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“Worst thing I ever heard in my life” — Adam Diegel: From bad auditions to a leading role in ‘Tosca’

“Worst thing I ever heard in my life” — Adam Diegel: From bad auditions to a leading role in ‘Tosca’

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Adam Diegel, star of “Tosca,” now playing at the Seattle Opera, was once told to change careers after a bad audition.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/60 Comments

“Yellow Face” — A play builds student community

“Yellow Face” — A play builds student community

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Hot on the heels of last year’s “Mikado” controversy comes a University of Washington production of David Henry Hwang’s play “Yellow Face,” a study of racial and cultural issues surrounding Asian American theatre. The show runs from Jan. 27th to Feb. 1st at the Cabaret Theatre in the UW’s […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/60 Comments

A-pop! Fresh news off the boat! — New TV series, Margaret Cho, and Ansari fights back

A-pop! Fresh news off the boat! — New TV series, Margaret Cho, and Ansari fights back

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly We’re only a month into the New Year, but things have certainly started off with a bang in pop culture! Read on for the monthly news roundup for all things Asian and entertainment these last few weeks.

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/60 Comments

“Selma” — Start talking and thinking

“Selma” — Start talking and thinking

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly He’s my oldest friend in the world and I love him like my own brother.  But I don’t think I’ll be talking to him for awhile.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 5 | 1/24-1/300 Comments

Insatiable! — A festival of Asian American writing talent

Insatiable! — A festival of Asian American writing talent

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle’s Sister (SIS) Productions presents “Insatiable!” a festival of

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 5 | 1/24-1/300 Comments

Qing Dynasty Robes find new home at Wing Luke

Qing Dynasty Robes find new home at Wing Luke

By Irene Lu Northwest Asian Weekly Chinese Americans built railroads, they fought for civil rights, and they brought the Chinese heritage over the Pacific Ocean.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 4 | 1/17-1/230 Comments

“The Taking of Tiger Mountain”

“The Taking of Tiger Mountain”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Tsui Hark’s latest mega-action film, “The Taking Of Tiger Mountain,” calls, roughly halfway through, for a man to wrestle a tiger.  Actually, the tiger comes out of nowhere in a snowy landscape, chases the man up a tree, chases him up and down and all around for a few […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 4 | 1/17-1/230 Comments

“The Interview” — Rating: Zero stars (yes, zero stars)

“The Interview” — Rating: Zero stars (yes, zero stars)

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The 2:30 p.m. screening of the year’s most controversial movie at Columbia’s Ark Lodge Cinemas didn’t feature any controversy.  Patrons filed in.  A man in a wheelchair struggled to find a place to park himself out of others’ way.  The cinema played a few charming old cartoons advertising the […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 3 | 1/10-1/160 Comments

Time to watch some movies — Fish, robots, ghosts, and more…

Time to watch some movies — Fish, robots, ghosts, and more…

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Ryōtarō Makihara’s “Hal:  The Movie” manages many turns in its hour-long running time: Some bright, some sinister, some funny, some eerie.  It starts with some fish being watched through a fish-eye lens, and for the remainder of the brief but beguiling narrative, the script, from Izumi Kizara, casts doubts […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 3 | 1/10-1/160 Comments

Jackie Chan expresses shame over his son’s drug charge

Jackie Chan expresses shame over his son’s drug charge

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan said he feels shame for his son, Jaycee Chan, who has been indicted by Beijing prosecutors on a drug charge and could be jailed for up to three years. Jaycee is the son of Chan and his wife, Lin Feng-Jiao, a Taiwanese actor. Jaycee was […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Vol 34 No 02 | 1/3-1/90 Comments

BOOK RECS: Remembering family, new year must-reads

BOOK RECS: Remembering family, new year must-reads

Here are these month’s top book recommendations. The theme of these books is new beginnings. … For Mei and Grandpa Tu, that means making enough long-life noodles to feed everyone at the celebration. But these noodles aren’t just any noodles. Grandpa Tu’s noodles are magical. In addition to eating the noodles, they can be used to string kites, as jump ropes, and to catch clouds.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 02 | 1/3-1/90 Comments

REVIEW: ‘Women Who Flirt’: A rom-com with wit

REVIEW: ‘Women Who Flirt’: A rom-com with wit

“Women Who Flirt,” directed by Pang Ho-Cheung, manages its triumph over rom-com clichés with wit, pluck, nonstop action, and the leavening of humor. But without Zhou Xun the whole would suffer a large hole, in the middle.

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Posted in At the Movies, Features 02, Reviews, Vol 34 No 02 | 1/3-1/90 Comments

Lilting, inversions, and stray dogs: Top 10 Asian movie selections of 2014

Lilting, inversions, and stray dogs: Top 10 Asian movie selections of 2014

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly I saw this year in Asian film as anime-heavy, but with a number of laudable live-action pictures in the bargain. Here are my picks for the Top 10 Asian Pacific American films for this year. 10. “Patema Inverted,” directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, starring Yukiyo Fujii, Nobuhiko Okamoto, and Shinya […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Vol 34 No 1 | 12/27-1/020 Comments

China indicts Jackie Chan’s son on drug charge

China indicts Jackie Chan’s son on drug charge

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained. If convicted, singer-actor Jaycee Chan could be jailed for up to three years. Chan, 32, was among a string of […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Vol 34 No 1 | 12/27-1/02, World News0 Comments

Funny in translation: Japanese comedian tackles U.S. audiences

Funny in translation: Japanese comedian tackles U.S. audiences

By Jason Cruz NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY It’s not often that a comedian brings drawings of a Japanese toilet seat on stage. But Kaori Takamura has a fearless brand of comedy. Kaori, as she is known on stage, has been entertaining comedy crowds for five years and is making inroads into the United States. Takamura was […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Profiles, Vol 34 No 1 | 12/27-1/020 Comments

A-pop: counting down the TOP 10 2014 API cheers and jeers

A-pop: counting down the TOP 10 2014 API cheers and jeers

By Vivian Nguyen NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY   How is 2014 coming to an end already? It seems like I had started reporting on 2013 pop culture news just a few short months ago. Now, it’s time to reflect on all the media triumphs and drama from the past year. Ready? 10. Pinkberry CEO gets jail […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Features 01, Vol 34 No 1 | 12/27-1/021 Comment

Not cute, but impressive — “Live on” exhibition at Seattle Asian Art Museum

Not cute, but impressive — “Live on” exhibition at Seattle Asian Art Museum

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Japanese artist known only as “Mr.” grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, absorbing the pop culture

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 52 | 12/20-12/260 Comments

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

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