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Some museums in the state are gradually reopening. Please inquire at the individual museum websites which museums and where. th Charlene Liu’s exhibition of new works entitled “Lattice” is on view from April 1 to May 29, 2021 at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. It examines the creation of markings and images using watercolors and woodcut prints. 417 NW 9
in Portland. 503-224-0521 or visit www.elizabethleach.com. Seattle-based artist Romson Bustillo currently has an installation in a group exhibition entitled “Yellow No. 5 “in the Bellevue Art Museum. It includes 8 new large mixed media works on canvas, wall treatments, 21 hand-sewn / applied pieces of fabric, audio and video, a converted bed,Poems and three hand-carved shadow puppets. To take a virtual tour of this exhibition, visit the Bellevue Art Museum website, the exhibition is curated by artist / curator Tariqa Waters and also includes work by Monyee Chau, ARI Glass, Aramis O. Hamer, Christopher Paul Jordan, Clyde Petersen, Kenji Hamai Stoll and SuttonBeresCuller. Waters says of the show that “it explores the transactional relationship between culture and consumerism, and how they often work together to hide their connection.” It will last until April 18, 2021. 425-519-0770. In addition, Bustillo can be seen in the group exhibition entitled “Reflections - 20 Years of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”,which can be seen from street level at the Gates Discovery Center on 5 th Avenue between Harrison and Thomas.
Davidson Galleries presents a group exhibition of international print artists entitled “Chromatic Impressions”, vivid prints that revel in rich colors. Includes work by Takeshi Hara, Akiko Taniguchi, Seiko Tachibana, Haru Maki and many others. To be seen until May 29, 2021. Online at davidsongalleries.com or in the gallery by appointment (Tuesday - Saturday). 313 Occidental Ave. S. in Seattle. 206-624-7684 or www.davidsongalleries.com.
The downtown Seattle Art Museum location offers the following. You can run and see the group exhibition “Exceptionally Ordinary: Mingei 1920 - 2020”, which contains a wooden sculpture by George Tsutakawa from his “Obos” series.Also on display is “Pure Pleasures: Wealth, Leisure and Culture in Late Imperial China”. Another show that opens and continues to open on March 20, 2021 is Northwest Modernism: Four Japanese Americans, which takes a look at the work of Kenjiro Nomura, Kamekichi Tokita, Paul Horiuchi, and George Tsutakawa. The Seattle Art Museum has put many of its educational programs online. To learn more about the following programs: “The Art of Compassion: Live Virtual Tours”, “Eyes on Asia”, “Art Education Videos”, “Collection Highlights” and “Look & Make Lessons”, try this link. http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/programs-and-learning/. You can find more information on this at seattleartmuseum.org.The museum’s Saturday University Series Winter 2021 is themed “Places of Remembrance in Asia: Remembrance and Redemption”. Presented with the UW’s Jackson School of International Studies and the Elliott Bay Book Company. April 3, 2021 is “Creation and Destruction of Sacred Spaces in North India”. April 10, 2021 has “Building an Ancient Memory in Modern Kyoto”. April 17, 2021 has “The memory of the ancients in modern Iranian and Parsi architecture. 21. April 2021 has “Mao’s great leap forward in Tiananmen Square, 1958-59.” When you become a SAM member, you have access to the hugely popular Conversations with Curators series. The series continues every third Wednesday through August. The curator for American art Theresa Papanikoles will be on the 21.April 2021 talk about “Abstract Expressionism: Alternative Stories and Extended Conversation”. On July 21, 2021, Xiaojan Wu, curator of Japanese and Korean arts, will announce “Some / One: Do Ho Suh’s Dog Tag. “The Seattle Art Museum has deepened its commitment to South Asian art and hired Natalia Di Pietrantonio as its first assistant curator for South Asian art. The first show she will curate for the Seattle Asian Art Museum is tentatively titled “Skin As Allegory” and is scheduled for late 2021. It will combine contemporary and historical objects and examine visual practices that represent and reshape the human Body of 3 BC Contained in a wide variety of media to this day.Objects are separated from the museum collection and from private collectors. Go to seattleartmuseum.org for the full schedule or try email@example.com.
The Cascadia Art Museum is pleased to announce the following shows. “Presents and Promised Presents to the Museum’s Permanent Collections” is a group show that includes the late John Matsudaira’s masterpiece “Quiet Motion And Blue” that was shown at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. On view through May 23, 2021. 190 Sunset Ave. S. in Edmonds, WA. Hours are th. - sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 425-336-4809.
The Wing Luke Asian Museum will reopen March 5, 2021, with hours of operation Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is strongly recommended thatReserve tickets online before visiting as capacity is limited. Current exhibits include: “Paths Intertwined” shows works by Taiwanese and Chinese diaspora artists who deal with topics such as identity, place and belonging. Featured artists include Agnes Lee, ZZ Wei, Larine Chung, May Kytonen, Jenny Ku, Shin Yu Pai, Ellison Shieh and Monyee Chau, who can be seen until November 7, 2021. Two moderated panel discussions with the artists are planned for April 24th and July 10th, 2021. In the Tateuchi Story Theare guided tours are offered twice a day on site. Hear Us Rise is an exhibition that highlights Asian Pacific American women and other marginalized genders who have challenged society’s expectations. “Where Beauty Lies “runs through September 19, 2021. Runs through November 16, 2021,” Guilty Party, “a group exhibition of multimedia works by various Asian-Pacific-American artists curated by Justin Hoover. There is now, too many virtual programs. There are virtual tours of the museum on weekdays. Pre-reservations available for private groups. Contact the museum to book. Live tours of the Freeman Hotel on Thursdays at 5pm PDT. Check out the online -Museum Market Square, which is in the gift shop. Monthly Storytime programs can be viewed at www.digitalwingluke.org/programs.
KOBO at Higo is now open on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.Masks are required and you must use the supplied hand sanitizer when entering. 30-minute pre-arranged shopping sessions only at the KOBO on Capitol Hill will soon be available through an online booking system, time slots will be limited to keep everyone safe, and more protection protocols will be put in place to meet security guidelines. Shipping and pick-up at the roadside are still possible by arranging a pick-up time at the checkout. They have a new Instagram shopping account @koboseattleshop or try their website at koboseattle.com. The Capitol Hill Store is located at 814 E. Roy St. Congratulations to KOBO, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. KOBO in Higo is located at 604 South Jackson St. on the CID. th “World War Bonsai:Remembrance & Resilience ”is the title of a show curated by Aarin Packard at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. This show tells a story rooted in racism and told through the living art of bonsai. It shows the powerful and inspiring story of the bonsai artists who worked during World War II and how they forever changed the course of bonsai art history, with 32 bonsai, archival documents and photographs. The exhibition shows the cultural practice of bonsai in the USA and Japan immediately before, during and after World War II, in the midst of imprisonment and in peace. Artists from Puget Sound, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Japan include Ben Oki, the Domoto family, Kelly Nishitani, Kenny Hikogawa and Joe Asahara, Ted Tsukiyama, Mas Imazumi,Kyuzo Murata and Yuji Yoshimura. The exhibition also includes a site-specific artwork by Seattle artist Erin Shigaki, which includes images of people involved in the detention of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans. A replay of the “Branch Out” event following the August event will be available on the Pacific Bonsai Museum’s YouTube channel. Now available until October 10, 2021. 2515 South 336th St. in Federal Way, WA. Admission is through donation. The opening times are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 253-353-7345 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org The Tacoma Art Museum will reopen on April 10, 2021. Paul Horiuchi, Fumiko Kimura, Roy Kiyooka, John Matsudaira, Mark Takamichi Miller, Kenjiro Nomura, Frank Okada, Joseph Park,Roger Shimomura, Maki Tamura, Kamekichi Tokita, George Tsutakawa, Thuy-Van Vu and many others. Visible for longer. 1701 Pacific Avenue. 253-272-4258 or go to email@example.com..
The Outdoor Sculpture Collection on the Western Washington University campus at Bellingham is open and accessible to everyone. This is a collection of significant outdoor sculptures from the late 20th century to the present, including works by Do Ho Suh, Sarah Sze and Isamu Noguchi includes. Get a map from the information booth and explore the campus collection for yourself. Call 360-650-3900. th The Northwest Museum of Art and Culture in Spokane has the following: “War-Time Testimony: The Painted Diary of Takuichi Fujii,” which opens on January 23, 2021.Fujii was a Seattle artist and his illustrated diary spans the years of his forced removal in 1942 through his internment in Minidoka, which ended in 1945. There are over 200 ink drawings and over 230 watercolors on all aspects of camp life. 2316 W. First Ave. in Spokane. On display until May 16, 2021. The opening times are Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Season tickets are only purchased online at 509-456-3931 or go to northwestmuseum.org.
The Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver, BC, presents “A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake,” which will run until September 5, 2021. March 11, 2021 marks 20 years since Japan saw a chain reaction that started with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake,followed by a tsunami and level 7 accident at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. To commemorate this “triple disaster”, Fuyubi Nakamura, Asia curator of MOA, brought together the work of eight Japanese artists, groups and institutions to “examine the effects of natural disasters and reflect on how we are all globally connected”. The artists include Masao Okabe and Atsunobu Katagiri. To complement the exhibition and give it global connections, a 20-minute documentary entitled “Tsunami Ladies” follows the daily routines of six Chilean and Japanese women who experienced the 2010 and 2011 tsunamis, respectively. More information is available at moa.ubc.ca.
“Whose Chinatown? Examine Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives, and Collections ”is now open until Nov.On display at Griffin Art Projects in North Vancouver, BC, Canada on May 25th, 2021. With 29 artists and organizations and a range of works of art and artifacts including paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, sculptures and architectural blueprints, this exhibition is less of a wreath at the feet of these monuments and more an overview of Canadian Chinatowns and their various representations - by inside and outside. Curator Karen Tam says, “When she ponders the stories, stories and spaces of Chinatowns and their importance to their communities as centers. How are artists, art collectives, and community groups changing public discourse, planning, and perception in Chinatowns? “There is an extensive selection of online public programs,from book printing workshops with contributing artist Marlene Yuen to a screening of Karen Cho’s NFB documentary “Im Schatten des Goldberg” (2004), followed by an interview with the director and questions and answers. For information on public programs, visit griffinartprojects.ca or call 604-985-0136.
The Sino-Canadian Museum of British Columbia opens its first exhibition in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Under the title “A Seat at the Table”, the exhibition examines historical and contemporary experiences of Chinese Canadians, particularly through the lens of food and restaurants. There are stations for writing and recording videos. The co-curator Viviane Gosselin said: “The whole idea is to generate some kind of new historical knowledge,which the Chinese Canadian Museum can use for future research and programming. “A sister exhibit opens at the main Museum of Vancouver location this fall. Both exhibits are expected to travel around BC within a year. This exhibit is located at 27 East Pender. For more information Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum of the Chinese Cultural Center at 555 Columbia St. in Vancouver, BC is hosting an ongoing exhibition entitled “Generation to Generation - History of Chinese Canadians in British Columbia.” 604-658- 8880 or go to cccvan.com The
Vancouver Art Gallery presents Chinese multimedia artist Sun Xun and his work until August 22, 2021. Also “Pictures And Promises”,A group show until September 6, 2021. Based on VAG’s extensive collection of lens-based art, alluding to the shapes and conventions of mass media, fashion and advertising. Includes work by Ken Lum, Yasumasa Morimura, Andy Warhol, and many others. 750 Hornby St. in Vancouver BC, Canada. Go to https://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/
Dr. Sun Yat Sen presents “Luminous Garden, the third installment by Artist-in-Residence Lam Wong. In collaboration with Glenn Lewis, the concept of the garden as a haven for spiritual growth is explored. 578 Carrall St. in Vancouver BC 604-662-3207 or visit vancouverchinesegarden.com.
“Broken Promises” is a 7-year multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, community-engaged projectwhich examines the dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s, illuminating the loss of their homeland and the struggle for justice of a racially marginalized community. “TAIKEN: Japanese Canadians since 1877” is also on. Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Center at 6688 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby. 604-777-7000 or go to nikkeiplace.org.
Okanagan Print Triennial, launched in 2009, can be seen at the Vernon Public Art Gallery in Vernon, BC, Canada until May 19, 2021. It shows works by international printmakers such as Yangbin Park in South Korea, Fumio Yamaguchi and Nanako Yoshikawa from Japan and many others. Virtual artist talks are planned throughout the exhibition. Go to vernonpublicartgallery.com.
until 15.On May 2021 at the West Vancouver Art Museum, “The Spaces Between Us” by Jackie Wong is a series of photo-based works that inspire us to question the facts of photography and to examine how our perception of scenes our confrontation influenced with the natural world. 680-17 th St. in West Vancouver. 604-925-7295 or go to westvancouverartmuseum.ca.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum on the University of Oregon campus at Eugene has the following: “Early Pottery from Southeast Asia: Specimens from Thailand and the museum collection. On view until June 13, 2021. “Rhapsody in blue and red: Ukiyo-e prints from the Utagawa School.” On display until July 17, 2021. “Countless treasures: Celebration of the new installation of the Soreng Gallery for Chinese Art” to July 11, 2021.Korean Ceramic Culture Legacy of Earth and Fire until May 8, 2021. 1430 Johnson Lane in Eugene, Oregon. 541-346-3027.th Portland Japanese Garden has the following activities. Her exhibition is “Ishimoto Yasuhiro: Architecture + Nature + Culture - Pictures of the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto”, one of the most famous photographers in Japan. On view through April 11, 2021. 611 SW Kingston Ave. 503-223-1321 or japanesegarden.org. The
Portland Art Museum exhibits, “Joryu Hanga Kyokai, 1956-65 - Japan’s Female Printmakers” through April 11, 2021. 1219 SW Park Ave. 503-226-2811 or portlandartmuseum.org.
The Japanese American Museum of Oregon is temporarily closed in preparation for the museum’s move to a new location.However, several online exhibits related to the history of Japanese Americans in Oregon can be viewed. 503-224-1458 or by email to info@oregonNikkei.org. The
Portland Chinatown Museum is currently closed. Its permanent exhibit is Beyond the Gate: A History of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns. In May 2021 the photo essay by photojournalist Dean Wong from Seattle on “The Future of Chinatown” will open. 127 NW Third Ave. 503-224-0008 or email email@example.com.
“Shadows from the Past - Sansei Artists and the American Concentration Camps” is a virtual group exhibition presented by Celadon Arts and the San Joaquin Delta College and curated by Gail Enns. The artists in the exhibition include Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Reiko Fujii,Lucien Kubo, Wendy Maruyama, Tom Nakashima, No Omi Judy Shintani, Masako Takasashi and Jerry Takigawa. The next location for this traveling exhibition is the Monterey Museum of Art. 559 Pacific St. 831-372-5477 or montereyart.org from September 9, 2021 through January 9, 2022.
set for April, 2021 is “East / West Abstraction: Asian-American Artists of Postwar California”. This group show features many of the great California artists of the 50s and 60s who never received the recognition they deserved from the mainstream media. Contains the works of Bernice Bing, Sun-woo Chun, Tom Ide, Shiro Ikegawa, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Masatoyo Kishi, James Leong, George Miyazaki, Emiko Nakano, Masayuki Nagare, Win Ng, Arthur Okamura, Egenia Sumiya Okoshi, Masako Takahashi,Carlos Villa and Noriko Yamamoto. At Modern Art West at 521 Broadway in Sonoma, California. Go to moernartwest.com or email
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The renovation of Smith College’s centuries-old Nelson Library by architect / artist Maya Lin is now complete. She was hired for the project in 2015. The building was designed in 1893 by Frederick Law Olmstead, the chief architect of New York’s Central Park. A roof terrace now offers a wide view of the mountains. Mezzanine floors and privacy protection areas have been replaced by sunken window extensions that restore the building’s facade from 1909. The library’s special collections, which were once spread across different locations around the campus,can now all be accommodated in an air-conditioned area. This project also had a personal response for Lin, as her mother fled Shanghai when Mao Zedong’s army attacked the city and her escape was made possible by a scholarship transfer to Smith College. The celebration over this latest architectural project, however, was tempered by the shock of her husband Daniel Wolf’s sudden death from a heart attack. Wolf was a noted photo collector who created the impressive photo collection for the J.Paul Getty Museum. Lin’s next project, Ghost Forest, an installation that sheds light on the ubiquitous impact of climate change, opens in May 2021 at Madison Square Garden, New York City. Excerpt from the New York Times. firstname.lastname@example.org The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC,shows the first major retrospective of Hung Liu, the internationally recognized, Chinese-born American artist. Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands, 1968-2020 shows more than 50 works of art, spanning Liu’s time in Maoist China in the 1960s, her immigration to California in the 1980s, and the high point of her career today. This is the first time the museum has celebrated an Asian American woman with a solo exhibition. The exhibition opening coincides with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2021 and the dates of this exhibition are May 21, 2021 - January 9, 2022.
