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“Documented” by Vargas gets to heart of immigration debate

“Documented” by Vargas gets to heart of immigration debate

By Evangeline Cafe Northwest Asian Weekly Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas spurred conversations about what it means to be American when he outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine in June 2011. Vargas is now shedding more light on his story of heartbreak and […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/250 Comments

#S.W.A.G. (Something We Asians Got)

I’m Asian It doesn’t matter what type Your hair doesn’t have to be the color of a blackberry-ripe

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Posted in Features, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/250 Comments

API bands compete in Kollaboration showcase

API bands compete in Kollaboration showcase

Five local API bands will vie for the chance to compete at Kollaboration Star in L.A. next fall.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 16 | 4/12-4/180 Comments

Looking back at March  — The latest fall, rise, & situations in pop culture

Looking back at March — The latest fall, rise, & situations in pop culture

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly This month’s column stars a disgraced co-founder and a celebrated EGOT winner. Wondering who or what an EGOT is? Read on to find out the answer, along with updates from this month’s entertainment headlines! Pinkberry CEO gets jail time Young Lee, co-founder of the popular frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry, […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 16 | 4/12-4/180 Comments

Memoirs and life stories

Memoirs and life stories

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Kapoho, Memoir of a Modern Pompeii By Frances H. Kakugawa Watermark Publishing, 2011 Frances Kakugawa was only 5 years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Despite still being quite young, she quickly learned what that meant for her and her Japanese American family living in the […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/112 Comments

J-Pop inspired clothing designer moves studio to Sassafras in Belltown

J-Pop inspired clothing designer moves studio to Sassafras in Belltown

By Shin Yu Pai Northwest Asian Weekly Malia Peoples, the designer best known as Lady Konnyaku, recently moved her

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Business, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 14 | 3/29-4/40 Comments

Asian art on display at the Frye

Asian art on display at the Frye

The Frye Art Museum in Seattle is currently exhibiting “Isamu Noguchi and Qu Baishi: Beijing 1930” and “Mark Tobey and Teng Baiye: Seattle/Shanghai.”The show by Noguchi and Baishi is an exploration of artistic and intellectual exchanges between American sculptor, landscape architect, and furniture designer Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Qi Baishi (1864–1957), now considered one of […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/280 Comments

“The Wind Rises”

“The Wind Rises”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Master animator and director Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and the man who introduced anime features in America, has declared that “The Wind Rises,” a fictionalized biography of airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi, will be his last film. It is also his first and only film not explicitly directed […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/280 Comments

Wanting: Singer, songwriter, composer, and keyboardist performs at the Triple Door

Wanting: Singer, songwriter, composer, and keyboardist performs at the Triple Door

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Wanting Qu, generally known as “Wanting,” had a long trip to North American audiences and to North America itself. She was born and raised in Harbin, the largest city in northeast China. She performs Tuesday, March 25, at the Triple Door in downtown Seattle.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/280 Comments

Nomura explores her roots through choreography, dance

Nomura explores her roots through choreography, dance

By Alia Marsha Northwest Asian Weekly For its second season, the Seattle dance group Relay Dance Collective travels back to their roots as inspiration for “Beginnings,” featuring repertory works by 30 dancers and choreographers. Dancer and co-founder of the group Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura uses this opportunity to tell the story of her origins as a […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 13, Profiles, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/281 Comment

Asian comedians might leave you a bit ‘dis/orient/ed’

Asian comedians might leave you a bit ‘dis/orient/ed’

By Signe Predmore Northwest Asian Weekly Not all communities feel welcome in the world of stand-up comedy, a mainstream American

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 12 | 3/15-3/211 Comment

Exhibit follows Asian pioneers in the Northwest

Exhibit follows Asian pioneers in the Northwest

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly One of the first things you notice inside the “Grit” exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum is a gas

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 12 | 3/15-3/210 Comments

Movie review: Fists of Legends

Movie review: Fists of Legends

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Mixed martial arts is the backdrop for this South Korean DVD release of the movie “Fists of Legend.” The 2013 sports drama, directed by Kang Woo-suk, is based on a popular South Korean web cartoon.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 11 | 3/8-3/140 Comments

February’s culture wars  — That Sochi snub, and that Jeopardy! guy

February’s culture wars — That Sochi snub, and that Jeopardy! guy

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Welcome to the latest edition of Apop! In this month’s column, I talk about the Olympics and a talented — yet controversial — game show whiz. Read on to find out more! An Olympics recap: Skating and scandal in Sochi The Sochi Olympics dominated primetime television for most of […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 11 | 3/8-3/140 Comments

Life at War — Book recommendations

Life at War — Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Cress By Marissa Meyer Feiwel and Friends, 2014 The Lunar Chronicles continue in this third installment right where the previous one ended. New Beijing cyborg mechanic Cinder and Captain Carswell Thorne are now fugitives on the run from the law — both on Earth and on the moon. And […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/71 Comment

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan to make Seattle debut — Songs of the Wanderers, a masterpiece of modern dance by choreographer Lin Hwai-min

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan to make Seattle debut — Songs of the Wanderers, a masterpiece of modern dance by choreographer Lin Hwai-min

By Marino Saito Northwest Asian Weekly Lin Hwai-min will accompany Cloud Gate to Seattle for its UW World Series (UWWS)

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/70 Comments

REVIEW: ‘Tiger Mom’ & hubby discuss new book

REVIEW: ‘Tiger Mom’ & hubby discuss new book

By Alia Marsha NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua defended her parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features 10, On the Shelf, Profiles, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/71 Comment

The Rocket: A Laotian story

The Rocket: A Laotian story

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The people and culture of Laos, a country heavily bombed by Americans during the Vietnam War, aren’t seen much in the English-speaking West. The Rocket, filmed in Laos but funded through Australia, pulls up the curtain on Laotian countryside life, with surprising and rich rewards. Directed by Kim Mordaunt, […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 9 | 2/22-2/280 Comments

Renowned pianist Zhang makes his Seattle debut

Renowned pianist Zhang makes his Seattle debut

By Alia Marsha Northwest Asian Weekly Pianist Haochen Zhang was first introduced to classical music when he was still in the womb. His mother, who was learning English at the time, came across an article in Reader’s Digest about the effects of classical music — specifically the piano, which is polyphonic — on the development […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 9 | 2/22-2/280 Comments

Fundraising efforts continue to restore historical fountain

Fundraising efforts continue to restore historical fountain

By Alia Marsha Northwest Asian Weekly As part of a continuing fundraising effort, the Tsutakawa Fountain Committee at Seattle Central Community College will host an event to raise money for the restoration of an abandoned fountain sculpture by the late, world-renowned artist George Tsutakawa. The fountain is simply called “Fountain.”

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 9 | 2/22-2/281 Comment

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