Former MANAA Vice President, Leslie Ishii, Makes Triumphant Directorial Debut at East West Players in “Crimes of the Heart”

Crimes of the Heart, Directed by Leslie Ishii, Vice President of MANAA

Crimes of the Heart, Directed by Leslie Ishii, Vice President of MANAA

MANAA is pleased to announce that former MANAA Vice President, Leslie Ishii, has a success on her hands. She is directing “Crimes of the Heart,” playing at East West Players from November 4 until December 5. This is Ishii’s directorial debut. One of the reviewers calls her direction “spot-on” and the other reviewers asserted that her direction was “with a steady hand.” See the links to the reviews, below. Congratulations, Leslie, on a job well done! Reviews:

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2010 LA Asian and Pacific Islander Writing Contest

2010 Writing contest



Join Our Protest!!

MANAA and other Asian American activist groups will be protesting the film ‘The Goods’ TOMORROW at Paramount.

Join us at 4:30pm, Friday Aug 21
Paramount Studios
5555 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

We believe that the film condones the beating of Asian Americans and makes light of hate crimes.

Please email us at if you are planning on joining us, we need all the help we can get!!!!

Winner of Kollaboration 3 Tickets

Congratulations to Maya Yamahata, who won the tickets to see Kollaboration 3 on August 22nd and will be attending with her mother!

Thanks to all who entered. Stay tuned to MANAA’s blog for more exciting giveaways in the future.

August Bulletin

(1) MANAA August Meeting – CANCELED!

Please note that we are canceling the MANAA general meeting normally scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20th. We’re taking some extra time this month to do some serious planning for several exciting projects that we have coming up. Again: There is no general meeting in August. We’ll see you in September, if not sooner (see below).

(2) Win Tickets to Kollaboration Acoustic 3 on Saturday, August 22

There’s no general meeting this month, but you can still support the Asian American talent at Kollaboration’s Acoustic 3. MANAA is proud to be a community supporter of this great event at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. In fact, we have 2 free tickets to give away! If you’re interested in winning two free tickets to see the show, please email us at with the subject “Kollaboration 3 tickets please!” We’ll pick a winner by August 14th.

(3) APEX “Exploring the Future of Asian American Media” – Aug. 27

And if you really miss us this month (ha ha), you can also look for us at this Los Angeles Networking event. MANAA’s not an official sponsor, but the evening, which includes Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man and other panelists discussing Asian Americans and the “new media,” should be a fun time. Email us if you’re going and maybe we can meet up!

(4) “The Last Airbender” – updates

Last but not least, we want to recognize the fans and supporters who are keeping the campaign going on The Last Airbender movie. Check out their awareness-raising efforts at the recent San Diego Comic-Con. Bravo!

Free Tickets to Kollaboration 3!

Kollaboration Acoustic 3 will take place on Saturday, August 22nd 2009, 7:30pm at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood as the third and final Kollaboration show to take place in Southern California this year. Acoustic 3 will bring to the arena musicians that perform their vocals with various non-electrical instruments such as percussions, string and woodwind instruments. As an annual talent competition, 10 musical acts were selected after a competitive round of auditions in front of Kollaboration judges. Similar to our past performers, many of this year’s performers have already garnered well established internet followings, while others are looking to Acoustic 3 to introduce their talents to a new fan base.

This year’s performers to compete for First Place and $1,000 include: Gabe Bondoc, Mike Isberto, AJ Rafael Band, Susanna Yoon, Afraid of Everest, Jinah Kim, Megan Lee, David Tran aka Applesauce, Yoori Park and Alfa Garcia. A live Verizon Wireless Audience Choice Award Winner will also receive $1,000 via text message voting from the audience in attendance that evening. In addition to the musical raw talent, Acoustic 3 will also present comedienne Monrok, a regular with a very loyal following at The Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv and the Ice House in Pasadena and comedian Jimmy Brogan, guest star of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Additional guest performers and guest judges will also be present.

If you’re interested in winning two free tickets to see the show, please email us at with the subject “Kollaboration 3 tickets please!” We’ll pick a winner by August 14th.