Design by Kanami Yamashita

Visual Arts

It’s been 18 years since artist Carl Michio Kishida died of complications due to cancer. Even today, there are places that remind me of his restless presence. Whenever I walk by the old Salty Dog ceramic studio in Ballard where the artist crafted quirky creatures in multi-hued glazes or in downtown Fremont where in a local arts and crafts shop stood one of his majestic bird sculptures – a yellow and green beak that pointed up to the heavens with the all-seeing eye pondering our existence down here.  Instead of pristine neatness, one finds in his work, a restless energy and a love of tinkering that pervaded everything. As his wife, Kristine reminded me, “Carl never really completely finished anything.” That was reinforced when I visited his house and backyard once. Carl used his hands to fashion art of whatever was available. He wasn’t the kind of artist that would feel comfortable in a studio of four walls and a ceiling. John Olbrantz, Director of the Hallie Ford Museum summed it up perfectly when he commented”…I had never been to a place quite like Carl Kishida’s yard, which featured birds, dogs, cats, fish, gateways, fences, and a host of animal architectural forms, lovingly and painstakingly made from wire, twine, rope and found objects. I felt like a child in some kind of magical garden, and as I walked from sculpture to sculpture amidst bamboo and other wild grasses I realized I was in a very special place and in the presence of a very creative and special artist.” Now we all have a rare chance to see again the work of this remarkable artist. Kristine Kishida will have a show and sale of “Yard Art by Carl Kishida” on June 16 & 17 and June 23 & 24 from 10am – 6pm at 919 6th Avenue South in Edmonds, WA. Her description of the show is as follows – “Carl Kishida’s wire sculptures and arches depicting birds, fish, dogs, cats and more captures the essence of each animal. They’re reflections of his personal experiences with animals in the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rico and Mexico. The show will also feature Carl’s ceramic work where sea and pond creatures abound.” For details, try [email protected].

“To Drown” is a sound and light sculptural installation by L Koo on view at Jack Straw New Media Gallery from June 1 – July 13, 2018. Koo gives an artist talk on Friday July 13 at 7pm. The installation explores the idea of sinking underwater as a metaphor, the aching slowness of light and sound that quietly unfolds and shifts produces a place that is at once both comfortable and unsettling. Inviting the viewer as a disturbance to space, the piece acknowledges the disquiet that comes with having remained in a place for too long. L Koo is a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At Jack Straw Cultural Center at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle’s University District. In related news, Jack Straw presents their “Artist of the Week Podcast.” The current installment is an Artscape radio piece produced by Jack Straw which features an interview and audio from Stan Shikuma and Seattle Kokon Taiko. Listen at or subscribe via itunes.

Opening Mon., May 21 is a new JCCCW Exhibition entitled “Genji Mihara: An Issei Pioneer.” Mihara was an Issei first-generation Japanese immigrant leader who helped to build Japanese culture and community in Seattle. Open M – F from 10am – 5pm. Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington is at 1414 S. Weller St. Free. For details, go

“After Life (What Remains) is a multi-genre visual art and performance exhibition that stages a conversation between Asian Pacific American and indigenous artists around the following questions: What new strategies are needed to survive after environmental catastrophe and military intervention, by communities facing displacement and dispossession? How can speculation, humor, and fantasy fuel larger movement for social change around the Pacific Rim – around the region, the world and in the American heartland? Curated by Thea Quiray Tagle and featuring artists Alejandro T. Acierto, Machael Arcega, Leeroy New/Aliens of Manila, Super Futures Haunt Qollective and Rea Tajiri. Opening reception is June 16, 2018 from 5 – 8pm. Remains on view through July 21, 2018. Gallery hours are on Saturdays from 12 – 7pm.  At The Alice Gallery. 6007 – 12th Ave. in Seattle. Go to [email protected].

“Select Works by Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani” chronicles the work of this artist who lived from 1920 – 2012 and whose life was the subject of an award-winning documentary film “The Cats of Mirikitani” by Linda Hattendorf. It is now on view through Sept. 16, 2018 at Emerson Street House at 1006 NE Emerson St. in Portland. The show was curated by artist Roger Shimomura and produced and originally shown at the Wing. In addition, the documentary film on the artist screens  June 10 at 7pm at Clinton Street Theater at 2522 SE Clinton St. in Portland.323-632-6638 or visit

A non-profit, the Portland Chinatown History Foundation will open the new Portland Chinatown Museum to the public on June 7, 2018 with a feature exhibit of “Made in the USA: Portland’s Chinatown” by Seattle photographer Dean Wong. A new version of “Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns”, an enormously popular national exhibit held at Oregon Historical Society two years ago will be permanently installed in late summer followed by a gala celebration. The museum hopes to stir up interest in preserving what’s left of the community as gentrification strips away vestiges of the original community. Before the official opening however, the Portland Chinatown Museum will premiere “A Tale of Two Ghettos”, a new multiple-site installation by Portland artist Horatio Law. 127 NW 3rd Ave. 503-224-0008.

“Bench Mark” is a partnership for Youth exhibition developed by teens during a free workshop when they had to learn how to collaborate to design and produce a bench. Co-organized by Lynn Chou, Manager of Youth and School Programs and Negarra A. Kudomu, Manager of Public Programs. Features the work of Abdisemed Ali, Gebreyaus Wengeda, Eva Gugsa, Tegarius Kea, John Le, Kiet Nguyen, Ngoc Nguyen, Tam Nguyen, Nurham Nuru and Nhu-Phuong Tran. Teaching artists Laura Bartunek, John Hallock and Jim Nicholls provided 3-D modeling. Presented by Frye Art Museum and Associated Recreational Council Recreational Tech program at Yesler Community Center with the support from Olson Kundig. Public opening is June 15, 2018 from 7:30 – 9:30pm. On view from  June 26 – Oct. 14, 2018. “Group Therapy” is a group show that addresses themes of healing and self-care and comments on and/or adapts strategies of alternative medicine, psychotherapy and wellness practices. Includes work by Maryam Jafri and Cindy Mochizuki. Public opening is Sept. 14, 2018 from 7:30 – 9:30pm. On view through Jan. 6, 2019. 704 Terry Ave. 206-622-9250.

Alex Kang uses technology to explore the heartbreak of losing information in translation. His work is part of the “2018 University of Washington MFA+MDes Thesis Exhibition”, a group show of graduating art students set for May 24 – June 24, 2018. On the Seattle UW  campus in the University District. 206-543-2280 or email [email protected].

Seattle Art Museum has the following – “Talents and Beauties: Art of Women in Japan” through July 15, 2018. “Pure Amusements: Chinese Scholar Culture and Emulators”, an installation of Chinese works ranging from prints to sculpture and furnishings to ceramics. The focus is on objects created for, and enjoyed during the intentional practice of leisure. Ongoing. “Pacific Currents” & “Billabong Dreams” are two adjacent installations that feature the theme of water from New Guinea to Puget Sound through Oct. 21, 2018. “Walkabout:The Art of Dorothy Napangardi” opens May 5, 2018 and is ongoing. Third Floor Galleries. This Aboriginal artist was born in the Tanami Desert of Australia. Her work is a spiritual map of walking with her family across ancestral land. “Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India” opens Oct. 18, 2018 and remains on view through Jan. 21, 2019. 1300 First Ave.  206-654-3210 or try

Seattle Art Museum presents a new series for SAM members entitled “Conversations With Curators” through June 2018. All lectures start at 7pm in the Auditorium with a Happy Hour starting at 6:30pm. Some highlights – June 20 brings Foong Ping, Curator of Chinese Art together with Xiaojin Wu, Curator of Japanese and Korean Art talking about “Transforming An Icon: Behind-The-Scenes At The Seattle Asian Art Museum.” (see related article elsewhere in this issue).You can buy tickets online at or call 206-654-3210 or stop by the Ticketing Desk at SAM.

“Jose Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press – Prints from the David J. Sellers Collection” is a show on that print movement from Mexico’s history presently on view at Bellevue Arts Museum through August 19, 2018. Local printmaking artist Romson Bustillo will show you how to make your own Posada-inspired print in a 3 hour workshop. In it, he will demonstrate the techniques of printmaking’s past while exploring printmaking techniques of the present. Ages 21+ are welcome to join “Wine & Workshop: Posada Printmaking with Romson Bustillo” set for Friday, June 8 from 6 – 9pm. Accompanied by a private tour, small bites and refreshments. Fee for BAM  members $30 and non-members, $40. 510 Bellevue Way NE. 425-519-0770 or

“Akio Takamori: Paintings and Sculpture” is on view from May 3 – June 30, 2018 and pairs his drawings with related ceramic work in sculpture. James Harris Gallery. 604 – 2nd Ave. in Seattle. 206-903-6220 or try [email protected].

STG presents “Re:definition-Celebrating 90 Years of Community, Culture and Space”, a group show in the lobby of the bar in the Paramount Theatre guest curated by Jean Alonzo Rodriguez, Tracy Rector and Tariqa Waters to help celebrate that cultural institution’s 90th birthday. Included is work by Junko Yamamoto, Kenji Hamai Stoll and others. 911 Pine in downtown Seattle. 206-682-1919.

Traver Gallery has the following – Jun Kaneko is one of main figures in the contemporary ceramics movement. Based in Nebraska, the Japanese artist is known for his massive outdoor sculptures of ceramic heads. His show runs from June 7 – 30,  2018. 110 Union St. #200 in Seattle. 206-587-6501 or go to

Leena Joshi is part of a group of artists that will create works that citizens will be able to experience throughout the city of Seattle in an on-going series entitled “a lone” on view from May 3 – 31, 2018. Go to the Mount Analogue website to see a map of locations.

