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From Surf Soup TV. Let’s Talk Story! Listeners can connect to Animator, Artist, and Author Donna Kay Lau

Donna Kay Lau is an animator and picture book author/illustrator. Honored with Day and Primetime Emmys at Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network and produced
Cartoon Shows: Dora the Explorer, Oswald the Octopus, Catdog, Regular Show, Generator Rex and Ben 10 Crossover..

Also Fitness Trainer 23+ years!

Donna loves to talk! Get the inside Surf Soup Scoop on the latest projects, interviews, and whatever is on her mind! So settle in and join in while she talks story.

Surf Soup Talk Story Donna Kay Lau

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From Surf Soup TV. Let’s Talk Story! Listeners can connect to Animator, Artist, and Author Donna Kay Lau

Donna Kay Lau is an animator and picture book author/illustrator. Honored with Day and Primetime Emmys at Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network and produced
Cartoon Shows: Dora the Explorer, Oswald the Octopus, Catdog, Regular Show, Generator Rex and Ben 10 Crossover..

Also Fitness Trainer 23+ years!

Donna loves to talk! Get the inside Surf Soup Scoop on the latest projects, interviews, and whatever is on her mind! So settle in and join in while she talks story.

    Beyond the Frames: Eli Reed's Legacy in 'The Long Walk-Photojournalism

    Beyond the Frames: Eli Reed's Legacy in 'The Long Walk-Photojournalism

    Welcome, listeners, to another compelling episode of Surf Soup Talk Story. Today, we have the distinct honor of diving into the extraordinary life and lens of a true titan in the world of photojournalism – the one and only Eli Reed.
    For over five decades, Eli Reed's camera has been a witness to history, capturing the face of racism and documenting the raw human suffering in conflicts across the globe. From the streets of Beirut to the heart of Central America, he has been a visual storyteller, unveiling the harsh realities that words alone cannot convey.
    His illustrious career reached a pinnacle with the much-acclaimed photographic record of the aftermath of George Floyd's 2020 murder in Minneapolis and Floyd's funeral in Houston, Texas. Eli Reed is not just a photographer; he is a storyteller, a historian, and a compassionate observer of the human condition.
    Today, we sit down with this living legend to unravel the stories behind the lens, the lessons learned from a lifetime of documenting history, and the unwavering commitment to truth through the art of photography.
    Eli Reed’s Biography 
    For half a century, photojournalist Eli Reed's photography has captured the face of racism and documented human suffering in conflicts around the world. He has photographed deprivation from Beirut to Central America, and filmed the Lost Boys of Sudan, young men Reed described as "living through life-threatening hell." In 1986, his images chronicled the coup against Haitian President "Baby Doc" Duvalier; in 1989, he captured the U.S. military action that led to the downfall of Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega; and in 1992, he documented political upheaval in Kinshasa, Zaire. In the United States, his eyes have been focused on the evils of racism, his photographs exposing truth in ways that words cannot always express.
    His long career of documentary work culminated in his much-acclaimed photographic record of the aftermath of George Floyd's 2020 murder in Minneapolis and Floyd's funeral in Houston, Texas. Reed was a 1983 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1988, and retired in 2021 after teaching for 17 years as a clinical professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He has received many awards and achievements including most recently, the National Press Photographers Association Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award (2020), Gordon Parks Choice of Weapons Award (2021), and the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence (2021).
    Artist Statement 
    I came into the world as a priest once said, “a child of god,” and I was curious from the beginning about what made us different. The time that I was growing up the Vietnam war was going on, the Civil Rights movement was very important, and even with all that, I loved the idea that it was a beautiful world and yet innocent people were being hurt in all kinds of ways, because of greed, evil, and the lack of understanding that every person on this planet is worth being respected. I went from using a paintbrush to using a camera to see with my eyes what was going on in the world. And I’ve never lost touch with that. I’ve dropped  a lot of things behind, but never the urge not to say something and sit on the sidelines. 
    -Eli Reed
    Eli’s website
    Magnum Photos Profile
    Long Walk Home book
    With This Light documentary

    💜 Thank you to Lauren Gerson

    Dedication:

    In loving memory of Jimmy Stewart and with everlasting gratitude to Terri Stewart, who were my second set of parents.

