Tag Archive | "2009"

Hidden cameras test public’s prejudice toward immigration

By David Bauder
The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Public attitudes toward immigration are put to the test on the latest episode of a news–reality hybrid television show that uses hidden cameras to record the reactions of real people. Read the full story

Posted in National News, Vol 28 No 3 | 1/10-1/16Comments (1)

Our top 10 stories of 2009

Our top 10 stories of 2009

#1 — Locke prepares for new job and new challenges in Obama’s cabinet

#2 — Taxpayers to pay for judge’s mistake

#3 — SU law center named for civil rights leader

#4 — Not a communist: Vietnamese man wins defamation case

#5 — Dearborn project dead

#6 — P-I reporters: From deadlines to the bottom lines of survival

#7 — Diversity the reason for firing of Renton Technical College president?

#8 — Re-envisioning history: Chinese made their mark on Seattle at the turn of the century

#9 — Gates launches Center for Asian Art and Ideas

#10 — Korean Americans Strickland and Ryu vie for political seats

Posted in News, Vol 28 No 53 | 12/26/09-01/1/10Comments (0)

EDI launches 2010 leadership program

EDI launches 2010 leadership program

EDI board members with Mariners Manager Don Wakamatsu, from left: Mari Watanabe, Marci Nakano, Vanna Novak, Ted Yamamura, Wakamatsu, Charlene Grinolds, and Colleen Yamaguchi (Photo provided by EDI)

EDI board members with Mariners Manager Don Wakamatsu, from left: Mari Watanabe, Marci Nakano, Vanna Novak, Ted Yamamura, Wakamatsu, Charlene Grinolds, and Colleen Yamaguchi (Photo provided by EDI)

The Executive Development Institute (EDI), which partners with businesses in the Pacific Northwest to provide culturally-tailored leadership programs for Asian Pacific and Latino emerging leaders and managers, is currently actively recruiting emerging leaders at corporations and community organizations in the Puget Sound for its Leadership Discovery and Leadership Navigation Programs beginning in March. Read the full story

Posted in Briefs, Vol 28 No 53 | 12/26/09-01/1/10Comments (0)

Hawaii attempts to remedy Pacific Islander health

By Mark Niesse
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is proposing a new free health plan that will cover critical chemotherapy and dialysis treatments for legal migrants from independent Pacific nations. Read the full story

Posted in Briefs, Vol 28 No 53 | 12/26/09-01/1/10Comments (0)

Inmate on life in prison … and what’s to come after

Inmate on life in prison … and what’s to come after

Part 3 of Northwest Asian Weekly’s exclusive with Tony Ng
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By Amy Phan
Northwest Asian Weekly

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McNeil inmate Tony Ng, known for his involvement in the Wah Mee Massacre, meets with his advocates in February. From left: Sherry Danza, Ed Cook, Peter Wong — a registered counselor and chairman of Rainbow Missions — and Tony Ng. (Photo by Amy Phan/NWAW)

It was only under the scrutiny and structure of prison that Tony Ng developed a work ethic. “I never knew that I could just pick up a thick book and read it and learn so quickly,” he said. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (8)

Thai-ing East to West: Fashion designer the next reality TV star?

Thai-ing East to West: Fashion designer the next reality TV star?

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Thai Nguyen (Photo provided by BravoTV.com)

By Vivian Luu
Northwest Asian Weekly

If he had listened to his parents, fashion designer Thai Nguyen would have become an accountant.

Instead of crunching numbers, Nguyen spends his days creating couture at Thai Nguyen Couture in Orange County. From evening gowns and bridal gowns to ready-to-wear lines, he immerses himself in each step of the process.

Sketching new pieces, picking fabrics, fitting his models, and selling couture is nothing new to this up-and-coming designer.

What’s new is Nguyen’s role as a fashion expert in “Launch My Line,” a series that premiered on Bravo TV Dec. 2. Serving as an adviser to fashion critic Merle Ginsberg, the duo designed pieces of couture in hopes of winning a deal to launch Ginsberg’s clothing line.

Nguyen says he was very lucky to have been paired with Ginsberg because they have similar tastes in style.

“The first instance we met each other, we knew what we wanted to do,” he said. “What I want and what she wants is one idea. I finish her sentences. That’s how compatible we were.”

The show was as real as reality TV gets, Nguyen added. He loved every second of it — even the stressful parts. Read the full story

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Fashion, Profiles, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (0)

Tragic hit-and-run ends promising life of newlywed

Tragic hit-and-run ends promising life of newlywed

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Wedding photo of Jerome Dumlao and his wife, Marie Linavat

By Jacklyn Tran
Northwest Asian Weekly

The early morning of Dec. 6 began as a celebratory outing that quickly took a tragic turn when an unimaginable event changed the lives of many, beyond the one that was lost. At approximately 2:20 a.m. at the intersection of Western Avenue and Bell Street in downtown Seattle, Jerome Dumlao was killed in a hit-and-run.

After leaving a Belltown establishment to head home, Dumlao, a Filipino American, was crossing the street along Western Avenue in a marked crosswalk. According to court documents, while his wife and friends were walking toward the mentioned intersection, a car driven by the accused suspect, Eric Murillo, was headed west on Bell Street toward Western Avenue. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (1)

Martial-artist reflects on a career of triumphs and the challenges of ADD

Martial-artist reflects on a career of triumphs and the challenges of ADD

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Martial-artist Allen Chinn (Photo by James Tabafunda/NWAW)

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

When performing a side kick or a roundhouse kick, Allen Chinn can get his foot to reach five feet up from the ground.

In his early 20s, when the local martial arts community referred to him as a “black sheep martial artist” for developing his own unique style called yee jong kune do, he could reach higher than six feet from the ground.

