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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

Guts and voice — Reflecting on the Hong Kong protests

Guts and voice — Reflecting on the Hong Kong protests

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly I watched on live television about how the Hong Kong (HK) government shut down students’

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 52 | 12/20-12/260 Comments

COMMENTARY: Asian American civil rights group calls on retailers to pull ads targeting Alibaba

COMMENTARY: Asian American civil rights group calls on retailers to pull ads targeting Alibaba

The Alliance for Main Street Fairness, which includes retailers such as Target, J.C. Penney, Walmart and Best

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 51 | 12/13-12/194 Comments

COMMENTARY: RE: E-cigarettes and the API community

COMMENTARY: RE: E-cigarettes and the API community

By Sean Yokomizo For Northwest Asian Weekly On behalf of Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL), I would like to respond to the commentary, “E-cigarettes and the API Community,” authored by Reid Mukai and posted on Nov. 21, 2014.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/122 Comments

COMMENTARY: New billboards in Seattle proclaim devotion to Thai king

COMMENTARY: New billboards in Seattle proclaim devotion to Thai king

By Eugene Pike For Northwest Asian Weekly For the first time ever, the Thai community in Seattle and surrounding areas are renting billboards near the Space Needle.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 49 | 11/29-12/51 Comment

COMMENTARY: E-cigarettes and the API community

COMMENTARY: E-cigarettes and the API community

By Reid Mukai For Northwest Asian Weekly Cigarette smoking is a public health issue of particular concern to the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) population. According to Oakland-based Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), tobacco smoking is associated with three of the top killers of Asian Americans nationwide: heart disease, cancer and stroke.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 48 | 11/22-11/282 Comments

COMMENTARY: Sexual assault with a distinctly anti-Asian tinge

COMMENTARY: Sexual assault with a distinctly anti-Asian tinge

By Jenn Fang For Northwest Asian Weekly The internet is in an uproar this week over Julien Blanc, an American and self-described “dating expert” who travels the globe giving workshops to men who are seeking to become so-called pick-up artists.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 47 | 11/15-11/210 Comments

COMMENTARY: Sleepless in Seattle – the city gives back (and bags)

COMMENTARY: Sleepless in Seattle – the city gives back (and bags)

By Eddie Wang Northwest Asian Weekly Five years ago, I stepped onto the University of Washington (UW) campus as a wide-eyed freshman

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/140 Comments

COMMENTARY: Hate crimes in the University District

By Frank Irigon OCA-GREATER SEATTLE CHAPTER On behalf of OCA-Greater Seattle Chapter, I want to expressed our extreme disappointment and outrage that it’s almost been a month since this hate crime was perpetrated upon defenseless Asian female students in the University District. We were hoping that your office and the SPD would have shared this […]

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/140 Comments

COMMENTARY: Experiencing more than being an extra

COMMENTARY: Experiencing more than being an extra

By Johnny Pak For Northwest Asian Weekly Actors, producers, directors, and about 200 other extras, including myself, all converged in Seattle’s Chinatown for the filming of “The Man in the High Castle” on Sept. 30.

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Posted in Commentaries, Vol 33 No 45 | 11/1-11/70 Comments

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