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COMMENTARY: Donnie Chin: A man of his people

By OCA-Greater Seattle For Northwest Asian Weekly We at OCA-Greater Seattle are stunned, shocked, and saddened by the loss of our friend, Donnie Chin. Our condolences go out to his family. Donnie embodied what is best about our community. He was selfless, caring, hard-working, and modest; a true hero for all of us in the […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 32 | 8/1-8/71 Comment

COMMENTARY: The role model for “protect and serve”

By Chinese American Citizens Alliance For Northwest Asian Weekly In one of the most senseless and violent acts known to the International District of Seattle, community leader and hero Donnie Chin was ambushed and murdered early last Thursday morning as he was doing what he was always dedicated to doing–protecting the community he grew to […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 32 | 8/1-8/70 Comments

COMMENTARY: “Shell drilling is killing us”

COMMENTARY: “Shell drilling is killing us”

By Katrina Pestano For Northwest Asian Weekly We are Filipino youth, women, workers, queers and artists living in Seattle. We are here in opposition to Shell, its long history of corporate plunder and human rights abuses and its plans to drill in the Arctic. We are in solidarity with the resistance of Iñupiaq people of […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 26 | 6/20-6/260 Comments

COMMENTARY: Immigration: Why API youth activism matters more than ever

COMMENTARY: Immigration: Why API youth activism matters more than ever

By Mayu Takeda and Sanam Malik Generation Progress With news that the president’s executive action to provide deferrals from deportation for undocumented immigrants will continue to be blocked and Congressional inaction on immigration reform a foregone conclusion, the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants, many of them parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, remains […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

COMMENTARY: Find the gap — Jack Ma saw what others missed

COMMENTARY: Find the gap — Jack Ma saw what others missed

By Amy Wilkinson Jack Ma was an English teacher of modest means in the southern Chinese province of Hangzhou. He had little business experience and few connections in the Chinese government. Yet he launched a new kind of Internet company that became the $216 billion market behemoth Alibaba—the world’s largest business-to-business e-commerce marketplace. What made […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 23 | 5/30-6/50 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

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

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

COMMENTARY: Rice and peanut butter and jelly

By Emily Okawara Northwest Asian Weekly While I was sitting in the cafeteria with the rest of my second grade class, the recess teacher who helped me to open my lunch told me it smelled disgusting. And from that day on, I began to hate it. The way that my friend’s parents tried to be […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 13 | 3/21-3/270 Comments

COMMENTARY: Hindus urge Washington Governor for task force on hate crimes

COMMENTARY: Hindus urge Washington Governor for task force on hate crimes

By Rajan Zed For Northwest Asian Weekly We are commending Washington Governor Jay Inslee for drawing attention to the recent vandalizing of Bothell and Kent Hindu temples and stressing the need of standing against acts of intolerance and hate. Hindus are urging him to create a Washington Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes. Hindus are […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

COMMENTARY: Diversity — Branching out

COMMENTARY: Diversity — Branching out

By Warisha Soomro Tesla STEM High School I hail from a region where an individual’s world is centered on the people they associate with daily and the screen that keeps them in constant contact. There is a bubble that surrounds the tech city, distancing its inhabitants from the rest of the word while the advancements […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Education, Vol 34 No 10 | 2/28-3/60 Comments

COMMENTARY: Diversity: Moving beyond zip codes

COMMENTARY: Diversity: Moving beyond zip codes

By Halimah Hussein Northwest Asian Weekly Diversity is a beautiful thing; it adds a pop of color to a community, like an abstract painting. I remember when I was a student at Franklin High School, where the diversity was so rich.  Being in South Seattle, Franklin had a lot to be proud of, as it […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Education, Vol 34 No 9 | 2/21-2/270 Comments

COMMENTARY: Diversity is our identity

COMMENTARY: Diversity is our identity

By Leah Shin For Northwest Asian Weekly It used to be waking up every morning where I felt like I was unable to dream. It was not because I was incapable of dreaming but I was afraid to. Growing up as an Asian American, I was <!–more–>surrounded by the stereotypical “Asian” standard of dreamers… parents […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 8 | 2/14-2/200 Comments

“The Five Essentials: Arts and the movement for social justice” — Keynote Speech by Ron Chew at National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference

“The Five Essentials: Arts and the movement for social justice” — Keynote Speech by Ron Chew at National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference

By Ron Chew For Northwest Asian Weekly The arts can be an instrument for transforming individual lives, restoring communities, and remaking our society into a more tolerant and inclusive place for all. Five years ago, in a report I wrote for Americans in the Arts, I described the emergence of community-based arts organizations. I wrote […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 7 | 2/7-2/130 Comments

COMMENTARY: The First Chinese American hero

COMMENTARY: The First Chinese American hero

By Roger Dong For Northwest Asian Weekly For anyone not familiar with the non-profit organization Chinese American Heroes, Wong Chin Foo was our first Chinese American hero.  Right after Wong Chin Foo came, the 12,000 Chinese Railroad workers built the most difficult and dangerous part of the greatest infrastructure project of the 19th Century — […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 7 | 2/7-2/130 Comments

“Chinos” — Recent political reestablishment also reestablishes Chinese Cuban heritage

“Chinos” — Recent political reestablishment also reestablishes Chinese Cuban heritage

By Cindy Domingo Northwest Asian Weekly What seemed impossible became a reality last month when President

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 5 | 1/24-1/301 Comment

COMMENTARY: My wish for the Japanese American community

COMMENTARY: My wish for the Japanese American community

By Louise Kashino Takisaki Northwest Asian Weekly My dedication to support the Nisei Veterans Committee is because of the importance of preserving our history, especially during WWII. Our mission at NVC is to “Honor the Past; Educate the Future.” The history books have included very little on the Japanese incarceration during WWII, so it is […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 5 | 1/24-1/300 Comments

COMMENTARY: Jackie Chan’s son sentenced to 6 months prison for pot possession

COMMENTARY: Jackie Chan’s son sentenced to 6 months prison for pot possession

By Reid Mukai For Northwest Asian Weekly On Friday January 9, Jaycee Chan, son of legendary martial artist Jackie Chan, was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $320 for pot possession. Jaycee was arrested in August at his Beijing apartment along with fellow celebrity Ko Chen-tung and others. Jaycee and Ko admitted smoking […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 4 | 1/17-1/230 Comments

COMMENTARY: RE: The Filipino Community Center

By Alma Kern For Northwest Asian Weekly We are at a pivotal juncture in the history of our beloved Filipino Community of Seattle. Whatever happens this year will determine the future of the organization. Our manongs and manangs, and all the past leaders

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 4 | 1/17-1/230 Comments

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