Tag Archive | "vol 27 no 49 | November 29 – December 5"

Wakamatsu hired to manage Mariners

Wakamatsu hired to manage Mariners

New Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu poses on the team’s field following a news conference announcing his hiring, Nov. 19. Wakamatsu became the first Asian American manager in Major League Baseball history. Wakamatsu was the bench coach for the Oakland Athletics last season. Before that, he spent five years with the Texas Rangers. (Photo taken by Elaine Thompson and is provided by The Associated Press.)

By Gregg Bell
The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Don Wakamatsu is proud to be the first Asian American manager in Major League Baseball history. He’s also keenly aware of what his grandparents endured generations before he took over the Seattle Mariners. Read the full story

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Awards and cake for an occasion

Awards and cake for an occasion

By Stacy Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

‘Tis the season to binge on poultry and decorate a tree. ‘Tis also the season to take time to thank those who have been influential and inspirational.Northwest Asian Weekly and the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation will be honoring top contributors to the Asian community on Dec. 5. Read the full story

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For Filipino vets, the fight isn’t over yet

For Filipino vets, the fight isn’t over yet

Old friends Maj. Urbano Quijance (left) and Cpl. Agustin Lacao pose together for a photo. (Photo taken by Evangeline Cafe.)

By Evangeline Cafe
Northwest Asian Weekly

Seattle’s Filipino community held its annual Veterans Day dinner on Saturday, Nov. 8, to pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Read the full story

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All about the money — Economy, not rights, rules the new China–US world

By Christopher Bodeen
The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — As a dangerous confrontation flared between China and Taiwan in 1996, Bill Clinton deployed the Seventh Fleet to deter the two rivals from going to war. Five years later, when a U.S. spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter, George W. Bush faced a prolonged international crisis. Meanwhile, human rights and democracy in China were a perennial hot-button issue. Read the full story

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Doctors awarded for bettering the community

Doctors awarded for bettering the community

First picture: Award-winner Tipu V. Khan, M.D. Second picture: From left to right: Bank of America Community Impact Manager Michael Dotson, Bank of America Market Development Manager Christi Gordon, award-winner Darren Pen and Bank of America Washington state President Peter Joers.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced two Puget Sound area nonprofits, five community leaders and five local high school students as recipients of the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative (NEI) Neighborhood Builder award. The winners were given their awards Oct. 30 at a ceremony at McCaw Hall for their ongoing efforts in bettering the Puget Sound community. Read the full story

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Renton principal receives the ‘Oscars of teaching’

Renton principal receives the ‘Oscars of teaching’

Principal of Cascade Elementary Shannon Harvey

Cascade Elementary principal Shannon Harvey was awarded the prestigious 2008 Milken National Educational Award for her outstanding work as an educator. The award comes with a prize of $25,000. Teacher magazine calls the Milken the “Oscars of Teaching.”

Harvey has been the principal at Cascade Elementary in Renton for five years. She has been with the Renton School District for 16 years. Under her leadership, Cascade has gone from 48 percent of students passing the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) reading test to 81 percent passing. Read the full story

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Superstar Pianist Lang Lang signs pianos for relief fund

Superstar Pianist Lang Lang signs pianos for relief fund

Pianist Lang Lang is one of the most popular musicians in China. He greeted his Seattle fans at Sherman Clay Pianos, where he helped raise funds for the American Red Cross on Oct. 15.

With more than 2 billion people watching his performance at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, pianist Lang Lang became a star. He drew attention at Sherman Clay Pianos in Seattle on Oct. 15. He signed eight pianos as part of a fundraiser for Chinese earthquake victims.

For each piano sold, Sherman Clay donated $1,000 (a total of $8,000) to the American Red Cross in China. Lang had previously raised funds and awareness by auctioning the red Steinway piano he played during his 2008 New York Central Park concert. ♦

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Live, Learn, Illuminate: Gloria Ysmael-Adams teaches life’s most important lessons

Live, Learn, Illuminate: Gloria Ysmael-Adams teaches life’s most important lessons

Gloria Ysmael-Adams

By Evangeline Cafe
Northwest Asian Weekly

If Gloria Ysmael-Adams could be anywhere in the world, it would probably be inside a classroom.

The Philippine-born educator has dedicated her life to mentoring children, teaching ESL and advocating for better schools in the U.S. and abroad. On Dec. 5, the Northwest Asian Weekly will honor her as a Top Contributor to the Asian Community. Read the full story

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Korean American leader shapes her own legacy

Korean American leader shapes her own legacy

Hyeok Kim

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

She is among the friendliest of young Asian American community leaders. She is a college graduate, the beneficiary of a close mentorship and a Korean American woman dedicated to public service.

Hyeok Kim, 32, has taken an active role in the local political scene for the last nine years by continuing the important work of her predecessors in the Asian Pacific Islander American community. Her dedication paid off last May when she was selected as the Inter*Im Community Development Association’s (ICDA) new executive director, succeeding Elaine Ko.

In December, the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation will honor Kim as a “Top Contributor to the Asian Community.” Read the full story

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Sufferers of domestic violence don’t have to be alone, says Gupta

Sufferers of domestic violence don’t have to be alone, says Gupta

Aaliyah Gupta

By Jacklyn Tran
Northwest Asian Weekly

Volunteering is a way to help a cause by identifying a need and satisfying it, but to Aaliyah Gupta it means so much more than assisting on a mere task. It means living out a dream, uniting the community and serving the greater good. This notion is clearly expressed when one speaks with her about her community contributions. Read the full story

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Hong helps Chinatown become a little more Chinese

Hong helps Chinatown become a little more Chinese

Faye Hong speaks at the unveiling of Chinatown/International District’s new Chinatown gate to a crowd of supporters including Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. Hong is one of the people who spearheaded the Hurricane Katrina fundraising in Seattle.

