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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, came to a symbolic end. The protesters, mostly college students, occupied the Parliament since March 19. They have decided to shift their efforts to promoting a monitoring framework that will ensure an honest review of the Cross-Strait Service […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/251 Comment

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

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

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

COMMENTARY: Asia’s coal markets and U.S companies will benefit from PNW ports

By Lee Kyungro In most countries, coal-fired power plants are the main source of electricity due to their safety, reliability, and cheaper operating cost. My home country of South Korea is no exception.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 8 | 2/15-2/210 Comments

COMMENTARY: Thank you, President Obama, for promising to help free Kenneth Bae

COMMENTARY: Thank you, President Obama, for promising to help free Kenneth Bae

By the Bae family Our family was delighted to hear President Obama advocate for the release of Kenneth Bae during his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning [Feb. 6]: “And finally, as we build the future we seek, let us never forget those who are persecuted today, among them Americans of faith. We […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 8 | 2/15-2/211 Comment

COMMENTARY: Eliminate our transportation bottlenecks before the new Panama Canal opens

By Don C. Brunell Washington Business Commentator Improving Highway 167 could help change the face of global commerce and the future of Washington state. Really.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 7 | 2/8-2/140 Comments

COMMENTARY: UFW is a tribute to the real solidarity achieved between Latinos and Filipinos

COMMENTARY: UFW is a tribute to the real solidarity achieved between Latinos and Filipinos

By Lorraine Agtang I’m one of the few living Filipino grape strikers — members of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee — who walked out of Delano vineyards on Sept. 8, 1965.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 52 | 12/21-12/271 Comment

COMMENTARY: Add a touch of history and heritage to Thanksgiving

COMMENTARY: Add a touch of history and heritage to Thanksgiving

By Curtis S. Chin For Northwest Asian Weekly As families plan reunions and gather in homes across the Pacific Northwest this month to celebrate the most American of holidays — Thanksgiving — the Seattle area offers up one more reason and special means to celebrate the richness and diversity of people who have built this […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 48 | 11/23-11/290 Comments

COMMENTARY: How I made unaffordable college affordable

COMMENTARY: How I made unaffordable college affordable

By The Anh Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly What does the word “college” mean to a former refugee?

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 46 | 11/9-11/151 Comment

COMMENTARY: No Justice For Jeff Chen

COMMENTARY: No Justice For Jeff Chen

By Doug Chin Special to the Northwest Asian Weekly The decision by federal Judge Thomas Zilly to overturn the unanimous verdict of an eight-person jury that the City of Medina and City Manager Donna Hanson fired Police Chief Jeff Chen because of racial discrimination and to order a new trial was atrocious.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 38 | 9/14-9/201 Comment

COMMENTARY: Tiphares vs Elysium — Welcome to the Age of Appropriation

COMMENTARY: Tiphares vs Elysium — Welcome to the Age of Appropriation

By Andrew Lam New America Media Many years ago, before the age of cyperspace, I found a Japanese manga series at a specialty bookstore in San Francisco. Created by Yukito Kishiro, Battle Angel Alita is the story of a post apocalyptic world where humans scavenge to survive, many using robotic technology to replace lost limbs. […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 35 | 8/24-8/300 Comments

COMMENTARY: Big Mac won’t satisfy Vietnamese desire for human rights

COMMENTARY: Big Mac won’t satisfy Vietnamese desire for human rights

By Andrew Lam New America Media Vietnam specializes in irony. Its president, Truong Tan Sang, is due to visited the White House recently, where he was expected to request a lifting of the U.S. ban on lethal weapons sales to his country while also seeking support for a bid to join the UN Human Rights […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 32 | 8/3-8/92 Comments

COMMENTARY: Senate hog wild over Chinese bid for Smithfield Pork

COMMENTARY: Senate hog wild over Chinese bid for Smithfield Pork

By George Koo New America Media When Shuanghui, China’s largest pork producer, made an offer to buy Smithfield, it should have been a straightforward business transaction. Smithfield is America’s largest pork producer. By acquiring Smithfield, Shuanghui would be positioned to fill China’s rising demand for more pork.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 30 | 7/20-7/261 Comment

COMMENTARY: The immigration reform bill is not ‘immigrant-friendly’ to F-1 students

COMMENTARY: The immigration reform bill is not ‘immigrant-friendly’ to F-1 students

By Shierly Mondianti Special to the Northwest Asian Weekly The United States Senate recently passed an immigration reform bill that they  said would fix our broken immigration system. In short, the bill boasts a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., an overall increase in most visa caps for each […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 28 | 7/6-7/123 Comments

COMMENTARY: Low interest at home, kung fu master opens secrets to the West

COMMENTARY: Low interest at home, kung fu master opens secrets to the West

By Andrew Lam New America Media Lam Chun-fai, a master of Southern Chinese kung fu style, Hung Kuen, is the first of the kung fu

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 25 | 6/15-6/210 Comments

COMMENTARY: Fire the Medina City Manager

COMMENTARY: Fire the Medina City Manager

By Doug Chin SPECIAL TO THE NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY In March, an eight-person federal jury found the City of Medina and City Manager Donna Hanson guilty of firing former Police Chief Jeffrey Chen because of his race. As Chen’s attorney Marianne Jones stated, Hanson fired Chen because of  “old school racism.”

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 21 | 5/18-5/242 Comments

Commentary: “Medina: Do the right thing”

Commentary: “Medina: Do the right thing”

Medina recently lost a major racial discrimination lawsuit filed by former Police Chief Jeff Chen. Now, the city must decide whether to appeal or not. An appeal would be the wrong thing to do and a waste of taxpayers’ money. Here’s why …

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 32 No 15 | 4/6-4/122 Comments

COMMENTARY: On gun rights and the Second Amendment

COMMENTARY: On gun rights and the Second Amendment

By Frederick Su For the Northwest Asian Weekly Following the Sandy Hook shootings, gun control is back on the books, with Obama and like-minded people pushing for an “assault weapons” ban. They decry such weapons as high-capacity, high-powered arms designed to specifically kill people, implying the 2nd Amendment is for hunting.

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Posted in Commentaries, Opinion, Vol 32 No 13 | 3/23-3/2912 Comments

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