Lloyd Suh’s new play, The Chinese Lady, takes us on a journey with the first Chinese woman to set foot in the United States. Her name was Afong Moy. She arrived in 1835 at the age of 14 and was put on display as “The Chinese Lady.” The cost of admission? 25 cents for adults, 10 cents for children. Co-produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company and the Barrington Stage Company, the cast of two–Shannon Tyo and Daniel Isaac–takes […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 5: “Mo’ Chinese Mo’ Problems” Original airdate November 9, 2018. The ladies will kick it: While going door to door as a U.S. Census volunteer, Evan discovers there’s another Chinese family in the neighborhood (Reggie Lee, Ming-Na Wen, and Jimmy O. Yang). The Huangs and the Lees are overjoyed, but Louis feels his new buddy moving in on his friendship with Marvin, and Jessica becomes disillusioned when Elaine […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 3: “Workin’ the ‘Ween” Original airdate October 20, 2018. It’s the heart afraid of breaking Marvin and Honey ask Louis and Jessica to be their baby’s godparents. Jessica eagerly agrees, mostly so Marvin and Honey can have a date night, leaving the Huangs to babysit on Halloween night, and shutting down Louis’s efforts to persuade Jessica to dress in a couples costume with him. Jessica and Louis are […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 2: “The Hand That Sits the Cradle” Original airdate October 12, 2018. I’m goin’ out tonight: Jessica volunteers to take care of Honey’s zuo yue zi (“sitting the month,” which I just learned is a thousand-year-old tradition). Her insistence on Honey’s taking it easy makes Honey suspicious, overheated, and wine-deprived. She has a feeling Jessica is compensating for something. Louis takes advantage of Jessica’s being at Honey’s house for a […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 1: “Fresh Off the RV” (season premiere) Airs tonight, October 5, 2018 at 8:00. It’s the end of summer, 1998 in Fresh Off the Boat time, and it’s time for Honey to have her child, and it’s time for Marvin to give up his sports car, and it’s time for Jessica’s novel A Case of a Knife to the Brain to finally see its release. Nicole and Eddie have […] Continue »
A Simple Favor (2018) Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding. Written by Jessica Sharzer (based on the novel by Darcey Bell). Directed by Paul Feig. A Simple Favor is being marketed as a thriller, but it’s really more of a mystery, so if you’re put off by thrillers (as I am), be assured that it’s not very scary and not very violent, and it doesn’t have edge-of-your-seat moments the way thrillers usually do. Anna Kendrick […] Continue »
Love Yourself: Answer by BTS Big Hit Entertainment 2018 The new BTS compilation album (with 7 new tracks!) dropped August 24, and if you know even one person who’s a BTS fan, you knew about it probably a couple of weeks in advance because BTSers could not shut up. I can’t say for sure, but I’m pretty sure anticipation of the new album even brought one of my friends out of Twitter hibernation. Fake love […] Continue »
Heroine’s Journey brings an end to Sarah Kuhn’s delightful Asian American superheroine trilogy. In the first of the series, Heroine Complex, we meet Evie Tanaka, assistant to superheroine Aveda Jupiter. In the second, Heroine Worship, we explore Aveda Jupiter aka Annie Chang’s inner self. And here in the last, we traverse between worlds with Bea Tanaka, Evie’s younger sister, as she tries to, well, what else, save the world from demon destruction. Bea’s superpower is that […] Continue »
Six Evolutions — Bach: Cello Suites by Yo-Yo Ma Sony Classical, 2018 And cello to you, too Yo-Yo Ma’s latest album dropped August 17, and it would have been great to review it then, but you know. Crazy Rich Asians. And then Mitski. The master cellist writes on his website: Bach’s Cello Suites have been my constant musical companions. For almost six decades, they have given me sustenance, comfort, and joy during times of stress, […] Continue »
Be the Cowboy by Mitski Dead Oceans, 2018 I haven’t told anyone Mitzki (Miyawaki)’s new album dropped August 17 and I planned to review it last week, but you know. Crazy Rich Asians. This one got a ton of advance buzz, partly because of a couple of advance singles but also because it feels like it’s time for everyone who doesn’t know Mitski to get on. That pretty friend is finally yours Geyser (2:23) Why […] Continue »
So as part of “Asian August,” I (you can read my review of “Crazy Rich Asians here”) got to see Searching as part of a #goldopen effort to promote the film, which opened this past weekend (but first debuted at Sundance) in a very limited release – nine theaters (and opens nationally Friday, August 31st) actually starring John Cho (#starringJohnCho). From the film’s website: “After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation […] Continue »
Beth Lew-Williams’s new history, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America, is a thorough examination of anti-Chinese violence in the West in the 1880s and its relation to U.S. immigration policy. If the history of American immigration policy, and particularly Chinese exclusion, is new to you, this might not be the best place to start. But for those who are, Lew-Williams adds nuance to our understanding of 1882 and […] Continue »
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