Saturday, October 27, 2007, 8- 9:30pm/ Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. , Los Angeles , CA 90027 )         

Free post-show reception with live visuals by VJ Fader 9:30-11pm

Featuring:  D’Lo, OPM, Lan Tran and Kristina Wong

Curated by Viet Le, Yong Soon Min and Leta Ming

$15 assigned seating tickets available only online at www.humorus. net or www.itsmyseat. com/DisplayEvent .html?sse= 316428                              

More info: www.humorus. net     Toll free recorded theatre info: 1 (866) 881.8399    Questions? humorshow@gmail. com 714/396.3594  

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performers’ bios:

D’Lo 

Described as a “jolt of creative and comedic energy”, D’Lo is a Tamil Sri Lankan-American, political theatre artist/writer and music producer, currently causing the most trouble in Los Angeles .  D’Lo’s work is a part of the vibrant tapestry that sheds light on many of the issues of our modern day society; brutality, justice, AIDS, sexuality, political and social unrest and division along ethnic and gender lines. D’Lo is a teaching artist and has performed and held workshops extensively throughout the US and Canada , United Kingdom , Germany , Sri Lanka, and India .

    D’Lo’s career work has included being part of several performance groups (Artwallah, Great Leap, Arpana Dance Company, Mujeres de Maiz); working closely with diverse youth as a teaching artist; establishing herself as both a solo and collaborative performer and being published in various magazines and anthologies. 

    D’Lo began developing talents as a student of the piano at the age of three and since then, has been instructed in vina and percussion. Using Hip Hop as a guide, D’Lo formed the foundation for her creative activism. D’Lo has also collaborated with various dancers and dance companies, combining and drawing parallels between Bharatha Natyam and Hip Hop.

    D’Lo holds a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology and is a graduate of New York ‘s School of Audio Engineering (SAE).

In 2004, D’Lo had a sold-out NYC run of her first play “Ballin With My Bois” a queer hip hop theater piece. Currently, D’Lo is 1 of 3 “Spotlight Stealerz”, a theatre/comedy group alongside Alison De La Cruz and Adelina Anthony. www.dlocokid. com www.myspace. com /dlocokid Check out D’Lo: http://www.asa. munichmasala. de/dlo.htm

OPM      

Leory Chin, Roger Tang and David Kobayashi originally founded OPM (Open People’s Minds) in Seattle in 1996. The group moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and added stand-up to its comedy production in 2002.

OPM has performed in Seattle , Vancouver , Los Angeles and San Francisco winning awards along the way: 2002 Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival, 2002-2005 Best Box Office at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and 1st place three years in a row at the 2002-2005 Vancouver SketchOff Competitions. OPM has also been a regularly invited guest performer at the L.A. Fest of Sketch for the past five years with Ewan Chung and Charles Kim as the headlining producers. Last year, their production “Get Laughs or Die Tryin’,” which skewers celebrities such as Tyra Banks, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-II and Iron Chef America Bobby Flay, won “Best Sketch Comedy” at the 2006 San Francisco Fringe Fest. OPM also is featured in “Telemongol,” a nationally-touring sketch comedy production directed by award-winning television director Henry Chan. http://www.opmcomed y.com http://www.myspace. com/opmcomedy

Lan Tran    

Award-winning writer/performer Lan Tran has more library cards than credit cards, loves traveling to places where you’re not supposed to drink the water, and knows how to jimmy a parking meter. Her work has been featured on NPR and presented at numerous off-Broadway theaters, New York City Hall , the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT Theater, the Ford Theatre, and universities across the country. Lan’s first solo show, ‘How to Unravel Your Family,” played to a sold-out audience in the Lincoln Center Theater-sponsored American Living Room Festival. She has published fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry in literary journals and, most recently, “Lone Stars,” a tale about her Vietnamese-Texan upbringing in Waking Up American (Seal Press, 2005) and Falling Backwards: Stories of Fathers and Daughters (Hourglass Books, 2004). She is a 2005 recipient of the PEN/Rosenthal Fellowship, was a finalist for the Heideman award, a recipient of the York Prize as well as residency fellowships from Hedgebrook, the Ragdale Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

The off-Broadway premiere of Lan’s latest solo show “Elevator/Sex” at the West End Theatre was deemed “moving and provocative” by NY Arts Magazine. “Elevator/Sex” which emotionally links the experiences of 9/11 survivors with those who have been sexually abused, follows five individuals. What do a pickpocket, immigrant mother, professional hugger, surfer, and bridesmaid have in common? In relating their storiesat times horrific, at others oddly humorousultimately a message of hope is conveyed.  www.lantranonline. com/index. html

