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By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle Mariners are in need of a new General Manager as Jack Zduriencik’s tenure with the team was as futile as the team’s record on the field this season. “Jack Z” was relieved of his duties late last month as the Mariners season in which they were considered World Series contenders at the start has turned into another wasted season of underachieving baseball. Zduriencik’s ineptitude to put together a team coupled with the poor shape he has left the future of the franchise leaves no doubt that he did not deserve the seven years he was given by the team. In hiring a new general manager, perhaps the Mariners should review the resume of Kim Ng, a finalist for the Mariners when the club hired Zduriencik.

Dear Mariners: Hire Kim Ng

The 46-year-old Ng has the qualifications to step into the position despite never having served in the role. If the Mariners were to go bold and hire Ng, she would be the first Asian American general manager in professional baseball. She is currently the Senior Vice-President for Baseball Operations with Major League Baseball where she runs the scouting division for Major League Baseball. Her career started with the Chicago White Sox as an intern and then hired to Assistant Director of Baseball Operations in 1995. She was the youngest person, and first woman, to present a salary arbitration case in major league baseball when she worked for the White Sox. Ng was recruited by the New York Yankees’ General Manager Brian

Cashman under Cashman as Assistant General Manager. She became the youngest, at age 29, to hold the position. She moved from the Yankees in 2001 to join the Los Angeles Dodgers as Vice President and Assistant General Manager. In 2005, she interviewed for the vacant position of Dodgers general manager but was passed over. She interviewed with the Mariners in 2008 and was one of a few final candidates to take the reigns as general manager. As we know, the job fell to Zduriencik. Undeterred, Ng interviewed in 2009 with the San Diego Padres for their general manager position but did not receive the job. She also interviewed with the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 and the Padres once again in 2014. It’s clear that Ng is a viable

Kim Ng

candidate to run a major league point, one has to think a team will baseball franchise. She remains hire her. Why not the Mariners? on a short list of individuals when an opening surfaces. At some {see NG cont’d on page 12}

Seattle will be first stop for Chinese Five people charged in President Xi Jinping Baruch College hazing death Death took place off campus during frat party

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Sept. 16 that Seattle has been confirmed as the first stop for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his delegation who will be visiting the United States next week. Gov. Inslee, who visited China in 2013 as part of a trade mission to Asia, {see PRESIDENT cont’d on page 14}

President Xi Jinping

“Not Yi-Fen Chou”

Taking poetic liberties to get published

By Michael Rubinkam Associated Press POCONO SUMMIT, Pa. (AP) — Five people, including the former national president of a fraternity, have been charged in the death of a New York City college freshman during a hazing ritual in Pennsylvania, police said Tuesday, Sept. 15. Fraternity members at Baruch College physically abused Chun “Michael” Deng, then tried to cover it up as the 19-yearold lay dying in their rented house in the Pocono Mountains, police said.

Pocono Mountain Regional police planned to arrest suspects in waves, moving from least to most culpable, after a grand jury recommended charges for 37 people in Deng’s December 2013 death. The first five suspects, including former Pi Delta Psi President Andy Meng, were charged with hazing, conspiracy and hindering apprehension and were making arrangements Tuesday to turn themselves in. Meng’s sister, Grace Meng, a Representative Democrat from Queens, expressed condolences to Deng’s family. {see HAZING cont’d on page 12}

(L) Michael Derrick Hudson AKA Yi-Fen Chou (R) Sherman Alexie

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Michael Derrick Hudson is under scrutiny after using the name Yi-Fen Chou when submitting a poem that made it into the annual “Best American Poetry” anthology. The discovery and fallout has the poetry community up in arms and raises the question of race.

