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Lydia Ko takes No. 1 spot at 17 — Na Yeon Choi wins opener

Lydia Ko takes No. 1 spot at 17 — Na Yeon Choi wins opener

By Steve Elling
Associated Press

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Lydia Ko

OCALA, Florida (AP) — With a notable double prize not only within reach, but <!–more–>practically in her grip, New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko had to settle for half of the spoils on Saturday — though it represented a significant piece of golf history, nonetheless.

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Na Yeon Choi

After reclaiming the lead late in the final round, the 17-year-old Ko double-bogeyed the 71st hole in the inaugural Coates Golf Championship to lose by a shot to Na Yeon Choi.

However, the transplanted New Zealander became the youngest player of either gender to climb to world No. 1, breaking the record set by Tiger Woods by almost four years.

As the ramifications of the distinction finally took hold, the sting of defeat at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club wasn’t quite so bad. The notion of celebrating, which first set her back for a moment, didn’t seem so crazy after all.
“It’s going to be good,” Ko said. “I was here to focus on the tournament itself, but I guess I got a great outcome at the end of the day, too.”

After leading by as many as four shots on the front nine, Ko trailed Choi by a shot as they played the par-3 15th. With Choi facing a 6-footer for birdie, Ko slammed in an improbable 60-footer and Choi promptly three-putted for a two-shot swing.

The teenager’s lead didn’t last long. Ko drove into a fairway bunker, then fanned a hybrid shot into a stand of pine trees down the right side of the 17th hole, scrambling to make a double bogey.

As the steadier Choi finished with a 4-under 68 and 16-under total, Ko had to salvage a par on the 18th to finish in a three-way tie at 15 under, but it was good enough to secure a piece of the record book.

Woods, previously the youngest golfer to reach No. 1, was 21 years, 5 months, 16 days when he reached the top in 1997. Ko reached the mark 3 years, 8 months, 14 days earlier. The men’s rankings date to 1986 and the women’s list is nine years old.

“It’s a nice consolation, if you want to call it that,” said Ko’s swing coach, David Leadbetter.

Ko finished with a 71 to match Jessica Korda (66) and Ha Na Jang (70) at 15 under.

Ko, whose pulse rate seems to be frozen at about 75 beats per minute whether she’s making an eagle or double bogey, hardly seemed derailed by the 71st-hole meltdown. Her indefatigable nature was her biggest asset, Leadbetter said.

“We sent her to anger management school to learn how to get angry,” he said with a laugh.

Choi, on the other hand, was clearly caught up in the emotion of her first victory since late 2012. She topped the U.S. LPGA money list in 2010 and won the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, but had fallen out of the world top 15.

“I was so nervous out there,” said Choi, who recorded her eighth U.S. LPGA Tour victory and was fighting back tears. “I was waiting so long for this moment.”

Choi, one of the game’s elite players before the two-year victory drought set in, admitted the pressure to succeed wore her down to the point that she stopped reading Korean sports websites, and considered downgrading her cellphone plan so she could not download stories about her play.

“I had a lot of stress from the result,” Choi said. “Even if I was top 10 or top five, not many people said you did a good job if you finish as runner-up. They say you are a loser and that hurts me a lot.”

As for Ko, her ascent seemed ordained when she won her first tour title as an amateur at age 15, the youngest in tour history.

“I can’t say I’m surprised,” American star Stacy Lewis said of the new No. 1. “It was just a matter of time.”

Ko, a native of South Korea who moved to New Zealand as a youngster, unseated Inbee Park in the top spot.

“She’s probably the straightest player out here,” said Park, who tied for 17th.

“The golf gets easier if you hit the ball straight and you can roll the ball in.”

Ko hit a few crooked shots near the end, which ultimately cost her the first-place trophy, but once the magnitude of the moment took hold, she was all smiles.

