Tag Archive | "Vol 33 No 16 | April 12 – April 18"

Komen event raises $600K

Komen event raises $600K

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From left, Charlene Lee, Mona Locke, David Richart, Jerry Lee, Ambassador Gary Locke. (Photo courtesy of Susan G. Komen Puget Sound)

On March 1, former U.S. Ambassador to China Gov. Gary Locke and former Washington State First Lady Mona Locke joined Komen Puget Sound executive director David Richart and honorary co-chairs Jerry and Charlene Lee at Komen Puget Sound’s annual Grace Notes Gala. About 300 benefactors attended the event at the Fairmount Olympic Hotel, raising $600,000 to support medical research into a cure for breast cancer. (end)

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Women discuss ‘glorious food’

Women discuss ‘glorious food’

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Lisa Nakamura

The Wells Fargo Washington Women’s Roundtable was held March 18 at FareStart in Seattle. The theme, “Food, Glorious Food,” featured a panel of top local women in the multi-million dollar food industry on the topics of restaurant trends, sustainability, and “good eats.” Speakers included Andrina Bigelow of Fran’s Chocolates, Maria Smeraldo of Il Terrazzo Carmine, and chef Lisa Nakamura. The event was moderated by Patti Payne, PSBJ columnist and principal of The Payne Group, and hosted by Mary Knell, a Washington and Canada CEO. (end)

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Miyake named city manager

Miyake named city manager

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Brad Miyake

The City Council on April 8 unanimously selected Brad Miyake as Bellevue’s next city manager, pending contract negotiations. Read the full story

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Korean consul returns home

Korean consul returns home

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Consul General Song Young-wan bids farewell to Lt. Gov. Brad Owen (Photo courtesy of Lt. Gov. Brad Owen)

Consul General Song Young-wan, the Republic of Korea’s highest-ranking consular officer at the nation’s Seattle consulate, is leaving his post after three years. The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea covers the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, and Montana, providing visa and passport services. Song also spent his time both on diplomatic affairs and interacting with government and business leaders throughout the region. Read the full story

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General Biodiesel named West Seattle Business of the Year

General Biodiesel named West Seattle Business of the Year

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The crew at General Biodiesel are proud of their success.

General Biodiesel recently received the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce Westside Business of the Year Award. The company helps businesses with free pickup of used greases. This is then used to provide an alternative to petroleum fuel. Yale and Laura Wong launched General Biodiesel in 2006 to help reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign fuel. Read the full story

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Supreme Court Justice says internment ruling could happen again

Supreme Court Justice says internment ruling could happen again

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

By Audrey McAvoy
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii last month that the nation’s highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, but he wouldn’t be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future conflict. Read the full story

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API bands compete in Kollaboration showcase

API bands compete in Kollaboration showcase

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All photos are courtesy of Kollaboration

Five local API bands will vie for the chance to compete at Kollaboration Star in L.A. next fall. Read the full story

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Sting operation nets stolen goods, drug dealers, and scammers in ID

Sting operation nets stolen goods, drug dealers, and scammers in ID

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

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A sting operation by the Major Crimes Task Force uncovered shady dealings in the neighborhood of 12th Avenue and Jackson Street. After arresting more than two dozen people, police said they were going to “take that area back for the community.” (Photo courtesy of SPD)

The Seattle Police Department reported the March 27 arrest of 25 suspects in a Read the full story

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Bank fraudsters preyed on Vietnamese community

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

A member of a bank fraud scheme who threatened people with a firearm to try to collect debts was sentenced last week to six years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. Read the full story

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Loans available for businesses impacted by Chinatown fire

Loans available for businesses impacted by Chinatown fire

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The Hudson Building on Dec. 24 (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest working capital federal loans to small businesses economically impacted by the Hudson Building fire in Seattle’s International District. The SBA declared the fire a disaster following an April 1 request from Gov. Jay Inslee. Read the full story

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Students, educators honored at Diversity Makes a Difference dinner

Students, educators honored at Diversity Makes a Difference dinner

By Alia Marsha
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Five Puget Sound high school students won $1,000 scholarships for their efforts promoting diversity in their communities. They were honored at a dinner and presentation on March 28 at the New Hong Kong restaurant. From left, Seattle School Board member Harium Martin-Morris and Michelle Sievers of Pemco (an event sponsor) stand next to Holy Names senior Sara “Cha Cha” Sawyer, Roosevelt High School senior Nicola LaGuardia, Squalicum High School senior Ana Cervantes, Olympia High School senior Adora Nwankwo, and Shorecrest senior Julie Nguyen. They are also flanked by Seattle School Board member Sharon Peaslee, Kau Kau owner Richard Chang (a sponsor), and keynote speaker David Santillanes Jr. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The Diversity Makes a Difference scholarship dinner at New Hong Kong restaurant on Read the full story

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Looking back at March  — The latest fall, rise, & situations in pop culture

Looking back at March — The latest fall, rise, & situations in pop culture

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

This month’s column stars a disgraced co-founder and a celebrated EGOT winner.

Wondering who or what an EGOT is? Read on to find out the answer, along with updates from this month’s entertainment headlines!

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Young Lee, co-founder of Pinkberry

Pinkberry CEO gets jail time

Young Lee, co-founder of the popular frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry, was recently sentenced to seven years behind bars for an altercation involving a homeless man in 2011. Lee helped to establish Pinkberry in 2005, but is no longer involved with the company.

