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BLOG: Impressive art raises 400K for the Wing

BLOG: Impressive art raises 400K for the Wing

By Assunta Ng

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Nancy Abramson, Lolan Lo Cheng, Sally Henriques, and Katherine Cheng. (Photo by John Liu/NWAW)

The Wing Luke Asian Museum showcased a parade of impressive Asian Americans’ artwork at its annual dinner last Saturday at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. More than 50 Asian Americans created some of their most amazing pieces for The Wing’s auction, which raised $400,000. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/11Comments (0)

BLOG: Stuffed with yummy food at the annual Veggie fest

BLOG: Stuffed with yummy food at the annual Veggie fest

By Assunta Ng

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Sausuage makers (Photo by George Liu /NWAW)

I haven’t been able to resist going to Veggie Fest for the past eight years. I notice how full I am after every visit and how satisfying it is to bring samples home. The cereal samples will be handy when I travel overseas. It’s just hard to say ‘no’ to free food. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/11Comments (0)

BLOG: Mom, I broke all the Lunar New Year lucky rules

BLOG: Mom, I broke all the Lunar New Year lucky rules

By Assunta Ng

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Several children took “Year of the Horse” very seriously.

Chinese culture has taught my family how to savor luck during the Lunar New Year. But the Year of the Horse has created mysterious circumstances, forcing me to break good-luck rules. Will I be OK this year, or I will I be even luckier? Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 7 | 2/8-2/14Comments (0)

BLOG: Hop Sing Tong’s ‘political’ success at Lunar New Year

BLOG: Hop Sing Tong’s ‘political’ success at Lunar New Year

By Assunta Ng

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The Hop Sing Tong Banquet at the House of Hong on Jan. 27. (Photo by Rebecca Ip/SCP)

Last Monday, Hop Sing Tong, Chinatown’s private club, organized its Lunar New Year party at the House of Hong. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 6 | 2/1-2/7Comments (0)

BLOG: Health is wealth

BLOG: Health is wealth

By Assunta Ng

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_06/blog_health.jpgRecently, the World Economic Forum in Switzerland had a panel called “Health is Wealth.” I just want to tell you readers that I heard this phrase when I was a child. The Western world shouldn’t be credited with the origin.   Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 6 | 2/1-2/7Comments (0)

BLOG: Bachelor’s wedding (yawn!)

BLOG: Bachelor’s wedding (yawn!)

By Assunta Ng

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Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici (Photo from Catherine Giudici’s Facebook page)

The two-hour show “The Bachelor” on ABC featuring the wedding of Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici was so scripted and controlled that I found it hard to keep my attention on it for the whole show. ABC stretched the 20-minute wedding into two hours by including lots of old clips. TiVo saved my day. I skipped the first part. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 6 | 2/1-2/7Comments (0)

BLOG: Ref lecting on our 32nd anniversary…

BLOG: Ref lecting on our 32nd anniversary…

By Assunta Ng

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Firefighters are very busy when a fire rages. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

“Fire, fire!” said my staff, rushing into the Asian Weekly’s office, on Dec. 24, 2013. The alarm of a fire engine became intolerably loud, and fire engines kept coming into Chinatown until all of South King Street was blocked. I dashed out, standing among the many onlookers, watching the fire destroying the Hudson Hotel’s rooftop across from our office. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 4 | 1/18-1/24Comments (3)

BLOG: Why did Lee lose his mayoral bid?

By Assunta Ng

Past Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee lost his mayoral bid on Jan. 6, although he wanted to have a second term. Bellevue Council member Claudia Balducci, director of King County Jail for Adult and Juvenile Detention, was elected mayor. Lee wasn’t even nominated to be a mayoral candidate. Balducci is the second female to be mayor of Bellevue. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 3 | 1/11-1/17Comments (0)

BLOG: Santa’s list of heartwarming stories

BLOG: Santa’s list of heartwarming stories

By Assunta Ng

The other night, I dreamed about Santa Claus delivering presents to kids in the International District. I rushed to him, waiting for my turn.

Santa took a quick look at me and smiled, “You don’t need one.”

