Arts Etc. – 21 avril 2021 | Acheter Bracelet Bouddhiste

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Arts Etc. pour le 21 avril 2021

Certains musées de l'État rouvrent progressivement. Veuillez consulter les sites Web de chaque musée pour voir quels musées et où.

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La célèbre artiste philippine Pacita Abad a passé quelques années fructueuses à Washington D.C. à enseigner et à faire de l'art. Le 17 juin 2021, une exposition parrainée conjointement par PALM, la Fondation Rita Cacas, Philippines sur le projet Potomac, l'ambassade des Philippines et la société américaine/philippine présente «Pacita's Colorful Palette: Memories of Pacita's Years in DC». Aller à http://www.artnews.com/feature/pacita-abad-artist-tate-walker-art-center-exhibitions-1234589919 pour plus d'informations. Une exposition du travail de Pacita Abad sera présentée du 15 avril au 3 septembre 2023 au Walker Art Center de Minneapolis.

L'exposition de nouvelles œuvres de Charlene Liu intitulée « Lattice » est présentée jusqu'au 29 mai 2021 à la Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Il explore sa fabrication de marques et d'images à l'aide d'aquarelles et de gravures sur bois. 417 NO 9e à Portland. 503-224-0521 ou rendez-vous sur www.elizabethleach.com.

L'artiste de Seattle Romson Bustillo a actuellement une œuvre exposée dans l'exposition collective intitulée « Reflections – 20 Years of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation » qui peut être vue depuis le niveau de la rue au Gates Discovery Center le 5e Avenue entre Harrison et Thomas.

Davidson Galleries présente une exposition de groupe d'artistes internationaux de l'estampe intitulée « Impressions chromatiques », des estampes vives qui se délectent de couleurs riches. Comprend des œuvres de Takeshi Hara, Akiko Taniguchi, Seiko Tachibana, Haru Maki et bien d'autres. À voir jusqu'au 29 mai 2021. À voir en ligne sur davidsongalleries.com ou dans la galerie sur rendez-vous (du mardi au samedi). 313 Occidental Ave. S. à Seattle. 206-624-7684 ou www.davidsongalleries.com.

L'emplacement du centre-ville de Seattle Art Museum a ce qui suit. En cours et à l'affiche, l'exposition collective « Exceptionally Ordinary : Mingei 1920 – 2020 » comprend des sculptures sur bois de George Tsutakawa de sa série « Obos ». On peut également voir « 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 Seattle Art Museum a mis en ligne bon nombre de ses programmes éducatifs. Pour découvrir les programmes suivants – « L'art de l'empathie : visites virtuelles en direct », « Eyes on Asia », « Vidéos d'éducation artistique », « Points forts de la collection » et « Look & Make Lessons », essayez ce lien. http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/programs-and-learning/. Allez sur seattleartmuseum.org pour plus de détails sur tout cela. La série universitaire du samedi de l'hiver 2021 du Musée est organisée sous le thème « Sites de mémoire en Asie : souvenir et rédemption ». Présenté avec la Jackson School of International Studies de l'UW et la Elliott Bay Book Company. Le 21 avril 2021 a lieu "Le grand bond en avant de Mao sur la place Tian'anmen, 1958 – 59". Si vous devenez membre SAM, vous aurez accès à la série extrêmement populaire « Conversations avec les conservateurs ». La série se poursuit tous les trois mercredis jusqu'en août. La conservatrice de l'art américain, Theresa Papanikoles, parlera de « Expressionnisme abstrait : histoires alternatives et conversation en expansion » le 21 avril 2021. Le 21 juillet 2021, Xiaojan Wu, conservatrice de l'art japonais et coréen parlera de « Some/One : Do Ho Sculpture Dog-Tag de Suh. En parlant de conservateurs, le Seattle Art Museum a renforcé son engagement envers l'art sud-asiatique en embauchant Natalia Di Pietrantonio en tant que toute première conservatrice adjointe de l'art sud-asiatique. La première exposition qu'elle organisera pour le Seattle Asian Art Museum s'intitule provisoirement «Skin As Allegory», prévue pour la fin de 2021. Elle mêlera des objets contemporains et historiques et explorera des pratiques visuelles contenant des représentations et des re-figurations du corps humain de 3 av. le présent dans une variété de médias. Les objets seront récupérés dans la collection du musée et des collectionneurs privés. Rendez-vous sur seattleartmuseum.org pour voir le programme complet ou essayez (e-mail protégé)

Le Cascadia Art Museum annonce les expositions suivantes. "Cadeaux et cadeaux promis aux collections permanentes du musée" est une exposition de groupe qui comprend le chef-d'œuvre de feu John Matsudaira "Quiet Motion And Blue" qui a été présenté à l'Exposition universelle de Seattle en 1962. À voir jusqu'au 23 mai 2021.190 Sunset Ave. S. à Edmonds, WA. Les heures sont Th. – Soleil. de 11h à 18h. 425-336-4809.

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. Deux tables rondes animées avec les artistes sont prévues le 24 avril. et le 10 juillet 2021. Des visites sur place sont disponibles deux fois par jour dans le théâtre d'histoires Tateuchi. « 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. « Where Beauty Lies » à l'affiche jusqu'au 19 septembre 2021. 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. 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.

KOBO à Higo est désormais ouvert le samedi 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 au 814 E. Roy St. Félicitations à KOBO qui fête ses 25e anniversaire. KOBO à Higo est au 604 South Jackson St. dans le CID.

"World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience" est le titre d'une exposition organisée par Aarin Packard au Pacific Bonsai Museum. 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. Un enregistrement post-événement de l'événement "Branch Out" organisé en août sera disponible sur la chaîne You Tube du Pacific Bonsai Museum. À voir jusqu'au 10 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. À voir pendant une longue période. 1701, avenue du Pacifique. 253-272-4258 ou accédez à (e-mail protégé)

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 Musée des arts et de la culture du Nord-Ouest à Spokane a ce qui suit – « Témoin de la guerre : le journal peint de Takuichi Fujii ». Fujii était un artiste de Seattle et son journal illustré couvre les années depuis son expulsion forcée en 1942 jusqu'à son internement à Minidoka qui a pris fin en 1945. Il y a plus de 200 dessins à l'encre et plus de 230 aquarelles de tous les aspects de la vie du camp. 2316 W. First Ave. à Spokane. À voir jusqu'au 16 mai 2021. Les heures d'ouverture sont du mardi au dimanche de 10 h à 17 h avec des billets chronométrés achetés uniquement en ligne. 509-456-3931 ou rendez-vous sur Northwestmuseum.org.

