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APA advocates, health agencies address questions at Affordable Care Act forum

APA advocates, health agencies address questions at Affordable Care Act forum

From left: Debadutta Dash, Priya Helweg, Marguerite Ro, Sofia Aragon, Habib M. Habib and Michael Itti.

Local residents with questions about the Affordable Care Act attended a Sept. 25 forum in Bellevue sponsored by the Washington State India Trade Relations Action Committee (WASITRAC), with the support of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service, and other APA and health groups. Read the full story

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Pianist Lang Lang draws standing ovation at Seattle Symphony opening gala

Pianist Lang Lang draws standing ovation at Seattle Symphony opening gala

Pianist Lang Lang performs with conductor Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony. (Photo by Alan Alabastro)

Guest pianist Lang Lang joined conductor Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony at the Seattle Symphony opening night gala on Sept. 15, which brought in a record-breaking $653,000 for education and community programming. About 2,200 attended the concert.

The concert included Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2, and dance and folk music by Eastern European composers including Dvorak, Bartok and Vladigerov.

At the post-concert gala, held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle, Lang told the crowd about the importance of music education and interviewed 11-year-old pianist and Seattle Symphony Young Artist Nathan Lee.

Lang’s appearance was underwritten by Judith A. Fong through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle, according to a symphony press release. (end)

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Seattle Education Access raises $36,000 in annual College Dreams Luncheon

Seattle Education Access raises $36,000 in annual College Dreams Luncheon

Seattle Education Access Student Advisory Board, left to right, executive director Anthon Smith, Shan Hua Wu, Kristine Walker, Board Member Ruzielle Ganuelas, Emily Wyers, Board President Cristina Gonzalez, (bottom row) Gofran Saadi.

The Seattle-based Seattle Education Access held its annual College Dreams Luncheon at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle on Sept. 10. The event was attended by more than Read the full story

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Local coalition to analyze MLK business needs

Local coalition to analyze MLK business needs

From left to right, Jennifer Tam, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund business coach; Skip Rowland, Banner Cross president; and Julie Pham, MLK Business Association board chairwoman.

MLK Business Association, Banner Cross, and Rainier Valley Community Development Fund are collaborating on a report on the needs and economic opportunities in the MLK Business Districts. Read the full story

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Chinese doctors build new nose on man’s forehead

By Didi Tang
THE Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — A surgeon in China says he has constructed an extra nose out of a man’s rib cartilage and implanted it under the skin of his forehead to prepare for a transplant in probably the first operation of its kind. Read the full story

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American Samoa commemorates deadly 2009 tsunami

By Fili Sagapolutele
THE Associated Press

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — American Samoa marked four years since tsunami waves killed 34 people in the U.S. territory and more than 100 in neighboring Samoa. Read the full story

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Herb Tsuchiya is ‘Renaissance Man’ of service — 2013 Visionary Award Recipient

Herb Tsuchiya is ‘Renaissance Man’ of service — 2013 Visionary Award Recipient

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

By Charles Lam
Northwest Asian Weekly

Herb Tsuchiya

Some would call Herb Tsuchiya a “community volunteer.” The 80-year-old retired Nisei Japanese American spent much of his life as a Seattle pharmacist. But while providing medicine had been his day job for decades, much of his time has been spent serving and helping the community, whether through organizations such as the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) and Kin On Health Care, or through his church and his own business.

“My dream for this world is to foster healthy, joyful, authentic relationships of understanding and compassion one person at a time,” Tsuchiya said. “If we get to know each other and become true friends, we no longer have a motive to fight and kill each other. My dream is for peace to prevail, one individual at a time.” Read the full story

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South Asian Film Festival explores love, comedy and f ilmmaking

South Asian Film Festival explores love, comedy and f ilmmaking

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

The 8th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival, presented by community organization Tasveer, brings together dozens of films from all over South Asia, from all genres, from horror to drama to film shorts.

Three interesting selections are “Miss Lovely,” ‘The Rajini Effect.” and “Valley of Saints.”

“Miss Lovely,” directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, opens the festival on Friday night, 7 p.m., at SIFF Cinema. The director originally intended a documentary film about Bollywood’s “C-grade” cinema, which would incorporate horror and pornography, and sometimes both. He found, however, that none of the participants in that scene were willing to talk on camera

His fictional take on C-grade cinema gives us an idea why its creators prefer to stay in the dark. The film chronicles the misadventures of two filmmaking brothers, Vicky (Anil George) and Sonu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who stumble through early/mid-80s India trying to induce girls to strip for them, and then, sometimes, have blood dripped on them from a pulsing red monster head.

The gaudiness and decadence of the proceedings lend “Miss Lovely” some thrills, but it’s mostly a sad film about struggle, failure, loss and betrayal. People are not who they appear to be, and that is a fatalistic comment on cinema itself.

“The Rajini Effect,” directed by Kuvera Sivalingam and Nelson Sivalingam, covers a lot of Asian ground. It’s about a man who is obsessed with Indian movie star Rajinikath, and wants to be like him in all possible ways. He’s determined to make a film that will honor his idol and earn him a trip to India to become a star in his own right.

