists he’s good-humored and not that serious! And it’s true, he’s always smiling in interviews. You can hear him smiling over the phone. The undercurrent is undeniable, though. He’s got goals: The Plan, continued.

Kim has already started the transition to a life after Lost. He has been shooting the pilot for the CBS reboot of the 1970s cop drama Hawaii Five-0, shot on location in Honolulu. Kim is playing one of the leads—a newly-imagined, way-less-fat version of police detective Chin Ho Kelly—and Grace Park is playing his ass-kicking, ocean-surfing niece. Still, there’s no way of knowing where it’ll go, so Kim is developing several other projects, including a movie, a play and another TV show.


IV. The Islander


Whatever oceanside utopia you’ve imagined Hawaii to be, Daniel Dae Kim lives it better. Richer, happier, sunnier, more idyllic. His existence: you dreamed it, and so did your mother for you.
On working days, he wakes up at 4:30, give or take, and drives to some closed set somewhere on Oahu. If he’s doing scenes at the castaways’ camp, which is on the North Shore, he will start the morning by standing in the pale white sand, looking out onto the rolling turquoise waves, and he’ll say, “Thank you for letting me be here.

“This is what I consider my office. It’s where I would be everyday if I had a desk job. And the fact that I get to look out on the Pacific Ocean on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, I just give a little thanks for.”

There won’t be much more of that, if it isn’t over already. It’s been six years since he joined the cast of Lost, and the most befuddling, intoxicating show on television is coursing toward the end of its final season. With it, one of the most romantic storylines on television, that of Jin’s marriage to Sun-Hwa Kwon, will finally see “a kind of climax.” Not that anyone has any idea what that means. Who knows? Jin may be dead by now.

Oh, did you want more?

“An ending that is representative of their new relationship would be the best thing that I could hope for, I think,” says Kim. “They started the show with a very specific dynamic, and I’d like to see them end the show in a way that symbolizes how far they’ve come from that dynamic.”

Uh huh.

Kim wants his real-life family to stay in Hawaii, where they’ve put down some roots. His wife of nearly 20 years, Mia, is a full-time mom to their two sons, now 8 and 13, who are thriving. He likes that his kids can stay younger a little longer in a place that isn’t as frenzied or neurotic or show business-obsessed as Los Angeles. His elder son, Zander, is one of the top-ranked junior tennis players in the state—though his father, himself a former competitive tennis player, still hasn’t let his kid beat him.

“They’re a good family, just regular people. They’ve got a lot of aloha,” says D.K. Kodama, a restaurateur and Kim’s business partner in a burger franchise called The Counter. “He’s got an 8-year-old who’s pretty big, but the hugs he gives his mother are just amazing.”

The Kims throw big, loud, food-filled parties, with kids splashing in the pool, grown-ups enjoying lively conversation. They have a new dog, a very obedient, spunky little 5-month-old Shiba Inu puppy named Kona. (“We were looking to get a Jindo out of nationalistic pride, but the dog selection isn’t so great in Hawaii.”) They watch American Idol and Modern Family and The Dog Whisperer together. It’s all so happy and beautiful, and it’s also real.

“I see Dan as kind of a community builder. He lives and dies for his family,” says Lost cast mate Ken Leung, who plays Miles Straume. “But he finds ways to extend that devotion to friends, colleagues and the community at large. He is beloved here in Hawaii, which you can sense anytime you’re out with him.”

V. The Authentic Man


Several years ago, when Lost was at the height of its popularity, Kim traveled back to Pennsylvania, where he grew up, and where his parents still live. He called a close friend from NYU, actor Joel de la Fuente, who lives outside New York, and said, “Hey man, I want to come see you.”

De la Fuente, being a reasonable man, assumed that Kim, a world-famous television actor, would drive a car, or rent a car, or hire someone to drive him. Instead, de la Fuente received another call from Kim, one in which Kim said, “Hey, can you come pick me up from the bus station?”

“There are all these people on the bus, and then there’s some guy with a backpack and a hat on who looks a lot like the guy from Lost,” says de la Fuente. “I asked him, ‘Why didn’t you rent a car?’ And he says, ‘Dude, do you know how expensive renting a car is? That’s ridiculous.’ He got up really early in the morning to take the bus to New York, just like he would have when he was in high school.”
Hawaii has afforded him that air of normalcy, to a large degree. People pass over his celebrity there and greet him at his kids’ school like they would any other parent.

“This whole notion of fame and celebrity and dealing with the media has been an interesting one, because I’ve learned first-hand how images are shaped and how images are willed into shape. For better or worse, I have no desire to cultivate an image that isn’t who I am, lumps and all. These are all choices that I make. They don’t go by me naively.”

And yet.

“You see the star-ness of him in his ease and facility with press events, celebrity events,” Michael Emerson says. “He seems more, than maybe anyone else in our cast, at ease. He actually relishes this business of being recognized and looked to by the public. He seems so very comfortable in it; as if it had always been his expectation.”


VI. The End


The thing that Josh Holloway remembers about his friendship with Kim is a fishing trip they took together on Holloway’s boat a few years back. The water wasn’t turquoise then; it was rough and unforgiving, and 30 miles offshore, the boat seemed doomed.

“Everywhere we looked there were walls and walls of water and nothing else,” says Holloway, who plays James “Sawyer” Ford on Lost. “It took us over two hours to cross the channel and make it back to land. I remember both of us being very quiet on that crazy ride. We were thankful to get home to our families.”

It feels like a good metaphor, in some ways, for Kim’s time on Lost. All of the criticism he endured for his terrible Korean, for his portrayal of a seemingly stereotypical Asian character, for his essential Korean-ness—(but yet, it also wasn’t Korean enough)—he had worked so hard to get to that point, and the hate, it all seemed so awful at first. He didn’t say much to defend himself then, but he took it personally. Now that he’s made it home, and with so much gained, what to do? How will anything ever top this?

“Don’t get me wrong, I do consider the fact that this could be the apex. And if it is, you know what? I’m already lucky. There are so many actors more talented than I that have never gotten to this place, regardless of race, so I will always look back on my experience with Lost as positive.”

So how will he feel on the last day? On that final walk down the sand, on the last day that those busted, grimy tents will be at his back? Will he feel the absence?

“I think being on this show for the entire length of its run is an achievement. It’s something that I’ve worked hard before, and during, to do well. Though I’ll probably be feeling sad and nostalgic, I hope the overwhelming feeling will be a sense of accomplishment.”

ABC, Tuesdays 9|8c
The two-hour series finale airs May 23.


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