Author: Jana J. Monji

‘White Savior’ storyline leaves tracks on ‘Isle of Dogs’

Wes Anderson’s animated feature “Isle of Dogs” isn’t really about Japan any more than is W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” but not everyone will know that. Don’t misunderstand; the movie gets many things right while mixing old American ideas about Japan with contemporary aspects of the country’s culture. Driven by the urgent taiko beat of Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack, this is the tale of a boy, his dog and their friends — both two- and four-legged — finding one another along the journey to ultimately defeating a nefarious authority figure. In “Isle of Dogs,” we are whisked away...

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When fiction passes as truth, Caltech helps the public see the difference at Science for March Saturday

Last year, Caltech students organized a March for Science. This year, they are asking scientists and future scientists to find their way to Caltech for Science for March, an open house of exhibits and TED-style talks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Beckman Mall, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena Organized by the Caltech Postdoctoral Association, Graduate Student Council; Center for Teaching, Learning and Outreach; and Theater Arts at Caltech, the event is free and includes activities suitable for K-12.  “The event will demonstrate that Caltech scientists, contrary to what the popular show ‘The Big Bang Theory’...

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USC PAM Director Christina Yu Yu accepts post at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Christina Yu Yu, director of the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, is stepping down to serve as the Matsutaro Shoriki Chair of Art of Asia at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “Christina did a marvelous job of elevating a local Pasadena gallery into a world-class museum that is drawing a diverse group of families, visitors, academic scholars and others,” said USC Provost Michael Quick. Yu Yu’s final day is May 1. “The Pacific Asia Museum now is part of our academic mission and we are sorry to lose Christina’s leadership, but we are proud of her great...

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The immigrant experience takes center stage in ‘My Own Story Greatest Hits’

Cross-cultural understanding blooms at the Rosebud Coffee house on East Colorado Boulevard, nurtured by a man who survived the Vietnam War and came to California as a young refugee. Currently a resident teaching artist with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Alex Luu and his family left Vietnam on April 30, 1975. At the age of 8, he was fluent in Cantonese, Vietnamese and French, but “I didn’t know a lick of English,” as he said recently. More than two decades ago, Luu joined performance artist Dan Kwong’s workshop for Asian American men. From there, he began performing one-man...

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Olympian Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia carries on a long local figure skating tradition

At 24, Mirai Nagasu has become a competitive ice skating legend among peers and fans alike in her second Winter Olympics appearance.    Born in Montebello, raised in Arcadia, trained at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, and currently living in Colorado, Nagasu has gained this distinction not by winning medals, but by completing a triple axel in Olympic competition. She is the first American woman to perform this difficult move, and the third woman in Olympic competition to do so. While her feat was difficult, her choice of training locations was not. The local rink, home of the Pasadena...

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