2 days of FUN!

Pacific Media Expo 2008
Veterans' Day
Holiday Weekend
November 7 to 9, 2008
Hilton Los Angeles Airport

News

May 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Angelic Pretty poster! Click here. (05.19.09)

April 2009 raffle
Win: Framed and autographed Kaya postcard! (April Raffle closed on 04.30.09) (04.14.09)

PMX Collectors' Swap Meet
Join us at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival (April 18-19, 11 AM - 6 PM). Click here. (03.28.09)

March 2009 raffle
Win: Robotech Shadow Chronicles 2-Disc Collector's Edition, a VF-1A Max Type Valkyrie Super Poseable Figure, and 2 PMX 2009 Full Memberships! (March Raffle closed on 03.31.09) (03.06.09)

February 2009 raffle
Win an autographed and framed Kaya postcard! (February Raffle closed on 02.28.09) (02.10.09)

Save the date! Nov. 6-8, '09
PMX 2009 returns to the LAX Hilton for another year of fun! (01.14.09)

January 2009 raffle
Win an autographed and framed Suicide Ali postcard! (January Raffle closed on 01.31.09) (01.02.09)

THANK YOU for attending PMX 2008! See you next year! (11.10.08)

Kaya performance
Concert starts at 8 p.m. Kaya's performance on stage starts at 9:30 p.m. (11.08.08)

Pocky tasting
Look out wine tasting. Here comes Pocky tasting. Glico is coming to PMX to let attendees try the Pocky experience. (11.06.08)

Map it out
Download the layout for PMX here or in the Location tab. (11.05.08)

Anime showings
Check out the list of anime PMX will be showing in its video rooms. (11.05.08)

Panels and workshops
Check out the Panels and Workshops we've added to the schedule. (11.05.08)

Discounted parking
Hotel parking for PMX attendees is $10/day with a coupon. Coupons are available in Registration upon request. (11.05.08)

Cosfest signups
Information regarding PMX's Cosfest has been updated. Sign up now! (11.03.08)

Registration info updates
The new registration page now covers at-con hours and registration policies. (11.03.08)

Kick it into overdrive
PMX updates the format of the ever-popular Twisted Tea Party. Welcome the Turbo Twisted Tea Party. Click here to find out how to participate. (11.03.08)

Korean drama
See a list of k-drama screening at PMX08. (10.30.08)

Programming schedules
Check them out under the Programming tab. (10.22.08)

Exhibits update
Baby the Stars Shine Bright and PEACE NOW will be bringing their distinct designs to PMX! (10.22.08)

October raffle
Win a Candy Spooky Theater autographed CD! (October Raffle closed on 10.31.08) (10.21.08)

Maid cafe
Join us Nov. 8 and 9 for a unique dining experience as PMX co-hosts its own maid cafe... (10.20.08)

Making beautiful music
Stephanie Yanez to perform at halftime of Cosfest. VAEIDOS joins the Pacific Media Live lineup. Clear your cache and check out their music in the player above. (10.18.08)

Plethora of programming
The programming tab has been updated with numerous activities on tap at PMX. Check out the Cowboy Bebop Experience, the B-Boy 3x3 Competition, Popping/Breaking workshops, fan panels for Kaba Modern and SickStep and much more. (10.17.08)

Info updates
PMX is now taking sign-ups for panels and workshops. Press and industry can register for PMX. (10.17.08)

PMX's best dance crew
Now taking sign-ups for .pure furisuta GiG 2's 3-on-3 b-boy battle. (10.16.08)

Events announcements
PMX will be hosting a Rock Band 2 tournament in its gaming room. See a partial list of the console games at PMX. PMX will also be hosting its dances on Friday and Saturday nights. Read up on our spinneriffic DJs. (10.13.08)

More music
Check out Kaya, our new music Guest of Honor. PMX announces our opening bands: Heday, LYV, Nylon Pink, and Vamp Star. Check out music clips in the player above. (10.01.08)

On sale soon
UPDATE: Tickets to the Suicide Ali concert go on sale at 7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, Oct. 3. Tickets to the Kaya concert go on sale at 8 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, Oct. 3. See the ticketing policy. (10.01.08)

One lump or two?
PMX brings back the ever-popular Twisted Tea Party. Click here to find out how to participate. (10.01.08)

The cinema scene
Cine-East once again is sponsoring the Asian film program at PMX. See a list of what will be showing. (09.28.08)

Bringing it back
.pure furisuta GiG 2 will feature dance exhibition and a 3 on 3 b-boy battle. Find out more about .pure furisuta GiG 2. (09.27.08)

Volunteer for PMX
PMX is now accepting volunteers to help at the convention. Find out how to sign up here. (09.26.08)

Stay at the Hilton
Book your room for PMX. Find out more information about the Hilton Hotel LAX here. (09.22.08)

 
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January 2009 PMX Newsletter
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Contents: Year of the Ox, Little Tokyo New Year, ALA 09 Winner, Get Published!, Contests and Freebies, PMX on Facebook/Twitter

Happy Year of the Ox!
by Amirah May Limayo, PMX Staff

Year of the OxChinese New Year (also known as Lunar New year or Spring Festival) is one of the most important holidays celebrated in the Chinese tradition. It is also commonly celebrated in other Asian cultures such as Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. In 2009, Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 26. The celebration starts on a New Moon and ends with the Lantern Festival on the Full Moon fifteen days later.

