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ReWA honors Amirfaiz

ReWA honors Amirfaiz

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Mayor Mike McGinn joined others in saying goodbye to ReWA executive director Someireh Amirfaiz. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The Refugee Women’s Alliance hosted more than 100 people at the Northwest African American Heritage Museum Nov. 21 to bid a fond farewell to Someireh Amirfaiz, who was stepping down from her role as executive director after 12 years. Included among the people paying tribute to Amirfaiz was Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. (end)

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Au to chair UW Bothell Diversity Council

Au to chair UW Bothell Diversity Council

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Wayne Au (Photo credit: UW Bothell)

Wayne Au, an associate professor in the Education Program, has been appointed to chair the University of Washington Bothell Diversity Council by Chancellor Wolf Yeigh. The Diversity Council was established in 2009 as a major priority of the 21st Century Campus Initiative strategic plan to enhance campus commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

“Wayne’s expertise and passion for social justice and equity will serve the Diversity Council well, as it conducts its important work,” says Yeigh. “This reaffirms the university’s commitment to a diverse, safe environment in which to learn, teach, and work.” (end)

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Locals mix it up in ID

Locals mix it up in ID

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ID friends and neighbors mixed it up at the Eastern Café. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Pioneer Square and Chinatown International District’s Historic South Downtown board members hosted their annual mixer Nov. 21 at the CID’s new café and event space, the Eastern Café on Maynard Ave. Complimentary appetizers, beer and wine were served, A good time was had by all. (end)

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Northwest Area Foundation elects Hyeok Kim to board

Northwest Area Foundation elects Hyeok Kim to board

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Hyeok Kim

Hyeok Kim, of Seattle, has been elected to the Northwest Area Foundation Board of Directors. She will begin her three-year term at the regularly scheduled board meeting in February 2014. Kim, a native of Seoul, Korea, is the executive director of Interim Community Development Association, a nonprofit affordable housing and community development organization serving Asian, Pacific Islander, immigrant, and refugee communities in Seattle. Prior to that, she was a senior policy analyst for the Speaker of the House and House Democratic Caucus in the Washington State Legislature. She serves as a commissioner on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Northwest Asian Weekly named her a 2008 Top Contributor to the Asian Community. (end)

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Ethnic police honored at awards banquet

Ethnic police honored at awards banquet

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The Seattle Police Department was honored at the Ethnic Community Awards Banquet. (Photo by John Liu/NWAW)

About 200 people showed up to honor local police at the 2013 Ethnic Community Awards Banquet on Nov. 12 at the Filipino Community Center. The “Community Achievement Award” was given to Sergeant Jay Shin, and also to Mayor Mike McGinn for all he did for the ethnic community over the years. Read the full story

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The president and first lady visit activists fasting for immigration

The president and first lady visit activists fasting for immigration

By Darlene Superville 
The Associated Press

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit with a group staging a public fast for immigration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Nov. 29. “Fast for Families” is seeking to pressure Congress into passing an immigration bill. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama told activists who are fasting to protest House Read the full story

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North Korean leader’s uncle rumored to be dismissed

North Korean leader’s uncle rumored to be dismissed

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Jang Song Thaek

By Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s spy agency believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle may have been dismissed from his posts last month and that two of his aides were executed, two lawmakers said Tuesday.

The lawmakers said they were told by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service that Jang Song Thaek has not been seen publicly since then, indicating he may have been dismissed. Read the full story

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Indian spacecraft leaves Earth, headed to Mars

By Ashok Sharma
Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s Mars orbiter mission left Earth’s sphere of influence early Sunday, after performing a maneuver to put it on its way to orbit the red planet. Read the full story

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Asian students dominate international tests

By Kimerly Hefling
AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science, or reading, according to test results released Tuesday. Read the full story

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Beijing destroys barbecue grills to reduce pollution

Beijing destroys barbecue grills to reduce pollution

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Municipal officers observe as a worker break down confiscated open-air barbecues on Nov. 26. The barbecues were confiscated in the past three months in Xicheng district in Beijing, China. (AP Photo)

BEIJING (AP) – Beijing is waging a war against air pollution, one barbecue at a time. Read the full story

