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BLOG: Being blunt about race…

BLOG: Being blunt about race…

By Assunta Ng


DaNell Daymon, founder of Greater Works (left), and choir members perform at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church for Seattle Colleges MLK celebration (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)


My words were blunt and shocking even to myself when I asked community leaders to contribute to the Asian Weekly’s social justice issue. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 5 | 1/24-1/30Comments (0)

BLOG: 8 gifts at no cost that can boost your happiness

BLOG: 8 gifts at no cost that can boost your happiness


Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is cancelled!

Two parents posted on Facebook recently a photo of their three sons and announced they were cancelling their holiday with no gifts. Read the full story

Posted in Features 52, Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 52 | 12/20-12/26Comments (0)

BLOG: A dynamic duo

BLOG: A dynamic duo

By Assunta Ng


Carol Simmons and Vivian Lee (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

It’s not easy to foster diversity at the University of Washington (UW) since it’s such a big school with Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/14Comments (0)

BLOG: Make her proud

By Assunta Ng

Former educator Carol Simmons knows how to express gratitude. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/14Comments (0)

BLOG: Congratulations to candidates…and voters

BLOG: Congratulations to candidates…and voters

By Assunta Ng


Mark Chow

Elections are an opportunity for us to speak our mind. Voters certainly spoke on the Nov. 4 election in Washington state. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/14Comments (0)

BLOG: Kenny G’s smooth approach to China ends up being silent

BLOG: Kenny G’s smooth approach to China ends up being silent

By Assunta Ng


Jackie Chan and Kenny G. (Photo from Kenny G’s twitter page)

Former Seattleite Kenny G, the popular saxophonist (especially in China), paid a surprise visit to the students’ protest in Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 45 | 11/1-11/7Comments (0)

BLOG: Is eating the only thing?

BLOG: Is eating the only thing?

By Assunta Ng


UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce (left) with friends enjoying the first dish. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

I have never encountered any YELP reviews at an Asian Weekly’s event. Last week, the review landed on my plate, and it was amazingly bad. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 45 | 11/1-11/7Comments (0)

BLOG: Satya needs a public relations consultant

BLOG: Satya needs a public relations consultant

By Assunta Ng


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella created controversy last week due to his comment that women should trust in karma for a raise and shouldn’t ask for better wages. This was said  at the Women in Technology conference. Why did Satya say what he said?

Three factors influenced his response. He was born and raised in India, where there can be a lot of disrespect for women. Some Asian cultural values don’t focus on self-expression. We are taught not to have opinions, but to conform to authorities and the elderly. We are raised not to impress, but to follow the rules. Some Asian cultures tend to shape us to be deep thinkers, rather than quick thinkers for social interaction. New in his CEO position, Satya is unequipped for multi-dimensional human and social issues. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 43 | 10/18-10/24Comments (0)

BLOG: Okimoto vs. Harrell is history

BLOG: Okimoto vs. Harrell is history


Dave Okimoto

By Assunta Ng

A friend told me recently that Dave Okimoto is going to run against Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell in 2015.

When I saw Okimoto, the former United Way executive, last Friday, I asked him,

“Are you running?” Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 42 | 10/11-10/17Comments (0)

BLOG: What will happen to the Louisa/Hudson Hotel?

BLOG: What will happen to the Louisa/Hudson Hotel?


Owners of the Louisa/Hudson Hotel, devastated by fire, with community members (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

By Assunta Ng

No one knows what will happen to Chinatown’s Louisa/Hudson Hotel, which was destroyed on the west side last December by a fire. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/19Comments (0)

BLOG: A silver lining for the Korean community

BLOG: A silver lining for the Korean community

By Assunta Ng


From left: Sam Chung, John Chun, and Steven Kim

Earlier this year, Sam Chung received bad news that he didn’t get Gov. Jay Inslee’s appointment for King County Superior Judge. But his friend John Chun did. He then assumed he would have to wait for his next opportunity. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 31 | 7/26-8/1Comments (0)

BLOG: Ken Colling spreads Good will around

BLOG: Ken Colling spreads Good will around

By Assunta Ng

Ken receives a standing ovation from an appreciative crowd. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Goodwill President Ken Colling is known for his fancy ties. What touches his friends and colleagues aren’t his ties, but his heart.

At Ken’s retirement reception on June 6, about 200 people gathered at the Goodwill administration center, on Dearborn Avenue, to thank him for his 10 years of service at Goodwill.

