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No delay for Long Island man facing prison in slavery case

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a wealthy Long Island man’s request to delay serving a 40-month prison sentence for virtually enslaving two Indonesian women. Read the full story

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Interpreter has dream job with Mariners

Interpreter has dream job with Mariners

Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki, center, shares a laugh with interpreter Ken Barron, left, and agent Tony Attanasio, Friday, July, 13, 2007, at the Mariners headquarters in Seattle. Photo by Andrei Pungovschi. (Provided by The Associated Press)

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Imagine your second day on the job being in front of cameras and reporters at a press conference introducing the Seattle Mariners newest player from Japan. This was the situation presented to then 26-year-old Ken Barron on his second day of work as the Mariners’ interpreter.

It was a big press conference introducing catcher Kenji Johjima to Seattle, but Barron, now 28 years old, recalls it as being a great experience.

A Seattle native, Barron learned the language from his Japanese mother and American father. For Barron, Japanese was always spoken at home. More opportunity to learn Japanese culture came in 1987 when his family moved to Japan while he was in grade school for his father’s work. Barron and his family lived in Japan for four years. Read the full story

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Who are Asians voting for?

By Ryan Pangilinan
Northwest Asian Weekly

Democrats versus Republicans is one of those age-old battles, like the Yankees versus the Red Sox or Jedi versus Sith. In the Pacific Northwest, the Dem vs. GOP clash looms ominously over the state, with finger-pointing and lawsuits marring the current gubernatorial race between incumbent Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire and GOP challenger Dino Rossi. Read the full story

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Maggie Q: Good Hollywood roles rare for Asians

By Min Lee
The Associated Press

HONG KONG (AP) — Despite landing roles alongside Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis, Maggie Q says Asian actors still have a hard time getting good roles in Hollywood movies. Read the full story

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Director fights hatred with martial arts

Director fights hatred with martial arts

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By Jane Mee Wong
Northwest Asian Weekly

Diana Lee Inosanto describes herself as a multi-tasker. The Filipino American stuntwoman, martial arts instructor, actress and mother of two is also the writer and director of a new independent movie, “The Sensei.” Screened in packed theatres at numerous film festivals, “The Sensei” will be playing in the upcoming Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on Oct. 24.

Lee Inosanto is the daughter of Dan Inosanto, acclaimed martial arts instructor and student of Seattle’s legendary Bruce Lee. Affectionately, she said of her god-uncle, “Uncle Bruce was a role model of diversity for me. He broke down a lot of racial barriers in the ’60s and ’70s. He was a Chinese guy and he hung out with Japanese, Hispanic, Black and Muslim people. He echoed a turn in the time.” Read the full story

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Honoring a leader

Honoring a leader

Notable individuals posed with Ogletree at the reception. From left: Gary Locke with law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Shomari Jones with Black Achievers Program, professor Charles Ogletree and president of Safeco Insurance Foundation Virginia Anderson.

Notable individuals posed with Ogletree at the reception. From left: Gary Locke with law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Shomari Jones with Black Achievers Program, professor Charles Ogletree and president of Safeco Insurance Foundation Virginia Anderson.

On Sept. 29, Safeco held a reception to honor professor Charles Ogletree, founder of Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. Virginia Anderson, president of Safeco Insurance Foundation, organized the event.

Ogletree is a law professor at Harvard Law School and the author of numerous books on legal topics. He was named one of America’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers by the National Law Journal in 2000 and one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in America by Savoy Magazine in 2003. ♦

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Scholastic achievement

Scholastic achievement

Seattle Central Community College student Kimdung Nguyen receiving the Fred G. Birdsall Memorial Scholarship from donors Margaret Birdsall and her husband Steve Bauck. In the background (from left) is college President Dr. Mildred Ollée and the Foundation board’s Vice President of finance and President-elect Antoinette Malveaux.

Seattle Central Community College student Kimdung Nguyen receiving the Fred G. Birdsall Memorial Scholarship from donors Margaret Birdsall and her husband Steve Bauck. In the background (from left) is college President Dr. Mildred Ollée and the Foundation board’s Vice President of finance and President-elect Antoinette Malveaux.

Seattle Central Community College Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Scholarship Awards Ceremony honored more than 150 scholarship recipients from 30 areas of study, Oct. 8.

This year scholarships totaling nearly $394,000 were awarded to 154 new and returning students. A total of 176 awards were granted from 51 different scholarships. Read the full story

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Fashion for a cause

Fashion for a cause

Luly Yang’s 2009 20/20 Couture Fashion Show held at the Fremont Studios on Friday, Oct. 10, raised $100,000 for Camp Korey in Carnation, Wash. The five Camp Korey children models wore their custom Luly Yang dress or suit created just for them by Yang as they worked the runway.

Camp Korey is designed for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. It allows campers to safely enjoy the activities of a “traditional” camp. Campers have the chance to be with other kids coping with the same illnesses or conditions so they realize that they are not alone. ♦

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APIs coming together

APIs coming together

Congressman David Wu speaks at the APIAVote reception. He is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives for Oregon, representing the state’s First Congressional District.

On Sept. 1 APIAVote celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander achievements and participation in the electoral and political process at a reception that jumpstarted the Republican National Convention in Washington, D.C. API leaders were invited to attend and provide welcoming remarks for the guests. Tamlyn Tomita was the emcee for the events’ festivities.

