ANDREA PLATE WRITES – It was Christmas Eve, the final performance of a three-week “Nutcracker Ballet” series at the University of California, Irvine’s Barclay Theater. “Are there, like, a ton of Asians around, or is it my imagination?” someone in the crowd mumbled to his friend. But of course! How…Full Article Orange County: A DAZZLING ASIAN SPIN ON THAT SWEET OLD NUTCRACKER MASTERPIECE
NILE BROWN WRITES — Broad shoulders, billowy trousers and bold neon colors permeate AMBUSH’s recently released Spring/Summer 2020 lookbook. At first look, it may appear that the Tokyo based fashion label has recontextualized styling techniques popularized in the 80s, but head designers Verbal and Yoon Ahn take it a bit…Full Article AMBUSH IN TOKYO: FASHION GETS CORNERED BY CULTURE … BUT BY HAPPY DESIGN
MATHEW ANDROVETT WRITES–Shang -Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, slated for release in February of 2021, will be the first Marvel feature film to center around an Asian protagonist— Shang-Chi, played by actor Simu Liu, a Marvel character known for his mastery of Kung-fu. In essence, it will…Full Article ASIAN ARTS: HOW MARVELOUS THE WANING OF STEREOTYPES LIKE FU MANCHU
WEI WU WRITES — It has been three years since Ang Lee’s last movie “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”; his latest movie “Gemini Man” was released last month. Audiences were looking forward to seeing how an Eastern director would break down this odd Western science fiction story, but it turns…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: GEMINI MAN – WHEN TWO WILLS ARE BETTER THAN ONE
NATHAN RIVAS WRITES – As we approach the release date for “Jojo Rabbit” by Taika Waititi, the acclaimed indigenous director from New Zealand, it has become apparent that indigenous creators there as well as in Australia are in increasing demand in Hollywood. For example, top Down Under actors such as Jemaine…Full Article Netflix: This ‘Down Under’ Town, With Its Racism, Corruption and Sex Trafficking, Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Them
IMMANUEL PORTUS WRITES — Following the slew of “Asian movies” that have been gaining traction this year, such as “The Farewell” and “Yellow Rose,” comes a defining one from none other than the Marvel Cinematic franchise. “Shang-Chi” is widely touted as Hollywood’s first Asian Superhero movie (with emphasis on the…Full Article ASIAN MOVIES: A MARVEL-OUS BREAKTHROUGH? OR YET ANOTHER SON OF FU MANCHU?
Directed by Leon Le, the movie Song Lang, set in 90s Saigon, begins with Dung “Thunderbolt”, a debt collector, meeting Linh Phung, a cải lương (Vietnamese opera) actor. When Dung sees Linh Phung on stage, Dung was instantly pulled back to the past he has long been trying to ignore…Full Article VIETNAM: Film ‘Song Lang’ has a refreshing take on ‘queer love’
YI NING WONG WRITES — This month marks Asian American Pacific Heritage Month. Though, celebrations of the diversity and rich history from the continent occur year round. If you are in Los Angeles, here are upcoming events to look out for the rest of 2019. March 29 – June 10…Full Article Los Angeles: Things to Do To Celebrate Asian Cultures
ANTONIA HORLICK WRITES – In the past decade, Korean Pop music has become a global phenomenon thanks to the unique blend of catchy melodies, polished choreography, and production values. In October 2018, BTS, a seven-member Seoul group, cemented K-pop’s takeover of the West, as they were the first-ever Korean Pop…Full Article INDIO: BLACKPINK Makes History – First Female K-Pop Act to Play at Coachella Music & Arts Festival
MOHAMMED AL SHAHRI WRITES– The continuous incorporation of information technology in daily life has contributed to the digitization of several aspects of human existence – including dating. This new form of relationship development has spurred a battle between dating apps in Asia. Junseung Bae on the competition between dating apps…Full Article ASIA: MAKE A DATE WITH A ‘DATING APP’!
ALEXANDRA RADILALEH WRITES– Since my return to Los Angeles from my study abroad in South Korea last summer, I’ve been eager to taste delicious and healthy foods like gaya milmyeon, chimaek and ganjang gejang once more. On my own, I did find some locations that almost replicated those intricate flavors,…Full Article Los Angeles: ASIAN RESTAURANTS GET LITTLE HELP FROM YELP
CAMERON HENDERSON WRITES — The Japanese video game company “FromSoftware” released the much anticipated Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice March 22, 2019. This action-adventure video is for users of Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which is in single-player, third-person format, calls for logic, creativity, and…Full Article Japan: Sekiro – a new endeavor for the Dark Soul Series
YUXIN ZHOU WRITES — On April 2, the Chinese TV drama series “All is Well” ended. The show was about a typical Chinese family, in which, yes, (as the title suggests) all is well. Is it? While the show features an ordinary Chinese family, in one episode Mingyu (played by…Full Article China: Modern Chinese Women Struggle in Problematic Family relationship Caused by Parents’ Gender Preference
CHELSEA SALAC WRITES– Bud Konheim, CEO of Nicole Miller (lifestyle brand) claims, “Fashion used to be focused solely on Paris, Milan, and London. Today, it’s China.” Indeed—Shanghai Fashion Week (SFW), which ran March 27 through April 3, has become a major international event. China has, in fact, become one…Full Article China: Shanghai Fashion Week Highlights
ANTONIA HORLICK WRITES — At the beginning of March, Ndless: The New Normal, an ethical sourcing and sustainable supply chain fashion consultancy agency, hosted Australia’s first ‘sustainable” fashion summit: Legacy Responsible Fashion. This was done in partnership with The Australian Fashion Council and Fashion Revolution Australia. The Legacy summit included…Full Article Australia: First Down Under – The LEGACY Responsible Fashion Summit
The ground-breaking K-Pop band BTS is set to release its new record Map of the Soul: Persona on April 12— a day before the band’s SNL Performance and a month before their World Tour: Love Yourself: Speak Yourself. Persona will mark the end of the Love Yourself trilogy, which included…Full Article South Korea: Were the Clues There All Along? BTS to release new album April 12