Tag Archive | "Vol 31 No 24 | June 9 – June 15"

Japanese Queen Scholarship Organization of WA crowns Japanese queen

Japanese Queen Scholarship Organization of WA crowns Japanese queen


Yuna Marie Nishimoto crowned queen

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Japanese Queen Scholarship Organization of Washington crowned Yuna Marie Nishimoto as the 2012 queen at the 53rd annual scholarship celebration. With the coronation, Nishimoto also carries the title of Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Queen. Rounding out the court are the First Princess and Miss Tomodachi (also known as Miss Congeniality) Taryn Lee Imanishi, and Princesses Nicole Ruriko Lee, Sylvie Hana Shiosaki, and Heidi Sachi Iha. During its year of service, the 2012 court will participate in a variety of community events, including volunteering at the Keiro and Nikkei Manor. As its first official appearance, the 2012 court participated in the annual Nisei Veterans Memorial Day commemoration at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle.(end)

Taryn Lee Imanishi

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ACLF and WAPI partner to create youth community lounge in International District

ACLF and WAPI partner to create youth community lounge in International District


ACLF Community Leaders Program 2012, Back row: (left to right) Noah Jaffe, Stanley Wong, Kyle Gotchy, Phillip Bruan, Grant Wu, Kiwai Lai, Micah Bateman-Iino. Middle row: (left to right)Melissa Atalig, Julie Kim, Jennifer Duong. Bottom row: Annia Yoshizumi, Kathy Nguyen

The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) and WAPI Community Services will partner to create a safe community lounge for youth in the International District. The lounge will provide a safe space for youth who are unable to visit WAPI’s new offices in south Seattle due to lack of transportation and feeling unsafe from rival gangs. WAPI Community Services and ACLF’s 13th Community Leaders Program class will spend the next six months developing and implementing a plan to reinvigorate engagement in the International District youth lounge. WAPI Community Services serves API youth and youth of color, helping youth deal with substance abuse and dependency issues. It also provides youth with healthy alternatives to substance abuse. The ACLF Community Leadership Foundation is a community-based nonprofit organization that trains and supports the leadership of Asian Pacific Islanders. (end)

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Transportation professionals celebrate formation of PacTrans

Transportation professionals celebrate formation of PacTrans


Dr. Yinhai Wang (Photo from the UW)

On May 24th, 100 transportation professionals met at the Talaris Conference Center in Seattle to celebrate the launching of the new Region 10 University Transportation Center (UTC), the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans). PacTrans is a coalition led by the University of Washington under the direction of UW professor Dr. Yinhai Wang. The coalition includes transportation researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Idaho, Oregon State University, and Washington State University. With $35 million in annual funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), PacTrans will serve as an engine and showcase for transportation research, education, and workforce development in the Pacific Northwest. Congressman Rick Larsen, an early supporter of PacTrans, delivered a keynote speech at the event. (end)

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Seattle resident awarded donation to Hawthorne High School in her name

Seattle resident awarded donation to Hawthorne High School in her name


Contest winner, Amy Duong, in the center of Alison Sweeney (left) and Ali Landry (right). (Photo by Mark Davis/TV Guide Network)

Seattle resident Amy Duong was named the grand prize winner of the 8th Continent Soymilk’s “Ultimate Moms’ Club” sweepstakes. The contest invited fans across the United States to submit topics they would like to discuss at a mom’s club, similar to the concept of TV Guide’s “Hollywood Girls Night” starring Ali Landry. Duong was awarded with a trip to Los Angeles, including round trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two. She also won exclusive tickets to a taping of “Hollywood Girls Night,” where she met Landry and the show’s co-star Alison Sweeney. Duong also received a $5,000 donation in her name to the school of her choice. The $5,000 donation will be made in her name to Hawthorne Elementary School and its technology program(end)

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Indian American girl wins National Spelling Bee

Indian American girl wins National Spelling Bee


Snigdha Nandipati (Photo from Scripps National Spelling Bee)

By Joseph White
The Associated Press

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The story of this spelling bee champion begins in the car, on the daily commute to kindergarten with her father at the wheel.

“He’d ask me words that he saw on the signs, on billboards, and he’d ask me to spell them,” Snigdha Nandipati said. “I remember my favorite word to spell was ‘design’ because it had the silent ‘g.’ ”

It didn’t take long for Krishnarao Nandipati to realize his daughter had a special talent. He began entering her in bees in the third grade. Soon, she was winning them, and  Thursday night, the 14-year-old girl from San Diego captured the biggest prize of them all, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Read the full story

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32 years after attack, Pakistani woman gets nose

32 years after attack, Pakistani woman gets nose


Photo by Hassan Wasim

By Asif Shahzad
The Associated Press

THATHA PIRA, Pakistan (AP) — After six years of abuse, Allah Rakhi was walking out of her marriage when her husband struck again. Snatching a knife, he sliced off her nose. “You’re no longer beautiful!” he shouted.

