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Will Yu make history? — She could be first Asian American on state’s highest court

Will Yu make history? — She could be first Asian American on state’s highest court

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu will make history if she’s successful in her bid for an open seat on the Washington State Supreme Court.

$15/hour minimum wage may kill small businesses

$15/hour minimum wage may kill small businesses

By Sue Misao Northwest Asian Weekly In theory, a $15/hour minimum wage sounds great, until reality hits the small businesses that have to pay the

My Time in Oso — Part 1

My Time in Oso — Part 1

By Thao Tran Special to the Northwest Asian Weekly The Oso mudslide tragedy caused Thao Tran to reflect upon his connection with the town, and the 20 years he spent with the North Fork Stillaguamish River, which runs through the town. This is the first of two parts.

Korean American ‘living the dream’ as Federal Way chief of police

Korean American ‘living the dream’ as Federal Way chief of police

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Wearing three gold stars on the left collar, three more on the right, and a badge, Andy Hwang, who might be the state’s only Asian

NWAW EDITORIAL: We need to embrace diversity more

30 March 2009

Growing up in the 1950s, Mexican feminist and author Gloria Anzaldua wrote about how when she was in school, speaking Spanish was not allowed, and if she spoke a word of it on the playground, she would be punished, sometimes physically...

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Dating outside your race

26 March 2009

By Ryan Pangilinan Northwest Asian Weekly In 2009, should people still care about the demographics of whom other people date? Does racial makeup account for anything anymore? To some, perhaps.

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Half and half

26 March 2009

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly ‘Hapa’ is a Hawaiian term that describes somebody of at least half Asian or Pacific Islander ethnic heritage. ‘Hapa’ literally means a ‘portion’ or ‘part.’ Many hapas live in the Pacific Northwest, as Seattle is home to a huge population of biracial people.

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Parents and children come together from two sides of the world

26 March 2009

By Ninette Cheng Northwest Asian Weekly When Shelley Baer of Ephrata, Wash. found out that she could not have children, she and her husband decided to find an alternative solution: The couple, who are both white, decided to adopt. Immediately, they decided on an Asian child.

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Report: North Korea to fire rocket April 4–5

26 March 2009

By Hyung-jin Kim The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea will likely fire a suspected long-range missile capable of striking the western United States between April 4–5, a news report quoted a South Korean intelligence officer as saying on March 23.

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Official says China to continue buying U.S. debt

26 March 2009

By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China will continue buying U.S. government debt while paying close attention to possible fluctuations in the value of those assets, a vice governor of Beijing’s central bank said March 23.

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India’s Tata Motors to launch $2,000 Nano

26 March 2009

By Erika Kinetz The Associated Press MUMBAI, India (AP) — Tata Motors is launching its snub-nosed, $2,000 Nano on Monday — a vehicle meant to put car ownership within reach of millions of the world’s poor.

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China says Johnson & Johnson baby products OK

26 March 2009

BEIJING (AP) — The State Food and Drug Administration said Saturday it found no evidence that Johnson & Johnson baby products made in China contain potential carcinogens as alleged by an activist group.

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Man accused of bogus organ brokering in NY

26 March 2009

By William Kates The Associated Press SYRACUSE, New York (AP) — A fugitive American, who claimed he was a psychiatrist, will be returned to upstate New York to face federal charges in which he took $70,000 for a bogus promise of a liver transplant in the Philippines, a federal prosecutor said March 19.

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Exports to China and Japan bolsters U.S. pork industry

26 March 2009

By James Hannah The Associated Press NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (AP) — Greg Kaffenbarger found himself increasingly and heavily dependent on sales to Japan, China, and Mexico as he watched his annual herd of hogs grow to 6,500 over the years.

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COMMENTARY: How much progress against racism has WSU really made?

19 March 2009

For Asians, the word “Oriental” in the English vocabulary provided useful service to Western imperialism on every continent, until “yellow peril” upped the ante ...

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LETTER: Is it possible to have genuine empathy?

19 March 2009

What moved me to write a letter to your newspaper, as I read about the experience of Thavisouk “Thavi” Phrasavath in Laos (in issue 12), is because I found I couldn’t bear it ...

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LETTER: Thanks for speaking up about Cyrus

19 March 2009

Thank you for your recent editorial on Miley Cyrus ...

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NWAW EDITORIAL: We’ve come a long way, baby!

19 March 2009

Last week, President Obama, mindful of the struggles of his single mother, created a White House panel that will advise him on issues facing women and girls. The council is designed to help cabinet agencies and departments collaborate to make sure that women will also be provided opportunities offered to men ...

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NWAW EDITORIAL: For some parents: Milk justice? What milk justice?

12 March 2009

Last year in September, infant formula that contained an excess of the chemical melamine was deemed responsible for the deaths of at least six babies and for sickening nearly 300,000 others. Melamine is commonly used in coatings and laminates, wood adhesives, fabric coatings, ceiling tiles, and flame retardants ...

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NWAW Editorial: Yay, Locke!

05 March 2009

In the beginning, we were worried. We felt that we had so much talent in Washington state but the pool was being overlooked by President Obama for his cabinet. However, we now have three nominations for cabinet: King County Executive Ron Sims, Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, and the clincher — former Gov. Gary Locke.

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NWAW editorial: Lessons gleaned from ‘Slumdog’

27 February 2009

Like Cinderella fitting into her glass slipper, “Slumdog Millionaire” sweeping the Oscars with eight Academy Awards is a true underdog story. Starting with only a limited release in the U.S. and initially banned in India because the film lacked a “Bollywood” sensibility, “Slumdog” looked to be like any other small-budget film ...

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LETTER: Hypocrisy runs deep in Miley Cyrus fingerpointing

27 February 2009

As a Caucasian who speaks fluent Chinese, I find it amusing that Chinese in normal conversation will use terms such as “yang guei dz” — foreign devil or ghost, “shao bai gwei” — little white devil or ghost, “Hei Guei” — black devil or ghost, and refer to Americans as “Wai Gwo Ren” — foreigners ...

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LETTER: OCA wants voices to add to blog about Cyrus

19 February 2009

The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) National Center has posted what we hope will be a very important blog entry concerning the recent flood of media coverage around Miley Cyrus' "slant-eye" photo ...

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NWAW EDITORIAL: Miley Cyrus sucks

19 February 2009

In the first week of February, more scandalous photos of Disney teen idol Miley Cyrus popped up on the Internet ...

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