Category Archives: Reviews

‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Episode Review: “Workin’ the ‘Ween”

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 … Continue reading

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‘Fresh Off the Boat” Episode Review: “The Hand That Sits the Cradle”

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 … Continue reading

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Non-Spoiler ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Episode Review: “Fresh Off the RV”

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 … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘A Simple Favor’

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 … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ by BTS

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 … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn

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 … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Six Evolutions — Bach: Cello Suites’ by Yo-Yo Ma

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.  … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Be the Cowboy’ by Mitski

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 … Continue reading

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Film Review: ‘Searching’ (No Spoilers)

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) … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “The Chinese Must Go” by Beth Lew-Williams

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 … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Crazy Rich Asians (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) WaterTower Music, 2018 (no movie spoilers) Look how they shine for you Almost nobody discusses Crazy Rich Asians (the film) without mentioning the movie’s soundtrack, which is pretty cool, because how often does this … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Expectations’ by Hayley Kiyoko

Expectations by Hayley Kiyoko Atlantic Records, 2018 Breathe her in Hayley Kiyoko’s debut album dropped March 30.  I’ve been vaguely aware of her for a long time, knew she was an actress but haven’t seen her work, knew she was … Continue reading

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