Archive | Vol 29 No 33 | 8/14-8/20

China and Vietnam: Gregoire’s upcoming trade mission aims to increase Washington’s export business

China and Vietnam: Gregoire’s upcoming trade mission aims to increase Washington’s export business

Gov. Chris Gregoire will help local companies reach international goals during her upcoming trade mission to China and Vietnam this fall. From Sept. 13 to Sept. 24, Gregoire will travel to Asia with representatives from 50 small and medium-sized businesses to create new export opportunities for the state …

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Community distraught over Wakamatsu firing

Community distraught over Wakamatsu firing

Don Wakamatsu, who has been the manager of the Seattle Mariners since 2009, was fired on Aug. 9. He was the manager for the Mariners for more than halfway through the 2010 season.

“I would like to thank the city of Seattle and all the baseball fans here in the Northwest for the great support offered to me during my time as the Mariners’ manager …

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Woman survives being homeless and earns second highest honor

Woman survives being homeless and earns second highest honor

Betty Kwan Chinn’s mission in life is to help the homeless and less fortunate. On Aug. 4, President Barack Obama awarded Chinn a Presidential Citizens Medal. That day also happens to be Obama’s birthday. Chinn is from Eureka, Calif., and was honored for her work in providing food and clothing to the homeless …

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One man’s mess is another man’s award-winning show

One man’s mess is another man’s award-winning show

For as long as he can remember, Matt Chan has had a love affair with visual media. “I was always drawn to movies and TV in high school,” said Chan. “There was no doubt that this was what I wanted to do [when I was older]” …

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PIONEER: Former Harborview Board of Trustees president reflects on a life of ‘firsts’

PIONEER: Former Harborview Board of Trustees president reflects on a life of ‘firsts’

The pervasive discrimination toward minorities during the 50s was what inspired Violet “Vi” Mar to get involved with mainstream organizations …

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Vietnamese refugee forgoes vacation to volunteer in the Gulf Coast and sees pieces of his past

Vietnamese refugee forgoes vacation to volunteer in the Gulf Coast and sees pieces of his past

Instead of spending his vacation on a beach somewhere, Thao Tran, a Vietnamese refugee and staff assistant to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, went to the Gulf Coast to see its present condition and volunteer. What he experienced there has affected him profoundly …

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Goro Miyazaki follows proudly in his father’s footsteps with “Earthsea”

Goro Miyazaki follows proudly in his father’s footsteps with “Earthsea”

“Tales from Earthsea” is the first feature film directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The film had a tough time making it to American screens. First, the father disagreed with the son over the film’s animation techniques. Eventually, they stopped speaking to each other during its production. Then, the film’s USA distribution got held up due to copyright issues …

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EDITORIAL: Don Wakamatsu, you will be missed

Before Monday night’s game, many baseball fans were shocked to hear the announcement that Mariners Manager Don Wakamatsu was fired. Likewise, Asian Americans who weren’t necessarily huge baseball fans were also saddened by the firing. Wakamatsu was the first Asian American manager in Major League Baseball (MLB) …

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BLOG: Bob Hasegawa shows us all how it’s done

BLOG: Bob Hasegawa shows us all how it’s done

In contrast to Cao’s lunch, Hasegawa’s re-election campaign party at the House of Hong this Sunday was a blast. What lessons can the Vietnamese Chamber take away? …

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BLOG: We could’ve done much better for Joseph Cao!

BLOG: We could’ve done much better for Joseph Cao!

How much do you expect the first and only Vietnamese American congressman to raise money in Seattle after flying more than 2,000 miles? …

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BLOG: Can you turn your hobby into a career?

BLOG: Can you turn your hobby into a career?

“Love what you do. Do what you love.” This is easy to say, but nearly impossible to do, especially if your love is playing ping pong …

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July 5: Jeff Chen’s puzzle makes it to the New York Times

July 5: Jeff Chen’s puzzle makes it to the New York Times

Jeff Chen recently published a crossword puzzle in the New York Times (NYT) for the first time. Previously, Chen had puzzles in the LA Times. Chen said his puzzles were rejected 26 times before one stuck. He was paid $200 and worked on it for 10 hours. The theme of the puzzle was body parts …

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June 15: Partners in Preservation gives $1 million to local groups for preservation efforts

June 15: Partners in Preservation gives $1 million to local groups for preservation efforts

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that 11 Puget Sound area historic sites were receiving grants as part of Partners in Preservation’s $1 million commitment to preservation efforts in the area. Among them is the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW), which was awarded $75,000 …

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July 19: Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships are awarded to 11 UW alumni

July 19: Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships are awarded to 11 UW alumni

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awarded scholarships to 11 University of Washington (UW) alumni who recently earned their undergraduate degrees. For the UW, this is the largest number of undergraduate Fulbright awardees …

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Aug. 8: ICHS organizes back-to-school fairs for kids

Aug. 8: ICHS organizes back-to-school fairs for kids

International Community Health Services (ICHS) held the first of its two back-to-school fairs on Aug. 8 at the International District Medical & Dental Clinic in Seattle …

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No smoking in school: China fights against tobacco

BEIJING (AP) — In China, tobacco companies sponsor schools. Almost half of all male doctors smoke. And one wedding dinner ritual involves the bride lighting cigarettes for each of her male guests. China has committed to banning smoking at public indoor venues by Jan. 9, in accordance with a global anti-tobacco treaty backed by the World Health Organization …

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South Korean president Lee Myung-bak names Kim Tae-ho as new prime minister

South Korean president Lee Myung-bak names Kim Tae-ho as new prime minister

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Lee Myung-bak named a former provincial governor as his new prime minister on Sunday as part of an extensive Cabinet reshuffle aimed at restoring public support following his party’s surprise defeat in local elections …

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Filipino teachers’ recruiter sued for exploitation

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday accuses a Los Angeles-based company of a human trafficking scheme to bring hundreds of Filipino teachers to Louisiana public schools using exploitative contracts that charged them excessive, illegal fees …

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Northwest wineries seek growing Chinese market

Northwest wineries seek growing Chinese market

SEATTLE (AP) — Hong Kong and mainland China are developing a strong thirst for wine, and Washington and Oregon are hoping for a taste of the growing markets …

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21 artisans create SCG gathering place, party to be held on Aug. 22

21 artisans create SCG gathering place, party to be held on Aug. 22

In order to transform the concrete shell of the Seattle Chinese Garden into a gathering place, a team of 21 artisans arrived in Seattle from China on Aug. 6 and 7. To complete the project, artisans used centuries-old methods and shipped materials from Chongqing, Seattle’s sister city. The gathering place will be known as Knowing the Spring Courtyard …

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