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Around the world with best friends, twins, and con-artists — Books that will make you appreciate the journey

Around the world with best friends, twins, and con-artists — Books that will make you appreciate the journey

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The extraordinary journey of the fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe By Romain Puertolas Alfred A. Knopf New York, 2015 When Ajatashatru (Aja) Oghash arrives in Paris, the first and only thing on his mind is to get to an Ikea. All the Indian fakir — or […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

TV, Broadway’s Conrad Ricamora on a ‘life-changing’ moment

TV, Broadway’s Conrad Ricamora on a ‘life-changing’ moment

By Mark Kennedy NEW YORK (AP)  — Conrad Ricamora’s acting career is on fire of late. He may want to thank his genes. He’s on ABC’s hot new drama “How To Get Away with Murder” and he’s also singing on Broadway in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical “The King and I.” Not bad for a […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

SIFF kicks off with some “Seoul Searching”

SIFF kicks off with some “Seoul Searching”

This year’s Seattle International Film Festival includes an impressive number of Asian American selections, which assembles a collection that includes a Korean replicate that evokes John Hughes feel-good, historical Taiwanese brothels, and Tibetan archery. Check out some initial rundowns of reviews and previews below: “Seoul Searching” Reviewed by Daria Kroupoderova The title of Seoul Searching […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Features 21, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

A-pop! Slants — Is the name offensive?

A-pop! Slants — Is the name offensive?

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly With May underway, spring has officially sprung! And so has news for all of our Asian friends in the media. From controversial band names to casting news, see what’s happened during the last month with pop culture. “The Slants” lose their appeal to register band name Simon Tam, founder […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/82 Comments

Portraying family through film

Portraying family through film

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Kelly Huang, American and of Laotian heritage, recently finished her short film “A Refugee Story:  Khamsay Huang,” a portrait of her elderly uncle, Khamsay, and his story of leaving Laos during wartime and coming to America.  The film went online recently courtesy of the SEARAC (Southeast Resource Action Center) […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Toyo’s Camera — Japanese American history through a new lens

Toyo’s Camera — Japanese American history through a new lens

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Japanese film director Junichi Suzuki turned his attention to the Japanese-American experience during World War II, for his “Nisei Trilogy” of documentary films, playing at SIFF in May with the director in attendance. “Toyo’s Camera” concerns itself with the late Toyo Miyatake, who illegally documented life in his incarceration […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Eddie Huang: “Perfectly imperfect” — Fresh Off the Boat author talks about race, life, food and why he doesn’t watch the show

Eddie Huang: “Perfectly imperfect” — Fresh Off the Boat author talks about race, life, food and why he doesn’t watch the show

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Donning a bucket hat, thick-framed glasses, and a baggy button-down shirt as if he were dressing incognito, or on vacation, Eddie Huang spoke to a filled room in the student union building of the University of Washington on a rainy Tuesday night in April.  The lawyer/chef/writer/creator talked about race, […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features 19, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

“Man From Reno”

“Man From Reno”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno” begins with a gray screen. Slowly, we see that the camera is aimed dead on at a car windshield in the rain, droplets snaking down. With the rain comes the fog, and through the fog comes a man, a car, another car, a sudden […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Cambodian Son

Cambodian Son

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Cambodian Son,” produced by Anida Yoeu Ali and directed by Masahiro Sugano, tells the story of Kosal Khiev, a Cambodian poet and spoken-word performer who, after being deported from America in the wake of criminal charges, built a substantial reputation in Cambodia’s capitol, Phnom Penh. The documentary cuts between […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Playing with paper — Fun and creative options for that stack in the corner

Playing with paper — Fun and creative options for that stack in the corner

Anyone who works with print understands how the paper can pile up. And here at the Northwest Asian Weekly and the Seattle Chinese Post, it definitely piles up. Although we are adamant about recycling, it’s fun to be creative and think about how you can use that paper instead of just immediately tossing it into […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 18, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Aaina Festival: 10 years empowering South Asian Women