Hudson’s poem “The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve” was submitted and rejected by journals 40 times under his own name, but only nine times under the Chinese name he adopted. The Chinese name was used as a strategy to get his works published. Hudson states this in his bio for the anthology. According to the New York Times, the pseudonym used by Hudson came from a person he went to high school with in Fort Wayne, Ind. The family of a woman named Yi-Fen Chou has demanded that Mr. Hudson stop using the name. The sister of Yi-Fen Chou said that Hudson showed a “lack of honesty” and “careless disregard for Chinese people {see CRISIS cont’d on page 14}

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WORLD Who are Uighurs? » P. 5

FOOD Feast on this » P. 7

VISIONARY Patsy O’Connell knows diversity » P. 9

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■ names in the news

From Everett to Hawaii Bradford Chun has recently accepted a position as Senior Director of Engineering for Hawaiian Airlines in Honolulu, Hawaii. Most recently, Brad was an engineering manager in the Flight Control Design Center for the Boeing Company in Everett, WA. Having just celebrated his ten year anniversary with Boeing this year, Brad previously worked in various engineering assignments with United Airlines in San Francisco, CA and had a brief 2-year stint as a pilot for a Delta Airlines commuter carrier, based on the East Coast. In his new role, Brad will be in charge of the organization responsible for maintaining the technical excellence of Hawaiian Airlines’ fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, ensuring the fleet meets the latest regulatory and compliance requirements, safety and airworthiness standards, and that preventative, scheduled maintenance and modification activity are accomplished in an efficient and cost effective manner. 

Gov. Inslee appoints

Kyoko Matsumoto Wright, a Coldwell Banker Bain broker, has been appointed to a second six-year term on Washington state’s Real Estate Commission. First appointed to the commission in 2009 by then-Gov. Christine Gregoire, Wright was renamed earlier this month by Gov. Jay Inslee and now will serve until 2021. Wright says, “I hope to work on fair housing and changes in our industry as the world of technology changes how we do business.” 

Dr. Tam Dinh is the Director of Field Education and an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Saint Martin’s University. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of diversity and cross-cultural mental health, military social work, and religion/spirituality. Prior to her academic work, Dr. Dinh worked for more than 10 years with individuals and families in clinical and community settings. This experience ranges from being a case manager at SafeFutures, where she worked with both gang-involved youth and their families to provide holistic and integrated culturally-competent case management services.  Dr. Lakshmi Gaur came to the United States on an Indo-American exchange program, completed her doctoral degree in Human Genetics, and proceeded to work in molecular biology over the last three decades. She is currently the Laboratory Director at Ascendant Laboratories. Dr. Gaur resides in Redmond, Washington and is a single parent of two boys who both graduated from the University of Washington and are currently working at Amazon. 

Kim awarded art grant Eunice Kim was awarded a 2015 4Culture Art Projects grant. Kim lives and maintains a studio in the Cascade foothills of Ravensdale, a small town located in Southeast King County. For more than a decade, Kim has been committed to a safer, sustainable approach to printmaking that utilizes nontoxic techniques. Her art will be featured in October at Davidson Galleries in Pioneer Square. 


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Food and sh** to consider

Filipino American couple makes it palatable

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly

Business owners Chera Amlag and George “Geo” Quibuyen know quite a lot about leadership and activism – universal human connection, in other words. The husband-and-wife team work as volunteer community organizers who are not only interested in social change but also in showing that their ideas can help make that change happen. Quibuyen, 35, expresses his ideas through hip-hop music and rhyme as rapper Prometheus Brown and uses them as vehicles to take on issues like racism and youth empowerment. “My approach to the music was always just be myself. Write about what I know so you’ll hear a lot of my own personal history,” he said. “It’s also about your place within a community.” Born in Long Beach, California, he lived in National City before moving with his family to Hawaii at age 2. They eventually moved to the mainland city of Bremerton, Washington where he met Amlag, an immigrant from Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines who arrived before Quibuyen with her own family in 1986.

Chera Amlag

At the University of Washington (UW), Quibuyen met fellow student Alexei Saba “DJ Sabzi” Mohajerjasbi in 1999. They formed the hip-hop duo Blue Scholars in early 2002, and Quibuyen took on the role of emcee as MC Geologic. “After (I worked) four years at the Wing Luke museum, we finally got an opportunity to actually

George Quibuyen

go on tour, put out our music as independent artists, and I’ve been doing that ever since,” he said. “I said, ‘I’m going to do this rap thing. I’m going to go on tour. We’re going to do shows, but when I’m not doing that, I’m going to actually be in the community, doing the education, doing workshops.’”

