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Beyond survival: An inspired farewell By Christina Twu

Former IE Editor in Chief

Community participation, dialogue key for Chinatown/ID

The International Examiner has survived through the decades, and though it has rolled with the punches—a Great Recession, a dying newspaper industry, etc.—it has never been knocked out. Because we’re tough. And we’ve grown nearly 40 years strong as the only It’s the last few weeks of the general nonprofit Pan-Asian newspaper in the election leading up to this moment that country. gets me, though. The horse race is at its It has been a truly humbling and peak, and there are always a few surprises enlightening experience for me in public opinion polling. People in the to witness and understand how a know often say the polls, which are newspaper’s history repeats. The same expected to gauge candidate support, issues that mattered 40 years ago in our simply aren’t accurate and can unfairly Asian Pacific American communities influence the outcome of elections. (education, public safety, transportation, People are nonetheless captivated by polling and the horse race—just like me, health care, neighborhood preservation, just like anyone who cares about who and supporting our small businesses) resurface in new ways and are high will be running their city or county. on the mayoral candidates’ agendas In the week before the last day of today—much of it as a direct result of general election, every jib, jab, and jibe our advocacy. Forty years and too many matters. election cycles ago, we carried a message There is no time to waste. People lunge and a set of values in our publication forward unapologetically and attack. that are still just as relevant today, and They desperately dig deeper into the since then, our voices have grown— dirt, past burial ground levels, and bring in numbers, ethnic backgrounds, and what was buried to light. We gawk at generations—louder and more influential how some public officials conduct their every year. daily lives. How could you trust a public Hopefully, one day, the International official who (at the very least) tips poorly, Examiner can grow from the ultimate for example? And in the last days, this survivor to an unassailable media source is supposedly a clear indication of how and community resource that shifts to these brave souls are going to conduct meet continually evolving needs. themselves in public office—their I am looking forward to International response to the cheap shots, their ability Examiner’s next iteration, and what the to stay composed and stick to their guns new editor, Travis Quezon, will bring to (for lack of a less violent expression)— carry the paper forward. to stand unwaveringly for the very By the time this newspaper reaches your mailbox, stoop, storefront, or neighborhood kiosk, anxious voters will be hearing the first ballot results that will determine the future of Washington state, and counties and cities within it.

presumably good reasons they first came Farewell, and thank you for an to run for office. And after being socked, exhilarating race and a remarkable year.


Established in 1974, the International Examiner is the only non-profit pan-Asian American media organization in the country. Named after the International District in Seattle, the “IE” strives to create awareness within and for our APA communities. 622 South Washington Street, Seattle, WA 98104. (206) 6243925.

By Travis Quezon

only one of these candidates will survive to go on to the next round.

IE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Joyce Zhou, President Gary Iwamoto, Vice President Arlene Oki Andy Yip ADVISOR Ron Chew EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Kathy Ho


IE Editor in Chief

The International Examiner’s roots reach deep into the “Asian Movement” that flourished in the 1970s, a time when people from different ethnic and economic backgrounds chose to unite against oppression to preserve the neighborhood’s character and history.

Nationally, the number of Asian Pacific Americans living below the federal poverty level increased by 38 percent, or more than half a million people, according to a study released by the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development in June. Pacific Islanders make up a majority of those half a million people.

At the forefront of the movement The way forward, I’ve observed were fights for better housing, adequate in my ongoing education about the social services, and an overall neighborhood’s rich history, lies in the revitalization of the neighborhood. community’s ability to come together as Decades later, the neighborhood has one people. And that coming together proven its resiliency and grown in its involves communicating through diversity and unity. The movement, thoughtful dialogue, disagreements, however, is not over. and consensus. Businesses in the Chinatown/ International District are currently struggling to survive the duration of light rail construction and parking rate adjustments. Neighborhood organizations and government officials are working to address public safety concerns and make services accessible to English language learners. APIs in Seattle are navigating the recession amidst economic, social, and political disparities.

I’m honored and humbled to be a part of the International Examiner as it enters its 40th year in 2014.

I would like to invite all of our readers to participate in the dialogue through these pages. Please share your concerns, your solutions, and your voices. Send a letter to the editor to editor@iexaminer. org with the subject line “Letter to the Editor.” Mahalo.

Snapshots in Time

Children pose for the camera at the Chinatown-ID Summer Festival in 1993. • Photo by Dean Wong


ARTS EDITOR Alan Chong Lau



HERITAGE SPECIALIST Eleanor Boba ARCHIVIST Ben Abraham INTERN Chelsee Yee Chi Nguyen EVENT LOGISTICS COORDINATOR Holly Martinez CONTRIBUTORS Christina Twu Maureen Francisco Tony Dondero Yayoi L. Winfrey Roxanne Ray

Share your own snapshots in time with IE readers. Send in a memorable photo that you have taken and a message granting the IE permission to publish the photo to editor@iexaminer. org with the subject line “Snapshots in Time.”

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First-generation Fil Am triumphs as Miss Washington Teen USA By Maureen Francisco

got the job, she won “Miss Photogenic,” a title she earned back to back.

IE Contributor

First year: she didn’t make the semifinals. Second year: she became first-runner up.

David Van Maren, the state director for Washington for at least a dozen years, said he doesn’t recall an Asian American ever being crowned during his leadership until now.

This year, Starla Sampaco is Miss Washington Teen USA 2014.

“I would love to help young girls embrace diversity,” Sampaco said. “My experience as a first-generation American is very relevant, especially in the Seattle area, so that’s a story I will share frequently during my reign.

“When my name was finally called, I was shocked,” Sampaco said. “I had to keep touching my crown to make sure it was really happening.” On Saturday, October 19, in front of a nearly sold-out crowd, the Bellevue teen got the job she’d been anxiously competing for—representing Washington state at Miss Teen USA, which is part of the Miss Universe Organization.

“When I was much younger,” Sampaco continued, “I felt ashamed because I never fit the Barbie-doll ideal. I don’t like living in a world where little girls think being different is the same as being defective. I want to change that, and I can’t think of a better place to start than Washington state.”

Before Sampaco would learn that she got the job, she stood there with another Filipino American, Christine Brodie of Kirkland. It came down to those final two. “There was never a moment when I thought, ‘I’m totally going to win this,’” Sampaco recalled. “I could see my mom crying in the audience.” The communications major with aspirations to be a TV host had to go through two days of competition at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. The first day consisted of an interview with a team of five judges, including the Miss World Canada chairman Ike Lalji and former Miss Idaho USA 1983 Kerry Damiano. The interview portion counted for one-third of the overall score. Later that day, Sampaco was judged another third for

Starla Sampaco was crowned Miss Washington Teen USA in October. • Photo by Jerry and Lois Photography

swimwear and the remaining third for evening gown. Her scores from the first day of competition helped her advance to the semifinals the following day. This time, Sampaco would be evaluated by a different set of judges, something that didn’t bother her. “The judges are looking for someone who has a strong ‘sense of self.’ Each

year, I worked on letting my own personality shine through on stage,” she said. Sampaco did something fiscally responsible at this year’s pageant. She wore the same evening gown from last year. According to her, “It worked last year. … I like that evening gown.” The eighteen-year-old freshman at the University of Washington not only

As the new teen title winner, Sampaco’s prize package includes a college scholarship, an evening gown, and a $900 cash prize. She’s invited to attend numerous appearances, such as, the Pink Gene Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about breast cancer and Toys for Kids, founded by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizz and former Mariners center fielder Dave Henderson. As a college student and now a title winner, Sampaco doesn’t mind her busy schedule. “I only get to do this for one year and I’m loving every second of it,” she said.

