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First Chinese private development firm breaks ground on Bellevue project

First Chinese private development firm breaks ground on Bellevue project

Create World America and Daniels Real Estate Company announced Aug. 17 that they have broken ground on the Mirador in downtown Bellevue.  Located at 1019- 103rd street, it will be a contemporary, six-story, 162 unit apartment home located in the retail district of Bellevue.  The Mirador apartment is the first phase of a residential project […]

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Posted in Business, Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

Untold stories of a humble hero — Gathering to celebrate and remember Donnie Chin’s contribution

Untold stories of a humble hero — Gathering to celebrate and remember Donnie Chin’s contribution

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly In the honor of Donnie Chin, who was killed in the line of fire last month, amazing stories were shared with more than 800 people on Aug. 15 in Chinatown. Although much has been reported in the media about Chin, a hero, protector, and savior of the International District […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 35, Profiles, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

Mike Fong is Murray’s new chief of staff — Highest-ranking Chinese American in mayoral staff

Mike Fong is Murray’s new chief of staff — Highest-ranking Chinese American in mayoral staff

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Mike Fong has been appointed as Mayor Ed Murray’s Chief of Staff, who will plan and oversee the daily operations of the mayor’s office. Fong is the first Asian American chief of staff in the City’s history. Born in Spokane, Fong, 38, was Deputy Director of Mayor Ed Murray’s […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Hookah lounge advocates fight back

Hookah lounge advocates fight back

By Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly It was standing room only at Monday afternoon’s Seattle City Council meeting, moderated by Councilmember Tim Burgess. The majority present was there to protest Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s initiative to ban hookah lounges/bars throughout Seattle. The chamber was filled with loyal customers, lounge owners, community activists, and even health […]

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Posted in Business, Community News, Features, Features 34, Profiles, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Viet Wah MLK location closes

Viet Wah MLK location closes

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly At the end of the day on Sunday, Aug. 9, Viet Wah Superfoods was permanently closed for business at the location on 6040 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Seattle. Fifty people are out of work at the store of 24,000 sq. ft., specializing in Asian groceries. High rent […]

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Posted in Business, Community News, Features, Features 34, Profiles, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Doctor, lawyer…but why not firefighter? — Firefighter opportunities available in Seattle

Doctor, lawyer…but why not firefighter? — Firefighter opportunities available in Seattle

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Preston Bhang is a pioneer in the city of Seattle.  He was the first Korean American firefighter for the Seattle Fire Department.  Bhang retired two years ago but still promotes the job he served for over 4 decades and encourages Asian Pacific Islanders to take advantage of the current […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 34, Profiles, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Counting the votes

Initial votes are in. As of August 5 voting  preliminary tallies for King County Asian American primary candidates are: Seattle District 2 Bruce Harrell 62.15% Seattle District 3 Kshwama Sawant 49.90% Pamela Banks 35.29% Seattle District 5 Debadutta Dash 5.54% City of Bothell, Council Position No. 6 John Lee 28.69% Hira Singh 27.50% City of […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Politics, Profiles, Vol 34 No 33 | 8/8-8/140 Comments

“We shouldn’t bury our history” — Seattle officially announces regrets

“We shouldn’t bury our history” — Seattle officially announces regrets

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution August 3 that expresses regret for anti-Chinese legislation passed by the Washington Territory and previous Seattle City Councils in the 1800s. “We shouldn’t bury our history,” said Councilmember Nick Licata, the legislation’s sponsor. “Discriminatory policies ripple from the past and still affect Chinese communities today.” As a […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 33 | 8/8-8/140 Comments

Aegis Gardens unlocks hidden Chinese history

Aegis Gardens unlocks hidden Chinese history

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Unexpected history was revealed July 30 at the groundbreaking ceremony for Aegis Gardens, which will be the first Chinese retirement home in Washington state. Why was the city of Newcastle picked? Some factors might be that it is one of the highest-income areas in our state, ranked one of […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Health, Profiles, Vol 34 No 33 | 8/8-8/140 Comments

Crackdown on controversial hookah lounges — Questions, and hopefully, answers

Crackdown on controversial hookah lounges — Questions, and hopefully, answers

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly There has been community concern about the presence of hookah bars and lounges in the International District and throughout other Seattle neighborhoods recently, due to the shooting of community figurehead Donnie Chin in late July. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced August 3 that the “City will step up enforcement against […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 33 | 8/8-8/140 Comments

No more whispers — Doris Jeong raises awareness of little people in our community

No more whispers — Doris Jeong raises awareness of little people in our community

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly When Doris Jeong was four years old, the doctors diagnosed her with “unknown skeletal dysplasia,” which is the medical term for dwarfism. Today, she is 26 years old and 3’8”. Jeong was born in South Korea, but her parents immigrated to the Pacific Northwest when she was six months […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 33, Profiles, Vol 34 No 33 | 8/8-8/141 Comment

Murray’s move surprises the Asian community — Donnie Chin’s death triggers change

Murray’s move surprises the Asian community — Donnie Chin’s death triggers change

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly If there was any lasting impact residing from Donnie Chin’s murder (aside from permanent sorrow), it would be the city’s decision to shut down Seattle’s hookah bars with a new ordinance. It will be an ordinance that affects all 11 hookah bars in Seattle. That’s not what the Asian […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 33, Profiles, Vol 34 No 33 | 8/8-8/140 Comments

Canton Alley will get a makeover — Paved streets, lanterns, and pedestrians welcome

Canton Alley will get a makeover — Paved streets, lanterns, and pedestrians welcome

Let’s use our alleys. This is the message Seattle residents and businesses are emoting, and on top of the list for a makeover is the Canton Alley in the Chinatown International District. And why not? A makeover will allow residents  in the ID and tourists easier accessibility to Canton Alley’s illustrious history, will promote tourism, […]

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Posted in Briefs, Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 30 |7/18-7/240 Comments

Seattle to host CACA national convention

Seattle to host CACA national convention

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly The small Seattle chapter of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) has surprised many with its boldness and drive to host the national convention on Aug. 6-9 for the first time in the Emerald City. “We were the newest and smallest chapter of CACA two years ago,” said Maxine […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 30, Profiles, Vol 34 No 30 |7/18-7/240 Comments

From a boat to running a million-dollar business —Lam’s new owner’s journey

From a boat to running a million-dollar business —Lam’s new owner’s journey

By Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly George Nguyen never imagined he would be running grocery stores and food distribution businesses along the west and north coast in the U.S. Nguyen left by boat from Vietnam, in 1979, the age of 19, with pretty much nothing, including his devoted wife, which he had been married to […]

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Posted in Business, Community News, Features, Features 29, Profiles, Vol 34 No 29 | 7/11-7/170 Comments

Pao polarizes — Public split on interim CEO of Reddit

Pao polarizes — Public split on interim CEO of Reddit

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly If there is controversy in the tech industry, the name Ellen Pao seems to follow. Pao, the interim CEO of social media news site Reddit, is under fire yet again.  An online petition is requesting that she be removed from the company. Over 162,000 people have signed a petition […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 29, Profiles, Vol 34 No 29 | 7/11-7/170 Comments

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

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