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Forecast of heavy rain could complicate Thai cave rescue

The missing boys, with their coach, are seen here in a photo taken from the coach’s Facebook page.

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Heavy rains forecast for northern Thailand could worsen flooding in

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Chazmin Peters

By Vivian Nguyen NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY For Chazmin Peters, a first officer with Alaska Airlines, aviation was not something that initially came naturally to her. “Once I knew that I wanted to become a pilot, I realized that I had to be better — I needed to be impressive enough to become one,” said Peters.

Born and raised in Olympia, Peters knew she was destined for the skies after attending an aviation summer camp in Seattle when she was 13 years old. But she cited poor hand-eye coordination, physical ineptness, and mediocre study habits as obstacles to reaching her dream. This self-awareness prompted Peters to become a better student see PETERS on 13

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High court OKs Trump’s travel ban, slams infamous case on Japanese internment camps

Varisha Khan, front and center, director of the Muslim committee at OneAmerica in Seattle, leads a chant during a protest and news conference by CAIR-Washington and other organizations upset by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Trump's travel-ban in downtown Seattle.

Since opening its doors last July, the Navigation Center in Seattle’s Little Saigon has found permanent housing for 40 people. However, only three of those people left with employment income, which means their housing situation may not be permanent, based on the City’s Rapid Re-housing (RRH) Guidelines. Daniel Malone is the executive director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) —

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries on June 26, the conservative majority taking his side in a major ruling supporting his presidential power. A dissenting liberal justice said the court was making a historic mistake by refusing to recognize the ban discriminates against Muslims. The 5-4 decision was a big victory for Trump in the court’s first substantive ruling on one of his administration’s policies. In a statement, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) said, “This is exactly the logic that allowed 120,000 Japanese Americans to


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The Navigation Center: One year later

a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach are waiting to be extracted by rescuers, possibly forcing authorities to have them swim out through a narrow,

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the completion of a permanent photo exhibit in the Donnie Chin Community Room at Hirabayashi Place. The exhibit features five large photos of Chin, plus an introduction and captions by renowned photographer and Chin’s lifelong friend, Dean Wong. To make arrangements to see the exhibit, contact Leslie Morishita at 206-624-1802, extension 19 or email 

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Seattle Taiwanese American Film Festival Dynasty Room, along with Moksha, hosted a Chinatown-International District community barbeque on June 27. On June 13, thieves broke into Moksha and stole merchandise, cash, and electronics. The outdoor barbecue was meant to spark conversation about how community members can help each other, while keeping each other safe. Part of the food proceeds will go to help Moksha pay for the damages and losses from the break-in. 

Donnie Chin photo exhibit

Photo by John Liu

From left: Moksha owners Karleen Ilagan, and Robin Guilfoil, and Dynasty Room owner I-Miun Liu.

ACRS Executive Director Diane Narasaki, ACRS staff, and guests lead the walkers for 2.4 miles.

Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) kicked off its 28th annual Walk for Rice on June 30 at Seward Park. The event raised funds for the ACRS Food Bank, located in Chinatown — one of the most visited food banks in King County, and the only one in the state that regularly provides food for the Asian community such as rice, tofu, noodles, fish, and fresh produce. This year, ACRS wanted to send a message in solidarity with immigrants and refugees: families belong together. 

Joyce Jeng, chief film festival organizer, introduces Director Lichou Yang of “Father.” Photo by John Liu

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Pinball with Police

From left: Executive Director Pradeepta Upadhyay, Connie Chin (Donnie’s sister), Dean Wong, and Leslie Morishita.

InterIm CDA hosted a reception on June 28 to honor

About 40 people attended the first Pinball with Police event on June 19, organized by the Seattle Police Department, the Chinatown International District Public Safety Council, and Seattle Pinball Museum. Ten officers stopped by to play pinball and mingle with the community. Attendees got to play pinball for free for two hours, and there were free snacks available. Everyone was checking out Dialed In — the first pinball machine with Blue-


The first ever Seattle Taiwanese American Film Festival was held on June 29-July 1 at Seattle’s SIFF Uptown Cinema. Presented by Taiwanese American Professionals Seattle (TAP-Seattle), seven feature-length films were shown — some from Taiwan, some made by Taiwanese Americans. 

Ayame Kai Steak Dinner on June 9 Photo by John Liu

Keiro Northwest held its 9th annual Ayame Kai Steak Dinner on June 9. About 500 people attended the event, which included a drawing, silent auction, and a bake sale. Proceeds benefit Keiro Northwest residents and participants. 

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Jaypal: Proud Chan eyes to be arrested Snohomish PUD Board


Rep. Pramila Jayapal announced that she was arrested on June 28 in Washington, D.C. — during an immigration protest against President Trump’s family separation policies. The protest, organized by the Women’s March and the Center for Popular Democracy, mobilized to speak out against the “inhumane and cruel” zero-tolerance policy of the Trump administration that has led to family separation and children in cages, Jayapal said. In a Twitter video after her arrest, Jayapal said she was “proud” to have been arrested. “As a member of Congress, I refuse to let this president and this administration do what they are doing to children, to parents, to asylum seekers in my name,” she said. About 575 people, mostly women, were charged with demonstrating unlawfully. 


CAPAA seeks candidates By Staff NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY

The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) is currently accepting applications for candidates interested in serving on the Commission. The advisory board represent the state’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and ensures their access to

participation in the fields of government, business, education, health, and other areas. Commissioners serve three-year terms and are expected to attend CAPAA’s public board meetings five times a year. 

David Chan is running for the Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) Board of Commissioners. Chan, a CPA, works with small and large companies to improve efficiency, make better use of their resources, and help improve overall operations. Chan was a Snohomish County Fire District 1 Commissioner for 12 years — he was the chair during the recession and helped the Fire District David Chan come out of the recession financially sound. Chan said he was encouraged to run for the PUD Board. In a statement, Chan said it is time for an outsider to have a fresh pair of eyes with new ideas to exercise more cost control and keep PUD rates low. “Years ago as an outsider, I used my business and finance background to improve the Fire District 1 operation. I can do the same for PUD.” Chan wrote a blog series about becoming a Bernie Sanders delegate that was published in the Northwest Asian Weekly in the spring and summer of 2016. 

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A 45-year-old man was arrested for the second time in less than a week for targeting the same International District deli’s shrimp supply. Police were called to the business in the 1200 block

of South Main Street just before 2 a.m. on June 25, and spotted the man walking out of the business. Officers took him into custody but found he was not carrying any stolen items on him. When police checked inside the business, they found he had apparently stashed a garbage bag full of frozen shrimp near the deli’s back door. A week prior, on June 19, the same man broke into the

very same deli and attempted to escape with nine boxes of shrimp, valued at $400. He was caught then, too. Following his latest burglary, the man — who was also carrying a knife, window punch and other tools frequently used by burglars — was once again booked into the King County Jail for burglary. 

