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Bellevue celebrates New Year

Bellevue celebrates New Year

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Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee greets New Year celebrants. (Photo by Marino Saito/NWAW)

Bellevue Collection held its third annual Lunar New Year celebration at Bellevue Square’s Center Court on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. It was the first time the festival ran for two days, instead of just one. The celebration featured a variety of traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations, including martial arts, music, dance, and visual arts. A good time was had by all. (end)

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Leaders & executives honored

Leaders & executives honored

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Sue Anderson of CenturyLink and Martha Choe of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were honored for their leadership. (Photo by John Curry)

Seattle Business magazine recognized the region’s top leaders and executives at the Executive Excellence Awards at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel on Jan. 23. Read the full story

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OCA presents awards

OCA presents awards

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Donnie Chin, Bettie Luke, Maiko Winkler-Chin (director of CIDpda), and Joyce Pisnanont. (Photo courtesy of OCA)

The Greater Seattle Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) hosted its annual Golden Circle awards banquet at the Joy Palace Restaurant in Seattle on Feb. 8. The dinner honored the outstanding contributions of three individuals and one organization in the local Asian Pacific American community. The event featured a variety of Lunar New Year performances and attracted over 200 participants. Read the full story

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Lee is Miss Chinese Chamber princess

Lee is Miss Chinese Chamber princess

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Ka Man Lee, left, is crowned by last year’s Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by David Wu)

Ka Man Lee, Miss Chinese Seattle 2013, was named Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce First Princess at the Miss Chinatown USA pageant in San Francisco on Feb. 8. It is the second highest award after Miss Chinatown USA. She will join the new Miss Chinatown USA (Karen Li of Houston) and the rest of Li’s court in the annual Harrah’s Coronation Ball in San Francisco on Feb. 14. Lee will receive an award of $5,000 and other prizes. (end)

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APA leaders, ABC discuss Jimmy Kimmel incident

APA leaders, ABC discuss Jimmy Kimmel incident

The Rafu Shimpo
Los Angeles Japanese Daily News

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From left: ABC VP of Diversity Tim McNeal, Guy Aoki (MANAA, APAMC), Eugene Moy (Chinese American Citizens Alliance), Priscilla Ouchida (JACL, APAMC), Haipei Shue (National Council of Chinese Americans), Daniel Mayeda (East West Players, APAMC), ABC Broadcast Standards & Practices SVP Olivia Cohen-Cutler, and ABC Global HR SVP Steve Milovich. (Photo courtesy of The Rafu Shimpo)

In response to a skit aired on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Oct. 16, 2013, top executives of ABC met with representatives of Asian Pacific American organizations on Jan. 24. Read the full story

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Sheriff baffled by killing of Chinese family

By Juan A. Lozano
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) – Sheriff’s officials have identified the married couple fatally shot last week, along with their two sons in their suburban Houston home. Read the full story

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China, Taiwan hold highest-level talks since 1949 split

China, Taiwan hold highest-level talks since 1949 split

By Christopher Bodeen
Associated Press

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Taiwan’s Wang Yu-chi (left) and Zhang Zhijun’s China are holding the first official talks since 1949.

NANJING, China (AP) – China and Taiwan hailed a new chapter in their relations on Tuesday and said their ties would advance after they held their highest-level government talks since they split amid civil war in 1949.

The two-hour discussions in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing marked a leap forward in official dialogue, sidestepping Beijing’s refusal to recognize the self-governing island’s sovereignty. No formal agreements were signed, with both sides saying just the fact that they could meet as equals marked a major step forward. Read the full story

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White House increases outreach to limited English speakers

Last month, the White House Office of Public Engagement and White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) convened a daylong summit for federal agencies to discuss how to improve outreach to limited English proficient (LEP) communities. Read the full story

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Winter Olympics Report — Get an update on Asian athletes in Sochi

Winter Olympics Report — Get an update on Asian athletes in Sochi

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

It’s the first week of the Olympics and here is a brief breakdown of a few Asian athletes at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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J.R. Celski had the gold in his grasp, and then one move caused him to lose any type of medal in his first event at the Sochi Games. Celski made the finals in the 1,500-meter short track event and was in the lead heading into the final laps of the race.

