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  • James Kyson Lee, Margaret Cho and B.D. Wong. (photo by Bibs Teh / Meniscus Magazine) The Asian American <strong>Arts Alliance</strong>, a non-profit <strong>arts</strong> organization in New York, is about to turn 26 years old. And if their next bash – actually, make that the next five – is as lavish as the last, it’s going to be quite a birthday celebration. On Oct. 16, 2007, the <strong>Alliance</strong> honored costume designer Willa Kim, music executive Eric Wong and actor Kal Penn at its 2...

    Happy Birthday, Asian American Arts Alliance

    Yuan-Kwan Chan James Kyson Lee, Margaret Cho and B.D. Wong. (photo by Bibs Teh / Meniscus Magazine) The Asian American Arts Alliance, a non-profit arts organization in New York, is about to turn 26 years old. And if their next bash – actually, make that the next five – is as lavish as the last, it’s going to be quite a birthday celebration. On Oct. 16, 2007, the Alliance honored costume designer Willa Kim, music executive Eric Wong and actor Kal Penn at its 2...

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  • ...1″ on Oct. 19, 2003, in Tokyo. I want to go back into some of your background before you got into martial <strong>arts</strong>.  I understand you were a gymnast, an Olympic level gymnast, and then you got injured and later turned to martial <strong>arts</strong>.  Had you not been injured, would you have still gone into martial <strong>arts</strong> at university?  Or would you have stayed with gymnastics and not practiced martial <strong>arts</strong>? If I didn’t get injured, then yes, I definitel...

    A Sonny Chiba interview: Acting, martial arts and family

    Yuan-Kwan Chan ...1″ on Oct. 19, 2003, in Tokyo. I want to go back into some of your background before you got into martial arts.  I understand you were a gymnast, an Olympic level gymnast, and then you got injured and later turned to martial arts.  Had you not been injured, would you have still gone into martial arts at university?  Or would you have stayed with gymnastics and not practiced martial arts? If I didn’t get injured, then yes, I definitel...

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  • ...rs in Hong Kong and most famous for his film “Five Fingers of Death” (or “King Boxer”) which started the martial <strong>arts</strong> craze in America in the 1970s. The San Diego Asian Film Festival is one of the largest showcases of Asian and Asian American films in U.S., with more than 150 films from 25 countries.  It’s run by The Pacific <strong>Arts</strong> Movement, known until recently as The San Diego Asian Film Festival Foundation.  The group has accomplished more over...

    San Diego Asian Film Festival Awards Gala highlights new and old

    Jim Higgins ...rs in Hong Kong and most famous for his film “Five Fingers of Death” (or “King Boxer”) which started the martial arts craze in America in the 1970s. The San Diego Asian Film Festival is one of the largest showcases of Asian and Asian American films in U.S., with more than 150 films from 25 countries.  It’s run by The Pacific Arts Movement, known until recently as The San Diego Asian Film Festival Foundation.  The group has accomplished more over...

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  • The Tribeca Film Festival, which has now fully taken over Chelsea and the East Village, is back in town with a diverse slate of films.  Gone is the bloated, overly New York-centric programming of years past, as the Festival – now in its ninth year – tries to catch up to more prominent events such as Cannes, Toronto and Pusan. The Festival serves as a great way to check out some works long before distributors pick them up, and here’s a roundup of...

    The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival: Finnish rugby, martial arts, cults and more

    Yuan-Kwan Chan The Tribeca Film Festival, which has now fully taken over Chelsea and the East Village, is back in town with a diverse slate of films.  Gone is the bloated, overly New York-centric programming of years past, as the Festival – now in its ninth year – tries to catch up to more prominent events such as Cannes, Toronto and Pusan. The Festival serves as a great way to check out some works long before distributors pick them up, and here’s a roundup of...

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  • Art, as presented in a museum, tends to cater to the senses of sight, touch or hearing.  But for its latest exhibition, the Museum of <strong>Arts</strong> and Design in New York chose smell.  The Art of Scent: 1889-2012 focuses on a dozen works spanning that period of time, highlighting legendary fragrances such as Chanel No. 5, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey and Maison Martin Margiela Untitled.  The exhibit itself comprised a minimalist space featuring...

