Accompanying the Pixar movie The Incredibles 2 is a short called Bao. It starts, as you can see from the trailer above, when a woman who has just cooked some bao is shocked when one of them comes to life. While we have talked about Russell from Up being Asian American, this short was striking in that in deals directly with issues that Asian Americans and Asian Canadians face. Bao was created by Domee Shi, […] Continue »
Elemental by Taimane independent, 2018 What’s your label? Taimane Gardner’s new album dropped last week. Elemental is a mostly instrumental blending of many styles, as one would expect from this ukulele virtuoso. Her FB bio says, Taimane translates to “diamond” from Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco […] Continue »
Noise Floor by Spock’s Beard 2018, InsideOut Music It’s always good to see your face my friend I guess I’ll get the 8A angle out of the way first and say that Spock’s Beard is a four-person progressive rock band from California with a Japanese keyboard player named Ryo Okumoto. Spock’s Beard released its thirteenth studio album on May 25, the same day Meiko dropped her beautiful covers album. It’s the first of the band’s […] Continue »
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 summer. But I am neither complaining nor apologizing, because people: this album is really good. Meiko says: I’m really proud of how it came out. It’s an album full of cover songs that I grew […] Continue »
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 by the genre, and frustrated by my awareness of artists I had no way of checking out. There were all these bands in metal mags and in the bins at Tower Records, but there was […] Continue »
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 his ex and having put aside his dreams of becoming a documentary filmmaker. Sam and Penny meet (surprise). Through a funny turn of events, they start texting, but don’t interact IRL again for awhile. As […] Continue »
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 first spin, I was repeating aloud, “Where has this been all my life?” Once upon a time eMusic was the online digital music store unlike the others. Because it didn’t have deals with the major […] Continue »
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. This year’s opening night premiere was a documentary – AN AMERICAN STORY: NORMAN MINETA – about groundbreaking elected official and civil servant, Japanese American Norman Mineta – the first Asian American elected to San Jose, California […] Continue »
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 I’d had to bet, I would have lost this one. I thought things were looking horribly grim for Fresh Off the Boat’s chances at a fall return. First there was an uncharacteristic lack of advance late-season […] Continue »
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 during a very pivotal time in my life where I went through a series of changes that transformed how I approached life. I was genuinely afraid of embarking on this project, I wasn’t sure if […] Continue »
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 prior to 2013 as the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) – quite a mouthful). The festival is organized by the Center of Asian American Media (CAAM), which is based in San Francisco. This […] Continue »
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. His mother applies for temporary exit visas to go to Hong Kong where his father lives. But she is told that she can either take Ah Liam or her daughter San San, leaving one behind […] Continue »
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