Le Musée d'anthropologie de l'UBC à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique, présente « A Future for Memory : Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake » jusqu'au 5 septembre 2021.  Le 11 mars 2021 marque le 20e anniversaire de la réaction en chaîne du Japon qui a commencé avec un séisme de magnitude 9,0, suivi d'un tsunami puis d'un accident de niveau 7 dans une centrale nucléaire de Fukushima. En commémoration de cette « triple catastrophe », Fuyubi Nakamura, la conservatrice Asie du MOA, a rassemblé le travail de huit artistes, groupes et institutions japonais pour « considérer les effets des catastrophes naturelles et réfléchir à la façon dont nous sommes tous connectés dans le monde ». Les artistes incluent Masao Okabe et Atsunobu Katagiri. Pour compléter l'exposition et lui donner des connexions mondiales, un film documentaire de 20 minutes intitulé "Tsunami Ladies" suit les routines quotidiennes de six femmes chiliennes et japonaises qui ont vécu respectivement les tsunamis de 2010 et 2011. Allez à moa.ubc.ca pour plus de détails.

« À qui Chinatown ? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives, and Collections » est maintenant visible jusqu'au 1er mai 2021 à Griffin Art Projects à North Vancouver BC Canada. Mettant en vedette 29 artistes et organisations, et une gamme d'art et d'artefacts qui comprend des peintures, des dessins, des photographies, des vidéos, des sculptures et des plans architecturaux, cette exposition est moins une couronne aux pieds de ces monuments qu'un aperçu des quartiers chinois canadiens et de leurs diverses représentations. – de l'intérieur comme de l'extérieur. La conservatrice Karen Tam a déclaré : « En réfléchissant aux histoires, aux histoires et aux espaces des quartiers chinois et à leur importance pour leurs communautés en tant que centres, de quelle manière les artistes, les collectifs d'art et les groupes communautaires modifient-ils le discours public, la planification et les perceptions autour des quartiers chinois ? » Il existe une vaste sélection de programmes publics en ligne, allant d'ateliers de typographie avec l'artiste collaboratrice Marlene Yuen à une projection du documentaire de l'ONF « À l'ombre de la montagne d'or » (2004) de Karen Cho, suivi d'une conférence du réalisateur et de questions-réponses. Pour plus d'informations sur les programmes publics, visitez griffinartprojects.ca ou composez le 604-985-0136.

Le Chinese Canadian Museum of British Columbia ouvre sa première exposition dans le quartier chinois de Vancouver. Intitulée « A Seat at the Table », l'exposition explore les expériences historiques et contemporaines des Canadiens d'origine chinoise, en particulier à travers le prisme de la nourriture et des restaurants. Il existe des stations pour écrire et enregistrer des vidéos. La co-conservatrice Viviane Gosselin a déclaré que « l'idée est de générer en quelque sorte un nouveau corpus de connaissances historiques que le Musée canadien chinois peut utiliser pour la recherche et la programmation futures ». Une exposition sœur devrait ouvrir ses portes à l'emplacement principal du Museum of Vancouver à l'automne. Les deux expositions devraient voyager à travers la Colombie-Britannique. dans l'année. Cette exposition est au 27 East Pender. Pour plus de détails, accédez à (e-mail protégé)

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 présente l'artiste chinois multimédia Sun Xun et son travail jusqu'au 22 août 2021. Également « Pictures And Promises », une exposition de groupe jusqu'au 6 septembre 2021. Basé sur la vaste collection d'art à base de lentilles du VAG qui fait allusion aux formes et aux conventions des médias de masse, de la mode et de la publicité. Comprend des œuvres de Ken Lum, Yasumasa Morimura, Andy Warhol et bien d'autres.750 Hornby St. à Vancouver BC, Canada. Allez à https://ww.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

Le jardin chinois classique du Dr Sun Yat Sen présente « Luminous Garden, le troisième volet de l'artiste en résidence Lam Wong. Réalisé en collaboration avec Glenn Lewis, il s'agit d'une enquête sur le concept du jardin en tant que sanctuaire pour la croissance spirituelle. 578 rue Carrall à Vancouver C.-B. 604-662-3207 ou allez sur vancouverchinesegarden.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. Également en cours est « TAIKEN : Canadiens japonais depuis 1877 ». Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre au 6688 Southoaks Crescent à Burnaby. 604-777-7000 ou allez sur nikkeiplace.org.

Lancé en 2009, le 5e Okanagan Print Triennial est à l'affiche à la Vernon Public Art Gallery à Vernon, en Colombie-Britannique. Canada jusqu'au 19 mai 2021. Présente des œuvres d'artistes internationaux de l'estampe, dont le parc Yangbin de Corée du Sud, Fumio Yamaguchi et Nanako Yoshikawa du Japon et bien d'autres. Des conférences d'artistes virtuels seront programmées tout au long de l'exposition. Allez sur vernonpublicartgallery.com.

À voir jusqu'au 15 mai 2021 au West Vancouver Art Museum est « The Spaces Between Us » de Jackie Wong. Une série d'œuvres photographiques qui nous incitent à remettre en question la nature factuelle de la photographie et à explorer les façons dont nos perceptions des scènes façonnent notre engagement avec le monde naturel. 680 – 17e St. à West Vancouver. 604-925-7295 ou visitez westvancouverartmuseum.ca.

Le musée Jordan Schnitzer sur le campus de l'Université de l'Oregon à Eugene a ce qui suit – « Céramiques anciennes d'Asie du Sud-Est : spécimens de Thaïlande et la collection du musée. À voir jusqu'au 13 juin 2021. « Rhapsody in Blue and Red : Ukiyo-e Prints of the Utagawa School. » À voir jusqu'au 17 juillet 2021.  « Myriad Treasures: Celebrating the Reinstallation of the Soreng Gallery of Chinese Art » jusqu'au 11 juillet 2021. « Korean Ceramic Culture – Legacy of Earth and Fire » jusqu'au 8 mai 2021. 1430 Johnson Lane à Eugène, Oregon. 541-346-3027.

