Zombie Asian Moms at La MaMa

We are pleased to tell you about the World Premiere of Zombie Asian Moms at La MaMa, in New York City, November 29-Dec 9.  Use the discount code HELLOKITTY for a $5 discount on regular tickets.

This is a comedy/electric violin/spoken word/video piece based on oral history interviews with Asian American moms of all different backgrounds.

Find out more about Zombie Asian Moms here.

If you are interested in funding their work, go to indiegogo campaign here.

From the Historical Society of the New York Courts:

Hon. Peter Tom talks about his years as a young immigrant in tough NYC neighborhoods, his amateur boxing career, and his interest and career in the law. Justice Tom is currently an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department. At the time of the filming of this video, he was the Acting Presiding Justice of that court.

From the Historical Society of the New York Courts:

Hon. Randall T. Eng shares his experience as the first Asian-American judge in New York State. At the time of the filming of this interview, he was also the first Asian-American Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, appointed in the fall of 2012. Watch as Justice Eng talks about his family background, career in the law, how he handled discrimination and racism, and the people in his life that served as inspiration.

NAPABA Inspirational Video Series | Judge Denny Chin

How did the son of a garment factory seamstress and Chinese restaurant cook come to sit in chambers once occupied by Justice Thurgood Marshall?

The December edition of the NAPABA Inspirational Video Series showcases Judge Denny Chin and his path to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Chin leads you on a journey from his immigration to the U.S. from Hong Kong at the age of two to his first law school internship with the Southern District of New York where he realized—almost immediately—that he wanted to become a judge.

Be sure to discuss and share Judge Chin’s story on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag, #NAPABAInspirationalSeries.

About Judge Chin
Judge Denny Chin is a United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was sworn in on April 26, 2010. He had previously served, from Sept. 13, 1994, through April 23, 2010, as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

In the District Court, Judge Chin presided over a number of important matters, including cases involving Megan’s Law, the Million Youth March, Al Franken’s use of the phrase “Fair and Balanced” in the title of a book, the Naked Cowboy, and the Google Books project. He also presided over two criminal trials arising out of the United Nations Oil for Food Program, as well as the trial of an Afghan warlord charged with conspiring to import heroin, and the guilty plea and sentencing of financier Bernard L. Madoff.

In the Circuit Court, Judge Chin has authored opinions or dissents in cases involving the enforceability of arbitration clauses in on-line agreements, the General Motors bankruptcy, environmental regulations governing the discharge of ballast water from ships, the constitutionality of the government’s seizure and retention of computer hard drives, barriers to access for voters with disabilities, and the streaming of copyrighted television broadcasts over the Internet.

AARP Campaign for Grandparents Day of NextDayBetter

National Grandparents Day is just around the corner – September 10th, 2017 to be exact!

Are you a parent to an AAPI child?

Would you be interested in participating in a video montage and story, celebrating the sacrifice and accomplishments of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) grandparents?

We just need cute video footage of your child interacting with their API grandma and grandpa and more.

In partnership with AARP, we are creating a video entitled “Dear Grandparents” – a storytelling project focused on celebrating the immigrant stories of AAPI Grandparents. For this video, we are crowdsourcing cute footage moments of grandchildren, parent, and grandparent interacting with one another. Simply put, “Dear Grandparents” is a message of love and gratitude for our Asian Immigrant parent/grandparents.

What do we need?

  • Footage when your child first meets their grandparents.
  • Food! Teaching kids to use chopsticks or how to dip lumpia, slurping noodles, etc.
  • Grandparents with your child! Playing, hugging, holding, etc.
  • Families together – selfies/mirror shots of you and your children are welcome.
  • Kids walking, running, eating – just being kids.
  • Solo footage of kids smiling, crying, making funny faces.

How can you participate?

  • Send an email to [email protected] to express your interest in participating. We will follow up with instructions on how to participate.
  • Due Date: All footage is due on August 2nd.

About our Social Impact Company: NextDayBetter is a storytelling media platform for diaspora communities. Through our global event series and original digital storytelling, we celebrate the stories of multicultural immigrants across the globe and call them to action. Through storytelling, we build empowered communities that solve today’s greatest challenges. Some of our storytelling partners include MailChimp, Doctors Without Borders and AARP.
Impact Case Study: Our campaign with Doctors Without Borders inspired the Filipino diaspora to ask pharma to reduce the price of pneumonia vaccination, resulting in over 400,000 petitions signed, 110 Filipino organizations participating, and a verbal commitment by Pfizer and GSK to drop the price of pneumonia vaccination in humanitarian settings. Watch our video here.

Law Explained through Video | Brilliant Law Talks and Legal Explainers

Law Explained through Video | Brilliant Law Talks and Legal Explainers

Thanks to the impeccable video skills of President Susan Shin’s husband Rob (a/k/a AABANY’s First Man) we have the opening speech given by Susan as the Outgoing President at the 2017 Annual Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street. Susan reinforced the relevance and power of the theme for her year. We need to continue to “Speak Up, Rise Up, Lift Up.” Thanks for your leadership during the past year, Susan!

AAJA-NY 2016 Trivia Bowl: The winning moment captured on video. For an album of photos from Corky Lee, visit our Facebook page here. And below are the answers to the trivia questions posted in the earlier blog post about this event:

Round 1: Diversity and the Oscars – In which year did Prince win best original score for the soundtrack to Purple Rain?


Round 2: Summer Olympics – Who was the first Asian American man to win an Olympic gold medal for the United States in diving, in 1948? He was also the first to win back-to-back gold medals in Olympic platform diving and later coached Greg Louganis.

Sammy Lee.

Round 3: Einstein, Geography and Literature – What is the smallest country on the mainland of Africa?

The Gambia.

Round 4: Current Events – In what city was the 2016 Super Bowl held? 

Santa Clara.

Round 5: Presidential Elections – How many delegates are needed to win the Democratic Party nomination? 


U.S. District Court Judge Lorna G. Schofield, New York City
In a four-minute, first-person video, U.S. District Court Judge Lorna G. Schofield, New York City, tells her story of growing up the daughter of a Filipina war bride living in the Midwest. She worked hard to meet the high standards of excellence set by her mother. As a child, she had to adapt to long stays with other families when her mother was frequently hospitalized for treatment of a chronic illness.  As a teen, she shouldered adult responsibilities.  Judge Schofield’s message to young people: “You have to have faith in yourself that you can make a life that you want.”

Judge Schofield’s video is part of a series called Pathways to the Bench, produced by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.  In the videos, judges talk about the personal, character-building challenges in their lives that prepared them to serve on the bench.  Each judge has a motivational message for young people that adults find inspiring, as well. 

Judge Schofield made history as the first Filipina American Article III judge in the United States.

The Pathways to the Bench series also created a video about the Hon. Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which is available from our blog here.

Thanks to Rebecca Fanning, National Outreach Manager for the Federal Courts, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, for sharing this video with us.