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COMMENTARY: The Sunf lower Movement: Taiwan students demonstrate for democracy, transparency

COMMENTARY: The Sunf lower Movement: Taiwan students demonstrate for democracy, transparency

By Han-Jung Ko

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About 700 people demonstrated in support of the Sunflower Movement with sunflowers and posters in Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Hsinhui Kuo)

On April 10, the longest Parliament occupation protest in Taiwan’s history, the Sunflower Movement, came to a symbolic end. The protesters, mostly college students, occupied the Parliament since March 19. They have decided to shift their efforts to promoting a monitoring framework that will ensure an honest review of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) with the Chinese government, and ensure transparency in future cross-Strait trade negotiations for Taiwanese people. This young generation has proved to be a generation of hope for Taiwan’s democracy. Read the full story

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JACL sweets fund scholarship

JACL sweets fund scholarship

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Marsha Aizumi, second from right, Paul Tashima, right, Tashima’s boyfriend Josh, center, Aizumi’s son Aiden and wife Mary are on the left. (Photo courtesy of JACL)

The JACL-Seattle chapter held its 92nd annual banquet and scholarship fundraiser on March 21 at Seattle University. More than 270 people attended, including Aki Sogabe, who received the Unsung Hero award, Francisco Irigon, recipient of the Community Engagement award, and Marsha Aizumi, who was given the Special Civil Rights Achievement award. The event raised over $30,000, including $11,000 scholarships. Entertainment was provided by Bon Odori dancers and Relay Dance Collective with Seattle Kokon Taiko. (end)

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/25Comments (0)

UW honors women of courage

UW honors women of courage

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Fifteen women were honored by UW for their courage. (Photo from Women’s Center at UW)

The University of Washington presented its 2014 Women of Courage honorees for the “Women of Courage: Bridging the Divide Gala” on March 8. This year’s Gala focused on celebrating women in Washington state who are bridging social and economic divides in local and global communities. The 15 honorees included Mahnaz Aflatooni Javid, Ed.D, president and founding member of the Mona Foundation; Maria Koh, retired clinical nutritionist at the UW Medical Center; and Kshama Sawant, PhD, Seattle City Council member. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/25Comments (0)

Kin On event spurs expansion

Kin On event spurs expansion

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Kin On benefit dinner volunteers (Photo courtesy of Kin On)

Nearly $10,000 was raised at Kin On’s Spring Benefit Dinner on April 7 at Hong’s Garden. About 900 people in attendance enjoyed entertainment by Tony Au and the International Lion Dance Team. Proceeds from the event will go toward Kin On’s $3.5 million capital campaign, set to break ground this summer. The expansion will include a community center, assisted living facility and adult family home, and a short-term rehab wing and sun room. (end)

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Jayapal launches campaign

Jayapal launches campaign

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Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal launched her campaign at the New Holly Gathering Hall on April 1 in the race to be a representative in the Washington State Senate’s 37th District.

Jayapal is the founder of OneAmerica, Washington state’s largest immigrant and refugee advocacy organization, and is a national advocate for immigrant, civil, and human rights.

She has the endorsement of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, former King County Executive Ron Sims, King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, and many others.

For more information, call 917-696-1321. (end)

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Watanabe endorsed by leaders

Watanabe endorsed by leaders

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Louis Watanabe

Meet Louis Watanabe at a community fundraiser on April 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Watercress Vietnamese Bistro, 5041 Rainier Ave. S. #108. Watanabe is running to be a representative in the Washington State Senate’s 37th District. Read the full story

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CIDBIA hires new marketer

CIDBIA hires new marketer

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Mary Do

The Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) has hired Mary Do as its new marketing director. Do will manage all CIDBIA events, communications, and marketing initiatives. Previously, she was the senior director for the Special Olympics Washington for the last 10 years. (end)

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South Korean ferry sinks, 292 missing

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Youkyung Lee

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on April 16, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. Read the full story

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New charges coming in San Francisco Chinatown case

New charges coming in San Francisco Chinatown case

By Paul Elias
Associated Press

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Leland Yee

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Federal prosecutors said on April 11 that more charges and defendants are expected to be added to a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Prosecutor Susan Badger told U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer that additional charges and defendants would be added in the next 90 days. Read the full story

Posted in National News, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/25Comments (0)

Former Chicago official stole $92,000 from Chinatown

Former Chicago official stole $92,000 from Chinatown

By Associated Press

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Gene Lee

CHICAGO (AP) – A one-time deputy chief of staff to former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has pleaded guilty in a scheme in which he cashed dozens of checks made out to a charity and pocketed some of the money.

In a news release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says 65-year-old Gene Lee pleaded guilty to theft and filing a false income tax return. Read the full story

Posted in National News, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/25Comments (0)

Tacoma native receives Walt Whitman Award for poetry

Tacoma native receives Walt Whitman Award for poetry

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Hannah Sanghee Park

NEW YORK (AP) – A young Korean American poet has received a $5,000 award for first-time writers that also ensures the publication and thousands of sales of her debut collection.

Hannah Sanghee Park has won the Walt Whitman Award, the Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday.

Park’s book, “The Same-Different,” will be released next year by Louisiana State University. The poetry academy will purchase thousands of copies and distribute them to its members. Read the full story

Posted in National News, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/25Comments (0)

Joby Shimomura shares her path to the Governor’s office

Joby Shimomura shares her path to the Governor’s office

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Joby Shimomura

Joby Shimomura is a fourth-generation Japanese American, recently appointed as Gov. Jay Inslee’s chief of staff. On April 13, she took time to talk about her professional background and how she found her way to the Governor’s office.

