Arts & Entertainment

BOOK REVIEW: Cultural politics of Asian American movements

CHAINS OF BABYLON: THE RISE OF ASIAN AMERICA By Daryl J. Maeda  (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009, 248 pp., $20, paperback) Daryl J. Maeda’s slim book “Chains of Babylon: The Rise of Asian America” is a compelling and quite refreshing examination of the history of Asian American movements in the Vietnam War era. To […]

BOOK REVIEW: Lone Star State Asians, a rich and varied history

ASIAN TEXANS: OUR HISTORIES AND OUR LIVES Edited By Irwin A. Tang (Austin, Texas: The It Works, 2008, 416 pp., $35, hardcover) Who would ever have thought that there were one million persons of Asian ancestry living in Texas? Or that they have had such a stunningly rich and varied history? Well, pardner, this is […]

Exhibit, lecture puts Kanrin Maru into context

With the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese ship to America, many groups are seizing the moment to celebrate the establishment of diplomatic relations that paved the way for today’s strong U.S.-Japan alliance. A recent event and ongoing exhibit at the Japan Information Center delve deeper into the reality of the voyage […]

Larry Hama and the making of a ‘real American hero’

Every so often, a Hollywood movie studio makes plans to bring a popular property — be it a comic book, toy or TV series — to the big screen. Fans then fervently follow news of project developments, eager to learn the names of the screenwriter, director, and actors, or to glean script details. When Paramount Pictures […]

NJAHS exhibits concentration camp artifacts

The National Japanese American Historical Society’s (NJAHS) exhibit, “Sa sa e: Camp Objects of Memory,” currently on display at the San Francisco Japantown nonprofit’s Peace Gallery, offers a glimpse of what Japanese Americans experienced in American concentration camps during World War II. “Sa sa e” means to sustain or support, explained Rosalyn Tonai, executive director […]

Thriller ‘Inception’ represents breakthrough role for Japanese actor Ken Watanabe

In this summer’s first sci-fi thriller, Ken Watanabe stars in “Inception” with Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead, directed by Christopher Nolan, known for thrillers such as “Memento” and “The Dark Knight.” Watanabe has taken on the role of Saito, a powerful business mogul in the energy industry who needs Cobb (DiCaprio) to plant an idea […]

TOM YASUMI: From Tokyo to SpongeBob in 44 years

Tom Yasumi has worked in animation for the past 22 years, his entire professional life. He is currently an animation director for the hit cartoon series, “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He’s worked on many of Nickelodeon’s popular shows, including “The Rugrats” and “Rocko’s Modern Life.” He has worked on “SpongeBob” for the past 12 years. He was […]

MANGA REVIEW: Reboot: X-Men goes kawaii

X-MEN MISFITS By Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman Art by Anzu (New York: Del Rey, 2009, 192 pp., $12.99 paperback) “X-men Misfits” ironically describes itself by its title succinctly. The comic is a misfit in itself within the world of Marvel’s hit X-Men series. Through the frame of a shoujo-manga artist, this original English manga […]

MANGA REVIEW: Time to get schooled

ROSARIO + VAMPIRE: SEASON II VOL. 1 By Akihisa Ikeda  (San Francisco: Viz Media, 2010, 184 pp., $9.99 paperback) School is back in session. “Rosario + Vampire: Season II” is back for its second year. This continuation of the original series starts off with Tsukune Aono returning to Yokai Academy for his second year. All […]

MANGA REVIEW: A walk on the wild side

ARATA: THE LEGEND VOL. 1 By Yuu Watase  (San Francisco: Viz Media, 2010, 208 pp., $9.99 paperback) Yuu Watase, the acclaimed author of other manga series such as “Fushigi Yuugi” and “Ayashi no Ceres,” is no stranger to fantasy settings, but “Arata: The Legend” serves as her first foray into comics for boys. In “Arata,” […]

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