Arts Etc. – 5 mai 2021 | Yoga

Conception par Kanami Yamashita

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La célèbre artiste philippine Pacita Abad a passé des années fructueuses à Washington DC 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 Soceity 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 d'œuvres 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 du 29 mai 2021 à la galerie Elizabeth Leach. Il explore la création de sa marque et de l'image à travers des aquarelles et des gravures sur bois. 417 NW 9e à Portland. 503-224-0521 ou visitez www.elizabethleach.com.

Les artistes de Seattle Romson Bustillo et June Sekiguchi ont actuellement des travaux à l'affiche dans l'exposition de groupe intitulée «Réflexions – 20 ans de la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates» 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 collective d'artistes internationaux de l'imprimerie intitulée «Chromatic Impressions», des impressions 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 du Seattle Art Museum présente les éléments suivants. L'exposition collective «Exceptionnellement ordinaire: Mingei 1920 – 2020» est en cours et présente des sculptures en bois de George Tsutakawa tirées de sa série «Obos». Également à l'affiche, «Pure Amusements: Richesse, Loisirs et Culture dans la fin de la Chine impériale». Un autre spectacle qui débutera le 20 mars 2021 et qui se poursuivra 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 modifié plusieurs de ses programmes éducatifs en ligne. Pour en savoir plus sur les programmes suivants – «L'art de l'empathie: Visites virtuelles en direct», «Les yeux sur l'Asie», «Vidéos d'éducation à l'art», «Faits saillants 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 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 juillet 2021, Xiaojan Wu, conservatrice de l’art japonais et coréen, parlera de «Some / One: Do Ho Suh’s Dog-Tag Sculpture». En parlant de conservateurs, le Seattle Art Museum a approfondi son engagement envers l'art sud-asiatique en embauchant Natalia Di Pietrantonio en tant que première conservatrice adjointe de l'art sud-asiatique. La première exposition qu'elle organisera pour le Seattle Asian Art Museum est provisoirement intitulée «Skin As Allegory» prévue pour la fin de 2021. Elle mélangera des objets contemporains et historiques et explorera des pratiques visuelles contenant des représentations et des re-figurations du corps humain de 3 avant JC à aujourd'hui dans une variété de médias. Les objets seront extraits de la collection du musée et des collectionneurs privés. Allez sur seattleartmuseum.org pour voir le programme complet ou essayez (email protégé). Le musée d'art asiatique de Seattle à Volunteer Park rouvre le 28 mai 2021. Les billets sont libérés tous les jeudis à 10h. Les billets doivent être obtenus à l'avance. La capacité est limitée.

Le musée d'art de Cascadia 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», présenté à l'Exposition universelle de Seattle en 1962. À l'affiche 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 le 5 mars 2021. Les heures d'ouverture sont du vendredi au dimanche de 10 h 00 à 17 h 00. La réservation des billets en ligne avant la visite est fortement encouragée car il fonctionne à capacité limitée. Les expositions actuelles comprennent ce qui suit – «Paths Intertwined» présente des œuvres d'artistes taïwanais et chinois de la diaspora qui s'inspirent de thèmes d'identité, de lieu et d'appartenance. Les artistes en vedette incluent Agnes Lee, ZZ Wei, Larine Chung, May Kytonen, Jenny Ku, Shin Yu Pai, Ellison Shieh et Monyee Chau, qui reste à l'affiche jusqu'au 7 novembre 2021. Une table ronde animée avec les artistes est prévue pour le 10 juillet. , 2021.Des visites sur place sont disponibles deux fois par jour dans le théâtre de l'histoire de Tateuchi. «Hear Us Rise» est une exposition qui met en valeur les femmes américaines d'Asie-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. À l'affiche jusqu'au 16 novembre 2021, «Guilty Party» est une exposition collective d'œuvres multimédias de divers artistes américains d'Asie-Pacifique organisée par Justin Hoover. L'exposition à venir est «Gerard Tsutakawa: Histoires en forme de bronze» qui explore l'inspiration, la conception et le processus de fabrication des sculptures publiques de Gerard Tsutakawa ainsi que leur effet sur Seattle physiquement, socialement et culturellement. Il existe également de nombreux programmes virtuels. Il y a des visites virtuelles du musée 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 17h PDT. Découvrez ce qu'il y a dans la boutique de cadeaux sur la place de marché en ligne du Musée. Les programmes mensuels d'heure du conte peuvent être visionnés sur www.digitalwingluke.org/programs.

KOBO à Higo est maintenant ouvert le samedi de 11h à 17h. Les masques sont obligatoires et vous devez utiliser le désinfectant pour les mains fourni lors de votre entrée. 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 créneaux horaires seront limités pour assurer la sécurité de tout le monde, ainsi que des protocoles de protection supplémentaires en place pour respecter les directives 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 de magasinage 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 25 anse 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 enracinée 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 à jamais le cours de l'histoire de l'art du bonsaï. Avec 32 bonsaïs, documents d'archives et photographies. L'exposition retrace la pratique culturelle du bonsaï aux États-Unis et au Japon juste 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 ayant joué un rôle dans l'incarcération de plus de 120 000 Américains d'origine japonaise. Un enregistrement post-événement de l’événement «Branch Out» tenu en août sera disponible sur la chaîne YouTube du Pacific Bonsai Museum. À l'affiche maintenant jusqu'au 10 octobre 2021. 2515 South 336th St. in Federal Way, WA. L'admission se fait par don. Les heures d'ouverture sont du mardi au samedi de 10 h 00 à 16 h 00. 253-353-7345 ou par courriel (email protégé).

