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Love, it’s complicated

Love, it’s complicated

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Tiger’s Destiny By Colleen Houck Splinter, 2012 It’s three quests down and one to go for Kelsey Hayes, Ren, and Kishan, as they continue to work to break the curse that forces the two brothers to live part of their days as tigers. In the last three books in […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 7 | 2/9-2/151 Comment

Short stories for a fast new year

Short stories for a fast new year

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2012 The SOS Brigade is back. This time around, they’re up against a student council president bent on shutting down the literature club — and by extension the SOS Brigade as they have commandeered the club’s room […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 3 | 1/12-1/180 Comments

Living life after loss

Living life after loss

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Isle of Dreams By Keizo Hino Dakley Archive Press, 2010 Shozo Sakai hasn’t seen much change in his life. He’s worked at the same construction firm for years, he has no ambitions of moving up the corporate ladder or pursuing a specific career, and  he has lived in the […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 51 | 12/15-12/211 Comment

Strength in Youth — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

Strength in Youth — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Saraswati’s Way By Monika Schroder Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 Akash, a 12-year-old boy living in a small village in the Indian desert, is not like the other kids. First of all, he loves school and would rather spend his days in a classroom absorbing knowledge than playing cricket […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 45 | 11/3-11/91 Comment

Scandals and mysteries abound in this month’s recommended reads

Scandals and mysteries abound in this month’s recommended reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Tokyo Heist By Diana Renn Viking, 2012 When Violet Rossi, a lover of all things Japan, finds out her father is commissioned to paint a mural in Tokyo, the 16-year-old is thrilled.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 37 | 9/8-9/141 Comment

Rooting for the underdogs in this month’s book selections

Rooting for the underdogs in this month’s book selections

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever By David Yoo Grand Central Publishing, 2012 Growing up, David Yoo hated everything that identified him as Asian: his slanted eyes, his slight frame, and others’ assumptions that he was academically gifted. So in an effort to buck the model minority […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 32 | 8/4-8/101 Comment

Pictures worth a thousand words — Characters, mangrove trees, and teen romance flourish in pictures and words

Pictures worth a thousand words — Characters, mangrove trees, and teen romance flourish in pictures and words

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2012 For the first time since Kyon met her, Haruhi Suzumiya seems content with her life. She’s not forcing the SOS Brigade (Save the World By Overloading It With Fun Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade) to participate in any […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 28 | 7/7-7/132 Comments

Stories of war and survival

Stories of war and survival

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Burmese Refugees: Letters from the Thai-Burma Border” Edited by T. F. Rhoden and T. L. S. Rhoden Digital Lycanthrope LLC, 2011 From former student activists and a monk escaping persecution, to a politician’s son and a typical teenage girl caught in a bad situation, the people who reside in […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 24 | 6/9-6/151 Comment

From aliens to dragons, books on sports that score a home run

From aliens to dragons, books on sports that score a home run

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Galaxy Games: The Challengers” By Greg R. Fishbone Lee & Low Books, 2011 When Tyler Sato turns 11, his cousins in Tokyo have a star named after him, but it soon becomes clear that TY SATO is no ordinary star. First, it doesn’t stay in the same place like […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 19 | 5/5-5/110 Comments

Stories told by comedians and a plastic surgeon that should have been one — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

Stories told by comedians and a plastic surgeon that should have been one — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” By Mindy Kaling Crown Archetype, 2011 Before she became known as the self-involved, boy-crazy Kelly Kapoor on “The Office,” she was Mindy Kaling, a girl from Cambridge, Mass., with a love for comedy. Growing up, she was a bit on […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 15 | 4/7-4/131 Comment

Stories about unique API families — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

Stories about unique API families — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Terroryaki!” By Jennifer K. Chung 3-Day Books, 2011 Daisy Wang’s older sister Samantha is getting married in three months, but things don’t look too promising as their Taiwanese parents are still shunning Sam’s white fiancé Patrick. As a means of escape from the pre-wedding drama and her family’s scrutiny […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 12 | 3/17-3/232 Comments

