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Pricey foot-long is top dog

Pricey foot-long is top dog


From left, Rocky Yeh, Bearett Preston, Samson Kwong, and Eugene Woo make up the winning team at Tokyo Dog. (Photo by Sue Misao/NWAW)

History was made Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Fremont Market when Tokyo Dog sold the world’s most expensive hot dog for a whopping $169. Co-owner Eugene Woo said he would send the paperwork to Guinness World Records, where the feat will be documented for all of posterity. Read the full story

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Andreen keynotes business women’s symposium

Andreen keynotes business women’s symposium


Scilla Andreen

On Feb. 20, the Women in Business Leadership Initiative (WIBLI) held its “Kickoff Symposium” at the Hyatt Olive. The event drew 150 women. It was was organized and hosted by Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Read the full story

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Smith celebrates diversity

Smith celebrates diversity


Congressman Adam Smith and Seattle Urban League board chair Nate Miles of Eli Lilly celebrate cultural diversity. (Photo by Al Garman)

“Taste of the 9th” celebrated the diverse cultures of 9th Congressional District with Congressman Adam Smith on Jan. 22 at the Mount Baker Community Club. Ninety people attended the event, including leaders from the Hispanic, Asian, and African American communities.  Entertainment included a performance by the Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team. Read the full story

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Vietnamese New Year celebrated with mayor

Vietnamese New Year celebrated with mayor


Mayor Murray enjoys the lion dancing.

Mayor Murray attended the 2014 Vietnamese New Year Celebration at the Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Seattle, hosted by the Vietnamese American Community of Washington State on Feb. 15. Read the full story

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Asians got talent at the UW

Asians got talent at the UW


Srira-Cha-Cha won the Asian talent show at the UW. (Photo by Benny Tran)

Hip-hoppers Srira-Cha-Cha took first place in the 26th annual University of Washington Asian Student Commission talent show on Feb. 21, in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 750 people in Kane Hall. The talent show was started in 1989 to showcase the many talents, cultures, and interests of the Asian and Asian American community at the university. This year, 12 acts competed for the top prize of $500. (end)

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Boeing delivers 777-300ER

Boeing delivers 777-300ER


From left, Xiang Weiming, vice president and general manager of GE aviation, Zhang Zifang, chief operating officer of China Southern, Ihssane Mounir, vice president of sales for Northeast Asia, Commercial Airplanes, and Dong Suguang, executive vice president of China Southern cut the ribbon at the 777-300ER delivery. (Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren)

China Southern Airlines took delivery of its first of 10 777-300ER jetliners in a celebration and ribbon-cutting at Everett on Feb. 25. The airline said it plans to use its first 777-300ER to add a route from Guangzhou to the U.S. East Coast. Read the full story

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Chinese students lead police on high-speed chase in LA

Chinese students lead police on high-speed chase in LA

By Charles Lam
OC Weekly


Photo courtesy of California Highway Patrol

Three University of California Irvine international students from China led California Highway Patrol on a wild ride around Los Angeles on the night of Feb. 20 during a pursuit that, according to CHP, broke 120 miles an hour and lasted about 40 minutes. Read the full story

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Kim pleads guilty of leaking to Fox News

Kim pleads guilty of leaking to Fox News


Stephen Kim

Former senior adviser Stephen Kim agreed to a 13-month sentence in the case stemming from a report on North Korea’s military that he leaked to Fox News.

By Frederic J. Frommera
By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A U.S. State Department expert on North Korea pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to passing classified information to a journalist. Stephen Kim has agreed to a 13-month sentence in a deal with prosecutors, pending a judge’s approval. Read the full story

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Honda taps woman for board, promotes foreigner — Child care, housework are typical obstacles for corporate women

Honda taps woman for board, promotes foreigner — Child care, housework are typical obstacles for corporate women


Hideko Kunii

By Yuri Kageyama
Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) – Honda appointed a woman to its board for the first time and gave a major promotion to a foreigner in signs the automaker wants to change perceptions of a hidebound corporate culture. Read the full story

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No release for three of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

