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The Annual Back-to-School Issue

The Annual Back-to-School Issue

Photos by SYLP volunteers and Amy Lu

What is this issue about?
Each year, we run this special issue to celebrate the community leaders of tomorrow. All of the editorial content in this issue consists of essays written by teens from Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation’s annual Summer Youth Leadership Program (SYLP), a three-week program that teaches diversity, leadership skills, and community building.

Why is this important?
In order for the Asian American community to continue flourishing, it’s crucial for us to bridge the gap between generations. We run this issue in the hopes that, after finding a commonality with teens that they didn’t think existed, adults will help young people become lifelong leaders.

(The stories in this issue are written by SYLP students, not Northwest Asian Weekly staff.  Opinions herein do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the newspaper.)

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My grandpa’s fight for veteran rights

My grandpa’s fight for veteran rights

Dean-

Dean-Austin Mayor

By Dean-Austin Mayor
SYLP student

On July 26, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued an executive order to integrate the various Philippine armed groups into the U.S. military. More than 200,000 Filipino soldiers who served under the United States Armed Forces of the Far East (USAFFE) were promised American citizenship and equal protection under Title 8 of the Second War Powers Act and the 14th Amendment. Read the full story

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Should English be the only language in the United States?

Should English be the only language in the United States?

Wei Jiang

Wei Jiang

By Wei Jiang
SYLP student

As an immigrant from China, I work at a retirement home in Bothell
About a month ago, I went to work as I normally did. When I walked into the building, I felt like there was something different. The floor leader, who usually smiled at everyone and said hi, was really quiet, and I couldn’t spot a smile on her face. Read the full story

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Am I the only Asian?

Am I the only Asian?

Aleyna Yamaguchi

Aleyna Yamaguchi

Aleyna Yamaguchi
SYLP student

One summer, I was walking with my two siblings to the annual Bon Odori festival in Seattle. As we walked side by side, our faces may have looked similar, but our personalities and clothes were completely different.

To my right, my older sister was chatting on her phone, while fixing her Abercrombie shirt. To my left, my younger brother set his iPod headphones to his ears and cranked up the volume. I wore the traditional Japanese happi coat that my grandmother bought for me when she traveled to Japan. Read the full story

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Hoop dreams fulfilled … after a few tries

Hoop dreams fulfilled … after a few tries

Jacky Lee

Jacky Lee

By Jacky Lee
SYLP student

To my friends, I am just a person. To my family, I am only the second son. To myself, I am a dreamer. I believe I can do anything. I have confidence in myself to fulfill my dreams and complete my goals. Life is full of challenges.

Four years ago, I first started playing basketball. I wasn’t very good at it, but the sport drew me in so easily that I came to love it as time went by. Playing basketball every day helped shape a dream for me, the dream of becoming an NBA player. Read the full story

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Music is dying — let’s save it

Music is dying — let’s save it

Eric Saetern

Eric Saetern

By Eric Saetern
SYLP student

Music is something that we depend on to help us get through rough times, something to sooth our minds, but where has it all gone?

I grew up with a love for music from different types of genres. My dad introduced me to classic rock. My uncles got me into hip-hop, R&B, and pop. Read the full story

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How I came to appreciate public transit

How I came to appreciate public transit

Brandon L

Brandon Lee

By Brandon Lee
SYLP student

When I finally got my driver’s license, I loved the freedom of being able to go anywhere I wanted to. However, when I signed up for the Summer Youth Leadership Program (SYLP), my parents did not think that it would be efficient for me to drive all the way down to Seattle from Everett during rush hour. They told me that I would have to take the bus.

My first thought was, “OMG!” Read the full story

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A summer program filled with fun and creativity

A summer program filled with fun and creativity

Greg Louie

Greg Louie

By Greg Louie
SYLP student

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a great opportunity for kids, ranging from first- to fifth-grade, to have a lot of fun and learn about God.

At VBS, kids are involved in a variety of activities including singing, eating snacks, arts and crafts, participating in plays, and coming up with group games. They have the opportunity to meet new friends and be socially active. Read the full story

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Toss the book;  grab a manga

Toss the book; grab a manga

Henry Yu

Henry Yu

By Henry Yu
SYLP student

What was started in Japan but has been slowly incorporating itself into U.S. culture? Manga. Manga books are similar to American comics, but they have a unique artistic style that makes them distinguishable.

