Best or Worst Podcast

New logo… new format.. new episode!

Episode #5: We’ve changed things up a bit. No guests this week. Instead, my co-host, Martin Mapoma, and I talk about the best and worst Halloween costumes from their lives.

Click here to hear the newest episode on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-4-best-or-worst-halloween-costumes/id1480799361?i=1000455367873

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Take my UCLA Extension Writer’s Studio class

Over four intense days (February 27, 2020 – March 1, 2020) you can start to write your script

Learning to write a screenplay is a process, and to do it well can take years of practice. This workshop offers two tried-and-true ways to make a lot of progress in a short period of time as you: 1) learn how to write a strong outline and 2) get personalized feedback on your work. A series of writing exercises and assignments help you master the basics of screenwriting, especially the all-important screenplay structure, while also exploring scene development, characterization, and dialogue. Boil down your story into a one-sentence logline and then expand that into a complete outline for a feature-length script. With a solid, entertaining outline in hand, you leave the workshop ready to conceptualize and begin work on your own script beyond the classroom.

To learn more about this class or sign up (or to see what other awesome classes they are offering) you can go to: https://www.uclaextension.edu/writing-journalism/creative-writing/course/writing-your-first-screenplay-script-x-4101ws?_ga=2.20407420.576457722.1571243654-1528319199.1558628123

New Episode of Best OR Worst Day Of My Life. Episode #3: The Kidnapping with Ricardo

Today Martin and I chat with Ricardo Hong about the time he was kidnapped while growing up in Brazil.

Here’s a link to the episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-3-kidnapping-with-ricardo-hong/id1480799361?i=1000453573771

Best OR Worst Day of My Life is a bi-monthly podcast where we talk to “regular people” about either their best or worst day of their lives. We don’t know what we will choose or what they are going to say until the microphones are on and we’re recording. Hosted by writer/producer/father Koji Steven Sakai and father/husband /actor/aspiring chef M Martin Mapoma.

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Velina Hasu Houston’s Madame Butterfly @JANM on 10/19 *FREE!

Join me for this special reading. I’ll be there and I’m working with a team to help bring this play to the big screen!

Saturday, October 19, 2019 5:00 PM

FREE

What is the “real” story of Madame Butterfly? In John Luther Long’s 1898 short story, Madame Butterfly, the demise of the fictional lead character is quite a bit different than depicted in the famed story in Giacomo Puccini’s similarly named opera or the reincarnation of that female essence in Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon musical theatre play.

In a new play and film, Velina Hasu Houston explores the archetype myth in Madame Butterfly: The Original, adapted from the Long story.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Slanted View: Episode 208 “Actor Bee Vang on Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino and Being Hmong”

Slanted View Podcast

This week Quentin and I interview Bee Vang, who debuted on Clint Eastwood’s film Gran Torino. We talked about his time on the film and what he’s done since the movie came out.

Download the episode in iTunes or anywhere that you usually download podcasts from.

“Slanted View,” a CHOPSO presents podcast hosted by the CHOPSO Team — including Koji Steven Sakai, Quentin Lee, and Sue Limsukonth — and each offers their take on all things Asian. Each week we chat with an Asian American artist about their work and being Asian.

New Podcast: Best OR Worst Day of My Life

Super duper excited about my new podcast, Best OR Worst Day of My Life. The first two episodes came out today…. so please please please subscribe and listen. If you like it, write a great review!

Best OR Worst Day of My Life is a bi-monthly podcast where we talk to “regular people” about either their best or worst day of their lives. We don’t know what we will choose or what they are going to say until the microphones are on and we’re recording. Hosted by writer/producer/father Koji Steven Sakai and  father/husband /actor/aspiring chef M Martin Mapoma.

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REFLECTIONS/REFRACTIONS—Ten Works Inspired by At First Light

At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. May 25 - October 20, 2019

FREE

An ad man coined the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” in the 1920s to emphasize the power of graphics to compel the viewer to adopt an idea or buy a product. But a picture can also be the springboard for new interpretations and the reimagination of the physical object, people, or places depicted. In that spirit, we reached out to ten literary arts practitioners to visit the At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America exhibition and select one still or moving image sequence on display that resonates with them and sparks their creative juices. They were then asked to compose an original five-minute performance piece based on that image.

Musicians Dom Magwili and Tajii Miyagawa will provide the opening and closing for this special evening where the power of words, images, and performance meld into an experience of invention, reflection, and inspiration.

ARTISTS (to date): Teresa Mei Chuc, Naomi Hirahara, Miya Iwataki, traci kato-kiriyama, Kenji Liu, Koji Steven Sakai, Irene Soriano, Amy Uyematsu, Eric Wat, and Stan Yogi.

This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. It is free, but RSVPs are recommended. For program updates and info, please visit vcmedia.org.

Photo: Members of UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union sing to demand tenure for the school’s sociology professor Don T. Nakanishi during a May 1988 rally at the front steps of historic Campbell Hall, near the exact location where Black Panther Party members and UCLA honors students “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins were gunned down in January 1969. (Abraham Ferrer/Visual Communications Photographic Archive)

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Long Beach Comic Con

I’ll be speaking on a panel at the Long Beach Comic Con on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

“Legendary Superheroes in Asian Folklore” is a free panel at Long Beach Comicon to inspire a new generation of Asian-Americans to learn from their folklore! In this panel, creators Tram Le (UCI Professor, and author of VIETNAMESE FOLK TALES FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS), Koji Steven Sakai (author, “442”), Daric Loo (Creator and Director of PHOENIX RISING and AWAKEN) and Quentin Lee (Director and Creator of CAMPUS GHOST STORY, WHITE FROG, THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH, COMEDY INVASIAN) discuss their work and how they and others pass on the tales of legendary heroes of the past in modern-day comic books and graphic novels. RINGO LE (Director of SAIGON LOVE STORY and BIG GAY LOVE) is the organizer and will be moderating.