■ WORLD NEWS Malaysia investigates marriage of man to 11-year-old girl By EILEEN NG ASSOCIATED PRESS KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities are investigating the marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim, including elements of possible “sexual grooming’’ in the case, the deputy prime minister said on July 2. The case has sparked public outrage and widespread calls for child brides to be banned in the predominantly

Muslim country. Rubber scrap dealer Che Abdul Karim Che Abdul Hamid was believed to have secretly married the girl — a Thai citizen who lives with her parents in Malaysia — as his third wife in Thailand, and the union became public after one of his wives lodged a complaint with police. Muslim girls under the minimum legal marriage age of 16 can wed with the consent of the Shariah court and their parents in Malaysia. Muslim men in Malaysia can marry four wives.

All aboard Hello Kitty: Pink bullet train debuts in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A Hello Kitty-themed “shinkansen’’ bullet train has debuted in Japan. Adorned with the cartoon icon inside and out, it’s a dream ride for fans of the internationally popular character. The special shinkansen had its inaugural round trip on June 30 between Osaka and Fukuoka, connecting Japan’s west and south. It will run through September. The stylish, eight-car train is painted pink and white, showcasing Hello Kitty images and trademark ribons from flooring to seat covers and windows. In one car, a life-size Hello Kitty doll donning a train crew uniform and a hat — decorated with a pink bow, of course — greets passengers, offering a chance for selfies. Hours later in Osaka, the train’s final stop, hundreds of fans waited for the arrival of the first Hello Kitty shinkansen, cheering and taking photos before it headed back to Fukuoka, according to Japanese media reports. Hello Kitty, created in 1974 by the Japanese company Sanrio Co., is a global icon with fans of all ages. After more than 40 years in the market, the round-faced feline with no mouth is still seen everywhere, on stationery and towels to jewelry and even furniture. 

Thai law sets the minimum legal age for marriage at 17, though courts may allow marriage for younger individuals if there is an appropriate reason. The reasons, however, are not defined in the law. Although the marriage has caused outrage on social media among Thais, Thai government spokesmen said they were unaware of the case. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said there Malaysian man ready to face legal action for marrying 11-year-old girl


In India, rats have a $19,000 meal

By WASBIR HUSSAIN ASSOCIATED PRESS GAUHATI, India (AP) — It was a cash machine heist with a difference: The attackers were hungry rodents. At least one rat slipped through a hole in the back of an ATM in northeastern India and started eating. By the time it was finished, police say more than $19,000 in bills were shredded. When technicians arrived June 11 to fix a broken State Bank of India cash machine in the town of Tinsukia they found a dead rat inside

it and Indian currency notes worth nearly 1.3 million rupees, or a little over $19,000, chewed to shreds. The rat had entered the ATM through a small hole for cables, police superintendent Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said. The notes were in 500-rupee and 2,000-rupee denominations. The ATM had been broken since May 20, officials said. A State Bank of India official said the cash machine was overseen by another company. “We are surprised at what has happened. An investigation has been ordered,’’ said the official, Bimal Debroy.  d

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■ WORLD NEWS China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show BEIJING (AP) — A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of “Last Week Tonight’’ and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his apparent sensitivity about being compared to Winnie the Pooh and his country’s John Oliver crackdown on human rights. Attempts to send posts with either the terms “John Oliver’’ or “Last Week Tonight’’ on the Sina Weibo microblog on June 22 were met with failure messages saying “the content contains information that violates relevant laws and regulations.’’

Oliver’s show on June 17 made satirical references to Xi and the way that Chinese internet users often joke that he resembles Winnie the Pooh. The show also referred to China’s internment of hundreds of thousands of members of the Muslim Uighur minority groups in political indoctrination camps . Oliver called Xi “the man who is now emperor for life,’’ referring to the Chinese leader’s power grab earlier this year when presidential term limits were eliminated. On YouTube, the video of the 20-minute segment was viewed more than 3.3 million times by June 22. The show also turned a critical eye to Xi’s signature anticorruption crackdown that has ensnared political rivals and his hallmark program of overseas infrastructure projects known as the “Belt and Road’’ initiative. Oliver’s show included a parody of a propaganda music

video made to promote the initiative in which children sing about China being an autocracy that abuses its citizens’ human rights. “This is the China Xi doesn’t want you to see,’’ they sing in chorus. It also discussed moves to build up a cult of personality around Xi, the ruling Communist Party’s attacks on human rights campaigners and the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo last year while serving a prison term for subversion. The censoring of social media posts was the latest sign of the country’s increasing sensitivity over political content and satire. China maintains some of the world’s toughest restrictions on content online as well as on foreign news and entertainment broadcasters such as HBO. As of June 22, Weibo did not respond to a request for comment. 

Men who investigated Ivanka Trump’s China suppliers off bail By ERIKA KINETZ ASSOCIATED PRESS

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SHANGHAI (AP) — Three China Labor Watch activists arrested last year while investigating abuses at Chinese suppliers for Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand were released from bail

on June 26, the New York non-profit group said, but questions remain about their ability to live and work freely in China. “Of course I am happy,’’ said Deng Guilian, the wife of one of the investigators. “It has been a hard year. I hope all the bitterness we had is worth

Former Malaysian Prime Minister arrested By EILEEN NG ASSOCIATED PRESS KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested on July 3 by antigraft investigators and will be charged over his alleged role in the multibilliondollar looting of a state investment fund, officials said. A government task force probing alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund said Najib’s arrest was linked to the suspicious transfer of $10.6 million into his bank account from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit, using multiple intermediary companies. Najib’s arrest comes nearly two months after his coalition’s stunning rejection by voters in a May 9 general election. In a pre-recorded video posted on social media hours after his arrest, Najib apologized to Malaysians but remained defiant. “I have done my best, but I realized it is not enough. I admit there are many weaknesses.... as a normal human being, I am not perfect but believe me, that the accusations against me and my family are not all true,” he said. “I will face it with perseverance. Truly, Allah knows.” The new government has reopened investigations into 1MDB that were stifled

under Najib’s rule. Najib and his wife, who have been questioned over the SRC issue by the anti-graft agency, have been barred from leaving the country. Police have also seized jewelry and valuables valued at more than $272 million from properties linked to Najib, who has denied any wrongdoing. Najib is expected to face more than 10 counts of committing criminal breach of trust linked to SRC International, Malaysia’s Bernama news agency reported. It said Malaysia’s new attorney general, Tommy Thomas, will head the prosecution in the case. Najib’s daughter, Nooryana Najwa, praised her father as “kind, loving and gentle” and said he was emotionally and mentally strong. “Even in the face of adversary today, he smiled, laughed and gave us all a hug ... worried more for the family than himself,” she wrote on Instagram. “You can paint a man black but Allah knows.” A statement by a spokesman for Najib, sent to the media and posted on social media, said his arrest was expected as the new government had “delivered the guilty verdict” against him in public. It slammed the charges to be made against Najib as “politically motivated and the result see NAJIB ARRESTED on 14

it.’’ Last May, the activists were arrested and detained for a month as they gathered evidence of low pay and excessive overtime, as well as physical and crude verbal abuse at a Huajian Group shoe factory in the southeastern Chinese city of Ganzhou.

