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October 23, 2005 | Don Shirley
EAST WEST PLAYERS, generally considered the oldest and foremost Asian American theater company, has never presented Asian American actors in full-frontal nudity -- until now, in Peter Shaffer's "Equus," opening Wednesday. This isn't the first time there have been nudes onstage in an East West offering. A non-Asian American actor appeared in the buff in a 1995 production of the play "Cleveland Raining." And more recently, "Passion" included a topless scene and "M.
March 7, 2014 | By David C. Nichols
“Modern Family” goes Bollywood in “A Nice Indian Boy,” now receiving a stalwart premiere at East West Players. Although Madhuri Shekar's same-sex variant on the time-honored culture-clash comedy has its unfinished aspects, it's pleasantly funny entertainment. Transpiring in the Bay Area, “Indian Boy” establishes its premise immediately.  While praying at the Livermore Hindu Temple, Naveen (Andy Gala) and Keshav (Christian Durso ) catch each other's eye. Thereafter, they're living together and planning their nuptials.
July 16, 2004 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
San Marino's East West Bancorp reported 23% higher second-quarter earnings Thursday, reflecting strong growth in loans. Its Los Angeles-based rival, Cathay General Bancorp, reported a 67% jump in profit as an acquisition lifted its lending income. East West, which focuses on the Chinese American community and business loans, earned $18.03 million, or 35 cents a share, compared with $14.69 million, or 30 cents, during the same period in 2003.
August 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Another bad rap for USC football? Snoop Dogg, one of the Trojans' most prominent fans, appears to have flipped. A photograph of the rapper wearing UCLA gear made the rounds this week, and caught the eye of Bruins Coach Jim Mora. When Snoop starts wearing UCLA gear you know the #BruinRevolution is in full effect. - Jim Mora (@UCLACoachMora) August 27, 2013 Mora, whose musical tastes run toward Led Zeppelin, suddenly has cornered the market on big-name rappers.
August 31, 1997 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
East West Players is going through "growing pains," artistic director Tim Dang acknowledged. Dang should know. He's been the only paid, permanent staffer at East West since six others were laid off earlier this summer, due primarily to a financial shortfall. Workers on contract and volunteers are helping, he said, but generally, "we're operating at a skeletal level."
December 30, 2005 | From Reuters
East West Bancorp Inc. said it agreed to buy rival California community bank Standard Bank for about $204 million in a move to expand its Chinese American customer base. Shareholders of Monterey Park-based Standard Bank will receive $204 million -- about two times Standard Bank's book value -- mostly in East West stock. The transaction, expected to close in the first quarter of 2006, will add about 2 cents a share to San Marino-based East West's earnings, the company said Wednesday.
April 25, 2007 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
East West Bancorp, a Chinese American bank expanding into Southern California's business mainstream, said Tuesday that it would purchase Victorville-based Desert Community Bank for $143 million, with 45% in cash and the rest in stock. Desert Community Chairman Ronald L. Wilson will stay on at the nine-branch bank, the largest in the high desert of San Bernardino County. The bank, focused on small businesses, will keep its name because the franchise is strong, executives said.
November 6, 1998
"Hero, a Tribute to George Takei," an evening of comedy and music honoring the actor of "Star Trek" fame, will be held Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. at East West Players' David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts. The event, which features guest performers Garrett Wong ("Voyagers"), Jennifer Paz ("Miss Saigon"), Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig ("Star Trek") and Pat Morita ("The Karate Kid"), will benefit East West programs and operations.
August 15, 2002 | Bloomberg News
East West Bancorp Inc. settled a suit that claimed a unit of Wachovia Corp. broke a promise to provide analyst coverage for the company's stock in exchange for managing a $10-million securities offering. Terms of the agreement are confidential, said Doug Krause, East West's general counsel. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alban Niles dismissed the suit after notice of the private settlement. The lawsuit was initially filed against First Union Corp., which acquired Wachovia last year.
June 7, 2007 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
An advocacy group Wednesday chastised Pasadena's East West Bancorp, saying the company gave too little to charity and made too few small loans to non-Chinese minority businesses. The criticism opened an unusual rift between the Greenlining Institute and East West Chairman Dominic Ng, who is known for his personal philanthropy. Ng accused Greenlining, a onetime ally, of trying to strong-arm him into committing funds to groups without first carefully checking their credentials.
