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Din Tai Fung opens in U Dist.

Din Tai Fung opens in U Dist.

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Ribbon cutting

The new Din Tai Fung restaurant held its grand opening in the University Village on Dec. 29.  By 5:30 p.m., about 150 people were waiting in line for the 6 p.m. dinner. Originally from Taiwan, Din Tai Fung also has a restaurant in Bellevue, and three others in southern California. Read the full story

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OCA elects board, will host Golden Circle Awards dinner

OCA elects board, will host Golden Circle Awards dinner

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Ron Chew (left) and Rebecca Chan, co-presidents of OCA

The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Greater Seattle Chapter has announced the election of the following board members for 2014: Ron Chew and Rebecca Chan (co-presidents), Connie So (vice president), Jael Yamamoto and Kevin Chao (secretaries), Chi Saeteurn (treasurer), and Bruce Huang, Doug Chin, Judy Lam Maxwell, Frank Irigon, Willon Lew, and Jacqueline Wu.

OCA was founded in 1973 as a nonprofit national civil rights organization seeking to unite Chinese Americans into one representative voice. It has since transformed into a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic wellbeing of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. Read the full story

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Bryant to leave Seattle Storm

Bryant to leave Seattle Storm

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Karen Bryant

Karen Bryant has announced that this season will be her last one as president and CEO of the Seattle Storm.

Bryant, who is half Filipino and half white, has been involved with professional women’s basketball for more than 18 years. She was hired by the Ackerley family and the Seattle Supersonics in 1999 to help bring a WNBA expansion team to Seattle. After the Sonics departed for Oklahoma, Bryant was named president and CEO by the new ownership group. Under her guidance, the Storm won the WNBA Championship in 2004 and 2010. Read the full story

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UW Bothell professor gives keynote, lessons in India

UW Bothell professor gives keynote, lessons in India

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P.V. (Sundar) Balakrishnan

P.V. (Sundar) Balakrishnan, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address at one of the top international marketing conferences in Asia. The International Great Lakes – North American Society for Marketing Education in India (NASMEI) conference included presentations from professors and doctoral students from across the globe, including the University of Washington Bothell. Balakrishnan also led students and faculty attendees through an interactive session on business and marketing.

Professor Balakrishnan obtained his Ph.D. in Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He won the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award for the UW Bothell campus in 2011. (end)

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Rocking Wok opens in the ID

Rocking Wok opens in the ID

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Yuong Tak

A new Taiwanese restaurant, Rocking Wok, opened in Chinatown’s Pacific Rim Center, located at 900 S. Jackson St., in December. Yuong Tak is the owner and chef of the restaurant. Read the full story

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India says no U.S. standoff as diplomat returns home

India says no U.S. standoff as diplomat returns home

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Devyani Khobragade

By Ashok Sharma
Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s government said that there was no standoff with the United States over the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York, as both countries appear eager to defuse the month-long dispute.

After meeting with the diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, following her return to New Delhi, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid downplayed tensions with the U.S., saying the two countries would sort out their issues. Read the full story

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White House says gov’t can’t force Kimmel off air

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House has responded to a petition calling for an apology and the removal of Jimmy Kimmel’s television show by saying the comedian can’t be forced off the air. Read the full story

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Everett police officers sue for racial discrimination

Everett police officers sue for racial discrimination

By Sue Misao
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Three Everett police officers filed a lawsuit on Jan. 8 against the City of Everett, its Chief of Police Katherine Atwood, and its Police Captain David Fudge, alleging racial discrimination. Read the full story

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Washington lobby group to urge lawmakers to restore food stamps

Washington lobby group to urge lawmakers to restore food stamps

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_04/com_ebt.jpgChildren’s Alliance, a Washington state lobby group, has announced its legislative agenda for 2014, which includes calling on state legislators in Olympia to restore state food assistance. The group will also urge lawmakers to advance early learning policies and investments, expand children’s access to oral health care, and raise revenues to help low-income families and children of color. Read the full story

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Gov’t wants probation for Seattle man’s exploitation of Filipina maid

By Sue Misao
Northwest Asian Weekly

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is recommending that Romulo M. Almeda Sr., of Seattle, be sentenced to a five-year term of probation, with no fine, for his unlawful employment of an alien. Read the full story

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Get your small business certified

Get your small business certified

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_04/com_certified.jpgThe Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises is launching a statewide “Get Certified” campaign intended to help more women- and minority-owned businesses win contracts with state and local governments. Read the full story

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The Village Report — Departing Delhi

The Village Report — Departing Delhi

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Dipika Kohli

By Dipika Kohli
Special to Northwest Asian Weekly

My aunt told me that it might be a good idea to sit for a while outside, in the park. Enjoy the ambient sounds of kids playing cricket. So I sat for a bit on a bench on our block East of Kailash. Two older gentlemen sat together and I heard one pull a quote from the air, “Give things away. Give everything away,” he said. “Only then can you be happy.” Read the full story