Pacific Bonsai Museum shakes up this Japanese tradition with LAB (Living Art of Bonsai), an experimental collaborative for bonsai innovation This project is a re-sequencing in the order of influence between the bonsai artist, ceramicist and stand maker. The project kicks off in 2018 and continues through 2020. A video trailer from a film about this new process can be viewed at For more information, go to

“Americans Interned: A Family’s Story of Social Justice” features artwork by Chris & Jan Hopkins that highlights personal stories of the effects of Executive Order#9066 which authorized the eviction of Japanese Americans from the West Coast during WWII. June 14 – Sept. 1, 2018. Schack Art Center at 2921 Hoyt Ave. in downtown Everett, WA. 425-259-5050 or go to Admission is free. Open daily.

Portland Art Museum has the following – “Suzuki Haranobu and the Culture of Color” is a new exhibit that looks at Harunobu’s contributions to the culture of color in his clever and elegant prints. This exhibition incorporates the physical materials of these important prints and is a collaboration between Portland State University Professor Tami Lasseter Clare, Curator Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D and Museum Conservator Samatha Springer. June 23 – Sept. 16, 2018. “Modern Japanese Prints from the Carol and Seymour Haber Collection” is on view through June 17, 2018. 1219 S.W. Park Ave. 503-226-2811 or try [email protected].

Internationally known ceramic artist and former UW Professor Patti Warashina has a show of new work set for the Mesa Contemporary Arts Center through August 5, 2018.  One East Main St. in Mesa, Arizona. 480-644-6560 or go to [email protected].

KOBO  at Higo at 604 South Jackson features many small arts & crafts/textile shows and activities inspired by Asia or work by Asian American artists. There is another branch of KOBO on Capitol Hill at 814 E. Roy St. 206-726-0704.

New and recent shows /activities at the Wing include the following – “Lore Re-Imagined: Shadows of Our Ancestors” is curated by Chieko Phillips. It brings together three artists who make work that engages the cultural traditions of previous generations. Satpreet Kahlon uses the embroidery and textile techniques passed on by her mother and grandmother to create soft works with strong cultural subtexts. Alex Anderson uses his ceramic studies in China to probe the moral and physical decay behind seemingly flawless facades. Megumi Shauna Arai’s “Unnamed Lake” uses sashiko (Japanese hand-stiched embroidery) to reflect on the physical, mental and emotional applications of mending. Opening reception is Thursday, June 14 from 6 – 8pm. Artist’s talk on Sat., June 16 from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Remains on view  through April 14, 2019. “Wham! Bam! Pow! – Cartoons, Turbans & Confronting Hate” opens May 4, 2018 and remains on view through Feb. 24, 2019. This is an exhibition of work by New York-based cartoonist Vishavjit Singh who wields art and humor to fight intolerance and challenge stereotypes. “A Dragon Lives Here”, part 4 of the ongoing Bruce Lee exhibition series has just opened. This concluding part hones in on Bruce Lee’s Seattle roots and how this region played a key role in shaping Lee and his groundbreaking career. A reminder that Bruce Lee tours reopen on March 10, 2018. “Visions of Pasifika: Light from Another World” on view now through Nov. 11 2018 looks at Pacific Islander artists who incorporate tradition while looking towards the future. Includes work by Lilian Ongelungel, Kalel’okalani, Roquin-Jon Quichocho Siongco and Selena Velasco.  “Costumed Spectacle: Cantonese Opera from the So Family Collection shows off the intricately embroidered costumes that belonged to a Cantonese opera singer who performed in Hong Kong and later in Seattle. Through July 1, 2018.  “What’s In Your Cup? – Community Brewed Culture” is a new exhibit honoring the beverages that have given life to communities – from farmers and families who nurture the raw materials to friends & kin who bond over shared drinks. Hear histories of commerce, colonization and survival. Share tales from a Japanese family who brewed sake from Fukushima to Seattle, the Seko’s who ran the beloved Bush Garden, Carmel Laurino who pioneered the value of Filipino coffee, Lydia Lin who cultivated  tea appreciation through her Seattle Best Tea and Koichi Kitazawa, a brew master at Starbucks. On view through  Sept. 16, 2018. 206-623-5124×127 or email [email protected] for details. “New Years All Year Round” shows how New Year is celebrated in Chinese, Khmer and Korean cultures. On view through  July 1, 2018. Toddler Story Time set for Thursdays at 11am always has events centered around a kid’s book and an art activity afterwards.   A new addition to The Wing’s daily Historic Hotel Tour is “APT 507” which is the story of Au Shee, one Chinese immigrant woman who helped build Seattle’s Chinatown. Her living room is interactive with objects meant to be felt, opened  and experienced.   The Museum is located at 719  South King St. (206) 623-5124 or  visit Closed Mondays. Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm. First Thursday of each month is free from 10am – 8pm. Third Saturday of each month is free from 10am – 8pm.

Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park is now closed for what is projected to be a renovation and extension that will take several years.

“Bring the Mind Home” by Minh Carrico is his latest public art commission for Storefronts and Shunpike. Drawn from “The Tibetan Book of Living And Dying” by Sogyal Rinpoche, the public art piece can be found at the corner of Mercer and Terry Ave. N. in South Lake Union.

“Immigrant Artists And The American West” is a group show taken from the Haub Family collection of art of the American West showcases the role immigrants played in the settlement of this area. Includes work by Bi Wei Liang, Akio Takamori, Mian Situ, Kenjiro Nomura and Humaira Abid. On view through June 14, 2020. “Familiar Faces & New Voices: Surveying Northwest Art”  stays on view through the summer of 2019. This group show is a chronological walk through of Northwest art history, illustrated with the works of noted artists from each time period as well as lesser-known but just as important figures. Different works will be displayed throughout the run of this show. Includes the work of Patti Warashina, Roger Shimomura, Joseph Park, Alan Lau (full disclosure, that’s me)  and many others. Tacoma Art Museum at 1701 Pacific Ave. 253-272-4258 or email [email protected] or go to

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center presents the following – “Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community – Japanese American Life in Oregon” is an ongoing exhibit.  Beginning this year, visitors can see artifacts of the collection up close as the stacks will be open to see as the staff does filing. April 12 – June 10, 2018 brings a show entitled “Arts and Crafts Made in the Japanese American Incarceration Camps”. June 14 – August 5, 2018 will be a show entitled “A Soldier’s Story: The Photo Album of Yukimori Okimoto Who Served During WWII with the 522nd Field Artillery, Liberators of the Subcamps of Dachau.”July 14 – August 5, 2018 brings a show entitled “Oshu Nippo: Artifacts from Portland’s Japanese Language Newspaper – 1909 – 1951”. 121 NW Second Ave. in Portland.503-224-1458 or go to

Portland Japanese Garden has some interesting shows planned for this year. “Shokunin: Five Kyoto Artisans Look to the Future” (see related article elsewhere in this issue) is on view from May 12 – July 8, 2018. Includes the work of Hosai Matsubayashi (Asahi-yaki ceramics), Shuji Nakagawa (woodworking), Keihou Nishimura (lacquer), Ogawa Choraku (Raku tea ceramics) and Chiemi Ogura (bamboo basketry).  Sept. 15 – Nov. 4, 2018 is a show entitled “Gion Matsuri: The World’s Oldest Urban Festival”. This 900 year old festival in Kyoto, featuring elaborately decorated floats from all provinces of Japan. A wall of video monitors shows the festival procession, Kyoto’s top photographers provide still images and festival musicians will visit to perform the unique festival music. “Manga Hokusai Manga” comes Dec. 1 – Jan. 14, 2019. This is the only venue in the U.S. in which viewers can see the world famous manga woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai displayed alongside work by top modern manga artists. 611 South Kingston Ave. 503-223-1321  or try

On view through July 1, 2018 is “The Long Nineteenth Century in Japanese Woodblock Prints” which features more than 50 works from the collection of Lee and Mary Jean Michels. University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. 1430 Johnson Lane in Eugene, Oregon.  541-346-3027 or visit

“Remembering a Patron – Asian Art Donations from Dr. Judith Patt” is a group show honoring the legacy of this woman who generously donated Asian works of art to the AGGV for over 40 years. The show includes important Chinese and Japanese paintings to a variety of Japanese prints from the 18th to 20th century. On view from  June 20, 2018 to January 7 2019. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is at1040 Moss St. in Victoria, BC, Canada. 250-384-4171 or go to

Vancouver Art Gallery – On view through June 17, 2018 is “Bombhead”. This is a thematic exhibition by guest curator John O’Brian that explores the emergence and impact of the Nuclear Age as represented by artists and their art.  Brings together drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs, film and video that deal with this often dark subject matter. Includes work by Robert Rauschenberg, Wang Du, Adolph Gottlieb, Roy Kiyooka, Nancy Spero, Ishiuchi Miyako, Andrea Pinheiro, David Hockney and many others. Opening May 10 and on view through Oct. 8, 2018  in VAG’s offsite location is the work of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. He is acclaimed for his innovative use of inexpensive local materials in the creation of temporary shelters for those made homeless by environmental or political disasters. On view is the prototype “log cabin” shelter he designed in response to the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Built of cardboard tubing, the cabin expresses the architect’s concerns with sustainability and humanitarianism in the service of disaster relief.  Vancouver Art Gallery is at 750 Hornby St. in Vancouver, BC Canada. 604-662-4719 or

“Karin Lee: Queer-sum” is the title of a show at SUM Gallery located on the fourth floor of the B.C. Artscape Sun Wah Building in Chinatown. The gallery takes its name from the dim sum restaurant  for which the space was originally designed. The board of advisors wanted for the inaugural exhibition, an artist with deep links to Vancouver’s Chinese and queer communities, a woman whose work was challenging and transgressive and queer. They chose local artist Karin Lee who is fourth-generation Chinese Canadian. Three film/media works by Lee will be shown in conjunction with Pride in Art’s Queer Arts Festival. Remains on view through  August 6, 2018. 268 Keefer St. Call +1-604-684-2925 or go to for details.