How would Ken like to be remembered?

“A human being,” Ken responded when I asked what he would like for me to say when I introduced him at his party. No need to talk about his Goodwill work, he added.

Ken worked hard to change Goodwill’s culture and board, which had previously been made up of white males. Wayne Lau, executive director of Rainier Valley Fund Partnership, was a former board chair. The current chair is Markee Foster, an African American.

Ken has assembled “a talented and committed team” of men and women to contribute to Goodwill’s success, according to Scott Missall, a board member.

Under Ken’s leadership, Goodwill has more than doubled 11 stores (during the first 80 years) to 24, and enrollees for training programs increased six-fold to over 8,500 a year.

Donations have also doubled for retail stores, and revenue increased to 278 percent, thus raising the national ranking among Goodwill stores from 21st to 9th. Also, its donors jumped from over 700,000 to 2.3 million. Now, Seattle Goodwill is the No. 1 store in the nation for annual sales.

Ken’s Goodwill record is not easy to achieve as Edie Hilliard said at his retirement party, since Goodwill has many competitors, most of which sell junk goods and rely on donated merchandise.

BG Nabors-Glass waves a Ken-face flag, saying she is a ‘big fan’ of Ken Colling. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Dream not fulfilled

Even with a great report card for Goodwill, Ken has one dream that hasn’t been fulfilled — turning its old headquarters into an enterprise of housing units, retail shops, and Goodwill offices and training centers.

Unfortunately, some community activists had protested the project. One reason was that they wanted to get a free Vietnamese community center from Goodwill. The politics destroyed Ken’s dream and instantly changed Goodwill’s fate. He had every right to be furious. But he wasn’t. He chose to forgive, and even collaborated with people who protested his project.

Bob Santos, one of the protesters, said after the party, “Ken always came over to see if we were OK. He’s professional and gracious. He never took it personally. We didn’t agree, but I always liked him. He always calls to wish me a happy birthday every year. He’s very caring.”

There’s not a streak of meanness in Ken’s blood. He has an immense capacity to love his neighbors from the International and Central districts, to Rainier Valley and Little Saigon. He supported their events, including Tabor 100 and Urban League, and attended many of them. He partnered with the Center for Career Alternatives (now closed) for job training. He encourages his staff to engage in their communities.

Why Ken values Goodwill

At Goodwill, Ken has learned about “the strength of the human spirit.” He witnessed how their “students have endured and overcome hardships, which most of us cannot even imagine.”

He believes in Goodwill’s mission — providing “individual support and teaching of job skills,” which “can help so many people help themselves.

“I learned how helping a student, in turn, helps a whole family and friends have lives they feel proud of.”

A sample of colorful neckties Ken has collected since the mid-1980s. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Why funky ties

Yep, Ken has a collection of funky, as well as stylish, ties. Sometimes, he wears as many as four neckties a day, hopping to different events.

Director and actor Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

Ken’s love affair with ties is never about vanity. By wearing something groovy, it creates an ambiance and sets him apart from other people. It helps him to win friends and reconnect with old acquaintances. It’s his way of reaching out to strangers, stimulating conversation. Simultaneously, it satisfies his love for adventure and sense of humor.

Soon, people get to know his positive energy, compassion, generosity, sensitivity, and graciousness. That’s how his friendship begins with many people of color over the years.

How many ties does Ken own? He wouldn’t say. He has over 100 and he intends to have more.

Ken will retire on June 30. (end)

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 26 | 6/21-6/27Comments (2)

BLOG: A win-win program for students, businesses, and UW Foster School

BLOG: A win-win program for students, businesses, and UW Foster School

By Assunta Ng


From left to right: Michael Chau, Vivi Nguyen, Sheetal Chhabra, mentor Faouzi Sefrioui, Simran Singh, and Rushika Mehta on a cruise courtesy of Argosy. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Minority business owners sailed on an Argosy cruise ship to celebrate success on May 20. The success they discussed wasn’t about making a million dollars or landing a big deal — far from it — but the significant results of a project they participated in are evident. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 23 | 5/31-6/6Comments (2)

BLOG: Helicopter tragedy hits home for journalists

BLOG: Helicopter tragedy hits home for journalists

By Assunta Ng


Scene of Tuesday’s helicopter crash near the Seattle Center (Photo from KOMO-TV)