Pakistani gay artist Salman Toor makes his debut in an exhibition of his figurative paintings at the Whitney Museum of Art in an exhibition entitled “How Will I Know”. On display until April 4, 2021. 99 Gansevoort St. 212-570-3600 or visit whitney.org.
“Awakening: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey to Enlightenment” is a new exhibition that will be shown from March 12, 2021 to January 3, 2022 at the Rubin Museum of Art curated by Elena Pakhoutova. The show was organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey towards enlightenment and shows the power of Tibetan Buddhist art to focus and refine consciousness. The exhibition is accompanied by an audio guide and a catalog. 150 West 17
St. in New York City.212-620-5000 or go to the Ruby Museum. Or
The Worcester Art Museum is showing “The Kimono Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design” through May 2, 2021. There will also be a virtual exhibition of Kimono Couture: The Beauty of the Chiso Experience, showcasing the world of traditional kimono. The design and craftsmanship of Chiso, a 465 year old kimono house from Kyoto. 55 Salisburg St. in Worcester, MA. 1-508-799-4406 or try email@example.com. th Asia Society’s Texas Center presents Shahidul Alam: Truth To Power, the first comprehensive US museum survey by this renowned Bangladeshi photographer, writer, activist and institution builder and a 2018 Times Magazine Person.With more than 60 images and ephemera, the exhibition shows the breath of Alam’s practice and impact during his four decades-long career. This pioneering exhibition is intended to offer visitors a differentiated view of Bangladesh and South Asia, to explore systems of personal and collective freedom of choice and the importance of self-expression , Underline empowerment and truth as embodied in Alam’s life and work. On view until Sunday, July 11th, 2021 and admission is free. 1370 Southmore Blvd. in Houston, Texas. The opening times are Thursday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, see
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Art4culture has announced the winners of their 3021 ARC Artist Fellowships. This year, the winners received $ 12,000 each and applicants had to be between 18 and 25 years of age. Diego Binuya, Monyee Chau and Saiyana Suzumura were among the winners. “ArtVentures: Soundscapes“ is an instrument making workshop with the sound artist Susie Kozawa. Presented by the Henry Art Gallery and the Jack Straw Cultural Center on Sunday April 11th from 1pm to 2.30pm. Free, but space is limited. Register by March 29 for instructions and the link to the ZOOM meeting. This workshop is suitable for children ages 7 and up and is limited to 12 screens. It is advisable to have young adults supervised.Go to shop.henryart.org. The.
Intiman Theater is hosting a free #SharetheLove event, titled “New Game Development as a Tool for Community Building,” hosted by Justin Huertas with the involvement of Sara Porkalob and Andrew Russell. April 14, 2021 at 5 p.m. To reserve your tickets, go to
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Earshot Jazz and City Hall will be the livestream collaborations of the Earshot Jazz Live in the Forum concert series every second Saturday evening starting in March and restart until April 2021. Tickets start at $ 15. The group of singer Ayesha Brooks, composer / pianist Wayne Horvitz, and cellist Ha-Yang Kim will play on Saturday, April 24th at 7:30 pm (PST).Visit earshot.org for more information. www.intiman.org Emerald City Music under the artistic direction of violinist Kristin Lee announces a new spring series of virtual musical experiences with concerts from February 26th to May 24th, 2021 with concerts, zoom events and backstage insights. All concerts will be available for one month on the Emerald City Music website and on the Vimeo platform. At this point, the next performance will premier, and listeners will have a choice of how they want access: Pay $ 20 for each performance (which supports future listening experiences) or share on social media for free access. For more information, visit emeraldcitymusic.org or call 206-250-5510.
A new album, “Hankyo” (Reverberation), is now available from Seattle-raised Hanz Araki who continues a shakuhachi tradition that goes back generations in his family. Visit arakikodo.com for more information.
The Seattle Modern Orchestra announces its 2020-2021 season. The Seattle Modern Orchestra was founded in 2010 and is the only major ensemble in the Pacific Northwest devoted exclusively to the music of the 20th century. Directed by co-artists Julia Tai and Jeremy Jolley, SMO commissioned and premiered new works by an international range of composers, and often presents key pieces from the contemporary repertoire that are rarely or never heard by Seattle audiences.This season will include six assignments and six concert broadcasts. The composers program includes Iranian composer Anahita Abbasi, Cornish faculty member Tom Baker, saxophonist / composer Darius Jones, cellist / composer Ha-Yang Kim, Brown University assistant professor Wang Lu and SMO co-artistic director Jeremy Jolley. The decision whether to host each event in person or virtually is based on the community’s health policy evolving throughout the season. The remaining concert dates are May 1 and June 6, 2021. Go to
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Pacific Northwest Ballet has announced an all-new virtual line-up for the 2020-2921 season. Some of the highlights include a world premiere by choreographer Edwaard Liang on June 20, 2021. For more information, visit PNB.org/DigitalSubscription or call 206-441-2424. th and 21st The Meany Center for the Performing Arts has announced changes to its fall schedule, with the season opening being postponed to January 2021. Some fall performances have been canceled or postponed for late winter or spring. As an alternative to live performances, virtual programming is being developed with many artists. A full list can be found at https://meanycenter.org/tickets/season for details.
.Current ticket holders for canceled events are asked to contact the ArtsUW Ticket Office to request a refund, exchange to a later performance or other alternatives.
Freehold Theater Lab / Studio, now located in the CID, continues to teach various aspects of theater both virtually and in person. For a list of current classes, visit freeholdtheatre.org or call 206-595-1927. Although the Wayward Music series in the Chapel Performance Space is currently closed, the nonsequiter website offers free links to local musicians playing original music on wayward. Also listed are live streams of local concerts by contemporary musicians for hire.Classically trained pianist and designer Tiffany Lin plays a piano program with originals in this series. Local sound artist Susie Kozawa has a piece she made to evoke the space in the chapel.
Toronto-based Tapestry Opera’s 2020-21 season is hoping to “push the boundaries of the genre.” The season includes the following - June 17-20, 2021 brings “Dragon’s Tale” with music by Ka Nin Chan and libretto by Mark Brownell. This new Canadian opera by the same team as Iron Road explores the relationship between a young Chinese Canadian and her immigrant father. Go to tapestryopera.com to learn more.
The LA Stage Alliance was a 46-year-old non-profit organization thatwho was behind the Los Angeles area’s annual Ovation Theater Awards. After the mass resignation of the members of the theater group, operations were stopped. On March 20, 2021 during this year’s awards show, the organization misidentified and mispronounced an Asian-American actress during the awards ceremony. Jully Lee was named Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, a co-production of East, for her appearance in Jiehae Park’s “Hannah and the Dread Gazebo.” West Players and the Fountain Theater. East West Players left the organization after the ceremony and other theater groups in Los Angeles followed in solidarity. music.org or try gscchapel.com The Seattle International Film Festival will take place from April 8th to 18th, 2021 this year and will show 92 feature films and 126 short films from over 68 countries.The Asian Crossroads line-up alone shows films from all over Asia. Go to siff.net for the full schedule.
“On-Gaku: Our Sound” is an animated feature about the power of rock and roll by Kenji Iwaisawa. It tells what happens when three laconic high school friends spontaneously decide to form a band. Without CGI, the animation comes with over 40,000 hand-drawn frames, sprinkled with dead humor and large periods of silence. This musical comedy is a breath of fresh air for the senses. Rent or buy on Apple TV, Fandango, and other streaming platforms. In the distribution of GKids.
“Bad Trip” is a “Jackass” -type road movie that follows two young, unfortunate losers who steal a car and travel from Florida to New York.This comedy is directed by Kitao Sakurai, who co-wrote the script. It features Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish. Available on Netflix.
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“Nina Wu” is a stylized thriller with the theme “MeToo” by MIDI Z, which will make its virtual debut in North America on March 26, 2021 at the New York Museum of the Moving Image. Also opening on April 2nd in other theaters / markets as well as on VoD and digital platforms. Ke-Xi Wu, co-writer of the screenplay stars as an actress on the verge of a major breakthrough in a leading role in a spy thriller that calls for nudity and sex scenes. Unfortunately it starts to crack under the pressure. For information on screening links and DVDs, contact Michael Krause of Foundry Communications at
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Kate Tsang’s “Marvelous and the Black Hole” premiered at Sundance on January 31, 2021 and was also produced, directed, written, designed and starred with Asian American women. It tells the story of a concerned teenager (Miya Cech) who bonds with a kids party magician (Rhea Perlman).
