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Differences create great harmony — Celebrate Asia concert combines music of different cultures to bridge worlds together

Differences create great harmony — Celebrate Asia concert combines music of different cultures to bridge worlds together

By Emiri Aoki Northwest Asian Weekly Often, vastly different types of things cannot unite or be in harmony when combined. Music is no exception. However, when it works, the effect can be awe-inspiring. I got to see some cool combinations of different sounds across the world coming together during Celebrate Asia, an annual Asian concert […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 35 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

Young girl’s old suitcase teaches world children about Holocaust

Young girl’s old suitcase teaches world children about Holocaust

Fumiko Ishioka watched and chatted as George Brady played travel Scrabble with his adult daughter, Lara Brady, in between press interviews at the Hyatt House Hotel on Jan. 22. Ishioka is a Japanese national and George Brady has lived in Toronto, Canada, since 1951.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 5, Profiles, Vol 35 No 5 | 1/30-2/50 Comments

Applause for Maestro Cai

Applause for Maestro Cai

Celebrate Asia concert to include chorus, culture, and … cellphones

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 4, Profiles, Vol 35 No 4 | 1/23-1/290 Comments

The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle’s hidden gateway to Imperial China

The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle’s hidden gateway to Imperial China

In the heart of downtown Seattle, in the Skinner Building, lies a hidden architectural gem with Chinese-inspired interior design that evokes the sacred palaces and a temple of Imperial China — it’s the 5th Avenue Theatre.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 35 No 3 | 1/16-1/220 Comments

Famed Chinese opera singer to debut in ‘Figaro,’ says Asian singers need not Westernize

Famed Chinese opera singer to debut in ‘Figaro,’ says Asian singers need not Westernize

To Shenyang, a Chinese bass-baritone singer, his name represents a bridge between the opera performer’s Chinese roots and his international reputation.

“My full name, pronounced from first to last (Yang Shen), sounds like a ‘goat’s kidney’ in Chinese,” said Shenyang.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 3, Profiles, Vol 35 No 3 | 1/16-1/220 Comments

Angry Asian Man? — Phil Yu is more than that

Angry Asian Man? — Phil Yu is more than that

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Phil Yu isn’t an Angry Asian Man. In fact, he’s far from it. Yu is the founder behind the blog Angry Asian Man—one of the most popular sources online for news, pop culture, media, social issues, and Yu’s own commentary and spin about the Asian American experience. The blog’s […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 51, Profiles, Vol 34 No 51 | 12/12-12/180 Comments

David Henry Hwang attacked, neck slashed — Playwright recovering

David Henry Hwang attacked, neck slashed — Playwright recovering

By Jenn Fang Northwest Asian Weekly The New York Daily News reported Dec. 3 that Tony Award-winning playwright and Yale alum David Henry Hwang was recovering in his Brooklyn-area home after being the victim of a random assault. Hwang was apparently walking near his home when he was attacked from behind by an unknown assailant […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 51, Profiles, Vol 34 No 51 | 12/12-12/180 Comments

“Online Dating Tales of Old Japan” — A conversation with Pork Filled Productions and playwright Kirk Shimano

“Online Dating Tales of Old Japan” — A conversation with Pork Filled Productions and playwright Kirk Shimano

By Jocelyn Moore Northwest Asian Weekly Searching for love often requires courage and originality. In the case of the Akira, it means combining the wisdom of the traditional Japanese fairytales he heard from his great-grandmother with the mystical domain of the Internet. Presented by Pork Filled Productions, “Online Dating Tales of Old Japan” by Kirk […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Japanese dance tradition continues under master instructor

Japanese dance tradition continues under master instructor

By Steven Mark HONOLULU (AP) — Watching a fan in the hands of Gertrude Yukie Tsutsumi is like watching a feather dance in the breeze. She holds it out like a mirror and lets it fall toward her forearm, catching it with a well-timed but casually graceful sweep of her wrist. “Let gravity take care […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, National News, Profiles, Vol 34 No 49 | 11/28-12/40 Comments

“Allegiance” — George Takei stars in musical (and history lesson)

“Allegiance” — George Takei stars in musical (and history lesson)

By Jenn Fang Northwest Asian Weekly This year marks the 70th year of the closing of the World War II incarceration camps that imprisoned thousands of Japanese American civilians under inhumane conditions and threat of violence. Yet, this shameful and racist episode of American history still receives scant attention in our history classrooms. The vast […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Say hello to Hello Kitty — EMP Museum pays homage to the supercute