Art Beatus in Vancouver, BC present “Melancholia Dreamland”, a series of new landscapes by Simone Guo. On view  through June 22, 2018. 108-808 Nelson St. in Vancouver, BC. 604-688-2633 or go to Closed weekends and holidays.

Nikkei National Museum presents the following – Kayla Isomura’s “The Suitcase Project” opens in June and will be on  view through Sept. 2018.The museum has numerous online exhibits as well as offsite exhibits. Check their website for details. The Nikkei National Museum is at 6688 Southoaks  Crescent in Burnaby. 604-777-7000 or go to

The “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” series by Ai Weiwei is a reinterpretation of the twelve bronze animal heads representing the traditional Chinese zodiac that  once adorned the famed fountain-clock of the Old Summer Palace outside Beijing. On view in the North Courtyard through June 24, 2018. “Long Nineteenth Century in Japanese Woodblock Prints” features more than fifty works from the collection of Dr. Lee and Mary Jean Michels. Through July 1, 2018. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene. 1430 Johnson Lane. 541-346-3027.

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco has the following – “When Pictures Speak – The Written Word in Japanese Art” on view through August 19, 2018.   On going are two installations. In front of the museum is “Dragon Fortune” by Taiwanese artist Hung Yi which meshes together Taiwanese folk art, Japanese textile design and pop art kids cartoons. In the lobby is “Collected Letters” by Liu Jianhua, a cutting edge installation of porcelain letters and fragments of Chinese characters suspended in mid-air. 200 Larkin St. 415-581-3500.

LACMA or Los Angeles County  Museum of Art has a show on Chinese master brush painter Wu Bin entitled “Wu Bin: Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone” through June 24, 2018. Also on view is “Unexpected Light: Works by Young ll Ahn, a contemporary Korean artist through June 2018. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6010.

The Broad has had a Yayoi Kusama infinity room entitled “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” in their permanent collection for some time. Now they have added a second one entitled “Longing For Eternity” to their collection. Visitors can see it on view beginning March 17, 2018. For tickets, go to [email protected].

The Japanese American National Museum has the following shows  – “HAPA ME – 15 Years of the HAPA Project” on view through Oct. 28, 2018. Tracks artist Kip Fulbeck’s documentation of mixed race individuals from childhood to the present in images and text in their own words. “What We Carried: Fragments & Text Memories From Iraq & Syria. Jim Lommasson’s photos capture what these refugees brought from their homelands to their new home in America. Through August 5, 2018. “Common Ground: The Heart of Community.” This overview exhibit of Japanese American history is ongoing.

100 N. Central Ave. in Los Angeles. 213-625-0414 or go to

The USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena is one of the few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. It closed its 1924 building for more than a year for a seismic retrofit and a makeover of its galleries. The museum has now re-opened to the public with a new exhibition entitled “Winds from Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century” which explores the influence of  visiting Mexican artists on the development of art in China. Through June 10, 2018. 46 N. Los Robles Ave. 626-449-2742 or email [email protected].

“Chiura Obata: An American Modern” is the first retrospective of this noted Bay area artist whose work reflected the glories of the American landscape from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite. His influence could also be felt at UC Berkeley where he had a distinguished teaching career. He also helped found art schools in internment camps during WWII. On view at the  Santa Barbara Museum of Art through April 29, 2018. Curated by ShiPu Wang with a catalogue. 805-893-2951. After Santa Barbara, the exhibition travels to the following sites. May 25 – Sept. 2, 2018 at Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City. Jan. 18 – March 10, 2019 at Okayama Prefecture Museum of Art in Okayama, Japan (the artist’s hometown), June 23 – Sept. 29, 2019 at Crocker Art Museum in Sacr

Denver Art Museum  has the following – “Eyes On” is a show of work by contemporary Chinese artist Xiaoze Xie now on view through July 8, 2018. The show is the first in a series of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists that the museum feels should have fuller exposure in the region. Xie has had a lifelong passion for books. In this show he has created still-life paintings of books, videos and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China. In the Logan Gallery and FuseBox in the Hamilton Building’s fourth floor. The next installment of this series features work by Native American visual artist Julie Buffalohead and Japan-based conceptual artist Shimabuku. Both artists use the depiction of animals as a vehicle to explore both familiar and unfamiliar narratives related to their personal heritage and the world around them. Buffalohead uses metaphors, iconography and storytelling narratives to describe the emotional and subversive American Indian cultural experience. Shimabuku showcases a video entitled “do snowmonkeys remember snow mountains?” in which a group of Japanese snow monkeys are transported from their natural habitat of snow-capped Japanese mountains to a Texas desert sanctuary. Shimabuku uses these Texas primates as a surrogate for humans to explore ideas of migration, environmental adaptation and memory. Festured at the 57th  Venice Biennale in 2017. Both installations on view from July 29, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019. 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway in Denver, CO. Call 720-865-5000 or go to

The Freer/Sackler Gallery on the Smithsonian Mall shows you how religion and art mix in “Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia through Nov. 29, 2020. 202-633-1000 or go to for details.

The National Museum of Women In The Arts presents the printed work of Bay Area-based Chinese-born painter Hung Liu whose portraits suggest sculptural possibilities. Through July 8, 2018  in Washington DC. 202-783-5000.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has the following – “The Poetry of Nature: Edo Paintings from the Fishbein-Bender Collection” through Jan. 21, 2019. “Celebrating the Year of the Dog” through July 4, 2018. Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer” through July 22, 2018. “A Passion for Jade: Heber Bishop and His Collection” through July 22, 2018. “Crowns of the Vajra Masters: Ritual Art of Nepal” through Dec.16, 2018. “Japanese Arms and Armor from the Collection of Etsuko and John Morris” through Jan. 6, 2019. “Streams and Mountains Without End: Landscape Traditions of China” through Jan. 6, 2019.1000 Fifth Ave. New York, New York. Go to for details.

Artist/sculptor Huma Bhabha grew up in Karachi, Pakistan but has lived in the US for almost 30 years. She lives with her artist husband in the Hudson Valley. She will be the next artist to be featured in the popular roof-installation series at the Metropolitan Museum of art in New York. She’ll be bringing a big ax, literally. The installation entitled “We Come in Peace” will be comprised of two alien figures rough-cut chopped with an ax out of a block of cork. She likes to work with unwieldy materials like cork, styrofoam and burned wood. The installation at the Met is on view from April 17 – Oct. 28, 2018. She has a solo show in Sept. at Contemporary Austin, a piece at the 57th Carniege International in Pittsburgh and a retrospective at ICA Boston in March of 2019. The Met is at 1000 Fifth Ave. in New York City. Go to for details.

The Rubin Museum of Art has the following shows – Work by Chitra Ganesh through Nov. 4, 2018. “Sacred Spaces” through Oct. 15, 2018. “The Second Buddha” through Jan. 7, 2019. “Masterworks of Himalayan Art” through March 25, 2018.  “Gateway to Himalayan Art” through July 16, 2018. “A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful” through Nov. 11, 2018. “The Sacred Buddha – Master of Time” through Jan. 7, 2019. “A Lost Future” by Shezad Dawood – The Otolith” through Jan. 28, 2019. 150 W. 17th St. New York, New York. 212-620-5000×344 or go to

The Asia Society Museum in New York presents the following – “Clouds Stretching for a Thousand Miles: Ink in Asian Art” from June 22 – August 12, 2018. This show celebrates the versatility and enduring influence of the calligraphic ink tradition across Asia with works by Gu Wenda, Hunag Yan, Minjung Kim, Qiu Zhijie and Sun Xun. The contemporary work will be shown alongside two newly acquired illuminated Qur’ans from China & Central Asia and will illustrate the innovative use of ink and calligraphy in visual expression, from the thirteenth century to the present, across Asia and the diaspora.  The exhibition kicks off with “Ink and Drink” on Friday, June 22 from 6 – 9pm. Free museum admission, a cash bar and activities inspired by ink as all part of festivities. To find out more, go to 725 Park Ave. New York City, New York. 212-327-9721 or go to for more details.

The Cleveland Museum of Art has the following –

The Yayoi Kusama “Infinity Mirrors” show continues its tour with a stop here July 7, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2018. 11150  East Blvd. 216-421-7350.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston has the following. “Japanese Prints: The Psychedelic Seventies” through August 12, 2018 with work by Yokoo Tadanori, Takeda Hideo and Oda Mayumi. “10,000 Miles Along The Yangzi River” allows  viewers to embark on a transcontinental journey in imperial China via the visual stimulation of Chinese brushpainting. July 21 – Sept. 30, 2018.  9300  Avenue of the Arts. 465 Huntington Ave. Go to or call 617-267-9300.

The Art Institute of Chicago presents the following. Xu Longsen: Light of Heaven” is an installation specifically created for this museum and features a set of painted pillars with a number of monumental landscape paintings. Through June 24, 2018. “Modern Japanese Prints” includes the portrait prints of Onchi Koshino and Saito Kiyoshi from April 14 – July 1, 2018. “Rhythm of the Weave” includes a wide range of textiles from around the world from the 14th century to the 20th century on view from May 18 – Oct. 21, 2018. 111 South Michigan Ave. 312-443-3600.

“Hard Bodies – Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture” on view through June 24, 2018 and curated by Andres Marks. Minneapolis  Institute of Art. For centuries, the making of lacquer ware has served a utilitarian and decorative function. But now with modern advances in technology, contemporary artists are pushing into new frontiers. This show is a window into the future of abstract sculpture and installation using the sheen of lacquer as another texture. 2400 Third Ave. S. Call toll free at 888-642-2787.

