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India Ambassador visits Bellevue

India Ambassador visits Bellevue

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Dr. S. Jaishankar speaking to members of the Indo-American Friendship Forum near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Bellevue Library. (Photo courtesy of Ravi Khanna)

Dr. S. Jaishankar, Ambassador of India, attended a dinner at the Hyatt at Olive 8 in Seattle on May 6, hosted by the Indo-American Friendship Forum. During his visit, the ambassador visited Boeing, Amazon, Starbucks, and Microsoft, and met with Governor Inslee, other business and cultural groups, and visited the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Bellevue. Read the full story

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Manhas is distinguished leader

Manhas is distinguished leader

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Raj Manhas

Raj Manhas, superintendent of North Thurston Public Schools, was one of three honorees at the 2014 Distinguished Leader Awards hosted by Leadership Thurston County on Feb. 26. Recently, he his three-year contract extension was approved by the school board. Manhas was superintendent of Seattle Schools from 2003 to 2006. Read the full story

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Tea with the First Gentleman

Tea with the First Gentleman

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Michael Shiosaki and the hostess bow during the tea ceremony. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Mayor Ed Murray and First Gentleman Michael Shiosaki were hosted by the Nikkei Community Network in a “Meet & Greet” tea ceremony on May 12 at the Nagomi Tea House in Seattle. Shiosaki is a Sansei born in Spokane. (end)

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Two earn National Merit awards

Two earn National Merit awards

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Tara I. Martin-Chen (left) and Anthony Bencivengo

Tara I. Martin-Chen, from Garfield High School, and Anthony L. Bencivengo, from Nathan Hale High School, have each been awarded $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. Read the full story

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Sounder fans are good luck

Sounder fans are good luck

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“Women in the Suite” included Debbie Bird, Justice Bobbe Bridge, Senator Claudia Kauffman, Carolyn Kelly, Judge Anne Levinson, Tomoko Moriguchi Matsuno, Diane Narasaki, Assunta Ng, Mary Pugh, Dr. Constance Rice, Tracey Thompson, Dr. Jill Wakefield, Sue Anderson, and others. (Photo provided by Sue Anderson)

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From left: Lisa Quinn, Avery Quinn, Roger Levesque, Sue Anderson, and Jane Nishita. (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

On April 26, Sue Anderson of CenturyLink organized the first ever “All Women in the Suite” at a Seattle Sounders match. Read the full story

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South Korean  man deported for human smuggling

South Korean man deported for human smuggling

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Convicted human smuggler Sung Hoon Ha, 30, formerly of Tacoma, is seen here in a Homeland Security Investigations surveillance photo in the parking lot of the Tulalip Casino on the day of his arrest. (Photo courtesy of ICE)

A South Korean man convicted in March of facilitating the illegal entry of South Korean nationals into the United States was deported May 12 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations. Read the full story

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U.S. will allow some high-skilled immigrant spouses work in country

By Alicia A. Caldwell

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration wants to allow some spouses of high-skilled immigrants to work in the United States, the departments of Homeland Security and Commerce announced last week. Read the full story

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‘Troubling’ reports of schools make it tough to enroll immigrants

By Kimberly Hefling
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite a 32-year-old court ruling, school districts continue to raise barriers to enrollment for children brought into the United States illegally, the Obama administration said last week, characterizing reports of hindrances as troubling. Read the full story

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Vietnam allows anti-China protest over oil rig in Paracel Islands

Vietnam allows anti-China protest over oil rig in Paracel Islands

By Chris Brummitt
Associated Press

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnam allowed several hundred demonstrators to stage a noisy rally outside the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on May 11 against Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in the contested South China Sea that has triggered a tense standoff and raised fears of confrontation. Read the full story

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Group brings water to remote Tibetan village

Group brings water to remote Tibetan village

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Education at Elevation will present “Make a Splash,” a fundraiser for underprivileged children living in the mountains of Tibet. (Photo courtesy of E@E)

To spread awareness of the urgent need for running water on the Tibetan Plateau, Education at Elevation (E@E) will present a fundraiser for underprivileged children living in the mountains of Kham, Tibet (Sichuan, China) on May 17, at 7 p.m. at Om Culture, located at 2210 N. Pacific St. in Seattle. Read the full story

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Vietnam War era honored

Vietnam War era honored

http://nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_21/brief_nisei.jpgThe Nisei Veterans Committee Foundation will host a Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran program on Saturday, May 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at NVC Memorial Hall, located at 1212 South King Street in Seattle. All Vietnam War era veterans, family members, and friends are invited to attend. Read the full story

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Chinese, American museums swap shows

A delegation of 80 Chinese museum leaders will meet with their American counterparts at the American Alliance of Museums’ Annual Meeting in Seattle from May 18 through May 21 to strike deals on specific exhibitions that can travel between the two countries. Read the full story