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NAVIGATION CENTER from 1 the nonprofit that runs the Navigation Center. Since last year, and as of late April 2018, 134 people have stayed at the center, 58 of whom have left. Malone said the median length of stay is 84 days, but of the people who left, it was 147 days. The 75-bed shelter is meant to serve those who face greater obstacles to housing than other homeless individuals, such as severe mental health problems or chronic homelessness. Because the long-term objective is for most of the people placed in permanent homes to become self-sufficient, the City offers time-limited financial assistance, based on RRH. Though the overall time limit is 12 months, according to the guidelines, once 60 percent of a household’s total income equals the cost of rent and utilities, the financial assistance will end. Though the center doesn’t have data on the rate of return — the program is too new, Malone said — it is possible that some people may not end up meeting the 12-month deadline, and either return to homelessness or rely on friends and family to help. However, in order to try to avoid this possibility, Malone said that part of the housing process is “strategizing for ways the person is going to have adequate income down the road, so that includes beginning the work on employment.” Of the 134 total people who moved into the shelter, five had employment income, Malone said. Of the 58 who have moved out, just three had employment income. Moreover, the 40 people who found housing did not necessarily find it in the Seattle area, Malone said. The goal of the center is to find people housing as quickly as

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possible, not keep them in the same geographic location. Based on what he has heard, Malone said keeping people in Seattle is also difficult, because of the city’s escalating cost of living. “The effort is to rent something believed to be affordable to the person later on, so you don’t want to go out renting a $3,000 a month apartment, but it’s extremely difficult to find anything that costs less than $1,200 a month,” Malone said. The kinds of housing in which the center places people also vary, depending on each person’s individual situation. While some may find a private, single-bedroom apartment, others may live in rooms for rent in larger living spaces. Still, others are put into permanently subsidized housing, but that is reserved for those with the highest level of need. The center was and remains controversial, because the residents of Little Saigon felt excluded from the initial decision-making process of the center’s placement, Friends of Little Saigon Executive Director Quynh Pham said. Though Pham said the community feels “a little bit better” about the center, following advocacy for the needs of area businesses and talking through the frustrations of residents with the City, “I wouldn’t say, to this day, our community is super-onboard.” Pham said she has heard reports from business owners in the community of panhandling, illegal drug activities, and loitering around area businesses and the Navigation Center itself. She also said the area has been suffering from “an uptick in graffiti and trash and waste,” which isn’t tempered by the Chinatown-International District’s waste collection services, because Little Saigon isn’t included in the improvement area due to boundary designations. Instead,


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she said, the Friends of Saigon have been working with the City to try to secure a grant for such services. Furthermore, Pham said that she and others worry that the shelter’s selection process literally leaves people from Little Saigon out in the cold. “They don’t look at the geographic boundary of who is homeless in the neighborhood, and so the folks in the neighborhood who are homeless aren’t the ones living at the Navigation Center,” Pham said. However, she said, the advent of the Navigation Center has meant an increased community dialogue around how to address homelessness in the area. She said the community is trying to use its current nonprofits in the cultural and social context it feels the Navigation Center lacks, in order to help house people. “[People from Little Saigon] didn’t even get into the system, because no one doing outreach could really connect with them, or speak with them in a way that they would understand the types of services offered,” Pham said. “So far, we have been able to push for someone with language capacity to go out with … outreach folks, to connect with those individuals.” Still, even when these specific homeless individuals are connected with services, “they have them bouncing back pretty quickly, because of certain cultural barriers of the providers.” “I guess this conversation is really thinking outside of the box, in terms of how our community assets can really help address some of the gaps,” Pham said.  Carolyn can be reached at

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By Scott Wittet and Gary Tang SPECIAL TO THE NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Just ahead of me, further along the dimly lit souk alleyway, the tourist — cameras dangling from his neck — was being dragged by the arm into a tiny shop. I was a young backpacker who obviously had no money, so most of the hawkers ignored me. But this other guy had to fight hard to stay out of the cubbyhole. It looked like a losing battle. Earlier during that student trip, our little group had been accosted by a blatant pickpocket on the overnight train from Rabat, Morocco to Marrakech (he got nothing from us). Then, trudging dusty and exhausted, as we approached our hotel, we found a body lying in the middle of the street, surrounded by a crowd. We never learned what happened. For me, that first trip to the developing world was a study in contrasts — stunning geometric tile work at monumental scale, many cups of sweet and tasty mint tea, and photogenic snake charmers and fortune tellers — complemented by compulsory souvenir shopping and beggars in the street. But that was 40 years ago. While the snakesters and tile walls are still on display, now Morocco is super safe, even

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easy, and has become a favorite destination of sun- and thrill-seekers from Europe, Asia, and the United States. Over 10 million people visited in 2016, and the number increases every year. A lot of the enthusiasm is the result of touristfriendly security policies put in place by King Mohammed VI, after he ascended to the throne in 1999. “Tourism is very important to us — we don’t have oil reserves, so we’re doing all we can to make Morocco more comfortable for visitors. The king has assigned plainclothes police to the medina (old city) and other tourist spots — criminals know they will be punished severely for preying on foreign guests,” explained our friend Kareem. “Morocco is rich in culture; we have great food; coastal, desert, and mountain environments; and we are a diverse and hospitable people. Tell your friends not to believe everything they hear about Muslim countries. They should come to Morocco and see what we have to share!” Our two-week visit began in Fes (sometimes spelled Fez), see MOROCCO on 16 Buyers in Fes have hundreds of carpets to choose from

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o l o s g n i l e v a r t 10 tips for (This listicle is especially applicable if you are female.)

I love hanging out with myself. I love eating at restaurants alone, going to movies alone, and taking long walks alone. I also enjoy traveling alone. Let me take a moment to extol the virtues of solo travel. When you travel by yourself, you can go at your own pace, do what you want, eat what you want, and stay where you want. There is none of the back-and-forth negotiation that comes when you have to take another person’s (or many other people’s) preferences into account. Traveling alone can also feel empowering if you are a woman. I grew up with traditional Asian parents that kind of taught me that there’s a dangerous man lurking behind every dark corner who wants to assault me — and when I was younger, that fear prevented me from doing cool things and made me think that I needed manly protection at all times. Obviously, that belief is wrong. Traveling solo has taught me that not only can I keep myself safe, but that I can also spend entire days and weeks in relative solitude — without feeling insecure or anxious that everyone I come across thinks I’m a loser because I am alone.

10 TIPS FOR SOLO TRAVEL 1. Believe that most people have good intentions.

I tend to be pessimistic and think everyone wants to kill me, take my money, and absorb my soul. (Thanks, Dad.) One time in Morocco, I handed over like, $50 USD to a man who billed himself a tour agent but who was working out of his home. That was already weird because I am American, and I wanted to be like, “Dude, where is your office? This is so unprofessional.” He took the money from me, told me when the tour van was going to be the next morning, and then that was it. I was like, “Uh, do I get a receipt? How do I know there will be a van tomorrow?” And he seriously schooled me. He looked straight into my face — into my core — and he said, “Hey, you need to learn to trust people.” And I was like, oh damn. And I felt ashamed. A van totally showed up the next day.

