Art and Culture

Looking North: Films from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

By Young Sul

The West has long characterized the DPRK as a nation shrouded in secrecy. Western media, indeed, admits and heralds that it knows nothing about the people and the nation of the DPRK. Yet, in a schizoid twist, so much effort has been made to demonize this member of the "Axis of Evil" and its intentions toward the rest of the "Free World." Everyone, especially the Bush Administration, has conveniently forgotten the positive steps taken only a few years ago to alter this stance.

Asians Americans Decry Anti-North Korean Bond Film

Ramsay Liem, Mike Liu

The next James Bond film, Die Another Day, presently in production uses North Korea as the villainous antagonist to frame its "storyline". While the details of the script have not been revealed, it is clear that Bond (Pierce Brosnan) will be fighting "evil" in Korea. One Korean actor, who was offered a key role in the film, has already turned it down.. In-Pyo Cha declined the role of the main villain, Colonel Moon, saying the film uses "another country's [political] climate for its own entertainment purposes."


Merilynne Quon-Hamano

I WAS BORN WITH TWO TONGUES is a breakthrough Pan-Asian American spoken word group based out of Chicago. First, hitting us hard with BROKEN SPEAK (review on this site), they went on to team up with The Pacifics, a Pilipino spoken word group also based out of Chicago, to create and present YELLOW TECHNICOLOR.

I WAS BORN WITH TWO TONGUES expresses and represents a new generation of Asian Pacific Islanders. POWERFUL pieces on all aspects of the API experience are presented passionately and eloquently: there is something for everyone.

Poets: Bitter(Sweet) Love

poems by yellow brown women thinking about those who both embrace and elude us

Chocolate evokes so many things. Obsession, depression, consumption,
revulsion. Especially with that damned new dulce de leche m&m flavor that
has surfaced in your local grocery store, a comfort food. How something that
doesn't add anything to your health keeps you looking for it, even though
you know better. Momentary pleasure that somehow ends up making your ass the
size of a triple F cup. Torches for a person you know you don't need in your

Poster Art

In organizing, posters have often been used as a form for artistic expression and to send a message. One recent example of how artists "serve the people" is David Monkawa's work below:


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