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How the World Hears Vivaldi’s and Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons Via Italy, Argentina, and Korea

by Yougho Kang

World-Renowned Violinist Chee-Yun to Play Instrument Buried for 200 Years Bethesda, MD (August 12, 2016) — The National Philharmonic presents a weekend program that skips from hemisphere to hemisphere and explores how art inspires other works of art. Vivaldi’s most popular work The Four Seasons is paired with Astor Piazzolla’s Argentinian homage, Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of …

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US Lawmakers Partake in Sikh Tradition of ‘Langar’ on Capitol Hill

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Over 500 Attend Third Annual Event by SALDEF’s SikhLEAD Interns By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, July 6, 2016 – It is among the most heart-warming events hosted by US lawmakers: ‘Langar on the Hill’, sharing and partaking in a community meal in a spirit of equality, harmony and selfless service! The third edition of the exceedingly popular event led by …

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Children Book Reviews: The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany’s Gift of Hope and The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story

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                      The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany’s Gift of Hope   The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany’s Gift of Hope, written by Daryn Reicherter and illustrated by Christy Hale, is based on a true story about Sophany, a Cambodian girl who loves to dance and maintains her gift of dancing despite the terrors of …

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Book Review: Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook – 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen

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By Amanda Andrei Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen hits the sweet spot for Chinese American cookbooks. Between the bright, gorgeous photography of succulent dishes and the easy-to-follow recipes and cooking tips, Chin’s cookbook delightfully shares the legacy of the Chin family with personal anecdotes of her friends, neighbors, children, and late mother, the …

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“REUNIFICATION” – Award-Winning Film on Contemporary Chinese Immigration To Screen at DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival April 23

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REUNIFICATION, a feature-length documentary that gives an insider’s view of the contemporary Asian immigrant experience, will have its Washington, D.C. premiere at DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival at Landmark Theatres Atlantic Plumbing Cinema in Shaw/Howard University Neighborhood on Saturday, April 23, 6:00 pm.  Award-winning Director Alvin Tsang will be present for the screening.   Between faded family photographs, old video footage, and interviews collected through the years, Alvin …

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SXSW Favorite “KTOWN COWBOYS” with Ken Jeong Hits Theaters and VOD in March 2016

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Washington, DC (March 14, 2016) – Freestyle Digital Media, the recently-acquired Digital Film Distribution division of Entertainment Studios, announced that the coming-of-age dramedy KTOWN COWBOYS will have a limited theatrical release on March 18, 2016 at the Cinema Arts Theatre located at Fair City Mall, followed by nationwide VOD release on March 25th. Specifically for the March 19th evening screenings, …

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Predictions: 2016, Year of the Monkey

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By Jennie L. Ilustre The Asian lunar year of 2016 begins on February 8 and ends on January 27, 2017. Known as The Year of the Fire Monkey, it is supposed to be filled with mischief, clashes and success in the workplace and at home. “The monkey always finds its way out of tight situations,” international feng shui master Marites …

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MGM National Harbor awards two new contracts to Asian American Minority Business Enterprises

At MGM National Harbor, diversity and inclusion is a core value that is not only found in their workforce, but equally in the creation of their ideas and minority business engagement. The vision for MGM National Harbor is a resort that provides a world-class experience to all of its guests, and is built, designed and operated by a team representative …

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Review of Allegiance – A JACLer’s Perspective

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Review by Floyd Mori Having heard about the somewhat negative portrayal of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and one of its early leaders, Mike Masaoka, in the play, Allegiance – The Musical, I was a bit skeptical about seeing the show. However, I bought tickets and went to see it in New York City. Mike Masaoka was a personal …

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Award-Winning Chee-Yun Plays Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore

by Yougho Kang

North Bethesda, MD, October 28, 2015 –The National Philharmonic, led by Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings on Saturday, November 28 at 8 pm and on Sunday, November 29 at 3 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore. The concert will also feature Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, performed by the award-winning instrumentalist Chee-Yun, …

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ASIAN ARTS & CULTURE CENTER FALL 2015 EVENTS & PROGRAMS

The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University presents the Asian in Maryland (AIM) Cultural Connection: Cambodian Arts & Culture with an exhibition, Family Art Day, dance and music performances and a costume-making workshop. The events take place at the Center for the Arts located on the campus of Towson University at the corner of Osler and Cross Campus …

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The Essentials Needed for a Vegas Themed Night at Home

