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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

“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

‘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

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

George Takei’s musical ‘Allegiance’ finally gets to Broadway

George Takei’s musical ‘Allegiance’ finally gets to Broadway

By Mark Kennedy AP Drama Writer NEW YORK (AP) — George Takei is next boldly going somewhere special — to Broadway. The “Star Trek” star’s personal and heartfelt show about Japanese-Americans imprisoned during World War II has found a spot on the Great White Way this fall with him in a starring role. “It is […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, National News, Profiles, Vol 34 No 8 | 2/14-2/200 Comments

A different melody — First Chinese symphony to perform in Seattle

A different melody — First Chinese symphony to perform in Seattle

By Ninette Cheng Northwest Asian Weekly One of China’s finest orchestras, the Shenzhen Symphony, will perform a special Chinese New Year special in Seattle on Feb. 25.<!–more–> The 2015 Chinese New Year Concert, featuring China Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Seattle Symphony and Stanford University, will be playing at Benaroya Hall to celebrate […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 08, Profiles, Vol 34 No 8 | 2/14-2/200 Comments

“Fresh Off the Boat” — New sitcom offers Asian American perspective

“Fresh Off the Boat” — New sitcom offers Asian American perspective

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly On Wednesday, Feb. 4, ABC aired two episodes of “Fresh Off the Boat,” a new family sitcom based on Taiwanese chef and food personality Eddie Huang’s autobiography of the same name. Set in Florida during the 90s, the show explores Huang’s childhood as his family navigates the cultural challenges […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 08, Profiles, Vol 34 No 8 | 2/14-2/200 Comments

Learning in new languages — Dengue Fever: From Cambodia to the Triple Door

Learning in new languages — Dengue Fever: From Cambodia to the Triple Door

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Dengue Fever, a band well known for combining Cambodian pop with Western-style pop and rock, will be performing at Seattle’s Triple Door on Tuesday, Feb. 10th, They will be touring to support their new album “The Deepest Lake.”  Singer Chhom Nimol took some questions over e-mail.<!–more–> NWAW:  Where in Cambodia […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 7 | 2/7-2/130 Comments

Making music through teaching and inspiration — Jared Cassedy wins Grammy for Music Educator of the Year

Making music through teaching and inspiration — Jared Cassedy wins Grammy for Music Educator of the Year

By Minal Singh Northwest Asian Weekly The Grammy Foundation has recognized Jared Cassedy for his contributions to<!–more–> music in the classroom. He is the music teacher of the year. There were over 7,000 submissions and more than 200 nominees. This is the second year that the award has been given. This year, New Hampshire’s Windham […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 07, Profiles, Vol 34 No 7 | 2/7-2/130 Comments

“Worst thing I ever heard in my life” — Adam Diegel: From bad auditions to a leading role in ‘Tosca’

“Worst thing I ever heard in my life” — Adam Diegel: From bad auditions to a leading role in ‘Tosca’

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Adam Diegel, star of “Tosca,” now playing at the Seattle Opera, was once told to change careers after a bad audition.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/60 Comments

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