“Why?” I protested. Because of my age? Like a child being abandoned, I was almost in tears.
“You’ve already got it,” Santa smiled again and touched my face.

“Ho, ho, ho,” he roared and then disappeared in my sleep.

I woke up in the morning, feeling energized. And words just came pouring out from my brain, flowing to my fingers, and I couldn’t stop writing on the computer. So here you go…

Last Friday, I strolled from Chinatown to Seattle City Hall for a concert. When I arrived, someone patted me on the back and said, “The concert is over. Just go eat,” pointing at the refreshments.

It was Friday, Dec. 13, not my lucky day! Naturally, I missed it. Little did I know the best part of the program was about to be unveiled.

When I sat down, the emcee introduced my Seattle Chinese Post staffer to say a few words. I never heard her speak English before. It blew me away! It was short, sweet, and relevant.

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From left: Fredo Von Brandenfels, Olivia Apolonio, Mia Yamada-Heidner, Grace Rothmeyer, Delaney Blanford, Kayla Tounalom, and Jay Zinschlag. (Photo by Evelyn Hou)

Next, a diverse group of Beacon Hill International School students performed a Chinese song called “Jasmine Flowers.” I don’t even know how to sing that song. These kids are fluent in Mandarin. They have studied Mandarin since they were in kindergarten. Then another Caucasian student told a story in Chinese. He didn’t have a script — he memorized the whole thing. What impressed me was that he wrote the story and designed the props himself. I completely understood all the words he spoke in Mandarin.

But that’s not the end of the story. A parent thanked me afterwards. She said the Asian Weekly wrote about Beacon Hill’s students’ Chinese program and that they needed to raise money to go to China to meet their Chinese pen pals. They have been writing to each other for a while. Last September, their Chinese friends from Chongqing visited them in Seattle. One reader responded and pledged to raise $5,000 for the group. Finally, the group raised enough money to go to China next year. Beacon Hill is now planning to raise funds for its second group to go to China.

When the Asian Weekly publishes stories, we never know what impact the paper will produce.

It’s important that people share with us how we have made a difference. That’s our reward.

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Brad Goode and Ben Zhang (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

“Ninhao Seattle”

Can Brad Goode, KOMO 4 news anchor, speak Chinese? Just watch Ninhao Seattle (translation: “How are you Seattle”?). If you don’t speak Chinese, Goode can fool you.

Created by Ben Zhang, this project, which cost about $1.18 million, is to attract Chinese tourists and business investment opportunities. Zhang owns Greater China Industries.

Zhang plans to make 20 of these, he said. “I lived here since 1993. I would like to promote Seattle first. Following it, there will be Ninhao San Francisco, Ninhao Las Vegas, Ninhao Chicago, Ninhao Boston, and Ninhao New York.”

He predicts the program will make millions of dollars in profits. All will be donated to build a school in China for disadvantaged children. It’s a win-win for Seattle and the kids.

Goode’s voice is actually being dubbed in the program. In the meantime, Goode has worked with a University of Washington Chinese student to brush up on his Chinese.

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Julianne Kumasaka dancing (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

Julianne Kumasaka, an angel

Julianne Kumasaka is one of the founders of a senior activity program Kokoro Kai, part of Nikkei Concerns.

Most program founders eventually leave, but not Julianne. She has dedicated her time and energy to the program for 35 remarkable years. Her spirit of devotion, community, and loyalty speaks mountains about her compassion and personality. What a role model she is for the Asian community. Thank you, Julianne, for 35 years well done!

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Martin Lau performing on the ehru (Chinese violin) (Photo by Hut Kwan)

Education makes a difference

I was in Hong Kong recently, hoping to watch former Seattleite Martin Lau perform. But no, it was sold out. I couldn’t get in to see the show. I was disappointed, but happy for Lau, whom I met in Seattle when he was just a child.

Who’s Martin Lau?

Lau, 37, is now a hot commodity in Hong Kong Cantonese opera circles. He is one of the top-paid tai-pans and youngest master of the art. He doesn’t just lead operatic orchestras for a successful opera troupe, but is one of the most sought-after private instructors in Cantonese opera singing.

And his students are on the list of who’s who in Hong Kong.

