Asian AF Presents: AAPI Heritage Month AF

Variety Show and Panel Discussion, May 12 & 13 at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum

Los Angeles! If you're looking for some laughs, then make plans to attend a special AAPI Heritage Month edition of Asian AF, the first-ever Asian American comedy variety show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. There will be special appearances by Kiran Deol (How to Get Away With Murder), Amy Hill (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Kulap Vilaysack (Bajillion Dollar Properties), Lewis Tan (Iron Fist) and many more. It's happening Friday night, May 12 at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum. Then the next day, Asian AF will be hosting a panel of comedians discussing "What Does Asian American Even Mean?"

It's happening May 12 and 13 at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum. Here are some more details:

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K-TOWN’92 explores the untold stories of the L.A. Riots

Grace Lee's interactive documentary website and short film reveals new insights into the 1992 unrest.

K-TOWN'92 is an interactive documentary website and short film by Peabody Award winning filmmaker Grace Lee that reveals new insights into the 1992 Los Angeles riots through untold stories of diverse Angelenos in LA's ionic Koreatown, then and now. These are the stories that the media didn't know or didn't bother to tell. You can view K-TOWN'92 as a free-standing interactive documentary website.

A 15-minute companion documentary short, K-TOWN'92 Reporters, explores media coverage at the city's paper of record during the 1992 civil unrest. At that time, Hector Tobar, Tammerlin Drummond, and John Lee reported from the field for the Los Angeles Times. Twenty-five years later, they revisit their stories and impressions of those tumultuous events, and reflect on the media coverage they helped create.

K-TOWN'92 Reporters will air nationally on the WORLD Channel in May. You can also view it online here:

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Young Bruce Lee biopic to begin shooting this summer

'Little Dragon,' directed by Shekhar Kapur, will examine the legendary martial artist's teenage years.

Little Dragon, a new movie about the early life of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, is set to start shooting this summer. Directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, backed by Chinese investors, and authorized by Bruce Lee's family, the biopic will examine Lee's tumultuous teenage years in 1950s Hong Kong.

Young Bruce Lee Film 'Little Dragon' to Begin Shooting This Summer

According to producers, the film will follow a young Lee as he contends with "his family's disappointment, young love, true friendship, betrayal, racism, deep hardship and the inner fire that threatens to unravel his destiny."

An official U.S.-China co-production, Little Dragon be co-written and produced by Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, who says the film will offer a look at the formative, early years that shaped her father's life before he became a movie star, international icon and arguably the most famous martial arts practitioner of all time.

"I always thought that a film about how my father's life was shaped in his early years in Hong Kong would be a worthwhile story to share so we could better understand him as a human being and a warrior," Shannon Lee said in a statement.

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No, the Ni’ihau Incident did NOT lead to FDR signing Executive Order 9066

Guest Post by Joseph Shoji Lachman

A comparison of lead actor and Benehakaka Kanahele, the man he is portraying. The resemblance is lacking, to say the least. (Via Shutterstock and Hawaii Reporter)

According to Deadline, Zach McGowan will star in the historical film Ni'ihau, directed by Gabriel Robertson and set in Hawaii during World War II. He will portray Benehakaka Kanahele, a native Hawaiian who received the Medal for Merit and Purple Heart for his part in killing the pilot of a downed Imperial Japanese plane in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

You'll probably notice that Zach McGowan doesn't bear much of a resemblance to Kanahele, and it's even more of a stretch than casting Emma Stone as part Hawaiian in Aloha. Once again, members of the API community will watch as they are portrayed in media by white replacements. At this point, we are frustrated, but hardly surprised when this happens. Pacific Islanders have been abused throughout the U.S.'s history, and this appears to be just another manifestation of that shameful legacy.

To our surprise, however, this may not even be the worst of it.

What is disturbing here is the historical denialism bubbling up from under the surface.

Take a look at this quotation from the Deadline article:

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I’m divorcing and I run a business with my spouse. Can I force them out?

Many of our clients work in family businesses, either as a tradie or in a small business. Most of them have a spouse who also works in the business.

If you have separated or are thinking of separating and run a family business, it is vital that you get legal and accounting advice as soon as possible.

When you separate, both of you will be anxious to make sure that your interest in the business is recognised as part of any property settlement. If one of you is a tradie, the other may do the books. You may be concerned to make sure that all the income (and value) of the business is properly accounted for.

In the short term, your spouse may need to stay involved in the business to help keep it running.