Le jardin japonais de Portland a les activités suivantes. Leur exposition est " Les portes de l'espoir : Connecter les cultures " – Une exposition de style documentaire commémorant le 10e anniversaire du tremblement de terre et du tsunami du Grand Est du Japon et de la catastrophe nucléaire dévastatrice qui a suivi. À voir du 24 avril au 31 mai 2021. 611 SW Kingston Ave. 503-223-1321  ou japanesegarden.org.

Le musée d'art de Portland a ce qui suit – "Joryu Hanga Kyokai, 1956 – 65 – Japan's Women Printmakers" visible jusqu'au 11 avril 2021. 1219 SW Park Ave. 503-226-2811 ou portlandartmuseum.org.

Le Japanese American Museum of Oregon est temporairement fermé en vue du déménagement du musée dans un nouvel emplacement, mais plusieurs expositions en ligne sur l'histoire des Américains d'origine japonaise dans l'Oregon peuvent être visionnées. 503-224-1458 ou e-mail (e-mail protégé)

Le musée de Portland Chinatown est actuellement fermé. Leur exposition permanente est « Beyond the Gate : A Tale of Historic Chinatowns de Portland ». Ouverture en mai 2021 est l'essai photo du photojournaliste de Seattle Dean Wong sur "L'avenir des quartiers chinois". 127 N.W. Third Ave. 503-224-0008 ou e-mail (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 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.

Prévu pour avril 2021, "Abstraction Est/Ouest : Artistes américains d'origine asiatique de la Californie d'après-guerre". Cette exposition de groupe présente de nombreux artistes californiens importants des années 50 et 60 qui n'ont jamais obtenu la reconnaissance qu'ils méritaient de la part des médias grand public. Comprend le travail de Bernice Bing, Sun-woo Chun, Tom Ide, Shiro Ikegawa, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Masatoyo Kishi, James Leong, George Miyazaki, Emiko Nakano, Masayuki Nagare, Win Ng, Arthur Okamura, Egenia Sumiya Okoshi, Masako Takahashi, Carlos Villa et Noriko Yamamoto. Chez Modern Art West au 521 Broadway à Sonoma, en Californie. Allez sur moernartwest.com ou envoyez un courriel (e-mail protégé) pour plus d'informations.

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 d'art moderne de San Francisco (SFMOMA) est le lieu de la côte ouest pour une rétrospective itinérante sur le travail de l'artiste vidéo pionnier Nam June Paik. Vernissage le 8 mai 2021. 151 – 3rd Saint-San Francisco, Californie. 415-357-4000.

Le De Young Museum du Golden Gate Park à San Francisco a ouvert ses portes cet été. L'artiste renommé de la région de la baie, Hung Liu, a une exposition intitulée "Golden Gate" qui ouvre le 17 juillet 2021 et elle reste visible jusqu'au 2 janvier 2022. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive à San Francisco, Californie. 415-750-3600.

Le Berkeley Art Museum/PFA a ce qui suit. "Au-delà des frontières: l'art bouddhiste du Gandhara" à l'affiche du 30 avril au 3 octobre 2021. "Kay Sekimachi: Geometries" à l'affiche du 26 mai au 24 octobre 2021. 155 Center St. Berkeley, CA 510-642- 0808 ou allez à (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.

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. "Sous un nuage de champignons – Hiroshima, Nagasaki et la bombe atomique" visible jusqu'au 13 juin 2021. "Taiji Terasaki – Transcendants – Heroes at Borders – 100 Days of Covid – Memorial to Healthcare Workers" visible jusqu'au 16 mai 2021 101 N. Central Ave. à Los Angeles, Californie. 213-625-0414.

Le musée d'art du comté de Los Angeles (LACMA) a ce qui suit – "Yoshitomo Nara" visible jusqu'au 5 juillet 2021. "Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22sd St. » à l'affiche jusqu'au 16 mai 2021. "Fiji: Art And Life in the Pacific" à l'affiche jusqu'au 2 mai 2021. À venir sera "Sam Francis And Japan: Emptiness Overflowing". 5905, boulevard Wilshire 323-857-6010.

L'USC Pacific Asia Museum à Pasadena, en Californie, a maintenant à l'affiche "We Are Here: Contemporary Art And Asian Voices in Los Angeles". Cette exposition de groupe présente le travail de sept artistes féminines contemporaines de divers héritages de l'Asie-Pacifique travaillant dans divers médias qui vivent et travaillent dans la région de Los Angeles. Présente le travail de Reanne Estrada, Phung Huynh, Ann Le, Ahree Lee, Kaoru Mansour, Mei Xianqui et Sichong Xie. Les émissions de l'été 2021 incluent les suivantes – "Divine Immersion: The Experiential Art of Nick Dong" et "Crossroads" Exploring the Silk Road". À l'automne 2021, une exposition collective intitulée « Intervention : Perspectives pour un nouveau PAM » sera présentée. 2680 N. Los Robles Ave. à Pasadena, Californie. 626-787-2680 ou (e-mail protégé)

La rénovation par l'architecte/artiste Maya Lin de la bibliothèque Nelson centenaire du Smith College est maintenant terminée. Elle a été embauchée pour le projet en 2015. Le bâtiment a été conçu en 1893 par Frederick Law Olmstead, l'architecte principal de Central Park à New York. Une terrasse sur le toit offre maintenant une vue imprenable sur les montagnes. Les mezzanines et les zones de blocage de la vue ont été remplacées par des extensions en retrait remplies de fenêtres qui restaurent la façade du bâtiment de 1909. Les collections spéciales de la bibliothèque, autrefois dispersées dans divers endroits du campus, peuvent désormais toutes être placées dans une zone à température contrôlée. Ce projet a également eu une résonance personnelle pour Lin parce que sa mère a fui Shanghai alors que l'armée de Mao Zedong attaquait la ville et son évasion a été rendue possible grâce à un transfert de bourse au Smith College. Mais la célébration de ce dernier projet architectural a été tempérée par le choc de la mort subite par crise cardiaque de son mari, Daniel Wolf. Wolf était un éminent collectionneur de photographies qui a rassemblé l'impressionnante collection de photographies pour le J. Paul Getty Museum. Le prochain projet de Lin "Ghost Forest", une installation qui met en évidence l'influence omniprésente du changement climatique, ouvrira ses portes au Madison Square Garden de New York en mai 2021. Il mettra en vedette les troncs allongés d'arbres endommagés par le changement climatique atteignant le ciel. Extrait du New York Times.