Opportunity: Civilian candidates needed for SPD accountability board IE News Services

The Seattle City Council is seeking candidates for the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) Review Board. There are four open positions on the seven-member board, which serves the city’s police accountability system.

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What’s your dish? The IE wants to know what your favorite dish is in the International District. 1) Take a pic. 2) Say what it is, where you got it, and how much it costs. 3) Send it in to with the subject line “ID Dish.”

The OPA Review Board recommends best practices to increase police accountability and oversight. The board will also work with the 15-member Community Police Commission (CPC) to assist in the reform efforts embodied in the Settlement Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding instituted by the Department of Justice in 2012. The agreement was created after a federal report found that Seattle police engaged in unnecessary and excessive force to the point of violating constitutional rights. A federally commissioned survey released in September conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research found that a majority of Seattle residents surveyed did not believe the police treats people of all races and groups equally. The survey

also found that only 36 percent of Asian Americans believed SPD treated all races equally.

“The [OPA] board members are critical in the public outreach and transparency of police conduct and their work is a tremendous value to the city,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell in a statement. Harrell is the chair of the Public Harrell Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee. Additional information about the position is posted online:

Interested candidates should deliver a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15 to Harrell’s office by email (; by fax (206-684-8587; provide cover memo with Attn: Bruce Harrell); or by mail to: Councilmember Bruce Harrell Seattle City Council P.O. Box 34025 Seattle, WA 98124-4025

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‘Obamacare’: Organizations help Washington state APIs overcome language barriers, indecision healthcare because certain diseases, such as Hepatitis B, are common in Washington’s Korean community.

Asian language translators slated for November 9 signups in Kent

“It’s been devastating,” Ryu said.

People who get sick sometimes wait too long to get medical care and don’t make it back to South Korea, Ryu explained.

By Tony Dondero IE Contributor

Despite the technical glitches on healthcare exchange websites since the rollout of “Obamacare,” thousands of people in Washington state have already signed up.


As of Friday, October 25, more than 140,000 people in Washington state have either enrolled or completed applications for what is officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to the latest report by the Washington Health Benefit Teresa Woon receives healthcare information at a Lake Forest event. • Photo by Tony Dondero Exchange. Applicants who filled out the proper paperwork and qualified have initial signup period was intended to ‘preventative care’ and the benefits of until December 23 to make their first go from October 1, 2013 to March 31, it,” Hayes said. 2014. Democrats in Congress, however, payment. Washington State Representative Language barriers, however, are still are proposing to extend the signup Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) said there a major obstacle for Asian and Pacific period further into 2014 because of the are some people within Puget Sounds’ Islanders (APIs) who may qualify problems experienced with healthcare Korean community who are decidedly against signing up for healthcare. In for health insurance under the ACA. exchange websites. Government health services have been working with nonprofit organizations such as International Community Health Services and Asian Counseling and Referral Service to get APIs the accurate information they need to see if Obamacare is right for them.

King County’s Community Health Services Division (CHSD) has been coordinating a series of four special events featuring in-person signups and opportunities to meet with insurers. About 200 people attended an event sponsored by Seattle-King County Public Health on Saturday, October 19 at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. Nearly 90 signed up for insurance. Previous county-sponsored events were held at Garfield Community Center in Seattle and Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park, where several hundred more signed up.

Beginning January 1, 2014, if someone doesn’t have a health plan that qualifies as minimum essential coverage under the ACA, he or she may have to pay a fee that increases every year, according to, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The website has links to resources in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, French, Spanish, Polish, and Portugeuse. Those who sign up for healthcare by December 23 will have their coverage by January 1.

The fee for not having healthcare increases from 1 percent of income (or $95 per adult, whichever is higher) in 2014 to 2.5 percent of income (or $695 per adult) in 2016. The fee for children is half the adult amount. The fee is paid on the 2014 federal income tax form, The final event in the series happens which is completed in 2015. People on Saturday, November 9 from 1:00 with very low incomes may be eligible p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Kent Memorial for waivers. Park Building, 850 N. Central Ave. in One of the challenges for some Kent. Translators have been on hand at immigrant populations is persuading previous events in variety of languages, them to buy into the concept of including Mandarin and Vietnamese. preventative care in the first place, The goal is to enroll 93,000 people Hayes said. in King County over the next year, “Sometimes there’s no word in said CHSD director Patty Hayes. The the language to define or explain

Despite the many reasons that APIs may have to forego signing up for healthcare, there are those who are taking advantage of the in-person signup events.

North Seattle resident Teresa Woon, who is retired after working at Seattle television station Q13 as an executive assistant, signed up at the Lake Forest Park event on October 12. Woon, 59, said she qualified for the Medicaid version of the program, because she has a low income. Her house is paid off and she lives off savings and some investment income, she said.

Woon said she currently has an individual plan through Regence, but the cost of that plan is increasing from $390 a month to $525 with a $5,000 annual deductible, which is why she came to sign up. While she likes her current Preferred Provider Organization “They are using that as a backup, but (PPO) and choice of doctors, Woon said not everyone can hop on a plane [back she is a bit wary of Medicaid, which she believes is more like a Health to South Korea],” Ryu said. Maintenance Organization (HMO). Ryu said she is concerned about those who choose not to sign up for BARRIERS: Continued on page 5 . . . particular, she is referring to owners of mom-and-pop businesses who do not have health insurance and believe they can go back to South Korea to access its national health care system when they need to.

How much will you pay? The ACA gives more options for health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions, workers who don’t get health insurance through their jobs, the underemployed, and the recently unemployed who previously faced expensive COBRA payments in order to hang onto coverage. The new exchanges in each state replace previous programs such as the Basic Health program here in Washington state. Subsidies based on income level and household size are available on a sliding scale for those who make up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level income. A calculator on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange website (, shows what a family will likely pay after plugging in their household size and income. People with the lowest income qualify for Medicaid and free coverage. If a person’s income varies from year-to-year, so will the amount you pay under the federal law.


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IE NEWS . . . BARRIERS: Continued from page 4

She also wondered about a person in her position enrolling in Medicaid, even though she qualified.

“I have assets,” she said. “It’s not right to take advantage of a totally free coverage when people [without those assets] need full coverage.” Bob Than, a Lynnwood resident who originally immigrated from Burma, also signed up for healthcare at the Lake Forest Park event. Than is a selfemployed entrepreneur who previously operated restaurants. Now he is unemployed after closing a business.

Than was looking for healthcare for himself and his wife and signed up for a Molina Healthcare Plan through Group Health. He said he found it easy to sign up in person. “King County is doing a good job having these sessions,” Than said. “It’s helping.” Than said he noticed King County has more options than Snohomish County, where he lives.

“We’d like to see more in Pierce and Snohomish [counties], “ he said.

