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A Sensory Feast at the Kearney Street Workshop Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, February 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.) the Kearny Street Workshop is opening  “A Sensory Feast,” an art exhibit “where you can experience food and art not just by eating and seeing, but also through your other senses of feeling, hearing, and smelling.” The exhibit will run through Feb. 24, but there is […]

Cameron Diaz Wouldn’t Kiss Jay Chou in “The Green Hornet”

My review of “The Green Hornet” is coming out in today’s issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. I largely liked the film a whole lot more than most critics. From an API representation perspective, it was somewhat groundbreaking, though it stops short of doing something revolutionary. From the review: “The film even seems like it’s […]

If Pixar’s ‘Up’ Were Made in 1965

By Ivan Guerro.

Tim Kang: Almost the subject of Nikkei Heritage Science Issue Editor’s Note

In an early draft of my editor’s note for the science issue of Nikkei Heritage, I made mention of an Asian American actor who appeared in a Shell gasoline ad. It turns out said actor was Tim Kang, whom I recently interviewed for the Nichi Bei Weekly. Here’s the original draft, in which I make […]

Eric Mar VS Aasif Mandvi

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c San Francisco’s Happy Meal Ban www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> The Daily Show on Facebook San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar appeared the other night on the Daily Show, which would have been fantastic if they weren’t completely unfair […]

Parks and Rec Returns Tonight!

Just a reminder, “Parks and Recreation’s” third season premieres tonight! The show, which features the great Aziz Ansari, is better than the last couple seasons of “30 Rock” in my opinion (with the exception of a funny, but rather unfair/offensive episode about a delegation from Venezuela, unfortunately penned by Alan Yang). The new season loses […]

Haley Kiyoko, star of Disney’s new high school musical (not High School Musical)

More hapas on (kids) TV! So apparently Disney is putting together a high school musical TV movie (not a High School Musical© TV movie, mind you) called “Lemonade Mouth.” The star is Nikkei, and Disgrasian has the rundown. Here’s an excerpt: Hayley Kiyoko (pictured, center), who plays one of the lead misfits. Because the 19 […]

Meet George Takei, ‘Supah Ninja’

His ninja name is Hologramps. I was going to try to write something funny, but I couldn’t top that. Looks like it could be a pretty good kid’s show. The main character is supposed to be a Nikkei kid, Mike Fukunaga, from a ninja family. The actor, Ryan Potter, looks pretty damn hapa to me. […]

More Thore!

“It seems that Marvel Studios believes that white people should have nothing that is unique to themselves.” Good point, Council of Conservative Citizens. First it was the water fountains, then the country clubs and then the presidency. Now comic book movie depictions of Norse Gods?! According to the Guardian, the CCC is calling for a […]

Behind the “Legend of Kamui” — Sampei Shirato

In a recent issue of Nichi Bei Weekly, I review the live action film adaptation of the “Kamui” manga series, a project that brings the work of Sanpei Shirato together with Kankuro Kudo and Yoichi Sai. The film, which was pretty ok, will be released on dvd and bluray on Dec. 28, conveniently timed so […]

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