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Memoirs and life stories

Memoirs and life stories

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Kapoho, Memoir of a Modern Pompeii By Frances H. Kakugawa Watermark Publishing, 2011 Frances Kakugawa was only 5 years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Despite still being quite young, she quickly learned what that meant for her and her Japanese American family living in the […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/112 Comments

“The Wind Rises”

“The Wind Rises”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Master animator and director Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and the man who introduced anime features in America, has declared that “The Wind Rises,” a fictionalized biography of airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi, will be his last film. It is also his first and only film not explicitly directed […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/280 Comments

Movie review: Fists of Legends

Movie review: Fists of Legends

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Mixed martial arts is the backdrop for this South Korean DVD release of the movie “Fists of Legend.” The 2013 sports drama, directed by Kang Woo-suk, is based on a popular South Korean web cartoon.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 11 | 3/8-3/140 Comments

Life at War — Book recommendations

Life at War — Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Cress By Marissa Meyer Feiwel and Friends, 2014 The Lunar Chronicles continue in this third installment right where the previous one ended. New Beijing cyborg mechanic Cinder and Captain Carswell Thorne are now fugitives on the run from the law — both on Earth and on the moon. And […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/71 Comment

REVIEW: ‘Tiger Mom’ & hubby discuss new book

REVIEW: ‘Tiger Mom’ & hubby discuss new book

By Alia Marsha NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua defended her parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features 10, On the Shelf, Profiles, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/71 Comment

The Rocket: A Laotian story

The Rocket: A Laotian story

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The people and culture of Laos, a country heavily bombed by Americans during the Vietnam War, aren’t seen much in the English-speaking West. The Rocket, filmed in Laos but funded through Australia, pulls up the curtain on Laotian countryside life, with surprising and rich rewards. Directed by Kim Mordaunt, […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 9 | 2/22-2/280 Comments

When two worlds become one

When two worlds become one

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2013 As in the previous book, the latest installment in the Haruhi Suzumiya series features two different versions of the same story and continues where the last one ended. The first version begins with Kyon, Haruhi, time-traveler […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 7 | 2/8-2/140 Comments

Film festival shares Asian experience

Film festival shares Asian experience

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle Asian American Film Festival, previously the Northwest Asian American Film Festival, owes its previous and current existence to local Asian talent. “I was a loyal fan of the Northwest Asian American Film Festival,” recalls SAAFF co-director Kevin Bang,  “the previous iteration of SAAFF. NWAAFF ran from 2002 […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Features, Vol 33 No 6 | 2/1-2/70 Comments

“Beyond Outrage”

“Beyond Outrage”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Takeshi Kitano’s film “Outrage” began with the writer/director/actor, also known as Beat Takeshi, waiting outside a bigwig yakuza meeting. His character, Otomo, was a low-level flunky, obliged to put his own feelings and aspirations aside as he waited for orders. The new film “Beyond Outrage” follows the first film […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 4 | 1/18-1/240 Comments

Book recommendations

Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic Story by Ginnie Lo, Illustrations by Beth Lo Lee & Low Books, 2012 While growing up in a small town in Indiana, Jinyi and Pei’s family would often make the three-hour drive to visit their mother’s sister, Auntie Yang, and her family just outside […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 2 | 1/4-1/101 Comment

The Top APA Movies of 2013

The Top APA Movies of 2013

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly 2013 brought us outstanding anime, almost-unbelievable documentaries, and inspiring narratives. Here are my picks for the Top 10 Asian Pacific American films new to Seattle for this year.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 2 | 1/4-1/100 Comments

“Space Battleship Yamato”

“Space Battleship Yamato”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “We’re oooooooooff in out-ter space/We’re leeaaving Moth-er Earth/To saaaaaaave the hum-an raaaace/Our Star Bla-zers!” This theme rang out, starting in 1979, in my friend Tom’s bedroom, my friend Sam’s den room, and through American televisions all over the country. “Star Blazers” was the first anime to be shown in […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 51 | 12/14-12/200 Comments

Book recommendations

Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2013 In the latest installment in the Haruhi Suzumiya series, we find the SOS Brigade (Save the World By Overloading It With Fun Haruhi Suzumiya) entering a new school year. As brigade chief Haruhi, resident alien Yuki […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 50 | 12/7-12/131 Comment

Young people against the world — Book Recommendations

Young people against the world — Book Recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery By M. Evelina Galang Coffee House Press, 2013 Angel de la Luna’s life begins to fall apart the day her father disappears. As a man who drove tourists and travelers throughout Manila, it was not unusual for him to be […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 46 | 11/9-11/151 Comment

“Finding Mr. Right”

“Finding Mr. Right”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly As reported elsewhere in the Northwest Asian Weekly, the breakout Chinese romantic comedy “Finding Mr. Right” earned a Golden Key Award from the City of Seattle. It’s also taken in more than $81 million in its native country, making it one of the biggest Chinese/Hong Kong cinematic moneymakers in […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 45 | 11/2-11/80 Comments

“In The Mood For Love”

“In The Mood For Love”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Set in 1962, “In The Mood For Love” tells the love story of a journalist, played by Tony Leung, and a secretary, played by Maggie Cheung, who end up living next to each other. The writer and the secretary both have spouses, but they grow alienated in their marriages. […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 45 | 11/2-11/80 Comments

“Rashomon”

“Rashomon”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly If you need me to tell you that there is no answer, as director Akira Kurosawa once said of his masterpiece, “Rashomon,” then I am telling you: There is no answer. Such a question would not come up these days of course; “Rashomon,” first released in 1950 and newly […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 45 | 11/2-11/80 Comments

“Marine Boy: The Complete First Season”

“Marine Boy: The Complete First Season”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “There’s ‘Marine Boy,’” said Mom, poring over the TV listings. “You want to watch ‘Marine Boy’?” That was Mom, circa 1975. I was seven. Or it could have been circa 1978. I was 10. “Marine Boy,” originally created as “Kaitei Shōnen Marin” (“Undersea Boy Marine”) for Japanese kids in […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 44 | 10/26-11/10 Comments

“Vampire” decidedly anti-”Twilighty”

“Vampire” decidedly anti-”Twilighty”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Vampire,” from the celebrated Japanese director Shunji Iwai, takes to the opposite extreme in artistry. Iwai, in his first English-language film, wants to explore vampire nature, but he wants to do it in an anti-”Twilight” style. Tough, gritty, bloody, and smeary.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 44 | 10/26-11/10 Comments

‘Linsanity’ captures basketball star’s rise — Lin’s determination comes through in documentary

‘Linsanity’ captures basketball star’s rise — Lin’s determination comes through in documentary

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly “Linsanity” chronicles the dramatic rise of professional basketball player Jeremy Lin. From benchwarmer to the toast of New York, the film identifies the trials and tribulations of the Taiwanese American’s fight to make it on a roster in the NBA. The film covers Lin’s childhood, his goal of playing […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 42 | 10/12-10/180 Comments

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