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“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

Cambodian Son

Cambodian Son

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Cambodian Son,” produced by Anida Youe Ali and directed by Masahiro Sugano, tells the story of Kosal Khiev, a Cambodian poet and spoken-word performer who, after being deported from America in the wake of criminal charges, built a substantial reputation in Cambodia’s capitol, Phnom Penh. The documentary cuts between […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Playing with paper — Fun and creative options for that stack in the corner

Playing with paper — Fun and creative options for that stack in the corner

Anyone who works with print understands how the paper can pile up. And here at the Northwest Asian Weekly and the Seattle Chinese Post, it definitely piles up. Although we are adamant about recycling, it’s fun to be creative and think about how you can use that paper instead of just immediately tossing it into […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 18, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Aaina Festival: 10 years empowering South Asian Women

Aaina Festival: 10 years empowering South Asian Women

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Tasveer organization holds its tenth annual Aaina Festival, devoted to focusing on South Asian Women through the arts April 24 through April 26th in Seattle. Tasveer co-founder Rita Meher took some questions over email. NWAW: This is the tenth year for Tasveer’s Aaina Festival. What have been the […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

A-pop! Casting calls… — …and a Bruce Lee biopic; a farewell to Norman Lee

A-pop! Casting calls… — …and a Bruce Lee biopic; a farewell to Norman Lee

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly From major motion picture remakes to casting news for upcoming television shows, March was an eventful month for Asian Americans in Hollywood. Read on to find out what’s new in the world of pop culture and entertainment! Hollywood goes big with remakes and biopics In recent years, Disney has […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

“Every person’s story is worth hearing” — Dragon Lady playwright discusses feminism, crazy families, and karaoke

“Every person’s story is worth hearing” — Dragon Lady playwright discusses feminism, crazy families, and karaoke

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle-based actor, playwright, and drama teacher Sara Porkalob, brings her one-woman show “Dragon Lady,” to the Theatre Off Jackson from March 26th to March 29th.  Inspired by her Filipino family, the show promises several generations of family and family secrets, plus Diet Pepsi, pork dumplings, and some heavy bouts […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

Surviving life after death

Surviving life after death

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Dove Arising By Karen Bao Viking, 2015 Phaet Theta, a teenage girl of Chinese descent who has grown up on a colony on the moon, has only known one way of life, one of strict rules, military-like police and the law enforcement and the Committee — their governing body […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

‘Star Trek’ and social media hero George Takei is 2015 Tomodachi Award winner

‘Star Trek’ and social media hero George Takei is 2015 Tomodachi Award winner

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Tomodachi is a Japanese word meaning friend. “Star Trek” actor and gay rights advocate George Takei is the newest friend of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW). The organization named him as its 2015 Tomodachi Award winner at the Seventh Annual Tomodachi Luncheon on March 27. […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Features 15, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

Filipina American dancer/choreographer dazzles

Filipina American dancer/choreographer dazzles

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly An elementary school field trip to watch a touring dance company helped Cheryl Delostrinos find her passion in life.  “I was blown away,” explained Delostrinos of watching modern dance for the first time.  As an 8-year-old, she was mesmerized and wanted to become a dancer. Soon after her field […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 15, Profiles, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

Just beginning! — Emma Lee Toyoda is already making noise

Just beginning! — Emma Lee Toyoda is already making noise

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Local singer-songwriter Emma Lee Toyoda took a complex but rewarding path to musical autonomy, as she details below.  Toyoda recently took third place in the Experience Music Project’s “Sound Off!” competition for musicians under 21.  She answered some questions over email. NWAW:  Did you grow up in Seattle?  If […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 13 | 3/21-3/270 Comments

Climbing Heart Mountain — Documenting Japanese internment

Climbing Heart Mountain — Documenting Japanese internment

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The latest film to detail the Japanese-American experience in relocation camps during World War II, David Ono’s “The Legacy Of Heart Mountain” has a free screening this coming Sunday, March 15th, at the Nisei Veterans Committee Memorial Hall 1212 S. King Street in Seattle, from 1 to 3 pm. […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

