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EDITORIAL: Kings rightly pull Lunar New Year monkey shirts deemed racially insensitive

EDITORIAL: Kings rightly pull Lunar New Year monkey shirts deemed racially insensitive

On Monday, Feb. 1, the Sacramento Kings beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 111–104. According to various news outlets (and Twitter), a bit of drama also went on right before the game. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins — who sat out of Monday’s game due to a sprained ankle — arrived at the Sleep Train Arena and found […]

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Posted in Editorials, Features 6, Vol 35 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

COMMENTARY: It’s time to listen —  It’s time to close the opportunity gap

COMMENTARY: It’s time to listen — It’s time to close the opportunity gap

One of our core values as a country and state is providing the best opportunity for our next generation to succeed; this means all children regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, or other defining characteristic.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 35 No 5 | 1/30-2/50 Comments

EDITORIAL: APIs and Latinos Americans are underrepresent in all levels of government — this has to change now

EDITORIAL: APIs and Latinos Americans are underrepresent in all levels of government — this has to change now

A report released this week by the New American Leaders Project, a nonpartisan organization, found that fewer than 2 percent 500,000 seats in state and local offices nationwide are held by Asian Americans or Latino. There is a clear disparity in representation here, as these voters comprise 20 percent of the U.S. population. The report […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 35 No 5 | 1/30-2/50 Comments

EDITORIAL: We support raising Washington state’s legal smoking age to 21

EDITORIAL: We support raising Washington state’s legal smoking age to 21

Have you ever driven down the street or walked through a public area only to spot someone who looks way too young to be smoking? Have you had to move seats on a restaurant patio or change hotel rooms (here or abroad) because of the lingering scent of cigarette smoke? Washington State Attorney General Bob […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 35 No 4 | 1/23-1/291 Comment

LETTER: Cambodia blog accurately depicts horrors

To the editor: I have just finished reading [Publisher Assunta Ng’s] blog. I cannot tell you how sad it makes me feel. I appreciate every effort she puts into showing the world what Cambodia is — and its people and its history. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. They are haunting and beautiful […]

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Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 35 No 3 | 1/16-1/220 Comments

BLOG: If you want to last, put yourself first! — My 2016 roadmap to de-stressing

BLOG: If you want to last, put yourself first! — My 2016 roadmap to de-stressing

Did you smile or sigh when reflecting on 2015?

Many tend to glance at their bank balance, thinking of a nice new car or a house. Some think about job advancement or finding love. I wonder how many out there would count having good health as a wonderful gift? If you do, you are perhaps one of the few smart ones. Frankly, without health, we can’t do much. Other accomplishments would quickly be overshadowed when we are sick.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 35 No 3 | 1/16-1/220 Comments

EDITORIAL: Seattle APIs need to honor MLK legacy at Jan. 18 march and rally

EDITORIAL: Seattle APIs need to honor MLK legacy at Jan. 18 march and rally

This Monday, Jan. 18, many Americans across the nation — but not enough — will celebrate and honor the legacy of the most famous Civil Rights activist in this country. Instead of treating this federal holiday like any other day off of work, we strongly urge you to attend and participate in the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, a rally and march, at Garfield High School in Seattle.

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 35 No 3 | 1/16-1/220 Comments

BLOG: The many faces of Cambodia  (Part 3)

BLOG: The many faces of Cambodia (Part 3)

Dispelling safety myths
“Is Cambodia safe?” Many readers asked me this after reading my first two blogs about my recent trip with my husband last November.
It is surprising that many have this misconception. While some may have concerns traveling to Cambodia, its tourism has actually increased 17 percent in 2013 and 7 percent last year. Just in Angkor, there are more than one million visitors every year.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 35 No 2 | 1/9-1/150 Comments

EDITORIAL: Our 5 wishes for Seattle’s ID in 2016

EDITORIAL: Our 5 wishes for Seattle’s ID in 2016

At the beginning of January, it feels natural to do a retrospective of the year before, take lessons, and think on how we’d want 2016 to look different. Here are five of our wishes: Wish 1: For no more senseless deaths in the ID There have been three known homicides in the International District (ID) […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 35 No 2 | 1/9-1/150 Comments

Unfold the invisible — The myth of “model minority”

Unfold the invisible — The myth of “model minority”

