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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

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

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

Insatiable! — A festival of Asian American writing talent

Insatiable! — A festival of Asian American writing talent

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle’s Sister (SIS) Productions presents “Insatiable!” a festival of

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 5 | 1/24-1/300 Comments

Qing Dynasty Robes find new home at Wing Luke

Qing Dynasty Robes find new home at Wing Luke

By Irene Lu Northwest Asian Weekly Chinese Americans built railroads, they fought for civil rights, and they brought the Chinese heritage over the Pacific Ocean.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 4 | 1/17-1/230 Comments

Not cute, but impressive — “Live on” exhibition at Seattle Asian Art Museum

Not cute, but impressive — “Live on” exhibition at Seattle Asian Art Museum

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Japanese artist known only as “Mr.” grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, absorbing the pop culture

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 52 | 12/20-12/260 Comments

Rising star on the flying trapeze: Jordan Tribble

Rising star on the flying trapeze: Jordan Tribble

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly “Fear is a big part of flying trapeze,” says Jordan Tribble. “To stand up on the platform, with no safety lines, and tell yourself to jump off. Just swinging on the bar is a big deal.” For all of his talk of fear, at age 21, Christopher Jordan Yasukuni […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/120 Comments

Cultural drama — Ultra Rich Asian Girls: Stereotype or commentary?

Cultural drama — Ultra Rich Asian Girls: Stereotype or commentary?

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly I am seldom interested in reality television, but there’s something intriguing about reality shows that feature all-Asian

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/120 Comments

Clinically funny — “Canasian” Ed Hill’s low anxiety helps with high-stress job

Clinically funny — “Canasian” Ed Hill’s low anxiety helps with high-stress job

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Ed Hill’s start in comedy was a prerequisite.  

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 50, Profiles, Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/121 Comment

Japan actor Takakura, known for stoic heroes, dies

Japan actor Takakura, known for stoic heroes, dies

By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Ken Takakura, a craggy-faced, quiet star known for playing outlaws and stoic heroes in scores of Japanese films, has died of lymphoma. He was 83. Perhaps best known abroad for his police inspector role in Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” in 1989, Takakura died Nov. 10 at a […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 49 | 11/29-12/50 Comments

Respect!: Celebrating Seven Samurai’s 60th anniversary

Respect!: Celebrating Seven Samurai’s 60th anniversary

By Ninette Cheng Northwest Asian Weekly On December 4, Seattle will be hosting a film screening of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai for its 60th anniversary.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 49 | 11/29-12/50 Comments

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