The Wall Street Journal Innovators

This month the Wall Street Journal Magazine honored nine leaders and innovators in their industries. From better known stalwarts as Ralph Lauren and David Chang, the Wall Street Journal Magazine featured these individuals’ visionary work and accomplishments. Produced by MediaStorm, this summer I had the pleasure of interviewing Nonny de La Peña, the godmother of virtual reality; John Legend a force for social justice; and Phoebe Waller-Bridge a powerhouse writer-actor-producer.

See all the recipients online at the Wall Street Journal Magazine and the full video series on MediaStorm.

End of Year Wrap up

2017 turned out to be a big year. My wife and I moved to her hometown of LA, Gordon the dog figured out how to catch food in the air, and I bought my first car at the ripe age of 35. We traveled to Japan with my entire family where we visited my father's hometown of Kaita, just outside of Hiroshima, and visited his childhood home. I spent a lot of time in Seattle catching up with old friends, snowshoeing in the Cascade Mountains and celebrating best friends' weddings.

2017 also closed out the festival run for Im/Perfection. Family joined us for the screening at the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, and we closed out the year in Vancouver, BC at the Canadian premiere of Im/Perfection at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Vancouver has changed since my college years, but still maintains the great Pacific Northwest warmth, even in the middle of winter. A week later the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival honored Im/Perfection for Best Documentary Short. 

In celebration of a wonderful year, I've finally released Im/Perfection online for your viewing pleasure. Take a moment to watch this short film that honors my father's work that continues to inspire me everyday of my life. Here's to an even brighter and happier 2018! 

Link to Im/Perfection



'What's In Your Cup' Exhibition at the Wing Luke

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience has debuted, What’s in your cup? Community-Brewed Culture, a new exhibit that honors the beverages that have given life to communities – from farmers and families who nurture the raw materials to friends and kin who bond over shared drinks. It acknowledges their place in our community’s most treasured rituals and spaces: the tea house, the after-school hangout, the work break, and the raucous karaoke night. Explore the stories of the growers, scientists, and innovators who created and continue to adapt Asian beverages so our cultures can thrive.

Included in the exhibit is photography and video from We Knew We Were Home, a story from my 2010 interactive documentary, 16 Square Blocksthat honored the diverse and vibrant karaoke community at Bush Garden in Seattle's Chinatown. Of special significance is Uncle Bob Santos, legendary civil rights activist and community leader who passed away in 2016, singing Frank Sinatra throughout the video. 

Stop by the Wing Luke through September 16, 2018 to view this exhibit and learn about the community that continues to thrive in Seattle's International District. If you can't make it, catch up with this story from the International Examiner