Category Archives: Reviews

8Books Review: “Year of the Rabbit” by Tian Veasna

Year of the Rabbit by Tian Veasna is a stunning graphic novel detailing the true story of one family’s struggle to survive under the Khmer Rouge. Veasna himself was born in 1975, three days after the Khmer Rouge came to … Continue reading

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‘Fresh off the Boat’ Episode Review: “Family Van” and “Commencement”

Fresh Off the Boat, Season 6, Episodes 14 and 15: “Family Van” and “Commencement” Original airdate February 21, 2020. Synopses:  In episode 14, the family minivan acts up, inspiring a crisis for Jessica and Louis, who are torn between their … Continue reading

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Fresh Off the Boat Sails into the Sunset Tonight

After six seasons (that’s 116 episodes), Fresh Off the Boat calls it Friday evening with a two-part series finale.  The season’s fourteenth episode, “Family Van,” airs at 8:00 on ABC. When the trusty Huang family van takes a turn for the … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Dear Girls” by Ali Wong

Ali Wong’s Dear Girls will make you laugh, cry, and will also make you hungry. But overall you will be happier, and it seems like maybe in 2020, we’re going to want some more happy. I had every honest and … Continue reading

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NYC Theater Review: Border People

Border People is a journalistic one-man theater piece by Dan Hoyle that dwells on the broad theme of “borders.” It’s now being performed at A.R.T. / New York Theatres in New York City. Based on in-depth conversations and interviews at … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Grass” by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Grass is a breathtaking graphic novel about Korean comfort women by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim and translated by Janet Hong. I know, I had the same thought you just had, a graphic novel? About comfort women? Why? But Gendry-Kim has told … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘Parasite’

Parasite, a Bong Joon Ho film, explores contemporary society and points directly at the inequalities we live in and through. Parasite is not the most appealing title to your average viewer, especially if you are not one to watch thriller-like … Continue reading

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8mm Review: Ulam: Main Dish

I originally was planning to write about whether or not Filipino food is becoming mainstream American, but when researching the subject, I encountered a movie Ulam:  Main Dish, that seemed to cover that territory.  Having never heard of it before, … Continue reading

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8Books: “A Team of Their Own” by Seth Berkman

A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History is a feel-good sports book–okay, a feel-good hockey book to be more precise. But it’s also a story about a group of young women learning who they are and … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘Abominable’

Abominable is a new animated film coming out on September 27, 2019 from Dreamworks Animation and Pearl Studio, set in China.  Dreamworks labels this the first animated film to feature a modern Chinese family.  The movie is voiced by an Asian … Continue reading

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8mm Review: 8 Reasons to Watch ‘Hustlers’

  Here are 8 reasons Hustlers is the must-see movie of the summer: Fantastic (Female) Four Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinheart — four of the women who make up the savvy group turning the tables on their … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘Ms. Purple’

Ms. Purple Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, and James Kang.  Written by Justin Chon and Chris Dinh.  Directed by Justin Chon. Kasie asks her brother Carey if he knows how she’s been getting by.  It’s an awkward moment; Kasie … Continue reading

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