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Hitting high notes — Jazz round-up

Hitting high notes — Jazz round-up

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Make a joyful noise onto the tape.  Failing that, make a noise, any noise, onto the tape.  It doesn’t have to be music, it doesn’t have to be the dictionary definition of music, noise, or anything.  Just leave an impression.  That is the first rule of recording. But Japanese […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 36 | 8/29-9/40 Comments

“Jellyfish Eyes”

“Jellyfish Eyes”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The poster and publicity for “Jellyfish Eyes,” the debut film from Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, left me wondering if the film might be an anime.  It isn’t, but it features a cornucopia of fantastic creatures interacting with what we loosely call the real world. The action starts with figures […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

The complexities of “Indian Ink” — Speaking through miscommunication

The complexities of “Indian Ink” — Speaking through miscommunication

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Tom Stoppard’s far-ranging play “Indian Ink” spans two continents, at least one ocean, and several decades.  Yet it begins simply enough, with a young man and an older woman sitting at a table for tea.  As the action progresses, we learn a bit more about tea and a lot […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 35, Profiles, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

‘Inside Out’ co-director thrilled to bring film to Filipinos

‘Inside Out’ co-director thrilled to bring film to Filipinos

By Teresa Cerojano Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Filipino-American co-director of the box-office hit “Inside Out” says it’s a dream come true for him to be sharing with Filipinos the animated film he helped create. “It’s kind of a surreal experience because I just watched movies here growing up,” said Ronnie del Carmen, […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Jose Llana pulls on the royal cloak in ‘The King and I’

By Mark Kennedy AP Drama Writer   NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Llana got his first professional acting gig by trying on his dream role: professional actor. The talented singer and performer was 19 when he skipped class to attend an Equity audition for the 1996 Broadway revival of “The King and I,” despite not […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

A-pop! Sizzling! — Emmy nominations, scoop on new castings, and Aziz Ansari’s new role

A-pop! Sizzling! — Emmy nominations, scoop on new castings, and Aziz Ansari’s new role

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly We may be halfway through the summer, but things are still sizzling, especially for our friends in Hollywood! Read on to find out the latest and greatest news for Asians and Asian Americans in the media. Emmy nomination showdown for two Fil-Ams The Emmy nominations are out and two […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Assassins, voices in your head, imperfection… – Sci-fi selections for late-summer reading

Assassins, voices in your head, imperfection… – Sci-fi selections for late-summer reading

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Lives of Tao By Wesley Chu Angry Robot, 2013 When Roen Tan finds himself being mugged after a late night at work, he goes into a panic, not knowing what to do. But then, a voice inside his head instructs him how to handle the mugger. Worried he […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Tzi Ma discusses “Hell on Wheels” — Recreating a part of the Chinese experience on television

Tzi Ma discusses “Hell on Wheels” — Recreating a part of the Chinese experience on television

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly It is rare that a mainstream television show dedicates an entire season to a historical part of Asian history. However, that is what AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” does as it depicts the role of Chinese workers building the transcontinental railroad in the late 1800s. One of the stars of […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 33 | 8/8-8/141 Comment

“Dance Like A Man” — Not so much dance, but rather, drama

“Dance Like A Man” — Not so much dance, but rather, drama

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Dance Like A Man,” presented by ACT Theater in collaboration with Seattle Pratidhwani organization, opened with dancing, although, oddly enough, not any dancing included in the play’s script.  Joyce Paul Siamak of Arpan Performing Arts, performed two solo dances, one before each of the play’s two acts; and introduced […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 32 | 8/1-8/70 Comments

From bean to brew — “Caffeinated” maps the journey

From bean to brew — “Caffeinated” maps the journey

By Tiffany Ran Northwest Asian Weekly For many, the potential harbored in a single sip of coffee means conquering that morning meeting, finishing work reports, and having that pick-me-up when it seems the work day would never end. Yet “Caffeinated,” a documentary that debuts this week, will cause many to rethink their regular cup of […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

“The Apu Trilogy” restored — Classic chronicling the lifespan of a Bengali, influenced directors and approach to film

“The Apu Trilogy” restored — Classic chronicling the lifespan of a Bengali, influenced directors and approach to film

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly In 1955, a first-time Indian director released a film he had struggled with for nearly three years.  Shot whenever Satyajit Ray could marshal up some money, “Pather Panchali” became the first film in the director’s celebrated “Apu Trilogy,” which went on to influence film around the world.  Newly restored […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

