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Catherine Giudici advances to the final three of The Bachelor

Catherine Giudici advances to the final three of The Bachelor

Catherine Giudici

Catherine Giudici, half Filipino Seattle native, is now one of the final three contestants on the 17th season of ABC’s The Bachelor. She is the first Asian American to make it to the final three. The last episode brought her back to Seattle for a date with Bachelor Sean Lowe. The two toured Pike Place Market and met with Giudici’s family, speaking with her sisters, mother, and grandmother.As one of the final three contestants, Giudici will head on location to Thailand as the show begins to wrap up. The Northwest Asian Weekly has spoken with the Giudici family, who is currently under contract and cannot to reveal any details. (end)

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Hong Kong Association raises funds for the Bruce Lee Action Museum

Hong Kong Association raises funds for the Bruce Lee Action Museum

Daughter Shannon Lee at the gala (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation raised over $250,000 for the Bruce Lee Action Museum during their annual Chinese New Year Black Tie Gala on Feb. 9 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Read the full story

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Seattle middle schooler named top volunteer of 2013

Seattle middle schooler named top volunteer of 2013

Jessica Chin

Jessica Chin, 12, of Seattle was named one of Washington’s top two youth volunteers of 2013 on Feb. 5 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Jessica, a seventh-grader at Seattle Country Day School, has worked for several years with her family at a facility that provides free children’s clothing and supplies to homeless families. She also raises money and takes care of dogs and cats for the local Humane Society.

To support her local Humane Society chapter, Jessica has donated over $600 by participating in two fundraising walks and persuading family members to walk with her.

As a State Honoree, Jessica will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all expense paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C. (end)

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New York Representative Grace Meng to visit Seattle

New York Representative Grace Meng to visit Seattle

Grace Meng

Grace Meng, representative of New York’s 6th Congressional District and first ever Asian American congressperson from the east coast, will be in the Seattle area on Saturday, Feb. 23 on an invitation from the Seattle International Leadership Foundation. Meng will be the keynote speaker at ILF’s 2013 Seattle Advisory Board Inauguration.

That morning, she will also be participating in the Chinese Information and Service Center’s 4th annual Lunar New Year Walkathon. The event will take place at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School running from 9 a.m. until noon. The three-mile walk will raise funds to help CISC accomplish its mission of helping Asian immigrants successfully make the transition to a new life, while keeping older generations in touch with their heritage.

Registration for the walk is $15, and donations are currently being accepted through the CISC website. (end)

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John Chen signs books at February Chinese Chamber of Commerce luncheon

John Chen signs books at February Chinese Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Geoteaming CEO John Chen signed copies of his book, “50 Digital Team-Building Games,” at a February luncheon hosted by the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce at the LA Cafe. The book contains meeting openers, team activities, and group adventures to better unite business teams, develop trust, and foster increased collaboration and communication. (end)

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Calif. man charged with threatening Sen. Leland Yee

By Don Thompson
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Santa Clara man was charged Friday, Feb. 15 with possessing assault weapons, explosives, and bomb-making materials after the California Highway Patrol tracked an e-mailed death threat sent to Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco. Read the full story

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Some gains for minority actors in NYC

By Mark Kennedy
AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The percentage of minority actors working on Broadway and at the top 16 not-for-profit theater companies in New York City rose to 23 percent during the 2011-2012 season, but whites continue to be overrepresented, according to a new report. Read the full story

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Overseas slice of ‘Pi’ flips Hollywood formula

By David Germain
AP Movie Writer

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) — With 11 Academy Awards nominations — second only to “Lincoln” with 12 — and the sort of global box office receipts normally reserved for superheroes, “Life of Pi” is one of the most unusual megahits ever to hit the big screen. Approaching $600 million at the box office worldwide, the film is by far the top-grosser among the nine best picture nominees — with $200 million more than “Les Miserables” and “Django Unchained,” its closest rivals. Read the full story

