7 octobre 2021 – Arts Etc. | Acheter Bracelet Bouddha

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"Contemporary Joomchi: New Works" est une exposition de Jiyoung Chung à la ArtXchange Gallery de Seattle du 7 octobre au 20 novembre 2021. Dans cette exposition, l'artiste explore l'ancienne tradition artisanale coréenne du hanji (papier de mûrier) feutré à la main. Elle renoue avec la tradition des panneaux de papier perforés, teints et empilés et l'emmène dans le nouveau royaume de l'abstraction moderniste. Vernissage le 7 octobre de 17h à 20h. Une réception aura lieu le 4 novembre de 17h à 20h. 512 1st Avenue S. à Pioneer Square à Seattle. Les horaires sont du mardi au samedi de 11h à 17h30. 206-839-0377 ou essayez artxchange.org.

Le travail de deux artistes majeurs dans le domaine du verre et de la céramique est mis en lumière dans Dante Marioni/Jun Kaneko » à la Traver Gallery de Seattle. Du 7 au 30 octobre 2021. Rendez-vous sur travergallery.com pour plus de détails.

Le travail de Judy Koo est inclus dans une grande exposition collective intitulée "2 Gather" présentée jusqu'au 16 octobre 2021 au Studio e. Allez sur studioegallery.net pour plus de détails.

"Kenjiro Nomura, American Modernist: An Issei artist's Journey" est présenté au Cascadia Art Museum du 21 octobre au 20 février 2022. Il s'agit de la première exposition de cet artiste du Nord-Ouest depuis plus de soixante ans. Nomura a peint des paysages des quartiers de Seattle, en particulier du centre-ville et du quartier chinois/ID avant la guerre et possédait la Noto Sign Company avec un autre artiste de premier plan, Shokichi Tokita. Après l'internement et la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Nomura est revenu avec un style abstrait moderne. Il détient également la distinction d'être le premier artiste à recevoir une exposition personnelle au Seattle Art Museum. Ce spectacle montrera la trajectoire de sa carrière variée. Il est accompagné d'un livre de l'historienne Barbara Johns. 190 Sunset Avenue South à Edmonds, Washington. 425-336-4809 ou cascadiaartmuseum.org.

AMcE Creative Arts présente « Cosmic Gardens », une exposition de nouvelles œuvres de l'artiste de Denver Christine Nguyen. L'exposition est présentée jusqu'au 23 octobre 2021. Nguyen travaille actuellement sur un projet d'art public avec Sound Transit pour un emplacement de Federal Way. Elle a beaucoup exposé dans le monde entier et d'un océan à l'autre. La galerie est au 612 – 19e Avenue E. à Seattle. Les horaires sont du jeudi au samedi de 11h à 18h et le mercredi sur rendez-vous. Pour information, e-mail (e-mail protégé).

« Queer Visibility » est une exposition qui fait partie de la série « Viewpoints » de la Henry Art Gallery. Celui-ci est organisé par Nina Bozicnik et Kira Sue. Il comprend des œuvres de l'artiste berlinois Dean Sameshima et d'Anthony White, basé à Seattle. Sameshima fait des dessins de connexion basés sur de vieilles photos de magazines en cuir gay et White a travaillé avec des figures dansantes, assimilant le nu masculin à des produits de consommation omniprésents. À voir d'octobre 2021 à janvier 2022. Également "Diana N-Hadid: Archive of Longings" qui présente des œuvres qui explorent l'interaction entre le corps féminin et l'art européen et les histoires d'immigrants musulmans syriens. À voir du 2 octobre 2021 au 6 février 2022. Sur le campus de l'UW Seattle à 15 he Avenue NE et NE 41st st. 206-543-2280 ou allez sur henryart.org.

L'émission de Michelle Kumata intitulée "Northwest Nikkei" sera présentée au Seattle Japanese Garden de l'Arboretum du 17 août au 31 octobre 2021 dans la salle communautaire Tateuchi. Des frais d'entrée s'appliquent et les billets doivent être achetés 24 heures à l'avance et les réservations sont indispensables pour le vendredi. – Soleil. visites. Les horaires changent chaque mois. Fermé le lundi. Ouvert pendant les heures normales, mais appelez à l'avance pour vous en assurer au 206-684-4725. Aller à https://www.seattlejapanesegarden.org/location-and-hours pour les détails. Pour voir certaines des œuvres du Jardin japonais en ligne, rendez-vous sur https://www.seattlejapanesegarden.org/events-calendar/2021/10/northwestnikkei. La Bibliothèque du Congrès a également acquis plusieurs œuvres de l'artiste sur papier. Si vous êtes à Washington D.C. et que vous avez 16 ans ou plus, vous pouvez voir les œuvres en personne dans la salle de lecture d'estampes et de photographies de la bibliothèque.

"Swallowing Silence: Power and Censorship in the Arts" était un événement au Bellwether Arts Festival à Bellevue (jusqu'au 9 septembre 2021 – rendez-vous sur bellwether.org pour plus de détails.) C'était un forum animé par Ploi Pirapokin dans lequel les artistes locaux Erin Shigaki et Anida Yoeu Ali ont partagé leurs points de vue sur leurs expériences avec la censure, le racisme et le sexisme et offrent des conseils et des solutions. Pour y accéder en ligne, rendez-vous sur https://bellwetherart.org/swallowing-silence-panel.

Modern Glaze Ceramic Studio and Gallery présente « Intimate Historicities », une exposition de groupe de sept artistes céramistes qui étudient leur tactilité intime et leur « conscience » profonde. Co-organisée par Doug Jeck et Laura Brodax. Comprend des œuvres de Re/On Nguyen, Adrian Gomez, Robin Green, S. Lantz, Gustavo Martinez, Sonya Peterson et Julianna Wisdom. A voir jusqu'au 31 octobre 2021. Ouvert le week-end de 12h à 17h ou sur rendez-vous. 14800 Westminster Way N. à Shoreline, Washington. 206-949-4007 ou (e-mail protégé)

Le travail de Paul Horiuchi est inclus dans une exposition collective des maîtres du Nord-Ouest à Christian Grevstad Gallery Space au 312 Occidental Ave. S. à Pioneer Square. H – F sur rendez-vous uniquement. 206-938-4360 ou (e-mail protégé)

Davidson Galleries a ce qui suit – "Alone Together" se penche sur l'aliénation et l'isolement dans la génération en ligne d'aujourd'hui est une nouvelle série de gravures / aquatintes d'Azumi Takeda présentée du 8 octobre au 27 novembre 2021. Un spectacle de "Sérigraphies" par Humio Tomita l'accent est mis sur ses motifs audacieux et ses nuances de couleurs. « CONNECTED : Complete Portfolios & Suites comprend plus de 70 groupes d'artistes de l'imprimerie majeurs. Les trois émissions sont désormais visibles jusqu'au 30 octobre 2021. Les rendez-vous sont encouragés. 313 Occidental Ave. S. à Seattle. 206-624-7684 ou allez sur davidsongalleries.com.

L'emplacement du centre-ville de Seattle Art Museum a ce qui suit. "Monet à Etretat" explore les peintures que l'artiste a réalisées dans un village balnéaire de Normandie, en France. L'exposition a été organisée par Chiyo Ishikawa, ancien directeur adjoint pour l'art et conservateur de la peinture et de la sculpture européennes qui a pris sa retraite en 2019 après 30 ans au musée. Ishikawa est également l'auteur du catalogue de l'exposition et elle raconte une conférence d'art virtuelle sur l'exposition sur YouTube qui peut être trouvée sur la chaîne SAM. À l'affiche jusqu'au 17 octobre 2021. Également à l'affiche, « Pure Amusements : Richesse, loisirs et culture dans la Chine impériale tardive ». Une autre émission ouverte le 20 mars 2021 et en cours sera "Northwest Modernism: Four Japanese Americans" qui jette un regard sur le travail de Kenjiro Nomura, Kamekichi Tokita, Paul Horiuchi et George Tsutakawa. Le musée d'art asiatique de Seattle a ce qui suit. "Boundless: Stories of Asian Art" est une exposition de groupe réinventant des objets de la collection permanente d'art asiatique du musée. « Be/longing : Contemporary Asian Art » présente les tendances actuelles de l'art asiatique contemporain. Dans le Fuller Garden Court, vous trouverez l'installation « Gather » de Kenzan Tsutakawa Chinn. Tsutakawa Chinn est un artiste d'installations lumineuses à LED basé à Seattle et basé à New York. Allez sur seattleartmuseum.org pour plus de détails sur tout cela. La nouvelle série universitaire du samedi du musée est organisée sous le thème « À la rencontre de l'Asie : pillards et collectionneurs ». Présenté avec la Jackson School of International Studies de l'UW et la Elliott Bay Book Company. Le prochain de la série est l'écrivain de voyage Colin Thubron qui discute de son dernier livre, "Le fleuve Amour : entre la Russie et la Chine" avec Blaine Harden le 9 octobre 2021 en ligne à 10h (PST). Présenté en collaboration avec Elliott Bay Book Company.Essayez (e-mail protégé) pour plus de détails. Une vidéo sur l'œuvre « Family Tree » de l'artiste Zhang Huan est présentée à la SAAM dans le cadre de l'exposition « Be/longing : Contemporary Asian Art ». Pour le voir, rendez-vous sur samblog.seattleartmuseum.org. Le musée d'art asiatique de Seattle à Volunteer Park rouvre ses portes le 28 mai 2021. Les billets sont publiés tous les jeudis à 10h. Les billets doivent être obtenus à l'avance. La capacité est limitée.

Le Wing Luke Asian Museum rouvre ses portes le 5 mars 2021. Les heures d'ouverture sont du vendredi au dimanche de 10h à 17h. La réservation de billets en ligne avant la visite est fortement encouragée car elle fonctionne à capacité limitée. Les expositions actuelles sont les suivantes : « Paths Intertwined » présente des œuvres d'artistes taïwanais et chinois de la diaspora s'inspirant des thèmes de l'identité, du lieu et de l'appartenance. Les artistes présentés incluent Agnes Lee, ZZ Wei, Larine Chung, May Kytonen, Jenny Ku, Shin Yu Pai, Ellison Shieh et Monyee Chau  qui reste visible jusqu'au 7 novembre 2021.   Des visites sur place sont disponibles deux fois par jour dans le Tateuchi Story Theare. "Hear Us Rise" est une exposition qui met en lumière les femmes américaines d'Asie et du Pacifique et d'autres genres marginalisés qui ont défié les attentes de la société. Jusqu'au 16 novembre 2021, "Guilty Party" est une exposition de groupe d'œuvres multimédias de divers artistes américains d'Asie-Pacifique organisée par Justin Hoover. L'exposition à venir est "Gerard Tsutakawa: Stories Shaped in Bronze" qui explore l'inspiration, la conception et le processus de fabrication des sculptures publiques de Gerard Tsutakawa ainsi que leur effet sur Seattle physiquement, socialement et culturellement. Il existe également de nombreux programmes virtuels. Des visites virtuelles du musée sont organisées les matins de semaine. Pré-réservation disponible pour les groupes privés. Contactez le musée pour vous inscrire. Visites virtuelles en direct de l'hôtel Freeman les jeudis à 17 h 00 HAP. Découvrez ce qu'il y a dans la boutique de cadeaux avec le marché en ligne du Musée. Les programmes mensuels de l'heure du conte peuvent être visionnés sur www.digitalwingluke.org/programs.

La « collection vedette » de KOBO a des œuvres de Tomoko Suzuki. Ils consistent en de douces sculptures de personnages dans des poses qui expriment le potentiel épanouissant de l'humanité. KOBO à Higo est désormais ouvert les jeudis, vendredis et samedis de 11h à 17h. Les masques sont obligatoires et vous devez utiliser le désinfectant pour les mains fourni en entrant. Des séances de shopping de 30 minutes sur rendez-vous uniquement au KOBO sur Capitol Hill seront bientôt disponibles via un système de réservation en ligne. Les plages horaires seront limitées pour assurer la sécurité de tous, ainsi que davantage de protocoles de protection en place pour respecter les consignes de sécurité. L'expédition et le ramassage en bordure de rue sont toujours disponibles en programmant une heure de ramassage à la caisse. Ils ont un nouveau compte d'achat instagram @koboseattleshop ou essaient leur site Web à koboseattle.com. Le magasin Capitol Hill est situé au 814 E. Roy St. et ses heures d'ouverture sont le mardi. – Sam. de midi à 17h. Félicitations à KOBO qui fête ses 25e anniversaire. KOBO à Higo est au 604 South Jackson St. dans le CID.

"Paper Dialogues: The Dragon and Our Stories" associe le travail de deux artistes du papier découpé de deux cultures différentes et le symbolisme du dragon dans chacune. L'artiste danois Bit Vejle et le professeur Xiaoguang Qiao de l'Académie centrale des beaux-arts de Pékin présentent leur travail avec le motif commun du dragon. Cette exposition comprend également le travail de Layla May Arthur et Emma Reid. Du 28 octobre 2021 au 31 janvier 2022. Un Virtual Art Talk intitulé « Paper Dialogues » mettra en vedette Bit Vejle le samedi 30 octobre. Gratuit pour les membres et 5 $ pour le grand public. National Nordic Museum dans le quartier Ballard de Seattle au 2655 NW Market St. Rendez-vous sur nordicmuseum.org pour plus de détails.

Le Bellevue Arts Museum présente une exposition collaborative en cours d'œuvres de verre innovantes de Terri Grant & Purnima Patel intitulée "Trace". 510 Bellevue Way NE à Bellevue, WA. 425-519-0770 ou essayez bellevuearts.org.

"World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience" est le titre d'une exposition organisée par Aarin Packard au Pacific Bonsai Museum. Dernière chance d'assister à cette exposition car elle se termine bientôt. Ce spectacle raconte une histoire ancrée dans le racisme racontée à travers l'art vivant du bonsaï. Il présente l'histoire inédite puissante et inspirante des artistes du bonsaï travaillant à l'époque de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et comment ils ont changé le cours de l'histoire de l'art du bonsaï pour toujours. Avec 32 bonsaï, documents d'archives et photographies. L'exposition retrace la pratique culturelle du bonsaï aux États-Unis et au Japon immédiatement avant, pendant et après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, au milieu de l'incarcération et en paix. Des artistes du Puget Sound, de Californie, du Colorado, d'Hawaï et du Japon sont présentés, notamment Ben Oki, la famille Domoto, Kelly Nishitani, Kenny Hikogawa et Joe Asahara, Ted Tsukiyama, Mas Imazumi, Kyuzo Murata et Yuji Yoshimura. L'exposition comprend également une œuvre d'art spécifique au site de l'artiste de Seattle Erin Shigaki qui comprend des images collées au blé d'individus qui ont joué un rôle dans l'incarcération de plus de 120 000 Américains d'origine japonaise. Dépêchez-vous, visible maintenant UNIQUEMENT jusqu'à fin octobre 2021. 2515 South 336th St. à Federal Way, WA. L'admission se fait par donation. Les horaires sont du mardi au samedi de 10h à 16h. 253-353-7345 ou par courriel (e-mail protégé).

Le musée d'art de Tacoma rouvre le 10 avrile, 2021. "Painting Deconstructed: Selections from the Northwest Collection" comprend des œuvres d'Ed Aulerich-Sugai, Tram Bui, Donnabelle Casis, Paul Horiuchi, Fumiko Kimura, Roy Kiyooka, John Matsudaira, Mark Takamichi Miller, Kenjiro Nomura, Frank Okada, Joseph Park, Roger Shimomura, Maki Tamura, Kamekichi Tokita, George Tsutakawa, Thuy-Van Vu et bien d'autres. A voir pendant une longue période. 1701, avenue du Pacifique. 253-272-4258 ou allez à (e-mail protégé).

Le 7 octobre 2021, "Red Chador: Genesis I", le travail d'installation et de performance d'Anida Yoeu Ali, artiste/interprète basée à Tacoma, enquête sur les collisions artistiques, spirituelles et politiques d'une identité transnationale hybride et confronte la fausse représentation des femmes musulmanes dans un ère d'islamophobie accrue. Il y aura une représentation lors du vernissage le 7 octobre 2021 de 17h à 19h. L'artiste donne une conférence lors d'un vernissage le 20 novembre 2021 à 14h. Sur le campus de l'Université Western Washington au 516 High St. Fl 116 à Bellingham, WA. 360-650-3900 ou essayez westerngallery.wwu.edu. Les heures sont lun. – Sam. de 10h à 16h.

La collection de sculptures en plein air sur le campus de l'Université Western Washington à Bellingham est ouverte et accessible à tous. Il s'agit d'une collection extérieure de sculptures majeures de la fin du XXe siècle à nos jours et comprend des œuvres de Do Ho Suh, Sarah Sze et Isamu Noguchi, entre autres. Procurez-vous une carte au kiosque d'information et explorez par vous-même la collection du campus. Appelez le 360-650-3900.

Le Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art à WSU est un nouvel espace d'art pour l'Est de Washington. Les spectacles inauguraux incluent les suivants – ""Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar" à l'affiche jusqu'au 12 mars 2022 et "Black Lives Matter Grant Exhibition" à l'affiche jusqu'au 18 décembre 2021. "Art & Healing" virtuel est également en cours. des expositions. Le musée prévoit une exposition rétrospective de l'artiste de l'Est de Washington Keiko Hara pour 2022. « Keiko Hara : La poétique de l'espace, Quatre décennies de peintures » est prévue pour mai 2022 – décembre 2022. Il y a un certain nombre d'activités dans lesquelles le personnel donnera visites du nouvel espace. Si vous êtes intéressé, essayez https:/museum.wsu.edu/about/meet-the-staff. 1535 Wilson Road sur le campus de l'Université d'État de Washington à Pullman. 509-335-1910 ou essayez (email protégé)

Le Musée de Vancouver a « A Seat at the Table : Chinese Immigration and British Columbia » qui souligne l'importance de la nourriture et de la culture de la restauration dans l'expérience des immigrants sino-canadiens. Situé dans le parc Vanier au 1100 Chestnut St. à Vancouver, BC, Canada. 604-736-4431 ou essayez museumofvancouver.ca.

Outsiders and Others Gallery présente "Spirit Works: The Art of Noviadi Angkasapura", une exposition personnelle des œuvres de cet artiste visionnaire indonésien. Du 1er au 31 octobre 2021. 716 Hastings St. à Vancouver BC, Canada. 604-499-5025 ou essayez outsidersandothers.com.

La galerie SUM présente "Eva Wong et Naoko Fukumaru: Mass Reincarnation of Wish Fragments (Ganhen Tairyou Tensei)" qui s'ouvre le 28 octobre 2021 avec une réception d'ouverture de 18h à 20h. Il s'agit d'une installation artistique en collaboration ouverte rassemblant les pratiques japonaises traditionnelles de l'origami et du kintsugi. Cette résidence d'art débute le 14 octobre et le public est invité à réaliser des papillons en origami et à soumettre ses souhaits à la galerie pour exposition. À la Pride in Art Society au 425-268 Keefer St. à Vancouver BC, Canada. 604-200-6661 ou essayez sumgallery.ca.

Le Musée du Centre culturel chinois au 555 Columbia St. à Vancouver (C.-B.) présente une exposition permanente intitulée « De génération en génération – Histoire des Canadiens d'origine chinoise en Colombie-Britannique ». 604-658-8880 ou allez à cccvan.com.

La Vancouver Art Gallery a « GROWING FREEDOM: The instructions of Yoko Ono / The art of John and Yoko » qui ouvre ses portes le 9 octobre 2021. 750 Hornby St. à Vancouver BC, Canada. Aller à https://ww.vanartgallery.bc.ca/.

Jusqu'au 24 octobre 2021, l'expérience d'installation sous-marine immersive de Paula Nishikawara intitulée «If I Lived in the Ocean» au Vancouver Maritime Museum du parc Vanier. 1905 avenue Ogden à Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique, Canada. 604-257-8300 ou vanmaritime.com.

Le Gage Gallery Arts Collective, une installation artistique de Heather Midori Yamada intitulée « Shards » à l'affiche jusqu'au 10 octobre 2021. 19 Bastion Square au centre-ville de Victoria BC Canada. 250-592-2760 ou  gagegallery.ca.

La galerie Bau-Xi présente une exposition de nouvelles œuvres figuratives de la peintre de Vancouver Michelle Nguyen du 16 au 30 octobre 2021. 3045 Granville St. à Vancouver BC Canada. 604-733-7011 ou bau-xi.com.

« Broken Promises » est un projet multidisciplinaire, multi-institutionnel et communautaire engagé sur 7 ans qui explore la dépossession des Canadiens d'origine japonaise dans les années 1940. Il met en lumière la perte du foyer et la lutte pour la justice d'une communauté racialement marginalisée. L'ouverture le 27 juin 2021 est une exposition de groupe intitulée "Iron Willed: Women in STEM" qui présente des femmes inspirantes telles que Irene Uchida, Donna Stricklan et Jocelyn Bell Burnell et leurs contributions importantes aux domaines de la science, de la technologie, de l'ingénierie et des mathématiques. Cette exposition aborde les nombreux obstacles structurels et culturels qui contribuent aux préjugés sexistes et à la sous-représentation des femmes dans ces domaines. Une exposition permanente sur « TAIKEN : Canadiens japonais depuis 1877 » est également à l'affiche. L'ouverture le 23 octobre 2021 est "SAFE/Home" est une collaboration entre Kellen Hatanaka et Alexa Hatanaka. À travers l'objectif de l'équipe historique de baseball Asahi de Vancouver, ces artistes explorent les problèmes de race, de xénophobie, de représentation et de préjugés implicites qui sont pertinents à la fois dans le sport et dans la société d'aujourd'hui. Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Center à Burnaby au 6688 Southoaks Crescent. 604-777-7000 ou essayez nikkeiplace.org.

« Relations : Diaspora and Painting » est une exposition collective organisée par la Fondation PHI pour l'art contemporain et présente 27 artistes basés au Canada, aux États-Unis et au Royaume-Uni dont l'ascendance est principalement enracinée en Afrique et en Asie. Organisé par Cheryl Sim. Parmi les artistes présentés, citons Bharti Kher, Jordan Nassar, Marigold Santos, Mickalene Thomas, Yinka Shonobare CBE et Yoko Ono. À voir jusqu'au 27 novembre 2021. 1011 – 9e Avenue SE – 4e étage à Calgary, Canada. 403-930-2490 ou essayez eskerfoundation.art.

