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Women of color develop new ideas, form new ventures

Women of color develop new ideas, form new ventures

Compiled by Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

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The entrepreneurial spirit is key to the American dream, and developing new ventures is one way that women from all walks of life can become empowered. Read the full story

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Washington State Fair unveils Luminasia exhibit

Washington State Fair unveils Luminasia exhibit

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Construction of the display took over 40 Chinese artisans.

This year, the Washington State Fair — formerly known as the Puyallup Fair — is featuring a new-to-Washington attraction, Luminasia. The attraction has taken the traditional form of Chinese lantern making and modernized it for the 21st Century. Read the full story

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Three APA White House fellows announced

Three APA White House fellows announced

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_37/names_apa.jpgThe President’s Commission on White House Fellowships announced the appointment of the 2013–2014 Class of White House Fellows on Aug. 27. The White House Fellows Program was created in 1964. Three of the 11 fellows are Asian or Pacific Islanders. Read the full story

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Columbia Pacific opens senior care facility in Beijing

Columbia Pacific opens senior care facility in Beijing

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Sino-Ocean Land General Manager of Senior Living Luo Jian (front left) and Columbia Pacific Managing Director Nate McLemore (front right) formalizing the partnership between the two companies as U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke (back right) watches on.

Seattle-based Columbia Pacific opened a 60,000-square-foot senior living facility in Beijing on Aug. 21.   Read the full story

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Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation awards $240,000 in grants to Seattle nonprofits

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation awards $240,000 in grants to Seattle nonprofits

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The grant recipients at the foundation event.

The Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation (SYL Foundation) held a grant award ceremony on Aug. 24 at Meydenbauer Convention Center. A total of $240,000 in grant funds were distributed to fifteen nonprofit organizations working to improve health and education access. Read the full story

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Manila says China withdrew invitation for Aquino

Manila says China withdrew invitation for Aquino

By Hrvoje Hranjski
The Associated Press

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Thailand Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul (left) and China Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) during the expo.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines and China, already locked in a territorial dispute, engaged in a diplomatic tussle Aug. 29, with the Philippine president canceling a visit to a trade fair in China after being told to stay away, and Beijing saying it never invited him in the first place. Read the full story

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China confirms raid on alleged terror cell

China confirms raid on alleged terror cell

By Christopher Bodeen
The Associated Press

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_37/world_newspaper.jpgBEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Aug. 28 that police conducted a raid last week on an alleged terrorist cell in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang, although details about the death toll and identities of those killed in the bloody incident remain sketchy.

Officials have refused to discuss the Aug. 20 incident, the latest in a series of clashes this year that have killed dozens of people and led to scores of arrests. Read the full story

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Indonesia upholds death sentence for British woman

Indonesia upholds death sentence for British woman

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Lindsay Sandiford

By Staff
The Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s highest court has upheld the death sentence for a British woman convicted of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine into the resort island of Bali, a court official said Aug. 30. Read the full story

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N. Korea blames US threat for aborting envoy’s trip

By Hyung-Jin Kim
The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has withdrawn its invitation to a U.S. envoy to visit the country over a detained American because Washington perpetrated a “grave provocation” by allegedly mobilizing nuclear-capable bombers during recent military drills with Seoul. Read the full story

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Hengda’s ‘Dream of the Golden Clown’

Hengda’s ‘Dream of the Golden Clown’

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Photo provided by Hengda Li

This month, the China National Acrobatics Troupe will bring “The Dream of the Golden Clown” to Seattle. This production premiered in China in March 2013 and has been called “a visually stunning modern acrobatic spectacular” and a significant milestone work in Chinese acrobatic performance. This world-class show will be coming to McCaw Hall on Sept. 20 and 21 for a total of three shows. We sat down with choreographer, writer, and director Hengda Li to ask a few questions before the show. Read the full story

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The Back to School Issue 2013

The Back to School Issue 2013

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Cover by Stacy Nguyen/NWAW

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Kelly Aramaki — 2013 Visionary Award Recipient

Kelly Aramaki — 2013 Visionary Award Recipient

This October, the Northwest Asian Weekly presents the Visionary Awards Gala, an event honoring visionaries in the APA community.

By Gabrielle Nomura
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Kelly Aramaki in his office before the surprise 2010 Milken Educator Award assembly. (Photo by WAOSPI)

Before he’d taken his SATs, driven a car, or even knew which high school he was attending, Kelly Aramaki had a profound experience that would influence his future career.

It happened during his years as a student at Hazelwood Elementary in Renton.

“[My teachers] instilled in me a belief in myself — in my abilities, in my unique talents, and in the power of hard work and determination,” Aramaki said.

Educators at all levels of education are critical. But Aramaki was drawn to the influence one can have in a child’s earliest years of education.

The half-Korean and half-Japanese American has made a lasting impression on the students, families and colleagues he’s encountered in his 14 years in education.

In 2013, the former principal of Beacon Hill International Elementary was promoted to Executive Director of Schools for the Southeast Region of Seattle.

Oh, he was also named Washington State’s Principal of the Year.

“For every success that I’ve had that has been called out by one of the awards I’ve received, I can point you to 10 other teachers and principals who are doing it better,” he said.

It’s this attitude that’s made him beloved by colleagues, students, and families.