"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 et du Pacifique 2021. Les dates de cette exposition sont du 21 mai 2021 au 9 janvier 2022.

Le Musée national d'art asiatique / Galerie Sackler sur le Smithsonian Mall à Washington DC. a ce qui suit – "Encountering the Buddha: Art & Practice Across Asia" visible jusqu'au 17 janvier 2022. "Resound: Ancient Bells of China" sur voir jusqu'au 5 juillet 2021. À venir est une exposition prévue de peintures au pinceau d'ici le début du 20e siècle artiste japonais Tomioka Tessai. 1050 Avenue de l'Indépendance SW. Washington DC.

Le Musée des beaux-arts de Boston présente les éléments suivants : « « Collection de peinture chinoise de la famille Weng : Voyage et maison » à l'affiche jusqu'au 6 mars 2022. « Conservation en action : la sculpture bouddhiste japonaise sous un nouveau jour » à l'affiche jusqu'au 3 juillet 2022. 465 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA. 617-267-9300 ou allez sur mfa.org.

Le musée Peabody Essex à Salem, MA a ce qui suit – "Zarah Hussain: Breath" visible jusqu'au 2 janvier 2022. 161 Essex St. à Salem, MA 816-745-4876 ou rendez-vous sur pem.org.

Le Minneapolis Institute of Art propose ce qui suit – "Pour embellir et protéger: vêtements et bijoux Miao de Chine" jusqu'au 23 mai 2021. "Estampes abstraites" de Hagiwara Hideo jusqu'au 23 mai 2021. "20 danses: la calligraphie japonaise puis Et maintenant » jusqu'au 2 janvier 2022. « Beautés captives : représentations de femmes dans la Chine impériale tardive » jusqu'au 9 mai 2021. 2400 Third Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 888-642-2787.

Le Walker Art Center propose ce qui suit – Une exposition sur Candace Lin du 5 août au 26 décembre 2021. Une exposition sur Shen Xin du 18 novembre au 1er mai 2022. Une exposition sur l'artiste Pacita Abid du 15 avril au 1er sept. 3, 2023. "Paul Chan: Breathers" à l'affiche du 19 novembre 2022 au 16 avril 2023. 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN. 612-375-7600 ou essayez (e-mail protégé).

L'Art Institute of Chicago propose les éléments suivants : « Cosmosscapes : Ink Paintings by Tai Xiangzhou » à l'affiche jusqu'au 20 septembre 2021. « Modernity and Nostalgia: The Prints of Ito Shunsui » à l'affiche jusqu'au 13 juin 2021. 111 South Michigan Ave ./159 E. Monroe. Chicago, malade. 312-443-3600.

Le Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York City a ce qui suit – "Japon: une histoire du style" jusqu'au 24 avril 2022. "Peinture et calligraphie chinoises de près" jusqu'au 27 juin 2021. "Célébrer l'année du bœuf" jusqu'à 17 janvier 2022. « Masters and Masterpieces: Chinese Art from the Irving Collection » jusqu'au 5 juin 2022. « Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power » jusqu'au 16 octobre 2022. 1000 Fifth Ave. 212-535-7710 . Aller à https://www.metmuseum.org.

L'Asia Society Museum a ce qui suit – "Rebel Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians" du 10 septembre 2021 au 16 janvier 2022. "Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon – Asian Art in the U.S." à voir jusqu'au 30 mai 2021. « Asia Society Triennial : We Do Not Dream Alone » à voir jusqu'au 27 juin 2021. 725 Park Ave. à New York.212-327-9721 ou essayez www.asiasociety.org.

« Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment » est une nouvelle exposition qui se déroule du 12 mars 2021 au 3 janvier 2022 au Rubin Museum of Art, organisée par Elena Pakhoutova. Le spectacle était organisé par le Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. L'exposition guide les visiteurs dans un voyage vers l'illumination, mettant en valeur le pouvoir de l'art bouddhiste tibétain pour se concentrer et affiner la conscience. Un audioguide et un catalogue accompagnent l'exposition. 150 Ouest 17e St. à New York. 212-620-5000 ou rendez-vous sur rubinmuseum.org.

Le Museum of Chinese in America présente les éléments suivants : « Avec un seul pas – Histoires dans la fabrication de l'Amérique » à l'affiche jusqu'au 31 décembre 2023. « Windows for Chinatown – Cinq expositions sur le trottoir » à l'affiche jusqu'au 30 mai 2021. " Un photojournaliste improbable – Emile Bocian à Chinatown » à l'affiche jusqu'au 31 décembre 2021. 215 Center St. à New York. 855-955-MOCA ou essayez mocanyc.org.

Le musée Noguchi a ce qui suit – "Koho Yamamoto: Under A Dark Moon" à l'affiche jusqu'au 23 mai 2021. "Noguchi Body – Space Devices" à l'affiche jusqu'au 2 mai 2021. "Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting" à l'affiche jusqu'au 16 mai 2021. « Noguchi's Useless Architecture » ​​est un spectacle inspiré par ses visites d'appareils astronomiques indiens. À voir du 19 mai 2021 au 8 mai 2022.  9-01, 33rd Rd. Long Island, New York. 718-204-7088.

La Japan Society a ce qui suit – « Quand la pratique devient de la menuiserie – Outils du Japon » à l'affiche jusqu'au 11 juillet 2021. 333 East 47e Saint-New York, New York. 212-263-1258

Le jardin botanique de New York dans le Bronx a ce qui suit – "KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature" à l'affiche jusqu'au 31 octobre 2021. Yayoi Kusama révèle sa fascination de longue date pour la nature avec ces pièces. À voir, des sculptures florales qui transforment le paysage emblématique de l'espace. Ses sculptures monumentales « Dancing Pumpkin » et « I Want To Fly To The Universe » sont également présentes. Et cet été, il y aura sa « Infinity Mirrored Room – Illusion Inside the Heart » qui reflétera la lumière extérieure. Les billets chronométrés seront vendus en plusieurs fois. 2900 boul. Sud Bronx, New York. 718-817-8700 ou essayez nybg.org.

