Similar to the hype surrounding the release last year of Crazy Rich Asians, the first Hollywood romcom to feature an all-Asian cast, Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, made for a far more modest $3m, has also generated a great wave of goodwill since its premiere at Sundance in January. The Farewell is a welcome addition to a new canon that depicts the contemporary Asian-American experience. As a mixed-race woman who was not born or raised in her parents’ home country/culture, I found the depiction of the complex east-west family dynamics highly resonant, particularly around the themes of belonging and not belonging. I also shed quite a few tears in the process. The Farewell reaches cinemas as the US-China trade war continues to send shockwaves through the global economy; it is far more political than I could have imagined. Starring Crazy Rich Asians alum Awkwafina as Billi, a Chinese-American woman who discovers her grandmother, or nai nai in Mandarin, has terminal lung cancer and … [Read more...] about Is The Farewell the olive branch the US-China culture war needs?
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Around 2,000 students at a school in Indian have donned masks bearing the image of Chinese President Xi Jinping to show their warm welcome to the Communist leader ahead of his visit to the country. The students from Chennai's Kolathur area in south-eastern India also formed President Xi's name in Chinese with their bodies when they sat on the ground during the ceremony yesterday. Xi arrived in India today for meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The visit came at a time of tensions over Beijing's support for Pakistan in opposing India's downgrading of Kashmir's semi-autonomy and continuing restrictions on the disputed region. more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Dog waits roadside for four years before being reunited with owners Watch video Extinction Rebellion activists shut down Charing Cross Road Watch video Man attempting robbery changes mind after realising target is friend Watch video … [Read more...] about Thousands of Indian students don masks of Chinese President Xi to welcome the Communist leader ahead of his visit to the country
The illegal wildlife trade is increasing all across Latin America, the first high-level conference on the issue in the Americas was told. After drugs, guns and human trafficking, wildlife trafficking is the world’s most lucrative organised crime with an annual value of around $20bn (£16bn) each year, according to a 2016 report by Interpol and the UN environment programme. As the world’s most biodiverse continent, home to roughly 40% of the world’s plant and animal species, Latin America is a hub for the criminal trade. Wildlife trafficking is increasing in most countries in the region, including the conference’s host, Peru, said the head of its forestry and wildlife service, Luis Alberto Gonzales-Zuñiga. “It’s not stalled, or declining, it’s on the rise. It’s a globalised business and it needs a globalised response,” he told the Guardian. Whether it is the trade in live wildlife or dead animals and their parts, the … [Read more...] about Wildlife trafficking on the rise all across Latin America
Radio 3 is launching a new weekly programme dedicated to video game soundtracks. Running from Saturday 26 October, the hour-long show will be presented by composer Jessica Curry, who won a Bafta for her work with UK studio The Chinese Room and created and presented Classic FM’s video game music programme, High Score. “[BBC presenter and journalist] Tom Service and his producer Brian Jackson came to interview me for Radio 3 at Chinese Room a couple of years ago, and we all really hit it off,” said Curry. “Tom’s an avid gamer and there was a definite feeling of excitement about the gaming scene and the music that’s being composed for games. “Lots of people think that it’s all battle music and aggression. The show will prove that that couldn’t be further from the truth.” Video game music has undergone a boom in interest and appreciation in the past five years, as the art form has grown and matured. The Distant Worlds concert, … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a new golden age’: Radio 3 launches video game music show
Grandmaster Flash, 61, hip-hop pioneer, and AJ Tracey, 25, MC Grandmaster Flash – born Joseph Saddler on New Year’s Day, 1958 – is often credited as one of the pioneers of hip-hop, but his achievements are as much in the field of engineering as they are in music. It was Flash who invented the slipmat that allowed records to be manipulated by DJs; who used solder and Super Glue to give decks a separate headphone channel, so they could hear the record they were cueing up; and who invented the “quick-mix theory”, allowing small portions of tracks to be looped. Those innovations formed the basis of modern DJing. Hip-hop has gone through many iterations since Flash debuted his skills on the wheels of steel (a phrase he popularised) at block parties in the Bronx. AJ Tracey, the London MC, tries to embody them all, combining grime, UK drill and trap in his music. An outspoken supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, he is one of the leading lights of the UK rap scene, … [Read more...] about ‘All the hood rats would jam with us’: Grandmaster Flash, AJ Tracey and other artists on the generation gap