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A-pop! Slants — Is the name offensive?

A-pop! Slants — Is the name offensive?

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly With May underway, spring has officially sprung! And so has news for all of our Asian friends in the media. From controversial band names to casting news, see what’s happened during the last month with pop culture. “The Slants” lose their appeal to register band name Simon Tam, founder […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/82 Comments

A-pop! Casting calls… — …and a Bruce Lee biopic; a farewell to Norman Lee

A-pop! Casting calls… — …and a Bruce Lee biopic; a farewell to Norman Lee

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly From major motion picture remakes to casting news for upcoming television shows, March was an eventful month for Asian Americans in Hollywood. Read on to find out what’s new in the world of pop culture and entertainment! Hollywood goes big with remakes and biopics In recent years, Disney has […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 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

A-pop! Fresh news off the boat! — New TV series, Margaret Cho, and Ansari fights back

A-pop! Fresh news off the boat! — New TV series, Margaret Cho, and Ansari fights back

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly We’re only a month into the New Year, but things have certainly started off with a bang in pop culture! Read on for the monthly news roundup for all things Asian and entertainment these last few weeks.

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/60 Comments

A-pop: counting down the TOP 10 2014 API cheers and jeers

A-pop: counting down the TOP 10 2014 API cheers and jeers

By Vivian Nguyen NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY   How is 2014 coming to an end already? It seems like I had started reporting on 2013 pop culture news just a few short months ago. Now, it’s time to reflect on all the media triumphs and drama from the past year. Ready? 10. Pinkberry CEO gets jail […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Features 01, Vol 34 No 1 | 12/27-1/021 Comment

A-pop! Hollywood loses an activist — A live-action manga remake and ultra-rich Chinese Canadians

A-pop! Hollywood loses an activist — A live-action manga remake and ultra-rich Chinese Canadians

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly With November officially underway and Daylight Savings in effect, it’s time to hunker down for the winter season and get ready for the holiday festivities. Even though we’ve turned back the clocks, we’re going to jump back briefly to chat about last month’s news! Read on to find out […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 48 | 11/22-11/280 Comments

A-pop! Ling, logos, and Levine

A-pop! Ling, logos, and Levine

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly The leaves are changing colors and so are happenings in the media. All your favorite fall shows are back and some newbies are hitting the scene as well! Read on to see what’s new for Asian Americans in the television and pop culture scene.

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 42 | 10/11-10/170 Comments

A-pop! Choi dominates — Fukunaga wins an Emmy; K-pop tragedy

A-pop! Choi dominates — Fukunaga wins an Emmy; K-pop tragedy

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Nobody wants to admit it, but summer is over. With the yellow school buses rolling in, it’s a sure sign that fall is right around the corner. But who said you still can’t savor the remnants of August? Let’s take a second to remember end-of-summer highlights with some of […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/190 Comments

A-pop! Trailblazers and debt — Adieu to Shigeta and mortgages; casting call for Star Wars

A-pop! Trailblazers and debt — Adieu to Shigeta and mortgages; casting call for Star Wars

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly The sun’s been shining bright in Seattle this last month! But despite the sizzling heat, things have not been as high in Hollywood. Read on to find out about last month’s unfortunate lows and a few highs.

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 34 | 8/16-8/220 Comments

A-pop! June — Some dictators just can’t take a joke. Meanwhile, Glenn’s Soso brightens up OITNB

A-pop! June — Some dictators just can’t take a joke. Meanwhile, Glenn’s Soso brightens up OITNB

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Hollywood takes on North Korea A new movie poster and trailer for the irreverent comedy “The Interview” came out this past month to mixed reviews from the public. “The Interview” stars buddy comedians James Franco and Seth Rogen as media journalists who land an exclusive interview with a fictionalized […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 28 | 7/5-7/110 Comments

A-pop! A closer look at ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ — Finding the nuance in the taboo

A-pop! A closer look at ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ — Finding the nuance in the taboo

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly This month, I want to discuss the use of racial slurs in the media.