South African director Oliver Hermanus (“Moffie”) is currently working on a film adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s “Ikiru” with a script by Kazuo Ishiguro. MUBI presents the following: “Chinese Portrait”, featured as filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai 2018. He is part of “Sixth Generation” of Chinese cinema. This first film, which was shot over ten years, paints a picture of China’s diverse ways of life through eye-catching vignettes.JP Sniadecki’s “The Iron Ministry” from 2014 seems to be a documentary about a train ride. But the director shot across China for three years on the vast country’s railroad system. The result is richly structured work that has implications for the class and economic prosperity of this nation. “Inimitable Image: An Amit Dutta Retrospective” presents the 2011 film “Sonchidi”, an enigmatic science fiction film that deals with time, nature, architecture and sound. This Dutta film is an unusual exploration of the idea of a time machine and regards art as an instrument for preserving dreams and fears. Also in the series is the 2014 film “The Seventh Walk”,in which the dutta presents an abstract portrait of the landscape artist Paramjit Singh and a personal ode to the relationship between nature and art. “Extraordinary Heroes and Villians: A Takashi Miike Double Bill” offers these films. “Zebraman” is a 2004 Japanese superhero comedy film in which Sho Aikawa played a failing grade 3 teacher with a cheating wife, daughter of older men, and son who is bullied at school for his father being bullied as a teacher who plays the lead role. The man escapes real life and disguises himself as the title character of an unpopular TV superhero whom he loved as a child. “Ambition” is a 1999 film by Miike based on the novel by Ryu Murakami,in which a widower uses the trick of foreplay to act as a dating service for selecting a woman. Unfortunately, the woman he picks is more of a frightening surprise than he has ever realized. Stars Jun Kunimura and Eihi Shiina. In 2012, “Walking Meditations: A Tsai Ming-Liang Double Bill” features “Walker”, the first film in the director’s “Walker” series, in which the actor Lee Kang-sheng portrays a monk who is great at speed Cities exposed. His 2015 “No No Sleep” brings the monk to downtown Tokyo. Hong Sang-soo’s 2014 Hill of Freedom is a Japanese comedy starring Ryo Kase who comes to rural Korea to propose marriage to a Korean woman he has exchanged letters with only to find out she is nowhere to be found.You can also see a Hong Sang Soo film “Woman on the Beach” from 2006, in which two friends drive to a seaside resort. One brings his girlfriend, and as the days go by, the woman in question denies she is his girlfriend and complications arise. Dead Pigs, the first feature film by Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan, is a dark comedy based on a true story when over 16,000 dead pigs were found in the Huangpu River in 2013. It won a Sundance Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting and will be available for the first time in the United States on February 12, 2021. Visit.
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City Hall in Seattle has digital programming for upcoming events on its live stream page. You also have a media library with hundreds of video and audio to enjoy for free. A new addition is Laila Lalami, who talks about “What it means to be an American” and her book “Conditional Citizens” with co-author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Go to
Most local theaters have virtual screenings over the internet where you can rent new movies and watch at home. Visit the websites for the Northwest Film Forum, Grand Illusion Cinema, Siff Uptown, AMC theater chains, and others. rd The Written & Spoken Arts email@example.com Third Place Books presents the following virtual events in their “Live on ZOOM!” Series.Michio Kaku discusses his new book “The God Equation”, which examines how relativity theory and quantum physics can be combined. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5 p.m. PST. Tickets are required for this event. Please visit www.thirdplacebooks.com for more information.
The Elliott Bay Book Company has a number of events in their virtual reading suite. Here are a few. April 7th, Seattle-based writer / educator Sonora Jha speaks on Town Hall Virtual about “How to Raise a Feminist Son” (Sasquatch). She will speak to Ijeoma Oluo. Quiara Alegria Hudes, playwright and author of “In the Heights”, will talk to director Jon M. Chu, whose filming of “In the Heights” is planned for June, about her autobiography “My Broken Language:A Memoir “(One World) Speak 18 Release. This talk will take place on April 9, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PDT). Virtually presented by Hugo House. Sharon Suh, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Seattle, will speak with colleague EJ Koh on Monday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. PDT, on her memoir entitled “Occupy This Body: A Buddhist Memoir” (Sumeru Books). . On April 10th at 1pm PDT, journalist / commentator KS Komireddi will speak about his new book “Malevolent Republic: A Brief History of New India” (Hurst / Oxford University Press). The book has caused quite a stir in India where it is discussed in political circles. Virtually hosted by the Elliott Bay Book Company. On 11.April 2021 at 11 a.m. (PDT) Gil Anidjar speaks with the renowned author and scholar Mahmood Mamdani about his new book “Neither Settlers nor Natives: The Emergence and Disengagement of Permanent Minorities” (Harvard University Press). Practically hosted by EBBC. For reservations, try townhallseattle.org for details.
. Shankar Vedantam, moderator of the NPR program “Hidden Brain”, will perform virtually in the town hall on Tuesday, April 13 at 6 pm (PDT) on behalf of his latest book “Useful delusions: The power and paradox of the self-deceiving brain” (Norton) co-authored with Bill Mesler, who will speak to KUOW reporter Ross Reynolds. Further information and reservations can be found at https: // townhallseattle.org / event / shankar-vedantam-with-ross-reynolds-livestream /. Hawaii’s US Senator Mazie K. Hirono shares her memoir, Heart of Fire: The Vikings' Tale, with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer / cultural historian / commentator Viet Thanh Nguyen. Presented by Town Hall Civics in association with EBBC on Saturday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m. PDT. Go to
. EBBC presents a virtual conversation with Amit Chadhuri, whose new book “Finding the Raga: An Improvisation of Indian Music” (NY Review of Books) highlights his fascination for Indian classical music. He will discuss the book with Irish poet, opera librettist, critic and translator Paul Muldoon.On Monday, April 26th at 6 p.m. PDT. For reservations, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/147183771623. Nguyen Que Mai will speak to Karl Marlantes about her novel “The Mountains Sing” (Algonquin) on Wednesday April 28th at 6pm PDT. Practically hosted by the Seattle Public Library. This novel finally tells the story of the Vietnam War from the perspective of the Vietnamese people in a moving look at generations of a family and how they survived. Go to http://events.spl.org/151010258/NguyenPhanQueMaiwithKarlMarlantesdiscussTheMountainsSing. On Monday, May 17th at 6 p.m. PDT, you will discuss his new book “Facing the Mountain:A True Story of Japanese-American Heroes in World War II ”(Penguin) starring Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Densho and television journalist Lori Matsukawa. To make reservations for the virtual events, go to elliottbaybook.com and click on the Events page or call 206-624-6600 or toll-free at 1-800-962-5311. Although all events are virtual for the time being, the bookstore is open. The King County Library System presents the following authoring events. In Meet the Author: Kawai Washbrun, Strong Debut Author’s Book Chat on April 17, 2021 at 11am (PST), the Hawaii-based writer talks about his debut novel, Sharks in the Time of the Redeemer. Registration required. Contact information is. “Author Voices:Thrity Umrigar will take place on May 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm (PST). Umrigar will review her many books, including The Secrets Between Us, with Seattle University English professor Nalini Iyer, an IE writer. For information , email Physician / mathematician Brian Greene and Hidden Brain podcast commentator / writer Shankar Vendantam will be the keynote speakers for Seattle City Hall’s annual fundraiser, which will take place on April 9, 2021 at 7:00 am PDT will discuss meaning in an evolving universe. The event will be a real-time virtual celebration. Tickets start at $ 75. You can post a podcast episode on Monday April 12th at 1pm,in which poet / curator Shin Yu Pai interviews Seattle-raised poet Brian Komei Dempster about his new book of poems exploring the other space through both a national and personal history of anti-Asian bigotry and his own experiences as the parent of a disabled child . Try firstname.lastname@example.org
or my.townhallseattle.org. email@example.com EJ Koh is the curator of the Jack Straw Writers Program 2021 for 2021. She is the author of the award-winning memoir “The Mystical Language of Others” and the poetry collection “A Lesser Love”. The Jack Straw Writers 2021 selected by Koh this year are S. Rein Batiste, CE Glasgow, Patrycja Humienik, Grace Jahng Lee, Jose Luis Montero, Greg November, Tochukwu Okafor, Michael Overa, Paulette Perhach,Abi Pollokoff, Kristie Song and Daniel Tam -Claiborne. You will read in your debut on the first three Fridays in May. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hugo House presents: Some new classes coming this spring include: “Out of the Blue, a Meteorite: Writing South Asian Bhakti Poetry” with Shankar Narayan. All levels / six sessions / from April 16 to May 11, 2021. “Poetry II (Asynchronous)” with Michelle Penaloza. Intermediate / 8 Sessions / April 17 - May 26, 2021, Executive Director Tree Swenson has resigned under pressure from the Writers of Color Alliance. The group has called for more racist justice for writers in the BIPOC community. The non-profit association has been offering writing courses and readings for years. Rob Arnold, Adopted and Indigenous Pacific Islander,has been appointed acting interim executive director. He has offered to work with the community to root out patterns of exclusion and build accountability systems. The winter quarterly courses begin in the spring and the free programs continue as planned. Summer writing camps for teenagers are organized online with a scaled tuition fee. For more information, please contact email@example.com. “Open A New Window” is the title of the new 2020/21 season of Seattle Arts & Lectures. Poet / fictional writer Ocean Vuong is scheduled for June 9, 2021. His novel “On Earth We Are Briefly Beautiful”, in which he writes letters to his immigrant mother who she will never read, was an immediate and enduring bestseller.Funded by the Elliott Bay Book Company. More information is available at lectures.org. The National Book Critics Circle has announced its 2020 award winners. The poet Cathy Park Hong won the award in the “Autobiography” category for “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning”. Her acceptance speech was dedicated to the Asian victims of the recent Atlanta shootings. Hong read the names of each victim aloud in her speech. The Best Biography Award went to Amy Stanley’s Stranger in the City of the Shogun: A Japanese Woman and Her World, which examined the life of a 19th century Japanese woman.