August 11, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
How did a master of the Siberian art of throat singing wind up jamming with Frank Zappa and his friends? Kongar-ol Ondar, 51, who died July 25 of complications from a brain hemorrhage in the Russian republic of Tuva, had been invited to ride in the Rose Parade in 1993. At a concert in Pasadena that evening, cartoonist Matt Groening heard him sing and told his friend Zappa about Ondar's astonishing ability to sing two or more notes simultaneously. Zappa, the eclectic musician-composer of the '60s band Mothers of Invention, was ill with cancer but asked if Ondar could sing for him at his home in Los Angeles.
July 17, 2013 | E. Scott Reckard
Megabanks aren't the only financial firms to meet or beat expectations this earnings season. Many California regional banks are reporting stronger earnings and putting new loans on their books, thanks to the improving economy and progress in dealing with fallout from the financial bust. East West Bancorp, the largest Chinese-American bank, said after the markets closed Wednesday that it earned $74 million during the second quarter, up 5% from $70.5 million a year earlier. Per-share earnings for the Pasadena bank rose 11% to 52 cents, beating Wall Street expectations by a penny.
July 5, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
The gig: Dominic Ng, 54, is chairman and chief executive of Pasadena's East West Bank, formerly a savings and loan association based in L.A.'s Chinatown that he built into the nation's largest Chinese American bank, with $23 billion in assets. The bank operates in California, New York, Boston, Seattle, Houston and Atlanta, with full-service branches in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shantou, China. A specialty is helping Americans navigate a maze of regulations to invest in China - and increasingly vice versa, as Chinese investors buy U.S. businesses and homes.
June 9, 2013 | By Andrew Bender
NAGASAKI, Japan - On my first trip to Nagasaki, just out of college, I knew what most of the world knows: An atomic bomb fell here on Aug. 9, 1945, bringing World War II to a close. It wasn't until my second visit, more than 20 years later on a guidebook assignment, that I realized how much I had missed. Although the A-bomb is rightfully front and center for overseas visitors, the Japanese concept of the city is very different. As Japan's westernmost major port, it was the nation's first landing spot for Catholic missionaries and martyrs; red-bearded, waistcoated, fancy-hatted traders; and exotic foods borne by trade winds.
May 31, 2013 | By Jeevan Vasagar
BERLIN - More than two decades after the Berlin Wall came down, Germany's eastern half remains a very different place from the west - older, whiter and more likely to be out of work, according to results published Friday from the country's first census since reunification. Unemployment rates in the five states that made up Communist East Germany ranged from 3.3% to 4.4% in the nationwide survey, which was conducted in May 2011. By contrast, the jobless rate in the former West Germany ranged from 1.7% in Bavaria to 2.8% in North Rhine-Westphalia.
May 17, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
There's a wryly energetic thrust to “Chess,” being revived by East West Players in an imaginative production that certainly puts its own spin on this problematic concept album-turned-popera. Here we get the almost through-sung U.K. version (Richard Nelson's book is virtually interjections). This favors the show's enduring asset: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice's soaring, wailing score. Director Tim Dang stylishly maneuvers his stalwart, multicultural players around set designer Adam Flemming's levels and arches, aided by Flemming's videos and Dan Weingarten's spectacular lighting.
January 13, 2003 | E. Scott Reckard
East West Bancorp Inc., the San Marino-based banking company whose clients mainly are ethnic Chinese, will announce today that it has opened a representative office in Beijing. Since East West specializes in trade finance, the Beijing facility will be "a great service for their customers, like a business office with access to all your finances," said Mark Agah, a banking analyst with RBC Capital Markets in San Francisco.
February 9, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
In a high-tech bungalow on a back corner of the 20th Century Fox lot, the South Korean auteur Chan-wook Park is chiseling his opus as the clock ticks toward 9 p.m. Park, the toast of Asian cinema and hero to hordes of genre-film enthusiasts, is editing "Stoker," a coming-of-age Gothic thriller starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman. It's his first film in the U.S. and first in English. For hard-core fans of the director's blood-spattered Korean work - including "Oldboy," the 2004 Cannes Grand Prix winner being remade by Spike Lee - his arrival on the shores might be compared, with less exaggeration than you may think, to the landing of the Beatles.
February 4, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Words aren't the only thing that gets lost in translation in "Chinglish," David Henry Hwang's tangy cross-cultural comedy of ideas set in the Chinese city of Guiyang. Manners and mores are equally susceptible to misinterpretation when an American businessman with a checkered past tries to redeem himself and his family's sign-making business by dog paddling into the "greatest pool of untapped consumers history has ever known. " The play, which had a modest run on Broadway last season and is now at South Coast Repertory in a tiptop co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, was underappreciated in New York.
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