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Project documenting history of Southeast Seattle complete

Project documenting history of Southeast Seattle complete

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Diversity poster with Chinese translation (Photo from seattle.gov)

Seattle’s Historic Preservation program completed a three-year project documenting the history of Southeast Seattle. The finished product is a series of posters, essays, and reports which focus on the era after World War II and looks at the historical roots of the area’s ethnic diversity.

The project was completed with the efforts of community historians from El Centro de la Raza, the Northwest African American Museum, Washington State Jewish Historical Society, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. These organizations combined traditional historic preservation methods with community-based research to produce reports about the Latino, African American, Jewish, and Asian American communities in Southeast Seattle. Historian Mikala Woodward with the Rainier Valley Historical Society prepared an in-depth series of essays and reference documents that explores the area’s history through many different lenses. A series of essays, timelines, and a new map are now available on HistoryLink. Posters with photographs and historic text are available in English, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, or Vietnamese at the Southeast Neighborhood Service Center. (end)

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Deputy Mayor honors interns from city internship program

Deputy Mayor honors interns from city internship program

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First row (kneeling, left to right): Jae’Von Lozan-Alford, Fatuma Abu, Mustafe Ali. Second row (left to right): Yan Ling (Jessica) Zhu, Christian Davis, Eqraa Dubad, Jiayi Li, Human Services Department youth counselor Christine Torres-Clara, Fadumo Abdullah, Amina Ali, Crystal McQueen. Back row (left to right) Kyle Matthews, Shaneeda McKinney, Faiza Hassan, Chanh Saechao, Roniesha Young. (Photo from Seattle Human Services Department)

Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith joined other City of Seattle department leaders on June 13 to honor 18 Seattle teens who completed a four-month internship program. The program provides teens with skills and experience in various professional fields. The participants, aged 16–19, including many youth of color, gained experience in engineering, information  technology, and business. The internship is aimed at equipping teens with the skills needed to better compete in the new economy. Admitted teens have typically faced barriers to completing their high school education. (end)

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EDI’s “Inclusion Fusion” benefit dinner raises record amount

EDI’s “Inclusion Fusion” benefit dinner raises record amount

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(Left to Right) EDI Board of Directors George Kikuchi, Gina Walker, EDI Executive Director Starr Macdonald, Sandy Hendington, Ty Cordova, Chee-Tuck Wong, Mae Numata, Walter Benadof, Valarie Kusuda-Smick, Chad Oishi, Sue Taoka, KCTS Executive Producer and event emcee Enrique Cerna, Karen Fujii, Wallace Greene, Steve Shinoda. (Photo from EDI)

The Executive Development Institute (EDI) held its annual benefit dinner and auction at Seattle’s SODO Park on June 8, raising a record amount of more than $120,000. More than 250 guests attended the benefit, including major sponsors like Boeing, State Farm Insurance, Nordstrom, Wells Fargo, and Weyerhaeuser.

Proceeds from the event will allow EDI to expand its leadership programs. (end)

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Gang task force receives $850K from gambling raid

By Matthew Barakat
The Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — U.S. Marshals on Friday gave a regional gang task force in northern Virginia more than $850,000 in funds seized during a controversial gambling raid last year at the Eden Center in Falls Church, a hub of Vietnamese culture in the region. Read the full story

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Malaysia court rules to hand bomb suspect to Thailand

The Associated Press Staff

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court ruled Monday that an Iranian man accused of plotting to attack Israeli targets in Bangkok must be extradited to Thailand. Read the full story

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Japan sells first fish caught since nuclear crisis last year

Japan sells first fish caught since nuclear crisis last year

By Yuri Kageyama
The Associated Press

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TOKYO (AP) — The first seafood caught off Japan’s Fukushima coastline since last year’s nuclear disaster went on sale Monday, but the offerings were limited to octopus and marine snails because of persisting fears about radiation. Read the full story

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Philippines opens school on disputed island

The Associated Press staff

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have opened a small kindergarten on a South China Sea island that is also claimed by five other governments. Read the full story

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BLOG: Asian Weekly Foundation’s summer youth program

By Assunta Ng

In case you see 40 students walking and dining around the International District from now until  July 13, know that they’re part of Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation’s Summer Youth Leadership Program. Read the full story

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ArtPlace grant funds restoration of Japantown’s Higo Garden

ArtPlace grant funds restoration of Japantown’s Higo Garden

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Designated site for Higo Garden (Photo provided by the Wing)

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience aims to reactivate the Higo Garden in Read the full story

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ENMA seeks volunteers for Japanese Fall Festival, Aki Matsuri

The Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association (ENMA) will be hosting the 15th Annual Aki Matsuri, Japanese Fall Festival, at Bellevue College on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9. Aki Matsuri is a two-day event of cultural, educational, and Read the full story

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BLOG: Dos and don’ts: Lifestyle tips to save you money

BLOG: Dos and don’ts: Lifestyle tips to save you money

I enjoy a lean lifestyle. I lived thriftily even when our economy prospered. Financial gurus love to advise people to cut back on expenses in this tough economy. However, there are common lifestyle changes you can incorporate to keep wallets full during hard times.

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Now that I-1183 has passed, grocery stores want you to think that it is cheaper to buy privatized liquor. No matter how low the advertised price, the stores don’t include the high liquor tax on the advertisements.

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People who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day are throwing away close to $10 a day. Plus they are ruining their health. Researchers have found that smokers take more sick days from work compared to non-smokers, not to mention that they cause others to inhale second hand smoke.