By Yuxuan Liu Northwest Asian Weekly U.S. Supreme Court justices are in the midst of hearing a case that sprouted from a controversial affirmative action plan of the University of Texas in 2013. New updates from the Court signal a majority opinion shift against the plan’s legality. If this consensus extends to the final ruling, […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 35 No 1 | 1/2-1/80 Comments

BLOG: “Eat, play, give,” should not only be for December

BLOG: “Eat, play, give,” should not only be for December

By Assunta Ng If you whine about being lonely during the holidays, or if you don’t have many party invitations, or if your friends and family have been deserting you from Christmas to New Year’s day, you need to read this blog. If you are an out-of-state transplant, working for Amazon or Google, and have […]

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Posted in Features 1, Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 35 No 1 | 1/2-1/80 Comments

EDITORIAL: Good job, Abe

EDITORIAL: Good job, Abe

It took a lot of bravado for Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to acknowledge and apologize for Japan’s war-time role in South Korean “comfort women” crimes. Why is this acknowledgement such a big deal? First, some history from the (somewhat) reliable source Wikipedia: “Comfort women were women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 35 No 1 | 1/2-1/80 Comments

BLOG: Experiencing intriguing Cambodia on our own (Part 2)

BLOG: Experiencing intriguing Cambodia on our own (Part 2)

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Some travel guidebooks state a Frenchman discovered the ruins of Angkor, Cambodia, in 1860. That claim irks some Cambodians and foreigners. It’s the same story when historians wrote that Christopher Columbus discovered America, while Native Americans had set their foot on the land for over 2,000 years. It’s more […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 53 | 12/26/2015-1/1/20162 Comments

COMMENTARY: Passage of the No Child Left Behind rewrite

COMMENTARY: Passage of the No Child Left Behind rewrite

By Sharon Tomiko Santos For Northwest Asian Weekly I’m extremely pleased that Congress has finally approved a rewrite of the badly broken No Child Left Behind law. While the federal government certainly has a role to play in K-12 education, the newly-adopted Every Student Succeeds Act recognizes that education policy should be largely driven at […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/250 Comments

BLOG: Create magic — Gifts from your heart

BLOG: Create magic — Gifts from your heart

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly I discontinued the tradition of sending out Christmas cards long before e-cards became popular. Why I stopped was because I found it pointless to send a card with someone’s name and my signature; and partly, I was lazy. I reciprocated by sending out a card to someone who just […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/250 Comments

EDITORIAL: Pushing the limit

EDITORIAL: Pushing the limit

The circus which has been the GOP candidate debates has brought up repeated, highlighted, and disturbing suggestions regarding issues involving immigration. The most disturbing, head-shaking, and eyebrow-raising is a somewhat showman-like proposal to segregate and/or to refuse admission to allow Muslims to immigrate into the United States. Unbelievable. The backlash about this not-so-modest proposal has […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/250 Comments

BLOG: Adventures in Cambodia — Six reasons why you should visit Cambodia (Part 1)

BLOG: Adventures in Cambodia — Six reasons why you should visit Cambodia (Part 1)

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly “Why go to a backward country?” my friends reacted when they heard that my husband and I were going to Cambodia. “Are you crazy going alone and not with a tour?” another asked. Why people think Cambodia is not a safe country puzzles me. It could have to do […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 51 | 12/12-12/181 Comment

LETTER: Councilmembers concerned about corrections contract

Open letter to Gov. Jay Inslee: We write on behalf of City of Seattle residents to express deep concern about the recently publicized contract signed between the Washington Department of Corrections and Geo Group Inc. As we understand it, this contract would potentially send up to 1,000 Washington-based prisoners to North Lake Correctional Facility in […]

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Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 34 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

EDITORIAL: Keep on keeping it classy, Donald

EDITORIAL: Keep on keeping it classy, Donald

So what is the Asian American angle when it comes to writing an editorial about Donald Trump? Well, there isn’t a specific Asian American angle, but this is what is clear—he is racist. And that affects everyone. The list starts with his derogatory comments about Hispanics (not worth repeating here and which is probably common […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

BLOG: We need more revealing than concealing — No answers at community meeting on Donnie Chin’s slaying

BLOG: We need more revealing than concealing — No answers at community meeting on Donnie Chin’s slaying

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Since Donnie Chin’s slaying four months ago in the International District, there’s been little progress when it comes to getting information about the case. Why? Chin was the founder and one-man staff of the International District Emergency Center, providing patrol and emergency services in the ID. There have been […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

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