EAST WIND BOOKS in Berkeley, California remains one of the most comprehensive bookstores in the country for Asian-American and Asian titles.They sponsor the following free virtual events. Hear Chamorro activist / author Julian Aguon speak about his book “The Properties of Eternal Light” (University of Guam) on Saturday April 24th at 5pm (PST) in a conversation with author Chenxing Han and professor Carolyn Chen on “Centering Asian Voices in American Buddhism - Anger, Refuge, Solidarity”. To make a reservation and for more information about these events, email
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The “Legal Notice: Margarett Root Brown Reading Series” is now selling tickets. This Houston-based reading series, like many events across the country, is now a virtual series. Viet Thanh Nguyen on 12.April 2021. For a full series brochure, email th firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Washington Press is looking for authors working on a manuscript or new book proposal. The editors of UW Press strive to exchange ideas with current and future authors about new projects and book suggestions. Contact them by email to schedule a meeting by phone or zoom. Editor-in-chief is Lorri Hagman at th. The following is a partial list of new books by or about Asian Americans, as well as new titles on Asia. If you’re interested in reviewing any of them please let us know - th “We Two Alone” (HarperVia) by Jack Wang.From the vulnerable and disenfranchised to the educated and privileged, the characters in this collection of stories embody the diversity of the Chinese diaspora past and present. An impressive fictional debut by this Chinese-Canadian writer. “The Tangle Root Palace” (Tachyon) by Marjporie Liu (“Monstress”) is her first collection of dark, lush and fascinating fantasy fiction. It is full of thorny stories of love, revenge and new beginnings. Inspired by the Peabody Award The award-winning podcast “The Inexplicable Disappearance of Mars Patel” (Walker) by Sheila Chari is a thriller for young adults. As children disappear one by one from a middle school and their parents don’t seem to care,Mars Patel and his crew don’t seem to care. Set off on a desperate search for answers.
“Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future - Kanaka Maoli and Cartographies of Critical Settlers in Hawaii” (Duke) by Candance Fujikane.Fujikane criticizes settler colonial cartographies that harm life, instead negating the all-encompassing voices of the Hawaiian communities and their perspective abundant healing and protection of the land. “Kiyoshi’s Walk” (Lee & Low) by Mark Karlins, as illustrated by Nicole Wong. When a boy watches his grandfather compose a haiku, he asks himself, “Where do poems come from?” His grandfather’s answer is to take him for a walk around town..
“Much Ado About Baseball” (Yellow Jacket / Little Bee) by Rajani LaRocca. When Trish is on the same summer baseball team as Ben, her rival in the math competition, two people must put their animosity aside and team up to bring their team to victory. Will solving a math puzzle help the team succeed? Trish and Ben believe it. email@example.com.
“Good Conversation: A Memory in Conversation” (One World) by Mira Jacob. This is a graphic novel that explores what it means to be an immigrant and a first generation American. It covers race, sex, love and family and discusses what these issues mean for their family and the rest of the nation.
“Nina Soni, Sister Fixer” (Peachtree) by Kashmira Sheth, as illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky.This on-going series about the adventures of a young Indian-American girl who is looking for a new venture while resenting her little sister’s behavior. Maybe there is some way to solve both problems at the same time?
“Mangoes, Mischief and Tales of Friendship - Stories from India” (Candlewick) by Chitra Soundar, as illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy. This volume contains eight original trick stories inspired by traditional Indian fairy tales.
“Abundance” (Graywolf) by Jakob Guanzon is a novel that looks at a father and son who live on the streets to the last dollar. It is a condemnation of capitalism and the cycles of poverty that so many are trapped in.
“Queen of Ice”(Duck bill) by Devika Rangachari. This historical novel for young adults explores the tumultuous history of Kashmir and 10th-century Didda, the princess of Lohara who learns to hold her own in a court of factions and conspiracies.
“Ten Little Dumplings” (Tundra) by Larissa Fan and illustrated by Cindy Wume. Boys are traditionally valued in a Chinese family, but this whimsical children’s picture book looks behind the ten little boys in the family and features a sister who is just as important.
“All of Me” (HarperCollins) by Venita Coelho. What happens to a child who is locked up in a basement for so long that he develops a personality that breaks down into many characters,who become his family?
“Foreign Bodies” (Norton) by Kimiko Hahn. Inspired by her encounter with the Jackson Collection of Recorded Curiosities at the Mother Museum, this poet examines the impact that seemingly insignificant objects have on our lives.
Two-time Newberry medalist Lois Lowry’s new book, On the Horizon - Reflections on World War II (HMH) is a touching young adult account of life lost and forever changed in the Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima bombings.
“The Henna Wars” (Page Street Kids) by Adiba Jaigirdar. This romcom about two teenage girls with rival henna companies who, despite their competition, find they have to come to terms with a realization of the affection they have for one another.
“The sunflower cast a spell to save us from the void” (Nightboat Books) by Jackie Wang. These poems emphasize the social dimensions of dreams, particularly the use of dreams to index historical trauma and social processes.
“Clues to the Universe” (Quill Tree) is Chrsitina Li’s debut novel for young adults. What do an aspiring young rocket scientist, vacillating from the death of her father, and an artistic boy who loves superheroes and comics have in common? When the two partners become in science class, they go on an adventure and discover themselves as they team up to face bullying, grief, and their own differences.
“Love Without a Storm” (Blood Ax Books) by Arundhathi Subramaniam is full of poems that celebrate a growing kinship: passion and friendship, mythical search and modern yearning in a world enlivened by dialogue and dissent, delirium and silence.
“Americans as Paneer Pie” (Aladdin) by Supriya Kelkar. As the only Indian-American child in the small town of America, Lekha leads two lives. Her Indian cultural world at home and the one where she tries to fit in with school because she is bullied because she looks different. However, things change when another Indian girl shows up at school. When a racist incident rocks the school, decisions need to be made.
“Heiress Apparently”(Abrams) by Diana Ma is the first book in an epic, romantic young adult series based on the fictional descendants of the only officially recognized ruler of China. When a young Chinese American from Illinois starts an acting career in Los Angeles after giving up her college plans, things get strange. If you have a role in “M. While shooting a butterfly in Beijing, she discovers a royal Chinese heritage in her family that her parents would rather never have known.
“Magic Ramen - The Story of Momofuku Ando” (Little Bee) by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz. The true story of the man who invented instant ramen through trial and error in his own kitchen.
“Forty-Two Greens - Poems by Chonggi Mah” (Forsythia),translated by Youngshil Cho. Korean Literary Award winner, This poet’s search for the infinite in nature highlights moments of beauty in the subconscious.
“Yolk” (Simon & Schuster) by Mary HK Choi. Two Korean sisters who were once fat as thieves can no longer see each other. But if one gets cancer, the only one who can help it is the other. Will these sisters, bound together by family secrets and illness, learn more than they are ready to face?
“Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing” (LACMA / Prestel) by Stephen Little and Virginia Moon is the exhibition catalog for a major exhibition that highlights the restrained beauty and flexibility of Korean calligraphy.It is the first exhibition outside of Asia to explore the history of writing and calligraphy in Korea.
“The surprising power of a dumpling” (Scholastic) by Wai Chin. A young girl looks after her siblings, works in her father’s restaurant and takes care of a mother who suffers from a debilitating mental illness. A deep, lifelike exploration through the complex crevices of culture, insanity, and family.
“Hokusai - A Graphic Biography” (Lawrence King) by Franceso Matteuzzi and illustrated by Giuseppe Lotanza. A vivid graphic biography that tells the story of Hokusai’s fascinating life and seminal works.
“The phone booth on the edge of the world” (Overlook) by Laura Imai Messina.A Japanese woman loses her mother and daughter in the tsunami. When she hears of a phone booth where people come to speak to deceased loved ones, she makes a pilgrimage there, only to find that her grief does not allow her to pick up the phone. A novel based on a true story.
“Almond” (Scholastic) is the latest picture book from storyteller / artist Allen Say. In it, he portrays a young girl named Almond who is a victim of self-doubt and is jealous of the talented new girl at school who plays the violin. However, through trial and error, it finds its place in the world and a role to play.
“NARA” (Del Monico / Prestel / LACMA) is the official catalog for one of the first major museum exhibitions about the Japanese artist on the west coast. It shows his large-scale production of paintings, sculptures, drawings and installations over the past 30 years. His wide-open but vaguely menacing characters are now known worldwide, but this exhibition combines the work with his inspiration from the punk rock scene of the early 1970s. To this end, the exhibition also includes a selection of music by Yo La Tengo on vinyl, edited by Mika Yoshitake with texts by Michael Govan, Yoshitomo Nara and Mika Yoshitake.
“HAO - Stories” (Catapult) by Ye Chun.This collection of short stories by a three-time Pushcart winner follows Chinese women in China and the United States who turn to characters and languages to navigate the alien landscapes of migration and motherhood they find themselves in.
“Ten - A Soccer Story” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Shamini Flint. A good 1980s half-Indian girl in Malaysia shouldn’t be into a “boys” sport, but Maya is all a game as she accomplishes her goals by appeasing a bossy Indian grandmother and keeping a mixed family on the verge of splitting apart to drift. A novel for young adults that will inspire.
“I’m waiting for you and other stories” (Harper Voyager) by Kim Bo-Young. Translated by Sophie Bowman and Song Ryu.These short stories have been hailed as “a breathtaking piece of film art itself” by Oscar winner Bong Joon-Ha. This marks the debut in English of one of South Korea’s most respected writers, whose speculative fiction explores the driving forces of humanity and the meaning of existence.
“The Smile Shop” (Peachtree), written and illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. If a boy goes to the market to buy something special, disaster strikes and he becomes penniless. But when he sees a smile shop his curiosity is aroused and he goes inside. Will he find something of value or will he leave empty-handed and disappointed?
“The Secret Talker” (HarperVia), a novel by Geling Yan, translated by Jeremy Tiang.Hongmei and Glen seem to have the perfect idyllic life in the Bay Area, even though their marriage is falling apart. When a secret admirer contacts Hongwei online, flirting becomes an obsession.
“The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa” (Modern Library) won the pen award for “Poetry in Translation” for the translator / poet Sawako Nakayasu. Now it’s reprinted in the new Modern Library Torchbearers Series, which highlights women who wrote on their own terms, with boldness, creativity and a spirit of resistance. Sagawa was a daring turn-of-the-century experimental voice in Tokyo’s avant-garde poetry scene. Her life was shortened by cancer at the age of 24, but the words she left behind lingered.
“Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon” (Simon & Schuster) by Kat Zhang, illustrated by Charlene Chua. When a class teacher asks her students to build their own kite, Amy Wu is at a loss until she is inspired by her grandmother’s story .
“CURB” (Night Boat) is a new collection of poems by Divya Victor. This book documents how both immigrants and Americans navigate the frontiers of everyday life, torn apart by violence and paved with opportunities to belong.
“Ichiro” (Etch) by Ryan Inzana was a nominee for the Will Eisner Award, received the Asian / Pacific American Award, and was a selection from the Junior Library Guild. This graphic novel tells the story of a boywho was raised by his Japanese mother in Brooklyn and, as an adult, idolized his American father, whom he never knew who was killed in battle. When he is forced to go to Japan with his mother, who is on a business trip, he has a grandfather left; a stranger to him in a country he does not know. If he finds himself a refugee in a land of mythical gods, he must find out who he is and how to escape.
“Séance Tea Party” (RH Graphic) by Reimena Yee. A lonely girl meets a ghost who haunts her home and finds a new friend. But what happens when the girl gets older and the ghost stays the same age?
“A nail that the evening hangs on” (Copper Canyon) by Monica Sok. A strong debutwhich sheds light on the experiences of the Cambodian diaspora and reflects America’s role in the escalation of the genocide in Cambodia. A trip to war museums around the world changes the imagination of a refugee child and creates powerful poems of voice and testimony from those experiences.
“Nina Soni, Master of the Garden” (Peachtree) by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky. In this series for young adults about an Indian-American fourth grader she works with her siblings on a garden project that is supervised by her mother landscape architect. What they didn’t expect was the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Can Nina Soni help this garden survive?
“Banned Book Club” (Iron Circus) by Kim Hyun Sook,Ko Hyung-Ju and Ryan Estrada. This graphic novel is a young adult memoir set under a repressive regime in South Korea in the 1980s. If she joins a reading group, a Korean girl will find more than books. This is a dramatic true story of the death of democratic institutions and the relentless rebellion of reading.
Mindy Kim, Class President (Aladdin) by Lyla Lee is part of a series of books about the adventures of a teenage Korean-American girl. In this story, she decides to run for class president but must first overcome her fear of public speaking.
“The Truffle Eye” (Zephyr) by Vann Nguyen is the first collection of poems by this Vietnamese-Israeli poet, translated by Adriana X. Jacobs. In it she deals with questions of identity and cultural heritage from an emotional and shocking point of view.
“Donut Feed The Squirrels” (RH Graphic) is a graphic novel about two squirrels named Norma and Belly who conspire to steal the delicious donuts from a local food truck run by a grumpy baker.
“Flowering Tales - Women Casting Out History in Heian Japan” (Columbia University Press) by Takeshi Watanabe. This is the philosophical fear and lack of violence. A young girl drifts through a monotonous existence in a Chinatown apartment until her father and boyfriend plan a dubious venture that requires their involvement.
“Sakamoto’s Swimming Club - How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory” (Kids Can Press) by Julie Abery and illustrated by Chris Sasaki. This picture book tells the true story of a school teacherwho can barely swim and how he turned a group of children into skilled swimmers who won Olympic gold.
“Sachiko” (Columbia University Press) by Endo Shusaku, translated by Van C. Gessel. This novel tells the story of two young Japanese Christians in Nagasaki who tried to find love during the painful war years between 1930 and 1945.
“Kimono Culture - The Beauty of Chiso” (Worchester Art Museum) by Vivian Li and Christine D. Starkman tells the story of a Kyoto-based draper who is now one of the oldest and most renowned kimono manufacturers in Japan.
“Anna K - A Love Story” (Flatiron Books) by Jenny Lee. A remake of “Anna Karenina”. This time in the role of a Korean-American teenager in Manhattan.
“Bestiary “(One World) by K-Ming Chang. This debut novel brings the myth to life and reveals, layer by layer, original stories of what becomes of women and girls who carry the spirits of the beasts within them.
" Land of Great Numbers " (Mariner) by Te-Ping Chen. This debut collection shows the various people of China, their government, and how it has fallen into the present. Author is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
“Other Moons - Vietnamese Short Stories about the American War and its consequences ”(Columbia University Press), translated and edited by Quan Manh Ha and Joseph Babcock. In this anthology, Vietnamese writers describe their experiences with what they call the American war,and its enduring legacy through the lens of their own vital artistic visions.
“Two Trees Make a Forest - In Search of My Family Past Between Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts” (Hamish Hamilton) by Jessica J. Lee. This award-winning treatise from Canada begins when the author finds her immigrant grandfather’s letters and traces his adventures in the nature of his country.
