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“Dance Like A Man” — Not so much dance, but rather, drama

“Dance Like A Man” — Not so much dance, but rather, drama

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Dance Like A Man,” presented by ACT Theater in collaboration with Seattle Pratidhwani organization, opened with dancing, although, oddly enough, not any dancing included in the play’s script.  Joyce Paul Siamak of Arpan Performing Arts, performed two solo dances, one before each of the play’s two acts; and introduced […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 32 | 8/1-8/70 Comments

From bean to brew — “Caffeinated” maps the journey

From bean to brew — “Caffeinated” maps the journey

By Tiffany Ran Northwest Asian Weekly For many, the potential harbored in a single sip of coffee means conquering that morning meeting, finishing work reports, and having that pick-me-up when it seems the work day would never end. Yet “Caffeinated,” a documentary that debuts this week, will cause many to rethink their regular cup of […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

“The Apu Trilogy” restored — Classic chronicling the lifespan of a Bengali, influenced directors and approach to film

“The Apu Trilogy” restored — Classic chronicling the lifespan of a Bengali, influenced directors and approach to film

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly In 1955, a first-time Indian director released a film he had struggled with for nearly three years.  Shot whenever Satyajit Ray could marshal up some money, “Pather Panchali” became the first film in the director’s celebrated “Apu Trilogy,” which went on to influence film around the world.  Newly restored […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

Hiroyuki Sanada – Discusses career and latest movie

Hiroyuki Sanada – Discusses career and latest movie

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada plays a key role in the new movie release “Mr. Holmes.” Sanada was in town for the Seattle International Film Festival last month for an early viewing of the movie. In an interview with the Northwest Asian Weekly, he talked about his career, acting alongside […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 31, Profiles, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

“Northern Limit Line” — Crossing emotional and historical borders

“Northern Limit Line” — Crossing emotional and historical borders

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Wikipedia and military refers to it as the “Second Battle Of Yeonpyeong.”  On June 29, 2002, two border patrol boats from North Korea slipped over the Northern Limit Line, the maritime boundary between the Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea (DPRK—North Korea) and the Republic Of Korea (South Korea) in […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 30 |7/18-7/240 Comments

All about beauty… — Dancers, geishas, Caucasian beauty in China

All about beauty… — Dancers, geishas, Caucasian beauty in China

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Temperatures are soaring in Seattle and everybody is seeking refuge in any cool temperatures to be had. Go find some shade and cool off from the hot sun with this month’s A-pop! The latest pop culture news and gossip will be sure to distract you from the heat! American […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 29 | 7/11-7/170 Comments

SE Asian intrigue — Selections to cover those extra summer hours

SE Asian intrigue — Selections to cover those extra summer hours

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Singapore Noir Edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan Akashic Books, 2014 For many people, when they think of Singapore, a few words and phrases may come to mind: caning, chewing gum, no littering, fines, and new-money wealth. But as clean as people think the streets may be, there is more […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

Record auction sales for Chinese works of art — Large bids for paintings by Zhang Dagian, porcelain by Wang Bu

Record auction sales for Chinese works of art — Large bids for paintings by Zhang Dagian, porcelain by Wang Bu

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Two important paintings by the renowned artist Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) yielded top results in the June 23 auction of Fine Chinese Works of Art and Paintings held at Bonhams in San Francisco. A splashed landscape, dated 1965, and titled “Qiu Shan Xiao Si” (Buddhist Temple in Autumn Mountain) (est. $180,000-250,000) […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

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

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