The Saint Louis Art Museum presents the following – “Sun Xun: Time Spy” is on view through Oct. 21, 2018.  Contemporary Chinese artist Sun Xun uses woodblock printing, a centuries-old technique, to reimagine and transform the 21st century medium of digital animated film. More than 10,000 woodblocks were carved, than inked and digitally scanned to create animation cells. A selection of the woodblocks used to create the film will also be on display. Since the artist’s work is in constant dialogue with art history, the Museum will also display four prints by Albrecht Durer in recognition of the German Renaissance artist’s influence on his own practice. Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th – 15th Centuries” remains on view through  Sept. 30, 2018. One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. 314-721-0072 or go to

The Dallas Museum of Art has the following – “Asian Textiles: Art Along the Silk Road”  stays on view until Dec. 9, 2018. 1717 N. Harwood  in Dallas, TX. 214-992-1200.

“Takiguchi Shuzo And the Artists Who Captivated Him” June 19 – Sept. 24, 2018. “A Group Show from the MOMAT Collection” on view through Sept. 24, 2018. National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. 1-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

Noted Japanese modern art collector Toshio Hara, head of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo has the following – “Mami Kosemura: Phantasies Over Time” on view June 16 – Sept. 2, 2018. Go to for details.

Miho Museum in Shiga. “100 Modern Tea Scoops – Connoisseurship and Society” on view Oct. 20 – Dec. 2, 2018. “Red And Blue – Exploring The World of Sacred Colors”  on view from June 30 – August 26, 2018. “Ancient Civilizations of The Americas – The Human and the Supernatural” on view from Sept. 8 – Oct. 8, 2018. Go to for details.

“The Myriad Forms of Visual Art: 196 Works With 19 Themes” Through July 1, 2018. The National  Museum of Art, Osaka. 4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan. +81-3-3212-2485.

“Collection Exhibition 3 – ‘Adventures in ‘Seeing.’ ” Is a group show on view through June 24, 2018. Includes work by Suzuki Hiraku, Anish Kapoor, Yamazaki Tsuruka, Monique Frydman, Koganezawa Takehiro, Kadonaga Kazuo, Tony Cragg, Zygia Clark, Isa Genzken and Jeppe Hein.  21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. 81-76-220-2800 or email [email protected].

Looking for some art workshops to try out as summer approaches? Below are some ideas –

Scott McCall and Mari Shibuya teach “Portfolio Intensive”  for teenagers (ages 15 – 18) July 16 – August 17, 2018 at Gage Academy of Art. You’ll learn observational drawing and painting by working from casts, live models and still life set-ups.  1501 – 10th Ave. E. Ste. #101 in Seattle. Go to for details.

Michelle Kuo was former editor-in-chief of “Artforum” magazine. She resigned in October 2017 amid sexual harassment allegations against the magazine’s publisher, Knight Landesman. Shas now joined the Museum of Modern Art in New York as a curator in their painting and sculpture department.

Art scholar Christina Yu Yu  has been appointed chair of Asian art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Previously she has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.

The Neon Museum in Las Vegas has selected Karl Orozco as its 2018 National Artist in Residence. Orozco is a Filipino-American printmaker, illustrator, comic artist and educator who creates work that grapples with the legacy of colonialism and seeks to challenge assumed notions of race, family, migration and power. His eight week residency from July 2 – August 25 will include a carved linoleum mahjong tile retelling of family narratives of his grandmother’s underground gambling den in the Philippines. The artist will design and create signage welcoming museum visitors to a reimagined space mimicking his grandmother’s 1950s underground mahjong parlor. 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd. 702-387-6366.

The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angles has appointed Karen L. Ishizuka to the position of Chief Curator. Ishizuka was previously on staff as media producer, curator and director of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center.

On June 5, 2018, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft presented Taiwanese artist Yen Tzu Chang in the scope of the “Science and Art in Dialog” event series in Berlin. She created a performance entitled “Whose Scapel” during her artist residency at the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS. The performance addresses the future of the human-machine relationship in surgery. The installation is based on a 3D printed model of the artist’s heart equipped with lights and electronic sound generators. During the performance, Chang, guided by artificial intelligence, acted as a ‘surgeon’ and placed a bypass with the help of cables. For details, go to

Performing Arts

Book-It Repertory Theatre’s adaptation of Thanhha Lai’s “Inside Out & Back Again” takes place on Sat., June 9 at 10:30am at Wing Luke Asian Museum. Free. It incorporates the poetry of the novel with original music and fun physicality. Adapted and directed by Sara Porkalob with Tyler Dobie, Ulyber Magune, Helen Martin and Madison Silva. It tells the story of a young girl’s idyll childhood in Vietnam whose life is changed when the family is uprooted because of the war. Suddenly she finds herself in the alien environment of Alabama where she is the only Asian child and must learn a new language. This event is part of the Theatre’s “Arts & Education” touring schedule where Book-It tours several plays to schools and community events. If you are interested in finding out more about this program, call 206-428-6266. Wing Luke Asian Museum is located at 719 S. King in the CID. 206-623-5124 or try

Richard Nguyen Sloniker plays the lead role of Lord Windermere in Taproot Theatre’s production of Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windermere’s Fan” now through June 23, 2018. It expected that this new production  with a multi-cultural cast will add new depth to the classic comedy of class and manners. On the Jewell Mainstage. Directed by Karen Lund. Post-play discussions are held every wed. and also on June 13 at 2pm. There is a senior Matinee on June 13 at 2pm. 204 N. 85th St. in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. 206-781-9707 or go to

On Friday, June 15, 2018, Totem Star celebrates the release of “Respect The Vibez – The Mixtape, Vol. 3”. It is the third release from the youth of Totem Star and features music and poetry recorded at their studio from 2017/2018. Thirty young artists are featured that take the listener on a journey from hip hop to spoken word and from pop to R&B to Reggae. Ajani, KidLIO, Neo Truth, Zag, Cobb x Theo and Zoe Roberts are some of the artists featured. Totem Star amplifies and empowers youth voice through music production and performance to strengthen life skills in leadership, civic engagement, and community-building.  The event starts at 5:30pm and is a free all ages event. At Youngstown Cultural Arts Center at 4408 Deldridge Way SW. 206-923-0917 or to for details.

The Forbidden City was a legendary cabaret/club in San Francisco’s Chinatown which featured Asian performers in dance, music, comedy and skits and was highlighted in filmmaker Arthur Dong’s documentary film. Now the Shanghai Pearl & Theatre Off Jackson hope to re-create that magic today in Seattle with “A Night At The Forbidden City – An Intergenerational Cabaret & Variety Spectacular”  with an all Asian American cast from around the country. Expect an evening of live jazz, song, dance, burlesque and acts of daring-do that will thrill, dazzle and delight. The cast includes magician Nash Fung, arts-activist Sara Porkalob performing pieces from her musical, “Dragon Lady”, circus artist Patricia Charms, a stilt, strip and pole sensation from Portland, aerialist Vivian Tam who will defy gravity, The Grant Avenue Follies which include dancers from the original San Francisco Forbidden City, contemporary dancer/activist Mooneyka (Au Collective, Lil’ Brown Girls Club, Remix), performer and producer, The Shanghai Pearl and Portland-based performers Hyacinth Lee & Satira Sin. The acts will  be backed by Seattle-based jazz group, The Owen Yen Trio. On Sunday, June 24, 2018. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 6:30pm. General admission is $25 with VIP seating at $88. VIP Package available. 206-340-1049. The Theatre Off Jackson is at 409 7th Avenue South in the CID.

ReAct Theatre, a multicultural company run by David Hsieh. In the summer, they encore “Aliens” by Annie Baker, a comedic drama with music that explores the friendship between three millennial misfits June 29 – July 29, 2018. At 12th Avenue Arts on Capitol Hill. All tickets at Brown  Paper Tickets.

On the Boards will  present the 2018 NW New Works Festival June 8 – 10 & June 15 – 17, 2018. This event showcases Northwest artists from various genres on two stages with new performance works. Susan Lieu will do a theatre piece entitled “140 Pounds” on June 8 at 8pm and June 9 – 10 at 5pm at The Studio Theatre. Angel Alviar-Langley does a performance/dance piece entitled “Moonyeka: In The White Frame” June 9 – 10 at 8pm at Merrill Theater. Pam Tzeng does a performance/dance entitled “SHE” by Jo-Lee on June 15 at 8pm and June 16 – 17 at 5pm at Studio Theater.100 W. Roy St. 206-217-9886 or go to for details.

ARTSWEST in West Seattle presents the following –The season closes with Kiss of The Spider Woman” June 7 – July 8, 2018. 2018.S.W.  in West  Seattle.

The Meany Center For The Performing Arts – Looking forward to the 2018/2019 season, look out for the following. The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble are one of the premier Indian Classical Dance ensembles performing today. They have the distinction of making the New York Times “Best Dance of the Year” list two years running. They will make their Meany debut with special guest artists from Sri Lanka’s Chitrasena Dance Company to perform the critically acclaimed collaborative piece “Samhara” performed with both Indian and Sri Lankan musicians. Oct. 4 – 6, 2018  at 8pm. The Taiwan Philharmonic has been hailed as one of Asia’s best. They make their Seattle debut on Nov. 3, 2018 at 7:30pm under the baton of Shao-chia Lu. They perform Brahms, noted Taiwan composer Gordon Chin’s “Dancing Song” and are joined by pianist Stephen Hough for Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq returns to Seattle on Feb. 8, 2019. Her vocal improvisations bridge traditional roots with contemporary culture, stirring in punk, metal and electronics. Time for Three is a ground breaking string trio that transcends tradition as well by mixing elements of pop and rock into their classical foundation. They perform on April 18, 2019. Yekwon Sunwoo won the Gold Medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He makes his Seattle debut in a program of Schumann, Liszt, Beethoven and Schubert. One performance  only on Sat., May 4, 2019 at 7:30pm. All tickets now available as part of a Meany Center subscription package and remaining single tickets go on sale on August 1, 2018. You can order online at or call 206-543-4880 or visit the ticket office at 41st Street between University Way  NE & Brooklyn Ave. NE. tickets available via FAX too at 206-685-4141.