Aaina Festival: 10 years empowering South Asian Women

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Tasveer organization holds its tenth annual Aaina Festival, devoted to focusing on South Asian Women through the arts April 24 through April 26th in Seattle. Tasveer co-founder Rita Meher took some questions over email. NWAW: This is the tenth year for Tasveer’s Aaina Festival. What have been the […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

A-pop! Casting calls… — …and a Bruce Lee biopic; a farewell to Norman Lee

A-pop! Casting calls… — …and a Bruce Lee biopic; a farewell to Norman Lee

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly From major motion picture remakes to casting news for upcoming television shows, March was an eventful month for Asian Americans in Hollywood. Read on to find out what’s new in the world of pop culture and entertainment! Hollywood goes big with remakes and biopics In recent years, Disney has […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

“Every person’s story is worth hearing” — Dragon Lady playwright discusses feminism, crazy families, and karaoke

“Every person’s story is worth hearing” — Dragon Lady playwright discusses feminism, crazy families, and karaoke

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle-based actor, playwright, and drama teacher Sara Porkalob, brings her one-woman show “Dragon Lady,” to the Theatre Off Jackson from March 26th to March 29th.  Inspired by her Filipino family, the show promises several generations of family and family secrets, plus Diet Pepsi, pork dumplings, and some heavy bouts […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

Surviving life after death

Surviving life after death

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Dove Arising By Karen Bao Viking, 2015 Phaet Theta, a teenage girl of Chinese descent who has grown up on a colony on the moon, has only known one way of life, one of strict rules, military-like police and the law enforcement and the Committee — their governing body […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

‘Star Trek’ and social media hero George Takei is 2015 Tomodachi Award winner

‘Star Trek’ and social media hero George Takei is 2015 Tomodachi Award winner

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Tomodachi is a Japanese word meaning friend. “Star Trek” actor and gay rights advocate George Takei is the newest friend of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW). The organization named him as its 2015 Tomodachi Award winner at the Seventh Annual Tomodachi Luncheon on March 27. […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Features 15, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

Filipina American dancer/choreographer dazzles

Filipina American dancer/choreographer dazzles

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly An elementary school field trip to watch a touring dance company helped Cheryl Delostrinos find her passion in life.  “I was blown away,” explained Delostrinos of watching modern dance for the first time.  As an 8-year-old, she was mesmerized and wanted to become a dancer. Soon after her field […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 15, Profiles, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

Just beginning! — Emma Lee Toyoda is already making noise

Just beginning! — Emma Lee Toyoda is already making noise

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Local singer-songwriter Emma Lee Toyoda took a complex but rewarding path to musical autonomy, as she details below.  Toyoda recently took third place in the Experience Music Project’s “Sound Off!” competition for musicians under 21.  She answered some questions over email. NWAW:  Did you grow up in Seattle?  If […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 13 | 3/21-3/270 Comments

Climbing Heart Mountain — Documenting Japanese internment

Climbing Heart Mountain — Documenting Japanese internment

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The latest film to detail the Japanese-American experience in relocation camps during World War II, David Ono’s “The Legacy Of Heart Mountain” has a free screening this coming Sunday, March 15th, at the Nisei Veterans Committee Memorial Hall 1212 S. King Street in Seattle, from 1 to 3 pm. […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

Revisiting Taiwanese New Wave — Northwest Film Forum features retrospective of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s films

Revisiting Taiwanese New Wave — Northwest Film Forum features retrospective of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s films

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Hou Hsiao-hsien, who’s been directing films since 1980, is considered one of the most prominent directors in the Taiwanese New Wave cinema movement.  The Northwest Film Forum, in collaboration with the Grand Illusion Cinema, presents a retrospective of the director’s work.  Northwest Film Forum programmer Courtney Sheehan took some […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

Young Jackie Chan…and samurais everywhere — Highlights from the Cinerama Fists & Fury martial arts festival

Young Jackie Chan…and samurais everywhere — Highlights from the Cinerama Fists & Fury martial arts festival

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “I don’t think that was Jackie Chan,” I told my movie date, as the lights went up at the end of “Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow.” And I owe her an apology, because it actually was Jackie Chan, who was of course good enough at playing himself that I […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

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