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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

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

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

“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

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

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

Art of origami on display

Art of origami on display

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Elegantly folded animals, pentagonal prisms, and architectural creations line the halls at “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami,” the latest exhibition to debut at the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) in Bellevue.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 23, Profiles, Vol 33 No 23 | 5/31-6/62 Comments

Creativity inspired by nature and Japanese heritage

Creativity inspired by nature and Japanese heritage

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly From a distance, Naoko Morisawa’s artwork looks like a painting, but look closer, and you will notice that they are wood mosaics. Her art is made from hundreds of thousands of small slices of natural and oil-dyed woodchips on a palette. Her art style is transformed from a traditional […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 21 | 5/17-5/230 Comments

Burn List: Jazz band with a different beat

Burn List: Jazz band with a different beat

By Irfan Shariff Northwest Asian Weekly Chris Icasiano has been playing the drums since he was 8 years old. He would practice for hours each day, playing along to the classics and favorites of his parents, such as the Beatles, Bing Crosby, and Chicago.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 20 | 5/10-5/160 Comments

For young Kate Lee, the design is in the details

For young Kate Lee, the design is in the details

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly For Kate Kyung-ha Lee, an associate retail designer, design has long played a focal point in her life. Lee was recently named to retail magazine Visual Merchandising and Store Design’s Designer Dozen for 2014, an annual awards program which recognizes 12 up-and-coming designers nationwide under 35 for their creativity […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 20, Profiles, Vol 33 No 20 | 5/10-5/161 Comment

Come out to the Seattle Center for API Heritage Month fun & festivities

Come out to the Seattle Center for API Heritage Month fun & festivities

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and one way Seattle is celebrating is with a free afternoon of family fun and cultural festivities from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Seattle Center Armory on Sunday, May 4.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 19 | 5/3-5/91 Comment

Songwriter recalls lonely, idyllic childhood, & feeling ‘different’

Songwriter recalls lonely, idyllic childhood, & feeling ‘different’

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The half Korean singer/songwriter Priscilla Ahn, coming to the Columbia City Theater on May 13, remembers her childhood in Pennsylvania as idyllic. “I started singing when I was 6,” she said. “One of the first songs I learned to sing was ‘If We Hold on Together’ from ‘The Land […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 19 | 5/3-5/90 Comments

“Impenetrable” dissects beauty

“Impenetrable” dissects beauty

By Irfan Shariff Northwest Asian Weekly In SIS Productions’ West Coast premiere of Chicago playwright Mia McCullough’s “Impenetrable,” we are forced to examine the notion of feminine beauty. We come to the conclusion that society is obsessed with beauty, whether “big is beautiful,” “beauty is relative,” or that “beauty is burdensome.” We all have our […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 18 | 4/26-5/20 Comments

Sakura-Con costumed invaders land in downtown Seattle!

Sakura-Con costumed invaders land in downtown Seattle!

By John Liu Northwest Asian Weekly Super Mario was jumping around Seattle downtown and yes, Batman was eating at Subway among thousands of interesting and strange characters flooding last weekend.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 18 | 4/26-5/20 Comments

Tomo Nakayama: From Grand Hallway to Seattle’s Great Hall

Tomo Nakayama: From Grand Hallway to Seattle’s Great Hall

By Signe Predmore Northwest Asian Weekly These days, you might catch snatches of guitar and piano melodies in odd corners of Town Hall at all hours, not only during their music programming.  

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 18 | 4/26-5/20 Comments

“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

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