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Seahawk game prompts flag bet

A friendly bet between two American Legion Cathay posts — Post #186 in Seattle and Post #384 in San Francisco — has been waged on the outcome of Sunday’s NFL playoff game between the Seahawks and 49ers. Read the full story

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Seattle youth provide relief efforts in the Philippines

Seattle youth provide relief efforts in the Philippines

By Marino Saito
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Precious Butiu (Photo courtesy of Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan)

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record to make landfall, battered the Philippines on Nov. 8. At least 6,100 people in the central Philippines were killed, and another 1,700 are registered as missing. Read the full story

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Hudson building still too unsafe to evaluate

Hudson building still too unsafe to evaluate

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Tanya, Teri and Timothy Woo examine the perimeter of their family’s Hudson Building on Wednesday morning, one day after receiving the structural engineer’s report on its condition. (Photo by Sue Misao/NWAW)

The long-term future of the Hudson Building that caught on fire on Dec. 24 is still unknown because it is not safe for inspectors to go inside, according to the Seattle Department of Planning and Building. On Jan. 14, the department received a formal report from the structural engineering firm of Swenson Say Faget, hired by the building’s owners, the Woos. The report outlines the current state of the building, immediate recommendations for stabilizing the structure, and required safety measures.

Engineers could not examine the inside of the building due to its instability, said Bryan Stevens, spokesman for the Planning Department. “It’s likely that an evaluation of the interior to determine the long-term future will not be completed until the building is stabilized for safe entry.”

On Wednesday, after receiving the report, members of the Woo family toured the exterior of the building to discuss their options.
Fire damage was limited mostly to the western side of the building, where much of the burned roof collapsed to the third floor, and some to the second floor. Read the full story

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A-pop! A scrappy end to 2013 — Out with the old, in with the new, and more wins!

A-pop! A scrappy end to 2013 — Out with the old, in with the new, and more wins!

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Questlove (Photo by Wes Washington CC)

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

Happy New Year, dear readers! 2014 is here, and while I’m all for ushering in the New Year, I want to take a moment to wrap up entertainment news from 2013. Let’s look back into the vestiges of last year before we tackle this year, shall we?
Questlove thinks he’s a comedian.

Did you think 2013 would end peacefully and without any racist remarks in the mainstream media? Then you thought wrong! Musician Questlove, who was recently on tour in Japan with his band The Roots, was called out for a racist caption that accompanied an Instagram photo he posted.

The photo features a Christmas-decorated clock train, with the following caption directed to Questlove’s manager Dawn Englehart, “Hey @dawnenglehart is it racist for me to write the Sour Tlain? #chipanesedownunder2013.” Questlove’s caption is an attempt to mimic the interchanging of the “L” and “R” consonant sounds, which are used in jokes that stereotype how non-native English-speaking Asians sometimes talk. Read the full story

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Battle for Vashon landmark ongoing — Appeals court allows Friends of Mukai case to continue

Battle for Vashon landmark ongoing — Appeals court allows Friends of Mukai case to continue

By Jason Cruz    
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Once a thriving strawberry farm, advocates say Mukai House and Garden on Vashon Island has been neglected. (Photo courtesy of Island Landmark)

A recent Court of Appeals ruling granted a group known as Friends of Mukai the opportunity for a trial court to hear its case against the current owners of a King County landmark. The Friends of Mukai argue that the Mukai House and Garden on Vashon Island should be open to the public, and that its owners have neglected the site. Read the full story

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First Gentleman fine with nickname, role — Mayor’s husband looks to reach out to API community

First Gentleman fine with nickname, role — Mayor’s husband looks to reach out to API community

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Michael Shiosaki is in charge of the expansion of Hing Hay Park. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Some of his younger relatives would like him to be called “The First Dude.” Read the full story

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Skating body picks Ashley Wagner for Sochi Olympics, snubs Mirai Nagasu

Skating body picks Ashley Wagner for Sochi Olympics, snubs Mirai Nagasu

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Mirai Nagasu

BOSTON (AP) – Two-time national champion Ashley Wagner is in, heading to her first Olympics even after a performance at the U.S. Championships she described as a “tearful little wimp out on the ice.”

Mirai Nagasu, who finished fourth at the Vancouver Games, is out, left off the squad despite finishing ahead of Wagner at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships – which count toward the Olympic selection process, but are not binding. Read the full story

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BLOG: Ref lecting on our 32nd anniversary…

BLOG: Ref lecting on our 32nd anniversary…

By Assunta Ng

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Firefighters are very busy when a fire rages. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

“Fire, fire!” said my staff, rushing into the Asian Weekly’s office, on Dec. 24, 2013. The alarm of a fire engine became intolerably loud, and fire engines kept coming into Chinatown until all of South King Street was blocked. I dashed out, standing among the many onlookers, watching the fire destroying the Hudson Hotel’s rooftop across from our office. Read the full story

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