2. Don’t go out and buy a fake wedding ring to ensure that all the gentlemen stay off your business.

I read this bogus piece of advice when researching what it’s like for women to travel in Mexico. That piece of advice was kind of racist, and I have found that when men shout at me from afar, they are not checking out my left hand to see if it’s cool or not to do that. The best way to deal with this — for me — is to either straight up ignore and continue walking — or to stare them straight in the face for a beat, unamused, before continuing to walk. I do have a friend who catcalls back, though. She is loud and obnoxious and fivefoot-ten. Her sassy and joyful yelling gives me anxiety when I travel with her because I’m afraid she’s gonna start a fight — but it always ends up being an effective method of lightening an interaction that can feel

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One time, I killed time before a flight in Minneapolis by going to Target and trying on Halloween costumes by myself.

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3. Unless you are in Asia, understand that people will assume you are Chinese or Japanese.

This legit pisses me off because I grew up with a white kid or three taunting me in elementary school by calling me Chinese. And I was like, what the hell! — I am not Chinese! In Morocco, young men liked to shout “konnichiwa” at Asians. That initially really pissed me off because my complexion is dark and obviously Southeast Asian — but then I realized that Japanese tourists are probably the kind of Asians these people are exposed to the most. In Mexico, I actually had an entire conversation with a man once. After he helped me read my map, he asked me if I was Chinese. And I stopped myself from punching him in the face — JK, he was really nice — and I explained to him that I’m not Chinese. I’m actually Vietnamese. He had no idea Vietnam was even a country that exists. I tried to explain where it is to him. I had to wearily say, “It’s right next to China.” Dammit.

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Cummings’ memoir, which has a chapter that detailed how oppressed she felt when she was asked to cover her head with a hijab upon entering a holy area. I rolled my eyes so hard at that section of the book. Dude. Don’t be an asshole. Respect other people’s cultures and adjust your wardrobe accordingly. Your feminism should be a little intersectional.

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I love to walk when traveling. I like peeking into people’s apartments and houses like a total creep, and people are typically at home and spending time with their families in the evening. After my dinner, I like to take a route that I have already scoped out during the daytime, and I like to stick to it 100 percent. As long as streets are busy and well-lit, there’s not really much of an issue

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4. Oh my God, learn a little bit of the language.

I am terrible at picking up languages because my brain is language-stupid. While you can get away with miming a lot of the time, sometimes you need something really specific — like a medication from a pharmacy — and not being able to even say simple things like, “Urine; burns,” or, “Poop; water,” is a problem. In Japan, I got on the wrong train and couldn’t figure out how to get back into the station. I couldn’t communicate with the man who was trying to help me at all, and it made me feel terrible. Google Translate is a godsend in these difficult moments. I suggest downloading an entire language pack before going international so that you still have access to the dictionary in case you get caught somewhere without phone service.

5. Dress culturally appropriately.

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By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Packing smart is often my goal when I travel. Listen to world travelers and you’ll find some helpful hints to make your trip more enjoyable and stress-free. My list of world travelers in this article showcases some prominent members of our region. Port of Seattle Executive Director Stephen Metruck has served 34 years in the Coast Guard and retired in 2015 as commander of the Fifth District. Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director of Community Relations at Alaska Airlines, needs no introduction to her rich travel experience. Vice President of MG2 Architecture, Mona Lee Locke, was the First Lady of the State of Washington and former wife of Gary Locke, who was the U.S. Ambassador to China. Former mayor of Tacoma Marilyn Strickland, now CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, has traveled extensively to build bridges nationally and globally. And Debadutta Dash, co-chair of Washington State International Relations Action Committee, travels often between India and other parts of the country. Occasionally, I will share my own personal insights, too.


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The goal of your trip will help you decide the essentials to pack. According to Metruck, “Pack by priority, be prepared, keep it simple.”

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“It is vital to have common devices paired with chargers and my iPad mini,” said Metruck. “Portable chargers like the Anker PowerCore are a must. It recharges itself in 10 hours, and works for multiple devices, providing a fast, high-capacity charge,” said Hyde.

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“Wear natural fabrics that can be layered to help adjust to changes in temperature,” said Strickland. “It might be cold when you leave Seattle, but hot and humid when you land in Atlanta. Comfortable shoes are a must.” “Business and casual wear, and layers for various climates, rather than a single heavy jacket,” said Metruck. Workout clothes are what Locke would bring along.


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“A long shawl or scarf — I bring one or two with me because they allow pure comfort, whether the airplane cabin is too cool or warm,” said Hyde. “They also become an additional versatile piece of clothing to my wardrobe.” “Buy clothes made of organic fabric,” said Dash, “so you can wash them easily and dry the next day. Organic fabrics are usually lighter, so you lighten your baggage.” What’s the ideal food to take? “I keep two protein bars and a water bottle in case I get stuck somewhere, as not all airports have the wonderful food options that Sea-Tac International offers,” said Metruck.


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“My final and best item I no longer leave home without are the Amazon travel packing cubes,” said Hyde. “They allow me to break up my clothing in an efficient way, so if TSA needs to look in my suitcase, very few items are touched.”

“Peanut M&M’s, Red Vines, and Skittles because I secretly have a sweet tooth,” said Locke.

“Bring a copy of your eye-glass prescriptions in case you have to replace glasses or contacts,” said Metruck. “If checking bags, I usually put my toiletries in my carry-on, in case the checked luggage gets lost,” said Locke. “When I travel, the most important thing to take, if possible, are my kids! They add fun, adventure, and challenge to every trip!!”


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“Oranges are the ideal travel snack,” said Strickland. “They taste good, quench your thirst, and the rind smells nice.” Assunta: My husband always brings me a bag of nuts in case we are hungry on the plane or in our hotel room.


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We are fast approaching the three-year mark since Donnie Chin was murdered in the International District. The community hero and unofficial patrolman of Chinatown was caught in a crossfire between rival gangs on South Lane Street in the middle of the night on July 23, 2015. He died from his wounds. And June 27 marked three years since Benito “Benny” Enriquez was killed near Uwajimaya. The 31-year-old father of two girls was beaten in the neighborhood after attending a Kenny Chesney country music concert at CenturyLink Field. Surveillance video captured Benito walking next to a man and woman. A short time later, medics found Benito about 300 feet away at 5th and South Weller with no pulse. Community activist Frank Irigon said after Enriquez’s murder, “His death highlights the public safety needs of the Chinatown-International District neighborhood.” Two men killed in our neighborhood, a month apart,