By Ryan Pangilinan
Northwest Asian Weekly

Helping to cultivate and build a community is no easy task. It takes individuals coming together with their ideals, and it can take a lot of time and effort.

Since immigrating to Seattle from Hong Kong in 1952, Faye Hong’s family has made an impact on the local Asian American community. Now at 67, Hong continues a longstanding commitment, not only to the Asian Americans, but also to Seattle.

The Hong family began with a modest restaurant in the International District (then Chinatown) called Atlas, which was located in the same place where Ga Ga Loc now stands. In the early 1980s, Hong owned the House of Hong, one of Seattle’s most popular Chinese restaurants — a sentiment often repeated throughout the awards that currently adorn the business. Though Hong’s involvement with the House of Hong ended in 1993, he’s still proud of the indelible mark it has left.

“It’s one of the few destination restaurants in the whole city of Seattle,” said Hong. “People will come down here to patronize the House of Hong.” Read the full story

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New Wing Luke Asian Museum better than ever

New Wing Luke Asian Museum better than ever

From left: Executive Director of Wing Luke Beth Takekawa, and Board of Trustees co-presidents Ellen Ferguson and Gloria Lung Wakayama. (Photo provided by Wing Luke Asian Museum)

By Nina Huang
Northwest Asian Weekly

After years of dedication and commitment from the community, the Wing Luke Asian Museum has finally settled into its new home at the four-story East Kong Ying building in the International District.

The museum’s relocation was not an easy process. In fact, campaign efforts began in 2003. After five years of hard work and fundraising tactics, its efforts paid off. The museum successfully raised $23.2 million in February 2008.

The Wing Luke Asian Museum is the first and only Pan-Asian museum in the country. It tells the Asian American immigrant story. According to board member Ellen Ferguson, rather than being specific to one culture, 20 Asian Pacific Islander American communities are represented by the museum. Read the full story

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ACRS a vital safety net for community

ACRS a vital safety net for community

From left to right: ACRS Capital Campaign Manager Elisa Del Rosario, ACRS President Kim Tran and ACRS Executive Director Diane Narasaki. Photos provided by the Vietnamese American Bar Association, the Puget Sound Business Journal, and are also taken by George Liu.

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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The benefits of being a middle child

The benefits of being a middle child

A review of Manzoor’s memoir

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

“I owe my life to two strokes of incredible luck,” writes Sarfraz Manzoor in his memoir. “I was not born female, and I was not the oldest son.” Manzoor discusses his life in a Pakistani immigrant family living in Luton, England. In his father’s rigid household, the first son would follow into the father’s work. The daughter would remain on her best behavior until she found a man to marry.

Relief from such expectations allowed him breathing room to find identity within Western influences. He identified with singer Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen,” and Bruce Springsteen.

Manzoor is a longtime television and radio reporter writing his first book. His writing is casual, and no matter how far-reaching his tales are, his writing is warm and dryly humorous.

At one point, Manzoor’s infatuation with Springsteen takes him across the ocean to America, where he works as a door-to-door salesman.

In America, Manzoor finds glare, noise and cultural confusion. An Englishman by nationality and a Pakistani by ethnicity, he finds that many of the Americans answering their doors do not know the difference. Some do not care. Read the full story

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Of all the Chinese cities, why Beijing?

Of all the Chinese cities, why Beijing?

Hidden behind bushes is the former home (at different times) of Madame Soong Ching Ling, Duke Gong Qin and the last Emperor of China Pu Yi.

Part three

By Assunta Ng
Northwest Asian Weekly

If you have to choose one place to visit in China, where should you go? Read the full story

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Bush scrambles for North Korea breakthrough

Bush scrambles for North Korea breakthrough

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak laughs as President George W. Bush speaks of President Lee’s nickname, the “Bulldozer,” during a joint press availability on Saturday, April 19, 2008. Photo provided by whitehouse.gov.

By Ben Feller
The Associated Press

LIMA, Peru (AP) — President George W. Bush scrambled allies Saturday, Nov. 22, to secure a North Korea disarmament deal before he leaves office, rushing hard for a late, legacy-shaping win. Read the full story

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UN expert to hear testimony on Hmong graves

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert will travel to the Twin Cities next month to listen to Hmong families upset about the desecration of graves in Thailand. Read the full story

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Puget Sound Community School moves to the ID

The Puget Sound Community School (PSCS), an innovative 21st century school for sixth through 12th-graders, announced Oct. 27 that they will move to a new space located in the International District at 660 South Dearborn. Read the full story

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Fed up with football? Turn to tennis.

Two Seattle-based teams won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) League National Championships held in Tucson, Ariz. at the men’s 4.0 and women’s 3.0 Levels. The USTA leagues feature more than 2,000 amateur teams competing in seven levels in hopes of reaching the top. Seattle did just that. Read the full story

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Editorial: Obama and staff keep on pushing

President-elect Obama is already ushering in a new kind of presidency. He will be the first president who hails from the post-Vietnam generation, carrying along post-Vietnam politics that have a different worldview than his election opponent, John McCain. Read the full story

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