“There was obviously a loss,” Ko said. “But there was a huge positive, too. That’s pretty awesome.” (end)

Posted in Sports, Vol 34 No 7 | 2/7-2/13Comments (0)

“The Five Essentials: Arts and the movement for social justice” — Keynote Speech by Ron Chew at National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference

“The Five Essentials: Arts and the movement for social justice” — Keynote Speech by Ron Chew at National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference

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Ron Chew

By Ron Chew
For Northwest Asian Weekly

The arts can be an instrument for transforming individual lives, restoring communities, and remaking our society into a more tolerant and inclusive place for all.

Five years ago, in a report I wrote for Americans in the Arts, I described the emergence of community-based arts organizations. I wrote about how these groups now formed the “new center of gravity” in a rapidly changing arts field. <!–more–>

Growing up in an immigrant working class home, I thought of art – which I prefer calling “inventive pursuit” – as something that belonged to the outside world, not my own. It took me many years to understand that the arts belongs to all of us.

My father and mother endured incredible challenges raising a family of four. My father never made it past the eighth grade. He worked for 32 years as a waiter in a Chinatown restaurant, earning less than a dollar an hour during most of those years.

My mother, unable to speak English, likewise endured long hours at two separate garment factories, working from 7 am to 9 pm, six days a week. She barely completed a grade school education in China back in an era when women were not expected to aspire to any goals other than marriage and childrearing.

Growing up under these spartan conditions in the 1950s – and never once hearing my father or mother talk about the arts as a worthy pursuit – I turned my early ambitions toward finding a job at the Post Office or at Boeing. To me, that was the golden dream of a better life. I’m glad I never made it.

Growing up, we did have art in the home – sort of. Free wall calendars from Chinatown restaurants, grade school drawings by myself and my siblings were scotch-taped here and there in the living room. A few Chinese vases and a ceramic model of the Space Needle topped the mantel. We also partook in a few regular cultural outings. For lunar new year, we would go see lion dances in Chinatown and visit our family association, where there might be Chinese music playing on a tape recorder in the background.

One very strong childhood memory is of lying awake in the bedroom at night, listening to the singing of my mother in the kitchen. Muk ngwee is what the singing is called. It translates as wooden fish songs. They’re poetic fables born of the Chinese countryside. After making dinner for the family, my mother would claim the rest of the night and early morning as her time, singing these song poems. The lyrics spoke of epic tragedies and small daily sorrows, longing, truth, honor, loyalty and hope.

My American school-fed diet of arts and culture – the music class, the field trips to the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Symphony and Seattle opera – left me feeling less stimulated. They had few connection points into my experience or any passions I might have freely pursued as an early arts “consumer.”

Writing allowed me to create a vocabulary for my teen imagination. From age 11 to 14, I produced “Think-A-Newspaper,” a publication I invented for the exclusive delight of my little brother. Written and illustrated in pencil on loose sheets of lined paper, the newspaper contained imaginary local and world news, jokes, comic strips, sports articles and clip-out baseball cards. I’m not sure he really enjoyed the weekly missive I foisted on him.

I was building the foundation of a journalism career that I would enjoy after my studies at the University of Washington. I returned to the Chinatown-International District community which had nurtured and raised me and began volunteering at a newly created ethnic community newspaper called the International Examiner. I was there for 13 years. As a journalist and community activist, I continued to feel anger about the strong divide between the world I experienced as the child of immigrants and the world of the make-believe American dream where I didn’t quite belong.

I was recruited to work as director of a small, struggling historical society called the Wing Luke Asian Museum.

It was here that I came to understand the power and importance of multi-disciplinary cultural work .

1. Develop programs that connect to today’s issues and needs
2. Embrace diversity
3. Invest in long-term relationships
4. Cultivate community ownership
5. Bring in the next generation

The Wing Luke Museum was facing a crisis at the time I arrived there in 1991.

The Museum had been established in 1968 in honor of Wing Luke, a Chinese immigrant elected to the Seattle City Council in 1962. The Museum operated without much passion as a tiny volunteer organization for most of its early years.

The mission statement I inherited talked about the Museum educating the public about Asian history, culture and art, and collecting and preserving objects. The new mission –developed in collaboration with community members – talked about “engaging” Asian Americans and others in “exploring issues” related to Asian American history, culture and art.”

