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Yours Mallika: Exploring dance and story — Sold-out performances (and all volunteer run!)

Yours Mallika: Exploring dance and story — Sold-out performances (and all volunteer run!)

By Charuta Fadnis Northwest Asian Weekly “Yours Mallika,” Pratidhwani’s flagship dance show for 2015 played to a sold-out audience of 800 on April 10th and 11th at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Pratidhwani, which means “echo” in Sanskrit, is a volunteer run not-for-profit 501c(3) organization dedicated to promoting South Asian arts and artists in the […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

“Tank Man” and more — A talk with renowned photographer Jeff Widener

“Tank Man” and more — A talk with renowned photographer Jeff Widener

  Jeff Widener, Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer of the infamous “Tank Man” will be speaking to the community Saturday, May 2, 2p.m. at the International District/Chinatown Community Center (719 8th Ave. S., Seattle). Widener will be discussing “Tank Man” known for its striking portrayal of a single figure that stops a lineup of tanks after the […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Sharon Lee running for vacated seat on City Council

Sharon Lee running for vacated seat on City Council

Sharon Lee will be running for Sally Clark’s recently vacated seat on the City Council. Clark vacated her seat April 12. Lee will be the third API candidate to run for the seven-month position. Candidates will not be able to re-apply for re-election after the term. Lee has served as Executive Director of the Low […]

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Posted in Briefs, Community News, Profiles, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Affordable solar power, no roof required — Seattle City Light to offer benefits from solar power through its Community Solar program

By Suzanne DuRard Northwest Asian Weekly Residential solar energy (also called photovoltaic) systems cost a lot. An average system in Seattle costs $15,000 or more. In exchange for that big investment though, a customer who installs solar will see a significant decrease in their electric bills over time. With the generous incentives for solar energy […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Confused about composting? — Here’s what you need to know to avoid fines and help our environment

Confused about composting? — Here’s what you need to know to avoid fines and help our environment

By Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly If you weren’t aware, starting January 1, 2015, all residents and businesses are required to compost. So yes, you should already be composting now! And starting next year residents could be fined $1 if there is too much food waste or food-soiled paper in their garbage.  Apartment owners and businesses […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 18, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Green in the ID — Sustainability in the city

Green in the ID — Sustainability in the city

By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly As global warming causes temperatures to rise, compost piles and solar panels are going mainstream. Yet, the denizens of the International District in Seattle have been making attempts to be green since before green was cool. The ID boasts the Danny Woo Community Garden, the Recycling Depot, and recent […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 18, Profiles, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Remembering the Khmer Rouge Takeover and its aftermath 40 years later

Remembering the Khmer Rouge Takeover and its aftermath 40 years later

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weeky Khmer Rouge Takeover Forty years ago on April 17, Pol Pot led the Khmer Rouge into Phnom Penh and took over with the goal of creating a purely agrarian-based Communist society. Over a span of four years, the Khmer Rouge government arrested, tortured and eventually executed anyone suspected of […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

Chief Court Musician, Hiroaki Tohgi on goodwill visit to Seattle

Chief Court Musician, Hiroaki Tohgi on goodwill visit to Seattle

Japan Arts Connection Lab (JACLab) will be bringing Noh + Opera as well as Jiuta (“Music of Kyoto’s pleasure quarters”) performances to Seattle audiences. This year, there will be a goodwill visit to Seattle by the Chief Court Musician of Japan’s Imperial Household Agency, Hiroaki Tohgi. He will be presenting through the week of May […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

CAPAA seeks applicants to serve on the Commission

The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) is currently accepting applications for candidates interested in serving on the Commission. CAPAA serves to improve the well-being of Asian Pacific Americans by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business, education, health, and other areas. If selected, the individual will help […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

A birthday salute to an Asian American hero — Gordon Hirabayashi, An American Freedom Fighter

A birthday salute to an Asian American hero — Gordon Hirabayashi, An American Freedom Fighter