You should make sure that you have copies of the business records. That may involve making photocopies, copying computer records and keeping track of passwords. All your records should be up to date. Avoid cash in hand work.

If it is impossible to keep working with your spouse, we can help you to negotiate for them to step back from the business.

If having you both involved is affecting staff or customers, or there is a risk of assets or money being removed, we can help you go to court to get an order to remove them.

You will need a well prepared and expert case. Recently a judge in the family court found that the spouse was essential to the running of the business, and let them stay on.  Read about this case here.


The value of a business is part of your assets when you settle your property. Valuing a business can be complicated. DBH Family Lawyers can help you with ensuring the proper value of your business is brought into account.

If you are going through a similar situation and would like to get some advice, contact DBH Family Lawyers today on 1800 324 324 or send us a message.



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Fiduciary Duties of Managing Community Property: What a Managing Spouse Must Know

by Indy Colbath

Under California law, spouses owe each other certain duties both during the marriage, and after separation before the property is divided. These duties are fiduciary in nature, and held to the same standard as those between business partners. Family Code section 721(b) states in pertinent part that: “…This confidential relationship is a fiduciary relationship subject to the same rights and duties of nonmarital business partners…included but not limited to the following: 1. Providing each spouse access at all times to any books kept regarding a transaction for the purposes of inspection and copying; 2. Rendering upon request, true and full information of all things affecting any transaction which concerns the community property. Nothing in this section is intended to impose a duty for either spouse to keep detailed books and records of community property transactions, and 3. Accounting to the spouse, and holding as a trustee, any benefit or profit derived from any transaction by one spouse without the consent of the other spouse which concerns the community property.”

The California Legislature passed this statute with the recognition that married couples commingle finances and place confidence in the other that the financial well-being of the community is being properly managed. Frequently, one spouse is tasked with managing community property, and is oftentimes required to make quick decisions, thus not being afforded the opportunity to have long discussions with the non-manager spouse regarding the potential risks and rewards of a certain financial course of action. This statute was also passed with the recognition that there are some bad actors who amidst divorce would seek to take advantage of the confidential relationship, and purposefully try and defraud their former spouse.

One fiduciary duty imposed upon each spouse by section 721 is the duty of managing community and separate property. (For a crash course on the difference between community and separate property, click here.) The strictest duty applies to a spouse managing the separate property of another spouse, while lesser duties are imposed for the management of the community property, or the manager spouse’s own separate property. This article discusses the law governing the management of community property only.

So what is considered mismanagement of community property under California family law? The seminal case on this issue is Marriage of Duffy, (2001) 91 Cal.App. 4th 926. In this case, the trial court awarded Wife damages of $400,684 due to Husband’s investments of community monies held in an IRA that led to the community sustaining losses. The trial court considered the evidence before it and determined that Wife had asked Husband about investments, and Husband was “dismissive” in his answers. The record also demonstrated that Wife had been aware of Husband’s investments, and even signed purchase agreements. On appeal, the court found that Husband had not violated his fiduciary duties. In reaching this result, the court analyzed the legislative history of enforced duties between spouses, and concluded that the legislative intent was not to impose the “prudent investor rule” upon spouses when managing community property. In other words, spouses owe a duty of loyalty and good faith when managing community property, but do not owe a duty of care.

Family Code section 721 defines the duty owed between spouses as the same as owed between business partners, and specifically references California Corporations code section 16404. Subsection (c) states that “a partner’s duty of care…in the conduct of…partnership business is limited to refraining from engaging in grossly negligent or reckless conduct, intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of the law.”(Emphasis added). The rule in Duffy, Family Code section 721 and California Corporations Code section 16404 enables spouses to make investment decisions in managing community property, so long as the decisions are not grossly negligent, reckless, or knowingly violate the law. Simply losing money in an investment by itself does not amount to a breach of fiduciary duty.

While the law somewhat relieves the managing spouse from the strict application of the prudent investor rule, it’s always a good idea to consult with a family law attorney prior to making any major decisions regarding the management of community property, particularly post-separation and prior to the division of the community assets and debts. The attorney’s advice may vary, depending on the facts of the case.

[It should be noted that the fiduciary duty of management of community assets is dictated by different rules than the fiduciary duty of disclosure. For a discussion of the importance of full and accurate disclosures in divorce, click here.]

Phillips Family Law April Newsletter

This month at Phillips Family Law

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