Tag Archive | "Vol 31 No 9 | February 25 – March 2"

LETTER: A lot of thanks owed to witness for speaking up after robbery

To the Editor:

I’d just like to say thank you to the robbery witness (in the page 2 story of last week’s issue, “Woman robbed in Chinatown, loses $2,000 and passport”) for stepping up to be a good citizen in helping the victim and the police in tracking down the perpetrators in this robbery incident. Read the full story

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LETTER: Excellent coverage on health issue

To the Editor:

I just want to take a minute to compliment the Northwest Asian Weekly staff for the excellent coverage on [last week’s] health issue.   Read the full story

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Winners of WACE’s Why Learn Chinese competition get cash prizes

Winners of WACE’s Why Learn Chinese competition get cash prizes

Grand Prize winner Mason Ji thanks WACE after accepting his award. Watching him, from left, are Seattle Chinese Garden President Jonathan Geiger, Kevin Li, and WACE officer Wayne Huang.

More than 70 high school and middle school students in Washington, and one from across the country in Maryland, submitted essays, videos, and even a comic strip for the first annual competition sponsored by the student-run Washington Association for Chinese Education (WACE). Read the full story

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World War II Filipino defenders of Bataan and Corregidor honored

World War II Filipino defenders of Bataan and Corregidor honored

Monument Project Manager Larry Cambronero stands in front of the new monument.

On Feb. 4, Seattle Parks and Recreation hosted the dedication of a monument honoring the Filipino defenders of Bataan and Corregidor during World War II at Dr. Jose Rizal Park (1008 12th Ave. S.). Read the full story

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Artist Yuqi Wang teaches at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle

Artist Yuqi Wang teaches at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle

One of Wang’s portraits

Yuqi Wang

From Jan. 2 through Jan. 13, the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle hosted Chinese artist Yuqi Wang for a 10-day workshop, “Expressive Portrait Painting,” for intermediate and advanced artists. Read the full story

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North American Post purchases Soy Source

North American Post purchases Soy Source

Publisher Tomio Moriguchi holds issues of the North American Post and Soy Source (Photo by Shihou Sasaki/NAP)

The North American Post (NAP) purchased Soy Source, a publication of Japan Pacific Publications Inc. (JPP), effective as of Feb. 1, said NAP’s Tomio Moriguchi.

“My desire is to have both publications use synergies to sustain and grow our readership and advertisers,” said Moriguchi.

Soy Source was first published in 1992. This year marks its 20th year. (end)

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Chen case: Asian American soldiers endure bias

Chen case: Asian American soldiers endure bias

By Deepti Hajela
The Associated Press

Danny Chen

NEW YORK (AP) — The harassment of 19-year-old Danny Chen started in basic training — teasing about his name, repeated questions of whether he was from China, even though he was a born-and-raised New Yorker. Read the full story

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Asian Americans rejoice as Lin smashes stereotypes

By Jesse Washington
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — They know what it feels like to be overlooked. People, they say, assume they are weak, servile, out of place. So when these Asian Americans watch Jeremy Lin slash and shoot his way through the NBA’s finest, it’s almost as if they are on the basketball court with the California-born point guard who has set the zeitgeist on fire. Read the full story

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Former U.S. Ambassador Curtis S. Chin says New Year offers opportunity for APIs

Former U.S. Ambassador Curtis S. Chin says New Year offers opportunity for APIs

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

Curtis Chin

Despite the downturned economy, opportunities are thriving for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APIs) that want to be involved in business, government, and community and other non-governmental organizations, as the Year of the Dragon unfolds.

Indeed, with 2012 being a U.S. presidential election year, greater participation and involvement are more important than ever.

That was the simple, straightforward message of former U.S. Ambassador Curtis S. Chin when he stopped by the Northwest Asian Weekly offices during a New Year’s visit to his Washington roots.