Crossroads Bellevue, the Eastside’s live music venue presents free live performances every weekend. On the 2nd Saturday of every month at 5:30pm is 2nd Saturday Family Night with free kid-friendly music performances. On the 3rd Saturday of every month at 6:30pm is Northwest Folklife which presents diverse, family-friendly cultural arts performances. To see the schedule, go to 15600 NE 8th in Bellevue. 425-644-1111.

MAD TV comic star Bobby Lee returns to the area for stand-up on June 7 & 9 . At Parlor Live Comedy on the 3rd floor of Lincoln Square at 700 Bellevue Way NE Ste. 300 in Bellevue,WA. 206-602-1441 or go to

A Sensible Theatre’s production of “PAGEANT: The Musical”, co-presented with ACTLab will be on stage from June 15 – July 8, 2018. The opening will coincide with Seattle PRIDE 2018. The cast includes Christian Quinto  who stars as Miss Industrial Northeast. He was previously seen in a local production of “The Odyssey. ”PAGEANT” was written by Bill Russell & Frank Kelly, conceived by Robert Longbottom and composed by Albert Evans of Seattle. The performance takes place at The Bulitt Cabaret at ACT, 700 Union St. in downtown Seattle. Tickets start at $35 with student discounts available. For tickets and information, call 206-292-7676 or visit For details on “PAGEANT”, go to

The Theatre Off Jackson has the Sunday Night Shuga Shaq is the only monthly all people of color “burlesque revue” in Seattle. Produced by Briq House Entertainment and Sin De la Rosa with a show on June 10 at 7pm. 409 – 7th Ave. S. in the CID.Go to for complete details.

Conductor Ludovic Morlot ends his tenure with the Seattle Symphony with a varied and stimulating series of concerts. Some highlights include  noted soprano Yasko Sato who is featured in Seattle Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 Dec. 28 – 30, 2018. At the Taper auditorium. The annual “Celebrate Asia” concert is back on Jan. 27 at 4pm in Taper Auditorium. The theme this year is Korea. The orchestra will be led by highly touted conductor Shiyeon Sung known for finding the right balance between dynamic passion and even handed music making. Pianist Seong-Jin Chao won the Gold Medal at the Chopin International Competition and has never looked back. He will be a featured soloist. Soprano Kathleen Kim is a regular guest at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera and will grace the stage with her beautiful voice. The program consists of work by John Adams, Rachmaninov, Narong Prangcharoen, Unsuk Kim and traditional Korean folk songs. Taper Auditorium. The Silkroad Ensemble (featured in a documentary film) returns with the world premiere of Kinan Azmeh’s clarinet concerto, composer/pianist Vijay Iyer’s “City of Sand”, Edward Perez’s “Latina 6/8 Suite” and a world premiere by noted composer Chen Yi. Wed., Feb. 6 at 7:30pm in the Taper Auditorium. All concerts at Benaroya  Hall in downtown Seattle. Go to for details.

The Seattle International Dance Festival takes place June 8 – 24 at various locations around Seattle and always includes a generous sampling of local talent and visiting international companies. Includes local dance group, The Three Yells on June 9 & 10 at 7:30pm and Swiss/Japanese dance group “T42” set to perform June 15 & 16 at 8pm. Go to for complete details. The Seattle company, The Three Yells will also have a world premiere, “A Crack In The Noise” in their annual concert at Cornish Playhouse Feb. 1 – 2, 2019 and will also perform “A Roomful of Scissors” in the winter of 2019 at Frye Art Museum.

Organist Mina Choi plays the music of Keeble, Purcell, Matter and Bach on the pipe organ on June 15, 2018 at 12:10pm. Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma at 310 N. “K” St. 253-383-1569 or go to [email protected].

Freehold Theatre and the artists of Engaged Theatre will collaborate on a new production of “The Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare directed by Robin Lynn Smith with scenic design by Reiko Huffman. The cast is across gender and race lines. They will take the production on the road from July 9 – 24 and will connect with some of the Northwest’s most challenged and underserved communities such as jail inmates, incarcerated youth, and women dealing with mental health issues. Besides prisons and hospitals, there will be public performances in parks and concert halls as well. All performances are pay-what-you-can and reservations are requested through Brown Paper Tickets. 206-323-7499 or go to for details.

For world-class classical music in the heart of the city this summer, look no further than Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival taking place July 2 – 28, 2018.  Artistic Director is James Ehnes. Includes performances from musicians like Karen Gomyo, Andrew Wan, Che-Yen Chen, Bion Tsang, Jeewon Park, Jun Iwasaki George Li, Richard O’Neil, Yura Lee, Maiya Papach and many others. Also take note of a free “Chamber Music In The Park” concert in Volunteer Park on July 28 at 6pm. The summer festival takes place at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall downtown. For tickets & general information, try 206-283-8808 or [email protected].

ARC Dance under the artistic direction of Marie Chong holds their annual Summer Dance at the Center at the Leo K. Theater at Seattle Center over two weekends. July 19 – 22 and 26 – 28. The mixed repertory program includes five world premiere dance pieces by choreographers Bruce McCormick, Wen Wei, Tasun Ohlberg, Marika Brussel and Paul DeStrooper. 155 Mercer St. Purchase tickes online at

The Tibet Fest showcases that country’s arts and culture with entertainment, food and activities. August 25 – 26 at the Seattle Center Armory. 206-684-7200 or go to

“Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy (registered trademark)”  with Seattle Symphony returns to Seattle on Wed., Sept. 12, 2018 at 7:30pm & Thurs., Sept. 13, 2018 at 7:30pm. This concert features the music of Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu who will be in attendance. It will be conducted by  Grammy Award winner Arnie Roth. This concert combines video and music to immerse the audience in the fantastical video game world of Final Fantasy. Limited VIP meet & greet pre-sale tickes available now. Try [email protected].

September 9, 2018 marks the “Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival” held at Seattle Center’s Armory. 206-684-7200 or go to

Emerald City Music kicks off a new season on Sept. 14, 2018 with a concert entitled “Four Seasons.” Bella Hristova, Chad Hoopes, Kristin Lee (violins), Ayane Kozasa (viola), Paul Wiancko (cello), Daxun Zhang (bass), JP Jofre (bandoneon) and Li-Tan Hsu (piano) will perform tunes by Tartini, Wiancko, Bottesini and Piazolla. 8pm.  415 Westlake. 206-250-5510 or try

The city of Renton celebrates their diversity with a Multi-Cultural Festival held September 14 – 15. 425-430-6600 or go to

October 20, 2018 marks the day of “Diwali: Lights of India Festival” at Seattle Center Armory. 206-684-7200 or go to

November 3, 2018 is the “Hmong New Year Celebration” at Seattle Center’s Armory. 206-684-7200 or try

Early Music Seattle brings the highly praised Bach Collegium Japan with legendary conductor Masaaki Suzuki to Bastyr University Chapel. They will bring the best of the Baroque period to life. The program features harmonic inspirations from Vivaldi, Handel’s motet Slete Venti with soprano Joann Lunn and French-inspired dances by Bach. Sat., Dec. 8, 2018 at 7:30pm. 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E. in Kenmore, WA. Free Parking.  206-325-7066 or

Justin Huertas, Kirsten de Lohr Helland and Sara Porkalob are collaborating on a new musical entitled “The Lamplighter” about mothers and daughters, and the painful truths of fairytales in an ever  frightening world. A staged reading/concert is planned for June of next year at 18th & Union performance space. To help support this project, go to In related news, Sara Porkalob is working on “Dragon Cycle” for 2019 at American Repertory Theatre. Justin Huertas is working on “Lydia and the Troll”  set for Seattle Repertory Theatre’s spring 2019 season.

“Beyond Ideas” is the title of Artswest’s 2018-2019 season. Some highlights include David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly” set for January 24 – Feb. 17, 2019, Julia Cho’s “Office Hour” May 2 – May 26, 2019 and Junstin Huertas’s musical, “The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion” June 20 – July 28, 2019.Learn more details about the entire new season at Artswest is located in West Seattle at 4711 California Ave. SW.

Zakir Hussain makes his annual visit to Seattle with his always  compelling “Masters of Percussion” ensemble featuring some world-class musicians. Set  for April 2, 2019 at the Moore Theatre. Presented by STG Presents. 206-812-1114.

South Korean cellist Hee-Young Lim, former principal cello for the Rotterdam Philharmonic has been appointed Professor of Cello at Beijing Central Conservatory. At 30, she becomes the youngest professor ever appointed at the Conservatory and the first Korean.

In October of 2011, Pvt. Danny Chen suffered a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while on guard duty at a military base in Afghanistan. It was later revealed that the soldier suffered racial taunts and hazing from fellow soldiers before he committed suicide. Now the Opera Theatre of St. Louis presents a world premiere of a new two-act opera based on the Danny Chen case entitled “An American Soldier – Out of Many, One” by composer Huang Ruo and a libretto by playwright David Henry Hwang. Andrew Stenson stars as Danny Chen, Wayne Tigges as Sgt. Aaron Marcum, Mika Shigematsu as Mother Chen, and Kathleen Kim as Josephine Young. The orchestra is  conducted by Michael Christie. The opera is directed by Matthew Ozawa. Performances on June 3, 6, 9,14, 16 & 22. At Loretto-Hilton Center at 130 Edgar Rd. in St. Louis, MO. Go to or call 314-961-0644.

Local musician Deems Tsutakawa’s latest recording entitled “Deems Tsutakawa and Friends – Live in Hawaii” (J Town Records) is up for a Hawaii Grammy Akana Hoku Awards 2018  for “Jazz Album of the Year”. It features an all star local Hawaiian band with Dave Yamaguchi, Owen Matsui, Steve Bader and Fred Li.

