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Love, basketball, and the Philippines: “Pacific Rims” details Filipinos’ passion for basketball

Love, basketball, and the Philippines: “Pacific Rims” details Filipinos’ passion for basketball

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

At 6'3", Rafe Bartholomew sticks out from the Filipino basketball players he played with, not just because he is white, but because he towers over most of them. Bartholomew lived in the Philippines for three years studying basketball, originally on a Fulbright grant. Bartholomew's passion resulted in a book, "Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin’ in Flip-Flops and Philippines’ Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball.” (Photos provided by Rafe Bartholomew)

“It is a love letter to the Philippines from me,” said Rafe Bartholomew, regarding his book, “Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin’ in Flip-Flops and Philippines’ Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball.” Bartholomew lived, learned, and played basketball in the Philippines. Bartholomew, a 6’3″ white man from New York City, learned Tagalog, adapted to Filipino culture, and familiarized himself with the Philippine Basketball Association. Read the full story

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Filipino one-stop shop launches in Tukwila

Filipino one-stop shop launches in Tukwila

By Chinami Tajika
Northwest Asian Weekly

Seafood City previewed its new location on Monday, July 19. Its grand opening was held July 22. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Seafood City, the California-based supermarket chain, is opening its 20th location in Washington state. Read the full story

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First Asian American woman to lead UW Alumni Association

First Asian American woman to lead UW Alumni Association

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley

For Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, purple and gold symbolizes tradition and draws unity in her family.

A fourth-generation Japanese American, Fukui-Sketchley, 38, gives back to her alma mater and has taken her family’s connection with the University of Washington (UW) to one of the highest levels.

On Aug. 1, Fukui-Sketchley will become the first Asian American woman to serve as the president of the University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA), which has more than 50,000 members.

She is also the youngest UWAA president in the association’s 120-year history. Read the full story

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Rich Cho ‘trail blazes’ to Portland

Rich Cho ‘trail blazes’ to Portland

Editor’s note: This story was chosen as one of our top 12 in 2010. In 2010, the Portland Trail Blazers caught a break when local Burmese American Rich Cho was hired to be its general manager. This signified that Asian Americans are reaching the upper echelons of pro basketball.

By Lee Xie
Northwest Asian Weekly

Rich Cho

Rich Cho, former assistant general manager (GM) of the Seattle SuperSonics, has been hired to replace Kevin Pritchard as general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Cho, who is the ninth GM in the Trail Blazers’ history, joins the team after spending the past nine seasons as assistant general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Read the full story

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NWAW’s outstanding grads

NWAW’s outstanding grads

Each year, we like to showcase a few outstanding Asian American graduates in the Greater Seattle area who have either excelled academically, athletically, artistically, or who have significantly contributed to their community. Read the full story

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Seattle Council votes to ban ‘Bodies’ exhibit

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted to effectively ban the cadaver exhibit “Bodies … The Exhibition” from returning to the city. The ordinance that now goes to Mayor Mike McGinn would bar commercial displays of human remains that don’t have proof of consent. Read the full story

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Immigration could change the politics of a Georgia district

By Ray Henry
The Associated Press

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Sitting in a crowded strip mall office, about three dozen Gwinnett Country Republicans — mostly white — voted down a newspaper ad reminding the GOP faithful about the next primary. They squabbled over the best time for outdoor rallies. Read the full story

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Uzbek women accuse state of mass sterilizations

Uzbek women accuse state of mass sterilizations

By Mansur Mirovalev
The Associated Press

In this photo, taken on May 18, an Uzbek woman and children walk in the street of the eastern Uzbek city of Ferghana. According to rights groups, victims, and health officials, hundreds of Uzbek women have been surgically sterilized without their knowledge or consent in a program designed to prevent overpopulation. (Photo provided by The Associated Press)

GULISTAN, Uzbekistan (AP) — Saodat Rakhimbayeva says she wishes that she had died with her newborn baby. Read the full story

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Turkey becomes global power in construction

By Selcan Hacaoglu
The Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An army of Turkish cranes and bulldozers is at work across the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, building dams, stadiums, and highways in a boom that’s helping drive Turkey to record growth and bolstering its efforts to become a regional power broker. Read the full story

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Spinning across the country, DJ Tina T pauses to plan a DJ camp for teens this summer

Spinning across the country, DJ Tina T pauses to plan a DJ camp for teens this summer

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

DJ Tina T in a promotional picture. Tina T, who is half Chinese and from Seattle, is the official DJ for Red Bull.

For some, career paths are mapped out in grade school. For others, it’s not until they reach adulthood that they know. And for others, it’s a process of elimination – figuring out what they can’t do before realizing what they can do.

Then there are some like Tina Turnbull who find their passion when they aren’t even looking.

When Turnbull was in high school and needed to raise money for orchestra, she chose to organize an event at a club, complete with DJs and a break dancing battle, rather than selling candy bars. All it took was this event for the former Seattle resident to find what she enjoyed doing.