The event was hosted by the Hokubei Hochi Foundation, a non-profit that celebrates and preserves the culture of the Nikkei and Japanese people through community engagement.

Influenced by family ties in the community, Shimomura was inspired to work in the political world as a teen, and gained early experience through volunteering at civic events and legislative internships. As she neared high school graduation, Shimomura debated whether she should attend college, or forego it completely to chase her dreams of working in Washington, D.C. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/25Comments (0)

Shari Song to run for Senate in 30th Dist.

Shari Song to run for Senate in 30th Dist.

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Shari Song

Shari Song, a long-time community leader and founder of the Federal Way Mission Church Preschool, announced her candidacy for State Senate in the 30th Legislative District. Song is running as a Democrat.

Song is endorsed by State Senator Tracey Eide, Federal Way City Councilmember Dini Duclos, House Speaker Frank Chopp, and State Senator and Democratic caucus leader Sharon K. Nelson.

Song, who has lived and worked in King County for more than 27 years, is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Profiles, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/25Comments (0)

Village Report — Breakfast in Cambodia

Village Report — Breakfast in Cambodia

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Dipika Kohli

By Dipika Kohler
Northwest Asian Weekly

Little fish, a pooling of about 30, butt about in their prism while my son looks on, mesmerized, chewing a bit of salty fish head. On the far side of the tank, someone has painted spindly leaves, stones, a castle, and a starfish. Akira, the other member of our trio, is staring at the mural with as much curiosity as our kid. Knowing someone for 20 years means knowing in your mind what they’re going to say before they say it. “You gotta wonder if that faux ocean makes the fish more cozy.” Read the full story

Posted in Travel, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/25Comments (0)

“Documented” by Vargas gets to heart of immigration debate

“Documented” by Vargas gets to heart of immigration debate

By Evangeline Cafe
Northwest Asian Weekly

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A clip from the film “Documented” shows immigration reform activist Jose Antonio Vargas attending a Mitt Romney presidential campaign rally in Iowa in December 2011. Vargas was escorted from the event. (Photo from: Documentedthefilm.com.)

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas spurred conversations about what it means to be American when he outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine in June 2011. Vargas is now shedding more light on his story of heartbreak and frustration in his film “Documented,” which he hopes will change people’s views about the need for immigration reform in the United States. Read the full story

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/25Comments (0)

#S.W.A.G. (Something We Asians Got)

I’m Asian
It doesn’t matter what type
Your hair doesn’t have to be the color of a blackberry-ripe Read the full story

Posted in Features, Vol 33 No 17 | 4/19-4/25Comments (0)

The Layup Drill — Springing into April: Return of the Pac Man and golf, golf, golf, and some hockey

The Layup Drill — Springing into April: Return of the Pac Man and golf, golf, golf, and some hockey

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Welcome to another edition of the Layup Drill. This month, we take a look at the return of Manny Pacquiao to the ring and a look at golf happenings as spring comes into full bloom.       Read the full story

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LETTER: On Seattle’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour

From: multicultural and minority small business owners of Seattle

To: Mayor Ed Murray

Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for sharing your time with us to evaluate and learn of our concerns, thoughts, and positions regarding the proposed $15 minimum wage and its affect on the immigrant community, minority groups, and small businesses working and living in Seattle. As a community, we have grappled with the proposed $15 minimum wage. The topic of discussion varies. Will I lose my job? Read the full story

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ASTROLOGY: For the week of April 19 – April 25, 2014

ASTROLOGY: For the week of April 19 – April 25, 2014

By Sun Lee Chang
Northwest Asian Weekly

Rat — By regularly putting a little aside for a rainy day, you will have the resources you need to weather a storm.

Ox — Bring down the stress level a few notches by giving yourself the time you need to cool off before you react.
Tiger — Who needs to go out to have a good time? A quiet evening with someone special may be more your speed.
  Rabbit — Running low on storage space? Go through some of your old things that you have not used in a while and ask yourself if you really need it anymore.
Dragon — An important project is going to take much of your time in a few days. Be ready to hit the ground running by getting plenty of rest beforehand.
Snake — If you need to tell someone how to do something, try to make it as simple as possible. Too many steps could complicate matters.
Horse — A new idea has really taken a hold of you. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, so avoid doing anything too rash.
Goat — Are you having trouble sorting out all the details? One way to get things in order may be to write them down.
Monkey — You are eager to get started down a new path. Wait until you receive all the instructions you have been waiting for.
Rooster — Did you walk in on an awkward situation? While you would prefer to leave, keep a low profile if you are required to stay.

Dog — Even though you think you know what is going on, remember that there are two sides to every story.

Pig — A trickle can turn into a torrent if you are not careful. It will be much easier to deal with the issue if you address it early on.

What’s your animal sign?
Rat 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 Ox 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 Tiger 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 Rabbit 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 Dragon 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 Snake 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 Horse 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 Goat 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 Monkey 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 Rooster 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 Dog 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 Pig 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

*The year ends on the first new moon of the following year. For those born in January and February, please take care when determining your sign.

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Will Yu make history? — She could be first Asian American on state’s highest court

Will Yu make history? — She could be first Asian American on state’s highest court

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu

King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu will make history if she’s successful in her bid for an open seat on the Washington State Supreme Court. Read the full story

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