SEXUAL GROOMING from 4 was no record of the marriage in Malaysia and no evidence yet that it had taken place. She said any such marriage would be invalid because consent hadn’t been sought nor given by Malaysia’s Shariah court. “My officers are working with other local enforcement agencies to look further into this case. This includes whether there are elements of sexual grooming between the man and this girl before the supposed marriage. This is an offense’’ criminalized last year, Wan Azizah told a news conference. Photos on social media showed the groom holding the girl’s hand after the marriage ceremony. Malaysian media said Che Abdul Karim, who is also an imam in a rural village in northeast Kelantan state, already has two wives and six children aged 5 to 18. Che Abdul Karim told Malaysia’s Bernama news agency that his marriage was lawful and had been approved by the girl’s parents, who are Thai citizens who live and work

and now three years later, both their cases are still unsolved. The community is disappointed and are still waiting for answers. During a community forum in August 2017, Seattle Police announced it will form a new gang task force which, along with local and federal agencies, will focus specifically on gangrelated murders like Chin’s. Then-Deputy Chief Carmen Best told the community that the Chin investigation is not a cold case. We had high hopes when she became interim police chief after Kathleen O’Toole resigned, because Best promised us that “justice for Donnie is justice for the whole community.” Then we were disappointed again when Best wasn’t named one of the top three finalists for the Seattle police chief job under our new mayor, Jenny Durkan. The new chief will likely know nothing about our community. When she was courting votes ahead of the election, Durkan shared at a debate before the API community what she would do to find the killer of Donnie Chin. Durkan said, “Number one, I would try to raise the reward, and go to the community and the police, to get a larger reward. Second, we need to put the flyers out, asking for information, in multiple languages. The police believe they know where it came from, these particular gangs. We need to get the flyers out, not just in Asian languages, but in East African languages.

in Kelantan as rubber tappers. He has said he will only formalize the marriage in Malaysia when the girl turns 16 and that she will stay with her parents until then. The girl was also quoted by local media as saying that she loves Che Abdul Karim because he is a kind man. Wan Azizah, however, said, “Consent of a child under 12 years old is not consent’’ under the law. The deputy prime minister said an initial investigation showed that the girl, who doesn’t attend school, was wooed twice, and that her mother had told the man the girl was too young and asked for the marriage to be consummated only when she turns 16. She said the man promised to help the family financially. The government will send in doctors to examine the girl and provide her counseling to help her cope, Wan Azizah said. The government is “committed to ending child marriage’’ and is looking into raising the minimum legal age of marriage to 18, including ensuring there are strict conditions before Shariah courts can give consent for

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“Third, I would ask that the chief of police brief me within two weeks of becoming mayor, on where they were, and what they were doing, and what their plan was. And then I would communicate with the community.” Mayor Durkan — you were sworn-in in November. Seven months later, we haven’t forgotten and we are still waiting for answers. 

minors to wed, she added. Paveena Hongsakul, a Thai women and children’s rights activist, said she believed that cases where parents give away their children in exchange for something could be considered human trafficking. Paveena, founder and chairwoman of her own foundation, said that any young child asked by her parents to get married would agree out of filial devotion. She said her foundation has dealt with kids who have entered into prostitution because their parents told them to do so. The U.N. children agency called the latest case of child marriage “shocking and unacceptable.’’ The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia expressed concern that allowing child marriage in the name of religion might “provide cover for pedophiles and child sexual predators.’’ The National Human Rights Society said government data showed there were as many as 15,000 Malaysian child brides in 2010 and called for laws to criminalize child marriage to protect minors. 

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TRAVEL BAN from 1 be incarcerated during World War II. JACL is deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court has misinterpreted the lessons from (Fred) Korematsu, (Gordon) Hirabayashi, and (Minoru) Yasui.” Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu and the founder and executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute said, “My father spent his life fighting for justice and educating people about the inhumanity of the Japanese American incarceration, so that we would learn from our mistakes. Although he would be somewhat glad his case was finally overruled, he would be upset that it was cited while upholding discrimination against another marginalized group. The court’s decision replaced one injustice with another nearly 75 years later.” Fred Korematsu was arrested in San Leandro, Calif., his home town, for defying an executive order that led to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans the Pearl Harbor bombing. He later went to the Supreme Court to fight it — Korematsu lost in 1944 and, although his criminal conviction was vacated in 1983, the case was not overturned. Until last week. “Korematsu may be overruled, but it’s not to be celebrated,” said Karen Korematsu. “Unfortunately with this decision, we are continuing to repeat history.” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the five conservative justices, including Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch, who got his seat only after Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee for the last 10 months of Obama’s term. Roberts wrote that the travel ban was well within U.S. presidents’ considerable authority over immigration and

THAI CAVE RESCUE from 1 underwater passage in the cavern, a top official said. The 13, who disappeared when flooding trapped them in the cave they were exploring on June 23 after a soccer game, were found by rescue divers late on July 2 in the cavern in northern Chiang Rai province during a desperate search. The effort drew international help and has riveted Thailand. The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach were described as healthy and being looked after by seven members of the Thai navy SEALs, including medics, who were staying with them inside the cave. They were mostly in stable condition and have received high-protein drinks. While efforts to pump out floodwaters are continuing, it’s clear that some areas of the sprawling cavern cannot be drained, said Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, a member of Thailand’s ruling military junta. In order to get them out ahead of the bad weather forecast for later in the week, they might need to use diving gear while being guided by professional divers, he said. Anupong said the boys would be brought out via the same complicated route through which their rescuers entered, and he conceded that if something went awry, it could be disastrous. “Diving is not easy. For people who have never done it, it will be difficult, unlike diving in a swimming pool, because the cave’s features have small channels,” he said. “If something happens midway, it could be life-threatening.” Video released by the Thai navy showed the boys in their soccer uniforms sitting in a dry area inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave above the water as a light held by a rescuer was shone on their faces. Cave rescue experts have said it could be safer to simply supply them where they are for now, rather than trying to have the boys dive out. That could take months, however, given that Thailand’s rainy season typically lasts through October. SEAL commander Rear Adm. Arpakorn Yookongkaew said there was no rush to bring them out, since they’re safe where they are. A doctor and a nurse were with them in the cave. “We have given the boys food, starting from easily digested


responsibility for keeping the nation safe. He rejected the challengers’ claim of anti-Muslim bias that rested in large part on Trump’s own tweets and statements over the past three years. But Roberts was careful not to endorse either Trump’s statements about immigration in general or Muslims in particular, including his campaign call for “a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” “We express no view on the soundness of the policy,” Roberts wrote. The travel ban has been fully in place since December, when the justices put the brakes on lower court rulings that had ruled the policy out of bounds and blocked part of it from being enforced. It applies even to people with close relatives in the United States and other strong connections to the country. In a dissent she summarized aloud in court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, “History will not look kindly on the court’s misguided decision today, nor should it.” Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan also dissented. Sotomayor wrote that based on the evidence in the case “a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus.” She said her colleagues in the majority arrived at the opposite result by “ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens.” She likened the case to the discredited Korematsu V. U.S. decision that upheld the detention of Japanese Americans during World War II. Roberts responded in his opinion that “Korematsu has nothing to do with this case” and “was gravely wrong the day it was decided.”

