By Andrew Hamlin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY “War is hell,” hissed the local writer Jack Cady once, at a public reading — extra hissing on the hell. He’d never fought in a war, but he’d read and heard plenty. He knew soldiers, and he’d read soldiers’ stories. And every so often, we need a reminder that […]
By Tim Gruver NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Thousands of Chinese men sought their fortunes in the California gold mines of 19th century America, but many only found work laying the tracks of the great transcontinental railroads. Constructed from 1863 to 1869, the first transcontinental railroad was celebrated as the country’s gateway to the American West. This […]
By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Filipinos, in general, love singing,” said Manila native Rodell Aure Rosel, here in town to perform in Seattle Opera’s “Madame Butterfly.” “We love and support a majority of the styles of music. Unfortunately, classical and opera, though performed by people, aren’t as appreciated in the mainstream. “Pop and rock,” he […]
By Andrew Hamlin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY “The best [experience],” said film director Keith Melton about making his new film in China, “was working with the crew out of Beijing. Really great, caring people. We became a temporary family!” Asked about his worst and most surprising experiences, the director — whose IMAX huge-screen “Mysteries of China” […]
By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly This month, Asians continue doing what they’re good at, such as getting signed by Jay-Z and saying no thanks to more money. Jay-Z signs Jay Park Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation, has signed Korean pop artist Jay Park, a record producer and rapper himself, as well as dancer and former […]
By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “I was a musical theater baby,” remembers theater director Malika Oyetimein, about growing up in Philadelphia. “I still love musicals.” But she says, “I found that in high school, I was cast in racially typical roles like ‘the maid,’ and I didn’t want to do that anymore. So I got involved with […]
By Eric Card Northwest Asian Weekly Okja is huge. She looks like a hybrid between a pig, hippopotamus, and elephant, and maybe a few other things. She poops in every which direction, with fiery speed. She is tender, smart, and altruistic, but clumsy, aggressive, and driven by pure instinct, flatulating at any given time. She […]
By Staff NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY A more diverse cast brings a more diverse audience, which brings in more money. That’s according to a study released on June 21 by the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). The study examined 413 theatrical films released between January 2014 through December 2016, and found that for many of the highest-grossing […]
Brian Imanuel is a 17-year-old Indonesian of Chinese descent who happens to be really, really talented at rapping.
“China Queer,” an installment of Fusion TV’s “The Naked Truth” documentary series, takes the viewer inside China, China’s LGBTQ scene, and the rapidly-imploding rights of LGBTQ people to self-expression and their own identities.