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EDDIE KIM INTERVIEW
Executive Producer of Projekt NewSpeak
Seeks to Create a Movement that is Constantly Evolving and Continuing a New Language and Culture with a
Purpose of Empowering, Inspiring, Uplifting, Creating, Storytelling and Voicing with a Limitless Sense.

 

WORKING WITH APA MEDIA & ORGANIZATIONS
US ASIANS: Considering your plans for a live theater (will you be working with other theatrical organizations such as East West Players, Lodestone Theater, John Miyasaki's hereandafter (considering their present production incorporating Latin/Asian cultures) and/or other existing entities - film show/festival for the internet, could you share the many ways that the general public will witness the talents being showcased? Will you be working in ImaginAsian TV's projected new theater to be constructed in L.A.'s downtown area?

PROJEKT NEWSPEAK'S EDDIE KIM: I am always open to working with other groups. Right now because our plans to have theatrical presentations are still forming, we cannot say in detail what are exact plans are.

US ASIANS: Do you work with artists such as Burning Tree Projekt, Ken Oak and other similar-type of Korean/Asian American artists?

“we (Asian Americans) need to create our own scene. We need to come together and create a sphere where others are going to WANT to be included, where it is THE happening spot- be it a nightclub or a music scene. Where WE write the rules and invite whom WE want. And if anyone cares to be admitted, well that will cost you $10.

Without creating this, we will continue to be on the outside looking in. We have a lot to offer, and we have a lot that others want to be included in. Unless we organize this and make it happen, we’ll be stuck where we are.”(Kevin So - Singer/Songwriter)
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PROJEKT NEWSPEAK'S EDDIE KIM: Ken Oak performed on our stage last year. He really enjoyed performing on our stage. In fact, all the artists who've performed on our stage really enjoyed it. Each performer who has graced our stage had a unique background…both professionally and personally.

Some names include PK, Adriel Luis, D'Lo, Danie Jung, Asia Continental, Leonard Shek, Junichi Semitsu, Justin Nakasone, Jimmy Tran, SKIM, Shihan the Prototype, Duane Koh, DJ Ant, and DJ Ultraman.

Guests have included Miss Info from HOT 97 and DJ K-Sly from 100.3 the Beat. All of our performers and guests are talented musicians, Slam Poetry Champions, Def Poetry Jam performers and some of the best DJ's out there.

Our upcoming theatre showcase (NOT the NewSpeak SLAM!) utilizes traditional forms of entertainment and storytelling such as acting (along with other forms of non-traditional entertainment such as spoken word).

However, it is the NewSpeak SLAM! that is particularly unique compared to other events.

US ASIANS: Which APA organizations/media outlets (i.e. AZN TV, ImaginAsian TV, KoreAm, Korea Times, Hyphen Magazine, Angry Asian Man, Giant Robot, Chop Block, NaFFA, KAC, Green Pastures, AsianWeek, Third Thursdays, Asian American Studies Department, MANAA, VC, Asian Connections, AAJA, OCA, JACL, Rafu Shimpo, PMX, Stir TV, Pacific Fusion, etc.) are you working with?

PROJEKT NEWSPEAK'S EDDIE KIM: Currently, our information gets spread through Angry Asian Man, KoreAm, ChopBlock, KAC, Kollaboration, Tuesday Night Projects, GLAM, mETHODOLOGY, Asian American Studies Departments, and college student organizations.

US ASIANS: Considering your participation with ImaginAsian TV, what was your involvement with their event?

PROJEKT NEWSPEAK'S EDDIE KIM: ImaginAsian TV had a West Coast launch party in November of 2005 in Los Angeles and we (me and our cameraman, Brian Corpuz) decided to go and film the event and do interviews of up and coming Asian American talent. We went as reporters and asked fun and funny questions. It was mainly to create a fun interview story. But through it, me and our cameraman decided to launch NewSpeak TV (http://newspeak.blip.tv) and go to different events and create fun stories around it. If we were to liken it to anything currently out in TV, it would be similar to what Conan O'Brien does when he goes to different sites and interviews random people. In fact, our idea to interview folks at different Asian American events was partly inspired by Conan O'Brien's humorous video clips.