The Chinese calendar has a 12-year cycle. All 12 signs of the Zodiac are represented by animals. The year 2009 is the Year of the Ox. The Ox is the symbol for prosperity through fortitude and hard work. Traditionally, people born under the influence of the Ox are thought to be kind, caring souls, logical, positive, and filled with common sense and security.

The holiday is celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic foods and display of festive decorations--all focused on bringing good luck for the new year and celebrating the coming of Spring. It is common for adults to give red envelopes (or packets) to young children. The red envelopes usually contain money in the amount of an even number. The number 6 or 8 are considered very lucky in terms of wealth. Wearing red clothing during the New Year celebrations will scare away evil spirits and bad fortunes

New Year parades are celebrated with fireworks to drive away evil spirits. The dragon and/or lion dances on the streets also are performed to scare away evil spirits. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City are some of the U.S. cities that have annual New Year celebrations.

PMX wishes everyone a Happy New Year!

Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo New Year Celebration
by Paula Angeles, PMX Staff

On January 1, 2009, Little Tokyo in Los Angeles was hopping with celebration. The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California sponsored the annual event "Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo" which brought out thousands of people from all over the Southland for a day of Japanese culture immersion. Many locations throughout Little Tokyo hosted various performances and demonstrations, from karate and taiko drum performances to the ever popular mochi-pounding square. Even the Koyasan Buddhist Temple, a hidden jewel tucked away under the shadow of the Miyako Hotel, opened its' doors to the public. This was where you can get annual lucky arrows and talismans for a donation.

There were so many wonderful things to see and do during the Oshogatsu that four hours weren't enough to take it all in. With that, we will let the pictures do the storytelling.

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Folk songs being sung.
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Food vendors at Weller Court
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Weller Court main stage
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Wishes at the Koyasan Buddhist Temple
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Study talisman
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Take your aggression out by pounding mochi!
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Winner Announcement! PMX Survey at Anime Los Angeles 2009
Michelle Krumm won two PMX 2009 Full badge memberships by taking our survey at ALA 09 in early January! Congratulations, Michelle! :D

Get Published! PMX Monthly Newsletter Submission Guidelines
Are you an aspiring writer, photographer, manga or graphic artist, or videographer/reporter? Contribute to our monthly newsletter! Build your writing/artist porfolio or clip file with PMX! If you want to get published, you have to start somewhere, right? Not only that, if your piece is chosen, we'll give you five of our limited edition PMX buttons! These buttons are never for sale. They are earned! :D

We are looking for articles about the following subjects in Asian and Asian American pop culture:

- Country profiles (i.e., Korea, China)
- Celebrity sightings (with photos - not at a convention)
- Book reviews
- Movie reviews
- Album reviews
- Artist reviews
- Concert/club performances/live reviews (not in a convention)
- Restaurant reviews
- Community profiles (i.e., Little Tokyo, Koreatown)
- Festival reports (i.e., Nisei Week)
- Fashion reports
- Trend reports
- Asian holiday/celebration/tradition reports (i.e., Midnight Mass for Filipinos)
- Anime/Manga/Pop culture news (i.e., Spanish translation of classic anime in Equador)
- and many others!

Just submit your article to our editors and we'll pick the best ones. If we pick your piece, congratulations! You are now a published writer/artist!

Submissions must be 250-350 words in length. If you're submitting a video, please make sure it is under 10 minutes long. If you're submitting an image, please make sure you have legal rights to distribute this image. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. If you want to become a regular contributor, please let us know! We'll be more than happy to support your dream!

Please send your submissions to editors(at)pacificmediaexpo(dot)com.

Contests and Freebies

Freebies for February only: PMX is currently giving away pocket calendars in packs of 10 for individuals and 25 or more for anime or Asian culture clubs! Hurry! Calendars are limited and when we run out at the end of the month, we won't get them again until January 2010! Email marketing(at)pacificmediaexpo(dot)com your name, club name, and mailing address. Please indicate if you're an individual or getting calendars for a club.

Freebies for the rest of the year: Does your club need stuff to raffle off during special meetings/events? PMX gets all sorts of stuff from anime companies. Let us know when your special meeting/event is and we’ll see what we can give you. Give us a two week leadtime though. Email us at marketing-at-pacificmediaexpo(dot)com and we'll send you stuff right away!

Contest deadline March 31, 2009! PMX is having our first ever Button Design Contest! One stipulation: your design must fit in a one-inch round button. Send us your name and your design by email at marketing(at)pacificmediaexpo(dot)com and we'll post your design on our forums so that everyone can judge which design is the best. The winner gets 25 buttons with their design (because buttons are never for sale, only earned) and a pair of PMX 2009 Full badge memberships! Send all submissions to marketing(at)pacificmediaexpo(dot)com.

Last Call! We also have a monthly raffle that ends at midnight, January 31, 2009. This month's prize is a framed, autographed Suicide Ali postcard! Go to http://www.PacificMediaExpo.com to enter.

Social Networking with PMX
You already know you can reach PMX at MySpace.com/PacificMediaExpo. But did you know we're all over Facebook? We even have a Twitter page! So click on the links below to friend us or follow us! You might even get news or in-person freebies faster than other people especially on Twitter (hint)!

http://twitter.com/PMXNews
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