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Project Fukushima! — An interview with documentary director Hikaru Fujii

Project Fukushima! — An interview with documentary director Hikaru Fujii

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Project Fukushima!” is a documentary examining the Japanese city and prefecture in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns that hit the region in 2011.  The film, directed by Hikaru Fujii, focuses intently on a music and arts festival in the region, roughly five months after the […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Vol 33 No 51 | 12/13-12/190 Comments

Rising star on the flying trapeze: Jordan Tribble

Rising star on the flying trapeze: Jordan Tribble

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly “Fear is a big part of flying trapeze,” says Jordan Tribble. “To stand up on the platform, with no safety lines, and tell yourself to jump off. Just swinging on the bar is a big deal.” For all of his talk of fear, at age 21, Christopher Jordan Yasukuni […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/120 Comments

All about action — Book recommendations

All about action — Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Tiger By Wesley Robert Lowe Wesley Lowe Media At 28, Micah Keating is fresh out of law school and traveling back to Hong Kong to start his new law career at one of the country’s top firms. On his first day, Micah meets Brenda, the daughter of his boss, […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/120 Comments

Cultural drama — Ultra Rich Asian Girls: Stereotype or commentary?

Cultural drama — Ultra Rich Asian Girls: Stereotype or commentary?

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly I am seldom interested in reality television, but there’s something intriguing about reality shows that feature all-Asian

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/120 Comments

Clinically funny — “Canasian” Ed Hill’s low anxiety helps with high-stress job

Clinically funny — “Canasian” Ed Hill’s low anxiety helps with high-stress job

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Ed Hill’s start in comedy was a prerequisite.  

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 50, Profiles, Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/121 Comment

Japan actor Takakura, known for stoic heroes, dies

Japan actor Takakura, known for stoic heroes, dies

By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Ken Takakura, a craggy-faced, quiet star known for playing outlaws and stoic heroes in scores of Japanese films, has died of lymphoma. He was 83. Perhaps best known abroad for his police inspector role in Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” in 1989, Takakura died Nov. 10 at a […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 49 | 11/29-12/50 Comments

Respect!: Celebrating Seven Samurai’s 60th anniversary

Respect!: Celebrating Seven Samurai’s 60th anniversary

By Ninette Cheng Northwest Asian Weekly On December 4, Seattle will be hosting a film screening of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai for its 60th anniversary.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 49 | 11/29-12/50 Comments

Lang Lang flunked piano — …but recreates Mozart

Lang Lang flunked piano — …but recreates Mozart

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly As insane as it is to contemplate, Lang Lang flunked out of piano lessons at age 9.  That’s right. The piano teacher

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 49 | 11/29-12/50 Comments

“Two Indias Near and Far” — Documentary series follows immigration trends

“Two Indias Near and Far” — Documentary series follows immigration trends

By Minal Singh Northwest Asian Weekly “Two Indias: Near and Far,” follows Liz Jones, a Seattle reporter, who traveled to India last summer to record footage for stories that are airing now until November 25. It is sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book. The six-part radio series is produced by KUOW 94.4 Seattle […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 49 | 11/29-12/50 Comments

‘Delano Manongs’ elevates Filipino Americans as civil rights heroes

‘Delano Manongs’ elevates Filipino Americans as civil rights heroes

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Filipino American producer and director Marissa Aroy has a timely message.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 48 | 11/22-11/281 Comment

SSAFF 2014 awards announced — Sri Lankan filmmaker receives Tasveer Emerald Award

SSAFF 2014 awards announced — Sri Lankan filmmaker receives Tasveer Emerald Award

Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithana was awarded at the 9th annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival Sunday evening with a screening of his film, “With You, Without You.”

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 48 | 11/22-11/280 Comments

A-pop! Hollywood loses an activist — A live-action manga remake and ultra-rich Chinese Canadians

A-pop! Hollywood loses an activist — A live-action manga remake and ultra-rich Chinese Canadians

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly With November officially underway and Daylight Savings in effect, it’s time to hunker down for the winter season and get ready for the holiday festivities. Even though we’ve turned back the clocks, we’re going to jump back briefly to chat about last month’s news! Read on to find out […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 48 | 11/22-11/280 Comments

Words to the Blind — Japanese and English collaborate

Words to the Blind — Japanese and English collaborate

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Words to the Blind” begins with whispering.  Soft words, soft intonations, and then harder intonation, pungent, like clouds of cigar smoke.  Japanese words, and some French words. This is a collaboration—Bo Ningen is Japanese and the Savages are mostly English, with a French singer.  The wisps climb higher and […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 48 | 11/22-11/280 Comments

Tourette’s and logistics — Movie made in Washington seeks to make film festival splash

Tourette’s and logistics — Movie made in Washington seeks to make film festival splash

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly A family trip to the Tri-Cities area in Washington State helped Dale Peterson decide on where his movie should be filmed. “When I saw the beauty of the topography, I decided to do part of the filming here,” stated Peterson.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 47 | 11/15-11/211 Comment

Artist alley at Kinokuniya creates a new community

Artist alley at Kinokuniya creates a new community

By Izumi Hansen Northwest Asian Weekly Stationed between the aisles of ceramics and produce at Uwajimaya and the shelves of comic books

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/140 Comments

Gaming, gender shifts, and a Samurai among Panthers

Gaming, gender shifts, and a Samurai among Panthers

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly In Real Life Written by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang First Second, 2014 After a guest speaker visits her class at school, Anda joins the world of Coarsegold Online, a massively multiplayer role-playing game. She ends up spending most of her free time playing and for the naturally […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/140 Comments

How Sweet It Is — Tangerine’s New Album ‘Behemoth!’

How Sweet It Is — Tangerine’s New Album ‘Behemoth!’

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly The only guarantee in life is that things change. Seattle’s up-and-coming band, Tangerine, released a

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/140 Comments

Molding a character in 18 minutes

Molding a character in 18 minutes

By Alice Day Northwest Asian Weekly The University of Washington senior’s most personal creation to date, Auteur, by Tong-Yup Han, is an 18-minute short film about a director’s “solipsistic, self-destructive spiral” into descent and self-loathing when he is overlooked for an award. The film opens with the main character, Philip, at a film festival giving […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Reviews, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/140 Comments

A film festival evolves from tragedy — Seattle South Asian Film Festival features a theme of “daring”

A film festival evolves from tragedy — Seattle South Asian Film Festival features a theme of “daring”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The new Seattle South Asian Film Festival, put on by the Tasveer organization, will be running from Oct. 31 to Nov. 9. Festival director Rita Meher took some questions over e-mail. NWAW:  Please describe your childhood adolescence in Odissa, India.  What were your favorite memories of growing up?  How […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 45 | 11/1-11/70 Comments

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Frequently in “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” anime director Isao Takahata’s first film in 14 years, the edges of the frame seem unfinished, fading into white.  This directs the viewer’s attention to the center of the frame, to whatever action, in whatever colors.  Then gradually, the frame fills […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 45 | 11/1-11/70 Comments

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