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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)

BLOG: Live band surprises Uwajimaya’s CEO?

BLOG: Live band surprises Uwajimaya’s CEO?

By Assunta Ng

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Uwajimaya CEO Tomoko Moriguchi Matsuno and the 18-piece band (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

A live band marched into Uwajimaya on the morning of Aug. 21 to surprise its CEO, Tomoko Moriguchi Matsuno, for her 68th birthday. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 35 | 8/24-8/30Comments (0)

BLOG: The Okis create their own waves of philanthropy

BLOG: The Okis create their own waves of philanthropy

By Assunta Ng

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From left: Emcee Mona Locke, Laurie Oki, and Scott Oki

Many Asian Americans know Scott Oki as the ex-Microsoft multi-millionaire and owner of 11 Washington state golf courses, including the Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 35 | 8/24-8/30Comments (0)

BLOG: Mysterious man donates $200,000 to CMS — Transforming the Korean community one event at a time

BLOG: Mysterious man donates $200,000 to CMS — Transforming the Korean community one event at a time

By Assunta Ng

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From left: Dr. Jai Jun Byeon, CMS COO Suzanne Pak, and Dr. Chang Shin (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

If the Chinese and Japanese-American communities are considered to be sophisticated fundraisers, the Korean community is a super star. The Korean community surprised many by eclipsing its older brothers with progressive attitudes towards charitable causes on Aug. 10. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 34 | 8/17-8/23Comments (2)

BLOG: Fearless is why Yale Wong succeeds

BLOG: Fearless is why Yale Wong succeeds

By Assunta Ng

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Yale Wong

What sets Yale Wong, co-founder and CEO of General Biodiesel, Inc., apart from his competitors?

Biodiesel is an alternative energy source made of recycled cooking oil. When Wong started his company in 2006, it was the ninth biodiesel company in Washington state. Today, his competitors are ancient history. Only one remains, and it’s for sale. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 33 | 8/10-8/16Comments (1)

BLOG: Internees created art to cope

BLOG: Internees created art to cope

By Assunta Ng

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The visiting exhibit of internee artwork at JCCCW is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit.

Making art is a way to kill time and pain. Lee’s words reminded me of some of the exquisite artwork made by Japanese Americans who were being incarcerated during World War II. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 32 | 8/3-8/9Comments (0)

BLOG: Turning pain into beauty — Creating art with waste

BLOG: Turning pain into beauty — Creating art with waste

By Assunta Ng

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Steven Lee (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

Steven Lee collects pieces of political junk mail and creates magic out of them. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 32 | 8/3-8/9Comments (1)

BLOG: A mayoral match up! The winner is…

BLOG: A mayoral match up! The winner is…

By Assunta Ng

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The CityClub provided the over 400 audience members with color-coded flash cards they could use to interact with the candidates during the 90-minute forum. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

You might not be paying much attention to Seattle’s mayoral race, but you should do some research before you send out your ballot for the primary election on Aug. 6. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 31 | 7/27-8/2Comments (0)

BLOG: A UW commencement close to my heart

BLOG: A UW commencement close to my heart

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From left: Mei Lau, Saya Li, and Serena Wu (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The three musketeers

Among 5,000 graduates who attended the University of Washington’s 138th commencement this year, my eyes were searching for three Chinese immigrant girls who were sitting together. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 27 | 6/29-7/5Comments (0)

BLOG: Sometimes, it’s OK to lose

BLOG: Sometimes, it’s OK to lose

By Assunta Ng

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The other day I saw a friend whom I have not seen for a while. He had just got laid off from a company that he had worked for 30 years. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 26 | 6/22-6/28Comments (0)

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