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Stone (Photo source: boomsbeat.com)
Stone (Photo: boomsbeat.com)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  Academy Award-nominated actress Emma Stone will keynote the Asian American Journalists Association’s (AAJA) annual national convention to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Embarcadero in San Francisco this week.

Stone was a last-minute replacement for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, an Asian American, who backed out of the keynote address scheduled for Wednesday, August 12.

Lee’s office   sent an urgent message to AAJA President Paul Cheung saying that the mayor decided to skip the journalist convention because of recent allegations that implicate him in the same bribery scandal that entrapped California State Senator Leland Yee, another Asian American. The mayor wanted to keep a low profile for now.

Stone, who is a quarter Chinese and quarter Hawaiian, starred in the Sony Pictures film, “Aloha.”

Asian American advocacy groups, led by the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) were very critical of Director Cameron Crowe for casting Stone as Allison Ng who is supposed to be quarter Chinese, quarter Hawaiian and half Swedish.

During her keynote address, Stone is expected to defend her casting in the ‘Aloha’ film on the grounds that aside from being a really good actress, her mixed heritage makes her qualified to play the role of Ng.

The Adobo Chronicles could not reach MANAA founder Guy Aoki for comment. Aoki is not expected to attend the AAJA convention because of ideological differences with AAJA’s leadership.


Oahu's Mokoli'i Island, a.k.a. 'Chinaman's Hat'
Oahu’s Mokoli’i Island, a.k.a. ‘Chinaman’s Hat’

San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) –  The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), a national membership organization composed of Asian Americans working in mainstream media, has sent a strongly-worded letter to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) demanding that the name ‘Chinaman’ be erased from all literature and references to Chinaman’s Hat, a famed attraction on the island of Oahu.

Located in Kāne’ohe Bay, Chinaman’s Hat, also known as Mokoli’i Island, is a scenic wonder resembling that of a cone-shaped straw hat often seen worn in several countries in Southeast Asia.

But the term ‘Chinaman’ is considered derogatory, according to AAJA and other Asian American groups. MediaWatch, AAJA’s watchdog arm, has been calling out news organizations  that have printed or broadcast terms, phrases or statements that are considered racist, discriminatory or offensive to the Asian American community in the U.S.

In its stylebook distributed to newsrooms, AAJA has this to say about the term:




The Adobo Chronicles learned that HTC has yet to receive the letter which was supposedly sent by registered mail from AAJA’s headquarters in San Francisco. Nevertheless, HTC questioned why it has taken this long for AAJA to demand this change, when Chinaman’s Hat has been the name of this tourist attraction for many decades, perhaps even predating the journalist organization.

“Besides,” HTC said, “it will cost the state tourism body millions of dollars to make the change, having to update all tourism videos, brochures, and web sites, not to mention the cost of re-educating both Hawaii residents and tourists about a new name.”

What could that new name be?  Perhaps, the island could be renamed after Hawaii’s state fish,  humuhumunukunukuapua’a ? That would seem appropriate.





CaptureWashington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Conservative commentator Carlson Tucker, editor-in-chief and founder of the news site The Daily Caller, has apologized to the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) for an article posted on the site.  It was written by TDC’s managing editor Christopher Bedford.

The article accused AAJA of “concealing” the location of its 2014 Annual National Convention which opens today in Washington, D.C. It claims that the nonprofit journalism organization misled its convention attendees by announcing a downtown D.C. venue when in fact, the convention hotel is in Chinatown.

Tucker said he has placed Bedford on administrative leave  pending a full investigation of what happened.

“Bedford intended his piece to be a guest blog post in The Adobo Chronicles, but erroneously posted it on The Daily Caller,” Tucker said.  “We are a respectable, legitimate news organization and the publication of a bad satire has hurt our reputation,” he added.

The Adobo Chronicles was unsuccessful in reaching AAJA President Paul Chung by cell phone for his reaction to Tucker’s apology. Apparently, wi-fi access in the basement of the convention hotel is, at most, spotty.