However, the 23-year-old from Federal Way gave up the lead due to a tactical error and ended the race in fourth place.

Canadian Charels Hamelin won the gold, China’s Han Tianyu drew the silver, and South Korean (now Russian, see next item) speed skater Viktor Ahn took the bronze.

Don’t worry, Celski fans. He still has more events left in these Olympics. Stay tuned.

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Ahn hyun-Soo was a three-time gold medalist, having competed in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.

However, he is now Viktor Ahn. Why? Originally from South Korea, Ahn is competing for Russia in Sochi and has received the personal support of President Vladimir Putin. Ahn had a falling-out with the South Korean skating federation and he did not make the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, so he decided to leave. He examined naturalization for top athletes in several countries and the choice came down to Russia or the United States. Ahn chose Russia. The choice has paid off. He won the bronze medal in the 1,500-meter short track speed skating event.

When Ahn was announced for his medal, the Russian crowd erupted in support for the converted Russian. It was the first Olympic medal in short track speed skating for Russia.

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Noriaki Kasai is the best hope for Japan to medal in ski jumping. Although the Sochi Games are not yet over, he is already thinking ahead to the next Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In four years, Kasai will be 45. At age 41, he is currently competing in his record-tying seventh Winter Games.

This is a remarkable achievement for anyone, especially considering the death-defying jumps taken in ski jumping.

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Gilmore Junio, 23, is a Canadian speed skater competing in the Sochi Games. He is from Calgary, where he trains for short track distances. Junio, who is Filipino, was sponsored by the Philippines telecommunications network PLDT during the 2014 season. The sponsorship was an idea from a training partner in which he was pitched to the Filipino company as “the fastest Filipino on ice.” I would think that J.R. Celski would have something to say about that. Look for Junio to go on the short track and see if he is indeed the “fastest Filipino on ice.”

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Team Japan pushes Russians in Women’s hockey

After 16 years away from the Winter Olympics, the Japanese women’s ice hockey team found itself a goal away from pulling off a huge upset. Japan tied the game in the last period after a shot by Ayaka Toko floated through three Russian defenders for the goal. Unfortunately for Japan, Russia took the lead later in the period and won the game 2-1. Still, the close game against the heavily favored Russian team is an achievement. Japan last qualified for the Winter Olympics in 1998, when the games were held in Nagano. It is the only Asian country competing in women’s ice hockey in Sochi.

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The U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey team is one of the favorites to take the gold in Sochi. Julie Chu is one of the veteran hockey players leading Team USA. She is getting some notoriety starring in a couple of Bounty paper towel commercials with her mother.

In the commercials, she thanks her mother for letting her turn their home into a quasi-hockey rink, essentially allowing Chu to play in the house and sometimes spill things.

Thus, there was a need for Bounty. Bounty has another commercial which gives their family story of raising an Olympian and being a hockey mom.

The Chus also talk about “Commitment, Honor, and Unity,” a mantra patterned after their last name. It’s a great commercial and most of us watching the Sochi Games should be on the lookout for these inspiring commercials.

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Olympian speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno has traded in his skates for a microphone at the Sochi Games, working for NBC as an commentator on speed skating and other events. Ohno is the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history, having won eight medals in three Olympics. (end)

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

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Youth invited to get creative

Creative Children for Charity (3C) is taking nominations for a new art project, “40 Story’s.”
The project is geared toward bringing youth together through art and creativity by highlighting 40 assets of leadership. Participants will meet three times, beginning Feb. 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Daniel Smith in Bellevue, where art materials will be distributed. Read the full story

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Get a .kim domain address

Afilias, a global domain registry, announced will launch the first “family” generic top-level domain, “.KIM.”
“Kim” is an ancient Korean surname, meaning ‘gold,’” Afilias stated in a Feb. 6 press release, “and is the most common Korean last name. More than 10 million individuals carry the name Kim. According to U.S. Census data, more than 300,000 Americans have the first name Kim (87 percent of them are female). Read the full story

