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Happy New Year! USPS celebrates Lunar New Year  with special edition monkey stamp Lucky in love? Work woes to come? — Astrological predictions for the Year of the Fire Monkey Visionary community health center ICHS hosts its first API fun run EDITORIAL: Kings rightly pull Lunar New Year monkey shirts deemed racially insensitive
 
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USPS celebrates Lunar New Year  with special edition monkey stamp

USPS celebrates Lunar New Year with special edition monkey stamp

On Feb. 5, the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued its Year of the Monkey stamp. The stamp art features two bright reddish-orange peonies against a purple background. Peonies symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture and often decorate the sides of the traditional drums played during the holiday festivities. Art director and stamp designer […]

Lucky in love? Work woes to come? — Astrological predictions for the Year of the Fire Monkey

Lucky in love? Work woes to come? — Astrological predictions for the Year of the Fire Monkey

By Sun Lee Chang Northwest Asian Weekly Are you tired of the status quo? If that is the case, then the impending year of the monkey, which by the lunar calendar will start on Feb. 8, won’t disappoint you. Each animal in the Chinese zodiac has five associated elements, including wood, fire, earth, metal, and […]

Visionary community health center ICHS hosts its first API fun run

Visionary community health center ICHS hosts its first API fun run

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Dozens of long-distance fun runs and walks take place throughout the year in the Pacific Northwest, each focused on a different cause or theme, as well as set in different geographical locations. Ethnic diversity in participation has been limited until now, and Seattle-based International Community Health Services (ICHS) is […]

EDITORIAL: Kings rightly pull Lunar New Year monkey shirts deemed racially insensitive

EDITORIAL: Kings rightly pull Lunar New Year monkey shirts deemed racially insensitive

On Monday, Feb. 1, the Sacramento Kings beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 111–104. According to various news outlets (and Twitter), a bit of drama also went on right before the game. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins — who sat out of Monday’s game due to a sprained ankle — arrived at the Sleep Train Arena and found […]

King County Council declares January Human Trafficking Awareness Month

29 January 2016

On Jan. 19, the Metropolitan King County Council declared January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in recognition of the ongoing effort to call attention to this form of modern day slavery. “In order to stop the scourge of human trafficking in our county, we need a coordinated and unified response,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a co-sponsor […]

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USCIS seeks comments for visa programs

29 January 2016

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would modernize and improve certain aspects of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS is also proposing regulatory amendments to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa […]

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First Hill Streetcar begins service with soft opening and free rides on Jan. 23

First Hill Streetcar begins service with soft opening and free rides on Jan. 23

29 January 2016

Travelers on the First Hill Streetcar were able to ride for free on Saturday, Jan. 23, during a promotional service period. Conceived as a link between Seattle’s Link Light Rail at its Capitol Hill station and King Street Station adjacent to the International District, the First Hill Streetcar has undergone testing over the last several […]

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Bye post office, hello double-sized Hing Hay Park

Bye post office, hello double-sized Hing Hay Park

29 January 2016

Demolition has started at the site of the former International District branch of a United States Postal Services (USPS) post office on Sixth Avenue and King Street. (The post office has not moved far. It’s now at 409 Maynard Ave. S.) USPS’s lease expired in 2013. Seattle Parks and Recreation Department had purchased the site […]

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Playwright remixes Hamlet with feminist themes and lots of ajummas

Playwright remixes Hamlet with feminist themes and lots of ajummas

29 January 2016

If Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet were played by a female Korean American protagonist, what would that play be like? “Do It For Umma,” a tragi-comedy written by local playwright Seayoung Yim, explores this very idea.

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Japanese Street Fashion

Japanese Street Fashion

29 January 2016

In honor of our inaugural Year of the Monkey Fun Fashion Show to be held at House of Hong on Feb. 6, here’s a rundown of the fun, flirty, and often wackiness that is Japanese street fashion!

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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

29 January 2016

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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EDITORIAL: APIs and Latinos Americans are underrepresent in all levels of government — this has to change now

EDITORIAL: APIs and Latinos Americans are underrepresent in all levels of government — this has to change now

29 January 2016

A report released this week by the New American Leaders Project, a nonpartisan organization, found that fewer than 2 percent 500,000 seats in state and local offices nationwide are held by Asian Americans or Latino. There is a clear disparity in representation here, as these voters comprise 20 percent of the U.S. population. The report […]

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Young girl’s old suitcase teaches world children about Holocaust

Young girl’s old suitcase teaches world children about Holocaust

29 January 2016

Fumiko Ishioka watched and chatted as George Brady played travel Scrabble with his adult daughter, Lara Brady, in between press interviews at the Hyatt House Hotel on Jan. 22. Ishioka is a Japanese national and George Brady has lived in Toronto, Canada, since 1951.

