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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

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

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

An evening with Eddie Huang

An evening with Eddie Huang

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Food personality, author, and now sitcom personality (represented in character) Eddie Huang will be speaking at the University of Washington April 21st. The evening is presented by the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Arts & Entertainment, HUB Culture & Pop Programs at the University of Washington, the […]

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

Exploring all angles of identity — UW Hosts 2nd Annual Asians Collaborating Together Conference

Exploring all angles of identity — UW Hosts 2nd Annual Asians Collaborating Together Conference

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly About 150 people gathered at the University of Washington’s Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center for the 2nd Annual Asians Collaborating Together Conference last Saturday, April 4th. The purpose of the ACT Conference was to provide attendees the opportunity and space to learn, reflect, and act upon Asian and […]

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

Group files federal lawsuit in effort to stop Bamboo and Chai’s elephant move

SEATTLE (AP) — A group opposed to a plan to move two Asian elephants from the Woodland Park Zoo to Oklahoma City has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the move violates the Endangered Species Act. King-TV reports that the Elephant Justice Project filed the lawsuit this week. It says the zoo failed to get a […]

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Posted in Briefs, Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

‘Star Trek’ and social media hero George Takei is 2015 Tomodachi Award winner

‘Star Trek’ and social media hero George Takei is 2015 Tomodachi Award winner

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Tomodachi is a Japanese word meaning friend. “Star Trek” actor and gay rights advocate George Takei is the newest friend of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW). The organization named him as its 2015 Tomodachi Award winner at the Seventh Annual Tomodachi Luncheon on March 27. […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Features 15, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

Fraud — Wife indicted and husband at large

The ex-wife of a former Chinese official was arrested today in Newcastle, Washington, on charges that she and her former husband fraudulently obtained visas to enter the United States through the immigrant investor program and laundered money to purchase property in Washington state. Shilan Zhao 51, of Newcastle, Washington, and her ex-husband Jianjun Qiao 51, […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 13 | 3/21-3/270 Comments

Wing Luke’s 90th birthday — Celebration reveals fascinating history

Wing Luke’s 90th birthday — Celebration reveals fascinating history

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Did you know that the late Wing Luke, the first Asian American Seattle city councilman, started the preservation of the Pike Place Market campaign even though no history book credited him for it? How did he win his enemies over? Why did he remain unmarried? What did he do […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 13, Profiles, Vol 34 No 13 | 3/21-3/270 Comments

Building a history for immigrants

Building a history for immigrants

By Zachariah Bryan NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY For Patsy O’Connell, founder of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma, this project is a long time coming. After nearly 20 years, she is hoping for a slam-dunk development that will leave an imprint not only in Tacoma, but in the whole Puget Sound Region. A new 390,000 […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 13, Profiles, Vol 34 No 13 | 3/21-3/270 Comments

Local Seattle sushi chef beats Bobby Flay on national TV

Local Seattle sushi chef beats Bobby Flay on national TV

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Local chef Taichi Kitamura, owner and chef of Sushi Kappo Tamura appeared on the Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay” TV show on March 5. It was a packed house at Tini Bigs Lounge for the viewing party of “Beat Bobby Flay” where folks gathered to watch and support Kitamura as he […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 12, Food, Profiles, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

Checkmate! – Nakamura wins and Seattle kids learn chess

Checkmate! – Nakamura wins and Seattle kids learn chess

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Did you know that one of the best chess players in the world is American? Japanese American Hikaru Nakamura is known as a chess grandmaster at only 27 years of age. Nakamura’s success underscores the success and popularity the game of chess has among Asian Americans. Born in Japan, […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 12, Profiles, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

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