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he Seattle Public Library offers free classes to help you learn English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and prepare for U.S. Citizenship. Visit the International District/ Chinatown branch to find newspapers and other materials in your language, or get help in Mandarin, Vietnamese or Korean.


n June 14, volunteers from the Seahawks and The Mission Continues helped landscape, paint and beautify Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall. The project was part of the NFL’s 100 year celebration and “Huddle for 100” campaign, which encourages people to volunteer 100 minutes in their community.

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ore than a museum, the Wing Luke Museum gives you an inside look at the history, sights, and stories of the Chinatown-International District from the early 1900s to the present. Current exhibits feature contemporary art, bubble tea, and Bruce Lee. This Smithsonian Affiliate and National Park Service affiliate area is a must-do for anyone who wants to understand Seattle.

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719 S. King St., Seattle, WA 98104 Tue–Sun 10 am–5 pm 206-623-5124

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ai Tung is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Seattle since “Grandpa Quan” started it in 1935. Its prices are reasonable, it has a friendly atmosphere, and the wait staff is loyal — some have worked there as long as half a century! In addition, it is a place that holds fond memories for many. Multiple generations of patrons have had their first dates at Tai Tung, Bruce Lee had a favorite table there, and owner Harry Chan is a community fixture.

Tai Tung Restaurant 655 S. King St. Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Thu 11 am–10:30 pm Fri & Sat 11–12 am Sun 11 am–10 pm (206) 622-7372


he Seattle Pinball Museum is proud to present a collection of over 50 pinball machines from 1960 to present day. Our games are arranged in chronological order to allow visitors to journey through the decades of American pop culture and pinball history. Your admission includes free play on games exhibited. Come play them all! Sorry, no kids under 7 years old.


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orld Pizza serves the best vegetarian pizzas with the finest locally-grown ingredients, including artichokes, mushrooms, walnuts, pineapples, and herbs. The most popular item on the menu is the potato pizza. Customers also said World Pizza has the best sauces, its pizzas have a thin crust, and ingredients evenly-distributed, baked to perfection. Owners Aaron and Wren Crosleycone are happy to be surrounded by many other family businesses.

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672 S. King St., Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Thu 10 am–9 pm • Fri & Sat 10 am–10 pm Sun 10 am–8 pm • (206) 682-4161 •

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ACRS Walk for Rice

Eliot Mar

Ready, set, go! Participants start the annual walk on June 22.

More than a 1,000 people gathered on June 22 to take part in the 29th annual Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) Walk for Rice. Executive Director Michael Byun welcomed the crowd and shared how nearly 30 years ago, Sam Mitsui and Herb and Bertha Tsuchiya recognized the need in the community and came together to form Walk for Rice. Byun presented an award honoring Mitsui to his widow, Tamaki, and his family. Proceeds from the Walk support ACRS’ food bank in the Chinatown-International District, which provides nearly a million pounds of food to its predominantly Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI), immigrant and refugee clients each year. The event raised approximately $200,000. 

Mar takes position with USA Basketball

Seattle University (SU) announced on June 12 that its women’s basketball Director of Operations, Eliot Mar, accepted a position with USA Basketball. Mar, a 2014 SU graduate, will be the program coordinator for the women’s national team in Colorado Springs. “Eliot was invaluable to the women’s basketball program, our staff, and the athletic department,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb. “He basically grew up on campus and his

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knowledge of the WAC and the inner workings of Seattle University were incredibly helpful to us.” A Seattle native and graduate of Garfield High School, Mar spent the last five years as the women’s basketball Director of Operations after serving as team manager for his last two years as an undergraduate. 

WSCRC’s new executive director

The Washington State China Relations Council (WSCRC) named J. Norwell Coquillard as its new executive director on June 20. Coquillard has over two decades’ experience living and working in China and brings to the Council a deep understanding of the bilateral trade, business, and cultural relationship, and how best to effectively advance constructive J. Norwell Coquillard ties between Washington state and China. This year marks the 40th anniversary for the WSCRC, the nation’s oldest state-level organization focused on strengthening relations with China. The Council has hosted or co-hosted every Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping, including the visit of President Xi Jinping to Seattle in 2015. 

