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COMMENTARY: The Sunf lower Movement: Taiwan students demonstrate for democracy, transparency

COMMENTARY: The Sunf lower Movement: Taiwan students demonstrate for democracy, transparency

By Han-Jung Ko On April 10, the longest Parliament occupation protest in Taiwan’s history, the Sunflower Movement,

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/250 Comments

LETTER: On Seattle’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour

From: multicultural and minority small business owners of Seattle To: Mayor Ed Murray Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for sharing your time with us to evaluate and learn of our concerns, thoughts, and positions regarding the proposed $15 minimum wage and its affect on the immigrant community, minority groups, and small businesses working and living in […]

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Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/254 Comments

EDITORIAL: Washington needs a Court of multitudes

EDITORIAL: Washington needs a Court of multitudes

A cursory investigation into the depth of color on the Washington State Supreme Court reveals very little pigment. From 1988 to 2003, there was Charles Z. Smith, son of an African American mother and Cuban father.

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/250 Comments

BLOG: Green Village closed after family tragedies?

BLOG: Green Village closed after family tragedies?

By John Liu Every Wednesday, I walked into Chinatown’s Green Village restaurant, not knowing that April 9 would be the last time I could pick up food from Wendy Lu, the owner. Green Village closed on April 10.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/250 Comments

EDITORIAL: Overturn ‘Korematsu’ for good

The United States Supreme Court has an opportunity to settle once and for all the illegality of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. It has the opportunity to help ensure that it never happens again.

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 33 No 16 | 4/12-4/180 Comments

COMMENTARY: Preventing transit cuts will be a win for our communities

COMMENTARY: Preventing transit cuts will be a win for our communities

By Diane Narasaki and Rich Stolz Without action soon, King County Metro will cut 17 percent of its transit service, with the first cuts taking place as early as June of this year. As many as 74 routes, including routes critical to the mobility of Asian Pacific American communities, are slated to be completely eliminated. […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/110 Comments

COMMENTARY: Expand opportunities for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

By Sefa Aina For Northwest Asian Weekly In February, President Obama launched his My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to expand opportunity for all young men and boys of color. This initiative builds upon collaboration between leading foundations and businesses to ensure that all young men and boys are able to achieve their full potential, regardless of […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/110 Comments

Take a more balanced view of “banana slip”

Dear Editor, Eric Liu’s recent commentary in your paper (originally appearing on CNN) titled “China’s Awkward Banana Slip,” referencing China’s view that Gary Locke is a “banana,” is written from a viewpoint of political correctness, but with somewhat sensationalistic undertones. My position is that we should take a more balanced view of this particular comment that was […]

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Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/110 Comments

Biased, wrong reporting

The following letter to King 5 News was sent to the NW Asian Weekly for publication. Dear Editor, I saw a story on your 6 p.m. news clip last night reported by Lynda Byron on the mayor’s minimum wage symposium that was very biased and wrong. In the news clip, Ms. Byron interviewed and reported […]

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Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/110 Comments

BLOG: Impressive art raises 400K for the Wing

BLOG: Impressive art raises 400K for the Wing

By Assunta Ng The Wing Luke Asian Museum showcased a parade of impressive Asian Americans’ artwork at its annual dinner last Saturday at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. More than 50 Asian Americans created some of their most amazing pieces for The Wing’s auction, which raised $400,000.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/110 Comments

BLOG: Stuffed with yummy food at the annual Veggie fest

BLOG: Stuffed with yummy food at the annual Veggie fest

By Assunta Ng I haven’t been able to resist going to Veggie Fest for the past eight years. I notice how full I am after every visit and how satisfying it is to bring samples home. The cereal samples will be handy when I travel overseas. It’s just hard to say ‘no’ to free food.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/110 Comments

COMMENTARY: Chinese Americans to benefit from the Affordable Care Act

By Daphne Kwok For Northwest Asian Weekly Almost one in seven Chinese Americans does not have health insurance.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 14 | 3/29-4/41 Comment

BLOG: The good and unexpected of Celebrate Asia

BLOG: The good and unexpected of Celebrate Asia

By Assunta Ng Celebrate Asia, which was designed to highlight the merits of Asian cultures as part of the Seattle Symphony program, got mixed reviews last Friday. Even with much effort and investment in its sixth year at Benaroya Hall, the audience gave a thumbs-down to the first part of the program — especially “Nam […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 14 | 3/29-4/40 Comments

COMMENTARY: China’s awkward banana slip

COMMENTARY: China’s awkward banana slip

By Eric Liu Special For Northwest Asian Weekly A few days ago in Beijing, as Gary Locke wrapped up his tenure as United States Ambassador to China, he was lambasted in a Chinese state media editorial. The piece called Locke a “guide dog” and said he had stirred an “evil wind.” Worst of all, it […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/280 Comments

EDITORIAL: Cold as ICE: Don’t separate families

EDITORIAL: Cold as ICE: Don’t separate families

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” — From “The New Colossus” by American poet Emma Lazarus, engraved on the Statue of Liberty There’s nothing like a […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/280 Comments

BLOG: Helicopter tragedy hits home for journalists

BLOG: Helicopter tragedy hits home for journalists

By Assunta Ng The KOMO-TV helicopter crash near the Seattle Center on Tuesday, resulting in the death of the pilot and photojournalist, troubles me.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/280 Comments

BLOG: My ‘rainbow breakfast’ for health and taste

BLOG: My ‘rainbow breakfast’ for health and taste

By Assunta Ng If you saw me eating breakfast, you would say, “That’s fancy!”

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 12 | 3/15-3/210 Comments

BLOG: Uncle Bob still fools us

Bob Santos, unofficial mayor of the International District, who hardly looks 80, celebrated his 80th birthday at the Nisei Vets Hall last Saturday with more than 200 guests. Well, Uncle Bob, if you follow comedian Billy Crystal’s advice, you are going to celebrate your birthdays for at least 20 more years.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 11 | 3/8-3/140 Comments

EDITORIAL: Clear a path for your brother

EDITORIAL: Clear a path for your brother

President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which he announced last week, is a well-named first step in a lofty goal — calling on everyone to embrace the much needed empowerment of boys and young men of color. Things turn out so much better when we take care of each other. Now that we’ve seen a […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 33 No 11 | 3/8-3/140 Comments

BLOG: Winter Olympics not for Asian nations

BLOG: Winter Olympics not for Asian nations

By Assunta Ng Did you see there were few Asian countries participating in the Sochi Olympics? Well, most Asian countries are located in the tropics. They’d rather go for Summer Olympics — tropical sports. There were only 89 countries in the 2014 Winter Olympics, which was considered a record high, as opposed to over 200 […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/70 Comments

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