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“Documented” by Vargas gets to heart of immigration debate

“Documented” by Vargas gets to heart of immigration debate

By Evangeline Cafe Northwest Asian Weekly Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas spurred conversations about what it means to be American when he outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine in June 2011. Vargas is now shedding more light on his story of heartbreak and […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/250 Comments

#S.W.A.G. (Something We Asians Got)

I’m Asian It doesn’t matter what type Your hair doesn’t have to be the color of a blackberry-ripe

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Posted in Features, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/250 Comments

API bands compete in Kollaboration showcase

API bands compete in Kollaboration showcase

Five local API bands will vie for the chance to compete at Kollaboration Star in L.A. next fall.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 16 | 4/12-4/180 Comments

J-Pop inspired clothing designer moves studio to Sassafras in Belltown

J-Pop inspired clothing designer moves studio to Sassafras in Belltown

By Shin Yu Pai Northwest Asian Weekly Malia Peoples, the designer best known as Lady Konnyaku, recently moved her

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Business, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 14 | 3/29-4/40 Comments

Asian art on display at the Frye

Asian art on display at the Frye

The Frye Art Museum in Seattle is currently exhibiting “Isamu Noguchi and Qu Baishi: Beijing 1930” and “Mark Tobey and Teng Baiye: Seattle/Shanghai.”The show by Noguchi and Baishi is an exploration of artistic and intellectual exchanges between American sculptor, landscape architect, and furniture designer Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Qi Baishi (1864–1957), now considered one of […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/280 Comments

Wanting: Singer, songwriter, composer, and keyboardist performs at the Triple Door

Wanting: Singer, songwriter, composer, and keyboardist performs at the Triple Door

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Wanting Qu, generally known as “Wanting,” had a long trip to North American audiences and to North America itself. She was born and raised in Harbin, the largest city in northeast China. She performs Tuesday, March 25, at the Triple Door in downtown Seattle.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/280 Comments

Nomura explores her roots through choreography, dance

Nomura explores her roots through choreography, dance

By Alia Marsha Northwest Asian Weekly For its second season, the Seattle dance group Relay Dance Collective travels back to their roots as inspiration for “Beginnings,” featuring repertory works by 30 dancers and choreographers. Dancer and co-founder of the group Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura uses this opportunity to tell the story of her origins as a […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 13, Profiles, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/281 Comment

Asian comedians might leave you a bit ‘dis/orient/ed’

Asian comedians might leave you a bit ‘dis/orient/ed’

By Signe Predmore Northwest Asian Weekly Not all communities feel welcome in the world of stand-up comedy, a mainstream American

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 12 | 3/15-3/211 Comment

Exhibit follows Asian pioneers in the Northwest

Exhibit follows Asian pioneers in the Northwest

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly One of the first things you notice inside the “Grit” exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum is a gas

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 12 | 3/15-3/210 Comments

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan to make Seattle debut — Songs of the Wanderers, a masterpiece of modern dance by choreographer Lin Hwai-min

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan to make Seattle debut — Songs of the Wanderers, a masterpiece of modern dance by choreographer Lin Hwai-min

By Marino Saito Northwest Asian Weekly Lin Hwai-min will accompany Cloud Gate to Seattle for its UW World Series (UWWS)

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/70 Comments

Renowned pianist Zhang makes his Seattle debut

Renowned pianist Zhang makes his Seattle debut

By Alia Marsha Northwest Asian Weekly Pianist Haochen Zhang was first introduced to classical music when he was still in the womb. His mother, who was learning English at the time, came across an article in Reader’s Digest about the effects of classical music — specifically the piano, which is polyphonic — on the development […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 9 | 2/22-2/280 Comments

Fundraising efforts continue to restore historical fountain

Fundraising efforts continue to restore historical fountain

By Alia Marsha Northwest Asian Weekly As part of a continuing fundraising effort, the Tsutakawa Fountain Committee at Seattle Central Community College will host an event to raise money for the restoration of an abandoned fountain sculpture by the late, world-renowned artist George Tsutakawa. The fountain is simply called “Fountain.”

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 9 | 2/22-2/281 Comment

Seattle artist straddles cultural edges, comes up ‘cute’

Seattle artist straddles cultural edges, comes up ‘cute’

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 09, Profiles, Vol 33 No 9 | 2/22-2/281 Comment

Savy sings heartfelt songs of his life

Savy sings heartfelt songs of his life

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Ever since I was born,” remembers Cambodian American singer Sarey Savy, “my family sang in the house all the time. Whether it’s talking on the phone, cooking, taking a shower, or karaoke, someone in the house was always singing. My aunt and uncle used to set up this video […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 8 | 2/15-2/210 Comments

Kaori Nakamura: retiring dancer was truly a ‘dream come true’

Kaori Nakamura: retiring dancer was truly a ‘dream come true’

By Marino Saito Northwest Asian Weekly Graceful, light, strong, and fierce — that’s how Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Kaori Nakamura is described by fellow dancer Jonathan Porretta.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Features 08, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 33 No 8 | 2/15-2/210 Comments

Film festival shares Asian experience

Film festival shares Asian experience

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle Asian American Film Festival, previously the Northwest Asian American Film Festival, owes its previous and current existence to local Asian talent. “I was a loyal fan of the Northwest Asian American Film Festival,” recalls SAAFF co-director Kevin Bang,  “the previous iteration of SAAFF. NWAAFF ran from 2002 […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Features, Vol 33 No 6 | 2/1-2/70 Comments

Vikesh Kapoor’s folk music is ‘dealing with the now’

Vikesh Kapoor’s folk music is ‘dealing with the now’

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly For folk singer and songwriter Vikesh Kapoor, he is a musician first and a social observer second. A first-generation Indian American, Kapoor draws on observations and reactions to the world around him for inspiration. Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, his first taste of the larger world came when […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 5 | 1/25-1/311 Comment

South Korean baritone steps into Seattle Opera’s “Rigoletto”

South Korean baritone steps into Seattle Opera’s “Rigoletto”

By Imana Gunawan Northwest Asian Weekly When baritone Hyung Yun first got into opera, “Rigoletto,” by Giuseppe Verdi, became an opera he dreamt of performing. Now, Yun’s dreams will be coming true when he plays the part of Rigoletto in Seattle Opera’s production running Jan. 11 through Jan. 25. Yun, a 45-year-old from Seoul, South […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 3 | 1/11-1/170 Comments

Local cellist goes on tour with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Local cellist goes on tour with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Rebecca Chung Filice, 28, is not your typical classically trained musician. She rocked out on her cello with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on their European and U.S. Heist World tour this year. She will be joining them next year for their tour in New Zealand, Australia, and Malaysia. Born […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 2 | 1/4-1/100 Comments

Joy, luck, amazement, and identity: Amy Tan’s reflections on her latest book and more

Joy, luck, amazement, and identity: Amy Tan’s reflections on her latest book and more

By Vivian Miezianko Northwest Asian Weekly On the evening of Dec. 5, enthusiastic readers of all ages, clad in coats and scarves, attended a reading by bestselling author Amy Tan at the University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 32 No 51 | 12/14-12/200 Comments

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