Le Worcester Art Museum présente « The Kimono Print : 300 Years of Japanese Design » jusqu'au 2 mai 2021. Ils présentent également une exposition virtuelle de « Kimono Couture : The Beauty of Chiso Experience » qui présente le monde de la conception traditionnelle du kimono et art pratiqué par Chiso, une maison de kimono de 465 ans basée à Kyoto. 55, rue Salisburg à Worcester, MA. 1-508-799-4406 ou essayez (email protégé)

Asia Society Texas Center présente « Shahidul Alam : Truth to Power », la première enquête muséale complète des États-Unis sur ce célèbre photographe, écrivain, activiste et créateur d'institutions bangladais et une personnalité de l'année du magazine Time en 2018. À travers plus de 60 images et éphémères , l'exposition montrera le souffle de la pratique et de l'impact d'Alam tout au long de ses quatre décennies de carrière. Cette exposition pionnière vise à offrir aux visiteurs une vue nuancée du Bangladesh et de l'Asie du Sud, à explorer les systèmes d'action personnelle et collective et à souligner l'importance de l'auto-représentation, de l'autonomisation et de la vérité incarnées dans la vie et le travail d'Alam. À voir jusqu'au dimanche 11 juillet 2021 et l'entrée est gratuite. 1370, boulevard Southmore à Houston, Texas. Les horaires sont du jeudi au vendredi de 11h à 16h et le week-end de 10h à 16h. Pour plus d'informations, rendez-vous sur https://asiasociety.org/texas/exhibitions/shahidul-alam-truth-power.

Voici un tour d'horizon de quelques émissions intéressantes actuellement présentées au Japon – "Tomoko Sawada: To Be Bewitched by a Fox" est une émission intéressante sur la carrière de ce photographe japonais qui présente des portraits de l'artiste transformés en plusieurs identités grâce à l'utilisation de coiffure, maquillage et robe. Jusqu'au 9 mai 2021. Musée d'art photographique de Tokyo. Tolyo, Meguro City, Mita 1 chome-13-3. +81 3-3280-0099.

Le Musée d'art contemporain de Tokyo présente « Rhizomatlks – Multiplex », une exposition collective sur ce collectif d'art high-tech qui se penche sur la relation entre les êtres humains et la technologie. À voir jusqu'au 20 juin 2021. 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-Ku, Tokyo, Japon. +81-5—5541-8600  (Bonjour composer).

Le Fuchu Art Museum présente « Spring Edo Painting Festival : Yosa Buson » jusqu'au 9 mai 2021. Dans la forêt métropolitaine de Tokyo 1 – 3, Sengencho, Fuchu, Tokyo. O42-336-3371 ou essayez https://www.city.fuchu.tokyo.jp/art/.

The Tokyo National Museum trots out cultural treasures that depict the animal kingdom in “National Treasure: Frolicking Animals” on view through May 30, 2021. 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo.  +81-(50)-5541-8600.

“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 through June 6, 2021  at Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art. 3 chome-278-14 Senshu, Nagaoka,  Niigata, Japan. +81 258-28-411/.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto has the following group show – “Ayashii: Decadent and Grotesque Images of Beauty in Modern Japanese Art” on view through May 16, 2021. And coming up a show on a noted Japanese architect, “Kuma Kengo: Five Purr-fect Points for a New Public Space” on view from June 18 – Sept. 26, 2021.  +81(0) 3-5777-8600 or try www.momak.go.jp/english/.

Warehouse Terrada is a new storage shed for art but recently they decided to open their cavernous space to display modern art as well. Called “Collectors’ Museum of Contemporary Art “WHAT”, their current show is entitled “Crossing Paths: A Collaborative Exploration Between Writer and Architect”. It looks at the designs of houses by contemporary architects reinterpreted through the expressive vision of writers. Includes work by architects Machizo Tachihara, Kengo Sato, Toshiro Tanaka, Fuminori Nousaku,  Naoya Mishina & Atsuka Mishina and writers/poets Kei Okamoto, Yasuhiro Yotsumoto and others. On view through May 30 2021.  2-6-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo. Go to https://what.warehouseofart.org.

Art4culture has announced the winners of their 3021 ARC Artist Fellowships. This year, winners received $12,000 each and applicants had to be ages 18 – 25. Diego Binuya, Monyee Chau and Saiyana Suzumura were among the winners.

Performing Arts

Earshot Jazz and Town Hall will reboot the livestream collaborations from “Earshot Jazz Live at the Forum” concert series on every other Saturday night starting in March and going through April, 2021. Tickets start at $15.One concert to watch out for is the group of vocalist Ayesha Brooks, composer/pianist Wayne Horvitz and cellist Ha-Yang Kim set for Saturday, April 24 at 7:30pm (PST). For more information  go to earshot.org.

Emerald City Music under the artistic direction of violinist Kristin Lee announces a new spring series of virtual musical experiences with concerts streaming February 26 – May 24, 2021 featuring concerts, Zoom events and backstage insights.  All concerts will be available on Emerald City Music’s website and Vimeo platform for one month; at which point the next performance premieres. Listeners have a choice of how to gain access: pay for each performance for $20 (which supports future listening experiences), or share it on social media to gain free access. Go to emeraldcitymusic.org for more information or call 206-250-5510.

A new album “Hankyo” (Reverberation) is now available by Seattle-raised Hanz Araki who continues a shakuhachi tradition dating back generations in his family.  Go to arakikodo.com for details.

Seattle Modern Orchestra announces its 2020-2021 season. Founded in 2010, the Seattle Modern Orchestra is the only large ensemble in the Pacific Northwest solely dedicated to the music of the 20e and 21st centuries. It is led by co-artistic directors  Julia Tai and Jeremy Jolley. SMO commissions and premieres new works from an international lineup of composers and often presents important pieces from the contemporary repertoire that are rarely if ever heard by Seattle audiences. This season will include six commissions and six concert broadcasts. The lineup of composers includes Iranian composer Anahita Abbasi, Cornish faculty member Tom Baker, saxophonist/composer Darius Jones, cellist/composer Ha-Yang Kim, Brown University assistant professor Wang Lu and SMO co-artistic director, Jeremy Jolley. The decision of whether each event will take place in person or virtually will be based on evolving community health guidelines throughout the season. Remaining concert dates are  May 1 and June 6, 2021. Go to http://www.seattlemodernorchestra.org/2020/09/24/2020-2021-season-announcement-press-release/ for details.