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With no guns at home, Japanese shoot in Guam

By Eric Talmadge
The Associated Press

TAMUNING, Guam (AP) — Their well-equipped arsenals offer everything from tiny revolvers to Berettas, Glocks, semi-automatic pistols, and M16 military assault rifles. If kids can see over the counter, they are welcome, too. Read the full story

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SKorean lawmaker loses job over Samsung wiretaps

By Youkyung Lee
AP Business Writer

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean lawmaker known for criticism of the Samsung conglomerate has forfeited his seat in parliament after the Supreme Court ruled he violated communications laws by publishing incriminating wiretaps of conversations between Samsung officials on the Internet. Read the full story

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Filipinos abroad hired Cupids to serenade lovers

By Teresa Cerojano
The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Angelica Nino, a 22-year-old manager of a Manila restaurant, was preparing to assign shifts to her crew last week when she got a big surprise from her Filipino boyfriend who has been in Italy for a year on business. Read the full story

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Diversity Makes a Difference — Part 2

Diversity Makes a Difference — Part 2

Compiled by Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

The Northwest Asian Weekly’s Diversity Makes a Difference scholarship program celebrates young people Read the full story

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The Layup Drill — A Year of Linsanity, catfishing, a swim legend in the making, and the death of a Judo legend

The Layup Drill — A Year of Linsanity, catfishing, a swim legend in the making, and the death of a Judo legend

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Welcome to another edition of The Layup Drill. This month, we take a look back (and forward) at Linsanity, revisit the Manti Te’o saga, and catch up on the odds and ends in sports.

Remembering Linsanity

Last February, Jeremy Lin burst on the scene and changed the landscape of Asian American basketball forever. Jeremy Lin got off the New York Knicks bench and moved off his brother’s couch to become an overnight success.

Since last February, Lin became the NBA poster child for roughly 6 weeks, hurt his knee, and missed the playoffs, got a huge raise, drew criticism from Knicks fans when he left for Houston, and is now “Lin-iocre” in Houston. While he’s been a steady, yet average point guard for the Rockets, Lin’s legacy still grew off the court when a new documentary about his life screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Jeremy Lin made an appearance with the filmmakers at the premiere to support the documentary.

Although my prediction of Lin playing in the NBA All-Star game this year was off, he still participated in the NBA Skills competition Saturday night. A year after Lin’s dramatic ascension, he’s seemed to fall back as just a starting point guard on an average team.  His individual numbers are not as good as last season’s, and his team struggles to make the playoffs. But, despite the lack of hype, Linsanity was a good ride while it lasted.

While we are still fans of Lin, maybe we should look at a couple guys that could be next to unexpectedly dazzle the NBA.

Peyton Siva — Someone that has not been mentioned in this column is University of Louisville’s senior point guard, Peyton Siva. Siva, a Samoan American, was born and raised in Seattle and attended Franklin High School. Growing up in the inner city had its ills as many can imagine. Drugs, gangs, and crime were all a part of his life. But instead of falling into that trap, Siva put all of his effort and time into sports.

Siva’s father was addicted to drugs and was in and out of his son’s life. Siva went out one night to look for his father and found him in a drug den. His father contemplated suicide, but Siva was able to successfully talk him out of it.

Siva left Seattle to play for a national powerhouse at the University of Louisville. He has excelled starting for the Cardinals and will be a big part of their effort to make a run in the NCAA tournament this year. Siva should get a good shot at trying to make an NBA team next year and if he does make it, he would be the only Samoan American player in the league.

Chris Tang

Chris Tang — Oak Hill Academy is more of a basketball factory than it is a prep school. It is tucked away in Mouth of Wilson, Va., where all a student can do is play basketball and go to school.

Originally from China, Tang came to the United States under the care of a foster family.  His family in China sent him to the United States, so that he could follow his dream of playing basketball. Before attending prep school, Tang went to school in Newport News, Va. where he dominated high school hoops in the area.  The 6’3″ guard is fielding offers from many east coast colleges, including Harvard — Lin’s alma mater.

