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Familias Unidas negotiates new pay with Sakuma Farms — Work stoppage avoided

Members of the board of the independent farmworker union, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, met June 23 with Ryan Sakuma owner of Sakuma Farms of Burlington Washington to negotiate a new pay rate. Farmworkers reported the most recent abuse against them to the union; Sakuma Farms imposed a new pay rate demanding farmworkers to pick […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

South Korean team wins $2M in disaster-response robot test

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — The robots drove, walked trough rubble, climbed stairs, turned valves and sometimes fell, amid cheers and groans from a crowd of thousands at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. After three years of research, development and an obstacle course of competition, a South Korean team on June 6 won the three-year and […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

Karen students act out their lives’ journeys

Karen students act out their lives’ journeys

By Maja Beckstrom St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When it was time to choose roles in the play, Mu Pa chose the part of a Burmese soldier. “I know how to do it,” said the young Karen woman, who was a toddler when Burmese soldiers burned her village and killed her […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

JACL statement on Emilie Grace Olsen’s suicide

JACL statement on Emilie Grace Olsen’s suicide

By Japanese American Citizens League The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is deeply troubled by the circumstances and investigation surrounding the tragic death of Emilie Grace Olsen, a Chinese American student at Fairfield Middle School in Fairfield Township, Ohio. In a letter to parents in December 2014, Fairfield superintendent, Paul Otten, stated that bullying was […]

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

Asian groups file complaint over Harvard admission

By Jesse J. Holland Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against Harvard University, saying that the school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean, and Pakistani groups came together […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

In US-Japan talks, China’s leader a factor

In US-Japan talks, China’s leader a factor

By Jim Kuhnhenn and Matthew Lee Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met last Tuesday, a major subtext of their discussions was the world leader not in the room — Chinese President Xi Jinping. China’s rise underlies both the economic and security discussions that will highlight […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

US lifts sanctions on prominent Myanmar businessman

By Matthew Pennington Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury on Thursday removed a prominent Myanmar businessman from a blacklist that had barred him from doing business in the United States. The beneficiary, Win Aung, is president of Myanmar’s main business association. Treasury also removed two companies of the Dagon Group that he heads off […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Lead found in herbal compound — Washington State Dept. of Health warns not to use Bo-Ying products

Lead found in herbal compound — Washington State Dept. of Health warns not to use Bo-Ying products

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent out an alert regarding Bo-Ying Compound after lead was found in the product. Bo-Ying Compound is an herbal product used to treat a wide variety of conditions in infants and children. The Washington State Department of Health wants people to be aware about the lead found in […]

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

Convicted rapist faces life in federal prison for child porn

AP Wire Service LOS ANGELES (AP) — A convicted child rapist faces up to life in prison after being convicted Tuesday in Los Angeles of producing child pornography in the Philippines. Stanley Dan Reczko III, 50, of Los Angeles, was convicted by a federal judge of producing child porn while registered as a sex offender. […]

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

Survivor testifies about 2 friends stabbed, bound, drowned

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man who survived being beaten, bound, stabbed in the neck and kicked into the Schuylkill River took the stand in a hearing Tuesday and described the night his two friends lost their lives. Tam Voong, 20, said he used a submerged rock to cut his wrist ties and crawled up the […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

Court to consider preservation of judge’s racist emails

By Matthew Brown Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Civil rights attorneys and lawyers for the judiciary are due in federal court Tuesday for arguments over whether hundreds of racist emails from Montana’s former Chief U.S. District Judge should be preserved as potential evidence in future lawsuits. Attorneys for the judiciary are seeking to dismiss […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

Loophole in immigration law

Loophole in immigration law

By Jenn Fang Northwest Asian Weekly By his own admission, Adam Thomas Crapser has had a difficult journey; but through it all, he has worked hard to create what he calls a “a semblance of a ‘normal’ life”. In 1979, Adam arrived in the United States with his older sister as a transnational and transracial […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 11 | 3/7-3/130 Comments

Lawmakers feast, dance with Juneau’s Filipino community

By Katie Moritz Juneau Empire AP Wire Service JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau’s Filipino community rolled out the proverbial red carpet for local and visiting lawmakers at its fifth annual legislative reception, and Filipino Community Inc. did not disappoint with the food nor the entertainment. Pounds and pounds of house-made pancit, lumpia, chicken and beef […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 11 | 3/7-3/130 Comments

George Takei on Leonard Nimoy: “A great man and a great friend” — Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dies

George Takei on Leonard Nimoy: “A great man and a great friend” — Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dies

By Lynn Elber AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, “I Am Not Spock” — an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him. Yet two decades later, after proving that with […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 11 | 3/7-3/130 Comments

No school! — Lunar New Year option to be a school holiday in NYC

Community leaders celebrated a new law that will require the city to consider closing schools on Lunar New Year. The legislation was signed into law in December by New York Governor Cuomo. Schools in neighborhoods throughout New York City with high populations of Asian American students, such as Chinatown in Manhattan and Flushing in Queens, […]

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

Hand-drawn ‘Princess’ stands apart from other Oscar nominees

Hand-drawn ‘Princess’ stands apart from other Oscar nominees

By Yuri Kageyama Associated Press TOKYO (AP) —The princess laughs and floats in sumie-brush sketches of faint pastel, a lush landscape that animated film director Isao Takahata has painstakingly depicted to relay his gentle message of faith in this world. But his Oscar-nominated work stands as a stylistic challenge to Hollywood’s computer-graphics cartoons, where 3D […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, National News, Vol 34 No 9 | 2/21-2/270 Comments

George Takei’s musical ‘Allegiance’ finally gets to Broadway

George Takei’s musical ‘Allegiance’ finally gets to Broadway

By Mark Kennedy AP Drama Writer NEW YORK (AP) — George Takei is next boldly going somewhere special — to Broadway. The “Star Trek” star’s personal and heartfelt show about Japanese-Americans imprisoned during World War II has found a spot on the Great White Way this fall with him in a starring role. “It is […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, National News, Profiles, Vol 34 No 8 | 2/14-2/200 Comments

Stamping in the Lunar New Year

Stamping in the Lunar New Year

The U.S. Postal Service welcomes the Year of the Ram by issuing the eighth of 12 stamps<!–more–> in its Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Forever stamp took place today at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco. The series will continue through 2019 with Forever stamps for the Year […]

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Posted in Cultures, Features 08, National News, Vol 34 No 8 | 2/14-2/200 Comments

Asians slower to seek immigration protection

By Amy Taxin Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama’s reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and community advocates are ramping up efforts to reach thousands more who are eligible for his expanded immigration plan.<!–more–> Many advocates have blamed the paltry turnout among […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 7 | 2/7-2/130 Comments

Taipei crash — At least 23 dead

Taipei crash — At least 23 dead

A plane came down shortly after take-off from a Taipei airport.<!–more–> It was carrying 58 people, and flew into the Keelung River. At press time, at least 15 people have been pulled out alive, with 18 still missing. 23 people have been confirmed dead – 14 of them died on the spot, and nine succumbed […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 7 | 2/7-2/130 Comments

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