Tag Archive | "Vol 31 No 43 | October 20 – October 26"

Seattle Times’ Sona Patel accepts  position with the New York Times

Seattle Times’ Sona Patel accepts position with the New York Times

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Sona Patel

Sona Patel, formerly of the Seattle Times, will be joining the New York Times’ social media team in New York City as a social media manager. While living in Seattle, she served as the president of the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, while working as a social media producer at the Seattle Times. (end)

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101-year-old Bainbridge Island resident Fumiko Hayashida donates $101 to Inslee campaign

101-year-old Bainbridge Island resident Fumiko Hayashida donates $101 to Inslee campaign

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Jay Inslee with Fumiko Hayashida

Fumiko Hayashida, a 101-year-old Japanese Seattle resident and part of the delegation who testified before Congress on behalf of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, visited the Jay Inslee campaign early last week to make a donation of $101 in honor of her age.

Hayashida was a 31-year-old pregnant mother of two when Executive Order 9066 was issued, authorizing the relocation of 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry. She was one of the 227 Bainbridge Island community members relocated under Exclusion Order No. 1. (end)

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Two Asian American amateur chefs take a chance in Chef Rautureau’s Kitchen Circus

Home chefs Atina Tan and Myrissa Yamashiro will be throwing their hats into the ring to appear on Top Chef Master Thierry Rautureau’s Seattle-based reality cooking show Kitchen Circus, along with seven others. Rautureau, also known as “the chef in the hat,” is the man behind Seattle eateries Rover’s and Luc. Read the full story

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Marie Chong returns to Seattle-based ARC Dance Company

Marie Chong returns to Seattle-based ARC Dance Company

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Marie Chong

After a year working with Cirque du Soleil on their Zooka show, Marie Chong will be returning to the Seattle-based ARC Dance Company as artistic and executive director. Before working with Cirque du Soleil, Chong spent 12 years at ARC. Read the full story

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Yao Ming and Bill Russell meet at NBA preseason games held in Shanghai, China

Yao Ming and Bill Russell meet at NBA preseason games held in Shanghai, China

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Yao Ming meets Bill Russell. (Photo by Jerry Lee)

Jerry Lee, chairman of Bellevue-based architecture firm MulvannyG2 Architecture; former SuperSonic Fred Brown; Eric Booker, Director of Player Development and Community Relations at Snoqualmie Casino; and basketball hall of famer Bill Russell attended the NBA preseason games held in Shanghai, China last week, on Oct. 11 and 16. China’s economic development was apparent, as both games, featuring the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers, sold out.  Apart from Yao Ming, Bill Russell received the most applause when his attendance was announced. During the games, Yao Ming met with Bill Russell to pay his respects. (end)

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NBA to open Chinese facility

By Staff
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING, CHINA (AP) — The National Basketball Association and a Chinese partner say they plan to open a basketball center near Beijing. Read the full story

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Asia’s major military powers double defense spending

By Matthew Pennington
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Asia’s top powers have doubled defense spending in the past decade, spurred by the explosion in military expenditure by China, new research shows. Read the full story

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China begins aircraft carrier flight training

BEIJING, CHINA (AP) — China has begun flight training on its first aircraft carrier, with photographs posted on websites Monday showing navy pilots practicing touch-and-go landing exercises. Read the full story

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Japan’s Softbank to buy Sprint

Japan’s Softbank to buy Sprint

By Yuri Kageyama and Peter Svensson
The Associated Press

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Softbank’s purchase of Sprint gives the number three wireless carrier a capital infusion to improve its next generation services. (Photo by Adam Freidin)

TOKYO, JAPAN (AP) — Japan’s Softbank has agreed to buy 70 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion, giving the struggling U.S. cellphone company an infusion of cash and confidence. Read the full story

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U.S.–Japan relations reinforced at U.S.–Japan Council conference held in Seattle

U.S.–Japan relations reinforced at U.S.–Japan Council conference held in Seattle

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The 2012 keynote speakers and special guests (from left to right): Takeshi Niinami, Raymond L. Conner, Irene Hirano Inouye, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca M. Blank, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Director General Junichi Ihara, and Thomas Linon

The U.S.–Japan Council hosted their annual conference at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle on Oct. 5, bringing together economic leaders Read the full story

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Born “Somewhere Between”

Born “Somewhere Between”

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By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly


The documentary “Somewhere Between” begins with the adoption of a tiny Chinese girl by an American family. The family turns out to be that of the director, Linda Goldstein Knowlton, who has previously worked on documentaries about cooking and “Sesame Street” as well as  helped produce prominent dramatic films such as “Whale Rider,” “Mumford,” “The Shipping News,” and “Crazy in Alabama.”

But “Somewhere Between” arises from a more personal story. Goldstein wanted to see how Chinese adoptees, most of them female, grew up in the United States, so she would have some idea of what her daughter, Ruby, would go through as.

The film opens with a flashback to vintage news footage of China’s “One Child Policy,” which was implemented in 1979. The policy resulted in an enormous number of abandoned babies, mostly girls. Approximately 80,000 girls abandoned in the wake of that policy currently live in the United States, occupying every one of America’s 50 states.

