Tag Archive | "Vol 31 No 23 | June 2 – June 8"

ICHS honors Fred Yee and the Children’s Alliance at Bloom annual fundraiser gala

ICHS honors Fred Yee and the Children’s Alliance at Bloom annual fundraiser gala

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ICHS Board President Cris Krisologo-Elliott (left) and ICHS Chief Executive Teresita Batayola (right) present Children's Alliance Executive Director Paola Maranan with a Bamboo Award for Health for the organization. (Photo by Dave Greer)

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Fred Yee receives applause at ICHS’ Bloom Gala (Photo by Dave Greer)

On May 19, International Community Health Services (ICHS) and the ICHS Foundation, which supports affordable health care in the Seattle area, honored Fred Yee and the Children’s Alliance at Bloom, their fundraising gala at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Yee is the director of Kin On, an elderly health care center. The Children’s Alliance advocates for the health and safety of children in Washington. Both were honored with the Bamboo Award for Health, which recognizes resilience, community contributions, and health care. This month, ICHS was one of 12 organizations receiving a $2.1 million grant from Komen Puget Sound to fund breast cancer screenings, treatments, support, and education. (end)

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Puget Sound Energy awarded National New Marketer of the Year for multiethnic ads

Puget Sound Energy awarded National New Marketer of the Year for multiethnic ads

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3AF Executive Director Genny Hom-Franzen (left) and PSE Energy Efficiency Communications Manager Megan O’Brien (right)

On May 16, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) was announced as an Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) Creative Excellence Awards winner at the 3FA Federation Marketing Summit held in Las Vegas, Nev. 3AF is a nonprofit trade organization comprising of Asian American advertising agencies, market advertisers, media companies, and other industry specialists. As the leading energy supplier to the Puget Sound region of Western Washington for more than 135 years, PSE won the New Marketer of the Year Award for conducting a series of Asian and other multiethnic marketing campaigns in 2011. (end)

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Seattle Nisei veterans honored on Memorial Day

Seattle Nisei veterans honored on Memorial Day

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Presentation of colors by the Seattle Buddhist Temple’s Boy Scout Troop 252 (Photo provided by Stanley Shikuma)

The Nisei Veterans Committee and the Japanese American community will gather to honor fallen veterans at the 67th Annual NVC Memorial Day Program at Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill.

Michael Reagan, a combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, gave the keynote speech. Reagan is a portrait artist who has drawn more than 2,700 portraits for families who have lost loved ones in either Iraq or Afghanistan. This year’s program will present the Congressional Gold Medal to the Japanese Americans who served this nation during WWII in the 100th Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. The Seattle Buddhist Temple’s Boy Scout Troop 252 and Kiyokazu Ota, the Consul General of Japan-Seattle, were also present. (end)

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Woman adopted as baby faces deportation

Woman adopted as baby faces deportation

By P. Solomon Banda
The Associated Press

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DENVER (AP) — Attorneys are scrambling to find a way to prevent the deportation of a woman who was adopted from an orphanage in India as a 3-month-old baby, following a determination by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that she is in the country illegally. Read the full story

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Ping pong dreaming for 16-year-old Olympian

Ping pong dreaming for 16-year-old Olympian

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Ariel Hsing (Photo from teamusa.org)

By Stephen Wade
The Associated Press

Ariel Hsing was 8 when she wrote down her Olympic dream on a piece of paper. She rolled it up, wrapped it with a string, and tucked it into a small box.

“I said something along the lines of ‘I wish to become an Olympian one day,’ ” the 16-year-old Californian recalled. “Then for eight years, I convinced myself that if I opened the piece of paper and read it, my wish could not come true.” Read the full story

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Thai king makes first trip outside of Bangkok in years

Thai king makes first trip outside of Bangkok in years

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King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Photo from www.thailandtourismguide.com)

By Thanyarat Doksone
The Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands upon thousands of devoted Thais feted their 84-year-old monarch Friday on his first trip outside the capital in almost three years, a period marked by his ailing health and national political turmoil.

The elaborate tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the old capital of Ayutthaya was a celebration of values and unity overshadowed in recent years by the turmoil. Read the full story

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Slack-key guitarist Makana to attend Town Hall event

Slack-key guitarist Makana to attend Town Hall event

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YES! Magazine will celebrate a “Year of People Power in the U.S. and Beyond” at Town Hall on June 6 a 7 p.m. The attendees will include slack-key guitarist Makana, who made national headlines last fall when he performed his Occupy anthem, “We Are the Many,” for President Barack Obama and other APEC leaders gathered in Hawaii. Also scheduled to attend are Puanani Burgess, a native Hawaiian facilitator and consultant in community development, Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple,” and Frances Moore Lappé, author of “Diet for the Small Planet.” Proceeds from the event will benefit YES! Magazine.  (end)

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BLOG: An Asian spin on Rob McKenna’s campaign?