Pacific Northwest Ballet has announced an all new virtual lineup for its 2020-2921 season. Some highlights include  a world premiere by choreographer Edwaard Liang on June 20, 2021. For complete details, go to PNB.org/DigitalSubscription or call 206-441-2424.

The Meany Center For The Performing Arts has announced fall schedule changes with the season opening postponed to January of 2021. Some fall performances have been canceled or rescheduled for late winter or spring. Virtual programming is being developed with many of the artists as an alternative to live performances. For a complete listing, go to https://meanycenter.org/tickets/season. Current ticket holders to canceled events are encouraged to contact the ArtsUW Ticket Office to request a refund, exchange into a later performance or other alternatives.

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.

Even though the Wayward Music Series at Chapel Performance Space is currently closed, go to nonsequiter’s website to listen to free links by local musicians performing original music at wayward music.org or try gscchapel.com. Also listed are live streaming of local concerts by contemporary musicians that you can rent. 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.

Toronto-based Tapestry Opera’s 2020/21 season hopes to “push the boundary of the genre”. The season includes the following –  June 17 – 20, 2021 brings “Dragon’s Tale” with music by Ka Nin Chan and libretto by Mark Brownell. This new Canadian opera by the same team that did “Iron Road” explores the relationship between a young Chinese Canadian woman and her immigrant father.  Go to tapestryopera.com to learn more.

The L.A. Stage Alliance was a 46-year-old non -profit organization behind the Los Angeles area’s annual Ovation Theatre Awards. It has ceased operations following the mass resignation of theatre group members. On March 20, 2021 during this year’s awards ceremony, the organization misidentified an Asian American actress during the awards ceremony and mispronounced her name as well. Jully Lee was nominated for her appearance in Jiehae Park’s “Hannah and the Dread Gazebo”, a co-production of East West Players and the Fountain Theatre. East West Players left the organization after the ceremony and other Los Angeles theatre groups followed suit in solidarity.

The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company. Their performance of “DUST” by Lin Hwai-Min portrays victims of war and persecution set to Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8. You can watch it by logging on to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSe6lx62nJg8+=3s.

Nihon Buyo presents “Poem Through Dance” on April 22, 2021 at 7pm (PDT). This online event has a Nihonbuyo performance and live panel discussion with Satsuki Ono from Tokyo. Free but you must register at www.jaclab.org.

Catch Chinese American classical pianist Eric Lu performing Schubert’s “Andantino from Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959. Go to https:calperformances.org/2021/03/24/issue-58-march-25/.

Film & Media

“Asian Americans”, the groundbreaking five-part series that aired on PBS can now be viewed again through the month of May, 2021. The series traces the epic story of Asian Americans, spanning 150 years of immigration, racial politics, international relations and cultural innovation. Go to https://www.pbs.org/weta/asian-americans/. Series producer was Renee Tajima-Pena. Executive producers are Jeff Bieber for WETA, Stephen Gong and Donald Young for CAAM, Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS and Jean Tsien. The producer for Flash Cuts is eurie Chung. The episode producers are S. Leo Chiang, Geeta Gandbhir and Grace Lee. The consulting  producer was Mark Jonathan Harris.

Asian American filmmaker James Hu’s “Silent No More” Project has produced a series of PSA’s to counteract the ever increasing hate crimes on Asians across America. The PSA’s will drop in April. In pre-production also is a documentary film entitled “Reflections” which looks at the history of racism against Asians in America. He says, “We need to send a strong message that these hate crimes are not tolerated, we are not afraid, and let the politicians know that using words like “kung flu” and “China virus” is racist, dangerous and as US Congresswoman Grace Meng puts it, “it places a huge bulls-eye on the backs of every Asian American.” In related news, producer and writer Alan Yang partnered with The Ad Council to create a PSA about the surge in anti-Asian sentiment brought on by COVID-19. Titania Tran, Jamon Sin and Mimi Munoz, creatives at the award-winning ad agency, Wieden + Kennedy have also made a short film to combat COVID-19-related anti-Asian racism. And finally, Bay Area filmmaker Kerwin Berk who is Japanese American has created a PSA “Stop the Hate” in response to the rash of attacks on Asian Americans. Berk’s  Ikeibi  Films features the stories of Asian Americans as portrayed by Asian American actors.

Netflix now has an influx of new films by Asian directors on their network.  Jo Sung-hee’s “Space Sweepers” is a colorful space adventure film about a crew of galactic scavengers who band together to save the earth. Yoon Sung-hyun’s “Time to Hunt” tells the story of four desperate individuals who decide to rob an illegal gambling operation only to create more problems for themselves. “Ride or Die” by Ryuichi Hiroki stars Kiko Mizuhara and Honami Sato as doomed lovers who flee on a road trip after one kills the other’s abusive husband.

South African director Oliver Hermanus (“Moffie”) is currently working on a film adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s “Ikiru” with a script written by Kazuo Ishiguro.

MUBI presents the following – Malene Choi’s 2018 film, “The Return” is the story of two Danish-Korean adoptees visiting their motherland for the first time and confronting their own identity struggles. “Chinese Portrait” marked filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai’s 2018. He is part of Chinese cinema’s “Sixth Generation”. Shot over ten years, this first film paints a picture of China’s diverse ways of life through striking vignettes.  J. P. Sniadecki’s 2014  “The  Iron Ministry” appears to be a documentary on  one  train trip. But the director spent three years shooting throughout China on the massive country’s railway system. The result is a richly textured work that offers implications about class and that nation’s economic boom..  Go to (email protected) to find out about this film streaming service where you can rent by the month or by the year.

The Director’s Guild of America gave their top prize for feature-film directing to Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland.” She becomes the first woman of color to receive the award and only the second woman to ever win in this category. Prior to this, Zhao has earned top honors at the Golden Globes, the Critics Choice Awards and the Producers Guild Award. Now she looms as the heavy favorite at the Oscars.

Farestart presents their series “Guest Chef Night at Home” with featured chefs Rachel Yang (Joule and Revel) and Melissa Miranda (Musang) on “Art of the Appetizers” on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 5pm (PDT). Free but you must register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/+ZMpdexhpzivG9XR/7ksloNYW600uzKp/FFF.

Yoshiko Wada presents two stitchery practices in Japan. Tickets are $25 – 35.00. Go to https://longhouse.org/collections/tickets/products/the-power-of-stitchery-nui-project-and-sashiko. On Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 4:30pm (EST).