Tang’s game is not unlike Linsanity’s. He attacks the rim with fearless abandon and throws down dunks with ease. Of course, this is high school and Lin has to deal with the pros, so a straight on comparison wouldn’t be fair to Tang or Lin.  But, if we were to look for the next great Asian basketball player, it may be Tang.

While Tang understands the comparisons to Linsanity, he favors Dwayne Wade as his source of basketball inspiration. Well, Wade and Yao Ming, of course, as Ming is the overarching hero for many — perhaps all — basketball players from China.

Wang looking to sell NHL’s Islanders

Charles Wang

Charles Wang is looking to sell his hockey team, the New York Islanders, but let’s not get too excited about buying an NHL team for Seattle. It appears as though Wang would like to sell his team and move it from Long Island to Brooklyn. He hopes to move to the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. So, while he’s not moving it across the country, he is displacing the team in order to move west.

We have talked about Wang here before.  He’s not the most likeable owner, and selling his team will be a task. The New York Islanders are second to last in NHL attendance and a $75 million loan is due this year. With the NHL locked out half of the season and poor attendance, he won’t be able to look to ticket sales as a method to pay off the loan. Good luck finding a buyer.

Na makes Australian Open Final

For the second time in the past three years, Chinese women’s tennis player Li Na made the finals of the Australian Open. Unfortunately for Na, she turned her ankle in the championship match against the No. 1 player in the world, Victoria Azarenka. While Na won the first set, she dropped the next two sets.  Na hurt her ankle in the second set and was granted a medical timeout to see if she could continue. In the third set, Na fell on the court and hit her head.  Fortunately, she was able to continue to finish the match.

Despite losing, Na showed heart and determination, continuing on after two significant injuries. It was a valiant effort, especially against the top player in the world.

Te’o recovers from catfish

When we last left the drama from the former Notre Dame linebacker, he was “catfished” by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

The term “catfish” refers to someone creating a persona on social media via Facebook or Twitter in order to deceive someone.

Through this bizarre story, the world realized one of three things:

1) Te’o was the victim of a hoax that spiraled out of control;

2) Or, Te’o realized something that many middle school boys have found out. While dating an imaginary girlfriend sounds great for a while, there comes a time when people find out;

3) Or, maybe a newborn baby is not as naive as Manti Te’o.

We are all still confused about why such a nice and popular guy like Te’o would not meet a girl in person for so long, yet call her his girlfriend.

For his part, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo has found his 15 minutes of fame.  Thank you daytime talk show host and Oprah protege, Dr. Phil. The man that claimed he was Lennay Kekua even recreated the voice for Dr. Phil. Apparently, Tuiasosopo could not quit Te’o and revealed having feelings for Te’o after initializing the relationship.

Te’o tried to do some damage control as his focus should be preparing for the NFL Draft in April. He wore a light-colored cardigan and appeared with his parents on Katie Couric’s daytime talk show. Te’o professed his innocence and eventually broke down and cried along with his parents. Truly an embarrassing scene for all involved.

Certainly the jokes have been told and the pictures of people sitting with Lennay Kekua (the photos show them sitting next to an empty chair) have gone around social media. Te’o has been put through the fire of the media. As a rookie in the NFL, Te’o will not hear the end of this odd off-season story.  He will not only be picked on for having an imaginary girlfriend, but for the fact that the girlfriend actually turned out to be a guy.

Eastlake’s Kim sets record

Congratulations goes out to Eastlake High School’s Edward Kim.  Kim was named Swimmer of the Meet this year at the 4A Boys State meet at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. As a freshman, Kim won two state titles for individual swim events. As a sophomore, he won four. This year as a junior, Kim won two titles in addition to the Swimmer of the Meet award for the second straight year.  There’s no ceiling for this high schooler.  Move over Nathan Adrian, we may see Kim in the Olympics one day.