Seattle jazz musician Bob Antolin has composed a new composition for our times entitled “The Trump Voodoo of 2017” which features Gnawa trance rhythms, blues grooves and  jazz undertones. As the musician explains, “this song is my ‘Amber Alert Siren’ for the current deeds of Ugly Bigly and his unFabulous Thugs.” Available for download on CD Baby Music Store.

Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Most has selected Lisa Wong as Director of Choruses for the Cleveland Orchestra. Wong  previously served as Assistant Director and Director of the Clevleand Youth Chorus.

Concert pianist/music educator Alpin Hong recorded his latest release entitled “Myths And Legends” at MIM Music Theatre because he feels it is the most perfect bridge between the most ancient music and the future. It features compositions by Mussorgsky, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

Houston Grand Opera has announced the appointment of Eun Sun Kim as Principal Guest Conductor. She will make her debut with HGO in the 2019-2020 season conducting Strauss’ “Salome”. Music Director Patrick Summers says “her music-making is elegant, effortless, precise and deep. Her incredible facility with languages and ability to communicate with singers, both supporting and challenging them, are all-too-rare qualities in a conductor.”

Film & Media

“The Doctor From India” is a documentary film portrait of the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad, the holistic health pioneer who first brought the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda from India to the West in the late 1970s. Directed by Jeremy Frindel. Screens  June 6, 7 & 10 at Northwest Film Forum. 1515 12th Ave. 206-329-2629.

TAP Seattle presents  “Family and Home(land)- The 1st Annual 2018 Taiwanese American Film Festival June 29 – July 1. The event will feature 7 critically-acclaimed feature-length films, 5 inspiring shorts, 2 award-winning directors visiting from Taiwan with their films and AR/VE experience. The June 29 event will feature a free program of short films at UW Kane Hall on the Seattle campus with a panel discussion to follow.The festival moves over to SIFF Cinema Uptown June 30 and July 1 at 511 Queen Anne Ave. N. On June 30, Director Li-chou Yang’s film, “Father” is a documentary of Taiwanese puppetry master Chen His-huang’s struggle to promote his trade at the age of 79. Yang will bring AR and VR equipment that will allow viewers to experience this puppetry with modern technologies. June 30 will have a screening of “Formosa 3D” which showcases Taiwan’s lush beauty and traditional crafts. Director  Charlie Chu will do a Q & A following the screening. Other feature films include “The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful” which won Best Feature Film and Best Leading Actress at the 54th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, “Pakeriran”, “Take Me To The Moon”, “The Great Buddha” and “Journey of 35.” All films come with English subtitles. For tickets and information, go to For information on TAP-Seattle, go to

“Haikara-san: Here Comes Miss Modern” is a Japanese feature-length animated film about a Taisho-era Japanese woman bent on bucking tradition on the brink of war. Screens June 9  & 10 at the Grand Illusion Cinema. 1403 NE 50th. 206-523-3935.

Town Hall Seattle as part of their 2018 Inside/Out Residency program present a Video Poetry Pop-up at Chophouse Row in conjunction with Capitol Hill Art Walk. What does it mean to create poetry together? Find out  when poet Shin Yu Pai joins animator Michael Barakat for a screening of Shin Yu’s community-sourced poem projected onto the wall at Chophouse Row. This immersive reading experience encourages silent reading fo the work, and offers a chance to engage with Shin Yu and Micahel about the piece. The poems reflects on the origins of the driftwood fragments that compose Richard Long’s sculpture “Puget Sound Driftwood Circle” recently displayed at Henry Art Gallery. Thursday, June 14, 2018 at sunset around 7:30pm. Free.

“Tasveer Reels: Pride” takes place on Friday, June 15 at 7pm at Bellevue Arts Museum. In honor of Pride Month, Tasveer and the Museum present three short South Asian films exploring LGBTQIA+ identity. With English subtitles followed by a panel Q & A led by members of Trikone NW, a local organization offering programs about LGBTQIA+ South Asians in the Northwest. Free to Museum members and $5 for non-members. Films include the following – “Aarsa” by Kawa Hatef about an anonymous dance studio caretaker whose love for a dance instructor ignites a journey of self-discovery. “Maachar Jhol” by Abshek Verma in which a man decides to come out to a close friend by cooking a special Bengali style fish dish. “Wajood” by Vishal Srivastava revolves around the life of a young trans-woman who has a fantasy about a relationship with an auto-rickshaw driver in Mumbai. 510 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue. 425-519-0770 or try

Jim Thompson was an American businessman who helped revitalize the Thai silk industry in the 1960s-60s. He mysteriously disappeared in 1967 in the Malaysian Cameron Highlands. Now comes a new documentary film that attempts to solve that mystery. Friends of Asian Art present “Who Killed Jim Thompson, The Thai Silk King?” screening on July 1, 2018 at 2pm. Pre-registration price at a discount. Go to or tickets can also be purchased at the door at regular price. Producer Barry Broman will talk about the making of the film and answer questions after the screening. At Skyline Retirement Center at 725 Ninth Ave. For more information, go to [email protected].

“Ocean’s 8” is a caper/heist film that gives the women their due. With Sandra Bullock leading an all-star cast which includes Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and many others. Opens June 6, 3018.

Kevin Kwan’s best-selling spoof of the wealthy among us  entitled “Crazy Rich Asians” comes to the big screen on August 7, 2018. Directed by Jon M. Chu with Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh.

If you have enjoyed an animated feature film from Japan’s Ghibli Studios and wished you could see more, here’s your chance. Fathom Events brings a Studio Ghibli Film Festival starting in March and going through November, 2018. The films will screen at Pacific Place 11, The Varsity in the University District & Thornton Place 14 in Seattle and Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue. All screenings at  12:55pm in the afternoon. Here are the titles and dates. Please note that some screenings will be dubbed and others will be with subtitles. “Pom Poko” is on June 17 (dubbed), June 18 (subtitled) and June 20 (dubbed). “Princess Mononoke” is July 22 (dubbed), July 23 (subtitled), July 25 (dubbed). “Grave of the Fireflies” is August 12 (dubbed), August 13 (subtitled) and August 15 (dubbed). “My Neighbor Totoro” is Sept. 30 (dubbed), Oct. 1 (subtitled) and Oct. 3 (subtitled). “Spirited Away” is Oct. 28 (dubbed), Oct. 29 (subtitled) and Oct. 30 (subtitled). “Castle in the Sky” is Nov. 18 (dubbed), Nov. 19 (subtitled) and Nov. 30 (dubbed).

Lawrence Loh conducts the Seattle Symphony in a live performance of John Williams’ iconic score with a screening of “Star Wars: A New Hope” at Benaroya Hall on July 13 at 8pm, July 14 at 8pm and July 15 at 2pm. Loh is active as a guest conductor with an affinity for pops programming and conducting concerts synchronizing live orchestral music with film. He is Music Director of Symphoria of Syracuse, New York and Music Director of the West Virginia Symphony.  200 University St. in downtown Seattle. Box Office # is 206-215-4747.

It’s not too early to start contemplating another visual feast of films from South Asia. Tasveer South Asian Film Festival celebrates its 13th year with a 10 day festival of films and forums on the South Asian diaspora with a spotlight on Pakistan and the theme of “# Know Me” which asks the audience and filmmakers to challenge narratives and assumptions about South Asia. The festival screens over 60 films from Sept. 28 – Oct. 7, 2018 around the Puget Sound in Seattle, Bellevue, Bothell, Redmond and Renton. For more information, 206-349-4478 or try or

Ric Burns with longtime collaborator Li-Shin Yu directed “The Chinese Exclusion Act” which aired recently on PBS as part of their “American Experience” series. It documents a systematic effort by the government of racism, xenophobia, capitalism and political calculation to keep immigrants out in the use of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Currently streaming free.

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film “Shoplifters” won the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The film centers on a small-time thief who takes  a young girl to his family. When he notices cars from abuse, the family decides to keep her.

China’s largest streaming service iQIYI is bringing one of its most popular shows to North & South America. “Hot-Blood Dance Crew” is a dance-off reality TV show which will aire on Rakuten Viki, a popular video platform that allows Americans to stream contemporary Asian dramas. Go to…

The Written & Spoken Arts

Graphic artist/writer  and Beacon Hill resident Dale Hom reads from “Walk Tall Y’all”, the sequel to “Walk Don’t Run: Growing up in Seattle” on Thursday, June 7 at 6:30pm. Wing Luke Asian Museum. In it, he muses about the future of Seattle as he sees gentrification all around, in his own neighborhood and all over the city. Free. 719 South King St. 206-623-5124 or go to [email protected].

SAM and the Gardner Center present as part of their “Asia Talks” series present “Asia Talks: Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower”. Roseann Lake discusses her new book about the successful young women of China who are not married by the age of 25, saddled with the label of “leftover.” On Thurs., June 7 at 7pm in the Nordstrom Lecture Hall. Free with RSVP. Seattle Art Museum downtown at 1300 First Ave. 206-442-8480 or go to [email protected].

“Scribes at Hugo House Session IV” for younger writers grades 9 – 12 with poet/essayist Michelle Penaloza and poet/performance artist Roberto Ascalon happens July 23 – 27, 2018.  “Scribes at The Henry” is a two week session for grades 9 – 12 with field trips, writing activities, craft exercises and exposure to a diverse range of genres, forms and writers takes place August 6, 2018. With poet/writers Karen Finneyfrock and Jane Wong.1021 Columbia St 206-322-7030 or try [email protected].

Town Hall Seattle is undergoing renovation but that hasn’t stopped this ambitious city forum from staging activities in communities and neighborhoods all across Seattle in the interim. Angela Garbes,former food writer for The Stranger is the author of a new book entitled  “Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy” (Harper Wave). She will appear with another best-selling Seattle author Lindy West in conversation. On Wed., June 13 at 7:30pm at The Summit on Pike. 420 E. Pike St. $5 admission. Doors open at 6:30pm. 206-652-4255 or email [email protected].

