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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

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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

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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)

BLOG: How I’ve lasted so long

By Assunta Ng

“How does she last so long even though the newspaper business is so challenging?” One of my competitors was wondering. Read the full story

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

BLOG: T he Lockes are homeward bound

BLOG: T he Lockes are homeward bound

By Assunta Ng

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All three of the Lockes’ children were born while the family was living in the Governor’s Mansion.

If you see U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke’s family walking around Seattle’s Chinatown this fall, you’d probably think that Locke is back in town. Well, no, he isn’t, but his family will be.

While Gary will continue serving in China, his wife and children will be moving back to Seattle this summer.

I can only think of one reason why the Lockes would make that decision: They’re thinking of their kid’s welfare. The Lockes have three children: Emily, 16; Dylan, 14; and Madeline, 8. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 25 | 6/15-6/21Comments (0)

BLOG: Tai Chi and public speaking

BLOG: Tai Chi and public speaking

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Master Yijiao Hong

By Assunta Ng

If you are nervous during public speaking, just strike a Tai Chi pose, said Leo Nosky, a professional public speaker. Public speaking is one of the scariest things to do for many people, and it’s a fear that’s hard to over come.

A quick learner, Nosky got the tip from Master Hong Yijiao before he started his presentation at the Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce lunch last Friday. Ironically, Master Yijiao was there to learn from his public speaking techniques. I guess a master can always learn from their students.

How does Tai Chi calm down your nerves?

Stand in a Tai Chi pose, hands down, knees bent slightly, relax, and breathe long and deep.

You’ll be more relaxed in no time. (end)

 

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 25 | 6/15-6/21Comments (0)

BLOG: A cheap father’s day

By Assunta Ng

I can’t believe that so few people want to honor their dads on Father’s Day. Some men are great dads, but restaurants are complaining that they don’t get much business on Father’s Day. Not many long distance calls will be made on Father’s Day either, even though Mother’s Day is one of the most popular calling days in America! Read the full story

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BLOG: Iron Chefs fight with Asian fusion dishes

BLOG: Iron Chefs fight with Asian fusion dishes

By Assunta Ng

Judges Darcy Northnagle, Rob McKenna, Assunta Ng, and Peter Vessenes (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

How to play

Not too many Asian Americans celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a splash of fun, thrills, and originality. But Jinyoung Englund did just that on May 30.

Englund, a former Dino Rossi campaign staffer from the 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, has a flair for creating entertainment as well as bringing people together.

Englund and a group of young Asian-American and mainstream professionals organized themselves into a group called Dynasty and planned  a reception at the upscale Club Cielo at Escala, a downtown facility topped with condos that sell for over a million bucks, to celebrate API Heritage Month. The fancy club, according to organizers, fits young Asian Americans professional’s lifestyles.

Englund themed the event, “Iron Chef —Asian Fusion Cuisine” because, after all, we Asian Americans are foodies.

The event organizers produced an odd judging team. In addition to myself, judges were former Attorney General Rob McKenna; Peter Vessenes, CEO of CoinLab; and Darcy Northnagle, government relations manager at Google.

Who can be an Iron Chef judge

As you can see from the judging panel, anyone can be an Iron Chef judge — especially if you can be mean. I didn’t know I could be as mean as American Idol Judge Simon Cowell until this experience.

The meaner he was, the higher the ratings the show received and the more popular he became. You’ve got the idea even if you have never watched Iron Chef.

I’ve been a judge for scholarships, singing competitions, grant proposals, pageants, leadership group projects, calligraphy, and speeches before, and the only difference between judging those events and judging the Iron Chef contest was that I had never judged in front of a live audience before. The judges announced their scores in front of the contestants and the audience, a format which lends itself to judges purposely making fun of contestants. Adding a little bit of humiliation is the fun part and lets judges spice up their comments with humor, sarcasm, ferocity, and criticism to liven up the show.

If you don’t have a thick skin, you should never participate in a reality show contest.

Korean fusion tacos with kalbi marinated in 7 Up donated by Jinyoung Englund. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Asian fusion cuisine?

You and I have probably already created Asian fusion cuisine at home without even paying attention. Just use your imagination.

My favorite example is the Asian taco. Start with a tortilla and put meat and veggies on it. Then dip the taco in peanut, hoisin, teriyaki, Korean BBQ, or, really, any non-Mexican sauce.

Use Thai hot sauce with Chinese roast duck, satay sauce with wonton noodles! Combine Indian curry and soy sauce to bake a chicken! Make sushi rolls with all kinds of wild ingredients! Mixing seaweed in salads? Now you’re getting the hang of Asian fusion.

Fusion food will be the future of Asian restaurants, believe it or not.

People’s Choice Winner Albert Shen with his Ming Prawns (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Ming prawns vs. Beef ribs

Albert Shen, candidate for Seattle City Council, won the People’s Choice Award. Smart Shen showcased a great package for his dish, focusing on taste, name, and back story. He was the only contestant who gave a name to his dish, Ming prawns (Chinese stir-fried prawns with catsup sauce). Catsup was the only fusion element.

“My parents owned a restaurant in Pullman, and the men in my family do all the cooking,” he said.

Yes to the tradition that men cook all the meals at home instead of the women. My husband lives up to this tradition pretty well!

Shen was a little miserly, however. He only bought two pounds of shrimp, and I was the only judge to get a taste of the dish after the audience. Fellow Judge Peter Vessenes only got to taste the catsup sauce!

Chris Lee and his organic stir-fried chicken (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Chris Lee also knew how to sell his stir-fried organic chicken by bringing out his assistant. Oh man, a white guy! Wasn’t that wonderful that the Asian-American boss had a white assistant?

In second place, Deborah Yi with her fusion salad. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Another contestant, Deborah Yi, prepared an organic spinach and udon noodle salad with a delicious wasabi dressing. She could have been the No. 1 chef if she didn’t serve her salad in a big plastic container that was like the ones used to serve to prisoners. When I said that, everyone laughed.

Winner Nelson Yong with his beef ribs (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The first-prize winner was Nelson Yong. He served stewed beef ribs with white rice and Caribbean salsa. Yong impressed the judges by personally serving each of us with napkins, knives, and forks. I enjoyed the ribs — they were moist and not dry. The rice was cooked just right, soft but chewy. He must have practiced his cooking hundreds of times before the contest.

The contest brought out the skills, identity, and creativity of Asian Americans. You can cook anything with the smarts of both the East and West. Many guests brought a fusion dish too since it was a potluck.

Dynasty, the behind the planning of the event.
Front (from left): Rep. Hans Zeiger, Nelson Yong
Middle: Matt McCleary, Rebecca Cheung
Rear: Jim Mischel. Lisa Shin, Jinyoung Lee Englund, Shelby Englund, Andy Yip
Not pictured: Rep. Linda Kochman (Photo by GH Kim Photography)

Well done Englound, Yong, and Dynasty — the group formed to plan the event! (end)

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

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