    In the city of Los Angeles, where the sunsets paint memories and the city lights tell stories, I dedicate this podcast episode to my dear second parents, Terri and Jimmy Stewart.

    Though Jimmy has gone on to play with the saints, his spirit remains an indelible part of our lives. His laughter echoes in the corridors of our memories, and his love continues to inspire us every day.

    Love, Eli 




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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Eli Reed: The Long Walk Begins - A Glimpse into a Lifetime of Photojournalism

    Eli Reed: The Long Walk Begins - A Glimpse into a Lifetime of Photojournalism

    Welcome, listeners, to another compelling episode of Surf Soup Talk Story. Today, we have the distinct honor of diving into the extraordinary life and lens of a true titan in the world of photojournalism – the one and only Eli Reed.

    For over five decades, Eli Reed's camera has been a witness to history, capturing the face of racism and documenting the raw human suffering in conflicts across the globe. From the streets of Beirut to the heart of Central America, he has been a visual storyteller, unveiling the harsh realities that words alone cannot convey.

    In 1986, his lens chronicled the coup against Haitian President "Baby Doc" Duvalier. In 1989, he documented the U.S. military action leading to the downfall of Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, and in 1992, he witnessed and documented political upheaval in Kinshasa, Zaire. His eyes, however, haven't just been focused on international turmoil. In the United States, Eli Reed's camera has tirelessly exposed the evils of racism, creating a visual narrative that speaks to the soul of the nation.

    His illustrious career reached a pinnacle with the much-acclaimed photographic record of the aftermath of George Floyd's 2020 murder in Minneapolis and Floyd's funeral in Houston, Texas. Eli Reed is not just a photographer; he is a storyteller, a historian, and a compassionate observer of the human condition.

    A 1983 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a full member of Magnum Photos since 1988, and a dedicated educator who retired in 2021 after 17 years as a clinical professor at The University of Texas at Austin, Eli Reed's impact extends far beyond the frames of his photographs.

    For half a century, photojournalist Eli Reed's photography has captured the face of racism and documented human suffering in conflicts around the world. He has photographed deprivation from Beirut to Central America, and filmed the Lost Boys of Sudan, young men Reed described as "living through life-threatening hell." In 1986, his images chronicled the coup against Haitian President "Baby Doc" Duvalier; in 1989, he captured the U.S. military action that led to the downfall of Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega; and in 1992, he documented political upheaval in Kinshasa, Zaire. In the United States, his eyes have been focused on the evils of racism, his photographs exposing truth in ways that words cannot always express.His long career of documentary work culminated in his much-acclaimed photographic record of the aftermath of George Floyd's 2020 murder in Minneapolis and Floyd's funeral in Houston, Texas. Reed was a 1983 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1988, and retired in 2021 after teaching for 17 years as a clinical professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He has received many awards and achievements including most recently, the National Press Photographers Association Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award (2020), Gordon Parks Choice of Weapons Award (2021), and the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence (2021).Artist StatementI came into the world as a priest once said, “a child of god,” and I was curious from the beginning about what made us different. The time that I was growing up the Vietnam war was going on, the Civil Rights movement was very important, and even with all that, I loved the idea that it was a beautiful world and yet innocent people were being hurt in all kinds of ways, because of greed, evil, and the lack of understanding that every person on this planet is worth being respected. I went from using a paintbrush to using a camera to see with my eyes what was going on in the world. And I’ve never lost touch with that. I’ve dropped  a lot of things behind, but never the urge not to say something and sit on the sidelines. 