Chinn, 53, grew up in Seattle’s Beacon Hill district. He is proud of his 45-year career as a leader in the city’s martial arts community.

Because his father, James, had trained in “choy li fut” kung fu under Grandmaster Cheong Mo and enjoyed target shooting, it wasn’t long before Chinn found himself enjoying the same interests as a child. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Profiles, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (1)

Community urges for more HIV/AIDS outreach

Community urges for more HIV/AIDS outreach

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Howard Koh (left), Christopher Bates (middle), and Teresita Batayola

By Irfan Shariff
Northwest Asian Weekly

National and local leaders on HIV/AIDS policy convened at the Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS) last Wednesday, Dec. 9, to open discussion on a national HIV/AIDS strategy. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Profiles, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (2)

Former Microsoft manager blends technology, teddy bears, and tourism

Former Microsoft manager blends technology, teddy bears, and tourism

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

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John Chen works on a computer at the Geotouring kiosk at Pacific Place Mall in downtown Seattle. (Photos by James Tabafunda/NWAW)

John Chen’s passions — technology, adventure, and human change — have combined in such a way to create a successful corporate team-building business. His current project enables individuals and groups to enjoy a special “high-tech treasure hunt” in downtown Seattle. Read the full story

Posted in Business, Community News, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (1)

Queer Pinays gather for human rights week

As part of International Human Rights Week and in celebration of National Lesbian Day in the Philippines, lesbian, bisexual, queer Filipinas, and their allies gathered on Dec. 8 at the Wild Rose. The Wild Rose is a lesbian bar in Seattle. Read the full story

Posted in Briefs, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (0)

10 ways to create gifts of kindness and love

10 ways to create gifts of kindness and love

By Assunta Ng
Northwest Asian Weekly

If you think Christmas is just about religion, you are missing out on a lot.

I don’t go to church on Christmas Day, but I take the holiday spirit of giving, kindness, joy, unity, forgiveness, and sharing very seriously. Read the full story

Posted in Cultures, Lifestyle, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (1)

Is it ethical? CBS News pays for trip to Samoa in adoption story

By David Bauder
The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News helped pay for a Wisconsin family’s trip to Samoa which led to an emotional meeting that was a key moment in last Saturday’s “48 Hours” special on an adoption scam involving children taken from their South Pacific homes under false pretenses. Read the full story

Posted in National News, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (0)

Fast-growing Christian churches crushed in China

By Christopher Bodeen
The Associated Press

LINFEN, China (AP) — Towering eight stories over wheat fields, the Golden Lamp Church was built to serve nearly 50,000 worshippers in the gritty heart of China’s coal country. Read the full story

Posted in Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25, World NewsComments (0)

Probe rules out rape and murder of women in Kashmir

By Aijaz Hussain
The Associated Press

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An Indian police agency investigating the deaths of two women in Kashmir said Dec. 14 that they drowned and were not raped and killed as alleged by locals, a ruling likely to further fuel anti-India sentiment. Read the full story

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Editorial: Since when is multitasking bad? Maybe when you’re the President

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has dipped below 50 percent, causing many of his critics to accuse him of trying to do too much at once. Read the full story

Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (0)

Letter: Save Apple Health from cuts

To the Editor:

Thank you for running the guest commentary, “When considering health care reform, do not exclude legal immigrants.” Read the full story

Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (0)

Letter: Dogmatic letter misleads

To the Editor:

The ideas presented [in a letter to the editor in the Dec. 5–11 issue] about Chinese investment in Africa by Peter C. Thurman of Port Orchard are so dogmatic. Read the full story

Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (0)

Dec. 10: Mayor-elect McGinn announces cabinet members  

Dec. 10: Mayor-elect McGinn announces cabinet members  

Distinctive Asian Americans on Mayor-elect Mike McGinn’s staff have increased to four, with three cabinet members joining deputy mayor Phil Fujii.

Former state legislator and transition co-facilitator Kip Tokuda has accepted the position of Acting Director of Human Services. Tokuda will serve in the position until a permanent director is selected.

Diane Sugimura will continue as Director of the Department of Planning and Development.

Stella Chao will continue as the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods. ♦

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (0)

Nov. 13: Lung Tsuchiya Family and Mina Saudagaran honored as outstanding philanthropists

Nov. 13: Lung Tsuchiya Family and Mina Saudagaran honored as outstanding philanthropists

The Lung Tsuchiya family is honored. From left: National Philanthropy Day co-chair Rich Thorvilson,  Les Lung, Teri Yoshimura, Lori Pang, Gloria Lung Wakayama, Herbert Tsuchiya, Kerry Lung Chew, and National Philanthropy Day co-chair Matt DeGooyer (The Lung Tsuchiya family is honored. From left: National Philanthropy Day co-chair Rich Thorvilson,  Les Lung, Teri Yoshimura, Lori Pang, Gloria Lung Wakayama, Herbert Tsuchiya, Kerry Lung Chew, and National Philanthropy Day co-chair Matt DeGooyer)

The Lung Tsuchiya family is honored. From left: National Philanthropy Day co-chair Rich Thorvilson, Les Lung, Teri Yoshimura, Lori Pang, Gloria Lung Wakayama, Herbert Tsuchiya, Kerry Lung Chew, and National Philanthropy Day co-chair Matt DeGooyer (The Lung Tsuchiya family is honored. From left: National Philanthropy Day co-chair Rich Thorvilson, Les Lung, Teri Yoshimura, Lori Pang, Gloria Lung Wakayama, Herbert Tsuchiya, Kerry Lung Chew, and National Philanthropy Day co-chair Matt DeGooyer)

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (Washington Chapter) chose six outstanding philanthropists to honor at its 21st anniversary National Philanthropy Day luncheon held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 28 No 52 | 12/19-25Comments (0)

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