“Whether exports of airplanes and apples, to growing markets across the Pacific, high-tech innovations or new business models, the state of Washington in particular continues to show the way forward by looking outward and forward,” Chin said. “Yet, even as we embrace international trade and investment, this does not mean that we cannot at the same time do more here at home to build businesses and create jobs. Read the full story

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Celebrate Asia! to feature prodigy violinist Hahn-Bin and pipa player Jie Ma

Celebrate Asia! to feature prodigy violinist Hahn-Bin and pipa player Jie Ma

By Vivian Miezianko
Northwest Asian Weekly

Now that the Lunar New Year festivities are over, where can one find a jubilant event that the entire family can participate in? Where can one relish Western classical music performed alongside contemporary Asian compositions by world-class musicians, book-ended by an exhilarating showcase of traditional dance, drumming, and music? Read the full story

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Diversity Makes a Difference — Part 3

Diversity Makes a Difference — Part 3

Compiled by Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

Northwest Asian Weekly’s Diversity Makes a Difference scholarship program celebrates young people who are committed to reaching out across cultural lines. Students are nominated by their schools as being champions of diversity. From among those students, a judging panel will choose five winners who will receive $1,000 scholarships and a number of finalists who will receive $200 scholarships. Read the full story

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Stories about LOVE — NWAW’s February must-reads

Stories about LOVE — NWAW’s February must-reads

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

“Cinder”
By Marissa Meyer
Feiwel and Friends, 2012

At 16, Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing.

From androids to hovers, there is nothing she can’t fix. Her talents may be revered throughout the Eastern Commonwealth, but Cinder is also considered a technological mistake because she is a cyborg. With various mechanical parts — including a mechanical foot — people from all over seek her for her services, but those who know the truth avoid her. Read the full story

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BLOG: Jeremy Lin. Yao Ming. Basketball. Seattle.

BLOG: Jeremy Lin. Yao Ming. Basketball. Seattle.

Jeremy Lin and Yao Ming

By Assunta Ng

Since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma, I lost interest in basketball. Then, Lin-fever hit me. Last Sunday morning, I finally had a chance to watch him for the first time. Lin and the Knicks played against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden in New York. What an exciting game! The Knicks won.

Lin-sanity, Lin-finity, and Lin-sation are not exaggerations. He was fun and exciting to watch. His moves are sophisticated, clever, and speedy.

Lin reminds me of Yao Ming, although Lin was made in America and Yao in China. I have seen Yao play for the Rockets at Key Arena. Yao’s skills are far less superior than Lin’s. Lin, who is 6′ 3″, runs fast and jumps high. Yao, who is 7′ 6″, dominated his opponents due merely to his size. Yao had a temper and no grace. When his team lost in Seattle, he refused to come out and greet his fans. He simply stormed into the bus and left. Read the full story

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BLOG: You got a parking ticket (but it’s OK)!

BLOG: You got a parking ticket (but it’s OK)!

By Assunta Ng

For those of you who got a citation for parking overnight in Chinatown/International District, you may not be surprised to learn that the parking enforcement officer is relentless these days. One morning at 8:10 a.m., I saw the guy busily putting tickets on every car that had parked overnight. Read the full story

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COMMENTARY: Two elephants and a mouse, a piece about outsourcing

COMMENTARY: Two elephants and a mouse, a piece about outsourcing

Jack Towe

By Jack Towe
For Northwest Asian Weekly

We have two elephants in our national living room, and we’d better deal with them before they crush us.

First elephant: Why do our major corporations outsource work to other countries? Cheap labor, of course.

That was the initial reasons for shipping production work abroad. However, there’s also a byproduct we don’t talk about. The byproduct is that companies have also outsourced 80 percent of their problems. Read the full story

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Elevating game — Social media bringing rock group New Heights new fans

Elevating game — Social media bringing rock group New Heights new fans

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

New Heights (Photo from new-heights.net)

A chance meeting at a mutual friend’s benefit event during high school spawned the birth of a young rock group that was originally a Christian rock group. Read the full story

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Heritage keepers — Women of Color Empowered honorees share secrets of the past to build brighter future

Heritage keepers — Women of Color Empowered honorees share secrets of the past to build brighter future

