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The hidden origins of well-known Chinese New Year traditions PICTORIAL: Lunar New Year done up in style The year of charisma and talent — Celebs exemplify their monkey sign in notable and surprising ways Happy Lunar New Year! Bellevue Square ushers in Year of Monkey with celebration Facing East owner charged with avoiding tax payment of almost $400K
 
The hidden origins of well-known Chinese New Year traditions

The hidden origins of well-known Chinese New Year traditions

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Ever wondered why red is considered a lucky color during Chinese New Year? Or why people collect money in red envelopes? Chinese New Year has long been a celebration of tradition for Chinese families to bring in the new year, and many of these customs originated from fascinating Chinese […]

PICTORIAL: Lunar New Year done up in style

PICTORIAL: Lunar New Year done up in style

On Feb. 6, Northwest Asian Weekly and the Seattle Chinese post threw their inaugural Lunar New Year Fashion Show and Contest at the House of Hong. Prizes were provided through generous sponsors and donors: Fortune Casino, Northwest Asian Weekly, Ben Bridge, and Lee & Lee, PS 1st: Model Starla Sampaco, Miss Teen USA 2014; ensemble […]

The year of charisma and talent — Celebs exemplify their monkey sign in notable and surprising ways

The year of charisma and talent — Celebs exemplify their monkey sign in notable and surprising ways

By Jocelyn Moore Northwest Asian Weekly Way back when China’s Jade Emperor held the Great Race to determine the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, three animals stood before a river that separated them from the finish line. The monkey, who wittily picked out lengthy branches as makeshift paddles, helped the sheep and the rooster cross the […]

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year!

Bellevue Square ushers in Year of Monkey with celebration

Bellevue Square ushers in Year of Monkey with celebration

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly For the fifth year in a row, the Bellevue Collection will be hosting its annual Lunar New Year celebration at Bellevue Square’s center court on Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Decorations have already started to go up in all three facilities: Bellevue Place, Lincoln Square, and […]

Facing East owner charged with avoiding tax payment of almost $400K

Facing East owner charged with avoiding tax payment of almost $400K

By Emiri Aoki and Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Yu-Ling Wong, the majority owner of Taiwanese restaurant Facing East, was charged with first-degree theft and tax fraud by Bob Ferguson, Washington state’s attorney general on Feb. 5. She was charged for avoiding the payment of $394,835 in state sales tax through the use of an […]

LETTER: Cambodia blog accurately depicts horrors

15 January 2016

To the editor: I have just finished reading [Publisher Assunta Ng’s] blog. I cannot tell you how sad it makes me feel. I appreciate every effort she puts into showing the world what Cambodia is — and its people and its history. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. They are haunting and beautiful […]

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Top 11 Asian achievements of 2015

Top 11 Asian achievements of 2015

14 January 2016

Last year was a banner year for Asian and Asian Americans, who pushed forth advancements in technology, science, art, academia, and politics. One even went to space. Here are our top 10 events of note: 11. Two spelling bee champs tie

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Famed Chinese opera singer to debut in ‘Figaro,’ says Asian singers need not Westernize

Famed Chinese opera singer to debut in ‘Figaro,’ says Asian singers need not Westernize

14 January 2016

To Shenyang, a Chinese bass-baritone singer, his name represents a bridge between the opera performer’s Chinese roots and his international reputation. “My full name, pronounced from first to last (Yang Shen), sounds like a ‘goat’s kidney’ in Chinese,” said Shenyang.

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Strike a pose, a monkey pose — NWAW to hold its first-ever Lunar New Year fashion show Feb. 6

Strike a pose, a monkey pose — NWAW to hold its first-ever Lunar New Year fashion show Feb. 6

14 January 2016

Do you like lunar new year activities? Do you like fashion? Do you like monkeys? Do you like creating clothing ensembles featuring monkeys and lunar new year themes? Well, you are in luck. Northwest Asian Weekly is holding a competition, Celebrate with Style! Year of the Monkey 2016 Fun Fashion Contest and Show.

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BLOG: If you want to last, put yourself first! — My 2016 roadmap to de-stressing

BLOG: If you want to last, put yourself first! — My 2016 roadmap to de-stressing

14 January 2016

Did you smile or sigh when reflecting on 2015? Many tend to glance at their bank balance, thinking of a nice new car or a house. Some think about job advancement or finding love. I wonder how many out there would count having good health as a wonderful gift? If you do, you are perhaps one of the few smart ones. Frankly, without health, we can’t do much. Other accomplishments would quickly be overshadowed when we are sick.

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EDITORIAL: Seattle APIs need to honor MLK legacy at Jan. 18 march and rally

EDITORIAL: Seattle APIs need to honor MLK legacy at Jan. 18 march and rally

14 January 2016

This Monday, Jan. 18, many Americans across the nation — but not enough — will celebrate and honor the legacy of the most famous Civil Rights activist in this country. Instead of treating this federal holiday like any other day off of work, we strongly urge you to attend and participate in the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, a rally and march, at Garfield High School in Seattle.

