Archive | Vol 28 No 18 | 4/25 – 5/1

Editorial: Good luck to you, Ellen Abellera

This week is bittersweet for Northwest Asian Weekly. Ellen Abellera, executive director of Washington state’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA), recently retired from the organization …

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‘The Chairman’ visits Seattle to host charity event

‘The Chairman’ visits Seattle to host charity event

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Acclaimed movie actor and host of the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” Mark Dacascos was the host at the Wing Luke Asian Museum’s Year of New Beginnings Dinner and Auction. The event took place on April 4 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. It featured local chefs Gerold […]

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Mr. Design Guru: Vern Yip’s path to TV full of happy detours

Mr. Design Guru: Vern Yip’s path to TV full of happy detours

By Ryan Pangilinan NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY To many people, Vern Yip is best known as the former designer on the long-running television show, “Trading Spaces,” on The Learning Channel. Others identify Yip as the current host and creator of “Deserving Design” on Home and Garden Television. However, if someone were to ask Yip if he […]

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Director takes huge risk in casting a disabled star; the gamble pays off

Director takes huge risk in casting a disabled star; the gamble pays off

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Please set your volume high,” urges Japanese director Go Shibata in his introduction for the DVD release of his second feature film, “Late Bloomer.”

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In memory of Terri Jamero, community advocate

In memory of Terri Jamero, community advocate

Teresa “Terri” Elizabeth Romero Jamero, 74, a second generation Filipino and Northern California native, died April 2 after a lengthy illness in a Modesto hospital near her home in Atwater, Calif. Many who knew Terri Jamero considered her to be the conscience of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). She served in the organization’s […]

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Making beautiful music

Making beautiful music

On March 29, Northwest Vietnamese and Vietnamese American singers participated in a national singing contest called Giong Ca Vang (Golden Voice). Most contestants sang in Vietnamese. The semifinals were held at the Emerald Queen Casino. The event was helmed by Saigon Broadcasting Television Network and sponsored by Comcast.

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Scholastic achievement: Thu Nhat Ma

Scholastic achievement: Thu Nhat Ma

Tu Nhat Ma, an eighth-grader at McClure Middle School, was awarded the Assistance League Scholarship for 2009. Ma will use her scholarship at the UW Summer Youth Program to study writing.

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Academic excellence: Paula Kosasih and Clairine Runtung

Academic excellence: Paula Kosasih and Clairine Runtung

Bellevue Community College students Paula Kosasih and Clairine (Claire) Runtung, international students from Indonesia currently living in Bellevue, have been named to the 2009 All-Washington Academic Team.

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A night to remember for local chefs

A night to remember for local chefs

On April 4, the Wing Luke Asian Museum presented A Year of New Beginnings, a dinner and auction that featured local chefs who made appetizers inspired by art.

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Gates Foundation agriculture chief tapped for USDA post

Gates Foundation agriculture chief tapped for USDA post

By Donna Gordon Blankinship The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The director of the agriculture program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been nominated by President Obama to be an undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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NAPCA board removes CEO, review pending

The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) board put its CEO, Clayton Fong, on paid leave on April 13 after unspecified allegations against him surfaced. Christine Takada is the interim CEO.

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Sri Lanka military helps 35,000 civilians flee

By Bharatha Mallawarachi The Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A thick line comprising thousands of Sri Lankan civilians — with only a handful of backpacks for belongings among them — streamed out of the last sliver of land held by rebels on Monday, April 20. Video footage provided by the air force showed […]

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China launches new English-language newspaper

By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A new English-language paper published by China’s Communist Party hit newsstands on Monday, April 20; it’s part of Beijing’s efforts to raise its profile on the global stage and find an international audience for the party line. The inaugural English edition of the Global Times led […]

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Communist party surges as Japan’s economy withers

By Eric Talmadge The Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Under a big red flag, the headquarters of the Communist Party of Japan are at the center of the most vibrant grassroots movement in the country. The party’s ranks are swelling. It has 24,000 branch offices, and more than a million people read its newspaper. As […]

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APCF creates first summer program in China for U.S. student

By Rebecca Ip Seattle Chinese Post The Asia Pacific Culture Foundation (APCF), a nonprofit, will hold its first summer study program in China for U.S. students with Seattle Central Community College. This summer, high school students over the age 15 will have a chance to be immersed in Chinese culture and study the language. After […]

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Thieves target seniors in their apartments

By Rebecca Ip Seattle Chinese Post The depressed economy seems to have affected the security and safety of the Chinatown/International District and its neighboring communities. In recent months, more robberies in the streets and in residents’ homes — located in the International District, Beacon Hill, and Rainier Valley neighborhoods — have been reported than before.

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APIC says state lawmakers need to reconsider devastating budget cuts

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Community leaders are more than a little concerned over Washington state’s economic crisis. The state’s projected deficit stands at $9.3 billion through mid-2011. This deficit is the difference between how much tax money (revenue) the state government anticipates collecting over the next two years, and the cost (expenditures) of […]

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Die-hard fans cheer for Sarah Geronimo

Die-hard fans cheer for Sarah Geronimo

By Evangeline Café Northwest Asian Weekly Filipino pop sensation Sarah Geronimo drew nearly 2,000 fans to Seattle’s McCaw Hall on Friday, April 3. The concert was part of Geronimo’s “The Next One” U.S. tour, which featured fellow recording artists Mark Bautista, Billy Crawford, and Charlie Green. Geronimo treated her fans to a dynamic performance, belting […]

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Not a communist: Vietnamese man wins defamation case

Not a communist: Vietnamese man wins defamation case

OLYMPIA, Washington (AP) — A former South Vietnamese army lieutenant who fled after the Communist takeover has been awarded $225,000 for defamation after being called a Communist sympathizer, according to The Olympian newspaper. Turning aside defense warnings of damage to freedom of expression, a Thurston County Superior Court jury on April 16 sided in favor […]

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