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Documentary reveals that the forcible harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience in China is ongoing

Documentary reveals that the forcible harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience in China is ongoing

Misa Shikuma August 31, 2017 0

For many Americans, having the tiny red heart on our driver’s license designating us organ donors is no big deal. Though the wait lists are notoriously long, we have a system in place that

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‘The Big Sick’ weaves together identity, love, and comedy

‘The Big Sick’ weaves together identity, love, and comedy

Misa Shikuma June 22, 2017 0

'The Big Sick' weaves together a narrative of identity, family, love, and compassion. 'The Big Sick' opens June 23 in New York and Los Angeles, select cities June 30. and wide release July

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<em>Mayhem</em>: Fans will rejoice seeing Steven Yeun back in fighting form

Mayhem: Fans will rejoice seeing Steven Yeun back in fighting form

Misa Shikuma April 27, 2017 0

In Mayhem, directed by Joe Lynch, Steven Yeun portrays Derek Cho, a disgruntled mid-level associate at a top consulting firm with a bone to pick with the company’s partners. But on the day he

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‘I Am Another You’ an exquisite, intimate portrait of the human experience

‘I Am Another You’ an exquisite, intimate portrait of the human experience

Misa Shikuma April 7, 2017 0

In I Am Another You, documentarian Nanfu Wang blurs the lines between friend, subject, and director after meeting enigmatic drifter Dylan Olsen at a Miami hostel and deciding to join him in his perpetual

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Director Miao Wang returns to SXSW with “<em>Maineland,</em>” a gripping tale about two international students from China

Director Miao Wang returns to SXSW with “Maineland,” a gripping tale about two international students from China

Misa Shikuma March 21, 2017 0

Director Miao Wang, whose first full length documentary feature, Beijing Taxi, debuted at SXSW seven years ago, returns to the festival with her latest project, Maineland. Through the eyes of the two teenaged protagonists,

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Movie <em>‘Fits and Starts’</em> offers hope for positive diversity and a great opportunity for Greta Lee

Movie ‘Fits and Starts’ offers hope for positive diversity and a great opportunity for Greta Lee

Misa Shikuma March 20, 2017 0

Korean-American actress Greta Lee is best known for brief but memorable appearances in the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters, as well as Lena Dunham’s HBO show Girls. Now, she proves that she

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<em>Turning Japanese</em> a fresh take on hapa identity crisis

Turning Japanese a fresh take on hapa identity crisis

Misa Shikuma January 2, 2017 0

Humorous, biting, and excruciatingly honest at times, MariNaomi’s graphic memoir Turning Japanese is a fresh take on the hapa identity crisis and the throes of young adulthood. Set in the mid-1990s, when the author

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North Korean defectors share gripping stories of struggle

North Korean defectors share gripping stories of struggle

Misa Shikuma December 28, 2016 0

In the face of a roiling world political climate, Every Falling Star and In Order to Survive are more than worthy of being shared, not just because of their storytelling merit but also to

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Tomine’s ‘Killing and Dying’ is a journey worth embarking on

Tomine’s ‘Killing and Dying’ is a journey worth embarking on

Misa Shikuma August 28, 2016 0

With Killing and Dying, Adrian Tomine’s latest compilation of graphic novel vignettes, the author continues to push the limits of the medium with eclectic stories about the human experience that are alternately poignant, darkly

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Enduring Conviction author keeps Fred Korematsu legacy alive

Enduring Conviction author keeps Fred Korematsu legacy alive

Misa Shikuma May 16, 2016 0

Like many Japanese Americans whose families were placed in incarceration camps during World War II, Lorraine K. Bannai, law professor and author of Enduring Conviction, found that, for those who experienced it, the forced

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