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Ceremony honors Paul Chiles

Ceremony honors Paul Chiles


Paul Chiles

Students, faculty, and staff paid tribute to Paul Chiles on Jan. 23 as he stepped down after 10 years of service as a member of the Bellevue College Board of Trustees.

Chiles helped the college win the Charles Kennedy Equity Award in 2005 from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). The award recognizes “exemplary commitment by a community college governing board and its chief executive officer to achieve equity in the college’s education programs and services, and in the administration and delivery of those programs and services.” During his tenure, the college won four other national awards that acknowledged the extraordinary efforts the college made in advancing pluralism.

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Seattle sends Ka Man Lee to Miss Chinatown USA in SF

Seattle sends Ka Man Lee to Miss Chinatown USA in SF


2013 Miss Seattle Chinese Queen Ka Man Lee

For over 55 years, young women from throughout the United States have come to San Francisco to compete for prizes and scholarships in the annual Miss Chinatown USA Pageant. The winners become goodwill ambassadors for the Chinese community throughout the Lunar New Year. This year’s Miss Chinatown USA Pageant will be held at Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco on Feb. 8. Read the full story

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SCID hosts IDEA open house

SCID hosts IDEA open house


Quang Nguyen speaks about about IDEA Space, the community design & resource center that connects our communities with the resources necessary to accomplish neighborhood improvement projects.

The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority hosted “IDEA Space Open House” on Jan. 29. Read the full story

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Suquamish tribal members visit the Philippines

Suquamish tribal members visit the Philippines


“Ancient Shores, Changing Tides” participants in the Suquamish Museum include Janet Everts Smoak, Barbara Lawrence-Piecuch, Arvin Acosta, Carmelita Acosta, Robert Arevalo, Mariel Francisco, Enrico Cabiguen, Mimi Cabral, Jun Cayron, Mary Barnes, Lace Thornberg. (Photo by Wade Trenbeath)

Seven representatives of the Suquamish Tribe went to the Philippines at the end of January. Over the course of eight days, they visited communities on Palawan Island to learn about the archaeological history of the island, as well as its modern day challenges to preserve natural resources in the face of tremendous growth in both tourism and development. Read the full story

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Presidential nominations to key posts continue

Presidential nominations to key posts continue


Shamina Singh (left) and Nina Hachigian

On Jan. 16, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Nina Hachigian as Representative of the United States of America to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with the Rank of Ambassador, Department of State. Hachigian is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a position she has held since 2008. She worked as director at the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy from 2001 to 2005. Read the full story

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Twins arrested in fatal stabbing

Twins arrested in fatal stabbing


Anh Tong (left) and Duc Tong

Police in San Jose, Calif., have arrested 18-year-old twin brothers in the stabbing death of a San Jose State University student.

Anh and Duc Tong, of San Jose, are suspected of killing 22-year-old Richard Pham on the morning of Jan. 26.

According to a press release from the San Jose Police Department, Pham was at the home of a friend celebrating a birthday. Read the full story

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White House honors legacy of Fred Korematsu

White House honors legacy of Fred Korematsu


Fred Korematsu

On Jan. 30, the White House issued a statement honoring the legacy of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese American hero who stood his ground in the face of injustice. Read the full story

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‘Angry Asian Man’: An evening of righteous anger

‘Angry Asian Man’: An evening of righteous anger

By Alia Marsha
Northwest Asian Weekly


Phil Yu discussing the “Linsanity” phenomenon. (Photo by Alia Marsha)

On Thursday, Jan. 30, the ASUW Asian Student Commission hosted a talk by Phil Yu, founder of the famous blog Angry Asian Man. Yu is not a very angry person after all. Rather, he likes to describe himself as a pretty chill man. However, as he pointed out that evening, there are certainly issues we are allowed to be and should be angry about. Read the full story

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Kollaboration Seattle hosts online auditions

By Marino Saito
Northwest Asian Weekly

Kollaboration Seattle has opened its auditions to the digital world in seeking diverse and talented Asian and Pacific Islander performance artists for its fifth annual showcase. Performers can submit their auditions online at KollaborationSeattle.org/Auditions until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. Read the full story

