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Fallen City: Zhao Qi discusses his documentary on the Sichuan earthquake

Fallen City: Zhao Qi discusses his documentary on the Sichuan earthquake

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest American Weekly Chinese director and producer Zhao Qi spent several years making “Fallen City,” a documentary about the devastating

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 31 | 7/26-8/10 Comments

Suzuki’s “K Missing Kings” elevates anime; “Love Child” documents tragedy

Suzuki’s “K Missing Kings” elevates anime; “Love Child” documents tragedy

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “K Missing Kings,” an anime directed by Shingo Suzuki and coming to the Grand Illusion Cinema August 1st, begins in

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 31 | 7/26-8/10 Comments

Romson Bustillo / BIMA / “Dugay na” exhibition

Romson Bustillo / BIMA / “Dugay na” exhibition

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly “I always knew.”

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 30 | 7/19-7/250 Comments

Sakata’s play about Gordon Hirabayashi, ‘Hold These Truths’

Sakata’s play about Gordon Hirabayashi, ‘Hold These Truths’

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly Homecoming for a Civil Rights icon Gordon Hirabayashi Imagine that it is April in 1942, and the Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor only four months ago. You

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 30 | 7/19-7/250 Comments

Bodies in motion: Marie Chong brings summer dance to Seattle

Bodies in motion: Marie Chong brings summer dance to Seattle

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Some people find it difficult to balance their work and personal life. It requires a certain level of dexterity to maintain balance. For artistic director and former professional dancer Marie Chong, it’s a way of life in her work — literally.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 29 | 7/12-7/181 Comment

1-man-show tells story of Gordon Hirabayashi

1-man-show tells story of Gordon Hirabayashi

Joel de la Fuente stars in Jeanne Sakata’s one-man show, “Hold These Truths,” inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi as he fought the U.S. government’s forcible and unconstitutional removal and incarceration of all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast during World War II.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 29 | 7/12-7/181 Comment

A-pop! June — Some dictators just can’t take a joke. Meanwhile, Glenn’s Soso brightens up OITNB

A-pop! June — Some dictators just can’t take a joke. Meanwhile, Glenn’s Soso brightens up OITNB

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Hollywood takes on North Korea A new movie poster and trailer for the irreverent comedy “The Interview” came out this past month to mixed reviews from the public. “The Interview” stars buddy comedians James Franco and Seth Rogen as media journalists who land an exclusive interview with a fictionalized […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 28 | 7/5-7/110 Comments

Beer jazzes up the koto

Beer jazzes up the koto

By Irfan Shariff Northwest Asian Weekly Chris Kenji Beer does not play the koto. He does, however, know the sound of the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan. The koto is a zither, or a musical instrument with strings stretched across a flat, wooden body. It can measure almost six feet in length and is played […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 28 | 7/5-7/110 Comments

When love doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to

When love doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Ballad of a Small Player By Lawrence Osborne Hogarth, 2014 Meet Doyle — or Lord Doyle, as he comes to be known among the casinos of Macau. Doyle’s not quite the English lord people believe he is. He’s actually a corrupt lawyer who embezzled millions from a wealthy […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 28 | 7/5-7/111 Comment

Festival brings South Asian films to Chinatown/ID

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Tasveer South Asian International Documentary Festival takes place on June 28 and June 29, sponsored by the local Tasveer organization. All films will be shown at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle’s International District/Chinatown.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 27 | 6/28-7/40 Comments

Film shows what life in a wheelchair is like

Film shows what life in a wheelchair is like

By Sue Misao Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle is ranked number one among most livable U.S. cities for wheelchair users, according to a 2010 study by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Christopher Reeve, who died in 2004, was the actor best known for his lead roles in many of the “Superman” movies. In 1995, he […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 27 | 6/28-7/40 Comments

“Above the China Sea” explores Okinawa then and now

“Above the China Sea” explores Okinawa then and now

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Novelist and magazine writer Sarah Bird’s latest novel, “Above the East China Sea,” is a study of two young girls, separated by 60 years, in Okinawa Province of Japan. Bird will read and sign books on July 2 at Elliott Bay Books. She took some questions over e-mail.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 27 | 6/28-7/40 Comments

A-pop! A closer look at ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ — Finding the nuance in the taboo

A-pop! A closer look at ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ — Finding the nuance in the taboo

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly This month, I want to discuss the use of racial slurs in the media.

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 26 | 6/21-6/270 Comments

Krishna Das: Traditional singing to the ‘Soul of All’

Krishna Das: Traditional singing to the ‘Soul of All’

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly One of the best-known singers in the Indian kirtan tradition — a Hindi devotional tradition involving call-and-response between the singer and the audience — is Krishna Das, originally known as Jeffrey Kagel. After studies in India with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba (also known as Maharaj-ji), the singer […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 26 | 6/21-6/270 Comments

SIFF coming to a close

SIFF coming to a close

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly This is the final weekend of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Here are three preview picks for Asian films showing as the festival winds down.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 24 | 6/7-6/130 Comments

Life in a country away from home

Life in a country away from home

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Sisters Written by Amy Laizans, Illustrated by Sophie Scahill Little Steps Publishing, 2013 Jane and her best friend are like most other kids their age living in Australia. They like to play outside in the sun, jump rope together, and read books aloud together. The two girls even help […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 24 | 6/7-6/131 Comment

The Asian Hall of Fame

The Asian Hall of Fame

The Asian Hall of Fame honored four Asian Americans at its annual event at the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle on May 31.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Vol 33 No 24 | 6/7-6/130 Comments

SIFF brings mystery and intrigue

SIFF brings mystery and intrigue

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), running through June 8, brings more fascinating Asian films to town, many of them not available for viewing elsewhere. Here are three preview picks for the final week at SIFF.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Vol 33 No 23 | 5/31-6/60 Comments

Asian American poetry keeps evolving

Asian American poetry keeps evolving

By Irfan Shariff Northwest Asian Weekly By the late 1890s, Asian Americans were already leaving their mark on the American literary

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 23 | 5/31-6/60 Comments

Sur brings ‘ohana’ to Carnation festival

Sur brings ‘ohana’ to Carnation festival

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly In Hawaii, the concept of family emphasizes the importance of community, cultural ties, and remembering one another. Known as the word “ohana” in the Hawaiian language, it also speaks to a larger sense of community that includes one’s immediate family, as well as extended relatives, friends, and neighbors.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 23 | 5/31-6/60 Comments

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