Manga covers a broad range of subjects so that people can find the right one for them. Read the full story

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Economic troubles? Marijuana to the rescue

Economic troubles? Marijuana to the rescue

Austin Dawn

Austin Dawn

By Austin Dawn
SYLP student

When addressing the media, then-U.S. Representative Dan Quayle said, “Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana. We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society.” Read the full story

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The effects of raising minimum wage

The effects of raising minimum wage

Xiaomeng
Xiaomeng (Aaron) Liu

By Xiaomeng  (Aaron) Liu
SYLP student

At this time, some employees who are earning minimum wage expect the government to raise their wages to further improve their quality of life.

However, some people don’t know that raising the minimum wage may not help anyone at all. In my opinion, the U.S. government shouldn’t raise the federal minimum wage. Read the full story

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The North Korean missile threat is serious

The North Korean missile threat is serious

James Hwang

James Hwang

By James Hwang
SYLP student

About three years ago, North Korea acquired nuclear weapon capabilities. Their attempts to create missiles put the world on edge, but their ability to deliver the weapons is still unknown.

Over the past decade, North Korea has made two attempts to launch long-range ballistic missiles. Although both attempts failed, the tests scared neighboring countries such as Japan and South Korea. Read the full story

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Seattle libraries closed  for a week

Seattle libraries closed for a week

The International District branch of Seattle Public Library (Photo by George Liu)

The International District branch of Seattle Public Library (Photo by George Liu)

As part of a citywide budget-cutting plan, all Seattle Public Library branches will be closed for one week. They will reopen Sept. 8. Read the full story

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Dogs, more than just pets.  Cows, more than just food.

Dogs, more than just pets. Cows, more than just food.

Jennifer Yu

Jennifer Yu

By Jennifer Yu
SYLP student

In April 2007, Atlanta Falcons superstar quarterback Michael Vick was charged with competitive dog fighting, and owning and conducting a dog fighting ring in his southeastern Virginia home. In December 2007, Vick was convicted. Read the full story

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The vegetarian diet: nutritious and delicious

The vegetarian diet: nutritious and delicious

Ashley Ashi

Ashley Ashi

By Ashley Ashi
SYLP student

When I was 13 years old, I had a sudden revelation that eating animals was wrong and cruel. I would hear stories about the unethical treatment of them, and my heart would melt. Thus, I became a vegetarian. Read the full story

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The focus needs to be on global warming

The focus needs to be on global warming

Jonathan

Jonathan Lee

By Jonathan Lee
SYLP student

War, money, and power are a few things that countries and people are concerned about. Though I agree that these things are important, I believe that everyone should start focusing more on a growing epidemic — global warming. Read the full story

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GM food should not be the wave of the future

GM food should not be the wave of the future

Eugene Deng

Eugene Deng

By Eugene Deng
SYLP student

When people are asked whether or not they have eaten genetically modified (GM) food, they will most likely say, “I don’t know.”

GM food is made from crops that contain a foreign gene from another organism. An example of a GM food would be certain taco shells because the wheat used to make the shells was genetically modified. There are many ways to put in new genes into food. Scientists can use bacterial carriers or a technique called gene splicing, among many others. Read the full story

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Beauty: getting skin deep

Beauty: getting skin deep

Sandy Ho

Sandy Ho

By Sandy Ho
SYLP student

Kacey Long closes her eyes tightly while lying bare naked on the cold operating table. She starts breathing heavily in the dim, barren room. In a moment, she will be sliced open with knives in hopes of improving her appearance.

With millions going under the knife, plastic surgery has become common. Read the full story

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Outer appearance? What about inner appearance?

Outer appearance? What about inner appearance?

Alan Leung

Alan Leung

By Alan Leung
SYLP student

I peer from across the room and see my friend sitting near the window and reading a book. I notice that she has started to break out a little and has a stain on her sweater. Her socks are mismatched. She has a patch of dry skin on her hand, which bothers me.

She looks up and smiles at me.

Everything I just saw from before  withers away, and the only thing that matters is that amazing smile. Read the full story

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Not a Barbie girl

Not a Barbie girl

Cheng Li

Cheng Li

By Cheng Li
SYLP student

For every second that ticks by, two Barbie dolls are sold in the world. In fact, the average American girl between the ages of 3 and 11 owns about 10 Barbies.

The image women have of perfection has considerably altered how our society portrays females through the media. Our culture has an unhealthy obsession with beauty, good looks, and the idea of having absolutely no errors. Read the full story

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