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Pai up for Stranger award

Pai up for Stranger award

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Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai of Seattle has been nominated for a Stranger Genius Award in literature. Pai is the author of seven books of poetry, a photographer, and oral historian. Read the full story

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Singh small biz champion

Singh small biz champion

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Madhu Singh

Seattle Attorney Madhu Singh has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration 2014 Washington Women-Owned Business Champion. Singh is principal of MK Singh Law Office — now Foundry Law Group. She was honored at a celebration recognizing SBA award winners on May 8 at the Museum of Flight. Read the full story

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County honors Korean Consul

County honors Korean Consul

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Korean Consul General Moon Duk-ho receives recognition from the Metropolitan King County. (Photo courtesy of King Co. Council)

Korean Consul General Moon Duk-ho was honored today by the Metropolitan King County Council on May 19, receiving a certificate of recognition from the Council. Read the full story

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Eng is new SYLP leader

Eng is new SYLP leader

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Marvin Eng

Marvin Eng has been hired as the new coordinator for the Northwest Asian Weekly’s Summer Youth Leadership Program for 2014. Eng is a government and community relations student assistant at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Previously, Eng served as a Washington State Legislative intern in Olympia. (end)

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Portrait lauds Hon. Smith

Portrait lauds Hon. Smith

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Hon. Charles Z. Smith, left, his wife Ellie, and Justice Steve Gonzales. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

On May 20, after Judge Mary Yu was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court in Olympia, the Hon. Charles Z. Smith was honored with unveiling of his portrait by painter Alfredo Arreguin. Read the full story

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SF Mayor makes good on bet

SF Mayor makes good on bet

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Northwest Harvest receives the check from two mayors (on left). (Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s office)

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and Mayor Murray present a $4,000 check to Northwest Harvest
On May 15, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee made good on his NFC Championship wager with Mayor Murray by presenting the Northwest Harvest Cherry Street Food Bank with a check for $4,000, thanks to the generous donations of Bay area residents. Read the full story

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U.S. charges Chinese military officials in cyberspying case

U.S. charges Chinese military officials in cyberspying case

By Eric Tucker
Associated Press

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Gu Chunhui, Huang Zhenyu, Sun Kailiang, Wang Dong, and Wen Xinyu

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a landmark case alleging international economic spying, the United States announced on May 19 unprecedented cyber espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets. Read the full story

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Cherry trees from Japan to grace UW campus

Cherry trees from Japan to grace UW campus

By Walker Orenstein
Northwest Asian Weekly

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University of Washington President Michael K. Young gives a painting of the new Rainier Vista cherry trees to Japanese Consul General Masahiro Omura, as imagined by Seattle artist Aki Sogabe, who was in attendance. Sogabe practices Kirie, a paper-cutting technique, to make her art. (Photo by Walker Orenstein)

Every spring, the quad on the University of Washington (UW) campus transforms from a peaceful green space to a bustling habitat for hundreds of shuttering cameras, families, and onlookers. Read the full story

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After huge win, next Indian PM begins victory lap

After huge win, next Indian PM begins victory lap

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Narendra Modi

By Ashok Sharma and Muneeza Naqvi
Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) – Thousands of people welcomed India’s next prime minister in the capital on May 17 after he led his party to a resounding election victory, with Narendra Modi flashing a victory sign to his cheering supporters and telling them that the win “created a new confidence among people.”

Results announced Friday from the weeks-long polls showed that Modi and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party had won the most decisive election victory India has seen in three decades, sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power. Read the full story

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Lao defense chief, four others killed in plane crash

Lao defense chief, four others killed in plane crash

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Douangchay Phichit

By Thanyarat Doksone and Jocelyn Gecker
Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) – A military plane carrying senior Lao government officials crashed May 17 in a wooded area as it approached an airport in the country’s northeast, killing at least five people, including the defense minister and other high-ranking members of the authoritarian country’s ruling party. Read the full story

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With martial law, Thai gov’t nearly powerless

By Todd Pitman
Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) – The question to Thailand’s army chief was a basic one. After he declared martial law this week, would he be consulting the government? His response encapsulated the increasingly surreal nature of this Southeast Asian country’s political crisis. Read the full story

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Learn how to be a leader

Learn how to be a leader

By Ivy Wong

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A previous SYLP class

If you asked someone what you should spend $50 on this summer, they might suggest buying that new video game that recently came out or a cute pair of shoes. They might recommend buying tickets for a concert or movie. Or they might joke about buying as much candy as you can. There’s an infinite number of possibilities of what you can do with $50.
If you asked me, I would tell you to use that money to apply for the Summer Youth Leadership Program.

The Summer Youth Leadership Program, fondly called SYLP by past participants, is an unforgettable and unique program organized by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation. Created in 1995, SYLP is an annual three-week summer program that helps students develop leadership and communication skills. Unlike other leadership programs, SYLP gives students the chance to meet with Asian American role models and leaders in our community. The program gives students a chance to explore Seattle’s International District and surrounding areas, and discover Asian community resources. The free lunches and scholarship opportunity provided are just added bonuses to what SYLP already offers you.

