Tag Archive | "Vol 29 No 36 | September 4 – September 10"

Asian, Jewish communities unite to stop use of ethnic slur

Asian, Jewish communities unite to stop use of ethnic slur

Editor’s note: This story was chosen as one of our top 12 in 2010. This story showed that something good can come out of something bad. The Asian and Jewish communities sat down to work out a controversy surrounding the use of JAP, which, to the Jewish community, is an abbreviation for Jewish American Princess. However, to the Japanese community, it’s an ethnic slur. In the end, both communities resolved to work together more in the future.

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

Multicultural representative of APIC Bettie Luke (left) and AJC Director Wendy Rosen (Photos by James Tabafunda/NWAW)

To many U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry, the use of the term “Jap” is considered a racial slur with a hate-filled history going all the way back to World War II. Read the full story

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Tough road ahead in adapting hip hop to Black and Asian communities

Tough road ahead in adapting hip hop to Black and Asian communities

By Steven Cong
Northwest Asian Weekly

Image by NWAW staff

“Most of the rappers that I grew up listening to were Black,” said George Quibuyen, a Filipino American rapper who performs in the group Blue Scholars. Quibuyen goes by the stage name Geologic. “The average person may or may not listen to hip hop, but the average music listener still associates rap music with Black culture.” Read the full story

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Youn overcomes shyness, is UW student regent

Youn overcomes shyness, is UW student regent

By Ninette Cheng
Northwest Asian Weekly

Frances Youn

Frances Youn is a second-generation Korean American, a daughter, a student, and now, a student regent.

Youn, a second-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidate at the University of Washington (UW), was appointed student representative to the school’s Board of Regents by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Youn’s road to becoming a student regent was a long one. The process was three to four months long.
Youn was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. Growing up, she did not know many Asians. She cites her journey to discovering her culture as a big part of her self-exploration. Read the full story

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Attention: NAAAP-Seattle offers scholarships to deserving college-bound seniors

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (Seattle chapter) is providing $1,500 scholarships to two Asian Pacific American High School seniors entering college in the fall.  Read the full story

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Attention: Adding a few extra items to the back-to-school shopping list can make a big difference

Through Operation Christmas Child (OCC), families can make a difference for a child in need by keeping the boxes from new school shoes and filling them with small gifts. Read the full story

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Asian gunman who held hostages in Discovery Channel headquarters now dead

By Sarah Brumfield
The Associated Press

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Police shot an armed man who took three hostages at the Discovery Channel network’s headquarters Wednesday. All of hostages escaped safely, officials said. A law enforcement official says the gunman has died. Read the full story

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Japan takes Little League WS title

By Genaro C. Armas
The Associated Press

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The Little League aces from Japan ended the United States’ five-year reign as World Series champions. Read the full story

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Silk’s dark side: Uzbek kids made to grow cocoons

By Mansur Mirovalev
The Associated Press

KOKAND, Uzbekistan (AP) — For one month a year, from morning to night, Dilorom Nishanova grows silkworms, a painstaking and exhausting job. She has been doing it since she was 8. Read the full story

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Hong Kong police inspect Manila hostage bus

Hong Kong police inspect Manila hostage bus

By Jim Gomez
The Associated Press

Members of a Hong Kong police forensic team examine the tourist bus used in the hostage-hijacking on Aug. 23 by an ex-policeman at the auditorium at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, Aug. 30. (Photo by Noel Celis/AP)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — On Aug. 30, Hong Kong forensic experts inspected the bullet-peppered bus in which a hijacker killed eight tourists in Manila last week, as the Philippines tried to calm China’s outrage over the bloodshed. Read the full story

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Florence Chang uses technology to increase quality of healthcare

Florence Chang uses technology to increase quality of healthcare

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

Florence Chang

If there’s one concept Florence Chang understands well, it’s the need to help others.

“I have always had a passion for taking care of people and positively changing lives,” said Chang. Chang is the senior vice president and CIO of MultiCare, a nonprofit, integrated health organization based in Tacoma. “Healthcare was an area where I thought I could make the most direct impact.”

Born in Taichung, Taiwan, Chang came to the United States when she was 15 years old and settled in Culver City, Calif. She enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she developed an interest in medical technology when she worked as a laboratory assistant. Her duties included research and running tests that help UCLA physicians make correct diagnoses for their patients.

“It was a very rewarding experience that helped pave my way and interest in medical technology,” said Chang of her college job. “Just getting that kind of exposure in a healthcare setting, I saw myself there and learned how I could really make a difference [for people].” Read the full story

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Phyllis Wise, first Asian American president of the UW, maintains a passion for science

Phyllis Wise, first Asian American president of the UW, maintains a passion for science

By Chinami Tajika
Northwest Asian Weekly

Phyllis Wise

“I was always interested in biology. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t.”

