Archive | November 2009

True or false? H1N1 myths debunked

True or false? H1N1 myths debunked

Whether it’s severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or avian influenza, every now and then, there’s an ailment that is hyperbolized. Oftentimes, misinformation creates further confusion. In the last year, the H1N1 influenza strain has been at the center of media attention. Public media commonly refers to it as swine flu.

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/272 Comments

McGinn ushers in an ‘open source’ transition

McGinn ushers in an ‘open source’ transition

“[Seattle Mayor-elect Mike] McGinn explained that rather than making courtesy calls to all the council members, he thought it better to just walk over and meet face to face on a casual basis,” said Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata in a release. “This is a departure from Mayor Nickel’s style, which was to rely more on his deputy mayor Tim Ceis to walk the council hallway.”

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Posted in Community News, Profiles, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/272 Comments

CEO Oki leaves Nikkei Concerns

CEO Oki leaves Nikkei Concerns

The Board of Directors of Nikkei Concerns (NC), a nonprofit elder care organization primarily serving the Japanese community, announced on Wednesday, Nov. 18, that Susan Oki has resigned from her position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She will stay until the end of November.

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Chinese presence in the Caribbean grows

Chinese presence in the Caribbean grows

Most people know that Asians have migrated to countries all over the world, but some are still surprised to learn that Asians live in the West Indies. Some say this is likely due to images perpetrated by the media. Vacation ads often feature white couples enjoying the tropics. Asians aren’t commonly in sight.

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Posted in National News, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/272 Comments

Man meets Korean mom for the first time at age 52

Man meets Korean mom for the first time at age 52

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — After 52 years on opposite sides of the world, a mother and son have been reunited.

William Whitescarver — or Jo Kyung Nam — of Harrison, and his South Korean birth mother, Choi Chun-Hak of Seoul, met for the first time in more than half a century, when Whitescarver and his children traveled to South Korea in October.

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Posted in National News, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Diversity at the Top

Diversity at the Top

Countless generations of parents stress the importance of education to their kids.John Okamoto wants these parents to know that the teachers in this state also care deeply about teaching kids.

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Posted in Community News, Profiles, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

The first national Asian American civil rights conference to be in L.A.

The 2009 Advancing Justice Conference: Asian American and Pacific Islanders Building New Foundations for Civil Rights is an inaugural national civil rights and social justice conference expected to draw community and government leaders and legal professionals from across the country.

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/272 Comments

16th Asian Games to be tobacco-free

The 16th Asian Games, part of the worldwide Olympic movement and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), will be “going smokeless” with firm prohibitions on the sale of tobacco products and tobacco sponsorship of the Games.

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Lessons I took away from my school reunion

Lessons I took away from my school reunion

Women lose weight, buy new clothes, color their hair, and fly across the ocean to seize “the moment” in their lives.

I have to confess that I am one of these vain creatures who invest lots of money — $150 worth of new outfits and shoes plus airfare to fly to Hong Kong — for a unique occasion.

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Posted in Travel, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/274 Comments

Manny Pacquiao shows greatness in small package

Manny Pacquiao shows greatness in small package

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao had a hat perched jauntily on his head, a bandage wrapped neatly around his right ear. His real work done for the night, he was heading down the Las Vegas Strip to sing a few songs with his band.

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Posted in Sports, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/273 Comments

Analysis: Is the future still Cao?

Analysis: Is the future still Cao?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — “The Future is Cao” was the widely reported subject line of a memo U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner issued the day after Republican Anh “Joseph” Cao achieved an upset victory over Democrat William Jefferson last December.

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Posted in National News, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

In China, Obama says freedoms are ‘universal rights’

In China, Obama says freedoms are ‘universal rights’

SHANGHAI (AP) — Pressing for freedom on China’s own turf, President Barack Obama said Monday, Nov. 16, that individual expression is not an American ideal but a universal right that should be available to all.

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Editorial: Why all the fuss over Obama’s bow?

Editorial: Why all the fuss over Obama’s bow?

Last weekend, during a trip to Asia that was designed to build U.S. influence in the area, President Obama bowed to Japan’s Emperor Akihito. This single action caused a storm of controversy. Responses have been polarized, divided down party lines. Obama’s Republican critics say it was a sign of subservience, and the president was showing weakness. The State Department, however, has stressed that “the president was simply showing respect.”

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/274 Comments

Column: Bush and Watada: two intertwining stories

Column: Bush and Watada: two intertwining stories

On Oct. 2, Ehren Watada was discharged from the U.S. Army under “other than honorable conditions.” Ehren is the Asian American Army officer who refused to deploy to Iraq because he claimed the war was illegal.

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Posted in Column: You Talkin' to Me?, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Oct. 29: Suresh Kumar headed to post in Obama administration

Oct. 29: Suresh Kumar headed to post in Obama administration

President Obama nominated Suresh Kumar as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, Department of Commerce.

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Northwest Asian Weekly people win awards in writing and design

Northwest Asian Weekly people win awards in writing and design

This year, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awarded former Northwest Asian Weekly (NWAW) Editor Eleanor Lee for her excellent writing in Northwest Asian Weekly’s editorial section. Lee placed third in the opinion category and received her award on May 30 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Oct. 26: Gov. Gregoire appoints Yamaguchi as CAPAA’s director

Oct. 26: Gov. Gregoire appoints Yamaguchi as CAPAA’s director

Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Kendee Yamaguchi as the executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA). Yamaguchi is a third generation Japanese American born and raised in Washington.

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Nov. 12: The four amigos — Gossett, Maestas, Santos, and Whitebear — honored

Nov. 12: The four amigos — Gossett, Maestas, Santos, and Whitebear — honored

The YMCA of Greater Seattle recognized four individuals with the YMCA A.K. Guy Award. Larry Gossett, Roberto Maestas, Bob Santos, and the late Bernie Whitebear were honored at the 26th Anniversary YMCA A.K. Guy Award Luncheon at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

Fashionistas defy the Taliban with first ever fashion week

Fashionistas defy the Taliban with first ever fashion week

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Some women strode the catwalk in vicious spiked bracelets and body armor. Others had their heads covered, burqa-style, but with her shoulders — and tattoos — exposed. Male models wore long, Islamic robes as well as shorts and sequined T-shirts.

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Posted in Vol 28 No 47 | 11/14-11/20, World News0 Comments

People of color on Constantine’s transition team

People of color on Constantine’s transition team

People of color on Constantine’s transition team: Hyeok Kim, Lorena Gonzalez, Shaunta Hyde, Ruthann Kurose, Nate Miles, Estela Ortega, DeSean Quinn, and Sumeer Singla

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 28 No 47 | 11/14-11/200 Comments

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