    Scent exhibit opens at the Museum of Art and Design

    Kwai Chan Art, as presented in a museum, tends to cater to the senses of sight, touch or hearing.  But for its latest exhibition, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York chose smell.  The Art of Scent: 1889-2012 focuses on a dozen works spanning that period of time, highlighting legendary fragrances such as Chanel No. 5, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey and Maison Martin Margiela Untitled.  The exhibit itself comprised a minimalist space featuring...

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  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada   August 3-4, 2002  Tamio Wakayama. (photo by I.H. Kuniyuki) The Powell Street Festival is an annual event that celebrates the history and cultural traditions of Japanese Canadians. Each year’s festival has a theme. This year marked the 26th anniversary and its theme was “Living Communities.” The PSF usually takes place the first weekend in August. Great food, lots of Taiko performances, lite...

    2002 Powell Street Festival celebrates Japanese Canadian culture

    I.H. Kuniyuki Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada August 3-4, 2002 Tamio Wakayama. (photo by I.H. Kuniyuki) The Powell Street Festival is an annual event that celebrates the history and cultural traditions of Japanese Canadians. Each year’s festival has a theme. This year marked the 26th anniversary and its theme was “Living Communities.” The PSF usually takes place the first weekend in August. Great food, lots of Taiko performances, lite...

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  • Although the storyline zigzags as dizzily as its subjects’ quick-as-lightning martial <strong>arts</strong> routines, “Dragon Girls” is a compelling documentary that not only shows a backbreaking perspective of tradition largely hidden from public view, but also its quizzical place in China as the rest of the country modernizes around it.  Chen Xi, 15, takes time away from training to question the widely-accepted institution of family in modern...

    “Dragon Girls” – 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival Review

    Yuan-Kwan Chan Although the storyline zigzags as dizzily as its subjects’ quick-as-lightning martial arts routines, “Dragon Girls” is a compelling documentary that not only shows a backbreaking perspective of tradition largely hidden from public view, but also its quizzical place in China as the rest of the country modernizes around it. Chen Xi, 15, takes time away from training to question the widely-accepted institution of family in modern...

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  • “Daughter, wife, mother, and artist.” According to the Gallery EM in Seoul, these are the common universal roles filled by women that Korean artist Siyeon Kim focuses on in her stark photographs. The toll of success at wearing each of these hats, however, can cause wear and tear on most women’s mental and physical frameworks, as evidenced in Kim’s works displayed at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014. Featuring salt cones, and salt...

    Siyeon Kim explores women’s domestic burdens at Art Basel Hong Kong

    Megan Lee “Daughter, wife, mother, and artist.” According to the Gallery EM in Seoul, these are the common universal roles filled by women that Korean artist Siyeon Kim focuses on in her stark photographs. The toll of success at wearing each of these hats, however, can cause wear and tear on most women’s mental and physical frameworks, as evidenced in Kim’s works displayed at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014. Featuring salt cones, and salt...

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  • While I can’t vouch for the nearly 200 other shows playing at the New York International Fringe Festival over the next two weeks, I feel confident in declaring Michelle Krusiec’s one-woman show Made in Taiwan one of the must-sees.  This hilarious, audacious, profane, and ultimately moving play is an autobiographical piece centering on Krusiec’s contentious relationship with her mother.  Michelle Krusiec plays herself…and the rest of her fa...

    Interview with Michelle Krusiec, Writer and Performer of "Made in Taiwan"

    Christopher Bourne While I can’t vouch for the nearly 200 other shows playing at the New York International Fringe Festival over the next two weeks, I feel confident in declaring Michelle Krusiec’s one-woman show Made in Taiwan one of the must-sees.  This hilarious, audacious, profane, and ultimately moving play is an autobiographical piece centering on Krusiec’s contentious relationship with her mother. Michelle Krusiec plays herself…and the rest of her fa...

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