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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

Harry Potter travels to Asia while Kung Pao chicken invades America

Harry Potter travels to Asia while Kung Pao chicken invades America

As two of the largest economies in the world, the United States and China have an open-door policy when it comes to cultural coalescing through music, food, pop culture, medicine, and technology.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 28 No 41 | 10/3-10/92 Comments

16 historical events that have shaped U.S.–China relations

16 historical events that have shaped U.S.–China relations

1784: First representatives of the United States land in China

After anchoring in Guangzhou (Canton), the Empress of China became the first ever American vessel to sail from the United States to China.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 28 No 41 | 10/3-10/92 Comments

8 people predict the future of U.S.–China relations, will it be good or bad?

8 people predict the future of U.S.–China relations, will it be good or bad?

In honor of the 30th anniversary of U.S.–China relations on Oct. 1, Northwest Asian Weekly staff asked people who have a foot (or even two feet) in China to project what they think the next 30 years will be like.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 28 No 41 | 10/3-10/90 Comments

China celebrates National Day with bright lights and vivid displays

China celebrates National Day with bright lights and vivid displays

Delegates pose for photos in a photo exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.–China diplomatic relations, in Macao, south China, on Sept. 22.

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 28 No 41 | 10/3-10/90 Comments

Couple’s wedding bathed with elements of American and Chinese tradition

Couple’s wedding bathed with elements of American and Chinese tradition

A traditional Chinese wedding ceremony with lavish costumes and authentic props imported from China (including a flower sedan chair) was held at the Seattle Westin Hotel on Aug. 8. The bride, Kris Qi Yue Ruan, and groom, Robin Leong, were wed before 400 guests. They had met in Singapore.

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Posted in Cultures, Lifestyle, Vol 28 No 34 | 8/15 - 8/210 Comments

A centuries-old Japanese dance has a place in the present day

A centuries-old Japanese dance has a place in the present day

It was a warm evening on Saturday, July 18. Outside the Seattle Buddhist Church on South Main Street, a large circle of diverse people, many wearing colorful summer kimonos, were dancing to Japanese folk music and the beating of a big drum. Others looked on, snapping pictures while enjoying Japanese-style shaved ice.

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Lifestyle, News, Vol 28 No 32 | 8/1 - 8/70 Comments

The Wedding Issue

The Wedding Issue

Explanations of some images on the front page: Ducks: In Korean culture, a pair of wooden ducks is meant to symbolize the partners in the marriage. Wrapped leaves: In a Vietnamese wedding ceremony, there is often a dish of betel and areca nut. Cloth-covered trays: Before a Vietnamese wedding, the groom’s family visits the bride’s […]

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Posted in Cultures, Lifestyle, News, Vol 28 No 29 | 7/11 - 7/170 Comments

Vying for venues to tie the knot: A guide to finding the perfect place for a wedding

Vying for venues to tie the knot: A guide to finding the perfect place for a wedding

One of the most important and toughest parts of planning a wedding is finding a venue. Seattle is home to some amazing views and landscapes, but finding a place that can accommodate a traditional Asian wedding can be tricky. How is a bride to find a venue to hold hundreds of guests? And what if she wants to serve traditional Asian food?

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Posted in Community News, Cultures, Features, Lifestyle, News, Vol 28 No 29 | 7/11 - 7/173 Comments

His and hers: Couples face challenges in including cultural elements in their dream wedding

His and hers: Couples face challenges in including cultural elements in their dream wedding

As the wedding season approaches, many couples are faced with the challenge of planning a wedding with multiple cultural customs. As individuals increasingly date outside of their race and ethnicity, many couples choose to blend cultures together on their wedding day with multiple ceremonies, outfits, and customs.

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Posted in Cultures, Lifestyle, Vol 28 No 29 | 7/11 - 7/171 Comment

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