Le musée d'art de Tacoma rouvre le 10 avrile, 2021. «Peinture déconstruite: sélections de la collection Northwest» 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 l'affiche pendant une période prolongée. 1701 avenue du Pacifique. 253-272-4258 ou allez à (email protected)

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. Obtenez une carte au kiosque d'information et explorez la collection du campus par vous-même. Appelez le 360-650-3900.

Le Musée des arts et de la culture du Nord-Ouest de Spokane a ce qui suit: «Témoin du temps de guerre: le journal peint de Takuichi Fujii». Fujii était un artiste de Seattle et son journal illustré couvre les années de son éloignement forcé en 1942 jusqu'à son internement à Minidoka qui s'est terminé 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 00 à 17 h 00 avec des billets chronométrés achetés uniquement en ligne. 509-456-3931 ou rendez-vous sur Northwestmuseum.org.

Le Musée d'anthropologie de l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique, présente «Un avenir pour la mémoire: l'art et la vie après le grand tremblement de terre dans l'est du Japon» jusqu'au 5 septembre 2021. Le 11 mars 2021 marque le 20e anniversaire de la réaction en chaîne au Japon 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, commissaire 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 à l'échelle mondiale.» Les artistes incluent Masao Okabe et Atsunobu Katagiri. Pour compléter l'exposition et lui donner des liens mondiaux, 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 sur moa.ubc.ca pour plus de détails.

Le Musée canadien chinois de la Colombie-Britannique ouvre sa première exposition dans le quartier chinois de Vancouver. Intitulée «Un siège à la table», l'exposition explore les expériences historiques et contemporaines des Canadiens d'origine chinoise, en particulier sous l'angle 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 ses recherches et ses programmes futurs. Une autre exposition devrait ouvrir ses portes au musée de Vancouver à l’automne. Les deux expositions devraient traverser la Colombie-Britannique. dans l'année. Cette exposition est au 27 East Pender. Pour plus de détails, accédez à (email protected)

Le musée du centre culturel chinois au 555, rue Columbia à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. a une exposition permanente intitulée «De génération en génération – Histoire des Canadiens d'origine chinoise en Colombie-Britannique». 604-658-8880 ou rendez-vous sur cccvan.com.

La Vancouver Art Gallery présente l'artiste chinois multimédia Sun Xun et son travail jusqu'au 22 août 2021. Aussi «Pictures And Promises», une exposition de groupe jusqu'au 6 septembre 2021. Basée dans la vaste collection d'art à base de lentilles du VAG qui fait allusion aux formes et conventions des médias de masse, de la mode et de la publicité. Comprend des travaux 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 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 (Colombie-Britannique) 604-662-3207 ou allez à vancouverchinesegarden.com.

«Broken Promises» est un projet pluridisciplinaire, multi-institutionnel et communautaire de 7 ans qui explore la dépossession des Canadiens d'origine japonaise dans les années 1940. Il met en lumière la perte d'un foyer et la lutte pour la justice d'une communauté raciale marginalisée. «TAIKEN: les Canadiens d'origine japonaise depuis 1877» est également en cours. Musée national et centre culturel Nikkei au 6688 Southoaks Crescent à Burnaby. 604-777-7000 ou rendez-vous sur nikkeiplace.org.

Lancé en 2009, le 5e La Triennale de l'estampe de l'Okanagan est présentée à la Vernon Public Art Gallery de Vernon, en Colombie-Britannique. Du Canada jusqu'au 19 mai 2021. Présente des œuvres d'artistes internationaux tels que 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. Accédez à vernonpublicartgallery.com.

À l'affiche jusqu'au 15 mai 2021 au West Vancouver Art Museum, «Les espaces entre nous» de Jackie Wong. Une série d'œuvres photographiques qui nous inspirent 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 allez à westvancouverartmuseum.ca.

Le musée Jordan Schnitzer sur le campus de l'Université de l'Oregon à Eugene présente les éléments suivants: «Céramiques anciennes d'Asie du Sud-Est: spécimens de Thaïlande et collection du musée. À l'affiche jusqu'au 13 juin 2021. «Rhapsody in Blue and Red: Ukiyo-e Prints of the Utagawa School.» Visible 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 in Eugene, Oregon. 541-346-3027.

Portland Japanese Garden a les activités suivantes. Leur exposition s'intitule «Les portes de l'espoir: connecter les cultures» – Une exposition de style documentaire commémorant le 10e anniversaire du grand tremblement de terre et du tsunami dans l'est du Japon et de la catastrophe nucléaire dévastatrice qui a suivi. À voir jusqu'au 31 mai 2021. 611 SW Kingston Ave.503-223-1321 ou japanesegarden.org.

Le Japanese American Museum of Oregon est temporairement fermé en vue du déménagement du musée vers 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 email (email protected)

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

«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.