The KOMO-TV helicopter crash near the Seattle Center on Tuesday, resulting in the death of the pilot and photojournalist, troubles me. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/28Comments (0)

BLOG: My ‘rainbow breakfast’ for health and taste

BLOG: My ‘rainbow breakfast’ for health and taste


Colorful, delicious, and healthy…

By Assunta Ng

If you saw me eating breakfast, you would say, “That’s fancy!” Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 12 | 3/15-3/21Comments (0)

BLOG: Winter Olympics not for Asian nations

BLOG: Winter Olympics not for Asian nations

By Assunta Ng

Did you see there were few Asian countries participating in the Sochi Olympics? Well, most Asian countries are located in the tropics. They’d rather go for Summer Olympics — tropical sports.

There were only 89 countries in the 2014 Winter Olympics, which was considered a record high, as opposed to over 200 countries in the Summer Olympics in 2012.


Ski equipment

The truth is, only the richer Asian nations, such as China, Japan, and South Korea, can afford to train their athletes for the Winter Olympics. Winter sports cost a fortune in training and equipment.


Kristi Yamaguchi (Photo from Kristi Yamaguchi facebook page)

Former Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi, who won her gold medal in figure skating for America in 1992, said it cost her family over $1 million for her training. The skates are expensive. A figure skating costume by a famous designer can cost more than $35,000. Notice the athletes need to have three new dazzling outfits to compete for the short, long, and exhibition shows. No athlete puts on the same costume during these programs.

And oh, they couldn’t dress shabby for their practice either, as the reporters were watching and photographing. Their practice dresses looked just as stunning. Just to participate in the figure skating Olympics competition could cost over $100,000. That’s not including airfare and hotel.

Take another winter sport like cross-country skiing. The equipment, including skis, poles, gears, bindings, and clothes (jackets, boots, pants, face warmer, helmet, goggles, mask, gloves, socks, and beanie) are all necessary for the competition. The bill for these essentials is over $100,000. How can an Indian, Nepalese, Vietnamese, or Burmese citizen afford to foot the bill?



The good news is that the next Winter Olympics will be held in an Asian nation, South Korea, in 2018. I suspect more Asian nations will be more prepared to join the games.


Russian President Putin

President Putin, you need a makeover!

Russian President Putin never smiled during the Olympics until the closing ceremony. Didn’t his aides remind him, “Smile, you are on camera! The world is watching!”

President Putin, you don’t have to look so angry, stuffy, and tense. You are not a general, but a leader. You are not dealing with spies at the Olympics. This was your opportunity to change the image of the old Russia, and showcase the new Russia’s positive aspects. You just killed a golden opportunity!

Haven’t you learned anything from President Obama? Charisma can carry you a long way, win friends and even enemies, and cultivate surprising goodwill and influence.

Every time Obama travels outside the United States, thousands come to see him. Obama knows how to charm. He projects what a 21st century leader should be.

Mr. Putin, you really need an image consultant to soften you up or give you a makeover! (end)

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/7Comments (0)

BLOG: Ambassador Locke amused by rumors

BLOG: Ambassador Locke amused by rumors

By Assunta Ng


From left, Mona and Gary Locke, Lily and Fred Shiosaki, and Michael Shiosaki (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The Chinese media have been stirring up all kinds of rumors since U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke announced his resignation. First they claimed that he resigned because of an affair, then they said he had liver illness. One Taiwanese newspaper even printed a story of his liver transplant on the front page. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 3 | 1/11-1/17Comments (0)

BLOG: Will Lee be Bellevue mayor again?

BLOG: Will Lee be Bellevue mayor again?


Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee

Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee, the first ethnic mayor for the City, will end his two-year term on Jan. 6. He’s also the only person of color at the City Council. Lee, 74, wants to be mayor again for another two years.

The trouble is that five other Bellevue council members are also interested in the No. 1 seat. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 2 | 1/4-1/10Comments (0)

BLOG: Holiday gifts with an Asian f lair

BLOG: Holiday gifts with an Asian f lair

By Assunta Ng

Giving the wrong gift to the wrong person produces no joy. For Christmas gifts, I stay away from personal clothes, handbags, or hats. However, you won’t go wrong if you buy general gifts that reflect Asian culture.

Here are a list of suggestions I got from my staff and writers.