“Everything I thought I knew” (Candlewick) by Shannon Takaoka. A teenage girl wonders if she has inherited more than a heart from her donor when strange things happen; when looking for answers, what she learns leads her to question everything she has adopted has that she knows.
“On Fragile Waves” (Erewhon) by E. Lily Yu.This debut novel by a local author traces a family’s journey from Afghanistan to their future new home in Australia. A coming-of-age story and meditation on exile, belonging, fragility and hope.
“New Deal Art in the Northwest - WPA and Beyond” (UW) by Margaret Bullock. This book tells the story of hundreds of Northwestern artists employed by the US federal government on the WPA project and also serves as a catalog for an accompanying exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum. Contains work by Kamekichi Tokita, Kenjiro Nomura, and Fay Chong.
“Edge Case” (Ecco) by YZ Chin. The dilemma in the life of a Chinese woman on a work visa in New York City worsens as her marriage falls apart and her options become sparse.The author explores the imperfect yet lasting relationship we have with land and family.
“Last Tang Standing” (Putnam) by Lauren Ho. “Crazy Rich Asians” meets “Bridget Jones” in this hilarious debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, survival in the 1930s and opening up to love.
“Paper Peek Animals” (Candlewick) by Chihiro Takeuchi. A punched book with which children can look through and select the animals on this wild search and find journey that also incorporates the mind and counting skills.
“AN I NOVEL” (Columbia) by Minae Mizumura, translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter. This novel focuses on a single day in America for a Japanese expatriate,as she ponders her life in this country and why she wants to return to Japan to become a writer and write in Japanese again.
“My First Book of Haiku Poems - A Picture, a Poem and a Dream - Classical Poems by Japanese Haiku Masters” (Tuttle) by Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen and illustrated by Tracy Gallup. Classic Japanese haiku, imaginatively illustrated with bilingual English and Japanese text. Each poem contains questions for the young reader to ponder.
“Sacrificial Metal” (Conduit Books & Ephemera) by Esther Lee. It won the Minds on Fire Open Book Prize. Sean Dorsey writes that the book “dances with wise curiosity and deep tenderness over the changing causes of sadness, touch, testimony, memory,and our persistent human instinct for future planning. Lee’s poems remind us with great compassion that everything human will eventually dissolve… ”
“ SNEEZE ”(VIZ) by Naoki Urasawa is a Japanese manga that collects some of the small bits and pieces of short pieces by this author. Urasawa’s career spans thirty years and a variety of subjects. Urasawa has been identified as one of the artists who changed the history of the manga. He is known for his psychological storytelling style and detailed artwork. His stories touch on the hopes, dreams, and underlying fears of humanity.
The Seattle poet Don Mee Choi calls Anna Maria Hong “the ingenious poet of fairy tale language and conventions in” Fablesque “(Tupelo),a new book by this former Seattle resident. She continues, “Hong explores the grammar of horror and hunger. Survival and abuse in the distorted historical, cultural, and familial areas of the Korean diaspora. “
“ Forbidden Memory - Tibet during the Cultural Revolution ”(Potomac) by Tsering Dorje. Edited by Robert Barnett and translated by Susan T. Chen. The author uses eyewitness accounts with expert analysis to tell the story of how Tibet was shaken by foreign invasion and cultural annihilation. This book is a long overdue account of China’s role in Tibet’s tragic past.
“Paper Bells” (The Song Cave) by Phan Nhien Hao and translated by Hai-Dang Phan is a new volume of poetry by a poet influenced by the Vietnam War,forced to restart a teenage life in the United States Poems reveal a delicate balance between two countries and cultures.
“So this is love: a twisted story” (Disney) by Elizabeth Lim. A young adult retelling the Cinderella story. In this case, Cinderella leaves the house where she works and gets a job as a palace seamstress. Here she witnesses a great conspiracy to overthrow the king. Can she find a way to save the kingdom?
“From Perhaps to Forever - An Adoption Story” (Creston) by ML Gold and NV Fong, as illustrated by Jess Hong. From the perspective of a big sister, this picture book tells the youngest readers the complicated adoption process and the colorful art showshow many different types of families there can be.
“Sonata Ink” (ellipse) by Karen An-Hwei Lee imagines Kafka in the city of nooks and crannies seen through the eyes of a Nisei woman who has been hired as an interpreter and chauffeur. Los Angeles is considered the epicenter of “The Wasteland.”
“Story Boat” (Tundra) by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh, a picture book that tells the story of a little girl and her brother who are forced to flee home and to create a new one out of dreams and stories in the midst of migration and crisis.
“Territory of Light” (Picador) by Yuko Tsushima, translated by Geraldine Harcout. This novel finds a young woman,abandoned by her husband and starting a new life with her two-year-old daughter in an apartment in Tokyo. As the months go by, she has to grapple with what she lost and who she will become.
“Butterfly Sleep” (Tupelo) by Kim Kyung Ju, translated by Jake Levine, is a historical drama from the early Joson dynasty. With a mixture of magical realism and dark humor, he tells an existentialist allegory of the rapid development of Korea.This piece is a modern fable of a rapidly changing country that has to face its ghosts.
“Lion Boys and Fan Girls” (epigram) by Pauline Loh deals with teenagers who pledge to ban dating and focus on lion dance.But they have to deal with unusual girls and cyberbullying. The rich culture of Singapore and the fascinating history of the lion dance make this a compelling read for young adults.
“Eat A Bowl of Tea” (UW) by Louis Chu is a classic influential novel that captured the tone and sensibility of everyday life in an American Chinatown. This new edition includes a foreword by Fae Myenne Ng and an introduction by Jeffrey Paul Chan.
In a New England town where allegations led to the Salem witch trials. Quan Berry’s novel We Ride Upon Sticks (Pantheon) is about a 1980s girls' field hockey team who display society’s ideas of femininity represents,to find their true selves and lasting friendship.
“A Bond Undone” (St. Martin’s Griffin) by Jin Yong is the second volume of “Legends of The Condor Heroes”, one of the most popular martial arts novels in Asia. Translated by Gigi Chang.
“Taiwan in Dynamic Change - Nation Building and Democratization” (UW), edited by Ryan Dunch and Ashley Esarey. This book provides an up-to-date assessment of Taiwan today, highlighting the emerging nationality of this country and its importance in world politics.
“The Journey of Liu Xiabao - From Dark Horse to Nobel Prize Winner” (Potomac), edited by Joanne Leedom-Ackerman with Yu Zhang, Jie Li and Tienchi Martin-Liao. Liu Xiabao was more than a dissident poet,and this collection of essays captures the intellectual and activist spirit of this late literary critic and icon of democracy.
“Harris Bin Potter and the Stoned Philosopher” (epigram) by Suffian Hakim. This young Singapore-based writer’s parody of Harry Potter is based on the story in Malaysia and spices it up with local and pop culture references.
“Mindy Kim and the New Years Parade” (Aladdin) by Lyla Lee and illustrated by Dung Ho. Mindy is looking forward to the annual New Years Parade, but things are not going as planned. Can she still find a way to celebrate?
“Peach Blossom Paradise” (NYRB) by Ge Fei and translated by Canaan Morse. This novel is the first volume in the award-winning trilogy “South of the Yangtze”.It is a comprehensive saga from 20th century China that follows a family from a tiny village through three generations of history.
“From Perhaps to Forever - An Adoption Story” (Creston) by ML Gold and NV Fong and illustrated by Jess Hong. From the point of view of an eager older sister, this is an endearing story about adoption from an often neglected point of view.
“Complaint is your sword, cunning is your shield” (OkeyDokeySmokeyPokey Publishing) is, in the words of former IE employee Thomas R. Brierly, “an intersectional belief for solving issues of race, violence, white supremacy and the United States and enlighten “holding on to brutal capitalism …”. Go to vvovnn.bigcartel.com to order.
“On the Trail of a Thousand Worries” (Poetry Northwest Editons) is the first publication of poetry by Seattle Young Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee. She is the 2019/2020 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Born in California and raised in Taiwan, she has made Seattle her home in recent years. Her poems have a beauty of language that pays tribute to both cultures and countries.
