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Much love for the Panama Hotel — Seattle has its national treasure Sharon Maeda to run for City Council New Seattle laws mean changes ahead, no more business as usual How are businesses dealing with the minimum wage law?
 
Much love for the Panama Hotel — Seattle has its national treasure

Much love for the Panama Hotel — Seattle has its national treasure

By Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly Oregon has the Willamette Falls Navigation and Locks, and now Seattle has its beloved Panama Hotel as the city’s first National Treasure. There are approximately 60 buildings, neighborhoods, post offices,  even ships (the Delta Queen in Mississippi) declared National Treasures, and now Seattle has its own national treasure in […]

Sharon Maeda to run for City Council

Sharon Maeda to run for City Council

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Sharon Maeda submitted her application for the Council position vacated by Sally Clark (as of April 13). According to Maeda, “After 47 years of professional life, I have just retired. At the same time, there was never any question that I would continue to work for social justice. And, despite […]

New Seattle laws mean changes ahead, no more business as usual

New Seattle laws mean changes ahead, no more business as usual

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Following SeaTac’s approval of a minimum wage at $15 an hour in November 2013, Seattle’s version of the law took effect on April 1, along with a law on administrative wage theft. According to the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), forty-one percent of low-wage workers in Seattle are […]

How are businesses dealing with the minimum wage law?

How are businesses dealing with the minimum wage law?

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Dilemmas and misconceptions about the Seattle’s $15 wage minimum law begin since its implementation on April 1. A big misconception for many Seattle workers caused by the minimum wage law is that, “they are going to get $15 an hour on April 1,” said Evelyn Mendoza, Uwajimaya’s Human Resources […]

Aaina Festival: 10 years empowering South Asian Women

Aaina Festival: 10 years empowering South Asian Women

10 April 2015

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Tasveer organization holds its tenth annual Aaina Festival, devoted to focusing on South Asian Women through the arts April 24 through April 26th in Seattle. Tasveer co-founder Rita Meher took some questions over email. NWAW: This is the tenth year for Tasveer’s Aaina Festival. What have been the […]

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Local homicide suspect captured in Northern California

Local homicide suspect captured in Northern California

10 April 2015

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Authorities in Northern California have arrested 30-year-old Song Wang, a Seattle-area man accused of killing a woman and then setting fire to her Bellevue apartment. He will be returned to Bellevue where he will be charged with first degree murder and first degree arson. It is believed that the […]

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Jury awards more than $1.3M in back wages and damages — J&J Mongolian Grill and Spa Therapy workers were cheated and threatened

10 April 2015

U.S. Department of Labor SEATTLE – Although a Bellingham restaurant and a spa have closed, 101 workers once employed by the businesses will receive more than $1.3 million in back wages and damages, thanks to a Washington State jury. The decision is the result of a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that revealed numerous violations […]

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A-pop! Casting calls… — …and a Bruce Lee biopic; a farewell to Norman Lee

A-pop! Casting calls… — …and a Bruce Lee biopic; a farewell to Norman Lee

10 April 2015

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly From major motion picture remakes to casting news for upcoming television shows, March was an eventful month for Asian Americans in Hollywood. Read on to find out what’s new in the world of pop culture and entertainment! Hollywood goes big with remakes and biopics In recent years, Disney has […]

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Confused about the Seattle minimum wage changes? — Here’s how it works

Confused about the Seattle minimum wage changes? — Here’s how it works

10 April 2015

By Donna Gordon Blankinship Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect last Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages. The fast food workers who staged walkouts to advance the […]

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Facing deportation — Hearing begins for Korean American adoptee & abuse survivor Adam Crapser

Facing deportation — Hearing begins for Korean American adoptee & abuse survivor Adam Crapser

09 April 2015

By Jenn Fang Northwest Asian Weekly After a month of increasing social media outrage over the plight of Adam Crapser, the Korean American adoptee and abuse survivor appeared in a US immigration court April 2 on what was also Crapser’s 40th birthday. His deportation hearing is being held in Oregon in front of immigration Judge Michael […]

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An evening with Eddie Huang

An evening with Eddie Huang

09 April 2015

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Food personality, author, and now sitcom personality (represented in character) Eddie Huang will be speaking at the University of Washington April 21st. The evening is presented by the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Arts & Entertainment, HUB Culture & Pop Programs at the University of Washington, the […]

