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Patricia Moy named associate vice provost at UW

Patricia Moy named associate vice provost at UW

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Patricia Moy

University of Washington (UW) Professor of Communication and Adjunct Professor of Political Science Patricia Moy became associate vice provost for academic and student affairs on Aug. 1. The half-time appointment will see Moy planning, coordinating, and evaluating the University of Washington’s academic programs. Read the full story

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Hang Chen wins national NAAAP award

Hang Chen wins national NAAAP award

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Hang Ping Chen

Hang Ping Chen was awarded the National Leadership Award at the 31st Annual National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) International Convention, held in Toronto from Aug. 8 to Aug. 10. Chen serves on the NAAAP–Seattle Executive Advisory Board.

The NAAAP National Leadership Award is given to three NAAAP members who exemplify the organization’s vision and mission of cultivating and preparing more Asians and Pacific Americans to take on personal and professional leadership roles. The award is a major achievement for NAAAP–Seattle, which competed with 26 other chapters across the U.S. and Canada.

From 2009 to 2010, Hang led NAAAP–Seattle’s Professional Development as its program chair. From 2011 to 2012, he served as the chapter’s national representative and national liaison. He continues to serve on the NAAAP–Seattle executive advisory board and as a mentor to numerous NAAAP–Seattle members. (end)

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Murray hosts Obamacare panel at ICHS

Murray hosts Obamacare panel at ICHS

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Sen. Patty Murray (center) holding a panel on Obamacare with ICHS staff. (Photo from ICHS)

Sen. Patty Murray hosted a roundtable discussion at International Community Health Service (ICHS) on Aug. 22 to discuss the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Read the full story

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Seattle-area dancer performs during RED Tour

Seattle-area dancer performs during RED Tour

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Yoshi Wright

Dancer Yoshi Wright toured with singer Taylor Swift earlier this year during Swift’s currently on-going Red Tour. Wright performed as a dancer with YouTube star Austine Mahone, who opened several shows for Swift. Wright also appears in several Mahone music videos. Read the full story

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Last of 5 suspects captured in latest Mumbai rape

Last of 5 suspects captured in latest Mumbai rape

By Katy Daigle
The Associated Press

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Police on Aug. 25 arrested the last of five men wanted in the gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai, and said charges would be filed soon in a case that has incensed the public and fueled debate over whether women can be safe in India. Read the full story

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Radioactive groundwater at Fukushima nears Pacific

By Mari Yamaguchi
The Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Deep beneath Fukushima’s crippled nuclear power station, a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant’s reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the Pacific. Read the full story

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Bo slams wife, ex-aide at trial exposing Chinese elite

Bo slams wife, ex-aide at trial exposing Chinese elite

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Bo Xilai (left) and Gu Kailai (right)

By Gillian Wong
The Associated Press

JINAN, China (AP) — The defense strategy of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai, who is battling accusations of corruption and shielding a murderer, boils down to this: One of the prosecution’s key witnesses is a liar, and the other is crazy.

Four days of testimony at the trial, which has offered a glimpse into the shady inner workings of China’s elite, ended Aug. 25, with Bo assailing his former right-hand man, much as he had done previously to his wife, the other key witness to testify against him. Read the full story

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Jeremy Lin keen to work on Howard chemistry

Jeremy Lin keen to work on Howard chemistry

By Staff
The Associated Press

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BEIJING (AP) — Jeremy Lin says he’s looking forward to pairing up with the Houston Rockets’ newly acquired star Dwight Howard.
Lin told reporters Aug. 25 on a visit to Beijing that he saw a natural affinity in the pair’s affection for the pick-and-roll game. Read the full story

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Men smuggled guns on Chinatown busses

By Tom Hays
The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of gunrunners smuggled firearms into New York City by hiding them in luggage they carried on discount buses that offered cheap fares and lesser odds of getting caught, authorities said Aug. 19. Read the full story

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US envoy to seek Bae’s release

