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Noel Alumit
Noel Alumit wrote the novels Letters to Montgomery Clift and Talking to the Moon. He was appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander America Affairs in 2012, and is a Masters in Divinity student at the University of the West.

He can be followed on twitter and he blogs at thelastnoel.

Entries by Noel Alumit

Where Are Filpino American Women in Politics?

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 10:39 AM


Hillary Clinton may take the White House in 2016. This shocks no one. No one being shocked by a woman leading this country is a good thing. Women of color are coming up as well. Black women make up 37 percent of...

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3 Art Shows to Catch Before They Close This Month

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 6:15 PM

1. New Paintings by Ivan Morley


Tehachepi (sic), 2013, Oil, batik, thread, acrylic & UV varnish on canvas, 72.5 x 47.5 inches (184.2 x 120.7 cm)

Ivan Morley's paintings are rich, complex, yet whimsical and innocent. The narratives of the paintings are obviously...

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The First Asian American Miss America Responds to the Hate

(83) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 6:16 PM


It is a small sorority of women who can call themselves Miss America. It gets even smaller when you consider how many women of color have won. This week, the sisterhood of Asian Miss Americas has grown to two.

In 2000,

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L.A. Fashion Week: The Drama of Ina Soltani

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Los Angeles based Ina Soltani presented her latest collection at Vibiana as part of L.A.'s Fashion Week. It was a breathtaking array of dresses, ranging from the severe to the romantic. The show was a remarkable journey of color and fabrics, a...
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Tilt-Shift: Queer Art Moving in Different Directions

(16) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 5:54 PM

prvtdncr & bodega vendetta, Lucy, 2012,mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Tilt-Shift at the Luis De Jesus Los Angeles gallery is an intriguing show, exploring queer bodies and space. It's an eclectic exhibition with many voices, deliberating on homosexuality that...

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The Korean International Art Show Showcases Eclectic Collection

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 3:58 PM


LA Artcore produces The Korean International Art Show, gathering some of the finest artists from Korea to show in Los Angeles. The eclectic work presents a wide range of mediums and voices. Buoyant and colorful, these deceptively pleasant pieces provide...

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Octavia Hamlett, Homeless Transgender Woman, Wins Pageant

(4) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 10:55 PM

Maria Roman congratulates Quest winner Octavia Hamlett (photo by Susan Forrest)

On Dec. 10, Octavia Hamlett won APAIT Health Center's Quest: Woman of the Year, a transgender pageant that emphasizes community advocacy and leadership. After winning the pageant in Little...

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Twilight: An Interview With a Painter

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 10:27 AM


While tweens flock to see the latest installment of the vampire saga Twilight this weekend, a humbler Twilight opening will be happening in a studio in Highland Park. The Twilight Paintings by young artist Bonnie Lambert will be shown at the studio of...

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Out-and-Out: Gay and Lesbian Latino Artists Shine

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 12:05 PM

In El Vuelo, artist Juan Solis begins with a portrait of a solemn Latino man. Beneath the man is a cage, the door is open, and a bird has taken flight. This spirit of freedom is what it feels like to experience Out-and-Out...

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When Your Dad's A Porn Star

(7) Comments | Posted April 6, 2011 | 11:01 AM

Bobby Gordon had a seemingly normal upbringing. He grew up in Northern California, was the youngest of three, and played baseball in high school. Nurtured by loving and supportive parents, his upbringing was happy. Bobby went onto graduate from UCLA and currently works for an arts program at his alma...

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A Brief Interview With L.A. Painter Josh Peters

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 3:40 PM

Even though he's based in Los Angeles, artist Josh Peters is living somewhere else. His large, other-worldly paintings speak of a different place and time. Dream-like and enchanting, his work, often done on large canvasses, are simply mesmerizing.


1. Can you...

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Hey, GQ! Put an Asian Guy on the Cover, Will Ya?

(17) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 4:36 PM

The April issue of Gentlemen's Quarterly features the most Asian Pacific Islander (API) men that I'd ever seen. In this iconic magazine, there were more APIs in that issue alone than in previous years: there is a story of boxer Manny Pacquiao; Asian men are featured as the best dressers...

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Letter to a Recent High School Graduate

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2009 | 10:03 PM

Dear Norbert,

Congratulations on completing high school. You did it! I saw the pictures you posted on Facebook. You look happy amidst your other high school chums. You were among the thousands and thousands of young people who graduated last month. It's an important right of passage.

I graduated...

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I Remember Papa

(3) Comments | Posted June 20, 2009 | 12:24 PM

Barack Obama has said time and again that he knows the pain of not having a dad. It may be odd saying this about a man I respect, but in this regard, I feel sorry that our President didn't have a father. The relationship with my father was not perfect...

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The Solace That Gay Marriage Brings

(60) Comments | Posted May 28, 2009 | 11:53 AM

There is an unfortunate stereotype of the gay community (with a nod to Will and Grace and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy): a bunch of well-heeled folks who shop and brunch. Not exactly the look of suffering. Frankly, most Californians would aspire to that kind of suffering. I believe...

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