EDDIE KIM RESUME
EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley
Class of 2001: B.A. Psychology; Minor in Ethnic Studies

WORK EXPERIENCE
Projekt NewSpeak Dec. 2004-present
CEO/Executive Producer Los Angeles, CA
• Direct entertainment AA market
• Manage operations & administration
• Produce showcases and short films
• Develop opportunities for emerging artists to break into mainstream entertainment
 

Korean American Coalition Feb.2004-Aug.2005
Director, 4.29 Dispute Resolution Center
• Manage operations & administrationr
• Conduct mediation with clients
• Supervise staff and volunteers
• Implement proactive community education
• Writing grants
• Network with key community leaders

Democratic National Committee – Michigan Coordinated Campaign Oct.-Nov. 2004
John Kerry for President Detroit, MI
APIA/Muslim Field Coordinator
• Formulated GOTV strategy
• Organized Constituency Team on strategies
• Assisted Constituency Director
• Mobilized volunteers and interns
• Networked with key community leaders

Office of U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra
March 2002-August 2003
Staff Assistant & Field Representative
• Liaison to federal and community organizations
• Represent the Congressman at events
• Created ties between Korean & Latin leaders
• Supervised congressional interns
• Office Manager

Koreatown Youth & Community Center 2000-2001
Coordinator, Korean American Youth Leadership Program Los Angeles, CA
• Trained high school and college interns
• Created workshops
• Implemented Asian American Studies courses
• Devised media campaign
• Conducted Korean American surveys

US ASIANS: What are your thoughts of what they've presently accomplished - along with your views about the other similar efforts such as AZN-TV, World Asia and/or MTV's new stations targeting the English-speaking Asian Pacific American communities?

PROJEKT NEWSPEAK'S EDDIE KIM: I think it's great that these channels are popping up on Cable TV. Five years back, most, if not all, Asian TV channels were all news based and Asian drama based…meaning it was mainly in its ethnic language…Korean TV, Japanese TV, Chinese TV, etc. There weren't any that were for an Asian American audience that spoke English. So channels like AZN TV, ImaginAsian TV, and others are now focusing on an English-speaking Asian American audience which is becoming increasingly relevant today. Also, the market for this population is growing rapidly. One of the fastest growing populations in America is Asians. So it makes sense to create channels that cater to an Asian American audience.

SLAM POETRY
US ASIANS: How has spoken word poetry, a theatrical performance in which stories of movement, struggle, love, pain, encouragement and inspiration is told, through a medium that cannot be categorized been a greater and effective means for Asian Pacific American and American youths?

PROJEKT NEWSPEAK'S EDDIE KIM: This genre of art has a very uncanny ability (depending on the artist's ability to move his/her audience) of making an impact through performed storytelling. It is something new and different for Asian American youth and so it captures and intrigues them. That's the first hook for the spoken word artist to drop some knowledge or message.

Spoken word has definitely swept through the Asian American community and it still growing. It has been an excellent method to entertain and move people and at the same time enlighten young people.

US ASIANS: Could you elaborate on the "Spoken Word" scene - along with what unique things the below-listed events (i.e. Spoken Word UC Berkeley, Tuesday Night Café, Café Luna Tierra Sol, Asian Hip Hop Summit, Kollaboration, Double Standard, NewSpeak SLAM, Chinatown Service Center) bring?

PROJEKT NEWSPEAK'S EDDIE KIM: The Spoken Word scene in Los Angeles is very underground. Pretty much the spoken word scene anywhere in America is still somewhat underground. The average person in America wouldn't know what spoken word is and how to categorize it. It's poetry in performance on stage. Still with that description, it's vague because people might think of some moody guy with a beret reading a poem from a book sitting on a stool on stage in a coffee shop.

Some people think it's hip hop, rap…and others think of beatniks. It's difficult to categorize it. Because it's difficult to categorize, it's almost like a pure art form. Seeing spoken word artists perform their poetry on stage can be a visceral experience because of their heart and emotion that gets poured out on stage. Yet spoken word as a genre is still underground and cannot be found in a mainstream setting. The only thing that comes close to mainstream for spoken word artists is Russell Simmons/HBO's Def Poetry Jam.

Kollaboration, Tuesday Night Café, the NewSpeak SLAM! and others are the few places in Los Angeles where you can find talented emerging Asian American artists that have not reached a mainstream status yet. But these venues are the places that aims to launch these emerging artists and create opportunities for them. These events tap into artists and arts that the mainstream may not recognize because they may not generate money like Jay Z or Kanye does, but we need to show their art because it moves people…it entertains people…it does something for all of us. And so these events are tapping into a potential that needs to be released which in turn inspires and motivates a lot of young people.

 
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Click on the Links Below to Discover More About Eddie Kim & ProjektSpeak's Vision
1984 (George Orwell book) AA Actors Working AA Role Models
AA Media & Organizations Advocacy Background April 22 Event
Background Overview Creative Background De-Sexualized Asian Male Stereotype
Demographics Diversity Engaging Our Children
Ethnic Audiences Ken Oak L.A.'s Spoken Word Scene
Life Highlights Need to Create Our Own Scene Projekt NewSpeak
Projekt NewSpeak's Mission Projekt NewSpeak's Success and Future Projekt NwSpeak's Team Members
Projekt NewSpeak's Websites Resume Role Models
Slam Poetry Unfortunate Media Choices We Must be the Change
What is NewSpeak Slam? Working AA Actors Yellow Ceiling

 

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