Tag Archive | "Vol 30 No 8 | February 19 – February 25"

Legally chic: Should fashion designs receive copyright  protection? – Local Asian American experts, designers weigh in on the debate

Legally chic: Should fashion designs receive copyright protection? – Local Asian American experts, designers weigh in on the debate

By Evangeline Cafe
Northwest Asian Weekly

Image by Stacy Nguyen/NWAW

Laotian American designer Banchong Douangphrachanh buzzes with excitement as she prepares to launch her 2011 fall/winter menswear collection.

“It’s gonna go to the trade show in February. Right now, I’m going the rounds, meeting buyers and networking with boutiques,” she said.

Her Regatta clothing line combines sophistication with functionality. She mingles sleek, conservative pieces with bold organic shapes and even incorporates performance fabrics such as neoprene and Gore-Tex.

“My line is definitely Northwest-inspired,” she said. Although the Capitol Hill-based designer has no troubling finding inspiration, translating her ideas into wearable apparel requires a lot of hard work. Read the full story

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People for sale? – Part 1 of 2: What’s often left unsaid and unreported in the world of modern slavery

People for sale? – Part 1 of 2: What’s often left unsaid and unreported in the world of modern slavery

By Tiffany Ran
Northwest Asian Weekly

In the mid 90s, advocates at the Asian & Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center (APIWFSC) were alarmed by a disturbing trend in domestic violence cases. Aside from suffering abuse, clients reported being forced into labor and prostitution without pay.

Finally in 2000, the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the United Nation’s human trafficking protocol, known as the Palermo Protocol, gave a legal definition to the trend of modern slavery and brought it to the world’s attention. Read the full story

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Cobalt moves into the ID, but will it fill the void Amazon left behind?

Cobalt moves into the ID, but will it fill the void Amazon left behind?

By Sarah Yee
Northwest Asian Weekly

Cobalt CEO John Holt (Photo provided by John Holt)

John Holt had a hard time getting acquainted with all of his 800 employees on a daily basis. Now, with new office spaces in the International District, not only does he get to learn everyone’s name, but he is also given access to magnificent views and more than 60 restaurants within walking distance.

“It’s been great. We are very pleased,” said Holt, the CEO of Cobalt Group, Inc. Today, Holt looks out the window to an extraordinary sunset, with the Olympics clearly visible in the background.  In June 2010, the company merged with ADP, Inc., and became the head of its dealer services in the online marketing division. Read the full story

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Second recent case of food stamp fraud casts shadow over Viet Wah

Second recent case of food stamp fraud casts shadow over Viet Wah

Viet Wah’s storefront in Seattle (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

By Stacy Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

This week, KING 5 Investigators reported on incidences of food stamp fraud at Viet Wah Supermarket in the International District (ID). Read the full story

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APIA workers among the fastest growing groups in the union workforce

A new report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) documents a large wage and benefit advantage for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers in unions, relative to their non-union counterparts. Read the full story

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Former House candidate sentenced to a year in prison

Former House candidate sentenced to a year in prison

By Amy Taxin
The Associated Press

Tan Nguyen

SANTA ANA, California (AP) — A former California congressional candidate accused of sending a mailer to Latino voters in 2006 warning that immigrants could not vote was sentenced Monday, Feb. 14 to a year and a day in prison for obstruction of justice.

Tan Nguyen, a Republican who was running for Congress in Orange County, will also serve six months in a residential re-entry program and three years of supervised release, federal prosecutor Greg Staples said.

Nguyen declined to comment on the hearing before U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, except to say it didn’t go well.

He will start serving his term March 28. Read the full story

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Slain man’s family opposes inmate’s death

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The family of an Ohio storekeeper fatally shot in the head during a 1994 robbery opposes the upcoming execution of the man convicted of the crime, arguing it won’t change anything and they are satisfied with a life sentence. Read the full story

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Japanese women fight to keep surnames

By Mari Yamaguchi
The Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — A group of Japanese citizens filed a lawsuit Monday, Feb. 14 challenging a civil law that effectively stops women from keeping their surnames when they marry. Read the full story

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Thai airline trains first-ever transsexual flight attendants

Thai airline trains first-ever transsexual flight attendants

Transsexuals from left: Nathatai Sukkaset, Dissanai Chitpraphachin, Chayathisa Nakmai, and Phuntakarn Sringern pose for photo at P.C. Air headquarters in Bangkok. The four have been recruited as flight attendants for a start-up charter airline that says it will be Thailand's first to include transsexuals among its cabin crew. (Photo by Sakchai Lalit/AP)

By Thanyarat Doksone
The Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) — Four Thai “ladyboys” have been recruited as flight attendants for a start-up charter airline that says it will be Thailand’s first to include transsexuals among its cabin crew. Read the full story

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Japan confirms China surpassed its economy in 2010