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Aramaki finding out he received a 2010 Milken Educator Award. (Photo by WAOSPI)

Valuing diversity

During the past two years at Beacon Hill, Aramaki presided over a school where more than two-thirds of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs; more than 86 percent are students of color; and 32 percent speak English as their second language.

Many of the families hail from Vietnam, China, Laos, Mexico, Guatemala, and Somalia.
It seems fitting that Aramaki would be effective at an international language-immersion school, considering his values.

“This may seem overly lofty, but I believe that any hope for world peace depends on the next generation of leaders embracing culture, perspectives, and compassion,” Aramaki said.

An example of Aramaki’s desire to teach students about social justice happened in 2004.

As a first-time principal at Bothell’s Maywood Hills Elementary School, Aramaki was presented with a challenge right from the very beginning when a tent city moved in to a church lot just a block away. Aramaki’s actions had a profound effect on the students. The tent city, as Aramaki explains, became a lesson in compassion.

He encouraged students to get to know their neighbors, which one sixth-grade class did through a field trip to the tent city. The experience, Aramaki said, was an eye-opener for students who got to know the people there.

“I wanted to teach my kids that we don’t judge people or assume we know them … We have to be humble enough to get to know each person individually and their stories.”

“Just a kid from Bellevue”

Diversity is important to Aramaki. But as a person of color himself, he hardly ever encountered feeling different in his hometown of Bellevue.

Aramaki’s Japanese ancestors came to Bellevue in 1899, becoming blueberry farmers near Lake Bellevue. After Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II,
his family moved back to the city on Seattle’s Eastside and has remained there ever since.

Aramaki grew up in Bellevue’s pervasive, college-going school culture, eventually graduating from Newport High School before going on to the University of Washington and then the Teachers College at Columbia University.

“I love both my family’s Japanese and Korean backgrounds. And, we have the best Thanksgivings – turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, tempura, sashimi and kimchee.”

Sometimes people would ask Aramaki how it worked having a Japanese American father and Korean American mother. It wasn’t until Aramaki went to graduate school and studied Asian history that he had an “ah-ha” moment about why people were so intrigued by his heritage.

Today, Aramaki chooses to identify as Asian American, because he embraces both of his parents.

Of course, as he points out: “My dad would prefer that I just say that I’m ‘American.’”

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Aramaki with district and state education staff. (Photo by WAOSPI)

Down-to-earth leadership

Despite his ever-growing list of accomplishments, Aramaki claims the successes he’s stumbled on to pale in comparison to the life-changing progress made in public education every day by countless educators.

“I think the better question is, ‘What do you attribute to your receiving of these accolades?’ And, I don’t know the answer,” he said.

What Aramaki can say is that it’s not about him. He’s just doing his best to mirror and emulate the great work being done around him.

Clearly though, the new Executive Director of Schools for the Southeast Region of Seattle has some special qualities that are all his own.

Case in point, after receiving his Principal of the Year Award, Aramaki sang to his students at an assembly, rewriting the lyrics to “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.
The kids, and adults, were surprised.

“I felt like Justin Timberlake that day,” he said. (end)

The Visionary Awards Gala is Oct. 18 at China Harbor Restaurant from 6–9 p.m. Tickets are available for $70 before Oct. 15 and $80 afterwards. For more information, email rsvp@nwasianweekly.com.

Gabrielle Nomura can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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SYLP: Visiting a homeland, but not a home

SYLP: Visiting a homeland, but not a home

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Tracey Trinh

By Tracey Trinh
Summer Youth Leadership Program

Hearing my parents say, “Tracey, we’re visiting Vietnam” when I was nine gave me so much excitement. It was the first time I ever traveled outside of the United States or Canada, and I would meet a lot of relatives that I had only heard about. I was especially excited to meet my cousins since they were around my age. I had seen pictures of Vietnam with its tropical setting and pretty beaches, and my parents always reminisced about fresh fruit and abundant food. But as it turned out, my idea of the trip was highly idealistic. Read the full story

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SYLP: The life of a TCK

SYLP: The life of a TCK

By Cindy Lee
Summer Youth Leadership Program

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SYLP Class of 2013 during a field trip to the Wing Luke with Program Coordinator Tony Vo (front far left) (Photo from SYLP)

“Cindy, we’re moving to __________ in a few weeks.” Read the full story

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SYLP: Racial prejudice from the viewpoint of a caucasian

SYLP: Racial prejudice from the viewpoint of a caucasian

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Natasha Zastko

By Natasha Zastko
Summer Youth Leadership Program

One of the most shameful things about today’s society is that those who are privileged live their entire lives not knowing the advantages they are presented with and therefore continuously overlook the challenges that others face. Read the full story

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BLOG: Rekindling my passion

BLOG: Rekindling my passion

By Assunta Ng

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State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos speaking with SYLP 2013 graduates and South Korean Diplomat Jungjae Lee (center). (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

I almost killed the Northwest Asian Weekly’s Summer Youth Leadership Program (SYLP) this year. Read the full story

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EDITORIAL: As school begins, it’s important to appreciate Seattle’s teachers

Seattle is used to the first day of school being tense. After all, during the last three contract negotiations between the Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association, parents weren’t sure if they should send their kids to school until the last few days of summer break. This year is no different, and with new evaluation models coming in the next few years, who knows what 2015 will look like. Read the full story

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SYLP: On art, music, and youth

SYLP: On art, music, and youth

By Halden Lin
Summer Youth Leadership Program

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As a musician and a person who experiments with various forms of art, including Read the full story

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