BLOG: An Asian spin on Rob McKenna’s campaign?

By Assunta Ng

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Supporters with Rob McKenna including (left to right) Emma Heron, Walter Liang, Susanna Pak, Ron Chow, Annie Zhou, and Michael Park (Photo by Rebecca Ip/SCP)

A roast pig, a dragon dance, and campaign signs in Asian languages were not the only Asian elements of Attorney General Rob McKenna’s gubernatorial campaign party. The celebration was held in Chinatown, where his new campaign office is located. Read the full story

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BLOG: Jay Inslee in the ID

BLOG: Jay Inslee in the ID

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Jay Inslee

By Assunta Ng

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee, a former congressman, invited me to chat with him at the Panama Hotel recently. Inslee and Organizing for America opened their office close to the International District on Rainier Avenue South.

Will Inslee do a better job than his fellow Democrat, current Governor Christine Gregoire, if he gets elected?

Some Asian Americans are disillusioned with Gregoire’s ability to get things done. Also, she hasn’t been visiting the International District much or attending many Asian events for the past two years. Read the full story

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BLOG: Portobello mushrooms, and seafood twice a week

By Assunta Ng

“What does she eat?” A Caucasian woman who has seen me often at events was curious why I don’t gain weight. You see, Asian community events are often featured lots of delicious food. Read the full story

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BLOG: Counting my blessings

By Assunta Ng

Seattle’s weather has been so nice the last few days that I feel sorry for those who live on the East Coast and in the South who were affected by the heat wave. That’s the reason I’ve resided in Seattle for decades. Seattle summers are the best. Read the full story

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Power outage scheduled for the International District

Power outage scheduled for the International District

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_23/brief_power.jpgSeattle City Light has scheduled a 20-hour outage that will start June 5 at 11 p.m. and last until about 7 p.m. on June 6. Streetlights and traffic signals will be affected. The general boundaries of the affected area are Jackson Street on the north, Dearborn Street on the south, 5th Avenue on the west, and Maynard Avenue on the east. However, not every building within those boundaries will be affected.

Seattle City Light plans to add an alternate power supply (feeder) to the International District neighborhood to increase the reliability of service. All customers who will be affected have been notified by door-to-door outreach or by mail. (end)

For questions, contact Mark VanOss, senior public relations specialist, at (206) 684-3279 or by e-mail mark.vanoss@seattle.gov.

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Intergalactica, bedazzle, dance, and JK POP! — DJs bring Japanese and Korean pop to Seattle’s dance floor

Intergalactica, bedazzle, dance, and JK POP! — DJs bring Japanese and Korean pop to Seattle’s dance floor

By Samantha Test
Northwest Asian Weekly

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(left to right) JK Pop! founders Reese Umbaugh (DJ Bishie), Alex Thomas (DJ BabyLoveCrash), and Allen Huang (DJ Hojo) (Photo by Samantha Test/NWAW)

At JK Pop!, a Japanese and Korean pop music dance party, the night was in full swing. The bar was Read the full story

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Muay Thai comes to Seattle — NWAW’s Layup Drill columnist reviews Seattle’s first Friday Night Fight

Muay Thai comes to Seattle — NWAW’s Layup Drill columnist reviews Seattle’s first Friday Night Fight

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Sonny Singh wins by Unanimous Decision (Photo by Jason Cruz/NWAW)

A line of people waited outside the Fisher Pavilion on a Friday night in May to witness something Read the full story

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Paving the way — Women of Color Empowered honorees overcome challenges to inspire leaders of tomorrow

Paving the way — Women of Color Empowered honorees overcome challenges to inspire leaders of tomorrow

By Elizabeth Wang
Northwest Asian Weekly

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(right to left) Linda Pillo, Trish Carpenter, Gloria Northcroft, Gael Tarleton, Dr. Ana Mari Cauce (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

About 200 people gathered at the Westin Bellevue on May 11 to attend Northwest Asian Weekly’s Read the full story

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Taking the plunge — Local APIs leave behind stable jobs to start their own businesses

Taking the plunge — Local APIs leave behind stable jobs to start their own businesses

