Archive | Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/12

Year of the tiger to break record? CIDBIA to beat last year’s turnout.

Year of the tiger to break record? CIDBIA to beat last year’s turnout.

While planning last year’s Lunar New Year Celebration, Maribeth Ellis and Julia Nelson of the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) expected approximately 4,000 people to attend the celebration throughout the day.

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Nix the swimsuit. Bring on the cultural attire.

Nix the swimsuit. Bring on the cultural attire.

Snoqualmie Casino, in partnership with Kevin Stewart Productions, organized the Miss Northwest Asian Pacific Contest, a cultural pageant. It took place on Jan. 16 at the Snoqualmie Casino.

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Posted in 2010, Archive, Cultures, Fashion, Lifestyle, Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

Local businesswomen and corporate heads dish on life, career, fashion, and basketball

Local businesswomen and corporate heads dish on life, career, fashion, and basketball

Last year, with the bad shape of the economy, 14 businesswomen of color not only stood out, but outdid their competition …

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Young baritone the only Asian to advance to regional opera auditions

Young baritone the only Asian to advance to regional opera auditions

Apart from opera singing, what does Yu Seok Oh, a 30-year-old, Korean-born baritone based in Shoreline, have in common with renowned opera singers Renée Fleming, Ben Heppner, and Hei-Kyung Hong?

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Profiles, Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/122 Comments

Funny action-man Jackie Chan ably dives headfirst into gritty gangster drama

Funny action-man Jackie Chan ably dives headfirst into gritty gangster drama

By Irfan Shariff NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY International action film star Jackie Chan wants to prove that he can do more than just stunts. With the release of “Shinjuku Incident,” Jackie Chan proves he has a dark side. From acclaimed Hong Kong director Derek Yee, “Shinjuku Incident” takes Chan’s character, Nick (a.k.a. Steelhead), and smuggles him […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Reviews, Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/122 Comments

Asian American women strive toward feeling happy with life and body

Asian American women strive toward feeling happy with life and body

By James Tabafunda NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Body image — or the perception of how one’s body looks — gets reassessed every January. In 2010, losing weight returns as one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Forty-three percent of Asian American women said they considered themselves overweight. This statistic is based on a 1997 survey, […]

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Posted in Health, Lifestyle, Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/125 Comments

Obit: Masako Murakami (1919–2010): traveler, business owner

Obit: Masako Murakami (1919–2010): traveler, business owner

By Shaodan Chen NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Masako “Masa” Murakami, the last of four children in the well-known Murakami family, recently passed away on Jan. 29 at the age of 90. Masa contributed to her family’s store, the Higo 10 Cent Store (later the Higo Variety Store), throughout her life with her enthusiasm for the imported […]

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Posted in Community News, News, Obituaries, Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

Blog: You don’t need Yo-Yo Ma or Midori to pack Benaroya Hall

Blog: You don’t need Yo-Yo Ma or Midori to pack Benaroya Hall

Local stars can be attractive, too. It’s up to us to discover them. If you were not among the 2,376 people in the audience at Celebrate Asia!, a remarkable performance showcasing Asian American talents collaborating with mainstream musicians, you missed one of the most exciting events in Seattle. Held at the Benaroya Hall on Jan. […]

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Posted in Opinion, Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

Former Taiwanese ballet dancer goes modern with Seattle Dance Project

Former Taiwanese ballet dancer goes modern with Seattle Dance Project

Like many Asian Americans, Edwaard Liang spent a part of his youth dabbling in various performing arts, whether it was playing the violin or being involved with martial arts. Yet, it was dance that has allowed him to build a respectable career as one of the most critically acclaimed ballet dancers and choreographers in the world.

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China government opens cracks in culture of secrecy

By Tini Tran THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The Chinese businessman battled for years to get cities to reveal their budgets, but his quest seemed quixotic in a country notorious for keeping citizens in the dark. Then China did what would once have been unthinkable — it enacted an open-government policy, and last […]

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Indian parents vie for nursery school admissions

By Ravi Nessman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI (AP) — The nursery school scramble is on. Tens of thousands of parents across New Delhi are taking time off of work to complete applications, paying poorly disguised bribes to school officials, and obsessively checking websites in desperate bids to win spots in good private schools for […]

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U.S. announces $6.4 billion in arms sales to Taiwan, U.S.–China relations to be affected

By Foster Klug THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is planning to sell $6.4 billion in arms to Taiwan, a move that will infuriate China and test whether President Barack Obama’s efforts to improve trust with Beijing will carry the countries through a tense time. The notification to Congress, posted Friday, Jan. […]

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Few minorities applying for redistricting panel in Calif.

By Jacob Adelman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES (AP) — An important effort to redraw legislative districts in California and shake up the political landscape seems to be missing one important element: minorities. State officials are weeks away from beginning to select members of a 14-person commission that voters decided should reshape the state’s Senate, […]

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Posted in National News, News, Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

January: New board members and officers for Kin On

January: New board members and officers for Kin On

The Kin On Nursing Home and Health Care Center 2010 board members are Patty Buckingham, Benson Chen, Kenneth Tao, and Duc Tran. Helen Kay is the president, Katty Chow is the first vice president, Stella Leong is the second vice president, Hannah Wong is the secretary, and David Lee is the treasurer. Kin On is […]

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Dec. 10: Two Asians win 2009 UW minority award

Dec. 10: Two Asians win 2009 UW minority award

Teresita H. Mandapat of Pearly Whites Laser Dentistry and Greater China Industries, represented by founder Ben Zhang, won University of Washington Minority Business of the Year Awards for Pierce and King County, respectively. The awards ceremony and dinner were held at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. Other winners were Canon de Sol Winery, Kalispel Tribal […]

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Dec. 15: Drago and McIver bid farewell to Seattle City Council

Dec. 15: Drago and McIver bid farewell to Seattle City Council

Councilmembers Jan Drago and Richard McIver had a joint farewell party at Seattle City Hall’s Bertha Knight Landes Room. Present was the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC), which gave Drago the Commander’s Award. In 2000, Drago was the first local elected official to support naming a U.S. courthouse after Japanese American William Nakamura.

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Jan. 15: Caballero on ADA board

Jan. 15: Caballero on ADA board

The American Diabetes Association elected Jeffrey Caballero, executive director of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, to its board of directors. Caballero has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Posted in Names in the News, News, Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

Nighttime lurkers in ID discourage visitors and scare residents

To the Editor: As a long time Seattle resident of 60 years, I am quite upset by the nighttime scene in the International District (or as we still call it, Chinatown). I have to physically protect my 90-year-old husband, and he protects me, from the evil lurking on so many corners. By this, I mean the […]

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Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinion, Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

Wise is an easy target for critics; balanced perspective is welcomed

To the Editor: Finally, a more balanced perspective about the Provost’s Nike board service [in the editorial from the Jan. 23–29 issue]. The press on leaders so frequently highlights high profile negative cases, and while I don’t know the Provost well, I do know that not all administrators are evil, greedy sycophants. The reality is […]

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Legislators graded via racial justice report card

On Jan. 18, the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (NFCO), supported by more than 20 advocacy groups for racial and social justice, released the Racial Justice Report Card for the 2009 state legislature in Olympia. This report card is the first to grade each legislator’s voting record and leadership in authoring racial equity legislation. It […]

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Posted in Briefs, Community News, News, Vol 29 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

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