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

Scenes from 'Langar on the Hill', a free community meal for all in the Sikh tradition, co-sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Congressman Mike Honda and organized by SALDEF's SikhLEAD Class of 2016

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


                      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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Review of Allegiance – A JACLer’s Perspective


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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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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Hongtao Li Continues Conquest of the Art World


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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AAPIs at the Smudge Expo for Comic Arts


Just in case you can’t get your annual fix from Small Press Expo (link: 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


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

Haochen Zhang

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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Q & A: Jia Zhangke on His New Film “A Touch of Sin”


By Yi Chen Named one of the 100 “Leading Global Thinkers of 2013” by Foreign Policy for “using art to show how inequality breeds violence”, awarded Best Screenplay for his new film at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival – it’s been a high-profile year for Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. Like most of his feature films, A Touch of Sin is …

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Documentary Film Mulberry Child Moves Mothers and Daughters to Tears


Film based on a memoir of two generations of Chinese Americans explores history and present By Tamara Treichel “No matter what storm comes, don’t break,” Jian Ping’s grand­mother told her. “You must be strong, like the mulberry tree.” Jian took her grandmother’s words to heart while growing up during China’s chaotic Cultural Revolution (1966-76), and wished to become a “mulberry child.” …

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For the Play Yellow Face, Comedy is a Way of Talking About Serious Issues

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By Yi Chen The A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) series is a monthly open discussion produced and hosted by Busboys and Poets. The February series featured Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, who talked about his own experience as an Asian American as well as his play Yellow Face, a comedy about mistaken racial identity. “I began writing because …

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First Asian American Nominated to Chair National Endowment for the Arts


By Devika Koppikar Her Chinese American upbringing in Arkansas led her to write Joy’s Discovery, a book about the art of appreciating one’s ethnic identity. Now, Dr. Jane Chu is the first Asian American nominated to head the premiere federal agency for arts appreciation, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In a written statement released by the White House, …

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Out of a Footnote, A Legacy: Dalip Singh Saund

Dalip Singh Saund Photo Courtesy: Eric Saund

By Aria Danaparamita He was the first Asian American elected to Congress, yet few know his name. Raised in a small town in Punjab before Indian independence, he was inspired by the speeches of Woodrow Wilson and Abraham Lincoln and decided to set sail to America to study. It was 1920. 37 years later, he was elected to the U.S. …

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Poetry Submission: December 2013


This month, Asian Fortune is launching its poetry series – a space for local APA poets to share their art, stories, and moments. We encourage all APA poets in the D.C. metropolitan area to submit their work. More information on monthly themes, eligibility guidelines, and prompts can be found on our website: Happy writing! día ng mga patay (day …

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Asian American Music Society International Competition Showcases Nationwide Talent


By Vania Cao Bethesda, Md. – The 2013 Asian American Music Society (AAMS) International Competition took place on October 26th in Bethesda, Maryland. The Bethesda Presbyterian Church saw a steady stream of performers from as far as New York and Washington State, as young musical artists competed for cash prizes at their assigned competition time in the categories of Strings, …

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Pages of Beauty and Madness: Japanese Writers Onscreen

Pages of Beauty and Madness

Washington, DC – “Pages of Beauty and Madness” explores the rich history of Japanese literature — from classic novels to modern manga — through film adaptations from Japan, Korea, Cambodia and France. These classic and critically acclaimed film adaptations are precious and rarely seen since their original release in the cinema. Three films will be offered free of charge at …

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Towson U Holds 1st Filipino American Art Exhibit


By Jennie L. Ilustre  Photos: JLI BALTIMORE, Maryland–Two years after the project began, Towson University formally launched “Art Filipino: Works by Master Artists,” on September 14. This is the university’s first exhibit showcasing works of Filipino American artists in the area, as well as treasures by Filipino National Artists and masters like Amorsolo, Joya and Rodriguez. The project was the …

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DC Shorts Showcases World Class Indie Films to Diverse Audiences


By Yi Chen  Founded in 2003, the DC Shorts Film Festival was created by DC-based filmmaker, Jon Gann. Frustrated that many festivals were focused on money and sponsors and not films and filmmakers, he decided to start his own event, focusing on the form he loves – shorts. “For me, it’s about connections,” said Gann. “I try to program the …

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Author of American Born Chinese Talks to Fans in Bethesda


By Jenny Chen When Gene Yang was a child, he would sneak to the local comic book store in Cupertino, Ca. by asking his mother to drop him off at the library, walking 10 minutes to the comic book store, and then hiding his comic books in huge tomes from the library so that his mother would never suspect that …

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Signature’s Miss Saigon is Moving But Lacks Depth [Theater Review]

Miss Saigon

By Jenny Chen It is the 1970s and Ho Chi Minh city is in shambles. American boots thunder throughout the city; the streets are crawling with the poor and destitute. This is the setting for Signature Theatre’s production of Miss Saigon – a play based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, and the eleventh longest running Broadway show in musical …

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Area Residents Enjoy K-Drama on Embassy Row

KORUS Center

By Yi Chen Washington, DC – The Korean Cultural Center, also known as KORUS House, is located in the Embassy Row neighborhood along Massachusetts Ave. NW. The brick house is near Sheridan Circle, only a few blocks from the Embassy of South Korea. The building’s Dynamic Hall and Digital Culture Hall on the first floor have been temporarily converted into …

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Li Hongtao’s Historic Exhibit at Louvre Elevates Chinese Art in Eyes of the World

master li with pierre cardin

Source: Nouvelles d’Europe        Author:     Release Date: Jan 27th, 2011 [Reported by Xiao Chen, the journalist of Nouvelles d’Europe] Li Hongtao, a Chinese painter living in the United States, saw his art exhibition grandly opened at the Carlos Hall of the Louvre on the morning of Jan 25. The exhibition is hosted by the China International Culture Association, Pierre Cardin France …

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Artist Li Hongtao’s First-Ever Exhibit at the Louvre Lauded

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Source: Nouvelles d’Europe       Author:      Release Date: Jan 27, 2011 The first large-scale solo exhibition of a Chinese artist in Le Louvre, showcasing the works of multi-awarded artist Li Hongtao, demonstrates the extraordinary level of Chinese artists in the entire world, a top Beijing official said at a press conference announcing the event. The Louvre, located in Paris, is the world’s …

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