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“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

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

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