By Nan Nan Liu
Northwest Asian Weekly

The Women of Color Empowered honorees and emcee Bonnie Miller (far left) at New Hong Kong Restaurant at the Feb. 3 luncheon (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

“If people know what their culture is, they have lots to be proud of. They also recognize other cultures and celebrate and embrace differences,” said LaVerne Hall, associate minister at Mount Zion Baptist Church and one of the honorees of Women of Color Empowered networking luncheon at New Hong Kong Restaurant. Read the full story

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Ichiro heads into final year of deal with Mariners

Ichiro heads into final year of deal with Mariners

Ichiro Suzuki

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — No one really knows when Ichiro Suzuki will retire. The 38-year-old outfielder is heading into the final year of his contract with Seattle and isn’t discussing a new deal.

There he was last Saturday, though, beginning his 12th spring training with the Mariners, as the team held its first full-squad workout of 2012.

Naturally, there was a bit more buzz around camp than usual. More fans showed up to watch and get autographs. More media from Japan arrived, following Suzuki’s every move. And when asked about his future, Suzuki said it was difficult to say how long he plans to keep playing.

“When I first came in 2001, I never thought that I would be here in 2012,” he said through translator Antony Suzuki. “You can wish you’d be there, but you never know. So it’s the little things that count and it’s the little things that you build off, to where you’ve come this far.”

Suzuki, a 10-time All-Star and the franchise leader in hits — including 10 straight seasons of 200 or more from 2001 to 2010 — provided a show on day 1. He hit seven home runs during batting practice.

The Mariners can likely count on offensive production from Suzuki despite a down year in 2011, when he had 184 hits but batted below .300 (.272) for the first time since joining the Mariners in 2001.

“I go through the same process in the offseason. I feel fresh, ready to go for the challenge,” Suzuki said. “If those numbers were in 2001, a lot of people would have said, ‘Hey, this guy can play.’ Expectations are very high.”

The Mariners are coming off a 67–95 season that produced a last-place finish in the AL West. Suzuki didn’t sound totally opposed to being dropped from his customary leadoff spot in the batting order, a move manager Eric Wedge eventually plans to discuss with him.

Suzuki said with two Japanese teammates, infielder Munenori Kawasaki and pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, he has a lot of pride in the rise of his country’s baseball talent. Suzuki said he heard he was Kawasaki’s baseball hero growing up — that Kawasaki would imitate him and wanted to play for the Mariners because of Suzuki.

“You look at other countries, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, they have a lot of stars that perform at this level,” Suzuki said, “and when you compare Japan to those countries, we’re not there yet. That’s what I look forward to saying in the future.” (end)

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Cultural and generational clashes abound in powerful “My Reincarnation”

Cultural and generational clashes abound in powerful “My Reincarnation”

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

Jennifer Fox’s documentary film “My Reincarnation” begins enigmatically, with bodies floating in a pool of water and unidentified images shimmering, as if viewed through water.  We come to see that the water represents, among other things, separation between the father and the son, who form the core of the film. The shimmering images represent a dreamlike state, fitting for a father and son who, though very different in some ways, place great faith in dreams and visions. Read the full story

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EDITORIAL: Racial puns are becoming a bit Lin-sane

EDITORIAL: Racial puns are becoming a bit Lin-sane

Jeremy Lin

On Friday, Feb. 17, the Knicks lost to the Hornets, 85–89. The Knicks’ seven-game winning streak was dead. In news outlets, point guard Jeremy Lin publicly blamed himself. After all, he had committed nine turnovers.

Overshadowing all of that was an unfortunate ESPN headline, which popped up online hours after the loss. The moment the words, “Chink in the armor” were posted, eyes were on it. Though ESPN realized the mistake and took it down 35 minutes later, it was too late. People were already talking about it. Screencaps had already been taken.

Afterward, ESPN delivered a rather tepid apology, which ended up enraging more people.

By Sunday, Anthony Federico, the headline writer, was fired from ESPN. Federico actually seemed rather repentant when he talked about it, saying that he had written the same kind of headline many, many times — of course, none of the other NBA players he referred to were Asian — and claimed it was an honest mistake. Read the full story

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