CAPAA to speak on ‘Obamacare’ progress among Asian Pacific Islanders IE News Services

The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) will be holding a public board meeting on Saturday, November 16 at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) in Seattle. Agencies, including King County Public Health and International Community Health Services, will speak on the progress of the Affordable Care Act in Washington’s Asian Pacific American community. Presenters will also address concerns and questions from the community. For more information, visit the CAPAA website at CAPAA Public Board Meeting Saturday, November 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Public comment begins at 1:00 p.m. Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) 1414 Weller St., Seattle, WA 98144

Cancer awareness: St. Jude hosptial reaches out to API IE News Services

While Asian Americans have lower death rates from heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and cancer compared to the general population, cancer is still the leading cause of death among Asian Americans, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, the American Cancer Society, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The research has also determined the following:

• Cancer rates are highest among Chinese Americans.

• Prostate cancer is more common and deadly among Filipino men. • Vietnamese women have the highest incidence of cervical cancer and death rates from this type of cancer.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is currently reaching out to Seattle APIs to raise cancer awareness. St. Jude is a pediatric cancer research center dedicated to treating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases worldwide. On Saturday, November 23, the greater Seattle community is invited to the 5th annual “Give thanks. Walk.” The free, family-friendly 5K walk will coincide with the joint efforts of 75 other communities nationwide. For more information, visit

Where should Sound Transit services go next? Help shape the future of regional mass transit! visit us online or at a meeting near you!

5:30 to 8 p.m. with a presentation at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 Seattle University Campion Ballroom 914 E. Jefferson St. Wednesday, Nov. 13 Federal Way Community Center 876 S. 333rd St.

Thursday, Nov. 14 Redmond Marriott 7401 164th Ave. N.E. Monday, Nov. 18 Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Broadway

Environmental scoping comment period: Oct. 25-Nov. 25

Tuesday, Nov. 19 Eisenhower Middle School 10200 25th Ave. S.E. DayTiMe eveNT Thursday, Nov. 21 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Union Station 401 S. Jackson St.

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IE NEWS As Bellevue’s economy booms, Mayor Conrad Lee set for 20 years on Council Tony Dondero IE Contributor

Confident and relaxed, Bellevue

Mayor Conrad Lee is ready to serve his sixth term on the City Council following Tuesday’s election. Lee Lee, 74, a Chinese-American who immigrated from Hong Kong in 1958, was the first racial minority elected in Bellevue in 1993. The longest tenured Asian-American politician in the state has solidified his standing over the years as the city has grown considerably in ethnic diversity and in population. The Council positions are non-partisan, and fellow members appoint the mayor. The part-time position pays $1,600 a month. A city managercouncil form of government operates the city. Brad Miyake, a Japanese-American, is the interim city manager right now following the departure of Steve Sarkozy, who held the job for 12 years. While Asian-Americans are generally becoming more aligned with the Democratic Party and their views are liberalizing, Lee’s views are generally associated with those of the traditional Republican Party. Lee’s campaign website says his philosophy is to lower taxes, cut wasteful spending, and creates jobs, which blends well most of the time with Bellevue’s fiscally conservative, business-oriented culture. Lee raised $111,020.50 for his campaign this year and spent $42,584, according to Public Disclosure Commission records. His opponent and major underdog Lyndon Heywood, a native of England, vowed to raise none, and reported nothing raised and spent. One of Lee’s top donors includes Kemper Holdings ($900) an arm of Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square developer Kemper Freeman, Jr’s Eastside empire. Freeman opposed Sound Transit’s light rail project from Bellevue to Seattle, and sued unsuccessfully to stop it. Lee and other Councilmembers, notably Kevin Wallace, initially opposed Sound Transit’s plans for light rail through a south Bellevue neighborhood until more negotiations resulted in a compromise plan, which Lee supported. Heywood, Lee’s opponent, stated on his website that the “city government is so involved in its own workings that it’s slowly forgetting for whom it exists.” Despite those criticisms, Lee said he was glad to have an opponent instead of running unopposed this time, which is good for local politics. “It’s the guy who votes who counts,” Lee said. “It’s not necessarily Kemper Freeman. You’ve got to build that trust with people.”

Bellevue, King County’s second-largest city, boasts nearly 130,000 people now, and weathered the Great Recession that started six years ago, much better than most places. Unemployment is low, office vacancy rates are down, home prices are increasing and property tax rates remain the lowest in the state. A waterfront park on Meydenbauer Bay is in the works. The largest proposed development is a 36acre, 16-block, $2.3 billion urban village from Seattle developer Wright Runstad, called the Spring District in the works in north Bellevue, with ground to be broken soon. The project, which is on N.E. 12th Street between 120th and 124th avenues, is expected to feature 5.3 million square feet of office, retail, hotel, and housing space. “Businesses come here, people want to work here,” Lee said. Many of them, like Lee, are foreign born, and make up 30 percent of the population. The Asian and Asian American population is almost 30 percent as well. “It’s a good place to live because it’s safe, the economy, and financial system which is healthy and well managed,” Lee said. The strong school system in Bellevue is a key reason for its success, he emphasizes, and people have always been supportive of it. New schools have been built, equipment and technology purchased, thanks to the levies and bonds that have been passed consistently. “As a result, it brings people here to live. It’s a newer city—not a lot of baggage to fix,” Lee said. Lee, a 40-year Bellevue resident, has worked as a Boeing engineer, stockbroker, and for the City of Seattle as a project manager for Seattle Solid Waste Utility, and owned and managed real estate. His advice for Asian-Americans or anyone wanting to enter politics is to have patience and commitment, as well as getting in position financially, and preparing to make career and personal sacrifices. “If I wasn’t patient I would’ve quit a long time ago,” he said. “You need to have commitment and passion for what (you) want to do. I enjoy doing it.” Lee lost his first race for Council and but battled back to win the second time. “I could’ve given up then and most people do in fact. I think I have the passion,” he said.

ANNOUNCEMENTS International Special Review District Board elections November 19

Position #4 Candidate

Carol Leong is part of the third generation of her family to live, work, or volunteer in the Chinatown/International District. She has participated in the Seattle Chinese Athletic IE News Services Association (SCAA) and the Seattle Chinese The 2013 International Special Review Community Girls Drill Team. For the past District (ISRD) Board election will be held 15 years, she has served as the volunteer Tuesday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. coordinator of Sifu David F. Leong’s to 6:00 p.m. at the Bush Asia Hotel, 409 Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness, where she Maynard Avenue South, in the basement level has participated in the Chinatown Parade conference room. and served as a scholarship coordinator and youth mentor. Carol is also involved with the Three board positions are up for election: neighborhood Block Watch and participates in • Position #1 for a Business Owner, Property numerous community events. Owner or Employee To learn more about the election and the • Position #2 for a Resident, Tenant or ISRD, visit Community Participant preservation/id.htm/. • Position #4 for Resident, Tenant or Community Participant Nominations closed Tuesday, October 22. Three candidates were nominated, and candidate information is provided below for each position. Brief candidate biographies will be available at the polling place on the day of the election. Position #1 candidates

Tim Lee is a property owner within the Chinatown/International District. He is also a member of the Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Bellevue Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and the Lion’s Club. He is a retired state employee and is interested in applying his experience working for government and small businesses to his involvement in the Chinatown/International District community.

EDI honors API graduates IE News Services

Asians were the nation’s fastest-growing race or ethnic group in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. In all, the Asian population rose by 530,000, or 2.9 percent, from the preceding year, to 18.9 million. With racial minorities set to become the majority by 2050, there are growing opportunities for APIs to make an impact in the workforce.