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Machete attack in the ID

Seattle police say a 62-year-old man suffered stab wounds on Thursday, May 8, during a 12:50 p.m. machete attack at Seventh Avenue S. and S. Main Street, an intersection on the north edge of the International District. Police said they failed to find anyone fitting bystanders’ description of the suspect. The attacker was said to have been carrying a machete with a silver blade and a decorative red handle. Read the full story

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Tomiko Santos to talk

Tomiko Santos to talk

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Sharon Tomiko Santos

The first Nikkei woman elected to the Washington State legislature, Sharon Tomiko Santos, will be the featured speaker at the May 16 Omoide program conducted by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. Read the full story

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Sakura: Celebrating the gift of cherry trees at the University of Washington

Sakura: Celebrating the gift of cherry trees at the University of Washington

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A gift to the University of Washington (UW) from the people of Japan, 18 flowering cherry trees, will be dedicated in a Read the full story

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SIFF’s opening delights

SIFF’s opening delights

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

The Seattle International Film Festival, 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 of my preview picks for the second week of the festival.

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Siff-beyond-beauty caption: “Beyond Beauty” shows aerial views of Taiwan. (Photo by Po-lin Chi/Taiwan Aerial Imaging, Inc.)

“Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above” is one of several striking films from Taiwan at this year’s festival. Playing May 21 and May 23, it is produced by the prominent Taiwanese film director Hsiao-Hsien Hou, whose well-known titles include “Flight of the Red Balloon,” “Three Times,” and “A City of Sadness.” But the film was not directed by Hou. Instead, the longtime aerial photographer Po-Lin Chi settles into the director’s chair.

Narrated by Nien-Jen Wu, another prominent Taiwanese filmmaker, “Beyond Beauty” explores a God’s-eye view of the nation, from its crowded cities (Taipei’s urban population is more than 8 million), to coastlines, fields, and rivers. From above, connections that might not make sense from the ground-level, come together in fascinating, sometimes startling ways.

Recommended for anyone who wants a fresh look at Taiwan, or indeed, a new look at perception itself.

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Hidetaka Yoshioka and Takako Matsu in “The Little House.” (Photo courtesy of SIFF)

Japanese director Yoji Yamada kept himself busy for decades, doing most of the writing and directing for the Japanese “Tora-san” series, which follows a bumbling bumpkin through misadventures all over Japan, and occasionally, outside of it. Uneducated and frequently coarse, Tora-san, played by Atsumi Kiyoshi, sold cheap trinkets, but his real genius lay in making hilarious messes of every social situation he blundered into.

The series includes an astonishing 48 films, released between 1969 and 1995. Yoji Yamada directed all but two of the films, and wrote, or co-wrote, all the screenplays. After Kiyoshi’s death in 1996, the series finally came to an end. Yamada abruptly changed gears with a loosely-linked trilogy of elegant, restrained samurai films, including “The Twilight Samurai,” “The Hidden Blade,” and “Love and Honor.”

Now in his early 80s, Yamada has left samurai films behind and taken yet another approach. “The Little House,” playing May 21, June 1, and June 8, takes its story from a novel by Kyoko Nakajima (no relation to the adult video actress of the same name). It does include, however, the frequent Yamada device of someone looking back in old age, to younger days.

In this case, the memories revolve around a comfortably upper-middle-class family in Japan just before World War II, and the two new faces who arrive to disrupt their comfortable way of life — one a servant, the other a student.

The arrival of the war and the Japanese role in it, is of course disruptive in and of itself, as Yamada documented in an earlier drama, “Kabei: Our Mother,” which also played at SIFF. “The Little House” should be an impressive addition to a long and honorable resume.

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“The Search for General Tso” follows the history of the famous dish. (Photo courtesy of SIFF)

Ian Cheney’s “The Search for General Tso,” playing May 16, May 17, and May 18, is a documentary film with its own colorful approach to history. Cheney starts with “General Tso’s Chicken,” a spicy deep-fried chicken dish available in many Chinese restaurants throughout North America. He then takes the viewer back through time, all the way to Tsung-T’ang Tso, the legendary general in the late Qing Dynasty of China.

The true story of the chicken lies not in the story of the general, however, but in the North American story of how Chinese chefs arrived in North America, the challenges they faced, and the changes they made to adapt and prosper. Cheney might start with a simple food item many take for granted, but he uncovers a fascinating cultural epic as he goes along. (end)

The Seattle International Film Festival runs from May 15 through June 8 in Seattle. For more 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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New collection of images depicts WWII Japanese internment camp Minidoka

New collection of images depicts WWII Japanese internment camp Minidoka

By Signe Predmore
Northwest Asian Weekly

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During the Japanese internment at Minidoka, photographs of the barbed wire surrounding the camp were forbidden.

When President Bill Clinton designated the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Idaho as a National Park in 2001, Teresa Tamura realized that although she grew up not three hours away from the site, she knew little about it. Read the full story

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The Layup Drill — Disney movie tells true story of Indian baseball players and more

The Layup Drill — Disney movie tells true story of Indian baseball players and more

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“Million Dollar Arm”

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Welcome to another edition of The Layup Drill. This month, we take a look at baseball, the disappearance of Anthony Kim, and the return of Doug Baldwin.