La New Media Gallery de New Westminster, au Canada, présente une exposition de groupe intitulée « Assembly » qui comprend le travail d'Elizabeth Price, Fiona Tan et Zimoun jusqu'au 5 décembre 2021. Les artistes considèrent la volonté humaine de collecter, catégoriser et contrôler les connaissances. et données. Au Anvil Center au 777, rue Columbia – 3rd Flr. 604-515-3834 ou essayez newmediagallery.ca.

La Surrey Art Gallery de Surrey, au Canada, présente « Et si ? , une exposition multimédia qui amplifie les histoires de femmes sud-asiatiques résilientes de Sandeep Johal qui ouvre le 18 septembre 2021.  13750 88 Ave. 604-501-5566 ou allez à surrey .ca/galerie d'art.

L'artiste canadien Matthew Wong a vécu avec un trouble du spectre autistique et à l'adolescence, il a également été diagnostiqué avec le syndrome de Gilles de la Tourette. Il a lutté contre la dépression toute sa vie, se suicidant en 2019. Pourtant, cet artiste né à Toronto qui a étudié l'anthropologie, s'est spécialisé en photographie et a écrit de la poésie a finalement trouvé sa vocation dans la peinture à partir de 2013. Largement autodidacte, il a créé plus de 1 000 fonctionne en quelques années. Désormais, « Blue View », une exposition de plus de 40 de ses œuvres peintes entre 2017 et 2019 est exposée au Musée des beaux-arts de l'Ontario au Canada. 317 Dundas St. W. À voir jusqu'au 18 avril 2022. 416-979-6648 ou essayez ago.ca.

Le musée Jordan Schnitzer sur le campus de l'Université de l'Oregon à Eugene a ce qui suit – "Culture céramique coréenne: héritage de la terre et du feu" visible jusqu'au 8 mai 2022. "Fit to Print: The Dawn of Journalism – Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Lavenberg & Michels Collection » ouvre ses portes le 31 juillet 2021. « Myriad Treasures – Celebrating the Reinstallation of the Soreng Gallery of Chinese Art » à l'affiche jusqu'au 30 juin 2022. 1430 Johnson Lane à Eugene, Oregon. 541-346-3027.

Jardin japonais de Portland 611 SW Kingston Ave.  503-223-1321 ou  Japanesegarden.org.

Le Japanese American Museum of Oregon est maintenant ouvert dans un nouvel espace. Les expositions actuelles sont les suivantes – "Oregon's Nikkei: An American Story of Resilence" et "Grace, Grit and Gaman: Japanese American Women Through The Generations" organisées par Marsha Matthews et Linda Tamura jusqu'en décembre 2021. Plusieurs expositions en ligne sur l'histoire des Américains d'origine japonaise dans l'Oregon peuvent également être consultés. 411 Flandre occidentale. 503-224-1458 ou par courriel (e-mail protégé).

Le musée de Portland Chinatown a ce qui suit – Leur exposition permanente est "Au-delà de la porte: un conte des quartiers chinois historiques de Portland". Ouverture le 16 octobre 2021 et jusqu'au 6 février 2022 est l'essai photo du photojournaliste de Seattle Dean Wong sur "L'avenir des quartiers chinois". Il examinera la gentrification et le déplacement en cours dans quatre quartiers chinois de la côte ouest. Une série d'événements virtuels et vivants et de programmes publics sont prévus autour de cette exposition. 127 N.W. Third Ave. 503-224-0008 ou par courriel (e-mail protégé)

"Shadows From the Past – Sansei Artists And The American Concentration Camps" est une exposition de groupe virtuelle présentée par Celadon Arts et San Joaquin Delta College et organisée par Gail Enns. Les artistes de l'exposition incluent Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Reiko Fujii, Lucien Kubo, Wendy Maruyama, Tom Nakashima, No Omi Judy Shintani, Masako Takasashi et Jerry Takigawa. Le prochain lieu physique de cette exposition itinérante sera au Monterey Museum of Art du 9 septembre 2021 au 9 janvier 2022. 559 Pacific St. 831-372-5477 ou montereyart.org.

Les mémoires photographiques du photographe Jerry Takigawa sur son histoire familiale et l'internement des Américains d'origine japonaise pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale seront présentées dans une exposition solo (également un livre) intitulée « Balancing Cultures » au Viewpoint Photographic Art Center de Sacramento, en Californie. à voir jusqu'au 7 octobre 2021. 2015 « J » St. Suite  101.  916-441-2341 ou (e-mail protégé).

L'Asian Art Museum de San Francisco présente actuellement ce qui suit. « Perdu en mer : récupéré des naufrages ». "Zheng Chongbin: je cherche le ciel." « Après l'espoir : vidéos de résistance ». Installations spécifiques au site – « Momento : Jayashree Chakravarty et Lam Tung Pang ». Les peintures murales extérieures de Channel Miller et Jennifer K.Wofford sont visibles depuis Hyde St. 200 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA. 415-581-3500.

Le musée De Young du Golden Gate Park à San Francisco présente les éléments suivants – L'artiste notoire de la région de la baie, Hung Liu, présente une exposition intitulée «Golden Gate» qui ouvrira le 17 juillet 2021 et restera visible jusqu'au 2 janvier 2022. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Conduisez à San Francisco, en Californie. 415-750-3600.

Le Berkeley Art Museum/PFA a ce qui suit. « Au-delà des limites : l'art bouddhiste du Gandhara » visible jusqu'au 3 octobre 2021. « Kay Sekimachi : Géométries » visible jusqu'au 24 octobre 2021. 155 Center St. Berkeley, CA 510-642-0808 ou rendez-vous sur (e-mail protégé).

Le musée d'art de San Jose a ce qui suit. "Karma" est une sculpture de 23 pieds de haut de Do Ho Suh exposée jusqu'au 30 janvier 2022. Plus tard cet été, une installation massive intitulée "Factory of the Sun" de l'artiste européen Hito Steyerl ouvrira ses portes le 6 août 2021. 110 Rue du marché du sud à San Jose, CA. 408-271-6840.

"Seek, Memory – A Solo Show of Paintings, Prints and Artifacts" d'Amrita Singhal est visible jusqu'au 23 octobre 2021. Shoh Gallery au 700 Gilman St. à Berkeley, CA. 510-504-9988.

« Guo Pei : Couture Fantasy » célébrera les créations de Guo Pei, saluée comme le premier couturier chinois et comprend plus de 80 œuvres des deux dernières décennies mettant en valeur ses collections les plus importantes présentées sur les podiums de Pékin et de Paris. L'exposition sera visible jusqu'au 5 septembre 2022 au Palais de la Légion d'honneur à San Francisco. L'exposition était organisée par Jill D'Alessandro, conservatrice en charge du costume et des arts textiles aux Fine Arts Museums de San Francisco. 100 – 34e Ave. 415-750-3600 ou essayez https://legionofhonor.famsf.org.

Le Japanese American National Museum (JANM) a ce qui suit – En cours est "Common Ground – The Heart of Community" qui présente un bâtiment de camp d'internement japonais de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. « Mine Okubo’s Masterpiece – The Art of Citizen 13660 », une exposition qui présente tous les dessins du livre fondateur sur la vie de camp par l'un de ses habitants, l'artiste Mine Okubo, vient d'ouvrir. Outre les dessins du livre, l'exposition comprend également les esquisses et les idées derrière le livre et une série d'œuvres figuratives colorées qu'elle a réalisées à la fin de sa carrière après la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Avant la mort de l'artiste, elle a légué au musée une partie importante de ses archives artistiques. À voir jusqu'au 20 février 2022.   « Une vie en morceaux – Le journal et les lettres de Stanley Hayami » à voir jusqu'au 9 janvier 2022. Le journal de ce natif de LA et les lettres de guerre du camp de concentration de Heart Mountain et la guerre en Europe pris vie avec une expérience virtuelle 3D accessible via un téléphone intelligent. Ses œuvres d'art, ses entrées de journal et ses lettres seront également exposées. Hayami est mort au combat à l'âge de 19 ans en Italie. Son bref héritage se perpétue dans cette exposition créée par Nonny de la Pena d'Emblematic et Sharon Yamato en collaboration avec JANM. 101 N. Central Ave. à Los Angeles, Californie. 213-625-0414.

"Yoshitomo Nara" est une rétrospective de l'artiste japonais connu pour ses personnages enfantins qui se renfrognent jusqu'au 2 janvier 2022. " Ink Dreams: Selections From The Foundation INK Collection " est une exposition collective de peinture, sculpture et vidéo contemporaines. inspiré de l'art traditionnel de l'encre d'Asie de l'Est. À voir jusqu'au 12 décembre 2021. Le LACMA est situé au 5905 Wilshire Boulevard à Los Angeles. 323-857-6010 ou allez sur lacma.org.

« Memory, Structure, Scaffold Series » est une installation qui examine les contributions cachées du travail. À voir jusqu'au 20 mars 2022. Wede Museum au 10808 Culver Boulevard à Culver, City, Californie. 310-216-1600 ou allez sur wendemuseum.org.

"Wave – New Currents in Japanese Graphic Arts" est une exposition itinérante d'œuvres de 55 illustrateurs et graphistes japonais contemporains jusqu'au 28 novembre 2021. À la Japan House, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard à Hollywood, Californie. Allez sur japanhousela.com.

L'USC Pacific Asia Museum à Pasadena, en Californie, présente les éléments suivants :   « Carrefour – Exploration de la route de la soie » ouvre ses portes le 22 octobre 2021. Cette nouvelle exposition permanente raconte l'histoire de siècles d'échanges culturels stimulés par le mouvement des voyageurs et des marchandises le long de l'ancienne route commerciale. À l'automne 2021, une exposition collective intitulée « Intervention : Perspectives pour un nouveau PAM » sera présentée. "Global Asias: Contemporary Asian And Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer & the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation" vient au musée de mars à juin 2023. 2680 N. Los Robles Ave. à Pasadena, Californie. 626-787-2680  ou (e-mail protégé).

"Fluxus Means Change:Jean Brown's Avant-Garde Archive" est une exposition représentant une riche collection d'œuvres d'artistes de ce mouvement d'art contemporain, notamment Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono, Mieko Shiomi, Ay-O, Takako Saito et bien d'autres. . À voir jusqu'au 2 janvier 2022. Au Getty Center au 1200 Getty Center à Los Angeles. 310-440-7300 ou allez sur getty.edu.

« Aucun humain impliqué » examine les catégories que nous utilisons pour décider qui reçoit ou non un traitement humain. Cette exposition de groupe comprend les installations multimédias et les œuvres vidéo de Wangshui qui mettent en évidence les sensibilités queer dans les spiritualités et l'architecture chinoises. « Witch Hunt » est une exposition collective de féminisme contemporain et comprend le travail de Shu Lea Cheng. Les deux expositions sont présentées du 10 octobre 2021 au 9 janvier 2022. Le Hammer Museum de l'UCLA. Allez sur hammer.ucla.edu. 10899, boulevard Wilshire à Los Angeles. L'exposition "Witch Hunt" est divisée en deux parties et une partie sera présentée à l'Institut d'art contemporain le 1717 E. 7e Rue 213-928-0833. theIcala.org.

"Pachappa Camp: The First Koreatown in America" ​​est à l'affiche du 9 octobre 2021 au 9 janvier 2022. L'histoire de ce début 20e communauté du siècle des travailleurs agricoles coréens américains est rappelée dans des photographies, des cartes, des documents et des éphémères. À UCR Arts au 3824-34 Main St. à Riverside, en Californie. Aller à (e-mail protégé) pour les détails.

Le Santa Barbara Museum of Art a fait l'objet d'une rénovation avec une nouvelle galerie consacrée à l'art contemporain. Dans l'exposition collective inaugurale, vous trouverez des œuvres d'Anish Kapoor, Helen Frankenthaler, Roger Shimomura et d'autres. À voir jusqu'au 5 décembre 2021.  1130 State St. Allez sur sbma.net.

"Origami in-the-Garden – A Monumental Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition" est visible jusqu'au 10 octobre 2021 au Missouri Botanical Garden. Créées par les artistes de Santa Fe Jennifer et Kevin Box, ces sculptures racontent l'histoire de l'origami, l'art japonais du pliage du papier. Ces sculptures en métal à grande échelle ont été créées en collaboration avec des artistes de l'origami de renommée mondiale tels que Te Jui Fu, Beth Johnson et d'autres. 4344, boulevard Shaw. Saint-Louis, Missouri. 314-577-5100 ou rendez-vous sur events.missouribotanicalgarden.org.

La National Portrait Gallery du Smithsonian à Washington, DC présentera la première grande rétrospective à grande échelle de l'œuvre de Hung Liu, l'artiste américain d'origine chinoise de renommée internationale. "Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands, 1968-2020" présentera plus de 50 œuvres d'art couvrant le temps de Liu en Chine maoïste dans les années 1960, son immigration en Californie dans les années 1980 et l'apogée de sa carrière aujourd'hui. C'est la première fois que le musée célèbre une femme américaine d'origine asiatique avec une exposition personnelle. L'ouverture de l'exposition coïncide avec le Mois du patrimoine américain de l'Asie-Pacifique 2021. À voir jusqu'au 9 janvier 2022.

Le National Museum of Asian Art/Sackler Gallery sur le Smithsonian Mall à Washington DC a ce qui suit – « Encountering the Buddha : Art & Practice Across Asia » à l'affiche jusqu'au 17 janvier 2022. À venir est une exposition anticipée de peintures au pinceau de début 20e siècle artiste japonais Tomioka Tessai. “Prehistoric Spirals: Earthenware From Thailand” showcases work from NE Thailand from over 2000 years ago. Opens on November  1, 2021.1050 Independence Ave. SW. Washington DC.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has the following –  “Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting: Travel & Home” on view through March 6, 2022. “Conservation in Action: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture in a New Light” on view through July 3, 2022. 465 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA. 617-267-9300 or go to mfa.org.

Candace Lin has an exhibit of her installations coming to the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts. February 4 – April 10, 2022. 617 Quincy St. in Cambridge, Mass. On the campus  of Harvard University. 617-496-5387 or  try https://carpenter.center.

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA has the following – “Zarah Hussain: Breath” on view through Jan. 2, 2022. 161 Essex St. in Salem, MA 816-745-4876 or go to pem.org.

On The Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale” celebrates the work of women artists who attended that institution. Includes work by Maya Lin, Rina Banerjee, An-My Le and many others. On view through January 9,  2022 at the Yale University Art Gallery. 1111 Chapel St. in New Haven, CT. 203-432-0600 or go to (email protected)

The Minneapolis Institute of Art has the following – “20 Dances: Japanese Calligraphy Then And Now” through Jan. 2, 2022.  “Shimmering Surfaces: Chinese Lacquer Motifs And Techniques” on view through April 10, 2022. “Captive Beauties: Depictions of Women in Late Imperial China” through Nov. 28, 2021. “Intimate Space: A Noblewoman’s Bedroom in Late Imperial China” on view through Nov. 7, 2021. “With New Light: MIA’s Reinstalled Himalayan, South and Southeast Asian Art Galleries” on view through Oct. 7, 2021.  “Amano Kazumi: Prints From The Kimm-Grufferman Collection” through November 29, 2021. “Dayanita Singh’s Pothl Khana: Archive Room” November 12, 2021 – April 10, 2022.2400 Third Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 888-642-2787.

The Walker Art Center has the following – A show by Candace Lin entitled “Seeping, Rotting, Resting, Weeping” through  January 1, 2022. A sound & video  installation by Twin-Cities-based artist Shen Xin from Nov. 17, 2021 –  July 2, 2022.  “Paul Chan: Breathers” on view from July 27, 2022 – April 22, 2023. And a Pacita Abid retrospective planned for sometime in 2023.725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN. 612-375-7600 or try (email protected).

The Art Institute of Chicago has the following –   “Fantastic Landscapes: Hokusai & Hiroshige” on view through October 11, 2021. “Onchi Koshiro: Affection for Shapeless Things” opens on October 16, 2021 and remains on view through January 10, 2022. Onchi Koshiro was a major figure of the “Sosaku Hanga” movement in Japan. It was a group whose menbers conceived, carved and printed their own works, jettisoning the old system of division of labor. His favored mode was working with abstraction. He produced very few prints, often a single edition of each work. “Senju’s Waterfalls for Chicago” opens November 13, 2021 and remains on view through March 13, 2022. These screen paintings of falling water were created specifically for Gallery 109, the space designed by architect Ando Tadao. Senju tailored the scale and lighting to best suit the distinctive space. The lighting in the gallery is designed to highlight the nature of the falling water in the painting in light and darkness. 111 South Michigan Ave./159 E. Monroe. Chicago, ILL. 312-443-3600.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has the following – “Japan: A History of Style” through April 24, 2022. “Celebrating the Year of the Ox” through Jan. 12, 2022. “Masters and Masterpieces: Chinese Art from the Irving Collection” through June 5, 2022. “Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power” through Oct. 16, 2022. “Companions in Solitude- Reclusion and Communion in Chinese Art” through August 14, 2022.  The Metropolitan Museum’s online newsletter The Met” has the following – “Beyond Beauty: Shiseido and Hanatsubaki Magazine.” For almost 100 years this magazine has been a barometer of Japanese style and culture. “Chinatown’s Art And Activism – Then And Now” In this program, artists Tomie Arai and Mei Lum address this topic. 1000 Fifth Ave.  212-535-7710. Go to https://www.metmuseum.org.

The Korea Society features a group  show entitled “Interlacement”. The exhibition challenges the conventional idea of fiber and textile art by employing already established techniques of weaving, embroidery and assemblage with new materials and forms. On view  through January 28, 2022.  An online exhibition “The Feeling of Han: Marie Ann Yoo” is on view through December 16, 2021.The photos by this Korean American photographer depict South Korea, its people and culture during a period of transition after the war in the year 1956.  They also have a series of art talks by contemporary artists including Sui Park on November 2, 2021 at 5pm (ET) and Ja Young Yoon on November 30, 2021 at 5pm (ET). 350 Madison, 24e floor in New York City. 212-759-7525 or go to koreasociety.org.

“Diane Serin Nguyen: If Revolution is a Sickness” is the first solo institutional exhibition for this artist. It is a newly commissioned video work set in Warsaw. The film follows an orphaned Vietnamese child absorbed in a South Korean pop-inspired dance group. On view through December 13,  2021. At the Sculpture Center at 44-19 Purves St. in Long Island, New York. +1-718-361-1750 or try sculpture-center.org.

Asia Society Museum has the following – “Rebel Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians” on view Sept. 10, 2021 through Jan. 16, 2022.  725 Park Ave. in New York City.212-327-9721 or try www.asiasociety.org.

Indian photographer Gauri Gill has a show of new work   entitled “A Time To Play: New Scenes From Acts of Appearance” at the James Cohan Gallery in New York City from October 7 – November 13, 2021. 52 Walker St. – 2nd Floor. 212-714-9500 or try (email protected)

Burmese artist-in-exile Sawangwongse Yawngwe has a show of new work entitled “Cappuccino in Exile” at the Jane Lombard Gallery through October 23, 2021. 58 White St.  212-967-8040  or (email protected)

“Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment” is a new exhibition that runs through January 3, 2022 at the Rubin Museum of Art curated by Elena Pakhoutova. The show was organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  The exhibit guides visitors on a journey toward enlightenment, showcasing the power of Tibetan Buddhist art to focus and refine awareness. Accompanying the exhibition is an audio guide and a catalog.   A new podcast premieres on June 8, 2021 entitled “Awaken” hosted by musician/composer Laurie Anderson. It features stories of transformation by Aparna Nancheria, Alok Vaid-Menon, Tara Branch and more.  Get the podcast on RubinMuseum.org/awakenPOD and other major podcast platforms. Mandala Lab” is the Museum’s new interactive space for social, emotional and ethical healing. Designed by Peterson Rich Office, it invites visitors to participate in five unique experiences inspired by a Tibetan Buddhist mandala. Through October 1, 2031. “Shrine Room Projects: Shiva Ahmadi, Genesis Breyer P-orridge and Tsherin Sherpa” features three artists who do work inspired by the Museum’s Buddhist Shrine in multi-media forms. On view through November 12, 2021.  “Gateway to Himalayan Art” remains on view through June 5, 2023. “Journey Through Himalayan Art” remains on view through January 8, 2024.”150 West 17e St. in New York City. 212-620-5000 or go to rubinmuseum.org.

The New Museum’s fifth edition of their Triennial entitled “Soft Water Hard Stone” is a survey of artists reimaging traditional models, materials, and techniques beyond established methods. Includes work by Jes Fan, Kaurie Kang, Kang Seung Lee, Yu Ji, Thao Nguyen Phao, Amy Lien/Enzo Camacho and many others. 235 Bowery in  New York City. October 28, 2021 – January 23, 2022. 212-219-1222. Go to http://www.newmuseum.org.

The late video artist Shigeko Kubota saw video technology as a “new paintbrush”. Now the Museum of Modern Art has curated a retrospective show in her honor entitled “Liquid Reality” on view through January 1, 2022. 11 West 53rd St. in Manhattan, New York City. Go to moma.org for details.

Installation artist Ian Cheng brings his latest work to The Shed in New York. Cheng uses artificial intelligence and video game technology to explore the nature of human consciousness. “Life After BOB: The Chalice Study” is a ‘narrative animation’ piece inspired by his daughter. On view through December 19, 2021. In the Bloomberg Building at 545 West 30e St. in New York City. 646-455-3494 or email (email protected)

The Noguchi Museum has the following –  “Noguchi’s Useless Architecture” is a show inspired by his visits to Indian astronomical devices.  On view through  May 8, 2022. “Objects of Common Interest: Hard, Soft, And All Lit Up With Nowhere To Go” is a collaboration with Eleni Petaloti & Leonidas Trampoukis of Greece with New York-based studio, Objects of Common Interest on view through February 13, 2022.  There are also various video programs that deal with Noguchi’s history and life that you can view.  9-01,33rd Rd.  Long Island, New York. 718-204-7088.

The Japan Society has the following – “Improvisation in Wood: KawamataxMunakata”. This show includes major works by two leading Japanese artists from different generations. Takashi Kawamata pays tribute to the Japan Society Building and to earlier artist Munakata with this juxtaposition between the Munakata print collection alongside new works and archival material by Kawamata. September 30, 2021 through January 16, 2022.    333 East 47e St. New York, New York. 212-263-1258.

