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MOMO Seattle celebrates its 5th anniversary

MOMO Seattle celebrates its 5th anniversary

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The MOMO Storefront (Photo by Charles Lam/NWAW)

MoMo Seattle celebrated its 5th anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 15, hosting a small party at their International District storefront. The store extended their nighttime hours and provided spam musubi, sushi, and beer and wine to its customers. Read the full story

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Cindy Ryu among 5 finalists for King County Council

Cindy Ryu among 5 finalists for King County Council

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Ciindy Ryu

Cindy Ryu, State Representative of the 32nd District, is among the 5 finalists to fill Attorney General-elect Bob Ferguson’s King County Council seat when he vacates it in January, announced the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine on Friday, Dec. 21. The other four finalists are Rod Dembowski, Will Hall, Keith Scully, and Chuck Sloane; the five finalists were selected from 13 applicants by a citizen committee convened by Constantine and chaired by George Allen and Kathe Fowler.

Next, Constantine will transmit three names to the King County Council, who will have 60 days from the date the seat is vacated to make an appointment. (end)

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Chris Soon chosen as Select Real Estate Agent by Seattle Magazine

Chris Soon chosen as Select Real Estate Agent by Seattle Magazine

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Chris Soon

Chris K. Soon, a real estate broker and principal of Chrissoon Real Estate Internation, has been chosen by Seattle Magazine and Five Star Professional as a Five Star Select Seattle Real Estate Agent for the year of 2012. Read the full story

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UW hosts Minority Business Awards

UW hosts Minority Business Awards

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From left to right: Alicia Newman, BEDC alum; Ali Tarhouni, former UW professor and current Libyan economist and politician; Michael Verchot, BEDC director; and Doug Ta’a, scholarship winner (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

The University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business hosted its Minority Business Awards on Thursday, Dec. 6, honoring eight minority-owned businesses and awarding seven Read the full story

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West Coast prepares for more tsunami debris in winter

By Alicia Chang
AP Science Writer

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) — Volunteers who patrol California beaches for plastic, cigarette butts, and other litter will be on the lookout this winter for flotsam from last year’s monstrous tsunami off Japan’s coast. Read the full story

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Indian gang rapists charged with murder

By Staff
The Associated Press

NEW DELHI, India — Indian police charged six men with murder on Saturday, adding to accusations that they beat and gang-raped a woman on a New Delhi bus nearly two weeks ago in a case that shocked the country. Read the full story

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N Korea says it has detained a US Citizen

By Staff
The Associated Press

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that it has detained an American citizen who has confessed to unspecified crimes. Read the full story

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BLOG: 2012’s Top 10 Moments of Thrills, Triumph, and Sadness

BLOG: 2012’s Top 10 Moments of Thrills, Triumph, and Sadness

By Assunta Ng

The numbers tell us that we have conquered many mountains in 2012, even though some of them seemed impossible to beat at the beginning of the year. Like a child keeping a Christmas list, I had a wish list for the Asian Weekly’s 30th anniversary. Read the full story

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COMMENTARY: The Seattle Port Commission is committed to helping foster small local businesses

COMMENTARY: The Seattle Port Commission is committed to helping foster small local businesses

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John Creighton

By John Creighton
For the Northwest Asian Weekly

Small businesses have been the engines of economic growth in America, generating 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years. Small businesses have been the major factor in stimulating economic growth in our country. In today’s economy, small businesses matter even more.   Read the full story

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The Top 10 Outstanding Asian American Achievements of 2012

The Top 10 Outstanding Asian American Achievements of 2012

By Nina Huang
Northwest Asian Weekly

Each year, certain people are recognized for the extraordinary things that they have accomplished in the Asian American communities. Here are 10 of those people from 2012. Read the full story

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The Top 10 APA Movies of 2012

The Top 10 APA Movies of 2012

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

From close-set family dramas to burgeoning blockbusters, Asian films were as strong as ever this year. Here are my picks for the top ten Asian Pacific American films that played in Seattle this year.

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10.  “The Secret World Of Arietty,” directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, starring Mirai Shida, Ryunosuke Kamiki, and Shinobu Otake

The latest from Japan’s Studio Ghibli to hit American shores tells the story of a tiny teenage girl, the sick young boy who discovers her, and their struggles to maintain their friendship against an adult world gone haywire. Bold, inventive, funny, touching, and everything we’ve come to expect from Ghibli.

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9.  “The Manzanar Fishing Club,” directed by Cory Shiozaki

Japanese Americans wrongfully interned in the Manzanar camp during World War II often skipped out at night under the searchlights, but snuck back to their barracks come dawn. Their secret? Fishing. Shiozaki’s documentary retraces one of the hugest injustices in modern American history, and goes to show how liberating a simple, quiet pastime can become.

