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What’s a ceiling? — “Rising Stars” serving our community

What’s a ceiling? — “Rising Stars” serving our community

By Lisa Marien Northwest Asian Weekly Twelve honorees and “Rising Stars” were recognized May 15, at a luncheon held at the China Harbor Restaurant in Seattle. The event was a celebration and collaboration of women who spoke about how they inspire and build communities. Master of ceremonies was Sonya Green, the first African American to […]

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Posted in Community News, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

Destiny opens its doors — New charter school accepting enrollment

Tacoma area families, students and community members chose a name for the new public charter middle school that reflects the long history of Tacoma as the City of Destiny. Destiny Charter Middle School Principal Genny Cadena said members of the Advisory Committee, including families and community members, have been meeting every month to help plan […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

Will Okamoto run again?

Will Okamoto run again?

By Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly Councilmember John Okamoto invited the ethnic media for a question-and-answer session May 15. Okamoto was recently appointed as councilmember as a replacement for Sally Clark’s seat. The appointment is unusual because Okamoto will not be able to re-apply for re-election after his seven-month term. Q: What do you hope […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

Fundraiser for Nepal

Fundraiser for Nepal

NAAAP-Seattle had a unique celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and helped raise funds for the earthquake victims of Nepal on May 15. The event started off with a mixer at Eastern Café. Afterwards, Dr. Connie So, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington’s American Ethnic Studies department, presented on stereotypes of API Americans in […]

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Posted in Community News, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

A comfortable community for seniors

A comfortable community for seniors

By Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly There is a valuable resource for seniors in the Asian American community that many might not be aware of. Club Bamboo, part of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), offers meals, activities, medical referrals, and even haircuts. The Center’s intent is to provide services to low-income and limited […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 22, Health, Profiles, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

Stolen bonsai tree returned

Stolen bonsai tree returned

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly A bonsai, estimated to be worth thousands of dollars, was stolen from the public display at Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, on Monday, May 18, at approximately 4:20 am. The tree, a 60-year-old San Jose Juniper, has been a part of the museum since its opening in 1989. The […]

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Posted in Briefs, Community News, Features, Features 22, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

Matsuno steps down from DON

Matsuno steps down from DON

Bernie Matsuno, who has served as director of Department of Neighborhoods (DON) since 2011, will be stepping down effective June 2. Matsuno came out of retirement to serve as director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, intending to serve only a few months, but stayed on for over four years. She developed and expanded new community […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Nguyen battles celebrity chef

Nguyen battles celebrity chef

Seattle chef Thoa Nguyen, founder of  Chinoise & Wabi Sabi restaurants, competed on national television this past January on “Beat Bobby Flay.” The format of the show pits two professional chefs against one another for the opportunity to do battle with TV personality/chef Bobby Flay. The episode featuring Chef Thoa is titled “Homeland” and will […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Chaya auction raises over $300,000

Chaya auction raises over $300,000

API Chaya’s 2015 Dinner & Auction on May 9 had over 580 registered guests and a preliminary total of approximately $300,000 dollars raised, an increase from the previous year’s $275,000.  Chaya also raised $2,800 for the Nepal Earthquake relief fund during the dessert raffle. (end)

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Okazaki awarded Kip Tokuda Award

Okazaki awarded Kip Tokuda Award

The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) announced that Mark Okazaki is the winner of the Kip Tokuda Award.  The Kip Tokuda Award recognizes a community member that has demonstrated outstanding contributions to ACLF and the Asian Pacific Islander Community. Past winners of the Kip Tokuda Award include Vera and Joey Ing, Rep. Sharon […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Bamboo awards for Tosh Okamoto and Seattle World School

Bamboo awards for Tosh Okamoto and Seattle World School

Tosh Okamoto, a co-founder of Nikkei Concerns, and Seattle World School, a public school that helps immigrant children fully participate in American society, have been recognized with the Bamboo Award for Health, which honors one individual and one organization whose works have improved the lives of the International Community Health Service’s (ICHS) target populations of […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Fukui-Sketchley receives Odegaard Award

Fukui-Sketchley receives Odegaard Award

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, diversity affairs director for Nordstrom, has been named the 2015 recipient of the University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award. The  Odegaard award honors individuals whose leadership in the community exemplifies the former UW president’s work on behalf of diversity. It is the only University and community-selected award, and is regarded as the […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Widener speaks about “Tank Man”

Widener speaks about “Tank Man”

Jeff Widener, Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer of “Tank Man” spoke at the International District/Chinatown Community Center May 2. He discussed his “Tank Man” photograph, known for its portrayal of a single figure that stops a lineup of tanks after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. He had to elude Chinese security to take and send the […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Blakeney moves to Downtown Seattle Association

Blakeney moves to Downtown Seattle Association

Don Blakeney, Executive Director of the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area, will be resigning after five years of service. At the end of May, he will be joining the team at the Downtown Seattle Association as their Vice President of Advocacy & Economic Development, where he will be focusing on strengthening partnerships and policies to […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Get back to normal life — Chui Wan on their first American tour

Get back to normal life — Chui Wan on their first American tour

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Chinese psychedelic band Chui Wan, named from a passage written by Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi, brings a particular brooding spin to explorations of the macrocosm-as-microcosm and occasionally vice versa.  On their first American tour, to promote their second, self-titled album, they’re playing at Seattle’s Lo-Fi on Wednesday, May 27th.  […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Harrell critical of police May Day arrest

Bruce Harrell, Seattle city councilman who chairs the council’s public safety committee, has criticized a police bike officer’s arrest of a protester during last Friday evening’s May Day march in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Seattle Times reports that Councilman Harrell questioned police officials about their approach Wednesday, saying the arrest “just seems idiotic to […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Vietnamese puppetry comes back to Seattle

Vietnamese puppetry comes back to Seattle

The 1,000 year-old folk art form of water puppetry spins the traditional stories and folk melodies of Vietnam into a lavish, over-the-top spectacle: multi-colored phoenixes and copper turtles, fantastical jumping fish, pirouetting dragons spouting water. The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre of Saigon is performing  alongside the 7-member orchestra Rup Tung Cack, the Vietnamese description […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Chinese citizen sentenced in Seattle for firearms smuggling

SEATTLE (AP)  — Federal prosecutors say a Chinese citizen illegally in the United States has been sentenced to three years in prison for smuggling firearms, firearm parts and ammunition. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said Friday the actions of 45-year-old Yong Guo were particularly egregious because they went on for nearly two years. Guo pleaded […]

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Posted in Community News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

A mission to create hope through planning — Filipino American develops new environments and inspiration

A mission to create hope through planning — Filipino American develops new environments and inspiration

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Raldi Formantes fights poverty. He designs highly imaginative and habitable places around the world, some reflect hope to the world’s poorest people and those seeking a more prosperous future. Formantes, 53, of Redmond, likes the Benjamin Franklin saying, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” as […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 21, Profiles, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Demolition, but development — Hing Hay Park will expand

Demolition, but development — Hing Hay Park will expand

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Renovation is underway in the International District. The iconic Hing Hay Park, located on the corner of Maynard and King St. (423 Maynard Ave) will be getting a makeover. The existing park will be expanded and developed due to the demolition of the adjacent post office site, which was acquired […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 21, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

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