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has the following –  “KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature” on view through Oct. 31, 2021. Yayoi Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with nature with these pieces. On view are floral sculptures that transform the space’s landmark landscape. Her monumental sculptures “Dancing Pumpkin” and “I Want To Fly To The Universe” are here as well. And coming this summer will be her “infinity Mirrored Room – Illusion Inside the Heart” which will reflect the outdoor light. Timed tickets will be sold in installments. 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, New York. 718-817-8700 or try nybg.org.

The Museum of Chinese in America has re-opened with the show, “Responses – Asian American Voices Resisting The Tides of Racism”. The exhibit was marred by criticism from artists who withdrew from the exhibit protesting the support of city funds to the museum which at the same time has a contested city plan to site a new jail facility in Chinatown. The museum has been adamant that it does not support the jail but critics in the community contend that you cannot be opposed to something while at the same time financially benefit from it. 215 Centre St. in New York City. For information, try (email protected).

“The New Woman Behind The Camera” is a group show that features over 100 international photographers in the early 20e siècle. Includes a lot of women photographers from Asia. October 31 – January 30, 2022. National Gallery  of Art in Washington, DC. Sixth St.  & Constitution NW.

Art Museum of the Americas presents “The Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America and the Caribbean 1945 – Present” now on view indefinitely.  Some of the artists represented include Carlos Runcie Tanaka, Bernadette Persaud, Wilfredo Lam and Sri Irodik Romo. With featured videos by Yukata Toyota and Laura Fong Prosper. Curated by Adriana Ospina. 201 – 18e St. NW  in Washington, D.C. For details, go to (email protected) or museum.oas.org.

“Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan – Calligraphic Paintings from the Museum’s Collection” on view February 26 – July 24, 2022. Freer Gallery  of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Jefferson Drive at 12e St. SW. Try asia.si.edu for details.

“Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain” (one of the earliest major Hindu sites in Southeast Asia) is a show that makes an effort to make the museum collection’s Hindu God entitled “Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan” visible in its original context with the use of virtual reality and loans from Cambodia and France. On view from November 14, 2021 – January 3, 2022. Cleveland Museum of Art. 11150 East Boulevard in Cleveland, Ohio. Go to clevelandart.org for details.

“Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles” showcases rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Persian costumes and textiles from the museum’s collection. On view  through March 6, 2022.  Nelson-Atkins Museum of  Art. 4525 Oak St. in Kansas City, MO. 816-751-1278 or try (email protected)

The New Orleans Museum of Art has the following – “The Pursuit of Salvation: Jain Art from India” through May 15, 2022. The Jain faith of India is older than Buddhism yet is little known outside of India. This exhibit presents sculpture, ink and watercolor drawings and manuscripts that open a window to this fascinating religion. “Orientalism: Taking and Making” is on view through January 2, 2022. “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks From The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society” on view through May 31, 2022. One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana. 504-658-4100.

The British Museum has an exhibition entitled “The Great Picture Book of Everything: Hokusai”. This show consists of drawings done for an encyclopedia that was never published. This box of  art work by the great Japanese woodblock print genius is on view from September 30, 2021 – January 30, 2022 and is part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Curated by Timothy Clark. The Museum is on Great Russell St. in London.  +44 (0) 20 7323 8000 or try (email protected).

The Japan Society UK presents Rosina Buckland, Curator of the Japanese Collections at the British Museum who will give an online talk entitled “A Curator’s Journey Through Objects: In Conversation with Rosina Buckland” on Thursday, October 21 at 6:30pm (BST). Go to japansociety.org.uk for details.

The Tate Modern has the following on view –Catch a talk with New York-based installation artist Anick Yi on Octoner 15, 2021 at 6:30pm (British time). Also on view, is a  show entitled “Carving & Printing” by Singapore-born, London-based artist Kim Lim who displays both his sculpture and prints and the viewer can see how they are interrelated. “Med Networks: Yin Xiuzshen”  is an exhibt of sculptures that suspend from the ceiling and remains on view until November, 2021. The Traveling exhibiton entitled “Surrealism Beyond Borders” will be on view February 24 – August 29, 2022 at the Tate Modern and will feature work by Japanese artist Koga Harue.  “Haegue Yang’s “Materials & Objects” remains on view until November 21, 2021. The Tate St. Ives branch museum will also give Thao Nguyen Pham her first UK museum exhibition in February of 2022 on view until May 2, 2022. It will include video, paintings, and mixed media works. Go to tate.org.uk for details on all these.

“Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective”  continues on its world tour with stops in Berlin and Tel Aviv. April 23 – August, 2022. Gropius Bau in Berlin. Niederkirchner Stra Be7,10963 Berlin. Tel Aviv Museum of Art November 2 – April 23, 2022. The Golda Meier Cultural &  Art Center, sderot sha’ul HaMelech Blvd., Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. +972-3-6077020.

The Tokyo National Museum has the following – “Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy Imported to Edo Japan” on view through October 17, 2021. “14 Dynasties And A Region: The History and Culture of the Muslim World – The Collection of The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia” on view through Feb. 10, 2022.  “Commemorating the 1200e Anniversary of Saicho’s Death: Buddhist Art of the Tendai Sect” opens October 12 and stays on view through November 21, 2021. 13-9 Ueno Park,  Taito-ku, Tokyo. +81 – (50) – 5541 – 8600.

The National Art Center, Tokyo has a retrospective show for Hideaki Anno set for October 1 – December 19, 2021.  7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-Ku  Tokyo 106-8558. For details, go to https://www.annohideakiten.jp/.

“Genkyo Yokoo Tadanori” is a retrospective of this artist’s major works including 30 new paintings created in the past COVID year. He made his name as a graphic designer and illustrator in the 1970s but would later branch out into painting. On view  through October 17, 2021. Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo at 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-Ku, Tokyo. +81-50-5541-8600  (Hello Dial).

“Midway Between Mystery and Symbol: Yayoi Kusama’s Monochrome” dispels the myth that Kusama’s palette is all color with this dip into her black and white side. On view at  her own museum in Tokyo until December 26, 2021. Yayoi Kusama Museum at 107 Bentencho, Shinjiku City, Tokyo +81 3-5273-1778.

“Yamashiro Chikako: Reframing the Land/Mind/Body-scape” is on view through October 10, 2021. This artist/filmmaker creates works that confront the history and geopolitical situation of Okinawa where she was born and her relationship to these issues. Also view is the show, “Reversible Destiny – Australian & Japanese Contemporary Photography” and “Wild Animals Now” by Miyazaki Manabu. Both shows through October 31, 2021. Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in Yebisu Garden Place,1-13-3 Mita Meguro-Ku, Tokyo. 03-3280-0099.

Ginza Six is a department store that uses different artists to design their interior from floor to ceiling. Currently on view through April 15, 2022 is the Shinto-inspired installation of a deer floating above clouds entitled “Metamorphosis Garden” by Kyoto-based artist Kohei Nawa. Download to a corresponding app and you can see the installation come to life on your cell phone. 6-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. https://ginza6.tokyo.e.abf.hp.transer.com/news/94805.

“Tange Kenzo 1938 – 1970: From the Pre-war Period to the Olympic Games and World Expo” is on view through October 10, 2021. This retrospective highlights the leading projects that made this architect famous but also introduces lesser  known, earlier works. National Archives of Modern Architecture Tokyo  at 4 Chome-6-15, Bunkyo City, Yushima, Tokyo. +81-3-3812-3401.

“Vivo Video: The Art and Life of Shigeko Kubota”. Kubota made work that some called video sculpture. I once saw her refreshing ode to Duchamp   at Hara Art Museum which consisted of bicycle wheels with video monitors attached.  This retrospective consists of drawings and documents found in her own archives along with works culled from Japanese collections. On view November 13, 2021 – February 23, 2022. Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo at 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto Ku, Tokyo, Japan. +81-50-5541-8600 (Hello Dial).

Artist Manish Nai has his first solo show in New Delhi entitled “Regenerative Visions.” He uses the most humble materials to create elaborate artworks full of meaning and potential. On view through October, 2021 at Nature Morte Dhan Mill Gallery. 287, 288, 100 Feet Rd.  Chhatapur Hills, New Delhi, India. Go to www.naturemorte.com for details.

“Material Scars” is a show of sculpture and photography by Asim Waqif at Norte Morte Vasant Vihar. 7 Poorvi Marg, Block A, Vsant Vihar, New Delhi, India.

Hyonjeong Kim Han has been selected as the Denver Art Museum’s new Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art. She will oversee the museum’s Asian art collection as well as continuing to bring world-class special exhibitions to Denver and showcasing the museum’s own collection. She was previously the Department Head and Associate Curator of Korean Art at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco since 2010.

The New York Times style magazine “T” recently ran an article entitled “12 Talents Shaping the Design World.” Included in the profile was furniture designer Minjae Kim, floral designer Doan Ly and rug & textiles designer Arati Rao.

Paris Photo & Aperture Foundation recently announced their Shortlist for the 2021 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. Jody Quan, director of photography at New York Magazine was one of the judges. Nominated for “First Photo Book” award was Indu Antony, Tarrah Krajnak, Luke Le, Kanta Nomura and Sasha Pjyars-Burgess. Nominated for “Photo Book of the Year” was Muhamad Fadii and Fatris, Rahim Fortune and Vasantha Yogananthan. Nominted for “Catologue of the Year” was Mao Ishikawa and Zora J. Murdd/Rana Young.

The Textile Arts Council of the Asian Arts Museum, San Francisco, presents a lecture by Genevieve Duggan PhD on “Ikat Textiles of the Island of Savu, Eastern Indonesia” on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10am (PT). $5 for SFAMSF members and students, $10 public. Free for TAC members. Go to textileartscouncil.org for details.

Performing Arts

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra makes their Town Hall Seattle debut with cellist Nathan Chan in a performance of Shostakovich on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 7:30pm. This IS an in-person concert only. Town Hall Seattle has also announced their 2021/22 “Global Rhythms Series”. Of particular interest to our readers are the following – Homayoun Sakhi will perform “Traditional Afghan Rubab (double-chambered lute), Reimagined” on Saturday, December 4 at 7:30pm (PST). Ak Danguang Chil serves up dynamic Korean shamanic folk-pop music on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 7:30pm (PST).  1119 8e Avenue. 206-504-2857. To get tickets and find out the complete schedule, go to townhallseattle.org.

Washin Kai, Friends of Classical Japanese present events to encourage appreciation of Japanese classical literature and culture. This year’s program is on Japanese Noh drama. On Wed., October 13, 2021 at 7pm (PDT), Noh master artist Takeda Munemori performs in a program entitled “The World of Noh Drama”. Register at https://asian.washington.edu/washin-kai-events.

This year’s “Diwali – Lights of India” celebration usually held at Seattle Center is virtual. Tune in on October 23, 2021 from 12pm – 4:30pm on Facebook and Youtube.

Edmonds Center for the Arts has revealed their upcoming season. Events of interest to our readers might be the following – An evening of Hawaiian song and dance featuring Robert Cazimero and Kuana Torres Kahele takes place on October 9, 2021 at 6pm (PST). The Korean shamanic folk-pop group Ak Dan Gwang Chil perform on November 5, 2021 at 7:30pm (PST). Ensemble Mik Nawooj do two concerts. The first will be an education matinee on February 10, 2022 at 10am and the evening concert on the same day at 7:30pm (PST). The annual favorite, “Masters of Hawaiian Music” returns on March 26, 2022 at 7:30pm (PST). 410 Fourth Ave. N. in Edmonds,WA. 425-275-9595.

Henry Art Gallery, On the Boards and Velocity Dance Center collaborate to feature a series of performances, films and installations from August – November 2021 around the Seattle area both inside ad outside. Among these, OTB presents Degenerate Art Ensemble in “The Gatherer of Spring” set for October 2021 in Occidental Square. The piece explores animism and the connections and disconnects between human beings and the natural world. It includes director/performer Haruko Crow Nishimura, composer/musician Joshua Kohl and video artist Leo Mayberry with costumes by Wyly Astley. For details, go to ontheboards.org.

Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine presents “Friday Night Jazz at Harissa’s” from 9pm – midnight every Friday. Featuring Bob Antolin, Norm Bellas and Ernesto Rediancco. $5 cover. 2255 N. E. 65e St. in Seattle. For reservations, call 206-588-0650.

STG Productions operates out of several theatres in the city and they have announced their up and coming 2021-22 live-in-person schedule. Comedian Hasan Minhaji returns to his storytelling roots with a new program “King’s Jester” on November 12 at 7pm at the Paramount. Malaysian comedian/actor and star of Comedy Central, Ronny Chieng performs on Sunday, December 12 at the Neptune. On Monday, February 14, 2022, catch Yamato Drummers of Nara, Japan who will shake the rafters with their giant taiko drums at the Moore Theare. Go to STG.org for details.

“Create Your Own Series”, choose any 5 concerts and save on Seattle Symphony’s upcoming “live-in-person” 2021-22 season. Some highlights include the following – Seattle Symphony Conductor Thomas Dausgaard conducts the orchestra in a program of “Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances” with Patricia Kopatchinskaja on violin on October 7 & 9 and Stravinsky’s Pulcinello Suite” with soprano Adelila Faizullina on October 14 & 16. Violin virtuoso Ray Chen plays the “Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto” under the baton of Michael Sanderling on November 4, 6 & 7.  Tenor Nicholas Phan joins guest conductor Lee Mills in a series of special performances around “Viennese New Year” on December 30 & 31 and January 2, 2022. Contemporary composer John Adams conducts the symphony in a concert entitled “The Music of John Adams” set for January 6 & 8, 2022. Beloved violinist   Itzhak Perlman performs with pianist Rohan De Silva in a concert entitled “An Evening with Itzhak Perlman” on January 18, 2022. Popular singer/songwriter/violinist Kaoru Ishibashi known as Kishi Bashi joins the Seattle Symphonic in a program entitled “E09066”, a series of improvisations based on the experience of incarceration of thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII set for January 27 and 29, 2021.“Tied Together” is the name for a program of new music from the Asia/America New Music Institute in a collaboration of the HUB New Music String Quartet and Silkroad Ensemble shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki set for January 28, 2022. The piano duo HOCKET plays “(UNTITLED) 2022”, the second part of a two-part program dedicated to a hopeful future emerging from the pandemic. This program includes new works by composers Hitomi Oba and Jonathan Richards set for February 25, 2022.  “Ragamala: A Journey into Hindustani Music” on March 18, 2022 is part of the  “Octave 9 Emerging Artists” series curated by Seattle Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence Reena Esmail and featuring virtuoso Indian violinist Kala Ramnath. The annual “Celebrate Asia” series returns on March 20, 2022 with Kahchun Wong conducting. Soloists include Kala Ramnath on Indian violin and Ko-ichiro Yamamoto on trombone. Yamamoto plays in a program of work by Yoshio Hosokawa and, Tan Dun which is a Seattle Symphony co-commission and U.S. Premiere along with Seattle Symphony Composer-in-Residence Reena Esmail’s  “Violin Concerto” written for and with Kala Ramnath, also a Seattle Symphony co-commission and World Premiere.  Pianist Lang Lang returns on behalf of his recent recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” in a concert entitled “Lang Lang in Recital” on March 22,2022. The dynamic pianist Yuja Wang performs “Yuja Wang in Recital” on April 1, 2022 and Japanese virtuoso pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii comes to perform “Nobuyuki Tsujii in Recital” on April 12, 2022. Musicians of the Seattle Symphony perform “Wynton Marsalis: A Fiddler’s Tale Suite” as well as Portland-based composer Kenji Bunch’s “String Circle” and Anton Arensky’s “String Quartet No. 2” on May 3, 2022. In related news, a recent hire at Seattle Symphony is viola player Olivia Chew.  She was most recently a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for six seasons. 206-215-4747 or go to seattlesymphony.org.

“When We Wake” is the apt title of Arts West’s new 2021-22 season with six new stories and six Seattle premieres. Kicking off their season is “We’ve Battled Monsters Before” which is a world premiere musical by Justin Huertas running Nov. 26 – Dec. 26, 2021. Loosely adapted from a 16e century Filipino epic poem, the youngest sibling in a family o secret warriors must decide what she must sacrifice to save her family from monsters and deities invading Seattle. Coming later in the season is “Miku, and the gods” which is another world premiere by Julia Izumi. An epic adventure that braids friendship, death, memory, time, rhythm and power in the story of a group of gods whom must journey to the underworld and back. Runs June 16 – July 3, 2022. Go to artswest.org for more details.

Henry Art Gallery and Jack Straw Cultural Center present “Sonolocations – A Sound Works Series” in conjunction with Murmurations. Participants are composers Byron Au Yong (available starting June 4, 2021), Chenoa Egawa (available starting July 2, 2021) and Bill & Naima Lowe (available starting August 8, 2021).  All works available at henryart.org and jackstraw.org as well as soundcloud and other pod cast platforms.

UW School of Drama has announced their 2021-2022 public season. Among their selections, they will produce Christopher Chen’s “Passage” May 19 – 29, 2022. Adrienne Mackey will direct. 206-543 -5140.

5e Avenue Theatre has announced a second cycle of new musical commissions for their “First Draft: Raise Your Voice” program. Five writing teams representing BIPOC writers have been selected to receive a First Draft Commission. Of the five, one is the team of Erika Ji, Clare Fuyuko Bierman and Brandy Hoang Collier for their piece entitled “Yoko Husband’s Killer’s Japanese American Wife, Gloria” in which they ask the questions – “Did Yoko Ono really breakup the Beatles? Was Gloria Abe actually responsible for killing John Lennon? And if Asian women will inevitably be blamed for the actions of their White husbands, shouldn’t they at least have a say in the matter?” Each team gets 18 months to complete a first draft. Then a one week reading with a final presentation in New York City. For details, email (email protected). The 5e Avenue Theatre and Village Theatre have announced their NW New Musical co-commission recipients. Three local writing teams will write a new musical based on one photo of their choosing. Each show gets a year-long-development plan and the photographers receive a $500 prize. “Pabitin” by Rheanna Atendido with photo by Stephen Zapantis was one of the projects chosen. It’s a Filipino American story of grief, gratitude and growing up in a magicalized Seattle.

Pacific Northwest Ballet & PNB School present the following – In their 2021-2022 season of live performances in McCaw Hall will be a world premiere by choreographer Robin Mineko Williams in a program entitled “Plot Points” set for March 18 – 27, 2022.For complete details, go to PNB.org/DigitalSubscription or call 206-441-2424 or try www.PNB.org..

The UW Meany Center For The Performing Arts has announced a welcome return to live performance starting October 13, 2021 when their 2021-2022 season begins. Season tickets are now on sale and single tickets will go on sale September 7, 2021. Some performers include the following – In the “Chamber Music Series”, Wu Han, Philip Setzer and David Finckel perform on Wed., Feb. 16, 2022 at 7:30pm. In the “Piano Series”, Conrad Tao performs on Wed., Oct. 13, 2021 at 7:30pm. He will include in his program, “TAO”, a newly commissioned original piece. George Li, a promising young concert pianist performs on Feb. 18, 2022 at 7:30pm. Included in this program is Qigang Chen’s Peking Opera inspired “Moments”. Concert pianist Joyce Yang takes the stage on May 3, 2022 at 7:30pm. Online ordering of tickets at MeanyCenter.org or call 206-543-4880.

Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio now located in the CID continues their classes in various aspects of the theatre both virtual and in-person.   For a list of current classes, go to freeholdtheatre.org for details or call 206-595-1927.

Go to Nonsequiter’s website to listen to free links by local musicians performing original music at waywardmusic.org.  Carol J. Levin on electric harp engages in a series of “Duo Improvisations” with Susie Kozawa who plays various sound objects. Jackie An performs music for violin and electronics. Sovan is an ambient music duo featuring songwriter Tomo Nakayama and film composer Jeramy Koepping. Classically trained pianist and designer Tiffany Lin plays a piano program of originals in this series. Local sound artist Susie Kozawa has a piece she did invoking the space at the Chapel. Percussionist/composer Paul Kikuchi explores new music. Choreographer/dancer/singer Haruko Crow Nishimura performs a new vocal piece. Other performers include Leanna Keith, Nordra, Ahmed Yousefbeigi, Mother Tongue with Angelina Baldoz, trumpeter Cuong Vu and drummer Ted Poor, the wife/husband classical duo of Melia Watras and Michael Jinsoo Lim, Joshua Limanjaya Lim, Rahikka & James Lee, Kaoru Suzuki and Chris Icasiano with more to follow. The Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center has re-opened and is now booking again various kinds of adventurous/experimental music. Go to waywardmusic.org for details.

Town Hall also has digital programming of upcoming events on their live stream page. They have a media library of hundreds of video and audio free to enjoy. New additions include Pardis Mahdayi’s “A Social and Personal History of the Hyphen” and Audrea Lim’s “Stories And Lessons from America’s Unsung Environmental Movement.” The discussion of the memoir “An Immigrant Daughter’s Story” by Senator Mazie K. Hirono with Viet Thanh Nguyen has been added.   Laila Lalami who talks about “What It Means Be An American” and her book, “Conditional Citizens” with fellow author Viet Thanh Nguyen is also available. Go to townhallseattle.org for details.

UW Seattle presents the following – “Maysoon Zaydi:Survival of the Unfittest”. Hear this comedian, author and disability advocate talk about diversity. On Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 6:30pm (PST). At Meany Performing Arts Center. Try (email protected) for details.

Mukai Farm & Garden on Vashon Island kicks off their Japan Festival this year with a new self-guided “Labyrinth” tour at Mukai Farm & Garden. The Festival also  includes courses and lectures. More information at  mukaifarmandgarden.org.

Portland pop group Floating Room  is fronted by lead singer Maya Stoner. Their new ep due out via Famous Class Records on November 12, 2021 is entitled “Shina”. The lead single “Shimancnu” reflects Stoner’s Uchinanchu (Okinawan) heritage as she addresses the condescension she faces daily as an Asian American woman. Floating Room will appear in Seattle at The Crocodile on November 21, 2021.

The Museum of Food & Drink presents award-winning chef Surbhi Sahni, founder of TAGMO who discusses the regional significance of mithal (sweets) during the festival of Diwali. On October 28, 2021 at 7pm (ET) online. Go to mofad.org for details.