Stories about LOVE — NWAW’s February must-reads

Stories about LOVE — NWAW’s February must-reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Cinder” By Marissa Meyer Feiwel and Friends, 2012 At 16, Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing. From androids to hovers, there is nothing she can’t fix. Her talents may be revered throughout the Eastern Commonwealth, but Cinder is also considered a technological mistake because she is a […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 9 | 2/25-3/22 Comments

Short stories about APIs — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

Short stories about APIs — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya” By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2011 In this latest installment of the Haruhi Suzumiya series, we join Haruhi, Kyon, and the rest of the S.O.S. Brigade (“Save the World By Overloading It With Fun Harhui Suzumiya”) in a new set of misadventures. […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 7 | 2/11-2/171 Comment

Author Ron Chew tells often forgotten story of murdered Filipino cannery workers

Author Ron Chew tells often forgotten story of murdered Filipino cannery workers

For Northwest Asian Weekly Ron Chew, executive director of the International Community Health Services Foundation, said his recently completed book on Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two young cannery union officials murdered in 1981, is the most difficult piece of writing he’s ever done. “It took me 30 years to arrive in an emotional space […]

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Posted in Features, On the Shelf, Profiles, Vol 31 No 6 | 2/4-2/100 Comments

Stories about artists — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

Stories about artists — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Drawing from Memory” By Allen Say Scholastic Press, 2011 From the time he was a young boy growing up in Japan, Allen Say knew he wanted to be a cartoonist. Inspired by comic books, he drew what he saw, what he imagined, and what he copied from his beloved […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 2 | 1/7-1/132 Comments

Old ways meet new, perserving culture — NWAW’s November must-reads

Old ways meet new, perserving culture — NWAW’s November must-reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “How to Be an American Housewife” By Margaret Dilloway Berkley Books, 2010 Growing up, Shoko was very close with her brother Taro. But when she got older and decided to marry an American GI and leave Japan after the end of World War II, Taro was not happy about […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 30 No 48 | 11/26-12/20 Comments

Stories about Asians who are gay — NWAW’s October must-reads

Stories about Asians who are gay — NWAW’s October must-reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Leche” By R. Zamora Linmark Coffee House Press, 2011 After 13 years of living in the United States, Vicente De Los Reyes is returning home. Born in the Philippines, Vicente, or Vince, came to Hawaii when he was only 10 years old. He returns after winning a contest and […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 30 No 44 | 10/29-11/40 Comments

SHELF: NWAW’s September must-reads

SHELF: NWAW’s September must-reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Hot, Hot Roti for Dadda-ji” Written by F. Zia, Illustrated by Ken Min Lee & Low Books, 2011 Whenever Aneel’s grandparents visit, they tell him stories about their lives growing up in an Indian village. During one particular visit, Aneel’s grandfather, Dadda-ji, tells him that when he was a […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 30 No 40 | 10/1-10/70 Comments

SHELF: NWAW’s August must-reads, strangers brought together by unusual circumstances

SHELF: NWAW’s August must-reads, strangers brought together by unusual circumstances

On a weekday afternoon, a major earthquake hits an unnamed American city, trapping nine individuals in the Indian consulate’s visa office located in the basement of the building …

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Posted in On the Shelf, Reviews, Vol 30 No 35 | 8/27-9/21 Comment

Fantasy and sci-fi, oh my! — NWAW’s July book recommendations

Fantasy and sci-fi, oh my! — NWAW’s July book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Tiger’s Quest” By Colleen Houck Splinter, 2011 In this second installment of Houck’s “Tiger Saga,” Kelsey Hayes has returned to Oregon after her extraordinary adventures in India. As she tries to adjust to a normal life free of the dangers of immortal sea monkeys and 300-year-old curses, Kelsey also […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 30 No 30 | 7/23-7/291 Comment

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