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LETTER: Clarifying Thailand

Dear Editor,

I applaud you and your reporting team for doing an excellent job with your report on the mass protests of Thai people. You are so keen on current events that happen not only in our local area (around Seattle and Washington state), but also overseas.  Read the full story

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LETTER: Fired fairly

 

Dear Editor, 

Reading your September article about the APDC supporting Jeff Chen in his retrial saddened me. I believe that the facts in the Chen case clearly showed a man out of control and a leader who had lost the support and respect of his officers because of his abuses of power. We are living in a society where there undoubtedly is discrimination, but it was not a factor in this situation. Chen was hired by Medina, and if I’m not mistaken, they were aware that he was an Asian when they gave him the job! The APDC should use their resources to seek out discrimination instances, where Asians are denied the opportunity to get jobs, and not make some knee-jerk decision to support Chen, who probably would have been fired much earlier if he had been white!

— Sam Hurst

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Bruce Lee’s famous yellow jumpsuit up for auction in HK

Bruce Lee’s famous yellow jumpsuit up for auction in HK

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Bruce Lee in his famous yellow jumpsuit

HONG KONG (AP) – Bruce Lee fans who covet the original yellow jumpsuit that the martial arts legend wore onscreen will get a chance to bid for it at a Hong Kong auction this week. Read the full story

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Reign Supreme brings international break dancing talent to Seattle competition

Reign Supreme brings international break dancing talent to Seattle competition

By Gabrielle Nomura
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Photo from the 2012 Reign Supreme competition (Photo by Joshua Lewis/KOMO News)

When you hear the words “Seattle” and “hip hop,” it’s possible that a red-haired emcee rocking your grandpa’s hand-me-downs comes to mind. Read the full story

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A-pop! November edition — Racism rears its ugly head again at the AMAs, while Asian Americans kill it elsewhere in the media world

A-pop! November edition — Racism rears its ugly head again at the AMAs, while Asian Americans kill it elsewhere in the media world

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Katy Perry

Another music award show, another display of racism

If you caught the American Music Awards (AMAs) recently, perhaps you saw the abomination that Read the full story

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Book recommendations

Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_50/shelf_dissociation.jpgThe Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya
By Nagaru Tanigawa
Little, Brown and Company, 2013

In the latest installment in the Haruhi Suzumiya series, we find the SOS Brigade (Save the World By Overloading It With Fun Haruhi Suzumiya) entering a new school year.

As brigade chief Haruhi, resident alien Yuki Nagato, esper-boy Itsuki Koizumi, and “normal” member — and narrator — Kyon enter their second year of high school, and time-traveler Mikuru Asahina enters her second year, it is clear things are not going to be business-as-usual for the five friends — even with the group’s unusual membership and even more unusual, deity-like leader.

It all begins when Kyon runs into Sasaki, an old classmate from middle school. What starts as a seemingly random run-in quickly escalates into something more, as Kyon learns his old friend may actually have abilities much like those of Haruhi. This discovery leads to two versions of the same story being told. Kyon meets individuals from other organizations, who are doing things similar to his fellow brigade members — they are watching over Sasaki, just as Yuki, Itsuki, and Mikuru are doing with Haruhi.

The beginning of a new school year means the beginning of new misadventures for our favorite fivesome. And what better way to start fresh than with some fresh faces? The previous books in the series mainly focused on the SOS Brigade, its members, and a few classmates who occasionally get roped into the mix. There has been the occasional mention of outside individuals and organizations, whose motives may be more sinister toward the title character. However, “Dissociation” brings them to the forefront, as we see that they have formed a sort of parallel, “bizzaro” group around Sasaki.

While the series has remained strong and entertaining for longtime fans, this new twist gives it a bit of a jumpstart, as readers begin to wonder if Haruhi truly, albeit unknowingly, has the power to control the universe as we’ve come to believe, or if there are other powers at play.

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_50/shelf_died.jpgThe Case of the Man Who Died Laughing
By Tarquin Hall
Simon & Schuster, 2010

Private eye Vish Puri of Most Private Investigators is back at work in Delhi. This time, he is (discreetly) helping the police solve a murder in which the victim — a prominent Indian scientist known as the “Guru Buster” — appears to be killed while in a fit of giggles by the Hindu goddess Kali.

