Archive | Vol 28 No 23 | 5/30 – 6/5

Out of a temple in remote Cambodia, a world-class ballet dancer is discovered

Out of a temple in remote Cambodia, a world-class ballet dancer is discovered

By Ninette Cheng Northwest Asian Weekly While visiting Cambodia in 2000, American arts patron Anne H. Bass witnessed a rising star. Then 15 years old, Sokvannara “Sy” Sar performed a dance at Cambodia’s famous Preah Kahn temple and caught Bass’ eye.

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Custodians angry over shift changes

Custodians angry over shift changes

By Jane Mee Wong Northwest Asian Weekly Swing-shift custodians at the University of Washington are coming together across ethnic lines and language barriers to keep their work shifts. The predominantly Asian, Latino, and East African workforce consists of 66 custodians who work from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. On June 1, they will be reassigned […]

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Laughs, tears, and cheers come together at Japanese pageant

Laughs, tears, and cheers come together at Japanese pageant

By Ryan Pangilinan Northwest Asian Weekly This past Saturday, May 23, the Seattle Japanese Community Queen held its 50th annual coronation ceremony at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. Hosted by Jeopardy Clue Crew member Kelly Miyahara and longtime API community leader Terry Nakano, the two-and-a-half hour ceremony was filled with culture, […]

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Hara leaves the Port to tackle mortgages

Hara leaves the Port to tackle mortgages

By Thi-Le Vo Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle Port Commissioner Lloyd Hara announced on May 25 that he will be running for King County assessor. According to his Web site, his decision was made a few weeks after the drunk-driving incident involving the current King County assessor, Scott Noble.

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Cheryl Chow steps away from Seattle School Board

Cheryl Chow steps away from Seattle School Board

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly After a long and accomplished record of public service as a city councilmember and working with the Seattle School District, Cheryl Chow announced Wednesday, May 27, ahead of next week’s filing period for elective office, that she will not run for a second term on the school board.

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Broadcasting vet is new WSU dean

Broadcasting vet is new WSU dean

Journalist and educator Lawrence Pintak has been named the founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. He will begin his new position on Aug. 17.

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New faces in new places: Karen K. Narasaki

New faces in new places: Karen K. Narasaki

On April 22, Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) President and Executive Director Karen K. Narasaki became a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age.

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YouthCare raises $190,000

YouthCare raises $190,000

YouthCare held its 24th annual luncheon on April 29 and raised more than $190,000 to provide services and support for homeless and underserved youth in Seattle.

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Thousands of blossoms in Seattle

Thousands of blossoms in Seattle

On April 17–19, the 34th Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival was held at the Seattle Center. Enjoyed by more than half a million people, the festival is the largest and oldest of its kind in the Northwest. At the festival, there were activities for children, lectures, art performances, martial arts, and more.

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Seattle Parks reopens Hing Hay Park pagoda

Seattle Parks reopens Hing Hay Park pagoda

Members of Lu Bond Construction, representatives from Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the people of the community stand in front of the newly reopened pagoda in Hing Hay Park. On April 24, Hing Hay Park pagoda reopened after closing for a renovation project that began in February. The renovation focused on the 34-year-old pagoda, which […]

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Family adopts Chinese girl with rare eye disease

By Laura Catoe the Associated Press GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A radio broadcast led two elementary school teachers on an adoption journey to China.

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Immigration reform: New rules follow ICE raid in Bellingham

On April 30, after months of activism and advocacy by OneAmerica and other immigrant right groups nationwide, the Department of Homeland Security decided to release sweeping new guidelines to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on workplace enforcement of immigration law.

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Japanese Americans plan WWII memorial in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Fundraising has begun for a memorial wall in Seattle to honor Japanese Americans who were interned or served in the military during World War II.

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Asian American leads Latino district in California

Asian American leads Latino district in California

By Michael R. Blood The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — In an election that highlighted America’s fluid racial landscape, an Asian American candidate emerged as the leading contender to fill a U.S. House seat in an overwhelmingly Hispanic district.

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Alec Baldwin apologizes for mail-order bride joke

Alec Baldwin apologizes for mail-order bride joke

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin apologized for making a joke about getting a Filipino mail-order bride that provoked a sharp response in the Philippines.

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Amid economy woes, Mongolian opposition candidate claims presidency

Amid economy woes, Mongolian opposition candidate claims presidency

Nambaryn Enkhbayar and Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj By Ganbat Namjilsangarav The Associated Press ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolia’s opposition Democrats claimed victory this past Monday, May 25, in presidential elections after pledging to crack down on graft and to better distribute the country’s mining wealth.

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South Koreans mourn ex-president who committed suicide

South Koreans mourn ex-president who committed suicide

By Young-Joon Ahn The Associated Press President Roh Moo-hyun BONGHA, South Korea (AP) — Bowing deeply and laying white chrysanthemums before his portrait, tens of thousands of mourners journeyed this past Sunday, May 24, to the southern village where former President Roh Moo-hyun killed himself by jumping off a rocky cliff overlooking his home.

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Indonesia says OK to Facebook — but no flirting!

By Indra Harsaputra The Associated Press SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — This past Friday, May 22, Muslim clerics debating the exploding popularity of Facebook in Indonesia said that followers could use the networking site to connect with friends or for work — but not to gossip or flirt.

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Longevity of life a mixed blessing for Japanese

By Mari Yamaguchi The Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — This past Friday, May 22, Japan welcomed the news that it had topped the world longevity ratings, but with its citizens living increasingly longer lives, it may soon become hard for the government to find enough young taxpayers to support them.

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Chinese ‘Erin Brokovich’ on her struggles and triumphs

Chinese ‘Erin Brokovich’ on her struggles and triumphs

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Born in December 1969, Jingjing Zhang followed an unlikely career path for a Chinese woman. She is known for her environmental activism and was recently recognized as the 2009 distinguished Severyns-Ravenholt Lecturer, where she spoke to more than 100 people about her life’s work and achievements.

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