2019 Awards of Excellence recipients

The University of Washington (UW) honored this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients on June 13 at Meany Hall. The winners, including Theresa Cheng and Hyokyoung Yi, were recognized for achievements in teaching, mentoring, public service, and staff support. Chen, a clinical assistant professor, was honored for

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Outstanding Public Service, while Yi, the UW’s Korea Studies-specific librarian, got the Distinguished Librarian Award. The program included a one-hour ceremony hosted by President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Mark Richards, followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a photo booth. 

Dale Minami to receive 2019 American Bar Association Medal

The American Bar Association (ABA) announced on June 17 that it will honor Dale Minami, a lifelong champion of the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and other minorities, with the ABA Medal—the association’s highest honor. Minami is best known for leading the legal team that overturned the conviction of Dale Minami Fred Korematsu, an American of Japanese descent who was arrested for refusing to enter an internment center in 1942. His case led to the historic challenge of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II in the case Korematsu v. United States. Minami, a San Francisco attorney, received a B.A. in political science from the University of Southern California in 1968 and his J.D. in 1971 from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California. 


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Halfway to $300k goal Surveillance system underway for Chinatown-International District

“We need to raise another $150,000 to reach $300,000,” May Wan announced at a dinner at the House of Hong on June 22. A former president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Wan presides over the fundraising for the ambitious surveillance project by the nonprofit Seniors in Action Foundation (SIAF). “With your contributions, we’re getting there,” Wan told the more than 200 dinner guests. The project to equip Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (ID) kicked off almost a decade ago, when the SIAF, a nonprofit led by Nora Chan, raised money to put up four cameras. But the current project involves adding dozens of new cameras and state-of-the-art technology that will eventually muster facial-recognition artificial intelligence and blanket the whole ID with electronic surveillance, making it the most monitored neighborhood in the city. “As a police officer, I am very, very impressed,” said a Seattle police officer attending the dinner. Some say that the equipment that will capture every protest, every car, and every individual on the streets of Chinatown is ushering in an era of authoritarianism that could ultimately destroy liberal democracy and freedom of movement, assembly, and identity. Supporters of the project describe a neighborhood beset with crime in which homeless drug addicts casually and with impunity break down doors of honest, law-abiding merchants. “The homeless people come over and break down the doors of businesses for a few dollars,” said a former SIAF

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Seniors in Action Foundation leader Nora Chan calls for support for the Seattle Chinatown Public Safety CCTV Project.

One of many state-of-the-art cameras that will provide monitoring of the streets and alleyways of Chinatown when deployed.

board member, who asked not to be named for fear of jeopardizing his business with any contrarian publicity. “Then the business owners have to spend thousands to make repairs,” he said. Proponents of the project further contend it will also bring in money to a dying neighborhood. Chan, the public face of the project and keynote speaker at the fundraising event, said it was necessary for everyone to play their part and donate in order to make the district safe enough to attract tourists. “I’m a 73-year-old woman,” she said, “I can single handedly raise $150,000, but that’s only half. Everyone needs to work together.” At the dinner, donations and checks trickled in, some as high as $30,000. They came both from Cantonese

organizations that had been in the city for generations and also from newer mainland Chinese organizations, such as one affiliated with the Jiangnan region. There are activists opposed to the surveillance project. They embrace a vision of Chinatown as a place of affordable housing, supported by the city government where the homeless are “our neighbors,” according to one activist who asked not to be identified because she felt she was not authorized to speak on behalf of her group, the Chinatown International District (CID) Coalition. But proponents of the plan argue that such activists will actually bring about the destruction of Chinatown. “Public housing will kill Chinatown,” said the former see CCTV on 12

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No One Can Pronounce My Name