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Mukai Farm and Garden on Vashon Island has the following activities. They sponsor their second annual haiku festival, a judged competition for people of all ages to submit their haiku poems and compete in the following categories: Heritage Award, Nature, Social Justice Award,The Young Poet Awards for grades K-6 and 7-12 as well as the People’s Choice Award and the categories chosen by the jurors. The deadline for entries is April 24, 2021. The limit is three entries per person. To submit, visit the website at mukaifarmandgarden.org. They also offer this in their ongoing courses on Japanese culture. Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese form of braiding with several cords and / or ribbons. Seiko Atsuta Perdue will be teaching a class on the art of Japanese braid. A Kumihimo kit is included with your registration. On Saturday, April 24th, 2021. After registration, a ZOOM link will be sent. A registration fee of $ 25 is required. Go to mukaifarmandgarden.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Seattle Arts and Culture Bureau, in partnership with Seattle City Light, will hire an artist or artist / team as artist-in-residence to develop an art master plan that explores and examines the work of Seattle City Light by one To create a master plan that directs and informs future public art contracts. Open to artists in the USA. The artist budget is $ 75,000. The closing date for entries is April 19, 2021 at 5 p.m. (PST). Apply to Submittable. For assistance, please contact email@example.com. An optional virtual workshop will take place on March 11, 2021. Log in via WebEx with the password “ARTS”. For more information, please contact Majia McKnight at
majiamcknight @ seattle.gov
or by calling 206-684-7311.
The University of Washington Press calls upon writers working on a manuscript or new book proposal. The editors of this local press want to share with current and future authors about new projects and book proposals. You invite authors to email them to set up a meeting by phone or zoom. If you are interested, please contact Executive Editor Lorri Hagman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist Trust is looking for volunteers with key expertise, thought partnerships and community connections to join their board of trustees. There is also a bi-weekly mental health and wellness program on Mondays that consists of artist stories,There is an exchange of resources and workshops in which self-sufficiency is the focus and calm is promoted. The aim is to provide Washington state artists with a platform where they can share the tools and resources they are using to better manage mental health and wellbeing, including how to incorporate self-care as part of their artistic practice Future Ancient’s public arts team has put together a survey and list of artists to create economic empowerment for API creatives through an artist directory created by and for local API creatives and cultural workers. Take some time to complete the survey and move on with this important work.A Washington State Food Bank map was created by the Artist Trust as a resource for finding alternative food sources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant is an annual grant awarded to self-identified lesbians who make visionary moving image art. Also check out the monthly overview of resources and opportunities for artists. Try
to learn about all of the above.
The Asian Contemporary Fine Art Competition aims to discover and celebrate talented Asians; Asian diaspora artists and artists residing in Asia. With a distinguished jury of jurors and prizes valued at over $ 55,000 and the opportunity toto offer selected artists immense opportunities to become known in New York and at an art fair. Contributions will be accepted until May 4, 2021. For questions and clarifications, visit
asian @ nyartcompetitions .com
or go to the website.
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“Lion Boys and Fan Girls” (Epigram) by Pauline Loh looks at teenage boys who make a pledge to ban dating and focus on lion dancing. But they must contend with unusual girls and cyberbullying. The rich culture of Singapore and the fascinating history of lion dance make this a compelling young adult read.
“Eat A Bowl of Tea” (UW) by Louis Chu is a classic influential novel that captured the tone and sensibility of everyday life in an American Chinatown. This new edition comes with a foreword by Fae Myenne Ng and an introduction by Jeffrey Paul Chan.
Set in a New England town where accusations led to the Salem witch trials, Quan Berry’s novel “We Ride Upon Sticks” (Pantheon) looks at a 1980’s girls field hockey team who flaunt society’s notions of femininity in order to find their true selves and lasting friendship.
“A Bond Undone” (St. Martin’s Griffin) by Jin Yong is the second volume of “Legends of The Condor Heroes”, one of Asia’s most popular martial arts novels. Translated by Gigi Chang.
“Taiwan In Dynamic Transition – Nation Building And Democratization” (UW) edited by Ryan Dunch and Ashley Esarey. This book provides an up-to-date assessment of contemporary Taiwan highlighting that country’s emergent nationhood and its significance for world politics.
“The Journey of Liu Xiabao – From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate” (Potomac) edited by Joanne Leedom-Ackerman with Yu Zhang, Jie Li and Tienchi Martin-Liao. Liu Xiabao was more than a dissident poet and this collection of essays capture the intellectual and activist spirit of this late literary critic and democracy icon.
“Harris Bin Potter And The Stoned Philosopher” (Epigram) by Suffian Hakim. This young Singapore-based writer’s parody of Harry Potter bases the story in Malaysia and seasons it with local and pop cultural references.
“Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade” (Aladdin) by Lyla Lee and illustrated by Dung Ho. Mindy is excited to go to the annual lunar new year parade but things don’t go as planned. Can she still find a way to celebrate?
“Peach Blossom Paradise” (NYRB) by Ge Fei and translated by Canaan Morse. This novel is the first volume of the award-winning “South of the Yangtze” trilogy. It is a sweeping saga of twentieth-century China that follows a family from a tiny village through three generations of history.
“From Maybe To Forever – An Adoption Story” (Creston) by M.L. Gold and N.V. Fong and illustrated by Jess Hong. Told from the view of an eager older sister, this is an endearing story about adoption from an often-neglected point of view.
“Grievance is Their Sword, Subterfuge Is Their Shield” (OkeyDokeySmokeyPokey Publishing) in the words of former IE staff person Thomas R. Brierly is “an intersectional persuasion to elucidate and educate on matters of race, violence, white supremacy and the United States’ adherence to brutal capitalism…”. Go to vvovnn.bigcartel.com to order.
“In The Footsteps Of A Thousand Griefs” (Poetry Northwest Editons) is the debut poetry publication by Seattle Young Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee. She is the 2019/2020 Youth Poet Laureate of Seattle as sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Born in California but raised in Taiwan, she has made Seattle her home for the past few years. Her poems have a beauty of language that pays tribute to both cultures and countries.
Mukai Farm and Garden on Vashon Island has the following activities. They sponsor their Second Annual Haiku Festival, a juried competition for people of all ages to submit their haiku poems to compete in the following categories – Heritage Award, Nature, Social Justice Award, The Young Poet Awards for grades K-6 and 7-12 and People’s Choice Award and whatever categories the jurors decide to make up. Deadline is April 24, 2021. Limit is three entries per person. To submit, go to the website at mukaifarmandgarden.org. Also in their ongoing classes on Japanese culture, they offer this. Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese form of braiding using multiple strands of cord and/or ribbon. Seiko Atsuta Perdue will teach a class on the art of the Japanese braid. A Kumihimo kit is included with your registration. On Saturday, April 24, 2021. A ZOOM link will be sent after registration. $25 dollar registration fee is required. Go to mukaifarmandgarden.org or email email@example.com.
The Seattle Office of Arts And Culture in partnership with Seattle City Light will commission one artist or artist/team to serve as an artist-in-residence for the development of an art master plan that will research and investigate the work of Seattle City Light in order to create a master plan that will guide and inform future public art commissions. Open to artists in the US. Artist budget is $75,000. Deadline is April 19, 2021 by 5pm (PST). Apply on Submittable. For assistance, go to firstname.lastname@example.org. An optional virtual workshop happens on March 11, 2021. Join via WebEx, password “ARTS.” For more information, contact Majia McKnight at email@example.com or call 206-684-7311.
The University of Washington Press issues a call for writers working on a manuscript or new book proposal. The editors at this local press want to connect with current and prospective authors about new projects and book proposals. They invite writers to contact them by email to set up a meeting by phone or zoom. If interested, contact Executive Editor Lorri Hagman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist Trust is looking for volunteers that bring vital expertise, thought partnership, and community connections to join their Board of Trustees. Also a Mental Health & Wellness Mondays bi-weekly program happens which consists of artist stories, resource sharing and workshops that center self-care and encourage rest. The goal is to provide a platform for Washington State artists to share the tools and resources they use to better treat mental health and wellness, including how self-care might be incorporated as part of their artistic practice. The Future Ancient public art team has put together a survey and artist roster to create economic empowerment for API creative through an Artist Roster created by and for local API Creatives and cultural workers. Take some time to fill out the survey to move this crucial work ahead. A Washington State Food Bank Map was created by Artist Trust as a resource for finding alternative food sources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant is an annual grant that will be awarded to self-identified lesbians for making visionary moving-image art. Also check out the monthly digest of resources and opportunities for artists. Try email@example.com to find out about all of the above possibilities.
The Asian Contemporary Fine Art Competition aims to discover and celebrate talented Asian, Asian Diaspora artists and artists residing in Asia. With a distinguished panel of jurors and awards valued at over $55,000 and opportunities to give selected artists immense opportunities for exposure in New York and at an art fair Entries are accepted until May 4, 2021. For questions and clarifications, go to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website.