• Community Bids a Fond Farewell to Jennifer Sanderson Community Bids a Fond Farewell to Jennifer Sanderson
  • Meet the 2014 CAPE New Writers Fellowship Graduates Meet the 2014 CAPE New Writers Fellowship Graduates
  • CAPE Recognized with Mnet Award CAPE Recognized with Mnet Award
  • CAPE Board Shows Their Support CAPE Board Shows Their Support

Thank You & Happy Holidays From CAPE


Dear CAPE Friends,

Thank you for your much appreciated commitment to CAPE! Because of your support, we are celebrating 23 wonderful years of growth and service to the community. We encourage you to watch Jennifer’s salute to CAPE, along with the celebrity interviews and #IAm Campaign videos, to find out why “we still need everyone’s support”.

Here are two great gift ideas that support CAPE:

  1. Donate to CAPE in honor of someone through your year-end charitable giving
  2. Give the gift of intent using the coupon code “cape” and 100% of proceeds will go to fund CAPE programs. Use the “cape” coupon code to get free shipping at http://www.myintent.org/. MyIntent Project’s mission is to be a catalyst for meaningful conversations and positive energy in the world, and to encourage people to share more truth and inspiration with each other.  For example, I was given the gift of intent and found my word – flyhigh. As a flyer (flying trapeze), I always strive to fly higher. I am happiest when flying through the air and want to share that love with everyone.


Learn more about MyIntent Project — what’s your word?

The CAPE Board of Directors and Advisors wish you Happy Holidays and the very best for the New Year!

Happy Holidays,
Hana Kwon
Director of Programs & Operations


CAPE Executive Director’s Final Request


December 12, 2014


Dear CAPE Friends & Colleagues,

The CAPE Holiday Party & Farewell to Jennifer Sanderson was an exciting night that exceeded anything I could have imagined – glamorous red carpet – my name in lights – Apl.de.Ap performing “I Gotta Feeling”! Most importantly, the historic El Rey Theatre was filled with over 300 community members who filled the event with electricity, fun, and support. Thank you CAPE Board of Directors, Advisors, Wenda Fong, Fritz Friedman, Adele Yoshioka, Joy Moh, Ted Benito, Grant Kimura, Adrian Zaw, Hana Kwon and all the Volunteers for producing a special send off of a lifetime.

Today is my last day at CAPE and my final request as CAPE Executive Director is that you consider CAPE in your end of year giving. CAPE donations are accepted in any amount and 100% tax-deductible. All contributions go directly towards funding CAPE Educational Programming that nurture the next generation of artists and leaders in our community, which make dreams come true.

If you’re on a budget, consider doing your holiday shopping using AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to CAPE. Other ways to support this season for free:

I have been touched by your kind emails and well wishes as I depart. As I shared at the party, “commit to your dreams and this community” and extraordinary things will happen. I’ve had the time of my life –thank you for allowing me to serve you at CAPE for the past five years.


Warmest Holiday Wishes,

Jennifer Sanderson


PS. Don’t worry if you missed the event, you can catch all the red carpet interviews produced by Zaw Studios and farewell speeches on our CAPE Youtube Channel.




15th Annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship – Guidelines and Submissions – Sponsored by NBC Universal and Warner Bros.



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2015 CNWF v115th Annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship is now officially open for submissions!

Attention writers! Do you have material, but need some guidance on how to successfully pitch your project? CAPE New Writers Fellowship is the perfect program for you.

Stay tuned on our Facebook and Twitter for instant #CNWF updates!

  • 2 submission categories: Film and Television*
  • Up to 10 fellows will be selected
  • Fellows will receive:
    • Cash stipend per Writer or Writing Team
    • Intensive 11-session curriculum with industry professionals in Los Angeles from March to April (all finalists must attend all classes and lab sessions)
    • Exclusive opportunities to meet with successful entertainment agents, managers, producers, and executives

Submit your materials today! You can submit more than one script (each script requires a set of submission materials and fee).

2015 CNWF Submissions – Submit Here – Submission are closed!
2015 CNWF Registration Fee – Pay Here – Submission are closed!

DEADLINE: January 7, 2015 at 11:59PM PST
There will be no extensions to the submission period.

Submission is not a guarantee of entry.

We’ve aligned the Fellowship to end right before the NBC Universal’s Writers on the Verge Program begins its application season.  CNWF Finalists will get a head start and expert preparation to put them in the best possible position to apply for NBC and other network writing programs.

Hear some of the CAPE New Writers Fellows from previous years share their experiences.

The CAPE New Writers Fellowship is a unique program dedicated to discovering and nurturing AAPI writers and launching their careers in television and film. We are proud of the enormous success of last year’s program, where ALL of the 2014 TV Fellows are currently employed on existing TV shows as staff writers or script coordinators. Success stories include TV staff writers Helen Shang (NBC’s “Hannibal”), Frederick Kim (USA’s “Complications”), Thomas Wong (FOX’s “Backstrom”), Aaron Ho (Disney’s “Austin & Ally”), Ken Cheng (Amazon’s “Betas”), and Leonard Chang (FX’s “Justified”); script coordinators Nikhil Jayaram (NBC’s “Allegiance”) and Christopher Wu (Amazon’s “Bosch”); and screenwriter Alice Wu (Sony Classics’ SAVING FACE).