L'Asian Art Museum de San Francisco présente actuellement les éléments suivants. «Perdu en mer: récupéré des épaves». «Zheng Chongbin: Je cherche le ciel.» «After Hope: Vidoes of Resistance.» 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, Californie. 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 musée De Young à Golden Gate Park à San Francisco a prévu d'ouvrir cet été. L'artiste renommé de la région de la baie, Hung Liu, a un spectacle intitulé «Golden Gate» qui débute le 17 juillet 2021 et il reste à l'affiche jusqu'au 2 janvier 2022. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive à San Francisco, Californie. 415-750-3600.

Le musée d'art de Berkeley / PFA a ce qui suit. «Beyond Boundaries: Buddhist Art of Gandhara» à l'affiche jusqu'au 3 octobre 2021. «Kay Sekimachi: Geometries» à l'affiche du 26 mai au 24 octobre 2021. 155 Centre St. Berkeley, CA 510-642-0808 ou rendez-vous à (email 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 visible jusqu'au 30 janvier 2022. Plus tard cet été, une installation massive intitulée «Factory of the Sun» de l'artiste européen Hito Steyerl qui ouvrira le 6 août 2021. 110 South Market St. à San Jose, Californie. 408-271-6840.

Le Musée national japonais américain (JANM) a ce qui suit – En cours est «Common Ground – The Heart of Community» qui comprend un bâtiment de camp d'internement japonais de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. «Under a Mushroom Cloud – Hiroshima, Nagasaki et la bombe atomique» à l'affiche jusqu'au 13 juin 2021. «Taiji Terasaki – Transcendients – Heroes at Borders – 100 Days of Covid – Memorial to Healthcare Workers» à l'affiche 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) présente les éléments suivants: «Yoshitomo Nara» visible jusqu'au 5 juillet 2021. «Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22nd St. » à l'affiche jusqu'au 16 mai 2021. À paraître, «Sam Francis And Japan: Emptiness Overflowing». 5905, boul. Wilshire 323-857-6010.

Le musée de l'USC Pacific Asia à Pasadena, en Californie, présente ce qui suit – «Nous sommes ici: art contemporain et voix asiatiques à Los Angeles» maintenant à l'affiche. Cette exposition de groupe présente le travail de sept artistes féminines contemporaines de divers héritages d'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 spectacles de l'été 2021 comprennent les suivants – «Immersion divine: l'art expérientiel de Nick Dong» et «Carrefour» à la découverte de la route de la soie. » À l'automne 2021, une exposition collective intitulée «Intervention: perspectives pour un nouveau PAM» sera présentée. 2680 N. Los Robles Ave. à Pasadena, CA. 626-787-2680 ou (email protégé)

La rénovation par l'architecte / artiste Maya Lin de la bibliothèque centenaire Nelson 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 bloquant la vue ont été remplacées par des agrandissements encastrés remplis 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 seule zone climatisée. Ce projet a également eu une résonance personnelle chez Lin parce que sa mère a fui Shanghai alors que l’armée de Mao Zedong a attaqué la ville et que 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 collectionneur de photographies de premier plan qui a réuni l'impressionnante collection de photographies du 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 et 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 – Une exposition monumentale de sculptures en plein air» est à l'affiche 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 de papier. Ces sculptures métalliques à grande échelle ont été créées en collaboration avec des artistes d'origami de renommée mondiale tels que Te Jui Fu, Beth Johnson et d'autres. 4344, boulevard Shaw. Saint-Louis, MO. 314-577-5100 ou rendez-vous sur events.missouribotanicalgarden.org.

La National Portrait Gallery du Smithsonian à Washington, D.C. 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 la période de Liu en Chine maoïste dans les années 1960, son immigration en Californie dans les années 1980 et le sommet de sa carrière aujourd'hui. C'est la première fois que le musée célèbre une femme d'origine asiatique américaine avec une exposition personnelle. L’inauguration de l’exposition coïncide avec le Mois du patrimoine asiatique et pacifique américain 2021. Les dates de cette exposition sont du 21 mai 2021 au 9 janvier 2022.

Le National Museum of Asian Art / Sackler Gallery sur le Smithsonian Mall à Washington DC présente le texte suivant: «Rencontre avec le Bouddha: Art et pratique à travers l'Asie» 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 au début de 20e siècle artiste japonais Tomioka Tessai. 1050, avenue Independence SW. Washington DC.

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

Le musée Peabody Essex de Salem, MA, présente les éléments suivants: «Zarah Hussain: Breath» visible jusqu'au 2 janvier 2022. 161 Essex St. à Salem, MA 816-745-4876 ou allez sur pem.org.

Le Minneapolis Institute of Art a ce qui suit – «Pour embellir et protéger: vêtements et bijoux Miao de Chine» à l'affiche jusqu'au 23 mai 2021. «Impressions abstraites» par Hagiwara Hideo jusqu'au 23 mai 2021. «20 danses: la calligraphie japonaise alors And Now »jusqu'au 2 janvier 2022.« Captive Beauties: Depictions of Women in Late Imperial China », visible jusqu'au 9 mai 2021. 2400 Third Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 888-642-2787.

Le Walker Art Center a 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 15 septembre. 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 (email protégé).