Kristina Wong

 is a nationally presented solo performer, writer, actor, educator, activist, and filmmaker born and raised in San Francisco and living in Los Angeles . The East Bay Express describes her as “Brutal but hilarious a woman who takes life’s absurdities very seriously.” Noted for her quirky, culture-jamming, and subversive tactics, Kristina takes an offbeat artistic approach to activism that upstages the strangeness of our times. Kristina recently received the Creative Capital Grant in Theater and a Creation Fund from the National Performance Network to develop her third full-length solo show “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” exploring the remarkably high incidence of mental illness among Asian American women in a world more nuts than we are. The show premieres this December as part of La Pena Cultural Center’s “Community Action Series” in Berkeley , funded in part from the NEA. Her first solo show, “Miss Chinatown 2nd Runner Up” was commissioned by the TeAda New Works Festival and was an LA Times “Best Bet.” She is also completing a novel started with the PEN USA Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship. Her spoof mail order bride website is www.bigbadchinesema ma.com.

Her work has garnered press from outlets that include The Village Voice, East Bay Express, LA Weekly, SF Examiner, PBS Bookshow, CHUM TV on Canadian Network Television, BUST, Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine, the International Channel, and an upcoming PBS/ NAATA funded documentary by Daisy Lin Shapiro.

Other grants and awards include the Durfee ARC grant, a mini-commission from the Mark Taper Forum’s Asian Theater Workshop, an O’Connor Scholar Award from the Davis Putter Foundation, a DBD scholarship from the Rachel Rosenthal Company, and a Hothouse Residency from UCLA.  www.kristinasherylw ong.com

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Post-show reception with live visuals by VJ Fader

VJ Fader is a visual artist who projects found movie clips and original animations onto buildings, people, and even trees, transforming almost any surface into a surrealist’s canvas. To preview his work, please visit   www.vjfader. com

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Sponsored in part by Korean Cultural Center , Los Angeles ;  Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti; Laugh Factory; and Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association.

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Hoang Thuy Linh Sex Tape Video and Download

Posted on October 25, 2007 at 10:59 am (PST)

Hoang Thuy Linh is a very famous 19 year-old TV Vanh Anh Diaries star in Vietnam who made a 16 minute sex tape with her 20-year-old ex boyfriend Vu Hoang Viet. Currently Viet is studying overseas, and he says his friends copied the video from his laptop, and posted it on the internet last week on October 15. Hoang’s TV show has now been cancelled. She gave a 15 minute tearful farewell to her audience saying:

“I made a mistake, a terrible mistake. I apologize to you, my parents, my teachers and my friends.”

Unlike Vanessa Hudgens who sent nude pictures to one guy, then another to Zac Efron which made its way onto the Internet, Hoang is being condemned by communist Vietnam, and she will not be forgiven, which means the end of her career, unless she moves to the United States. A visa, however, after this is unlikely. Vanessa just got a $1 million contract with Sketchers. Viet is not expected to suffer much since he has no career as of yet. On Thursday, Hanoi police detained four college students accused of posting the sex clip to the Internet. They could face charges of “spreading depraved cultural items,” which carries a sentence of six months to 15 years if convicted.

The 16 minute video makes Kim Kardashian, or even Paris Hilton’s sex tapes, look boring. If you want to watch it you can see the full version here, or a shorter version with sound here or here, or you can download the full video here, or here.

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Hoang Thuy Linh : Paris Hilton Style Sex Tape Surfaces in Vietnam

Hoang Thuy Linh sex tape

The sex tape starring Paris Hilton and then-boyfriend, Rick Salomon, did wonders for Hilton’s career and helped make her into a superstar of sorts. Fornication-for-the-nation worked for her in surprising ways. Her image has been all over the media ever since. Irritatingly so.

Pretty much the opposite has been the case for Vietnamese TV star, Hoang Thuy Linh, when a sex tape she made with her boyfriend was posted on the internet. It was a private video that boyfriend, Vu Hoang Viet, kept on his computer. It became public when an associate copied it from Viet’s laptop and passed it onto other friends, eventually ending up on the net.

Vietnam has a conservative culture when it comes to sexual matters, especially where public impressions are concerned. Thuy Linh in a sense epitomized this view. In the Vietnamese TV show, Vang Anh’s Diaries, she played the role of a young woman who is quite progressive in her thinking but who also holds to the traditional female virtues known as cong, dung, ngon, and hanh – roughly translated as tidy, charming, soft spoken and chaste.