Many times have I heard the misconception that SYLP is just like school because the program goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. That cannot be further from the truth. When you are in this program, you are doing more than just sitting there and taking notes like you do in school. One day, you might be learning about Asian American stereotypes in the media and how to dance to “Wedding Dress” by Taeyang. On another day, you might be meeting with news anchor Lori Matsukawa at KING or spoken word artist Troy Osaki and hear how they got to where they are today. You could be hearing from executive director of Scholarship Junkies Samson Lim and community activist Bob Santos about their stories on perseverance and success. You are being inspired to pursue and find your passions no matter what they may be. You are networking with both professionals and other students. You are looking at your identity and heritage in a new perspective. You are forming lifelong friendships with other students across the Puget Sound area. When you get home, you are not tired from having done class work or waking up early — you’re tired because of how much fun you had.

I joined SYLP in 2011 after my mom saw the program being advertised in the Northwest Asian Weekly. Having nothing better to do that summer, I agreed to participate and filled out the application. In three weeks, I made more progress on developing my skills thanks to the approach and supportive environment SYLP provides. From someone who always shied away from roles that required having to be in front of other people, I surprised myself in volunteering to play the piano during the talent show.

To some, this might seem insignificant, but my stage fright and shyness correlates heavily with my avoidance to leadership roles. A few days in SYLP motivated me to take that first crucial step in stepping out of my comfort zone. Since I took that first step, I have been gradually volunteering for and accepting opportunities, even if they scare me. In fact, writing this article is a bit out of my comfort zone. SYLP gives everybody, no matter how quiet or loud, the chance to grow. This is why applying for SYLP is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Since graduating the program, I, along with many others, have volunteered to come back every summer to mentor. We want the new participants to get as much out of the program as we did. From when I was a participant in 2011, to the past two years I mentored, I have yet to meet a participant who regretted taking part in SYLP, even if their parents were the ones to have signed them up in the first place. Each year, strong bonds are formed between all the participants. The students identified themselves as a family by the time the three weeks have ended. They always ask why the program is not for a longer period, for they could not believe that three weeks flew by.

This year, the program runs from June 23 to July 10. Applications are due June 6, and I strongly encourage any of you that are free those weeks to apply. For $50, SYLP is worth every penny and more, for it will be an experience that you will never forget. (end)

Ivy Wong is a student at UW, majoring in informatics and computer science.

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Seattle lawyer gets 25-year prison term for rapes

Seattle lawyer gets 25-year prison term for rapes

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Danford Grant

By Associated Press

Seattle lawyer Danford Grant, who pleaded guilty on May 7 to reduced charges of raping masseuses, was sentenced on May 19 to 25 years in prison. The plea helped Grant avoid a trial that could have earned him up to life in prison. Grant’s victims were all Asian immigrant women who worked as massage therapists in Seattle, Bellevue, and Shoreline. Read the full story

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UW celebrates AAPI heritage

To commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, University of Washington students, staff, and faculty are sharing their personal stories of identity in a project titled “No Longer Invisible: In Their Own Words.” Read the full story

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API candidates file for office

The deadline for filing to run for elected office in King County has closed, and the following API candidates will appear on the ballot in the Aug. 5 primary election:

Legislative District 1, State Representative Position 2: Sarah Sanoy-Wright
Legislative District 30, State Senate: Shari Song
Legislative District 32, State Representative Position 1: Cindy Ryu
Legislative District 37, State Senator: Pramila Jayapal
Legislative District 37, State Senator: Louis Watanabe
Legislative District 37, State Representative 1: Sharon Tomiko Santos
Legislative District 48, State Senator: Cyrus Habib
Legislative District 33, State Representative 2: Mia Su-Ling Gregerson
Legislative District 43, State Representative Position 2: Jessica Spear (end)

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More Asian offerings at SIFF

More Asian offerings at SIFF

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 following week at SIFF. Read the full story

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‘Journey through Asia’ at Folklife

‘Journey through Asia’ at Folklife

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle’s cultural festival that takes place over Memorial Day weekend at Seattle Center, will feature talented performances and activities from all cultures. Folklife Festival is one of Seattle’s biggest public events and draws in diverse spectators and performers annually. Read the full story

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A-pop! April’s pop notes  — Prom, TV, and the passing of a musical legend

A-pop! April’s pop notes — Prom, TV, and the passing of a musical legend

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Nina Davuluri

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

Can you believe that it’s May already? April zipped by so quickly, and with it, a few notable stories that include prom and a significant addition to American primetime television. Read on to find out more! Read the full story

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Past, present Asian activists connect and share insights

Past, present Asian activists connect and share insights

By James Tabafunda
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Civic leader Kim Long Nguyen talks to Linh Le, D.J. Nguyen, Liem Nguyen, and Johnny Le. (Photo by James Tabafunda/NWAW)

Speed dating brings total strangers together to meet each other and talk about themselves, all within one five-minute round after another with new partners. Read the full story

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Locke and Lee reunite at high school event

Locke and Lee reunite at high school event

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, center, and former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke meet at a Franklin High event. (Photo by Jerry Johnsen)

On May 15, more than 150 Franklin High School alumni, family, staff, students, and former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke gathered at the Mount Baker Community Club to induct five alumni into the Franklin Hall of Fame. Read the full story

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