AsianBoston Awards

Asian|Boston Media Group (ABMG) is proud to announce the 5th Asian|Boston Networking Event, the ABNE-V. At this event, we will also be unveiling the first annual ‘ABMG Awards. This program was established to recognize Asian Americans, who reside and contribute to New England and New York, via excellence in their respective fields of media, high-technology, medicine, education, etc.

ABMG’s inaugural award will be in the media division, and will be presented during the event. It’s an honor to announce that the recipient of the first annual ABMG’s ‘Distinguished Asian-American in Media’ award is…

WHDH-TV’s 7News Reporter, Susan Tran.

The ABNE-V and ABMG Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 26th, at Hei La Moon Restaurant in Chinatown. Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm. Interested in being a Presenter at the ABNE-V? ‘Presenters’ are individuals or businesses that do short 3-minute promotions for their particular cause, ideas, new business ventures, etc. (Please see below for guest ticket info and how to become a ‘Presenter’)


Hei La Moon Restaurant
88 Beach St
Chinatown, Boston (617) 338-8813
For convenience, there is a parking garage adjacent to the restaurant.

Event Details:

1: *Please RSVP by Monday, April 23rd, to
2: $20 per person at door. Includes buffet dinner.

3: Cash Bar.

4: For group or student discounts, please contact Ted at

Meet Yul Kwon of PBS’ “America Revealed”

Credit: Jeff Ross and PBS

Meet Yul Kwon THIS Tuesday, 4/3 in Boston!

Yul Kwon, winner of “Survivor: Cooks Island,” and host of the upcoming PBS series America Revealed (premiering Wednesday, April 11th at 10pm on WGBH) will be in town  Tuesday, April 3rd to host a preview screening at Northeastern University, in partnership with the National Association of Asian American Professionals-Boston, and WGBH.

Liz Cheng of AAJA will make introductory remarks.
PBS’s America Revealed, Hosted by Yul Kwon this April!

If you want to support Asian Americans in mainstream lead-roles during primetime, please be sure to check out America Revealed–learn about the systems that support American Transportation, Food and even the inner-workings of Facebook!…

America Revealed takes viewers through time, space and systems to reveal a nation of interdependent and intricately interwoven networks that feed and power the nation, produce millions of goods, transport people great distances and still come together to make America work. These networks all rely on vast, complex and precisely calibrated systems, yet most Americans have never had the chance to observe or understand them. Until now.

About Yul Kwon:

Yul Kwon is the host of the PBS series “America Revealed” and winner of the reality TV show “Survivor: Cook Islands.” He has worked in law, government, business and technology, is the vice chair of the Council of Korean American Leaders and sits on the advisory boards of the Asian American Justice Center, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and NetKAL. 

The 4/3 Preview Event is Free and Open to the public, please RSVP here:

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AAJA Student Pizza Night

AAJA New England is hosting a social media seminar for college students.
The Boston Globe’s social media point person will be giving a presentation on the most effective ways
college students should be using social media as students and as journalists.
There will be a Q&A session after, and there will be pizza! Here are the details:

When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 28
Where: The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd, Boston Mass. 02125
Public transportation: students can take the Red Line to JFK/UMass Station
RSVP: Please e-mail Swati Sharma at with an RSVP and with any questions. 

Photos from AAJA Lunar New Year

You can still see veteran AAJAer Corky Lee’s exhibit,
Eye on Asian Pacific Americans.
WHERE: Gallery 360 at Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave
Accessible by Green Line, E Branch, at Northeastern station

Brian Wong of ESPN with wife Shelley
Daigo Fujiwara of The Boston Globe with daughter Mary
Daigo Fujiwara of The Boston Globe with daughter Mary, son Jonathan, and wife Jennifer
L to R: Shuyi Wang, Karen, veteran photographer Corky Lee, Robin Chan of Gatehouse Media
Hailey Lee of Wellesley and Kyle Kim of Global Post
Al Young and Veronica Chao of The Boston Globe
Shelley and Brian Wong of ESPN with Janet Wu of Channel 7
Veronica Chao and Kim Tan of The Boston Globe
Shirley Leung of the Globe with Corky Lee at his exhibit, Eye on Asian Pacific America
L to R: Al Young of the Globe, Shuyi Wang, Shirley Leung of the Globe, veteran photographer Corky Lee. At Corky's exhibit, Eye on Asian Pacific America.
Stacy Wong with Corky Lee at his exhibit, Eye on Asian Pacific America.