Revisiting Taiwanese New Wave — Northwest Film Forum features retrospective of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s films

Revisiting Taiwanese New Wave — Northwest Film Forum features retrospective of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s films

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Hou Hsiao-hsien, who’s been directing films since 1980, is considered one of the most prominent directors in the Taiwanese New Wave cinema movement.  The Northwest Film Forum, in collaboration with the Grand Illusion Cinema, presents a retrospective of the director’s work.  Northwest Film Forum programmer Courtney Sheehan took some […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

Young Jackie Chan…and samurais everywhere — Highlights from the Cinerama Fists & Fury martial arts festival

Young Jackie Chan…and samurais everywhere — Highlights from the Cinerama Fists & Fury martial arts festival

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “I don’t think that was Jackie Chan,” I told my movie date, as the lights went up at the end of “Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow.” And I owe her an apology, because it actually was Jackie Chan, who was of course good enough at playing himself that I […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

Fists & Fury — Martial arts festival comes to the Cinerama

Fists & Fury — Martial arts festival comes to the Cinerama

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle Cinerama Theater, owned and operated by Paul Allen, presents its first-ever martial arts film festival, “Fists & Fury,” from February 27 to March 5th, featuring, amongst other attractions, several films from Seattle legend Bruce Lee.  Greg Wood, the Cinerama’s Director of Operations, took some questions over email. […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 10 | 2/28-3/60 Comments

A-pop! Notes on the Oscars… — And more TV shows featuring Asian Americans

A-pop! Notes on the Oscars… — And more TV shows featuring Asian Americans

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Happy February! Between the Academy Awards to the launch of America’s first all-Asian starring cast on TV since the 90s, this month has been full of news and events. Read on to find out the latest in Hollywood. The 87th Academy Awards This year’s Oscars host, actor Neil Patrick […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Features, Vol 34 No 10 | 2/28-3/60 Comments

Hold on — Series that keep you reading

Hold on — Series that keep you reading

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Infiltrator By Peter Stone Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2014 Ethan Jones and the remaining members of his ragtag team of foragers are back in the second installment of Stone’s Dystopian trilogy. The group is on their way back to Newhome, the post-apocalyptic Australian town where Ethan and his friends […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 11 | 3/7-3/130 Comments

Beauty and soul (and atheism) — A Krishna Das retrospective

Beauty and soul (and atheism) — A Krishna Das retrospective

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly I am an atheist and happy, most of the time, being so.  I am rational and scientific, I hope, in most things, and happy, most of the time being so.  I remain susceptible to mysticism, though, and thirsty for transcendence.  I find these, ironically, in some types of religious […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 11 | 3/7-3/130 Comments

Hand-drawn ‘Princess’ stands apart from other Oscar nominees

Hand-drawn ‘Princess’ stands apart from other Oscar nominees

By Yuri Kageyama Associated Press TOKYO (AP) —The princess laughs and floats in sumie-brush sketches of faint pastel, a lush landscape that animated film director Isao Takahata has painstakingly depicted to relay his gentle message of faith in this world. But his Oscar-nominated work stands as a stylistic challenge to Hollywood’s computer-graphics cartoons, where 3D […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, National News, Vol 34 No 9 | 2/21-2/270 Comments

Shooting stars — Famous goats of the last century

Shooting stars — Famous goats of the last century

By Sun Lee Chang Northwest Asian Weekly Each of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac has certain qualities for which they are known. From the strength and stubbornness of an Ox to the crafty nature of those born in the Year of the Rat, those born in the Year of the Goat (also called […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 34 No 9 | 2/21-2/270 Comments

Seattle Symphony celebrates Asia

Seattle Symphony celebrates Asia

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle Symphony’s “Celebrate Asia” Concert, upcoming Sunday, March 1, features guest conductor Carolyn Kuan. Amongst other pieces, the symphony will be performing the U.S. premiere of “Revive,” a concerto for koto and shakuhachi written by Japanese composer Yugo Kanno.  Another prominent piece, “Xizi,” from Chinese composer Ye Yanchen, […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 34 No 9 | 2/21-2/270 Comments

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