By Tomoko A. Hosaka
The Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japan confirmed that China’s economy surpassed its own as the world’s second largest in 2010 and said a late-year downturn was its first quarterly contraction in more than a year. Read the full story

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Chinese expulsion remembered

Chinese expulsion remembered

On Saturday, Feb. 12, community members marched and rallied to remember the 350 Chinese railroad workers, agriculture workers, and coal miners who were pushed out of Seattle in 1886. (Read related content on our editorial)

Photos by George Liu/NWAW (Click here to see more photos)

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And the nominess are … A monthly column about all things Asian in popular culture

And the nominess are … A monthly column about all things Asian in popular culture

By Ninette Cheng
Northwest Asian Weekly

The past month showed a lot of love to Asian stars. The Academy Award nominees include a number of Asians, the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition released its annual report card on television diversity, the NBA announced diversity nights, and Jay Chou starred in “The Green Hornet.”  On a less positive note, Padma Lakshmi has begun what looks to be an ugly custody battle with her ex. Read the full story

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Blog: More than 2,000 sit in the freezing cold in Olympia to rally for their rights

Blog: More than 2,000 sit in the freezing cold in Olympia to rally for their rights

Thousands brave the cold in order to listen to speakers give speeches on immigrant and refugee rights. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The challenge of emceeing for an audience of more than 2,000 outdoors in 30-something-degree weather was keeping the program on time and on point. How do you keep an audience warm and engaged? What happens when the last speaker arrives late? Read the full story

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Blog: Chinatown/ID featured on television

Can you survive without speaking English in the ID? What percentage of outsiders patronize ID businesses? Read the full story

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Blog: Low-maintenance Valentine’s Day

Blog: Low-maintenance Valentine’s Day

For those of you who did not received any card or gift from your boyfriend or husband on Valentine’s Day, get over it. You don’t need one.

Every year, I create my own celebration. I buy gifts for myself and make dinner reservation for my family on Valentine’s Day. And I have a ball. No, I don’t want my husband to buy me flowers or jewelry. The fellow is a nice guy, but he has poor taste. I’d rather be honest than let him waste money on the wrong gifts. This year, I picked an orchid plant, and he was more than willing to pay for it. Read the full story

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Editorial: A walk to remember: Community members rightly stand up for Chinese who were kicked out of Seattle

Editorial: A walk to remember: Community members rightly stand up for Chinese who were kicked out of Seattle

Community members and allies came together on Feb. 12 to rally and march for the Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project in Seattle. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Over the last year, Asian communities made significant strides in ‘righting’ wrongs. Read the full story

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Feb. 10: Immigrants and refugees speak up for rights in Olympia

Feb. 10: Immigrants and refugees speak up for rights in Olympia

Washingtonians rallied on the Capitol steps for refugee and immigrant rights (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Immigrants and refugees traveled to Olympia from all over the state to raise their collective voice in a rally as part of Washington State Refugee and Immigrant Legislative Day. Speakers shared concerns and ideas with Washington state legislators.

About 2,000 people showed up for the rally. ♦

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Feb. 2: Roger Ling wins YouTube contest

Feb. 2: Roger Ling wins YouTube contest

Roger Ling (Photo from Roger Ling)

Seattleite Roger Ling won KFC’s YouTube contest. He received the $10,000 grand prize.

KFC called on entrants to write a proposal detailing a creative way of using ‘unneeded’ wet wipes as a way to promote its sauceless hot wings. Ling was one of five finalists selected. Final voting was conducted on YouTube.

Ling’s video showed him asking his girlfriend an important question — if she would accompany him to the original KFC franchise in Salt Lake City. She said yes, and the two of them plan to use part of Ling’s prize money to visit the location. ♦

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December: Bruce Harrell honored with race and social justice award

December: Bruce Harrell honored with race and social justice award

From left: Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Race, and Social Justice Manager Glenn Harris, Seattle Office for Civil Rights Director Julie Nelson, Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, and Mayor Mike McGinn. (Photo from City of Seattle)

The Seattle Management Association celebrated its 27th Annual Excellence in Management Awards with a banquet at the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle. Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who is half Japanese, was honored with the 2010 Management in Race and Social Justice Award for his leadership on civil rights issues. Read the full story

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Feb. 6: Tsubaki Grand Shrine presents Setsubun Taisai

Feb. 6: Tsubaki Grand Shrine presents Setsubun Taisai

Participants of Tsubaki Grand Shrine's Setsubun Taisai watch as three hama-ya (misfortune dispelling arrows) are shot to purify the past, present, and future. (Photo from Tsubaki Grand Shrine)

Tsubaki Grand Shrine had its Bean Throwing Festival, called Setsubun Taisai in Japanese. It is a very popular New Year’s ritual based on the lunar calendar. The literal meaning of Setsubun is season division, coming at the end of the coldest season. Read the full story

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