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LETTER: RE: A-POP! The Slants: Is it offensive?

You [The Slants] are trying to use the Asian community to promote your band for your own benefit. The general public is not going to get the social statement that you are claiming to make. Instead the name just comes across as saying it is ok to mock Asians using a common racist stereotype. The […]

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Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/291 Comment

BLOG: Small pins make a big statement — Madeleine Albright’s collection expresses wit, irony, and diplomacy

BLOG: Small pins make a big statement — Madeleine Albright’s collection expresses wit, irony, and diplomacy

What did Madeleine Albright wear when she met North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to represent America’s might? Albright visited China in 1998 to prepare for the summit meeting between President Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin to illustrate improved relationship between Washington and Beijing despite US-China differences. What was her symbol? Why did Albright […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

EDITORIAL: Racial quotas, are they fair? — Affirmative action questions…

Trying to get into school? Asian American applicants applying for college appear to be admitted at a lower rate than White, Black, or Latino peers with comparable quantitative scores. This is according to Princeton researcher Thomas J. Espenshade who compiled GPA and SAT test scores for selective private institutions of higher education, and compared them […]

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

LETTER: RE: A-POP! The Slants: Is it offensive?

1) The Trademark Office never claimed that organizations refused to do business with us because of our name; rather, they claimed that one event in particular (Asian American Youth Leadership Conference) cancelled our performance and my keynote due to complaints about our name. This was false – members of the AAYLC steering committee sent signed […]

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Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/221 Comment

Recognizing Joey Ing — A spotlight on a community leader

Recognizing Joey Ing — A spotlight on a community leader

Vera Ing, the late community leader was known as the “glue” of the Asian community. But glue does not stick if it has nothing to attach to. Vera was able to get community support because there was a force behind her, giving her strength and guidance through thick and thin, tears and laughter through all […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

EDITORIAL: Harriet Tubman on a twenty? — It should happen!

EDITORIAL: Harriet Tubman on a twenty? — It should happen!

Polling reveals that abolitionist Harriet Tubman would be a favorite if we had a woman on a 20-dollar bill.  The vote is unofficial, but an online campaign spearheaded by the group Women on 20s resulted in over 600,000 votes for possibilities if we did have a woman on currency. In the final round of voting, […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Pacquiao wins more than Mayweather’s millions — Manny’s fight unites Filipino countrymen across the globe

Pacquiao wins more than Mayweather’s millions — Manny’s fight unites Filipino countrymen across the globe

By Rhea Panela For Northwest Asian Weekly The Super Bowl is the biggest sports event of the year for Americans, and for Filipinos living in the United States, the boxing matches of Manny Pacquiao have the same effect. Filipino families spend days preparing for the viewing of fights from the comfort of their own living […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/82 Comments

BLOG: RESPECT? — What we should learn from Sawant’s actions

BLOG: RESPECT? — What we should learn from Sawant’s actions

By Assunta Ng Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s inappropriate and unfair questioning of John Okamoto (now voted in as a councilmember) during the public interview to fill in Sally Clark’s seat, gave me a revelation—the importance of respect. We make wishes during celebration. My wish for May’s Asian Pacific American API Heritage Month is that […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

EDITORIAL: Spring cleaning

There is a bit of spring in our step here at the Northwest Asian Weekly. Looking over the past few months, there are many things the Asian American community in Seattle should be proud of. Not necessarily “cleaning” but perhaps “beaming.” So what has been accomplished? — Yay for Okamoto!: John Okamoto was elected to […]

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

COMMENTARY: Journey to Freedom — Revisiting the long journey from Vietnam to Camp Murray

COMMENTARY: Journey to Freedom — Revisiting the long journey from Vietnam to Camp Murray

By Tung Vu For Northwest Asian Weekly It is important for members of our Vietnamese community to honor those who served and sacrificed in Vietnam.  We wish to remember them for defending the republic and the cause of freedom and finally for all Vietnamese Americans to remember the struggles to reestablish our lives in America […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/81 Comment

COMMENTARY: Orcas and the big spill — Whale watchers standing by to help endangered whales