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

Le Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York propose ce qui suit – «Le Japon: une histoire du style» jusqu'au 24 avril 2022. «La peinture et la calligraphie chinoises de près» jusqu'au 27 juin 2021. «Célébrer l'année du boeuf» à travers 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 présente 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.» visible jusqu'au 30 mai 2021. «Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone» visible jusqu'au 27 juin 2021. 725 Park Ave. à New York City.212-327-9721 ou essayez www.asiasociety.org.

«Réveillez-vous: un voyage bouddhiste tibétain vers l'illumination» 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 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 Musée du chinois en Amérique a ce qui suit – «En un seul pas – Histoires sur la création de l'Amérique» à l'affiche jusqu'au 31 décembre 2023. «Fenêtres pour Chinatown – Cinq expositions sur le trottoir» jusqu'au 30 mai 2021. " Un photojournaliste improbable – Emile Bocian dans le quartier chinois »à l'affiche jusqu'au 31 décembre 2021. 215, rue Centre à New York. 855-955-MOCA ou essayez mocanyc.org.

Le musée Noguchi présente les éléments suivants – «Koho Yamamoto: Under A Dark Moon» à l'affiche jusqu'au 23 mai 2021. «Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting» jusqu'au 16 mai 2021. «Noguchi's Useless Architecture» est un spectacle inspiré par ses visites aux appareils astronomiques indiens. À l'affiche du 19 mai 2021 au 8 mai 2022. 9-01,33rd Rd. Long Island, New York. 718-204-7088.

La Japan Society présente ce qui suit – «Quand la pratique devient la menuiserie – Des outils du Japon» à l'affiche jusqu'au 11 juillet 2021. 333 East 47e St. New York, État de 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 toujours pour la nature avec ces pièces. Des sculptures florales qui transforment le paysage emblématique de l’espace sont exposées. Ses sculptures monumentales «Dancing Pumpkin» et «I Want To Fly To The Universe» sont également présentes. Et à venir cet été sera sa «salle miroir à l'infini – Illusion dans le cœur» qui reflétera la lumière extérieure. Les billets chronométrés seront vendus en plusieurs fois. 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, État de New York. 718-817-8700 ou essayez nybg.org.

L'Asia Society Texas Center présente «Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power», la première étude complète des musées américains sur ce célèbre photographe, écrivain, activiste et créateur d'institutions bangladais et une personne de l'année dans le 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 sa carrière de quatre décennies. Cette exposition pionnière vise à offrir aux visiteurs une vue nuancée du Bangladesh et de l'Asie du Sud, à explorer les systèmes d'agence personnelle et collective et à souligner l'importance de la représentation de soi, 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, au Texas. Les heures d'ouverture sont du jeudi au vendredi de 11 h 00 à 16 h 00 et le week-end de 10 h 00 à 16 h 00. Pour plus d'informations, rendez-vous sur https://asiasociety.org/texas/exhibitions/shahidul-alam-truth-power.

Voici un tour d'horizon de quelques spectacles intéressants actuellement à l'affiche au Japon – «Tomoko Sawada: To Be Bewitched by a Fox» est un spectacle intéressant sur la carrière de ce photographe japonais qui présente des portraits de l'artiste transformé en plusieurs identités grâce à l'utilisation de coiffure, de maquillage et de 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 de haute technologie qui s'intéresse à la relation entre l'homme et la technologie. À l'affiche jusqu'au 20 juin 2021. 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-Ku, Tokyo, Japon. + 81-5—5541-8600 (Hello Dial).

Le Fuchu Art Museum présente «Spring Edo Painting Festival: Yosa Buson» à l'affiche jusqu'au 9 mai 2021. À Tokyo Metropolitan Forest 1 – 3, Sengencho, Fuchu, Tokyo. O42-336-3371 ou essayez https://www.city.fuchu.tokyo.jp/art/.

Le Musée national de Tokyo dévoile des trésors culturels qui dépeignent le règne animal dans «Trésor national: animaux gambadeurs», à l'affiche jusqu'au 30 mai 2021. 13-9 Parc Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo. + 81- (50) -5541-8600.

«Vidéo Vivo: L'art et la vie de Shigeko Kubota». Kubota a réalisé un travail que certains appelaient la sculpture vidéo. J'ai vu une fois son ode rafraîchissante à Duchamp au Hara Art Museum qui se composait de roues de vélo avec des moniteurs vidéo attachés. Cette rétrospective se compose de dessins et de documents trouvés dans ses propres archives ainsi que d'œuvres issues de collections japonaises. À voir jusqu'au 6 juin 2021 au Musée préfectoral d'art moderne de Niigata. 3 chome-278-14 Senshu, Nagaoka, Niigata, Japon. +81 258-28-411 /.

Le Musée national d'art moderne de Kyoto organise l'exposition de groupe suivante – «Ayashii: Images décadentes et grotesques de la beauté dans l'art japonais moderne» jusqu'au 16 mai 2021. Et à venir, une exposition sur un architecte japonais renommé, «Kuma Kengo : Five Purr-fect Points for a New Public Space ”à l'affiche du 18 juin au 26 septembre 2021. +81 (0) 3-5777-8600 ou essayez www.momak.go.jp/english/.

