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ReWA celebrates with 2011 Annual Gala

ReWA celebrates with 2011 Annual Gala

The Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) held its annual gala on Sept. 16, featuring dance performances and music from around the world. The event was held at Marion McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. ReWA is a multi-ethnic, community-based organization that provides comprehensive culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugee and immigrant communities throughout King and Snohomish […]

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 30 No 39 | 9/24-9/300 Comments

To sniff or not to sniff? — Public displays of affection gaining ground among Asian Americans, though some still squeamish

To sniff or not to sniff? — Public displays of affection gaining ground among Asian Americans, though some still squeamish

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly In the West, one common way to show affection is to kiss someone. In many non-English speaking Western countries, such as European or Latin American countries, people kiss one another on the cheek to show friendship, to greet, or to congratulate. In the East, however, such a gesture may […]

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Posted in Cultures, Lifestyle, Vol 30 No 32 | 8/6-8/120 Comments

Defining Thai America — Locals connect with Thai culture

Defining Thai America — Locals connect with Thai culture

By Tiffany Ran Northwest Asian Weekly Every Sunday, Supakit (Duke) Bhuphaibool goes to Thai temple for Thai language classes. There is only one non-Thai person in attendance. But, few Thai Americans attend temple to reconnect with their culture. One Sunday a monk at the temple inquired whether Bhuphaibool is Thai.

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 30 No 30 | 7/23-7/296 Comments

A parade of Lions

A parade of Lions

Click here to see the story. From July 4 through July 8, members of Lions Clubs International from all over the world gathered in Seattle for its annual convention. One of the activities members engaged in was a parade. An award-winning float came from India, which earned second place. Mainland China earned second prize in […]

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 30 No 28 | 7/9-7/151 Comment

Americana: Funny stories of cultural missteps from real Americans

Americana: Funny stories of cultural missteps from real Americans

Compiled by Han Bui and Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly There are a lot of hurdles that new immigrants face in the United States. Not only do most have to learn a new language, they also have to navigate through the complicated cultural differences.

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Posted in Cultures, Features, Vol 30 No 27 | 7/2-7/80 Comments

Costly Afghan weddings under government scrutiny

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Some brides in Afghanistan change their outfits up to 10 times. Throw in the six-hour trips to the beauty parlors and the meals for 1,000 guests — and one wedding alone could bankrupt many Afghans. …

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‘One time, my dad embarrassed me so badly …’

‘One time, my dad embarrassed me so badly …’

Compiled by Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Sometimes, dads say and do the darnedest things, and Asian dads may be the reigning champs at finding new, unusual, and creative ways of embarrassing their kids. In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve compiled a batch of stories that will hopefully make you commiserate, squirm, laugh, and celebrate […]

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Posted in Cultures, Features, Vol 30 No 25 | 6/18-6/240 Comments

A tiger enters the kitchen — Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan shows why she isn’t the typical cookbook author

A tiger enters the kitchen — Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan shows why she isn’t the typical cookbook author

Journalist Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan stood in front of the wok clutching her Blackberry, admittedly scared that if she diverted from the recipe, she’d make a mistake.

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Posted in Cultures, Food, Profiles, Vol 30 No 24 | 6/11-6/171 Comment

‘My mom is a … cyber mom?’ — Mothers and children maintain international relationships through technology

‘My mom is a … cyber mom?’ — Mothers and children maintain international relationships through technology

At 11 p.m., Cuong “Armstrong” Bui picks up the telephone. He dials the international code 011, followed by code 84 for Vietnam, and then dials a series of numbers he knows by heart.

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Posted in Cultures, Lifestyle, Vol 30 No 19 | 5/7-5/131 Comment

‘My mom hates what I wear’

‘My mom hates what I wear’

Have you ever noticed that your mom’s fashion tastes are a bit off? You sometimes feel the need to adjust her outfit before she ventures out in public wearing her hot pink fanny pack.

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Posted in Cultures, Fashion, Lifestyle, Vol 30 No 19 | 5/7-5/130 Comments

Happy New Year (in April)! — A spotlight on Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Cambodia’s new year celebrations

Happy New Year (in April)! — A spotlight on Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Cambodia’s new year celebrations

Unlike the Gregorian calendars that start the year on Jan. 1, most South Asian countries use lunisolar calendars that start the year at the beginning of spring.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 30 No 17 | 4/23-4/292 Comments

Chinese expulsion remembered

Chinese expulsion remembered

On Saturday, Feb. 12, community members marched and rallied to remember the 350 Chinese railroad workers, agriculture workers, and coal miners who were pushed out of Seattle in 1886.

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 30 No 8 | 2/19-2/252 Comments

Feng Shui — more than just decorating

Feng Shui — more than just decorating

If you are shooting for a good start to the Year of the Metal Rabbit, looking into the practice of feng shui may put some extra luck in your pocket.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 30 No 7 | 2/12-2/182 Comments

Do famous Asians exemplify  (or defy) their rabbit traits?

Do famous Asians exemplify (or defy) their rabbit traits?

February 3 marked the Lunar New Year of the metal rabbit. Rabbits are best known for their calm and gentle demeanors, like those of wise businessmen/women.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 30 No 7 | 2/12-2/180 Comments

Lunar New Year traditions you might not have known about

Lunar New Year traditions you might not have known about

Koreans, Tibetans, and Mongolians also celebrate the New Year, which is the passing of the winter season and the beginning of the spring season.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 30 No 7 | 2/12-2/183 Comments

Rabbits being threatened as ‘their’ year begins

Rabbits being threatened as ‘their’ year begins

BANGKOK (AP) — Many Asians believe the Year of the Rabbit will bring good luck to those born under that zodiac sign, but conservationists warn that the furry creatures

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 30 No 6 | 2/5-2/110 Comments

Year of the Cat OR Year of the Rabbit?

Year of the Cat OR Year of the Rabbit?

People who celebrate the Lunar New Year have a lot to look forward to in the Year of the Rabbit. 2011 is a rarity in the 12 zodiac animals. While the Chinese

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 30 No 6 | 2/5-2/1114 Comments

A parade! A parade!

A parade! A parade!

On Saturday, Jan. 29, parents and kids braved the rain and came down to the International District to participate in the Second Annual Children’s Costume Parade and Contest, organized by the Northwest Asian Weekly and Seattle Chinese Post and produced by the Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA). Judges picked three winners and six finalists. […]

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Posted in Cultures, Features, Vol 30 No 6 | 2/5-2/110 Comments

BC and UW-Bothell join forces in welcoming Chinese business students

BC and UW-Bothell join forces in welcoming Chinese business students

This fall, students at Bellevue College will welcome Chinese students into their business program, as Bellevue College (BC) and the University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) campus begin

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 30 No 5 | 1/29-2/40 Comments

Year of the Rabbit to bring financial success?

Year of the Rabbit to bring financial success?

This animal system is used as a means of numbering days and years, not just in China, but also in other East Asian nations like Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. The animal system is also important in astrology

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 30 No 5 | 1/29-2/40 Comments

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