While attending a UW Filipino American Student Association conference, Amlag, 35, learned about impoverished Filipino women who travel overseas to earn money as domestic workers, many of whom unknowingly become victims of human trafficking. “That was probably the spark for me,” she said about her start

as a community organizer and her desire to find mentors and work with other community organizers. She added, “I think those were very formidable years, I think, for both of us, learning a lot about our history, in turn, learning a lot about {see FOOD cont’d on page 12}

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■ national news

U.S. to shun Chinese-owned Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

By Matthew Lee AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s official. The U.S. government says it’s abandoning decades of tradition and moving out of New York’s famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which was purchased last year by a Chinese firm from Worldwide. President Barack Obama, his staff and the sizable State Department contingent that trek to Manhattan every September for the annual U.N. General Assembly will work and stay at the New York Palace Hotel instead. The change is due in large part to concerns about Chinese espionage, although State Department spokesman Mark Toner would say only that

it followed a review “to take into account changing circumstances” that included “possible security concerns.” The AP first reported the impending move in

June but it wasn’t formally announced until Friday, a day after the final contract was signed with the Palace. 


Chinese jeers over BMW crash probe highlight ‘trust crisis’

By Didi Tang Associated Press

BEIJING (AP)—When authorities in an eastern city announced that a BMW driver involved in a crash that killed two people was suffering from “acute transient psychotic disorder,’’ Chinese online jeered so loudly that it aroused Communist Party concerns about a public trust crisis. Some initial missteps by police in Nanjing already had undermined public confidence, and many people believed the diagnosis announced this week was just a creative way to gloss over the crime of a privileged person. It turns out that the culprit has no apparent elite connections, and the medical diagnosis— which can limit criminal culpability—could be legitimate. Yet many Chinese responded online with a level of

sarcasm that highlights their strong doubts that their government will adjudicate fairly, especially in cases where money might play a role. “My advice for motorists and pedestrians alike is to watch out not only for cargo trucks but also luxury cars, because their drivers might be suffering from `acute transient psychotic disorder’ as ruled by so-called ‘authorities’ or ‘experts,’’’ college professor Sun Daojin wrote on his microblog. “If you ever crash with them,

they’ll be fine, but you’ll be completely done for.’’ W e l l - k n o w n commentator Shi Shusi changed his online profile picture to a mock certificate declaring himself as someone with acute transient psychotic disorder. “The BMW case in itself is a non-issue, but the hoopla around it shows the serious deficit China’s public power has in terms of credibility, which is scarier than fiscal {see BMW cont’d on page 13}





Who are Uighurs?

A look at group from restive China region accused of mounting attacks in train stations, markets and even a public square in Beijing. In March 2014, a group of Uighurs — including two women — slashed indiscriminately at crowds at a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming, killing 31. In May of 2014, a bomb assault on a market in Urumqi left 43 people dead.

BEIJING (AP) — Arrests made and details revealed about the Aug. 17 Bangkok bombing that killed 20 people have raised the question of whether members of an ethnic and religious minority from China’s far west were involved. A primer on the Uighurs, the repression they face in China and their presence abroad: ———


WHO ARE THE UIGHURS? The Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gurs) are a Turkic-speaking Muslim ethnic group native to China’s far western region of Xinjiang, which was sporadically controlled by Chinese dynasties over the centuries. They have long complained of ethnic discrimination and religious restriction under the Chinese government, which is dominated by members of the Han ethnic group. Several decades of economic development have brought an influx of Han people into the Uighurs’ oil-rich home region.


Uighurs have felt marginalized in the region’s economic boom, sparking ethnic tensions that erupted in the late 1990s and then again about a decade later, culminating in rioting that left

Beijing has long been wary of independence-minded militants in Xinjiang and has kept tight controls over the region. Beijing began labeling the militants terrorists in 2001 in a bid to win international support for the struggle against the militants. Scholars have argued that China’s stifling policies in the nearly 200 dead in the regional Since 2009, there have been region — including restrictions capital of Urumqi in 2009. frequent attacks on police on beards and veils — have stations, military checkpoints and marginalized the Uighurs and ——— government buildings in Xinjiang. {see UIGHURTS cont’d on The violence has spilled into other page 12} RECENT UNREST regions with Uighur militants