Virtuoso violinist Jennifer Koh spent this Covid period soliciting short violin pieces from contemporary composers. The project “Alone Together” is now a digital album on the Cedille label that includes compositions from 39 different composers.

“Angel Island Oratorio for Voices and String Quartet” is composer Huang Ruo’s tribute to the Chinese immigrants who passed through that Bay Area immigration station. Inspired by the poems etched into the walls of that place, Ruo created this musical work. San Francisco’s Del Sol Quartet and Vocal ensemble Volti will give a world premiere of the piece at the newly renovated Presidio Theatre in San Francisco on October 22, 2021 and on Angel Island itself the next day, weather permitting. The piece depicts an immigrant’s journey through three large choral settings sung in Mandarin. The premiere will include talks by experts in immigration law, civil rights and Chinese American cultural historians.

Matthew Ozawa directs Beethoven’s “Fidelio” for San Francisco Opera. Audiences from all over the world can stream the following performances for $25 each on October 14, 17 & 20, 2021. Tickets go on sale on October 5, 2021. Go to sfopera.com for details.

Japan Society, UK presents a program on the Burnt Lemon Theatre’s production of a musical on “Tokyo Rose”, the Japanese wartime disc jockey who broadcast Axis propaganda. The production tours England from September/October 2021. The musical’s producer Tanya Aganwal and co-writer Maryhee Yoon discuss the inspiration behind this production with Bill Emmott on October 28, 2021 at 6:30pm (BST). Free but donations welcome. Registration is essential. Go to japansociety.org.uk for details.

Miho Hazama, New York-based Japanese composer/conductor whose big band arrangements have turned heads in the Big Apple, gets a chance to turn her jazz charts loose on the Danish Radio Big Band in her next recording entitled “Imaginary Visions” (Edition Records) now out.

Film & Media

Toei Animation along with Fanthom events will have a special two-night screening on November 7 (English Dub) and November 9 (English Sub.) od “One Piece Film: Strong World”, the 2009 movie written by creator Eichiro Oda and the 10e film in the series. Advance tickets at Fanthomevents.com/OnePiece. Screens at over 12 theatres in Washington state.

SIFF Doc Fest will screen a variety of new documentary films that run the gamut. Set for September 30 – October 7 at the SIFF Egyptian or virtually on the SIFF channel. Films of interest include “Flee”, an animated feature by Jonas Poher Rasmussen of one man’s journey as a child refugee of Afghanistan. Won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for “Documentary” at 2021 Sundance. “The Rescue” is a documentary film by E. Chai Vassarhelyi and Jimmy Chin that looks at the 2018 dramatic rescue of a boys soccer team trapped inside a flooded cave. Debbie Lum’s “Try Harder” looks at the reality of the American College application process and the interaction of class, race and educational opportunity. Festival passes on sale now.   Also screening on October 9, 10 & 13, 2021 at SIFF Cinema Egyptian will be a special screening of Japanese director Sion Sono’s (“Suicide Club”,“Love Exposure”) first English language film entitled “Prisoners of the Ghostland” starring Nicolas Cage as a notorious outlaw who must break an evil curse in order to rescue an abducted girl or else risk his own death. Go to siff.net for details.

The “All Monsters Attack” series returns for a 14e year just in time for Halloween. In this horror film orgy, two Japanese classics of the genre are screened. “Tetsuo, The Iron Man” from October 29 – November 1, 2021 and “Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer” October 30 – November 2, 2021 directed by Shinya Tsukamoto and both in new restorations. Grand illusion Cinema  at 1403 NE 50e St. near the new  University District linkrail station. (email protected).

A new 4k restoration of Hayao Miyazaki’s fantastical 1879 animated feature “ Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro“ opens on October 27, 2021 at the SIFF Egyptian and then screens again at the SIFF Film Center on October 28 & 29. SIFF Cinema Egyptian is at 805 E. Pine and the SIFF Film Center is near the corner of Warren & Republican on the Seattle Center campus. Go to siff.net for details.

Social Justice Film Festival 2021 is set for October 7 – 17, 2021. Go to socialjusticefilmfestival.org for details.

Seattle Queer Film Festival screens  October 14 – 24, 2021. This will be a hybrid festival with virtual programming as well as in-person screenings and live events at venues around Seattle. For details, go to https://threedollarbillcinema.org/enews or @seattlequeerfilmfestival.

Tasveer Festival returns screening films from all over the South Asian diaspora. Runs from October 1 – 24, 2021. Some highlights include actor Riz Ahmed as festival keynote speaker and a 4 week comedy workshop for South Asian women with a comedy presentation by Zubi Ahmed of Kutti Gang. Go to tasveer.org for details.

The 40e Annual Vancouver International Film Festival takes place October 1 – 11, 2021. With over 110 feature films, 75+shorts, talks and conferences. In person at safe venues or stream over 80% of the  program on VIFF Connect. Go to viff.org or (email protected) or call 604-683-3456. The International Examiner will have coverage of this festival in upcoming issues.

“One Second” is a 2020 drama directed by Zhang Yimou. It is about a man who escapes from a farm prison during the Cultural Revolution. Though selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69e Berlin International Film Festival, it was withdrawn shortly before screening. The official explanation was “technical difficulties encountered during the post-production but critics suspect politically motivated censorship. It was scheduled to screen at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in September. Neon has acquired the film’s U.S. distribution rights.

Filipino filmmaker Erik Matti’s film on corruption and journalism entitled “On The Job: The Missing 8” gained mention in a New York Times article on the Venice International Film Festival by Jessica Kiang.

Actor/director Justin Chon’s latest film “Blue Bayou” is about a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana Bayou. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past after learning he could deported from the only country he’s ever called home. Chon directed and stars in the film with Alicia Vikander, Linh Dan Pham and Vondie Curtis Hall. Screened at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Focus Features releases it in theatres on September 17, 2021. Locally playing at Regal Thornton Place Imax & Screen X and AMC Seattle 10. In related news, Justin Chon and Kogonada will each direct four episodes each of “Pachinko”, Min Jin Lee’s bestselling novel that chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family living in Japan. Cast includes Lee Min Ho, Jin Ha, Anna Sawai, Misha Kim and Soji Arai. The script is written by and executive produced by Soo Hugh for Media Res Productions and will be a multi-part series for Apple TV. Scheduled to start shooting in October, 2021.

“ROH” as directed by Emir Ezwan was Malaysia’s official entry for Best International Feature Film” at the 2021 Academy Awards. Cut off from civilization, a young family’s life is upended by the supernatural in this eerie folktale. This film premieres on Virtual Cinema, VOD and digital on October 29, 2021 from Film Movement. Go to (email protected) for details.

“Eternals” is Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao in a Marvel comic universe with an all-star cast of Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kumail Nanjani, Angelina Jolie and many others. Opens November 5, 2021 in theatres.

“Flee” is the award-winning full-length animated feature that was a Sundance award-winner. It tells the story of an Afghan man who fled the country as a child, bouncing from place to place in the world, looking for refuge. Opens December 3, 2021 in theatres.

“Try Harder” is documentary filmmaker Debbie Lum’s look at the hypercompetitive race to for students to get into college at a Bay Area high school. Opens December 3, 2021 in theatres.

“Drive My Car” is another film by Ryusuki Hamaguchi that looks at a stage actor/director, his recently deceased wife and a journey by car to a theatre by a mysterious young woman driver. Scenes of the intersection  between drama and real life. Opens November 24, 2021 in theatres.

The Rescue” is Oscar-winning (“Free Solo”) documentary filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin’s look at the 2018 cave rescue of a boys soccer team in a Thai cave. Opens in theatres in October, 2021.

“Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” is a trio of stories of three female characters that hinge on chance coincidences, misunderstandings and surprise reactions. Opens October 15, 2021 in theatres and virtual cinemas. Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi.

“Found” is a documentary about three adopted teenage girls from China who discover one another through DNA testing and go on a journey together to the land of their birth. Directed by Amanda Lipitz. Opens on October 20, 2021 on Netflix.

“There’s Someone Inside Your House” stars Sydney Park as a teenager transplanted from Hawai’i to Nebraska who works with friends to unmask a killer. Comes out October 2021 on Netflix.

“Memoria” is a 2021 film by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. It stars Tilda Swinton as a British ex-pat in Columbia who becomes ill with a respiratory complaint. One night she wakes up from her sleep from a strange banging sound that nobody else seems to be able to hear. It is distributed in the US by NEON  which began a theatre release plan in which the film will screen at one theatre at a time for successive weeks.

“Broadcast Signal Intrusion” stars Harry Shun Jr. as an archivist trying to discover who’s behind some disturbing pirate broadcasts. Directed by Jacob Gentry. Out October 22, 2021 in theatres and on demand.

“They Say Nothing Stays The Same” is actor-turned-director Joe Odagiri’s cinematic debut. It’s the story of a ferryman whose job is being replaced by the building of a bridge. Set in the turn-of-the-century and starring Akira Emoto. Cinematography by  Christopher Doyle. In  theatres November 12, 2021 and on demand.

MUBI presents the following – Lynne Sachs 2013 documentary film “Your Day Is My Night” is a film in which the director crafts a portrait of the lives of Chinese immigrants in America. Jia Zhangke’s 2020 film “Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue” is a  documentary meditation on his home province and chronicles China’s rapid transformation using the vessel of oral history to turn personal memoir and literature into the story of a nation. Park Chan-Ok’s 2009 fim “Paju” looks at how Korea is changing in the face of gentrification and how mistakes and repressed memories are reflected in the repeating image of demolished homes.  “Voice of the Unheard: A Mrinal Sen Retrospective” continues with the 1973 film, “The Guerilla Fighter” in which a revolutionary activist feels turmoil with his political path as he moves his way through Calcutta, a city on the brink of change itself. “Truth or Consequences: is a documentary film by Hannah Jayanti set in a small desert town in New Mexico. It follows five residents as they lead their lives in the shadow of one of the world’s fist commercial spaceports. Shunji Iwai’s 2001 film “All About Lily Chou Chou” is a plaintive ode to fandom and friendship among the young at the dawn of the online age. “Genus Pan” is Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s 2020 film  which screened at last year’s Venice Film Festival. It’s psychological thriller that looks at human nature and the rise of facism and a nation’s trauma. Go to (email protected) to find out about this film streaming service where you can rent these films.

“Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams” is a documentary film about Japanese high school baseball and the culture that surrounds it. Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki follows tow coaches taking their teams to the national championship with divergent philosophies and analyzes their methods of coaching. Streamed on Criterion or rent on Amazon Prime Video.

Cary Fukunaga was director of the Spanish language crime drama “Sin Nombre”, a 2011 adaptation of “Jane Eyre” and the Emmy-winning work on HBO’s “True Detective” and Netflix’s “Beast of No Nation” but his biggest spot in the limelight may come when MGM releases the long-delayed final Daniel Craig edition of the James Bond  caper “No Time to Die” on October 8, 2021.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest fim “Wife of a Spy” came to Seattle in a brief weekend run at Northwest Film Forum the first week of October. It’s a Hitchcockian thriller about a Japanese couple and espionage in China at the outbreak of WWII. Starts streaming  October 15 and distributed by Kino Lorber.

“Karnan” by Tamil filmmaker Mari Selvaraji looks at quirky, tempered anti-hero in rural South India who takes on the state when he discovers village elders who have been tortured by the police. Stars Dhanush as the main character. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

NFFTY lauches their inaugural National Youth Filmmaker Summit set for October 4 – November 6, 2021. It’s a free virtual resource to support emerging filmmakers with 5 weeks of sessions with industry pros and ends with a Film Career Day 2021. Produced in partnership with the City of Seattle. For details, go to nffty.org.

The Written & Spoken Arts

Hugo House, Seattle’s center for writing has new classes for fall planned on site and virtual. Some possibilities include the following – Aimee Suzara  has a class entitled “Poetry from Asian American Identity and Race” starting November 16, 2021. Shankar Narayan has these classes. “I’ve Drunk Your Poisoned Nectar: Writing With the Goddess in Hindu Mythology” which starts up on September 30, 2021. “Techwashed!” Writing with AI, Data and Surveillance” starting up on October 9, 2021. Anne Liu Kellor has this class entitled “Discovering Your Story: Writing Creative Nonfiction for Women of Color” set for October 13, 2021. Brian Dang has a couple of classes for theatre buffs. “Bake-Off: Start and Stage a Play in 4 Weeks” set for October 19, 2021 and “The Talk of a Party: Dialogue Generation” set for October 30, 2021. Want to know more about these and other classes? For details try (email protected) or call 206-322-7030. If you need to confirm your reservations for classes, email Lily at (email protected). Iranian American poet Kaveh Akbar reads from his latest book “Pilgrim Bell” (Graywolf Press) in the Lapis Theater on  Friday,  October 15, 2021 at 7:30 (PST). Go to https/lectures.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/0S5600000IjWORUA3 to register. Hugo House is located on Capitol Hill at 1634 – 11e Ave in Seattle.

The University Book Store has the following  virtual events – Author Qian Julie Wang talks to Dr. Connie So about her memoir “Beautiful Country” on Wed., October 6, 2021 at 6pm (PT). This is an essential American story about a Chinese immigrant girl growing up in New York City. University Bookstore and Microsoft Alumni Network presents Shirish Nadkarni talking about his book “From Startup To Exit – An Insider’s Guide To Launching and Scaling Your Tech Business” with Gowri Shankar. Dr. Anu Taranath, UW Professor an author of “Behond Guilt Trips: Mindful travel in an Unequal World” talks about her book with fellow writer Reagan Jackson on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6pm (PT). UBS partners with Third Place Books to present the popular Chinese science fiction writer Cixin Liu who reads from his latest book “The Wandering Earth” on Monday, November 1 at 7pm (PT). In this case, your pre-order of the book is your ticket. If you get the book before Friday, October 29 at 12 pm (PT), you will be emailed a link to the event the same day. After that customers will receive an email with their digital access.

Third Place Books presents these virtual readings – Janice Lee, founder of Entropy magazine and author of the novel “Imagine A Death” (Texas A & M Press) reads with Jennifer Calkins, author of “Fugitive Assemblage” on Friday, October 8 at 6pm (PT). Gene Kwak discusses his debut novel “Go Home” (Overlook), the story of a washed up pro wrestler searching for his estranged father with fellow writer Catherine Lacey on Wed., October 20, 2021 (PT).

The Jackstraw Cultural Center presents “Adventures in Sound” which includes conversations with and readings by the current crop of Jack Straw writers. Writers include Troy Osaki, Ching-In Chen, Ebo Barton and others. Go to jackstraw.org/blog or try itunes to hear these readings.

Elliott Bay Book Company has a full slate of events in their virtual reading series. Here are a few. Two local poets read together on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2pm (PDT) in a virtual reading. Shin Yu Pai, recently appointed as Program Curator at Town Hall Seattle reads fro the 2020 collection “Enso” (Entre rios) and her latest collection “Virgo” (Empty Bowl. Ann Spiers is a beloved Vashon Island poet also out with two new books. She reads from “Rain Violent” (Empty Bowl) and “Back Cut” (Black Heron Press). Go to https://www.evenbrite.com/e/shin-yu-pai-virga-enso-and-ann-spiers-rain-violent-back-cut-tickets-170089980711. Montreal-based novelist Kim Thuy discusses her latest book :EM” (Seven Stories Press) translated from the French by Sheila Fischman with fellow Vietnamese poet/novelist Nguyen Pan Que Mai on October 5, 2021 at 6pm (PDT). Go to httpas://www.eventbrite.com/e/kim/thuy-reads-from-and-discusses-em-tickets-170094564421. Fiction writer Amitava Kumar does a virtual talk with fellow fiction writer Lydia Millet about his new book “A Time Outside This Time (Knopf) on Wed., October 6, 2021 at 6pm (PDT). Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amtava-kumar-author-of-a-time-outside-this-time-with-lydia-millet-tickets-170502798460. Two Portland writers give a virtual joint reading from their new books. Teresa K. Miller reads from “Borderline Fortune” (Penguin) and Janice Lee reads from “Imagine a Death” (Texas Review press). Set for Thursday, October 7 at 6pm (PDT) and virtually hosted by EBBC. To register for this one, go to https://www.evenbrite.com/e/teresa-k-miller-borderline:fortune-and-janice-lee-imagine-a-death-tickets-179594298948. Fowzia Karimi talks about her book entitled “Above Us the Milky Way (Deep Vellum) about war and exile in Afghanistan and how it affects generations of a family. Assisting with the conversation are Riccki Ducornet & Micheline Aharonian Marcom. On Friday, October 8 at 5pm (PDT). To register for this event go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fowzia-karumi-above-us-the-milky-way-book-event-tickets-170783226227. Brother and sister Andy Chou Musser and Amy Seto Forrester introduce a new kids book entitled “A Home Under the Stars” (Little Bigfoot). Both grew up in a mixed-race family in Oregon where they were homeschooled. To register for this reading set for Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2pm (PDT), go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/andy-chou-musser-a-home-under-the-stars-with-amy-seto-forrester-tckets-167524996775. Poet Victoria Chang talks with fellow poet Rick Barot about her new book of prose entitled “Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief” (Milkweed). On Friday, October 15 at 6pm (PDT). Virtually hosted by EBBC. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poet-victoria-chang-author-of-dear-memory-with-rick-barot-tickets-172382981137. Bellingham-based poet Jane Wong reads from her new book “How To Not Be Afraid of Everything” (Alice James Books) and shares the space with fellow poets Anastacia-Renee and Chen Chen. On Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 6pm (PDT). To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/16728419011. Peace Trees Vietnam welcomes bestselling author Nguyen Phan Que Mai as the keynote speaker for their 26e Anniversary Celebration.  Mai is the author of “The Mountains Sing” (Algonquin), a multigenerational novel that follows a family against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Peace Trees Vietnam  is a non-profit that removes explosives from war-torn lands and returns the land to productive use. To register for this virtual event, go to https://www.peactreesvietnam.org/new…/event-calendar.html. For making reservations to the virtual events, go to elliottbaybook.com and click on the “events” page or call 206-624-6600 or toll-free at 1-800-962-5311. Although all events are virtual  for the time being, the bookstore is open.

The 2021 Jack Straw Writers will be doing readings at a number of venues around the area this fall. They include the following – It’s About Time Reading Series on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6pm. ZOOM registration required. Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7pm at Hugo House. Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 4pm at Seattle Public Library hosted by E. J. Koh.  Go to (email protected) for details.

Seattle Arts & Lectures has announced their schedule for their 2021/22 season. All single tickets and subscriptions are on sale now. Go to (email protected) or call 206-621-2230. Our readers may be interested in the following – Cathy Park Hong in conversation with Ijeoma Oluo: In-Person and online both. On Friday, January 28, 2022 at 7:30pm (PST). Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Ed Yong, Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist and staff writer at The Atlantic and author of “I Contain Multitudes” will speak on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 7:30pm (PST). At Town Hall Seattle. Charles Yu, author of the award-winning novel “Interior Chinatown” talks on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 7:30pm (PST) at Benaroya Hall – S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium. Writer Mira Jacob appears in person and online on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7:30pm (PST) at Town Hall Seattle. Jacob is the author of the graphic memoir, “Good Talk: A Memoier in Conversations”.  Poet and noted translator of Korean feminist poets, Don Mee Choi speaks with Stefania Heim on Thursday, April 17, 2022 at 7:30pm (PST). At Hugo House’s Lapis Theatre. Choi is the author of “Hardly War” and “DMZ Colony” both on WAVE Books.

Humanities Washington has announced their 2021 – 2023 Speakers Bureau Roster with presentations ranging from the personal to the global. Public presentations are free and will start July 1, 2021. Some speakers include the following – Under “Arts & Literature”, Deepti Agrawal will speak on “The Ancient Art Of Madhubani Painting.” Under “History”, Julie Pham speaks on “Hidden Histories: The South Vietnamese Side of the Vietnam War.” Under “Life & Culture”, Lori Tsugawa Whaley talks about “The Samurai Code: How Bushido Changes Lives”. Under “Race & Identity”, Michelie Liu talks about “Laughing Matters: Asian Americans, Comedy And Inclusion.”   King County Library System presents “Laughing Matters: Asian Americans, Comedy and Inclusion” on Sept. 18, 2021 at 2pm. To reserve an online virtual program, contact (email protected). For more information, try (email protected)

EAST WIND BOOKS in Berkeley, California remains one of the most comprehensive bookstores in the country for Asian American and Asian titles. They are sponsoring the following free virtual events. East Wind Books presents comic book artists Gene Luen Yang and Pornsak Pichetshote on “Writing AAPI Heroes” live at the OACC at October 9, 2021 at 3pm. (vaccine and masks required). There will also be a live stream of this event. RSVP at aapicomicsonline.eventbrite.com.  “The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics” is a book about Chinese migration to the gold fields of California, Australia and South Africa. The author/historian Mae Ngai will discuss the book with Harvey Dong, Christopher Tomlins and Lok Siu on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 1pm (PDT) in a Zoom webinar. This is a re-scheduled date. Register at crg.berkeley.edu/events. To get more details on these events, email (email protected) or go to asiabookcenter.com.

Darren Byler, author of “In The Camps – China’s High Tech Penal Colony” (Columbia Global Reports) appears on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on Sunday, October 10 at 10am and 1pm (ET). Also on October 19 at 6pm (ET) in a virtual event Byler will be in conversation with Dr. Andrew J. Nathan on the topic, “Vanishing Freedom in China and Beyond at the Hands of Technology”. To register, go to evetns.columbia.edu.

The Korea Society in New York has the following author talks. Woomin Kim reads on October 12, 2021 at 5pm, Keun Suk Gendry-Kim reads on October 21 at 5pm. Sang Yong Park reads on November 9 at 5pm and Jehea Kim reads on December 7 at 6pm. All times are East Coast time. 350 Madison  on the 24e floor.  New York City, New York. 212-759-7525 or  try  koreasociety.org.

“The Good Asian” is a comic book series about real life in pre-war San Francisco’s Chinatown starring a Chinese American detective. Written by Pornsak Paichetshote and illustrated by Alexandre Tefenkgi. For more information, try (email protected).

“In a Yellow Tone” (OCA Asian Pacific Advocates of Greater Seattle) is a comic novella produced by UW students from Professor Connie So’s class. Created in honor of the Chinese, Japanese and Filipino American Congressional Gold Medalists. Students Cyman Wong and Collette Chang discovered an old trunk with letters, photographs and mementos from WWII during research for a class assignment. This turned into a film project that was aborted during Covid 19. Instead, the students turned the material into a book that looks at the Japanese invasion of China, the internment of Japanese Americans, the end of WWII as well as a look at Seattle’s Chinatown International District.