He then slashed at her foot — brutal punishment for leaving the house without his permission.

“A woman is only a woman inside the home. Outside. she’s a whore!” he yelled at Rakhi, as she lay bleeding on the dusty street just outside her home.

That was 32 years ago.

All that time, Rakhi hid her disfigured face under a veil. Then in March, a surgeon took up her case. He cut flesh from her ribs and fashioned it into a new nose, transforming her life.

While the details of every case of violence against Pakistani woman differ, many are based on a concept of “family honor.” Read the full story

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Japan and Iran win in World Cup qualifying

By Jim Armstrong
The Associated Press

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Japan and Iran showed Sunday why they are among the favorites in Asia to qualify in advancing to the 2014 World Cup. Read the full story

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White House Cabinet Secretary Lu scheduled to speak at NSCC’s Commencement

White House Cabinet Secretary Lu scheduled to speak at NSCC’s Commencement


Chris Lu (Photo from whitehouse.gov)

On June 15, White House Cabinet Secretary Christopher Lu will give the commencement address at North Seattle Community College (NSCC)’s 42nd commencement ceremony.

Lu is President Obama’s primary liaison to the cabinet departments and agencies, helping to coordinate policy and communications strategy. Lu also serves as co-chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

This will be Lu’s second time speaking at NCSS. Lu first spoke at NCSS at the White House Summit on Sustainable Growth last July.

“We are very pleased to welcome Chris Lu back to campus and to have the commitment and dedication of our graduates acknowledged with an official visit by a representative of the president,” said NSCC President Mark Mitsui.

Between 250 and 300 graduates will be receiving degrees at the ceremony. The ceremony will be held outside in the courtyard on NCSS’ campus at 6:00 pm. (end)

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BLOG: How do top Chinese leaders exercise?

BLOG: How do top Chinese leaders exercise?


Grand Master Chen demonstrates inner strength as attendees push against him and fall over themselves (Photo by Rebecca Ip/SCP)

By Assunta Ng

Oh, yes. Chinese leaders such as President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao work out using Chinese aerobics, of course! The leaders’ Tai Chi instructor, Grand Master Chen Zhenglei, was in Seattle from May 24 to May 28. Master Hong Yijiao invited Grand Master Chen, who presented seminars at The Wing and the International District Chinatown Community Center. I was surprised to find that Grand Master Chen has several students in Seattle who are now prominent martial arts masters. Some even flew all the way from California to learn from him. Read the full story

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BLOG: Electricity is the business lifeline

By Assunta Ng

It looked as though the businesses that will stay open in the International District during the scheduled 20-hour power outage by Seattle City Light (SCL) on Wednesday were limited. Many businesses chose to be closed. Read the full story

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BLOG: Remembering the Tiananmen Square Massacre

BLOG: Remembering the Tiananmen Square Massacre

By  Assunta Ng


1989 Tiananmen Square protest at Hing Hay Park

“[The Chinese officials] have guns, but we have guts,” said the student leader who led the Seattle protest against the 1989 Chinese government crackdown on students in Tiananmen Square. Read the full story

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Korean Americans create the Vangrace Project to help school for orphans in Uganda

Korean Americans create the Vangrace Project to help school for orphans in Uganda

By Stacy Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly


Young kids from Vangrace Compassion (Photo by Eric Choi/The Vangrace Project)

It was a thunderstorm they had never seen before. Eric Choi, David Chung, and Jay Hahn had landed in Entebbe International Airport in central Uganda. Read the full story

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Airport workers fight for better wages — Part 1 of 2: International Worker’s rally draws attention to conditions for airport workers

Airport workers fight for better wages — Part 1 of 2: International Worker’s rally draws attention to conditions for airport workers

By Tiffany Ran
Northwest Asian Weekly


(left to right, in teal): OneAmerica intern Kendra Marie Thompson and OneAmerica organizer Rahwa Habte leading chants at the rally (Photo provided by OneAmerica)

There was a sea of teal balloons at the International Worker’s Day rally at Sea-Tac’s International Flag Pavilion, organized by OneAmerica and Working Washington. Among the more than 900 attendees at the rally were airport workers from Sea-Tac Airport. Read the full story

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Photo of Vietnam War ‘napalm girl’ turns 40

Photo of Vietnam War ‘napalm girl’ turns 40

By Margie Mason
The Associated Press


Photo by Nick Ut/Canapress

TRANG BANG, Vietnam (AP) — In the picture, the girl will always be 9 years old and wailing “Too hot! Too hot!” as she runs down the road away from her burning Vietnamese village. Read the full story