For nearly 20 years, Executive Development Institute (EDI) has been helping multicultural leaders to reach higher positions of influence Joann Ware works for InterIm CDA across the public and private sectors. EDI on community-based design projects and partners with more than 50 Northwest affordable housing. Joann is a current ISRD corporations to provide businesses relevant board member with a deep commitment to the leadership programs to Asians and Hispanic neighborhood. She has a strong interest in the people. EDI says there are more than 600 built environment and would like to continue alumni contributing to leadership positions using her architectural knowledge to serve the throughout the Pacific Northwest today. community and the board. Meet the latest crop of leaders at the 2013 Position #2 candidate

Ben Grace is actively involved with Chinatown/International District through his work on the Chinatown Historical Alley Project and is a frequent contributor to community events through the neighborhood. Earlier this year, Ben led the project to translate street signs in Chinatown and Japantown (Nihonmachi). Ben is also a tenant, as an employee of the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA).

EDI Puget Sound Graduation.

EDI Puget Sound Graduation Thursday, November 14 Hilton Bellevue 300 112th Ave. SE Bellevue, WA 98004 The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. Registration ends on November 8. Register at



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The IE’s Fourth Annual Northwest Asian Pacific American

Reader’s Choice Awards of 2013 Join us for our Community Reception on Thursday, December 5, 2013!

Filipino Community Center 5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. Seattle, WA 98118 Thursday, December 5, 2013 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

5740 Martin Luther King Jr.

Tickets: Way S., Seattle, WA 98118 Full-Table (10 seats) $600 Individual (1 Seat)December $60 Thursday, 5, 2013 Student (1 Seat) $35

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Fuji Bakery. Photo credit: Dave Greer.

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NORTHWEST APA READER’S CHOICE AWARDS 2013 speechwriter for President Bill Clinton where he was recognized for his global leadership. Currently the founder and CEO of Citizen University, Liu also teaches civic leadership at the University of Washington while hosting the acclaimed television interview program “Seattle Voices.” In addition, he serves on a number of nonprofit and civic boards and is a regular columnist for Favorite API Festival: Bon Odori Seattle Buddhist Church | 1427 S Main, Seattle, WA 98144 | (206) 329-0800 | http://

Alan Lau by Roger Shimomura.

Favorite Local Artist: Alan Lau lan Lau has been a pioneer for APIs in art since he arrived in Seattle from Japan in the late 1970s. Lau is a writer, poet, and painter with a style that stems from Chinese literati tradition and Northwest modernism. For over 30 years, he has served as the Arts Editor for the International Examiner showcasing API artists, writers, musicians, and more. It’s earned him a spot in the category for favorite local artist for yet another year. Favorite Local Author/Writer: Eric Liu ric Liu is a multitalented author, educator and civic entrepreneur who once served as a White House



Favorite Local Photographer: Dean Wong ean Wong was a child of the International District, growing up in a converted storefront on King St. Wong’s photojournalist career started at the International Examiner where he worked on and off for eight years writing feature stories and perfecting his photography. He continues to serve the community by telling their stories through his photos, which has earned him another win for favorite local photographer. Favorite API Comedian: Margaret Cho


Favorite Karaoke Hotspot: Bush Garden Restaurant

614 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 682-6830 |

oin the Bush Garden Restaurant for karaoke at 9:30 p.m. (M – S) and at J 5 p.m. on Sunday. Known to be a lounge

for regular gatherings, you can also dine at their variety of settings if you’re not in the singsong mood. There’s the sushi counter, privacy booths and Tatami Rooms for larger parties. Favorite Casino to Indulge: Snoqualmie Casino 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, WA 98065 | (425) 888-1234 |


argaret Cho is a Koreaneattleites can take a day trip east American standup comedian M of the city to experience the twoS who is best known for her comic material time-winning, Vegas-style gaming at


2311 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98121 | (206) 4416044 |

his Seafair event is when Japanese culture comes alive in the summer. Also known as Obon, the festival fills the streets with Taiko drumming, Japanese folk dances, a martial arts performance, and lots of delicious food. Bon Odori honors the ancestors of the past and celebrates the presence of our loved ones today. Favorite Local Hip Hop Artist: Macklemore en Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore, has released one mix tape, three EPs and two albums with producer Ryan Lewis. Their most famous songs “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” hit the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart, making them the first duo in the chart’s history to have their first two singles reach number one.

on social and political problems, such as those relating to race and sexuality. Cho is also a fashion designer, actress, author and singer-songwriter who has been featured in It’s My Party, Face/Off and is currently part of the hit series Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime Television. Favorite Happy Hour: Wasabi Bistro ocated in Belltown, Wasabi Bistro offers a fantastic Japanese fusion L menu with a wide selection of sushi and

sushi rolls. But make sure to go there during happy hour for the best deals, which includes getting three of their happy hour items to make a combo for $14.

Snoqualmie Casino. Along with the gaming floor, the casino offers upscale lounges and bars, five restaurants including Terra Vista and a grand buffet, and a renowned concert venue. Favorite Hangout Spot: Eastern Café 510 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 623-1776

ocated between King St & Weller, the Eastern Café offers coffee, L loose leaf teas, beer, wine, cocktails,

gelato, sandwiches, crepes and a delicious range of pastries. The small yet cozy setting creates the perfect atmosphere for a first date or a place just to read your favorite book while sipping on some of their tasty coffee.

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IE COMMUNITY Despite the upscale interior design, the menu is set at a moderate price that will satisfy both your stomach and wallet. Favorite Thai Restaurant: Thai Curry Simple 406 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 3274838 |


t’s another win for this small and often crowded Thai restaurant during the lunch hour, but that’s just a testament to their amazing food. With a carefully chosen menu, Thai Curry Simple describes their food as traditional Bangkok street food typically found at a cart in Thailand. Despite not having the authentic ambiance, the food and its spiciness and flavors are spot on. Favorite Indian Restaurant: Cedar’s Restaurant on Brooklyn 4759 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 | (206) 527-4000 |

edar’s Restaurant continues to serve a wide variety of deliciously C spiced Indian and Mediterranean

Connie So Photo credit: John Lok / The Seattle Times

Favorite Vietnamese Restaurant: Tamarind Tree

1036 S Jackson St, Suite A, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 860-1404 | www.tamarindtreerestaurant. com


his International District restaurant serves fresh, authentic Vietnamese dishes that range from Co Ngu crispy shrimp to steamed coconut rice cake to its notable Durian homemade ice cream. Tamarind Tree also offers seven courses of high quality beef, each with its own unique flavors that you can swallow down with any of their happy hour specials.

cuisine. Along with their casual atmosphere, cheap prices and generous portions, it’s the food that keeps people coming back. A few favorites include naan bread, chicken tikka masala and curries. Favorite Coffee Shop/Tea House: Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee House 607 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 5154000 |


he Panama Hotel Tea and Coffee House continues to serve as a hotel, teahouse and a museum of Seattle’s Old Japantown, showcasing



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old photographs and mementos that document the neighborhood before World II. The building also contains the only Japanese bathhouse left intact in the country. Besides getting a taste of history, patrons can also munch on their delicious Japanese cookies and pastries that have won them another win in the category. Favorite Bubble Tea Café: Oasis Tea Zone 519 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 4478098 |

erving the community since 2001 and winning another year in the S category for favorite bubble tea café,

Oasis serves delicious traditional style Taiwanese bubble tea in addition to a wide selection of drink combinations, a growing menu of snacks, shelves of board games and a loud pop playlist that makes it the perfect spot for young people to hang out and grab a quick bite. Visit any one of their three locations! Best Sushi Restaurant: Daimonji Sushi and Grill 5963 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 | (206) 762-7820 |

aimonji Sushi and Grill offers variety when it comes to their D sushi – sushi donburi and chirashi (sushi served on a bowl of rice), veggie rolls and ten other basics. Located in Georgetown Seattle (in the Georgetown Plaza), this restaurant provides delicious sushi and customized rolls. Bonus features: free Wi-Fi and a big screen television located at the sushi bar.

