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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

Mike Chinoy’s documentary reviews Chinese history

Mike Chinoy’s documentary reviews Chinese history

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Mike Chinoy is a Senior Fellow at the University of Southern California (USC)’s U.S.-China Institute. He served as a foreign

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 34 | 8/16-8/220 Comments

Bruce Lee and his Seattle roots — A retrospective comes to the Wing

Bruce Lee and his Seattle roots — A retrospective comes to the Wing

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly A recent launch of a video game featuring mixed martial arts fighters entitled “EA Sports:

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/153 Comments

Poet experiments with tradition

Poet experiments with tradition

By Daria Kroupoderova Northwest Asian Weekly Shin Yu Pai, author of eight poetry books, has been nominated for The Stranger’s

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/150 Comments

Awesome Asian Bad Guys!

Awesome Asian Bad Guys!

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The new action film “Awesome Asian Bad Guys” has its Seattle premiere at a free screening on Sunday, August 24th, at 1212 King Street in Seattle, starting at 7 pm.  The film, centered around a group of colorful Asian villains, was co-directed by Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino, and […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/150 Comments

Lakewood Asian Film Festival aims to entertain, educate, and engage — An interview with festival organizer Phil Raschke

Lakewood Asian Film Festival aims to entertain, educate, and engage — An interview with festival organizer Phil Raschke

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The second annual Lakewood Asian Film Festival, free to all, takes place August 1st through August 3rd at the Lakewood Playhouse, located at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. in Lakewood. Festival organizer Phil Raschke answered some questions over e-mail.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/80 Comments

Guzheng in Seattle: A Chinese Harp Cures Homesickness

Guzheng in Seattle: A Chinese Harp Cures Homesickness

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly YanFen Wang just moved from Shanghai, where she studied a Chinese classical harp called the guzheng. She says, “Sometimes, when the room is silent, and all you hear is the guzheng, your heart will fill with joy, but other times your heart will be broken. The music is really […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/80 Comments

Deco-dense

Deco-dense

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Xiaojin Wu, curator at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, shows me a Japanese piece that’s been first lacquered, then carved. The artist, she explains, put several layers of lacquer on first, then slowly, steadily, and taking great care for symmetry, carved the Art Deco designs into the lacquer. Many […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/80 Comments

Portraying a pivotal historical period: Jennifer Chow discusses her novel “The 228 Legacy”

Portraying a pivotal historical period: Jennifer Chow discusses her novel “The 228 Legacy”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Jennifer J. Chow, author of the novel “The 228 Legacy,” appears in Seattle on August 1st at the Miller Community Center, sponsored by the Seattle Taiwan American Professionals.  She’ll speak on “Stories & Culture: Literature Affects How We and Others Think About Us.”  She answered some questions over e-mail.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/80 Comments

Fallen City: Zhao Qi discusses his documentary on the Sichuan earthquake

Fallen City: Zhao Qi discusses his documentary on the Sichuan earthquake

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest American Weekly Chinese director and producer Zhao Qi spent several years making “Fallen City,” a documentary about the devastating

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 31 | 7/26-8/10 Comments

Romson Bustillo / BIMA / “Dugay na” exhibition

Romson Bustillo / BIMA / “Dugay na” exhibition

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly “I always knew.”

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 30 | 7/19-7/250 Comments

Sakata’s play about Gordon Hirabayashi, ‘Hold These Truths’

Sakata’s play about Gordon Hirabayashi, ‘Hold These Truths’

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly Homecoming for a Civil Rights icon Gordon Hirabayashi Imagine that it is April in 1942, and the Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor only four months ago. You

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 30 | 7/19-7/250 Comments

Bodies in motion: Marie Chong brings summer dance to Seattle

Bodies in motion: Marie Chong brings summer dance to Seattle

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Some people find it difficult to balance their work and personal life. It requires a certain level of dexterity to maintain balance. For artistic director and former professional dancer Marie Chong, it’s a way of life in her work — literally.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 29 | 7/12-7/181 Comment

1-man-show tells story of Gordon Hirabayashi

1-man-show tells story of Gordon Hirabayashi

Joel de la Fuente stars in Jeanne Sakata’s one-man show, “Hold These Truths,” inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi as he fought the U.S. government’s forcible and unconstitutional removal and incarceration of all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast during World War II.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 29 | 7/12-7/181 Comment

Beer jazzes up the koto

Beer jazzes up the koto

By Irfan Shariff Northwest Asian Weekly Chris Kenji Beer does not play the koto. He does, however, know the sound of the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan. The koto is a zither, or a musical instrument with strings stretched across a flat, wooden body. It can measure almost six feet in length and is played […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 28 | 7/5-7/110 Comments

“Above the China Sea” explores Okinawa then and now

“Above the China Sea” explores Okinawa then and now

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Novelist and magazine writer Sarah Bird’s latest novel, “Above the East China Sea,” is a study of two young girls, separated by 60 years, in Okinawa Province of Japan. Bird will read and sign books on July 2 at Elliott Bay Books. She took some questions over e-mail.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 27 | 6/28-7/40 Comments

Krishna Das: Traditional singing to the ‘Soul of All’

Krishna Das: Traditional singing to the ‘Soul of All’

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly One of the best-known singers in the Indian kirtan tradition — a Hindi devotional tradition involving call-and-response between the singer and the audience — is Krishna Das, originally known as Jeffrey Kagel. After studies in India with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba (also known as Maharaj-ji), the singer […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 26 | 6/21-6/270 Comments

Asian American poetry keeps evolving

Asian American poetry keeps evolving

By Irfan Shariff Northwest Asian Weekly By the late 1890s, Asian Americans were already leaving their mark on the American literary

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 23 | 5/31-6/60 Comments

Sur brings ‘ohana’ to Carnation festival

Sur brings ‘ohana’ to Carnation festival

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly In Hawaii, the concept of family emphasizes the importance of community, cultural ties, and remembering one another. Known as the word “ohana” in the Hawaiian language, it also speaks to a larger sense of community that includes one’s immediate family, as well as extended relatives, friends, and neighbors.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 23 | 5/31-6/60 Comments

Art of origami on display

Art of origami on display

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Elegantly folded animals, pentagonal prisms, and architectural creations line the halls at “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami,” the latest exhibition to debut at the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) in Bellevue.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Features 23, Profiles, Vol 33 No 23 | 5/31-6/62 Comments

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