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8Books Review: My Diwali Light by Raakhee Mirchandani

My Diwali Light by Raakhee Mirchandani, art by Supriya Kelkar is a lovely picture book about celebrating Diwali with family and friends. With Diwali just around the corner (it’s on Monday), this is a great read for this time of … Continue reading

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NYC Theater Review: peerless at Primary Stages

Jiehae Park’s dark comedy peerless about the high pressure stakes of elite college admissions is now playing at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters in New York City. This twist on Macbeth features twin Asian American sisters, M and L, who … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

Mika Suzuki is standing in a Target of all places when she gets a phone call that will change her life in Emiko Jean’s heartwarming new novel, Mika in Real Life. Sixteen years earlier, Mika had given up a baby … Continue reading

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8Books: AANHPI Month Children’s Book Roundup

In honor of Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, here’s not one, not two, but eight recently or about to be released children’s books to check out. I remember very few Asian American picture books from when … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Korean American by Eric Kim

Eric Kim’s debut cookbook Korean American is an absolute joy to read and cook from. The essays are beautifully written (no surprise if you’ve ever perused Kim’s writing for the New York Times) and the recipes are wide-ranging with drool-inducing … Continue reading

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SF Theater Review: Asian American LGBTQ Themes in a New Production of “Fun Home”

If you get the chance, catch “Fun Home” at the Gateway Theater on Jackson Street in San Francisco, between now and May 8, 2022. Many of the storylines around being closeted (her dad), difficulty coming out to parents and parents who won’t talk about your LGBTQ status all resonate deeply in the Asian American community. Continue reading

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8Books Review: New From Here by Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang’s latest book New From Here is a middle grade reader about a young boy and his family during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been at this pandemic so long that there … Continue reading

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“Turning Red” has some People Turning Red (Minor Spoilers)

When I saw Turning Red on the day of it’s premiere, there are were a few aspects of it that I didn’t like, but I didn’t expect that the movie would generate much controversy.   It would seem to be generally … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Eyes that Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho

Eyes that Speak to the Stars, by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho, is the brilliant follow-up to Eyes that Kiss in the Corners. The book opens with a scene all too familiar to anyone who has grown up … Continue reading

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Apple’s 2022 Chinese New Year Short: The Comeback

Every year, Apple releases a short film for Chinese New Year that is shot on an iPhone. This short for this 2022, called The Comeback, is very “meta,” and I liked it a lot.  The film was created by Chinese … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan

Tashie Bhuiyan’s debut novel Counting Down with You is a heartwarming YA novel about Bengali teen Karina Ahmed and 28 life-changing days. When Karina’s parents go back to Bangladesh for a month, she starts tutoring bad boy Ace Clyde. Before … Continue reading

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Lola’s Work: An Animated StoryCorps Feature

I was moved by this story about a devoted grandmother, which was featured on NPR and StoryCorps, and now StoryCorps has turned it into a featured animated story!   It also features some pictures painted by her and her grandson of … Continue reading

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