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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

A-pop! Heroes and villains — Racists think they’re not racist, and Asian heroes make their debut

A-pop! Heroes and villains — Racists think they’re not racist, and Asian heroes make their debut

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly From racist music videos to Asian superheroes, July was an interesting month for Asians and pop culture. And by “interesting,” I mean equal parts disgusting and awesome. Read on to see what’s going on! Racist music video “Asian Girlz” makes many Asianz mad Los Angeles-based rock band Day Above […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 33 | 8/10-8/161 Comment

Asian America at the Capitol Hill Block Party

Asian America at the Capitol Hill Block Party

By Charles Lam Northwest Asian Weekly Each year in July, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce closes off a portion of the neighborhood to host the

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 30 | 7/20-7/260 Comments

A-pop! Out of school and on the silver screen — From Seattle and beyond

A-pop! Out of school and on the silver screen — From Seattle and beyond

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly The heat is rising in Seattle as summer finally makes an appearance in the city! And as temperatures are soaring high, so too are the profiles of many young Asian Americans. Read on to learn about some new fresh new faces on the scene (and maybe an offensive face […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 29 | 7/13-7/190 Comments

A-pop! A month of influence, celebrity, and success

A-pop! A month of influence, celebrity, and success

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly TIME and the most influential Asians TIME recently published the 2013 TIME 100 — its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world — which showcases leading visionaries across all industries from art and politics to business and pop culture.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 23 | 6/1-6/70 Comments

A-pop! Goodbye Ebert, goodbye Lin,  hello China.

A-pop! Goodbye Ebert, goodbye Lin, hello China.

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Honoring Roger Ebert In early April, the world bid adieu to Roger Ebert, famed writer, journalist, and film critic, who passed away after an 11-year battle with cancer. He was an unparalleled figure in the world of film criticism, and he was often known for championing cinematic work from […]

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 19 | 5/4-5/101 Comment

A-pop! On both screens — Winning awards, winning reality, and the first well-developed Asian comedy character

A-pop! On both screens — Winning awards, winning reality, and the first well-developed Asian comedy character

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly It may be officially springtime, but the vestiges of winter and its awards season still linger. Read on to see how Asians have been winning in the media this past month.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 14 | 3/30-4/50 Comments

A-pop! The Awards Season — An Asian American night at the Oscars, Grammys, and more

A-pop! The Awards Season — An Asian American night at the Oscars, Grammys, and more

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly It may still be chilly and dreary, but Asians have been heating up the awards scene like no other this past month! From film to music, February saw Asians and Asian Americans alike raking in nominations and wins across the media awards landscape. Academy Award wins and nominations for […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 10 | 3/2-3/80 Comments

A-pop! Asians invade the screen

A-pop! Asians invade the screen

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Even though 2013 has only been underway for a few short weeks, there’s already a lot of news to cover, including anti-Americanism, television castings, and even some news straight out of Seattle. Read on to find out about all the buzz of the new year!

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 4 | 1/19-1/250 Comments

A-pop! Top 10 Pop Culture Stories from 2012

A-pop! Top 10 Pop Culture Stories from 2012

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly With 2013 officially underway, everyone is clamoring for a fresh start by tackling their New Year’s resolutions.

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 32 No 2 | 1/5-1/110 Comments

The 10 Best Asian Pop Songs You Might’ve Missed in 2012

The 10 Best Asian Pop Songs You Might’ve Missed in 2012

By Reese Umbaugh For the Northwest Asian Weekly When South Korean artist Psy’s song “Gangnam Style” became a worldwide phenomenon this year, the formerly niche genre known as

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Features, Profiles, Vol 32 No 2 | 1/5-1/110 Comments

A-pop! Twitter idiots strike again, and a farewell to Das Racist

A-pop! Twitter idiots strike again, and a farewell to Das Racist

A monthly column about all things Asian in popular culture By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly The holiday season typically compels people to perform acts of goodwill despite conflicts and differences. This season, however, is off to a poor start with all the hate that’s been spewed about Asians lately. What ever happened to the […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 31 No 52 | 12/22-12/280 Comments

A-pop! The New Bond Girl

A-pop! The New Bond Girl

A monthly column about all things Asian in popular culture By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly With November underway and Halloween behind us, I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and avoided dressing in ethnic or race-based costumes. Read on to see which fools in the media didn’t follow suit this past month.

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Posted in Column: Pop Culture, Vol 31 No 46 | 11/10-11/162 Comments

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