I immediately cancelled several planned outside exhibitions that had little relevance to our new mission and launched on a bold experiment to develop a brand-new kind of exhibit for the Wing Luke. We created an exhibition titled, “Executive Order 9066: 50 Years Before and 50 Years After.”

The exhibition shared in very personal terms what happened to Japanese Americans when the U.S. government suddenly stripped them of their possessions, took away their freedom and imprisoned them behind barbed wire.

For many internees, it was the first time they had ever spoken to their own children about what had happened. The exhibition came at a necessary juncture in the healing process of the community.

The Wing Luke Museum, established in 1968, is located in the heart of the Chinatown-International District, a downtown neighborhood that’s been brimming with ethnic and racial diversity for a long time.

But diversity, as we all know, isn’t necessarily a quick pathway to harmonious relationships. First-generation immigrants tend to import ethnic rivalries from their homeland to America. Poverty also exacerbates frustration and conflicts.

For the first 25 years of its existence, the Museum chose to ignore the raucous diversity outside its doors by focusing on tepid, non-controversial displays of traditional Asia.n folk arts – textiles, pottery, baskets gathered from its dusty collection. These displays were geared toward a non-Asian audience that wouldn’t be interested in having their intellect – or their sense of the world order — challenged.

When I came to the Museum as the first Asian American director in its history, we began hiring Asian American staff and creating ethnically diverse community advisory committees to guide the creation of exhibitions and public programs.

In the realm of relationship-building, too often I had seen other museums, arts organizations and non-profits bring in community members, especially people of color, to serve on token advisory committees for projects where the power to make meaningful decisions was not really ceded and the relationship was created for a short-term journey.

As commitments deepen, participants  find themselves feeling compelled to recruit others from their extended circle to join them at events and participate in programs. This kind of institutional loyalty – fostered through genuine long-term relationships – is pivotal to organizational strength and stability.

No arts institution is completely credible – or even viable over the long haul – if the community that it represents does not wholeheartedly embrace its existence.
For the Wing Luke Museum, the community stakeholders include those who live, work or do business in the Chinatown-International District of Seattle. It also includes virtual visitors as well.

Each of us lives in our own time. So how do we build bridges between our generations? How do we transcend our differences and find respectful ways to share knowledge, skills and perspective? During my tenure at the Wing Luke, we relied heavily on student activists committed to our social-change mission. We were consciously trying to cultivate the next generation of leaders. But balancing the spirited idealism of young people with the cautious pragmatism of older people was always a tightrope walk. We needed both visions. Sometimes, in the gulf between generations, we speak the same words, but we’re actually talking different languages. This can create problems.

Three years ago, my son, then in high school, asked me to help him with an assignment. Students in his class had been told to write a short letter to the author of a favorite book.

My son had never written a letter. He had made it to age 16 without ever partaking in a form of communication that was second nature to those of us who came of age before the Internet. For a few bewildered seconds, I grieved for the loss.

Of course, the absence of letters doesn’t bother my son or his friends. Why would you grieve over something you never had to begin with? Perhaps Gen Y will rediscover traditional letter writing in their own time as some quaint classical form.

So how will we define, teach and support the arts in a world that’s paradoxically becoming more connected, yet less intimate and more impersonal by the day?

And which organizations will successfully navigate the generational divide and find new ways of expanding participation, nurturing creativity, and renewing a sense of shared community values?

These are big questions for which there are no ready answers. (end)

Ron Chew is a community organizer and a leader in the community-based model of museum exhibit development.

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COMMENTARY: The First Chinese American hero

COMMENTARY: The First Chinese American hero

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Wong Chin Foo

By Roger Dong
For Northwest Asian Weekly

For anyone not familiar with the non-profit organization Chinese American Heroes, Wong Chin Foo was our first Chinese American hero.  Right after Wong Chin Foo came, the 12,000 Chinese Railroad workers built the most difficult and dangerous part of the greatest infrastructure project of the 19th Century — our Transcontinental Railroad. Since we only knew the identities of a few of the 12,000 workers, we have honored and recognized the entire group as heroes. <!–more–>

Even though none of the Chinese RR workers were citizens due to the racist Chinese Exclusion Act (CEA), we consider the group as Chinese Americans and as heroes.  Wong Chin Foo was not an American citizen either due to the CEA.