The Long List for the National Book Awards for 2021 has been announced. Some Asian American and Asians on the list include the following – Penguin Young Readers group has their new titles named to the 2021 National Book Awards Young People’s Literature Longlist. They include “Last Night At The Telegraph Club” by Malinda Lo and “The Legend of Auntie Po” by Shing Yin Khor. Elisha Shua Dusapin’s “Winter in Sokcho” (Open Letter) translated by Aneesa Abbas Higgins, Go Fei’s Peach Blossom Paradise” (NY Review of Books) translated by Canaan Moore and Bo-Young Kim’s “On The Origin of Species and Other Stories” (Kaya Press) translated by Joungmin Lee Comfort & Sora Kim-Russell have all been nominated for the 2021 National Book Award or Translated Literature.  Jackie Wang’s “The Sunflower Cast A Spell” (Nightboat Books)  and Hoa Nguyen’s “A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure” (Wave Books) have both been longlisted for the National Book Awards in Poetry. In the “Fiction” category, Katie Kitamura’s “Intimacies” (Riverhead Books) has been nominated. In the “Non-Fiction” category, Grace M. Cho’s “Tastes Like War: A Memoir” (Feminist Press) has been nominated. In the “” category, Paula Yoo’s “From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement” (Norton Young Readers) has been nominated. The finalists will be announced on October 5, 2021.

The Washington Book Awards winners and finalists have been announced. E.J. Koh’s “The Magical Language of Others” won in the “Biography and Memoir” category. Donna Miscolta’s “Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories” was a “Fiction” finalist and “DMZ Colony” by Don Mee Choi was a “Poetry” finalist. Congratulations to Choi was received a “Genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation for “DMZ Colony”.

The University of Washington Press is seeking writers working on a manuscript or new book proposal. UW Press editors are eager to connect with current and prospective authors about new projects and book proposals. Contact them via email of set up a meeting by phone or Zoom. Executive Editor is Lorri Hagman at (email protected).

Below is a partial list of new books by or about Asian Americans and new titles on Asia. If you are interested in reviewing any of them, please let us know –

“Almost American Girl” (Balzer + Bray) is graphic novel by Robin Ha. It’s a powerful memoir of an uprooted Korean kid who all of a sudden finds herself dropped down in a new school in the deep South and how she begins to adjust and cope to such a new environment.

“American Home” (Autumn House Press) by Sean Cho A. won the 2020 Autumn House Chapbook Prize. The poems reflect a keen eye on everyday occurrences and how these small events shape us as individuals.

“I Love Boba” (Lychee Press) by Katrina Liu and illustrated by Phidit Prayoga is a delightful ode to that delicious bubble tea called Boba that originated from Taiwan and has become an international sensation.

“Red Flowers – The Complete Mature Works of Yoshiharu Tsuge Volume 2” (Drawn + Quarterly) by Yoshiharu Tsuge. Series editor and essay by Mitsuhiro Asakawa. Co-editor, translator, and essay co-author, Ryan Holmberg. This book ranges from deep character studies to personal reflections to ensemble comedies set in the hotels and bathhouses of rural Japan. It’s a world of extreme poverty, tradition, secret fishing holes, and top-dollar koi farming. “Red Flowers” affirms why Tsuge went on to become one of the most important cartoonists in Japan.

“I, Witness Accused – My Story of Injustice” (Norton) by Adama Bah. Bah grew up in New York City after her family immigrated from Guinea when she was two years old. She was deeply connected to her community and never had cause to question her identity.  But in the shadow of 9/11, as a Muslim she began to experience hatred, racism and prejudice because of her clothing, her skin color and her religion. In this memoir, a young writer opens a window for young readers on America and the discrimination faced by Muslim Americans after 9/11.

“Genghis Chan on Drums” (Omnidawn),  poems by John Yau. This noted arts writer and poet returns in his latest book to his alter-ego of Genghis Chan and lacerates with acerbic humor and wit topics of the day, clichés about being Chinese, the language of philosophers and the residue of racism and popular culture.

“Painting Myanmar’s Transition” (Hong Kong University Press) edited by Ian Holliday and Aung Kaung Myat. A vibrant art scene emerged in the years of transition following a long period of military dictatorship and before the military re-emerged to shut it all down. This book puts names and faces to over 80 contemporary artists to reveal the lived experience of Myanmar’s reform years and the aspirations expressed by its citizens for the future.

“Faraway” (Columbia University Press)  by  Taiwanese novelist Lo Yi-Chin and translated by Jeremy Tiang. A Taiwanese man finds himself stranded in mainland China while attempting to bring his comatose father home. He finds himself locked into a protracted struggle with byzantine hospital regulations while dealing with relatives he barely knows. A book that examines the rift between Taiwan and China  on the most personal of levels.

“Manifest Technique – Hip Hop, Empire, and Visionary Filipino American Culture” (University of Illinois) by Mark R. Villegas. Filipino Americans have been innovators and collaborators in hip hop since the culture’s early days. But despite some success, the genre’s significance in Filipino American communities is often overlooked. The author takes into consideration the coast-to-coast hip hop scene to reveal how Filipino Americans have used music, dance, and visual art to create their worlds.

How High We Go In The Dark” (Morrow) by Sequoia Nagamatsu. This debut novel follows a cast of intricately linked characters over hundreds of years as humanity struggles to rebuild itself in the aftermath of a climate plague.

“The Shape of Home” (Levine Querido Books) written and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh. In Rashin’s first day of school in America, everything is in a different shape than she’s used to. And the kids’ families are from all over the world. Open this book to join Rashin and her classmates to discover the true things that shape a place called home.

“Beautiful Country” (Doubleday) is a memoir by Qian Julei Wang. It puts readers in the shoes of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal,” and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive.

“This Jade World” (University of Nebraska Press) by Ira Sukrungruang , Thai American poet and writer, chronicles a year of mishap, exploration, experimentation, self-discovery, and eventually, healing. It questions the very nature of love and heartbreak, uncovering the vulnerability of being human.

“A Thousand Questions” (Quill Tree Books) by Saadia Faruqi. Mimi is not thrilled to be spending her summer in Karachi, Pakistan with grandparents she’s never met. On the other side of town, Sakina  hasn’t told her parents that all she needs to be accepted to school is to improve her English test score. When the girls meet, they think they are way too different to ever be friends. But circumstances push them into a friendship in which they realize they can help each other including their kind hearts, big dreams, and all the right questions. A book that  celebrates the power of courage and friendship.

“Genji The Prince and the Parodies” (MFA Boston) by Sarah E. Thompson looks at how artists have interpreted the intrigues and love stories of The Tale of Genji, one of the world’s oldest novels and serves as an exhibition catalog.

“My Love for You Is Always” (Philomel) by Gillian Sze and illustrated by Michelle Lee. “What is love?, a child wonders. As his mother prepares a traditional Chinese meal for him, she responds to his questions as the artwork dreamily enhances each image.

“Personal Attention Roleplay” (Metonymy Press) – Stories by Helen Chau Bradley. A young gymnast crushes on an older, more talented teammate while contending with an overworked mother. A  newly-queer twenty-something juggles two intimate relationships. A codependent listicle writer becomes obsessed with a Japanese ASMR channel. A queer metal band’s summer tour unravels in the summer heat. These tales offer portrayals of awkward interactions and isolations of a generation, community and culture.

“Skinship” (Knopf) is the fiction debut by Yoon Choi  which centers itself around a constellation of Korean American families. A long-married couple is forced to confront their friend’s painful past. A woman in an arranged marriage struggles to connect with the son she hid from her husband for years. A well-meaning sister unwittingly reunites an abuser with his victims. “Skinship” is a searing look at the failure of intimacy to show us who the people we love truly are.

“Reprieve” (Morrow) by James Han Mattson. This is a novel of social horror centered around a brutal killing that takes place in a full-contact haunted escape room – a provocative exploration of capitalism, hate politics, racial fetishism, and our obsession with fear as entertainment.

“Night Bus” (Drawn & Quaterly) by Zuo Ma as translated from the Chinese by R. Orion Martin. Journey through the countryside in this magical realist debut from an underground Chinese cartoonist in this new  graphic novel. Ride along with a young woman wearing round glasses as she finds herself on an adventurous late night bus ride that constantly makes detours through increasingly fantastical landscapes. Meanwhile a young cartoonist returns home after art school and tries his hand at becoming a working artist while watching over his aging grandmother whose memory is deteriorating.

“The Human Zoo” (Grove Press) by Sabina Murray. Filipina American Christina “Ting” Klein leaves New York to escape a bad divorce and lands in Manila to research the biography of an indigenous Filipino brought to America at the turn-of-the-century to be exhibited as part of a human zoo at an international expo. She stays with aristocratic relatives while the country lies paralyzed under the power of a newly-elected  despot. Her best friend is a gay socialist professor and her ex-boyfriend may have ties with the corrupt government and then she is saddled with the task of introducing the islands to a cousin’s fiancé in search of his roots. This story has enough plotlines for a half-dozen novels. A storyteller  at the height of her powers.

“SWAN DIVE – The Making of a Rogue Ballerina” (Holt) by Georgina Pazcoguin. Born of Filipino/Italian heritage in small town, Pennsylvania, Pazcoguin came to New York’s School of American Ballet. Within ten years as a professional ballerina, she would become NYCB’s first Asian American female soloist. In this memoir, she exposes the lives of dancers at the ballet in this survival of the fittest world with stories of highs, lows and a legacy of sexual harassment, mental abuse and racism.

“Pure Invention – How Japan Made The Modern World” (Crown)  by Matt Alt. Japan is the forge of the world’s fantasies: karaoke and the Walkman, manga and anime, Pac-Man, online imageboards and emojis. But in this book,  a Japan media reporter proves in his investigation, these novelties did more than entertain, they paved the way for our perplexing modern lives.

“Arsenic  And Adobo – A Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery” (Berkley) by Mia P. Manansala. When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, she is tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s falling restaurant. Dealing with a bunch of matchmaking aunties is a nuisance but when a nasty food critic (and also an ex-boyfriend) drops dead in the restaurant, the pursuit of romance takes a back seat to solving a murder case.

“Made in China – A Memoir Of Love And Labor ” (Catapult) by Anna Qu is a story of discipline as a form of devotion. A young girl is forced to work in a Queens sweatshop by her mother.  Instead of acquiescing, the girl calls the Office of Children and Family Services on her mother, a single act with consequences that will impact the rest of her life and her relationship with her mother. This powerful work traces a Chinese immigrant’s journey to an American future.

“Archer” (Algonquin) by Shruli Swarmy delves into one woman’s obsession with Indian dance and the complex relationship she has with her mother as the years go by.

“What We Hunger For – Refugee and Immigrant Stories about Food and Family” (Minnesota Historical Society Press) as edited by Sung Yung Shin looks at the diverse cultures that make up family in that state and the importance that food plays in their lives. Fourteen different writers write about their complicated, poignant, funny, difficult, joyful and ongoing relationships to food, cooking and eating.

“ABC Of Feelings”(Philomel) written and illustrated by Bonnie Lui. This picture book is a journey through the alphabet that shows kids it’s perfectly okay to feel many different things, sometimes all at once. The perfect read-aloud for little ones learning all about feelings and their ABC’s.

“I Am Not Starfire” (DC Graphic Novels For Young Adults) pairs a story by New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki with artwork by Yoshi Yoshitoni . Seventeen-year-old Mandy is nothing like her mother, Starfire. Her mother is gorgeous, tall, sparkly and a superhero. Mandy has no powers and is a kid who dyes her hair black and hates almost everyone. But when someone from Starfire’s past arrives, daughter Mandy has choices to make. She can give up before the battle has begun or step into the unknown and risk everything to save her mom.

“Grandpa Across the Ocean” (Abrams) written and illustrated by Hyewon Yum. When a young boy visits his grandfather in Korea, the language and customs seem foreign and his grandfather’s house, the most boring place on earth. But as he adjusts to the differences, he begins to appreciate and enjoy his grandfather. A book that shares the  challenges and joys of having a relative who lives far away.

“Honor” (Algonquin) is a novel by Thrity Umrigar that tells the story of two Indian women and the courage they inspire in each other. One is a privileged American citizen and the other lives in India where the marriage of a Hindu to a Muslim man is a source of shame.

First published in 1937, Genzaburo Yoshino’s “How Do You Live?” (Algonquin) has long been acknowledged in Japan as a crossover classic for young readers and a favorite of Academy Award-winning anime director Hayao Miyazaki who will base his final film on the book. With a foreword by Neil Gaiman and translated by Bruno Navasky, the story involves a young boy who loses his father at the age of fifteen and the journal entries he receives from his uncle about life’s big questions.

“Faultlines” (Custom House) by Emily Itani. A bittersweet love story of a bored Japanese housewife in a dilemma who must make choices and a piercing portrait of female identity.

“Outside Voices, Please” (Cleveland University Press) is a new book of poetry by Valerie Hsiung due out October 5, 2021. “Hsiung orchestrates a symphony of voices, past, present, and prescient: time (and with it, history) compresses and expands, yielding long poetry sequences reminiscent of Myung Mi Kim’s sonic terrains and C.D. Wright’s documentary poetics.” – Diana Khoi Nguyen

“Heaven” (Europa Editions) by Mieko Kawakmi. From the best-selling author of “Breasts And Eggs”, a striking exploration of working women’s daily lives in Japan comes a new story of the experience of a teenage boy who is tormented by his schoolmates. It explores the meaning and experience of violence and the consolations of friendship. Translated from the Japanese by Sam Bett and David Boyd.

“Lala’s Words” (Orchard) by Gracey Zhang. The author/illustrator’s vibrant images and plaintive text spread a message of love and kindness as it follows the tale of a young girl and the plants in her neighborhood that she cares for with a generous spirit.

“Issei Baseball – The Story of the First Japanese Ballplayers” (University of Nebraska) by Robert K. Fitts. This book tells the story of the pioneers of Japanese baseball, young men who came to America to start a new life, only to find bigotry and discrimination.

“My Tree” (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House) by Hope Lim as illustrated by Il Sung Na. A young boy recently arrived from Korea finds solace in the plum tree in his American backyard that reminds him of the persimmon tree his family had back home. As the seasons change, he follows the phases of his life looking out at the tree. But one day, a windstorm takes the tree down.

“In The Camps – China’s High-Tech Penal Colony” (Columbia Global Reports) by Darren Byler. A cruel and high-tech form of colonization has been unfolding over the past decade in China’s vast northwestern region of Xinjiang, where as many as a million and a half Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Hui have vanished into high-security camps and associated factories. It is the largest  internment  of a religious minority since World War II. Darren Byler, one of the world’s leading experts on Uyghur society and Chinese surveillance, draws on a decade of research to tell the story.

“Alma Presses Play” (Make Me A World) by Tina Cane. Alma is a half-Chinese and half-Jewish teenage girl going through changes with her Walkman on most of the time. Friends move away, love comes and goes and her parents divorce. In this world of confusing beginnings, middles, and endings, is Alma ready to press play on the soundtrack of her life?

“The Prisoner” (Verso) by Hwang Sok-Yong. This leading Korean political novelist turns the light upon himself and his life and the present and future of Korea in this honest memoir. Once imprisoned by the government, he demands no less than a comprehensive commitment to freedom, justice and a moral universe.

“Where Three Oceans Meet” (Abrams) by Rajani LaRocca and illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan. This picture book is a sweet tale of a journey mother, daughter and grandmother take together to the Southern tip of India and the friends they visit, the meals they share and the old friends they meet.

“The Adventures of Team Pom – Squid Happens” (Flying Eye) by Isabel Roxas. Friends form their very own synchronized swimming club in Queens, New York only to stumble upon a lonely creature secretly living in their pool in this young adult adventure/mystery in the form of a graphic novel.

“Japanese Dress in Detail (Thames & Hudson/Victoria & Albert Museum) by Josephine Rout is the catalog for an exhibition held in Britain in 2020. It brings together more than 100 items of clothing and reveals the intricacies of Japanese dress from the 18e century to the present and includes garments for women, men and children. The details have been selected for their exquisite beauty and craftsmanship and for how much they impart about the wearer’s identity.

“Piece by Piece – The Story of Nisrin’s Hijab” (Amulet) story and art by Priya Huq. When 13-year old Nisrin is viciously attacked for wearing a headscarf as part of her Bangladeshi cultural dress for a school project, her family does their best to help her heal before high school starts. But when Nisrin makes the abrupt decision to hear her jhijab every day, her family is shocked and frightened. What happens next will challenge her will and her decision to reclaim the symbol that made her a target in the first place.

“Violets” (Feminist Press) by Kyung-Sook Shin and translated by Anton Hur. This novel by Man Asian Literary Prize winner Shin, tells the story of a neglected young woman who experiences the violence and isolation of contemporary Korean society.

“Yellow Rain” (Graywolf Press) by Mai Der Vang. In this work of documentary, poetry and collage, a Hmong American poet does a reinvestigation of chemical biological weapons dropped on the Hmong people in the fallout of the US war in Vietnam.

“Watercress” (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House) by Andrea Wang as illustrated by Jason Chin. As her family drives through the countryside, a young girl and her brother must get out and help when their parents spot a vegetable they know from their childhood. Picking watercress by the side of the road, the girl is embarrassed and wonders why her family can’t just get their groceries at the store like everybody else. But when the mother shares the story of the family’s life in China, the girl learns to appreciate the food they foraged.

“O Beautiful” (St. Martins) by Jung Yun (“Shelter”). When her mentor from grad school offers a forty-something former model, struggling to reinvent herself as a freelance writer a chance to write for a prestigious magazine about an oil boom in North Dakota, it gives our protagonist a chance to re-visit her hometown. Born of an overbearing Caucasian father and a distant Korean mother, the woman returns to a landscape she hardly recognizes. As her past intertwines with what she’s reporting on, it reveals new realities that will forever changer her life and the way she looks at the world.

“Amira’s Picture Day” (Holiday House) by Reem Faruqi and illustrated by Fahmida Azim. A joyful and sensitive look at the Muslim holiday of Eid as seen through the eyes of a young girl who loves to celebrate but feels conflicted because her school class photo shoot happens the same day.

“Names for Light – A Family History” (Graywolf Press) by Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint was the winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Born in Myanmar and raised in Bangkok and San Jose, Myint in this memoir presents a moving chronicle of colonialism and inheritance. The book traverses time and memory to weight three generations of a family’s history against the painful backdrop of postcolonial violence and racism.

“Goodnight Ganesha” (Philomel) by Nadia Salomon and illustrated by Poonam Mistry. As night falls over the city, two children visiting their grandparents in India find there’s so much fun to be had.

“Sisters Of the Snake” (Harper Teen) by Sarena & Sasha Nanua. The story of how  two lives collide, turning everything upside down. Princess Rani is feared royalty by the people yet her father doesn’t believe she is capable of ruling. Ria is a wily thief who is under the threat of being conscripted into a looming war. Since the two women look identical, how will they join forces, switch places and save the kingdom. A fantasy novel for teenagers.

“Colorful” (Counterpoint) by Eto Mori. Translated from the Japanese by Jocelyne Allen. This popular novel in Japan finally finds its way to the U.S. in this English translation.  A young adult tale of death, mental health and what it means to truly live. When a formless soul is given a second chance to return to earth and inhabit the body of a fourteen-year-old boy who has just committed suicide, things get complicated.

Now it’s becoming more common for foreign players to break into U.S. professional baseball but “MASHI – The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams Of Masunori Murakami, The First Japanese Major Leaguer” (Nebraska) by Robert K. Fitts takes us back to 1964 and tells the story of Japan’s first major leaguer in America. A baseball pioneer’s tale.

“The Alpactory – Ready, Pack, Go!” (Harper) written and illustrated (charmingly, I might add) by Ruth Chan. Most kids when embarking on a trip have trouble deciding what and how to pack. Let an alpaca with unusual packing skills be your guide as you contemplate your next journey.

“The Book of Form and Emptiness” (Viking) by Ruth Ozeki (“A Tale for the Time Being”) is this Northwest writer’s latest novel. A teenage boy begins to hear voices in everything after his father dies. The voices follow him as he takes refuge in a library where he discovers a strange new world. And when he meets his very own talking book, his life begins to change. On sale  on September 21, 2021.

“More American” (Off the Grid Press) by Sharon Hashimoto. This title by Seattle poet and fiction writer won the 2021 Off The Grid Poetry Prize. In this volume she conjures up from collective memory the voices of grandparents, children, soldiers and survivors to convey the realities of assimilation, service and internment as experienced by Japanese Americans during and in the decades following the Second World War. Full disclosure, the artwork adorning the cover is by me.

“In The Watchful City” Tor Dot Com)  by S. Qiouyi Lu. Anima is an extrasensory human with the task of surveilling and protecting the city. But what happens when a mysterious outsider enters this world with curiosities from around the world? A multifaceted story  of borders, power, diaspora and transformation.

“City of Illusion” (Viking Graphic) is the graphic novel follow-up to Victoria Ying’s “City of Secrets”. In this sequel our child heroes Hannah and Ever live with the Morgan family in peace until Mr. Morgan is kidnapped. The kids get in a spat with street magicians but the two must learn to work together if the mystery of the missing is ever solved.

“Silent Parade – A Detective Galileo Novel” (Minotaur) by  Keifo Higashino. Detective Galileo, the author’s best-loved character from “The Devotion of Suspect X” returns in a complex and challenging mystery – several murders, decades apart, with no solid evidence. DCI Kusanagi turns once again to his college friend, Physics professor and occasional police consultant Manbu Yukawa, known as Detective Galileo, to help solve the string of impossible to prove murders.

“Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon” (Simon & Schuster) by Kat Zhang and illustrated by Charlene Chua. Amy loves craft time at school but when her teacher asks everyone to make a dragon, Amy feels stuck. When her grandmother inspires her with a story, she rounds up the whole family for a dragon performance at school that makes it all perfect.

“Born Behind Bars” (Nancy Paulsen) by Padma Venkatraman (“The Bridge Home”) tells the story of Kabir, a child who was born in jail because his mom is serving time for a crime she didn’t commit. When he is suddenly released, he has to fend for himself on the streets of Chennai. Luckily another street kid named Rani takes him under her wing. How these lower caste kids plot their future and how Kabir finds justice for his mother fills up the rest of the story in this young adult novel.