Best Korean BBQ Restaurant: Palace BBQ Korean Bar & Grill

15932 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98008 | (425) 957-3522 |

t about $16 per person, there doesn’t seem to be a place that A rivals Palace BBQ’s deal for All You

Can Eat Korean barbeque. Palace offers various options like marinated short beef ribs, marble brisket, spicy pork belly, jumbo shrimp, and more. Check out any one of their three locations to taste why this restaurant wins another year in the category. Best Dim Sum: Jade Garden 424 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 6228181

ade Garden has been dominating in this category for the past four J years, and lines to wait for dim sum

on weekend mornings still stretch the block. It is no secret that this is the place to go to for dim sum. There are plenty of options, but a few favorites include shrimp dumplings, sticky rice and egg tarts. Favorite Local Chef: Tom Douglas 2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 | (206) 4482001 |

ith 14 restaurants across Seattle, including Etta’s Seafood and W Lola, Tom Douglas continues to serve creative dishes with ingredients from the Pacific Northwest while keeping in respect with Seattle’s ethnic traditions. This Seattle-based chef has contributed


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IE COMMUNITY to what he calls a “new culinary melting pot” in the city and earns himself another win for favorite local chef. Favorite Bakery: Bakery Nouveau

make sure to try their Kung Pao Shrimp, Ma Po Tofu and egg rolls at the counter. Favorite Asian-Fusion Restaurant: Wild Ginger

4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 | (206) 923-0534 |

ocated between Union St & Pike, Wild Ginger has a trendy and L upscale ambience that adds a classic


ocated where the historic Blake’s Bakery once stood, William Leaman has made Bakery Nouveau a Seattle favorite for his daily oneof-a-kind creations. With over 20 years of experience in pastry, bread and chocolate, it’s no wonder that he’s winning all the awards in the category, including being the 2005 World Cup of Baking Gold Medal Winner. Favorite Chinese Restaurant: Tai Tung 659 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 622-7372

1401 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 | (206) 6234450 |

touch to their Asian-fusion menu. Featuring authentic cuisine that spans from China to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, Wild Ginger also serves food and wine at The Triple Door, a live music venue and dinner theatre located across Benaroya Hall on Union. Favorite Seafood Restaurant: Ho Ho Seafood Restaurant 653 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 3829671

his International District restaurant is the oldest of its kind, offering a T his seafood restaurant is great for large taste of old Chinatown that goes back 70 groups and kids, serving from a diverse T plus years. Great for large groups and kids, menu that includes options for vegans and




vegetarians. Open daily at 11:00 a.m., make sure to taste their steamed or fried dumplings and pepper chicken. EMPLOYMENT Favorite Local Winery: Chateau St. Michelle Winery 14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072 | (425) 488-1133 |

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hateau Ste. Michelle is the largest wine producer and winery in Washington State with roots stretching back to 1934. The large French-style chateau offers free tours on the weekend every 30 minutes, which includes a free wine tasting of four of their wines. The amphitheater on the grounds of the winery also holds outdoor concerts during the summer. Congratulations for winning another year in our category for favorite local winery! Favorite Local Journalist:  Lori Matsukawa, King 5 News Anchor and Reporter ori Matsukawa is a news anchor and reporter for KING 5 News, cited as a “pioneering Asian American broadcast journalist” in its first list of the top journalists of color in the country for the past century by UNITY: Journalists of Color. In addition to winning another year for favorite local journalist, she has also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Asian American Journalist Association for mentoring aspiring journalists. Favorite Empowered Youth: Julie Pham ulie Pham has served on the board of SVP Seattle and its Outreach



General Biodiesel Chairman Jerry Lee, left, and RCA Favorite CEO, Yale Wong. Photo credits: Dave Greer.

& Engagement committee since 2012 and continues to add to her list of achievements. She heads marketing at Avidian Technologies, as well as Sea Beez, a capacity-building program for Seattle’s ethnic media foundation. Pham also blogs for Favorite Mentor: Ron Chew

t’s another win for Ron Chew who continues to fight for social I justice in whatever leadership position

he takes. Since starting as a reporter at the International Examiner in 1975 and eventually becoming editor for 13 years, Chew covered local events, social concerns and political issues faced by APIs in the community. It was at the Examiner where he honed his skills in community organizing. Since 2010, Chew has been serving as director at the International Community Health Services (ICHS) Foundation. He also owns and operates Chew Communications, a community history and resource development consulting firm. Favorite Volunteer: Howard Wu (NAAAP) oward Wu is currently a civil engineering planner for the City of Seattle working on bicycle and pedestrian projects. He has been recognized for his passion in community service as “Seattle’s NAAAPster of the Month” last May in which he lead two community service events: SCIDpda and FareStart, which provides nutritious meals to those in need. Wu continues to organize events such as these and has proven to be an inspiration to all.


Favorite Local Political Figure: Bob Hasegawa

local resident of Seattle’s Beacon Hill, Bob Hasegawa has A represented the 11th Legislative District

since January 2013 and had previously served in the Washington State House of Representatives. Hasegawa is known to be an advocate for social justice issues, especially those dealing with the API communities. Favorite Activist or Engaged Citizen: Linh Thai inh Thai wins favorite activist for his years of community service to foster learning space for leadership development, especially for his notable local grass-root Vietnamese American leadership organization, The Vietnamese Community Leadership Institute. Thai continues to advocate for Vietnamese American communities with an agenda that is centered around strong national connections. Favorite Philanthropist: Jerry Lee erry Lee is the chairman of MulvannyG2 Architecture and the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the first Executive Excellence Awards Program. Even with his success in business, Lee still finds time to do community service and create charitable events. His philosophy? “Treat everyone like family, approach clients and contractors as partners, and give of yourself and you will receive in return,” he told the Seattle Business. “It always comes back. No matter how much you give away, it always comes back.”



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IE COMMUNITY Favorite Corporate Giver to Asian American Causes: Comcast

ince 2001, Comcast has provided $2.5 billion to support nonprofit S organizations, including the Asian

American Justice Center, in order to meet the needs of families, neighborhoods and communities. Recently, Comcast has shown their support for Asian American filmmakers in Seattle, hosting a VIP reception for the APA Film Festival at the beginning of this year. Favorite Mom & Pop Business: Phnom Penh Noodle House Thai Curry Simple. Photo credit: Dave Greer.