Bonhams specialists will be available in September to provide complimentary estimates of Asian Art with a view to selling at upcoming auctions in New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. To discuss consigning at auction, please contact Bonhams Seattle Representative Heather O’Mahony +1 (206 )218 5011 ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983) Splashed-Ink Autumn Landscape, 1965 Sold for $509,000 © 2015 Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers Corp. All rights reserved. WA Auction Company License #2355

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Morisawa to be featured in Art Interruptions 2015

Morisawa will create a trio of popart mosaic images that will inhabit the Spring Street P-Patch. Morisawa creates hand-made wood mosaics, made up of hundreds of intricate pieces of wood colored with natural oil dyes. The mosaic

images will be replicated on vinyl and installed in the P-Patch. Morisawa has a BA in design, ceramics from Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan and has exhibited both locally and internationally. 

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FRI 9/18

WHAT: ReWa’s 30th Anniversary Gala WHERE: The Westin Seattle WHEN: 5:30 p.m. COST: $100/person, $1,000/table RSVP:, 206-721-8448 INFO: WHAT: Women of Color Empowered Luncheon, “Women and Money” WHERE: China Harbor Restaurant 2040 Westlake AVE N., Seattle WHEN: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. TICKETS: 206-223-0623,

SAT 9/19 WHAT: Korean BBQ Cook-off WHERE: Seward Park, 5895 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle WHEN: 4-7 p.m. REQUEST A FORM: COST: $15/person, $5/children ages 7-12, free for kids 6 years and younger

Anniversary Gala WHERE: Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island WHEN: 6-8 p.m. COST: $85/person, $125/VIP ticket INFO:

SUN 9/22 WHAT: Fundraiser for Mike Honda WHERE: Four Seas Restaurant 714 S King St., Seattle, WA 98104 WHEN: 6:30 - -8:30 p.m. RSVP: WHAT: U.S.-China relations WHERE: Seattle University and the Brookings Institution WHEN: 1:30 - 3 p.m RSVP:

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WHAT: Michi Hirata North: Piano Concert WHERE: Meany Hall, University of Washington WHEN: 5 p.m. COST: $35/person, $20/student w/ID TICKETS: www.brownpapertickets. com/event/1586211

WHAT: Guest speaker Lori Tsugawa Whaley WHERE: Dojo Room, Blding #2, JCCCW 1414 South Weller St. Seattle, WA WHEN: 1 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

WHAT: Miss Chinese Seattle Scholarship for Women Pageant WHERE: Bellevue Meydenbauer Convention Center 11100 NE 6th Street Bellevue, WA 98004 WHEN: 6 - 9pm COST: $30 to $100 INFO: https://events.r20. oeidk=a07eb7lwnci551c8f24&oseq&c& ch

WHAT: 2nd Seattle Bangla Natyamela WHERE: Kirkland Performance Center 350 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033 WHEN: 1p.m. - 9 p.m. SUGGESTED DONATIONS: Season Pass (Premium) $25 Season Pass (Premium) $25 Student/Senior Season Pass (Regular) $20 Season Pass (Regular) $16 Student/Senior Single Show (Regular): $10 Single Show (Regular): $8 Student/Senior TICKETS: cms/index.php/events/natyamela-2015




Paston delivers a “thank you” letter (Photos by: George Liu/NWAW)

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly If case you don’t know, the friendly and personable parking enforcement officer Aaron Paston who has worked in the Chinatown/International District ID for 10 years, has now been assigned to a new neighborhood. The Seattle Police Department transfers their officers all the time. So what’s so special about the guy who gives out parking violation citations which makes so many people mad? Paston expressed remorse when he was told that his next assignment would be in Belltown. To prepare for this new move, he hand-delivered close to 50 thank-you letters in envelopes to say good-bye to several community members in August. Paston’s letter read: “It has been a great honor to serve your community. Thank you for the partnership, friendship, and courtesy you extended to me and especially for me such warm welcomes back after my shoulder surgeries.” Paston fell during one of his patrol duties in the ID, stepping on a slippery site, and hurt his shoulder. For those who assume that a parking enforcement officer’s purpose in merely giving out tickets to show that they “gotch

Aaron Paston

you,” is inaccurate. His letter said, “I worked hard to ensure the turnover of vehicles, keep the delivery zones clear and maintain safety of the pedestrians. Thank you for letting me know you appreciated the way I did my job.” It’s not only the ID food that he will miss in the community. The letter said, “I will miss the friends I’ve made, fun conversations we’ve had and sharing of everyday life.” Paston left on Sept. 1. He said he plans to come back to visit and hopes that he will even transfer back someday. 