By Capt, Hobbes Buchanan, San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours, and Michael Harris, Puget Sound Express Whale Watching Seattle/Edmonds To whale watchers in Washington State and British Columbia, the recent oil spill in Vancouver’s English Bay was a wake-up call. While a container ship bled bunker fuel into the bay, three hours passed before Canadian […]

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

EDITORIAL: Little changes, big differences

When we consider the overall picture when it comes to environment and the role we play in it, processing all the information can be overwhelming. Climate change! Pollution! Endangered species! How can we have any significance when there are issues that relate on such a global level? Well, consider a first step. Why not think […]

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

Boundless Steps Ahead — An internship with the Southeast Asian Education Coalition opened doors

Boundless Steps Ahead — An internship with the Southeast Asian Education Coalition opened doors

By Sam Le Northwest Asian Weekly As a closing of one chapter, an adventurous and thrilling internship with the Southeast Asian Education (SEAeD) Coalition nears its end, I was asked what are my next steps? My name is Sam Le and I am a current student at the University of Washington pursuing a Bachelor’s in […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

EDITORIAL: Tough competition but good news for the Asian American community – Two API candidates running for Clark’s City Council seat

EDITORIAL: Tough competition but good news for the Asian American community – Two API candidates running for Clark’s City Council seat

Two qualified Asian Pacific Islander candidates will be running for Sally Clark’s recently vacated position on City Council. Clark’s last day was April 13 to serve in her new position as director of regional and community relations at the University of Washington. The candidate requirement in this type of special situation is that the position […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

BLOG: What is the Wing’s fundraising formula for success?

BLOG: What is the Wing’s fundraising formula for success?

By Assunta Ng   The Wing Luke Asian Museum’s annual fundraising dinner is the envy of many Asian community organizations. This year yielded  another record-breaking amount, $460,000 raised, a 13 percent increase from last year. The amount they raise each year, keeps increasing. How does the Wing do it? Find champions Having a generous board […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

EDITORIAL: Not fair — More concerns about standardized testing

EDITORIAL: Not fair — More concerns about standardized testing

The statistics are staggering. At Stuyvesant High School in New York City, a public school, in a body of 3,000 students there are seven (yes, believe it or not—SEVEN out of 3,000) African American students. Admittedly, there is a high population of Asian Americans at Stuyvesant, but certainly the number of African Americans is clearly […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

BLOG: Nine tips for coping with stress — Creating a balance between work and fun

BLOG: Nine tips for coping with stress — Creating a balance between work and fun

By Assunta Ng Years ago, I experienced severe chest pain as if I was having a heart attack. “No, you didn’t have a heart attack,” my doctor said. “You just have stress.” With print industries struggling to stay afloat, it can be stressful for me running two weekly publications. Instead, these days I am at […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

EDITORIAL: The channels have been changed when it comes to diversity on television

We’re headed in the right direction. A short list of contemporary shows that are getting attention or have certainly received critical acclaim although they might not be on air now (due to long stints with much respect): Empire, Modern Family, Black-ish, The Office, Parks & Recreation. And of course, Fresh Off the Boat (if you […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

BLOG: Easy medicine: A list of foods for stress — (But be sure to create your own list, too)

BLOG: Easy medicine: A list of foods for stress — (But be sure to create your own list, too)

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly “Food is medicine,” said a doctor in a television interview recently. But of course, he was not the first to acknowledge that food is medicine. Hippocrates, a Greek physician said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” more than 2,000 years ago. The Chinese culture has […]

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Posted in Features 14, Health, Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 14 | 3/28-4/32 Comments

EDITORIAL: No butts about it — Props to no smoking in parks

EDITORIAL: No butts about it — Props to no smoking in parks

  The Seattle Board of  Park Commissioners recently announced it would be hosting  a public hearing regarding a proposed change to the Parks Code of Conduct which would prohibit smoking in all public parks in the city of Seattle. The special public hearing will take place on Thursday, April 16, to take comments on a […]

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Posted in Editorials, Features 14, Health, Vol 34 No 14 | 3/28-4/30 Comments

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