By Rakesh Satyal Picador, 2017 Following the death of his sister Swati, Harit’s mother can no longer function. So to help the two of them cope, he has taken to dressing up in a sari to pass himself off as his sister. Not too far away, in the same suburb outside of Cleveland, Ranjana’s only child has left for college and now she is worried her husband has started an affair. To seek solace, she writes paranormal romance in secret. When Harit’s and Ranjana’s paths cross, it’s the start of a friendship that will help them both realize their true selves. “My Name” follows members of an Indian American community who work to reconcile the restrictions of their culture and traditions with what they want and need in life. The story explores the themes of gender roles, sexuality, and sexual identity as characters figure out who they really are and how to stay true to that while still fitting in with the rest of their community. Nearly all of the characters have something to hide—they struggle to come to terms with it and accept it as part of their identity. Told from various characters’ points of view, Satyal does a great job portraying the complicated relationships in life—between spouses and parent and child, to platonic friendships and professional relationships. Whether a character is working to keep a secret or trying to reveal their secret, we get a realistic look at how difficult that process can be. And while the story may seem heavy at times, there are many lighter moments throughout to balance it out. I particularly enjoyed how Satyal sprinkled examples of how to pronounce characters’ names and compared them to how a character’s friends, coworkers, and acquaintances would pronounce the names incorrectly. This was a great way to showcase the characters’ struggles with being true to themselves and their traditions and cultures while living in a Western world.

Not Your Villain

By C.B. Lee Interlude Press, 2017 When Bells Broussard’s superpowers

manifest at an early age, he is thrilled. As a shapeshifter, he can change everything from his hair and face, to his clothes and body. So if putting on a binder for the day gets to be too much, he can take care of that with a quick shift. In short, life is pretty sweet. But then he becomes the country’s most wanted villain and after discovering a huge cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, he and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby make it their mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, Captain Orion, formerly America’s sweetheart and superheroine, is now on the loose with a serum that can take away meta-humans’ powers. And then there’s the rise of an army of militarized robots that are set on apprehending Bells and his friends. “Villain” is the sequel to Lee’s “Not Your Sidekick” and picks up right where its predecessor ended. It’s a story filled with action and adventure as the squad works together to save the day, despite the fact that they’re only teenagers (an ongoing refrain from their parents who think they’re too young to do so). Lee balances out the action with the fact that Bells and his friends are still teenagers and still have to deal with school and figuring out new and/or potential relationships. And it’s fun to see that juxtaposition, reminding readers that age and experience shouldn’t matter when it comes to trying to do the right thing.

Lee also does a great job addressing the fact that Bells is transgender. There’s no “coming out” moment as he has been out and accepted by his family and friends seemingly from the beginning. And it is fitting that his superpower is shapeshifting. The story is filled with LGBTQ characters— from Bells, to Emma’s two mothers, to Jess and Abby and their newly minted romance, but Lee does not make a big deal of this— it’s just a part of who the characters are. This normalizes them to readers, which is refreshing for a middle-reader-level book.

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir

By T Kira Madden Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019 Growing up in Boca Raton, Fla., T Kira Madden’s life was filled with contradictions. On the outside, she appeared to live a privileged life filled with equestrian competitions and designer shoes. But as the only child of parents who were constantly battling drug and alcohol addiction, her life was wildly unstable. With parents who were largely absent during her formative years, Madden more or less faced the world alone, finding solidarity and friendship with fellow fatherless girls. And that world included assault, objectification, family drama, and more. In a collection of essays, Madden shares stories from her life on what it was like for a queer, biracial teenager (her father

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☆西雅圖首創墓園☆ 自1872年起服務西北岸社區 KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON 非營利獨立協會 NOTICE TO PROPOSERS Proposals will be received for E00616E19, Engineering Services for Bear Creek Basin Culvert Replacement Projects; by the King County Procurement and Payables Section, 3rd Floor, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, until 12:00 PM on July 17, 2019 Total Estimated Price for Phase 1: $912,738 Total Estimated Price for all Phases: $1,002,738 There is a 10% minimum requirement for King County Certified Small Contractor and Supplier (SCS) firms on this contract. 傳統式紀念碑 Dates of publication in the Seattle Times: June 24, 2019. ‧陵墓地下室 ‧骨灰靈位 All solicitation documents are published at: ‧墓碑、紀念碑 ‧土葬福地 procurement_ovr/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fprocurement_ovr%2fdefault.aspx 206-322-1582 Contact: Lourdes Bonifacio,, 206-263-3259 1554 15th Ave East (North Capitol Hill)

was white, her mother Chinese Hawaiian) in a culture filled with racial disparities and white-collar crime. Her stories span from 1960s Hawaii, to present day as she mourns the death of her father. She does not sugarcoat or hold back on what she experienced as a young girl—from a particularly harrowing incident in which her father became particularly violent, to how she would trade sexual favors for something as simple as a ride. I’ll admit I was a bit taken aback by this, but I also appreciated her honesty and the fact that it must not have been an easy thing to share. It also struck me as Madden is only a few years younger than me and her pop culture references are very much my references from growing up. And while having mostly absentee parents may lead readers to assume Madden has a negative view about her parents, she doesn’t. Despite their flaws, it is clear she still loved her parents and that she felt loved. Madden merely reminds readers that family and love are complicated.  Samantha can be reached at