Warehouse Terrada est un nouveau hangar de stockage pour l'art, mais récemment, ils ont décidé d'ouvrir leur espace caverneux pour afficher également de l'art moderne. Baptisé «Musée des collectionneurs d’art contemporain« QUOI », leur exposition actuelle s'intitule« Crossing Paths: A Collaborative Exploration Between Writer and Architect ». Il examine les dessins de maisons d'architectes contemporains réinterprétés à travers la vision expressive des écrivains. Comprend des travaux des architectes Machizo Tachihara, Kengo Sato, Toshiro Tanaka, Fuminori Nousaku, Naoya Mishina et Atsuka Mishina et des écrivains / poètes Kei Okamoto, Yasuhiro Yotsumoto et autres. À voir jusqu'au 30 mai 2021. 2-6-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa -ku, Tokyo. Accédez à https://what.warehouseofart.org.

Art4culture a annoncé les gagnants de leurs bourses d'artistes 3021 ARC. Cette année, les gagnants ont reçu 12 000 $ chacun et les candidats devaient être âgés de 18 à 25 ans. Diego Binuya, Monyee Chau et Saiyana Suzumura figuraient parmi les gagnants.

La sculpteur de Puget Sound, June Sekiguchi, représentée localement par ArtXchange Gallery, réalise deux projets d'art public à l'aéroport national de Clinton à Little Rock, Arkansas. Localement, elle a des projets au Glacier Middle School à Buckley, WA et dans la salle de médiation et de prière interconfessionnelle à l'aéroport SeaTac.

La France a décerné à l’architecte japonais Ando Tadao la plus haute distinction du pays, «La Légion d’honneur» pour sa contribution aux échanges culturels entre le Japon et la France.

Arts performants

Le Taiko Arts Center & Taiko Center of the Pacific présente un concert virtuel de taiko diffusé en direct depuis le théâtre d'Hawaï avec Kenny Endo et le Taiko Center of the Pacific et des invités spéciaux lors d'un concert intitulé «Ame, Tears of the Earth» le 22 mai 2021 à 18h30, heure d'Hawaï. This concert is supported by donations. Reservations are required. Go to bit.ly/AmeTearsoftheEarth. A portion of the  proceeds go to organizations fighting racism and protecting Mother Earth.

Intiman Theatre presents “Celebrating Asian American Art & Artists” produced in partnership with Pork Filled Productions. This virtual event will feature performances from Pork Filled Productions, SIS Productions, Susan Lieu and Michael Yichao followed by a live panel conversation that will discuss  the power of visibility to combat anti-Asian hate and the impact that the performing arts can have in increasing Asian American visibility. Aires virtually on May 18, 2021 at 5pm (PST). Free but you must register and you will receive a link to join.  Go to intiman.org or email (email protected).

“The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes” by Jamyang Norbu, one of Tibet’s most prolific activists and authors is an  homage to the famous British detective. It has been adapted by Bilal Dardai and marks Book-It Repertory Theatre Director Gus Menary’s debut (audio style). Missing years of the great detective’s life take him through the vistas of India and Tibet. To be presented in 5 separate episodes released each week for five weeks. All episodes available until June 30, 2021. Access to the play begins May 15, 2021 once you purchase a $25 ticket. (email protected)

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 20th 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. Last concert date is June 6, 2021. Go to http://www.seattlemodernorchestra.org/2020/09/24/2020-2021-season-announcement-press-release/ pour plus de détails.

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 Arts UW 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 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.

Rajan Mishra, noted classical Inidan vocalist has died at 69 of Covid 19-related complications. He was part of a famous duo with his brother and became an influential teacher, introducing traditional rags to many younger musicians.

A new violin concerto by composer Toshio Hosokawa entitled “Genesis” written for violin soloist Veronica Eberle received its world premiere in Hamburg with Staatsorchester Hamburg conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano.

The 2021 IDEA Awards for Theatre in New York were presented in a virtual ceremony on April 28, 2021. Some of the winners included Jessica Hagedorn for the 2021 Tooth of Time Distinguished Career Award and Haruna Lee for the 2021 Ollie New Play Award. For details, go to www.BretnPaulFoundation.org.

Hong Kong Philharmonic and Hong Kong Ballet teamed up recently in a new production entitled “Amadeus – (A Cyberpunk Dream) which was turned into a vibrant new video which can be viewed online.

Film & Media

Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Japan premier new videos for their virtual version of “Kodomo No Hi (Japanese Children’s Day Festival) every Sunday at noon during the month of May, 2021. Download a free Japanese cultural booklet and activity pack. Essayer https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEo_ory31QUvC_ _91qODGQ or log on to jcccw.org or email (email protected) or call 206-568-7114.

PBS Digital Studios and The Center for Asian American Media will debut “A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF ASIAN AMERICA” beginning on May 6  continuing on May 13, May 20 and May 27, 2021 on PBS Voices, a YouTube channel documenting the human experience.  This new miniseries will be hosted by Journalist Dolly Li and Professor Adrian De Leon and addresses the increase in hate crimes and anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S. The episodes will be released on a weekly basis throughout Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Segments released in sequence include “How ‘The China Virus’ Has Always Been A Part of U.S. History”, “Unpacking Asian Fetish from an Intersectional/Feminist Perspective”, “AAPI, APA, APIDA, AANHPI or Asian American?” and “Microaggression or Not Microaggression.“ For more information, visit PBS.org and PBSYouTube_Channel. Viewers are encouraged to engage in online conversation by tagging @PBS and using #PBSVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Throughout May, PBS is illuminating stories on the Asian American experience on air. To see the schedule of programs, go to PBS.org.