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Leadership program for U.S. teens offered in Chinese cities

A new two-week Global Leadership program in China for English-speaking high school and college students is accepting applications for summer 2014. Read the full story

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Li Na: Grand Slam winner is the first woman of Chinese tennis

Li Na: Grand Slam winner is the first woman of Chinese tennis


Li Na won her second major title at the 2014 Australian Open (Photo by AFP ImageForum)

By Jason J. Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Li Na is not your typical female tennis player. Her performance on the court and her talk off it are what makes her one of the most influential persons in the sport.

Li was voted one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. She is also on the Forbes list as one of the highest paid athletes in sports. Li is the first Chinese-born player to crack the world’s top five women’s tennis players in the world. She was also named one of the top 10 influential athletes in China.

Upon winning the second Grand Slam of her career at the Australian Open this year, Li’s acceptance speech was something to behold. Li thanked her agent “for making me rich.” This drew the appreciation and laughter of the Aussie crowd and those Chinese fans making the trip down under. Li had more humor as she used her husband and tennis coach as a punch line. Read the full story

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Refugee & Immigrant Legislative Day at State Capitol

The 8th Annual Refugee and Immigrant Legislative Day will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Olympia. This event presents an opportunity for refugees and immigrants to address policies impacting their communities, while demonstrating the strength and diversity they bring to Washington. Read the full story

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When two worlds become one

When two worlds become one

By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_07/shelf_surprise.jpgThe Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya
By Nagaru Tanigawa
Little, Brown and Company, 2013

As in the previous book, the latest installment in the Haruhi Suzumiya series features two different versions of the same story and continues where the last one ended.

The first version begins with Kyon, Haruhi, time-traveler Mikuru Asahina, and esper-boy Itsuki Koizumi rushing off to the home of Yuki Nagato, the remaining member of the SOS Brigade (Save the World by Overloading it with Fun Haruhi Suzumiya) and their resident alien, who has been ill. The gang does what they can to try and help Yuki feel better.

For Kyon, this means meeting with a group of potentially dangerous individuals from other organizations who are watching over Sasaki, a girl he knew in middle school, suspected of having similar deity-like powers as Haruhi.

The second version follows the SOS Brigade, as they continue the recruitment process to bring new members to their illegal school club.

All the while, Kyon remains suspicious of the individuals tasked with watching over Sasaki. At the beginning of the story, the group remains in the background, but becomes more of a concern to Kyon, as he tries to figure out who they are and what their motives are.

For those who have followed the Haruhi Suzumiya series since the beginning, Surprise shows just how far the characters have come. The SOS Brigade started out as a group of individuals tasked with keeping its leader happy for the sake of the world. But over the course of one school year, they have become friends who care about each other’s wellbeing and will do anything to defend each other.

This is especially prevalent in Kyon, the narrator of the story. He may not always be happy about the misadventures Haruhi drags them into, but it is clear he considers her and the remaining SOS Brigade members his friends. And this friendship is put to the test throughout Surprise as he gets to know this new group better, as they try to recruit him to their cause.

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_07/shelf_noodle.jpgOn the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta
By Jen Lin-Liu
Riverhead Books, 2013

Who really invented the noodle? Was it the Chinese? Or was it some ethnic minority living within China’s borders? Did Marco Polo really bring the concept to Italy? And if not, how did noodles – or pasta – end up there?

These are questions Jen Lin-Liu tries to answer, as she travels through western China, Central Asia, Iran, Turkey, and across the Mediterranean.

She was prompted to take this trip after spending her honeymoon eating her way through Italy. The more delicacies she sampled, the more she noticed the similarities between Italian and Chinese dishes.

And so, with the blessing of her new husband, Lin-Liu set out on a journey to see how food and culture moved along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that links Asia to Europe.

Do not read this book on an empty stomach or while exercising. I made that mistake as I cracked open Noodle Road while on the elliptical machine at the gym. With every page I turned, visions of noodle dish upon noodle dish entered my mind until it was all I could do to not jump off the machine to drive to the nearest Chinese noodle house.