No release for three of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers


Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

By Ashok Sharma
Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s top court on Thursday stopped the Tamil Nadu state government from releasing three of the seven prisoners serving life sentences for the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, a lawyer said. Read the full story

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China dispatches pollution inspectors amid bad air

By Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) – China’s environment ministry said on Feb. 23 that it had sent inspectors to Beijing and other areas of the country to inspect polluting industries and check construction sites amid a spell of severe air pollution. Read the full story

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Admiral Nimitz’s WWII diary is posted online

Admiral Nimitz’s WWII diary is posted online


Chester W. Nimitz

By Michelle R. Smith

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The U.S. Naval War College released a trove of World War II information Monday by posting online the operational diary kept by the Pacific commander, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, during the war against Japan.

The 4,000-page multivolume collection includes a running summary of the situation for every day of the war in the Pacific compiled by Nimitz’s planning staff. It is the only known similar document to survive from the war, said Prof. John Hattendorf, who teaches maritime history at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Read the full story

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Japan plan has nuclear as key energy source

By Mari Yamaguchi
Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) – Japan unveiled its first draft energy policy since the Fukushima meltdowns three years ago, saying nuclear power remains an important source of electricity for the country. Read the full story

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Children become latest victims of Thai violence

By Thanyarat Doksone
Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) – The father grimaced and wept, as he struggled to contain his grief at the death of his two children in a grenade attack during a weekend trip to a mall in downtown Bangkok — the latest casualties in Thailand’s months of political crisis. Read the full story

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Life at War — Book recommendations

Life at War — Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

By Marissa Meyer
Feiwel and Friends, 2014

The Lunar Chronicles continue in this third installment right where the previous one ended.

New Beijing cyborg mechanic Cinder and Captain Carswell Thorne are now fugitives on the run from the law — both on Earth and on the moon. And joining the party are Scarlet, a young woman from France who recently lost her grandmother, and Wolf, a genetically mutated operative, formerly fighting for the other side.

The outlaws are working together to overthrow Lunar Queen Levana, who has her sights on conquering Earth just as she has Luna (otherwise known as the moon). Her first step in world domination is to marry Emperor Kai of the Eastern Commonwealth.

Cinder and the gang plan to stop her and their best bet lies with the book’s title character, Cress. Just like Rapunzel, the young Lunar girl has been imprisoned since she was very young, with a satellite acting as her tower and her netscreens as her only companions. Cress connects with Cinder and the others and they plan to rescue her. But things go sideways and the group is separated.

As the group tries to come back together — no one knowing whether the others have survived — we learn more about the extent to which Levana has gone in her quest to take over the world. But despite the strength of her powers, we also see how her Lunar subjects stand up to her and resist her in small ways.

In addition to jumping off the fairy tale of a longhaired girl trapped in a tower, Cress also shows readers the damage prejudices can have and how important it is to look past our differences to see what connects us.

As in the previous two stories, Meyer weaves fairy tale and fantasy with science fiction. With a little romance thrown in, this installment makes for an action-packed adventure, filled with mystery, danger, and excitement.

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_10/shelf_3years.jpgThree Years and Eight Months
Written by Icy Smith, Illustrated by Jennifer Kindert
East West Discovery Press, 2013

When World War II hits Hong Kong in the early 1940s, Choi and his uncle, Kim, become separated from his mother, as Japanese soldiers round up people throughout the city. And thus begins the three-year and eight-month long story of a 10-year-old boy trying to live his life during wartime.

With the dangers of war all around them, Choi stays with his uncle, as they are the only family they have left. The two do not know if they will ever see Choi’s mother again or even where she was taken.

Despite all this, life in Hong Kong continues. Choi and his uncle hear about villages that have been burned down as businesses around them close and food becomes scarce. Through it all, Choi befriends a boy named Taylor, who is half American and also separated from his mother.

Taylor had gone home to visit family in California just before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The two also become unlikely friends with a Japanese soldier who gives them food in return for wood.

