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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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Mohsin Hamid’s <em>Exit West</em> is a novel for our times

Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West is a novel for our times

Nalini Iyer March 17, 2017 0

Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West (New York: Riverhead Books, 2017) is a novel for our times. This is the fourth work of fiction by Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid whose earlier novels Moth Smoke (2000), The

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Film Reviews: <em>95 and 6 To Go</em> is charming, tension in <em>Anatahan</em>, <em>Apprentice</em>

Film Reviews: 95 and 6 To Go is charming, tension in Anatahan, Apprentice

Yayoi Lena Winfrey March 17, 2017 0

Filmed in 1953, in stark black and white, The Saga of Anatahan looks like a Twilight Zone episode taking place in a tropical jungle. And, just like that famous TV show, the lm’s rich

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Akio Takamori: <em>Apology/Remorse</em> and Memory

Akio Takamori: Apology/Remorse and Memory

Susan Kunimatsu March 8, 2017 0

Seattle lost a brilliant artist and a beloved teacher and friend with the death of Akio Takamori in January. An internationally renowned sculptor in ceramics, Takamori was best known for installations of large stoneware

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Local author Donna Miscolta’s writing reflects her mixed heritage

Local author Donna Miscolta’s writing reflects her mixed heritage

Jessica Davis March 7, 2017 0

Seattle author Donna Miscolta’s writing, influenced by her multicultural family, brings a personal perspective on the immigrant experience in America. It was in her late 30s, while living in Seattle, that writing became a

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<em>The Saga of Anatahan</em> and <em>Apprentice</em>

The Saga of Anatahan and Apprentice

Yayoi Lena Winfrey March 7, 2017 0

Filmed in 1953, in stark black and white, The Saga of Anatahan looks like a Twilight Zone episode taking place in a tropical jungle. And, just like that famous TV show, the film’s rich

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A No-No Boy for the 21st Century

A No-No Boy for the 21st Century

Frank Abe March 6, 2017 0

When journalist Ryusuke Kawai first proposed the idea two years ago of writing a completely new translation of John Okada’s landmark novel of postwar Seattle, I was surprised at the notion that one was

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<em>Filled With Grace</em> opens with vibrant symposium

Filled With Grace opens with vibrant symposium

Tamiko Nimura March 5, 2017 0

At the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Filled With Grace: Japanese Americans in the South Sound opened on February 4 with a vibrant symposium open to the public. There were Japanese cultural celebrations

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Films: Karyn Kusama invokes <em>Rosemary’s Baby, Happy Hour</em> a marathon viewing

Films: Karyn Kusama invokes Rosemary’s Baby, Happy Hour a marathon viewing

Yayoi Lena Winfrey March 3, 2017 0

Hapa Japanese filmmaker Karyn Kusama is known for her critically-acclaimed 2000 film, Girlfight, starring Michelle Rodriguez. Just 32 at the time, Kusama reportedly spent two years prior searching for financing because she refused to

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