The travel ban was among the court’s biggest cases this term and the latest in a string of 5-4 decisions in which the conservative side of the court, bolstered by the addition of Gorsuch last year, prevailed. He was chosen by Trump after Republicans in the Senate refused to grant a hearing to federal appeals Judge Merrick Garland who was nominated by Obama in March 2016. Federal trial judges in Hawaii and Maryland had blocked the travel ban from taking effect, finding that the new version looked too much like its predecessors. Those rulings that were largely upheld by federal appeals courts in Richmond, Virginia, and San Francisco. But the Supreme Court came to a different conclusion last week. The policy has “a legitimate grounding in national security concerns,” and it has several moderating features, including a waiver program that would allow some people from the affected countries to enter the U.S., Roberts said. Through April, the administration has granted waivers to less than 2 percent of visa applicants — 579 out of 33,176 — since the ban took effect. An additional 1,147 got visas through other means such as diplomatic or pre-existing refugee status. Roberts wrote that presidents have frequently used their power to talk to the nation “to espouse the principles of religious freedom and tolerance on which this Nation was founded.” But he added that presidents and the country have not always lived up “to those inspiring words.” The challengers to the ban asserted that Trump’s statements crossed a constitutional line, Roberts said. “But the issue before us is not whether to denounce the statements. It is instead the significance of those statements in reviewing a Presidential directive, neutral on its face, addressing a matter within the core of executive responsibility,” he said. 

and high-powered food with enough minerals,” Arpakorn told a news conference. Having them dive out of the cave was one of several options being considered, “but if we are using this plan, we have to be certain that it will work and have to have a drill to make sure that it’s 100 percent safe,” he said. Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said the health of the boys and coach were checked using a field assessment in which red is critical condition, yellow is serious and green is stable. “We found that most of the boys are in green condition,” he said. “Maybe some of the boys have injuries or light injuries and would be categorized as yellow condition. But no one is in red condition.” Relatives keeping vigil at the mouth of the cave since the ordeal began rejoiced at the news that their boys and their coach had been found. “I want to give him a hug. I miss him very much,” said Tham Chanthawong, an aunt of the coach. “In these 10 days, how many million seconds have there been? I’ve missed him every second.” Rescue divers spent much of the day on July 2 making preparations for a final push to locate them, efforts that had been hampered by flooding that made it difficult to move through the tight passageways of muddy water. A pair of expert cave divers from Britain found the group about 300-400 meters (yards) past a section of the cave on higher ground that was believed to be where they might have taken shelter. In the 5-minute navy video, the boys were seen wearing their soccer uniforms and were calm, curious and polite. They also were keen to get some food. After an initial exchange in which a rescuer determines that all 13 are present, one of the boys asked what day it was, and a rescuer replied: “Monday. Monday. You have been here — 10 days.” The rescuer told them “you are very strong.” The traditional reserve of Thai children toward adults broke slightly after a while, and one boy told another in Thai, “Tell them we are hungry.”

“We haven’t eaten,” a boy said in Thai, then in English: “We have to eat, eat, eat!” A rescuer assured them that “navy SEALs will come tomorrow, with food and doctors and everything.” At the end of the video, a boy asked in English, “Where do you come from?” The rescue diver replied, “England, UK.” Besides the protein drink, Narongsak said they were given painkillers and antibiotics, which doctors had advised as a precaution. He said officials had met and agreed on the need to “ensure 100 percent safety for the boys when we bring them out.” “We worked so hard to find them and we will not lose them,” he said. Cave diver Ben Reymenants, part of the team assisting the rescue effort, told NBC’s “Today” show that he was “very surprised obviously that they are all alive and actually mentally also healthy.” While they appear responsive, “they are very weak and very skinny,” he added. Reymenants said the easiest option would be to “keep pumping the water out of the cave. They need another 3 or 4 feet so they can literally float them out with life jackets.” “But time is not on their side," he noted, because of the heavy rain forecast. He added that two Thai navy doctors have volunteered to stay with them for months, if needed. The British Cave Rescue Council, which has members taking part in the operation, said in a statement that “although water levels have dropped, the diving conditions remain difficult and any attempt to dive the boys and their coach out will not be taken lightly because there are significant technical challenges and risks to consider.” Joining the British are other experts from around the world and teams from the U.S., Australia, China and elsewhere. Authorities said efforts would continue outside the cave, where teams have been scouring the mountainside for other entrances to the caverns. Several fissures have been found and teams have explored some, although so far, none lead to the trapped boys. 

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Predictions and advice for the week of July 7–13, 2018 By Sun Lee Chang

Rat — Are you avoiding a subject because it makes you uncomfortable? Consider addressing it, simply to get it out of the way.

Dragon — Does it seem like something is missing? It’s not about what other people think you should do. Focus on what you actually enjoy.

Monkey — The pull of convenience can be quite strong, but there is definitely something to be said for doing it the old fashioned way.

Ox — You have kept your end of the bargain. Don’t be shy about making sure the other side fulfills their end of the deal.

Snake — Troubled by a part of a conversation you recently heard? Misunderstanding could arise if you take something out of context, so proceed with caution.

Rooster — You have worked hard to establish an early lead. Rather than squandering it, use it to your best advantage.

Tiger — If you cross paths with someone from your past, use it as an opportunity to go forward, instead of reopening old wounds. Rabbit — There is room for new adventures, but you must be willing to carve out the time necessary to pursue them.

Horse — Adjusting to a major change in routine could take some time. Take it slow and give yourself room to settle in. Goat — Are you floating an idea that you just aren’t too excited about? Figure out what could make it better and see if there is room for alteration.

Dog — If at all possible, attempt to verify information obtained in haste — especially if measurements are involved. Pig — A daring move on your part has impressed an important ally. Expect an offer for some sort of collaboration soon.

What’s your animal sign? Rat 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 Ox 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 Tiger 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 Rabbit 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 Dragon 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 Snake 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 Horse 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 Goat 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 Monkey 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 Rooster 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 Dog 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 Pig 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

*The year ends on the first new moon of the following year. For those born in January and February, please take care when determining your sign.

PETERS from 1 and, when she started high school, she taught herself how to study properly on her own terms. Peters recalled the first time she earned top marks in a pre-algebra class, and how impressed her parents were. The accomplishment made Peters realize that, though she may not be the fastest learner, she can achieve a goal as long as she has enough time to prepare and study. She carried this mentality to Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, where she attended aviation school. Peters concurrently earned her ratings while obtaining an associate of arts from the school. Per the requirement of airline jobs at the time, Peters also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of WashingtonTacoma. After schooling, Peters became a flight instructor, which helped her get the required flight hours she needed to be considered for a professional pilot gig. Peters’ first airline job was with the New England-based airline Cape Air. Peters flew regional routes across New England, in small planes that required more work and attention to safety than a typical commercial plane. Still, Peters credits her time with the small airline for honing her skills, especially when Alaska Airlines hired her in 2014. Currently based in Tacoma, Peters said flexibility is one of the biggest joys of working for a major commercial airline. The variety of routes, such as flying to Hawaii or southeast Alaska, make the job satisfying and challenging, respectively. “I love flying through southeast Alaska because it’s fun — you’re really flying,” said Peters. Alaska’s natural elements, such as terrain and weather, make for a more dynamic environment and introduce unique flight challenges that Peters enjoys navigating.

SOLO from 8 walking around at night.

7. Sometimes you have to be rude. Just do it.

I’m kind of anti-social when traveling or hanging out by myself. I am by myself specifically because I don’t want to make small talk with other people. Sometimes I get caught in a situation where someone is following me and trying to chat me up. Sometimes I am sort of shopping (I hate shopping, so I really mean I walk by a stall and look at stuff ) and getting a really hard sell that I didn’t sign up for and am uncomfortable. In these moments, it can be intimidatingly hard to firmly say, “No, I don’t want that,” or, “I am not interested in company. I want to be alone.” I don’t want to offend people or worse, make them angry enough to murder me (thanks, Dad). But I muster up the fortitude to speak up. You gotta.