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 26 | 6/21-6/270 Comments

A-pop! April’s pop notes  — Prom, TV, and the passing of a musical legend

A-pop! April’s pop notes — Prom, TV, and the passing of a musical legend

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Can you believe that it’s May already? April zipped by so quickly, and with it, a few notable stories that include prom and a significant addition to American primetime television. Read on to find out more!

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 22 | 5/24-5/300 Comments

Looking back at March  — The latest fall, rise, & situations in pop culture

Looking back at March — The latest fall, rise, & situations in pop culture

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly This month’s column stars a disgraced co-founder and a celebrated EGOT winner. Wondering who or what an EGOT is? Read on to find out the answer, along with updates from this month’s entertainment headlines! Pinkberry CEO gets jail time Young Lee, co-founder of the popular frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry, […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 16 | 4/12-4/180 Comments

February’s culture wars  — That Sochi snub, and that Jeopardy! guy

February’s culture wars — That Sochi snub, and that Jeopardy! guy

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Welcome to the latest edition of Apop! In this month’s column, I talk about the Olympics and a talented — yet controversial — game show whiz. Read on to find out more! An Olympics recap: Skating and scandal in Sochi The Sochi Olympics dominated primetime television for most of […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 11 | 3/8-3/140 Comments

A-pop! Yay Superbowl, boo TV sitcom — A new year begins in Asian pop culture

A-pop! Yay Superbowl, boo TV sitcom — A new year begins in Asian pop culture

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Pop culture meets sports! Something big happened in Seattle this past weekend. Perhaps you caught it on TV? Our city celebrated a big win with the Super Bowl this past Sunday — congrats to the Seahawks and the 12th man! — and the big game included an incredible halftime […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 7 | 2/8-2/140 Comments

A-pop! A scrappy end to 2013 — Out with the old, in with the new, and more wins!

A-pop! A scrappy end to 2013 — Out with the old, in with the new, and more wins!

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Happy New Year, dear readers! 2014 is here, and while I’m all for ushering in the New Year, I want to take a moment to wrap up entertainment news from 2013. Let’s look back into the vestiges of last year before we tackle this year, shall we? Questlove thinks […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 4 | 1/18-1/240 Comments

A-pop! Top 10 stories of 2013 — Take one final look at the best, and the best of the worst, of last year’s Asian pop media moments

A-pop! Top 10 stories of 2013 — Take one final look at the best, and the best of the worst, of last year’s Asian pop media moments

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly With the New Year underway, it’s the perfect time to take a moment and reflect on 2013’s biggest hits and misses in pop culture. It’s been an interesting year, which saw Asian Americans breaking ground in new ways in pop media, as well as some spectacularly offensive moments from […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 33 No 2 | 1/4-1/101 Comment

A-pop! November edition — Racism rears its ugly head again at the AMAs, while Asian Americans kill it elsewhere in the media world

A-pop! November edition — Racism rears its ugly head again at the AMAs, while Asian Americans kill it elsewhere in the media world

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Another music award show, another display of racism If you caught the American Music Awards (AMAs) recently, perhaps you saw the abomination that

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 50 | 12/7-12/130 Comments

Behind the scenes — The good, the bad, and the ugly in Asian pop culture

Behind the scenes — The good, the bad, and the ugly in Asian pop culture

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Chinese food going viral One of the biggest YouTube viral hits this past month was the profoundly offensive and ridiculous music video for “Chinese Food,” a pop song crooned by (previously) unknown teenager Alison Gold.

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 46 | 11/9-11/150 Comments

A-pop! The end of an era and the start of a new one — Goodbye, Miyazaki! Hello, TV!

A-pop! The end of an era and the start of a new one — Goodbye, Miyazaki! Hello, TV!

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Summer is out and fall is in! But before we usher in the new season, let’s take a moment to reflect on all that has happened in the pop culture world this past month, as well as prepare ourselves for what’s ahead this autumn. The end of an era […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 39 | 9/21-9/270 Comments

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