    Photo/video credit: Eli Reed

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    • 5 min
    We are all part of the Surf Soup-The Line Up Series on The Chat Session: An Interview with Donna Kay Lau - TV Animator, Producer, Creator of Surf Soup TV, and Author/Illustrator of the Surf Soup Book

    We are all part of the Surf Soup-The Line Up Series on The Chat Session: An Interview with Donna Kay Lau - TV Animator, Producer, Creator of Surf Soup TV, and Author/Illustrator of the Surf Soup Book

    We are all part of the Surf Soup-The Line Up Series on The Chat Session: An Interview with Donna Kay Lau - TV Animator, Producer, Creator of Surf Soup TV, and Author/Illustrator of the Surf Soup Book Series 🌊

    What an incredible experience it was to be interviewed by the one and only Rodney Allen Rippy for an episode of "We are all part of the Surf Soup"! 🎙️

    Rodney Allen Rippy, for those who may not know, is a beloved actor and media personality known for his iconic roles in commercials and television during the '70s. With his infectious charm and bright smile, Rodney made a lasting impression on audiences across the nation.



    In this exciting episode, I had the pleasure of diving deep into the world of Surf Soup with Rodney and sharing the magic of creativity, exploration, and learning that Surf Soup brings to kids of all ages. 📚🌟



    "We are all part of the Surf Soup" is a delightful journey where we explore the origins and inspirations behind Surf Soup TV, the beloved cartoon show that seamlessly blends real-life footage with kids' cartoons. Join us as we discuss the fantastic adventures of Koa and his friends, the importance of ocean conservation, and the valuable lessons of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and S.E.L. (Social Emotional Learning),and more!



    As the creator of Surf Soup TV and the author/illustrator of the Surf Soup book series, I'm thrilled to share how these stories ignite creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning. Together with Auntie Donna and Prana the Piranha, we're on a mission to inspire children to explore, imagine, and make a positive impact on the world.

    Plus, you won't want to miss the exciting showcase of kids' cartoons and drawings in the upcoming Surf Soup TV cartoon, a testament to their incredible creativity. 🎨✏️

    So, join us on this thrilling adventure as we dive into the heart of Surf Soup, where imagination and learning take the ultimate ride. 🏄‍♂️📚

    Don't forget to follow @surfsouptv on YouTube to help us reach 500 followers before the cartoon begins! Your support means the world to us.



    Buy Surf Soup Book Series:  https://amzn.to/44LqJEW

    Surf Soup Links:  ⁠https://\⁠bit.ly/m/Surfsoup

    Surf Soup TV Website:  https://surfsoup.tv/



    #SurfSoup #ChildrensBooks #LearningAdventure #ImaginationUnleashed #InspireKids #RodneyAllenRippy #DonnaKayLau #SurfSoupCartoon #Surfsouptv #Surfsoupbooks #surfcartoon 






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    • 32 min
    The Enduring Significance of Writing for Children on International Literacy Day

    The Enduring Significance of Writing for Children on International Literacy Day

    Title: Celebrating International Literacy Day with Surf Soup

    International Literacy Day, observed since 1967, reminds us of the importance of literacy as a fundamental human right. As we celebrate this day, I want to share why I write for children and how you can join our Surf Soup mission to promote literacy.

    Promote the Surf Soup Book Series for Kids

    Consider purchasing Surf Soup books for young readers in your life. These captivating adventures teach teamwork, empathy, and environmental awareness. Every purchase supports our mission to promote literacy worldwide.

    Donate Surf Soup Books: Share the Gift of Literacy

    Join our "Donate Surf Soup Books" initiative to provide books to children who may lack access to them. Your generosity opens doors to knowledge and a love for reading.

    Get Involved: Help Us Donate Books

    Visit Surf Soup TV's website for information on creating your own book club and supporting us on Patreon. Your contributions impact young readers and help us get Surf Soup books into libraries worldwide.

    Join Our Virtual Book Club

    Stay tuned for updates on our Surf Soup Book Club, featuring reader guides and activities. Young readers can explore the world of Surf Soup and ignite their imaginations.