While Three Years is a children’s book, the subject matter is serious, as it depicts the struggles of war and the bleakness that comes with it. This is one reason why I think this is an important story for children to know. Based on true events during World War II, young readers are introduced to a complex subject matter that is not always easy to understand. However, Smith simplifies things by focusing on one boy and how his life is affected. And while things may be hellish at times, Smith also shows how hard times are when people’s greatest humanity and compassion can come to light — something we can all be reminded of from time to time.

In addition to Smith’s compelling story, Kindert’s artwork helps to illustrate Choi’s story and what he and others in Hong Kong had to live through during the war.

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_10/shelf_shadow.jpgIn the Shadow of the Banyan
By Vaddey Ratner
Simon & Schuster, 2012

In April 1975, just days away from the Cambodian New Year, 7-year-old Raami’s world shatters, as civil war hits the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh and the Khmer Rouge forces everyone out of the city and into the countryside.

Over the next four years, Raami faces tragedy after tragedy, starting with her father being taken away by the guerilla group and continuing with the death of friends and family members — a far cry from the young girl’s privileged, royal upbringing.

While Shadow of the Banyan is a work of fiction, the story is rooted in fact, depicting the many atrocities the Cambodian people faced while under the Khmer Rouge’s regime. Ratner also draws from her own personal experiences, having been 5 years old — and the daughter of a Cambodian prince — when the Khmer Rouge took the capital.

I have read many stories — fiction and non-fiction — and have heard first-person accounts of this time from family and family friends, but not many were from the point of view of a child, especially one as young as Raami. Ratner does a great job of capturing the chaos and confusion of the time, which is all the more confusing for a young girl, when “you’re aware of so much, and yet you understand so little. So you imagine the worst.”

Despite these hardships, Raami hangs onto the brightest part of her childhood, the mythical stories and poems her father used to tell. These tales give her hope and help her push forward.

In addition to demonstrating the strength a child can hold, Ratner also shows how having a disability does not mean you are weak. When she was younger, Raami had polio, and as a result, walks with a limp. During her family’s exodus from the city, they are forced to get rid of her leg brace. While her physical limitations may be seen as a weakness, they do nothing to stop Raami from pushing forward and continuing to hope that things will get better. (end)

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

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan to make Seattle debut — Songs of the Wanderers, a masterpiece of modern dance by choreographer Lin Hwai-min

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan to make Seattle debut — Songs of the Wanderers, a masterpiece of modern dance by choreographer Lin Hwai-min

By Marino Saito
Northwest Asian Weekly


Dancers move through their pilgrim journey. (Photo by Yu-Hui Hung)

Lin Hwai-min will accompany Cloud Gate to Seattle for its UW World Series (UWWS) Read the full story

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2014 Olympics wrap-up — Final report from Sochi

2014 Olympics wrap-up — Final report from Sochi

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Welcome to the third and final Winter Olympics report from Sochi, Russia. We wrap up the final events that occurred during the week, including a disputed upset in one of the marquee events of the Winter Olympics.


Kim Yu-na

Controversy surrounds silver for South Korea’s Kim Yu-na

17-year-old Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova upset South Korea’s Kim Yu-na to win the gold medal in women’s figure skating. Despite the monumental pressure to perform on the biggest stage, Kim and Sotnikova put on the performance of their skating careers. Both skaters were perfect in their routine, but the judges determined that the Russian figure skater’s program was more technically difficult and thus awarded her the top score. With the close result came controversy as some fans of the popular South Korean skater were complaining of a fix. In fact, a petition on Change.org has more than 1.7 million signatures demanding an investigation of the judging. Certainly, having the Russian skater edging out Kim in front of her home country is a great boost for the host country. But, it also could be seen as suspicious.

Kim took the silver medal in stride. The gold medal winner from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver critiqued her own performance at Sochi, stating that maybe motivation was a problem. In 2010, Kim said she “could die for gold in the Olympics.” Here, she did not feel the same.