Favorite Entrepreneur/Business Owner: Tomio Moriguchi, Chariman of Uwajimaya omio Moriguchi is currently a Chairman of Uwajimaya and served as the CEO in 2002 after his parents and founder of the store passed away. Moriguchi led Uwajimaya’s expansion from its 3,600 square foot Main Street location to its current 20,000 square foot store on King Street. Moriguchi and his five siblings still hold onto the business principals displayed by their parents and have kept Uwajimaya a distinct and impressive grocery story for variety, freshness, quality and authenticity. He has won another year for favorite entrepreneur/ business owner. Favorite Local Sports Figure: Russell Wilson rom Richmond to Seattle, Russell Wilson has proved to be a force to be reckoned with throughout his football career. Wilson is currently the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks and holds a record of 37 touchdowns. Favorite Community College: Seattle Central Community College



1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122 | (206) 9343800 |

ince 1966, the SCCC has provided a higher education and workforce S training needs of more than 500,000 students. Located on Capitol Hill, this college is committed to creating an accessible, diverse, responsive and innovative learning environment that is designed for everyone to strive. Favorite University: UW Seattle 1410 NE Campus Pkwy, Seattle, WA 98195 | (206) 543-2100 |

he University of Washington is one of the leading academic and T research facilities in the country that

always pushes the boundaries. UW Seattle is also one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast with 16 colleges and schools, and it continues to strive for academic achievement and community engagement in hopes of fostering the world. Favorite Educator/Teacher: Connie So ince 1992, Connie So has taught at the University of Washington’s American Ethnic Studies Department and is now its current Director of Community Internship and Practicum. She has taught Asian American and Pacific Islander American Studies as well as Studies on Race Relations, a reflection of her passion and interest in Seattle’s Asian Pacific American politics.


Favorite Executive Director of a Non-Profit: Diane Narasaki, Executive Director of Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS) 720 8th Ave S, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 695-7600

ince 1995, Diane Narasaki has been the executive director of S the Asian Counseling and Referral

Service (ACRS), helping to advocate for multicultural, multilingual, and multigenerational human services for APIs. Last year, Narasaki received the William O. Douglas Award, which honored her work over the past 30 years. This year, she wins again for favorite executive director of a non-profit. Favorite CEO: Yale Wong, CEO and Founder of General Biodiesel rowing up in a crowded house in Beacon Hill with a large family working in restaurant and laundry businesses is what gave way to Yale Wong’s entrepreneurship. In 1994, he co-founded Compass Communications, becoming the first Asian American in Washington State to own an Internet service provider. Ten years later, Wong sold the company and founded General Biodiesel, which collects grease and oil waste that converts into energy. The daring entrepreneur with humble beginnings in Beacon Hill is considered a pioneer in biodiesel and wins another year in the category. Most Inspirational Speaker: Ron Sims, former King County Executive on Sims served as the former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2011 and is also the former King County Executive. He has inspired many over the years with keynote speeches and addresses on issues he is concerned with the most, including social justice and environmental stewardship. Sims continues to be an inspiring and visionary speaker, earning himself another win in the category. Favorite Asian-Owned Start-Up: T.D. Wang



660 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 7489825 |

erving the community since 1987, the Phnom Penh Noodle House continues S to promise customers with a rich Cambodian

culture, holding the title as Seattle’s first Cambodian restaurant and our favorite mom & pop business. Owner Sam Ung and his family keep their conscious mission of doing greater good in the community with pride for the food and culture. Favorite Health Organization/Business: International Community Health Services (ICHS) 720 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 7883700 |

he International Community Health Services (ICHS) is the T largest API non-profit community health center in Washington State. Established in 1973, the ICHS provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve the health of APIs and the broader community.

With another win in the category, the ICHS continues to provide a full range health services and Chinese traditional medicine. Favorite Asian Owned Green Business: General Biodiesel 6333 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 | (206) 9321600 |

his seven-year-old “double green” company founded by API T entrepreneur Yale Wong continues its

mission to recycle cooking oil from restaurants across the West Coast and produce low carbon fuel from sustainable resources. With its second win in the category, General Biodiesel helps reduce the U.S. dependence on foreign oil by producing biodiesel locally, which is great for us and great for the environment. Favorite API Senior Organization: Nikkei Concerns 1601 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122 | (206) 323-7100 |

or over three decades, Nikkei Concerns has been a leading F provider of elder care services in the Pacific Northwest, maintaining a distinctly Japanese American identity while still welcoming members of other ethnic communities. Nikkei Concerns operates at four programs to serve the needs of older adults and their families: Seattle Keiro, Nikkei Manor, Kokoro Kai and Nikkei Horizons.

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recognize the value of cultural diversity. With a mission to understand the Asian/ Pacific-Islander and Hispanic/Latino communities, T.D. Wang continues to deliver results for many industry leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors that also follow and support a multicultural advertising industry.

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edicated to immersing visitors in an interactive HELPlearning WANTEDexperience that explores the stories of struggle and success, the Wing Luke Museum wins another year in the category that recognizes the importance of cultural preservation. It is the only pan-Asian Pacific American community based museum in the country, named after Wing Luke, the first Asian American to hold elected office in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum continues to fulfill his vision in preserving culture and traditions, and addressing civil rights and social justice issues. Favorite API Advocacy Organization: APIC


3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, Seattle 98144 | (206) 695-7600 |

he Asian Pacific Islander Coalition T uses their collective power to promote equal access to “culturally

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Favorite Professional Association:   National Association of Asian Professionals-Seattle (NAAAP-Seattle)


NAAAP Seattle Chapter | P.O. Box 19888, Seattle, WA 98109 |


he National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is a non-profit leadership development organization for API professionals with over 25 chapters across the country and a growing membership of over 3,000. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and helps with professional development, community service and social networking opportunities in the community. NAAAPSeattle also gives scholarships to high school and college students and supports local non-profits and small businesses – all the more reason for earning another win in the category.

Favorite API Youth Organization: Lambda Phi Epsilon

5225 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 | 1-425-9987874 |

The University of Washington Lambda Phi Epsilon is the only international Asian American interest fraternity recognized by the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National APIA Panhellenic Association. With over 50 chapters across the nation, these “Leaders Among Men” are dedicated to providing outstanding leadership, philanthropy and advocacy in their communities. Favorite Cultural Preservation Institution: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 | (206) 623-5124 |

competent and linguistically accessible” health and human services, which include economic development for small businesses and education. With a total of seven APIC chapters across the state, each is committed to addressing the concerns of all Asian Pacific Americans, including immigrants, refugees and citizens. Favorite Hang Out Spot and Mom & Pop Shop: World Pizza


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Hawaiian identity: Lost and found in film by Yayoi L. Winfrey IE Contributer

Hawaiian identity, lost and found, is the subject of two films featured in the Northwest Film Forum’s Indigenous Showcase. Both reviews below are followed by discussions with their respective filmmaker.

In her documentary, E Haku Inoa (to weave a name), filmmaker Christen Marquez undertakes a poignant journey to discover the meaning of her middle name: Hepuakoamana’ekapunokamalei’o’nali’ia mekahanohano’ia. For a Native Hawaiian parent, the sacred act of naming a child includes invoking family ancestry. But after Marquez’s mother is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, the family is torn apart, and the meaning of Marquez’s name is lost along with her mother’s mind. The playful opening title sequence offers no warning for the unfolding tragedy Marquez recalls onscreen. Separated, with her siblings, the move to Seattle with their white father and away from their Hawaiian mother devastates her. Yet even more disturbing is the speculation that Marquez’s mother’s mental illness was due to a disconnection from her own culture.

