Sunday, May 24, 2009

Kudos to Pixar for Asian American star of 'Up'

Guy Aoki's letter to the editor was published in the LA Times:


While it was interesting reading John Horn's story about how the creators of the movie "Up" developed the plot of the movie ("Up, Up and Away," May 10), he missed a very significant element of the production: The costar of the film is an overweight Asian American boy. So in addition to praising the studio for telling the story of a senior citizen (an often overlooked demographic of society), kudos should be given to Disney/Pixar for not shying away from using a person of color -- who also didn't fit the ultra-thin model of attractiveness foisted upon us by the media -- to costar in their big budget film.

Guy Aoki

Monday, May 04, 2009

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

We at MANAA have been celebrating lately by doing things like attending the East West Players Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (technically, not all of those were in May, but they were certainly celebrations of Asian Pacific Americans). What are you doing to celebrate?