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8.  “A Simple Life,” directed by Ann Hui, starring Andy Lau, Deanie Ip

Andy Lau plays the globetrotting son of a prominent Hong Kong family. Deanie Ip plays the aging domestic, finally too old to work, whom Lau must look after. It sounds simple enough in sentences but director Hui gives us a long, deep look at both souls and at how they still struggle to connect after decades in the same household.

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7.  “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi,” directed by David Gelb, starring Jiro Ono

Yes, Jiro dreams of sushi. But given that he’s made sushi his life’s work, that’s only fair. You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this shot-in-Japan documentary’s lush look at Jiro Ono’s cooking. The lessons about life and work will stick to you too.

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6.  “Tatsumi,” directed by Eric Khoo, starring Yoshihiro Tatsumi

For his first animated film, Singapore’s Eric Khoo draws on the life and work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, the person who taught Japan that comics could be for adults. Not in a pornographic sense, but in a mature, reasoned, sense acknowledging grown-up experiences. Tatsumi’s stories shift between the enigmatic, the spooky, and the sad, as he guides us through the story of his life, and imagination, in picture.

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5.  “The Lady,” directed by Luc Besson, starring Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, and Jonathan Woodhouse

Aung San Suu Kyi overcame oppression, long-term imprisonment, and the assassination of her own father to lead the country of Burma. Michelle Yeoh seems to live inside the role, but the script doesn’t neglect the love story between Suu Kyi and her husband, the late Michael Aris.

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4.  “Norwegian Wood,” directed by Anh Hùng Trần, starring Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, and Kiko Mizuhara

A gorgeously-shot exercise in love, loss, and the painful inward transitions from adolescence to adulthood. Director Trần always gives us amazing looking cinema, and here he’s found a story worth chewing over as well.

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3.  “This Is Not A Film,” directed by Jafar Panahi and  Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, starring Jafar Panahi

Like one or two other films on this list, “This Is Not A Film” will leave you grateful that you live in America. For all of our nation’s (copious) flaws, we would probably not lock up a director for allegedly criticizing the government. Prize-winning Iranian director Jafar Panahi contemplates his own pending jail time in this documentary study of his pensive pre-prison life, as he waits to hear from his lawyer. It would take a lot of courage for a man in his shoes to even venture out of his apartment, but Panahi works up the courage to do so, and then finds a story right outside his door unlike any other.

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2.  “Planet Of Snail,” directed by Seung-jun Yi, starring Young-Chan and Soon-Ho

Young-Chan has no sight and very little hearing; he is effectively deaf-blind. Soon-Ho, his wife, is dwarfed and partially crippled by a spine disorder.  How do they live?  Surprisingly, very well.  They help each other through the mundane chores of the day (a struggle to change a light bulb becomes an epic almost on the order of the Iliad), and they stay tuned to their shared sensuality. One of the finest documentaries to come out of South Korea in years.

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1.  “Golden Slumbers,” directed by Davy Chou, starring Dy Saveth,  Ly Bun Yin, and Ly You Sreang

Of all the films on this list, only this Cambodian documentary has such an epic scope:  To remind the world of pre-Khmer Rouge Cambodian filmmaking, which vanished almost completely during the revolution. Pol Pot and his minions succeeded in destroying the present and the past of his nation’s film industry, leaving only a few refugees left alive, to try to restore the overarching story. It’s heartbreaking in its details, but thrilling in its depictions of survival and resilience. (end)

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

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A-pop! Top 10 Pop Culture Stories from 2012

A-pop! Top 10 Pop Culture Stories from 2012

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

With 2013 officially underway, everyone is clamoring for a fresh start by tackling their New Year’s resolutions. Read the full story

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The 10 Best Asian Pop Songs You Might’ve Missed in 2012

The 10 Best Asian Pop Songs You Might’ve Missed in 2012

By Reese Umbaugh
For the Northwest Asian Weekly

When South Korean artist Psy’s song “Gangnam Style” became a worldwide phenomenon this year, the formerly niche genre known as Read the full story

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The Layup Drill — Year in Review: The Top 10 Asian American Sports Figures of 2012

The Layup Drill — Year in Review: The Top 10 Asian American Sports Figures of 2012

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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EDITORIAL: The Northwest Asian Weekly’s Wish List for 2013

2012 was a great year for the Asian Pacific community, but there’s always more to accomplish. For 2013, we wish for…

1. A return to 2011’s Chinatown–International District parking rates. While the rest of Seattle can afford increased parking rates, the businesses in the International District have been having a hard time. A return to the 6 p.m. cut off time of 2011 would help greatly. Read the full story

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