“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. Aller à 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.

The Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco announces CAAMFest 2021 which takes place from May 13 – 23, 2021 with an opening weekend featuring drive-in screenings at FOR’ MASON FLUIX. Most programs will be hosted directly on the festival website at www.caamfest.com or on Remo, a virtual video hangout space. General admission is $10. Festival guide can be found at https://caamfest.com/2021/festival-guide/. How To Festival Info. à https://caamfest.com/2021/how-to-festival/. A listing of all films and events can be found at https://caamfest.com/2021/all-films-events/. For tickets, go to https://caamfest.com/2021/ticketing/.

WORLD Channel celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Month with a series of featured documentary films in May. The films will be broadcast on WORLD Channel and stream on WORLDChannel.org. Four films, part of the WORLD Channel’s documentary series “America Reframed” will be screened. The films are subjects covering a Chinese American family tracing their roots to the deep South and uncover historic anti-Chinese bias and deep ties to the Black community; Asian children at a New York City elementary school drama program preparing for a production of “Frozen”; a cross-section of politically engaged Chinese Americans; and America’s first Muslim majority city during election season, an insightful look at multiculturalism at a challenging time in U.S. history.

“New Directors/New Films” is the annual showcase of emerging filmmakers presented by Film at Lincoln Center and MOMA in mid-May in New York City. New films screen in tandem with an online retrospective of selections from the past by directors like Charles Burnett, Gregg Araki, Lee Chang-dong and others. New feature films screened included “Pebbles” by P. S. Vinothraj, “Gull” by Kim Mi-jo, “Bipolar” by Qieena Li, “Dark Red Forest” by Jin Huaquin and “Short Vacation” by Kwon Min-pyo & Seo Han-sol. In the “Shorts” category, films screened included “I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face” by Sameh Alaa, “More Happiness” by Livia Huang and “Binh” by Ostin Fam.  In addition, a retrospective program on the films of Youn Yun-Jung was screened.

“Far East Deep South” is part of the PBS program series entitled “America ReFramed” and offers a poignant perspective on race relations, immigration and the deep roots of Chinese Americans in our national identity. It follows Charles Chiu and his family as they travel from California to Mississippi to learn about their grandfather and subsequently explore the history of the Chinese in the Deep South during segregation and the Chinese Exclusion era. To learn more, try www.FarEastDeepSouth.com. To see a trailer, try https://youtu.be/4ABGDr5k2HY. You can watch this film online at PBS.org from May 4 to June 3, 2021. Check for local listings and times as regions may differ at http:/bit.ly/ARF_FarEDeepS.

Director Cathy Yan is most known in the U.S. for her Marvel Comic’s based film “Birds of Prey” but before she made that, she debuted with “Dead Pigs”, a movie filmed in China set in Shanghai. It was a social satire based on true events and it has never before been seen in the States. It now opens exclusively via Metrograph’s Virtual Cinema on May 13, followed by a wider release on May 28, 2021. It won the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting at Sundance. For details, try (email protected)

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.

PBS’s “American Masters” aired a new documentary about the author Amy Tan entitled “Unintended Memoir” by James Redford.

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.

Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s latest film “Cliff Walkers” is a spy thriller set during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. It stars Chang Yi and Liu Haocun as spies working in the city of Harbin.

Paramount Studio is going to give Rogers & Hammersteins’s musical “The King And I” a film remake in hopes of incorporating some diversity and contemporary perspective into the project. No writer or director has been selected as of yet. The real Anna Leonowens was a mixed-race Anglo-Indian woman who kept her racial identity a secret her whole life.

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.

Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan’s films get a full retrospective on the streaming platform OVID. His latest film “Vivek” is a five hour dissection of Hindu nationalism

“The Vow From Hiroshima” is a documentary film by Susan Strickler. It is an intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima survivor who was pulled out of a fiery building in which her other 27 classmates were burned to death. This experience shaped her life forever and she pledged to crusade against the global dangers of nuclear weapons. The film is being screened around Japan. Community screenings for this film can be booked at bullfrogcommunites.com.

MUBI presents the following – “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” is the rarely seen debut from Academy Award-winning director Chloe Zhao. This stunning depiction of rural life in America helped establish the themes of grief and marginalization that punctuate her style. Climber-director Jimmy Chin’s 2015 film “Meru” documents his team’s drive to complete the first-ever ascent of Mt. Meru’s shark fin peak. An invigorating study of passion and  experience. Shohei Imamura’s 1967 film, “A Man Vanishes” starts out as a standard documentary before developing into something more complex. It becomes a self-reflective meta-mystery that follows an existential and elusive, jagged line of inquiry. “The Fate of Lee Khan” made in 1973 was the third installment in the filmmaker King Hu’s unofficial “Inn Trilogy.” It features an all-star female cast in this martial arts adventure in which a female troop of Chinese resistance fighters corner a Mongolian emperor’s official at an inn. This film was a follow-up to “A Touch of Zen.” “Labyrinth of Cinema”, a final opus by Nobuhiko Obayashi (“Haus”) released in 2019 is now on MUBI. A three-hour time-traveling, genre-hopping anti-war masterpiece, the film the director’s love letter to the art of cinema and its capacity to change the world. 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. Aller à (email protected) to find out about this film streaming service where you can rent by the month or by the year.