E Haku Inoa plays at the Northwest Film Forum on Saturday, November 16. • Courtesy Photo

educational and economic opportunities that incorporate traditional values. The thing that I think is most important in terms of direct service for individuals dealing with mental health issues is to have more Native Hawaiian people doing work in the field.

IE: Why preserve Hawaiian culture?

IE: What was the hardest part of making this film?

Marquez: Despite the difficult personal nature of the film, I still have to say that the classic funding struggle was the most difficult. In the most ideal setting, I use my films as a medium to explore and understand subjects that are interesting to me. Haku was motivated by my desire to work out my relationship with my Mom. So, even though it might be unusual for some people to make a film about that process, in hindsight for me, it felt very natural.

Woolford: I think it’s important for any culture to sustain tradition because of how fast things are evolving. Hula is such an integral aspect of Hawaiian culture and because of misrepresentation in the global mass media, I feel it’s very important to bring awareness to the authentic tradition and deep spiritual ritual that it is. IE: Is Jonny a typical Hawaiian youngster?

The Haumana • Courtesy Photo

IE: What’s your relationship with your In The Haumana, a narrative directed mother like now? by Keo Woolford and shot on Oahu, Marquez: It’s great! We have a lot of fun Jonny Kealoha (Tui Asau) sells his soul together. My personality doesn’t always entertaining tourists with Polynesian lend to the motherly mothering that my lounge songs. The more he co-opts his Mom doles out, but even if I’m annoyed culture, the deeper he falls into a pit of at her when she’s trying to get me to wear drunkenness and debauchery, including some ugly, oversized, lace sweater, I’m so sleeping with vacationing women. thankful to have her in my life again. 

IE: How should Native Hawaiians diagnosed with mental illness be facilitated?

very proud hula dancer and, while living in London, New York and Los Angeles, I encountered so much misconception and misperception about hula and the culture. It became my goal to somehow expose a part of my experience and love for our culture through the skills and crafts that I’ve learned.

Woolford: I think the irony of the situation Jonny is in is that he’s using the talents he has to make a living to survive in this colonized Western society. I try to make it clear that there is no judgment about performing in a show like that for money. So many of our people do it. But the point I wanted to make was for him to understand the difference between what he does and what once was. The younger generations are growing up with this knowledge and pride as a part of the fabric of their upbringing. It wasn’t always like that. Not too long ago, it was shameful to be Hawaiian and speak the language. It’s quite the opposite now, and that’s wonderful!

Summoned to say goodbye to his former kumu (hula teacher), Auntie Margaret (Marlene Sai), Jonny is shocked by her dying request—that he succeed her in training the all-boys high school team for the upcoming Royal Hula Festival. For more information on the Northwest Struggling to gain the respect of the Film Forum, visit haumana (students) and Auntie Napua (Mary Pa’alani), kumu to the girls’ team, Northwest Film Forum Jonny ends up surprising himself the most.

Marquez: There have been great strides since the 1980s to improve the access and quality of mental health services for Native Hawaiians; however, there’s still a lot left to do. Two really important ways I see to improve the state of Native Hawaiian health are: holistic, which is to create IE: Is that you dancing at the end? social space for Hawaiians to connect Woolford: Yes. It’s the dance I won with traditional ways; and, to create the Merrie Monarch with in 2005. I’m a

Saturday, November 16 5:30 p.m.—Reception 6:00 p.m.—E Hauku Inoa 8:00 p.m.—The Haumana

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Seattle takes center stage in Mr. Right • Courtesy Photo

Mr. Right is a cultural mixed bag

The Kronos Quartet performing in Warszawa, Poland in July 2006. • Photo by Henryk Kotowski

Kronos Quartet, Degenerate Art Ensemble breed cross-disciplinary art By Roxanne Ray IE Contributor

An exciting experimental collaboration will soon be presented by two groups both originating in Seattle: Kronos Quartet will celebrate its 40th anniversary with Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE) at the Neptune Theatre on November 16. “We have been sending out vibes into the universe for quite a while trying to connect with Kronos,” said Joshua Kohl, DAE’s cofounder and co-director (together with Haruko Nishimura). “They are heroes of mine and of most of us Degenerates.” DAE reports that this collaboration has been a long-time dream for the local cross-disciplinary performance group.

(a Oakland based Korean born experimental singer), John Osebold (lead singer/composer of the band Awesome), SoulChilde (Seattle based performance artist and singer), Korby Sears (composer and organist and founder of the performance art troupe Seattle School), Paul Moore (composer and music director for Dayna Hanson), and Campbell Thibo (singer for the choir Esoterics). DAE hopes to continue working with Olson Kundig Architects (OKA) to bring the full version of “Predator Songstress” to additional stages in the near future. “We are thinking that this project will continue to unfold for the next couple of years with multiple iterations in different forms and locations,” Kohl said. And they expect this performance with Kronos Quartet to provide long-lasting inspiration for their future work.

“They are the ultimate role model for groups like ours,” Kohl said. “They follow their love of music as a guide, and put all of their energy, powers and technical mastery to the service of Kronos Quartet performs with special guest it.” Degenerate Art Ensemble on November 16, at This motivated DAE to contact Kronos Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle. Quartet, which eventually resulted in a conversation about DAE’s work. “Kronos’s David Harrington asked me what we are working on that I was most excited about musically,” Kohl said, “and this piece, ‘Warrior,’ which was still under development at the time, was something I was extremely excited about.” In “Warrior,” DAE combines a string quartet with six singers and dance by Nishimura. “It is the latest part of our ongoing series of portraits of imaginary woman icons called ‘Predator Songstress,’” Kohl said. After further conversation, DAE and Kronos Quartet agreed that, as one part of Kronos Quartet’s full program, the two groups will present a multi-disciplinary version of DAE’s “Warrior.” “When David saw the video of the first performance of ‘Warrior,’ he said that he immediately thought that it would be a great addition to their 40th anniversary concert,” Kohl said. “We were especially psyched that David got excited about doing the piece with the singers and the dance and all.” The collaboration, rewriting, and rehearsal process for this version of “Warrior” has been full of discovery. Nishimura’s choreography has been revised, and Kohl said that the two groups have brainstormed ways to utilize amplification to create a surround-sound experience. Collaboration will also involve a wide variety of guest singers, including Dohee Lee

By Yayoi L. Winfrey IE Contributor

Mr. Right becomes Mr. Wrong while Mr. Wrong becomes Mr. Right in a tale about love and money.

In this China-Hong Kong co-production, Jiajia (Wei Tang) is the girlfriend of a wealthy, married businessman who showers her with expensive gifts and unlimited credit cards—but rarely his time. After becoming pregnant, she travels to Seattle to give birth. There, living among other Chinese mothers-to-be, she’s enabled through her multiple tantrums by mild-mannered driver, Frank (Wu Xiubo). A former doctor, the browbeaten Frank is dumped by his ruthlessly ambitious wife, becoming a single father to his pre-teen daughter.

Featuring prerequisite scenes of the Space Needle, waterfront, and other Seattle landmarks, this rom-com was mostly shot in Vancouver, B.C. The plot, too, feels contrived especially when the shrieking, spoiled fashionista, Jiajia, inexplicably begins to see the dejected Frank as a possible love interest. Wei Tang, once banned in China for her role in Lust, Caution, is rowdy and unrestrained, bordering on hysteria here. With Mandarin, English subtitles, and some inappropriate and misplaced American slang, Mr. Right is a cultural mixed bag that cautions against excessive materialism in favor of true love. Mr. Right opens November 8, AMC Pacific Place 11.





