Tag Archive | "Vol 32 No 39 | September 21 – September 27"

EDI participant takes leadership program in Philippines

EDI participant takes leadership program in Philippines

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From left: Program participants Nico Barawid, Bea Querido, and Melissa Medina; Philippine Consul Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr.; Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Cuisia, Jr.; Philippine Sect. of Tourism Raomon Jimenez; and Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino. (Photo from Bea Querido)

Maria Bea Querido, a current Leadership Discovery participant with the Executive Development Institute and a Boeing employee, was one of 10 young Filipinos from the United State to take part in the second annual Filipino American Youth Leadership Program. The program, hosted by the Embassy of the Philippines, took place in July of 2013 in Manila. The 10 emerging leaders took part in an immersive program, meeting with high ranking officials and policy makers in the Philippines, such as Vice President Jejomar Binay, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia  Jr., Consul General to New York Mario Lopez de Leon Jr. as well as legislators, state officials, media, artists, and business leaders. Read the full story

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Andrea Akita joins InterIm CDA as director of community and housing services

Andrea Akita joins InterIm CDA as director of community and housing services

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Andrea Akita

InterIm Community Development Authority (InterIm CDA) added Andrea Akita as director of community and housing services, effective Sept. 10. She will have oversight of InterIm CDA’s direct housing and homelessness prevention services, the Danny Woo Community Garden program, the Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) program, and sustainable neighborhood planning activities. Read the full story

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Esther Kia’aina nominated as Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas

Esther Kia’aina nominated as Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas

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Esther Kia’aina

Esther Puakela Kia’aina was nominated to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas at the U.S. Department of the Interior by President Barack Obama on Sept. 11.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Kia’aina would lead the Department’s efforts to coordinate federal policy for Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. She would also have the responsibility to administer and to oversee Federal assistance to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Read the full story

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WASITRAC hosts India Ambassador to U.S. Nirupama Rao

WASITRAC hosts India Ambassador to U.S. Nirupama Rao

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From left: WASITRAC Co-chair Debadutta Dash, Consul Dr. K. J. Srinivasa, Rep. Jim McDermott, Ambassador Nirupama Rao, Consul General of India N. Parthasarathy, WASITRAC Co-chair Habib M. Habib, and President of the Seattle Port Commission Tom Albro. (Photo from WASITRAC)

The Washington State–India Trade Relations Action Committee (WASITRAC) hosted a reception to welcome India Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao on Sept. 13 at the Westin Seattle.

Rao was appointed ambassador in September 2011. Previously, she served as the second-ever woman Indian Foreign Secretary, the top diplomat for Indian foreign relations, from 2009 to 2011. She has previously served in the United States as Minister for Press and Cultural Affairs of the Indian Embassy from 1993 to 1995.

WASITRAC’s mission is to facilitate the building of bridges between Washington state and India. (end)

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Japanese soldiers train with Army in Yakima

By Adam Ashton
The News Tribune

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A 360-degree view from Col. Paul Mele’s hilltop vantage point in central Washington’s high desert gave him a lot to smile about this week as a new Army brigade commander. Read the full story

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US poverty rate stuck at 15 percent

By Hope Yen
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s poverty rate stood still at 15 percent last year, the sixth straight year that it has failed to improve. Read the full story

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Beijing rejects democracy for next HK leader

Beijing rejects democracy for next HK leader

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Zhang Xiaoming

By Kelvin Chan
The Associated Press

HONG KONG (AP) — Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong has rejected letting the public nominate candidates to run for leader, in the strongest sign yet from China that it won’t allow the former British colony to freely choose its next leader.

Zhang Xiaoming said in an open letter that a provision in the city’s mini-constitution requires candidates to be chosen by a “broadly representative nominating committee.”

“There is no other option,” Zhang said in the letter, written in response to a lawmaker’s proposal. Read the full story

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4 men given death sentences in India gang rape

By Shivani Wawat and Katy Daigle
Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court Sept. 13 sentenced to death four men for the December gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows for a brutal attack that riveted India, where it became a symbol of the rampant mistreatment of women and the government’s inability to deal with crime. Read the full story

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S Korea hoists national f lag in Pyongyang

S Korea hoists national f lag in Pyongyang

By Staff
The Associated Press

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_39/world_koreanflag.jpgPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — South Korean weightlifters marched with their national flag at the start of an international competition hosted by bitter rival North Korea — something of a milestone for two countries that were trading war threats this spring.