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■ COMMUNITY CALENDAR JUN 28 2019 SCIDPDA SUMMER BASH Dynasty Room, 714 S. King St., Seattle 5-9 p.m.

29 SEATTLE DRAGON FEST Seattle’s C-ID 11 a.m.-7 p.m. KIN ON SUPPORTIVE HOUSING GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION Kin On, 5214 42nd Ave. S., Seattle 10-11:30 a.m.

LORI MATSUKAWA CELEBRATION Blaine Memorial Methodist Church 1-4 p.m.

29 & 30 2019 JAPAN FAIR Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. 6th St., Bellevue 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on June 29 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 30



POP-UP SHOP, “GODZILLA STORE INVASION” Kinokuniya Bookstore, 525 S. Weller St., Seattle





4 FILIPINO AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP DAY Doctor Jose P. Rizal Park, 1008 12th Ave. S., Seattle 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

SAMOA CULTURAL DAY Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

9 ACLF SUMMER COMMUNITY BUILDING HOURS Jefferson Park Seattle, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle 6-9 p.m.

12 44TH ANNUAL PIG ROAST Danny Woo Community Garden, 620 S. Main St., Seattle 4-7 p.m.

PING PONG TOURNAMENT Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle 2-5:30 p.m. 2 p.m. ENGLISH LUNCHEON, “THE PORT OF SEATTLE MAKING GLOBAL CONNECTIONS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH” China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

13 SEATTLE CHINESE WOMEN’S CLUB’S SUMMER PICNIC Renton Gene Coulon Park 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. seattlechinesewomensclub. com

■ COMMUNITY NEWS UW study seeks research participants for summer 2019 Is there a Northwest accent? The Pacific Northwest English Study, headed by University of Washington (UW) linguist Alicia Beckford Wassink, is beginning a new, three-year research project listening to voices from throughout the region. The first phase of the study focused exclusively on white speakers. The second phase broadened the ethnic representation of the study sample to include additional ethnic groups long present in Washington state. The team is looking for about 50 additional English-

speaking study participants among people of color who have a long-established family presence in the Northwest, from one of the following backgrounds: • Yakama First Nations • African American • Japanese American • Mexican American / ChicanX

some simple questions. Participants also will be asked about their family’s history, and experience, of the Pacific Northwest. Study participants will be paid $15 for their time. Researchers are able to travel to some areas of the state personally to interview eligible participants, so it is not a limitation if a willing participant cannot get to campus. 

Research participants will be asked to take part in a 90-minute interview, which will be recorded. They will read from a list of words, read a brief story, and answer

To learn more and sign up for this study, call 206-543-4647 or email

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The only weekly English-language newspaper serving Washington’s Asian community. The NW Asian Weekly has one simple goal: “To empower the Asian community.” The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject any advertisement, letter or article. Subscriptions cost $40 for 52 weeks of the NW Asian Weekly and $30 for 52 weeks of the Seattle Chinese Post. The NW Asian Weekly owns the copyright for all its content. All rights reserved. No part of this paper may be reprinted without permission. 412 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104 • t. 206.223.5559 • •

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lobal Services represents national and international airlines and provides special discount fares. It also organizes tours to local and national tourist attractions, including trips to Vancouver B. C. concerts. Other services include visa applications to China and other countries and also customized tours.

Global Travel/ Seattle Chinese Service

659 S. Weller St. Seattle, WA 98104 Global Travel 206-381-9888 Seattle Chinese Service 206-206-1878 Mon–Fri 10 am–5 pm Sat 10 am–3 pm


ounded in 1930 in Japan with over 85 years experiences, Paris Miki is an internationally optical chain stores with over 1,000 locations throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. All employees at Paris Miki are dedicated to continuing the company’s ideology—providing hospitality and sincere customer care. We have a variety of high quality special frames and lenses for our customers.

