Media Advisory Board

 

Alicia Summers
Anchor/Reporter

Currently, Alicia is working as a reporter/anchor at a KFMB-TV in San Diego. She brings riveting breaking news from all over the states. A native of California’s Bay Area, Alicia was determined to pursue a career in journalism following the events of 9/11. 

Alicia worked as a host at KOCT-TV, in 2006. She gained a lot of experience by working there and then worked at KYMA-TV, Yuma, as an Anchor/Reporter and Producer for 2 years. Alicia also served as a weekend anchor at KGPE, Fresno, CA for 3 years. She later produced her own news report at KGPE. Beginning her broadcasting career at KYMA-TV in Yuma, Arizona, Alicia learned nearly every aspect of broadcast news. She handled producing and reporting duties as well as anchoring the morning newscast and weather. Heading back to California, Alicia fine-tuned her craft as a reporter and anchor/producer of KGPE-TV’s weekend newscast in Fresno, California.
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Angela Chee
Media strategist / On-Camera Coach / TV host / Speaker.

A former TV news anchor/reporter, Angela Chee is now on a mission to help others find their voice, master their message and share their vision with the world.

Angela has worked in top TV markets from KCBS/KCAL-TV and KNBC-TV in Los Angeles to Fox 6 and KNSD in San Diego. She has hosted shows for networks like E! Entertainment, HGTV (Home and Garden Television), Channel One News and helped launch Entertainment Tonight China. Angela is also founder of The Zen Mom, an inspirational and informative website for moms.
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Angela Sheng
Executive Director California Creative & Performing Arts Center & IECESC Education Center

In addition to being a business entrepreneur, Angela Sheng is a Producer, Director, Composer, Writer and TV show host.  She currently owns ZSMT Group which include International Education, K-12 school, and Arts Programs for kids and Adults.

In 2015, she founded Global Cultural and Creative Industries Foundation for helping more young artists and musician for pursuing their dreams. Angela was the composer and producer for the original musical show , she also performed in the show in June, 2017. Angela is also the producer and host for the TV show and the documentary .
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Christine Yoo
Director/Producer

Christine Yoo​ is a non-fiction TV producer, independent filmmaker and volunteer at San Quentin State Prison. As a TV producer, she has worked on series for National Geographic, History, Oxygen, KCET/PBS, LinkTV and The Africa Channel. 

As an independent filmmaker, she is committed to telling stories of the under-represented. She is currently in post-production on her first feature documentary, “2​6.2 to Life: The San Quentin Prison Marathon,” which she shot independently inside the prison for over three years.  She is a Logan Non-Fiction Fellow and has received grants from the Rogovy Foundation and recently a Sundance x Marshall Project grant for a new short that continues her work to tell the human impact of mass incarceration inside San Quentin. Christine got her start in narrative filmmaking. She co-wrote the anime series ​”Afro Samurai​” starring Samuel L. Jackson for Spike/Fuji TV and her original feature screenplay ​”For Steppers Only,”​ also featuring a diverse cast, was optioned by Lionsgate. Her thesis film “Yellow Belle” was a coming of age story about growing up as a Korean-American in America’s South, which aired on POV and screened in the Busan International Film Festival as well as Asian American film festivals. Her feature film debut “W​edding Palace”​ (2014), which she directed, produced and co-wrote, broke ground featuring an all Korean-American and Korean cast, won several festival awards, and was sponsored by Korean Air, Hyundai, Jinro/Hite and The Face Shop. When distributors told her that a rom-com featuring an all-Asian cast was not marketable, Christine self-distributed the film to US theaters in 6 major markets where it had a 14-week theatrical run. The film can now be seen streaming on Amazon and Warner VOD.
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Eric Michelson
TV / Film Producer

With over 20 years of tv/film and video production experience including producing, directing, writing and editing, Eric Michelson‘s experience includes corporate training programs, commercial spots, music videos, live fashion and music events to short films and documentaries.

Eric currently co-owns Carma Media Productions and has co-produced 4 seasons of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen including Top Chef Korean Food Challenge and Hansik Stories for tvK24, ArirangTV and PBS. Since 2014, Eric had co-produced, directed and edited 2 seasons of Asian Voices show. Since 2016, he has been instrumental in mentoring and providing hands-on media workshop to API youths through Take One Youth Internship program.
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Hula Ramos
DJ Personality & Podcast Host

Hula Ramos is a former On-Air Radio Personality and Producer in his hometown of San Diego. He has worked over 19 years on various radio stations in San Diego including Channel 933, Star 94.1, Energy 103.7, KSON KyXy 96.5, and Sunny 98.1.

Currently, Hula has his very own podcast, LIFE WITH HULA, which you can is available on Spotify, iTunes, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts and can even be heard on your Google Play or Alexa devices!
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Iris Yamashita
Screenwriter / Lecturer

Iris Yamashita was nominated for an Academy Award for her screenplay, “Letters from Iwo Jima.” Directed by Clint Eastwood, “Letters” received a Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for four Academy Awards.

