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COMMENTARY: What I have learned from Mary Yu

COMMENTARY: What I have learned from Mary Yu

By Jamie Sun Northwest Asian Weekly Mary Yu is an inspiring role model.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 27 | 6/28-7/40 Comments

COMMENTARY: Hire local workers on City of Seattle public works projects now

COMMENTARY: Hire local workers on City of Seattle public works projects now

By Michael Woo, Got Green Jobs that should be given to Seattle residents are being given to others. The City of Seattle spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually on public works projects building and repairing city-owned properties, such as streets, parks, community centers, and the like. These projects create thousands of construction jobs, but […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 26 | 6/21-6/271 Comment

COMMENTARY: Dad, you’ll be missed!

COMMENTARY: Dad, you’ll be missed!

By James Wong For Northwest Asian Weekly I didn’t think I would feel this way even six months ago, but I really miss my dad. We’ve had a rocky relationship for most of our lives. I had never seen my dad in person until I was 8 years old. He escaped China when he was […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 25 | 6/14-6/203 Comments

COMMENTARY: What is and why become a PCO?

COMMENTARY: What is and why become a PCO?

By Washington State Rep. Cindy Ryu In Washington state, the Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) are the grassroots base of either the Democratic or the Republican Party and are vital to their successes. They serve as the political representative for their respective precincts. They form the basis for communicating the values and principles of either party […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 19 | 5/3-5/90 Comments

COMMENTARY: Ethnic business community says ‘no’ to $15 minimum wage hike proposal

COMMENTARY: Ethnic business community says ‘no’ to $15 minimum wage hike proposal

By The Ethnic Community Coalition Although Seattle’s proposed $15/hour minimum wage increase has been publicly debated since last fall, we local ethnic and immigrant small business owners have just begun to realize the negative impact the wage hike will have on our businesses and on our employees. For months, we tried to ignore it. In […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 18 | 4/26-5/26 Comments

COMMENTARY: High-skilled immigration reform will benefit both United States and Asia

COMMENTARY: High-skilled immigration reform will benefit both United States and Asia

By Curtis S. Chin Northwest Asian Weekly DENPASAR, INDONESIA – The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor might, in Emma Lazarus’ famous poem, once have welcomed “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, [and] the wretched refuse,” but that doesn’t seem to be the language coming out of Washington these days — at least […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 18 | 4/26-5/21 Comment

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 | 4/19-4/250 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

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

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