Archive | October 2009

After many years, Eatonville citizens reunite with former classmate, an interned Japanese American

After many years, Eatonville citizens reunite with former classmate, an interned Japanese American

Among the riders were Japanese American couple William (Bill) and Ruth Akiyoshi of Whittier, Calif. On the doors of their car were two placards that said, “Welcome Home, Bill Akiyoshi.”

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Posted in Community News, Profiles, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-300 Comments

Thomas Hong

Thomas Hong

A person has to have musical knowledge, precise conducting, formidable technique, and a great personality in order to become a Seattle Symphony assistant conductor.

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Posted in Community News, Profiles, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-300 Comments

Smooth Operator: Korean American wins WEC Title

Smooth Operator: Korean American wins WEC Title

Henderson’s message is a familiar chant from his Federal Way alma mater. A former Decatur High School wrestling standout, Korean American Henderson won the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) interim light heavyweight title on Oct. 10 in San Antonio, Texas. WEC is owned by the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC). With only three years of experience in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), the 25-year-old is heading to the top.

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Posted in Sports, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-306 Comments

Highline the most diverse community college in the state?

There has been a push for diversity to bolster Highline Community College’s (HCC) academic environment, claim students and faculty, citing the institution’s members of color, consideration for ethnicity in hiring new faculty and staff, as well as what some claim to be an openness that fosters different backgrounds.

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Posted in Community News, Education, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-304 Comments

Gates launches Center for Asian Art and Ideas

Gates launches Center for Asian Art and Ideas

The Seattle Art Museum, the University of Washington (UW), and Mimi Gardner Gates launched the opening of the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas (CAAI) this month with a 10-part lecture series at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM).

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Pioneers given honors for speaking the universal language: music

Pioneers given honors for speaking the universal language: music

For some in the performing arts, rhythm, melody, and lyrics combine to create an art form unmatched by its power to entertain and stir intense emotions. These individuals have managed to merge their passions with their rich cultural heritage.

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Posted in Community News, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-300 Comments

Action-packed “Ong-Bak 2” doesn’t disappoint

Action-packed “Ong-Bak 2” doesn’t disappoint

At age 33, Thailand’s Tony Jaa seems poised to replace Jackie Chan in the world of Asian martial arts film. Like Jackie Chan, Jaa’s movies emphasize all-natural fights and stunts. They avoid the use of computer graphics and stuntman substitutions for the leading man.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-301 Comment

NWAW’s October book recommendations

NWAW’s October book recommendations

All her life, Rie has heard these words. But as the sole heir to the House of Omura, one of the most respected families of sake brewers in Kobe, Japan, she knows she must learn as much as possible about the trade in order to carry on the tradition.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-300 Comments

Johjima opts out of last 2 years of contract

Johjima opts out of last 2 years of contract

Zduriencik said the Mariners did not pay any money to buy out their former starting catcher, who said last season he was struggling to accept Seattle benching him in favor of rookie Rob Johnson.

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Posted in Sports, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-300 Comments

Women with diabetes at increased risk for irregular heart rhythm

Diabetes increases the risk of women developing atrial fibrillation (AF) by 26 percent. Atrial fibrillation is a potentially dangerous irregular heart rhythm that can lead to stroke, heart failure, and chronic fatigue. These are the findings of a new Kaiser Permanente study, published in the October issue of Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association.

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-301 Comment

Taiwanese pop band tours U.S., will perform in Seattle

Taiwanese pop band tours U.S., will perform in Seattle

Taiwanese pop band Won Fu is visiting the West Coast this month. The tour is part of a cultural initiative to promote the island’s popular culture overseas via music. In addition to introducing Taiwan’s music to foreign audiences, the Taiwan government sponsors bands to perform abroad in order to further inspire their creativity and growth.

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Gardening workshops now available in Vietnamese and Spanish

Almost 70 percent of workers in the landscaping trade are non-English speakers, according to the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. To reach this audience, Seattle Public Utilities conducts annual green gardening workshops in Spanish and Vietnamese to teach landscaping professionals how to use environmentally-friendly landscaping and yard care techniques.

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-302 Comments

Vietnamese musicians learn from a Japanese American master

Vietnamese musicians learn from a Japanese American master

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The conductor of the New York Philharmonic wielded his baton as an instrument of diplomacy on Oct. 15. His words, however, weren’t all sweet.

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Posted in National News, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-300 Comments

Fong not intimidated in run for Iowa governor

Fong not intimidated in run for Iowa governor

The 32-year-old Cedar Rapids businessman is running for the Republican nomination for governor despite never holding public office and competing against several more experienced candidates, likely including a four-term governor. Then comes the prospect of trying to defeat an incumbent governor, an achievement not accomplished since 1962.

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Posted in National News, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-301 Comment

India’s natural gas tied up in $17B family feud

India’s natural gas tied up in $17B family feud

MUMBAI, India (AP) — An ashen Anil Ambani, one of the world’s richest men, stood before a clutter of television cameras, close to tears. “There is only pain, hurt, and emotion,” he said.

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China, Vietnam pledge to deal with border disputes

BEIJING (AP) — The prime ministers of China and Vietnam pledged on Oct. 16 to handle border disputes between their countries peacefully, amid deep suspicion among some Vietnamese over Beijing’s intentions.

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Rising seas threaten Shanghai and other major cities

SHANGHAI (AP) — This city of 20 million rose from the sea and grew into a modern showcase, with skyscrapers piercing the clouds, atop tidal flats fed by the mighty Yangtze River.

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Blog: A triple celebration for the local Indian community

Blog: A triple celebration for the local Indian community

Congratulations to the Indian community for installing the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct. 17 at the Bellevue Library. The idea of the statue and its location couldn’t be more perfect, as the Indian community has grown immensely since Microsoft started hiring many software engineers from India. Installing it at a library is also appropriate because it symbolizes a high ground for information, ideas, and ideals.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-302 Comments

Opinion: Northwest Asian Weekly endorses the following candidates:

Opinion: Northwest Asian Weekly endorses the following candidates:

We are endorsing Dow Constantine because of his proven record of reforming King County. He brings with him experience and education. Constantine has the credentials: a law degree and a degree in urban planning.

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Posted in Opinion, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-301 Comment

Opinion: Northwest Asian Weekly endorses the following Asian Americans:

Opinion: Northwest Asian Weekly endorses the following Asian Americans:

Patsy Bonincontri has served on the Bellevue City Council since 1998. She earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Southern California. She would like to continue to advocate for improving the quality of life in Bellevue, invest in human capital, and upgrade its infrastructure to support anticipated growth.

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Posted in Opinion, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-300 Comments

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