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EDITORIAL: Seattle welcomes the CACA Biennial National Convention — (And you can help out!)

The Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) will be having its 53rd Biennial Convention this summer, August 6-9, and we are proud to say that Seattle will be hosting. This is a real honor for the city because we are the youngest chapter of the 18 chapters across the country. CACA was founded in 1895 by […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 27 | 6/27-7/30 Comments

EDITORIAL: Changing race — Gauging our barriers

EDITORIAL: Changing race — Gauging our barriers

The scenario is somewhat impossible to fathom. But it happened. And it has been discussed throughout regional and even national news outlets. We will address it briefly because…we are still shaking our heads and there is always the need to discuss how we  identify…well…identity. Rachel Dolezal, 37 years old, from Spokane served as NAACP President […]

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

EDITORIAL: We lose more API teens

Last week we said we hoped to not have to write any more about API teen suicides and deaths. But unfortunately, we do need to write about it, and we need to acknowledge this has become an issue. Within the last few weeks, there have been more recent teen deaths, and they hit close to […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

EDITORIAL: Something should have been done

EDITORIAL: Something should have been done

Yes, there has been a lot of media attention to bullying, especially in our schools. But there is also a reason for that. And that is because bullying consistently exists. Emilie Grace Olsen was Chinese American, adopted by her U.S. parents, and she killed herself right before this new year, December 11, 2014. She shot […]

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Posted in Editorials, June 2015, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

EDITORIAL: Racial quotas, are they fair? — Affirmative action questions…

Trying to get into school? Asian American applicants applying for college appear to be admitted at a lower rate than White, Black, or Latino peers with comparable quantitative scores. This is according to Princeton researcher Thomas J. Espenshade who compiled GPA and SAT test scores for selective private institutions of higher education, and compared them […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

EDITORIAL: Harriet Tubman on a twenty? — It should happen!

EDITORIAL: Harriet Tubman on a twenty? — It should happen!

Polling reveals that abolitionist Harriet Tubman would be a favorite if we had a woman on a 20-dollar bill.  The vote is unofficial, but an online campaign spearheaded by the group Women on 20s resulted in over 600,000 votes for possibilities if we did have a woman on currency. In the final round of voting, […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

EDITORIAL: Spring cleaning

There is a bit of spring in our step here at the Northwest Asian Weekly. Looking over the past few months, there are many things the Asian American community in Seattle should be proud of. Not necessarily “cleaning” but perhaps “beaming.” So what has been accomplished? — Yay for Okamoto!: John Okamoto was elected to […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

EDITORIAL: Little changes, big differences

When we consider the overall picture when it comes to environment and the role we play in it, processing all the information can be overwhelming. Climate change! Pollution! Endangered species! How can we have any significance when there are issues that relate on such a global level? Well, consider a first step. Why not think […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

EDITORIAL: Tough competition but good news for the Asian American community – Two API candidates running for Clark’s City Council seat

EDITORIAL: Tough competition but good news for the Asian American community – Two API candidates running for Clark’s City Council seat

Two qualified Asian Pacific Islander candidates will be running for Sally Clark’s recently vacated position on City Council. Clark’s last day was April 13 to serve in her new position as director of regional and community relations at the University of Washington. The candidate requirement in this type of special situation is that the position […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

EDITORIAL: Not fair — More concerns about standardized testing

EDITORIAL: Not fair — More concerns about standardized testing

The statistics are staggering. At Stuyvesant High School in New York City, a public school, in a body of 3,000 students there are seven (yes, believe it or not—SEVEN out of 3,000) African American students. Admittedly, there is a high population of Asian Americans at Stuyvesant, but certainly the number of African Americans is clearly […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/170 Comments

EDITORIAL: The channels have been changed when it comes to diversity on television

We’re headed in the right direction. A short list of contemporary shows that are getting attention or have certainly received critical acclaim although they might not be on air now (due to long stints with much respect): Empire, Modern Family, Black-ish, The Office, Parks & Recreation. And of course, Fresh Off the Boat (if you […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

EDITORIAL: No butts about it — Props to no smoking in parks

EDITORIAL: No butts about it — Props to no smoking in parks

  The Seattle Board of  Park Commissioners recently announced it would be hosting  a public hearing regarding a proposed change to the Parks Code of Conduct which would prohibit smoking in all public parks in the city of Seattle. The special public hearing will take place on Thursday, April 16, to take comments on a […]

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Posted in Editorials, Features 14, Health, Vol 34 No 14 | 3/28-4/30 Comments

EDITORIAL: Yes, there is Asian homelessness

EDITORIAL: Yes, there is Asian homelessness

Why do we not address the homeless Asian community more? Yes, it is actually a problem. And it is also especially ignored when it comes to the female Asian population. The male Asian population might be more noticeable due to less fear of panhandling and perhaps a tendency to be more aggressive when absolving their […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/201 Comment

EDITORIAL: Questionable origin?

Recently there was a neighborhood posting on Nextdoor.com about the homeless population downtown, in both the International District and in Pioneer Square. There was a discussion of people of “questionable origin.” The original post was titled “Homeless and Vagrant population” and in part read: “In the actual Occidental Park, there was yet another well-meaning church […]

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

Surprise, surprise… – Seattle is white (We are not perfect, but we can improve)

Surprise, surprise… – Seattle is white (We are not perfect, but we can improve)

With February being Black History Month and the total racial and ethnic minority population projected to increase from 30.9 percent in 2000 to 40.4 percent in 2019, the  social network website WalletHub recently conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Cities with the Most & Least Ethno-Racial & Linguistic Diversity. Given such a forecast, it’s ever […]

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

EDITORIAL: Breaking ground is a good beginning

EDITORIAL: Breaking ground is a good beginning

  The Publix Hotel in the International District (ID), owned by the Moriguchi family, has been vacant for a decade. The family also owns Uwajimaya. We watched its decay over the years as a place for transients and bird droppings. But the groundbreaking on Feb. 9 signaled a new beginning, not only for the neighborhood, […]

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

EDITORIAL: Do you want to talk about it?

Why do we not want to discuss depression? Yale student Luchang Wang’s suicide was a shock and a head-shaker. (See Jenn Fang’s insightful article on page 1). There were signs before the suicide, but then also preliminary assumptions would point to “no problem.” Is this often associated and perhaps regimented with Asian Americans? There is […]

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

EDITORIAL: Finding answers — Adoptees return to homeland to discover heritage

A recent article in the New York Times (Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea, Jan. 14) brought to light an interesting topic. Apparently, many South Korean adoptees are returning to their homeland. There is a heavy number of adoptees returning to their native land to find their birth parents and also […]

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/60 Comments

EDITORIAL: “Your English is so good”

EDITORIAL: “Your English is so good”

The popular website Buzzfeed is producing a video called “Ask An Asian” and they called out on Facebook to ask for contributions.

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

BLOG: 2014–Insanity in Chinatown, Seahawks mayhem, and even blackmail

BLOG: 2014–Insanity in Chinatown, Seahawks mayhem, and even blackmail

By Assunta Ng Next week will be Northwest Asian Weekly’s 33rd anniversary. So how did 2014 fare for the newspaper?

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Posted in Editorials, Vol 34 No 4 | 1/17-1/231 Comment

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