VANG’S 5th Anniversary To Be Held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on May 3, 2008

SAN JOSE, CA- October 30, 2007- The Vietnamese American National Gala™ (VANG™) announces that it will commemorate its 5th year anniversary by hosting its annual celebration of Vietnamese Americans in Las Vegas, Nevada from May 2-4, 2008. VANG™ embraces Vietnamese American heritage and pride by bringing together hundreds of Vietnamese American luminaries, including elected officials, corporate sponsors, influential community and business leaders– all who come together to share one common vision: To honor America’s best and brightest. The event will culminate with the highly anticipated annual Oscar®-like black-tie Gala, which this year take’s place at Caesars Palace on May 3, 2008.

VANG™ has elected John D. Tran as its 2008 Executive Director, managing this year’s festivities and Gala event. Mr. Tran also serves as VANG’s General Counsel. “I am honored and privileged to serve as VANG’s 2008 executive director and appreciate the opportunity to work with such a talented and dedicated group of volunteers and leaders nationwide. As a team, we look forward to continuing and celebrating the history and vision that VANG has so passionately championed,” states John D. Tran.

Professionally, Mr. Tran is an Attorney and a founding partner at the law firm of Buus Kim Kuo & Tran LLP (“BKKT”), which was named one of the top trademark firms in the nation in 2007. At BKKT, Mr. Tran heads up the firm’s Intellectual Property practice (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights), and counsels a wide range of clientele, ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies, assisting them with all of their legal and corporate needs.

VANG™ 2008 is held in conjunction with the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a month-long celebration in May, which honors the achievements of Asian Pacific Americans and recognizes their contributions to America.
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Justin Lin’s “Finishing the Game” coming to a city near you!


Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters:

FINISHING THE GAME, our new independent film, has been an opportunity to revisit our indie roots and reunite with many in the BETTER LUCK TOMMOROW family. The challenges of making a no-budget film are harsh and demanding, but at the same time, it is filmmaking in its purest form. Clearly, passion on the part of the cast and crew made this film possible. Now we are hoping to share FINISHING THE GAME with you as it comes out in theaters and into your homes.

When BETTER LUCK TOMORROW was released, we showed Hollywood that we are a viable audience. In an industry governed by box office receipts, there is strength in numbers. The turnout for the film sent a clear message that we demand to see ourselves on screen as multi-dimensional characters. Five years later, we are asking for your support again. At this point, we need to demonstrate that BETTER LUCK TOMORROW was not a fluke; we are a vital consumer community that will no longer be ignored. However, out of respect for your time, energy and taste, we don’t want you to come see the film simply because it¹s an “Asian American” project. Rather, we want you to connect to the work itself and let the film stand on its own. We welcome you to take a look at the FINISHING THE GAME trailer on our website:

Among other things, it features a behind-the-scenes look at our journey from BLT to FTG that was made by film student Anson Ho.

We are happy to announce that IFC Films, our supportive partner, will be distributing FINISHING THE GAME. However, this “platform release” is merely an opportunity and, in certain ways, an uphill battle. The lifespan of a truly independent film is determined on a week-by-week basis. Every weekend could be its last.

Through making studio films, I have learned that “word of mouth” is the most important aspect of any film’s release. A big budget movie could buy up every billboard and flood TV with commercials in order to generate audiences. An indie film does not have the budget or the platform to do that. But, the great equalizer is the viewer. Good or bad, every film is ultimately subject to “word of mouth.” It’s simple: if you like the film, tell your friends. And if they like it, they should do the same. FINISHING THE GAME will open in New York on October 5th at the IFC Center; October 19th in San Francisco and Berkeley; and October 26th in Los Angeles, San Diego, Costa Mesa and Minneapolis.

We are also excited to announce that on October 5th, aside from its traditional theatrical release, the film will simultaneously be available ON DEMAND in 42 million homes in the United States through every cable and satellite TV distributor. This is something we are extremely excited about because it could potentially bring more of us together and build a distribution model for future Asian American films.

By supporting projects with representation and elements that you want to see, you are sending a clear message to the decision makers in Hollywood. If we can get enough people to do the same, then we will truly have a voice. So please share this with your friends and family. Thank you for your time.

Justin Lin

Viet Model Project airs Reality TV model show on Saigon Broadcast Television Network

Viet Model Project just aired its first showing of their new reality TV show on Saigon Broadcast Television Network.

The first ever Viet Model Project brought together 30 Vietnamese beauties in August and announced its winner, Alex Tran, with the $10,000 grand prize and a national cover spread.

The program airs at 12:00 AM midnight PST on SBTN.