I first met the Lau family when he emigrated with his parents at the age of 6. He left Seattle and went back to Hong Kong to see if there were opportunities.

What’s unique about Lau is that he’s the only master who has a college background. He studied English and science at the University of Washington.

Recently, the Luck Ngi Musical Club celebrated its 75th anniversary with an elaborate program of Cantonese opera at the Meydenbauer Center. Lau returned to lead the 10-man orchestra.

So thank you, Santa, for your gift of ideas. You are my inspiration for this blog. (end)

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 52 | 12/21-12/27Comments (0)

BLOG: Hong Kong continues to amaze me…

BLOG: Hong Kong continues to amaze me…

By Assunta Ng

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Frog legs hot pot (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

I left Hong Kong more than four decades ago. Each time I return to my hometown, it continues to surprise me with innovations. Seattle can learn from it, too. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 50 | 12/7-12/13Comments (0)

BLOG: Thanksgiving restaurants

BLOG: Thanksgiving restaurants

By Assunta Ng

The crab is popular at Snoqualmie Casino

Many restaurants close on Thanksgiving day and my family used to have limited choices to eat. People like to have a big feast for their Thanksgiving meal. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 48 | 11/23-11/29Comments (0)

BLOG: From Venice to new nations in seven days

BLOG: From Venice to new nations in seven days

By Assunta Ng

Good bargains could be found at the flea market in Ancona, Italy. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Would you like to travel to new countries at a cost of $100 a day, including room, multiple meals, and transportation? Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 47 | 11/16-11/22Comments (0)

BLOG: Advice for our new Mayor Murray

BLOG: Advice for our new Mayor Murray

By Assunta Ng

Entering mayor, Ed Murray (Bruce Harrell in background) (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Congratulations to Sen. Ed Murray for winning the election as our next mayor of Seattle. You’ve made history by being the first openly gay mayor of Seattle, though you said on election night that you are not making history, you want to “make a difference.” Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 46 | 11/9-11/15Comments (0)

BLOG: Smiling Sandra Madrid

BLOG: Smiling Sandra Madrid

From left, Sonia Palma, Mayor Mike McGinn, Sandra Madrid and her husband, Toby Gonzales (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

By Assunta Ng

I met Sandra Madrid more than 20 years ago. She inspired me in so many ways. The number one thing you notice about Sandra is that she always smiles. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 45 | 11/2-11/8Comments (0)

BLOG: You determine our future

Nov. 5 is Election Day; we will find out the results of many races. Please vote for your favorite issues or candidates. Feel good about your participation. Don’t grumble if your candidate or issue fails. You win some and lose some. And life goes on. You should move forward too, and work with the best you’ve got. (end)

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 45 | 11/2-11/8Comments (0)

BLOG: McGinn vs. Murray. Who should we endorse?

BLOG: McGinn vs. Murray. Who should we endorse?

By Assunta Ng

Mayor Mike McGinn, left, and Sen. Ed Murray at the API forum held at the ACRS. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

It is not easy to choose the next Seattle mayor. I can tell you why you should vote for Mayor Mike McGinn. I could also give you reasons why you should go with Sen. Ed Murray. However, I do have concerns with both candidates.

After watching three mayoral forums, I have to conclude that Mayor Mike McGinn, the earlier “misbehaved schoolboy” who liked to interrupt his opponents, has toned down his behavior, and is now quite a charmer. He is a skilled debater, while Murray couldn’t even remember the moderator’s question at times.

But the issue is this: Are we voting for a debater, or a leader who can govern the City of Seattle?

What makes the Seattle mayoral race compelling is that both McGinn and Murray have cultivated close ties with the community. Both are liberals and have track records in civil rights. McGinn is strong in the grass-root level with supporters including Frank Irigon, the late Kip Tokuda, and Ruth Woo. Murray is also well connected to the community, with support from Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell, Martha Choe, and former King County Executive Ron Sims, who has a strong influence in both mainstream and people of color communities.

