Tag Archive | "Vol 33 No 11 | March 8 – March 14"

Kenyon Chan named as UW Tacoma interim chancellor

Kenyon Chan named as UW Tacoma interim chancellor

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Kenyon Chan (Photo from UW)

The University of Washington announced that Kenyon S. Chan, who retired from his chancellor position at UW Bothell last year, will become interim chancellor at the University of Washington Tacoma on March 16. He replaces Debra Friedman, who died Jan. 26 from lung cancer. The process of picking a new permanent chancellor has not yet started. Read the full story

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New Year gala raises money for Seattle Children’s Hospital

New Year gala raises money for Seattle Children’s Hospital

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Master David Leong Dragon & Lion Group kicked off the event.

The Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation Gala held its 2014 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Feb. 22. More than 600 people attended and enjoyed a Luly Yang fashion show, Master David Leong’s Lion Dance performance, and live auctions. The 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist Award was given to Herbert M. Bridge, and the 2014 Outstanding Business Leader Award was given to Chang International Inc. The event raised more than $300,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital. (end)

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Watanabe will run for senate

Watanabe will run for senate

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Louis Watanabe

Louis Watanabe, 1st vice-chair and precinct committee officer for the 37th district Democrats, has announced his candidacy for the Washington State Senate. He is a former Bellevue College teacher and software engineer. He has served on the boards of the Asian Counseling & Referral Service, the UW Consulting & Business Development Center, the National Association of Asian American Professionals, and the Japanese American Citizens League. His priorities are jobs, education, and union work. (end)

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Henry Lee gives talk at UW

Henry Lee gives talk at UW

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Henry Lee meets with local students. (Photo by Rebecca Ip/SCP)

Henry Lee, one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists, gave a lecture at University of Washington Odegaard Undergraduate Library on Feb. 20, as part of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting. Lee has consulted on more than 8,000 criminal cases in 46 countries. Read the full story

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Caucasian woman sells Chinese pancakes on Seattle streets

Caucasian woman sells Chinese pancakes on Seattle streets

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Anastasia Searfoss and the “Bing of Fire” (Photo by John Liu/NWAW)

Anastasia Searfoss sells Chinese pancakes called Jianbing — which people can get from street vendors in China — early in the morning on the streets in Seattle. Searfoss taught English in Anji, of east China’s Zhejiang province, for a year and a half. During that time, she traveled around China and ate various kinds of Chinese food. After she came back to the United States, she found out that there was nobody making Jianbing in Seattle. She started making and selling them full time. Her “Bing of Fire” food truck can be found at various locations around Seattle. She also has a website, bingoffire.com, where customers can see where she will be on certain days. (end)

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Days after SF Asiana plane crash, families were neglected

Days after SF Asiana plane crash, families were neglected

By Justin Pritchard
Associated Press

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Wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on July 6, 2013 (Photo from the National Transportation Safety Board)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – When anguished family members first called for information about their loved ones aboard a wrecked Asiana Airlines plane, instead of getting answers, they had to navigate an automated reservation system. Read the full story

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Inslee signs bill expanding college aid to students without legal status

Inslee signs bill expanding college aid to students without legal status

By Associated Press

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Gov. Jay Inslee poses for pictures with students while signing “The Real Hope Act” in Olympia. (Photo courtesy of OneAmerica)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure on Feb. 26 that expands state college financial aid to students who don’t have legal status in the United States. Read the full story

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Chinese media uses racial slur at Ambassador Locke

By Didi Tang
Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) – A major Chinese government news service used a racist slur to describe the departing American ambassador in a mean-spirited editorial on Feb. 28 that drew widespread public condemnation in China. Read the full story

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Tibetan Buddhist master visits UW

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will be giving a public talk on “Karma & Loving Kindness” in Seattle on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the University of Washington, Kane Hall, room 210. Read the full story

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Join the Immigrant and Refugee Commission

The City of Seattle is opening up the application process for new commissioners to serve on the Immigrant and Refugee Commission. Appointees serve two years and are responsible for the following: Read the full story

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Do you “like” the government’s efforts in AAPI communities?

Last week, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) hosted its first National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout and announced the release of the 2014–2015 Federal Agency Plans. Read the full story

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Diversity Makes a Difference —Part 1

Diversity Makes a Difference —Part 1

Compiled by Sue Misao
Northwest Asian Weekly

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

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I close my eyes and think, ‘Aloha’

I close my eyes and think, ‘Aloha’

By Assunta Ng
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Ko Olina Resort (Photo by John Liu/NWAW)

I was in Hawaii’s Ko Olina Resort for a wedding when snow hit Seattle on Feb. 8. I long for snow every once in a while, but when I get my wish, I really hate it. Read the full story

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Movie review: Fists of Legends

Movie review: Fists of Legends

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Mixed martial arts is the backdrop for this South Korean DVD release of the movie “Fists of Legend.” The 2013 sports drama, directed by Kang Woo-suk, is based on a popular South Korean web cartoon. Read the full story

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February’s culture wars  — That Sochi snub, and that Jeopardy! guy

February’s culture wars — That Sochi snub, and that Jeopardy! guy

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

Welcome to the latest edition of Apop! In this month’s column, I talk about the Olympics and a talented — yet controversial — game show whiz. Read on to find out more!