Paris Miki Optical

600 5th Ave S #109, Seattle, WA 98104 Mon-Sun 10 am–8 pm 206-652-8436 We speak English, Japanese and Chinese


s one of the oldest grocery stores in the Little Saigon neighborhood, Viet Wah Supermarket has been serving our community’s food needs since 1981. It specializes in Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai products, as well as a full array of grocery staples. Stop by for live seafood, a fullservice meat counter, unique kitchenware, and the best produce in the neighborhood.

Viet-Wah Supermarket

1032 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Sun 9 am–8 pm 206-329-1399

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amily-owned, Uwajimaya has been serving the local Northwest community for 90 years. At Uwajimaya, quality is what matters — in relationships, experiences, knowledge, health, and food. With aisles of fun and delicious Asian snacks and groceries, live seafood tanks, unique kitchenware, specialty Asian beauty items, and pan-Asian food court, Uwajimaya is sure to surprise and delight you and your taste buds.


600 5th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Sat 8 am–10 pm • Sun 9 am–9 pm 206-624-6248 •


im Nguyen’s goal is to make people look not only beautiful, but their best. In 2010, Kim Nguyen founded Vuu’s Beauty School in Chinatown. Over the years, her school has trained hundreds of instructors and students to be barbers and hairstylists, creating dreams for many who would like to open their own salons. She is also a specialist in eyebrow permanent make-up. Aside from training in hair, Vuu‘s Beauty School also teaches cosmetology and nail esthetics.

Vuu's Beauty School

807 S King St., Seattle, WA 98104 Mon-Sat 10 am–6 pm 206-340-2655


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ur dim sum is fresh and hot because we make it when you order,” said owner Ben. “We are the only one in Chinatown ID, with this approach because we want our customers to experience the quality and taste.” Closed for one month for remodeling, the Bistro now has contemporary artwork, earth-tones wood design, brand new furniture, and a bar. Yes, a new menu too. It gives a warm and comfy feeling. “I want to change the impression that Chinese restaurants are old and dirty. We want our restaurant to be clean and modern.” Another new concept is that, Bistro is probably the only one providing a free lemon bottle water on each table. And free refills too.

Hong Kong Bistro

507 Maynard S., #511C, Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Sun 10 am–2 am 206-682-1922


The best

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e work hard to give the best dim sum to our customers — fresh and topquality ingredients, 43 varieties, and the fastest take-out service,” said owner Amy Eng. You can buy as little as one item or as many as you want. Prices start at 70 cents. Dim Sum King sells over 1,000 hum bow a day. Our customers give us 4- and 5-star ratings. We also sell wholesale to many Asian restaurants in Seattle and Bellevue.

ust come and try the food, you’ll find out,” said manager Weng Chan. “I don’t want to brag.” On weekends, expect to wait as it is packed with crowds waiting inside and outside. It’s not uncommon that our dim sum sells out, even on weekdays. We serves many interesting varieties of dim sum. No wonder it’s a popular spot, especially in the evening. Jade Garden recently remodeled.

Dim Sum King

Jade Garden Restaurant

617 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Sun 6:30 am–6 pm 206-682-2823

424 7th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Thu 9–2:30 am • Fri & Sat 9–3:30 am • Sun 9–1 am 206-622-8181 •



oyale offers two things that most ID restaurants don’t — free parking and seating for over 500 people. You don’t need to wait long for dim sum on weekends for seats. It’s ideal for large groups of friends to meet. Its dim sum is modestly priced and its kitchen is equipped to serve any style of cooking for your favorite seafood entrees and other cuisine. It is a family business. Joyale and Joy are sisters, and Joy owns Joy Palace Restaurant on Martin Luther King Way South.

Joyale Seafood Restaurant Pacific Rim Center 900 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Sun 10 am–10 pm 206-623-1318

rom Hong Kongstyle dim sum, to Chinese barbecue, to delicious live seafood dishes, we have everything,” said owner Han Ma. “We are one-stop dining for the most popular Chinese cuisine. It’s the most convenient Chinese restaurant for customers. Our place is clean and has a nice atmosphere.” Harbor City is popular among the young and old for dinner and lunch.