8. Your phone should be your BFF, if it isn’t already.

I traveled before wifi became ubiquitous, so there were hours of the day when I was just incommunicado, and sometimes it

On race and gender in aviation According to the Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering gender balance in the air and space industries, only 6.3 percent of commercial pilots in the United States are women. Each successful plane landing is an accomplishment for Peters. But it’s also evidence to show skeptics that Peters is a highly-capable pilot. As an Asian American woman, Peters routinely faces microaggressions from male colleagues who question her skills due to her gender or race. For a minority in a predominantly white and maleoriented industry, performance is often the metric in which one is judged. It’s a pressure that Peters constantly feels in her role — the need to perform flawlessly to prove herself to others. “Men can be apprehensive, and judge me based on how I look,” said Peters. “But then I fly the crap out of an airplane and then they’ll praise me. If you do a good job, there’s nothing anyone can say about you.” Diversity comes naturally to Peters given her family make-up. With a Filipino mother, Native American father, Black stepfather, and white stepmother, Peters understands what it means to be immersed in different cultures. It’s actually because of her close relationship with her stepfather that she discovered her love for aviation. Peters’ stepfather, also a pilot with Alaska Airlines, started Eagles Aviation Camp in 1996 — the same summer camp that originally inspired Peters to pursue aviation. Based in Seattle, the one-day camp introduces kids to the world of aviation through activities, career exploration, tours at the Museum of Flight, and even an opportunity to fly in a small airplane. Since her first summer at the camp, Peters has grown to help her stepfather run it, and she’s also become a camp director. What she loves most about the camp is helping

was hard because I get lost easily. So these days, it feels comparatively easy to get from place to place because of internet connectivity. I can look at maps, get navigation to places, post pictures in real time, and also talk to people at home so they know I am still alive. When I got into a motorbike accident in Vietnam, people at home knew pretty much right away because it was posted on Instagram and Facebook. Okay, that was a bad example because it just ended up worrying people, and I was totally okay. But I mean, if I was truly in dire straits, people at home would also know just as fast. I carry one or two power banks at all times so that I can charge my phone on the go. Also, I have auto-sync on my phone, to backup all of my photos on the go, because I know that my phone can get stolen at any moment.

9. If you miss humans, sign up for a tour.

A tour means hours in a car or a van with a bunch of strangers that likely speak English. I like tours because I just like seeing stuff. But I realize that tours are also an easy way to be forced into group activities with fellow travelers. If you are feeling lonely, I think they’re a good way to get a dose of human interaction.

kids learn and discover the world of aviation. “Sometimes people helicopter parent too much,” said Peters. “There’s no freedom to let kids explore their own level of leadership and responsibility.” Peters noted that Asian American parents can be especially guilty of this. To them, aviation careers are labor-intensive and risky. And without parental support, kids become discouraged from exploring non-traditional jobs and instead follow a more traditional path of obtaining a 4-year degree. This diminishes people of color from entering aviation, resulting in lower diversity in the field. This is something Peters wants to change by educating parents to become better mentors and cheerleaders for their children. She advised parents to help kids find subjects and fields that they enjoy and push them to be successful in that. While Peters’ future goals include becoming an airline captain, she’s equally focused on mentoring the next generation of aviation professionals. “I never want to forget that I couldn’t have become a pilot without the help of the people around me,” said Peters. “I wouldn’t have come into this career on my own. That’s why it’s important to pay it forward — I want to return that favor to someone else.”  Eagles Aviation Camp is a series of one-day aviation summer camps held in July. For more information about Eagles Aviation Camp and availability, contact Vivian Nguyen can be reached at


10. You don’t have to go far to travel solo.

We often think that true solo travel involves a backpack, a hostel, and a country that requires a visa in order to travel to. But most of my solo adventures actually come about because I am cheap as hell, as I visit cities in the States that my friends or relatives — or friends of friends of friends because I am shameless — live in. I pretend like I’m considerate and cool when I tell them not to take any days off of work when I visit because I don’t want to put them out. I will just sleep in their guestroom or on the floor of their living room — they won’t even notice I am there. I do it for this free room and board. Sometimes I see my friend in the evening after she or he is done with work. Sometimes I spend the entire day by myself just roaming around, filling time between meals. It is great as a baby step toward a leap into a big solo travel trip.  Stacy Nguyen can be reached at stacy@nwasianweekly. com.

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This article will serve as a brief overview of some highlights on my trip in South Korea. My girlfriend and I are fascinated by South Korean culture (e.g., K-pop, fabulous cosmetic products, great Korean BBQ, and the constant threats of war by Kim Jong Un). In November 2017, we finally found time to book a tour to Seoul. Our tour started in Hong Kong since we booked it on the Hong Kong travel website, Wing On Travel. We met up with our tour group, made up mostly of Hong Kong citizens and only one other couple from the United States. Then we flew to South Korea and the first thing I noticed was the beautiful scenery in Incheon airport. There were mini gardens with fish, lakes, and a variety of plants that adorned the terminals. I wished SeaTac Airport looked like this. It was very calm and relaxing after a long flight. The local Korean food was delicious. I got to try banchan (selection of small side dishes), kimchi (most commonly cabbage and Korean radishes, with chili powder), bulgogi, japchae, and bibimbap. Thank goodness we had to sit on the floor only once to eat. I am not used to sitting cross legged for even one meal. We stopped at a number of interesting hotels, but one that really stood out was the High1 Resort, which was the largest casino/sky resort in South Korea and run by the government. While we were getting settled, my girlfriend’s phone started beeping with an emergency alert. A few minutes later, an earthquake struck. Luckily, it was a minor earthquake and we were in one of the newest buildings in the city. Later, I tried my luck at gambling, but I had no luck at even getting a seat at the table games. The waiting time to get a seat at a table game was one hour, and multiple floors of the casino were packed. I went to sleep instead of waiting for the chance to lose my money! Of course there was at least one stop on the tour for the women to purchase cosmetics. We got to try out the latest cosmetic products and practically every female on the tour

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purchased thousands of (US) dollars worth. The tour guide explained that plastic surgery travel packages are very popular nowadays. After being in South Korea for 5 days, I think we experienced less than 1 percent of the country. I hope to return one day to see some other cities and buy the latest cosmetics! 