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Classified Ads: February 13 – February 19, 2016

12 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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Chow and former Gov. Spellman hope to bring pandas to Washington

Chow and former Gov. Spellman hope to bring pandas to Washington

11 January 2016

On Sept. 23, 2015, Ron Chow was appointed as International Friendship Representative for Washington state by the Sichuan Provincial Government to promote trade and friendship between the two regions. Chow co-chairs the Washington State Panda Foundation with former Washington Gov. John Spellman. They aim to bring pandas to Seattle-area zoos. The majority of pandas are […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 35 No 2 | 1/9-1/152 Comments

Gov. Inslee appoints Angela Roarty to Pierce College board

Gov. Inslee appoints Angela Roarty to Pierce College board

11 January 2016

On Dec. 15, 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Angela Roarty to the Pierce College Board of Trustees, a five-member policy-making body comprising members living with the college’s Lakewood service area. Roarty is an insurance agent with State Farm. She is also chair of the St. Francis Cabrini School Commission. Roarty’s five-year term ends September 2020. […]

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Jing Mei Elementary School gifted Chinese books and CDs

Jing Mei Elementary School gifted Chinese books and CDs

11 January 2016

Recently, Legacy Multi Cultural & Educational Service Center visited Jing Mei Elementary School in Bellevue to gift Chinese story books and CDs. These books were received by the school’s principal, Vivian Tam. This trip provided approximately 200 books up to a sixth grade reading level to the school. Jing Mei Elementary School is Bellevue’s Chinese […]

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APIs Harrell and Sawant swear into Seattle City Council

APIs Harrell and Sawant swear into Seattle City Council

11 January 2016

On Jan. 4, Bruce Harrell and Kshama Sawant were among those sworn into the Seattle City Council. Harrell is the new council president. He is Black and of Japanese descent. He chairs the public safety, civil rights, and technology committee. Sawant is a former software engineer and part-time economics professor. Born in India, Sawant is […]

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ICHS receives $115,000 grant for hepatitis B awareness

ICHS receives $115,000 grant for hepatitis B awareness

11 January 2016

On Dec. 31, 2015, International Community Health Services (ICHS) received a grant of $115,000 from the Ann Wu Liao Foundation to support a new program to develop greater awareness of hepatitis B, a virus that afflicts an unusually high percentage of Asians and Pacific Islanders, potentially leading to liver disease and death. (end)

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Connecticut groups say they’re ready for more refugees

09 January 2016

By Alaine Griffin Hartford Courant HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Amid growing debate over the country’s immigration policies in the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks, Connecticut is preparing for a new wave of refugees who will arrive here in 2016. “There’s been overwhelming support recently from churches, mosques, individuals, people calling saying, ‘We want to help […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 35 No 2 | 1/9-1/150 Comments

Making bail not same for everyone

09 January 2016

By JAMES PINKERTON and LAUREN CARUBA  Houston Chronicle HOUSTON (AP) — Tung Nguyen survived a harrowing maritime escape from Vietnam, only to become trapped in the Harris County Jail. Neighbors had called police one Valentine’s Day when they heard Nguyen, 83, arguing with his wife of 60 years, Muon Vo. He was arrested and charged with […]

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Iraqi refugees carve out new home in Alabama

09 January 2016

By Casey Toner Al.com MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — On the run from a death threat, Ahmed Mohammed won’t look back. And why would he? The 39-year-old Iraqi refugee and his family — Sunni Muslims — have found a home in Mobile, Ala., after they spent four years without a country. Before they fled, Mohammed worked […]

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Disabled API adults thrive under care with cultural competence

09 January 2016

By Patricia Wen The Boston Globe BOSTON (AP) — The aroma of Asian stir-fried vegetables and pork wafted through a West Roxbury home before dinnertime on a recent Saturday. And around the table, Joseph Wong, Donald Lee, Francis Chan, Wei-Li Sun, and Wayne Wang were waiting, knowing this particular dish — written on the week’s menu posted […]

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Amid tough competition, education key to Hawaii’s travel promotion

Amid tough competition, education key to Hawaii’s travel promotion

09 January 2016

By Jessica Else The Garden Island LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The Marne family of Missoula, Mont., arrived on Kauai for a week-long stay, and David Marne said skipping out on the snow was a main motivation for the family’s sandy getaway. “It’s warm and quiet and Mexico has a bad rap, though I’m not really […]

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NWAW’s January must-reads — Mysterious murders, a petite pachyderm, and not-so-hardboiled detectives

NWAW’s January must-reads — Mysterious murders, a petite pachyderm, and not-so-hardboiled detectives

08 January 2016

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly One of my favorite things to do when the weather is cold is curl up under a blanket with a good mystery. The following are my January must-read picks: “Grave on Grand Avenue” By Naomi Hirahara Berkley, 2015 LAPD bicycle cop Ellie Rush is back and on the case […]

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BLOG: The many faces of Cambodia  (Part 3)

BLOG: The many faces of Cambodia (Part 3)

07 January 2016

Dispelling safety myths “Is Cambodia safe?” Many readers asked me this after reading my first two blogs about my recent trip with my husband last November. It is surprising that many have this misconception. While some may have concerns traveling to Cambodia, its tourism has actually increased 17 percent in 2013 and 7 percent last year. Just in Angkor, there are more than one million visitors every year.

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EDITORIAL: Our 5 wishes for Seattle’s ID in 2016

EDITORIAL: Our 5 wishes for Seattle’s ID in 2016

07 January 2016

At the beginning of January, it feels natural to do a retrospective of the year before, take lessons, and think on how we’d want 2016 to look different. Here are five of our wishes: Wish 1: For no more senseless deaths in the ID There have been three known homicides in the International District (ID) […]

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