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Wong Chin Foo, article from Harper’s Weekly

 

My grandfather, born in 1889 in San Francisco was also not an American citizen.

When these early Chinese born in America who were not US citizens traveled abroad, they did not hold US passports.

My father who traveled to China in the 1930s to study, was interrogated aboard ship when he returned. He had to convince immigration authorities he was born in San Francisco.  Mr Dong, how many steps are there in Coit Tower? Where is St. Mary’s Church?  Had he not been able to answer these types of questions, he would have been been shipped back to China, not married to my Mother who lived in SF, and I would not be here to write this. (end)

Roger Dong is a Chairman/Founder at Chinese American Heroes (chineseamericanheroes.org)

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EDITORIAL: Do you want to talk about it?

Why do we not want to discuss depression?

Yale student Luchang Wang’s suicide was a shock and a head-shaker. (See Jenn Fang’s insightful article on page 1). There were signs before the suicide, but then also preliminary assumptions would point to “no problem.”<!–more–>

Is this often associated and perhaps regimented with Asian Americans? There is never a “problem”?

It is interesting to note the American Psychological Association statistics on their website:

First: Asian American college students had a higher rate of suicidal thoughts than White college students but there is no national data about their rate of suicide deaths.

And then there are these points:

Suicide was the 8th leading cause of death for Asian Americans, whereas it was the 11th leading cause of death for all racial groups combined.

Suicide was the second leading cause of death for Asian Americans aged 15-34, which is consistent with the national data (the second leading cause for 15-24 year-olds and the third leading cause for 25-34 year-olds).

Among all Asian Americans, those aged 20-24 had the highest suicide rate (12.44 per 100,000).

Among females from all racial backgrounds between the ages of 65 and 84, Asian Americans had the highest suicide rate.

Asian Americans college students were more likely than White American students to have had suicidal thoughts and to attempt suicide.

Why are there these distressing numbers when it comes to suicide rates? Is it pressure? Burden?

We should be allowed to acknowledge our insecurities, or at the least, not be afraid to address our issues.

There is no benefit in repressing what we need to say.

Luchang Wang committed suicide, and in that manner, she unfortunately said what she had to say.

We should all have our voices before that ever happens. (end)

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The fire still burns — Seattle honors the firefighters who died in the Pang Factory fire

The fire still burns — Seattle honors the firefighters who died in the Pang Factory fire

By Peggy Chapman
Northwest Asian Weekly

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The Honor Guard pays respect to the deceased firefighters (Photo by Minal Singh/NWAW)

Approximately 150 people attended the ceremony honoring the death of the four firemen who risked their Read the full story

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Reverend Jackson addresses STEM summit

Reverend Jackson addresses STEM summit

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Reverend Jesse Jackson

 

Gov. Jay Inslee and Reverend Jesse Jackson  joined more than 320 business and education leaders Read the full story

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First Indian community roundtable

First Indian community roundtable

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Governor of Washington State Jay Inslee had a meeting with community and business representatives from Washington state Indian community in a Indian Diaspora forum on Dec 11th at The Westin Bellevue WA. It was Governor’s Inslee’s first round table with the local Indian Diaspora after being elected as Governor. Various topics were discussed including ideas to improve WA state economy, education and transportation. The ideas of introducing Hindi as a foreign language in Seattle schools and establishing multiple sister-state relationships in India to take advantage of the changing demographics in the nation were discussed at length. Read the full story

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Supporting survivors of domestic violence

Supporting survivors of domestic violence

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On Dec. 10, the Co-Directors of API Chaya, Molly Harper Haines & Sarah Rizvi (front left and center) hold a check for $15,000 awarded by the Diversity Partner Grant Committee of the Washington Women’s Foundation in support of their work with survivors of domestic violence. Read the full story