Harbor City Restaurant

707 S. King St. Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Sun 8:30 am–11 pm 206-621-2228

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oney Court’s tasty dim sum is always fresh and hot,” said a loyal customer. “It also has unique items, such as steamed spareribs with rice in a pot, which others don’t have.” Its customized seafood dinner is yummy, consisting of stewed chicken with ginseng, roast squab, lobster, steamed fish, Peking duck, live prawns, free-range chicken, geoduck, and steamed eel with black bean sauce. Customers have raved about the new beautiful design and artwork in the restaurant.

Honey Court Restaurant 516 Maynard Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104 206-292-8828 9 a.m.–3 a.m.


ur customers are excited about our modern and stylish renovations last year and said Purple Dot gives them a wonderful dining experience! We specialize in Hong Kong Style food and dim sum. If you have a late night craving, we open until 3:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 a.m. on weekdays. No time for dining in? We offer takeout and delivery. We also have a huge wine and beer selection to pair with your delicious plates of food. So if tasty dim sum and Tsingtao is what you want, we’ve got you covered. We have a private room to accommodate parties of up to 10 for any occasion.

ids who visit the ID for the first time often buy a bag of fortune cookies and the best are made at the Tsue Chong Noodle Co. The family-owned company sells under the Rose Brand and has been manufacturing noodles for over 100 years. It now produces 80,000 cookies a day in addition to fresh egg noodles, rice noodles, udon, egg roll and wonton wrappers and many other noodle products. You can custom-order fortune cookies with fun flavors and create your own fortunes. Please visit our retail store and look for Rose Brand products in your local markets.

Purple Dot

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515 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104 Mon-Thu, Sun 9-2 am • Fri, Sat 9-3:30 am 206-622-0288

801 S. King St., Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Fri 9:30 am–5:30 pm • Sat 10 am–2 pm • Closed on Sun 206-623-0801 •


i nok u n iya offers a wide variety of books, magazines, and stationery from Japan. We are proud to bring you our extensive collection of Manga, graphic novels, art and design books, cookbooks, travel books, children’s books, and more, both in English and Japanese. We also offer Chinese books at our Seattle store.


ith a focus on local, sustainable and fresh cuisine, CenturyLink Field is proud to bring the food culture of our immediate neighbors from Pioneer Square, Chinatown-International District and SoDo into CenturyLink Field via our Night Market community concessions program.

Kinokuniya Seattle

525 S. Weller St., Seattle, WA 98104 Mon–Sat 10 am–9 pm • Sun 10 am–8 pm 206-587-2477 •


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ocated in a renovated historic building from 1926, Hostelling International at the American Hotel is a multicultural hub for travelers. The hostel offers both private rooms and dorm rooms. Beds can be booked starting at $37 a night. It also offers free high speed Wi-Fi, a TV room, and a 24-hour kitchen and dining area.

Hostelling International at the American Hotel 520 S. King Street St., WA 98104 206-622-5443 •

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■ BUSINESS Opening the door to more opportunities for small businesses By Nina Huang NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY

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Through collaboration and leadership, the Strategic Partnership Program (SPP) aims to enhance the capacity of small, local contractors to large-scale construction projects in the Puget Sound region. Clark Construction and Lease Crutcher Lewis recently celebrated 10 of SPP’s newest graduates for their achievements over an eight-month period. The SPP is an intensive, eightmonth MBA-style course modeled after Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business’ curriculum, according to Marivic Bamba Chennault, director of community engagement for Clark. It is targeted to local small-business enterprises including minority-, women-, and veteran-owned firms. Chennault comes from a background in conducting disparity studies against minority- and women-owned businesses. That experience gave her an awareness and consciousness of challenges that minorities and women-owned businesses face. “There is a tangible benefit to local economic growth when we are able to help build small business capacity and provide opportunities for them to work alongside us on our projects. We consider it an honor to be able to have a meaningful impact on the communities in which we work and live,” she said. Chennault is now in her fourth year overseeing the SPP in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, and she continues to introduce more collaboration opportunities for small businesses.

of the program if it existed. “Learning is not stoppable, it’s part of life and learning from different countries and cultures,” he said.

