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Kendee Yamaguchi hired as Director of Policy, Legislative Affairs, and External Relations of the Attorney General’s office

Kendee Yamaguchi hired as Director of Policy, Legislative Affairs, and External Relations of the Attorney General’s office

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Kendee Yamaguchi

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the hiring of Kendee Yamaguchi as Director of Policy, Legislative Affairs, and External Relations on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

As the executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Yamaguchi served as a small agency cabinet member and advised the governor, state agencies, the Legislature, and local government on policies, plans, and programs.

Yamaguchi will lead Ferguson’s governmental affairs team, advising the office on legislative issues, policy, and external relations.   Read the full story

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Japanese Consul General Ota to end Seattle diplomatic mission

Japanese Consul General Ota to end Seattle diplomatic mission

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Consul General Ota

Japanese Consul General to Seattle Kiyokazu Ota and his wife will be leaving Seattle in the month of February to receive his new diplomatic assignment in Japan. Consul Ota has served at the Seattle consulate for the past three years,  being part of a period of close cooperation of the two countries. Consul General Ota’s duties ranged from traditional diplomatic work to attending community events. Recently, he was the host of the Emperor of Japan’s birthday celebration in Seattle.

His replacement is yet to be announced. (end)

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Kin On announces new board of director members

Kin On announces new board of director members

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Kin On Community Health Care and the Kin On Health Care Center announced new additions to their board directors and new executive officers during their annual meeting on Dec. 4, 2012. Read the full story

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Mayor McGinn kicks off campaign in South Seattle

Mayor McGinn kicks off campaign in South Seattle

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Mayor McGinn at his South Seattle election rally

Mayor McGinn kicked off his re-election campaign on January 9 at an event hosted at the Filipino Community Center in South Seattle. Read the full story

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Chinese truck explosion caused by illegal fireworks

Chinese truck explosion caused by illegal fireworks

By Didi Tang
The Associated Press

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BEIJING, China (AP) — A truck that exploded and caused an elevated stretch of a highway to collapse in central China, killing 10 people, was loaded with holiday fireworks that were illegally produced and transported, authorities said Saturday, Feb. 2. Read the full story

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Licenses, college aid shape Washington immigration debate

By Manuel Valdes
The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Emboldened by the critical role minorities played in the November elections, immigrant rights advocates in Olympia want to play offense this year. Read the full story

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Vietnam deports US activist who was held for 9 months

Vietnam deports US activist who was held for 9 months

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Nguyen Quoc Quan

By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) — A Vietnamese American accused of conspiring to overthrow Vietnam’s communist government smiled broadly as he reunited with his family after he was deported back to the United States.

Nguyen Quoc Quan, who had been detained for nine months, was greeted by his wife, children, and other family members, who carried balloons and placed leis around his neck after he exited a plane the night of Wednesday, Jan. 30  at Los Angeles International Airport. Read the full story

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5 accused men plead not guilty in India gang rape

By Nirmala George
The Associated Press

NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Five men pleaded not guilty Saturday, Feb. 2 after being formally indicted in a special court on 13 charges, including rape and murder, in the fatal gang rape of a woman in a New Delhi bus, a lawyer said. Read the full story

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Al-Qaida-linked militants free 2 Filipino hostages

By Jim Gomez
The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf gunmen have freed two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV journalist’s crew who were kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked militants last year, as they set out to interview the extremists in their jungle lairs in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday, Jan. 31. Read the full story

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Ex-aides trial puts Chinese American politician in spotlight

Ex-aides trial puts Chinese American politician in spotlight

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John Liu

By Jennifer Peltz and Larry Neumeister
The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese American mayoral hopeful’s reputation and popularity may be at stake when his former campaign treasurer and fundraiser go on trial this week on charges of conspiring to break campaign finance laws to raise more money for him.