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Sikh, Muslim MTA workers allowed religious headwear

Sikh, Muslim MTA workers allowed religious headwear

By Verena Dobnik
The Associated Press


Photo by Joel Friesen via Flickr

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Sikh and Muslim transit workers will be allowed to wear religious head coverings without a government agency logo, after years of bitter legal battles that started after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center. Read the full story

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Stories of war and survival

Stories of war and survival

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_24/shelf_burmese.jpg“Burmese Refugees: Letters from the Thai-Burma Border”
Edited by T. F. Rhoden and T. L. S. Rhoden
Digital Lycanthrope LLC, 2011

From former student activists and a monk escaping persecution, to a politician’s son and a typical teenage girl caught in a bad situation, the people who reside in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border are a cross section of the Burmese population.

The young and old from differing backgrounds await different dreams for the future. But one thing they all have in common is that they are waiting for the day when they can leave the camps and never look back.

“Burmese Refugees” is a collection of essays written by individuals living in a refugee camp at the Thai-Burma border. The essays were written as an assignment for an English class held in the camp. Students were asked to write about their past to practice formulating sentences in the past tense. Instructor T. F. Rhoden was blown away by the resulting stories.

The tales are straightforward and simply stated. Some students had been directly involved in Burma’s most recent protests in 1988 and 2000, while others had family ties to these protesters.

Some were escaping human rights abuses due to their ethnicity. Their respective journeys to the camps were intense, filled with fear and anxiety, but most just said they had to flee. Nothing more. Nothing less. That was the understood reality in Burma under military control.

I thought this as well, as the bleak conditions in the camps —  some residents weren’t even allowed rations since they hadn’t been living there long enough — are very important for readers to see. As Americans, we complain about not being able to afford the latest tech gadget and we enjoy watching reality TV shows that encourage extravagant, excessive lifestyles.

Getting a glimpse of these people’s reality is very important to remind us how lucky we are and to remember that not everyone can live like we do. And also to remember we have the resources and ability to help.

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_24/shelf_cedars.jpg“Snow Falling on Cedars”
By David Guterson
Vintage Contemporaries, 1995

In the winter of 1954, the people of San Piedro Island gather in a courtroom in the Island County Courthouse.  They watch Kabuo Miyamoto stand trial for the murder of one Carl Heine.

Before the incident, both men had been long-standing members of the community. As a result, it is no surprise to find the courtroom packed with island residents anxiously waiting to see what unfolds. But as the trial moves along, it’s clear that more than just Miyamoto’s guilt is at stake.

Told through flashbacks from the past and moments throughout the trial, “Snow Falling on Cedars” takes us through the ups and downs of an island community located just north of the Puget Sound – a location so small and isolated that everyone knows everyone else’s business.

And throughout each character’s story, there is the shared memory of World War II and the events that unfolded leading to the Japanese residents’ exile, while the rest of the island watched, thinking it was the right thing to do.

What I liked about “Snow” was how rich and detailed Guterson’s descriptions are. From the opening courtroom scene and the surrounding natural environment, to the characters’ physical appearances and their mannerisms, Guterson is so thorough that you can place yourself in the scene.

There is also a true feeling of community — the good and the bad — throughout the story. From the flashbacks of the now grown-up characters as children playing with other children, to the familiar way the characters address each other, readers get the sense that they’ve stepped into the middle of Small Town, USA.

I also enjoyed the story’s many facets. It’s a ‘whodunit’ mystery, an account of two very different groups and their attempts to cohabitate on a small island. It’s a love story between two people from different backgrounds and a tale of a community in the aftermath of a war.

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_24/shelf_neverfall.jpg“Never Fall Down”
By Patricia McCormick
Balzer + Bray, 2012

Until the age of 11, Arn was like any other kid in his home village of Battambang, Cambodia. He went to school (though he probably spent more time figuring out how to ditch class), terrorized his sisters with his little brother, hustled for spare change, and sold ice cream in town.

But then soldiers from the Khmer Rouge came into town and marched everyone to the countryside, where they worked in labor camps. Families and friends are torn apart as people are forced to different camps throughout the war-torn country.

People die every day from illness and exhaustion. And if that doesn’t get them, then the Khmer Rouge will. The soldiers kill anyone who shows even the slightest hint of rebellion or those suspected to have been wealthy or educated during their former life.

Arn witnesses all of this as a resident of these different camps. But somehow, he manages to survive, sneaking extra food here and there and sharing it with the other kids.

