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BLOG: “I love you”

BLOG: “I love you”

By Assunta Ng

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Daughter Liliana Morningstar-Chow and wife Sarah Morningstar speaking at the memorial. (Photo by Rebecca Ip/SCP)

Outsiders knew the late Cheryl Chow as intense, tough, and intimidating. One former student, now a successful entrepreneur, told me that he was scared of her when she was a principal with the Seattle Public Schools. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 18 | 4/27-5/3Comments (0)

BLOG: Who will be the next Port Commissioner?

BLOG: Who will be the next Port Commissioner?

By Assunta Ng

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From left: Finalists Stephanie Bowman , Darrell Bryan, and Claudia Kauffman.(Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

Will the next Port Commissioner be a male or female? Maybe a person of color? A labor advocate or community college trustee? Will it be someone from Seattle? Auburn? Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 17 | 4/20-4/26Comments (0)

BLOG: A dinner to remember

BLOG: A dinner to remember

By  Assunta Ng

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Don Hellman picked pockets for donations to the UW Task Force, a capstone course for all international studies graduates. (Photo by Han Bui/NWAW)

What’s the most appropriate gift for a Japan expert’s retirement party? Sixty haikus and to let him pick your pocket?   Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 17 | 4/20-4/26Comments (1)

BLOG: Should the Asian community support only its own candidates and not white ones?

BLOG: Should the Asian community support only its own candidates and not white ones?

By Assunta Ng

Earlier this year, several Asian Americans stood with Rod Dembowski instead of Rep. Cindy Ryu, a Korean American, in a contested King County Council race.

Dembowski, who is white and won by a council vote of five to eight, is now a council member, finishing the remainder of Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s term.

The topic of whether the Asian American community should support its own has been debated often. It is an important and complicated topic that has come up in the past and will likely split our community again in the future.

Why did Ryu lose?

Some Ryu supporters accused community members of backing a white guy instead of Ryu, but Dembowski is not just any white guy. His ties with the Asian community go back to his volunteering days with current U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke’s King County Executive campaign in 1993. He was later hired as a policy analyst for the Locke administration. Back then, he built relationships with several Asian American friends, including political guru Ruth Woo.

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King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski

Dembowski frequently tells the story of how he and his wife, Lynna Song, who is Korean American, met during Locke’s campaign. His mother-in-law, Seungja Song, is one of the founders of the Korean Community Service Center (KCSC). She is known for her dedication to the agency over the past three decades.

An attorney, Dembowski is friends with many elected officials, including Ferguson. He was also heavily involved Ferguson’s attorney general campaign.

In the end, relationships won. When asked why he won the county race, Dembowski said, “I am friends with everybody.”

The interviews

Perhaps assumptions, insufficient preparation, and the Ferguson factor killed Ryu’s chance at the seat. The selection process for Ferguson’s seat was competitive. Each finalist, including Ryu and Dembowski, went through three interviews before a citizens’ panel, the King County Executive, and the County Council.

Ryu assumed that she had the diversity advantage as the council has only one member of color, Larry Gossett, and three women, out of eight council members.

Asian and Pacific Islanders make up 15.8 percent of King County residents, the biggest minority group in King County. 20.1 percent of King County residents are first-generation immigrants, and 35.6 percent are persons of color. As a first-generation Asian immigrant female, Ryu said she reflects the changing demographics in King County.

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State Rep. Cindy Ryu

Combined with her experience being a former mayor of Shoreline and the first Korean female state representative in Washington state, Ryu thought that would be enough to lead her to victory.

What she didn’t expect was that the interview and the relationships Dembowski had built were more important, more than the diversity factor. One insider, who was involved in the process, said Dembowski was much more polished and prepared during the interviews.

The lesson for a person of color who is running: It doesn’t matter what race a candidate is, it’s significant to compete like you are the underdog and never the frontrunner. Organize. Be prepared in interviews no matter how articulate you are.

Ferguson had taken Dembowski under his wing and took him everywhere after the November election, so Dembowski could meet people. This implied Ferguson’s endorsement even before he officially made the announcement right before the council’s vote.

Ryu’s future

Ryu is known for her comeback in politics. After her defeat in the Shoreline City Council race, she ran for state representative in 2010 and won. Even as a state representative, she has an impressive record. Out of the 10 bills she has sponsored or co-sponsored, eight of them have passed.

Will she run for the council seat this August?

“I’d like to,” she said. “But it’s hard.”

If she runs, she will have to raise money for the campaign starting now, but she can’t because state law doesn’t allow legislative officials to raise money during the legislative session. And it looks like it will be a long legislative season with the budget issue looming. The last day of the session is slated to be April 28.