Town Hall Seattle has digital programming of upcoming events on their live stream page. They also have a media library of hundreds of video and audio free to enjoy.  A new addition to that includes   Laila Lalami who talks about “What It Means Be An American” and her book, “Conditional Citizens” with fellow author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Go to townhallseattle.org for details.

Most local theaters are doing virtual screening via the internet where you can rent new films and see them at home. Go to the websites for Northwest Film Forum, Grand Illusion Cinema, Siff Uptown, AMC theatre chains and others.

The Written & Spoken Arts

Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American community will give a talk online entitled “Let It Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion” on April 28, 2021 at 1pm (PDT). He will talk about how Japanese Americans on Bainbridge Island were removed by force from their homes in 1942 to be placed in internment camps during the duration of World War II. Sponsored by Walla Walla Community College. For details, go to humanities.org or email (email protected)

Third Place Books presents the following virtual events at their “Live on ZOOM!” series. Poets Tamiko Beyer (“Last Days”), Ching-in Chen (“to write black paper sing”) and local poet Jane Wong (“How To Not Be Afraid of Everything”) appear together live on ZOOM to discuss and read from their new books on Wed., April 21, 2021 at 5pm (PDT).  On Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 4pm (PDT), join Deepak Chopra as he discusses “Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny” with spiritual master Sadhguru in this virtual event. On Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6pm (PDT), join local writer EJ Koh as she talks to Michelle Zauner, indie rockstar of “Japanese Breakfast” fame about her memoir “Crying in H Mart” (Knopf), a powerful remembrance of growing up Korean American, losing her mother and forging her own identity. Go to the website www.thirdplacebooks.com for details.

Elliott Bay Book Company has a full slate of events in their virtual reading series. Here are a few. Hawai’i’s US Senator Mazie K. Hirono talks about her memoir “Heart of Fire: An Immigrant’s Story” (Viking) with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist/cultural historian/commentator Viet Thanh Nguyen. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with EBBC on Saturday, April 24 at 6pm (PDT). Go to https://townhallseattle.org/event/senator-mazie-k-hirano-with-viet-thanh-nguyen-livestream. EBBC presents a virtual talk with Amit  Chadhuri whose new book, “Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music” (NY Review of Books) looks at his fascination with Indian classical music. He will discuss the book with Irish poet, opera librettist, critic and translator Paul Muldoon. On Monday, April 26 at 6pm (PDT). Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/147183771623 for reservations. Nguyen Que Mai speaks with Karl Marlantes about her novel “The Mountains Sing” (Algonquin) on Wed., April 28 at 6pm (PDT). Virtually hosted by Seattle Public Library. This novel finally tells the story of the Vietnam War from the perspective of the Vietnamese people in a moving look at generations of one family and how they survived. Go to http://events.spl.org/151010258/NguyenPhanQueMaiwithKarlMarlantesdiscussTheMountainsSing. On Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6pm (PDT), join the launch of Eric Nguyen’s debut novel “Things We Lost to the Water” (Knopf). It tells the story of a Vietnamese family newly arrived to the U.S. and New Orleans torn apart by the storms of Vietnam only to be tested again by the hurricanes of New Orleans. Loan Le, author of the acclaimed YA novel “A Pho Love Story” and book editor for Atria Books will interview Eric Nguyen about his novel in this Elliott Bay virtual event. On Tuesday, May 11 at 5pm (PDT), there will be a national launch of “Facing The Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes During World War II” (Viking) by Daniel James Brown. Join Densho, Elliott Bay Book Company and others  for the official launch of this new book. Brown will be in conversation with Densho’s Tom Ikeda who interviewed many of the protagonists in the book. To register, go to https://densho.org/mountain/. On Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2pm (PDT), poet/songwriter/performer Ishle Yi Park will appear in conversation with queer South Asian poet Bushra Rehman to talk about her new book, “Angel & Hannah: A Novel in Verse” (One World), a modern take on Romeo and Juliet set in 1970’s New York. On Monday, May 17 at 6pm (PDT), join Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Densho and TV journalist Lori Matsukawa for the Seattle launch of Daniel James Brown’s “Facing The Mountain.” This Seattle-centric discussion will focus on the Seattle involvement of the figures in the book and events in Hawai’i. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149199635125 for reservations for this event. Mira Sethi, noted actor and writer appears in conversation with Shahina Piyarali on her new book of short stories, “Are You Enjoying?”  (Knopf) set for Wed., May 19, 2021 at 6pm (PDT). Sethi’s stories open up fascinating slices of contemporary life in Pakistan. This event co-presented by Tasveer (www.tasveer.org) and EBBC.  On Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 5pm (PDT), join Spokane writer Trent Reedy and Afghan writer/teacher Jawad Arash who co-wrote the novel “Enduring Freedom.” It tells the story of a friendship between a young Afghan man and an aspiring U.S. journalist who gets dispatched to Afghanistan. Virtually hosted by EBBC in audio only. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/150674953843. 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 book store is open.

King County Library System presents the following author events. “Author Voices: Thrity Umrigar” takes place on May 6, 2021 at 7:30pm (PST). Umrigar discusses her many books including “The Secrets Between Us” with Seattle University English Professor Nalini Iyer, a IE contributing writer. For information, email (email protected).

E.J. Koh is the 2021 Jack Straw Writers Program Curator for 2021. She is the author of the award-winning memoir, “The Mystical Language of Others” and the poetry collection entitled “A Lesser Love”. The 2021 Jack Straw Writers selected this year by Koh are S. Rein Batiste, C.E. Glasgow, Patrycja Humienik, Grace Jahng Lee, Jose Luis Montero, Greg November, Tochukwu Okafor, Michael Overa, Paulette Perhach, Abi Pollokoff, Kristie Song and Daniel Tam-Claiborne. They will read in their debut on the first three Fridays in May.

“Open A New Window” is the title of Seattle Arts & Lectures new 2020/21 season. Set for June 9, 2021 is poet/fiction writer Ocean Vuong. His novel, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” in which he writes letters to his immigrant mother which she will never read was an immediate and enduring bestseller. Sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company. For more details, go to lectures.org.

The National Book Critics Circle has announced their 2020 award winners. Poet Cathy Park Hong won the prize in the “Autobiography” category for “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning.” Her acceptance speech was dedicated to the Asian women victims of the recent Atlanta massage parlor shootings. Hong read the names of each victim out loud in her speech. The award for best in the “Biography” category went to Amy Stanley’s “Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman And Her World” which examined the life of a 19e century Japanese woman.

