Archive | Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/11

Wah Mee inmate to open up about 1983 massacre

Wah Mee inmate to open up about 1983 massacre

An unassuming, petite, and stoic-looking Asian inmate blends into the McNeil Inmate Corrections Center (MICC) scenery well. With his eyes cast to the floor, with neatly shined shoes, and a well-kept outer appearance, only a name — in small sized font on an inmate badge — hints at a more complicated past: Wai-Chiu Ng.

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/113 Comments

New NAPCA CEO on goals and challenges

New NAPCA CEO on goals and challenges

During these tough economic times, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) and its new president and CEO Christine Takada are looking out for the aging Asian Pacific Islander (API) population. NAPCA is a national nonprofit organization and its mission is to enhance the dignity, well being, and quality of life for API seniors. I spoke with Takada, who was named the president in October, regarding the organization and what lies ahead in 2010.

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Posted in Profiles, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Asian Americans prominent on Constantine’s senior personal staff

Asian Americans prominent on Constantine’s senior personal staff

Thus far, there are a few notable Asian Americans as his senior personal staff: Director of Communications Frank Abe, and Director of Government and Labor Relations Sung Yang. His administrative assistant is Lee Anne Hughes

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Posted in Features, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Suspect in police slayings killed in Rainier Valley

As he did paperwork, a man who the officer recognized as matching the description of Clemmons came up to the patrol car’s driver side door. The man’s identity was later confirmed as Clemmons. The officer asked him to stop and show his hands, which Clemmons did not.

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Betty Patu, an educator who won’t give up

Betty Patu, an educator who won’t give up

Betty Patu, 61, is the newly elected Seattle School Board director of District 7, one made up of mostly students of color. She officially began her new job on Dec. 2 and really looks forward to working with all of the city’s teachers, principals, parents, as well as the overall community.

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Posted in Profiles, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Chinese American Historical Day now California law, Dec. 17 day of inclusion

In commemorating the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the recent passage of ACR 76 in California, California State Assembly member Mike Eng, the Yee Fow Museum, and other state and national organizations held a public conference on Dec. 6 at the Chinese American Museum in California.

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Salinas to reopen historic cafe as Asian museum

The renovation got a boost last week with a three-year, $600,000 Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to California State University, Monterey Bay. The planned Asian Cultural Center and Museum is the centerpiece of the Chinatown Renewal Project, led by the city and university.

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Activists diversifying ranks in traditionally Latino-led movement: immigration reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the noisy town hall meetings, Tea Party protests and sky-is-falling speeches characterizing much of the health care debate is a less visible, but an intense push to broaden the face of the immigration reform movement.

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Posted in National News, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Chinese immigrant says news story changed his life

“We were caught in the war without the presence of my father,” said Louie, whose brother, Shin Fong, died at the age of 4 due to malnutrition and lack of medical care. “My mother was devastated. It just broke her heart.”

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Posted in National News, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/111 Comment

An ex-banker becomes a gamer

An ex-banker becomes a gamer

He told himself that he could make something like it. That was the moment he became a board game creator. In the following weeks, he created six games. He had his friends test them out, though they weren’t too impressed with his initial efforts.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/111 Comment

NWAW’s December must-reads

NWAW’s December must-reads

In this sequel to “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya,” Kyon and the rest of the brigade (whose name stands for Save the World by Overloading it with Fun Haruhi Suzumiya) members go along with Haruhi as she takes on the task of making a movie for their school’s cultural festival.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

First lady wears Naeem Khan gown to state dinner

First lady wears Naeem Khan gown to state dinner

First lady Michelle Obama chose to wear a gleaming silver-sequined, cream-colored gown last Tuesday night to the first state dinner held by her husband’s administration. She was tending to her hostess duties in a strapless silhouette with the beads forming an abstract floral pattern that was custom-made by Naeem Khan. She wore a matching wrap, a stack of bangle bracelets on her wrist, and dangling earrings.

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Posted in Fashion, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/111 Comment

America wages a new war in Vietnam — on AIDS

America wages a new war in Vietnam — on AIDS

“They told him, ‘There’s nothing we can do for you. Just go home and wait to die,”’ said Do Thi Phuong. When she contracted AIDS, she didn’t seek help, fearing that she would also be shunned. Instead, like her husband, she went home to die.

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World’s deadliest assault on journalists occur in Philippines

World’s deadliest assault on journalists occur in Philippines

GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines (AP) — Kristia Subang wiped her father’s coffin with a cloth and recalled the last time she saw the veteran newspaperman, when he woke her with a surprise gift of a new set of shoes for school — the night before he and 29 colleagues were massacred on their final assignment.

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China attempts to fix its failing health care system

Doctors took 15-year-old Ji Xiaoyan off a ventilator and she was discharged because her family could no longer pay her hospital bills. Her uncle cobbled together a makeshift ventilator from bicycle and washing machine parts, driven by a noisy electric motor. The contraption pumped air into the teenager’s lungs for more than a month, until the family got donations for treatment.

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Asian Americans all over U.S. win jobs as government officials

Asian Americans all over U.S. win jobs as government officials

Asian Americans around the country have made history in 2009 in their efforts to become part of the political realm.

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Posted in National News, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Editorial: Why hire Asians? What’s the point?

Last week, it was announced that King County Executive Dow Constantine’s top aides were six notable people. Two of them are Asian Americans Frank Abe and Sung Yang. Seattle Mayor-elect Mike McGinn named Asian American Phil Fujii as one of his three top aides.

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Blog: Enough is enough, McGinn

Blog: Enough is enough, McGinn

On Dec. 2, Seattle Mayor-elect Mike McGinn held a town hall meeting at the Langston Hugh Theater. Facilitated by former State Rep. Kip Tokuda, attendees were supposed to give McGinn input on how to make Seattle a better city.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Blog: There’s life after politics

Gov. Sarah Palin makes millions as an author after quitting her job before her term as governor of Alaska was over. This is not an example for other politicians to follow.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/111 Comment

Letter: ‘Africa needs to be rescued from China’

[I] read the [Associated Press] article, “China–Guinea deal highlights Africa business ties,” by Christopher Bodeen. [I am] very sorry for the content of that article for the following reasons: [the] article shows that China has joined in on the rape of Africa and [its] murder [and] demise.

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Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 28 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

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