Graduates and instructors from the 2019 Clark/Lewis Strategic Partnership Program. From left: Christopher Bardales - Clark, Deryl Brown-Archie - WSCC Board Vice Chair, Lyka Allen - Clark/Lewis, Fredrick Thomas - DBE Construction, Gary Lewis - Clark/Lewis, Mehdi Esfandiari - J. Keiser and Associates, Marivic Chennault - Clark, Yolonda Brooks - WashDOT, Andrew Esfandiari - J. Keiser and Associates, Jameila Richardson - JMR Trucking, Robin Bryant - Nisqually Construction Services, Colin Reed - Clark/Lewis, Eugene Hardin - Quality Woodworking & Construction, Justin Webb - Nisqually Construction Services, Marivic Punsalan - ROMAR7, Herminigildo Bella - CADD Tech, Brayton Ruffcorn - Clark, Tony Cornejo - T's Pro Painting, Brett Earnest - Clark, and Katie Twomey - Clark/Lewis

The 2018-2019 class is the third to graduate in Seattle and includes a cross section of subcontractors from trucking to general contractors, and painters to technology services. There are potential opportunities for small businesses to work on the Washington State Convention Center, Sea-Tac Airport, and University of Washington projects, and they want to build the capacity of businesses to see if there’s a fit. She mentioned that so far there have been two contracts awarded to previous SPP graduates. In addition to the technical and business skills acquired, participants become part of a supportive SPP network, and benefit from on-

going access to Clark’s professional resources. The instructors are Clark and Lease Crutcher Lewis employees who volunteer their time to lead these sessions. This represents incredible commitment with late nights, homework assignments, and the capstone project while juggling their professional and personal lives. A few of the graduates shared their thoughts and learnings from the program:

Hermi Bella

Hermi Bella came to the United States in 1997 from the Philippines. He is the owner and president of CADD (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting) Tech, where they

work with engineers to prepare drawings and permits for construction projects. Bella learned a lot of on the job training, as well as the legal and estimation side of projects. “After the class, I am planning to become a contractor. What they taught me helped me to be more confident in presenting and making bid proposals,” he said. Bella hopes to work on large site development contracts in the future, like an airport or residential project. “I know it’ll help me prepare for my future career. It’s a very nice program and I wish more people could go through it,” he said. Bella wants to continue to learn more and would take an extension

Originally from Afghanistan, Mehdi Esfandiari came to the United States in August of 2014. He has an associate degree in civil engineering from INTI International University in Malaysia. Esfandiari said that his boss, Janet Keiser, graduated from the SPP a year before he did, and signed him and his brother up for the program. A quality control specialist, Esfandiari started working at J. Keiser & Associates LLC last August. “It was very helpful for us, especially for people like me and my brother who came from a different country. Learning about how everything works in the U.S. was amazing,” he said. Esfandiari said that having worked in construction in Afghanistan for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the process here was a little different, but most were similar. He learned a lot about the bidding process, and although it was challenging at first, as the courses progressed, it made more sense. “It has prepared me mentally for the potential of owning my own company in the future,” he said. The program has eased his fears about the legal process, operational tasks, and project bidding. He’s also grateful for the connections he’s made. Esfandiari found the constructive feedback from experienced project managers very helpful. “They will tell you what they see SPP on 14

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■ THE 4TH OF JULY MEAN ... What does the 4th of July mean to you? Compiled by Melissa Lin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY “I do think that immigrants come in search of the American dream. The idea that they can work hard, succeed and give their children a better future. It’s a time for me to look back and reflect on how hard my parents have worked to get to where they are and to appreciate America for giving them an environment that allowed them to succeed. It also is a time for me to consider how America is changing. I think there is a lot less social mobility now than there was then. It is a time to reaffirm my commitment to preserve the American dream.” — Edwin Ong Age 18, Stanford University Student

“This holiday is a celebration of independence for America. As an immigrant, I do feel distanced from the weight of the holiday but recognize its weight and how it has translated over to my current day experience as an American.” — Michelle Zhang Age 20, Whitman College Student

