By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly With the leaves changing colors and the temperature outside becoming noticeably cooler, there’s no denying that fall is here. And so are new television shows! And movies! Read on to find out what’s been happening in Hollywood. New faces on TV: Priyanka Chopra! Plus, Ken Jeong returns! Indian actress […]
“Fresh Off the Boat” — New sitcom offers Asian American perspective
By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly On Wednesday, Feb. 4, ABC aired two episodes of “Fresh Off the Boat,” a new family sitcom based on Taiwanese chef and food personality Eddie Huang’s autobiography of the same name. Set in Florida during the 90s, the show explores Huang’s childhood as his family navigates the cultural challenges […]
“Yellow Face” — A play builds student community
By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Hot on the heels of last year’s “Mikado” controversy comes a University of Washington production of David Henry Hwang’s play “Yellow Face,” a study of racial and cultural issues surrounding Asian American theatre. The show runs from Jan. 27th to Feb. 1st at the Cabaret Theatre in the UW’s […]
A-pop! Fresh news off the boat! — New TV series, Margaret Cho, and Ansari fights back
By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly We’re only a month into the New Year, but things have certainly started off with a bang in pop culture! Read on for the monthly news roundup for all things Asian and entertainment these last few weeks.
A-pop! A closer look at ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ — Finding the nuance in the taboo
By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly This month, I want to discuss the use of racial slurs in the media.<!–more–> In my last column, I highlighted how ABC picked up the sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” for a mid-season premiere. This will be the first show in 20 years to star an all-Asian cast since […]
A-pop! Controversy abound: plastic beauty queens and R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Pinkberry mogul
All things Asian in popular culture! By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Do you hear that sizzle? No, it’s not the sound of an egg cooking on the sidewalk, as summer finally ramps up in Seattle — it’s the sound of scandal sizzling around the world for Asians and Asian Americans alike! July has been […]
Sue Kim: the greatest American story never told
By Sarah Gerdes For Northwest Asian Weekly Before Tiger Woods, Margaret Cho, and Michelle Wie, there were the Kim Sisters. Few Americans know the Kim Sisters, arguably one of the most talented and internationally recognized musical acts for generations, were the preeminent female act of the 1960s. Their sold-out shows rivaled those of Sammy Davis […]
Yola Lu says she’s not the next Margaret Cho (but still hilarious)
By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly She’s real. She’s funny. And she’s not trying to be the next Margaret Cho. Taiwanese American Yola Lu is a University of Washington graduate, a vegetarian, and probably one of the very few Asian Americans who aren’t pursuing their college degree to start a career. As Yola started going […]
A-pop!: Don’t mess with Wendi
A monthly column about all things Asian in popular culture By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly The slap heard around the world Who is Wendi Deng Murdoch? Just a month ago, the public was introduced to Deng Murdoch, a former shrewd businesswoman and news corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch’s alleged gold-digging wife.
Female Asian actresses on the rise to stardom
Welcome back to another month of Asian American entertainment news! This fall, a number of Asian Americans embark on new projects.