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EDITORIAL: The Supreme Court’s decision deserves a wedding ring

EDITORIAL: The Supreme Court’s decision deserves a wedding ring

Last week’s announcement by the Supreme Court that same-sex marriages will be acknowledged country-wide, certainly sparked high-fives, rainbow-colored facebook profiles, and bitter denouncement (along with countless essays about the rules of marriage). Here at the Weekly, we are not schooled in what is apparently a gazillion views on the rules of marriage, but  what we […]

Dragon Fest 2015

Dragon Fest 2015

Susumu Ito’s 95-year journey — Congressional Gold Medal war hero, cell biologist, Harvard teacher, reflects on wonderful life

Susumu Ito’s 95-year journey — Congressional Gold Medal war hero, cell biologist, Harvard teacher, reflects on wonderful life

07 May 2015

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Susumu Ito constantly carried three things with him during his tour of duty in World War II: a bible with a medal shield, his camera, and a Senninbari. The latter item is a Japanese strip of cloth decorated with 1,000 stitches which is made by women when men go […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 20, Profiles, Vol 34 No 20 | 5/9-5/150 Comments

BLOG: RESPECT? — What we should learn from Sawant’s actions

BLOG: RESPECT? — What we should learn from Sawant’s actions

07 May 2015

By Assunta Ng Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s inappropriate and unfair questioning of John Okamoto (now voted in as a councilmember) during the public interview to fill in Sally Clark’s seat, gave me a revelation—the importance of respect. We make wishes during celebration. My wish for May’s Asian Pacific American API Heritage Month is that […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

EDITORIAL: Spring cleaning

07 May 2015

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

Tran appointed NAC Executive Director

Tran appointed NAC Executive Director

04 May 2015

Sarah Tran has been appointed Executive Director of the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC), which provides culturally responsive capacity building services to strengthen immigrant, refugee, and communities of color in the Puget Sound area. Previously, Sarah served as the Deputy Director of the Vietnamese Friendship Association where she provided key leadership on fundraising strategies and initiatives, […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

JACL collaborates with the Smithsonian

JACL collaborates with the Smithsonian

04 May 2015

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Executive Director Priscilla Ouchida met with Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History John Gray to sign an agreement for JACL to collaborate with the Museum on a 2017 exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Signed by President Roosevelt in 1942, Executive Order 9066 led […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

“Make Democracy Work”

“Make Democracy Work”

04 May 2015

Rep. Cindy Ryu was emcee for League of Women Voters – King County event “Make Democracy Work” on April 18 at the Wing Luke Asian Museum. Award winners included Sen. Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director of CAIRArsalam Bukhari, and David Perez an associate in Perkins Coie’s Litigation practice. Also present was King County Assessor Lloyd Hara. (end)

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Thousands march in South Korea protest

03 May 2015

By Kim Tong-Hyung   Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul for the second straight day Saturday to protest government labor policies and the handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago. Thousands of demonstrators supporting the relatives of ferry disaster victims […]

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Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

03 May 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday urged the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take “de facto control’’ of the area. Philippine Foreign Secretary […]

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Man arrested over drone at Japanese prime minister’s office

03 May 2015

By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police have arrested a man who admitted to landing a drone with low-level radioactive sand on the roof of the prime minister’s office to protest the government’s nuclear energy policy, officials said Saturday. Tokyo metropolitan police said Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, turned himself in to authorities late […]

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Wu wins Volvo China Open for 1st European Tour title

Wu wins Volvo China Open for 1st European Tour title

02 May 2015

By Justin Bergman Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) — With two Chinese golfers tied for the lead going into the final round of the Volvo China Open, there was a good chance one of them would break new ground by becoming the first from the country to capture a European Tour title on home soil. Most […]

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

In US-Japan talks, China’s leader a factor

In US-Japan talks, China’s leader a factor

02 May 2015

By Jim Kuhnhenn and Matthew Lee Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met last Tuesday, a major subtext of their discussions was the world leader not in the room — Chinese President Xi Jinping. China’s rise underlies both the economic and security discussions that will highlight […]

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

US lifts sanctions on prominent Myanmar businessman

02 May 2015

By Matthew Pennington Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury on Thursday removed a prominent Myanmar businessman from a blacklist that had barred him from doing business in the United States. The beneficiary, Win Aung, is president of Myanmar’s main business association. Treasury also removed two companies of the Dagon Group that he heads off […]

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

Toyo’s Camera — Japanese American history through a new lens

Toyo’s Camera — Japanese American history through a new lens

01 May 2015

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Japanese film director Junichi Suzuki turned his attention to the Japanese-American experience during World War II, for his “Nisei Trilogy” of documentary films, playing at SIFF in May with the director in attendance. “Toyo’s Camera” concerns itself with the late Toyo Miyatake, who illegally documented life in his incarceration […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Nepal quake death toll tops 4,000; villages plead for aid

Nepal quake death toll tops 4,000; villages plead for aid

01 May 2015

By Katy Daigle and Binaj Gurubacharya Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — As the death toll from Nepal’s devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine. Help poured in after Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 quake, with countries large and small sending medical […]

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Bravo! — Congratulations to the Brava! honorees and scholarship recipients

Bravo! — Congratulations to the Brava! honorees and scholarship recipients

01 May 2015

The Women’s University Club of Seattle held its annual Brava! awards celebration April 23. The event honors outstanding women in the greater Seattle area who have made a positive, enduring difference in the community. Nominations for the awards are received from club members, from professional organizations, and from community leaders. The ceremony also honors scholarship […]

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Forced to f lee — Young Burmese refugees share their stories

Forced to f lee — Young Burmese refugees share their stories

01 May 2015

By Lauren Pongan Northwest Asian Weekly Note: This article uses the name “Burma,” rather than its recognized name of “Myanmar,” in order to reflect the preferences of panelists and presenters from the event. “Before we start, can everyone please move down to the front?” Sumyat Thu asked the audience at last week’s event, April 22, […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/81 Comment

Serenity and a full stomach — Girin: Offering a new Korean dining option in the city

Serenity and a full stomach — Girin: Offering a new Korean dining option in the city

01 May 2015

By Andrew Kim Northwest Asian Weekly Aptly named after a Korean mythical creature that brings good luck, prosperity, and serenity, Girin looks to introduce Pioneer Square to the world of Korean cuisine – sensory overload with rich smells, vibrant colors, robust textures, and of course, a pleasant experience for your taste buds. As a Korean […]

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

Aiming to be the Clothes Whisperer

Aiming to be the Clothes Whisperer

01 May 2015

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly There comes a point in your life when you realize your strengths. There’s a confidence that comes from knowing what you do well. It’s a confidence that shines through when you’re doing something well – even a swagger. Me? I’m good at working a computer, playing tennis, and I’d […]

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Posted in Column: Wayne's Worlds, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Who determines your destiny? — YOU.

Who determines your destiny? — YOU.

01 May 2015

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Gin Foo Yee, owner of Gin’s Construction, changed his destiny, defying odds because he knew he was the master of his own fate and creator of his own luck. When Yee first came to America at the age of 22 in 1987, his immediate concern was one of survival. […]

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Posted in Business, Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Cheated — Fighting scams targeting minorities and ethnic neighborhoods

Cheated — Fighting scams targeting minorities and ethnic neighborhoods

01 May 2015

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Con artists and their deceptive tactics continue to get vulnerable immigrants to hand over their cash. New America Media teamed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and got law enforcement officials and community advocates to come together for a press conference billed as “Spotting and Avoiding Scams in Our […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

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