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The complexities of “Indian Ink” — Speaking through miscommunication

The complexities of “Indian Ink” — Speaking through miscommunication

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Tom Stoppard’s far-ranging play “Indian Ink” spans two continents, at least one ocean, and several decades.  Yet it begins simply enough, with a young man and an older woman sitting at a table for tea.  As the action progresses, we learn a bit more about tea and a lot […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 35, Profiles, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

‘Inside Out’ co-director thrilled to bring film to Filipinos

‘Inside Out’ co-director thrilled to bring film to Filipinos

By Teresa Cerojano Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Filipino-American co-director of the box-office hit “Inside Out” says it’s a dream come true for him to be sharing with Filipinos the animated film he helped create. “It’s kind of a surreal experience because I just watched movies here growing up,” said Ronnie del Carmen, […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Jose Llana pulls on the royal cloak in ‘The King and I’

Jose Llana pulls on the royal cloak in ‘The King and I’

By Mark Kennedy AP Drama Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Llana got his first professional acting gig by trying on his dream role: professional actor. The talented singer and performer was 19 when he skipped class to attend an Equity audition for the 1996 Broadway revival of “The King and I,” despite not owning […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Tzi Ma discusses “Hell on Wheels” — Recreating a part of the Chinese experience on television

Tzi Ma discusses “Hell on Wheels” — Recreating a part of the Chinese experience on television

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly It is rare that a mainstream television show dedicates an entire season to a historical part of Asian history. However, that is what AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” does as it depicts the role of Chinese workers building the transcontinental railroad in the late 1800s. One of the stars of […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 33 | 8/8-8/141 Comment

“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

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

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-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

TV, Broadway’s Conrad Ricamora on a ‘life-changing’ moment

TV, Broadway’s Conrad Ricamora on a ‘life-changing’ moment

By Mark Kennedy NEW YORK (AP)  — Conrad Ricamora’s acting career is on fire of late. He may want to thank his genes. He’s on ABC’s hot new drama “How To Get Away with Murder” and he’s also singing on Broadway in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical “The King and I.” Not bad for a […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Portraying family through film

Portraying family through film

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Kelly Huang, American and of Laotian heritage, recently finished her short film “A Refugee Story:  Khamsay Huang,” a portrait of her elderly uncle, Khamsay, and his story of leaving Laos during wartime and coming to America.  The film went online recently courtesy of the SEARAC (Southeast Resource Action Center) […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Toyo’s Camera — Japanese American history through a new lens

Toyo’s Camera — Japanese American history through a new lens

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Japanese film director Junichi Suzuki turned his attention to the Japanese-American experience during World War II, for his “Nisei Trilogy” of documentary films, playing at SIFF in May with the director in attendance. “Toyo’s Camera” concerns itself with the late Toyo Miyatake, who illegally documented life in his incarceration […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Eddie Huang: “Perfectly imperfect” — Fresh Off the Boat author talks about race, life, food and why he doesn’t watch the show

Eddie Huang: “Perfectly imperfect” — Fresh Off the Boat author talks about race, life, food and why he doesn’t watch the show

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Donning a bucket hat, thick-framed glasses, and a baggy button-down shirt as if he were dressing incognito, or on vacation, Eddie Huang spoke to a filled room in the student union building of the University of Washington on a rainy Tuesday night in April.  The lawyer/chef/writer/creator talked about race, […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features 19, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Cambodian Son

Cambodian Son

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Cambodian Son,” produced by Anida Yoeu Ali and directed by Masahiro Sugano, tells the story of Kosal Khiev, a Cambodian poet and spoken-word performer who, after being deported from America in the wake of criminal charges, built a substantial reputation in Cambodia’s capitol, Phnom Penh. The documentary cuts between […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Playing with paper — Fun and creative options for that stack in the corner

Playing with paper — Fun and creative options for that stack in the corner

Anyone who works with print understands how the paper can pile up. And here at the Northwest Asian Weekly and the Seattle Chinese Post, it definitely piles up. Although we are adamant about recycling, it’s fun to be creative and think about how you can use that paper instead of just immediately tossing it into […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 18, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

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