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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

Okamoto to run for City Council

Okamoto to run for City Council

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly If the Seattle City Council wants to pick a candidate who can hit the ground running, and yet has no political ambition to fill in for councilmember Sally Clark who is resigning, John Okamoto, 61, said he’s the pick. An interim director of the City’s Human Resources Department, Okamoto […]

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

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

Toyota of Kirkland facing racial discrimination charges

Toyota of Kirkland facing racial discrimination charges

By Minal Singh Northwest Asian Weekly Ruhul Kayshel in Kirkland, is suing a former employer for discriminatory practices at Toyota of Kirkland. Kayshel , who is of Indian descent, is suing Toyota of Kirkland and the O’Brien Auto Group for discriminatory practices against their employees and customers. “One of our area’s biggest car dealerships is […]

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

Seattle celebrates Holi with culture and colors — Over 3800 attended and it raised a whopping $33,000 for charity!

Seattle celebrates Holi with culture and colors — Over 3800 attended and it raised a whopping $33,000 for charity!

By Upasana Kone Northwest Asian Weekly Nothing brings out the vibrancy of India like the festival of Holi. The festival represents India in its true sense, representing its colorful culture and ethos. Holi heralds the arrival of the spring season with great fervor as people smear and throw colored powder and water at each other. […]

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

Tradition, rituals, memories — Elders in Seattle: “Chinese New Year is always a big deal”

Tradition, rituals, memories — Elders in Seattle: “Chinese New Year is always a big deal”

By Nicole Francois Northwest Asian Weekly Nine layers in a Shanghai teacake; it takes a whole day just to make them. Ellen Kam and Teresa Oh sit together with friends at The Lakeshore retirement community in south Seattle reveling in Lunar New Year delicacies and traditions of past and present. Ms. Kam grew up in […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 10 | 2/28-3/60 Comments

Nominate!: Bamboo Award for Health — Nominations now being accepted to recognize and honor strong advocates for International Community Health Services

Nominate!: Bamboo Award for Health — Nominations now being accepted to recognize and honor strong advocates for International Community Health Services

  International Community Health Services (ICHS) and the ICHS Foundation are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Bamboo Award for Health, to recognize the outstanding work of people and organizations in supporting ICHS and its mission. The nominations will be accepted until March 6. The award will be presented at the ICHS Bloom Gala on […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 10 | 2/28-3/60 Comments

Beyond McCleary — Education opportunity: Equal but Unequal? Legislators tackling student-achievement gap

Beyond McCleary — Education opportunity: Equal but Unequal? Legislators tackling student-achievement gap

By Alice Day WNPA Olympia News Bureau Advocates for minority and low-income students are urging legislators to take a closer look at the state’s McCleary obligation to ensure that all students are given equal and ample opportunity to achieve in school. One bill would require state agencies to assess the potential negative impacts of education […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 10 | 2/28-3/60 Comments

Publix Hotel groundbreaking

Publix Hotel groundbreaking

  There was a groundbreaking February 9th  in the parking lot of the Publix Hotel located at 5th Avenue and South King Street in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. There was a traditional Asian ceremonial elements for good luck and Japanese tea. It was attended by members of Uwajimaya, the hotel development team, investors, and the community to celebrate […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 8 | 2/14-2/200 Comments

Women in male-dominated careers — Making a difference

Women in male-dominated careers — Making a difference

By Minal Singh Northwest Asian Weekly On Friday, Feb. 6, at the China Harbor Restaurant, the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation hosted a luncheon to honor female professionals who are making a difference by working in male-dominated careers. This occasion marked the 20th anniversary of the organization. Tanye Jimale, the first  African American to graduate from […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 8 | 2/14-2/200 Comments

A Chinaman’s chance: The immigrant’s journey — Eric Liu on race, immigration, and citizenship

A Chinaman’s chance: The immigrant’s journey — Eric Liu on race, immigration, and citizenship

By Minal Singh Northwest Asian Weekly On Jan. 14, University of Washington School of Law held a question and answer session with Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, interviewed by Robert Chang, director of the Korematsu Center. The interview between these two law professors engaged on the topic of race, immigration, and citizenship.

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Posted in Community News, Education, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/60 Comments

Making a difference — Honoring women in male-dominated careers

Making a difference — Honoring women in male-dominated careers

By Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly The Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation will be honoring 14 women who have contributed to our community and have made an impact in their male-dominated careers. They will be honored at the China Harbor restaurant, Feb. 6.

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/60 Comments

Despite controversy, Filipino Community of Seattle Village project marches on

Despite controversy, Filipino Community of Seattle Village project marches on

By James Tabafunda NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY When Seattle’s Filipino Community Center (FCC) re-opened after a $3 million

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 05, Profiles, Vol 34 No 5 | 1/24-1/300 Comments

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