The incident occurred when Lee sat in his SUV at a freeway off-ramp in June 2011.

Donald Bolding, a homeless man who was panhandling on the side of the road, flashed a sexually explicit tattoo to the people in Lee’s car, which included Lee’s fiancée. Lee felt deeply disrespected by this act, and returned to the same spot later to repeatedly hit Bolding with a tire iron. Bolding sustained a broken forearm and cuts to the head.

With so many witnesses around — including a few who had to hold Lee back from harming Bolding any further — it’s no surprise that Lee received the sentence he did.

Perhaps spending the better part of the next decade in jail will give him some time to mull over the consequences of taking a tire iron to someone’s head.

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Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Presenting the first Filipino American Academy Award winner!

During last month’s Academy Awards, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez won an Oscar for the Best Original Song category with “Let It Go,” their hit single from the Disney animated movie “Frozen.” Lopez is of partial Filipino descent, making him the first Filipino American to win an Oscar.

But, perhaps more importantly, this also makes Lopez the first Filipino American to earn a spot in the incredibly elite club of EGOT holders. This club is made up of people who have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. It’s the Grand Slam of achievements in the entertainment biz, and only 11 other people have ever accomplished it. Lopez’s Emmy wins come from his music direction for an animated children’s show, while his Grammy and Tony awards were given for his work on the hit Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.”

This is truly an amazing feat. Congrats, Lopez!

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Eddie Huang

Sitcom castings for next season

There has been a ton of buzz lately about Eddie Huang’s popular autobiography “Fresh Off the Boat.” Huang is Taiwanese American, and a well-known restaurateur, chef, and food personality. Huang’s memoirs cover his early life and rise in the food celebrity scene in New York, with a special focus on Asian culture and cuisine against his childhood backdrops of Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Fla.

Huang’s autobiography is being adapted for a sitcom, and will feature a rare feat seen in television shows. It will feature an all-Asian starring cast! That’s right, dear readers. When was the last time you recall seeing a network show starring an Asian American family? (The answer to that question would be “never”.) This is big stuff. Though the decision to apparently rename the sitcom to “Far East Orlando” is somewhat problematic with its Oriental overtures, I’m still pumped to see the development and progress on this show.

Constance Wu and Randall Park will play Huang’s mother and father, respectively. This will be Wu’s first major starring role to mainstream audiences, while Park may best be known for his recurring role on the hit HBO comedy “Veep” and guest-starring roles in a slew of popular sitcoms. Huang’s teenage counterpart will be played by newcomer Hudson Yang.

The show is currently shooting its pilot. If all goes well and the show gets green lit, it will debut in the fall. Fingers crossed!

Meanwhile, actor John Cho will star in another ABC pilot titled “Selfie,” which poses to be a modern remake of the classic musical “My Fair Lady.” Korean American Cho has a ton of television and film work under his belt, including the “Star Trek” and “Harold and Kumar” film franchises, in addition to a lead role on the short-lived sitcom “Go On.”

“Selfie” will follow a 20-something girl played by Karen Gillan, who watches her reputation fall apart over social media. Cho plays a self-assured marketing expert that helps the girl get her reputation back on track. For those familiar with the musical it’s based on, Cho plays the modern equivalent of Henry Higgins. As a former musical theater geek, I cannot wait to see this modern adaptation play out with Cho. He sounds perfect for the part! (end)

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

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Groups partner up to help undocumented APIs enroll in DACA

The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) and 21 Progress announced a partnership to help undocumented Asian Pacific Islander youth connect with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) resources. Read the full story

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Beautify Chinatown

Join hundreds of volunteers for the beautification of the Chinatown-International District on April 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Comcast will host the event, which will include pressure washing sidewalks, painting over graffiti, working in the Danny Woo Garden, and more. (end)

For questions or to join the fun, call 206-838-8718.

 

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Classes available for Vietnamese immigrants

Helping Link is a non-profit Vietnamese organization that helps Vietnamese immigrants adjust to American culture with tutoring and adult classes in ESL, citizenship preparation, and basic computer skills. Classes cost $25 and are held at 1032 S. Jackson St. Suite C, in Seattle. Read the full story

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Beacon Hill building energizes Seattle Lees

Beacon Hill building energizes Seattle Lees

By Assunta Ng
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Lees cut the ribbon in front of their new building. (Photo by Rebecca Ip/SCP)

Four beauties wearing their crowns and native costumes — all sharing the same surname Read the full story

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Reign welcomes a Women’s World Cup veteran to the club

Reign welcomes a Women’s World Cup veteran to the club

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Nahomi Kawasumi joined her teammates high atop the Space Needle. (Photo by Jason Cruz/NWAW)

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Atop the roof of the Space Needle on April 2, the Seattle Reign FC unveiled its new “kits,” a soccer term for uniforms, for the 2014 season. Read the full story

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Fukushima children start new school after f leeing radiation

Fukushima children start new school after f leeing radiation

By Yuri Kageyama
Associated Press

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Kokoro Kamiyama, 13, left in foreground, attends an opening ceremony of her Aida Junior High School on April 5, as she starts her new life in Matsumoto, central Japan, after moving from Fukushima. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

MATSUMOTO, Japan (AP) – The 12-year-old girl didn’t want to leave her younger Read the full story

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EDITORIAL: Overturn ‘Korematsu’ for good

The United States Supreme Court has an opportunity to settle once and for all the illegality of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. It has the opportunity to help ensure that it never happens again. Read the full story

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