“The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round” (Orchard) by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and illustrated by Lorian Tu.  A clever twist on “The Wheels on the Bus” in which  the eating of Chinese food is celebrated with love and laughter within a multi-generational family.

Ghost Food (One World) by Pik-Shuen Fung. A sparely written novel about a first generation of immigrants in Canada whose father decides to stay in Hong Kong earning him the title of “astronaut” father. With a lonely mother and ill father, a daughter struggles to understand her family history revealing threads of matrilineal history and the inheritance of stories and silences.

“Lady Joker – Volume One” (Soho Crime) by Kaoru Takamura as translated by Marie Iida and Allison Markin Powell. This magnum opus was inspired by the unsolved true-crime kidnapping case perpetrated by “the Monster with 21 Faces”.  It has become a cultural touchstone since its 1997 publication in Japan. It has been twice adapted for film and TV. The case involved five conspirators who decided to carry out a heist-kidnap of the CEO of Japan’s biggest beer conglomerate and extract blood money from the company’s corrupts financiers.

“Makan: Recipes from the Heart of Singapore” (Bloomsbury Absolute) by Elizabeth Haigh. In her debut cookbook, the author and restaurant owner Elizabeth Haigh weaves together a love letter to Singaporean cooking and family traditions. Growing up, it was through food that Haigh’s mother demonstrated her affection, and the passion and love poured into each recipe is collected here. Southeast Asian cuisine is a proud mix of migrants and influences from all across Asia fused together.

“Intimacies” (Riverhead) by Katie Kitamura. An American woman newly relocated to The Hague works as an interpreter at a war crimes tribunal. Interpreting for a notorious former president accused of crimes against humanity, and entangled in a complicated love affair with a married man, she wrestles with mounting professional and personal dramas.

“When Lola Visits” (Katherine Tegen) by Michelle Sterling and illustrated by Aaron Asis. Summer is special for a young girl when her grandmother visits from the Philippines. There is the aroma of mango jam, funny stories and her quiet, sweet singing in Tagalog. But summer is over too soon and when her grandmother prepares to leave, she has one more surprise for her favorite granddaughter.

“On The Ho Chi Minh Trail  –  The Blood Road, The Women Who Defended It, The Legacy”(ASIALINK, London) by Sherry Buchanan. Buchanan reveals the stories of the women who defended the Trail against the sustained American bombing campaign – the most ferocious in modern warfare – and of the artists who drew them. She focuses on what life was really like for the women and men under fire, bringing a unique perspective to the history of the Vietnam War.

“Not Here to Be Liked” (Katherine Tegen Books) by Michelle Quach. This young adult novel is about a high school girl Eliza Quan who sees herself as the perfect candidate to be editor of her school paper until an ex-jock white male candidate appears and threatens her ambitions. To thwart his challenge, she writes a viral essay inspiring a feminist movement. But what happens when she starts to like the guy?

“Anne’s Cradle – The Life & Works of Hanako Muraoka” (Nimbus) by Eri Muraoka as translated by Cathy Hirano. Hanako Muraoka  is revered in Japan for her  translation of L. M Montgomery’s children’s classic, “Anne of Green Gables.” Because of her translation the book had a massive and enduring popularity in that country. This bestselling biography of Muraoka written by her granddaughter, traces the complex and captivating story of a woman who risked her freedom and devoted her life to bringing quality children’s literature to the people during a period of tumultuous change in Japan.

“The Tiger Mom’s Tale” (Berkley) by Lyn Liao Butler. When an American woman inherits the wealth of her Taiwanese family, she travels to confront them about their betrayals of the past.

“Yusuf Azeem Is Not A Hero” (Quill Free Books)  by Saadia Faruqi. A Pakistani American Muslim boy has high hopes that he can compete in the regional robotics competition and maybe even win it. But growing up in rural Texas on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he knows he will have to face some obstacles. And when certain people in town start  to say hateful things about him and his family, he realizes he will have to stand up to the bullies.

“Second Sister” (Black Cat) by Chan Ho-Kei. When a schoolgirl commits suicide by leaping from the twenty-second floor, her older sister refuses to believe it. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game through the streets of Hong Kong as big sister hunts for the truth about the murder and the murderer.

Ho’onani Hula Warrior” (Tundra) by Heather Gale  with art by Mika Song. Based on a true story, this children’s picture book tells the tale of a young girl who longs to lead a school performance of a traditional hula chant even if it is an all male troupe. Will she win people over and be accepted?

“We Could Be Heroes” (Mira) is a novel by Mike Chen. Jamie loses his memory but has the ability to read and erase other people’s memories. Zoe is searching for her past and uses her abilities of speed and strength to deliver fast food and occasionally beat up bad guys if she feels like it. When these two archrivals meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other. An emotional adventure about unlikely friends and the power of choosing who you want to be.

“Return Engagements – Contemporary Art’s Traumas of Modernity And History  In Sai Gon and Phnom Penh” (Duke University Press) by Viet Le. The artist and critic examines  contemporary art in Cambodia and Vietnam to rethink the entwinement of militarization, trauma, diaspora and modernity in Southeast Asian art.

“Faraway Places” (Diode Editions) by Teow Lim Goh. The poems in this book reside in the spaces between the wild and the tamed, from orchid gardens and immense seas to caged birds and high alpine landscapes. It resists narrative and instead inhabits the residues of experience. It may be a private dictionary.

“Kengo Kuma – My Life As An Architect In Tokyo” (Norton) by Kengo Kuma. This visionary architect of Japan’s new Olympic Stadium in Tokyo offers an enlightening tour of this complex city. Thoughts and reflections on  his most influential buildings and Tokyo’s rich architectural heritage. Filled with the architect’s own drawings and photos of his buildings.

“Jenny Mei Is Sad” (Little, Brown and Company) written and illustrated by Tracey Subisak. This book introduces young readers to the complexity of sadness and shows them that the best way to be a good friend – especially to someone sad – is by being there for the fun, the not-fun, and everything in between. Charmingly illustrated.

“Vessel – A Memoir”  (HarperVia) by Cai Chongda. This tender collection of personal essays by the Editorial Director of GQ China spotlights the family, friends and neighbors of his small town who helped shape him as he struggled to understand himself and what the future might bring as a young boy from simple means.

Laurel Nakanishi’s “Ashore” (Tupelo) is the winner of the Berkshire Prize for a 1st or 2nd book of poetry. The poems document the language, history and mythology of her native Hawai’i and show a real reverence for life.

“Let’s Not Talk Anymore” (Drawn&Quarterly) by Weng Pixin. This graphic novel weaves together five generations of women from the author’s family, each at age 15. While spanning 100 years, Pixin moves back and forth in time seamlessly, as each woman experiences loneliness and kinship, hope and belonging. The bold, vibrant paintings fill the aching silences between generations with beauty and emotion.

“Languages of Truth – Essays 2003 – 2020” (Random House) by Salman Rushdie. Newly collected, revised, and expanded nonfiction from the first two decades of the 21st century by this Booker Prize-winning international author.  A look at the evolution of literature and culture with Rushdie’s  most piercingly analytical views.

Best-selling young adult author David Yoon (“Frankly in Love”) has switched genres with his new adult novel entitled “Version Zero” (Putnam). A data whiz at a social media company sees the dark side of big tech and starts asking questions about the data they collect.  He finds himself fired and blackballed across Silicon Valley.

“Building for Hope- Towards an Architecture of Belonging” (Thames & Hudson) by Marwa Al-Sabouni. This book is a memoir about survival and a manifesto for understanding the seeds of the Syrian civil war. This architect argues passionately for architecture’s pivotal role in shaping social realities and re-building a society from the ground up.

“Singing Emptiness – Kumar Gandharva Performs The Poetry Of Kabir” (Seagull) by Linda Hess. In this book, two men, five centuries apart, make contact with each other through poetry, music and performance. A great twentieth-century Hindustani classical vocalist takes up the challenge of singing the songs of Kabir, the great fifteenth century poet.

“Build Your House Around My Body” (Random House) by Violet Kupersmith. A kaleidoscopic debut novel that reads as part puzzle, part revenge tale, and part ghost story. It follows the intersecting fates of three unforgettable women across a half century of Vietnamese history.

“Glyph – graphic poetry + trans. sensory” (Tupelo) by Naoko Fujimoto. The poet finds a new way to connect word and image. Inspired by Emaki (Japanese picture scroll). The poet/artist uses bright colors and designs to bring the words of each poem to the reader in novel ways and  from different directions. Or as Gabrielle Bates states, “I was wondering around the house of poetry and this book showed me to a door I didn’t know existed.”

“How to Kidnap the Rich” (HarperPerennial)  by Rahul Raina. A satire of modern-day India that tells the story of a poor yet intelligent young man who makes his living taking exams for sons of wealthy parents so they can get their visa and go to America.

“A Boy Named Isamu – A Story of Isamu Noguchi” (Viking) written and illustrated by James Yang. Yang imagines an artist’s sensibility talking us through a child’s mind as he walks through the world solitary but never alone. Beautifully illustrated with spare but telling text.

“The Thousand Crimes Of Ming Tsu” (Little Brown) by Tom Lin. This fiction debut reimagines the classic western through the eyes of a Chinese American assassin on a quest to rescue his kidnapped wife and exact his revenge on her abductors. “This book is a thriller, a romance and a story of one man’s quest for redemption in the face of a distinctly American brutality.”

“Lurkers” (Soho) by Sandi Tan. The author peoples her corner of surburban Los Angeles with two Korean American sisters rocked by suicide and a cast of characters like a creepy drama teacher, a gay horror novelist and a white hippie mom and her adopted Vietnamese daughter. Add drama and stir with a deft pen for optimum results.

“The Many Meanings of Meilan” (Kokila) by Andrea Wang. Meilan’s world is made up of a few key ingredients: her family’s beloved matriarch, the bakery the family owns and a run in Boston’s Chinatown; and her favorite Chinese fairy tales. But things change after her grandmother dies putting the family on the road in search of home. This young adult novel is an exploration of all the things it’s possible to grieve, the injustices large and small that make us rage, and the peace that’s unlocked when we learn to find home within ourselves.

A God at the Door” (Copper Canyon) by Tishani Doshi. Doshi is an award-winning  writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent. She has published seven books of fiction and poetry. This new volume of poems calls on the extraordinary minutiae of nature and humanity to redefine belonging and unveil injustice.

“Finding My Voice” (Soho) is a reprint of a classic young adult novel by Marie Myong-Ok Lee. It is a timeless coming-of-age story of a Korean American teenage girl who attends an all-white high school in Minnesota. She struggles to fit in while being different. When she falls for a popular white football player. Can this relationship withstand the bigotry of a small town and her family’s disapproval?

“Crazy Rich Asians” author Kevin Kwan is back with “Sex And Vanity” (Anchor) which tells the story of the daughter of an American-born Chinese mother and a blue-blooded New York father. She has always sublimated the Asian side of herself in favor of the white side and when she finds herself drawn to a Chinese American man, she denies her feelings. When they meet again and romance flares, she must spin a web of deceit to her fiancé and family to keep the affair alive. A comedy of manners set between two cultures.

“Tokyo Ever After”(Flatiron) by Emiko Jean. It’s hard growing up Japanese American in a small, mostly-white Northern California town with a single mom. But when Izumi or “Izzy” as she’s known discovers her missing dad is the crown prince of Japan, things become surreal. Traveling to Japan to find her dad, her life is turned upside down. Not American enough in the States, not Japanese enough in Japan. Will Izumi ever land on her feet?

“The Bombay Prince” (Soho) by Sujata Massey. This popular mystery writer’s latest book is a Perveen Mistry series volume. Bombay’s fist female lawyer tries to bring justice to the family of a murdered female Parsi student just as the city streets erupt into riots protesting British rule. Set in 1920s Bombay.

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners” (Harper) by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho. A young girl notices that her eyes look different from her friends.  This book is a lyrical ode to loving oneself. It challenges readers to recognize their own beauty and strength, igniting a revolution of self-discovery and confidence.

“Angel & Hannah – A Novel in Verse”  (One World) by Ishle Yi Park.The electricity of first love in the heart  of New York’s neighborhoods.  When a Korean American girl from Queens meets a Puerto Rican American boy from Brooklyn at a  quincecanera, sparks fly and so does family opposition and cultural complexity. This former poet laureate of Queens uses bursts of  language and imagery in sonnet and song form to bring alive the glow of first love.

“Swimming Back To Trout River” (Simon & Schuster) by Linda Rui Feng. It’s 1986 and a ten-year-old girl lives in a small Chinese village with her grandparents. Her parents left for the opportunities in America years ago. Now her father promises to pick her up and take her to America by her 12th birthday. The little girl is determined to stay. And what she doesn’t know is that her parents are estranged, burdened by demons from their past. Can one family, with an ocean between them, start anew without losing themselves –or each other? Jean Kwok calls this novel, “A beautifully written, poignant exploration of family, art, culture, immigration, and most of all, love.”

“The Revolution According To Raymundo Mata” (Soho) by Gina Apostal. This novel is in the form of memoir by a half-blind bookworm and revolutionary. It covers his Manila education, his love affairs and his discovery of writer and fellow revolutionary, Jose Rizal. The memoir is complicated by forewords, afterwords and footnotes by the voices of a nationalist editor, a neo-Freudian psychoanalyst critic and a translator.

“Body Facts” (Diode Editions) by Jody Kim. These poems tell the story of a voice that is Korean, American, woman and body. It weaves together Korean history and aesthetics, the speaker’s childhood and family stories, US foreign policy with North Korea, and the things we do and shouldn’t do to our bodies.

“Made In Korea” (Simon & Schuster) by Sarah Suk. A “rom-com” novel debut depicts two entrepreneurial teens who butt heads – and maybe fall in love- while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school.

“At The End Of The Matinee” (Amazon Crossing) by Keiichiro Hirano as translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter. Billed as a love story and psychological thriller, this novel traces the years long relationship between a concert guitarist and a journalist and examines whether the relationship will endure and perhaps blossom into something deeper.

Burying the Mountain (Copper Canyon) by Shangyang Fang. Deeply immersed in the music of ancient Chinese poetry, Fang’s debut alloys political erasure, exile, remembrance, and death into a single brushstroke on the silk scroll, where our names are forgotten as paper boats on water.

“Finding Junie Kim” (Harper) by Ellen Oh. A young adult novel about a Korean American girl who tries to fit in at school by not sticking out. But when racist graffiti appears at her middle school, she must make a decision. When a teacher assigns an oral history project, Junie decides to interview her grandparents about the Korean war and her world changes.

“Swimming to Freedom: My Escape from China and the Cultural Revolution” (Abrams) by local writer Kent Wong tells the harrowing tale of the author’s escape from China by swimming to Hong Kong. In 1974, it is estimated that half a million “freedom swimmers” risked everything to escape hardship and oppression by swimming to that city.

“Soul Lanterns” (Delacorte Press) by Shaw Kuzki. Translated by Emily Ballistrieri from the Japanese. Twelve–year-old Nozomi lives in Hiroshima and though not even born when the atomic bomb was dropped on that city, she participates in the lantern-floating ceremony to honor those lost in the blast. The names of the victims are written on each lantern but every year, Nozomi realizes her mom always releases one lantern with no name. When she investigates, complicated stories of loss and loneliness begin to unfold.

The work of Su Hwang, Samiya Bashir and Monica Youn appears in a new anthology entitled “There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters From a Crisis” (Vintage) as edited by Tracy K. Smith and John Freeman. It’s a timely response to the Black Lives Matter movement by some of our country’s best writers in the form of poems, essays, letters and reflections.

Award-winning author Padma Venkatraman returns with her companion novel to “The Bridge Home” entitled “Born Behind Bars” (set for September 2021 release). This young adult novel on Penguin follows a boy who is unexpectedly released into the world after spending his whole life in Jail with his mother. Her previous book “The Bridge Home” received the SCBWI Golden Kite Award and was a 2019 Global Read-Aloud.

“Like a Dandelion”(Balzer + Bray) written and illustrated by  Huy Voun Lee. This is a poetic tribute to immigrants and refugees, inspired by the author’s childhood experiences of moving to the United States from Cambodia. Like the feathery seeds of the dandelion we all fly away and take root in another place.

“Never Have I Ever” (Small Beer Press) by Isabel Yap is a collection of powerful short stories of speculative fiction/fantasy that  explores themes ranging from monstrousness, shared trauma, systemic violence, friendship and the ambiguity of love.

“A Pho Love Story” (Simon & Schuster) by Loan Le is a romantic YA rom-com in which two Vietnamese American teens must navigate their new  found love amid their family’s age-old feud about their competing pho restaurants.

“If I Were A Tree” (Lee & Low)  by Andrea Zimmerman as imaginatively illustrated by local artist Jin Jing Tsong. This picture book traces two siblings journey into the woods and how they use the five senses to explore the natural world. Tsong’s kaleidoscopic art makes the wooded world come to life and illuminates the author’s poetic ode to trees.

“Shame On Me – An Anatomy on Race and Belonging” (Random House Canada) by Tessa McWatt. A mixed race woman asks tough questions about the necrotic legacies of race and affirming kinship and solidarity against the ongoing violence of silence and discrimination.

“Sato The Rabbit” (Enchanted Lion) written and illustrated by Yuki Ainoya and translated by Michael Blaskowsky. When a boy becomes a rabbit, he discovers the extraordinary can be found in the everyday, accepting and embracing the surreal in a world of endless possibilities. Charmingly illustrated with images that stretch the imagination.

“We Two Alone”(HarperVia)  by Jack Wang. From the vulnerable and disenfranchised to the educated and privileged, the characters in this collection of  stories embodies the diversity of the Chinese diaspora, past and present. An impressive  fiction debut by this Chinese Canadian writer.

“Death Fugue” (Restless) by Sheng Keyi as translated by Shelly Bryant. This novel is a dystopian allegory of the Tiananmen Square massacre and banned in China. In this book, the author questions the role of art after an act of atrocity.

“When Father Comes Home” (Orchard) is written and illustrated by Sarah Jung. June’s father is like a goose: he flies away for long periods of time so when he comes home, it’s a special occasion. This picture book turns the story of migrant fathers who work abroad in hopes of widening the field of opportunity for their children into a heart-warming, reflective tale.

“The Intimacies of Conflict – Cultural Memory and The Korean War” (NYU) by Daniel Y. Kim. The author delves into novels, films and photos to reconstruct memories of war and what it means to Koreans, Asian Americans and people of color

“The Tangle Root Palace” (Tachyon) by Marjorie Liu (“Monstress”} is her debut collection of dark, lush and spellbinding fantasy fiction. It’s full of thorny tales of love, revenge and new beginnings.

“American Betiya” (Knopf) by Anuradha D. Rajurkar. This YA author takes an honest look at the ways cultures can clash in an interracial relationship. With themes of sexuality, artistic expression and appropriation, she gives voice to a young girl claiming ownership of her identity, one shattered stereotype at a time and going through the complex experience of her first relationship.

“Pop Song – Adventures in Art and Intimacy” (Catapult) by Larissa Pham. This is a memoir that plumbs the well of culture for clues and patterns about love and loss from paintings to travel, and sex and drugs before the author turns the gaze upon herself.

“Tastes Like War – A Memoir” (Feminist Press) by Grace M. Cho. The author grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. This book covers a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. In her mother’s last years, the author learned to cook dishes from her mother’s childhood in order to invite the past into the present, and to hold space for her mother’s multiple voices. Over these shared meals, she discovered not only the things that broke the brilliant, complicated woman who raised her but also the things that kept her alive.

“Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown: Recipes and Stories from the Birthplace of Chinese American Food”  (Ten Speed Press) by Brandon Jew and Tienlon Ho. The acclaimed chef behind Mister Jiu’s Restaurant shares the past, the present and the future of Chinese cooking with personal stories and recipes.

“Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, And Identity” (Penguin Random House) by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi. Two 17 year old girls (a Chinese American and an Indian American) take a year off after high school and travel the country asking Americans how race has impacted their lives. Out of 500 stories, they edited it down to 115 for this anthology.

“Autumn Light – Season of Fire and Farewells” (Vintage) by Pico Iyer. Now, in a new paperback edition, the author returns to his second home of Japan after a father-in-law’s death. He immerses himself in the steadying patterns of everyday rites and reflects as the leaves turn to color and the heat begins to soften

“Yang Warriors” (University of Minnesota Press) by Kao Kalia Yang as illustrated by Billy Thao. In this inspiring picture book, the determined Hmong children of a refugee camp confront hardships and do what they can to provide subsistence to the younger kids and elderly. From this picture book emerges young heroes offering gifts of hope.

“Hiroshige – Famous Places in the Sixty-Odd Provinces” (Prestel) by Anne Sefrioul. Created during the Japanese master’s later years, this book contains images of each of Japan’s provinces. Panoramic views of the Japanese countryside captured before industrialization and Western influence.

Inspired by the Peabody Award-winning podcast, “The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel” (Walker) by Sheila Chari is a young adult thriller. As kids are disappearing one by one from a middle school and their parents don’t seem to care, Mars Patel and his crew go on a desperate search for answers.

“Mapping Abundance For  a Planetary Future- Kanaka Maoli and Critical Settler Cartographies in Hawai’i” (Duke) by Candance Fujikane. Fujikane criticizes settler colonial cartographies that diminish life and instead highlights the all encompassing voices of Hawaiian communities and their perspective of abundant healing and protection for the land.

“All You Knead Is Love” (FSG)by Tanya Guerrero. When a 12 year old girl must leave her mother to live with her grandmother in Barcelona, she feels estranged. But then she grows to love that city that her mother once called home. She connects with her Spanish roots, becomes close with her Filipino grandmother and discovers a passion and talent for baking bread. When her favorite bakery is in trouble, she learns what she can do to help.

“Folklorn: A Novel” (Erewhon) by Angela Mi Young tackles complex issues about mythology, science, generational trauma and identity. It follows a Korean American physicist in the Antarctic who must return to her childhood home in California to deal with mental illness that runs through her family. It explores the myths we inherit and those we fashion for ourselves.

“Afterparties – Stories” (Ecco) by Anthony Veasno So. This book marks the short story debut that offers profound insight into the intimacy of queer and Cambodian American immigrant communities. These children of refugees create a new life in California as they shoulder the inherited weight of the “killing fields” and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship and family.

