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Community and commissions want to tackle unequal student discipline

Community and commissions want to tackle unequal student discipline

By Ador Pereda Yano Northwest Asian Weekly Around fifty parents, youths, educators, and community members attended a Saturday afternoon event at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle Jan. 30 to discuss unfair school discipline practices, especially the unequal distribution of suspensions and expulsions among students of color in Washington state’s school system. To encourage […]

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Posted in Education, Vol 35 No 7 | 2/13-2/190 Comments

Monkey Year predicts fire and disease!

Monkey Year predicts fire and disease!

By Louise Watt Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy […]

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Posted in Cultures, Vol 35 No 7 | 2/13-2/19, World News0 Comments

Angelina Jolie’s film ‘Unbroken’ finally opens in Japan more than a year later

Angelina Jolie’s film ‘Unbroken’ finally opens in Japan more than a year later

By Yuri Kageyama Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” opened Feb. 6, more than a year after the rest of the world, in Japan, where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and where some have called for a boycott of the movie. There were concerns that right-wing extremists may try […]

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PICTORIAL: Lunar New Year done up in style

PICTORIAL: Lunar New Year done up in style

On Feb. 6, Northwest Asian Weekly and the Seattle Chinese post threw their inaugural Lunar New Year Fashion Show and Contest at the House of Hong. Prizes were provided through generous sponsors and donors: Fortune Casino, Northwest Asian Weekly, Ben Bridge, and Lee & Lee, PS 1st: Model Starla Sampaco, Miss Teen USA 2014; ensemble […]

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Posted in Features 7, Pictorials, Vol 35 No 7 | 2/13-2/190 Comments

Bellevue Square ushers in Year of Monkey with celebration

Bellevue Square ushers in Year of Monkey with celebration

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly For the fifth year in a row, the Bellevue Collection will be hosting its annual Lunar New Year celebration at Bellevue Square’s center court on Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Decorations have already started to go up in all three facilities: Bellevue Place, Lincoln Square, and […]

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Posted in Business, Community News, Features, Features 7, Vol 35 No 7 | 2/13-2/190 Comments

Facing East owner charged with avoiding tax payment of almost $400K

Facing East owner charged with avoiding tax payment of almost $400K

By Emiri Aoki and Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Yu-Ling Wong, the majority owner of Taiwanese restaurant Facing East, was charged with first-degree theft and tax fraud by Bob Ferguson, Washington state’s attorney general on Feb. 5. She was charged for avoiding the payment of $394,835 in state sales tax through the use of an […]

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Posted in Community News, Features 7, Vol 35 No 7 | 2/13-2/190 Comments

USPS celebrates Lunar New Year  with special edition monkey stamp

USPS celebrates Lunar New Year with special edition monkey stamp

On Feb. 5, the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued its Year of the Monkey stamp. The stamp art features two bright reddish-orange peonies against a purple background. Peonies symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture and often decorate the sides of the traditional drums played during the holiday festivities. Art director and stamp designer […]

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Posted in Features 6, National News, Vol 35 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

AAPI leaders meet with Gov. Inslee to discuss pressing issues

On Jan. 26, a delegation of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders went to Olympia to meet with Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and state legislators to raise awareness on the following issues: Supporting the Clean Air Rule & organizing around climate justice (initiative 732) Closing the K-12 opportunity and achievement gap (HB 1541) Supporting the […]

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Posted in Community News, Vol 35 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

King County asks, bike eLockers needed in ID?