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Meter officer: “Thank you ID”

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Feast on this

Filling up buffet-style By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly

This is everyone’s favorite site, meaning that we each consumed countless pieces. If I take them to a regular Japanese restaurant, I might go broke. I went for the sushi counter and got a plate of delightful sashimi. No, I never wanted to eat the filling rice, just the seafood. I picked all kinds of fish, including salmon and tuna. My other favorite item was the hand roll. It’s fresh and delicious. I could have eaten three or four, but I wanted to have room for other goodies, so I ate only one. I thought kids would skip sashimi. I was wrong. Our 9-year-old guest had several pieces of raw salmon on her plate and her brother continued to fill his plate with crab legs.

Food from the East and West

Everything you can think could possibly be in a buffet restaurant, Feast has it. If you want steak, a chef can grill one for you. If you like fancy noodles, you can pick your own ingredients; the chef can cook them in a bowl. If you want Chinese food, there is a counter. If you like Mexican food, it’s right before your eyes. If you prefer dim sum, they have these tiny delights.

Photos by: Assunta Ng/NWAW

Happy niece and nephew

Kids’ paradise

My relatives and I ate three meals together. We cooked one meal and the other meal was in a Chinese restaurant. My grandniece didn’t really like our steamed salmon, but she clearly enjoyed the raw salmon at Feast. And she didn’t eat much at the Chinese restaurant either. At Feast, she came alive. Her eyes twinkled when she found macaroni and cheese. Macaroni! I would never have thought about serving that for my young guests. She had seconds for macaroni and cheese. One more surprise that excited our young relatives—cotton candy. None of us would imagine that Feast serves it. Cotton candy is mostly served at fairs and festivals. Of course, kids find cotton candy irresistible.

Dessert section

Feast is a really sweet restaurant. How would I even think of desserts after such a big meal! I wish I had a bigger stomach for the feast! The Feast dessert section is thoughtfully planned. They provide a lot of light meticulous puddings. Those puddings in soy, milk, taro and other ingredients please the adult guests immensely. I enjoy Feast’s desserts because they are not over-sweet. Most restaurants prepare desserts with an excessive amount of sugar.

Buffet display

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Dragonfruit $4.99 lb $ lb



White Nectarine $1.69 lb


Mao Gua $0.79 lb

Lemongrass $2.29 ea

1.49 lb


1.69 ea


Choya Umeshu (Plum Wine) 750ml $16.99 ea $

0.69 lb

15.99 ea L.A Lucky Dried Anchovies 3.5oz $


Seattle’s American restaurants buffets charge $49 a person. That’s much more expensive than Feast. Their price range is different on weekdays, weekends and holidays. But it is much reasonable than other buffets. The kids’ rate is even better. My grandnephew ate more than I did. Since he’s only 11, we paid way less for him than adults. Feast serves seven days a week. It also has big rooms for parties and banquets. This is a restaurant that I will visit again and would recommend if you want to entertain friends. See you at Feast next time.  Feast is located at 485 Renton Center Way SW Renton, WA 98057

Green Papaya $0.99 lb $ lb

Mangosteen $6.99 lb $ lb


Sushi counter

And the salad, veggies, and fruits section is impressive. These are my daily necessities. Some people say I am dumb to eat salads in a buffet. I also like soups. Yes, you might think I am silly too. Going for the most expensive and non-filling items should be the way to go. But I prefer a balanced meal, Feast’s veggie choices are plentiful and the salads are palatable. I am also a soup lover so I couldn’t resist Feast’s miso and their Western soup options.