    Support Surf Soup TV: A Cartoon in the Making

    We're planning Surf Soup TV, a cartoon show bringing Koa's adventures to life. Stay tuned for more on this exciting project.

    A World of Possibilities through Literacy

    On this International Literacy Day, let's remember that literacy opens doors to new worlds and opportunities. By promoting literacy, we empower children to dream big. Join us in celebrating this day by supporting our mission.

    Expressing Gratitude

    I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to share my craft and teach kids to pursue their dreams. However, I can't do this alone. Your support is crucial. Whether through buying books, participating in our book club, donating books, or contributing to Surf Soup TV, you make a difference.

    Let's Stand Together

    Thank you for being part of this journey. Your support means the world, and together, we can inspire young minds and nurture a love for reading and lifelong learning.

    Please help us spread the word and be the change we wish to see.

    With Peace, Love, and Harmony,

    Donna Kay Lau



    https://Surfsoup.tv

    https://bit.ly/m/Surfsoup

    Surf Soup Book Series: https://amzn.to/3AOTseX

    Surf Soup Book Club:  https://surfsoup.tv/book-club




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    • 8 min
    Making Surf Soup: A Chinese American Story of Donna Kay Lau TV Animator, Author and Illustrator

    Making Surf Soup: A Chinese American Story of Donna Kay Lau TV Animator, Author and Illustrator

    🎉 Exciting News! 📚🌟

    I am absolutely thrilled to announce that my Kindle Vella story, "Making Surf Soup: A Chinese American Story of Donna Kay Lau," has been selected to appear on the home page of Kindle Vella on Amazon! 🎉✨

    Kindle Vella is Amazon's wonderful new platform that allows readers to enjoy serialized stories in an engaging and interactive way. It's a captivating way for authors like me to share our tales, one episode at a time, keeping readers eagerly anticipating the next chapter!

    "Making Surf Soup" is a heartwarming journey that delves into the extraordinary life of Donna Kay Lau, a Chinese American TV Animator, Author, and Illustrator. This inspiring memoir is filled with moments of magic, unwavering determination, and the fulfillment of dreams. It's a celebration of perseverance, grit, and the boundless blessings that come from following your passion.

    Throughout the narrative, I'll share with you the transformative power of finding joy in creating art and storytelling, as well as the lessons learned from embracing life's challenges. 🌈📖

    I am beyond grateful for this incredible opportunity to connect with readers on Kindle Vella and to be featured on the platform's home page! Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement throughout this journey. Your feedback and engagement mean the world to me! ❤️

    So, join me in this adventure on Kindle Vella as we explore the inspiring tale of "Making Surf Soup: A Chinese American Story of Donna Kay Lau." Let's embark on this wonderful storytelling adventure together! 🚀🌊

    For those who are curious about Kindle Vella, head over to Amazon to discover this exciting new platform and dive into serialized stories from talented authors across genres.

    https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0BB1Q8Y56

    https://surfsoup.tv/



    #KindleVella #MakingSurfSoup #NewBeginnings #KindleVellaDebut #AuthorLife #ChineseAmericanStory #TVAnimator #AuthorAndIllustrator #BookCommunity #ReadersLove #StorytellingMagic #BookwormsUnite

    #surfsoup #Surfsouptv #DonnaLau #Donnakaylau














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    About Creator, Animator, Author, Illustrator…your Podcast Host-Donna Kay Lau IMDb Pro Update

    About Creator, Animator, Author, Illustrator…your Podcast Host-Donna Kay Lau IMDb Pro Update

    About Creator, Animator, Author, Illustrator…your Podcast Host-Donna Kay Lau IMDb Pro Update

    I just updated my IMDb Pro Page ⁠https://www.imdb.me/DonnakayLau⁠

    Check it out and my credits!

    With so much happening all at once

    Sign up for my email list on ⁠https://Surfsoup.tv⁠

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    Join the fun and the freebies and of course latest exciting news with Surf Soup!

    I also just launched my channel on Instagram @Surfsoup to follow live updates in my studio!


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