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I was once a panelist at a finance workshop years ago where I advised panelists to buy jewelry, not shoes. Shoes are not assets and they have no resale value. It’s fine to buy shoes at a reasonable price to satisfy a desire. Unfortunately, fancy high-heel shoes can cost a fortune these days, as much as $2,000.

Vanity always has a price. Wearing high heels for a prolonged amount of time is bad for the feet. I don’t wear them even though I’ve owned a pair for more than two decades. I’m not even sure why I still keep them.

Creating a dazzling appearance doesn’t really require an expensive pair of heels.

A former attendee at the panel I spoke at approached me later to show me her hand full of rings. I guess she practiced what I preached.

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I was shocked recently when my friend told me how much it cost to color her hair: $200. She goes to a salon every six weeks for touch ups. Why not do it yourself at home and save money and time?

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“Where are you going for vacation this summer?” a friend asked.

My general rule is to not travel during the summer. We enjoy the Seattle summers. Make the best of the gifts in your own backyard. Take a trip to the Cascades, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, or Deception Pass, or organize barbecues and picnics around the Puget Sound. In Seattle, you can hike on the Burke-Gilman Trail, Alki Beach, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seward Park, Green Lake, and many more parks. These hikes are all free. While those in the East Coast are experiencing high temperatures, we can enjoy our temperate climate with beautiful views.

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If you have to borrow money to do something, I would advise you to think twice. High interest makes anything you buy twice as expensive and unmanageable. I still remember what the late Bob Chinn, founder of the United Savings & Loan Bank, said. “The cheapest way to buy anything is pay cash, owning it free and clear.”

There are some loans that are more necessary like house mortgage or school loans. However, take a moment to reconsider if you want to take a loan out for an Ivy League school. The University of Washington is just as good for an education, but costs much less. Having to pay back a mountain of debt can make life miserable.

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It might be blasphemous to say this in Seattle, but a tea bag goes much farther and costs less than a latte. The price of a daily cup of Joe can add up quickly. (end)

More tips to come in next week’s issue!

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BLOG: The short but sweet party

BLOG: The short but sweet party

By Assunta Ng

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Ying Kam Eng

Have you been to a party with a long program and the guests show up late? I have been to many, and my stomach grumbles when dinner is served late. Okay, I know I will get  flack for this, but I am just speaking the truth. It’s important we respect people’s time. Read the full story

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Crisis or opportunity? — Political expert Cheng Li speaks at Town Hall on Bo Xilai scandal

Crisis or opportunity? — Political expert Cheng Li speaks at Town Hall on Bo Xilai scandal

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Bo Xilai

By Signe Predmore
Northwest Asian Weekly

Former Chinese government official Bo Xilai made recent international headlines with his fall from power and his alleged involvement in corruption. However, Cheng Li, a Brookings Institute senior fellow and Chinese political expert, has observed the scandal in a much different light.

“Chinese analysts have been too indulgent in recent Hollywood movie-like dramas in China, [obscuring] some of the most fundamental drivers of transformation in the country.”

Read the full story

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Asian traditional arts flourish locally

Asian traditional arts flourish locally

By Jeffrey Osborn
Northwest Asian Weekly

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EWCC student Stephanie Song preparing tea at the miso no dana in the Tateuchi Pavilion at the Bellevue Botanical Garden’s 20th Anniversary celebration (Photo by Philip Hafferty)

The transition to America is difficult for many immigrants and their family members. Many immigrants in the Northwest have brought over treasured traditional arts and cultural practices and have preserved them for future generations. Seattle alone has the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Seattle Asian Art Museum, a reflection that the Northwest is home to many groups. Read the full story

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The long journey home — Part 2 of 2: Indian mother and son find divide after miracle reunion

The long journey home — Part 2 of 2: Indian mother and son find divide after miracle reunion

By Kristen Gelineau
The Associated Press

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Fatima Munshi, Saroo Brierly’s mother, holds up a photo from their reunion (Photo by Saurabh Das/AP)

KHANDWA, India (AP) — Saroo Brierley pulled up to the train station and stepped out of his car into the chaotic landscape that had haunted his dreams. Read the full story

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New immigration policy excludes Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

New immigration policy excludes Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

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Jose Antonio Vargas

News that the Obama administration will offer immunity to illegal immigrants under the age of 30 came as a relief to many, including Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who came out last year as an undocumented immigrant. Though the change will affect an estimated 800,000 immigrants, it excludes Vargas, who, at the age of 31, is one year past the age of eligibility. Vargas expressed his joy over the news on Twitter saying, “WAKE up, DREAMers. A new day has arrived. You made this happen. Thank you and congratulations!”

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In addition to removing the threat of deportation, the new legislation will also allow young undocumented immigrants to work legally in the United States. (end)

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“Starry Starry Night”

“Starry Starry Night”

By Andrew Hamlin
NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY
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When Taiwanese director Tom Lin wanted to make a film based on one of his favorite books, the illustrated tale “Starry Starry Night” by Jimmy Liao, he had a small production in mind. What he got in the end was a richly-budgeted production shared between Taiwan and mainland China, showing a rare example of cooperation between the two governments. The resulting film dazzles the eye and gratifies the soul, demonstrating that perhaps the rival powers should work together more often. Read the full story

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EDITORIAL: A past wrong corrected: Expressing regret for Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

EDITORIAL: A past wrong corrected: Expressing regret for Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

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Congressmember Judy Chu (Photo from apalc.org)

On June 19, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution that formally expresses regret for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and other legislation that discriminated against people of Chinese origin in the United States. Read the full story

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