“The Woman in the Purple Skirt” (Penguin) by Natsuko Imamura as translated by Lucy North is a past winner of the Akutagawa Prize. It tells the story of two chambermaids whose lives intertwine and explores envy, loneliness, power dynamics and the vulnerability of unmarried women in a taut, suspenseful narrative.

“Kiyoshi’s Walk” (Lee & Low) by Mark Karlins as illustrated by Nicole Wong. When a boy watches his grandfather compose a haiku, he wonders “Where poems come from?” His grandfather’s response is to take him on a walk through the city.

International bestseller “Kim Jiyong, Born 1982” (Liveright) by Cho Nam-Joo as translated by Jamie Chang is now available in a paperback edition. It follows one Korean millennial “everywoman” as she descends into a psychic deterioration in the face of a rigid misogyny. A rallying cry of feminism and gender that resonated  with women all over Korea.

“Lady Joker – Volume One” (Soho Crime) by Kaoru Takamura as translated by Marie Iida and Allison Markin Powell. This book centers on a crime inspired by a true case in which a food chain is sabotaged and held for kidnapping. It also turns a kaleidoscopic eye on Japanese cultural norms and taboos over a period of four decades. This fictional opus will appear in several volumes.

“I Am A Bird” (Candlewick) by Hope Lim as illustrated by Hyewon Yum. When a little girl goes on her morning bike ride with her dad, she imitates the sounds of birds. But when she sees a strange woman with a stern demeanor and a mysterious bag, she becomes frightened. A children’s book that encourages readers to embrace over similarities rather then letting our differences divide us.

“Planet Omar Incredible Rescue Mission” (Putnam) by Zanib Mian as illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik. Omar is excited about his first trip to Pakistan but then tragedy strikes. His favorite teacher goes missing. Could his teacher been abducted by aliens? Omar investigates. Will creative thinking and a galactic spirit of adventure help solve this young adult mystery?

“The Human Zoo” (Grove Press) is the new novel by PEN/Faulkner Award-winning writer Sabrina Murray. It is the coming home story of a Filipino American woman who arrives in Manila under the throes of a dictatorship who must host a cousin’s fiancé in search of his roots, deal with a flirtation from an ex-boyfriend and co-exist with her upper class family. Due in August, 2021.

“Much Ado About Baseball” (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee) by Rajani LaRocca. When Trish finds herself on the same summer baseball team as Ben, her math competition rival, two people must set aside their animosity and join together to help their team win. Will solving a math puzzle help the team succeed? Trish and Ben think so.

“Winter in Sokcho” (Open Letter) by French Korean author Elisa Shua Dusapin is billed as a novel as if Marguerite Duras wrote “Convenience Store Woman.”  In it, a young French Korean woman works as a receptionist in a tired guesthouse in a border town between the two Koreas. An unexpected guest arrives, a French cartoonist determined to find interest in this desolate landscape. The two form an uneasy relationship that has them searching for answers.

“The Unicorn Rescue Society – The Secret of the Himalayas (Dutton) by Adam Gidwitz & Hena Khan is a continuation of the New york Times bestselling young adult series about the juvenile members of this group who travel to the rugged mountains of Pakistan to rescue a unicorn.

“Paris Is A Party, Paris Is A Ghost” (FSG) is the debut novel by David Hoon Kim. Henrik Blatand is a translator living in Paris who was born in Japan and raised in Denmark as a Korean adoptee. In Paris he falls in with a group of expats from Korea and then falls in love with a Japanese student who has a nervous breakdown, eventually dying alone in her room. Haunted by this love, Henrik later becomes a parental figure to his best friend’s daughter who reminds him of his lost love. This is a transcontinental story of love, loneliness, strange bonds as well as race, calss, power and cultural identity.

“The Elephant Doctor of India” (Chicago Review Press) by Janie Chodosh. When a young elephant touching a sagging electric line in Assam, India gets stuck in the mud, there  is only one person to call – Dr. Sarma, the elephant doctor. Chodosh spends time with the doctor and reveals to young readers what this unique veterinarian does for the elephants he encounters.

“Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversation” (One World) by Mira Jacob. This is a graphic novel that examines what it means to be an immigrant and a first generation American. It delves into race, sex, love and family and discusses what these issues mean to her family and to the rest of the nation.

“Kudo Kids – The Mystery in Manhattan” (Razorbill) by Maia and Alex Shibutani. This brother & sister Olympic ice skating pair have turned their hands at writing young adult novels. The Kudo Kids come to New York to see the sights but when a dress from their fashion designer auntie’s collection goes missing, they end up in a chase around the city to nab the culprit.

“Tokyo Before Tokyo – Power and Magic in the City of Edo” (Reaktion) by Timon Screech. A beautifully illustrated volume on how the new capitol of Japan was formed set in the broader context of Japan’s cultural history and its extensive ties to China and Europe.

“From Little Tokyo With Love” (Viking) by Sarah Kuhn. Rika is an adopted bi-racial girl with formidable judo skills and a fiery temper. When she hears rumors in her neighborhood that her real mother is not only alive but a Hollywood movie star, she goes on a quest to find her. Accompanied by actor friend Hank, she must make some big decisions that could change the direction in her own life.

“Dial A for Aunties” (Berkley) by Jesse Q. Sutanto. In this rom-com/murder mystery mash-up of mistaken identity and sisterhood, a wedding photographer enlists the aid of her mother and her sisters in hiding the dead body of her blind date while attempting to pull off an opulent wedding for a billionaire client.

“Kalamata’s Kitchen” (Random House) by Sarah Thomas and illustrated by Jo Kosmides Edwards. Kalamata and her alligator pet take kids on food adventures around the world without ever leaving your table. In this episode she is anxious about her first day at a new school but she remembers how to feel brave when new experiences seem scary, reflecting on her visit to an Indian spice market last summer. And  then without realizing it, young readers learn how to make dal, a spicy Indian lentil stew.

“Korean War Comic Books” (McFarland) by Leonard Rifas. Comic books have presented fictional and fact-based stories of the Korean War, as it was being fought and afterward. Comparing these comics with events that inspired them offers a deeper understanding of the comics industry, America’s “forgotten war” and the anti-comics movement. This book examines the dramatization of events and issues, including the war’s origins, germ warfare, brainwashing, Cold War espionage, the nuclear threat, African Americans in the military, mistreatment of POWS and atrocities.

“Renegade Flight” (Razorbill) by Andrea Tang. In this YA fantasy adventure, a young pilot-in-training is grounded when found cheating on an entrance exam. Eager to re-join, she competes in a combat tournament to regain entry only to find she must battle a strangely attractive nemesis.

“Daddy’s Love For Me” (Mascot) by Sarah and JoAnn Jung as illustrated by Chiara Civati. A daughter feels resentment towards her overworked dad when he has no time to spend with her and show his love. When she overhears a conversation between her parents, she realizes how wrong she was.

“Counting Down With You” (Inkyard) by Tashie Bhuiyan. A reserved Bangladeshi teenage girl looks forward to a restful break when her demanding parents go abroad. Instead, she is roped into tutoring the school’s resident bad boy and then talked into a fake-dating façade. But then her life changes as the days go by and the two get to know each other.

“City of Ash And Red” (Arcade) by Hye-Young Pyun as translated by Sora Kim-Russell. This futuristic novel about a rat-killer sent by an extermination company into a foreign country swept by a plague and flooded with trash is a story of lost identity and redemption in trying times.

“We Belong” (Dial) by Cookie Hiponia Everman. In this Young Adult novel-in-verse, the author weaves together Philipino mythology and a family’s immigration story.

“Dumplings for Lili” (Norton) written and illustrated by Melissa Iwai is a delightful tale of a young girl’s cooking with her grandmother and how it leads to borrowing ingredients and sharing food in a multi-cultural apartment building.

“Count Me In” (Nancy Paulsen) by Varsha Bajaj. A middle school Indian girl doesn’t care for the bad boy next door. But when her grandmother begins to tutor him, a friendship develops. When an act of racist hate leaves her grandfather injured, the two must band together to overcome adversity.

“Heart of Fire – An Immigrant Daughter’s Story” (Viking) by Mazie K. Hirono – U.S. Senator. The intimate and inspiring life story of the first Asian American woman elected to the U.S. senate and her upbringing in immigrant Hawai’i.

“Bracelets For Bina’s Brothers” (Charlesbridge) by Rajani LaRocca as illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat. In this ingenious picture book, a young girl uses math to determine how she goes about making colorful bracelets for her many brothers.

“Utamaro and The Spectacle of Beauty” (Reaktion)  by Julie Nelson Davis. This is the revised and expanded second edition. The author reinterprets this Japanese print artist within the context of his times. Looks at the roles of gender, sexuality and celebrity in Edo period Japan through Utamaro’s work.

“Nina Soni, Sister Fixer” (Peachtree)  by Kashmira Sheth as illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky. This continuing series on the adventures of a young Indian American girl who looks for a new project while at the same time getting aggravated by her little sister’s behavior. Maybe there is a way to solve both issues at the same time?

“Mangoes, Mischief, And Tales of Friendship – Stories from India” (Candlewick) by Chitra Soundar as illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy. This volume includes eight original trickster tales inspired by traditional Indian folktales.

“Fatima’s Great Outdoors” (Kokila) by Ambreen Tariq as illustrated by Stevie Lewis. This picture book is a celebration of an immigrant family’s first outdoor camping trip and how it brings them all together for once inside one big tent under a canopy of stars.

“Abundance” (Graywolf) by Jakob Guanzon is a novel that looks at a father and son living on the streets down to their last dollar. It is a condemnation of capitalism and the cycles of poverty in which so many are trapped.

“Last Night At The Telegraph Club”  (Dutton) by Malinda Lo. It’s 1954 and red-scare paranoia spreads across “cold war” America. Not the safest place for two teenage girls to fall in love. With deportation looming over her father, a Chinese American girl must risk it all to let her love for another see the light of day.

“Queen of Ice” (Duckbill) by Devika Rangachari. This young adult historic novel delves into the turbulent history of tenth-century Kashmir and Didda, princess of Lohara who learns how to hold her own in a court ridden with factions and conspiracies.

“Ten Little Dumplings” (Tundra) by Larissa Fan and illustrated by Cindy Wume. In a Chinese family, boys are traditionally valued but this quirky  children’s picture book looks behind the ten little boys in the family to reveal a sister who is just as important.

“All of Me” (HarperCollins) by Venita Coelho. What happens to a child locked into a basement so long that he develops a personality fracturing into many characters that become his family?

“The Ramble Shamble Children” (Nancy Paulsen) by Christina Soontornva as illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Five children live in a simple run-down house where they have everything they need – a garden, chicken eggs and each other. But when they get the idea to “proper it up”, things won’t feel the same.

“Foreign Bodies” (Norton) by Kimiko Hahn. Inspired by her encounter with the Jackson Collection of ingested curiosities at the Mutter Museum, this poet investigates the grip that seemingly insignificant objects have on our lives.

“Black Water Sister” (ACE) by Zen Cho. A modern fantasy  tale of ghosts, gods and the eternal bonds of family ties in the setting of modern-day Malaysia. A young woman returns to Penang and reunites with her extended family while at the same time navigating a world of spirits and gangsters.

Two-time Newberry Medal winner Lois Lowry’s new book “On The Horizon – World War II Reflections” (HMH) is a moving young adult account of the lives lost and forever altered in the bombings of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima.

“Leave Society” (Vintage) is Tao Lin’s first work of fiction since 2013. It follows a thirty-year-old novelist living part-time with his parents in Taiwan and part-time in New York who grows increasingly alienated from friends and community back in the U.S. As he rotates between places, the novel chronicles his growth as son, writer and misfit.

“The Henna Wars” (Page Street Kids) by Adiba Jaigirdar. This romcom about two teen girls with rival henna businesses who find despite their competition, they have to come to terms with a realization of the affection they have for each other.

“In the Watchful City” (TorDotCom) by S. Qiouy Lu. An unforgettable futuristic tale in a secondary world that feels familiar in essence, and that centers trans, nonbinary, queer, mentally ill and Chinese-coded identities. It asks the eternal question, “What good is a city if it can’t protect its people?”

“The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void” (Nightboat Books)  by Jackie Wang. These poems emphasize the social dimensions of dreams, particularly the use of dreams to index historical trauma and social processes.

“A Future For Memory – Art And Life After The Great East Japan Earthquake” (UBC Anthropology Museum Books) by Fuyubi Nakamura.  This is the exhibition catalog for this show held recently at The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia that revisits the scene of the earthquake and tsunami that engulfed Northern Japan many years ago and chronicles how it’s changed and how it’s stayed the safe and how it’s affected its people.

“Clues to the Universe” (Quill Tree) is the Young Adult debut novel by Chrsitina Li. What do an aspiring young rocket scientist reeling from her father’s death and an artistic boy who loves superheroes and comic books have in common? When the two become science class partners, they embark on an adventure and discover themselves while banding together to confront bullying, grief and their own differences.

“Love Without A Storm” (Blood Axe Books) by Arundhathi Subramaniam is filled with poems that celebrate an expanding kinship: of passion and friendship, mythic quest and modern day longing, in a world animated by dialogue and dissent, delirium and silence.

“American as Paneer Pie” (Aladdin) by Supriya Kelkar. As the only Indian American kid in small town America, Lekha leads two lives. Her Indian cultural world at home and the one where she’s trying to fit in at school as she gets bullied for looking different. Things change however when another Indian girl appears at school. When a racist incident rocks the school, decisions must be made.

“The Pandemic – Perspectives on Asia” (Columbia University Press) edited by Vinayak Chaturvedi. A collection of essays that look at the effect of COVID-19 in Asia as interpreted by leading scholars in anthropology, food studies, history, media stuydies, political science and visual studies. Reports from China, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and beyond.

“Heiress Apparently” (Abrams) by Diana Ma is the first book in an epic, romantic young adult series following the fictionalized descendants of the only officially recognized regent of China. When a young Chinese American woman from Illinois embarks on an acting career in Los Angeles having abandoned plans for college – things turn strange. When she gets a role in “M. Butterfly” shooting in Beijing, she uncovers a royal Chinese legacy in her family her parents would rather she never knew.

“Catcalling” (Open Letter) is a book of poems by Lee Soho. This poet is part of the new wave of innovative feminist and queer poetry appearing in South Korea today.

“Magic Ramen – The Story of Momofuku Ando” (Little Bee) by Andrea Wang as illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz. The true story of the man who invented instant ramen through trial and error in his very own kitchen.

“Terminal Boredom – Stories” (Verso) by Izumi Suzuki. This book of short stories introduces readers to a cult figure in Japanese literature who takes a unique slant on science fiction and concerns about technology, gender and imperialism.

“Forty Two Greens – Poems of Chonggi Mah” (Forsythia) as translated by Youngshil Cho. Winner of the Korean Literary Award, this poet’s search for the infinite in nature illuminates moments of beauty in the subconscious.

“Experiments in Skin – Race And Beauty In The Shadows of Vietnam” (Duke)  by Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu. The author examines the ongoing influence of the Vietnam War on contemporary ideas about race and beauty.

“Facing The Mountain – a True Story of Japanese American Heroes in WWII” (Viking) by Daniel James Brown. Based on extensive interviews, the book chronicles the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese American families and their sons during the war and their courage in combat and resistance.

“Yolk” (Simon & Schuster) by Mary H. K. Choi. Two Korean sisters once thick as thieves now can’t stand the sight of each other. But when one gets cancer, the other becomes the only one who can help her. Bound together by family secrets and sickness, will these sisters learn more than they’re willing to confront?

“Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing” (LACMA/Prestel) by Stephen Little and Virginia Moon is the exhibition catalog for a major show that illuminates the restrained beauty strength and flexibility of Korean calligraphy. It is the first exhibition held outside Asia to focus on the history of writing and calligraphy in Korea.

“A Sky Beyond The Storm” (Razorbill) is the finale to the popular “Ember in the Ashes” series by Sabaa Tahir. This fantasy series finds the soul catcher must look beyond the borders of his land and take on a mission that could save or destroy – all that he holds dear.

“The Surprising Power of a Dumpling” (Scholastic) by Wai Chin. A teenage girl balances looking after her siblings, working in her dad’s restaurant and taking care of a mother suffering from a debilitating mental illness. A deep true-to-life  exploration through the complex crevices of culture, mental illness and family.

“Hokusai – A Graphic Biography” (Lawrence King) by Franceso Matteuzzi and illustrated by Giuseppe Lotanza. A vivid graphic biography that tells the story of Hokusai’s intriguing life and pioneering works.

“The Cat Man of Aleppo” (Putnam) is a Caldecott Medal winner by Irene latham and Kaerim Shamsi-Basha as illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. This picture book is based on a true story of an ambulance driver in the city who remained even as bombs fell and the war drove citizens away. He starts to care for all the orphan cats left behind and expands his charity to the children and the remaining survivors as donations come in to support his efforts.

“From A Whisper To A Rallying Cry – The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement” (Norton) by Paula Yoo. This award-winning children’s picture book author makes her YA debut with a compelling account of the killing of Vincent Chin, the verdicts that took the Asian American community to the streets in protest, and the groundbreaking civil rights trial that followed.

“The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World” (Overlook) by Laura Imai Messina. A Japanese woman loses her mother and daughter in the tsunami. When she hears of a phone booth where people come to speak to departed loved ones, she makes a pilgrimage there only to find her grief won’t allow her to pick up the phone. A novel based on a true story.

“Taking On The Plastics Crisis” (Penguin Workshop) by Hannah Testa is part of the “Pocket Change Collective” series. It’s a handy guide on how we can all reduce our use of plastics that clog our beaches, oceans and landfill.

“Almond” (Scholastic) is the latest picture book by master storyteller/artist Allen Say. In it he portrays a young girl named Almond who is a victim of self-doubt and is envious of the talented new girl in school who plays the violin. Yet, through trial and error she comes to find her place in the world and a role she can play.

“NARA” (Del Monico/Prestel/LACMA) is the official catalog for one of the first major museum exhibitions on the Japanese artist on the West Coast. It surveys his large output of paintings, sculptures, drawing and installations from the past 30 years. His wide-eyed yet vaguely menacing figures are now known  world-wide but this exhibition connects the work to his inspiration taken from the early 70’s punk rock scene. To this end, the exhibition also includes selections of music by Yo La Tengo on vinyl. The catalog is edited by Mika Yoshitake with texts by Michael Govan, Yoshitomo Nara and Mika Yoshitake.

“HAO – Stories” (Catapult) by Ye Chun. This collection of short stories by a three-time Pushcart winner follows Chinese women in both China and the U.S. who turn to signs and languages to navigate the alien landscapes of migration and motherhood they find themselves in.

“Ten – A Soccer Story” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Shamini Flint. A good half-Indian girl in  1980’s Malaysia isn’t supposed to play a “boys” sport but Maya is all game as she achieves her goals while placating a bossy Indian grandmother and holding together a mixed race family on the verge of drifting apart. A young adult novel  that will inspire.

“How To Not  Be Afraid Of Everything” (Alice James) is the sophomore release by Washington poet Jane Wong due out in October, 2021. This book explores the vulnerable ways we articulate and reckon with fear: fear of intergenerational trauma and the silent, hidden histories of families. These poems speak across generations of survival in not always easy times.

“I’m Waiting For You and Other Stories” (Harper Voyager) by Kim Bo-Young. Translated by Sophie Bowman and Song Ryu. These short stories have  been hailed by Academy Award-winning director Bong Joon-Ha as “a breathtaking piece of cinematic art itself.” This marks the debut in English of one of South Korea’s most treasured writers whose speculative fiction explores the driving forces of humanity and the very meaning of existence.

“The Smile Shop” (Peachtree) written and illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. When a boy goes to market to buy something special, disaster strikes and he becomes penniless. But when he sees a smile shop, his curiosity is aroused and he goes in. Will he find anything of value or will he leave empty-handed and disappointed?

“The Secret Talker” (HarperVia), a novel by Geling Yan as translated by Jeremy Tiang. Hongmei and Glen seem to have the perfect idyll life in the Bay Area even though their marriage is falling apart. When a secret admirer contacts Hongwei on the internet, his flirting turns into an obsession.

“The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa” (Modern Library) won the Pen Award for “Poetry in Translation” for translator/poet Sawako Nakayasu. Now it’s brought back in print in the new Modern Library Torchbearers Series that highlights women who wrote on their own terms, with  boldness,  creativity and a spirit of resistance. Sagawa was a turn-of-the-century daringly experimental voice in Tokyo’s avant-garde poetry scene. Her life was cut short by cancer at the age of 24 but the words she left behind linger on.

“Amy Wu and the  Patchwork Dragon” (Simon & Schuster) by Kat Zhang as illustrated by Charlene Chua. When a classroom teacher asks her students to make their own dragon, Amy Wu is stumped until her grandmother’s story gives her new inspiration.

“CURB” (Nightboat) is a new collection of poems by Divya Victor. This book documents how immigrants and Americans both, navigate the liminal sites of everyday living, ripped by violence and paved over with possibilities of belonging.

“Ichiro” (Etch) by Ryan Inzana was a Will Eisner Award nominee, received the Asian/Pacific American Award and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. This graphic novel tells the story of a boy raised by his Japanese mother in Brooklyn who grows up idolizing his American father he never knew who was killed in combat. When he is forced to go to Japan with his mother who is on a work trip, he is left with a grandfather, a stranger to him in a country he doesn’t know. When he finds himself a fugitive in a land of mythic gods, he must figure out who he is and how he can escape.

“Séance Tea Party” (RH Graphic) by Reimena Yee. A lonely girl meets a ghost who haunts her home and finds a new friend. But what happens as the girl grows older and the ghost stays the same age?

“A Nail The Evening Hangs On” (Copper Canyon) by Monica Sok. A strong debut  that illuminates the experiences of the Cambodian diaspora and reflects on America’s role in escalating genocide in Cambodia. A travel to war museums around the world re-shapes the imagination of a child of refugees and from these experiences tumble out powerful poems of voice and witness.

“Nina Soni, Master of The Garden” (Peachtree) by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky. This young adult series about an Indian American fourth grader finds her working on a   garden project with her siblings supervised by their landscape architect mom. What they hadn’t counted on was the unpredictability of mother  nature. Can Nina Soni help this garden survive?

