Tag Archive | "Vol 30 No 19 | May 7 – May 13"

April 17: Four from Boy Scout Troop 252 recognized as Eagle Scouts

April 17: Four from Boy Scout Troop 252 recognized as Eagle Scouts

From left: Dan Sordetto, Russell Kato, Taylan Yuasa, and Harrison Chinn with Scoutmaster Nelson Harano (Photo provided by Mark Yuasa)

Russell Kato, Taylan Yuasa, Dan Sordetto, and Harrison Chinn, of Boy Scout Troop 252, were recognized at a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor The four scouts became the most recent additions to the troop’s roster of 95 Eagle Scouts since 1952.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program. ♦

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April 12: Local designer Douangphrachanh participates in Indian International Fashion Week

April 12: Local designer Douangphrachanh participates in Indian International Fashion Week

Banchong Douangphrachanh

Fashion from Douangphrachanh’s Regatta line

Seattle-based fashion designer Banchong Douangphrachanh was one of three Americans chosen to participate in the Indian International Fashion Week, held in New Delhi. Douangphrachanh, whose work has been featured in pop star Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” music video, took 20 models with her.

Other Americans who participated in the fashion week included Andres Aquino, based in New York, and Sushma Patel, based in Atlanta. ♦

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April 9: Filipino American soldiers in Bataan and Corregidor commemorated

April 9: Filipino American soldiers in Bataan and Corregidor commemorated

Members of the Bataan-Corregidor Survivors’ Association and their families with Bruce Harrell and his wife, Joann (center) (Photo provided by the City of Seattle)

The annual event commemorating the valor and courage of Filipino American soldiers in Bataan and Corregidor during World War II was held at the Filipino Community Center in Seattle. Read the full story

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April 8: Relay for Life team raises money for breast cancer awareness through cake walk

April 8: Relay for Life team raises money for breast cancer awareness through cake walk

North Tower Haggett Relay for Life team (Photo provided by Joanne Li)

The North Tower Haggett Relay for Life team, comprising about 19 students, has raised $345 through a cake walk, University of Washington student donations, and other individual donations. Read the full story

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In a first, women surpass men in advanced degrees

By Hope Yen
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced college degrees, as well as bachelor’s degrees, part of a trend that is helping to redefine who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids. Read the full story

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China media says human rights pressure from U.S. will fail

By Christopher Bodeen
The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — China will never allow the United States to dictate political reforms and any American pressure over human rights will torpedo talks on such issues, a Communist Party-run newspaper said last Thursday. Read the full story

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Communist Laos’ elections hold little promise for change

By Grant Peck
The Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) — Laos held legislative elections Saturday that are expected to sweep in a younger generation of lawmakers, but preserve the political status quo, since virtually all candidates owe allegiance to the all-powerful communist party that has ruled for 36 years. Read the full story

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Powerful, gutsy women in law enforcement and the military to be honored

Powerful, gutsy women in law enforcement and the military to be honored

Compiled by Tessa Sari
Northwest Asian Weekly

Who said women can’t be powerful and beautiful at the same time? Read the full story

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Upcoming conference for women focuses on investing in one’s self

Invest in Yourself is the theme of WIN!, a day-long leadership conference to be held on June 4 at the Microsoft Conference Center. WIN! stands for Women in NAAAP (The National Association of Asian American Professionals) and is a development program designed to help Asian American women gain leadership skills and to advance in their careers. Read the full story

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Macy’s in Bellevue holds community day

Macy’s Community Shopping Day is an all-day shopping event dedicated to raising funds for local nonprofit organizations. This year, Macy’s will host its Community Shopping Day event on Saturday, May 14. Read the full story

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Commentary: Seize the time again … again!

Commentary: Seize the time again … again!

By Frank Irigon
For Northwest Asian Weekly

At the 40th anniversary event, from left: Bruce Harrell, Alan Sugiyama, Mike Tagawa, Ruthann Kurose, YK Kuniyuki, Keith Yamaguchi, Sue Tomita, Frank Irigon, Paul Killpatrick, and Annie Galarosa (kneeling) (Photo by Eugene Tagawa)

On Feb. 9 and March 2, 1971, the Oriental Student Union, led by co-chairs Alan Sugiyama and Mike Tagawa, led demonstrations at Seattle Central Community College, closing the district’s administration building to protest the lack of Asian American administrators at the multiethnic college. Read the full story

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Blog: What’s a bad life? Is it all perspective?