By Maria Batayola and Gary Iwamoto Northwest Asian Weekly We always wanted to have heroes and she-roes who look like us to be inspiration not only for us but also for our children.  We have them all around us, sometimes invisible, sometimes forgotten. Here is one American hero and patriot who made a tremendous difference […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

Much love for the Panama Hotel — Seattle has its national treasure

Much love for the Panama Hotel — Seattle has its national treasure

By Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly Oregon has the Willamette Falls Navigation and Locks, and now Seattle has its beloved Panama Hotel as the city’s first National Treasure. There are approximately 60 buildings, neighborhoods, post offices,  even ships (the Delta Queen in Mississippi) declared National Treasures, and now Seattle has its own national treasure in […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 17, Profiles, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

Sharon Maeda to run for City Council

Sharon Maeda to run for City Council

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Sharon Maeda submitted her application for the Council position vacated by Sally Clark (as of April 13). According to Maeda, “After 47 years of professional life, I have just retired. At the same time, there was never any question that I would continue to work for social justice. And, despite […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 17, Profiles, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

New Seattle laws mean changes ahead, no more business as usual

New Seattle laws mean changes ahead, no more business as usual

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Following SeaTac’s approval of a minimum wage at $15 an hour in November 2013, Seattle’s version of the law took effect on April 1, along with a law on administrative wage theft. According to the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), forty-one percent of low-wage workers in Seattle are […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 17, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

How are businesses dealing with the minimum wage law?

How are businesses dealing with the minimum wage law?

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Dilemmas and misconceptions about the Seattle’s $15 wage minimum law begin since its implementation on April 1. A big misconception for many Seattle workers caused by the minimum wage law is that, “they are going to get $15 an hour on April 1,” said Evelyn Mendoza, Uwajimaya’s Human Resources […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 17, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

The streetcar gets a test run

The streetcar gets a test run

  Mayor Ed Murray tested out the first of the new First Hill streetcars Friday, March 27.  The baby-blue street car was tested on the Jackson route in the International District. Mayor Murray and news media were invited to get on board. The project cost $134 million. There are currently 30 electrician and machinists Pacifica […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

Sakura-con 2015: Costumes everywhere

Sakura-con 2015: Costumes everywhere

Over 20,000 individuals from around the world swarmed the 18th annual Sakuracon in spectacular costumes on April 3 to 5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Many cosplayers slaved away for hours sewing and assembling to make sure their costumes were perfect. This convention consisted of Anime theaters, gaming, cosplay, cultural panels, dances, concerts, […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

Local homicide suspect captured in Northern California

Local homicide suspect captured in Northern California

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Authorities in Northern California have arrested 30-year-old Song Wang, a Seattle-area man accused of killing a woman and then setting fire to her Bellevue apartment. He will be returned to Bellevue where he will be charged with first degree murder and first degree arson. It is believed that the […]

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Posted in Community News, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

Jury awards more than $1.3M in back wages and damages — J&J Mongolian Grill and Spa Therapy workers were cheated and threatened

U.S. Department of Labor SEATTLE – Although a Bellingham restaurant and a spa have closed, 101 workers once employed by the businesses will receive more than $1.3 million in back wages and damages, thanks to a Washington State jury. The decision is the result of a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that revealed numerous violations […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

Confused about the Seattle minimum wage changes? — Here’s how it works

Confused about the Seattle minimum wage changes? — Here’s how it works

By Donna Gordon Blankinship Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect last Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages. The fast food workers who staged walkouts to advance the […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

Facing deportation — Hearing begins for Korean American adoptee & abuse survivor Adam Crapser

Facing deportation — Hearing begins for Korean American adoptee & abuse survivor Adam Crapser

By Jenn Fang Northwest Asian Weekly After a month of increasing social media outrage over the plight of Adam Crapser, the Korean American adoptee and abuse survivor appeared in a US immigration court April 2 on what was also Crapser’s 40th birthday. His deportation hearing is being held in Oregon in front of immigration Judge Michael […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 16, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

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