Lin-Liu’s vivid description of the dishes she eats, as well as the noodle-making process she witnesses will have you right there in the kitchens and dining rooms alongside her, wishing you could have been there with her in a more literal sense.

She visits with noodle makers ranging from restaurant chefs to women who have invited her into their private homes. They share personal stories, as well as some of the local history around noodles, giving Lin-Liu a new perspective and appreciation for her own life and marriage.

Lin-Liu takes the notion of knowing where your food comes from to the highest degree, as she delves into various cultural histories and the influence food has had on them. From archeologists discovering the oldest noodle in the world (about 4,000 years old), to the difference between noodle dishes from one village to the next, everything you could ever want to know about noodles is in this book.

You’ll never look at a bowl of ramen or a plate of chow mein the same again.

http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_07/shelf_translator.jpgThe Translator
By Nina Schuyler
Pegasus Books, 2013

For a year, Hanne Schubert works to translate a Japanese novel into English. Throughout the process, she finds herself becoming more and more fascinated with the story’s protagonist. By the end of the project, she feels that she has done the story – and the character – justice.

Shortly after that, Hanne takes a fall down a flight of stairs, which results in a brain injury that leaves her unable to speak her native languages. Instead, she can only speak Japanese. Now facing the difficulties of trying to communicate with others in San Francisco, she leaves for Japan.

Once she’s there, Hanne is shocked when the Japanese novelist, whose work she’d just finished translating, confronts her and accuses her of sabotaging his work. Shaken by the incident, Hanne travels to the small town where the author’s inspiration – a famous Japanese Noh actor – lives.

The two enter a passionate and volatile relationship that has Hanne reexamining her life – specifically her relationship with her estranged daughter, Brigitte.

All throughout Translator, Hanne has flashbacks about Brigitte, making it clear that even though the two have not had contact in years, her daughter is never far from her mind. Schuyler shows how difficult it is to break the bonds of family. No matter how damaged Hanne and Brigitte’s relationship may seem, they still play a role in each other’s lives.

And through Hanne’s job as a translator, Schuyler shows how versatile languages can be. As Hanne works to translate the novel, she puts a lot of thought into her choice of words and what feelings they may evoke in the reader. She is very particular and aware of how one word can completely change the tone and meaning of a sentence.

Such attention to detail on Hanne’s part will have readers considering their own choices of words the next time they have to write something – whether it’s a report, an e-mail, or a text message – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. (end)

Samantha Pak can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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A-pop! Yay Superbowl, boo TV sitcom — A new year begins in Asian pop culture

A-pop! Yay Superbowl, boo TV sitcom — A new year begins in Asian pop culture

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly


Bruno Mars

Pop culture meets sports!

Something big happened in Seattle this past weekend. Perhaps you caught it on TV?

Our city celebrated a big win with the Super Bowl this past Sunday — congrats to the Seahawks and the 12th man! — and the big game included an incredible halftime show from pop sensation Bruno Mars.

Mars, who is of Filipino descent, recently took home the “Best pop vocal album” during the Grammys for his Unorthodox Jukebox record. During his halftime performance, Mars rocked the stage in a gold blazer and even shared the spotlight with Anthony Kiedis, front man for rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Congrats on your Grammy win, Mars, and thanks for putting on such a memorable halftime show for us.

Speaking of sports, the Sochi Olympics are right around the corner. The Games will begin on Friday, Feb. 7, and many Asian American athletes will represent the United States. Notable athletes include the brother-and-sister figure skating pair Alex and Maia Shibutani, commonly referred to as the “Shib Sibs” among fans. Other Asian figure skaters competing on behalf of the United States include Madison Chock and Evan Bates, as well as pairs figure skaters Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay. And let’s not forget about hometown favorite J.R. Celski, who will represent the United States in short track speed skating. This will be his second time at the Olympics.

Looking forward to seeing all of these athletes on the ice later this month!