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Exploring all angles of identity — UW Hosts 2nd Annual Asians Collaborating Together Conference

Exploring all angles of identity — UW Hosts 2nd Annual Asians Collaborating Together Conference

09 April 2015

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly About 150 people gathered at the University of Washington’s Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center for the 2nd Annual Asians Collaborating Together Conference last Saturday, April 4th. The purpose of the ACT Conference was to provide attendees the opportunity and space to learn, reflect, and act upon Asian and […]

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Okamoto to run for City Council

Okamoto to run for City Council

09 April 2015

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly If the Seattle City Council wants to pick a candidate who can hit the ground running, and yet has no political ambition to fill in for councilmember Sally Clark who is resigning, John Okamoto, 61, said he’s the pick. An interim director of the City’s Human Resources Department, Okamoto […]

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BLOG: What is the Wing’s fundraising formula for success?

BLOG: What is the Wing’s fundraising formula for success?

09 April 2015

By Assunta Ng   The Wing Luke Asian Museum’s annual fundraising dinner is the envy of many Asian community organizations. This year yielded  another record-breaking amount, $460,000 raised, a 13 percent increase from last year. The amount they raise each year, keeps increasing. How does the Wing do it? Find champions Having a generous board […]

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EDITORIAL: Not fair — More concerns about standardized testing

EDITORIAL: Not fair — More concerns about standardized testing

09 April 2015

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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Ravishing!

Ravishing!

06 April 2015

The “Ravishing Women” team— a non-profit group that supports women and has various events throughout the year that lead up to the judging of Miss India Washington in May, was invited to do a grand finale fashion show of the Wedding Passport event hosted by Redmond Town Center and Marriott late February. It was very […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

Polintan elected

Polintan elected

06 April 2015

Rick Polintan was elected on January 20, 2015 as Chair of the 11th Legislative District Democrats. Marvin Rosete was elected Vice-Chair. Robert Kangas was elected State Committeeman. All three are Asian Americans. The 11th is made up of very diverse communities. His goal is for those diverse communities to be engaged politically. Polintan retired as a union […]

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“Grace Notes” Gala raised over $800k

“Grace Notes” Gala raised over $800k

06 April 2015

Komen  raised over $800k for their annual “Grace Notes” Gala/auction and was attended by 320 people in early March at the Fairmont Hotel. Yuen Lui has provided portraits for all the guests pro-Bono for over 10 years. A BBQ with Fred Brown raised $90k at the live auction and “raise the paddle” exceeded $250k. Mona […]

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Yoshitomi receives surprise award

Yoshitomi receives surprise award

06 April 2015

Karen Yoshitomi was the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) PNW Regional Office Director (National Staff) for over 22 years. Her office was in the ID. Last year, Karen resigned to be Executive Director for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. The Seattle JACL used the Banquet as an occasion to give Karen a […]

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Demolition begins on Louisa Building

Demolition begins on Louisa Building

06 April 2015

  On April 1, the Woo family started with a cleansing ceremony for the victims who died in the Wah Mee Club. Firecrackers were set off to symbolize a new era of rebuilding, repairs, and improvements for the Louisa Building. Afterwards, demolition of the western wall began. Demolition and cleanup is expected to take 20 […]

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Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same sex marriage

Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same sex marriage

04 April 2015

By Yuri Kageyama Associated Press TOKYO (AP)  — Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn’t before, because same sex marriages weren’t recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman. With a landmark vote Tuesday by the assembly of Tokyo’s Shibuya ward, the district famous as a […]

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Technology to look inside Fukushima reactors faces challenge

04 April 2015

By Yuri Kageyama AP Business Writer YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago. But what went wrong, even in a simple […]

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About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

04 April 2015

By Margie Mason and Robin McDowell Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) —The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on […]

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A mercurial junta leader known for sharp tongue — Banana peel, birthday plans, and multiple personalities

04 April 2015

By Todd Pitman and Thanyarat Doksone Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched — or even executed. Such is life for the press corps covering Thailand’s notoriously testy military ruler. Since leading a putsch that ousted Thailand’s elected government last May, general-turned-prime minister Prayuth […]

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