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Jayapal poised for Congress?

Jayapal poised for Congress?

29 January 2016

On Jan. 21, Washington state Sen. Pramila Jayapal announced her congressional bid in Washington state’s 7th district, in hopes of succeeding U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, who is retiring and vacating his seat after 14 terms.

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API leaders tackle local communities’ considerations and concerns at briefing

API leaders tackle local communities’ considerations and concerns at briefing

29 January 2016

With the general election set for Nov. 8, Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) leaders join presidential candidates in making sure key issues are brought up for public debate.

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Vietnamese man dead from Jungle shooting

29 January 2016

A deadly shooting occurred at a homeless encampment at Airport Way and South Atlantic Street in a greenbelt adjacent to the I-5 freeway, known as The Jungle, on Tuesday night, Jan. 26, around 7:15 p.m., according to the Seattle Police Department (SPD).

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Classified Ads: January 30 – February 5, 2016

29 January 2016

For placing an ad in Classified section, please contact John Liu at john@nwasianweekly.com. The deadline to place a classified ad is Tuesday.

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Two women with local ties to vie for Miss Chinatown USA crown

Two women with local ties to vie for Miss Chinatown USA crown

25 January 2016

Michelle Lee, 24, daughter of Seattle Chinatown’s Real Home Network owners Tim and Christine Lee, will be running for Miss Chinatown USA 2016 in San Francisco on Feb. 13. Michelle Lee graduated from University of California, Davis, majoring in drama. She lives in California. Dawn Cheung, 24, Seattle’s Miss Chinatown 2015, will also compete in […]

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Brady Wakayama awarded AAJA sports scholarship

Brady Wakayama awarded AAJA sports scholarship

25 January 2016

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Sports Task Force has named Brady Wakayama the first-ever recipient of the Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship. Wakayama is a senior at Washington State University, majoring in communications with an emphasis on broadcast journalism and a minor in sports management. Currently a student member of AAJA, Wakayama has volunteered […]

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Judge Oishi and VFA honored by Asian bar association

Judge Oishi and VFA honored by Asian bar association

25 January 2016

King County Superior Court Judge Patrick Oishi was honored by the Asian Bar Association of Washington and the Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation at their annual awards gala on Oct. 23 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. Oishi was named their judge of the year. The Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) was also honored […]

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Overlake Medical names Julie Sun to board of directors

Overlake Medical names Julie Sun to board of directors

25 January 2016

On Jan. 13, the Overlake Medical Center Foundation announced the addition of new members to its board of directors. Among them is Julie Sun, director of International alumni affairs development for Cornell University. Previously, Sun was director of major and planned gifts at Overlake Hospital. Other new boardmembers include: Jason Thompson, Rachele Bouchand, Pauline Bach, […]

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Olympia celebrates Korean American Day Jan. 13

Olympia celebrates Korean American Day Jan. 13

25 January 2016

On Jan. 13, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee attended the 9th Annual Korean American Day reception in Olympia. The event recognized achievements of Korean Americans in Washington state and was coordinated by the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA). Senate Bill 5166, declaring Jan. 13 Korean American day, was signed into law in 2007. […]

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Temple town in south India cleaning up due to plastic ban

Temple town in south India cleaning up due to plastic ban

24 January 2016

By Anna Mathews Associated Press PATHANAMTHITTA, India (AP) — Millions of Hindu men trudge the steep, three-hour climb to a hilltop temple to worship a celibate god every year. They bathe away their sins in the Pamba River. And these days, they leave less of a trace thanks to new rules aimed at getting rid […]

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In U.S., Asian night markets bring taste of the old and new

In U.S., Asian night markets bring taste of the old and new

23 January 2016

By Christine Armario Associated Press WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — Beneath the giant red sign illuminating the Asian Garden Mall in Southern California, slabs of jumbo, white squid are seared on a smoky grill. Nearby, children pluck fried potato slices off a stick and couples dance to Vietnamese ballads. It reminds Audrey Dinh of the stories of night […]

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