Hiroyuki Sanada – Discusses career and latest movie

Hiroyuki Sanada – Discusses career and latest movie

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada plays a key role in the new movie release “Mr. Holmes.” Sanada was in town for the Seattle International Film Festival last month for an early viewing of the movie. In an interview with the Northwest Asian Weekly, he talked about his career, acting alongside […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 31, Profiles, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

“Northern Limit Line” — Crossing emotional and historical borders

“Northern Limit Line” — Crossing emotional and historical borders

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Wikipedia and military refers to it as the “Second Battle Of Yeonpyeong.”  On June 29, 2002, two border patrol boats from North Korea slipped over the Northern Limit Line, the maritime boundary between the Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea (DPRK—North Korea) and the Republic Of Korea (South Korea) in […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 30 |7/18-7/240 Comments

All about beauty… — Dancers, geishas, Caucasian beauty in China

All about beauty… — Dancers, geishas, Caucasian beauty in China

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Temperatures are soaring in Seattle and everybody is seeking refuge in any cool temperatures to be had. Go find some shade and cool off from the hot sun with this month’s A-pop! The latest pop culture news and gossip will be sure to distract you from the heat! American […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 29 | 7/11-7/170 Comments

SE Asian intrigue — Selections to cover those extra summer hours

SE Asian intrigue — Selections to cover those extra summer hours

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Singapore Noir Edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan Akashic Books, 2014 For many people, when they think of Singapore, a few words and phrases may come to mind: caning, chewing gum, no littering, fines, and new-money wealth. But as clean as people think the streets may be, there is more […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

Record auction sales for Chinese works of art — Large bids for paintings by Zhang Dagian, porcelain by Wang Bu

Record auction sales for Chinese works of art — Large bids for paintings by Zhang Dagian, porcelain by Wang Bu

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Two important paintings by the renowned artist Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) yielded top results in the June 23 auction of Fine Chinese Works of Art and Paintings held at Bonhams in San Francisco. A splashed landscape, dated 1965, and titled “Qiu Shan Xiao Si” (Buddhist Temple in Autumn Mountain) (est. $180,000-250,000) […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

MONO: Two new albums — Japanese experimental rock explores the dark and seeing light

MONO: Two new albums — Japanese experimental rock explores the dark and seeing light

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Japanese band MONO, an instrumental quartet, combines elements of noise, minimalism, space rock, shoe-gazing, and until recently, collaborations with players of orchestral instruments.  The band comes to Seattle’s music venue Neumos on June 24th.  Guitarist Takaakira “Taka” Goto took some questions over e-mail. NWAW:  Has the band ever played […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 27 | 6/27-7/30 Comments

No silent treatment — Classic film receives soundtrack from local ensemble

No silent treatment — Classic film receives soundtrack from local ensemble

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle’s ever-unpredictable Aono Jikken Ensemble brings a special one-night only presentation to the SIFF Cinema Uptown on July 11th:  A screening of Yasujiro Ozu’s classic silent film “A Story Of Floating Weeds,” with live music, sound effects, and bilingual narration from a Japanese-style benshi narrator.  The Ensemble’s founder, Bill […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 27 | 6/27-7/30 Comments

Eye-raising issues about eyelid surgery — Seattle filmmaker working on a documentary about the controversy

Eye-raising issues about eyelid surgery — Seattle filmmaker working on a documentary about the controversy

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Local filmmaker Jade Justad is a hapa Korean-American, based in Seattle.  Her new project is a short film, “Creased,” exploring the ever-more-popular phenomenon of double eyelid plastic surgery amongst young Asians, especially, but not exclusively, young women. NWAW:  Did you grow up in Seattle? Tell us about your background. […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 26 | 6/20-6/260 Comments

A-pop! Emma Stone, Asian?! — Victories at the Tony’s, ‘The Mindy Project’ cancelled, and more entertainment news

A-pop! Emma Stone, Asian?! — Victories at the Tony’s, ‘The Mindy Project’ cancelled, and more entertainment news

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly The sun may be out in Seattle, but it’s definitely not shining in all parts of Hollywood! Read on to find out the latest pop culture news and media happenings for Asians and Asian Americans in Hollywood—the good and the ugly. The whitest Asian character in Hollywood Another month, […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

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