She has optioned or written on assignment for various production companies, and is currently developing an action film to be directed by Takashi Miike (“13 Assassins,” “Audition”). Iris has also been commissioned to work on an original resort show for Disney Imagineering. In the past, Iris has acted as a panel judge for contests and festivals sponsored by various organizations including the Writers Guild of America, Film Independent, the Korean Film Council and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
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Lane Nishikawa
Filmmaker/Playwright

Lane Nishikawa has been in the film, television and theatrical industries for over thirty-five years. His dramatic feature film, Only The Brave, appeared in over 18 film festivals, internationally, screened in over 25 cities across the U.S., broadcast on National PBS, SHOWTIME Television, Armed Forces Network, and distributed to over 15 countries worldwide.

He was Artistic Director of the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco, for ten seasons, before forming Mission From Buddha Productions, a film and theater production company, which he ran for 14 years. His new company, West River Productions, just completed production with his new documentary feature film, Our Lost Years, a comprehensive examination of the internment of the Japanese Americans during World War II, and the film is currently touring the U.S. He is in development of a new documentary, Our League of Dreams, the story of the 90-year history of the Japanese American Citizens League, the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the U.S. Lane has taught at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, C.S.U. Monterey Bay and the University of Hawaii, Maui Campus. He has been published in Time To Greez: Incantations From The Third World, Ayumi: The Japanese American Anthology, Bridge Magazine, The 20th Anniversary Edition of Gidra, and most recently, his first novel, Give Me Strength (Ikiru Yuuki). He has received numerous awards including, ABC Television – Profiles in Excellence, the National Endowment of the arts, the National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the Harvard Foundation, the White House Millennium Council, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, and most recently, the National Park Service – Japanese American Confinement Sites Program. Lane currently sits on the advisory board of the San Diego JACL, and served on the advisory boards of the Pacific Arts Movement, and the Go For Broke National Educational Foundation.
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Marissa Pei
Psychologist, Radio Talk Show Host, Author, Public Speaker

Author of ’8 ways to happiness, Wherever you are’, Marissa Pei is best known as ‘The Asian Oprah’. In addition to being a RadioTalk Show host, Pei is also a TV commentator featured on a variety of human dynamics topics, including “Why People Do Weird Things at Work,” “Totally Out of Control People,” and her latest, “Conspiracy Theory.”

Pei’s private Life Balance Coaching practice in Seal Beach and Sedona, AZ, is supported by sets of daily inspirational cards, “52 Card Pick (Me) Ups: Stacking the Deck for Life Balance with Dr. Marissa” just launched last year. In her not-so-spare time, she teaches Balance Tai Qi Qong (DVD in production), a moving meditation that promotes inner peace one breath at a time, runs a “21 Day Fast from Complaining” event on Facebook with more than 800 followers and has three original songs now available at Amazon.com and iTunes.
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Quyen Tran
Filmmaker/Cinematographer

Quyen Tran is a Vietnamese-American cinematographer, mentor, and media activist.
Ms. Tran’s latest feature, Palm Springs premiered at the Sundance 2020 Film Festival and broke the record for highest selling Sundance film.

Her commitment to capturing the humanity and truth of each moment as a cinematographer shines through the quality of her work.
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Rasha Goel
Television Host/Producer & International Correspondent

Rasha Goel is an Emmy nominated Television Host/Producer and International Correspondent. A UCLA alumnus, she has worked for outlets such as CNN, ESPN, REELZ Channel, HBO Asia, France 24, as well as Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and Disney.

Rasha is a returning co-host for Dick Clark Productions Live Red Carpet Show for the Golden Globes and a co-host on the Shorts TV Podcast: Awards Season. In addition, she is the Anchor/Producer of “Star Talk” on TV ASIA - leading the way in providing content that highlights the South Asian diaspora. She is one of the few South Asian American women who has worked both for the US market and internationally. Through her work, she aims to be an advocate for the representation of diverse perspectives. Rasha has been an invited speaker at the renowned World Communication Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and been a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Her interest in spirituality and meditation led her to becoming certified Reiki healer. She is passionate about educating people about mental wellness and living a fulfilling life. Rasha believes in the power of healing through conversation. She has integrated this interest with her media experience which led to co-hosting a Facebook Live show for DoTerra Essential Oils. When Rasha is not working, she enjoys traveling, exploring marine life, working with kids, and trying eclectic vegetarian cuisines! She believes in paving the way forward and volunteers with various organizations.
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Sasha Foo
Former News Anchor/Journalist

Sasha Foo served over two decades as a broadcast journalist across the country. At a time when there were very few Asian faces on television, Sasha was the first Asian American at the anchor desk on CNN and CNN headline news in Atlanta. She covered the criminal justice system, education, health, and natural disaster.

Along the way, her stories have earned numerous awards, including the Golden Mike Award for economic reporting on the dangerous and unfair labor practices endured by migrant farmworkers in California. Inspired by the people she meets from many backgrounds, Sasha believes "recording our stories is a form of immortality".
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