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Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn crowned Miss Seattle, invites a little controversy

Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn crowned Miss Seattle, invites a little controversy

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Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn

The Miss Seattle 2012 Pageant was held at the IKEA Performing Arts Center in Renton on March 3. Out of 20 contestants, Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn, an Arizona State University graduate, was crowned that night. Though a Seattle-native, Ahn is a former Miss Phoenix. She will go on to compete for Miss Washington this summer.

Overshadowing Ahn’s accomplishment, however, are tweets she posted on the Internet three months ago, which is being covered extensively by news outlets.

“Ugh, can’t stand cold rainy Seattle and the annoying people,” Anh wrote on Twitter. Ahn has recently apologized for the remarks. (end)

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Maria Koh among five honored with 2012 Washington State Jefferson Awards

Maria Koh among five honored with 2012 Washington State Jefferson Awards

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Maria Koh

Initiated in 1972, The Jefferson Awards for Public Service honors ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others. The 2012 Washington State Jefferson Award winners will be featured on “Evening Magazine” on KING5 on March 12.

This year’s state honorees are personal injury attorney Richard Adler, Friendship Adventures founder Maureen Browning, Jewels of Hope founder Greer Gates, health advocate and volunteer Maria Koh, and Schools for Salone founder Cindy Nofziger.

Koh’s career at the University of Washington Medical Center as a hospital and clinic nutritionist led to the development of cutting-edge education for health providers and consumers. Early on, she began to extend the reach of her workplace into volunteer work and has made an important difference for children, the elderly, and new immigrants to this community. Read the full story

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Filipino Community organizations raise thousands for Philippine typhoon victims

Filipino Community organizations raise thousands for Philippine typhoon victims

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A donation box that BAYAN-NW and other Filipino American organizations set up to collect donations.

On Feb. 8, Local grassroots network of Filipino American organizations BAYAN-NW and the Filipino Community Center of Seattle announced that their 10-day-long fund drive to help those hit hardest by tropical storm Sendong (aka Typhoon Washi) was successful. The Seattle area alone raised $3,225. Read the full story

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Seisuke Kamimura is RN74 Seattle’s new executive chef

Seisuke Kamimura is RN74 Seattle’s new executive chef

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Seisuke Kamimura (Photo courtesy of Midori Jordan Photography)

On Feb. 9, Seisuke Kamimura helmed the kitchen at RN74 Seattle for the first time. He took over for Michelle Retallack at the Michael Mina restaurant.

A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, Kamimura brings more than 20 years of experience in the food service and hospitality industries from some of the West Coast’s more notable names, beginning with Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Beverly Hills. He eventually moved to Seattle, where he opened retail store, Les Cadeaux Gourmets, with wife Pia, selling specialty foods and products from across the globe, before taking the helm to open BOKA Kitchen + Bar at Hotel 1000. (end)

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Japan’s oldest Olympian, at 70, will compete again

Japan’s oldest Olympian, at 70, will compete again

By Nesha Starcvic
The Associated Press

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Hoketsu Hiroshi, 67 at the time, in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He participated with his Hannoverian mare, Whisper. (Photo by Tksteven/Wikimedia Commons)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — When Hiroshi Hoketsu first went to the Olympics in 1964, he was 23 and the games were in his native Tokyo. Now nearly 71, Hoketsu will be going to the Olympics again this summer — to compete, not to watch. Read the full story

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BLOG: The secrets to Anne and David’s longevity

BLOG: The secrets to Anne and David’s longevity

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For their birthdays, the Wings gave out red envelopes filled with lucky money to their nine favorite charities. Shown are representatives of those charities. (Photos by George Liu/NWAW)

Several men, young and old, glided across the room to dance with an old, pretty woman, and she never refused. At 93, Anne Wing’s amazing figure could perform the cha cha, swing, waltz, rumba, and even a line dance without missing a beat. Read the full story

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Sinoy Brown hopes to make dreams come true for Asian rappers

Sinoy Brown hopes to make dreams come true for Asian rappers

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Sinoy Brown (Photos provided by West Coast North)

By Nina Huang
Northwest Asian Weekly

Bounthavy Sayasane was born in Laos, but moved to the United States when he was a baby. Friends and fans know him better as Sinoy Brown or Sinoy Blaze, the rapper. But family members call him ‘Noy.’

Brown and his business partner, G-Dub, started the West Coast North record label company about seven years ago. They currently have four artists, and they are in the process of signing a few more. The company is independently owned by Brown with the financial assistance from friends and family.

“We’re trying to give local opportunities to younger kids who want to be a singer, rapper, or model,” Brown said.

He added that the most aspiring musical artists have to move to Los Angeles to reach their stardom.

However, he figured that he could provide a resource for the younger generation here locally. Read the full story

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The LAST Jeremy Lin article you should read

The LAST Jeremy Lin article you should read

The Layup Drill — a NEW monthly column about APIs in sports

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Jeremy Lin

So, anything new happen in the NBA in February?

I asked a local sports bar owner if they carried the NBA League Pass, so I could catch the New York Knicks play. The league pass shows any NBA game not shown in our local area. The bar owner asked why I wanted to watch the Knicks.

And that is the reason why Seattle will never get another NBA team in my lifetime.

Leaving the bar dejected, I went home and turned to the Internet to check out live updates online. By now, everyone in the Seattle area, except sports bar owners, knows the story of Jeremy Lin.

