Archive | Vol 29 No 4 | 1/23-1/29

Liu to run for state senate?

Liu to run for state senate?

It’s no secret that Eric Liu was former President Bill Clinton’s speech writer and political adviser, but word on the street is that he might run for the 37th district seat in the Washington State Senate.

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Washington First weathers storm of controversy with FDIC list

Washington First weathers storm of controversy with FDIC list

As the world recovers from the global economic crisis, many people have looked to banks and financial service centers as the source for blame, questions, and answers. Along with the public unease, many banks have come under fire from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). It released a list of financial institutions that were under investigation.

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Inmate Ng makes his plea to parole board

Inmate Ng makes his plea to parole board

Throughout his hour-long parole hearing, Wai-Chu “Tony” Ng gave reasons for the members of the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) to consider as they decide whether to grant him parole on his last five-year count at McNeil Island Corrections Center (MICC) in southern Puget Sound.

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Cindy Chen — a voice for counseling in the Asian community

Cindy Chen — a voice for counseling in the Asian community

In her cozy office in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, Dr. Cindy Chen has shared countless conversations with clients. She is willing to talk about many issues in life — interpersonal relationships, gambling addiction, low self-esteem — as long as clients are willing to open up.

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Filipino WWII vets still waiting for payments

WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) — Gaudencio Sotio injured his left leg fighting to expel the Japanese military from the Philippines during World War II. Though Filipino, he was fighting under the command of the United States, which had colonized his homeland in the early 1900s.

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Marine Widow-Immigration — U.S. Marine’s widow and baby return to Japan

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A Marine’s widow who has been fighting immigration law to remain in the United States to raise their 1-year-old child has returned to Japan with no clear resolution in sight.

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Haiti aid is a telling test of China-Taiwan relations

BEIJING (AP) — One of the world’s trickiest relationships is being tested in devastated Haiti, where China and Taiwan are rushing aid to one of Taipei’s few remaining diplomatic allies. Taiwan even announced that its president would personally deliver earthquake aid later this month.

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Police force first Mr. Gay China pageant to close

BEIJING (AP) — Police shut down what would have been China’s first gay pageant on Jan. 15 an hour before it was set to begin. This highlights the enduring sensitivity surrounding homosexuality and the struggle by gays to find mainstream acceptance.

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Youths say love of classical music isn’t an Asian American trait

Youths say love of classical music isn’t an Asian American trait

Wu wasn’t the only one with a perspective on Asian American youth and classical music. The Tacoma Youth Symphony’s other Chinese American co-concertmaster Tonya Yu, its former Korean American member Suzee Hong, and Kenneth Truong, a Vietnamese American member of the Garfield Orchestra, also elaborated on the role that classical music plays in their lives.

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Jackie Chan to wax on … and wax off

Jackie Chan to wax on … and wax off

Happy new year to you and to our favorite Asian American celebrities! Some of our favorites had a pretty rough ending to the year, while others had reasons to celebrate. Here’s what went down last month: Tiger Woods — need I say more? Jon Gosselin is detached from Kate once and for all, Jackie Chan’s “Karate Kid” trailer is released, and Jay Sean makes music history.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 29 No 4 | 1/23-1/291 Comment

What’s coming to Lunar New Year? A children’s parade!

What’s coming to Lunar New Year? A children’s parade!

For Maribeth Ellis, executive director of the Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), watching the never-before-seen throngs of families who packed themselves into the International District (ID) for last year’s Lunar New Year Celebration, which CIDBIA organized, was a moment of triumph. Last year was the first year the celebration was held outside of King Street Station and into the ID.

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3 a.m. fire shocks ID residents into alertness, causes $250,000 in damages

3 a.m. fire shocks ID residents into alertness, causes $250,000 in damages

On Jan. 19 at 3 a.m., residents on the floors above V Garden Restaurant at 308 Fourth Avenue South smelled smoke, heard fire alarms, and called 911. By 4 a.m., Seattle firefighters arrived at V Garden and found flames coming from a restaurant. Firefighters contained the fire to the first floor. However, smoke from the fire spread into apartments on the seventh, eighth, and ninth floors of the building. Some residents were evacuated. No one was in the restaurant at the time of the fire. No one was seriously injured due to the fire.

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4Culture funds local heritage and cultural facilities projects

Eleven heritage facility projects were awarded $328,835 by 4Culture — the cultural services agency for King County. The program is designed to enhance the cultural life of county citizens by funding the purchase, design, construction, and remodeling of heritage facilities, and the purchase of equipment intended to be used for at least 10 years.

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EDI offers scholarship for leadership program

On Jan. 11, the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation provided a grant to the Executive Development Institute (EDI). As a result, a $3,500 scholarship will be offered to candidates who attend the EDI Leadership Discovery Program. Applications are due Feb. 15, and the final selection will be made by March 1.

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Editorial: Wise’s decision not-so-wise? We disagree

Editorial: Wise’s decision not-so-wise? We disagree

Late last year, the University of Washington’s provost, Phyllis Wise, accepted a position on the corporate board of Nike, which has stirred up contention. Wise is the second highest administrator, behind UW President Mark Emmert.

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Commentary: Double zero (or, pick on someone your own size!)

Commentary: Double zero (or, pick on someone your own size!)

Double zero. What the heck is it? Well, I didn’t know about it until I became part of the elite club in my early 30s. Double zero has nothing to do with an IQ, a prescription, a drink, the mile high club, or the grade of your eye. My friend, double zero is a size of clothing, which means I’m smaller than a zero.

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Blog: Lee a heartbeat away from mayor

Blog: Lee a heartbeat away from mayor

For years, Bellevue City Councilmember Conrad Lee wanted to be the mayor of Bellevue. Well, believe and your dream will come true. Last Sunday, his head was held higher than usual. Lee was voted 7–0 as deputy mayor at the last Bellevue City Council meeting in January.

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Blog: 0.5 Asians out of 9 on Seattle’s city council

The other day, I had lunch in the ID with a couple of political gurus. “We have only 0.5 Asians on the Seattle City Council,” complained one of them.
She was referring to Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who is half Japanese and half African American. This can also be applied to the Black community — now there are only 0.5 Blacks on the council (Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver retired last December).

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Blog: 2010 rising stars

Seattle School Board member Betty Patu may be the only newly elected Asian American in the Greater Seattle area. But the opportunity for Asian Americans to rise in the political scene may be promising this year. Although Wilson Chin has lost his seat to Patu, don’t rule him out yet. Chin still has a great future in politics and is making a difference.

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Dec. 29: Beth Takekawa appointed to Washington State Arts Commission

Dec. 29: Beth Takekawa appointed to Washington State Arts Commission

Beth Takekawa was appointed as a commissioner for the Washington State Arts Commission. Commissioners guide the direction, set policies, and advise the governor and legislators of the state of the arts in Washington state.

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