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Documentary discusses caregiving of Filipino American elders  — Major General Antonio Taguba serves as mentor

Documentary discusses caregiving of Filipino American elders — Major General Antonio Taguba serves as mentor

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly After a 34-year career in the military, he had time to think about his next course in life: being a civilian who shares life lessons learned. Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, 64, is the second U.S. citizen born in the Philippines to attain the rank of general. Retired in […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

Walk for Rice  — Bringing community together to fight hunger for 25 years

Walk for Rice — Bringing community together to fight hunger for 25 years

By ACRS Over a thousand community members came together on Saturday, June 27 for the annual Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) Walk for Rice, benefiting the ACRS Food Bank. Every year, the Walk draws approximately 1,000 community members who become fundraisers and take part in a community event featuring cultural celebrations and a 2.5 […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

“A world without refugees” — Remembering Luke T. Lee, father, and a fighter for human rights

“A world without refugees” — Remembering Luke T. Lee, father, and a fighter for human rights

By Sharon Lee Special for Northwest Asian Weekly This is the first time I will not be calling my dad and sending him a card on Father’s Day. It is hard to express this sad and empty feeling from losing a parent.  Luke T. Lee passed away suddenly in January at age 91 from Parkinson’s […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 26, Profiles, Vol 34 No 26 | 6/20-6/261 Comment

Asian Community airs concerns with new Seattle Police Chief

Asian Community airs concerns with new Seattle Police Chief

By Mark Okazaki Special for Northwest Asian Weekly “We were totally left out.” That is how long-time community activist Alan Sugiyama characterized the recent appointment of four Assistant Police Chiefs, none of whom were Asian Pacific Islanders, under the relatively new command of Seattle’s top cop, Kathleen O’Toole.  Sugiyama went on to say that there […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 26, Profiles, Vol 34 No 26 | 6/20-6/260 Comments

Asian Hall of Fame inducts 4 new members — UFC Fighter, “Black Widow” among the selections

Asian Hall of Fame inducts 4 new members — UFC Fighter, “Black Widow” among the selections

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly The Robert Chinn Foundation inducted 4 new members to its Asian Hall of Fame for 2015.  UFC Fighter Benson Henderson, billiards aficionado Jeanette “The Black Widow” Lee, Dancing with the Stars judge Carie Ann Inaba, and NBC News anchor Betty Nguyen were inducted at a ceremony at The Fairmont […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 25, Profiles, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

Moy appointed  AIT director

Moy appointed AIT director

Kin Moy, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, is set to become the new director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) this summer. Moy will be taking over from AIT Director Christopher Marut. He is a senior U.S. Department of State official with extensive working experience of […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 25, Profiles, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

Student scholars honored at 45th annual EOP celebration — Supporting minority students

Student scholars honored at 45th annual EOP celebration — Supporting minority students

Several outstanding student scholarship recipients were recognized at the 45th annual Odegaard Award Celebration held May 7, at UW’s Husky Union Building. The dinner and scholarship fundraiser was hosted by the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) and the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Due to the support of sponsors, donors, […]

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Posted in Community News, Education, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

Casting a spell — ESPN makes the National Spelling Bee a high-stakes sport

Casting a spell — ESPN makes the National Spelling Bee a high-stakes sport

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly “Nunatak.” Any guess as to what the word means? More importantly, how do you spell it? For 14-year-old Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Missouri it meant either sharing the glory of being the champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee with 13-year -old Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas or the […]

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Posted in Community News, Education, Features, Features 24, Profiles, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

Gang of Four book about racial unity in Seattle launched

Gang of Four book about racial unity in Seattle launched

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly The struggle for civil rights cuts across racial lines, one that speaks about the past in a way that stands for a future with respect and dignity to all citizens in a community. International District-legend Bob Santos knows that struggle first-hand as one of four civil rights leaders who […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 23 | 5/30-6/50 Comments

Fighting against modern-day slavery — Facing the facts about human trafficking

Fighting against modern-day slavery — Facing the facts about human trafficking

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Bruises and broken bones are just some of the visible signs seen in human trafficking victims. They accompany less visible and more tragic results such as psychological and emotional trauma and even death. Sister Mary John Mananzan visited Seattle University’s Campion Ballroom on May 18 as the keynote speaker […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 23, Profiles, Vol 34 No 23 | 5/30-6/50 Comments

Lawsuit accuses Port of Seattle of discrimination — Concessionaires claim racial disparity of minority-owned businesses at Sea-Tac Airport

Lawsuit accuses Port of Seattle of discrimination — Concessionaires claim racial disparity of minority-owned businesses at Sea-Tac Airport

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly The next time you head to Sea-Tac Airport take notice of the concessions at the terminals. A lawsuit claims that the way the Port of Seattle issues its leases for businesses at Sea-Tac Airport is discriminatory.  Three minority-owned businesses have filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court of […]

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Posted in Business, Community News, Features, Features 23, Profiles, Vol 34 No 23 | 5/30-6/50 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

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

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

It’s a volley! — Chinese American street volleyball documentary hits cable

It’s a volley! — Chinese American street volleyball documentary hits cable

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Ursula Liang’s “labor of love,” 9-Man, which documents the Chinese American sport of street volleyball has received critical acclaim. We first covered the documentary in December 2012. Since then, the film and its makers have traveled the country showing it at various festivals and receiving awards. The film was […]

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

There is no limit — “Rising Stars” serving our community

Compiled by Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly The Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation is proud to honor women who have made significant impact and contributions to our community. Here is a selection of our “Rising Stars” who will be honored Friday, May 15, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the China Harbor Restaurant in Seattle. Zenzile Brooks, PhD, […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

“It’s Bao Time” — Taiwanese food truck in Seattle hits the streets

“It’s Bao Time” — Taiwanese food truck in Seattle hits the streets

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Earlier this year, Sean Jen quit his job at a consulting firm to start his own Taiwanese food truck. One of the few of its kind in Seattle, Jen wanted to honor his heritage as well as the food he enjoyed most. Growing up, food was very important to […]

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Posted in Business, Community News, Features, Features 20, Food, Profiles, Vol 34 No 20 | 5/9-5/150 Comments

Susumu Ito’s 95-year journey — Congressional Gold Medal war hero, cell biologist, Harvard teacher, reflects on wonderful life

Susumu Ito’s 95-year journey — Congressional Gold Medal war hero, cell biologist, Harvard teacher, reflects on wonderful life

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Susumu Ito constantly carried three things with him during his tour of duty in World War II: a bible with a medal shield, his camera, and a Senninbari. The latter item is a Japanese strip of cloth decorated with 1,000 stitches which is made by women when men go […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 20, Profiles, Vol 34 No 20 | 5/9-5/150 Comments

Forced to f lee — Young Burmese refugees share their stories

Forced to f lee — Young Burmese refugees share their stories

By Lauren Pongan Northwest Asian Weekly Note: This article uses the name “Burma,” rather than its recognized name of “Myanmar,” in order to reflect the preferences of panelists and presenters from the event. “Before we start, can everyone please move down to the front?” Sumyat Thu asked the audience at last week’s event, April 22, […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/81 Comment

Who determines your destiny? — YOU.

Who determines your destiny? — YOU.

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Gin Foo Yee, owner of Gin’s Construction, changed his destiny, defying odds because he knew he was the master of his own fate and creator of his own luck. When Yee first came to America at the age of 22 in 1987, his immediate concern was one of survival. […]

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Posted in Business, Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

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