Tag Archive | "Vol 31 No 31 | July 28 – August 3"

PICTORIAL: The Chinatown Seafair Parade

PICTORIAL: The Chinatown Seafair Parade

Photos by George Liu & Assunta Ng/NWAW

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Thousands of people crowded the streets of Chinatown to get a glimpse of the 2013 Chinatown Seafair Parade.

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Sakura Con made its second visit to the International District in as many weeks, as cosplayers once again showed off their hard work.

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The Seniors in Action Foundation, responsible for the Chinatown camera system, came out to celebrate.

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The Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce float commemorated 50 years of the chamber’s existence.

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The 2013 Seattle Miss Chinatown pageant, scheduled for September, will be the first Seattle Miss Chinatown Pageant since 2009.

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Miss Chinatown USA 2013, Seattle-native Leah Li

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Children from the Huayin Performing Arts group marching to traditional drums.

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Wash. State Japanese Queen Christine Ito

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Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell marching with his family.

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City Council Candidate Albert Shen, who runs an office out of the ID, also marched.

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The Seafair clowns made an appearance.

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Dow Constantine Chief of Staff Sung Yang with wife SoYoung Kwon, and daughter Sophie.

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State Sen. Ed Murray marching with his partner Michael Shiosaki

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The Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team wore t-shirts in memory of Cheryl Chow.

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Floats from all over the greater Puget Sound area visited.

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Multiple drill teams and drum lines performed during the parade.

Posted in Community News, Features, Pictorials, Vol 32 No 31 | 7/27-8/2Comments (0)

Seattle Buddhist Temple hosts Bon Odori Festival

Seattle Buddhist Temple hosts Bon Odori Festival

Women perform traditional Japanese dance at Bon Odori (Photo by Vivian Miezianko/NWAW)

On July 21 and July 22, the Seattle Buddhist Temple hosted Bon Odori, a traditional summer festival held to honor and appreciate ancestors. The festival, which included traditional music and dancing in the street, was an official Seafair event. Many festival-goers dress in Japanese kimonos or yukatas. The festival also included taiko and martial arts performances, craft exhibits, demonstrations, and food. The National Bone Marrow Program’s “Be the Match” was also in attendance to collect cheek swabs from potential donors to keep in their database, primarily to find a compatible donor for Laurie Shimizu who suffers from Multiple Myeloma. (end)

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

Elaine Ko included in UW’s Department of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame 2012

Elaine Ko included in UW’s Department of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame 2012

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Elaine Ko (Photo by Kristina Bowman)

 

Elaine Ko, a community building, civic activist, mentor, and leading communication executive, was included in the University of Washington (UW)’s Department of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame for 2012. Ko was a founding member of the International District Housing Alliance. She also served as an executive director for Interim CDA, promoting the welfare and revitalization of the Chinatown/International District. Ko earned her bachelor of arts degree from UW in 1975. She is included with other alumni Doug Ramsey, Katie King, Lorraine Howell, and Ann Darling. These alumni will be honored on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the University of Washington Club. (end)

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

Ben Bridge Jewelers celebrates 100th anniversary

Ben Bridge Jewelers celebrates 100th anniversary

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(from left) Ben Bridge Co-Chairman Bob Bridge, Co-CEO and General Counsel Jon Bridge, University Village store manager Karen Lee, Co-Chairman Herb Bridge

Ben Bridge Jewelers, a store ran by five generations of the same family, celebrates its 100th anniversary at its newly remodeled  flagship store. The business celebrated their anniversary with champagne. Old friends and many elected officials were in attendance, along with Ben Bridge staff, including store manager Karen Lee, and Ed and Jon Bridge, the fourth generation of family leadership. Ben Bridge Jeweler first opened its doors in 1912 and now operates more than 70 retail stores in 11 states. (end)

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

Guilty plea for Seattle bicyclist hit-and-run

Guilty plea for Seattle bicyclist hit-and-run

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Michael Wang

By Associated Press Staff

SEATTLE (AP) — A 28-year-old man charged in the 2011 hit-and-run death of a Seattle bicyclist has pleaded guilty.

Erlin Garcia-Reyes of suburban Normandy Park entered his plea Tuesday in King County Superior Court to a charge of felony hit-and-run in the death of Michael Wang. Read the full story

Posted in National News, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

American Samoa lawsuit seeks U.S. citizenship

By Associated Press Staff

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A group of five people have filed a federal lawsuit arguing they should be U.S. citizens by virtue of being born in American Samoa, the only U.S. territory that doesn’t grant that birthright. Read the full story

Posted in National News, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

Court martial set in North Carolina after private’s suicide

Court martial set in North Carolina after private’s suicide

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Danny Chen

By Allen Reed
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A sergeant accused of hazing a private because of his Chinese heritage will go on trial this week on charges the abuse led to the soldier’s suicide. Read the full story

Posted in National News, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

Bombs hit South Thailand as Muslims begin Ramadan fast

By Niniek Karmini
The Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims have begun fasting for the start of the Ramadan holy month in Indonesia, Malaysia, and elsewhere around Asia, but the somber occasion was marred in Buddhist-dominated Thailand by two bomb blasts that killed one person and injured seven. Read the full story