Chopsticks (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)


Jun Chen, Seattle Chinese Post graphics designer, bought chopsticks from Uwajimaya for her son’s grade-school teachers. She said the teachers were thrilled to receive the gifts. One said she never realized that chopsticks could be a work of art.


Tea (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)


Tea has less caffeine than coffee. It has health benefits — green tea possesses antioxidants and refreshes the mind.

Asian teas have such a variety that you can choose from all kinds of flavors and prices. Today, teas are nicely packaged and decorated, so you can simply give the tea without using wrapping paper. Besides, tea boxes can be recycled as containers for other things, such as candies and crackers. I use my tea boxes for business cards of foreign journalists.

For nutritious tea, such as ginseng, go to Chinatown herbal shops. There are huge selections of brands of ginseng tea in the form of both powder and leaves.


Sake (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)


Most people go to dinner parties with a bottle of wine. How about bringing the host a bottle of sake? Your gift will stand out from the others.

Sake is inexpensive. Uwajimaya has sake at $7.99 for a big bottle.


Adams Bench wine (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Another good idea is to buy local wine produced by an Asian American. Ben Zhang’s company, Greater China Industries, has created Leonetti and Adams bench Washington wines, which are made in Walla Walla. The wine is highly rated, and has been served at the White House for President Obama’s events.

Books for kids and adults

If you have trouble picking out a good book for your friends, my writer Samantha Pak recommends “Songs of Willow Frost” by Jamie Ford.

This book is about a 12-year-old boy named William Eng, who has lived at an orphanage for five years after finding his mother unconscious in the bathtub. On a special trip to the theater, he sees a woman on screen that he thinks is his mother. After this, he sets out with his friend Charlotte to try and find her. The book takes place in Seattle during the Great Depression. It was interesting to read about what Seattle was like during this time period. But it was also heartbreaking because William and Charlotte have come to accept the difficulties ahead of them, as one of them is Asian and the other is disabled. The journey for the two to find William’s mother is inspiring to read.

For children, Pak recommends the “Haruhi Suzumiya” series by Nagaru Tanigawa. The first in the series is “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.” The series follows a group of high school students in a club called the SOS Brigade, which exists to keep Haruhi Suzumiya happy, as she supposedly has the power to (unknowingly) destroy the world if she is not happy. This is a fun series filled with time travel, aliens, espers, and more. Each installment is a new adventure for the Brigade and while it isn’t in chronological order, due to the time travel, it is fairly easy to follow.


Bruce Lee (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

Little toys

Find the kid in you. Modern Trading presents a list of toys that adults would be fond of, too. Take the Bruce Lee imitation figures in kickboxing style. Once you see it, you will want one in your living room.


Lucky money

Lucky money

The U.S. Treasury has designed the exquisite Lucky Money Collection with decorative Chinese symbolism capturing the significance of the numbers “8888” and “168,” as well as the Zodiac celebrating the Lunar Year of the Horse. The number 8 in Chinese culture signifies having wealth.


Chocolate bears & Santas (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)


Who doesn’t love chocolate?

I never refuse chocolate. Uwajimaya has golden chocolate-shaped bears and Santa Clauses. It costs very little for a figurine to be put under a Christmas tree or on the fireplace mantle.


Mochi chocolate (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

The other option is mochi chocolate. It’s about $9.99 for a beautiful box in five flavors. I like all the flavors.

Asian restaurants and grocery store gift certificates

If you want to be really safe, go for gift certificates from Asian restaurants and grocery stores. Everyone needs to buy groceries.

Support Asian restaurants by introducing them to your friends. The food industry makes up about 60 percent of our community’s businesses. Do your part to help them.

Give a gift to your loved ones. You will see their smiles when they open it. The thrill and joy of opening a gift is almost universal among us. (end)

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 32 No 51 | 12/14-12/20Comments (0)

BLOG: “I am grateful” is not enough

BLOG: “I am grateful” is not enough

Nate Miles

By Assunta Ng

Community leader Nate Miles had a brain tumor early this year. While he still has it, he is feeling so much better now. Nate knew a village of friends and family were praying for him fervently.

To show his gratitude towards God’s mercy, Nate started a website, abillionthanksmandela.com, for people to thank the ex-president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who has been ill. Nate’s goal is to reach one billion people, spreading Mandela’s legacy and inspiration. Read the full story

Posted in Editorials, Vol 32 No 49 | 11/30-12/6Comments (0)

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