It came as quite a shock for Vietnamese surfers to see their TV heroine getting hot and heavy with a camera recording every raunchy move. Of course the old double standard, typical of more traditional societies is alive and well. While Thuy Linh is being outed as a whore and reprobate, her boy friend isn’t suffering the same level of vilification. According to a few people interviewed about the tape – Thuy Linh’s career is ruined and she will never be forgiven by the public. Her boy friend Vu Hoang Viet on the other hand, can anticipate forgiveness and some measure of understanding, perhaps even admiration. The ‘boys will be boys’ attitude forgives all, but is unsparing in its criticism of the girls who make it all possible.

The actress made a teary confession on TV as she stepped down as teen role model. She expressed deep regret for her “terrible mistake” and apologized to her parents, teachers and friends.

This is absurd. Thuy Linh is being trashed publicly because some jerk posted a private video on the net! The offense doesn’t lie with Hoang Thuy Linh, it lies with a culture that still demonizes women for doing what guys do as a matter of course.

Vietnam is modernizing rapidly and views of sex and gender roles are changing. It’s pathetic that Thuy Linh is being sacrificed to appease the requirements of traditional two-faced morality

Thuy Linh’s inadvertent lesson

BY PETRA HENDRICKSON

Issue date: 10/24/07 Section: Opinion

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As a result of this video, and the media rampage that has ensued, the TV show, “Vang Anh’s Diaries,” has been cancelled. As is relatively common with BBC stories, there is a reader’s forum, where individuals can voice their opinion of the story.

One reader drew comparisons of the plight of the star of the show, Hoang Thuy Linh, to that of Paris Hilton. Others merely expressed sympathy for the star, arguing what she does with her boyfriend isn’t particularly anyone else’s business.

At a minimum, most people seem to agree that the show shouldn’t have been canceled. The show, which was about teenagers, was enormously popular with younger viewers as well as their parents. Even before the show was canceled, parents refused to allow their younger children to watch anymore, given Thuy Linh’s unacceptable behavior off camera.

As I was reading the article, I was struck by how commonplace this seemed to be in my American mind set, but how shocking it was in Vietnam. From Bill Clinton to Paris Hilton’s infamous videotape, to me it’s refreshing that a big scandal would revolve around someone being intimate with
their own partner. The video was a five-minute clip posted from a cell phone. If a cell phone was the best someone could do, Thuy Linh and her boyfriend were probably discreet about it.

The other big factor for Vietnam is that it’s a conservative society, and although the BBC reports that it’s not all that uncommon for teenagers to engage in sexual activity, it’s still undoubtedly taboo, and any involved teenagers would thus have to be extra hush hush about their extracurricular activities.

The assumption that teenagers don’t have sex seems to be a common one. It’s even quite common in the U.S., where abstinence-only education is encouraged because clearly, if you just tell teenagers that they shouldn’t have sex, and provide them with no information about how to do it safely just in case, they’ll just sit on their hands and wait until they’re married.

I mean, I for one know that this was the case in my high school. No one ever had sex, because heck, it’s immoral. All the pregnant high school students? Immaculate conception, my friend. Maybe it’s my cynicism, but it seems that people are going to be inclined to have sex if they feel like it, regardless of what their parents, teachers and even
religion say.

And if that is the case, aren’t we doing society a disservice by keeping these youths in the dark and refusing to give them information that could help them make more informed decisions? A tried and true argument is that if people don’t want a baby, they shouldn’t have sex. But if they’re not being adequately informed about things, is it fair to assume that they’ll be able to foresee all the consequences?

Access to birth control would at least give them the opportunity to practice a little responsibility in light of the fact that teenage pregnancy and STD rates demonstrate that regardless of whether they’re told not to,teenagers who want to have sex are probably going to. Maybe the Vietnamese scandal will spark some constructive debate around the world about perceptions of teenagers and their “activities.” The world needs a discussion like that right about now.

Hoang Thuy Linh’s Sex Tape Kills Her Acting Career

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19-year-old Hoang Thuy Linh, who stars in the Vietnamese television series Vanh Anh Diaries, is facing dire consequences due to a sex tape of her and her boyfriend that leaked over the internet. Days after the video leaked, Vietnam Television (VTV) dropped the series, according to BBC News.

Hoang, face wet with tears, made a profuse apology on the VTV show in which the series cancellation was announced.

Hoang had cultivated a good-girl image as part of her role on Vanh Anh, where she plays the schoolgirl Vanh Anh. The show centers on the lives of Vanh Anh, her friends, and day-to-day life as Vietnamese schoolchildren, BBC News reported. A hugely popular show amongst preteens, my impression is that it could best be described as the Vietnamese equivalent of The Lizzie McGuire Show.

According to the Associated Press (AP), the 16-minute video clip hit the internet on October 15.