Dembowski has already said he is going to run this year for the council seat.

Who should we support?

Joan Yoshitomi, a Dembowski supporter, said she knew Dembowski when he was in high school, long before she met Ryu.

“He’s interested in [things that has to do with] the Asian community,” said Yoshitomi. “He volunteers a lot in the community, including with the Japanese American Citizens League. I am impressed with his interest in politics and his giving back to the community.”

Dembowski has taken a pay cut to become an elected official, leaving his law practice at Foster and Pepper.

Buwon Brown, a Korean American, and a KCSC board member, said she supports both Ryu and Dembowski.

“It’s a competitive world, it’s a political battle and open field,” said Brown. “You just have to do the best you can to serve the community.”

She also appreciates Dembowski’s attitude. “He’s positive,” she continued. “He asked what he could do to help. He’s willing to work together.”

There are some good white men who can champion social justice issues. It doesn’t just have to be people of color. A partnership between the mainstream and the Asian community is needed to secure a better future for us. Fortunately, Dembowski is no stranger to the Asian community. He will serve us well.

We all have different reasons why we support a certain candidate. Relationships are key. This is a free country, we have the right to choose who we choose, and we should be respectful of others’ choices. The important thing is that Asian Americans are part of the political process.

In the end, it’s all about serving. (end)

To read the publisher’s blog in Chinese, visit www.seattlechinesepost.com.

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 16 | 4/13-4/19Comments (2)

BLOG: Mistaken identities

BLOG: Mistaken identities

By Assunta Ng

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Jim McDermott and Joe McDermott (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

McDermott and McDermott

Why did Congressman Jim McDermott, 76, of the 7th District, and King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 14 | 3/30-4/5Comments (0)

BLOG: Publisher Ng’s favorite foods at Vegfest 2013

BLOG: Publisher Ng’s favorite foods at Vegfest 2013

By  Assunta Ng

Zero calories, no fat, no sugar, low sodium, all natural, and meatless are the key words in many of the food labels at Veggie Fest, which took place last Sunday, March 24 at the Seattle Center. I munched and munched so much at the fest that I must have sampled at least 50 snacks. Some of them were palatable and others were yucky. I don’t care if they are healthy or not, they should think about taste first to appeal to eaters.

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Coconut-based peanut butter (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

My favorite snacks are:

1.   Creamy peanut butter

I sneaked out at least 10 small dips of peanut butter. It’s made of coconut oil and peanuts. Yes, I love to eat peanut butter, but only without bread.

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Banana chips (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

2.   Banana chips

Asian countries produce sweet dried bananas. I like banana chips, with sugar or salt.

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Almond and olive oil dip (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

3.   Almond and olive oil dip

I couldn’t get my hands off the plate for this new product.

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Almond milk popsicle (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

4. Almond milk popsicle

I was not the only one. There were long lines begging for this snack.

My less preferred snacks are unmodified seaweed and the faux meat (made of tofu) and veggie burgers. They might be healthy, but for me to chew on those tasteless, rough imitations is quite daunting. It would immediately change my mind of becoming a vegetarian. (end)

To read the publisher’s blog in Chinese, visit www.seattlechinesepost.com.

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 14 | 3/30-4/5Comments (0)

BLOG: What can the reality show contestants learn from each other?

BLOG: What can the reality show contestants learn from each other?

By Assunta Ng

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_13/blog_people.jpgSeattle has been on the map recently. Local Filipino girl Catherine Giudici, who attended Roosevelt High School, won ABC’s reality show “The Bachelor” and is planning to wed Sean Lowe. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 13 | 3/23-3/29Comments (4)

BLOG: Hara’s mom is 98 and doing well

BLOG: Hara’s mom is 98 and doing well

By Assunta Ng

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King County Assessor Lloyd Hara and his mother, Shuko Hara

Former Seattleite Shuko Hara, mother of King County Assessor Lloyd Hara, is 98 and now living in Delaware to be close to her daughter. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 13 | 3/23-3/29Comments (0)

BLOG: ID Rotary deserves praise

BLOG: ID Rotary deserves praise

By Assunta Ng

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A play performed by students for Rotarians who helped build their school for girls.