Elliott Bay Book Company continues to sponsor readings in their Capitol Hill bookstore as well as co-producing events all over the city. Below you will find a partial listing of some of their events. Events are at the bookstore located at 1521 Tenth Ave. unless otherwise noted. 206-624-6600. Roseann Lake talks about her new book “Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower” (Norton) on Thurs., June 7, 2018 at 7pm. Seattle Art Museum’s Plestcheeff Aiuditorium. Co-presented with Gardner Center For Asian Art & Ideas. Free but RSVP necessary. 1300 1st Ave. Go to for details.  Angela Garbes, former food writer for The Stranger talks with fellow Seattle writer Lindy West about her new book “Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey Through The Science and Culture of Pregnancy” (see related article elsewhere in this issue) on Wed., June 13 at 7:30pm. Co-presented with Town Hall Seattle as part of their “Science” series. At The Summit On Pike located at 420 E. Pike. $5. 206-652-4255 or  [email protected].

Yoon Ha Lee is an American science fiction/fantasy writer most known for his “Machineries of Empire” space opera novels and his short fiction. His first novel “Ninefox Gambit” received the 2017 Locus Award for Best First Novel. He will be in Seattle for a Clarion West workshop in July. The latest installment of his series will be out at the same time.  He will appear for a presentation at the Wing Luke Museum at that time as well. 206-623-5124.Lee also does a reading/booksigning at the University Book Store on the Ave. in the University District on July 3, 2018 at 7pm. Free. To find out about the workshop, try [email protected].

Two new anthologies of women’s writing include “Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good” edited by Joanne Merriam and “Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good” edited by Octavia Cade. Both anthologies feature writing by women and authors of marginalized sex and gender identities. Both seek to find ways out of horror, abuse and self-doubt and to learn to fight and to make friends in the dark. The writing of Alyssa Wong, Joyce Chng and Seattle writer and IE contributor Betsy Aoki is included in “Sharp & Sugar Tooth.” For details, go to

“John Okada – The Life & Rediscovered Work Of The Author of NO-NO Boy” (UW Press) Edited by Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung is forthcoming in July, 2018. In this anthology, this classic of Asian American literature is re-examined, with re-discovered bits of his writing and essays that shed more light on the life of this important author.

One finds it hard to keep up with the steady stream of new titles coming out even in the limited categories of works by or about Asian Americans and new titles on Asia but here’s a recent sampling. Please contact me if anyone is interested in reviewing any of the below titles for the International Examiner. Thanks! 

“Isako Isako” (Alice James) by former UW graduate student/poet Mia Ayumi Malhorta traces a single family lineage spanning four generations of cultural trauma – internment, mass displacement and rampant racism – in the U.S., and how it weaves together with current events.

“Soseki – Modern Japan’s Greatest Novelist” (Columbia) by John Nathan is a vibrant portrayal of the transformation of a modern Japan as witnessed through the story of one of that country’s best writers.

HarperCollins Canada has published Carrianne Leung’s novel “That Time I Loved You”. The book is a linked collection of short stories about growing up in the Canadian subdivision of Scarborough outside Toronto. It’s a snapshot of immigrant lives and the secrets they carry down the streets of a typical suburb.

“Daido Moriyama – Record” (Thames & Hudson)

Edited by Mark Holborn. This modern Japanese photographer has a “shaky-blurry” style that explores photography as a kind of performance within itself. It served as the perfect foil to capture the change in Japan as seen through its political protests to its avant-garde dance performances. This carefully edited book is culled from the photographer’s many little magazines published throughout the years.

New from Japanese Canadian writer Kerri Sakamoto (“The Electrical Field”) is “Floating City” (Knopf Canada). The novel looks at a young man in a harbor town who finds himself placed in an internment camp in the interior when WWII comes. After the war, he moves to Toronto where he finds a spiritual mentor in the persona of Buckminster Fuller.

“Someone to Talk To” (Duke University Press) is a novel by Liu Zhenyun as translated by Howard Goldblatt & Sylvia Li-chun Lin. It is a generational novel of loss and miscommunication in a Chinese village.

“Monsters, Animals, And Other Worlds – A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Tales” (Columbia) edited by Keller Kimbrough and Haruo Shirane brings twenty-five tales of the fantastic and supernatural to entertain and chill Western readers.

“The Invisible Valley” (Small Beer Press) by Su Wei as translated by Austin Woerner. When a young Chinese man is sent to the countryside for agricultural re-education, he encounters an outcast polyamorous family of woodcutters in extreme circumstances. This lyrical fable looks at the shapes into which human affection can be pressed in extreme circumstances.

“Eye Level” (Graywolf) is Jenny Xie’s debut book of poetry. The apt title brings us a poet with a sensitive eye that surveys the world in intimate detail as it and the observer continually change. Winner of  the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets.

“American Panda” (Simon & Schuster) is the debut young adult novel by Gloria Chao. It tells the story of Mei Lu whose life seems planned out until in college, she sees things change. Forced to confront the secrets around her, she learns powerful lessons about family, love and staying true to yourself.

“Oceanic” (Copper Canyon Press) is a fourth collection of poetry by noted poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil. In it are poems of love to the earth and its inhabitants from the grief of the elephant to the icy eyes of a scallop. She comes to Seattle under the auspices of Seattle Arts & Lectures to give a talk on May 21 at 7:30pm at McCaw Hall. 206-621-2230 or try [email protected].

“The Turtle Ship” (Lee & Low Books) by Helena Ku Rhee and illustrated by Colleen Kong-Savage is a children’s book looks at Korean history and celebrates a friendship that inspired an innovative battleship.

“Paper Sons” (Autumn House) by Dickson Lam won the 2017 Autumn House Nonfiction Prize. It combines memoir and cultural history, the quest for an absent father and the struggle for social justice, naming traditions in graffiti and in Chinese culture. Violence marks the story at every turn – from Mao to Malcolm X, from the projects in San Francisco to the lynching of Asians during the California gold rush.

“Meet Yasmin!” (Capstone) by Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Hatem Aly looks at the adventures of a  bright, intelligent young girl and her multi-generational Pakistani American family.

“Go Home!” (Feminist Press) is an anthology of new writing that looks at the theme of home as explored by a variety of Asian American writers. Edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan with a foreword by Vet Thanh Nguyen.

“Warlight” (Knopf) by Michael Ondaatje is a new novel by the acclaimed Canadian author set in London during the WWII blackouts. A brother and sister are left in the care of kindhearted criminals in their rooming house after their parents disappear.

“The Emissary” (new Directions) by Yoko Tawada. A novel of the not-too-distant future of a post-Fukushima time where children are born so weak they can barely walk and the elderly are the only ones with get-go. Tawada focuses on a boy, who despite his frailties radiates hope.

“God – A Human History” (Random House) by Reza Aslan looks at how through the ages, humans have made God in their own image.

“Waiting For Tomorrow” by Nathacha Appanah (Graywolf) looks at an immigrant family in France and investigates the life of an artist, cultural differences in a marriage and the creation/destruction of a family.

“The Golden Legend” (Vintage) by Nadeem Aslam is a novel that looks at Pakistan’s past and future influenced by corruption, resilience, love, terror and the disguises necessary for survival.

“Registers of Illuminated Villages” (Graywolf) by Bangladeshi American poet Tarfia Faizullah transverses the globe and brings readers poems that illuminate acts of resistance in the face of injustice and violence.

“All You Can Ever Know” (Catapault) is a memoir by Nicole Chung who was placed for adoption by her Korean parents and how she finds her identity by tracing the path through which she came into the world.

“Rabbit Moon” (Arthur A. Levine) by author/illustrator Jean Kim tells the story of the rabbit in the moon who gets so lonely that he floats down to earth to have some fun. Inspired by Korean folklore.

“Spitfire Singh: A True Life of Relentless Adventure” (Osprey) by Mike Edwards tells the extraordinary story of Harjainder Singh who helped found the 4th largest air force in the world.

“The Anime Ecology – A Genealogy of Television, Animation And Game Media” (Minnisota) by Thomas Lamarre. This book looks at how animation helps us think through television in the contemporary moment using exhaustive research and impressive scope to make an essential reference book on this subject for both scholars and students alike.

“Kathmandu (Haus)” by Thomas Bell is a comprehensive book and a rich history of one of the greatest cities of the Himalaya.

“Hawk of the Mind – Collected Poems of Yang Mu” (Columbia) as translated by Michelle Yeh. Mu is a towering figure in modern Chinese poetry and this volume of his work presents his reverence for classical Chinese poetry while remaining rooted in his native Taiwan and its colonial history. His subtle, lyrical voice  is smoothly translated by Yeh.

“The Mirror Diary – Selected Essays” (University of Michigan Press) by Northwest poet Garrett Hongo  and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Oregon. It gathers together the poet’s essays which combine influences of complex literary traditions and regional and ethnic histories.

“Saturday Is Swimming Day” (Candlewick) by Hye Won Yum. In this charming picture book, a little girl overcomes her trepidation about learning to swim with the help of various special friends.

“Experimental Beijing – Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art” (Duke) by Sasha Su-Ling Welland. This UW professor examines the changing status of experimental artists in China who once struggled against government regulations of artistic expression and who now are being counted on by the state to advance China’s international image.

“May in America” (China Books) is a new novel by Annie Wang that tells the story of a Chinese rich kid who has outgrown Beijing and comes to California for a new, exciting life. What she finds instead are entangled relationships, suffering and loss. In the end, our heroine must ecut all ties to find her way to redemption.

“Ordinary Misfortunes” (Tupelo) by Emily Jungmin Yoon chronicles the lives of the “comfort women”, those Korean young girls forced to b sex slaves for the invading Japanese army during WWII. These poems balance narrative, history and violence with a lyrical, truth-telling vision.

