Arts & Entertainment

Activists help shape story in ‘Free Chol Soo Lee’

Chol Soo Lee is a little-known icon of Asian American solidarity whose difficult life inspired many to action. The “Free Chol Soo Lee” documentary film tells his story, as well as the pan-Asian movement that it inspired. The film will be the closing night feature at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival May 22. Lee, […]

Mark Izu’s ‘Songs for J-Town’ evokes memories and hopes

Mark Izu assembled performers from across the United States and spent years putting together “Songs for J-Town,” but he only expected around 60 people to attend the April 23 world premiere at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco when he scheduled the show during the height of the omicron surge. Instead, more than 400 people […]

Michelle Yeoh shows Asian immigrant women are ‘Everything’

  Michelle Yeoh was adamant about one script change before committing to “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” The main character’s name had to go. She was named Michelle as a love letter to her from the directors. “I’m like ‘No, no, no’ because I believe this person, this character that you’ve written so rich, deserves […]

Mark Izu’s reflective journey through music with ‘Songs For J-Town’ April 23

Nichi Bei Weekly Report Award-winning jazz musician Mark Izu will present his latest concert “Songs for J-Town,” featuring a personal reflection of his nearly five-decade musical journey, April 23 at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco. He recently sat down with the Nichi Bei Weekly to discuss the project, and what it means to him. […]

Pioneering NYC taiko group Soh Daiko continues to transform itself

It’s another snowy Saturday afternoon in New York, but this has not kept members of taiko group Soh Daiko from holding their normal practice. As the days relentlessly beat toward their Carnegie Hall citywide performance at the end of March, members follow hours of drills and practice with a run through of their performance, energetically […]

SAHOMI TACHIBANA: American legacy of a Japanese dancer

Not many people can say their career has lasted nine decades, but for master Japanese classical dancer Sahomi Tachibana, her career in dance spanned 90 years indeed — and so much more.  “Dance has been my life,” Tachibana said in 2005. “Through this form I like to entertain and teach whatever I can offer.” Starting […]

The roots of California bonsai, the Issei and Nisei artists of yesteryear

The art of bonsai has contended with a number of challenges throughout the years. Unlike other works of art, bonsai plants are alive and continue growing even after the artist has long since passed. Rooted in Issei and Nisei hobbyist practitioners, bonsai is a curious art split along generational lines in America. “I think I […]

Ikebana showcases nature’s beauty

Ikebana can help one see nature with a different perspective, particularly as practitioners bring beauty into their homes, said Thanh Nguyen, president of the Ikebana Teachers Federation.  Ikebana can teach people “how to take the beauty from nature and apply it to your normal life,” she told the Nichi Bei Weekly in a phone interview. […]

Japan film ‘Drive My Car’ wins best international feature Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” won best international feature at the 94th U.S. Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 27, becoming the first Japanese film in 13 years to bag the prestigious Oscar for the category after having garnered a string of international accolades. “We’ve got it,” Hamaguchi said […]

‘Voices’ brings Hawai‘i story to life

Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, FBI agents appeared at Japanese American homes with guns and bayonets and began arresting Issei immigrants without cause and threw them in local jails. “They just grabbed him,” said Laura Miho, remembering how the FBI took her father, Koichi Iida. “We were all so scared. We […]

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