The festival “GlobalASIAN – From Grassroots to Globalization” presents “LiterAsian – A Festival of Asian Canadian Writing” as their May Asian Heritage Month event. It features authors and cultural activists from Canada and across the Asian diaspora. It will be broadcast live across the world. All events are free. For information, go to https://literasian.com/. For registration/tickets/program schedules, go to https://literasian.com/2021-event-schedule/.

In the past, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Asian superheroes have dealt in too many stereotypes such as the Mandarin super villain in “Iron Man 3”, the Netflix Marvel TV show, “Iron Fist” with a white guy as a Kung-fu kicking rich kid and then Tilda Swinton cast as a “celtic” to replace the traditional Asian ancient one in “Doctor Strange.” They hope to rectify that by casting Hong Kong cinematic legend Tony Leung in “Shang-chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Destin Daniel Cretton, the Hawaiian-born son of a Japanese American mother and Irish/Slovakian father will direct.

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.

Winners of the Academy Awards included the following – For “Best Actress in a Supporting Role”, Yuh-Jung Youn won for “Minari.” For “Best Actress in a Leading Role”, Frances McDormand won for “Nomadland.” For “Best Picture”, Nomadland” won. For the award for “Directing”, Chloe Zhao won for “Nomad land.” H.E.R. is a Filipino and Black American singer/songwriter. She received an Oscar for “Music” for the song “Fight for You” in “Judas and The Black Messiah.” H.E.R. did the music with Dernst Emile II and the lyrics with Tiara Thomas.

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.

Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that Vivian Hua and the Northwest Film Forum will receive the 15th Annual Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Film. Congratulations to Vivian and the crew at NWFF.

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. The discussion of the memoir “An Immigrant Daughter’s Story” by Senator Mazie K. Hirono with Viet Thanh Nguyen has been added. Laila Lalami who talks about “What It Means Be An American” and her book, “Conditional Citizens” with fellow author Viet Thanh Nguyen is also available. Aller à townhallseattle.org pour plus de détails.

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

Bellevue College’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month’s program features a ZOOM series of interesting speakers. IE contributor Juanita Tamayo Lott addresses “The Importance of Ethnic Studies” on May 7, 2021 at 1pm. Michael Tuncap speaks on “Cultivating Indigenous Knowledge and Leadership” on May 14, 2021 at 1pm. Kim Phuc speaks on “The Napalm Girl:’Love is More Powerful Than Any Weapon’” on May 21, 2021 at 1pm. Helen Zia speaks on “Anti-Asian Hate, Violence Against Women” on May 26, 2021 at 1pm. Aller à https://bellevuecollege.zoom.us/1/484497589 to register for ZOOM.

In 1977, 20,000 people from around the world gathered in Houston for the National Women’s Conference, the first and only time that the federal government supported a meeting with delegates from 50 states and 6 territories to collectively create a national women’s agenda. Students and alumni of UC Irvine and UC San Diego have researched this event and created a series of talks on this conference entitled “Sharing Stories – The 1977 National Women’s Conference” on Wed., May 12, 2021 from 3:30 – 5pm (PST). Washington state speakers include Rita Brogan and Juanita Tamayo Lott. For more information, email Professor Judy Tzu-Chun Wu at (email protected)

“We Hereby Refuse” is a graphic novel by Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura with illustrations by Ross Ishikawa and Matt Sasaki. It brings to light three Japanese American voices and their acts of defiance during the WWII internment of persons of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. The stories of their refusal to submit without a fight are tied together within an epic narrative of the internment camp experience. Co-published by the Wing Luke Museum and Chin Music Press. Book release on  May 18, 2021. To purchase copies, go to Wing Luke Museum’s Marketplace online store. The Seattle Public Library presents “We Hereby Refuse”, a discussion moderated by Densho Director Tom Ikeda on Monday, June 14 at 6pm (PST). Visit SPL.org for registration. On Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 2pm (PST), another book event will be held at Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles.

Chinese American Citizen’s Alliance and Seattle Unite as part of the “Our Shared Stories: History, Hate & Healing” series present the event “Metal Upon Heart Upon Glint: An Asian American Poetry Reading And Conversation” with Jane Wong, W. Todd Kaneko and Dorothy Chan as moderated by Mr. Kaneko. May 16, 2021 at 4pm (PDT) and 7pm (EDT). This is a free virtual reading but registration required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-shared-stories-history-hate-healing-tickets-151112915799. For more information try www.seattleunite.org or (email protected)

Nguyen Phan Que Mai celebrates the paperback release of her novel of generations of a Vietnamese family before, during and after the war entitled “The Mountain’s Sing” in a conversation with Megha Majumdar on Thursday, May 20 at 4:30pm (PST). Register for this free virtual event at (email protected)

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 May 6, 2021 at (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 the Westport Timberland Library. For details, go to humanities.org or email (email protected).

