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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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  • With more than 600 people in attendance, the San Diego Asian Film Festival took some time away from the theaters for some celebrities, charity and dinner at its annual Gala, which took place Nov. 3 at the Town and Country Hotel.   Guests included George Takei, who spoke with Meniscus about the recently-concluded stage run of “Allegiance”; Jamie Chung (“Sucker Punch”) who starred in the festival’s centerpiece film “Eden”; Lynn Chen (“Saving Face”...

    San Diego Asian Film Festival Awards Gala highlights new and old

    Jim Higgins With more than 600 people in attendance, the San Diego Asian Film Festival took some time away from the theaters for some celebrities, charity and dinner at its annual Gala, which took place Nov. 3 at the Town and Country Hotel.   Guests included George Takei, who spoke with Meniscus about the recently-concluded stage run of “Allegiance”; Jamie Chung (“Sucker Punch”) who starred in the festival’s centerpiece film “Eden”; Lynn Chen (“Saving Face”...

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  • ...audience.  Le, however, was glad he heard the snickers, saying that it was encouraging that the New York audience was able to catch his intentional clichés (whereas the locals apparently did not). “Clash” screens Apr. 29 and 30 at the Village East Cinema. “Freetime Machos” (Finland)  Brought to you by the co-founder of the Air Guitar World Championships – won by Asian Americans such as C-Diddy and MiRi Park – director Miki Ronkainen turns his ca...

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

    Yuan-Kwan Chan ...audience.  Le, however, was glad he heard the snickers, saying that it was encouraging that the New York audience was able to catch his intentional clichés (whereas the locals apparently did not). “Clash” screens Apr. 29 and 30 at the Village East Cinema. “Freetime Machos” (Finland) Brought to you by the co-founder of the Air Guitar World Championships – won by Asian Americans such as C-Diddy and MiRi Park – director Miki Ronkainen turns his ca...

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  • idio + Renfro – and interactive stations for attendees to experience a prolonged, up-close-and-personal whiff of the scents on display. The Art of Scent: 1889-2012 at the Museum of <strong>Arts</strong> and Design continues through Feb. 24, 2013, and will feature workshops and lectures on the subject of olfactory art throughout.  For more information, go to madmuseum.org. Photo Gallery: The Art of Scent: 1889-2012  all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazin...

    Scent exhibit opens at the Museum of Art and Design

    Kwai Chan idio + Renfro – and interactive stations for attendees to experience a prolonged, up-close-and-personal whiff of the scents on display. The Art of Scent: 1889-2012 at the Museum of Arts and Design continues through Feb. 24, 2013, and will feature workshops and lectures on the subject of olfactory art throughout.  For more information, go to madmuseum.org. Photo Gallery: The Art of Scent: 1889-2012 all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazin...

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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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  • ed kung fu exercises outdoors. With battle cries serving as the soundtrack, the scene is not unlike a Zhang Yimou wartime epic. As it turns out, each of the performers attends the Shaolin Taogu School of Martial <strong>Arts</strong>, home to 35,000 students, teachers and trainers in the Yenan Province.  Unlike the Shaolin Temple, its famed Buddhist neighbor, the Shaolin Taogu is the largest non-government funded school in the country, taking in anyone who can fi...

    “Dragon Girls” – 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival Review

    Yuan-Kwan Chan ed kung fu exercises outdoors. With battle cries serving as the soundtrack, the scene is not unlike a Zhang Yimou wartime epic. As it turns out, each of the performers attends the Shaolin Taogu School of Martial Arts, home to 35,000 students, teachers and trainers in the Yenan Province.  Unlike the Shaolin Temple, its famed Buddhist neighbor, the Shaolin Taogu is the largest non-government funded school in the country, taking in anyone who can fi...

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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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  • ...Festival film market. The Korea Society afforded viewers a rare opportunity to sample this country’s cinema in their film series, “Films From the North,” which featured three North Korean films, two from the 1980′s (Hong Kil Dong, Bellflower) and one from the mid-90′s (My Look in the Distant Future). North Korean films, much like Chinese cinema in the Mao years, were not simply entertainment, but state ideological ap...

    DPRK Film Review: Kim Kil-in’s “Hong Kil Dong”

    Christopher Bourne ...Festival film market. The Korea Society afforded viewers a rare opportunity to sample this country’s cinema in their film series, “Films From the North,” which featured three North Korean films, two from the 1980′s (Hong Kil Dong, Bellflower) and one from the mid-90′s (My Look in the Distant Future). North Korean films, much like Chinese cinema in the Mao years, were not simply entertainment, but state ideological ap...

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