Tag Archive | "Vol 31 No 15 | April 7 – April 13"

White Center Community Development Association announces new Executive Director Sili Savusa

White Center Community Development Association announces new Executive Director Sili Savusa

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Sili Savusa left) and Aileen Balahadia (right) (Photo by Pat Thompson)

On March 12, White Center Community Development Association (White Center CDA) announced its new executive director, Sili Savusa, who has been a resident and advocate of this community. Savusa left her position as Family Center Coordinator for Southwest Youth and Family Service. She began at CDA as executive director on March 19, replacing former Executive Director Aileen Balahadia. Read the full story

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Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee and Ben Zhang host reception supporting Reagan Dunn’s candidacy for State Attorney General

Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee and Ben Zhang host reception supporting Reagan Dunn’s candidacy for State Attorney General

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(From left) Shiao-Yen Wu, CEO of WPI Real Estate, Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee, King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Ben Zhang, president and CEO of Greater China Industries, and Nina Collier, managing partner at Washington2 Advocates. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee and Ben Zhang, president and CEO of Greater China Industries, hosted a reception honoring Reagan Dunn’s candidacy for Washington State Attorney General. Dunn has served on the King Read the full story

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Timothy Louie, president of Tsue Chong Noodle and Fortune Cookie Company, awarded the Silver Beaver

Timothy Louie, president of Tsue Chong Noodle and Fortune Cookie Company, awarded the Silver Beaver

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From left: Michelle Louie, Linda Louie, Silver Beaver recipient Tim Louie, Henry Louie, Lina Louie, Darryl Eng, Alex Kwok, and Gordon Chan (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Scoutmaster Timothy Louie, of Boy Scout Troop 254, was honored with a Silver Beaver award at the Chief Seattle Council’s Boy Scouts of America Recognition Night, along with 18 other Silver Beaver recipients. Silver Beavers are awarded to adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youths through service to the Boy Scout Council. Louie became a Scout in 1972. As an adult, he volunteered as an assistant scoutmaster before becoming scoutmaster in 1981. Louie is president of the Tsue Chong Noodle and Fortune Cookie Company. (end)

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Bellevue’s LifeSpring raises $250,000 at its Step Up to the Plate benefit luncheon

Bellevue’s LifeSpring raises $250,000 at its Step Up to the Plate benefit luncheon

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From left: Constance Lim, Trish Carpenter, and Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann (Photo by redfishphoto.com)

Donors and members of Bellevue-based LifeSpring gathered at its Step Up to the Plate benefit luncheon, where Patti Payne, “Puget Sound Business Journal” columnist and radio personality, emceed the event. Capt. Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, Boeing’s first female test pilot, served as keynote speaker. The luncheon raised $250,000 to support LifeSpring’s youth, health, education, and emergency service programs. LifeSpring was born out of the Overlake Service League in 1911, and it now provides services for Bellevue’s growing community through privately raised funds and proceeds from its thrift stores. (end)

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hopes victory is dawn of new era

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hopes victory is dawn of new era

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Aung San Suu Kyi (Photo by Khin Maung Win/AP)

By Todd Pittman
Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) ― Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s victory in parliamentary elections is the biggest prize of her political career. But the weekend vote for only a few dozen legislative seats may have sown the seeds of something far more significant ― the possibility her party could sweep the next balloting in 2015 and take control of Myanmar’s government.

That, for now, remains only a tantalizing dream for her supporters, and making it happen in three years’ time may be unrealistic in a nation still heavily influenced by a feared military, whose powers and influence remain enshrined in the constitution.

Still, hope for installing a truly free government hasn’t run this high in decades. “We hope this will be the beginning of a new era,” a beaming 66-year-old Suu Kyi said in a brief victory speech Monday, one day after the by-election in which her National League for Democracy party won almost all of the 44 seats it contested. Read the full story

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Lin-firmary! Knicks guard done for the rest of regular season

Lin-firmary! Knicks guard done for the rest of regular season

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Jeremy Lin (Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

By Brian Mahoney
THE Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ― Say so long to Linsanity.

Jeremy Lin will miss the rest of the regular season because he needs knee surgery that will sideline him six weeks and could leave the Knicks without their star point guard in the playoffs ― if they make it that far. Read the full story

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Shooting devastates Christian school serving Korean community

Shooting devastates Christian school serving Korean community

By Terry Collins
the Associated Press

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Oikos University in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Jeff Chiu/AP)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ― A gunman opened fire at a Christian university in California Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding three more, before being captured in a nearby city, authorities said. Read the full story

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SCIDpda seeks business and economic development volunteer

The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is looking for student volunteers to assist with creating a local business technical assistance pilot program to promote small Read the full story

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Stories told by comedians and a plastic surgeon that should have been one — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

Stories told by comedians and a plastic surgeon that should have been one — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_15/shelf_mindy.jpg“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)”
By Mindy Kaling
Crown Archetype, 2011

Before she became known as the self-involved, boy-crazy Kelly Kapoor on “The Office,” she was Mindy Kaling, a girl from Cambridge, Mass., with a love for comedy. Growing up, she was a bit on the chubby side, the furthest thing from an athlete. It took her a while to realize what true friendship meant.