Women’s figure skating is one of the premier events at the Winter Olympics. For such scrutiny, judging is subjective and while one judge may see one thing, another can see it another way. The good news is that Kim seemed unwavered by the judges and shrugged off the loss of the medal. Certainly, this will give Kim more hunger to be ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Kim, who is just 23 years old, is adored by South Koreans and was the most popular subject on social media in the country after her performance. Kim thanked her fans for their support. One can only imagine what support she will have in 2018 in her home country.

Chu leads U.S. Team in closing ceremonies

U.S. hockey member Julie Chu may have ended her Olympic career with a silver medal, but she was chosen by her peers as the bearer of the U.S. flag in the closing ceremonies. Chu was the veteran leader of the U.S. team and came just a minute away from winning the gold medal against Canada.

As you may know, with the U.S. team up 2-0 late in the last period of the gold medal game, Canada came up with two quick goals to tie the score before the end of regulation. Canada scored a goal in overtime to win the gold. Chu gathered her team before the medal ceremony to offer support and encouragement going forward. The loss had to have been a kick in the stomach for Chu, as she has been denied the gold medal in all four of her Olympics. Regardless, she will be remembered as one of the most highly decorated Olympians in women’s hockey history with four medals (three silvers, one bronze).


J.R. Celski (Photo by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC)

Celski wins silver in short track team event

Federal Way’s J.R. Celski won a silver medal as part of the U.S. short track speed skating team in the 5,000-meter relay. The silver medal improves upon the team’s bronze medal performance in 2010. Celski was on that team as well. Celski did not win an individual medal in these games — unlike the bronze he won in the 1,500 meters in Vancouver — but at the age of 23, it’s likely he has another Olympics in him in 2018.

Japan’s hockey team wins hearts of Olympics, not medals

While the Japanese hockey team did not win any medals in the Sochi Olympics, their surprisingly close losses during their games were considered moral victories for the team. Given the nickname, “Smile Japan,” the team was an unexpected qualifier to play at the Olympics.


Alex and Maia Shibutani (Photo by Luu CC)

Despite losing, they made the most of the games. During one of their practices, the team spent some time goofing around and taking pictures of one another. Unlike other bigger Olympic programs, members of the team held down regular 9 to 5 jobs, while training at night and on weekends. So, while we look at medal counts at the end of the Olympics, we must also think of athletes like the Japanese women’s team that exude the Olympic spirit of playing for each other and enjoying the moment.


Madison Chock and Evan Bates (Photo by Luu CC)

How did API U.S. athletes do at Sochi?

At the beginning of the games, we gave you a rundown of some of the APIs that were competing in Sochi. Here is a list of the athletes and how they did:

Madison Chock – Chock and her partner Evan Bates finished 8th in the short and free dance competitions in the Ice Dance Figure Skating competition.

Alex and Maia Shibutani – The brother/sister duo competed in the same competition as Chock and Bates. They finished just behind them in 9th place. Although Chock and the Shibutanis did not medal, their teammates Meryl Davis and Charlie White dazzled the crowd and received the highest scores of the overall competition in grabbing the gold medal. They became the first Americans to win the gold in ice dancing.

Felicia Zhang – Zhang and her partner Nathan Bartholomew finished 12th in pairs Figure Skating in Sochi. Despite not placing, Zhang told the media that she was satisfied with their performance, as the field was stacked with more experienced duos. (end)

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

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In memory of Lisa Lani Chinn

In memory of Lisa Lani Chinn


Lisa Lani Chinn

Lisa Lani Matsukawa was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii. She was the daughter of Joe and Florence Matsukawa of Aiea, Hawaii. She graduated from Aiea High School.

She attended the University of Hawaii and graduated from the University of Washington. Lisa fought a courageous battle with breast cancer and passed away on Feb. 20, 2014, at the age of 53. Read the full story

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Nominations sought for 2014 National MED Week Awards

Know an outstanding local minority business?

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is accepting nominations for the 2014 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards competition. The program celebrates and recognizes the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community. Read the full story

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Get free help getting naturalized

People who want to become U.S. citizens can get free help at day-long  “Citizen Day” workshops being offered around the state. Read the full story

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