Erica Wu is part of a young group of players looked at as the next generation of American table tennis. Wu, 16, won a team bronze medal along with fellow teenagers Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang at the 2011 Pan American Games. She is also the 2011 USA women’s doubles champion and a 2011 semifinalist in the singles event.
Chinese director Emily Tang's latest film "All Apologies", about two couples linked by the death of a child, has had its world premiere at Spain's San Sebastian film festival.
The movie is the only film from Asia among the 14 in competition for the festival's top prize, the Golden Shell.
It offers a critical look at the great lengths some couples go to have a male child in contemporary China as well as of women's often submissive role in Chinese society.
A chubby thirty-something with wacky dance moves, Park Jae-Sang falls far short of the prettified, teenage ideal embodied by the stars of South Korea's phenomenally successful K-pop industry.
But Park, known as "Psy," has succeeded where the industry-manufactured girl and boy bands have tried and failed, making a huge splash on the mainstream US music scene thanks to a viral video and a rare sense of irony.
South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" won the top prize at the Venice film festival, while Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-inspired "The Master" walked off with two major awards.
The eccentric Kim delighted the audience at the awards ceremony by breaking into song on stage to celebrate winning the Golden Lion award for his bleak morality tale.
The director, whose personality seems far from the darkness of his protagonists, belted out the Korean folk song "Arirang" on stage to thank the jury.
With much of the traditional cinema sector in a state of flux, Venice film festival participants said the industry is looking to a future in which the Internet will play an ever bigger role.
From hosting world film premieres on websites to young directors showcasing their work through the Internet, supporters in Europe say the web should no longer be seen as a money drain of pirated content but as a source of revenue.
THE IRAN JOB follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran.
With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran.
Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles.
With women directing 21 of the 52 films being shown at this year's Venice film festival, organizers said the time for international recognition of women's contribution to cinema has finally come.
"I think it's a sign of the times," festival director Alberto Barbera said.
"Cinema for over a century was a very male-dominated environment. Finally, even cinema has realized that there is female creativity," he said.
The female director of Saudi Arabia's first feature film, showing at the Venice film festival, has explained how she beat the odds to produce the heartwarming tale of a girl's quest to own a bicycle.
In Haifaa Al Mansour's landmark film "Wadjda," 10-year-old Waad Mohammed plays a girl who is also testing the boundaries of a woman's place in a highly conservative society where her love for Western music and fashions land her in trouble.