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Nathan Adrian leads 100-meter freestyle at Olympics

Nathan Adrian leads 100-meter freestyle at Olympics

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Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, Wash. won a gold medal for the 100-meter freestyle, beating out Australia’s James Read the full story

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Seattle Chinese Drill Team celebrates 60th anniversary

Seattle Chinese Drill Team celebrates 60th anniversary

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Seattle Chinese Drill Team pays tribute to Cheryl Chow (front, in red) (Photo by Rebecca Ip/SCP)

About 360 people attended the Seattle Chinese Drill Team’s 60th anniversary celebration at the Renton Pavilion Read the full story

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Washington residents pay tribute to Korean War veterans in Olympia

Washington residents pay tribute to Korean War veterans in Olympia

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Consul Chan-sik Yoon, Republic of Korea Consulate in Seattle, thanks the American Korean War Veterans for their service. (Photo provided by WDVA)

Washington residents gathered at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Olympia to commemorate the 59th anniversary of the armistice signing that ended the Korean War. A wreathlaying ceremony was held and included the unveiling of the name of Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard L. Harris of Spokane. Harris was captured during the Battle of the Chongchon in November 1950, while serving with the 2nd Infantry Division in North Korea. In 2005, his remains were found in a mass burial site in North Korea and returned for burial at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent in April of this year.

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Veterans bringing the wreath to the Korean War Veterans Memorial. (Photo provided by WDVA)

Consul Chan-sik Yoon of the Korean consulate in Seattle spoke at the event, thanking the veterans for their service. A reported 535 Washington residents lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War. (end)

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Steve Hobbs host fundraising event before primaries

Steve Hobbs host fundraising event before primaries

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(left to right) Sen. Karen Keiser, Velma Veloria, Sen. Steve Hobbs, Vera and Joey Ing (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

Steve Hobbs and his supporters gathered at the home of Vera and Joey Ing for a last effort to fundraise and garner Read the full story

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India’s Olympic team abuzz about mystery woman

India’s Olympic team abuzz about mystery woman

By Jill Lawless
The Associated Press

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_32/sports_mysterywoman.jpgLONDON (AP) — A mysterious woman in red has caused an international incident at the London Olympics.

Indian officials are mystified — and miffed — after an unknown young woman managed to march with the country’s athletes and officials during the opening ceremony Friday night. Read the full story

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Tokyo again wants Olympics to heal national crisis

By Graham Dunbar
The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Tokyo wants to host a Summer Olympics for the second time, so that the games can again help speed up Japan’s recovery from a national crisis. Read the full story

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Council to help with Asian American employment

Council to help with Asian American employment

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Gov. Pat Quinn

By Staff
The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law that will create an employment council to help Asian Americans find state government jobs. Read the full story

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Indonesian forest savior among Magsaysay winners

Indonesian forest savior among Magsaysay winners

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Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto

By Jim Gomez
The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Indonesian mountaineer, who faced death threats while battling illegal loggers, and a Bangladeshi lawyer, who fought to keep old, rusty ships from being dumped in her homeland, were named recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards on Thursday.

This year’s six honorees battled great odds to improve the plight of the poor in forest communities, farmlands, and exploitative industries, the Manila-based foundation in charge of the awards said. Read the full story

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APA Heritage Day with Mariners raises money for Nikkei Concerns and Kin On

APA Heritage Day with Mariners raises money for Nikkei Concerns and Kin On

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The Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) is cosponsoring APA Heritage Day with the Mariners. As part of Read the full story

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Rooting for the underdogs in this month’s book selections

Rooting for the underdogs in this month’s book selections

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_32/shelf_choke.jpgThe Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever
By David Yoo
Grand Central Publishing, 2012

Growing up, David Yoo hated everything that identified him as Asian: his slanted eyes, his slight frame, and others’ assumptions that he was academically gifted.

So in an effort to buck the model minority stereotype, Yoo does everything he can to reject his Korean heritage and fall remarkably short of his parents’ and society’s expectations for a young Asian American man.

He doesn’t bother with school, he quits tennis, and gives up the various musical instruments he played as a boy.

He forms a “gang,” two white boys and an Asian boy dressed as thugs who glare at old folks at the senior center.

He attends a non-Ivy League college.

“Choke Artist” is the true story of Yoo, an author of young adult novels, and his quest toward mediocrity.

And while he decidedly and purposefully works to achieve this mediocrity, you can’t help but cheer Yoo on and root for him. You want him to have a successful rap career and you want him to end up with the PWG (popular white girl).

Yoo’s constant complaints about his Asian heritage could grow tedious, but his self-deprecating humor and ability to laugh at his own humiliations — and there are many — is endearing and telling of the insecurities we’ve all felt, but rarely admit to having.

Some of Yoo’s stories are truly cringe worthy, but, at the same time, they can be laugh-out-loud funny and serve as a reminder that we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously.

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By Kimberly Pauley
Tu Books, 2012

In a family of Class A talents, with sisters who can see through things and blend into their surroundings, and parents with laser vision and a super sense of smell, Natalie Ng’s Class D talent of talking to cats is nothing more than an afterthought.

But when the high school sophomore sees an online video of a celebrity blogger being attacked by her own cat, Nat is the only one who realizes what the cat is trying to tell everyone. His owner has been kidnapped and this woman is an imposter.

After some urging and insisting from her best friends, Nat reluctantly sets off to solve the mystery of the missing blogger. Along the way, she meets a number of colorful characters of both the feline and human persuasion, plays an extra in a movie, sneaks into Wrigley Field, and tries to prevent a murder or two.

