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COMMENTARY: It’s time to listen —  It’s time to close the opportunity gap

COMMENTARY: It’s time to listen — It’s time to close the opportunity gap

One of our core values as a country and state is providing the best opportunity for our next generation to succeed; this means all children regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, or other defining characteristic.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 35 No 5 | 1/30-2/50 Comments

Unfold the invisible — The myth of “model minority”

Unfold the invisible — The myth of “model minority”

By Yuxuan Liu Northwest Asian Weekly U.S. Supreme Court justices are in the midst of hearing a case that sprouted from a controversial affirmative action plan of the University of Texas in 2013. New updates from the Court signal a majority opinion shift against the plan’s legality. If this consensus extends to the final ruling, […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 35 No 1 | 1/2-1/80 Comments

COMMENTARY: Passage of the No Child Left Behind rewrite

COMMENTARY: Passage of the No Child Left Behind rewrite

By Sharon Tomiko Santos For Northwest Asian Weekly I’m extremely pleased that Congress has finally approved a rewrite of the badly broken No Child Left Behind law. While the federal government certainly has a role to play in K-12 education, the newly-adopted Every Student Succeeds Act recognizes that education policy should be largely driven at […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/250 Comments

COMMENTARY: Acknowledging the horror of all attacks

COMMENTARY: Acknowledging the horror of all attacks

By Andrew Russell For Northwest Asian Weekly I understand why so many people I know are upset about what happened [Nov.13]–Paris is a place many of us have been to, and the people who died were doing things that we’ve all done before (eat in restaurants, go to concerts). It’s relatively easy to relate to […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 48 | 11/21-11/270 Comments

COMMENTARY: Mike Huckabee tweets racist anti-Asian joke

COMMENTARY: Mike Huckabee tweets racist anti-Asian joke

By Jenn Fang For Northwest Asian Weekly Several of the candidates for the GOP nomination took the opportunity of the Democratic Party’s first presidential primary debate of the season to live-tweet. And, by live-tweet, I mean troll. In stark contrast to the nuanced policy debate taking place on stage in Las Vegas where candidates were […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 47 | 11/14-11/201 Comment

COMMENTARY: Anti-Asian sentiment has no place in politics

COMMENTARY: Anti-Asian sentiment has no place in politics

By Alton Wang Communications and Development Associate APIAVote Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) was disappointed and appalled by the use of racist caricatures and messages in Lewiston, Maine, in signs that attacked an Asian American mayoral candidate on the basis of race and ethnicity. This offensive anti-Asian sentiment has no place in any […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 46 | 11/7-11/131 Comment

COMMENTARY: What’s going to happen to the C-ID without Donnie Chin?

COMMENTARY: What’s going to happen to the C-ID without Donnie Chin?

By Marie Wong Northwest Asian Weekly It has been almost four months since the murder of Donnie Chin. The sensationalism of the story has waned from the general media as other stories have come to the forefront of the news. But for the people who live and work in the Chinatown-International District (C-ID), the profound […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 45 | 10/31-11/60 Comments

COMMENTARY: Accident cases pose complex issues

COMMENTARY: Accident cases pose complex issues

By Jennifer Bates For Northwest Asian Weekly Recently there has been a lot of publicity and news coverage about the Ride the Ducks tour bus crash. There were five deaths and more than a dozen seriously injured exchange students. There has been one lawsuit filed on behalf of a student who sustained fractured fingers and/or […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 44 | 10/24-10/300 Comments

COMMENTARY: Naming the Children’s Park after Donnie Chin — Seattle Parks and Recreation superintendent offers alternatives

COMMENTARY: Naming the Children’s Park after Donnie Chin — Seattle Parks and Recreation superintendent offers alternatives

By Douglas Chin For Northwest Asian Weekly While not committing to the Asian American community’s request to rename the International Children’s Park at Seventh Avenue South and South Lane Street after the late Donnie Chin, Seattle’s Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesus Aguirre offered several ways his department could memorialize and honor Chin’s legacy. The Parks […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 44 | 10/24-10/300 Comments

Yes, Pope Francis, we will walk in others’ shoes

Yes, Pope Francis, we will walk in others’ shoes

By Evelyn P. Yenson Northwest Asian Weekly We all are pilgrims, and that is why we were going to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. When the Holy Father stated that he is the son of immigrants, I felt the same gratitude to be an American as the third-generation South African Chinese […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 42 | 10/10-10/160 Comments

COMMENTARY: Herrmann Scholbe advises bus crash victims

COMMENTARY: Herrmann Scholbe advises bus crash victims

Seattle attorneys Charles Herrmann and John Scholbe announced that several family members of victims of the horrific Ride the Ducks bus crash have contacted their firm for legal advice. “The first thing I tell them is not to talk with representatives of the tour bus or the Ducks companies, their associated travel agencies, and especially […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 41 | 10/3-10/90 Comments

Calling Samsung for responsibility

Calling Samsung for responsibility

In 2007, 22 year-old Hwang Yu-mi, who had been working at a Samsung semiconductor plant in South Korea, died of leukemia. Shortly after Yu-mi’s death, her co-worker who she shared a work station with also died of leukemia, at age 30. Suspecting a connection between these young women’s deaths and the chemicals they handled at […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 36 | 8/29-9/40 Comments

COMMENTARY: RE: Seeking resolution for a sad chapter in Seattle’s history — Chinese Exclusion Act case files

COMMENTARY: RE: Seeking resolution for a sad chapter in Seattle’s history — Chinese Exclusion Act case files

By Trish Hackett Nicola For Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle National Archives volunteers started a blog on the Chinese Exclusion Act case files housed at the facility in Seattle, WA. The blog is located at http://chineseexclusionfiles.com/. The purpose is to showcase the variety of information found in the Chinese Exclusion Act case files and to give […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

COMMENTARY: Remembering Anne Wing

By Bettie Luke Northwest Asian Weekly Anne Wing was the only Auntie I ever knew.  In my mind, I playfully thought of her as my “Favorite Auntie.”  She was married to David Luke, who often said how proud he was to be the closest relative to our family.  David told me when he was standing […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 33 | 8/8-8/141 Comment

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

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