What impressed my guests were raw oysters with shells! They loved oysters, but never dared to try them in HK for fear of contaminated seafood. Some of my guests ate as many as six oysters. The crab legs were popular. My relatives quickly grabbed some for their plates. Just the oysters and crab alone must have been worth at least $40 -$50 per person if I treat my relatives to eat in a non-buffet restaurant. Feast serves all kinds of seafood. We dined at Feast on Saturday noon, missing its lobster serving at dinner from Friday to Sunday.

Seafood heaven

Fresh Strip Bass

Fresh XL Black Tiger Shrimp 16/20 Headless $

7.99 lb


1.29 ea

Fresh Tilapia

3.99 lb


L.A Lucky Sour Mustard Green 10.5oz

1.69 lb

0.69 ea


Sanford New Zealand Green Shell Mussel 2lbs

White Shrimp 91/110 Headless


11.99 4lbs box



The worst comment Chinese immigrants say about a restaurant is, not “bad food,” “ugly décor,” or “lousy service.” Simply, it is: “The customer is still hungry after eating at the restaurant.” With our relatives from Hong Kong (HK) visiting us recently, I was mindful in picking the right restaurant so they have a good impression about Seattle. HK’s restaurants set high standards. As a great aunt, I am eager to pamper kids. How do you satisfy a 9-year-old and 11-year-old and simultaneously, make the parents enjoy the meal? The solution is obvious: A buffet. Something for everyone would be wonderful, so we need not worry about ordering the wrong menu items. Usually, no one will complain that they don’t have enough to eat after dining at a buffet restaurant. Opened two months ago, Feast in Renton, was our choice. Feast is a huge venue. Entering into Feast, which is more than 25,000 sq ft, is like an adventure for everyone, following a long golden brick road, full of surprises and treasures from one spot to another.

Beef Tenderloin $

7.99 lb

7.99 ea

Pork Leg Boneless $

Fresh Yellowfin Tuna Steak

2.09 lb


4.49 lb

Chicken Leg Quarter $

0.99 lb

Offer only good while supplies last. We reserve the right to correct all printed errors.

Pork Chop $

2.49 lb

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■ arts & entertainment

Bumbershoot 2015

Exciting Asian American billing (rain or shine) By Vivian Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly From Sept. 5–7, thousands of people flocked to Seattle Center for Bumbershoot—Seattle’s annual music and arts festival. The three-day event showcases the latest in music, visual arts, dance, film, comedy, and more. Despite the bouts of rain, this year’s festival included a spectacular turnout from Asian American artists from all kinds of creative professions. On the first day of the festival, R&B sensation Jhené Aiko took to the main stage after the crowds braved an unexpected thunderstorm midafternoon. Aiko, who is of Japanese descent, brought some color to the dreary afternoon in her rainbow crop top and billowy purple pants, thanking her fans for braving the poor weather. Her unique brand of R&B projected a cool and very hip vibe—lulling fans with her sultry voice and songs of love, relationship, and life. Local theater personality and comedienne Sara Porkalob wowed guests in her dramedy act titled “Dragon Lady: A One Woman Show”. In a grandiose story that seems too impossible to be true, Porkalob portrays

Sara Porkalob

Nahko and Medicine for the People

six different female characters across three generations, creating a show that was full of spirited humor, suspense, and love while exploring a 60-year-old Filipina’s gangster past. Yes, you read that correctly.

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Porkalob’s Chinese, Filipino, and Hawaiian background and family history served as inspiration for this fantastic one-woman show. Of all the things I did during Bumbershoot, this comedy act was one of my favorite events from the entire three days. I look forward to catching Porkalob in her future shows around town. On Sunday night, R&B singer and songwriter Kehlani took to the Starbuckssponsored stage, which lies under the Space Needle’s shadow and may be one of the most scenic music stages of the entire festival. The Oakland-based artist, who is of Hawaiian descent, quickly charmed audiences with her rhythmic and soulful beats and booty-shaking dance moves. Kehlani also did a great job of engaging with the audience by sharing personal snippets about her life and talking conversationally with fans in between songs. I had not heard of Kehlani before Bumbershoot and she was one of my favorite discoveries from the weekend. Watch out for Kehlani. This will not be the last you hear of her. Monday was the sunniest day of the entire festival. World music group Nahko and Medicine for the People took to the stage on the Fisher Green lawn, playing their lively and infectious tunes to happy ears. The talented music group, which is comprised of five members and led by frontman Nahko Bear, is a fusion of various cultural musical influences and utilizes a range of instruments to achieve its international sound. Bear is of mixed Filipino heritage. If I had to choose one band to sum up the “summer music festival experience,” it would be Nahko and Medicine for the People. From unique covers of iconic songs, such as covering Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” to their own flavor of world music, this group is the quintessential summer music festival group—the kind of band that makes you want to dance outside in the sunshine with a beer in hand. The hilarious and divisive comedian Hari Kondabulu took to an indoor stage to perform stand-up. Kondabulu, who