The sex scandal had everyone in Vietnam talking. Vietnamese conservatism (a societal heavy emphasis on pre-marital sex, for instance), coupled with the show’s massive and rising popularity among children and young teens are two primary reasons as to the dramatic reaction to the scandal.

A commenter in the AP story pointed out that Hoang’s boyfriend has evaded public wrath, whereas Hoang has been victim to the blame and embarrassment, suggesting gender inequality in Vietnam.

On the web, commenters in fora can be seen expressing their mixed reactions, from showing deep sympathy for Hoang and drawing analogies with Paris Hilton’s sex tape (which, in contrast, turned her into a superstar) to admonishing her careless actions and disrespect for her position as a role model for young girls in Vietnam. Either way, one thing is clear: the sex scandal has tarnished Hoang’s career forever.

More photos of Hoang Thuy Linh:

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More of this story on the web:
The Associated Press: Vietnam is Having a Paris Hilton Moment
BBC News: Web Sex Clip Halts Vietnam TV Show
Hoang Thuy Linh Sex Tape Video and Download (contains links for video download)

Posted by: christine on Oct 26, 07 | 4:09 am | Profile

COMMENTS

Apart from the inherent conservatism of Vietnamese, I guess the key issue here is that she is the star of a children’s show. Perhaps a better parallel than Paris Hilton would be Hillary Duff: if this had happened while she was Lizzie McGuire, she almost certainly would have been dropped as well. But now that she’s an adult with a “sexier” image, it might actually be a career boost! I think whether sex tapes are a plus or a minus depends on the person’s position, image and audience.

Posted by: Dr. Lee on Oct 26, 07 | 5:53 am

Uni students to face court for posting internet pornography

(26-10-2007)

HA NOI — The Ha Noi Police Department decided yesterday to begin prosecuting four people for disseminating internet pornography based on Article 253 of the Criminal Code.

The accused are university students Nguyen Huu Tai, born in 1984; Vo Thanh Hiep, born 1982; Nguyen Thu Linh, born 1986 and Vu Thi Thuy Linh born 1986. All reside in Ha Noi.

They are accused of stealing and posting a private sex clip on the internet on October 16. The film involved the sex life of popular TV star Hoang Thuy Linh, 19, and her boy friend, Vu Hoang Viet.

The police said a friend copied the film Viet’s laptop and passed it along to other friends who then posted it online. The clip caused much public outcry.

The four accused were in custody for three months as issued by Ha Noi’s People’s Procuracy. Ten young others were announced as having a hand in spreading the sex film.

This is a new crime in Viet Nam, said Major General Nguyen Duc Nhanh, director of the Ha Noi Police, and this is the first time Ha Noi Police have investigated such “new crime.”

The incident is warning for the whole society, particularly the young, he said — VNS

Sex video killed TV star

October 28, 2007

Sex video killed TV star

Article from: The Sunday Telegraph

October 28, 2007 12:00am

 

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Disgraced…Huang Thuy Lin’s TV show was cancelled after a video of her having sex with her boyfriend was posted on the interjet.

 

 

 

SHE is the Paris Hilton of Vietnam.

This petite soap star has scandalised the conservative nation after a sex video with her boyfriend was posted on the Internet.

Unlike Hilton, however, Hoang Thuy Linh, 19, is unlikely to capitalise from the scandal as her show has been cancelled and she has been forced to make a tearful apology.

“I made a mistake, a terrible mistake,” said the doe-eyed teen, who had cultivated a good-girl image. “I apologise to you, my parents, my teachers and my friends.”

Police have arrested four students accused of posting the video of the teenage TV soap star having sex with her boyfriend.

Authorities yesterday announced the arrests of the four Hanoi men and women, aged between 21 and 25. They would be held for three months pending an inquiry.

Hoang Thuy Linh, the lead actress of Vang Anh’s Diary, was at the centre of a storm nearly two weeks ago when Internet users downloaded the clip, which initially ran for five minutes, from a video-sharing website and began circulating it.

Vietnam state television canned her popular nightly show after the clip was revealed.

The soap, an interactive youth drama in its second season, offered lessons on teenage issues and allowed viewers to vote on moral and lifestyle questions by mobile text message and email.

It had been controversial in the communist country, praised by some for addressing youth issues but criticised by others for focusing on the concerns of the fashionable, urban middle-class elite.

Authorities believe the clip was stolen from the laptop of Linh’s boyfriend. Linh and her boyfriend, the son of a senior police official, would not face charges, Hanoi police director Nguyen Duc Nhanh told Phap Luat Ho Chi Minh City newspaper.

Hilton’s sex tape, made with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon, surfaced just before the start of her reality TV series, The Simple Life and helped propel her to superstardom.

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