“The Third Degree – The Triple Murder That Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice” (Potomac) by Scott O. Seligman provides the human story behind a seminal supremem court decision based on a young Chinese man accused of murdering three diplomats in Washington D.C. It is a case that sparked the creation of our Miranda rights.

“Girls of Paper and Fire” (Little Brown) by Natasha Ngan is a young adult novel about a lower caste girl forced into the oppressive limelight of the king’s palace, only to fall in love and seek a path that holds out hope for her freedom. Set for October, 2018 release.

“The Undressing” (Norton) is the long-awaited new book of poetry by award-winning poet LiYoung Lee. A tonic for spiritual anemia, this new collection of poems attemps to uncover things hidden since the dawn of the world.

“Straight A’s – Asian American College Students in Their Own Words” (Duke) edited by  Christine R. Yano & Neal K. Adolph Akatsuka. Asian American students at Harvard reflect on their common experiences with discrimination, immigrant communities, their relationships to their heritage and their place in the University. Due out August, 2018.

“Record of Regret” (Oklahoma) by Dong Xi as translated by Dylan Levi King. Set in the wake of China’s Cultural Revolution, this novel follows the trials and tribulations of a Chinese man from his youth to his adulthood as he tries to find his place in an upside down world.

“In “GO”, novelist  Kazuki Kaneshiro confronts ethnicity and discrimination in Japanese society in a story of a Korean student in a Japanese high school who falls hopelessly in love with a Japanese girl. When he confesses his true identity, will he and his girl friend willingly embark on a new and harrowing journey together? Translated by Seattle instructor Takami Nieda who teaches writing and literature at Seattle Central Community College.

“Bijoux in the Dark” (Letter Machine Editions) by John Yau veers from satire, ekphrasis and homage to imagined histories, surreal dimensions and Egyptology. Along the way, politicians, artists, actors and poets populate a rich and varied, poetic landscape. A word acrobat from the quirky to the profound, Yau is the author of more  than 50 books of poetry, criticism and fiction.

“Ninja – Unmasking The Myth” (Casemate) by Stephen Turnbull seeks to de-mystify the image of this mysterious figure in Japanese history using original Japanese sources including the last great ninja manual which reveals the spiritual and religious ideals believed to be lying behind the nina’s arts.

“Circles and Circuits – Chinese Carribean Art” (The Chinese American Museum) edited by Alexandra Chang examines the artistic production of Chinese artists in Cuba, Trinidad, Jamaica and Panama where large immigrant populations and political, economic, and socio-cultural conditions enabled the development of  rich art practices in the Chinese diasporic community. An exhibition catalog that accompanied an exhibition of the same name that was exhibited in Log Angeles.

“Hawker Fare – Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef’s Isan Thai & Lao Roots” (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco) by James Syhabout with John Birdsall tells a unique family history and the food of N.E. Thailand and Laos. The author initially turns away from his heritage to become a classically trained chef in Europe, only to find something still missing. The hole isn’t filled until he re-traces the food of his childhood.

“Hazel And Twig – The Birthday Forutne” (Candlewick) by Brenna Burns Yu provides a charming introduction to Korean fist-birthday traditions in this delightful children’s picture book story of two sisters with big dreams.

“Dust and Other Stories” (Columbia) by Yit’ Aejun as translated by Janet Poole restores the reputation of a Korean writer who went to Pyongyang in 1946. This book of short stories captures the precarious daily life of ordinary Koreans under post-war occupation.

“The Chinese Must Go – Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America” (Harvard University Press) by Beth Lew-Williams. In this book, the authors traces anti-Chinese violence in the American West and shows how American immigration policies incited this violence and how it provoked new exclusion and how this exclusion produced the concept of the “alien” in modern America.

“Goong-Goong – From Tuscany to Shanghai – The Story of a Chinese Patriarch Through the Eyes of His Italian Daughter-in-law” (Long River Press) by Patrizia Chen. In the end, it’s left up to the Italian American daughter-in-law to tease out the details of the history of this Chinese American family by interviewing her reluctant, taciturn father-in-law.

“Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods” (Copper Canyon) by Tishani Doshi is a third volume of poetry by this South Asian poet that confronts the violence against women. Her resonant, lyrical voice speaks out for those who have endured abuse, and those who have been permanently silenced. Due out October, 2018.

“Fukushima Devil Fish” (Breakdown) by Katsumata Susumu as translated by Ryan Holmberg and edited by Asakama Mitsuhiro is a collection of critical and biographical essays in a graphic novel style by this late, legendary Japanese alternative manga figure. His is known as the most prolific producer of cartoons directed against nuclear power even prior to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

“Patriot Number One – American Dreams in Chinatown” (Crown) by Lauren Hilgers. A journalist offers a story of the newly arrived Chinese immigrants and a look at the Chinese community in Flushing, New York which is one of the fastest-growing immigrant enclaves in the U.S.

In “People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door” (The New Press), political scientist Sayu Bhojwani shares stories of a diverse and persevering range of local and state politicians across the country who are challenging the status quo and paving the road for other people of often forgotten demographics to follow in their wake. Due out Oct., 2018 just in time for our fall elections.

“Looking Like The Enemy – Japanese Mexicans, the Mexican State, and US Hegemony, 1897 – 1945” (University of Arizona) by Jerry Garcia takes a penetrating look at the history of Japanese migration to Mexico and compares it to other immigration histories in the North/South hemisphere.

Alexander Chee is one of the most loved novelists of his generation but in his latest offering, he returns to nonfiction in “How To Write An Autobiographical Novel” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). In a series of essays, he presents memoir-in-essays about his growing up, his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11 and the odd jobs that kept him afloat so  that he could continue to write.

“Pious Fashion  – How Muslim Women Dress” (Harvard University Press) by Elizabeth Bucar. This book looks at young Muslim women and offers first-person observations from the stores and streets of three cities in Muslim-majority countries on the varied ways they dress and the choices made.

“Not Here” (Coffee House Press) by Hieu Minh Nguyen looks at the poetic voice of a queer Vietnamese American and his confrontation with whiteness, trauma, family and nostalgia.

“Painting Peace: Art in a Time of Global Crisis” (Shambhala) by Kazuaki Tanahashi. This revered modern artist and Zen teacher offers his story about how his art has been the expression of a life of social activisim.

“The Night Diary” (Dial) by Veera Hiranandan is a young adult novel that looks at the 1947 partition of India through a child’s eyes as she searches for home, her own identity and a hopeful future.

“Quiet Girl in A Noisy World” (Andrews McMeel) by Debbie Tung. This graphic novel reveals the experiences of an introvert in an extrovert’s world. It follows her from college to navigating the real world. Along the way she learns to embrace her introversion and find ways to thrive in life while still fulfilling her need for quiet.

“Valmikis Ramayama: An Illustrated Retelling (Rowan & Littlefield) by Arshia Sattar. This writer retells a classic Indian epic for children by building her characters from the inside out. She makes this fable of good over evil, family relationships, love & loss, duty & honor, jealousy & ambition into a vital story for contemporary times.

“The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore” (HMH) by Kim Fu follows a group of young girls at summer camp and what it takes for them to survive when stranded and how that experience reverberates through the rest of their lives.

“Rainbirds” (Soho) by Clarissa Goenawan is a genre-bending novel that moves from mystery to magic realism and tells the story of a family and loss. The author is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer.

“This Is My Eye – A New York Story” (Candlewick Press) by Neela Vaswani uses the lens of photography to view how a young girl sees this vital city from rooftops, on the ground and under the water.

“Imperial Twilight – The Opium War And The End of China’s Last Golden Age” (Knopf) by Stephen R. Platt. The author looks at one of the most potent turning points in that country’s modern history and how it set the path towards nationalism and communism in the twentieth century.

“Natsumi” (Penguin Young Readers) by Susan Landroth and illustrated by Priscilla Burris traces the life of a curious, rambunctious Japanese girl who does everything in a big way. Can she find the right way to put her exuberance to good use?

“Though I Get Home” (Feminist Press) by YZ Chen is a book of short stories that consider what it means to find one’s own voice within systems committed to suppressing it. Using her native Malaysia as a backdrop, the author fills her book with characters who must re-invent themselves to survive and be true to their own muse.

“The Barber’s Dilemma And Other Stories From Man Maru Street” (Tara Books) by Koki Oguma as translated by Gita Wolf. In this picture book, the author/illustrator shows us the neighborhood he lives in around Tokyo as hewatches people go about their business. Zany, imaginative artwork makes the streets come alive.

Angela Garbes, former food writer for The Stranger became a mother and has a new book out entitled “Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy” (Harper Wave). She’s interviewed about it in the May 2018 issue of CityArts.

“The Perfect Gift” (Lee & Low) by Paula Yoo and illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez is a children’s book in which a girl searches for the perfect gift to celebrate her little brother’s 100-days birthday.


Susbashini Ganesan, dancer and choreographer of Bharathanatyam, a group that specializes in an ancient dance from from South India is the first woman of color to be appointed as Portland’s new Creative Laureate. She hopes to create and cultivate opportunities and relationships across the city.

Friends of Asian Art Association is an all-volunteer organization that connects its members and the community to educations, cultural and social events tied to Asia and its diverse art forms and culture. Enjoy year-round activities and meet new friends who share similar interests by becoming a member. All are welcome to the activities but members get special discounts and perks.

Artist Trust offers workshops state-wide and webinar workshops on topics of interest to artists of all genres such as assistance on how to apply for a GAP Grant,  resources on how to get to know local arts organizations, cultivating professional relationships, organizing your resume and much more. Artist Trust can be found at 1835 – 12th Ave. in Seattle’s Capitol Hill or go to for more details.

“American Muslims: An Anthology of Contemporary Writing” as edited by Kazim Ali will be published by Red Hen Press. Send poetry (5 – 10 poems) or prose (no more than 3,000 words) to Kazim Ali at [email protected] no later than Sept. 15, 2018.

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