Say hello to Hello Kitty — EMP Museum pays homage to the supercute

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly It began with a coin purse. Hello Kitty, soon to conquer the world, made her debut on a tiny coin purse made from see-through plastic. The year was 1975. The “Hello! Exploring The Supercute World Of Hello Kitty” exhibit at the EMP Museum includes a replica of this coin […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 34 No 48 | 11/21-11/271 Comment

Paradox of Place — Glimpses of modern Korea at SAM’s Asian Art Museum

Paradox of Place — Glimpses of modern Korea at SAM’s Asian Art Museum

By Jocelyn Moore Northwest Asian Weekly Walking into the Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) Asian Art Museum from now through March, you find yourself immersed in the paradox of modern Korean society. The “Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art” at the museum showcases new media art in diverse forms from six prominent Korean artists. The common […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Features 48, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 34 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Keiko Matsui returns! — Seattle welcomes the award-winning pianist and composer

Keiko Matsui returns! — Seattle welcomes the award-winning pianist and composer

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Japanese jazz pianist and composer Keiko Matsui has traveled all over the world with her music, and recorded her latest CD/DVD set at the Ex Theater in Tokyo’s Roppongi district. But she told me that Seattle is actually her favorite place to play. “Seattle is my favorite city,” she […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Features 47, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 34 No 47 | 11/14-11/200 Comments

Mystery and form — Frank Kunishige’s photos on view at Central Library

Mystery and form — Frank Kunishige’s photos on view at Central Library

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Frank Kunishige (1878-1960) was a patient photographer.  You have to be patient to catch Seattle’s Smith Tower in snow. But he also knew how to bring impressive changes out of traditional subject matter.  He was no stranger to the female nude study, but he found ways to veil the […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 44 | 10/24-10/300 Comments

Korla Pandit — Disguising identity: From Black to Indian

Korla Pandit — Disguising identity: From Black to Indian

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Two hands hold a large censer.  A voice speaks of wisdom and rubies.  A deep, slightly scraggly voice.  The action fades-in to a man in a turban with a jewel mounted between his eyes.  Fixing his eyes upon the camera, Korla Pandit begins his act. And his act was […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 43 | 10/17-10/230 Comments

Spotlight on Sri Lanka — 10th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival

Spotlight on Sri Lanka — 10th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The 10th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF), opening on October 15th, showcases Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), an island country near southeast India. The Tasveer organization, parent organization of the SSAFF, chose Sri Lanka to showcase for several reasons, according to Dr. Alka Kurian, co-director of the Festival.  […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 42 | 10/10-10/160 Comments

A-pop! — See the resemblance? — A case of mistaken identity, Ken Jeong returns, and early Halloween tricks and treats

A-pop! — See the resemblance? — A case of mistaken identity, Ken Jeong returns, and early Halloween tricks and treats

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly With the leaves changing colors and the temperature outside becoming noticeably cooler, there’s no denying that fall is here. And so are new television shows! And movies! Read on to find out what’s been happening in Hollywood. New faces on TV: Priyanka Chopra! Plus, Ken Jeong returns! Indian actress […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 42 | 10/10-10/160 Comments

Modern Sky Festival comes to Seattle

Modern Sky Festival comes to Seattle

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Modern Sky Festival, based out of China, coming to Seattle on October 11th, isn’t the first festival that organizer Michael LoJudice has helped put on. “I’ve worked for Modern Sky Entertainment for almost 10 years,” he recalls. “We are based in Beijing, with an office in New York. Prior […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 42 | 10/10-10/160 Comments

Connecting the dots with Eunice Kim

Connecting the dots with Eunice Kim

By Jocelyn Moore Northwest Asian Weekly Walking into Davidson Galleries at Pioneer Square in October, you will likely find people connecting the dots at Eunice Kim’s latest printmaking exhibition, “2005-2015: Ten Year Survey.” The exhibition is both a celebration and display of Kim’s journey in creating art by using a nontoxic technique to achieve a […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 42 | 10/10-10/160 Comments

Breathtaking (and gravity-breaking) Butoh — Sankai Juku comes to Seattle

Breathtaking (and gravity-breaking) Butoh — Sankai Juku comes to Seattle

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “I was born by the sea,” recalls Ushiro Amagatsu, leader and choreographer of the butoh ensemble Sankai Juku, when asked about his formative experiences.  “The boundary between land and sea, shoreline, a changing color from dawn to a blue sky, on the contrary, from red sunset to blue that is […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 41 | 10/3-10/90 Comments

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