He’s the guy whose play contradicted Asian stereotypes (for instance, he’s a tall Asian American guy that can dunk), but still fit others (he has a Harvard economics degree). Read the full story

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Diversity Makes a Difference  — Part 5

Diversity Makes a Difference — Part 5

Compiled by Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

Northwest Asian Weekly’s Diversity Makes a Difference scholarship program celebrates young people who are committed to reaching out across cultural lines. Students are nominated by their school as being champions of diversity. Read the full story

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Filmmaker Frank Abe ensures resisters are never forgotten

Filmmaker Frank Abe ensures resisters are never forgotten

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Frank Abe’s documentary film “Conscience and the Constitution” begins with two old men discussing the past. They look out over a landscape they seem to know, and swap stories of old.

We quickly learn that the two men are Frank Emi and Mits Koshiyama, two leaders of the draft resistance movement of Japanese Americans during World War II. The landscape they’ve come back to is their wartime internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyo.

Over the course of the film, director and editor Abe uses direct testimony from survivors, as well as archival footage and photographs, to tell an under-appreciated story of Japanese American Nisei.  These sons and daughters of Japanese immigrants had American citizenship. They felt wronged by forced internment, further wronged by being called up to fight for rights that were being denied to them, and paid the price for their stances. The resisters endured federal prison, family shame, and up until now, a good deal of obscurity.

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Film director Frank Abe

Frank Abe, originally from Cleveland, came to Seattle in 1976 at age 25. As a Sansei, third-generation Japanese American, he said, “Like most of my generation, I did not learn about the camps until I was in high school or college. And then my first question was, like, ‘Mom, Dad, why didn’t you resist?’

“And they’d pat us on the head and say, ‘Oh, you weren’t born yet. You don’t know how it was back then. You can’t apply your Berkeley, civil rights activism of the 1960s to those times. You weren’t born yet. You weren’t there. You can’t judge us. So back off.’ ”

But Abe became intrigued by the resisters and felt a historical link between their story and the anti-war movements of the 1960s.

The stories from the internment camps, he said, were “like discovering the missing link. Then, I saw that the Constitution was not an invention of the 1960s. And resistance, real, organized resistance to the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans was not a figment of my overheated imagination.”

Locating and interviewing as many survivors as possible was not easy, especially with the project’s original budget.

“We started on a shoestring, $2,000 bequest from the late Michi and Walter Weglyn, that we nursed … to shoot the initial interviews with the resisters all in one sitting in a friend’s dance studio in Los Angeles. I suppose the secret for staying on budget was simply that no one got paid for their time. We couldn’t have done it without the active interest of a friend from KIRO-TV, Northwest Hall of Fame videographer Phil Sturholm.”

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Frank Emi (right), leader of the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee, with supporter Kozie Sakai, in a 1944 photo taken at the height of the draft resistance movement. (Photos from resisters.com)

Grants from the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund and Independent Television Service in San Francisco eventually followed. Notable film editor Lillian Benson worked over the raw footage.

“[Benson] took our footage and our script, which was laid out in linear form like a book, and turned it inside out to make our film a real movie,” said Abe. “When she screened her first rough cut for me, I kept seeing shots and images I’d never seen before. I asked her where she got them and her answer was always, ‘It was in your footage.’ That was the value of bringing in a fresh set of eyes.”

Abe just released a two-disc DVD set, containing the original hour-long film, plus an enormous amount of outtakes and supplemental material. Taken together, one disc at a time, the longer story broadens and deepens the original shorter take. The package forms a fascinating home-study course in Asian American history, and the ongoing struggle for equal rights, civil and otherwise, for any American, skin color aside. (end)

For information on the “Conscience and the Constitution” DVD set and the resisters of the camps, visit Frank Abe’s website at www.resisters.com .

Andrew Hamlin can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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New [old] International Children’s Park to bring generations together

New [old] International Children’s Park to bring generations together

By Stacy Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

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At the grand re-opening of the International Children’s Park on March 3 (Photo by Rebecca Ip/SCP)

In the 1970s, in the area now known as the International District, there was a small bit of land owned by Dennis Su in the middle of the dense urban area, surrounded by brick buildings filled with residents and local businesses. Read the full story

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New city office created to aid immigrants

New city office created to aid immigrants

By Jeffrey Osborn
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Many Americans never face the struggles and hardships of immigration. They never leave their nation due to political strife or military uprising. Read the full story

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Goodbye, David Ishii, city’s ‘community baby’

Goodbye, David Ishii, city’s ‘community baby’

By Jean Godden
For Northwest Asian Weekly

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David Ishii (Photo by Tom Reese/The Seattle Times)

There are books of mine that, when I page through them, I can’t help remembering where I acquired them. And, if the book is a fine Northwest classic, perhaps signed by the author, I will remember with pleasure that I bought it from David Ishii, the legendary bookseller of Pioneer Square, who passed away last week. Read the full story

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Film lets ‘bullets’ fly, but the result is a confusing 132 minutes

Film lets ‘bullets’ fly, but the result is a confusing 132 minutes

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

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By the time the viewer is 20 minutes into director Wen Jiang’s new Chinese historical comedy “Let the Bullets Fly,” the legendary bandit “Pockmark” Zhang (played by the director himself) is impersonating the local governor.

Actually, another con man (played by You Ge) was impersonating the governor first. But Zhang waylaid the first fraudster and bullied him into impersonating the governor’s sidekick, not the actual governor.

Zhang has his own reasons for pretending to be a politician. They involve getting up close and personal to crime boss Master Huang (played by legendary Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-Fat). But Master Huang, who for all intents and purposes controls the local Sichuanese landscape, isn’t easy to get to know. For one thing, he employs a body double (Chow Yun-Fat again), and you can never tell whether you’re speaking to the one and only Master Huang. Read the full story

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EDITORIAL: Miss Seattle bashes Seattle. What’s the appropriate response to this?

Last Saturday, Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn was crowned Miss Seattle. Ahn was born and raised in Seattle, but went to college in Arizona. There, she was crowned Miss Phoenix. Since graduating, she has moved back to her hometown. Read the full story

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