Help make Armed With a Camera 2015 (and future cycles) happen!

Dear Friends,

10 years ago, I had the privilege of being part of Visual Communications’ Armed With a Camera 2005. Through this program, I met so many talented individuals, got plugged in with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and jump started my career even before I had graduated from school. I got to make a 5-minute short film with the help of mentors and peers. This short went on to screen at festivals across the nation and was greenlit for broadcast on Current TV. Eventually, it would be the first thing I ever uploaded onto YouTube. I am forever thankful to the experience I had with AWC, the mentorship that was given, and the connections that I made. As someone who was unsure of what she wanted to do career-wise, AWC gave me the confidence and resources to pursue a career in film.

10 years later, I’ve learned that funding for this program has dropped.

Would you please support fundraising efforts to continue this program, so that young emerging Asian Pacific American storytellers can have an opportunity to plug in with a great community, hone their craft, and have this platform to share their stories?

You can do so on indiegogo:

In honor of AWC and #throwbackthursday, here is the original video of “Future Rock Stars of America” that I uploaded onto YouTube:

If you want a clean HQ version, click here. To get more info about the documentary, click here.

P.S. – I actually heard about AWC through 2003 alumnus, Evan Jackson Leong, who has gone on to do bigger and better things including LINSANITY. Through the years, I’ve been able to meet and work with several AWC alumni on various projects and it always feels like homecoming at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. It’s kind of a cool little network!

The Fu and Lana McKissack’s cover of “Lean On Me” for Heart Philippines

Purchase the mp3 for $0.99 from iTunes. All proceeds will go to the Philippines.

Heart Philippines is a collective response from a community of artists and friends to support typhoon relief in the Philippines. Donate, support, and/or get involved:

“Asian women don’t get breast cancer.”

Just cuz’ I got them small Asian boobs doesn’t mean I can’t get breast cancer.

Praying none of us ever have to deal with any type of cancer, but it was recently brought to my attention that there is a lack of awareness and education regarding breast cancer in Asian women. So now there’s a new initiative to change that. Yes. Let’s keep the boobies in check.

Save Nina

Technically, Nina Polvanich Louie has less than 2 months to find a donor and there is still a lack of registered Asian bone marrow donors out there. If you’re Asian and you’re not registered, please consider becoming a donor. You could save a life!

  • Register online. They’ll send you a home typing kit which you will need to send back with your cheek swab samples. Make sure you label the kit with “VINIYA” in the promo code section to help expedite the process.
  • Register at a local drive in LA or SF.
  • If you’re not in LA or SF, find out where you can register in the U.S. or overseas.

Registering is easy. Being a donor is a commitment. Saving someone’s life, wouldn’t it be worth it?

More info:

End of AIDS

Did you know that this is a reality? “The United Nations estimates that with the proper funding and support, we can have an AIDS-free generation of children by 2015.” Wow! I was completely oblivious until I watched this video. And that’s the thing. People don’t know, so the Jubilee Project (Jason, Eddie, and Eric) is on a mission to spread the word via social media and film. And they’re serious about this. Jason left consulting, Eddie left the White House, and Eric left medical school to pursue the Jubilee Project full-time. RESPECT. That’s a huge leap of faith and definitely for a good cause.

So let’s help them! They’ve recently launched a campaign to raise $30,000 in the next 40 days so that they can make this happen in the next year. To learn more or to donate, go to:


Helping Janet

The lack of bone marrow donors within the Asian American community is still a serious issue. Please consider registering to be a donor. Also, if you’ve already registered before, remember to keep your info up to date.

Can’t lie~ this is hard to watch:

Praying for you, Janet.

North Korean Refugee Adoption Act

Topple Hunger in North Korea (THINK) is a program organized by the Korean American Coalition (KAC) to inform the public about famine and humanitarian issues in North Korea, and to increase civic participation in the Korean American community. Currently, KAC seeks support for the passage of the North Korean Refugee Adoption Act (H.R. 1464 and S. 416) that would make it easier to adopt refugee children and reduce waiting time for adopting refugee children. Your support is crucial in encouraging members of Congress to pass this bill.

Click here to sign the petition.

More info coming soon:

Happy 2 Years, One Days Wages!

In just two years, this little non-profit has raised $858,318.13 with a mission of fighting extreme global poverty. 100% of donations (minus credit card fees) go to projects and partnerships, so ODW has to raise administration funds separately. To show ’em some love for their 2nd anniversary, would you be willing to invest at least $20 in supporting their work?

Find out more info here:

Youcef Nadarkhani

The clock is ticking and an innocent man’s life is on the line.

For those who do not know, Youcef Nadarkhani faces execution for his Christian faith in Iran. If the Iranian Government follows through with this, they will be breaking the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which allows for freedom of religion. What would you do if someone you knew was in this position?

One thing you can do right now is send a simple email to the Iranian embassy to contest for Youcef Nadarkhani.

This was my email:

Your Excellency, the Ambassador of Iran,

Thank you for taking the time to read this appeal. I am writing in regards to Youcef Nadarkhani’s case. It is my hope that the Iranian judiciary would uphold the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by releasing Youcef Nadarkhani from the current charges against him.

Ambassador, I urge you to consider this matter and to pass this appeal on to your Government.

Sincerely with the utmost respect,

Grace Su

Please take a moment to email now. And do pray and do share with others. For more insight into this situation, please read Pastor Eugene Cho’s blog or this article from The Washington Post.

Fill in Our Future

If you’re Asian American and have yet to fill out your Census form… well, why the heck haven’t you? I have a good excuse cuz’ I’m out of the country for the time being. But look, apparently Asian Americans are the most likely to throw out their Census forms (like how we’re the least likely to vote… ugh)… and we need to change that! Don’t you want a piece of that $400 billion that’s being distributed? But really, the more accurate the count, the better we can be served by our government. For more information, check out these links:

The Census only happens once a decade. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference. C’mon, represent!

Photo jacked from AngryAsianMan.