“Somewhere Between” focuses on four of these girls, each in her teens:  Jenna Cook of New England; Haley Butler of Nashville, Tenn.; Ann Boccuti of Philadelphia, Pa.; and Fang “Jenni” Lee of Berkeley, Calif.

Director Goldstein Knowlton went into the project knowing that not all Chinese adoptees’ stories are the same. But she was surprised, and the viewer might be too, at the diversity of the young girls’ backgrounds, and the differences in their attitudes towards where they came from.

The director’s camera follows the four girls for some time in the film’s early section, wisely not telling us too much too soon about their lives. Their politics, religious beliefs, and interests range across a wide spectrum. The contrasts between their lives always fascinates.

The film then explores the young women’s involvement in CAL/Global Girls, an organization devoted to adoptees taken in across racial lines. As they examine their divided backgrounds from a worldwide perspective, including meeting parents and adoptees based in other parts of the world, their wisdom as teachers, with inspiring stories to tell, emerges. But so do their disparate attitudes towards their origins.

Goldstein Knowlton gained access to China itself, and the footage shot there tells an important part of the movie’s overall story. It is one thing to discuss primitive Chinese orphanages and systemic abandonment of female babies. It is another thing to visit the very places where these things happened and, in some cases, continue.

The film lets the girls tell their own stories.

Jenna, Haley, Ann, and Fang occasionally take over the camera to let the audience in on especially personal aspects of their lives. They discuss their experiences and their growing and changing feelings in their own words.

Being caught between two cultures is never easy. The choice that some of the girls make, to return to China and try to make some sense of their early years, makes things even more difficult. Tears, especially in the latter half of the film, grow common. They cry for the past, the uncertainty of what they’ll discover in their home country, and the sudden, sharp realizations of how their pasts affect their personalities.

“Somewhere Between” confronts a worldwide phenomenon, but makes sure to always ground its stories in specific people — hardworking, capable, compassionate youth seeking the missing pieces of themselves. Director Goldstein Knowlton convincingly unites the personal and the political into an enthralling study of the triumphantly human. (end)

“Somewhere Between” opens Friday, October 19th at Seattle’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle’s University District. For prices and showtimes, call 206-781-5755 or check local listings.

Andrew Hamlin can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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BLOG: The most stylish couple won

BLOG: The most stylish couple won

By Assunta Ng

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From left: Luuvu Hoang, Charlene Lee, Ms. T, Dwayne Clark, and Christine Lee

Although the Northwest Asian Weekly was celebrating its 30th anniversary at the Seattle Sheraton, we also wanted to create a meaningful Read the full story

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BLOG: Lobster hot pot

BLOG: Lobster hot pot

By Assunta Ng

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Photo by John Liu/NWAW

On Oct. 5, the day we celebrated the Northwest Asian Weekly’s 30th anniversary, one of my staff members bought me a hot pot with lobster and rice and lobster soup with mustard greens and tofu for lunch. She knew I wouldn’t have time to eat at the event, so she ordered the hot pot to go from Tea Garden on Rainier Avenue South.

I quickly ate a few bites and went back to work on the gala. The majority of the food was left in the fridge, and over the next two days, I had lobster leftovers for lunch.  Each day, it tasted better. Strange, but true! Read the full story

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BLOG: No free bus downtown

By Assunta Ng

I rode the Metro from downtown to the International District on Sept. 27, the last day of the free ride zone. Do I miss it? Sure. Now, I have to pay $2.25 just to take a three-stop ride. It should be just a dollar if the county government wants to charge. Read the full story

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Kollaboration Seattle crowns third champion

Kollaboration Seattle crowns third champion

By Samantha Test
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Singer-songwriter Ariel Yang poses with her grand prize check. (Photo by Samantha Test/NWAW)

Calling what happened downtown at the Moore Theatre last Friday night, Oct. 12, a “talent Read the full story

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Nationwide manhunt ends in SeaTac

Nationwide manhunt ends in SeaTac

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Susie Ko

By Charles Lam
NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY

The search for Susie Ko’s possible killers Read the full story

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Chinese warships cross waters near Japanese territorial islands

By Eric Talmadge
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO, JAPAN (AP) — Japanese military officials said they were keeping a close eye on seven Chinese warships spotted in waters off a southern island Tuesday, Oct. 16. It was unclear whether the ship movements were related to a territorial dispute that has prompted both countries to show off their maritime muscles. Read the full story

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EDITORIAL: Obama is best for U.S.

EDITORIAL: Obama is best for U.S.

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President Barack Obama (left) and Mitt Romney

During this week’s debate, Mitt Romney got a few things right about President Obama. Obama promised to reform the United States’ immigration policies during his first term. He hasn’t. He promised to improve the economy and cut down the deficit. He failed to meet his goals. At best, he scores a C+ on the economy. Read the full story

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The Layup Drill: A column of fists and feet

The Layup Drill: A column of fists and feet

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Welcome to another edition of The Layup Drill. This month, we take a look at the push of Read the full story

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