Tag Archive | "Publisher Ng’s blog"

Blog: What Asian and Hispanic audiences don’t know

Blog: What Asian and Hispanic audiences don’t know

Last week, my challenge was not only to address Asian American professionals, but Hispanics, too. I was a speaker at the Executive Development Institute’s (EDI) kick-off leadership program at the SeaTac Airport Double Tree Inn.

When I posed a question about cross-cultural friendship to both groups, I learned that the Hispanic group reaches out more to “ethnic outsiders” than the Asian group does. Hispanics in the audience have many more close Asian friends than Asians that have Hispanics friends.

Although the poll was hardly scientific, the Asian community does have a lot to learn from its Hispanic counterpart. The EDI program emphasizes leadership development with the focus of helping individuals to break the glass ceiling of corporate America. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 13 | 3/27-4/2Comments (2)

Blog: The battle between China and Google

Blog: The battle between China and Google

When the conflict over censorship between China and Google broke out in January, I asked a Microsoft executive about his thoughts on the issue. He said Google will most likely pull out of China since its Chinese market is minor compared to Google’s global market share. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 13 | 3/27-4/2Comments (0)

Blog: I met Chang-rae Lee!

Blog: I met Chang-rae Lee!

Chang-rae Lee holds a copy of Northwest Asian Weekly at Costco in Issaquah, at his book signing. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

 

Chang-rae Lee, who just published his fourth novel, “The Surrendered,” was signing autographs at Costco. So I requested that he autograph his book in both English and Korean. It would be a good item to donate to a charity auction. 

“Do you speak Korean?” I asked. 

“Not very much,” Lee said. “I understand it.” 

When he was young, Lee’s dad thought English would help his son, not Korean. 

There wasn’t a community that required him to speak his native language when he was little. Yeah, he wished he could speak more! I asked what the most challenging part was for him in writing “The Surrendered.” 

“Towards the end,” he replied. “There was so much material, and you want to finish it.” 

I understood as I held the heavy, 469-page book. 

It will take me a while to gulp it down before I can donate my copy to a charity. If the book is unable to sustain my attention, I could give it away sooner. ♦

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 12 | 3/20-3/26Comments (0)

Blog: At the YWCA Luncheon

Blog: At the YWCA Luncheon

Christine Chen (right) of Chen Communications and Elizabeth Gilbert (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

Another event I attended was the YWCA luncheon in Bellevue on March 16 with more than 1,200 women and a few men. The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of “Eat, Pray, Love.” What she learned from a Muslim woman in a tiny island of Indonesia was this: Anyone who lives in your community is your responsibility. Anyone can be a benefactor; you just have to pay attention. ♦

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 12 | 3/20-3/26Comments (0)

Blog: Move over, Starbucks!

Blog: Move over, Starbucks!

Visitors try out tea at the New Century Tea Gallery (Photo by Assunta Ng)

I had no idea that a tour on King Street South, to Tsue Chong Fortune Cookie Company and the Wing Luke Museum, would transform into a “tea” adventure for the European Muslims. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 11 | 3/13-3/19Comments (0)

Blog: China’s Romeo and Juliet a missed opportunity

Blog: China’s Romeo and Juliet a missed opportunity

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Dancers from the Beijing Dance Academy bow during the curtain call for their performance of “The Butterfly Lovers.”

It was a rare treat to see China’s Romeo and Juliet dance concert performed by the Beijing Dance Academy Youth Dance Company at the Paramount Theater last weekend. I stayed for the 25-minute dance drama even though it was placed last on the program. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 10 | 3/6-3/12Comments (0)

Blog: Don’t ever believe that if it rains, no one will show up.

Blog: Don’t ever believe that if it rains, no one will show up.

Mavis Chan from Panda Express cuts the ribbon before the parade begins on Feb. 13. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Organizers of the Chinatown/ID Lunar New Year Celebration, the CIDBIA, prayed that there would be no rain on Lunar New Year’s eve. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 8 | 2/20-2/26Comments (0)

Blog: Goodbye, Todai

Blog: Goodbye, Todai

The former facade of Todai Sushi Buffet and Restaurant inside the Pacific Place Mall (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Last Sunday, I was surprised to find Todai Sushi Buffet Restaurant inside the Pacific Place Mall closed. It was officially closed on Jan. 2. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 5 | 1/30-2/5Comments (0)

Blog: AAJA celebrates 25 years

Blog: AAJA celebrates 25 years

AAJA’s anniversary cake photo by Lori Matsukawa

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) held its lunar new year party and also celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Tea Palace Restaurant last Saturday. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 30 | 7/18 - 7/24, Vol 29 No 5 | 1/30-2/5Comments (0)

Blog: Lee a heartbeat away from mayor

Blog: Lee a heartbeat away from mayor

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Conrad Lee (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

For years, Bellevue City Councilmember Conrad Lee wanted to be the mayor of Bellevue. Well, believe and your dream will come true. Last Sunday, his head was held higher than usual. Lee was voted 7–0 as deputy mayor at the last Bellevue City Council meeting in January.

Lee proudly showed his new business cards at an event. Guests proudly shared the news with others. They were buzzing that Lee is only a heartbeat away from being mayor. Lee is now serving his 5th term on the city council.