Lunar New Year Dim Sum

You know the deal — Chinatown, tea, good food, and even better company.
Bring the family, your co-workers, your buddies.
Reconnect with old friends and meet the new members.  Ring in the Year of the Dragon.
WHENNoon on Sunday, Feb. 12

WHEREEmpire Garden (also called Emperor’s Garden)
690 Washington St. in Boston
(617) 482-8898
Accessible on the Orange Line at Chinatown Station

COSTFree for AAJAers with 2012 memberships
  $10 for Non-members & Lapsed Members.

RSVPCindy Atoji at by Feb. 5

AAJA Holiday Party!

Bring an appetite, your family and friends, and that holiday spirit!
Brunch will be served buffet-style

Join us at noon on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011

Tamarind Bay Bistro & Bar
75 Winthrop St.
Cambridge 02138

RSVP to Swati Sharma at
$9.95 per person

Looking for holiday gift ideas?
Pick up a signed copy of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
by Jennifer 8. Lee!
There will be a few available for purchase at the brunch.
Proceeds will benefit AAJA New England.

Photos from talk with James Hong

AAJA member Al Young interviewed legendary Hollywood actor James Hong at the 2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival feature “Spotlight” event Friday night (11/11/11) at MIT in Cambridge.

Hong, perhaps the most recognizable Asian American character in the world, talked about his remarkable acting career that has spanned nearly 60 years and includes more than 500 feature film and television roles. After the event, Hong, in Boston shooting the movie “R.I.P.D,” starring Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, and Ryan Reynolds, chatted and signed autographs for the attendees. The next night, Hong and Young joined the BAAFF’s “wrap dinner” at the Jade Garden Restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown, which included the film festival’s committee members and filmmakers.

See actor James Hong at the Boston Asian American Film Festival

Spotlight Event: James Hong
Behind the Scenes Secrets of Hollywood

Friday, November 11
7:00PM, MIT, 222 Memorial Drive, Building 10, Room 250 (Second Floor), Cambridge, MA
(T: Kendall Station)Actor James Hong has a prolific film and television career that spans 57 years with more than 500 roles. In this spotlight event, Mr. Hong will speak about his career and reveal secrets about the magic and realities of Hollywood.

Co-presented by MIT Asian American AssociationMIT Inventing Our Future,WGBH and Chinese Historical Society of New England.

AAJA New England member Al Young of The Boston Globe will moderate the event.
For more information, visit  Buy tickets by Sunday, Nov. 6th, and save 10%!  Enter “GETLUCKY” as the code at

Author to read new novel “Nanjing Requiem”

Author of the acclaimed “Waiting” and “A Free Life” will read his new novel “Nanjing Requiem”

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.,  38 Ash St. Boston, MA 02111

(MBTA Orange Line- Tufts Medical Center Stop) Directions:

Free admission.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

RSVP to or call 617-635-5129 x0


The award-winning author returns to his homeland in a searing new novel that unfurls during one of the darkest moments of the 20th century: the Rape of Nanjing. In 1937, with the Japanese poised to invade, Minnie Vautrin—an American missionary and the dean of Jinling Women’s College—decides to remain at the school, convinced that her American citizenship will help her safeguard the welfare of the Chinese men and women who work there. With extraordinarily evocative precision, Ha Jin re-creates the terror, the harrowing deprivations, and the menace of unexpected violence that defined life in Nanjing during the occupation.

This event is co-sponsored by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center ( and Asian American Resource Workshops (