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After turbulent past, Seike garden debuts on the big screen

After turbulent past, Seike garden debuts on the big screen

A new wrought iron fence and security camera at the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden are being installed to protect it from vandalism. Many of its stone

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Vol 29 No 24 | 6/12-6/180 Comments

Critics: ‘Airbender’ & ‘Prince’ were whitewashed

Critics: ‘Airbender’ & ‘Prince’ were whitewashed

Ever since he first came out of a block of ice in the Nickelodeon cartoon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” the other tribes in his fictional, Asian-inspired

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Posted in Cultures, Lifestyle, Vol 29 No 23 | 6/5-6/110 Comments

Is spanking ever OK?

Is spanking ever OK?

It’s been many years since Wendy Leung’s parents last struck her with a bamboo stick, but the memories remain with her today.

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 29 No 22 | 5/29-6/47 Comments

Asian Pacific American heritage at the Center

Asian Pacific American heritage at the Center

On May 2, thousands of people congregated at the Seattle Center House to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month through song, dance, music, art, and displays. There were lion dances, youth drill teams, taiko drummers, and artists from all over the state. The event was presented by the Asian-Pacific Directors Coalition.

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Vol 29 No 20 | 5/15-5/210 Comments

Mom impossible to shop for? The answer lies in her zodiac sign

Mom impossible to shop for? The answer lies in her zodiac sign

Rat mom (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972) – Rat mom is quick-witted, inquisitive, and hardworking. She is an opportunist and always pays attention to small details.

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 29 No 19 | 5/8-5/142 Comments

Lessons from Mom

Lessons from Mom

“The most important thing my mom taught me was to study hard.” — Grace Tong (mom) …
“The best thing my mom taught me was how to lead a healthy life.” — Michelle Zhou (daughter)

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 29 No 19 | 5/8-5/140 Comments

A tale of two generations — chic wedding a sign of how far we’ve come

A tale of two generations — chic wedding a sign of how far we’ve come

Recently, my niece, whose married name is Kelly Kwon, held a sparkling Cinderella wedding in Austin. The venue had a smashing view of a lake and golf course. It was a well-organized event, with the help of meticulously detailed pages recorded on a spreadsheet. What a contrast to the wedding of my brother (her father) decades ago.

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Posted in Cultures, Lifestyle, Vol 29 No 17 | 4/24-4/301 Comment

Cross-Pacific neighbors touch hands for first time

Cross-Pacific neighbors touch hands for first time

On March 12, a delegation of American Indians and representatives of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture traveled to Hokkaido, Japan, visiting four different regions, in an effort to support the revitalization of cultural heritage of the Ainu, who were formally recognized by Japan’s government in 2008 as Japan’s indigenous people.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 29 No 13 | 3/27-4/23 Comments

Cuteness alert: Lunar New Year Children’s Parade Contest draws nearly 80 kids

Cuteness alert: Lunar New Year Children’s Parade Contest draws nearly 80 kids

On Feb. 13, children and their parents braved the rain to come out and participate in the inaugural Children’s Parade and Contest, organized by the Northwest Asian Weekly and sponsored by Panda Express. Of the nearly 80 participants, there were 20 finalists who received tickets from the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, and Woodland Park Zoo. The three winners got tickets and $50, $30, and $20, respectively, from the parade sponsors.

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 29 No 8 | 2/20-2/260 Comments

A tiger’s stripes

A tiger’s stripes

The year of 2010 yields a promising 365 days for the metal tiger. A vigorous, hardworking, and roller-coaster kind of year, the forecast is anything but boring. Individuals born in the year of the tiger are known for their love of competition and fierce protection of loved ones. Though they are natural born leaders, they can also become stubborn if they realize they’re not in charge.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 29 No 8 | 2/20-2/262 Comments

Lunar New Year with modern twists

Lunar New Year with modern twists

For many people who grew up in an Asian American household, the Lunar New Year was always celebrated, whether by going out to a restaurant or watching the annual parade. Despite many cultural differences, the collective wishes and hopes for a community bubbles up during this time of the year.

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Food, Vol 29 No 7 | 2/13-2/192 Comments

2010 Lunar New Year Celebration program guide

2010 Lunar New Year Celebration program guide

Seattle’s Chinatown International District
Lunar New Year Celebration
Year of the Tiger 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
at Hing Hay Park

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 29 No 5 | 1/30-2/5, Vol 29 No 7 | 2/13-2/190 Comments

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

The year of the dynamic tiger

The year of the dynamic tiger

The Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the tiger, one of the most dynamic signs in Chinese astrology. The tiger is a dynamic sign because of its unpredictable nature.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 29 No 5 | 1/30-2/50 Comments

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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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 29 No 4 | 1/23-1/291 Comment

Kids to scavenge in the ID?

Kids to scavenge in the ID?

For about a dozen years, Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) staff members have organized the International District’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration.

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Vol 29 No 3 | 1/16-1/221 Comment

10 ways to create gifts of kindness and love

10 ways to create gifts of kindness and love

I don’t miss any of the Christmas parties and enjoy organizing a couple of potlucks for our staff, freelance writers, and our events’ volunteers. Those are very special occasions because I only see some of my friends once a year.

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Posted in Cultures, Lifestyle, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-251 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

In this season of celebrating our good fortune and our good friends, warm thoughts and best wishes go out to you and your family.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 28 No 49 | 11/28 - 12/40 Comments

Asian families put their own stamp on Thanksgiving

Asian families put their own stamp on Thanksgiving

“We will have racks of lambs, mashed potatoes and gravy, pie, bún bò huế (noodle soup) and mì quảng (noodles with a little broth),” said Phung Vu, describing the mix of American and Vietnamese food at her family’s Thanksgiving table. Like Vu, Minh Nguyen’s family also incorporates Vietnamese dishes into a traditional Thanksgiving meal. “Besides some traditional American dishes, we also have spring rolls and tempura shrimps, and for desserts, we like banana chè (a coconut-based pudding),” said Nguyen.

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Posted in Cultures, Food, Vol 28 No 49 | 11/28 - 12/40 Comments

5 ways to celebrate a Chinese Thanksgiving

5 ways to celebrate a Chinese Thanksgiving

As is inevitable with most major holidays, Thanksgiving Day’s historical and cultural roots (dating more than 350 years ago) have long been traded in for cross-cultural exposure and mass marketing in the United States. Though it may sound bad, it has its advantages.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Cultures, Food, Vol 28 No 49 | 11/28 - 12/42 Comments

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