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Asian America: August 2014

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Compiled by Mary Tablante 1.Report Reveals Government Spied on Muslim Americans At least five Muslim American leaders, all of whom are American citizens, were subjected to government surveillance, according to the news website The Intercept. The leaders included an attorney, a former political science professor and the executive director of a Muslim civil rights organization. The FBI and National Security …

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Wong in a Million: Spotlight on Kristina Wong

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By Amanda L. Andrei It’s hard to resist punning on Kristina Wong’s name – after all, so many of her shows are takes on her Chinese surname: Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Going Green the Wong Way, Wong Street Journal… Covering a vast range of topics (from suicide to environmental living to global poverty), their common thread is the …

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A Conversation With Award Winning Playwright DAVID HENRY HWANG

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By Amanda Andrei In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been David Henry Hwang season in the D.C. metro area. Pinky Swear just pulled off a successful run of Bondage this November, Theater J is staging the regional premiere of Yellow Face this January and February, and the legendary playwright himself delivered an insightful and thought-provoking lecture at the Reston’s CenterStage …

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Comedy Wedding Palace Opens in Virginia

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By Yi Chen Photos Courtesy of Wedding Palace | GoGoGo Entertainment Washington, DC – Wedding Palace is a family comedy about weddings, the Korean way. The story centers on an international online romance between a young man from Los Angeles and a young woman from Seoul. Pressured to get married by family and friends, 29-year-old advertising executive Jason Kim (Brian …

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Korean Film Festival brings treasures of Korean cinema to DC

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By: Yi Chen Washington, DC – ParkChan Wook, an internationally acclaimed Korean filmmaker has won awards from Cannes, Berlin, and Vienna. One of his biggest fans in Quentin Tarantino. He recently made his Hollywood debut with a film called Stoker, a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Shadow of Doubt. In short, Wook’s films were a perfect way to open the …

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Anime Momotaro: A Modern Magical Rendition

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By Amanda L. Andrei PEACH POWER! Scurry scurry scurry! Banzai! Banzai! Banzai banzai BANZAI! Such exclamations are only a handful of the delights in Anime Momotaro, a punchy, cartoon-and-kabuki, fantastically sensory adaptation of the traditional Japanese folktale of Momotaro (“Peach Boy”), showing at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD until March 10. As the tale goes, an old woman found a giant …

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Natsu Onada Power

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  Georgetown professor by day, self-described “theater maker” most other waking moments, Natsu Onada Power is wowing critics and audiences alike with her wildly innovative and visually stunning production, A Trip to the Moon at Synetic Theater. Her play, Astro Boy and the God of Comics at Studio Theatre was one of D.C.’s top hits of 2012. The director, writer & …

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The Power That Will Be

Above: (l to r) Betsy Rosen, Clark Young, Lee Liebeskind, and JB Tadena in Astro Boy and the God of Comics. Photo: Carol Pratt

Director, Writer and Illustrator Natsu Onada Power Gives D.C. Theater a New Look By Stan Kang The buzz about Natsu Onada Power is overwhelming. A uniquely creative “theater maker,” as she describes it, the petite Japanese American is rapidly building a following which seems destined to propel her into the top ranks of directors, writers and illustrators. Washington Post theater …

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Vietnamese American Thespian Christopher Mueller

New York and D.C. actor Christopher Mueller, right, greets Signature Theatre co-founder and artistic director Eric Schaeffer. The occasion was a Kennedy Center celebration for Schaeffer’s 50th birthday November 19. Mueller has performed at Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and in other D.C. and New York theaters. Schaeffer directs musicals around the world, including Broadway and London’s West …

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North and South Korea: On Stage, On Topic,and On the Wall at Woolly Mammoth

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By Daphne Domingo Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company put the Koreas, North and South, under their spotlight during November. The world premiere of the play You for Me for You(see review, page 23) by Mia Chung took audiences into the lives of two sisters torn between North Korea and the U.S. The play has been accompanied by a series of events including …

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You For Me For You at Woolly Mammoth Offers Unique Look at North Korea & U.S.

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By Stan Kang As I grew up Korean-American, thoroughly assimilated into American life, South Korea seemed strange and unfamiliar to me. So, when I was sixteen, my parents sent me to a summer camp in Seoul, Korea to learn about my heritage. One of my most vivid memories was visiting Panmunjom, the abandoned village on the border between North and …

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