Bellevue’s population comprises 23 percent Asian Americans. ♦

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 4 | 1/23-1/29Comments (1)

Blog: 0.5 Asians out of 9 on Seattle’s city council

The other day, I had lunch in the ID with a couple of political gurus. “We have only 0.5 Asians on the Seattle City Council,” complained one of them.
She was referring to Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who is half Japanese and half African American. This can also be applied to the Black community — now there are only 0.5 Blacks on the council (Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver retired last December). Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 4 | 1/23-1/29Comments (0)

Blog: 2010 rising stars

Seattle School Board member Betty Patu may be the only newly elected Asian American in the Greater Seattle area. But the opportunity for Asian Americans to rise in the political scene may be promising this year. Although Wilson Chin has lost his seat to Patu, don’t rule him out yet. Chin still has a great future in politics and is making a difference. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 4 | 1/23-1/29Comments (0)

Blog: Our risk paid off, McGinn and Constantine in the ID together

Blog: Our risk paid off, McGinn and Constantine in the ID together

Attendess and honorees, from left: University of Washington (UW) Provost Phyllis Wise, UW Regent Fred Kiga, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Seattle Mayor-elect Mike McGinn. Constantine and McGinn are UW School of Law alumni. (Photos by George Liu/NWAW)

Attendess and honorees, from left: University of Washington (UW) Provost Phyllis Wise, UW Regent Fred Kiga, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Seattle Mayor-elect Mike McGinn. Constantine and McGinn are UW School of Law alumni. (Photos by George Liu/NWAW)

Have you ever done something in your life that involves taking a countless number of risks in a short amount of time? Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 51 | 12/12-18Comments (0)

Blog: Three rising stars on their way to the governor’s mansion?

Blog: Three rising stars on their way to the governor’s mansion?

The Sun family, father Lo-Yu (left), mother Shao-Ling (middle-right), and daughter Sandy (right) stand with Attorney General Rob McKenna at a fundraiser they helped to host at China Harbor on Dec. 3. (Photo by Rebecca Ip/NWAW)

The Sun family, father Lo-Yu (left), mother Shao-Ling (middle-right), and daughter Sandy (right) stand with Attorney General Rob McKenna at a fundraiser they helped to host at China Harbor on Dec. 3. (Photo by Rebecca Ip/NWAW)

The day before the Diversity at the Top dinner, a group of Republicans held a fundraising event at the China Harbor Restaurant for Attorney General Rob McKenna, a hopeful candidate for the 2012 Washington state gubernatorial race. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 51 | 12/12-18Comments (0)

Blog: Thoughts for Thanksgiving: visiting McNeil Prison

Blog: Thoughts for Thanksgiving: visiting McNeil Prison

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The facade of McNeil Prison (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

I was reading the Sunday New York Times and one article stated that there were too many people who wanted to volunteer serving Thanksgiving dinner for the poor. Too many volunteers in the wrong places!
May I suggest you another option? Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 49 | 11/28 - 12/4Comments (0)

Blog: Thanks for nothing!

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those who you have taken for granted. I will make it up to those people.

This is also the time that I notice some folks who have taken the Northwest Asian Weekly for granted. I want to say, “Thanks for nothing,” to the following people: Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 49 | 11/28 - 12/4Comments (0)

Blog: McGinn adapts quickly, a prerequisite for leadership; Mallahan’s a good man but a bad campaigner

Blog: McGinn adapts quickly, a prerequisite for leadership; Mallahan’s a good man but a bad campaigner

Seattle Mayor-elect Mike McGinn with Asian American supporters at Sun Ya Restaurant during NWAW’s mayoral candidates forum, from left: Kip Tokuda, Mike McGinn, Bihoa Caldwell, and Thao Tran.

Seattle Mayor-elect Mike McGinn with Asian American supporters at Sun Ya Restaurant during NWAW’s mayoral candidates forum, from left: Kip Tokuda, Mike McGinn, Bihoa Caldwell, and Thao Tran. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

I was at Joe Mallahan’s election night party at the Edgewater. When I left, one of Mallahan’s good friend said he was hoping Mallahan could pull through, though he was down by 900 votes at the time. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 47 | 11/14-11/20Comments (0)

Blog: Turning the other cheek

Recently, an e-mail flew around about King County Executive candidate Susan Hutchison and her alleged rude treatment of Dow Constantine’s Chinese American supporter the Chinese Leaders’ forum in Bellevue on Oct. 10. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 46 | 11/7 - 11/13Comments (2)

Blog: A triple celebration for the local Indian community

Blog: A triple celebration for the local Indian community

Jay Inslee (left), Jim Dermott (right), and the Ambassador of India Meera Shankar (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Jay Inslee (left), Jim Dermott (right), and the Ambassador of India Meera Shankar (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Congratulations to the Indian community for installing the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct. 17 at the Bellevue Library. The idea of the statue and its location couldn’t be more perfect, as the Indian community has grown immensely since Microsoft started hiring many software engineers from India. Installing it at a library is also appropriate because it symbolizes a high ground for information, ideas, and ideals. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 28 No 44 | 10/24-30Comments (2)

Blog: Then and now: Reflecting on changing perspectives of the WNPA

“No” was the answer I received when I requested membership for the Seattle Chinese Post in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) in the 1980s. The white executive director denied us when I asked for membership stating that it would be discriminatory because the Chinese-language paper could only be read by a certain group of people. Read the full story

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