Nevermind that our hero is a Japanese man living with his elderly mother in England, that his “ace” movie director is an elderly Indian fellow stuck in an unhappy marriage, or that his “arch-enemy” is a homeless man full of anger, with a bizarre tick and quite possibly a few substance abuse problems.

“The Rajini Effect” is a warm comedy about people living their dreams and determined to live on their own terms. It isn’t terribly realistic, but it sketches characters quite well and draws its laughter out of their far-reaching but always understandable motives.

“Valley Of Saints,” directed by Musa Syeed, takes yet a different approach. Set almost entirely at Kashmir’s Dal Lake, it contrasts one young woman, Asifa (Neelofar Hamid), who studies the lake scientifically; and two young men, Gulzar and Afzal (Gulzar Ahmed Bhat and Mohammed Afzal), who’ve lived on the lake their entire lives.

Uprisings and government crackdowns made Dal Lake a dangerous place to be in 2010, when the movie was filmed. The director incorporated footage of actual demonstrations into the film. A government curfew and shutdown brought almost all commerce and movement around the lake to a standstill.

Boats, however, continue to roll through the water, and Afzal and Gulzar quickly find themselves in a strange, spontaneous culture which relies almost exclusively on boating. It’s a seller’s market for food and other goods, as those fortunate enough to be holding them at the crackdown dictate their own prices.

The two men find Asifa amusing at first, but Gulzar, finds that friendship is turning into love, on his side at least. They must decide, finally, how they feel about each other and what they might be willing to leave behind. Nature, society, and individual needs nest within each other quite lyrically. (end)

The 8th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival 2013 runs from Oct. 4—14  at SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, Northwest Rooms just south of the Seattle Repertory Theater and next to the Vera Project; SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Avenue North in Seattle; and Mobius Hall, UW Bothell, 18428 110th Ave North East in Bothell. For prices, showtimes, and other information, visit http://ssaff.tasveer.org/2013/index.php.

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

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NWAW’s October book recommendations

NWAW’s October book recommendations

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

Take Me Out to the Yakyu
By Aaron Meshon
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013

Although baseball may be America’s pastime, the sport’s appeal has expanded to include a global audience. Read the full story

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“Herb And Dorothy 50X50”

“Herb And Dorothy 50X50”

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

Megumi Sasaki, director of the new documentary “Herb and Dorothy 50X50,” started out at Japan’s NHK public broadcasting organization, working for its popular “Ohayo Read the full story

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Miss Philippines crowned Miss World in Indonesia

Miss Philippines crowned Miss World in Indonesia

By Firdia Lisnawati
THE Associated Press

Newly crowned Miss World, Megan Young of Philippines, center, with second runner-up Miss France Marine Lorpheline, left, and third runner-up Miss Ghana Carranza Naa Okailey Shooter, smile after they winning the Miss World contest in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Sept. 28. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

BALI, Indonesia (AP) —Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned Miss World on Sept. 28 amid tight security on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, where the contest’s final round was moved following protests by Muslim hardliner groups. Read the full story

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Students at high poverty school plan dream trip to China — Parents, teachers hope financial barriers don’t put damper on students’ dream

Students at high poverty school plan dream trip to China — Parents, teachers hope financial barriers don’t put damper on students’ dream

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Former K&L Gates attorney jailed in Hong Kong for fraud

Former K&L Gates attorney jailed in Hong Kong for fraud

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

A former senior partner in the Hong Kong offices of K&L Gates is serving 12 years in jail for what the South China Morning Post is calling Hong Kong’s biggest fraud case. Read the full story

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Locke: Trade with China would boost state

Locke: Trade with China would boost state

By Wen Liu
contextChina

U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke spoke at the Washington State China Relations Council annual banquet Oct. 1. at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle. (Photo provided by Samantha Paxton)

Washington state exports to China have grown faster than the rest of the country, totaling Read the full story

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Women entrepreneurs share challenges, successes at luncheon

Women entrepreneurs share challenges, successes at luncheon

By Zachariah Bryan
Northwest Asian Weekly

Fifteen local women who have started businesses were honored at the most recent Women of Color Empowered luncheon. (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

At the Women of Color Empowered event on Sept. 20, the entrepreneurial spirit was Read the full story

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EDITORIAL: APA outreach on the Affordable Care Act is just beginning

After years of politicking, lawsuits, and hand-wringing, the Affordable Care Act has arrived. All Americans will need health care coverage by Jan. 1. This week, the Washington Healthplanfinder and the state insurance exchange marketplace opened. Now state residents can enroll in a health plan and find out if they are eligible for financial help if they cannot afford the plan. Read the full story

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BLOG: Why tiger moms fail to raise leaders — Part 1

BLOG: Why tiger moms fail to raise leaders — Part 1

By Assunta Ng

I don’t need to read “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” to be a tiger mom. My mother was one, and I was a sort-of-tiger-sort-of-sheep parent. I often put on a tiger’s front, but in reality, I carried a gentle lamb’s heart. Read the full story

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