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Kin On celebrates a community of dedicated volunteers

Kin On celebrates a community of dedicated volunteers

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Calvin Locke, Benton Ong, Kin On Golf Tournament Co-Chairs; Sam Wan, Kin On CEO; Herb Tsuchiya, Kin On board member ; Larry Luke, 2014 Bertha Tsuchiya Volunteer of the Year Individual Award Recipient; Raymond Leong, 2014 Bertha Tsuchiya Volunteer of the Year Individual Award Recipient

 

Kin On held its Annual Volunteers Appreciation Dinner at Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant on December 9, 2014. Over 200 volunteers and guests attended. Christine and Omar Lee for generously sponsored the dinner. Read the full story

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Murthy appointed U.S. Surgeon General

Murthy appointed U.S. Surgeon General

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Dr. Vivek Murthy

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next U.S. Surgeon General. President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Murthy more than a year ago. As a physician, Dr. Murthy expressed a desire for the nation to implement solutions to reduce gun injuries and deaths, a stance in line with many medical associations as well as most Asian Americans. Read the full story

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Thailand princess relinquishes her title

Thailand princess relinquishes her title

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(Princess) Srirasm

 

BANGKOK (AP) — The wife of Thailand’s crown prince has relinquished her royal title, culminating a downfall that means she is no longer in line to become the Southeast Asian country’s next queen. Read the full story

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China to punish tourists in Thai air rage assault

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities vowed to severely punish Chinese travelers who threw hot water and noodles on a Thai flight attendant and threatened to blow up the plane after they became enraged over sitting arrangements. Read the full story

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US Marine charged in Filipino transgender slaying

US Marine charged in Filipino transgender slaying

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Jennifer Laude

By Jim Gomez
Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine government prosecutors charged a U.S. Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino, saying the suspect acknowledged attacking the victim after he found out she was a transgender woman. Read the full story

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Rise and fall of China’s Zhou Yongkang

Rise and fall of China’s Zhou Yongkang

By Didi Tang
Associated Press

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Zhou Yongkang

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities announced early Saturday that they have arrested Zhou Read the full story

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Japan’s ruling party heads for election landslide

Japan’s ruling party heads for election landslide

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

By Ken Moritsugu
Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s ruling coalition was headed for a resounding victory in lower house elections Sunday, firming up Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hold on power as he prepares to push forward on several politically difficult fronts. Read the full story

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Professional development opportunities

Education Development Institute (EDI) has filled 50 percent of the spots in their 2015 Discovery and Navigation classes in the Greater Seattle area and Portland. The goal is to have 83 total participants across the Puget Sound API Discovery, Hispanic Discovery, and Navigation program, along with Portland Discovery. EDI will continue to accept applications until all classes are full. (end)

To apply: http://ediorg.org/our-programs/apply-today.

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Smithsonian completes digitization of Asian art

By Brett Zongker
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution’s Asian art museums have completed an effort to digitize their entire collections and plan to release the images online in 2015. Read the full story

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Fellowships for artists

Washington State artists working  in emerging fields/cross-disciplinary, performing, traditional/folk, and visual arts are invited to apply for Artist Trust’s  annual 2015 Fellowship.   Read the full story

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Not cute, but impressive — “Live on” exhibition at Seattle Asian Art Museum

Not cute, but impressive — “Live on” exhibition at Seattle Asian Art Museum

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

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“Mr.”

The Japanese artist known only as “Mr.” grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, absorbing the pop culture Read the full story

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The Layup Drill — Pacquiao, Mariota big winners

The Layup Drill — Pacquiao, Mariota big winners

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Welcome to another edition of The Layup Drill.  In this issue, we look at Manny Pacquiao’s latest victory, a Heisman winner, and a Seattle Marathon winner, among other things for the last column of the year.

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Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao wins, Mayweather next?

Six knockdowns.  This is how many times Manny Pacquiao put down Chris Algieri in their fight this Read the full story

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