Tag Archive | "Vol 31 No 26 | June 23 – June 29"

Kip Tokuda awarded Order of the Rising Sun award

Kip Tokuda awarded Order of the Rising Sun award

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(left to right) State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, Consul General Kiyokazu Ota, the Honorable Kip Tokuda, and Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Last month, former Washington State Representative and former Japanese American Citizens League Seattle Chapter President Kip Tokuda Read the full story

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Puyallup Valley JACL installs newly elected officers

Puyallup Valley JACL installs newly elected officers

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(left to right) Pacific NW JACL District Council Governor Chip Larouche and Puyallup Valley JACL President Elsie Leilani Taniguchi, Vice Presidents Eileen Yamada Lamphere and Kayomi Wada, Secretary Liz Bergert Dunbar, Treasurer Dudley Yamane, and Youth Representatives Madison Akemi Ikeda, Kaila Yoshitomi, and Sean Tanino (Photo provided by Elsie Leilani Taniguchi)

The Puyallup Valley JACL introduced its newly elected officers of 2012 and 2013 and also welcomed new members at its annual dinner. The Read the full story

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NWAW staff earns four SPJ awards

NWAW staff earns four SPJ awards

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Stacy Nguyen (left) and Han Bui

The Western Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) presented its Excellence in Journalism Awards to the staff at Northwest Asian Weekly on May 19 at the Renaissance Hotel. NWAW won awards in four categories.

—The staff (which includes Jason Cruz, Andrew Hamlin, Nina Huang, Vivian Nguyen, Han Bui, and Stacy Nguyen) got third place for Special Sections.

—Layout editor Han Bui got third place for Page Design.

—Former editor Stacy Nguyen got second place in Editorial and Commentary and third place in Graphics and Illustration.

These entries were four among more than 2,100 entries in 184 categories received by SPJ this year. (end)

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Filipino Cultural Heritage Society throws successful 26th Pagdiriwang Festival

Filipino Cultural Heritage Society throws successful 26th Pagdiriwang Festival

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The Fil-Am Society Choir at the 2012 Pagdiriwang Festival (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society (FCHSW) presented its 26th Pagdiriwang festival commemorating the anniversary of Philippine Read the full story

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Hmong American women break from traditional roles

By Gosia Wozniacka
The Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — In a crowded refugee camp in Thailand, Misty Her often sneaked away to a school house and listened through a hole in the wall. She knew she could never attend, being Hmong and a girl. Read the full story

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SIFF celebrates Studio Ghibli in “Castles in the Sky” series

SIFF celebrates Studio Ghibli in “Castles in the Sky” series

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

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In 1985, Japanese anime directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata joined forces to create a new studio for anime films. The studio’s name, Studio Ghibli, was named after an Arabic word meaning “Mediterranean wind,” with the hope that their works would blow a new wind through the world of animation. Read the full story

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BLOG: White House Cabinet Secretary in Seattle

BLOG: White House Cabinet Secretary in Seattle

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(left to right) Albert Shen and Gayatri Eassey, Seattle Community College District Board of Trustees, State Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney holding her honorary degree from NSCC, White House Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu, NSCC graduate, and NSCC President Mark Mitsui (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

When Chris Lu, President Obama’s Cabinet secretary, was in town as the commencement speaker for North Seattle Community College (NSCC)’s graduation ceremony on June 15, I thought that I could get the latest scoop on Obama. Read the full story

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BLOG: An unusual graduate

BLOG: An unusual graduate

By Assunta Ng

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Graduates at the North Seattle Community College commencement ceremony (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

At NSCC ’s commencement, one graduate stood out not because she is my friend, but because she is an older student who worked hard for her associates degree in business. She is also a mother with a daughter who graduated years before. Read the full story

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BLOG: An NBA star weds Chinese wife

BLOG: An NBA star weds Chinese wife

James Donaldson and wife Meirong Zheng in Beijing, Forbidden City

By Assunta Ng

Looks like NBA star James Donaldson just won the jackpot. He recently married a C hinese woman who works in a Read the full story

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BLOG: Seattle Chinese Radio dream

By Assunta Ng

The other day, a man called me saying he was from a group trying to start the Seattle chinese Radio. Although the group claimed to be the first, Read the full story

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Search ends for Japanese climbers after avalanche

Search ends for Japanese climbers after avalanche

By Dan Joling
The Associated Press

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Mount McKinley (Photo from peakbagger.com)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A shallow avalanche on Alaska’s Mount McKinley may not have killed four Japanese climbers, but the slide pushed them into a crevasse more than 100 feet deep, the National Park Service said Sunday. Read the full story

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Chinese Community Girls Drill Team celebrates 60th anniversary

Chinese Community Girls Drill Team celebrates 60th anniversary

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The current Seattle Chinese Community Drill Team (Photo provided by Sue May Ho)

The Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team will celebrate its 60th anniversary on July 21 at 6 p.m. at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. Read the full story

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U.S. Department of State hosts Fulbright Enrichment Seminar

U.S. Department of State hosts Fulbright Enrichment Seminar

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Foreign Fulbright students from Vietnam and Thailand at the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar (Photo provided by Ed Grocholski)

The annual Fulbright Enrichment Seminar took place at the Hyatt Hotel from May 29 through June 2. Present were Seattle’s top experts in energy, environment, science, and technology and over 70 Fulbright students who studied the subjects in 42 countries, including Vietnam and Thailand. Read the full story

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FLS petitions against Yesler Terrace rezone

Friends of Little Saigon (FLS) is asking the community to sign a petition against Seattle Housing Authority’s proposal to rezone the 30-acre Yesler Read the full story

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The long journey home — Part 1 of 2: Mother and son reunite in India after 25-year global search