Keiko Fukuda

Keiko Fukuda, the highest-ranked woman in the sport of Judo, passed away at the age of 99 on Feb. 9.  Her grandfather was a Japanese samurai and one of his students developed the martial art. Fukuda was invited to join a women’s Judo class in Tokyo in the early 1930s — a rarity at the time. She loved the sport, and it came second to no man. In fact, when she learned that she would have to give it up for an arranged marriage, she refused.

Fukuda traveled to the United States in 1953 to teach the sport.  She returned to Tokyo and demonstrated the sport at the 1964 Summer Olympics.  Eventually, Fukuda returned to the United States and lived and taught in San Francisco. She eventually became a U.S. citizen.

Through the years, she was promoted in rank in Judo and eventually earned the highest rank ever for a woman — 10th dan.

A documentary was made on her life entitled, “Mrs. Judo.”  Let’s all find it and pay homage to a true pioneer of the sport. (end)

Jason Cruz can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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Festival brings stories to Seattle

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

“The mission of Tasveer,” said Aaron D. Williams, director of technology for the organization board, “is to primarily bring meaningful films, but also visual, literary, performance, and other art forms from South Asia and Diaspora, to the Pacific Northwest.” Read the full story

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BLOG: The death of print, will we be next?

BLOG: The death of print, will we be next?

By Assunta Ng

Photo by Charles Lam/NWAW

Witnessing the digital attack on publication has been a nightmare for those of us in print media. It hasn’t mattered how big, rich, or strong publications have been before, or how many prestigious writing awards they’ve won. Advertising revenue continues to bleed out, and many die as a result. Some publications, like Newsweek, have ended their print editions, continuing their online versions only. Read the full story

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Seattle native Leah Li crowned 2013 Miss Chinatown USA

Seattle native Leah Li crowned 2013 Miss Chinatown USA

By Charles Lam
Northwest Asian Weekly

Photo by David Yu Photography

Seattle is a title town again as hometown sweetheart Leah Li has won the 2013 Miss Chinatown USA pageant, as well as the pageant’s Miss Talent title. Read the full story

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Michelle Rhee on charter schools, standardized testing, and being Korean American

Michelle Rhee on charter schools, standardized testing, and being Korean American

By Zachariah Bryan
Northwest Asian Weekly

Education reformer Michelle Rhee is currently on tour promoting her new book. (Photo by Zachariah Bryan/NWAW)

There is no middle ground when it comes to national education reform figure Michelle Rhee. People either love her or they hate her. Read the full story

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CulturalFest makes the world smaller

CulturalFest makes the world smaller

By Elizabeth Wang
Northwest Asian Weekly

CulturalFest featured demonstrations from all regions, including Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

The world shrunk just a tiny bit last Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14 and Feb. 15, as students at the University of Washington (UW) hosted their third ever cultural festival. Read the full story

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Bellevue Square welcomes the Year of the Snake

Bellevue Square welcomes the Year of the Snake

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

Bellevue Square dressed in red for the Lunar New Year event. (Photo from Bellevue Square facebook)

For the second year in a row, Washington’s most racially Asian American city will be welcoming the Year of the Snake in its own way, with a festival hosted at the Center Court of Bellevue Square. Read the full story

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PICTORIAL: Leah Li crowned 2013 Miss Chinatown USA

PICTORIAL: Leah Li crowned 2013 Miss Chinatown USA

Photos by David Yu Photography

Leah Li and 2012 Miss Chinatown Steffi Hu

Li being crowned by 2012 Miss Chinatown USA Steffi Hu

Li won Miss Talent and Miss Chinatown

Li started dancing at an early age and has won several dance awards.

Li performing a Fire Phoenix dance

Li as Mu Guiying

Li during the question and answer portion

Leah Li shown with this year’s contestants and previous Miss Chinatown USAs

From left: Joseph Li (brother), Leah Li, a family friend, Yifeng Li (mother),
and Hengda Li (father)

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