Pros and cons for voting McGinn

McGinn has an advantage over Murray, since he holds the helm of the city budget. Through the city’s funding, he has generously rewarded many nonprofit organizations led by leaders who have supported him. McGinn has also created an ethnic media initiative by encouraging city departments to engage with minority media. Even though I am a member of ethnic media myself, this strategy is a bit self-serving in an election year. He knew that he wouldn’t get the support of the mainstream media, so he turned his focus to ethnic press instead.

McGinn is known to be abrasive. “I’d rather get things done” than “to get along with people,” McGinn said at the Seattle Rotary Club’s forum at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Oct. 16. His words reveal his combative nature as a politician. He couldn’t care less that he needs to work with those people afterwards.

Five city council members have endorsed Murray, meaning McGinn doesn’t play well with his peers. He publicly insulted former governor Christine Gregoire, and avoided talking to her in public. He was defiant toward the Dept. of Justice on police reform, resulting in the city’s humiliation. In the end, even the police guild turned its back on the mayor, and endorsed Murray instead.

Can McGinn afford to shoot everyone down that he perceives as not playing his way, and still run the city effectively?

Why and why not for Murray

Asian American leaders who supported McGinn have been unhappy with Murray’s lack of presence in the community. Showing up counts a great deal to the Asian community. McGinn has been diligent since last year, attending numerous Asian events, big and small.

Last March, both Murray and McGinn were present at the Wing Luke Museum’s gala. One Asian guest said, “Murray looked pathetic.”

As both candidates were making their rounds in the audience, fans gathered around McGinn; Murray knew few people. No one volunteered to introduce Murray to the other prominent community leaders.

At the API forum held at the Asian Counseling and Referral Service Center on Oct. 11, some Asian Americans complained about Murray being ill at ease, as well as his vague answers.

Over the past years, McGinn has alienated many. Murray has strategically picked up McGinn’s foes one by one, adding to his endorsement list. Murray’s goal is to build coalitions, which will be helpful if he becomes our next mayor.

Murray’s new supporters don’t necessarily believe in Murray, they just reject McGinn’s leadership. Their aim is to get rid of McGinn.

Murray’s words struck me when he said he understands that the “blame game” is unhealthy for the city.

“I will take responsibility” for things not going right, Murray said during the Seattle Rotary club’s debate.

The perfect candidate?

If you are searching for our Seattle mayoral endorsement, you won’t find it. For valid reasons, we decided not to.

Both candidates have merits and flaws. Vote for McGinn another four years if you appreciate his support of the Asian community. Vote for Murray if you are tired of McGinn’s combative manner and noncollaborative style of leadership, and you want a fresh start for the city.

There is no such thing as a perfect candidate. Someone told me that they are sitting out this election because they don’t feel connected to either McGinn or Murray. That’s the worst kind of protest. When you don’t vote, you are giving up your rights, evading responsibilities, and most important, diminishing the power of the Asian vote.

I know who to vote for. (end)

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 44 | 10/26-11/1Comments (1)

BLOG: Watch out for gutsy Asian female politicians

BLOG: Watch out for gutsy Asian female politicians

By Assunta Ng

Kshama Sawant at the API forum. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Who is Kshama Sawant? “Wow” was my reaction when I first saw her at the API forum. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 44 | 10/26-11/1Comments (2)

BLOG: Why tiger moms fail to raise leaders — Part 1

BLOG: Why tiger moms fail to raise leaders — Part 1

By Assunta Ng

I don’t need to read “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” to be a tiger mom. My mother was one, and I was a sort-of-tiger-sort-of-sheep parent. I often put on a tiger’s front, but in reality, I carried a gentle lamb’s heart. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 41 | 10/5-10/11Comments (0)

BLOG: Rekindling my passion

BLOG: Rekindling my passion

By Assunta Ng

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State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos speaking with SYLP 2013 graduates and South Korean Diplomat Jungjae Lee (center). (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

I almost killed the Northwest Asian Weekly’s Summer Youth Leadership Program (SYLP) this year. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 37 | 9/7-9/13Comments (1)

BLOG: Remembering Ted Yamamura

BLOG: Remembering Ted Yamamura

By Assunta Ng

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Ted Yamamura

“Did you know that the first engineer at Boeing was Chinese?” said the late Ted Yamamura in the early 2000s. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 36 | 8/31-9/6Comments (0)

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