It’s the first time South Korean athletes have attended an international sports event in North Korea, government officials in Seoul said. Both countries consider themselves the only legitimate government on the Korean Peninsula, which is still technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. Read the full story

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Cambodia opposition pressures with rally

Cambodia opposition pressures with rally

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Prime Minister Hun Sen

By Sopheng Cheang and Justine Dreannan
The Associated Press

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s main opposition leader kicked off a new wave of demonstrations against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government Sept. 15, warning the protests would not stop until the nation’s post-election deadlock is resolved.

The mass rally comes one day after Cambodia’s king brought Hun Sen face to face with opposition chief Sam Rainsy for the first time in years, urging the two rivals to resolve their conflict over results from the July ballot peacefully for the sake of national stability. No agreement was reached, but the two are expected to meet again. Read the full story

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A-pop! The end of an era and the start of a new one — Goodbye, Miyazaki! Hello, TV!

A-pop! The end of an era and the start of a new one — Goodbye, Miyazaki! Hello, TV!

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Hayao Miyazaki

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

Summer is out and fall is in! But before we usher in the new season, let’s take a moment to reflect on all that has happened in the pop culture world this past month, as well as prepare ourselves for what’s ahead this autumn.

The end of an era

Famed Japanese Academy Award-winning director and animator Hayao Miyazaki recently announced that he would soon retire. His decision to retire coincides with the release of his final animated film “The Wind Rises,” which has premiered at film festivals around the world as well as Japanese movie theaters. Read the full story

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Wishing on ‘My Lucky Star’

Wishing on ‘My Lucky Star’

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Dennie Gordon’s new Chinese thriller opens with music ripped note-for-note from the “James Bond Theme,” a clear sign that we’re in for an enjoyable, thrilling, but not terribly original ride. As the film progresses, the screenplay (by Amy Snow, Chris Chow, Hai Huang, and Yao Meng, from a story by Gordon, Snow, and Ming Beaver Kwei) actually throws in a few pleasant surprises, but never deviates significantly from its clear goal: A “Bond”-style thriller delivered with a dash of irony and self-awareness. Read the full story

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Englund works for a higher cause — 2013 Visionary Award Recipient

Englund works for a higher cause — 2013 Visionary Award Recipient

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

By Nina Huang
Northwest Asian Weekly

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From left: Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers,Jinyoung’s mother, and Jinyoung. (Photo provided by Jinyoung Lee Englund)

As an army brat, Englund and her family moved often when she was young, jumping from military base to military base. She was born in a military hospital in Seoul, South Korea, lived in Germany, and has always wanted to help the less fortunate. Read the full story

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APA children at risk of autoimmune disease

APA children at risk of autoimmune disease

By Charles Lam
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Common symptoms of Kawasaki Disease include fever, swelling, redness, strawberry tongue, and cracked skin. (Photo from the National Institute of Health)

Asian and Pacific American children are susceptible to an autoimmune disease that attacks the blood vessels, Read the full story

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Indian American crowned Miss America

Indian American crowned Miss America

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2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri (Photo by Claire Buffie Photography & Design)

By Wayne Parry
The Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Moments after winning the 2014 Miss America crown, Nina Davuluri Read the full story

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APDC votes to back Jeff Chen in Medina case

APDC votes to back Jeff Chen in Medina case

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Jeffrey Chen

By Charles Lam
Northwest Asian Weekly

The Asian Pacific Directors Coalition (APDC) voted on Sept. 11 to officially Read the full story

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Julie Chen reveals plastic surgery

Julie Chen reveals plastic surgery

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Julie Chen before and after plastic surgery

Compare photos of Julie Chen from 1996 to photos from the present day, and it’s obvious that the Big Brother Read the full story

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BLOG: Wow, China at the Washington State Fair!

BLOG: Wow, China at the Washington State Fair!

By Assunta Ng

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Luminasia carries obvious Chinese themes. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

I consider Luminasia at the Washington State Fair amazingly avant garde and dramatically in the style of Chihuly. Read the full story

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BLOG: Harrell endorses Murray, Steinbrueck stays silent

By Assunta Ng

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, a former contender for the mayor’s race, has announced his endorsement to Sen. Ed Murray on Sept. 6. Former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck also ran for mayor in the primary but has yet to decide who to endorse. Read the full story

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EDITORIAL: Miss America is what ‘American’ has been about all along

When Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America on Sept. 11, the wave of social media controversy started almost immediately. Hundreds of racists took to Twitter to call the New York-born, Indian American medical-student-to-be a “terrorist,” “Miss Al Qaeda,” and “Miss 7–11.” Honestly, this sort of reaction has become so commonplace that it’s not even surprising.   Read the full story

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