Las Vegas has a unique appeal, unlike any other destination in the world. No matter where you’re from, the appeal of rolling up to a casino and being treated like royalty is almost universal. Sadly however, not everyone has the opportunity to take the time out of work to disappear into the sun and sands of the Mojave Desert. Fortunately, …

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Hongtao Li Continues Conquest of the Art World

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By Lily Chen   Hongtao Li, an exceptionally gifted artist born in Dalian, China who has made America his second home, continues to gain both critical and commercial acclaim from experts and art lovers all over the world.   More and more, these have resulted in international art collectors – individuals, museums and other prestigious institutions – placing great value …

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Gaming Trends on the Upswing in Asia

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The largest and the fastest growing gaming market in the world is reported to be the Asia-Pacific region. The trend includes digital and social gaming as well as casino gaming. The shift toward digital games is something that is happening throughout the world, but it is the Asia-Pacific region that is leading the way in mobile gaming revenues, outpacing all …

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Understanding the Basic Distinction between Gambling and Betting

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Entertainment has several mediums. One of such mediums is the century old gambling and casino games. The other prominent one is betting. With the invention of the online platform, both of them have gained immense popularity and acceptance. Many times, the players really get in to a dilemma about whether to go ahead with their favorite casino games or continue …

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APA Film Announces the 15th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, April 16-19, 2015

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Washington, DC – DC Asian American Film, Inc. (APA Film) is pleased to announce the 15th annual DC APA Film Festival on April 16-19, 2015. This year’s Opening Night presentation, on Thursday, April 16th is UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN. This is the film adaptation of Graham Salisbury’s award-winning novel of the same name, which is required reading in many …

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AAPIs at the Smudge Expo for Comic Arts

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Just in case you can’t get your annual fix from Small Press Expo (link: www.spxpo.com) in September, or can’t make it out to some of the other comic conventions around the country, Smudge Expo offers a smaller, intimate venue still jam-packed with indie comics (over 50 local artists!) and hands-on workshops (design your own characters!). On March 14, Asian Fortune …

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Akhmedova Ballet Academy Spring Performance Features Asian American Dancers

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ABA’s Spring Performance: Sunday, June 14 at 2:00pm , Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center Akhmedova Ballet  Academy excelled at the Youth America Grand Prix on February 28 in Austin, TX and will compete at the finals in New York. Elise Haukene, Korean-Japanese descent Ballerina was one of the performers who received Top 12 in the Junior Category for her Contemporary Piece. …

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Hat Tip for Chef Seng’s Upcoming New Restaurant, Thip Khao

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By Daphne Domingo Washington, DC – The rumors are true and the plaster is on the wall. Local chef, Seng Luangrath, will transport some of her famed authentic Laotian food from the hidden menus of Bangkok Golden in Seven Corners to Columbia Heights in the District. The new restaurant, Thip Khao (Lao for sticky rice basket) is still waiting finalizing …

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Pianist Haochen Zhang Makes his Washington Orchestral Debut, He and Conductor both Child Prodigies, to Perform Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Concerto

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Bethesda, MD (March 16, 2015) — The National Philharmonic welcomes Haochen Zhang, the award-winning 24-year-old Chinese pianist, as he makes his Washington, D.C. orchestral debut under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski. Both former child prodigies, Zhang and Gajewski present a dazzling program: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, and with Zhang’s solo the ultimate Romantic piano …

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Hongtao Li’s Art: Celebrating Balance, Harmony

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By Jennie L. Ilustre   Hongtao Li is one of those people who transcends time and place. His art graces museums and art galleries all over the world. He is the first Chinese artist to have his works showcased in Musee de Louvre in Paris. Political VIPs and Hollywood celebrities, as well as the general public, have a collection of …

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Asian Americans Say TV’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Can Fight Stereotypes, and It’s Funny, Too

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The reviews and the ratings are in for ABC-TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” which officially premiered on Feb. 10, and as a saying goes, “We have a winner!” TV by the  Numbers ran a story with the headline, “ABC’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Debuts as Season’s #1 New Show with Upscale Adults 18-49.” The Hollywood Reporter noted, “After its strong …

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Chef Erik Bruner-Yang Presents an Asian Boutique Grocery Inside Union Market

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  Washington, DC – No longer do DC residents have to cross the river or other state lines to pick up authentic Asian items. Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang has opened up a local-oriented and specially-curated Asian market inside the culinary landmark, Union Market. The shop is a great resource for shoppers who may be unable or are just unwilling to …

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