“To me, 4th of July is a day of celebration and reflection, commemorated by fireworks, parades, and family gatherings. I am proud and grateful to be living in America, celebrating our day of independence into a new nation, and living the dream!” — Li-Chen Miller Age 38, Partner Group Program Manager at Microsoft

“Well, it’s the day we celebrate our independence. It’s a day that shows people here are forming a new nation, one nation. And with regards to freedom, liberty, and justice for all. It’s a day that we remember our founding fathers for their principles and the reason why they came here, and the same reason still for many people who came since, including myself.” — Conrad Lee Age 80, Bellevue City Council member

CCTV from 4 board member who asked for anonymity. “People who live there can’t afford to go out to eat.” Instead, he argued, ensuring the safety of Chinatown will ensure the prosperity of everyone, not just merchants. “You see, the seniors living here... they like to go out early in the morning to do exercise in the park. You think they’ll do that if the place continues to be unsafe?” The idea of the cameras is to blanket the neighborhood with electronic surveillance that can be designed to look for a single individual, a protest, or even a specific car. The system can also be set up so the appearance of a certain troublesome individual can trigger the computer in the cameras to send an email to those in charge, alerting them of his presence. Similar facial recognition technology has already been used in Baltimore, when law enforcement officials used it to identify members of a protest against police brutality that already had outstanding warrants out for them. Authorities were able to arrest them immediately, according to a recent article in the New York Times. “We can arrange it to send an email if there is a protest,” said Jordan Ramadan, a representative of the company, Avigilon, that makes the system. One of the cameras used by Avigilon was on display on the stage at the House of Hong. Gleaming white with an ominous black strip that Ramadan described as providing nighttime “infrared” vision, the monstrous globe hung over the festivities like an alien invader. Inside were four cameras that can be adjusted to zoom in, provide close ups, and pivot according to the will of the operator. Similar technology has been used in

Xinjiang in China and in other places to conduct surveillance of an entire population. “Every entrance into and out of Chinatown will be covered,” said Ramadan, pointing to the slide. To illustrate his point, the company traced in red a giant square around Chinatown, like a new laser-created boundary. And yet the cameras will ultimately depend on human collaboration. They will record and monitor street activity around the clock. But if a crime is committed, it will take a human to report the crime so

that technicians can pore through stored video on the servers and then supply it to law enforcement. It was not immediately clear that many of the current residents of Chinatown would be eager to report crime to law enforcement. At the fundraiser, members of the audience were asked to stand up and share stories about being subjected to criminal activity. Not a single person stood up, despite being offered a prize. Finally, a former employee of the Seattle Police Department originally from China

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Dragon — Are you craving something different today? It is to your benefit to mix things up once in a while.

Monkey — It’s easy to get carried away, especially if you ignore the price tag. Set a limit if needed so that you can rein in your discretionary spending.

Ox — An odd combination is turning out surprisingly well. If it is working, then there is no reason to make any changes.

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Horse — You are many things to a variety of people, but your most important role is the one that is closest to your heart.

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Marivic Punsalan, co-owner of ROMAR7, almost missed out on this professional development opportunity when she deleted the email to participate. However, after reviewing the details more carefully, she decided to give it a try despite not being a subcontractor or in the construction trade. What she ultimately gained from the program was invaluable. Punsalan was grateful for the access to information and opportunities to network with executives and contracts a small business would not normally have access to. “As an owner of a small company, you wear multiple hats to cut costs, so more of-

ten than not, you’re also working in a silo, it can feel very isolating. Spending eight months with the other smaller companies was a huge perk of the program. Sharing the pros and cons of being at a small company, along with ideas on how each has dealt with hardships and successes, was just as important as the information being shared by the instructors each night,” Punsalan said. One of the biggest challenges for Punsalan was staying focused and being present during the courses. She explained how she would get excited and latch onto words and phrases that the presenters would say, and immediately try to think about how she could apply those to her own company. Finding time to work on the capstone project outside of her full-time job was also challenging, but ultimately very rewarding when she and her team were able to overcome communication issues at the end. “The last eight months have been wonderful. Each week, I take great information back to my team of five. The program was created for small businesses and the instructors are so passionate about being

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