Million Dollar Arm features Indian pitchers’ underdog story

In 2008, we wrote about two Indian pitchers who participated in an Indian reality show with the winner getting the chance at a major league contract in America. As you may know, Disney recently released the movie “Million Dollar Arm,” which is based on the story of Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh. Patel and Singh were picked to come to America and compete for a chance to play baseball. Even though Patel and Singh did not have any baseball experience, each had an athletic background hurling objects. Patel was an accomplished javelin thrower and Singh was a cricket player, as well as a javelin thrower.

Despite beating out 37,000 competitors on the Indian reality show, the chances to make it to the majors were slim.

However, with the help from the agent who pitched the reality series, they signed on with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. In 2009, Singh became the first Indian pitcher to appear in a professional baseball game in the United States. He also became the first Indian-born pitcher to win a game. While he achieved moderate success, Singh was let go by the Pirates. Singh has managed to hold onto his dream of making it to the majors and was invited back to the Pirates to try out for the team again.

Patel actually made a brief appearance in the majors registering one win in 2009. But, after an unsuccessful 2010 season, he was let go by the club. Patel returned to India where he coaches baseball.

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Ji-Man Choi

Although I have yet to see the movie, I could see this story make for a great evening of entertainment. It was the classic rags to (possible) riches story of an underdog winning, despite lofty odds. Both Patel and Singh came from poverty stricken homes and the chance to win a “million dollar” contract seemed like the only way out for the two. Both were brave enough to leave their country to come to America with such uncertainty. It will be interesting to see how much the movie alters reality.

Mariner minor leaguer suspended

Ji-Man Choi, a South Korean baseball player for the Seattle Mariners’ minor league club, the Tacoma Rainiers, was suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for a performance enhancing substance. The Mariners’ minor league first baseman seemed to be a shoe-in to make it to the big leagues this year or the next. However, with the ban of almost half the season, it’s unlikely he will get a chance in the majors and with the Mariners.

Choi has offered up an apology, although he does not know what he may have used that was supposedly illegal.

Regardless, he did not appeal the decision and will serve the suspension. This is a rough punishment for a budding player.

Return of ’Kuma

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Anthony Kim

On the positive side for the Mariners, Hisashi Iwakuma returned to the team after an injury forced him to miss the first month of the season. Iwakuma did not lose anything despite the injury, as he has won his first two games since being back and has helped the team get back over the .500 mark in wins.

Whatever happened to Anthony Kim?

In the same article we outlined Patel and Singh, we wrote about U.S. golfer Anthony Kim. Kim burst upon the golf scene during the U.S. Ryder Cup in 2008, when he led cheers for the U.S. team in its annual matchup with the European team.

He then won several tournaments and briefly took the place of Tiger Woods (who was away from the game due to knee surgery) as the best Asian golfer on the tour.

Fast forward to today. Kim has not played golf since 2012. It’s not because he lost his zest for the game, but due to injuries. He had to withdraw from his last tournament due to tendinitis in his left arm. Kim then tore his Achilles six weeks later. No word on when or if Kim will be back on the golf scene any time soon. The huge time off seems to be a concern since there have not been any other reported injuries since 2008.

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Doug Baldwin

We always write about the success of Asian golfers and this appears to be a case where Kim may never get back to the level of success he had in 2008. It’s sad to see, considering that Tiger Woods is out indefinitely and Kim could have been the next great Asian American golfer.

Welcome back, Doug Baldwin

The Seattle Seahawks re-signed wide receiver Doug Baldwin and he will remain with the team for next year. Baldwin, who is part Filipino, had the option to seek out another team to play for in free agency and the Seahawks could have been forced to decide whether to match another team’s offer. Fortunately for the Seahawks, they did not have to make that choice. Even though the Seahawks drafted two wide receivers in the NFL Draft, we can expect number 89 (Baldwin’s number) on the field for the defending World Champions this fall. (end)

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

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Creativity inspired by nature and Japanese heritage

Creativity inspired by nature and Japanese heritage

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“Neo Japonism Rock’n’Roll” by Naoko Morisawa

By Nina Huang
Northwest Asian Weekly

From a distance, Naoko Morisawa’s artwork looks like a painting, but look closer, and you will notice that they are wood mosaics. Her art is made from hundreds of thousands of small slices of natural and oil-dyed woodchips on a palette. Her art style is transformed from a traditional Japanese art form.

Morisawa decided she wanted to become an artist when she was just 18 years old. She likes to incorporate the patterns in the wood and enhance them with oil stains. Morisawa uses wood mosaics to convey the life and energy of her art. Read the full story

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BLOG: David vs. Goliath in the battle of $15 wage

BLOG: David vs. Goliath in the battle of $15 wage

By Assunta Ng

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Audience members, both for and against $15, came prepared with signs. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

David and Goliath showed up at the Seattle City Council’s hearing on the mayoral $15 minimum wage proposal on May 13. Read the full story

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