Jhené Aiko

once called Seattle home, discussed everything from his life in the entertainment business to his family, making the audience laugh with the concept of the Indian Illuminati—where the likes of actor-comedians Kal Penn and Aziz Ansari hobnob—to his blunt yet caring Indian parents. Notably, Kondabulu wasted no time in skewering Republican candidate nominee Bobby Jindal (R-La.), and gleefully took credit for creating #BobbyJindalIsSoWhite on Twitter—a hashtag used to highlight the various ways Jindal has openly rejected his Indian roots in hopes of appealing to a mainstream white media. If Kondabulu is ever in town, it’s worth seeing him for this bit alone. Hilarious. Rain or shine, Bumbershoot is a beloved local event for many. As a festivalgoer dating back to 2003, I’m pleased to see the increase of Asian American acts on Bumbershoot’s billing over the years. Here’s to hoping for more next year! Vivian Nguyen can be reached at 


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Patsy O’Connell knows a bit about diversity

By Zachariah Bryan Northwest Asian Weekly

As board president and founder of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) in Tacoma, Patsy O’Connell sees diversity every day. The APCC, founded in November of 1996, is the only Asian and Pacific Islander cultural center located in Pierce County, representing an impressive 47 countries. Moreover, it’s brimming with activities, through partnerships with schools, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other organizations. APCC offers a variety of educational, cultural and language programs throughout the year. It also provides rental space, acts as a resource center and throws on a popular Lunar New Year celebration with a different “host country” every year. Earlier this year, the Lunar New Year celebration was hosted by Pakistan and attracted 9,000 people In a sense, the APCC is a culmination of O’Connell’s life, which has involved lots of emigrating and immigrating, traveling, and a smorgasbord of cultural experiences. After all, culture hopping is in her blood. O’Connell’s grandfather was born in Korea, educated in America for nine years and — after returning to Korea — emigrated to China when Japan occupied Korea. Understanding both Eastern and Western culture, speaking both Korean and English, he was able to find work as a port commissioner in Shanghai, where he raised 10 children. That’s including O’Connell’s father, who stayed in Shanghai, learning to speak English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. So it comes as no surprise that O’Connell,

also born in Shanghai, would embark on a life of cultural transitions and connections. She moved back to Korea after its liberation from Japanese occupation in 1945 and then immigrated to the U.S. in 1963. There, she met her husband in San Francisco, the source of her Irish surname. Her travels didn’t stop there. She spent the next several years with her husband, who was in the Army, hopping from assignment to assignment. Okinawa, Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan. Another year, another Asian or Pacific Island country. Another culture, another language, another set of friends to make. Reflecting back, she notes the importance of the immigrant story. “Those kinds of experiences made me think, as an immigrant, I think the survival skills we bring to this country are important, and it is important we share that with our generation,” she said.

In 1995, O’Connell brought her father to the U.S., where he passed away the following year. The event had a profound effect on the grieving O’Connell. “If you have that kind of experience, you can just sit there and be sad about it. You kind of reevaluate your existence. That’s when I called six people, four different ethnicities, second and third generation,” she said. “I was wondering if second and third generations feel the same way (as first generations) and we unanimously agreed that we need a place,” she said. Thus was born the APCC. At first, it was O’Connell’s intention to represent Asian countries. But, as she talked to more people, the more need she realized there was. The center opened up to the Philippines, Tibet, Pakistan, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia — and more, and more and more, until it reached today’s current total of 47 countries.

