The Art of Belly Dancing

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Belly dance class
Traditionally known as the “Oriental Dance,” belly dancing has been celebrated for centuries by royalty, writers, poets, artists and musicians. Many experts say belly dancing is the oldest form of dance, having roots in all ancient cultures from the Orient to India to the Middle East. Throughout history, this ritualized expression has usually been performed for other women--generally during rites...

MOVIE REVIEW: “CRAZY RICH ASIANS”

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CRAZY RICH ASIANS
Tonight, August 8th I watched the preview screening of the long-awaited movie "CRAZY RICH ASIANS" based on the best selling novel of Kevin Kwan now available in bookstores. All I can say is that THIS MOVIE IS A MUST SEE. It will be in all theaters starting August 15th. You will not wink your eye at all in this...

SSAFF 2016 Audience Awards Announced

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Bangladeshi Urban Thriller AYNABAJI Takes Top Honors Best Documentary CITIES OF SLEEP & Short Film SYAAHI Voted Audience Favorite Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Honored for Significant Contributions to the Cinema of Bangladesh SEATTLE (October 24, 2016) – The 11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival closed Sunday with a screening of the tender comedic drama WAITING (2015) from Indian director Anu Menon (LONDON PARIS NEW YORK, X:...

Looking back at Wong Kar-Wai’s “In the mood for love”

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September 29 2019 marks 19 years since the release of Wong Kar-Wai’s “In the mood for love” in Hong Kong. To date this film is considered one of the great masterpieces of contemporary East Asian cinema and continues to have an impact on the industry to date. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWVDZ98AFhI The film itself very...

Midnight Diner – 深夜食堂 [Shinya Shokudo]

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Shinya Shokudo
Set in a small late night diner in the busy, frenetic Shinjuku district of Tokyo, director Joji Matsuoka's Midnight Diner (深夜食堂- Shinya Shokudo) is a culinary heart-warming drama that intimately delights the senses and comforts the soul. Based on the popular manga and hit Japanese television drama of the same name, Midnight Diner brings a collection of light hearted...

Peking Opera Classic Excerpts in Miami

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Peking Opera
Peking Opera, as China's national essence, has been listed as one of the intangible cultural heritage by the United Nations and is now a very popular Chinese national art which is full of Chinese characteristics and loved by the audience at home and abroad. On the stage of Peking Opera, a horsewhip represents riding, a quant represents rowing, a table can not only be a table...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’, a cultural movement in American cinema

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Crazy Rich Asians
Back in June 2017 I vividly recall strolling through Barnes & Noble and laying my eyes on Kevin Kwan’s ‘Crazy Rich’ trilogy laid out on the shelf; the third book Rich People Problems had just come out. With flashy and unconventional titles of course they caught my eye, I read the back cover of Crazy Rich Asians, paged through...

FELIX MANALO (A classical Epic Movie of the Year)

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FELIX MANALO
The movie tells the life story of Felix Yzagun Manalo, the first Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo that was officially established in the Philippines in 1914. Felix Ysagun Manalo is a sprawling historical epic that traces the origin of Iglesia Ni Cristo (The Church of Christ) which is established in the Philippines from its humble beginnings in 1914 through...

Uproar of Taiko Drumming in San Francisco

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Fushu Daiko & Matsuriza from FL
San Francisco Taiko Dojo celebrated their 45th anniversary in 2013. Taiko is a traditional Japanese Drumming which has widely spread amongst United States in the past few decades. Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, who established San Francisco Taiko Dojo, was the first to bring this cultural art performance to America. Ever since, the number of students exceeded 15,000, and he has been recognized by many countries. Last year, he...

FCIM’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and National AOM Day

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FCIM held a campus-wide celebration on Oct 24th, National AOM Day for its 25th Anniversary!  The celebration's commencement ceremony was kicked off with a traditional Japanese Taiko drum performance by the Matzuriza Taiko group, followed by a traditional Chinese ceremonial performance of Lion Dance by the Orlando Young Lions group.  The event had over 30 vendors providing products and services...
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