King County Metro Transit wants to install eLockers at its International District/Chinatown Station’s street level central plaza. Currently, there are 10 eLocker locations in King County, each of which can park four bikes. An increase in the number of eLockers will increase non-motorized access to the regional and local transit system. If new eLockers are […]

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Posted in Community News, Vol 35 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

Visionary community health center ICHS hosts its first API fun run

Visionary community health center ICHS hosts its first API fun run

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Dozens of long-distance fun runs and walks take place throughout the year in the Pacific Northwest, each focused on a different cause or theme, as well as set in different geographical locations. Ethnic diversity in participation has been limited until now, and Seattle-based International Community Health Services (ICHS) is […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 6, Vol 35 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

Differences create great harmony — Celebrate Asia concert combines music of different cultures to bridge worlds together

Differences create great harmony — Celebrate Asia concert combines music of different cultures to bridge worlds together

By Emiri Aoki Northwest Asian Weekly Often, vastly different types of things cannot unite or be in harmony when combined. Music is no exception. However, when it works, the effect can be awe-inspiring. I got to see some cool combinations of different sounds across the world coming together during Celebrate Asia, an annual Asian concert […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 35 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

Bellevue’s Kelsey Schmidt is Miss Washington USA 2016

Bellevue’s Kelsey Schmidt is Miss Washington USA 2016

Kelsey Schmidt, of Japanese American heritage, is Miss Washington USA. Schmidt took the post after former Miss Washington USA Stormy Keffeler resigned this month due to controversy surrounding a DUI arrest. Schmidt earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Scripps College and is currently a pre-doctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 35 No 5 | 1/30-2/51 Comment

WGU ranks as a top educator of people of color in nursing

WGU ranks as a top educator of people of color in nursing

For the second year in a row, Western Governors University (WGU) was among the top producers of nursing degrees awarded to people of color, according to a recent issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. WGU ranked fourth in the nation in volume of nurses with minority backgrounds who earn their bachelor’s and master’s […]

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Heather Kawamoto joins network for equity in early childhood

Heather Kawamoto joins network for equity in early childhood

Heather Kawamoto and joined the Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) to advance racial equity in early childhood systems. Kawamoto is the Puget Sound Educational Service District’s equity in education program manager. ELAN is a focused effort across 20 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, composed of 38 fellows who work at the state or […]

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Phillip Yin vying for Washington state lieutenant governor seat

Phillip Yin vying for Washington state lieutenant governor seat

Phillip Yin, a Bellevue resident and Yakima native, is running for Washington state lieutenant governor. “I know we can make Washington the most family-friendly, job-creating, and innovative state in the country,” Yin said in a release. Yin previously worked for Bloomberg Television and CNBC Asia as a business/political anchor and was also a senior portfolio […]

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State cherry growers talk supply, demand, and industry challenges

State cherry growers talk supply, demand, and industry challenges

By Mai Hoang Yakima Herald-Republic YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Demand for Northwest cherries was strong last summer, but the supply wasn’t always there. While more than 19 million 20-pound boxes of Northwest cherries — most from Washington state — were shipped in 2015, a majority of the boxes were shipped in June as the hot […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 35 No 5 | 1/30-2/50 Comments

Filipino Miss Universe winner says next dream is to be a Bond girl

Filipino Miss Universe winner says next dream is to be a Bond girl

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe has her eyes set on her next big dream: being a Bond girl. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach returned home to the Philippines for the first time since her crowning — and that awkward moment when host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the winner instead of her. […]

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Taiwan elects first female president and rejects pro-China party

Taiwan elects first female president and rejects pro-China party

By Christopher Bodeen and Ralph Jennings Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen as its first female president Jan. 16, handing her pro-independence party its first majority in the national legislature and rejecting the China-friendly party that has led the self-governing island for eight years. The result should be deeply unsettling to […]

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Suicide of student triggers protests over castes in southern India

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Shouting slogans and holding placards, hundreds of students on Jan. 19 angrily protested the death of an Indian student who, along with four others, was barred from using some facilities at his university in the southern tech-hub of Hyderabad. The protesters accused Hyderabad University’s vice chancellor along with a federal minister of unfairly […]

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Coconut trees are no longer considered trees in Indian state, now are palms

PANAJI, India (AP) — Coconut trees are no longer considered trees in the tropical Indian state of Goa, where authorities have reclassified them as palms to allow farmers to cut them down more easily.

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