Monthly Archives: May 2018

8Tracks Review: ‘Playing Favorites’ by Meiko

Playing Favorites (2018) by Meiko Chesky Records Everything I do depends on you Yes, I know I just reviewed a Meiko single six weeks ago. I didn’t know back then that Meiko’s album would be out this early in the … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Rise to Glory’ by Loudness

Rise to glory In 1985, right in hair metal’s best years, Loudness released its first album on an American label, it’s fifth album overall.  Until then, the band from Osaka was really known only in Japan.  I was sixteen, fascinated … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Emergency Contact” by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi is such a delightful YA novel, I can’t even tell you. Penny is starting college in Austin, TX hoping to be a writer. Sam works at a cafe and sleeps there too, stuck on … Continue reading

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8Tracks Rewind: Get to Know Dengue Fever

I think about you so so so so much I forget to eat “California psychedelic surf rock with lyrics sung in Khmer?  Sure!  Why not?”  I downloaded Dengue Fever’s third full-length album, Venus on Earth, and by the end of the … Continue reading

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CAAMFEST36: Opening Night Film & Gala Red Carpet Premiere of ‘An American Story: Norman Mineta’

One of the things I have really enjoyed after having moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999 has been attending the San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival, which is now known as CAAMFest, now its 36th year. … Continue reading

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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Renewed for Fifth Season

It’s not the ’90s without the Huang family. #FreshOffTheBoat is returning for Season 5! 🎊 pic.twitter.com/IKGpOZK9bD — Fresh off the Boat (@FreshOffABC) May 11, 2018 Aaaaaaaaand EXhale. I’m often optimistic to a fault.  A Pollyanna.  An extreme benefit-of-the-doubt-giver.  Yet if … Continue reading

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Din Tai Fung Expanding into Portland, Oregon

To date in the United States, you could only go to a Din Tai Fung in either California or the Greater Seattle region. Now, it looks like the restaurant brand will be expanding into Portland, Oregon: “Often lauded as the … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘State Change’ EP by Priska

State Change EP (2018) by Priska You’ve got something to say Priska’s new EP dropped Tuesday.  Here’s what she said on FB: “I’m so excited and proud to share this project with you all. I wrote the majority of this album … Continue reading

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CAAMFEST 2018 – May 10-24, San Francisco & Oakland

CAAMFEST 36 One of the things that I appreciate about the San Francisco Bay Area after I moved here is the rich cultural activities in the area, and that includes the annual Asian American film festival known as CAAMFEST (known … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Bury What We Cannot Take” by Kirstin Chen

Bury What We Cannot Take, the latest novel from author Kirstin Chen set in Mao’s China, is a doozy. After 12-year-old Ah Liam reports his grandmother to the Communist Party, the family must flee their little island off the mainland. … Continue reading

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Quick Movie Review: ‘Gehenna: Where Death Lives’ by Hiroshi Katagiri

A little peak behind the curtain over here at 8Asians: we get sent press releases on anything Asian or Asian American—be it a book, movie, comic book, graphic novel or new business. Most of it isn’t worth paying attention to. … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: “Longing (Someday)” Video by Luke McQueen

Our history can complete Luke McQueen’s website says he was adopted from South Korea at the age of five to Longmont, Colorado. Around the age of ten, he won a local talent competition with an original composition. Throughout grade school … Continue reading

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