Entertainment


Larissa Lam & Only Won

Only Won & Larissa Lam Artist Photo

Larissa Lam is an award-winning pop, dance and soul-influenced singer and songwriter from Diamond Bar, Calif. Her songs provide inspiring and empowering anthems for people of all backgrounds. Her song “I Feel Alive” won the Hollywood Music in Media Award and Akademia Music Award for Best Dance Song. Named by Singer Universe magazine as one of the “Best Vocalists,” Larissa has captivated audiences across the U.S. at venues such as Staples Center, Dolby Theater, Lincoln Center and the Grammy Museum. Larissa has released four critically acclaimed solo albums of original songs. She has collaborated on these recordings with hit-making producers and musicians such as David Longoria (Sting, George Michael), Robert Eibach (Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande), Tim Schoenhals (Meghan Trainor, Katy Perry) and Derek Nakamoto (Janet Jackson, Keiko Matsui). She is not only an accomplished singer but also a composer for TV, film and video games whose credits include “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “Dance Dance Revolution.”

A UCLA graduate, she began her music career as the CFO of NSoul Records, which led to her stint as one the lead singers of the EDM/gospel group, Nitro Praise. She also previously collaborated with legendary best-selling author C.Y. Lee (Flower Drum Song) on the musical, “Lady of Joy.” Larissa’s songs are featured in the new award-winning PBS documentary, “Far East Deep South,” which she also directed. The film is an eye-opening and poignant film about early Chinese families in Mississippi during segregation. For more info, visit LarissaLam.com

Twitter: @larissalam  ~ Instagram: @larissalammusic 

Baldwin Chiu aka Only Won is a socially conscious Hip-Hop artist who raps about unconventional subjects like dim sum & thermodynamics. He has garnered millions of views on YouTube with clever video parodies like “I Wanna Be an Engineer,” “Cantonese Boy,” “12 Days of DIM SUM” and “Asian Americans Make History.”  His music has been featured in films like “Dead Man Down” starring Colin Farrell and in the hit video game, “Sleeping Dogs.” By blending his background as a mechanical engineer with hip-hop, he became spokesperson for the Intel engineering campaign “Stay With It” Chiu has been featured on NBC News, NPR and other media outlets.

Recently, he produced an award-winning documentary, “Far East Deep South,” about discovering the lost history of his grandfather and the early Chinese immigrants in Mississippi during segregation and the Chinese Exclusion Act. He also hosts the “Love, Discovery and Dim Sum” podcast with his wife, Larissa Lam, discussing an Asian American perspective on race, history and culture.  For more info, onlywon.com

Twitter: @onlywon ~ Instagram: @onlywonmc


The Gee Yung Dragon and Lion Dance Association

Gee Yung Dragon and Lion Dance Association

Established in 1941, Gee Yung is the second oldest martial arts association in Hawai‘i. It is one of the few schools in Hawai‘i to offer a wide range of martial arts as well as lion dance. Its mission is to enrich the lives of students and community with the Chinese heritage, promote health and wellness and teach the skills of self-defense through martial arts. Gee Yung San Francisco is headed by Sifu Rick Der.


Wesley Ukelele Band

Wesley Ukulele Band photo 2019 Aki Matsuri – clean

The Wesley United Methodist Church Ukulele Band, was founded in 2004 for fun and fellowship in San Jose, Calif. They have performed at Wesley Church community functions, sister church events, various Bay Area community events and community service venues. During these Covid times, they had about a dozen folks active through online gatherings, and 30 members connected by social media. They are thrilled to be back live to share their aloha through music.


Nikkei Chorale Esemble of UC Berkeley

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Nikkei Choral Ensemble (NiCE) is a co-ed a cappella group born in 2010 from UC Berkeley’s Nikkei Student Union, who sing in both Japanese and English. Full of fun-loving people who enjoy singing, making music, and overall tom-foolery, they balance musical quality and a fun tone in genres such as J-pop, Vocaloid, anime music, American pop, early 2000s music, musicals, and much more.


Flora Hui

Flora Hui

Flora Hui is a Chinese American singer, born and raised in San Francisco. In January 2019, she had the honor to sing the National Anthem at Oracle Arena, before the Golden State Warriors played against the Philadelphia 76ers. She was also invited to Beijing, China, where she performed at the New Year’s Gala on one of CCTV’s programs. She sings Cantonese, Mandarin, and English songs, and have performed at various community events within the Bay Area since she was 8 years old.


Sacramento Taiko Dan

Tiffany Tamaribuchi of Sacramento Taiko Dan

Sacramento Taiko Dan is the premiere Japanese drumming ensemble in the greater Sacramento region. Founded in 1989 by taiko master Tiffany Tamaribuchi, the group promotes traditional and contemporary styles of taiko drumming.

This Japanese style of percussion combines music and movement, creating a dynamic and visually exciting art form. The group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization funded by state and local grants, personal donations, classes and performances.

Sacramento Taiko Dan seeks to:

  • Promote cultural awareness and diversity
  • Continue the traditional styles while developing new forms
  • Educate new and existing students from diverse backgrounds
  • Provide top level performances in a wide variety of venues

Sacramento Taiko Dan tours nationally and internationally, with annual appearances at the California State Fair, San Francisco’s Cherry Blossom Festival, Sacramento Pacific Rim Festival, International Taiko Festival, and at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. They have collaborated with several artists and arts organizations including the Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Symphony, Camellia Symphony and poet Julia Conner.


JiTen Daiko

Jiten Daiko

Jiten Daiko is a young Bay Area Japanese taiko ensemble. With deep respect for the taiko art form, they strive “for artistic excellence in creating an exhilarating musical experience for our audiences. We ground our practice in hard work, collaboration, and a fusion of innovation and tradition. As we continue to grow under our unique training system, and draw from both Japanese and American influences, our group aspires to bring a youthful and energizing sound to the stage.” The name Jiten, or “self-powered,” is inspired by their core value of consistently supporting each other in order to innovate faster and grow their collective energy.