The Museum of Food & Drink present Brandon Jew and Tielon Ho, authors of “Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown – Recipes and Stories From the Birthplace of Chinese American Food”. They will talk about their new book on Monday, May 12 at 7pm (ET). Tickets are $10 or $45  which includes a copy of the book.  Go to httpas://mofad.ticketing.veevartapp.com/tickets/view/list/mister-jius-in-chinatown.

Elliott Bay Book Company has a full slate of events in their virtual reading series. Here are a few. 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. Aller à 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. Aller à 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. Erin 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 streaming live in May 2021 on May 7, 14, & 21 at 7pm. Visit jackstraw.org for details. Streaming live on Facebook (no Facebook account required.)

Congratulations to IE contributing writer Betsy Aoki who won the 2020 Patricia Bibby First Book Award. Her manuscript “Breakpoint” won a $500 prize and future book publication. “Breakpoint” is a book about women in the tech industry and also includes Sci-fi/fantasy and horror topics. She also had her first Sci-fi story publication in Uncanny Magazine.

“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.

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. 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 –

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

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.

Monday, May 24, 2021 by 4:30pm (PST) is the deadline for proposals for the Bellevue Japanese American Legacy Project. The group seeks an artist or artist-team to develop a site-specific artwork that recognizes and preserves the legacy of the Japanese American farming community of Bellevue. The community was forcibly removed from their homes and farms as a result of Executive Order 9055 issued by President Roosevelt on Feb. 10, 1942. If applicants have questions, submit them in writing by May 10, 2021 to (email protected). Go to the website https://bit.ly/2S1Tdur pour plus de détails.

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. Essayer (email protected) to find out about all of the above possibilities.

There are $10 million in grants available from Arts Fund and the Department of Commerce intended to help organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All applications received by May 24, 2021 will be considered. Aller à (email protected) for details or try artsfund.org or (email protected).

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation want to commission an artist or artist team to design and install mural art that reflects the diversity of the Central District at Spruce Street Mini-Park. Deadline is June 3, 2021 at 5pm. Apply on Submittable ((email protected)). For more information, contact (email protected) or call 206-684-7278.

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L’histoire du bracelet bouddhiste remonte à approximativement 3.000 ans. Il est adhérent la naissance de nombreux courants spirituels tel que le bouddhisme et l’hindouisme. En effet, il s’agit d’un objet à usage spirituel. On l’utilisait durant séances de prières méditation.
Pour ce qui est de l’origine du bracelet, il sera difficile de proposer des récente précises. Mais il s’avère qu’il provient de l’Inde. Selon la tradition, il sera composé de 108 perles. Mais elle n’est plus respectée pendant les fabricants.
Le bracelet bouddhiste en bois a l’allure d’une rosaire, un chapelet formé pendant 150 petits grains. En somme, il ressemble à une sorte de guirlande de fugace 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 scapulaire et un fermoir conique.
Autrefois, le bracelet était porté pour chasser mauvais entendement et infortunes. Dans les années 50, l’utilisait en tant qu’ornements pendant les périodes festives.
Dans le de diffusion de ces religion, ce bracelet bouddhiste a connu des modifications afin de devenir un accessoire d’or goût de tous. Ainsi, des formes plus simples et plus sophistiquées ont vu le jour. Il s’agit au contraire du bracelet shamballa et du bracelet Reiki à 7 chakras .

Les bracelets et perles ont beaucoup d’importance dans la culture bouddhiste. Ils sont utilisés pour prier, bouquiner des mantras et effectuer des rituels.
Ils sont souvent composés de pierres naturelles, des pierres semi-précieuses disposant d’une énergie positive. On retrouver la pierre semi bas-bleu de :
• Amazonite
• Obsidienne
• Quartz rose
• Labradorite
• Cristal
• Quartz
• Turquoise
• Lapis lazuli
• Oeil de tigre
• Lazuli
• Améthyste
Porté autour du poignet, les embellissement bouddhistes auront des bienfaits lithothérapie et spirtituelles sur certaine partie du corps.
De plus, ces décoration et perles portent des insolite importantes, le message pour achevés les adeptes de la doctrine bouddhiste.

Le bracelet est une sortie plus fugace des perles orthodoxes qui a la même signification et transmet le même message.

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

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

En effet, les parure bouddha sont de véritables source de bien-être. Si vous devez balbutier publiquement en exemple, il assez de soutenir un bijou en calcédoine d’or poignet.
Cela vous donne l’opportunité d’avoir une bonne élocution et d’éviter le bégaiement. En revanche, un modèle en chrysocolle fera en sorte de garder la « tête froide ».

Plus qu’un phénomène de mode, le bijou tibétain est un véritable phénomène instructif d’or Tibet et au Népal, et universellement dans exhaustifs les pays asiatiques de laquelle la culture est tout tournée vers la spiritualité.
Les femmes tibétaines et népalaises attachent une grande importance à leur apparence, se parant ainsi de bijoux ornés de pierres naturelles ou de symboles spirituels forts, tels les signes auspicieux ainsi qu’à les mantras bouddhistes (souvent les deux).