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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 […]

Jeb Bush sees similarities in his foreign policy and his dad’s

Jeb Bush sees similarities in his foreign policy and his dad’s

23 January 2016

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Jeb Bush believes he’s got the best prescription for American foreign policy, from his strategies for deterring North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, to destroying the Islamic State.

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API council leader ref lects on Boston’s newfound youth, diversity

API council leader ref lects on Boston’s newfound youth, diversity

23 January 2016

By Bob Salsberg Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Before entering the office of Boston’s city council President Michelle Wu, visitors pass a wall lined by photographs of the council’s past leaders, faces that are mostly male, mostly white and nearly all middle-aged or older. Recently elected president by colleagues on the 13-member board, Wu is […]

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Scholastic pulls picture book due to rosy depiction of slavery

Scholastic pulls picture book due to rosy depiction of slavery

23 January 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Scholastic is pulling a new picture book about George Washington and his slaves amid objections it sentimentalizes a brutal part of American history.

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Women bridge builders to be honored Feb. 4

Women bridge builders to be honored Feb. 4

22 January 2016

Northwest Asian Weekly (NWAW) organizes a tri-yearly networking luncheon, “Women of Color Empowered,” a series of events that honors the accomplishments of women leaders. On Thursday, Feb. 4, NWAW’s honorees will come together to share a bit of their knowledge to a crowd at China Harbor Restaurant. This quarter’s theme is “women as bridge builders,” celebrating those who have made divides between diverse spaces smaller. The event will be emcee’d by Margo Myers, of Margo Myers Communications.

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‘Kanako’ pits esteemed actor against a lot of pointless gore

‘Kanako’ pits esteemed actor against a lot of pointless gore

22 January 2016

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “The World of Kanako” begins with a Christmas celebration or, to be more precise, several Christmas celebrations. Snow falls slowly. Bright lights twinkle in the night. And young people, at least, dance together in a club, done up in their immaculate fashions. Intercut with this, though, is cursing, hissing, […]

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Court says Medina to pay $1.7 million to fired police lieutenant for racial remarks

22 January 2016

MEDINA, Wash. (AP) — The city of Medina is paying $1.7 million to a former police lieutenant whose firing was deemed to be too harsh a punishment for the racially derogatory comments he made. The Seattle Times reports that the settlement with former Lt. Roger Skinner awards him about four years of back pay and […]

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Move Seattle levy begins with Beacon Hill paved trail for students

22 January 2016

Due to voter-approved funds provided by the Move Seattle levy, the City of Seattle began construction on its first 2016 Safe Routes to School project at Mercer Middle School on Jan. 14. Following through on the levy commitment to complete a Safe Routes project at every public school in the city, the Seattle Department of […]

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White House groups urge APIs to enroll in health insurance by Jan. 31

22 January 2016

Beginning Jan. 19, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), in collaboration with the Action for Health Justice, will launch the third annual AAPI Affordable Care Act Week of Action, a public awareness drive to encourage AAPIs to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace by Jan. 31. To enroll, individuals can […]

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Bipartisan bill aims to preserve affordable housing statewide

Bipartisan bill aims to preserve affordable housing statewide

22 January 2016

Across the Puget Sound region, as real estate values and rents rise, cities large and small are struggling to preserve existing lower-cost, market-rate housing. A bipartisan plan to enact a local-option property tax exemption for existing rental homes aims to preserve lower rents and prevent the displacement of long-time tenants, even as landlords seek to […]

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Applause for Maestro Cai

Applause for Maestro Cai

21 January 2016

Celebrate Asia concert to include chorus, culture, and … cellphones

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We’re still in print!

We’re still in print!

21 January 2016

Thirty-four years of running a newspaper and learning how to turn struggles into miracles Will newspapers last?

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NWAW Technology and Innovation Awardee: Naveen Jain — The Elon Musk of the Northwest?

NWAW Technology and Innovation Awardee: Naveen Jain — The Elon Musk of the Northwest?

21 January 2016

Naveen Jain is among the most energetic and passionate minds in this region. Outside of California, he is one of a handful of billionaires of Asian descent.

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EDITORIAL: We support raising Washington state’s legal smoking age to 21

EDITORIAL: We support raising Washington state’s legal smoking age to 21

21 January 2016

Have you ever driven down the street or walked through a public area only to spot someone who looks way too young to be smoking? Have you had to move seats on a restaurant patio or change hotel rooms (here or abroad) because of the lingering scent of cigarette smoke? Washington State Attorney General Bob […]

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mamnoon owners bring Middle Eastern flavors to Amazon

mamnoon owners bring Middle Eastern flavors to Amazon

18 January 2016

This month, employees and visitors to Amazon’s new Doppler campus will be able to savor juice and vegetarian dishes at anar, a restaurant by Racha and Wassef Haroun. Influenced by Middle Eastern flavors found at sibling restaurant, mamnoon on Capitol Hill, anar (pomegranate in Farsi) offer juices, teas, Turkish iced coffee, non-alcoholic cocktails, as well […]

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RVC’s Vu Le named an under 40 leader by national paper

RVC’s Vu Le named an under 40 leader by national paper

18 January 2016

DC-based newspaper on nonprofit issues, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, released its annual “40 Under 40: Young Leaders Who Are Solving the Problems of Today — and Tomorrow,” a list of leaders across the nation that The Chronicle​ selected as people under age 40 to watch as they craft innovative new approaches to entrenched problems. Among […]

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Renton’s Lita Cruz releases new dance and pop album

Renton’s Lita Cruz releases new dance and pop album

18 January 2016

Lita Cruz’s new album, “Starless Starr: Sing and Dance With Me,” was release the first week of January by independent record label Tate Music Group. Cruz is a teacher and a musician who grew up in the Philippines and immigrated to America in 1991. Also a Dallas resident, Cruz was awarded the Jet Setter and […]

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Frieda Takamura appointed to Renton Tech’s board

Frieda Takamura appointed to Renton Tech’s board

18 January 2016

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Frieda Takamura to Renton Technical College’s board of trustees, a term she will serve through Sept. 30, 2020. Takamura was president of the Renton Education Association from 1988–91 and taught junior high and high schools in Renton, Walla Walla, and Crawfordsville, Ind. She previously was the human and civil rights program […]

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KAC–WA November reception features Ross Andrew Winery

KAC–WA November reception features Ross Andrew Winery

18 January 2016

On Nov. 18, 2015, the Washington state chapter of the Korean American Coalition (KAC–WA) held a networking reception at 10 degrees in Capitol Hill that featured Ross Andrew from Ross Andrew Winery as keynote speaker. Fifty KAC–WA members and special guests, such as representatives from OneAmerica, attended the event. Guests chose the Celilo pinot gris […]

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Thai cosmetics company pulls ad depicting blackface

17 January 2016

BANGKOK (AP) — “You just need to be white to win.” A skin-whitening ad in Thailand featuring that slogan alongside a famous actress in blackface makeup sparked such outrage that the company pulled it Friday, Jan. 8, just a day after releasing it. The retraction did little, however, to stem a debate the ad ignited about the regularity of racist advertisements in the Southeast Asian country.

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Seoul delivers barrage of K-pop music across border to North Korea

17 January 2016

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea tries to get under the skin of its archrival with border broadcasts that feature not only criticism of North Korea’s nuclear program, troubled economy and human rights abuses, but also a unique homegrown weapon: K-pop.

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