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July 23: Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot opens in Bellevue

July 23: Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot opens in Bellevue

At 1411 156th Ave. N.E., suite A, in Bellevue is a new restaurant, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot. The location is the very first in the state and the seventh in the country. Little Sheep first opened in 1999 in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. Today it has more than 400 locations worldwide.

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July 6: Maria Corinna Palanca-Wessels receives Kuni Scholar Award

July 6: Maria Corinna Palanca-Wessels receives Kuni Scholar Award

Maria Corinna Palanca-Wessels, M.D., Ph.D., a clinical researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, received an award of $200,000 over two years provided by the Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation of Vancouver, Wash., and the Kuni family. Palanca-Wessels is among three promising cancer researchers in the Pacific Northwest in the inaugural class […]

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New faces in new places: Salon Divas finds a new home

New faces in new places: Salon Divas finds a new home

Salon Divas, a hair salon, found a new home in Seattle’s Belltown at 2518 4th Avenue. It held its grand reopening last month on June 1.

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Joan Stamm book wins 2011 Nautilus Award

Joan Stamm book wins 2011 Nautilus Award

Joan Stamm’s book, “Heaven and Earth are Flowers: Reflections on Ikebana and Buddhism,” was selected as a 2011 Nautilus Silver Award Winner in the religion and spirituality category. Stamm lived in Japan in the early 1990s and became interested in Buddhism and traditional Japanese arts. She studied Zen and Tibetan Buddhism upon returning to the […]

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Fighting school violence, Asian immigrants find their voice

By Anjana Sundaram New America Media Wei Chen describes himself as the “quiet, academic type” when he first came to America in 2006. Upon entering South Philadelphia High School, he barely spoke English and hoped to disappear under the radar, while he adjusted to his new environment.

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North Korea food shortage worst in years despite farms

North Korea food shortage worst in years despite farms

By Jean H. Lee The Associated Press SUNAN, North Korea (AP) — It’s an unlikely sight: hundreds of ostriches, a bird native to sunny Africa, squatting and squabbling in the morning chill on a sprawling farm in North Korea. Even stranger: In winter, some wear quilted vests.

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China’s online population rises to 485 million

China’s online population rises to 485 million

BEIJING (AP) — China’s online population soared to 485 million as of the end of June, as use of mobile phones to surf the web spreads, an industry group reported Tuesday.

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Malaysia, Australia sign refugee exchange pact

Malaysia, Australia sign refugee exchange pact

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia and Australia sealed a pact Monday, July 25, to swap refugees in a contentious new strategy aimed at deterring asylum seekers from undertaking perilous boat journeys to Australia. The deal will see Australia send 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia over the next four years in exchange for Australia resettling […]

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India’s eunuchs demand access to welfare programs

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Eunuchs in India are demanding an end to discrimination against them and access to government welfare programs.

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Research: Shift in education policy needed to provide greater support for AAPI students

The face of American education from K-12 to higher education is quickly experiencing changes set by the fast-paced growth among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) — a population that is expected to reach nearly 40 million by 2050. 

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Affordable Care Act to improve data collection, reduce health disparities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created new draft standards to improve the monitoring of health data by race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, and disability status.

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K-Pop singing contest for non-Koreans looking for participants

K-Pop singing contest for non-Koreans looking for participants

Radio Hankook has started accepting registrations for “The Second K-Pop Contest for Non-Koreans.” The event will be held at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma on Sept. 24. This contest is open to all non-Korean U.S. residents, ages 12 and older. 

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Committee passes comprehensive trade package with South Korea, Panama, and Columbia

On July 7, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell applauded committee passage of a comprehensive trade package, including free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia, as well as an extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) through 2013.

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Foster homes needed for refugee youth

Many refugee youth have lost hope because of civil war or persecution in their home countries. Recently, the need has increased for foster homes for refugee teenagers and sibling groups from Congo, Burma, Bhutan, and Somalia.

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Host families needed for high school foreign exchange students

Host families are needed for this upcoming school year for a number of Aspect Foundation exchange students. Host families should be willing to provide a place to stay, three meals a day, and a great family experience. Students will have their own insurance and spending money.

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New national organization advocates for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions

The Asian Pacific Islander American Association of Colleges and Universities (APIACU) launched on June 27 to help address the complex set of social realities facing students in the underrepresented and underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. 

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Goodwin Liu headed to Calif. Supreme Court

Goodwin Liu headed to Calif. Supreme Court

By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly On Tuesday, July 26, Goodwin Liu was nominated to the California Supreme Court, replacing Associate Justice Carlos Moreno, the court’s only Latino member, who retired earlier this year.

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Rolling Stone finalist Carly Calbero showcases big voice on the streets of Seattle

Rolling Stone finalist Carly Calbero showcases big voice on the streets of Seattle

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Standing on “the bridge” at Pike Place Market — the Desimone bridge suspended over Western Avenue in downtown Seattle and home to the Market’s craft vendors — Carly Calbero sings and strums her guitar as visitors pass by. Sometimes, people will stop to listen, surprised that such a strong […]

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Gary Locke confirmed as envoy to China

Gary Locke confirmed as envoy to China

UPDATE: Locke will be sworn in on Monday, Aug. 1. By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly On Wednesday, July 27, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, 61, was confirmed as ambassador to China. Locke was nominated by President Barack Obama on March 9. “I can think of nobody who is more qualified than Gary […]

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Rep. Wu resigns amid sex scandal

Rep. Wu resigns amid sex scandal

By Jeffrey Osborn Northwest Asian Weekly Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) announced his resignation on Tuesday, July 26, after facing nearly a week of accusations involving an aggressive sexual encounter with a teenager. Congressman Wu had been under mounting pressure to resign from his constituents in Oregon and fellow democrats in Washington, including an ethics committee […]

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