While many are ready to claim it as a miracle, Puri isn’t so sure and he sets off to find the divine imposter. Puri and his trusty team of undercover operatives travel throughout India — from the slum that India’s hereditary magicians call home, to an alleged spiritual sanctuary located in the holy city of Haridwar on the Ganges — to figure out who killed the well-known scientist and how.

Trying to solve a murder is hard enough, but throw in an angry goddess and the age-old science-versus-religion argument and the difficulty increases exponentially, as Puri and his team piece the puzzle together.

Whenever murder is involved, it is easy for a story to become dark, but Hall manages to keep things light. From Puri’s penchant for eating and his struggles with India’s extreme heat, to his wife and mother’s misadventures as they work to solve their own little mystery, to the detective’s dealings with his brother-in-law’s latest get-rich-quick scheme, there is plenty throughout the story to keep readers amused.

Hall has created a loveable character in Puri, who can be a bit pompous and may enjoy tooting his own horn. This is balanced by his constant battle with his wife over her tendency to spend money on their unborn grandchild and his inability to stop his Mummy-ji’s investigative habits. These difficulties show that Puri is human. While he can solve most crimes, he has just as much trouble as anyone when it comes to dealing with loved ones.

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_50/shelf_freak.jpgFreak
By Jennifer Hillier
Gallery Books, 2012

Having read and been thoroughly frightened by Hillier’s debut novel, “Creep,” I admit to making the conscious choice to read her follow-up “Freak” in the light of day.

And I’m glad I did. The story revolves around a serial killer who carves messages on his victims’ backs for the Seattle Police Department (SPD) to find. That message is “Free Abby Maddox,” a young woman currently serving a nine-year sentence for slashing SPD officer-turned-private-investigator Jerry Isaac’s neck. After nearly dying, Jerry is content to let Abby rot in jail. But these messages bring him back into the SPD fold, as he helps his former partner, detective Mike Torrance, convince the woman to help them find the killer. Rounding out the team is Puget Sound State University professor Shelia Tao and criminology student Danny Mercy.

“Freak” picks up about a year after the events in “Creep,” in which Abby’s former lover Ethan Wolfe killed more than a dozen women and almost added Shelia to the tally. Everyone is still dealing with the aftermath of those events — which Abby may or may not have had a hand in — but the new killer pushes everything to the forefront.

From the beginning, Hillier has us questioning characters’ motives and actions, and trying to figure out if they are who they say they are. This constant uncertainty will have readers turning page after page, as they race to the end to see if their guess at “whodunit” is correct.

In addition to being a page-turner, “Freak” may leave you looking at the people around you, questioning what exactly is going on in their heads, and wondering what secrets they may be hiding from the world. (end)

Samantha Pak can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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Former Yankees player signs with Japanese team

Former Yankees player signs with Japanese team

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Luis Cruz (Photo by Keith Allison CC)

CHIBA, Japan (AP) – The Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League say they have signed former New York Yankees utility infielder Luis Cruz to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

The 29-year-old Cruz, who split the 2013 season between the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers, has a career batting average of .234 with seven home runs and 57 RBI in 195 games.

Cruz has played more than five seasons in Major League Baseball.

A native of Mexico, he represented his country at the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2013.

The Marines also said they have re-signed first baseman Craig Brazell and right-handed reliever Carlos Rosa for next season. Terms of their deals were not announced. (end)

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Matsuyama wins the Japan tour money title

KOCHI, Japan (AP) – Hideki Matsuyama became the first rookie to claim the Japanese tour’s money title on Sunday with a win at the Casio World Open. Read the full story

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Indian Boxing Fed. still suspended by IABA

By C. Rajshekhar Rao
AP Sports Writer

NEW DELHI (AP) – The Indian Boxing Federation’s suspension will not be lifted after it failed to call fresh elections needed for it to return to the international fold. Read the full story

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Council says ‘no’ to extended immigration detentions

Council says ‘no’ to extended immigration detentions

By Sue Misao
Northwest Asian Weekly

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The Metropolitan King County Council adopted legislation Nov. 2 on how the County will honor requests by the federal government for the detention of immigrants in the King County Jail. Read the full story

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