Category Archives: Reviews

Film Review: ‘Blinded by the Light’

I’m not big Bruce Springsteen fan, but am a big fan of the film ‘Bend It Like Beckham,’ which Gurinder Chadha directed so I was definitely going to see ‘Blinded by the Light’ where Chadha is credited directing and being … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Pangs of Love and Other Writings” by David Wong Louie

David Wong Louie’s short story collection Pangs of Love first came out in 1991. It’s now being re-released by the University of Washington Press with two additional pieces. Louie’s stories are captivating and deep, insightful yet puzzling. It’s a bit … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Korean Homestyle Cooking by Hatsue Shingenobu

Korean Homestyle Cooking is jam packed with recipes and appetizing looking food. From galbi and japchae to quick kimchi and even a few desserts, this cookbook boasts a wide range of food. I won’t deny that I was a little … Continue reading

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‘The Farewell,’ starring Awkwafina, Opens Nationwide August 2nd

To be honest, I was not really aware of the film ‘The Farewell‘ prior to a week to its opening in Los Angeles and New York City (opening July 12th), when I started seeing #GoldOpen type postings in those cities.  … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Natalie Tan’s Book of Love and Fortune” by Roselle Lim

Natalie Tan’s Book of Love and Fortune is a delightful summer read. It’s got good food, a Chinatown community, and more than enough heart to guide you through. I confess to reading it in a single day, and loving every … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “I Love You So Mochi” by Sarah Kuhn

Sarah Kuhn’s new YA novel I Love You So Mochi is an utterly delightful book about self-discovery, romance, family relations, and good eats. Kimi is at the end of her senior year in high school when she receives an unexpected … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is Ocean Vuong’s novel debut. In 2016, Vuong’s poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, earned national recognition, winning the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry and … Continue reading

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NYC Theater Review: “Fruiting Bodies” by Sam Chanse

By Timmy Pham Ma-Yi Theater Company presents Fruiting Bodies, a new play by Sam Chanse at Theatre Row in New York City until May 19. When an elderly sansei father heads off on a mushroom foraging trip alone, his two … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘Happy Cleaners’

Happy Cleaners (2019)Hyanghwa Lim, Charles Ryu, Yun Jeong, Yeena Sung. Written by Kat Kim, Julian Kim, and Peter S. Lee. Directed by Julian Kim and Peter S. Lee If it seems (and it does) that new Asian American filmmakers keep … Continue reading

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8Questions with Brian Jian

Former 8Asians writer Brian Jian has just published his very first graphic novel, Broken Toys, Extraordinary Machines, so we’re asking him the really important questions (hint: it’s the last one). 1. Your book has a pretty intense plot. What was … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “American Sutra” by Duncan Ryuken Williams

American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War by Duncan Ryuken Williams revisits Japanese American internment through the lens of Buddhism. Williams begins as World War II breaks out and Japan becomes an enemy of … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “The Lonesome Bodybuilder” by Yukiko Motoya

By Timmy Pham The Lonesome Bodybuilder, by Yukiko Motoya, contains eleven stories wrapped in a dark fantasy. Drawn from a collection of stories originally in Japanese, the work was only last year translated to English by Asa Yoneda, and published … Continue reading

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