Reel Stories Archive

  • South Park’s China Probrem / Pixar Still Spurns Asians

    South Park’s China Probrem / Pixar Still Spurns Asians

    [hu1stblog] South Park’s China Probrem (accent get it? probLem??)   When it comes to racial humour, my rule is that it had better be pretty damn funny, and South Park is usually pretty damn funny.  I missed watching the show from the start, but Cartman’s […]

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    Medicare’s “Extra Help” Program Helps Those With Limited Income Pay For Prescription Medications

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Making ends meet should not mean going without your medications. If you have limited income and resources, Medicare’s “Extra Help” program sets it up so this year you pay no more than $2.50 for each generic drug and $6.30 for each brand […]

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  • ‘In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee’ Premieres Tonight on PBS’s POV Series

    ‘In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee’ Premieres Tonight on PBS’s POV Series

    SAN FRANCISCO — Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee, even though the eight-year-old girl knew that she was not. Yet, over the course of forty years Deann Borshay Liem came to forget that day she arrived in America in March 1966, a transnational […]

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  • Food – Vancouver Film School Canadasian Short

    Food – Vancouver Film School Canadasian Short

    Speaking of why Asians can’t get more Oscars, these folks are working to change that. Vancouver Film School mostly put out cute computer animated shorts, and many if not most feature budding Asian filmmakers / animators, but this one hit me in the gut. Don’t […]

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  • ‘Beginnings and Endings’ for Lodestone Theatre Ensemble

    ‘Beginnings and Endings’ for Lodestone Theatre Ensemble

    by Philip W. Chung Writing is always hard.  Even under the best of circumstances, it’s hard.  If anyone tells you differently, they are either lying, soulless or just a bad writer.  So it was with some trepidation that I approached writing my latest play Grace […]

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  • Bụi Đời (Dust of Life): A Moving Portrait of Multifaceted Asian American Experience

    Bụi Đời (Dust of Life): A Moving Portrait of Multifaceted Asian American Experience

    By Lee Ngo Bụi Đời (Dust of Life) - R – Le Van Kiet, dir. Le Van Kiet’s first feature-length film is a tour-de-force that thousands within the diasporic ethnic Vietnamese communities around the globe have been waiting to see. Based on true events in […]

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  • Daytime Drinking: Entertaining and Unpredictable

    Daytime Drinking: Entertaining and Unpredictable

    (photo courtesy of DaytimeDrinking.com) There may not be another country where drinking is as much a part of the culture as it is in South Korea. Three billion bottles of soju, a vodka-like distilled alcohol known as Korea’s unofficial drink, are consumed every year which […]

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  • A “Thirst” That Satisfies

    A “Thirst” That Satisfies

    I’ve said it before in the pages of Asian Week and I’ll say it again-Korean director Park Chan-Wook may be the most interesting filmmaker working in the world today. If Thirst, his latest effort, doesn’t quite rank with his best films like Old Boy and […]

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  • All Blood and No Bite

    All Blood and No Bite

    Blood: The Last Vampire Is it just me or has the recent trend for all things vampire left you feeling like the genre has – and pardon the bad pun – lost its bite?  Whether on TV in True Blood or on the big screen […]

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  • The White Man Saves the Day Again?

    The White Man Saves the Day Again?

    Clint Eastwood in ‘Gran Torino’ Hollywood has a tradition of producing films where the heroic Caucasian protagonist saves the helpless people of color. Think Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves or Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai — not only do the white characters act […]

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