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We're keeping an eye on fiction writer Elysha Chang and so glad to get to publish one of her latest short stories. Based in DC, Elysha's work is a growing body of short stories that brings the experience of being Asian in America to the forefront. Whether she's writing about rat extermination at a Sichuan restaurant or power conflicts in the animal kingdom (below) Chang's work is powerful stuff, representing the beauty and the struggle of being Asian in America. What A Baboon Can Do by: Elysha Chang It was the smell that scattered them. That stink of strange, new bodies; so thick you could hardly remember what the air before had smelled like. They ran for the trees, climbed up and hung close to the branches. Once they were up there, they couldn’t sit still. Silence would kill them....
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The world is your gym. You just have to be creative. Here are 6 ways I do it. As I stand here on the Manhattan bound train practicing my balance and sweating slightly, let me write you a little story. I was a 165 lb. Asian woman of 5' 7" stature and I had a problem. I had just given birth, which meant that sadly, I no longer had an excuse for not being fit. I also had a full-time job that took up most of my day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (including the commute). I had recently quit my gym membership because I couldn't stand the boredom or the cost. At home, I have another child, a dog and a husband whose work schedule left me alone half of the week. To put things succinctly, the people...
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Esy Casey is a Filipino American filmmaker and graphic designer. She produced and shot Thing With No Name (2008, available on iTunes), which was nominated for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Haskell Wexler Prize for Best Cinematography. She has received awards and fellowships from The Princess Grace Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Center for Asian American Media and CPB. Her films with Sarah Friedland have been featured on the sites of Filmmaker Magazine and Art Asia Pacific Magazine, and her film Jeepney is scheduled for release in 2013.
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9/27/13 Brooklyn, NY When I first heard the Atoms For Peace album, Amok I was on the fence about it. Musically it was tight, stylistically it was brilliant however there was something missing and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I listened to the album maybe once or twice then I stored it away in iTunes for the next few months...until one day I get an FB message from my friend Ellen who told me that she had 2 extra tickets to the Barclays show, without hesitation I said "yes, I'll take them"....
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"In my opinion. street art is the most honest and ‘in your face’ art form, the biggest subculture that ever came to this planet. It’s an art form that never really started as an art form. It’s a movement that can be seen all over the world."   Tell me about yourself - where are you from? What do you do? I was born and raised in Pasig City. I’m part of a collective of artists called Pilipinas Street Plan, and I representMovement69 too. We are the in-house artists of a gallery called Secret Fresh. I do a lot of stuff: graffiti, street art, art toys, and digital designs. Has art always been a part of your life? I was not really a fan of traditional art, but I was always been a huge fan of graffiti (letters) since gradeschool around early 90’s. Damn...
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This week we spoke with Nemo Aguila, a street artist involved with Cavity Collective and Pilipinas Street Plan. His alien-like characters represent “a Pinoy sense of humor.”     Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us, Nemo. Can you tell us a little bit about your background? How did you first get into art and what types of projects do you do? I think when I took fine arts, it all started there. But back in childhood I remember drawing cartoons on paper and walls, then in high school i drew weird things too.  I’m no good in figure-realistic sort of drawings, it’s just what comes into the head. Any art projects will do, like illustrations, custom toy stuff, making functional junk art, paintings, drawings and anything that I think i can do, I’d make it.   And...
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Kim Dryden of The Filipino Street Art Project on their current documentary venture. Documentary filmmaking isn’t all about traveling to exotic locations, running around and meeting interesting people, getting the clutch shot, celebrating with beers after… For every hour of shooting, there’s about 50 more of researching granting organizations, sending emails, writing treatments, and other, less… “exciting” tasks to be done. But it’s important work, work that makes the rest of it possible. I’m sure you can tell which one of us is not in Manila making friends with street artists. Not yet, anyways. Yes, I’m a little jealous, and yes, I’m over it. Mostly. So, in an effort to shed some light on the under-appreciated art of documentary producing and record some of our lessons learned along the way, we’ll be doing a semi-regular BTS (behind the scenes) posts. Instead of...
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The Filipino Street Art Project is a documentary film and multimedia web venture aimed at exploring Filipino life and culture through the booming street scene. "I think if i could make two or more people talk about what we do and how it inspires and motivate them after our time, then that’s the brand of immortality we relentlessly pursue." - EXLD Where are you from? I was born here in Manila. I can say I kind of grew up in the streets and enjoyed playing with snotty kids like me! Then when I turned 12 my family moved to Bulacan (a province in Central Luzon). When did you realize you were an artist, or wanted to be?  I remember making art when I was in high school but back then I never thought about making it as a career or have a...
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Michelle and Mary Mangiliman, Owners of Dalaga NYC offer a special Dalaga Collection that is geared towards the relief efforts in the Philippines. The sisters share this message: Dearest Dalagas, As some of you know, my sister and I are Filipino and this weekend a devastating typhoon hit the country. Typhoon Haiyan resembled a tsunami, leveling houses and drowning hundreds of people in one of the worst disasters to hit Southeast Asia. Thankfully our family's area was not badly hit, but 620,000 others are displaced and 9 million more are affected by the typhoon across 36 provinces. They are expecting another storm to hit them tomorrow morning. Relief agencies are immediately calling for ready to eat packaged food, water, medicines and funding. We are accepting donations at Dalaga during store hours 12-8 Monday through Saturday, 12-7 Sunday for the Philippine Red Cross...
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The Filipino Street Art Project is a documentary film and multimedia web venture aimed at exploring Filipino life and culture through the booming street scene. We have the pleasure of speaking with Jood Clarino this week. An artist and educator at the University of Santo Tomas, Jood approaches public art from an academic perspective. He is making the same calls that we here at the Project are making: "There’s almost nothing written about graffiti and street art in the Philippines. I hope art critics and art historians can start writing about this movement." We’re coming Jood. Let’s build this movement together.   Where are you from and how did you grow up: family, education, etc? Born and raised in Manila, I am the second of eleven brothers and sisters. Basically, I grew up in a big family. I spent most of my...
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Once upon a time, The Black Mamba donned a different brand of gear, an Afro, and went to the Philippines to don a Barong Tagalog. Yes, it's true. Tinikling is a traditional Filipino dance, where a pair of dancers hop and step around two long bamboo sticks. It can be a challenging dance art, for sure. Check out the clip below - does Vino's Tinikling skills impress you? Follow us on Twitter! - @WikaMag  
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