Archive | Vol 27 No 42 | 10/11-17

“Minority” no longer

“Minority” no longer

“We have often been overlooked,” Elaine Akagi, educator and past president of JACL, said. “Due to the small number of API voters, so it is important that all eligible API voters are registered and vote.”

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Nobel prize goes to 3 Japanese and 3 Americans

Nobel prize goes to 3 Japanese and 3 Americans

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese American won the 2008 Nobel Prize in physics on Oct. 7 for theoretical advances that help explain the behavior of the smallest particles of matter.

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Peter Bacho Pioneer in Publishing

Peter Bacho Pioneer in Publishing

Novelist and teacher Peter Bacho believes everybody has a story to tell. The Filipino American recalls his own humble beginnings, growing up poor in Seattle’s Central District in the 1950s. A juris doctorate, masters degree and two award-winning novels later, Bacho is now being honored as a pioneer who paved the way for Asian Americans in literature.

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The University of Washington Press Pioneer in Publishing

The University of Washington Press Pioneer in Publishing

According to former editor Naomi Pascal, she was associated with the Press “almost from the beginning, with the development of the Press’ pioneering program of publishing books by and about Asian Americans.” In 1973, the Press had issued or reissued “a long list of books on subjects of special interest to Asian Americans,” she said.

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A grand opening

A grand opening

The newly remodeled Garfield High School’s grand opening was on the weekend of Sept. 26. Close to 90 people were in attendance. The program started with a dedication of the Quincy Jones Performance Center and ended with the Garfield Jazz Ensemble playing “Stockholm Sweetnin” directed by Quincy Jones himself.

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UW honors a leader

UW honors a leader

On Oct. 18 the 4th annual University of Washington Alumni Association MAP Bridging the Gap Scholarship Breakfast will honor Dolores Sibonga. Sibonga is a lawyer who has been a lifetime community activist and an elected public official, having served three terms as the first Filipino American member of the Seattle City Council.

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Business leaders together

Business leaders together

On Sept. 3, the new district governor of Rotary District 5030 Jesse Tam and his wife, Lilly Tam, spoke at Seattle 4 Rotary in downtown Seattle at the Red Lion Inn. Seattle 4 Rotary’s president is Nancy O. Slater. It is the largest Rotary in the world with over 700 members.♦

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Comings and goings

Comings and goings

Jolene Jang, a fun specialist, has been elected as the chapter president of National Speakers Association (NSA) for 2008-2009. Founded in 1984, NSA Northwest is a community of speakers on a wide range of topics. Their professional members have qualified to this status by presenting professionally for five years and earning over a certain amount from speaking.

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Comings & Goings

Comings & Goings

Jared Jonson was hired by APIA Vote — WA 08 in June as the new coalition’s field organizer. The coalition was formed in late 2007 between Seattle Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Raising Our Asian Representation (ROAR) and the National APIA Vote to ensure active APIA participation in the 2008 elections and a strong voice for our communities.

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Comings & Goings

Comings & Goings

The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) announced that Meredith Higashi, a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, will join its staff as the NAPABA Law Foundation Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellow.

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Some of our own!

Some of our own!

Esteemed former NW Asian Weekly editor Carol Vu earned third place in the Minorities category for her article, “Asian anxious in wake of massacre” from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her article dealt with the aftermath of Virginia Tech.

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Some of our own: Assunta Ng

Some of our own: Assunta Ng

Northwest Asian Weekly and Seattle Chinese Post publisher Assunta Ng was honored on Sept. 19 by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. She won the Safeco Minority Best Business Practice Award. Other winners in this category were Claudia Kauffman of Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Percell Johnson of Cassel Inc. and Mike Sotello of Approach Management Services.

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Scholastic achievement

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced the names of about 16,000 students nationwide who were among the top scorers on the 2007 Preliminary SAT. As semifinalists, students are eligible for certain scholarships.

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A night to remember

A night to remember

In celebration of 30 years of service to the community, the Denise Louie Education Center held its annual Jazz Night Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Showbox SoDo in downtown Seattle, raising just over $110,000 to support its early learning programs and family support services for the coming year. They would like to thank everyone who attended and those that have supported them over the last 30 years! ♦

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Confessions of a study abroad student

Confessions of a study abroad student

I didn’t expect a very fun summer this year until my parents signed me and my brother, Austin, up for a study tour sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission in Taiwan. Not only that, they also offered us a chance to see the highly anticipated opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Our jaws dropped like a broken door hinge

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History in the making: A new first for APIs

History in the making: A new first for APIs

The University of Washington’s business school has 72 undergraduate scholarships, but none of them is specifically designed for Asian Americans.

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Health care heroes make a world of difference

Health care heroes make a world of difference

International Community Health Services (ICHS) staff members Odelia Wang and Nai Saephan see true diversity every day, both in the cultural backgrounds of their patients and their individual medical needs.

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Women together, empowered and talking about the 3 Ps

Women together, empowered and talking about the 3 Ps

What is the secret to happiness?

Women from all walks of life gathered Friday, Sept. 26, to discuss this age-old question.

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Korean hit ‘My Sassy Girl’ lost in U.S. translation

Korean hit ‘My Sassy Girl’ lost in U.S. translation

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — Korean American producer Roy Lee has been a pioneer in remaking Asian movies for Hollywood, scoring big hits with movies like “The Ring” and the Oscar-winning “The Departed.” Still, he says one of his recent productions got lost in translation.

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Travel through Asia as a volunteer

Travel through Asia as a volunteer

Did you feel less than gratified after your last vacation as if basking in the sun or visiting far away places had lost some of its appeal? Perhaps the next time you plan a vacation you’ll add a new twist to your travel plans with a growing trend called “voluntourism,” where travel meets volunteering with a variety of projects around the globe.

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