APIAVote is a national nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that envisions a society in which all APIs fully participate in, and have access to, the electoral process. APIAVote is based in Washington, D.C. ♦

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Americans in Hong Kong vote for president

By Dikky Sinn
The Associated Press

HONG KONG (AP) — Americans living in this Asian financial capital are getting a head start in the U.S. presidential election. Read the full story

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Afghan journalism student sentenced to 20 years

Afghan journalism student sentenced to 20 years

Parwez Kambakhsh, 24, an Afghan journalism student, right, listens as his defense lawyer Mohammad Afzal Nuristani speaks during Kambakkhsh’s trial at a court in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008. An Afghan appeals court has overturned a death sentence for a journalism student accused of blasphemy and instead sentenced him to 20 years in prison. A lower court sentenced him to death in a trial critics have called flawed.

By Amir Shah
The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan appeals court overturned a death sentence Tuesday, Oct. 21, for a journalism student accused of blasphemy for asking questions in class about women’s rights under Islam. But the judges still sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

The case against 24-year-old Parwez Kambakhsh, whose brother has angered Afghan warlords with his own writings, has come to symbolize Afghanistan’s slide toward an ultraconservative view on religious and individual freedoms. Read the full story

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Pakistani film mogul kidnapped

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Renowned filmmaker and distributor Satish Anand has been kidnapped in Pakistan’s largest city, police said Tuesday, Oct. 21. Read the full story

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‘Flowers’ not very good

‘Flowers’ not very good

Actors Chao Yi-Lan and Herb Hsu are in a scene from “Drifting Flowers,” a film from Taiwanese director Zero Chou about homosexual relationships. (Photo provided by The 3rd Vision Films)

By N.P. Thompson
Northwest Asian Weekly

The Taiwanese lesbian drama “Drifting Flowers,” written and directed by Zero Chou, isn’t intended to be a horror movie — but it certainly could be. Read the full story

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Become a spice master at home

Become a spice master at home

Image provided by Clarkson Potter

By Pat Tanumihardja
Northwest Asian Weekly

Smell is one of life’s most evocative senses. A whiff of cologne takes me back to a dim-lit street where I walked hand-in-hand with my high school sweetheart; the assault of trassi (Indonesian shrimp paste) on my nostrils recalls the days in my mother’s kitchen as she pounded this pungent paste with chilies and garlic in her weathered stone mortar.

Smell … that was how Christina Arokiasamy’s debut cook book, “The Spice Merchant’s Daughter: Recipes and Simple Spice Blends for the American Kitchen,” drew me in.

“It was the aroma,” she writes in her introduction. “The exotic scent of spices: rich, alluring, and almost magical. A scent that would sometimes overpower the freshness in the air and sometimes subtly mingle with it to create a tantalizing bouquet. A scent that would always bring me back to my childhood.” Read the full story

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Pioneers share words of wisdom

Pioneers share words of wisdom

The Pioneers in Publishing line up together on stage after receiving their award, Oct. 11. From left: Peter Bacho, Mayumi Tsutakawa, Philip Lee, Gary Luke, Lensey Namioka, Aki Sogabe, Shawn Wong and Naomi Pascal (lower right) representing the UW Press.

By Amy Phan
Northwest Asian Weekly

Peruse the shelves a scant 30 years ago and books by Asian Americans would be few and far between. However, times have changed thanks to key individuals who have etched the trails for API writers today. Read the full story

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Teens fight back against dating violence

Teens fight back against dating violence

Teen Peer Advocacy Program (TPAP) supervisor and ACRS clinical supervisor Souchinda Khampradith (left) prepares a chart for a TPAP session with social work intern Leana Pastores. (Photo provided by Joyce Zhou of ACRS)

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

Asian American high school students Helena Nguyen, Jelina Nguyen and Cindy Leung know about the amazing power of healing. Their words are a bright, comforting light to those in dark, unhealthy relationships.

They are strong, independent young women who provide hope to victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Their message to other Asian American and Pacific Islander youth is: “It’s not your fault you’ve gotten into this.” Read the full story

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Organization a vital safety net for community

Organization a vital safety net for community

Picture 1: Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization offering a broad array of human services and behavioral health programs to Asian Pacific Americans in King County. Shown here is ACRS’ new location on Rainier. Photo by George Liu.
Picture 2: ACRS capital campaign manager Elisa Del Rosario (left) stands with ACRS Executive Director Diane Narasaki. Photo provided by ACRS.
Picture 3: ACRS President Kim Tran. Photo provided by the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW).

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

One organization has certainly outgrown its original location in 1973 – the basement of Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church in Seattle’s Beacon Hill district. Back then, 25 pioneers volunteered their time to provide a much needed multilingual mental health service to 77 clients. Read the full story

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Northwest Asian Weekly’s endorsements

Northwest Asian Weekly’s endorsements

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Alaska’s minorities feel ignored by Palin

By Rachel D’oro
The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s Black leaders say they are not surprised to see Gov. Sarah Palin at the center of the controversy over injecting the race issue into the presidential campaign. Read the full story

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No delay for Long Island man facing prison in slavery case

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a wealthy Long Island man’s request to delay serving a 40-month prison sentence for virtually enslaving two Indonesian women. Read the full story

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