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

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. 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 »

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

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 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 »

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

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. But when it comes to horror movies, our fearless editor Joz knows how much I love them and forwards them for me to review. That’s how Gehenna: Where Death Lives ended up in my email. […] Continue »

8Tracks Review: “Round and Round” Music Video by Alfa

8Tracks Review: "Round and Round" Music Video by Alfa

I conjure up the colors in your eyes Alfa released a new music video April 12 for “Round and Round,” a track on June 2017’s album Spark & Fury, which you should totally check out if you haven’t already heard it.  I think it’s an interesting choice for a music video since it’s not one of the more memorable songs on the album, but there aren’t any bad tracks here, so why not?  The video is […] Continue »

Asian and Asian American influences in ‘Black Panther’ (minor spoilers)

Asian and Asian American influences in 'Black Panther' (minor spoilers)

One of the many impressive aspects of the Black Panther movie is its costume design.  The look of the Dora Milaje, the elite Wakanda guard, is particularly striking.  That said, I was surprised to found out from The Wife about this article about Anthony Francisco, a developmental illustrator for Marvel Comics, where he says that apart from the obvious influence from different African cultures, that there are Asian influences in the Dora Milaje costumes.  In […] Continue »

Is Snake Eyes (from G.I. Joe) Asian?

Is Snake Eyes (from G.I. Joe) Asian?

Growing up there just weren’t a lot of Asians—let alone Asian Americans—on television or in the movies. And when there were, they were very rarely people I actually looked up to. However, when it came to my day-to-day playing, I was a G.I. Joe junkie. I watched the G.I. Joe cartoon religiously and spent hours upon hours playing with my action figures. I made up scenarios where the good guys always won. My two favorite […] Continue »

Non-spoiler review of ‘STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI’ in 8 words: “Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico is awesome”

Non-spoiler review of 'STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI' in 8 words: "Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico is awesome"

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. …Asians finally became a key part of the STAR WARS saga. TL;DR: The Tico Sisters rock my galaxy. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, and in this installment of “Episode VIII,” we finally get to meet mechanic Rose Tico, played by actress Kelly Marie Tran. I say “finally” because it has been more than 2 years since the infamous […] Continue »

Comparing Chinese Death Beliefs with Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Comparing Chinese Death Beliefs with Disney/Pixar's 'Coco'

During opening weekend, I took my daughter to see the new Disney/Pixar movie, Coco.  It’s a movie she’s been looking forward to seeing for almost a year, since the trailers for the new movie came out quite some time ago.  I didn’t have much expectations for the movie, as I figured it would be similar to a previous animated film, Book of Life, another film centered around Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.  But the movie […] Continue »

Introducing CHOPSO, video streaming platform for English-language Asian content

Introducing CHOPSO, video streaming platform for English-language Asian content

Over the last year director/writer/producer Quentin Lee and I have been working hard on a new company, CHOPSO, the first video streaming platform featuring English-language Asian content in the world. As a filmmaker/writer and as a former Vice President at the Japanese American National Museum, I had the unique perspective of being on both sides of the art world. Looking back now, I can see that together they led me toward the path of creating CHOPSO. […] Continue »

Film Review: ‘The Big Sick’ starring Kumail Nanjiani

Film Review: 'The Big Sick' starring Kumail Nanjiani

By Michael Aushenker Opening June 23 and going wide July 14, Kumail Nanjiani stars in The Big Sick, his autobiographical pet project—based on his real-life courtship with future wife Emily V. Gordon and their struggle after she is diagnosed with adult-onset Stills disease—and between the film’s Sundance buzz this year and Nanjiani’s signature butt-of-all-jokes geek Dinesh on HBO’s Silicon Valley, this Lionsgate-Amazon co-release arrives on a wave of anticipation. Nanjiani and Gordon co-wrote the screenplay […] Continue »

‘America ReFramed’ Honors #APAHM with New Documentary Films on WORLD Channel

'America ReFramed' Honors #APAHM with New Documentary Films on WORLD Channel

This May, for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), WORLD Channel’s award-winning series, AMERICA REFRAMED partners with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), and Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC) to celebrate the voices of Asian Pacific Americans with a selection of original and compelling documentary films that spotlight the identity and diverse stories of this community. On the Wednesday immediately following the TV premiere, films will be available online for FREE viewing across the […] Continue »

LAAPFF 2017: ‘King of Peking’ (京城之王)

LAAPFF 2017: ‘King of Peking’ (京城之王)

8Asians is proud to be a community co-presenter of this film at the 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF). As a reader of 8Asians, please enjoy a discount to this film using the code: 8AZN17. Or the code CGVBP17 for $4 off General Admission tickets to all Buena Park screenings! Screenings May 2, 2017 at 9:30 PM (Downtown Independent) May 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm (CGV Buena Park) King of Peking 京城之王 Directed […] Continue »