By Nina Huang
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Artisan Cafe owners Lilly Tran and Anthony Nguyen (Photo by Nina Huang/NWAW)

Jon Tam kept a scratchpad by his bed, where he jotted down observations of the world’s respected Read the full story

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SIFF PICKS

SIFF PICKS

“The Blindfold”

Reviewed by Tiffany Ran

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“The Blindfold,” by Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho is a heartbreaking look at three of the characters’ respective experiences with the Indonesian Islamic State (NII) and its aggressive recruitment techniques. In the film, the recruitment techniques largely target students and the country’s disenfranchised youth. Each scene, dark and somber, bears the weight of hopelessness, as a mother runs out of time trying to find her daughter, a new NII recruit. Once absorbed into the system, recruits have little chance to escape. As portrayed in the film, the youth are not only blindfolded upon initiation, they’re also muted throughout the film.

More astounding than the characters’ experiences is the process Nugroho took to complete the film. Nugroho based the narrative of the film upon the research of the Maarif Institute, Indonesia’s leading moderate Islamic organization. To ensure safety and the success of the film, Nugroho completed the principal photography in nine days using primarily non-professional actors. The result is a rare look into the tragic consequences of religious radicalism on the citizens in Indonesia.

“The Blindfold” showtimes:
June 4 at 4 p.m. at AMC Pacific Place 11
June 5 at 7 p.m. at AMC Pacific Place 11

“Bunohan: Return to Murder”

Reviewed by Jason Cruz

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_23/siff_bunohan.jpgIn “Bunohan,” three estranged brothers return to their hometown of Bunohan, a poverty-riddled swamp of a town bordering the Thailand and Malaysian border in what is known as the Malaysian “badlands.” Fittingly, Bunohan is also the Malay word for “murder.” Adil, a young Muay Thai boxer, escapes a Thailand “match to the death” through the help of friends. As a result, Ilham, an assassin and Adil’s brother, is charged with the task of tracking down Adil and finishing him. They find themselves in their hometown where past demons continue to haunt them. The third brother, Bakar, returns to Bunohan from his job as a teacher in the city to care for their sick father. However, Bakar’s true intentions are soon revealed.
Each brother is greatly affected by their return and each recalls why they decided to leave. The film, which does not feature a female speaking role until towards the end, combines mysticism with symbolism, as it tells the downtrodden story of each brother. The film features gratuitous violence as many throat slashings take place. Bunohan also makes a statement about the sacred nature of the undeveloped land of the area and what it means to its people in a struggle between the past and future.

“Bunohan” showtimes:
June 1 at 9:30 p.m. at AMC Pacific Place 11
June 3 at 11:30 a.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown

“Valley of the Saints”

Reviewed by Tiffany Ran

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Gulzar, a young Kashmiri boatman, plots to run away with his best friend as war and peril unfold in their hometown near a village on Dal Lake. Gulza meets a female scientist named Asifa, who risks military curfew to study the water quality in Dal Lake. As Asifa’s research reveals that the ecology of the lake that Gulzar treasures is in as great a peril from the pollutants as Kashmir is from war, Gulzar is forced to rethink his plans.

What “Valley” lacks in closure, it makes up for in the lyrical mysticism of the region portrayed through the songs, culture, and legends in the film. Rich colors and lush landscapes are woven into a silent, somber reality — a waiting game the characters must endure while under military curfew.

Meanwhile, the mythical lake remains the vehicle that brings movement and exchange between characters. The lack of closure, though discomforting, carries out a pervasive uncertainty present throughout the film as none of the characters are equipped to stop change. (end)

“Valley of the Saints” showtime:
June 3 at 6 p.m. at Kirkland Performance Center

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EDITORIAL: Diane Tran is a mirror for the struggles youth face in our own community

Diane Tran worked two jobs. She worked full-time at a dry-cleaning business and part-time for a wedding planner, while juggling advanced course work in high school. So it shocked the world when honor student Diane Tran was sentenced to jail for 24 hours last week for truancy. Tran said her parents had divorced out of the blue, leaving her to support her two siblings, while juggling a heavy course load at school. Read the full story

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Spiritual leader Amma starts North American tour in the Pacific Northwest

Spiritual leader Amma starts North American tour in the Pacific Northwest

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Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

On May 31, spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also known as “Amma,” will begin her North American tour at Bellevue’s Hyatt Regency. Millions have received Amma’s “darshan,” a spiritual blessing that involves a long, motherly embrace. Amma’s fame as a spiritual leader started at a young age; she began meditating and composing devotional songs at the age of five. Read the full story

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