By Matthew Pennington and Matthew Lee
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A senior U.S. envoy will travel to North Korea this week to seek the release of an American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the authoritarian country, the State Department said Aug. 27. Read the full story

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Buddhists in Myanmar torch Muslim homes and shops

HTAN GONE, Myanmar (AP) — Members of a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob torched dozens of homes and shops in northwestern Myanmar following rumors that a Muslim man tried to sexually assault a young woman, officials and witnesses said Aug. 25, as the country was once again gripped by sectarian violence. Read the full story

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Kollaboration Seattle to host fourth annual showcase of APA talent

Kollaboration Seattle will be hosting their fourth annual event, a 60s-themed evening on Sept. 21, 2013 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Acoustic solo artist Agnes Ingarra, singer and songwriter Christian Kang, hip-hop dance team The Bosses, emcee Rogue Pinay, and spoken word artist Troy & Ariel will compete for a grand prize of $1,000 and the chance to be Seattle’s representative in Kollaboration Star — the national finale show in November where six winners from different Kollaboration cities will compete for the final $20,000 grand prize. Read the full story

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Two classics make their Blu-ray debuts

Two classics make their Blu-ray debuts

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

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http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_36/movies_lee1.jpg“Enter The Dragon”

The young man was only 32 when he died. He’d been born in San Francisco and lived in Oakland, Hong Kong, and elsewhere, but his family chose to have him buried in Seattle, where he’d attended school and worked for Ruby Chow as a waiter. His pallbearers included Steve McQueen, James Coburn, George Lazenby, and Chuck Norris.

The young man was, of course, Bruce Lee. 1973’s “Enter The Dragon,” the capstone to his handful of martial arts films, recently came out in a new Blu-ray edition from Warner Home Video.

“Enter The Dragon” had an American director, Robert Clouse, who was actually so deaf that he needed assistants to verify that his actors had correctly spoken their lines. This might explain why, except for a short, intriguing philosophical scene in which Lee confers with his master, you can follow Dragon’s plot without dialogue or subtitles. Shih Kien as the evil Han, is out to co-opt or kill all other martial arts masters. Lee, Jim Kelly (who died last June), and John Saxon (the film’s sole living male lead) must get to the bottom of his fiendish plot, or die trying.

Lee used stunt doubles (including a young Jackie Chan) for some scenes, and his famous leap into a tree was actually accomplished by running the film backwards. But he stands out, head, torso, and legs, in the film’s most famous set pieces, including a masterful display with nunchakau. When he fights his way through every one of Han’s thugs to reach the master himself, the grand finale — played out in a museum, then a hall of mirrors — still reflects his eternal charisma, now with a better picture than ever.

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http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_36/movies_totoro1.jpg“My Neighbor Totoro”

Hayao Miyazaki’s anime “My Neighbor Totoro” dates from 1988, and like “Enter The Dragon,” is available in a new Blu-ray edition, from Disney. It begins with two tropes close to the master animator’s heart: A sick parent, and a move to someplace new.

In this case, the sick mother is Yasuko (voiced in Japanese by Sumi Shimamoto, in English by Lea Salonga), and her two concerned daughters, Satsuki and Mei (Noriko Hidaka and Chika Sakamoto/Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning) move into an old house in the countryside, to be closer to their mother while she recovers.

Their father, Tatsuo (Shigesato Itoi/Tim Daly) tries to acclimate his daughters to their new place, but has a lot of work of his own to do. The two girls soon find their own distractions; they’re being haunted. Benignly, and eventually, even lovingly. But spirits abound.

The biggest spirit is Totoro, a vaguely catlike creature, the size of an industrial refrigerator, who communicates (thanks to Hitoshi Takagi and Frank Welker) in theatrical grumbles and sighs. He is the keeper of the forest, along with various other creatures of various sizes, and the day comes when he must rescue at least one of the girls.

