This year’s Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) selection of Asian films offers a kaleidoscopic view on China, a country known for its turbulent history immediately followed by its accelerated growth. While many of these films are part of SIFF’s China Stars, a program of films meant to promote cross cultural showcase and exchange, most will not be promoted in China.
In Andover, superpowers are commonplace. And as the daughter of the city’s two dedicated superheroes, Smasher and Shockwave, it’s easy to assume Jessica Tran would also have superpowers.
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Empire of Sand By Tasha Suri Orbit, 2018 As the daughter of a nobleman, Mehr lives a privileged life. But with an Amrithi mother, that privilege is limited. In an empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods, the Amrithi people are both shunned by society and coveted for […]
After dedicating years as a speechwriter for a Philippine senator, Ben Cacho suddenly finds himself in the midst of a political scandal, thrown under the bus and out of a job.
Sefia’s childhood was not like most. Growing up, she and her parents stayed under the radar and they taught her what to do in case anything ever happened to them. And when something does happen — a few years after her mother died from illness, her father is brutally murdered — she flees to the wilderness with her aunt Nin.
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Well, another year is coming to a close and with that, (at least for me) another year’s worth of reading has come and gone — in short, a lot of books. Here, I’ve narrowed it down, in no particular order, to my top 10 reads of 2018. Happy holidays […]
By Samantha PakNorthwest Asian Weekly I’m OkBy Patti KimAtheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018 Ok Lee needs to make some money fast. His father is gone and there’s only his mother’s income to help pay the bills. And with his mother working multiple jobs, Ok knows he needs to do his part to help make […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Sail Away with Me By Susan Fox Zebra, 2018 Aside from her years at the university in Vancouver, B.C., Iris Yakimura has spent her entire life on Destiny Island. And that’s how she has wanted it. Painfully shy and introverted, the avid romance reader spends her days working at […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Severance By Ling Ma Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018 As a 20-something living in New York, Candace Chen is living month-to-month, just trying to get by. The first-generation Chinese American has recently lost her parents and spends her life working at a publishing company, specifically troubleshooting the Gemstone Bible, […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “The Way You Make Me Feel” By Maureen Goo Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018 Clara Shin doesn’t take life too seriously. For her, it’s all about pranks and disrupting the status quo. But when one of her pranks goes too far, her dad forces her to spend her summer […]