“Banned Book Club” (Iron Circus) by Kim Hyun Sook, Ko Hyung-Ju and Ryan Estrada. This graphic novel is a young adult memoir that takes place in the 1980s under a repressive regime in South Korea. When she joins a reading group, a Korean girl finds more than books. This is a dramatic true story of the death of democratic institutions and the relentless rebellion of reading.

“Constellation Route” (Alice James) by Matthew Olzmann This new book of poems (due out March, 2022) by this mixed-race poet uses the form of the letter to explain issues related to contemporary American society. The book is a metaphysical tribute to both the Post Office and the act of letter writing as a way to understand and create meaningful connections with the world at large.

Mindy Kim, Class President” (Aladdin) by Lyla Lee is part of a series of books on the adventures of a teenage Korean American girl. In this story, she decides to run for class president but first she must overcome her fear of public speaking.

“The Truffle Eye” (Zephyr) by Vann Nguyen is the debut collection of poems by this Vietnamese-Israeli poet as translated by Adriana X. Jacobs. In it she tackles questions of identity and cultural legacy from points of emotion and shock.

“Donut Feed The Squirrels” (RH Graphic) is a graphic novel about two squirrels named Norma and Belly who conspire to steal the delicious donuts from a local food truck run by a grumpy baker.

“Flowering Tales – Women Exorcising History in Heian Japan”  (Columbia University Press) by Takeshi Watanabe. This is the first extensive study of this historical Japanese tale. It unravels 150 years of happenings in Heian era society penned by female writers.

“Pippa Park Raises Her Game” (Fabled Films Press) by Erin Yun. This loose reimaging of “Great Expectations” follows a young Korean American girl learning to navigate her new life at an elite private school in this young adult novel.

National Book Award-winning poet Arthur Sze in “The Glass Constellation” (Copper Canyon) has his poetry spanning five decades assembled into a book of new and collected poems. Fusing elements of Chinese, Japanese, Native American and various Western experimental traditions, the poems illuminate a concern for our endangered planet and troubled species.

“Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame” (Tu Books) by Supriya Kelkar is a historical novel of a young girl in colonial India who becomes a runaway teenage widow only to be forced to work as a servant to a British captain. When she discovers a British plot against India’s citizens, what will she do?

“Some Girls Walk Into The Country They Are From” (Wave)  is a new book by Sawako Nakayasu, an artist working with language, and translation – separately and in various combinations. She, alone is responsible for introducing a wide variety of modern Japanese poets  to English readers throughout the years with her fresh and skillful translations. This new volume is a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry.

“Hello Rain” (Chronicle) by Kyo Maclear as illustrated by Chris Turnham. This joyful romp through a rainy day combines a captivating storyline with exuberant illustrations that kids will get lost in with joy.

“A Taste for Love” (Razorbill) by Jennifer Yen. When a rebellious teenage girl agrees to help her mom’s bakery stage a junior competition, she soon realizes it’s a setup. All of the contestants are young Asian American men her mom has handpicked for her to date. What can she do?

“That Was Now, This Is Then” (Greywolf Press) is the first new collection from Paris Review Editor Vijay Seshadri since his 2014 Pulitzer Prizewinning book, “3 Sections.” Rosanna Warren says of this new book, “These are poems of lacerating self-awareness and stoic compassion. It is a book we need, right now.”

“Midsummer’s Mayhem” (Yellow Jacket) by Rajani LaRocca. When her dad , a renowed food writer loses his sense of taste, it puts a damper on this eleven-year old girl’s dream of becoming a baker and winning a cooking contest. When she meets a boy in the forest, he teaches her about new natural ingredients. Will the everyday magic of baking give her the courage she needs to save her father?

“The World Turned Upside Down: A History of the Chinese Cultural Revolution” (Farrar Straus & Giroux) as translated by Stacy Mosher and Guo Jian is due out January 19, 2021. It is the only complete history of this major event written by an independent scholar based in mainland China. The author witnessed much of this history firsthand, as a student and then as a journalist His previous book “Tombstone”, his definitive history of the Great Famine received the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism presented by the Nieman Fellows at Harvard and Sweden’s Steig Larsson prize. This new book was published in Hong Kong in Chinese in 2016 but has been banned in mainland China.

“Every Reason We Shouldn’t” (Tor Teen) by Sara Fujimura. When a teenage girl’s Olympic figure skater dreams fade, she meets a young man at her family’s rink who’s driven to get to the Olympics in speed skating. As a rivalry develops, so does a romance.

“My Name Will Grow Wide Like A Tree” (Greywolf) by Yi Lei and translated from the Chinese by Changtai Bi and Tracy K. Smith. Yiyun Li says of this book, “Yi Lei, one of China’s most original and independent poets, documents not only Chinese history in the past four decades, but also more importantly a woman’s private history of rebellion and residence.”

“Disappear Doppelganger Disappear” (Little A) is by the author of “The Hundred-Year Flood”, Matthew Salesses. Laura Van den Berg writes “How to live in a world that refuses to see you? Matt Kim’s intoxicating battle with his mysterious doppelganger moves him deeper and deeper into the vast and urgent sea of this question – and towards a possible answer. Inventive and profound, mordantly hilarious and wildly moving.”

“The Boys in the Back Row” (Levine Querido) by Mike Jung. When band geeks, comic nerds and best friends Eric and Matt tire of being bullied by racist comments and being called “gay”, they hatch a plan to meet a famous comic book artist during regional marching competition but an enemy has other ideas.

“ACE – What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex” (Beacon) by Angela Chen. “ACE” explores the world of asexuality and those who have found a place in it. Through reportage, cultural criticism, and memoir, this book shows what we can gain from the ACE lens.

“The Future History of Contemporary Chinese Art” (University of Minnesota) by Peggy Wang. In the 1980s and 90s, a group of Chinese artists rode to international fame but their work received simplistic Western interpretations that did not always go deep enough. The author gives each artist here a new appraisal, addressing fundamental questions about form, meaning and the possibilities of art.

“The Girl Who Stole an Elephant” (Peachtree)  by Nizrana Farook. Deep adventures in the Sri Lankan jungle await young readers as a nobleman’s rebellious daughter steals the queen’s jewelry and makes her escape on the king’s elephant. How will things turn out in the end?

“Pink Mountain on Locust Island” (Coffee House) by Jamie Marina Lau. In her debut novel, shortlisted for Australia’s prestigious Stella Prize, old hazy vignettes conjure a multi-faceted world of philosophical angst and lackadaisical violence. A teenage girl drifts through a monotonous existence in a Chinatown apartment until her dad and boyfriend plot a dubious enterprise that requires her involvement.

“Sakamoto’s Swim Club – How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory” (Kids Can Press) by Julie Abery and illustrated by Chris Sasaki. This picture book tells the true story of a school teacher who can barely swim and how he turned a group of children into skilled swimmers who won Olympic gold.

“Sachiko” (Columbia University Press) by Endo Shusaku as translated by Van C. Gessel. This novel tells the story of two young Japanese Christians in Nagasaki trying to find love in the painful war-time years between 1930 and 1945.

“Kimono Culture – The Beauty of Chiso” (Worchester Art Museum) by Vivian Li and Christine D. Starkman tells the story of a Kyoto-based draper that is one of the oldest and most prestigious kimono makers in Japan today.

“Anna K – A Love Story” (Flatiron Books) by  Jenny Lee.  A re-imaging of “Anna Karenina”. This time in the persona of a teenage Korean American girl in Manhattan.

“Bestiary” (One World) by K-Ming Chang. This debut novel brings myth to life, revealing layer by layer origin stories of what becomes of women and girls who carry the spirits of beasts within.

“Land of Big Numbers” (Mariner) by Te-Ping Chen. This debut story collection depicts the diverse people of China, their government and how it has tumbled into the present. The author is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

“Other Moons – Vietnamese Short Stories of the American War and Its Aftermath” (Columbia University Press) translated and edited by Quan Manh Ha and Joseph Babcock. In this anthology, Vietnamese writers describe their experience of what they call the American war and its lasting legacy through the lens of their own vital artistic visions.

“Two Trees Make a Forest – In Search of My Family’s Past Among Taiwan’s Mountains And Coasts” (Hamish Hamilton) by Jessica J. Lee. This award-winning memoir from Canada opens as the author finds her immigrant grandfather’s letters and traces his adventures in the nature of his country.

“Everything I Thought I Knew” (Candlewick) by Shannon Takaoka. A teenage girl wonders if she’s inherited more than just a heart from her donor when odd things begin to happen. As she searches for answers, what she learns will lead her to question everything she assumed she knew.

“On Fragile Waves” (Erewhon) by E. Lily Yu. This debut novel by a local author traces a family’s journey from Afghanistan to their eventual new home in Australia. A coming-of-age tale  and meditation on exile, belonging, fragility and hope.

“New Deal Art In The Northwest – The WPA And Beyond” (UW) by Margaret Bullock. This book tells the story of hundreds of Northwest artists employed by the U.S. Federal government under the WPA Project and also serves as the catalog for an accompanying exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum. Includes work by Kamekichi Tokita, Kenjiro Nomura and Fay Chong.

“Edge Case” (Ecco) by YZ Chin. The dilemma of a Chinese woman’s life on a work visa in New York City narrows as her marriage disintegrates and her options grow sparse. The author explores the imperfect yet enduring relationship we hold to country and family.

“Goat Days” (Seagull Books) by Benyamin as translated by Joseph Koyippally. A poor young man in Southern India dreams of getting a job in a Persian Gulf country so he can earn enough money to send to his family back home. When his wish becomes reality, things don’t turn out as planned and he is locked into a slave-like existence herding goats in the desert. Circumstances force him to conceive of a hazardous scheme  to escape his life of loneliness and alienation. But will it be enough?

“Last Tang Standing” (Putnam) by Lauren Ho. “Crazy Rich Asians” meets “Bridget Jones” in this funny debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one’s thirties intact and opening one’s self up to love.

“Paper Peek Animals” (Candlewick) by Chihiro Takeuchi. A die cut book that allows kids to peek through and pick out the animals in this wild search-and-find journey that will engage minds and counting skills as well.

“AN I NOVEL” (Columbia) by Minae Mizumura as translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter. This novel focuses on a single day of a Japanese expatriate in America as she reflects on her life in this country and why she wants to return to Japan to become a writer and write again in Japanese.

“My First Book of Haiku Poems – A Picture, A Poem And A Dream – Classic Poems by Japanese Haiku Masters” (Tuttle) by Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen and illustrated by Tracy Gallup. Classic Japanese haiku imaginatively illustrated with bilingual English and Japanese text. Each poem comes with questions for the young reader to think about.

“Sacrificial Metal” (Conduit Books & Ephemera) by Esther Lee. It won the Minds on Fire Open Book Prize. Sean Dorsey writes that the book “dances with astute curiosity and deep tenderness across the shifting grounds of grief, touch, bearing witness, memory, and our obstinate human instinct for future planning. With great compassion, Lee’s poems remind us that everything human eventually unravels…”

“SNEEZE” (VIZ) by Naoki Urasawa is a Japanese manga that collects some of the odds and ends of short pieces by this author in one collection. Urasawa’s career spans over thirty years and a multitude of subjects. Urasawa has been called one of the artists who changed the history of manga. He’s noted for his psychological storytelling style and detailed artwork. His stories touch upon the hopes, dreams and underlying fears of humanity.

Seattle poet Don Mee Choi calls Anna Maria Hong “the genius poet of fairy tale language and conventions in “Fablesque” (Tupelo), a new book by this former Seattle resident. She goes on to say how “Hong explores the grammar of horror and hunger, survival and abuse across the contorted historical, cultural, and familial terrains of the Korean diaspora.”

“Forbidden Memory – Tibet During the Cultural Revolution” (Potomac)  by Tsering Dorje. Edited by Robert Barnett and translated by Susan T. Chen. The author uses eyewitness accounts with expert analysis to tell the story of how Tibet was shaken by foreign invasion and cultural obliteration. This book is a long-overdue reckoning of China’s role in Tibet’s tragic past.

“Paper Bells” (The Song Cave) by Phan Nhien Hao and translated by Hai-Dang Phan is a new volume of poems by a poet shaped by the Vietnam War, forced to re-start a life as a teenager in the U.S. His poems bear witness to a delicate balance between two countries and cultures.

“So This Is Love: a Twisted Tale” (Disney) by Elizabeth Lim. A young  adult re-telling of the Cinderella story. In this one, Cinderella leaves the house where she works and gets a job as the palace seamstress. Here she becomes witness to a grand conspiracy to overthrow the king. Can she find a way to save the kingdom?

“From Maybe To Forever – An Adoption Story” (Creston) by M. L. Gold and N. V. Fong as illustrated by Jess Hong. Told from a big sister’s point of view, this picture book makes the complicated adoption process clear for the youngest readers and the colorful art shows how many different kinds of families there can be.

“Sonata Ink” (Ellipsis) by Karen An-Hwei Lee imagines Kafka in the city of angles seen through the eyes of a Nisei woman hired to be his interpreter and chauffeur. Los Angeles seen as the epicenter of “The Wasteland.”

“Story Boat” (Tundra) by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh. A picture book that tells the story of a little girl and her brother forced to flee home and create a new one out of dreams and stories amidst migration and crisis.

“Territory of Light” (Picador) by Yuko Tsushima as translated by Geraldine Harcout. This novel finds a young woman left by her husband starting a new life in a Tokyo apartment with her two year-old daughter. As the months go by she must confront what she has lost and who she will become.

“Butterfly Sleep” (Tupelo) by Kim Kyung Ju as translated by Jake Levine is a historical drama based in the early Joson Dynasty. With a mixture of magic realism and dark humor, he tells an existentialist allegory of Korean’s rapid development. This play is a modern fable of a rapidly changing country that must confront its ghosts.

“Lion Boys and Fan Girls” (Epigram) by Pauline Loh looks at teenage boys who make a pledge to ban dating and focus on lion dancing. But they must contend with unusual girls and cyberbullying. The rich culture of Singapore and the fascinating history of lion dance make this a compelling young adult read.

“Eat A Bowl of Tea” (UW) by Louis Chu is a classic influential novel that captured the tone and sensibility of everyday life in an American Chinatown. This new edition comes with a foreword by Fae Myenne Ng and an introduction by Jeffrey Paul Chan.

Set in a New England town where accusations led to the Salem witch trials, Quan Berry’s novel “We Ride Upon Sticks” (Pantheon) looks at a 1980’s girls field hockey team who flaunt society’s notions of femininity in order to find their true selves and lasting friendship.

“A Bond Undone” (St. Martin’s Griffin) by Jin Yong is the second volume of “Legends of The Condor Heroes”, one of Asia’s most popular martial arts novels. Translated by Gigi Chang.

“Taiwan In Dynamic Transition – Nation Building And Democratization” (UW)  edited by Ryan Dunch and Ashley Esarey. This book provides an up-to-date assessment of contemporary Taiwan highlighting that country’s emergent nationhood and its significance for world politics.

“The Journey of Liu Xiabao – From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate” (Potomac) edited by Joanne Leedom-Ackerman with Yu Zhang, Jie Li and Tienchi Martin-Liao. Liu Xiabao was more than a dissident poet and this collection of essays capture the intellectual and activist spirit of this late literary critic and democracy icon.

“Harris Bin Potter And The  Stoned Philosopher” (Epigram) by Suffian Hakim. This young Singapore-based writer’s parody of Harry Potter bases the story in Malaysia and seasons it with local and pop cultural references.

“Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade” (Aladdin) by Lyla Lee and illustrated by Dung Ho. Mindy is excited to go to the annual lunar new year parade but things don’t go as planned. Can she still find a way to celebrate?

“Peach Blossom Paradise” (NYRB) by Ge Fei and translated by Canaan Morse. This novel is the first volume of the award-winning “South of the Yangtze” trilogy. It is a sweeping saga of  twentieth-century China that follows a family from a tiny village through three generations of history.

“From Maybe To Forever – An Adoption Story” (Creston) by M.L. Gold and N.V. Fong and illustrated by Jess Hong. Told from the view of an eager older sister, this is an endearing story about adoption from an often-neglected point of view.

“Grievance is Their Sword, Subterfuge Is Their Shield” (OkeyDokeySmokeyPokey Publishing) in the words of former IE staff person Thomas R. Brierly is “an intersectional persuasion to elucidate and educate on matters of race, violence, white supremacy and the United States’ adherence to brutal capitalism…”. Go to vvovnn.bigcartel.com to order.

News & Information

An Anti Asian Hate Webinar will take place on September 25, 2021. Led by Erika Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to President Biden and a host of prominent panelists. Try https://tinyurl.com/dfnzumwp.

The Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs are now open for application. The Writer’s Program deadline is Monday, November 1, 2021. The Artist Support and New Media Gallery Program deadline is Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Online applications  available online via Submittable. For more information on these programs, go to (email protected) or call 206-634-0919.

The 2021-2022  Heritage Arts Apprenticeship pairs have been chosen by Humanities Washington. These sixteen teams of artists and craftspeople chosen by the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions will help preserve traditional skills for our future. Through the program, a skilled and experienced master artist will mentor an apprentice in a one-on-one program throughout the year. Some participants include the following – Kagura (Sacred Japanese Dance) master Kazuko Kaya Yamazaki will mentor Gabrrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor. North Indian regional folk music specialist Srivani Jade will mentor Vibhuti Kavishwar. South Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam will be taught by Sandhya Kandadal Rajagopal to Dhanshika Vijayaraj. Tai Tu music which is South Vietnamese folk music will be taught by Sinae Joy Chek to Siyeon Park. Madhubani painting is one of the most ancient visual art styles in the world, originating in the prehistoric Kingdom of Mithila India. It will be  taught by Deepti Agrawal to Harini Ihiagarajan. Lao food ways are a vital part of preserving Lao culture and building a positive relationship with one’s heritage.  It will be taught by  Phoukham Kelly Bounkeua to Kitana Ludwig. For more information on this program and the artists and craftspeople chosen, contact the Washington Cultural Traditions at waculture.org.

The University of Washington Press issues a call for writers working on a manuscript or new book proposal. The editors at this local press want to connect with current and prospective authors about new projects and book proposals. They invite writers to contact them by email to set up a meeting by phone or zoom. If interested, contact Executive Editor Lorri Hagman at (email protected).

The Tasveer Film Fund will give three grants of $5.000 each to three South Asian filmmakers in the U.S. developing short film, documentary and LGBTQIA+ film projects. Deadline is September 25, 2021. Go to tasveer.org/filmfund for details.

The Readings & Workshops program at Poets & Writers has funds to provide mini-grants to pay poets, fiction writers and creative non-fiction writers to give readings throughout King County between now and June 30, 2022. Deadline is six weeks prior to any event. Email (email protected) pour plus d'informations.

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L’histoire du bracelet bouddhiste remonte à presque 3.000 ans. Il est lié à la naissance de nombreux courants spirituels tel que le bouddhisme et l’hindouisme. En effet, il s’agit d’un objet à usage spirituel. On l’utilisait durant les séances de prières méditation.
Pour ce qui est de l’origine du bracelet, il sera difficile de fournir des originale précises. Mais il s’avère qu’il provient de l’Inde. Selon la tradition, il est composé de 108 perles. Mais n’est plus respectée parmi fabricants.
Le bracelet bouddhiste en bois a l’allure d’une rosaire, un chapelet formé en 150 petits grains. En somme, il ressemble à une sorte de guirlande de momentané billes. Bijou spirituel, le bracelet bouddhiste en bois reste un symbole du bouddhisme.
En effet, le bracelet est de plus en plus court actuellement. Il compte entre 10 et 20 perles. Notons que le bijou est fait avec des matières naturelles. Certains modèles sont en bois de santal, d’autres sont en pierre de différentes couleurs. Le bijou comporte également une amulette et un fermoir conique.
Autrefois, le bracelet était porté pour chasser mauvais intelligence et infortunes. Dans les années 50, l’utilisait en tant qu’ornements pendant les périodes festives.
Dans le processus de diffusion de ces religion, ce bracelet bouddhiste est connu des modifications afin d’être un accessoire d’or goût de tous. Ainsi, des formes plus simples et plus sophistiquées ont vu le jour. Il s’agit à l’opposé du bracelet shamballa et du bracelet Reiki à 7 chakras .

Les embellissement et les perles ont beaucoup d’importance dans la culture bouddhiste. Ils sont utilisés pour prier, parcourir des mantras et effectuer des rituels.
Ils sont couramment composés de pierres naturelles, des pierres semi-précieuses disposant d’une énergie positive. On peut retrouver la pierre semi précieuse de :
• Amazonite
• Obsidienne
• Quartz rose
• Labradorite
• Cristal
• Quartz
• Turquoise
• Lapis lazuli
• Oeil de tigre
• Lazuli
• Améthyste
Porté autour du poignet, embellissement bouddhistes vont avoir des lithothérapie et spirtituelles sur certaine partie du corps.
De plus, ces parure et perles portent des fraîche importantes, le message pour exhaustifs les adeptes de la doctrine bouddhiste.

Le bracelet est une version plus écourté des perles orthodoxes qui est la même signification et transmet le même message.

Le bracelet n’est pas seulement un accessoire fantaisiste, mais aussi un symbole de la foi.

Le valeur d’un bracelet tibétain varie selon le fournisseur auprès duquel vous vous approvisionnez. Vu leur grande valeur, le tarif bien s’élever à des milliers d’euros. Vous avez même la possibilité de peindre votre bracelet tibétain.

En effet, ornement bouddha sont de véritables fontaine de bien-être. Si vous devez dire publiquement parmi exemple, il assez de réconforter un bijou en calcédoine en or poignet.
Cela vous donne l’occasion d’obtenir de s’offrir de s’approprier une bonne élocution et d’éviter le bégaiement. En revanche, un modèle en chrysocolle vous permettra de garder la « tête froide ».

Plus qu’un phénomène de mode, le bijou tibétain est un véritable phénomène éducatif en or Tibet et or Népal, et universellement dans in extenso pays asiatiques de laquelle la culture est avant tout tournée vers la spiritualité.
Les madame tibétaines et népalaises attachent une grande importance à leur apparence, se parant ainsi de bijoux ornés de pierres naturelles ainsi qu’à de symboles spirituels forts, tels signes auspicieux et pourquoi pas mantras bouddhistes (souvent deux).