Miyazaki’s lush landscapes looked fine enough in previous video transfers, but Blu-ray adds detail and vividness of color. Against all this rich context, the two girls, with their playfulness, stubbornness, and occasional bouts of the blues, seem all the more natural. And nature, another over-arching Miyazaki concern, forms the fundamental frequency of the film. The girls learn to become absorbed into their surroundings, to manifest, and enrich, the ecosystem Totoro watches over.

“Enter The Dragon” and “My Neighbor Totoro” seem aimed at different audiences and the first one, certainly, is not suitable for small children. But either can be enjoyed by film enthusiasts. They stand as two modern touchstones for Asian cinema. (end)

“Enter The Dragon” and “My Neighbor Totoro” were released on Blu-ray in May and June 2013 and are available from various retailers.

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

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Wayne’s World: In the zoo, a mini zoo, a lyin’ sleeps tonight

Wayne’s World: In the zoo, a mini zoo, a lyin’ sleeps tonight

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Wayne Chan

By Wayne Chan
Northwest Asian Weekly

They say that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” If that is indeed the case, the Chinese are flattered up the wazoo. Read the full story

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Jazz singer Matsui reveals soul

Jazz singer Matsui reveals soul

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Keiko Matsui in 2012 at Yoshi’s in San Francisco (Photo from Keiko Matsui)

Japanese jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, a native of Tokyo, has traveled around the world for the past three decades, promoting her Read the full story

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21 new American citizens naturalized at ReWA event

21 new American citizens naturalized at ReWA event

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

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The new American citizens naturalized on Aug. 26 with ReWA Executive Director Someireh Amirfaiz (back left), US Citizenship and Immigration Services District Director Anne Corsano (back center left), Sec. of Interior Sally Jewell (back center), and Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Director Magdaleno Rose-Avila (back right). (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Twenty-one new United States citizens, 19 of them women, were naturalized on Aug. 26 at a ceremony hosted by the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) in celebration of Women’s Equality Day. Seven of the new citizens came to the United States as refugees. Read the full story

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Federal judge vacates Chen decision

Federal judge vacates Chen decision

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Jeffrey Chen

By Charles Lam
Northwest Asian Weekly

A federal judge vacated a $2 million jury decision for former Medina Police Chief Jeffrey Chen on Aug. 23, citing misconduct by his attorney in influencing the jury. Chen sued the city of Medina over his dismissal in April 2011, charging that it had been racially motivated. The city claims it fired him due to misconduct during his time as chief. Read the full story

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UW Japanese American alumni celebrate 90 years

UW Japanese American alumni celebrate 90 years

By Charles Lam
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Japan Consul General Masahiro Omura (standing) with University of Washington President Michael Young (center right) during the event. (Photo by Charles Lam/NWAW)

The University of Washington (UW) hosted its first Japanese student in 1894. Now, over a century later, the University of Washington Nikkei Alumni Association (UWNAA) — the successor of multiple Japanese American student organizations — is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Read the full story

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Dim Sum King ‘customer’ starts soy sauce scare

Dim Sum King ‘customer’ starts soy sauce scare

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

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A woman spraying soy sauce at a man in Dim Sum King on Aug. 26. (Photo from Dim Sum King)

Dim Sum King co-owner Amy Eng apologized to diners on Aug. 27 for the incident that took place on Aug. 25. Then, a 52-year-old woman walked into the restaurant and allegedly stole food, flipped over patron’s plates, and covered a man and his baby in chocolate milk and soy sauce. She also allegedly stole chicken feet, fried dumplings, and entered the kitchen area to eat. Read the full story

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BLOG: Japanese governor brings a feast to Seattle

BLOG: Japanese governor brings a feast to Seattle

By Assunta Ng

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From left: South Seattle Community College Pres. Gary Oertli, Mie Prefecture Gov. Eikei Suzuki, Consul General Masahiro Omura, State Sen. Bob Hasegawa (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Oishii!

Giving good first impressions make it harder for others to forget you. Read the full story

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