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Adelina Sotnikova takes the gold while Kim Yu-na takes silver.

An Olympics recap: Skating and scandal in Sochi

The Sochi Olympics dominated primetime television for most of February. Asians from around the world took to the international sports stage in Russia to represent their countries. Figure skating has historically been one of the Games’ more controversial sports, and it was not without its share of drama this year.

South Korean Kim Yu-na, the women’s figure skating gold medalist from the 2010 Vancouver Games, returned to Sochi to defend her title in hopes of winning back-to-back gold. Although Kim made it clear that her heart was not nearly as invested in the 2014 Games compared to her run in 2010, she was still considered the favorite to win gold in the women’s figure skating event. But Kim suffered an upset to Russian upstart skater Adelina Sotnikova, who took home the gold with a five-point margin over Kim, leaving the South Korean with a silver medal.

The skating world and viewers expressed outrage over the perceived gold medal snub. Fans even launched an online petition to investigate the judging decisions of the women’s figure skating event, which generated so much attention that the website initially crashed due to the overwhelming response.

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After her performance, Sotnikova gets a hug from one of the judges.

It was also revealed that the judging panel included a Ukrainian judge with Russian ties, who had previously been suspended for a year due to fixing the ice dancing competition at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan. A Russian judge on the panel was also revealed to be the wife of the president and general director of the Russian Skating Federation. Television footage of Sotnikova hugging the Russian judge after the announcement of her gold medal win also casted doubt. While there is no hard evidence of a set-up, it’s hard not to view the situation with some level of skepticism.

In my opinion (based purely on my credentials as a pro casual viewer), I thought Kim had the stronger performance. Kim’s program, though simpler, showcased a cleaner and fundamentally more artistic routine than her Russian counterpart. Sotnikova, though talented, stumbled on a landing, and lacked the maturity and grace that Kim’s program possessed.

But Sotnikova was able to edge out Kim by executing one extra triple jump in her routine, earning her more points under a new judging system that favors technicality over artistry. It’s not a decision that the world may agree with, but I suppose that is why professional figure skating is so fascinating, infuriating, and controversial — all the subjectivity that goes into the judging decisions.

Elsewhere, Seattle’s own beloved short track speed skater J.R. Celski entered the Olympics as the de facto leader and main hope for the U.S. team. Although Celski failed to podium for three of his four eligible events, he helped the U.S. team take home the silver medal in the team relay event. Congrats to Celski and his fellow teammates!

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Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy! and Arthur Chu, contestant.

Game show controversy

There’s a new game show champ in town and his name is Arthur Chu. As of this writing, Chu is on a nine-time “Jeopardy!” winning streak. He appears to be on track to continue kicking butt and taking names on the show. However, Chu’s winning streak has been a polarizing one, as he employs extensive game theory, aggressive buzzing, and a brash manner in order to bulldoze his competitors. It’s a different playing technique than what long-time viewers are used to. Chu plays the game with ruthless pragmatism, while it seems as if fans prefer game contestants that come off humble and, well, effortlessly genius.

Because the show’s traditional fans dislike Chu’s swagger, a major audience backlash resulted in social media slams against him, targeting his race, appearance, and personality on the show.

Still, Chu proves that he doesn’t care what anyone else thinks, and often slams his detractors right back. It doesn’t look like Chu’s winning streak, or his confidence, will be letting up any time soon. Catch “Jeopardy!” later this week to watch Chu in action. (end)

Vivian Nguyen can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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Motivational speaker wants to be an American Ninja Warrior, of course

Motivational speaker wants to be an American Ninja Warrior, of course

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Hoan Do is seriously training to be a Ninja Warrior. (Photo courtesy of Ross Coyle Media)

After completing a workout in the gym one night, a local man decided that he wanted to be a ninja — but not just any ninja. Hoan Do hopes to make it on the next season of the NBC reality TV series “American Ninja Warrior.” Read the full story

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Creator of landmark buildings elevated to  top-level architect group

Creator of landmark buildings elevated to top-level architect group

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Ming Zhang is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. (Photo by James Tabafunda/NWAW)

Ming Zhang’s heart is both cultivated and enriched, qualities that the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright once said makes for a great architect. Read the full story

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Woos: The Louisa will be back

Woos: The Louisa will be back

By Sue Misao
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Plans are underway to save Chinatown’s Hudson/Louisa Building. Here, in a photo taken in January, owners Tanya and Teri Woo walked the perimeter of their building while showing it to an architect. (Photo by Sue Misao/NWAW)

If everything goes according to plan, the burned Hudson Building in the International District will not only be saved, but also reconstructed to retain its historic façade, according to the Woos, the owners of the building. Read the full story

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Three years later, Japan earthquake still resonates

Three years later, Japan earthquake still resonates

By Marino Saito
Northwest Asian Weekly

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After the earthquake and tsunami, an SH-60B helicopter assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 14 from Naval Air Facility Atsugi flew over the city of Sendai to deliver more than 1,500 pounds of food to survivors. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Across Japan, people will pause and pray at 2:46 p.m. on March 11. Read the full story

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Hing Hay will expand; you’ll still have mail

Hing Hay will expand; you’ll still have mail

By Sue Misao
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Hing Hay Post Office (Photo by Sue Misao/NWAW)

The new post office in the International District will be about 140 steps from the old Read the full story

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