Archive | September 2008

Uwajimaya celebrates 80 years!

Uwajimaya celebrates 80 years!

“You do it every day because it’s the right thing to do.”

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Mayumi Tsutakawa: Pioneer in Publishing

Mayumi Tsutakawa: Pioneer in Publishing

Mayumi Tsutakawa has racked up a large number of achievements during a career spanning several different fields. Straight out of grad school, she became the first Asian American female reporter at a daily newspaper in the Seattle area. She later wrote and edited several anthologies, including the first anthology of Asian American women’s writings.

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Gary Luke: Pioneer in Publishing

Gary Luke: Pioneer in Publishing

As the publisher of Sasquatch Books, Gary Luke feels a sense of honor and responsibility to make his company an outlet for diverse perspectives.

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The ID experiences a sudden downpour of bricks

The ID experiences a sudden downpour of bricks

May Xie was working in her herbal store on Jackson Street, Yuan Sheng Heng, when she was stunned by an immensely loud boom. She wondered if a woman cooking on the top floors of Jackson Apartments had accidentally set off some kind of gas explosion.

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ACRS’ night to remember

ACRS’ night to remember

The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) had a benefit dinner and auction at the Seattle Sheraton entitled “Faces of Community, Masks of Tradition,” on Saturday, Sept. 13. Hosted by Lori Matsukawa, the event also featured Garfield’s Jazz Combo, a three-course dinner, a dance from Long Life Association and several silent auctions. Attendees were able to pick from lavish vacation packages, to a pig roast for 40, to a Washington sailing cruise, to a sweet dessert auction.

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Award for fashion designer

Award for fashion designer

Seattle hosted the Imagine! Design Expo at the International Academy of Design & Technology campus in Tukwila, Sept. 8. Designer Luly Yang was recognized for her contributions. Yang is widely known for her exquisite couture and bridal collections, as well as her downtown studio boutique located at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

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Fundraising through sports

Fundraising through sports

Over 180 community members gathered at Kin On Health Care Center on Sept. 7 to celebrate the success of Kin On’s First Annual Sports Tournament.

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A Japanese astronaut

A Japanese astronaut

Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, accompanied by his wife Satomi, visited Seattle to participate in the annual Planetary Congress that took place Sept. 15-19.

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Comings & goings

Comings & goings

The American Legacy Foundation recently appointed Dr. Benjamin Chu as the chairman of their board of directors. Dr. Chu is one of the three medical doctors and the only Chinese American to receive the chair title. “I am honored to take on the leadership of the foundation’s board, allowing me to continue to help educate the American public that tobacco is the number-one preventable cause of death in our country,” Chu said.

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Cinderella gets X-rated Chinatown makeover

Cinderella gets X-rated Chinatown makeover

Having traveled alone to New York City, Ye Xian (An Nguyen) hopes to earn money to send home to her ailing father by working in a beauty salon run by Mrs. Su (Tsai Chin), her father’s distant cousin. But the bitter and manipulative Mrs. Su doesn’t actually run a beauty salon. She runs an X-rated massage parlor.

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Nothing but the stereotypes

Nothing but the stereotypes

It’s grandma’s birthday banquet and your aunt on mom’s side smiles warmly at you in greeting … and then exclaims that you need to get pregnant already (also, you look like you’ve gained a few pounds). At some point in your life, you’ve come across a remote control enveloped in Saran wrap.

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Take the road less traveled

Take the road less traveled

On a warm Thursday night, Aug. 28, a dimly light Toi club was abuzz with unexpected conversations. Amid the happy hour well drinks, unlikely people from all walks of life gathered in celebration of the party’s occasion, the one-year debut of Earthwalkers Magazine.

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How to become a millionaire

How to become a millionaire

Business owners of the world, unite! The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global network intended to advise and provide resources for entrepreneurs. It has 113 chapters worldwide with over 6000 members. The Seattle chapter is the only chapter to be headed by an Asian American, Northwest Asian Weekly’s Entrepreneur of the Year James Wong.

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The ancient art of the sword

The ancient art of the sword

There was a sharp snap as two swords slammed into one another in perfect precision.

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Rep. McDermott votes for H.R. 6897, the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2008

Rep. Jim McDermott cast his vote to support passage in the House of Representatives Sept. 23 of the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2008.

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Japanese country singer returns to U.S.

Japanese country singer returns to U.S.

Tomi Fujiyama’s career spans two hemispheres and half a century. The 70-year-old musician held her first American concert in over four decades on Sept. 11 at Pianos in New York City.

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Backlog of applications prevents immigrants from voting this year

The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) and its affiliates — the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) of Los Angeles, the Asian Law Caucus (ALC) of San Francisco and the Asian American Institute (AAI) of Chicago — celebrated Citizenship Day Sept. 17, originally a day to mark the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and give individuals a chance to take pride in their citizenship.

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JACL disagrees with Chaffetz’s proposal for ‘prison camps’

According to the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Jason Chaffetz, Republican nominee for U.S. Representative from the 3rd Congressional District of Utah, proposed the construction of “prison camps” surrounded by barbed wire to confine undocumented immigrants. The JACL are against this.

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Life lessons through food

Life lessons through food

As expected of the wired Generation X-er I am, I Googled “Serve the People” to find out more about the book and the author. I was a little surprised; what I thought was a cleverly coined book title was actually a political slogan stemming from a speech Mao Zedong delivered on Sept. 8, 1944, in memory of a fellow Communist party member.

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Deadpan Asian female actress looking for work

Deadpan Asian female actress looking for work

Novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo has a wonderfully deadpan sense of humor. This was evident in her previous book, “A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers,” which revealed, in the form of a glossary, a fraught-with-misunderstandings romance between an untutored Chinese peasant girl, who comes to London to study languages, and the bisexual British aesthete whom she meets at the movies. Likewise, Guo’s feature debut as a director, the meta-comedy “How is Your Fish Today?” was a gentle satire about a Beijing hipster trying to succeed as a screenwriter, despite having none of his scripts make it past government censors.

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