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. Hear Chamorro activist /author Julian Aguon talk about his book “The Properties of Perpetual Light” (University of Guam) on Saturday, April 24e at 5pm (PST) On Wed., April 28e, 2021 at 2pm (PST), catch a conversation with author Chenxing Han and Professor Carolyn Chen around the topic of “Centering Asian Voices in American Buddhism – Anger, Refuge, Solidarity.”  Long-time activist/singer/performer/dancer and now author Nobuko Miyamoto talks about her new memoir entitled “Not  Yo’ Butterfly – My Long Song of Relocation, Race, Love And Revolution” (UC Press) in a virtual event on June 26, 2021 at 3pm (PST). This is a free online event but please RSVP.To make a reservation and get more details on these events, email (email protected) or go to asiabookcenter.com..

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 –

“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.

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.

“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.

“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.

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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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?

“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.

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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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 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.

“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.

“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.

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.

“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.

“In The Footsteps Of A Thousand Griefs” (Poetry Northwest Editons) is the debut poetry publication by Seattle Young Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee. She is the 2019/2020 Youth Poet Laureate of Seattle as sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Born in California but raised in Taiwan, she has made Seattle her home for the past few years. Her poems have a beauty of language that pays tribute to both cultures and countries.

Art News/Opportunities

The KCLS Civics Information Group sponsors an online event entitled “Stop Asian Hate Crime – Understanding Anti-Asian Hate: A Panel Discussion” set for Sat., May 8, 2021 at 3pm.  Local author and community activist Ron Chew will moderate. Understand the history of anti-Asian hate and learn how to be part of the solution. Free but registration is required.  Suitable for adults and  teens. For more information, contact Ann at (email protected) or call 425-392-5430. Go to kcls.bibliocommons.com to register.

Mukai Farm and Garden on Vashon Island has the following activities. They sponsor their Second Annual Haiku Festival, a juried competition for people of all ages to submit their haiku poems to compete in the following categories – Heritage Award, Nature, Social Justice Award, The Young Poet Awards for grades K-6 and 7-12 and People’s Choice Award and whatever categories the jurors decide to make up. Deadline is April 24, 2021. Limit is three entries per person. To submit, go to the website at mukaifarmandgarden.org. Also in their ongoing classes on Japanese culture, they offer this. Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese form of braiding using multiple strands of cord and/or ribbon. Seiko Atsuta Perdue will teach a class on the art of the Japanese braid. A Kumihimo kit is included with your registration. On Saturday, April 24, 2021. A ZOOM link will be sent after registration. $25 dollar registration fee is required. Go to mukaifarmandgarden.org or email (email protected)

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)

Artist Trust is looking for volunteers that bring vital expertise, thought partnership, and community connections to join their Board of Trustees. Also a Mental Health & Wellness Mondays bi-weekly program happens which consists of artist stories, resource sharing and workshops that center self-care and encourage rest. The goal is to provide a platform for Washington State artists to share the tools and resources they use to better treat mental health and wellness, including how self-care might be incorporated as part of their artistic practice.  The Future Ancient public art team has put together a survey and artist roster to create economic empowerment for API creative through an Artist Roster created by and for local API Creatives and cultural workers. Take some time to fill out the survey to move this crucial work ahead. A Washington State Food Bank Map was created by Artist Trust as a resource for finding alternative food sources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant is an annual grant that will be awarded to self-identified lesbians for making visionary moving-image art. Also check out the monthly digest of resources and opportunities for artists. Try (email protected) to find out about all of the above possibilities.

The Asian Contemporary Fine Art Competition aims to discover and celebrate talented Asian, Asian Diaspora artists and artists residing in Asia. With a distinguished panel of jurors and awards valued at over $55,000 and opportunities to give selected artists immense opportunities for exposure in New York and at an art fair Entries are accepted until May 4, 2021.  For questions and clarifications, go to (email protected) or go to the website.

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L’histoire du bracelet bouddhiste remonte à approximativement 3.000 ans. Il est lié à la naissance de nombreux courants spirituels comme le bouddhisme et l’hindouisme. En effet, il s’agit d’un objet à usage spirituel. On l’utilisait durant séances de prières méditation.
Pour ce qui est de l’origine du bracelet, il est difficile de donner des nouvelle 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 par les fabricants.
Le bracelet bouddhiste en bois est l’allure d’une rosaire, un chapelet formé en 150 petits grains. En somme, il ressemble à une sorte de guirlande de sommaire 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 relique et un fermoir conique.
Autrefois, le bracelet était porté pour chasser mauvais réflexion et infortunes. Dans années 50, l’utilisait en qu’ornements pendant périodes festives.
Dans le de diffusion de cette religion, ce bracelet bouddhiste a connu des modifications afin d’être un accessoire or goût de tous. Ainsi, des tournures 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, feuilleter des mantras et effectuer des rituels.
Ils sont souvent composés de pierres naturelles, des pierres semi-précieuses avec une énergie positive. On retrouver la pierre semi pédante de :
• Amazonite
• Obsidienne
• Quartz rose
• Labradorite
• Cristal
• Quartz
• Turquoise
• Lapis lazuli
• Oeil de tigre
• Lazuli
• Améthyste
Porté autour du poignet, parure bouddhistes vont avoir des bienfaits lithothérapie et spirtituelles sur certaine partie du corps.
De plus, ces fioriture et perles portent des inhabituelle importantes, le message pour terminés les pratiquants de la doctrine bouddhiste.

Le bracelet est une sortie plus succinct des perles normales qui est la même signification et transmet le même message.

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

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

En effet, les décoration bouddha sont de véritables sources de bien-être. Si vous devez balbutier en public chez exemple, il assez de garantir un bijou en calcédoine d’or poignet.
Cela vous donne l’opportunité d’obtenir de s’offrir de s’approprier une 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 phénomène didactique au Tibet et au Népal, et in globo dans complets les pays asiatiques duquel la culture est avant tout tournée vers la spiritualité.
Les dame tibétaines et népalaises attachent une grande importance à leur apparence, se parant ainsi de joyaux ornés de pierres naturelles ou de symboles spirituels forts, tels signes auspicieux ou bien les mantras bouddhistes (souvent deux).