The International District Rotary Club might be small, but it intends to produce a great international impact. Its 54 members have launched several global projects. From Zimbabwe, China, and Laos, to Brazil, India, and the Philippines, the ID Rotary is all over the map. It has done work in 26 countries, including seven Asian countries. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 13 | 3/23-3/29Comments (0)

BLOG: Lunar New Year food surprises Americans

BLOG: Lunar New Year food surprises Americans

By Assunta Ng

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Pork tongue with fungus and dried oyster (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

When non-Asians learn that Asian folks love chicken feet, their eyes roll. But we Asian immigrants actually eat more than the feet during Lunar New Year.   Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 11 | 3/9-3/15Comments (0)

BLOG: Publisher Ng’s Lunar New Year Awards — And the winner is …

BLOG: Publisher Ng’s Lunar New Year Awards — And the winner is …

By Assunta Ng

The crowd at the Bellevue Square Lunar New Year Celebration (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Over 50 local Lunar New Year events took place in February, and they were all competing for attendees and attention. So, which one had the better food, larger crowds, strongest organization, and the most memorable performances? Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 10 | 3/2-3/8Comments (0)

BLOG: The death of print, will we be next?

BLOG: The death of print, will we be next?

By Assunta Ng

Photo by Charles Lam/NWAW

Witnessing the digital attack on publication has been a nightmare for those of us in print media. It hasn’t mattered how big, rich, or strong publications have been before, or how many prestigious writing awards they’ve won. Advertising revenue continues to bleed out, and many die as a result. Some publications, like Newsweek, have ended their print editions, continuing their online versions only. Read the full story

Posted in Vol 32 No 9 | 2/23-3/1Comments (0)

BLOG: Passing the torch

BLOG: Passing the torch

By Assunta Ng

Jim McDermott and Adam Smith shaking hands (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

In case you don’t know, Congressman Adam Smith of the 9th district is now representing part of the Chinatown/International District, after redistricting. It used to only be Congressman Jim McDermott. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 8 | 2/16-2/22Comments (0)

BLOG: Can our community collaborate?

BLOG: Can our community collaborate?

By Assunta Ng

This year’s Lunar New Year Festival was the most highly attended festival, well, ever. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

I wish that the Year of the Snake could grant me wings, so I could fly to all the great things happening in our community. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 8 | 2/16-2/22Comments (0)

BLOG: The port seat is for ladies only

BLOG: The port seat is for ladies only

By Assunta Ng

From left: Don Blakeney (LNY festival organizer), Jan Drago, and Erin Abu-Rish at the Hong Kong Association gala one day after the commissioner announcement. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Twenty-nine applicants were interested in the vacant Port of Seattle Commissioner’s seat, vacated by Gael Tarleton, who had left to become a state representative for the 36th District. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 8 | 2/16-2/22Comments (0)

BLOG: Modernizing my Lunar New Year dinner

BLOG: Modernizing my Lunar New Year dinner

By Assunta Ng

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_07/blog_oysterrecipe.jpgWhen I was a child, I followed some silly Lunar New Year traditions. My family wouldn’t bathe on the first day because in Chinese culture, it is believed that all your wealth will be washed away. We wouldn’t clean our house either, because we’d be doomed to lose our fortune.

But there’s a fine line between traditions and superstition. Looking back, it was more of the latter that my parents and I were scared of taking a bath on that “first holy day” of the New Year.

It’s foolish to follow traditions blindly. How can you be happy when you live with unnecessary restrictions on your life? Sure, I can skip cleaning my home because I am lazy, but skipping a shower, no way. I have been showering on New Year’s day for decades. Maybe, that’s the cause of all my poverty! Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 7 | 2/9-2/15Comments (0)

BLOG: Success at Celebrate Asia

BLOG: Success at Celebrate Asia

By Assunta Ng

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Nobu performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Never in my life had a concert moved me to tears until I experienced the blind Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. I wasn’t the only one who cried. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 6 | 2/2-2/8Comments (2)

BLOG: Lessons learned from the Aloha spirit

BLOG: Lessons learned from the Aloha spirit

By Assunta Ng

I spent my New Year’s in Maui, and I didn’t want to come home. The photos of palm trees and Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 4 | 1/19-1/25Comments (0)

BLOG: The Face and the Brain. What I’ve learned about youth, age, and anti-aging.

BLOG: The Face and the Brain. What I’ve learned about youth, age, and anti-aging.

By Assunta Ng

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What would you choose: A beautiful mind or a beautiful face? Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 3 | 1/12-1/18Comments (0)

BLOG: 2012’s Top 10 Moments of Thrills, Triumph, and Sadness

BLOG: 2012’s Top 10 Moments of Thrills, Triumph, and Sadness

By Assunta Ng

The numbers tell us that we have conquered many mountains in 2012, even though some of them seemed impossible to beat at the beginning of the year. Like a child keeping a Christmas list, I had a wish list for the Asian Weekly’s 30th anniversary. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 2 | 1/5-1/11Comments (0)

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