Tag Archive | "Publisher Ng’s blog"

BLOG: My Hong Kong diary — World’s highest bar, Ozone! (Part II)

BLOG: My Hong Kong diary — World’s highest bar, Ozone! (Part II)

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View from the Ozone bar (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

If you want to impress someone visiting Hong Kong, take him or her to Ozone, the world’s tallest bar. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 30 | 7/19-7/25Comments (0)

BLOG: The largest ‘hum bow’ in Washington state? — It’s found in Pike Place Market

BLOG: The largest ‘hum bow’ in Washington state? — It’s found in Pike Place Market

By Assunta Ng

Jack Fong, owner of Mee Sum Pastries. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Pike Place Market, rated as the most popular farmers market in the United States, has numerous European bakeries, but only Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 25 | 6/14-6/20Comments (0)

BLOG: Steve Ballmer and the Clippers

BLOG: Steve Ballmer and the Clippers

By Assunta Ng

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When I asked Steve Ballmer a question in public in 2011, it quickly created a storm. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 24 | 6/7-6/13Comments (0)

BLOG: Women important in Mary Yu’s life

BLOG: Women important in Mary Yu’s life

By Assunta Ng

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Ruth Woo, Hon. Phyllis G. McKinney, Justice Mary Yu, and Hon. Anne Levinson (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

On May 20, three women were invited by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu’s swearing-in ceremony. One of them was political guru Ruth Woo. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 22 | 5/24-5/30Comments (0)

BLOG: What SeaTac tells us about $15 minimum wage

By Assunta Ng

While attending an event at a SeaTac hotel last week, I met two women who receive the $15/hour minimum wage. SeaTac has implemented the new law on Jan. 1. I met the women while they were working. One was a waitress and the other was cleaning the hallway. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 22 | 5/24-5/30Comments (63)

BLOG: Bold idea from Chamber’s panel

BLOG: Bold idea from Chamber’s panel

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Maiko Winkler-Chin

By Assunta Ng

Immigrants often don’t use their voices in government politics for fear of their accents and language barriers. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 22 | 5/24-5/30Comments (0)

BLOG: Cooking live oysters is a family affair

BLOG: Cooking live oysters is a family affair

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By Assunta Ng

I love cooking oysters, but hate all the work involved. It becomes a family affair when I cook oysters. Hey, you want to eat? I tell my family, you have to contribute and do your share of the work. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 22 | 5/24-5/30Comments (0)

BLOG: David vs. Goliath in the battle of $15 wage

BLOG: David vs. Goliath in the battle of $15 wage

By Assunta Ng

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Audience members, both for and against $15, came prepared with signs. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

David and Goliath showed up at the Seattle City Council’s hearing on the mayoral $15 minimum wage proposal on May 13. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 21 | 5/17-5/23Comments (0)

BLOG: How to be a loser?

BLOG: How to be a loser?

By Assunta Ng

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Hum bow contestants, from left, Lori Matsukawa, Assunta Ng, Tomio Moriguchi, Ed Murray, and Bob Santos. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The Hum Bow Celebrity Contest was a new idea at the Asian American Heritage Festival, held at the Seattle Center last Sunday. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 20 | 5/10-5/16Comments (0)

BLOG: Drama continues with $15 indecision

BLOG: Drama continues with $15 indecision

By Assunta Ng

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When the mayor finally was ready to announce the $15 recommendation, there was nothing to announce. Behind him, opposing sides of the issue held signs that announced their opinions clearly. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Anxiety struck the Asian business community on April 24, when Mayor Ed Murray was supposed to announce his plan in the afternoon for the $15 minimum wage. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 19 | 5/3-5/9Comments (0)

BLOG: Tomio Moriguchi — A gifted leader

BLOG: Tomio Moriguchi — A gifted leader

By Assunta Ng

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Dicky Mar congratulates Robert Murray and Josephine Tamayo Murray at the Interim CDA gala, after Robert bid $2,800 and won a trip for two to Hawaii. (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

Uwajimaya chairman Tomio Moriguchi is not all about business. He is a determined leader who fights for important causes for the community. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 18 | 4/26-5/2Comments (0)

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)

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