In “Hanging Out,” Kaling shares the story of how she went from an admittedly asexual-looking kid to one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People in 2011. We learn — among other things — about her time performing off-Broadway as a Ben Affleck impersonator, her take on romantic comedies, her views on dating, marriage, and relationships, and what the set of “The Office” is really like. Kaling also shares her views on proper karaoke etiquette, best friend responsibilities and rights, and the differences between men and boys. She even leaves detailed instructions on how she wants her funeral. Read the full story

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Filmmaker Robert Lieberman captures the life and struggles of Burmese citizens in “They Call It Myanmar”

Filmmaker Robert Lieberman captures the life and struggles of Burmese citizens in “They Call It Myanmar”

By Shelley Seale
for Northwest Asian Weekly

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_15/ae_myanmar.jpg“They Call It Myanmar” is the story of Burma, told with stunning footage shot clandestinely over a two-year period by filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman. The film provides an astonishing and intimate look at what has been one of the most isolated countries in the world, showing the everyday life of the people that have been held hostage by a brutal military regime for 48 years.

A revealing interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, shortly after her release from house arrest, is interwoven with extensive interviews and interactions with more than 100 Burmese people. The result is an impressionistic journey across the vastness of Burma. It traces the history of Burma from its beginnings in the ancient city of Bagan, through colonial times, recent uprisings, the devastating Cyclone Nargis that killed 150,000 people, up to the present day. Read the full story

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BLOG: Could a UW branch stack up to its main campus?

BLOG: Could a UW branch stack up to its main campus?

By Assunta Ng

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University of Washington Bothell campus (Photo by Brian DalBalcon)

A few years ago, I received a troublesome e-mail. A young Asian female was rejected by the University of Washington’s main campus. So she sought admission at the UW Bothell campus instead. Her family was furious for fear of losing face in front of friends and relatives. They used harmful words to scold their daughter, like “useless,” “dumb,” and “incapable.” Read the full story

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COMMENTARY: Is Obama a man of the people?

COMMENTARY: Is Obama a man of the people?

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Hai Tran

By Hai Tran
For Northwest Asian Weekly

Several days ago, I received an e-mail from President Barack Obama with the subject line “Do you want to have dinner with me?” A thought ran through my mind, “Wow, only in America would a president ask to have dinner with  regular folk like me.” I understood, of course, that the president did not write the letter, and that he did not have time or a desire to have dinner with me. I was sure his campaign staff wrote the letter and they just wanted to target political donors like me to ask for money. I was not that naive to believe that the president was serious enough to look for an opportunity to meet me and have dinner with a person like me. If he were serious about meeting regular people, he would have spared some time during his busy schedule on March 5 to meet with folks like me who visited his home, the White House. Read the full story

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Musical legend Lea Salonga rises from Manila to Broadway

Musical legend Lea Salonga rises from Manila to Broadway

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Lea Salonga (Photo by Allen Zaki)

By Evangeline Cafe
Northwest Asian Weekly

Before she won a Tony Award for her acclaimed portrayal of Kim in the hit musical “Miss Saigon,” Lea Salonga captivated audiences inside her childhood home near Manila.

“One of my earliest memories was singing at family parties,” said Salonga. “Whenever somebody asked me to sing, I kind of just did.”

The Filipina discovered her love for music at an early age and received some of her first lessons from a close relative.

“When I was 3 or 4 years old, my cousin, who lived a couple of streets away, would come over to our house to babysit me. She’d bring over her guitar and teach me pop songs,” said Salonga. Read the full story

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Righting a wrong — Congress seeks to amend Civil Rights Act for benefit of cannery workers

Righting a wrong — Congress seeks to amend Civil Rights Act for benefit of cannery workers

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Cannery workers in Alaska (Photo by Gene Viernes)

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Congressman Jim McDermott introduced a bill last week that would right a wrong inflicted upon many Asian American cannery workers more than 30 years ago. The amendment to the 1991 Civil Rights Act would strike language that has prevented cannery workers from seeking legal damages for discrimination. Read the full story

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Queer APIs use identities to address violence and oppression

Queer APIs use identities to address violence and oppression

Part 2 of 2 in a series about the difficulties APIs face when it comes to sexual identity

By Tiffany Ran
Northwest Asian Weekly

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_15/front_lgbtq.jpgThe feeling of disdain was palpable at one particular South Asian event that Bish, who wishes that his full name not be used in this story, and his partner attended. Bish is South Indian and his partner is white. They’re often stopped at such events by older community members who question what Bish’s partner is doing there. When he responds that he is Bish’s partner, the question then is “What kind of partner? Business partner? What are you?” Many South Asian spaces are dominated by traditional elders that are the same age as Bish’s parents, which makes explaining that Bish and his partner are a gay couple difficult. Read the full story

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EDITORIAL: Students offer more than just the color of their skin

Do students of color require special consideration? This is an issue that schools across the country have tried to resolve through affirmative action or other special measures. Should spaces be allotted to rectify inequalities and enhance diversity? There are many who oppose affirmative action, and there are those who see it as the answer to providing opportunities to minorities. But to truly do so, we must take a more moderate stance, one that looks at people as complex individuals, not as numbers or quotas. Read the full story

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