After a lifetime of living in the shadow of her overachieving family, Nat is hesitant to believe her Class D (D for dumb) talent will be enough to save the day. But as the story progresses, she realizes, as odd as her ability is, it has its uses – an important lesson for anyone who differs from the traditional notions of “smart” and “talented.”

With references and nods to the John Hughes’ classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Cat Girl” is a fun underdog (or cat) story of a girl who learns the importance of playing to her strengths and being her own person.

Nat’s conversations with the various felines she encounters are hilarious as she utilizes the cat network to solve the mystery. Their comments and opinions on humans, dogs, food, and even other cats are so amusing that you begin to assume it’s true. Whether you’re a cat owner, lover, or none of the above, “Cat Girl” will have you looking at cats  and other animals  differently, wondering what they’re really thinking and what they’re up to when you’re not looking.

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/31_32/shelf_taliban.jpgThe Taliban Cricket Club
By Timeri N. Murari
HarperCollins Publishers, 2012

In Afghanistan, the Taliban rules all and men are in control of the women in their families.

With an environment in which individuality and freethinking are discouraged, everyone is shocked when the Taliban breaks its ban on sports in 2000 to promote cricket. While it’s seen as a shameless attempt to be accepted on the world stage, Rukshana and her brother Jahan see it as their ticket to freedom. The winner of the upcoming cricket tournament will get to travel to Pakistan to compete internationally.

The two siblings, who live with their ailing widow mother, form a team with their male cousins to win the tournament. All they have to do is learn how to play cricket, and win.

Rukshana, a young journalist who learned the sport while attending school in Delhi, is their only chance.

In “Cricket Club,” we see the lengths Rukshana, Jahan, and the rest of their family will go for freedom. Readers are transported to their war-torn city filled with religious police, executions, and routine violence. For each of them, the game soon becomes a matter of life and death.

Everyone takes family loyalty very seriously and will risk their lives in order to take care of their relatives. This kind of devotion, which is nothing less than impressive and touching, is what most people can only dream of.

Murari’s attention to detail is also reflected in his descriptions of Kabul, where Rukshana and her family live.

Rukshana, Jahan, and their cousins are such an unlikely team to succeed, but Murari’s characters are so well developed and relatable that readers can’t help but cheer them on and want to see them triumph. (end)

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

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BLOG: Is winning the only thing?

BLOG: Is winning the only thing?

By Assunta Ng

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Models for the Newspaper Fashion Contest Parade (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

It is to some participants who were in the Northwest Asian Weekly’s Newspaper Fashion Contest. A few were disappointed when we announced the results of the contest, with three winners picked by our parade’s sponsors, last Sunday at our award reception at the Bush Asia Center. Read the full story

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INFUSION calls for API artists to showcase work

INFUSION, the largest Asia Pacific festival in the Northwest, is calling for API artists to apply to showcase their work. The Asia Pacific Infusion festival will take place on Nov. 16 through Nov. 18 at the Tacoma Convention Center. Read the full story

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Chinese city kills project after pollution protest

By Eugene Hoshiko
The Associated Press

QIDONG, China (AP) — Authorities in eastern China dropped plans for a waste water discharge project Saturday after thousands of protesters angry about pollution took to the streets. It was the latest of many such confrontations in a country where three decades of rapid economic expansion have come at an environmental price. Read the full story

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BLOG: Is a laptop more valuable than a wallet?

By Assunta Ng

Recently, someone broke into a car that belonged to a delivery man who was dropping something off in the International District. The thief broke the car window, took the laptop sitting on the driver’s seat, and drove away. Read the full story

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COMMENTARY: U.S. Olympics uniforms in a time of globalization

COMMENTARY: U.S. Olympics uniforms in a time of globalization

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Karl Ege

By Karl Ege
For Northwest Asian Weekly

Recently, the political issue du jour was the revelation that the uniforms of the U.S. Olympic team were made in China. I have three words for our political leaders, the media, and the pundits: GET OVER IT! Read the full story

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Creativity abound at NWAW’s newspaper fashion contest

Creativity abound at NWAW’s newspaper fashion contest

For the last few weeks, our newsroom turned catwalk housed the many creative entries that came pouring in for Read the full story

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Local businesses look to next phase of plastic bag ban

Local businesses look to next phase of plastic bag ban

By Tiffany Ran
Northwest Asian Weekly

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When July 1 rolled around, the Viet-Wah Supermarket in the International District still had Read the full story

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Army sergeant sentenced in Danny Chen abuse case

Army sergeant sentenced in Danny Chen abuse case

Danny Chen

By Staff
The Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An Army sergeant was sentenced Read the full story

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Jiji Jally speaks out for local Marshallese

Jiji Jally speaks out for local Marshallese

By Jeffrey Osborn
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Jiji Jally speaks with David Stanton, staff member of Senator Ed Murray, during Children’s Alliance’s annual Have a Heart for Kids Day (Photo by Tegra Stone Nuess)

In 2007, Jiji Jally spoke in front of thousands at a climate change rally in Seattle about her Read the full story

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Locals embrace fashion recycling

Locals embrace fashion recycling

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Jess Estrada after a fashion recycling trip at Value Village (Photo provided by Jess Estrada)

By Jocelyn Chui
Northwest Asian Weekly

When local fashion blogger Jess Estrada cleans her closet, she goes Read the full story

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