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Filmmakers Mina T. Son and Sara Newens are raising funds to finish post-production on TOP SPIN, their documentary about three American teen table tennis players with Olympic aspirations. Two of their subjects, Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang, have already earned spots on Team USA [Kickstarter]
A veritable who’s who of Pinoy music will be at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, July 8 for Apl.de.ap Takes You to the Philippines – Celebrate Global Filipino Music. The show will feature Pinoy pop, hip-hop, and original Pinoy music. Among those joining Apl.de.ap are fellow Black Eyed Peas Taboo and will.i.am, Legaci, and Nicole Scherzinger, with hosts Vanessa Hudgens, Jo Koy, and Anthony Valadez. [Hollywood Bowl]
The Seattle Asian American Film Festival is accepting submissions, looking for “films and videos that are made by or about Asian Americans and Asians of any nationality.” The deadline for submissions is August 30. [seattleaaff.org]
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Occupation: World-competitive Table Tennis Teams
Known for: seizing the World Championship titles this weekend in both male and female contests, showing the world that “China duz it better”–especially with paddles.
Reuters reported today that Ai Fukuhara–an 18-year old lauded since age 3 as a child prodigy– will be competing in the table tennis world championships next week, setting her sights on her first individual medal.
At a very early age, the “toddler-paddler” became a national celebrity and a regular on variety shows. Although:
“The pig-tailed toddler would regularly throw tantrums if she lost to grown-up studio guests and her mood would only improve if they let her win the next game.”
The article notes:
“Fukuhara knows it is high time she delivered on that early promise and won table tennis glory for Japan.”
Jesus, the pressure! Eesh. I really can’t handle it. Als0– why do the words “early promise” and “table tennis glory” combined make me so incredibly sad?
…Seems like the prodigous child fell from grace the last time around, ergo– the dire pursuit of victory (note the palpable air of Asian disappointment):
“Fukuhara took part in the world team championships in 2004 and helped Team Japan to a third-placed finish but she is yet to win an individual medal.”
I’ve gotta say, I feel for the poor lass. It’s bad enough having your parents barking at you to BRING HONOR TO THE FAMILY VIA A SUCCESSFUL ROUND OF TABLE TENNIS, but imagine an entire country, shaking their heads and clucking their condescending tongues at you simply because you took third place (aka second loser) at the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS while STILL IN YOUR TEENS.
Cluck, cluck, cluck.