Posted in Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3, World NewsComments (1)

King County judicial ratings raise more questions

By Gene Johnson
The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — In her campaign for an open seat on the King County Superior Court, Seattle lawyer Elizabeth Berns has been endorsed by several judges — including two retired state Supreme Court justices. Read the full story

Posted in National News, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

Phnom Penh Noodle House celebrates 25th anniversary

Phnom Penh Noodle House celebrates 25th anniversary

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Phnom Penh Noodle House owner Sam Ung (center white) with his family including wife Karen (left from center) and daughters (from left) Darlene, Diane, and Dawn. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Phnom Penh Noodle House celebrated its 25th anniversary on July 17. Owner Sam Ung was surprised by a party thrown by his three daughters, who invited all of Ung’s long-time customers to dine at the restaurant and share their memories of Sam and the restaurant. The original restaurant opened on 412 Maynard Avenue South, now the site of the current Northwest Asian Weekly building. An earthquake in the 1980s caused damage to the original building. Ung relocated the restaurant to its present location. While sharing memories of the restaurant, one customer commented that Phnom Penh Noodle House is the only Cambodian restaurant in the Seattle area. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

Judicial election’s far reaching implications for API voters

Judicial election’s far reaching implications for API voters

By Travis Quezon
Northwest Asian Weekly

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A period of 41 years had passed before a U.S. District Court Judge in California overturned the conviction of Fred Korematsu, an Oakland shipyard foreman of Japanese ancestry who dared to challenge the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066. The 1942 order authorized the removal of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent from their U.S. homes and into internment camps. A majority of those prisoners, like Korematsu, were American citizens. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

Japan fans hopeful after Ichiro trade to Yankees

Japan fans hopeful after Ichiro trade to Yankees

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Ichiro Suzuki (Photo by Rdikeman/en.wikipedia.com)

By Staff
The Associated Press Staff

TOKYO (AP) — Japan reacted to the news that Ichiro Suzuki has been traded to the New York Yankees with surprise and anticipation that the move might lead to a World Series ring.

The Yankees acquired the star outfielder from Seattle in a trade for two young pitchers, bringing a close to Suzuki’s 11-year career with the Mariners. Read the full story

Posted in Sports, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

Q&A Yoshie Wong — 28th District candidate discusses challenges of managing a large campaign

Q&A Yoshie Wong — 28th District candidate discusses challenges of managing a large campaign

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Yoshi Wong

By Tiffany Ran
Northwest Asian Weekly

At a somewhat hectic point in her life, Yoshie Wong decided to run for a Senate seat to represent the 28th district. Soon after, she took on a massive juggling act, balancing her life between her full-time job as a marriage and family therapist and managing a large campaign. Wong has been a marriage and family therapist for more than 20 years and believes that her ability to listen for a living can be applied to resolving problems in Olympia. She hopes to hear from her constituents, so she can ensure that all voices are heard. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Profiles, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

BLOG: Disaster averted at the Chinatown Seafair Parade

BLOG: Disaster averted at the Chinatown Seafair Parade

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Ina Dash and Aolin Xu walks in the NWAW 30th anniversary parade wearing dresses made of NWAW newspaper (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

By Assunta Ng

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Summer Youth Leadership Program students at the Chinatown Seafair Parade (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Imagine the Northwest Asian Weekly’s newspaper fashion contest models soaked in rain during the Seafair Chinatown Parade, and the audience treating us like a laughing stock. It could have happened to us if it rained. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (2)

BLOG: Five Chinese officials in one day

BLOG: Five Chinese officials in one day

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Ron Chow (front center) and deputy counsel Song Ruan (left from center) with other Chinese officials (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

By Assunta Ng

It’s unusual for five Chinese officials to visit Seattle all on one day. In the past, it has usually been only two or three attendees for one community event. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (1)

BLOG: Inslee versus McKenna

BLOG: Inslee versus McKenna

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Jay Inslee with SYLP students

By Assunta Ng

Which gubernatorial candidates joined in the parade? It was hard to tell in the beginning, since both of their colors are blue. Both groups had blue t-shirts and banners. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

BLOG: Campaign season peaks at the parade

By Assunta Ng

Election year is great for the Chinatown parade, at least financially, because each candidate is required to pay $500 for entry. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (2)

BLOG: An absence of Taiwanese officials at the parade

By Assunta Ng

This year, no Taiwanese officials showed up at the parade, even though they were invited. It seems that Andy Chin, the new director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, is taking a different approach from his predecessor, Daniel Liao. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

COMMENTARY: Support the right to marry

This fall, Washington voters will be asked to approve Referendum 74 to keep our state’s historic new law, which allows committed gay and lesbian couples to marry. As community leaders, we are reaching out today to start a conversation about the freedom to marry. This conversation is deeply rooted in our experiences, our values and culture, and our personal and family histories as Japanese Americans. Read the full story

Posted in Commentaries, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

API Candidates bring diversity to upcoming elections

API Candidates bring diversity to upcoming elections

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

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The coming election marks a great year in Washington for API candidates, who are Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/3Comments (0)

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