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ID Rotary awards Lisa Khuu

ID Rotary awards Lisa Khuu

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The International District Rotary Club awards Lisa Khuu with a Rotary college scholarship. From left, Vijya Patel, president of Seattle ID Rotary; Lisa Khuu; Tia Filippelli, West Seattle High School counselor; and Paul Mar, Rotary member. (Photo courtesy of Benjamin Rasmus)

The International District Rotary Club has awarded Lisa Khuu with a Rotary college scholarship, which she will use to attend the University of Washington with a pre-medicine major. Khuu is currently a student at West Seattle High School, where she has a 3.9 GPA. Her professional goal is to help find cures for diseases. She was the “perfect candidate” for the scholarship, said her adviser, because “she combines academic excellence and a passion to help others with financial need.” (end)

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Gov. appoints Wada to CAPAA

Gov. appoints Wada to CAPAA

Lori Wada, supervisor of the Statewide Health Information Benefits Advisors program at the Washington State Office of Insurance Commission, was appointed to the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs by Governor Jay Inslee on April 2, 2014. Read the full story

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YouTube stars visit Chinatown

YouTube stars visit Chinatown

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The Fung Brothers, David and Andrew, left, and Richie Le and Kevin Le, take a break while filming a music video in Seattle’s Chinatown. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Andrew and David Fung, also known as the rap/comedy duo The Fung Brothers, returned to their native Seattle on Comcast Cares Day to shoot a music video promoting Chinatown during the annual cleanup on April 26. Now based in Monterey Park, Calif., the brothers are best known for their You Tube videos of Jeremy Lin, Asian cuisine, and life in California’s San Gabriel Valley. A trailer for the Seattle video is viewable on YouTube. (end)

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Indian American confirmed as Assistant Secretary of State

Indian American confirmed as Assistant Secretary of State

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Puneet Talwar

Puneet Talwar has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a key diplomatic position, becoming the second Indian American to join the state department.

Talwar, who was a key aide of President Barack Obama on the Middle East, will now serve as the assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs. Read the full story

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Sims to chair state health board

Sims to chair state health board

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Ron Sims

Gov. Jay Inslee this week announced the appointment of Ron Sims as board chair for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which runs the state’s online marketplace for health insurance, the Washington Healthplanfinder. His appointment runs from June 15, 2014, to Dec. 15, 2015. Read the full story

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Ex-refugee shows students they can succeed in America

By Hillary Gavan
Beloit Daily News

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) – “You can become.” Read the full story

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Travolta, Spacey, Kapoor wow crowd at ‘Bollywood Oscars’

Travolta, Spacey, Kapoor wow crowd at ‘Bollywood Oscars’

By Tamara Lush
Associated Press

TAMPA, Florida (AP) – The Indian film industry’s top award show sailed into Tampa on April 23 with a pirate-themed opening musical number and celebrities ranging from “Slumdog Millionaire” star Anil Kapoor to John Travolta and Kevin Spacey. Read the full story

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Court forces out Thai leader, but crisis continues

Court forces out Thai leader, but crisis continues

By Thanyarat Doksone
Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) – A court ousted Thailand’s prime minister on May 7 for abuse of power, accomplishing what anti-government demonstrators have sought to do for the past six months and further widening the country’s sharp political divide. Read the full story

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Tiny Pacific nation sues nine nuclear-armed powers

Tiny Pacific nation sues nine nuclear-armed powers

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Nuclear weapon test Bravo on Bikini Atoll. The test was part of the Operation Castle. The Bravo event was an experimental thermonuclear device surface event. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Energy)

NEW YORK (AP) – The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world’s eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of “flagrant violations” of international law. Read the full story

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China law demands more transparency from polluters

By Louise Watt
Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) – China has changed its environment law for the first time in 25 years, instituting public oversight of companies and allowing unlimited fines against persistent polluters, a response to the country’s environmental challenges and demands from the public for action. Read the full story

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LETTER: Be careful in downtown Seattle

LETTER: Be careful in downtown Seattle

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Debadutta Dash and his damaged car. (Photo courtesy of Debadutta Dash)

Dear Editor,

This is to share some horrible experience I had recently. Fortunately, there was no physical injury involved here. My vehicle, parked on a street got vandalized near the Terry Ave. and Stewart St. crossing on the night of Thursday, April 29. Someone smashed the rear windshield and stole my gym bag from the car. The incident took place between 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. I have reported it to the SPD and am still waiting to receive the case number. Read the full story

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API artists invited to mix it up

API artists invited to mix it up

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Acrylic painting by Dai Giang

ARTISTS UP will host a free session to connect and inform Asian, Asian American, and Asian Pacific Islander artists throughout Seattle, King County, and Washington. The mixer is designed to “share best practices through peer learning and build connections between artists and funders and demystify funding programs and processes.” Read the full story

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Mayor seeks candidates for ISRD board

Mayor Ed Murray invites the public to apply for an open position on the International Special Review District Board, the official board that reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements within the International Special Review District located in the Chinatown/International District. An elected position — Position #3 (business person, property owner, or employee) — has become vacant and, in accordance with the board’s rules and procedures, is filled through a mayoral appointment. Read the full story

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Burn List: Jazz band with a different beat

Burn List: Jazz band with a different beat

By Irfan Shariff
Northwest Asian Weekly

Chris Icasiano has been playing the drums since he was 8 years old. He would practice for hours each day, playing along to the classics and favorites of his parents, such as the Beatles, Bing Crosby, and Chicago. Read the full story

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Aegis Living knows its market