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Last chance to talk about Hing Hay Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host the third and final community meeting for the Hing Hay Park expansion project on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the International District-Chinatown Community Center, located at 719 8th Ave. S., Seattle. The community is encouraged to be a part of the process and provide input on the project. Read the full story

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COMMENTARY: Asia’s coal markets and U.S companies will benefit from PNW ports

By Lee Kyungro

In most countries, coal-fired power plants are the main source of electricity due to their safety, reliability, and cheaper operating cost. My home country of South Korea is no exception. Read the full story

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North Korea rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy for Bae talks — Jesse Jackson offers to intervene

North Korea rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy for Bae talks — Jesse Jackson offers to intervene

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Kenneth Bae in a family photo with his niece on the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry. (Photo courtesy of the Bae family)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American’s possible release, the State Department said Feb. 10. Read the full story

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COMMENTARY: Thank you, President Obama, for promising to help free Kenneth Bae

COMMENTARY: Thank you, President Obama, for promising to help free Kenneth Bae

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Kenneth Bae

By the Bae family

Our family was delighted to hear President Obama advocate for the release of Kenneth Bae during his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning [Feb. 6]:

“And finally, as we build the future we seek, let us never forget those who are persecuted today, among them Americans of faith. We pray for Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary who has been held in North Korea for 15 months. Sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, his family wants him home and the United States will continue to do everything in our power to secure his release because Kenneth Bae deserves to be free.” Read the full story

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‘Dinosaur’ looks to play in NBA — Age doesn’t worry Japanese basketball player

‘Dinosaur’ looks to play in NBA — Age doesn’t worry Japanese basketball player

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Basketball player Osamu Abe dreams of a shot at the NBA. At 6’7”, his spiked hair is nearly as high as his hopes. (Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Weights, cardio, and Zumba. It’s an unusual regimen for an individual looking for a shot in the NBA.
“It helps with my balance and rhythm,” Osamu Abe explained of the dancing, aerobic exercise. Of course, Osamu Abe is not your typical basketball player. Known as “Dinosaur Samu,” the 6’7” power forward and former Japan League basketball player is 42 years old. Battling against the odds, Abe’s chances of playing in the NBA are slim. Yet, he remains unyielding of his goal. Read the full story

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Exhibit your art in a Seattle storefront

Exhibit your art in a Seattle storefront

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Passersby stop to view a Seattle Storefronts art project. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Storefronts)

Storefronts, a program that connects vacant storefront buildings with art and creative projects, is calling for submissions from local artists. Read the full story

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The Layup Drill — Yes, we are still basking in the glow of our Super Bowl champions

The Layup Drill — Yes, we are still basking in the glow of our Super Bowl champions

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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On Seahawk Super Bowl parade day, Skittles were featured prominently, in homage to Marshawn Lynch. (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Welcome to another edition of The Layup Drill – Championship Edition. This month, we take a look at our Super Bowl champions! We also look at one of the best snowboarders not going to the Winter Olympics. Read the full story

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Savy sings heartfelt songs of his life

Savy sings heartfelt songs of his life

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Sarey Savy (Photo courtesy of Sarey Savy)

“Ever since I was born,” remembers Cambodian American singer Sarey Savy, “my family sang in the house all the time. Whether it’s talking on the phone, cooking, taking a shower, or karaoke, someone in the house was always singing. My aunt and uncle used to set up this video camera for me when I was about 5 years old. I would sing Christina Aguilera or Britney Spears for them as they recorded it. I even fell down and lost a tooth while performing for one of them!” Read the full story

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Kaori Nakamura: retiring dancer was truly a ‘dream come true’

Kaori Nakamura: retiring dancer was truly a ‘dream come true’

By Marino Saito
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Highly acclaimed dancer Kaori Nakamura will retire as principal dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet this year. (Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Graceful, light, strong, and fierce — that’s how Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Kaori Nakamura is described by fellow dancer Jonathan Porretta. Read the full story

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