“How I Met Your Mother”

A popular sitcom goes yellowface

It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote a column about Katy Perry and her live performance featuring yellowface and dancing geishas at the AMAs.

Unsurprisingly, yellowface strikes again in early 2014, and this time popular CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” is the culprit.

The nine-season show, which is currently in its final season, aired a controversial episode that focused on a main character retelling how he learned a comically exaggerated slap under the tutelage of various martial arts teachers. The aforementioned martial arts teachers — portrayed by three other Caucasian cast members — rocked light yellowface makeup, and donned specific props and clothing to hype up an intentional Oriental theme. To drive home the “Kung Fu” vibe, one of the characters even sported a Fu Manchu moustache.

Viewers took to social media to debate the matter, and a hashtag titled #HowIMetYourRacism started trending on Twitter to generate awareness and criticism of the episode. The outcries caught the attention of the show’s executives. Co-creator Carter Bays took to his Twitter account to address the negative reactions. Bays cited that the writers sought to write a silly and lighthearted homage to Kung Fu movies, but realized they had unintentionally offended people in the process, and hoped to regain the faith of its viewers. Though it was a safe response to the controversy, I thought the apology was sincere.

Surprisingly, some Asian Americans defended the episode. Vietnamese American comedian Dat Phan appeared on CNN to debate the matter, arguing that an apology from the show’s creators was unnecessary. Phan is best known for winning the stand-up comedy competition reality show “Last Comic Standing” in 2003. He went on to argue that because the Caucasian actors played their roles “relatively straight” and did not perpetuate more extreme Asian stereotypes, such as adopting thick Asian accents or a slanted eye look, he did not feel that there was just cause for outrage.

I do not agree with Phan. Just because those extreme stereotypes did not appear in the episode does not mean that its existing offenses don’t have merit. To condone this episode is to claim that it’s actually OK to use an entire race and culture as a costume. And that is definitely NOT OK.

What do you think? What’s your take on the yellowface found in “How I Met Your Mother”? Do you agree or disagree with Phan? (end)

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

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New Seattle employment law limits use of criminal history

On Nov. 1, a new employment law went into effect in the City of Seattle. The Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance (JAO) limits how employers can use criminal records for hiring and employment decisions for employees working within Seattle city limits. Read the full story

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COMMENTARY: Eliminate our transportation bottlenecks before the new Panama Canal opens

By Don C. Brunell
Washington Business Commentator

Improving Highway 167 could help change the face of global commerce and the future of Washington state. Really. Read the full story

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Satya Nadella named CEO of Microsoft

Satya Nadella named CEO of Microsoft


Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO (Photo courtesy of Microsoft)

Microsoft announced on Feb. 4 that Satya Nadella is the company’s new CEO. Nadella, who was born in Hyderabad, India, has been with Microsoft for 22 years. He previously held the position of executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Read the full story

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Seattle Thais rally for Thailand reforms

Seattle Thais rally for Thailand reforms


Seattle area Thais gathered at the American Legion Hall in North Seattle to protest the current government of Thailand. (Photo by Sue Misao/NWAW)

More than 100 Thais and Americans gathered at the American Legion hall in Shoreline Feb. 1 to stage a Read the full story

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Seahawks victory parade

Seahawks victory parade


Seahawk fans enjoyed ID restaurants after the parade. Here, from left, Nemle, Anthony May, Alvin Zemo, Samatar Ahmad, Hussein Abdi, Aries Fernandez, Blann Haywood, Elljah Hawkins, Anthony Rubino, and Michael Ezana, from Foster High School in Tukwila, stopped in at the Duk Li restaurant. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

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BLOG: Mom, I broke all the Lunar New Year lucky rules

BLOG: Mom, I broke all the Lunar New Year lucky rules

By Assunta Ng


Several children took “Year of the Horse” very seriously.

Chinese culture has taught my family how to savor luck during the Lunar New Year. But the Year of the Horse has created mysterious circumstances, forcing me to break good-luck rules. Will I be OK this year, or I will I be even luckier? Read the full story

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