Aegis Living knows its market

By Assunta Ng
Northwest Asian Weekly

You can easily mistake Aegis on Madison, which held its grand opening this spring, for a five-star hotel or an upscale condo when you walk in. Everything is cozy inside — a grand piano, open dining room, huge fireplace, antiques, stylish chandeliers, and elegant artwork on the walls. It is the newest assisted living building among Aegis Living’s 30-plus facilities. Except it doesn’t look like an assisted living facility. Read the full story

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Seattle International Film Festival set to begin

Seattle International Film Festival set to begin

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), running from May 15 through June 8, always brings fascinating Asian films to our town, many of them not available for viewing elsewhere. Here are three preview picks for the first few days of the festival:

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“Monsoon Shootout,” playing May 15, 17, and 19, is from Indian director Amit Kumar making his first feature film. It dwells on Adi, a police officer played by Vijay Varma, who obsesses over, chases, and finally corners a notorious Indian hit man. In only a fraction of a second, Adi must decide whether to pull his trigger. The rest of the film’s action proceeds before, after, and around this defining moment. And each of Adi’s choices produce — or could produce — a different future.

Varma, a charismatic young fellow from the Indian city of Hyderabad, marks this as his third feature film. Most of the other cast members are also younger actors starting out in India’s voluminous film industry: Srijeeta De as Geeta, Jayant Gadekar as Patil, Tannishtha Chatterjee as Rani, and Geetanjali Thapa as Anu.

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“A Time in Quchi,” playing May 18, 19, and 20, is from Taiwanese film director Tso-Chi Chang.

Unlike Kumar, Chang has made several films in his home country, although this may be the first look that Seattle audiences get at his work. The central character, a boy named Bao, finds himself in unfamiliar territory when he’s sent to live with his grandfather for the summer.

Bao finds his new surroundings nearly intolerable. He’s stymied by the lack of cable TV, but unlike earlier generations of boys in his predicament, he finds solace in a computer tablet. But non-electronic life proves much harder. He’s never sure whether the country kids are his friends or are just using him as laughing stock. And while he isn’t completely aware of it at first, his parents are negotiating a divorce. The cast includes Liang-Yu Yang, Yun Loong Kuan, and Ya-Ruo Lin.

Unlike the other two directors, Taiwan’s Tsai Ming-Liang, whose new feature “Stray Dogs” plays May 21 and 25, has both a long list of films to his credit and a substantial following, amongst critics and cineastes, in the United States. Several of his earlier films, including “I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone” and the mind-blowing “Goodbye Dragon Inn,” came to Seattle courtesy of SIFF.

Ming-Liang’s films will almost certainly never be popular with the general audience. They move very, very, very slowly, and long sections can pass without dialogue. In “Goodbye Dragon Inn,” my pick for one of the finest films in the last 15 years, a woman simply sits, frozen, for what seems like an eternity. But the director draws you in and makes you move to his rhythms. When the woman finally decides to take action, the release of tension is superior to and more devastating than most onscreen gunshots or CGI explosions.

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“Stray Dogs” is about an alcoholic father and the addiction that destroys him and his family. It is about pain, suffering, coping, and, ultimately, strength. So much of Ming-Liang’s work is about comparing and contrasting strength and weakness in startling, poetic juxtapositions.

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Finally, “Awake: The Life Of Yogananda,” playing May 18 and 19, chronicles the arrival to the West of the man credited with spreading yoga from the East. Directed by Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman, this documentary tells the fascinating story of Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), a native of India who came to America in 1920 and formed the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) to spread yoga and meditation practices.

The SRF still exists and it bankrolled the film, so it’s hard to tell how impartial the final results will be. But “Awake” combines archival footage of its subject with the words and experiences of followers through the decades. (end)

For more SIFF details, show times, and venues, visit http://www.siff.net/festival-2014.

Andrew Hamlin can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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PICTORIAL: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

PICTORIAL: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

API Heritage Month brought out the crowds to the Seattle Center on Sunday, where celebrants of all ages were entertained by drumming, music, dance, games, and a lively hum bow eating contest.

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Setting aside work, politics, and business, representatives from across the community made time to come together for fun and games at the annual Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month activities at the Seattle Center on Sunday. Here, “The Mayor” (Ed Murray), “The News Anchor” (King 5’s Lori Matsukawa), “The Chairman” (Tomio Moriguchi of Uwajimaya), “The Uncle” (community activist Bob Santos), and “The Publisher” (Assunta Ng) participate in a hum bow eating contest. And the winner is…Tomio Moriguchi! (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

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Lori Matsukawa and Bob Santos in a post-hum bow contest handshake (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

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Tomo Moriguchi, hum bow contest winner (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

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Seattle Matsuri Taiko drummers (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

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Enthusiastic children (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

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Cascade Kai Kendo (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

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Lion’s Ambition

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Snoopy (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

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Jeff Hattori and twin daughters, Kiyomi and Sakae (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

 

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Gov. picks Yu

Gov. picks Yu

By Rachel La Corte
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu was appointed to the Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday, and she will be the first openly gay justice, as well as the first Asian American, to serve on the state’s high court. Read the full story

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For young Kate Lee, the design is in the details

For young Kate Lee, the design is in the details

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

For Kate Kyung-ha Lee, an associate retail designer, design has long played a focal point in her life. Lee was recently named to retail magazine Visual Merchandising and Store Design’s Designer Dozen for 2014, an annual awards program which recognizes 12 up-and-coming designers nationwide under 35 for their creativity and contributions to the retail industry. Read the full story

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Minority biz reacts to $15 min. wage

Minority biz reacts to $15 min. wage

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on May 1 proposed a phased-in increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next seven years — a compromise endorsed by both business and labor that would make the city’s pay baseline the highest in the nation. Read the full story

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