Blog: What’s a bad life? Is it all perspective?

The other day, my friend was steaming over his supposed rotten life. The first place prize in his blame game went to President Obama.

“President Obama got us into this mess,” my friend said. “I used to have four employees for my business, and now, I have zero employees. My wife and I have to do everything. Some of our friends used to make big bucks. Now, their wealth has declined, from being upper class to middle class. The ones who make all the money are the crooks (Wall Street bankers), and they all got away with it.” Read the full story

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For a good life, don’t eat meat

For a good life, don’t eat meat

I like to treat some of my friends to dim sum, stir-fried crab, steak, grilled lamb, prawns with angel hair pasta …

But recently, what I didn’t expect was that one of my friends would respond with, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Instead, he said, “How about a salad?” And not just any salad. “Put Caesar dressing and grilled chicken on top,” he told the waitress. “Give me a seafood soup, too.”

Even a simple salad is not the cheapest item on the menu, nor is it the most expensive. Though my friend is conscious about fat and calories, he still wants his salad to be tasty.

“So is that what you usually eat at home?” I asked my friend. Read the full story

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Blog: Serving less is good

Blog: Serving less is good

What I’ve learned is that it’s okay to offer friends light foods. You won’t be viewed as being rude.

Don’t serve fancy meats, greasy grilled steaks, roasts, heavy pies, and really sweet desserts. In avoiding these foods, you are actually being thoughtful. Why do you want to add additional cholesterol and calories to your friends’ bodies?

Also, don’t serve hard liquor. You don’t want your friends to get into a drunk-driving situation! Read the full story

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Blog: Not owning a car can be a good thing

Blog: Not owning a car can be a good thing

A decade ago, if anyone told me to take the bus, I would have given that person a dirty look. I relished my nice little car.

Today, I encourage my friends to take the ‘damn bus.’ It’s better for you, the city, and the environment.

I moved to the city in 2002 and found that I had gained, in every sense of the word.

It’s not that I knew the gas prices would skyrocket to more than $4 a gallon, the economy would sink, and the traffic would be terrible. Read the full story

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the Moms —

You are appreciated each and every day! Happy Mother’s Day!

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‘My mom is a … cyber mom?’ — Mothers and children maintain international relationships through technology

‘My mom is a … cyber mom?’ — Mothers and children maintain international relationships through technology

By Tessa Sari
Northwest Asian Weekly

Image by Stacy Nguyen/NWAW

At 11 p.m., Cuong “Armstrong” Bui picks up the telephone. He dials the international code 011, followed by code 84 for Vietnam, and then dials a series of numbers he knows by heart. On the other end, a woman picks up the phone. Read the full story

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‘My mom hates what I wear’

‘My mom hates what I wear’

By Constance Wong
Northwest Asian Weekly

Image by Stacy Nguyen/NWAW

Have you ever noticed that your mom’s fashion tastes are a bit off? You sometimes feel the need to adjust her outfit before she ventures out in public wearing her hot pink fanny pack. Read the full story

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‘Angel of Saigon’ makes life more than a dream for Vietnamese orphans

‘Angel of Saigon’ makes life more than a dream for Vietnamese orphans

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

‘Angel of Saigon’ Betty Tisdale with an infant from Vinh Son Orphanage in Kon Tum, Vietnam (Photo by Kim Lan Tisdale)

Veteran actress Shirley Jones and Betty Tisdale both understand what it’s like to be the matriarch of a musical family. Read the full story

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Hard to breathe easy in this gripping tale of infidelity and imprisonment

Hard to breathe easy in this gripping tale of infidelity and imprisonment

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly


“Breath,” the latest dramatic film from eccentric South Korean director Ki-duk Kim, begins with a prison inmate scratching on a wall with some kind of pen-shaped object. It isn’t clear why he’s scratching, or what kind of tool he’s using.

Subsequent scenes show how the inmates, housed three or four to a cell, will do just about anything to pass the hours. The viewer also sees that they can fashion a sharp-pointed, scratching object out of just about anything, given enough time. This determination to achieve a difficult goal, with limited resources, becomes the underlying theme of the film.

Taiwanese actor Chen Chang, who starred in such movies as “Happy Together” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” plays an inmate named Jang-jin. Sentenced to death for murder, Jang-jin seizes power in the only way he can. He constantly tries to kill himself in his cell. This is the only form of control over his destiny available to him. Read the full story

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