Phyllis Wise, now the first woman and Asian American president of the University of Washington (UW), still holds a passionate ardor for her research, which seeks to answer fundamental questions about the integration of endocrine and brain functions.

She grew up as a daughter of a distinguished neuroscientist and a nurse. Her parents immigrated to the United States from China in 1938. Her father has a medical degree from Beijing Union Medical College and a doctorate in philosophy from Northwestern University. Her mother has a nursing degree from Yenching University and a teaching nursing education degree from Colombia’s Teachers College.

“When I was very young, I used to go to my father’s lab on the weekends, watching experiments,” said Wise of her childhood. “Science was infused into me all the time.” Read the full story

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Zoo’s female red panda almost ready for breeding season

Zoo’s female red panda almost ready for breeding season

By Jocelyn Chui
Northwest Asian Weekly

Woodland Park Zoo staff members examine a female red panda to see if she is ready for breeding. (Photo by Jocelyn Chui/NWAW)

Staff members at the Woodland Park Zoo believe that a 3-year-old female red panda is ready to produce offspring in the next breeding season; the animal underwent a full physical examination in early August.

Dr. Darin Collins, director of animal health at the zoo, said the 3-year-old is part of the Species Survival Plans, a cooperative breeding program developed by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help ensure the genetic diversity and demographic stability of endangered species.

“As a 3-year-old animal, she has an excellent body condition, and all of her body systems are within normal range of it,” Collins said. Read the full story

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Editorial: Asian and Jewish communities exemplify the meaning of collaboration

This week, we are happy to report that the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of King County (APIC) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) have issued a joint statement encouraging everyone to avoid using the ethnic slur “Jap” and all its variations. Read the full story

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New faces in new places

New faces in new places

From left to right: Sheila Burrus, Kiku Hayashi, and Mika Kurose Rothman

Sheila Burrus is the new president of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest.
Burrus was born and raised in Batangas, Philippines, and attended De La Salle Lipa University and the University of St. Thomas. Read the full story

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Aug. 13: Shijie Joy Zheng wins gold medal at China Girls Math Olympiad

Aug. 13: Shijie Joy Zheng wins gold medal at China Girls Math Olympiad

Shijie Joy Zheng

A U.S. team that competed in the 9th annual China Girls Mathematics Olympiad (CGMO) placed second, behind a team from China, in the overall standings among 48 teams of girls from about 10 countries throughout the world.

Of the eight high school girls on the U.S. team, seven students won top honors.

One of the girls was Shijie Joy Zheng from Bellevue. Zheng is currently a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. ♦

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Aug. 2: Kin On golf tournament raises more than $30,000

Aug. 2: Kin On golf tournament raises more than $30,000

From left: Gary Kiyonaga, Susan Oki, Warren Yasutake, and Brad Kimura

More than 200 golfers and community supporters gathered to celebrate the 10th Annual Golf Tournament on Aug. 2 at Muckleshoot Casino. This year’s event raised more than $30,000 in support of Kin On Health Care Center’s Bathing Rooms Remodeling Project — to create a more home-like and comfortable environment for the Kin On residents. Read the full story

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Aug. 7: Colleen Hanabusa in Seattle for fundraiser

Aug. 7: Colleen Hanabusa in Seattle for fundraiser

From left: Nancy Chiue, Albert Shen, Colleen Hanabusa, and U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee

Colleen Hanabusa, a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, is running for U.S. Congress. There was a fundraiser in Seattle at the Madison 100 Hotel in her honor. Approximately 50 people attended, and $12,000–$15,000 was raised. Read the full story

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Blog: Why is business so slow in the ID this summer?

Blog: Why is business so slow in the ID this summer?

The Northwest Kung Fu Club and Northwest Wushu performed at the recent Night Market in the ID (Photos by George Liu/NWAW)

A restaurateur asked me this question, so I talked to some people around. Here are some of their answers: Read the full story

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Blog: Kill the tofu

Blog: Kill the tofu

Left: Hiroshi Hibi (left), Seattle Uwajimaya’s store director, and Parwati Martin, hold prizes. Right: Participants at Uwajimaya’s Outdoor Summer Festival gulped up blocks of tofu in a hurry in order to try and win a contest (Photos by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

Left: Participants also participated in a contest to see who can drink the most water. Right: From left to right: HR director of Uwajimaya Evelyn Mendoza, LJ Johnson of Gig Harbor holding his prize of ramen noodles, and Hiroshi Hibi.(Photos by George Liu/NWAW)

Let’s see who can smile and swallow a chunk of tofu in seconds. Who can live in a fantasy and pretend to be someone else for an hour? Read the full story

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Blog: Quelling controversy over Cao

A few weeks ago, my blog, “We could’ve done better for Joseph Cao” stirred up controversy in the Vietnamese community. I wrote that the amount raised for Louisiana Congressman Cao was low in Seattle.   Read the full story

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