City Comptroller John Liu has not been charged and is not expected to testify at his ex-aides’ conspiracy trial. But the prosecution, coming as the city’s most heated mayoral race in years gets into full swing, is making the case into something of a trial of his political prospects. Read the full story

Posted in National News, Vol 32 No 7 | 2/9-2/15Comments (0)

Tensions linger over US ‘comfort women’ plaques

By Staff
The Associated Press

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — After noticing plaques at the local courthouse commemorating slavery, the Holocaust, and other atrocities, Korean American community leader Chejin Park had the idea of adding a tribute to the “comfort women” of World War II. Read the full story

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2 Calif. chefs charged with serving whale

2 Calif. chefs charged with serving whale

By Staff
The Associated Press

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Sei whale sushi

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) — A now-shuttered Southern California sushi restaurant and two of its chefs were indicted on conspiracy and other charges for allegedly serving illegal and endangered whale meat, authorities said Friday, Feb. 1. Read the full story

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Energy Secretary Chu to step down

Energy Secretary Chu to step down

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Steven Chu

By Matthew Daly
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan, is stepping down. Read the full story

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US targets Korean birth tourists

By Jane Han
New America Media

NEW YORK ― For certain privileged Korean moms-to-be, their baby’s first gifts aren’t toys, rattles, or clothes. It’s U.S. citizenship. Read the full story

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Taking the Last Stand

Taking the Last Stand

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Many people were curious about “The Last Stand” because it marks action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first return to the silver screen since leaving office as governor of California. However, I was reluctant to watch another film from South Korean director Ji-woon Kim, since I gave his gore-drowned film “I Saw the Devil” zero stars and consider it to be the Very Worst Film Ever Made (that I’ve seen so far, anyway).

Still, director Kim also made a zany, sometimes-interesting Korean Western called “The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” and, bolstered by an encouraging trailer, I set off to watch his new film, which is Kim’s first movie shot in the West and the first with an English-language cast. Read the full story

Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 7 | 2/9-2/15Comments (0)

Love, it’s complicated

Love, it’s complicated

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

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By Colleen Houck
Splinter, 2012

It’s three quests down and one to go for Kelsey Hayes, Ren, and Kishan, as they continue to work to break the curse that forces the two brothers to live part of their days as tigers.

In the last three books in Houck’s Tiger Saga series, we have seen the trio battle deadly sea monkeys, a giant snake, a monstrous shark, and more. The final installment is no different. “Destiny” is filled with mythical creatures, evil beings, and even has a little bit of time travel thrown in as well. Read the full story

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BLOG: Modernizing my Lunar New Year dinner

BLOG: Modernizing my Lunar New Year dinner

By Assunta Ng

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/32_07/blog_oysterrecipe.jpgWhen I was a child, I followed some silly Lunar New Year traditions. My family wouldn’t bathe on the first day because in Chinese culture, it is believed that all your wealth will be washed away. We wouldn’t clean our house either, because we’d be doomed to lose our fortune.

But there’s a fine line between traditions and superstition. Looking back, it was more of the latter that my parents and I were scared of taking a bath on that “first holy day” of the New Year.

It’s foolish to follow traditions blindly. How can you be happy when you live with unnecessary restrictions on your life? Sure, I can skip cleaning my home because I am lazy, but skipping a shower, no way. I have been showering on New Year’s day for decades. Maybe, that’s the cause of all my poverty! Read the full story

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BLOG: A Night at the Executive Excellence Awards

BLOG: A Night at the Executive Excellence Awards

By Assunta Ng

Normally, when I’m invited to a mainstream event, I have high expectations for their program and networking opportunities, but low expectations for their diversity. Don’t blame me, that’s the way many events are in Seattle — white and exclusive. I am usually one of the few women of color. Read the full story

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TAM sale of Chinese treasures upsets donors — Museum sells collection of jades and robes

TAM sale of Chinese treasures upsets donors — Museum sells collection of jades and robes

By Charles Lam
Northwest Asian Weekly

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From left to right: former TAM Director Jon Kowalik, Mrs. Mary Lee Young, and Mrs. Pearlie Baskin at the third exhibition of the Young collection in 1982.

For years, the Tacoma Art Museum has wowed attendees with its collection of Chinese textiles and jades, many of which Read the full story

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Profiles, Profiles, Vol 32 No 7 | 2/9-2/15Comments (3)

2013 Lunar New Year stamp released

2013 Lunar New Year stamp released

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Postal Service released its 2013 Lunar New Year stamp, featuring firecrackers, paper-cut designs, and Chinese calligraphy on Jan. 16 to help customers usher in the Year of the Snake. Read the full story

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