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Above is a picture of Viet Model Project winner, Alex Tran.

Far East Movement hits it big on Power 106FM!

A good friend of mine, Carl Choi, is the manager of Far East Movement. They are the top Asian American hip hop band! To help support more Asian American artists making it in mainstream music, please start voting for them on Power 106FM in LA!

They are #4 on Power 106FM Los Angeles!!!!

Their song “You’ve Got A Friend” is #4 Tonight on Power106’s Top 8 at 8 Countdown!

Please keep voting and spreading the word and text 69106 at request FM LIL ROB BABY BASH – You’ve Got A Friend

or you can vote online at

and for the top 4 at 4


Storyline Designs Presents The VudooSoul Tour 2007


Storyline Designs Presents The VudooSoul Tour 2007

Tour to Kick-Off Oct. 26 in Charlotte, NC

New York, NY – October 8, 2007 – In the weeks leading up to the release of his highly anticipated second album, R&B sensation and American Idol finalist VudooSoul will take the show on the road with an exciting 6-city tour. Each high-energy date will feature fan favorites, “Lover Come Over,” “Infatuated,” and “Oh Too Late,” as well as current hit “Lazy,” and other never-before heard cuts from his new album due out Winter 2007. VudooSoul will be accompanied by his star-studded band, representing some of the country’s elite jazz/R&B musicians hailing from Boston, New York, New Orleans, & Japan.

Presented by Storyline Designs | Events by Kym Pham, a newly-launched event planning company with a growing clientele of artists, the VudooSoul Fall Tour 2007 will have continuous interaction with its fans as it passes through each city. Its website will feature exclusive content, including a daily tour blog from the road and photo galleries posted by the team and fans alike.

“VudooSoul is one of my favorite singers to watch live not only because of his amazing voice, but, more than that, his PASSION. We lack passion in our society and every time he’s on stage, he moves the crowd,” states Paul Kim, Founder and Executive Director of Kollaboration, a Pan-Asian talent show that propels talent into the limelight of the music and entertainment industries. Be sure to check out Kollabor8tion next February at the Orpheum Theater in downtown LA.

“As a talent show producer of eight years, one thing I’m always looking for is: Does the performer MOVE people? Ask any girl in the audience after one of his shows if they want to take him home and they will say ‘yes’. VudooSoul proves Asian men are sexy. As I always say, it’s not about size, it’s about surprise,” he continues. “If you haven’t heard VudooSoul sing yet, you will. His voice carries far and will bring him to your city soon.”

Indeed it will.

In the past, his music has already found its way not only to venues in every major U.S. region, but also internationally, in places such as Hong Kong. This fall, The Vudoosoul Tour 2007 will kick off on October 26 in Charlotte, NC and will wrap up in New York City on Halloween. Full details about the first ever VudooSoul Tour, including dates and tour stops, are available on MySpace. For the cities the VudooSoul Tour 2007 does not reach, you can request your city to be added to the next tour at or simply be on the lookout for news about The VudooSoul Tour 2008!

Don’t miss getting a taste of what American Idol Judge Randy Jackson meant when he confided in VudooSoul that he had “never imagined a voice like THAT coming out of a body like yours!”

And neither will you.

Below is the schedule of tour dates for the VudooSoul Tour 2007:

Friday, October 26 Charlotte, NC UNC Charlotte Lucas Room
Saturday, October 27 Durham, NC Carolina Theater
Sunday, October 28 Abermarle, NC Stanly County Agri-Civic Theater
Monday, October 29 College Park, MD UMCP Nyumburu Cultural Center
Tuesday, October 30 Carlisle, PA The Depot at Dickinson College
Wednesday, October 31 New York, NY The Bitter End

For more information: /

Kym Pham
Event Stylist, Storyline Designs

Asian eXcellence Awards on E! Entertainment TV tonight!

For those of you who missed the monumental Asian eXcellence Awards, it will be airing mainstream for the first time tonight, Thursday, May 24th at 6 PM EST (3 PM PST) with a one-hour special on E! Entertainment.

Please support and watch the show so we can have more Asian American programming on television. Also check out the hottest Asian American stars in the entertainment world being recognized and honored.

Exclusive interview with Kenneth Eng!

Hot as Pho was allowed the opportunity to have an exclusive unedited interview with Kenneth Eng at the end of this week. Since our site is one of the top site to stir up more Kenneth Eng talk, we used it as leverage to get an interview. Now it’s your turn to speak up. We are giving you, our readers and fans, a chance to ask him anything you want.

Please comment any questions you have for Kenneth Eng and we will try and get as many of those answered for you!