“I fell in love with the production side of events and entertainment,” she said.

Turnbull was 15 at the time and had discovered another passion, DJing. She began practicing after attending a DJ battle at a church in Seattle. She was eager to improve her skills on the turntables. Read the full story

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NWAW’s July must-reads: Cool summer reads for young adults

NWAW’s July must-reads: Cool summer reads for young adults

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

“Yasmin’s Hammer”
Written by Ann Malaspina, Illustrated by Doug Chayka
Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2010

Most children take their education for granted and would rather be anywhere but at school.

For a young Bangladeshi girl named Yasmin, however, going to school is all she wants to do. Unfortunately, getting an education is not an option for her.

Although her father drives customers in his rented rickshaw around Dhaka and her mother cleans wealthy people’s homes, Yasmin’s family needs her and her sister, Mita, to help support the family. Read the full story

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“Kindred Spirits”: Unique concept sparks new interpretation of ghosts

“Kindred Spirits”: Unique concept sparks new interpretation of ghosts

Jocelyn Chui
Northwest Asian Weekly

May Nguyen (left) as Henrietta and Hana Lass as Lane (Photo by Alabastro Photography/Repertory Actors Theatre)

Growing up in the city, Henrietta went through school, got a job, and had a career ahead of her. Yet, she felt that there was a hole in her life, and she set out to find what was missing. One summer, she leaves the city to search for an answer. Read the full story

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Editorial: For Cho and Lin — glass ceiling, what glass ceiling?

There are two people we are completely enamored with. Coincidentally, they are both sports figures.

Local guy Rich Cho has been named the Portland Trail Blazers new general manager. Also, Jeremy Lin is signing with the Golden State Warriors. Read the full story

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June 23:  Ehrik Aldana is govenor of Evergreen Boys State

June 23: Ehrik Aldana is govenor of Evergreen Boys State

Ehrik Aldana, 17, is sworn in as Evergreen Boys State governor

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June 23: New design principal is added to MulvannyG2 Architecture

June 23: New design principal is added to MulvannyG2 Architecture

Jenny Li

MulvannyG2 Architecture added Jenny Li as a design principal to its office in Bellevue.

Li earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the South China University of Technology and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

She joins MulvannyG2 with more than 22 years of international design and management experience including retail, corporate, industrial, mixed-use, residential, and master planning developments in China, New Zealand, and the United States.

MulvannyG2 Architecture creates business value through design for retail, mixed-use, office, and healthcare clients, and brands of global significance. ♦

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June 18: Women’s Empowerment Summit a success for third year

June 18: Women’s Empowerment Summit a success for third year

Award-winner Sutapa Basu (left) with Women in Small Biz founder Bettina Carey

Women came together at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel to network and participate in informative sessions at the 3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit. The event was produced by Women in Small Biz, headed by Bettina Carey.

Sutapa Basu, Assunta Ng, and Christine Umayam received Women’s Choice in Leadership awards.

Women in Small Biz started when a small group of women business owners started meeting regularly to share ideas in 1997. It has grown to more than 1,000 people and now hosts business conferences. ♦

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June 19: Five grads awarded in the annual Garfield Golden Grads luncheon

June 19: Five grads awarded in the annual Garfield Golden Grads luncheon

Bettie Luke (right) was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Garfield High School. She is standing with her sister, Marge Young.

The annual Garfield Golden Grads (GGG) luncheon for 2010 was held in the Garfield High School (GHS) Commons for GHS classes of 1923–1960. Read the full story

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June 24: Cities earn Governor’s Smart Communities Award

The 2010 Governor’s Smart Communities Award winners were presented at the Association of Washington Cities annual conference in Vancouver, Wash. Read the full story

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Blog: Tom Douglas’ gold-mine idea

Blog: Tom Douglas’ gold-mine idea

Sam Ung (left), owner of Phnom Penh Noodle House, demonstrates fruit carving to a room of students as Tom Douglas looks on. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Celebrity chef Tom Douglas brought 38 students to Phnom Penh Noodle House last Thursday to learn Sam Ung’s fruit carving technique. If you knew how much Douglas’ summer program cost, your jaw might drop. Apparently, his fans don’t worry too much about the current recession. Read the full story

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Blog: First big Filipino supermarket opens

Blog: First big Filipino supermarket opens

Seafood City will be known for — what else? — seafood! (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Seafood City Supermarket, a Filipino market from California, on Thursday celebrates the grand opening of its first supermarket in Washington state. The Westfield Southcenter store joins other Asian ethnic groups — Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans — in the region’s competitive grocery business. In the south end alone, you have Ranch 99 in Kent, Uwajimaya and Viet Wah in Renton, and Paldo World and H Mart in Federal Way. Thers also a new Chinese restaurant coming to Factoria. Read the full story

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