Monika Jolly, who stars as Zarina in ArtsWest’s production of Ayad Ahktar’s play, “The Who & The What,” came by the role in a manner you don’t hear about every day. She created it.
By Andrew Hamlin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Sara Porkalob’s autobiographical solo show “Dragon Lady” begins in a basement, in darkness. A hissing sound, like a dragon or maybe just a heavy smoker struggling for air, shoots out through the playhouse air. Lights come up. Over the next 90 minutes, the set, courtesy of designer Jennifer Zeyl, […]
Kevin Kwan believes that America will embrace the “Crazy Rich Asians” movie, which is based on his best-selling novel of the same name. The Singaporean novelist was in Hong Kong recently to promote “Rich People Problems,” the third and last book in his “Crazy Rich” trilogy.
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 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.
By YOUKYUNG LEE Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has an answer to where the controversy over the theatrical releases of Netflix movies started: his cinematic ambition. Bong said last week that Netflix never pushed for the theatrical release of his “Okja,” but he did so himself so people […]