“Never Fall Down” is based on the true story of one man’s experiences in the Killing Fields as a child — how he blindly volunteered to join a Khmer Rouge band, which saved his life. Arn befriended a kind soldier in the camp and became a child soldier himself in order to survive.

Arn’s story gives us a firsthand account of what life was like during Cambodia’s darkest times. Some of his experiences seem too horrific to be true, and yet, they really did happen.

While this sometimes makes the story difficult to read, I think it is important for readers to see this. As a second generation Cambodian American, I have family members who lived through this, and reading about Arn made me feel closer to them.

This also made me more appreciative of what I have and made me realize how lucky we are in the United States to not have to worry about whether we will see tomorrow. (end)

Samantha Pak can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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“The Mirror Never Lies”

Reviewed by Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly


In “The Mirror Never Lies,” a young girl grapples with the death of her father in this aesthetically pleasing look at the indigenous Bajo sea gypsies of Indonesia.

The gypsies live in stilted huts on the water in an area known as the World’s Coral Triangle. The film focuses on Pakis and her search for her father who was lost at sea.

She clings to a mirror that was given to her by her father, hoping as tradition dictates, that her father’s reflection may one day appear in the mirror.

The film follows Pakis and her mother, Tayung, as they cope with their loss and try to move on without their father and husband. When Tudo, a young, male dolphin scientist, comes and stays with them, it evokes confusing feelings for Pakis and Tayung. Tudo’s presence forces Pakis and Tayung to confront their emotions of letting go of their loved one.

The film aptly depicts daily life in a fishing village and the obstacles the people have with living on the water. It shows the co-dependence the people have with the sea. The traditions and songs of the Bajo people reflect the deep respect it has for the water. The underwater shots of the sea reflect the beautiful existence of sea life and similarly, the cruel reality of its destructive nature.

“The Mirror Never Lies” showtimes:
June 9 at 9 p.m. at Harvard Exit
June 10 at 2:30 p.m. at Harvard Exit

“The Woman in the Septic Tank”

Reviewed by  Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly


Poverty and a pedophile are key elements in this hilarious, witty Filipino comedy, which was the country’s submission for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The film centers around three young filmmakers looking to make the next masterpiece.

Their ambition is misplaced and misguided as the movie’s subject, which focuses on poverty, is rethought time and again to ensure authenticity. In the movie, a poor mother living in the slums sells her child to a pedophile.

The filmmakers believe that their interpretation of the conditions and the families living in poverty will be a definitive statement about the problems of society.

More importantly, that it will bring them success and fame.

The filmmakers also work with the actress depicting the mother in their movie, played by Eugene Domingo. Domingo is excellent in her role as an actress readying herself to play the mother in squalor forced to give up her child. Domingo mocks the work of thespians that want to be true to the art of acting. As a true diva, she is over-the-top dramatic and draws attention to herself despite feigning her loyalty to the craft of acting. Late in the film, her dedication to the role is tested, ending in a surprising and hilarious way.

Although poverty and pedophilia are usually not subjects used for comedy, the film pokes fun at the seriousness of filmmakers and their passion for their work.

“The Woman in the Septic Tank” showtimes:
June 7 at 8:30 p.m. at Harvard Exit

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_24/siff_sorcerer.jpg“The Sorcerer and the White Snake”

Reviewed by Tiffany Ran
Northwest Asian Weekly

Lightly based on an old Chinese tale, “Sorcerer” tells the story of a young herbalist Xu Xian who falls in love with a woman he meets while foraging in the mountains. Unbeknownst to Xu Xian, the woman is White Snake, a harmless demon that can transform into human form. The two fall in love, but their romance is threatened when a sorcerer, Fa Hai, played by Jet Li, sets out to vanquish the countryside of all demons, including the harmless ones. What follows is a battle between Fa Hai and White Snake, ripe with martial arts action in true Jet Li fashion.

This period piece combines the best of all genres, including romance, fantasy, and action. The film delicately weaves a measured balance of each aspect, making the film more accessible to a wider audience than the average action pick. Its breathtaking scenes and thrilling action sequences makes “Sorcerer” a welcomed return for Jet Li to martial arts films, who had said at one point that he intended to retire from the genre. This film will be a special treat for those who grew up watching “wu xia,” or Chinese martial arts films. With its vivid colors, more complex characters, and sexy demons, “Sorcerer” establishes itself as a wu xia film for the modern day. (end)

“The Sorcerer and the White Snake” showtimes:
June 8 at 6 p.m. at Kirkland Performance Center

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EDITORIAL: Gun violence is not just about guns

The increase in gun violence and the shooting at Cafe Racer shook our citizens to the core. For the Asian community living around the area, the incident struck a similar chord to the recent White Center shooting, which left four dead, and other smaller scale shootings that occurred around the ID. Read the full story

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