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No textbooks! — Books you will actually want to read

No textbooks! — Books you will actually want to read

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Nisei Daughter By Monica Sone University of Washington Press, 2014 Growing up in Seattle in the 1920s and 1930s, Monica Sone constantly battled with her Japanese heritage and her American home. From the time she was 5 and told by her parents that she and her older brother Henry […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/190 Comments

A-pop! Choi dominates — Fukunaga wins an Emmy; K-pop tragedy

A-pop! Choi dominates — Fukunaga wins an Emmy; K-pop tragedy

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Nobody wants to admit it, but summer is over. With the yellow school buses rolling in, it’s a sure sign that fall is right around the corner. But who said you still can’t savor the remnants of August? Let’s take a second to remember end-of-summer highlights with some of […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/190 Comments

Asian American talent shines at Bumbershoot

Asian American talent shines at Bumbershoot

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly This was a big year at Bumbershoot. Wu-Tang Clan, Foster the People, Elvis Costello, Lucious Jackson, The Replacements, and Los Lobos are only a few of the performers that took the stage. Alongside these legends, Asian and Asian American musicians and comedians made their mark as rising stars. If […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 37 | 9/6-9/120 Comments

“A Letter to Momo”

“A Letter to Momo”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Hiroyuki Okiura’s anime feature “A Letter to Momo” was seven years in the making, including the story, script, and storyboarding. It’s also the filmmaker’s first turn in the director’s seat since 1999’s “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.”  For all the planning, though, the film begins simply enough, with a medium-sized […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 37 | 9/6-9/120 Comments

“Patema Inverted”

“Patema Inverted”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Yasuhiro Yoshiura’s “Patema Inverted,” an anime feature originally formatted as an original net animation in four sections, gives us a plaintive young heroine. It also includes a steadfast young hero, a charismatic villain to boo and hiss, and a lot of head-spinning visuals.  Beneath all that pizazz, sterner stuff […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 37 | 9/6-9/120 Comments

A-pop! Trailblazers and debt — Adieu to Shigeta and mortgages; casting call for Star Wars

A-pop! Trailblazers and debt — Adieu to Shigeta and mortgages; casting call for Star Wars

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly The sun’s been shining bright in Seattle this last month! But despite the sizzling heat, things have not been as high in Hollywood. Read on to find out about last month’s unfortunate lows and a few highs.

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 34 | 8/16-8/220 Comments

Mike Chinoy’s documentary reviews Chinese history

Mike Chinoy’s documentary reviews Chinese history

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Mike Chinoy is a Senior Fellow at the University of Southern California (USC)’s U.S.-China Institute. He served as a foreign

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 34 | 8/16-8/220 Comments

Meeting Tommy Chong — Counterculture legend visits Seattle to promote marijuana brand

Meeting Tommy Chong — Counterculture legend visits Seattle to promote marijuana brand

By Reid Mukai Northwest Asian Weekly Before “Harold and Kumar” there was “Cheech and Chong” a counterculture comedy duo which became hugely successful in the 70s and continue to be discovered by new generations of fans.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 34, Vol 33 No 34 | 8/16-8/220 Comments

Bruce Lee and his Seattle roots — A retrospective comes to the Wing

Bruce Lee and his Seattle roots — A retrospective comes to the Wing

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly A recent launch of a video game featuring mixed martial arts fighters entitled “EA Sports:

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/153 Comments

Mini-Mikado Gets a Modern Makeover

Mini-Mikado Gets a Modern Makeover

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly Last weekend, a mini Mikado starring tweens and teens, took the stage at The Bathhouse

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/150 Comments

Poet experiments with tradition

Poet experiments with tradition

By Daria Kroupoderova Northwest Asian Weekly Shin Yu Pai, author of eight poetry books, has been nominated for The Stranger’s

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/150 Comments

Awesome Asian Bad Guys!

Awesome Asian Bad Guys!

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The new action film “Awesome Asian Bad Guys” has its Seattle premiere at a free screening on Sunday, August 24th, at 1212 King Street in Seattle, starting at 7 pm.  The film, centered around a group of colorful Asian villains, was co-directed by Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino, and […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/150 Comments

August reading recommendations

August reading recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Pioneer Girl By Bich Minh Nguyen Viking, 2014 Ever since she received the box set from her grandfather when she turned 8, Lee Lien has always loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” books.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/150 Comments

Lakewood Asian Film Festival aims to entertain, educate, and engage — An interview with festival organizer Phil Raschke

Lakewood Asian Film Festival aims to entertain, educate, and engage — An interview with festival organizer Phil Raschke

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The second annual Lakewood Asian Film Festival, free to all, takes place August 1st through August 3rd at the Lakewood Playhouse, located at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. in Lakewood. Festival organizer Phil Raschke answered some questions over e-mail.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/80 Comments

Guzheng in Seattle: A Chinese Harp Cures Homesickness

Guzheng in Seattle: A Chinese Harp Cures Homesickness

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly YanFen Wang just moved from Shanghai, where she studied a Chinese classical harp called the guzheng. She says, “Sometimes, when the room is silent, and all you hear is the guzheng, your heart will fill with joy, but other times your heart will be broken. The music is really […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/80 Comments

Deco-dense

Deco-dense

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Xiaojin Wu, curator at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, shows me a Japanese piece that’s been first lacquered, then carved. The artist, she explains, put several layers of lacquer on first, then slowly, steadily, and taking great care for symmetry, carved the Art Deco designs into the lacquer. Many […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/80 Comments

Bellevue Festival of Arts celebrates 30th anniversary

Bellevue Festival of Arts celebrates 30th anniversary

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly The Bellevue Festival of the Arts celebrated its 30th anniversary last weekend. The juried event featured

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/80 Comments

Portraying a pivotal historical period: Jennifer Chow discusses her novel “The 228 Legacy”

Portraying a pivotal historical period: Jennifer Chow discusses her novel “The 228 Legacy”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Jennifer J. Chow, author of the novel “The 228 Legacy,” appears in Seattle on August 1st at the Miller Community Center, sponsored by the Seattle Taiwan American Professionals.  She’ll speak on “Stories & Culture: Literature Affects How We and Others Think About Us.”  She answered some questions over e-mail.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/80 Comments

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

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