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A good reason to celebrate – The Year of the Wood Goat Stamping in the Lunar New Year A different melody — First Chinese symphony to perform in Seattle “Fresh Off the Boat” — New sitcom offers Asian American perspective
 
A good reason to celebrate – The Year of the Wood Goat

A good reason to celebrate – The Year of the Wood Goat

First day of the Lunar New Year is February 19 By Sun Lee Chang Northwest Asian Weekly For many of us in the West, things are starting to settle down now that the holidays and the festivities of the New Year are behind us. The normal routines of going back to work and school have […]

Stamping in the Lunar New Year

Stamping in the Lunar New Year

The U.S. Postal Service welcomes the Year of the Ram by issuing the eighth of 12 stamps<!–more–> in its Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Forever stamp took place today at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco. The series will continue through 2019 with Forever stamps for the Year […]

A different melody — First Chinese symphony to perform in Seattle

A different melody — First Chinese symphony to perform in Seattle

By Ninette Cheng Northwest Asian Weekly One of China’s finest orchestras, the Shenzhen Symphony, will perform a special Chinese New Year special in Seattle on Feb. 25.<!–more–> The 2015 Chinese New Year Concert, featuring China Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Seattle Symphony and Stanford University, will be playing at Benaroya Hall to celebrate […]

“Fresh Off the Boat” — New sitcom offers Asian American perspective

“Fresh Off the Boat” — New sitcom offers Asian American perspective

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly On Wednesday, Feb. 4, ABC aired two episodes of “Fresh Off the Boat,” a new family sitcom based on Taiwanese chef and food personality Eddie Huang’s autobiography of the same name. Set in Florida during the 90s, the show explores Huang’s childhood as his family navigates the cultural challenges […]

Letter: ‘The courage of one’s conviction can make a difference’

14 January 2010

I read [Mark Lee’s] Nov. 21 column on George W. Bush and Ehren Watada (“Bush and Watada: two intertwining stories”). I whole-heartedly agree with [Lee’s] column comments, and I find this amazing, as I know nothing about [him]. I am grateful for the published statement that … the courage of one’s convictions can make a difference.

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Commentary: 1999-2009: A retrospective on closing the achievement gap

Commentary: 1999-2009: A retrospective on closing the achievement gap

14 January 2010

Like the two previous task forces formed in 1986 and 1992, the charge was to have a group of leaders in education and human services to make recommendations to the school district to close the achievement gap — in eight years.

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Nov. 27: Kuan and Yan act as PNB guest conductors

Nov. 27: Kuan and Yan act as PNB guest conductors

14 January 2010

Carolyn Kuan, former associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Judith Yan, music director/principal conductor of Opera on the Avalon in Canada, were two of four guest conductors for the performances of the Stowell/Sendak version of “The Nutcracker” by the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB).

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Dec. 15: Sakakihara and Tang complete fellowships

Dec. 15: Sakakihara and Tang complete fellowships

14 January 2010

Scott Sakakihara is the 2009 Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Masaoka Fellow and a Harvard Law School graduate. Shirley Tang is the 2009 JACL Inouye Fellow and a University of California, Davis graduate.

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Dec. 5: Winnie Lim receives 2009 president’s Award

Dec. 5: Winnie Lim receives 2009 president’s Award

14 January 2010

Winfred “Winnie” Lim was awarded the 2009 President’s Award by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pacific Northwest Section Awards Committee. The award was based on his contributions to the sport of tennis. The award was presented to him during the annual USTA Pacific Northwest Awards and Hall of Fame luncheon at the Bellevue Club in Bellevue.

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Dec. 12: LIHI opens building named after Jim McDermott

Dec. 12: LIHI opens building named after Jim McDermott

14 January 2010

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) opened a 75-unit building called McDermott Place. The building is located in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood and is dedicated to Congressman Jim McDermott. It will provide permanent supportive housing for 75 homeless men and women, with half of the units reserved for homeless veterans.

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Dec. 10: Japanese Mandarin and Pear Expo a success

Dec. 10: Japanese Mandarin and Pear Expo a success

14 January 2010

Seattle welcomed Japanese fruit growers as they reintroduced the traditional Japanese Aoshima mandarin orange and the Japanese Tottori 20th Century pear at the Japanese Mandarin and Pear Expo, held at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center.