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MOROCCO from 7 the ancient cultural capital of the country. While we could have stayed in a modern hotel in the “New Town” (the city built when Morocco was a French colony), we chose a more traditional Moroccan experience, staying in a restored, 400-yearold mansion in the medina. Riad Laaroussa is a beautiful example of modern comfort integrated with ancient style. It’s a small hotel, with four rooms and four suites, and like most dwellings in the medina, its entrance is unassuming, even humble. But once you pass through the doors, you’re living an Arabian dream. Riad means “garden” in Arabic, and in Morocco, it’s used to describe a large home with a grand, central courtyard featuring a fountain and full grown lemon and orange trees (that’s the garden bit). The courtyard is surrounded by rooms on three or four levels, with massive carved and decorated wooden doors and more of that gorgeous zillij tile work and intricate plaster panels. At the riad, the second call to prayer of the day from the nearby mosque usually punctuates breakfast, reminding us where we are. The first call is about 5 a.m. — proclaiming that “it’s better to pray than to sleep.” But since we don’t speak Arabic, it was chef Fatima’s breads, jams, coffee and fruit that got us out of bed a couple hours later. Breakfast at Riad Laaroussa is served in the rooftop garden, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of surrounding hills, studded with the crumbling dynastic tombs. One Moroccan breakfast surprise — pistachio yogurt! The day of our arrival, on the train from Casablanca to Fes, we met a friendly, retired gentleman returning home. He warned us about bad private guides in town, and urged us to be sure to get official guides from the tourist office. Since we were arriving in the afternoon, and we wanted a walking tour the next morning, we worried that would be difficult. The helpful man thought a moment, then said, “My wife works in the tourist office and if I call her now, she can probably arrange someone for you. It will be a scholar who will focus on history, not on taking you to shops where he’ll get a commission.” It sounded good to us, so we gave him the name of our hotel. At breakfast the next morning, we mentioned our plans to Malek, the waiter. He smiled, put up his hand, and said, “Wait, don’t tell me. His brother or mother or kid works for tourism and can find you a history guide, right?” Yep. Do you know him? “Don’t worry, it’ll be fine. But you should know that those guys have train passes — they ride back and forth all day fishing for tourists. Here’s what you do: when you meet your guide after breakfast, be clear that you don’t intend to go shopping, and be clear about the price of the tour.” Well, we were, and our official guide (who had left his official guide badge in his other pants that morning) was adequate. But he was not much excited about a focus on history and art, except if it was for sale. There are a lot of interesting sites to visit in Fes, especially if you like the architecture and the over-the-top decoration. In one day, you can take in the colorful tannery (the atmosphere can be pungent, but fortunately, the wind was to our backs so we didn’t need the minty nosegays we were kindly given). In the same walking/ taxi tour, you’ll see the gates of the royal palace (amazing) and the Jewish cemetery (interesting). Morocco, in the past, has been a haven for persecuted Jews, and the connections still are strong. In the afternoon, relax in the hammam, with a traditional steambath and scrub down. The riad (and plenty of other businesses) offer spa services, too. The architecture, rooms, and meals at the riad are unforgettable, but the real treasure there, as throughout Morocco,


French as vacation more than sheep brains, but if you need to retreats. We also feed your inner zombie, this is the place. visited a 103-yearThere is only one way to enjoy the old Berber woman Majorelle Garden and attached museums — who lives in a without the crowds. On the advice of our hotel cave in the middle owner, we arrived at 8:30 a.m. (the gardens of town, making open at eight). Even at that hour, there were a living showing other visitors, including a tour group, but we tourists her place all had opportunities to peacefully enjoy the and sharing a cup plants, trees, ponds, birds, and frogs. Two of tea. She was hours later — as we were leaving — the ticket very pleasant and lines were stretched down the block. Crowds patient with our also were a challenge when we visited the questions. Bahia Palace later that day. One had to move Marrakech — with the flow or be trampled. But our hotel the red city — feels recommended an exhibition at the Queen Hides have been dyed at the Fes tannery since the 17th century very different from Mother’s palace (Dar el Bacha). Her home Photo by Gary Tang Fes, even more normally is not open to the public, but for a exotic. You can limited time, the exhibition — focusing on take an all-day bus shared culture between Islam, Judaism, and is the people. Friendly and informative, they are comfortable speaking in English, or train between the two cities, or fly through Christianity — was open, so we could visit. French, and Arabic, and always with a Casablanca (that also takes all day). There is It was the most beautifully decorated palace smile. Kareem, Badia, and their colleagues a stronger Berber presence there, and though we had seen, and we were delighted to be were wonderful hosts who became friends. the desert is far away, you can feel it. The among the few visitors that afternoon. We Badia often serves meals, among her other two major attractions in town are the Big broke up our week in Marrakech by slipping duties (she seems to be everywhere). She is Square (Jemaa el-Fnaa) and the Majorelle away to the High Atlas mountains for a few a delight, making each table feel welcome Garden, most recently the Moroccan home days. The first night, we stayed in a modern and regaling us with her friendly jokes. of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre building inspired by the ancient kasbah forts in the region, built high on a ridge — very The food was so good that we had dinner Bergé. Walking through the Square during the dramatic! at the riad three evenings out of five in Fes. During our two weeks in the country, we They prepare meals only for hotel guests, day is an overwhelming experience, in a good so it’s pretty much home cooking. The way. There is so much going on, including were pleased to find that the challenging menu alternates daily between tagines, real live snake charmers, music and dance Morocco I remembered from the 1970s has cous-cous, and other specialties. But if you troupes, juice vendors … and sheep brain morphed into a traveler-friendly, fascinating, have something particular in mind, don’t vendors, too. The outdoor balcony of Café breathtaking, and mysterious experience. If be shy. When we asked what was planned Glacier has the best views, especially during you like cross-cultural interchange, exotic for our second dinner, Fatima, the chef, the afternoon. Locals and tourists head to the locales, and delicious cuisine, consider told us she had been thinking lamb cous- square in the evening to eat cheap barbeque. taking some time to live the Moroccan cous. But when we mentioned that we were The many family grills in the square serve dream.  curious about a Moroccan delicacy called bastilla (meat baked in a pastry shell), she quickly offered to prepare that instead. THIS ARTICLE IS SPONSORED BY What a treat! Fatima and Badia open the kitchen every afternoon to guests who would like to help prepare that evening’s meal. It’s an informal cooking class with lots of tasting and laughter, and it’s free. When we interviewed Badia for this article, she had a lot to say about her country and her culture. Top of the list was the importance of helping to teach Westerners the truth about Islam, the Islam she and the vast majority of Muslims practice, a religion of tolerance and peace. It is nothing like the twisted, corrupt faith of some zealots. Our friend said, “Don’t worry about being in a Muslim country — we are friendly people. One thing to consider, your visit will be much more rewarding if you make small efforts to respect the local culture. For example, dress conservatively in loose clothing, with your arms and legs covered, especially in the medina. If you’d like strangers to warm to you immediately, say “salaam alaikum” (peace be with you). If you visit someone in their home, always bring a small gift for the kids (a Coke or gum or a pen). If you want to go local and eat with your hands, use only your right hand, and if you give someone something, use that hand, too.” The riad team in Fes helped us arrange a couple of day trips, with a private car and English-speaking driver. One day, we went to Volubilis, a museum and archeological site a couple of hours away. Well preserved, Volubilis was the last Roman city north of the Sahara. The next stop was, literally, Timbuktu. Our mistake there was not hiring one of the local guides loitering by the entrance. We wandered around on our own, got great pictures and generally enjoyed our time there, but later, I ran across photos of mosaic masterpieces we missed in our rambling. On the way home, we stopped in Meknes, the center of Morocco’s wine industry. Another day, we explored the area around the Middle Atlas mountains, again about two hours from Fes. We had lunch in a ski resort town straight out of the Alps — the chalets in Ifrane were built by the

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