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November 6, 2013 – November 19, 2013 — 15


Professional & Leadership Development

Asia Pacific Cultural Center 4851 So. Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98409 Ph: 253-383-3900 Fx: 253-292-1551 Bridging communities and generations through arts, culture, education and business.

1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 Ph: 206-654-3209 Fx: 206-654-3135 SAM connects art to life through special exhibitions, educational programs and installations drawn from its collection of approximately 25,000 objects. Through its three sites, SAM presents global perspectives, making the arts a part of everyday life for people of all ages, interests, backgrounds and cultures.

Education 3327 Beacon Ave S. Seattle, WA 98144 ph: 206-725-9740 Multicultural preschool ages 3-5 years old. Now enrolling Private Pay full-day ($900/mo) and part-day classes ($500/mo) with locations at ID, Beacon Hill, and Rainier Beach. P.O. Box 16016 Seattle, WA 98116 VNSF enables underprivileged students in Viet Nam to achieve success and happiness through education. We are looking for volunteers and board members to join the team and make a difference in the lives of kids in Vietnam.

Housing & Neighborhood Planning HomeSight 5117 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 ph: 206-723-4355 fx: 206-760-4210 HomeSight creates homeownership opportunities through real estate development, home buyer education and counseling, and lending.

InterIm Community Development Association 310 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 ph: 206-624-1802 fx: 206-624-5859 Affordable housing development, multi-lingual low-income housing outreach, rental information, financial literacy, neighborhood planning and outreach for APAs, immigrants and refugees.

221 18th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 ph: 206-322-4550 fx: 206-329-3330 We provided affordable housing and support services to people over 62 years of age. Lunch is served 7 days per week to people over 60 years of age for a $3 donation.

Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation and Development Authority ph: 206-624-8929 fx: 206-467-6376 Housing, property management and community development.

Social & Health Services 601 S King St. Seattle, WA 98104 ph: 206-682-1668 website Address tobacco control and other health justice issues in the Asian American/Pacific Islander communities.

Executive Development Institute 310 – 120th Ave NE. Suite A102 Bellevue, WA Ph. 425-467-9365 • Fax: 425-467-1244 Email: • Website: EDI offers culturally relevant leadership development programs.

WE MAKE LEADERS Queen Anne Station, P.O. Box 19888, Seattle, WA 98109, Fostering future leaders through education, networking and community services for Asian American professionals and entrepreneurs. Facebook: NAAAP-Seattle Twitter:

Senior Services

PO Box 14047, Seattle WA 98114 (206) 325.0325 (Helpline) www. API Chaya is dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking in the Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We offer multi-lingual services that are free and confidential.

Chinese Information and Service Center 611 S Lane St, Seattle, WA 98104 ph: 206-624-5633 fax: 206-624-5634

EMPLOYMENT Security Assistant (PT)

Assist with security and routine maintenance tasks. $11-12/hr with Benefits!! M-F 4:30-8:30 PM sched and some weekends. See & send resume to: Asian Counseling & Referral Service, Attn: HR, 3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Seattle, WA 98144, or email hr@ EOE/AA/ADA Director of Development Seeking a seasoned, resourceful and savvy fundraiser with a BA plus 3-4 yrs exp. Great benefits and fulfilling workplace. See & send resume to: Asian Counseling & Referral Service, Attn: HR, 3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Seattle, WA 98144, or email EOE/AA/ADA

CISC helps Asian immigrants make the transition to a new life while keeping later generations on touch with their rich heritage.

Community Care Network of Kin On

815 S Weller St, Suite 212, Seattle, WA 98104 ph: 206-652-2330 fx: 206-652-2344 Provides home care, home health, Alzheimer’s and caregiver support, community education and chronic care management. Coordinates medical supply delivery. Installs Personal emergency Response systems. Serves the Chinese/Asian community in King County.

Kin On Health Care Center

4416 S Brandon St, Seattle, WA 98118 ph: 206-721-3630 fx: 206-721-3626 A 100-bed, Medicare and Medicaid certified, not-for-profit skilled nursing facility focused on meeting the long term care needs of the Chinese/Asian community members.

Legacy House

803 South Lane Street Seattle, WA 98104 ph: 206-292-5184 fx: 206-838-3057 Description of organization/services offered: Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, meal programs for low-income seniors. Medicaid accepted.

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

Senior Community Service Employment Program ph: 206-322-5272 fx: 206-322-5387 Part-time training program for low income Asian Pacific Islanders age 55+ in Seattle/ King & Pierce Counties.

1601 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122 ph: 206-323-7100 fx: 206-325-1502 Rehabilitation & care center; assisted living community; senior activity program; continuing education.

Social & Health Services Asian Counseling & Referral Service

3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, Seattle, WA 98144 ph: 206-695-7600 fx: 206-695-7606 ACRS offers multilingual, behavioral health and social services to Asian Pacific Americans and other lowincome people in King County.

Korean’s Women Association 123 E 96th St, Tacoma, WA 98445 ph: 253-535-4202 fx:253-535-4827 www.www.kwacares. org Provides quality multicultural, multilingual, social and human services including but not limed to: In home caregiving for the elderly and disabled, support for abused, children and families, homeless, hungry, or those who need naturalization assistance. Translation assistance provided.

International District Medical & Dental Clinic 720 8th Ave S, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98104 ph: 206-788-3700 Holly Park Medical & Dental Clinic 3815 S Othello St, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98118 ph: 206-788-3500 Bellevue Medical & Dental Clinic Coming in 2013! Shoreline Medical & Dental Clinic Coming in 2014! We are a nonprofit health center offering affordable health care services, including primary care, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, laboratory, acupuncture, and health education.

Seattle Rotary Club Bill Nagel Meets Every Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. New Hong Kong Restaurant Improve the local community by engaging activities such as community improvement projects, scholarship opportunities, and undertakings that promote education.

1501 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103 ph: 206-694-6700 fx: 206-694-6777

Our programs help people meet their immediate needs and gain the skills and resources needed to reach solid ground and achieve their dreams.

ph: 206-624-3426

Merchants Parking provides convenient & affordable community parking. Transia provides community transportation: para-transit van services, shuttle services and field trips in & out of Chinatown/International District & South King County.

Come join the Washington State Convention Center! Washington State Convention Center (WSCC), located in downtown Seattle, is accepting applications for On-Call Parking Cashier. Duties include monitoring incoming vehicles, collecting parking fees & providing customer service to WSCC guests. Requires HS diploma or GED and one year of cashier experience. Applicants must be available to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings and nights. Visit for further info or to download an app. Apps are also available at the WSCC Service Entrance, 9th and Pike, Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. WSCC apps must be completed for consideration. Jobline: (206) 694-5039. EOE.

Come join the Washington State Convention Center! WA State Convention Center (WSCC) is accepting applications for Full-Time Security Officer. Must have experience working directly with the public & strong customer service skills. Officers are responsible for the safety and security of the facility, property & occupants. Requires HS diploma or GED and at least 2 years security experience. Visit for further info or to download an app. Applications are also available at the WSCC Service Entrance, 9th and Pike, Mon-Fri, 8:00a.m-5:00p.m. WSCC applications must be completed for consideration. Jobline: (206) 694-5039. EOE.

16 — November 6, 2013 – November 19, 2013



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