On Feb. 28, Chloe Zhao became the second woman to win best director at the Golden Globes and the first female winner of Asian descent on a night in which her film “Nomadland” was crowned the top drama film. The 38-year-old director who lives in Los Angeles is a leading Oscar contender for “Nomadland,”’ which […]
The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) is presenting its 9th annual festival entirely online from March 4–14—in partnership with the Northwest Film Forum. This year, SAAFF will offer nine feature-length films and 15 shorts programs, including a drive-in screening of martial arts action comedy “The Paper Tigers” on March 6. SAAFF showcases works by […]
Will Chen formally announced his decision on Feb. 28 to run for Position Two on the Edmonds City Council. According to a news release, his decision to run is motivated by a “desire and commitment to add diversity, passion, and practical experience to the council at a time when communities and businesses across the nation […]
Taiwanese American film director Ang Lee was awarded the Légion d’honneur (The Legion of Honor)—it is France’s highest order of merit. The three-time Oscar winner was honored for his global contribution to culture and received the honor from the French Ambassador to Taiwan at a private ceremony. Lee’s work spans decades and covers a broad […]
Naomi Osaka won the 2021 Australian Open on Feb. 20—her second Australian Open win and her fourth Grand Slam title, making her the first woman in 31 years (the last was Monica Seles) to win four Grand Slams. She won her first Australian Open in 2019.
Seiko Hashimoto made history when she was named president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Feb. 18 in Japan, where it is rare for women to be in boardrooms and positions of political power. The 56-year-old replaces 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister who was forced to resign after making sexist comments […]
Seattle architect Jerry Arai has been selected to be inducted into the Garfield Golden Grads Hall of Fame for the year 2021. He was selected for his “remarkable community involvement and volunteerism,” according to John Macklin, chair of Garfield Golden Grads Hall of Fame committee. A virtual annual awards luncheon will take place in June, […]
Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) held its 23rd Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration virtually from Feb. 8-13 on Facebook Live and YouTube. Performances from 17 different countries—included Guam, Samoa, Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Tonga, China, New Zealand, Indonesia, and the Philippines—were presented. APCC represents 47 nations, and each year a different country is […]
Chinese Information & Service Center held a virtual Lunar Year celebration on Feb. 18. The program featured a lion dance by the Mak Fai Lion Dance Team, a drum show, a kung fu demonstration, music, cultural dances, and Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean Lunar New Year traditions.