The long journey home — Part 1 of 2: Mother and son reunite in India after 25-year global search

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Saroo Brierley’s mother Fatima Munshi (center) stands in front of the the fountain in Khandwa, India where her sons Saroo and Guddu played as she worked as a daily wage laborer about 25 years ago. (Photo by Saurabh Das/AP)

By Kristen Gelineau and Ravi Nessman
The Associated Press

KHANDWA, India (AP) — Saroo’s eyes snapped open and everything was suddenly, horribly wrong. Read the full story

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Obama acts to spare youths from deportation

Obama acts to spare youths from deportation

The Associated Press Staff

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama eased enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws Friday, offering a chance for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work. Embraced by Hispanics, his action touched off an election-year confrontation with many Republicans. Read the full story

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Seattle’s first Pride ASIA starts at  International District

Seattle’s first Pride ASIA starts at International District

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Pride ASIA poster

By Nina Huang
Northwest Asian Weekly

While Seattle has long had Pride Festival, it will also celebrate its first Pride ASIA event on June 23, a multicultural event for the Asian LGBTQ community in Seattle.

Aleksa Manila, host of Seattle’s Best Karaoke Contest and former Miss Gay Seattle, agreed to host the event after being approached by Capitol Hill Pride Festival’s Charlette LeFevre.

“I was excited with the idea and recognized that it was time for Seattle to host an event like this. Seattle has a rich history with gay API communities. Over the years that I’ve lived here, I have come across many organizations and groups that foster positive cultural values while empowering the LGBTQ perspective,” Manila said. Read the full story

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A-pop! Castles don’t float in Asia, Roger Mayweather is bananas

A-pop! Castles don’t float in Asia, Roger Mayweather is bananas

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By Stacy Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

This month was wacky. In the words of the inimitable Sharon Stone, “Is that karma, when you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you?”

Think about that as I run through the latest haps in pop culture.

It’s not racist if it’s sexy

After the June 9 matchup between the Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Royals pitcher Bruce Chen gave an interview to FOX while his teammate, catcher Humberto Quintero, pulled back his eyes into Chink-mode and mugged for the cameras. Some fans were pissed.

“I’m not offended at all,” said Chen. “I’m proud of my heritage and being Asian. I really like the way my eyes look. It makes me look sexy. It’s just joking around.”

Guys, Chen is right. We are all overly sensitive. Racism is sexy.

But you know what isn’t sexy? Women of color. At least according to Victoria’s Secret in their annual “What is Sexy?” list. Of 20 entities named on the list, only one isn’t white: Beyonce. To be fair, the cast of “Pretty Little Liars” was also named, and of the four leads, Shay Mitchell is half Filipino, which sort of counts, I guess. D+ for effort!

Coldplay and Rihanna teamed up to make a silly looking music video backed by a really dull song, “Princess of China.” It seems they were trying to give it a “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sheen, but it ended up looking more like “Mortal Kombat Annihilation,” minus Robin Shou’s badass fighting skills. I hope, for the sake of Chris Martin’s sanity, “Princess of China” will go into the pantheon of such great hits like “Kung Fu Fighting” and “Turning Japanese.”

Speaking of “Crouching Tiger,” all month, actor Zhang Ziyi has been telling anyone who’d listen that she was not a high-class prostitute paid $100 million to have sex with Chinese Communist Party officials, including Bo Xilai (barf). So, was she or wasn’t she? I hope not, because I love her. And Bo Xilai is super corrupt. And super old. Read the full story

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EDITORIAL: Remembering Rodney King and Vincent Chin

Violence is a language that is direct and brutal. It speaks loudly with the pain it causes and the lives it takes.

Unlike harsh words or rudeness, which can sometimes be vague or questionable, violence is the greatest indicator that racism still exists.

The recent death of Rodney King, many years after he was badly beaten by police during the LA Riots in 1991, reminded us of the impact that this crime had on our community. King did not sign up to be the poster boy of the LA Riots or a symbol of police brutality.

Given a choice, he would’ve wanted to have a normal life without the pain that this crime had caused him, a pain that stayed with him as he struggled with substance abuse in his later life. King seemed to accept that his experience played a positive role in reshaping the LA Police force.

Though he may not have known it, the impact of his experience affected other parts of the world far and wide. In Seattle, King’s experience and the LA Riots left our community on high alert. The mayor at the time responded with a summit to develop more jobs for disenfranchised youths. The Asian and Black communities formed meetings to build bridges with other local groups.

Vincent Chin has also, since his death 30 years ago, become a symbol of hate crimes against Asians. In 1982, after Chin left a bar where he was celebrating his bachelor party, he was beaten to death by two laid-off autoworkers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz. They mistook Chin for being Japanese, blaming him for their plight.

A greater injustice still was that after pleading guilty to manslaughter, they plea-bargained down to three years probation, a $3,000 fine, and $780 in court costs. The Asian American community, angered by the sentence, pressed the U.S. Department of Justice to charge the two men with violating Chin’s civil rights. They were later cleared of those charges.

Years after the fact, the question becomes, what do these symbols do for us now? And what does it mean to remember?

While no amount of outrage or community effort can erase the pain and loss caused by racial violence, it is important for these names to remain in the public dialogue, so even years after the fact, we can associate violence with the loss of  human lives, and not mere statistics. While similar acts of violence against people of color have continued since Rodney King and Vincent Chin, commemorating these symbols of unfortunate violence and acknowledging their loss also lends to casting light on the gains and progress made in the community as a response to tragedy. Part of that comes with accepting that while we will always be reminded harshly of the lives that were taken, we can go on believing that with persisted efforts, lives can be saved — though we may never know how many. (end)

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