*CNWF is accepting only original spec TV scripts or screenplays.  Spec episodes of existing shows will not be accepted as your submission.


An Important Announcement from CAPE


Dear Friends & Champions of CAPE,

CAPE is excited to announce that from this point forward we are transitioning from a paid member-driven organization to one that is exclusively mission-driven. What this means for you is that we are eliminating all paid memberships and opening up our programs, services, and events to anyone seeking to make a meaningful impact in support of the AAPI community. We have thought long and hard about this transition, and our hope is that it will help us better serve CAPE’s Mission to champion diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering all Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.

CAPE was founded 23 years ago as a non-profit organization to support and connect AAPI’s in entertainment. It started with a series of small networking mixers attended by the few AAPI executives working in the industry at that time. With your support, CAPE has grown tremendously. We have expanded the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, globally launched the #IAM Campaign, which quickly became one of the top four all-time non-profit awareness campaigns in YouTube history, and grown our base of individual and corporate supporters to over 5,000.

We sincerely thank our members, past and present, for supporting the only non-profit organization dedicated to increasing positive AAPI images and representation in entertainment. Although we no longer require membership fees, we still need financial support to cover our climbing operating costs and fund our great events and programs. We’d love for you to consider any membership dues you have paid as a tax-deductible donation to CAPE. However, if you feel that you do not wish to support our Mission in this way, we would be happy to oblige with a pro-rated refund*. Regardless, we hope you will consider making a donation to CAPE. If you are unable to make a contribution, please consider moral support by visiting our website and signing up for our newsletter, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to our YouTube Channel.

We hope you will encourage others to support CAPE’s Mission to create positive images of AAPI’s in entertainment and media.


Wenda Fong, CAPE Co-Founder & Board Chair Emeritus
Kevin Iwashina, CAPE Board Chair


*Refund requests will be accept through 10/31/2014.


CAPE Advisor Lou Diamond Phillips Presents a Staged Reading of BURNING DESIRE

Lou_Diamond_Phillips_at_CPTA staged reading of BURNING DESIRE, written by CAPE Advisor Lou Diamond Phillips, is set for Wednesday, January 28th at 8:00PM.

BURNING DESIRE is a romantic comedy about two people who fall in love but Lucifer (played by Phillips) challenges them with the dilemma of receiving true love in exchange for their immortal souls.

The reading will take place in New York City at St. Malachy’s Church at The Actors Chapel, on Wednesday, January 28th at 8:00PM. The event is open to the public.


CAPE Success Story

Joshua ChangCongratulations to CAPE Member Joshua Chang on booking a recurring guest star role on HBO’s “Silicon Valley”! You can catch his scenes on episodes 7 and 8 of the upcoming Season 2. Chang booked the role through the CAPE Casting Workshop with Lindsay Jameyson & Leslie Woo.

Congratulations to the New APEX President Amy Cheong

Amy CheongCAPE congratulates Amy Cheong on being the newly elected President of APEX (Asian Professional Exchange).

Cheng has been involved with APEX for the last five years, first as the Chair of Professional Development, and then moved on to be the Director of Professional Development.

While being involved with APEX, Cheong has been a major supporter of CAPE as our Volunteer Coordinator for six years.

Congratulations Amy!


CAPE Congratulates

The National Book Critics Circle Tuesday announced 30 finalists for its annual literary awards, given to the best autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction and poetry of 2014.

CAPE would like to congratulate Vikram Chandra and Chang-rae Lee on being two of the 30 finalists for National Book Critics Circle awards.


Vikram ChandraChandra is a finalist in the Criticism category for “Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty” (Graywolf Press).


Chang-rae LeeLee is a finalist in the Fiction category for “On Such a Full Sea” (Riverhead Books).

Winners of the National Book Critics Circle awards will be announced on March 12 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York. The awards are nominated and chosen by the group’s board of 24 critics and book review editors.

See the complete list of finalists here.


Call for Writers: “Time Traveling is Not for Everyone”

Time_Travel_Flyer-min (1)Call for Writers: “Time Traveling is Not for Everyone”

“Time Travel is Not for Everyone” is an anthology in the works focused on unlikely time travelers from underrepresented communities who end up in at best unwelcoming situations. Recently writers Heidi Durrow and Koji Steven Sakai announced they are accepting proposals for short stories from writers who would like to be included.

For more information be sure to visit https://www.facebook.com/time.travel.is.not.for.everyone. Proposals and questions can be sent to Time.Traveling.4.All.of.Us@gmail.com

The deadline for proposals is February 14, 2015.

To learn more about the anthology, please contact Koji Steven Sakai at Ksakai1@gmail.com or (626) 825-0184.