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Lunar New Year Celebration, year of the Tiger 2010 in Seattle’s Chinatown International District

Lunar New Year Celebration, year of the Tiger 2010 in Seattle’s Chinatown International District

07 January 2010

What: Lunar New Year Celebration, year of the Tiger 2010 in Seattle’s Chinatown International District When: February 13, 2010 Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Schedule: Noon — Opening Ceremony Lion Dance at Chinatown Gate on S. King St. 1:30-2 p.m. — Children’s Costume Parade Where: Hing Hay Park | 411 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle More info: […]

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Mayor McGinn starts the year with big announcements

Mayor McGinn starts the year with big announcements

07 January 2010

“It’s very important to us to hear from everyone in Seattle about what they think is important,” Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said late last year, referring to how his campaign was run differently than how others are normally run — in a good way — and how he hopes to continue this grassroots spirit in his administration.

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Muslim Hindu punk rock bands defy and emphasize tradition

07 January 2010

WAYLAND, Massachusetts (AP) — Artwork from India’s Punjab state decorates the Ray family home. A Johann Sebastian Bach statue sits on a piano. But in the basement — cluttered with wires, old concert fliers, and drawings — 25-year-old Arjun Ray is fighting distortion from his electric guitar.

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Posted in National News, Vol 29 No 2 | 1/9-1/150 Comments

Filipino Wrecking Machine destroys the competition: Mark Munoz wins second fight in UFC via TKO

Filipino Wrecking Machine destroys the competition: Mark Munoz wins second fight in UFC via TKO

07 January 2010

Instead, Munoz, nicknamed the Filipino Wrecking Machine, won his second UFC match by making Jensen crumble under a rain of Munoz’s punches two and a half minutes into the first round.

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For some, parenthood is not derived from genetics

07 January 2010

On Saturday, on the Far North Side, a group of parents who did just that held a reunion. While the little girls they waited three years to adopt from China snacked and fidgeted, four families who spent two weeks together in Chinese hotels during the adoption process in June gathered at Mimi’s Cafe on Polaris Parkway. Like all proud parents, they compared notes, took pictures, and shared stories.

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Angry minority finds a voice on Chinese campus

07 January 2010

Every Friday afternoon, students pack a college classroom in Beijing to catch a glimpse of the sharply dressed professor punching the air as he speaks with surprising candor about the travails of his ethnic group, the Uighurs.

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Japan’s PM wants equal ties with U.S.

07 January 2010

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s prime minister said Monday, Jan. 4, he will press for more equal ties with Washington this year, the 50th anniversary of a joint security treaty that grants many special privileges to U.S. troops stationed in the country.

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Committee of 100 to build exhibit, “The Chinese in America” at the USA Pavilion

07 January 2010

The Committee of 100 (C-100), in partnership with the USA Pavilion, will build an exhibit entitled, “The Chinese in America — We are Family” at the USA Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

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Seattle-based study-abroad program shuts down

07 January 2010

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle-based study-abroad program has suddenly shut down and stranded more than a dozen students in Beijing. The company’s headquarters in Seattle is closed, its phones are disconnected, and its website says the company has filed for bankruptcy.

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Q&A with Carolyn Kuan, an esteemed Seattle Symphony conductor

Q&A with Carolyn Kuan, an esteemed Seattle Symphony conductor

07 January 2010

Born in Taiwan, Carolyn Kuan is not only Seattle Symphony’s first woman assistant conductor, she is also the first Asian American to hold the position. On Jan. 22 Kuan is slated to conduct the symphony for Celebrate Asia!, an event which will feature violinist Chuanyun Li and instrumentalist Li Bo, who plays the Mongolian morin khuur.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Profiles, Vol 29 No 2 | 1/9-1/150 Comments

Wayne’s worlds: A tale of two restaurants

Wayne’s worlds: A tale of two restaurants

07 January 2010

Oh, I know a few things. I know that wearing shorts on our weekly date night is a huge no-no. I know that reading a magazine during dinner is genuinely frowned upon. And if you’ve ever wondered, playing a tennis match on our anniversary is absolutely inexcusable.

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Director captures Japan’s history on film

Director captures Japan’s history on film

07 January 2010

Alexander Sokurov’s “The Sun” opens in an awkward fashion. On the surface, life seems ordinary enough at the Imperial Palace of Japan. A servant brings in breakfast for the emperor on a tray. A second servant reads off the itinerary for the day. The emperor must attend a meeting with his war ministers. Then he will study marine biology, his favorite subject.

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NWAW’s January must-reads

NWAW’s January must-reads

07 January 2010

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Train Man” By Hitori Nakano Del Ray Books, 2004 What would you do if you came across a cute girl (or guy) and had the opportunity to see them again, but didn’t know how to make it happen? Most people would turn to their friends, but in the case […]

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