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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

SIFF 2015 *DID* represent — A recap of featured Asian and Asian American films

SIFF 2015 *DID* represent — A recap of featured Asian and Asian American films

By Tiffany Ran Northwest Asian Weekly Few film festivals in the country can rival the diversity and caliber of films than our own Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), which has for the past 41 years also spotlighted a wide range of Asian and Asian American films. This year, the themes touched on by Asian films […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

“Everything Before Us”

“Everything Before Us”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Imagine your entire life governed by a number.  Imagine spending most of your entire life in an office waiting endlessly to change that number.  Imagine that even when you see a specialist, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to change that number to a better one.  In fact, […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

Strange and strong couples — Connecting through work, awkwardness, and romance

Strange and strong couples — Connecting through work, awkwardness, and romance

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Hobson & Choi: Case One) By Nick Bryan CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014 On the first day of her work experience (similar to a job shadow or internship) at private detective John Hobson’s London office, 16-year-old Angelina Choi is asked to bring his business […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

This week at SIFF

This week at SIFF

“The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor” Reviewed by Tiffany Ran In one lifetime, Dr. Haing S. Ngor went from Cambodian refugee to Academy Award winner, author, and activist only to be gunned down outside of his home in Los Angeles in 1996. Not to be confused with original film where Ngor served as […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

“Man Up” gets a thumbs down

“Man Up” gets a thumbs down

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Just to clarify, Justin Chon’s “Man Up,” available now through Vimeo On Demand, isn’t the romance comedy of the same name being released this year, starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. And that’s too damn bad, because I would have rather watched that movie. I would have rather watched […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

Charles Johnson: Subdue racism by ‘Taming the Ox’ of the self

Charles Johnson: Subdue racism by ‘Taming the Ox’ of the self

By Judy Lightfoot Crosscut In an ancient Buddhist parable, an ox runs away from a young herder. Traditionally, a series of ten drawings shows the boy searching everywhere for the beast, eventually finding it and taking charge, then climbing onto its back to ride it home. Award-winning Seattle author and retired University of Washington professor […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 23 | 5/30-6/50 Comments

Seattle International Film Festival represents!

Seattle International Film Festival represents!

The Chinese Mayor Reviewed by Tiffany Ran In the last 1600 years, the city of Datong has degenerated from ancient cultural capital to one of China’s most polluted cities. “The Chinese Mayor” follows controversial mayor Geng Yanbo as he strives to revitalize Datong and lessen the city’s economic reliance on coal. In the process, Geng […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 23 | 5/30-6/50 Comments

Seattle-Kobe auditions invited all ages — New voices to remember

Seattle-Kobe auditions invited all ages — New voices to remember

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The eleventh annual Seattle-Kobe Jazz Vocalist Audition at Jazz Alley this spring, started simply, with a greeting from Mari M. Carpenter of the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association.  The competition, with two separate divisions for High School and Adult vocalists, sends two winners, one in each division, to Seattle’s sister […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 23 | 5/30-6/50 Comments

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

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