“It’s not just a place, it’s an identity, it’s an aspiration we can attain in a big scale,” O’Connell said. Now, after nearly 20 years, O’Connell wants to take on one more project: Moving the APCC from its South Tacoma Way location, which it has outgrown, to the new Point Ruston development. The idea is lofty in scale: A new 390,000 square-foot campus complete with 200 units of housing, a cultural center, retail and a grocery store/food court something along the lines of Uwajamaya in the International District. “I think it will be a destination place,” O’Connell said. O’Connell said the new campus would cement the Puget Sound’s Asian and Pacific Islander history, the bad and the good, and would help bring awareness to the immigrant story. “I think it’s important to let people know that we are also residents of America,” O’Connell said. “You still read about the discrimination — I don’t like to use that word — but there are people who still say that we are just passing through.” “I want to make sure the Asia Pacific Cultural Center is as equal as Tacoma Art Museum, History Museum or Glass Museum,” O’Connell continued. “We bring a lot more cultures and differences to the mainstream. It’s important that we share and show, using the five senses. … How great for other countries to know that America really embraces the immigrants and Asia Pacific people?” For reservations, call 206-223-0623 or email at 

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A party for Superman Al

Al and Alysa Sugiyama (Photo by: John Liu/NWAW)

Fans come to support Al (Photo by: John Liu/NWAW)

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly What is celebration for Superman like? Last Sunday, Al Sugiyama, who is battling cancer, found out that he is much loved by many. A rainbow of over 500 (Asians, blacks, Native Americans and whites), packed the gymnasium of Blaine Memorial Methodist Church. Al’s fans spread from young and old— those he had helped to get jobs, fight discrimination, give a voice, or mentor for close to half a century. Designed by brother-in-law, Eugene Tagawa, Superman Al’s posters and buttons were proudly displayed and distributed. “Didn’t recognize it was me,” said Al. In fact, he was embarrassed by the attention and title. What he did, is not for the intent to get appreciation. “When people are successful, that’s how I get thanks,” he said. “I never expect to get something. What I crave for is a stronger community.” That’s why the organizing committee described Al as Superman because Superman never expects anything in return for helping people. Superman uses his power to help the weak and disadvantaged and round up the bad guys.

Al has done that too—through protests, sit-ins, and meetings with authorities, face-to-face to challenge unjust systems. I will always remember what Al said three decades ago why he wanted to run for Seattle School Board. “If I don’t do it, who will?” he said. It’s no accident he became the first Asian American Seattle School Board member (elected in 1989) when he wanted to help students of color to succeed in education and narrow the achievement gap. Just following Al, you will receive countless gifts of life lessons, said his nephew Tim Burrus. Even his oncologist, Dr. Soma Subramaniam, said Al inspires him. “We love our job because of patients like Al,” Subramaniam said. “He loves to live life to the fullest.” Even with cancer, he joined the protest at the Kings Hookah Lounge on July 24 over the death of Donnie Chin, a community hero. At one point, there was slow moment. The protesters turned to Al for leadership. “What do we want?” Al shouted out the words without pausing. The crowd echoed his words. “We want justice,” Al fired again. And the group chanted Al’s words again. Even after 18 rounds of chemotherapy

Eugene Tagawa designed the poster (Photo by: John Liu/NWAW)

since last October, Al showed little signs of being worn out at the party. Standing tall, he mingled and hugged friends happily. Then he gave a close to 15-minute speech, full of humor and anecdotes, without notes or stopping for breath. His spirit soared seeing the room filled with old pals, whom he hadn’t seen for a long time. It’s hard to believe he’s sick.

“I am happy to go to chemo,” said Al, “because it is helping me. I want to go.” Where does Al get his powers? “I surround myself with positive people,” Al replied. “I don’t want to have people feel sorry or pity me or say ‘poor me.’ You need people to talk you up.” Al found his strengths from friends who care about him. He is grateful that they bring him food—call him regularly, take him out to lunch, praying for him, and emailing him and asking how he’s doing. That’s crucial collective power for Al. “Al is pleased with the event and most importantly inspires him more to conquer his cancer,” said his close friend, Will Lew. Born in the year of the OX, a tough animal, Al, now 66, just celebrated his birthday on Sept. 10. That toughness “is my birthright,” he said. “I can beat it (cancer),” said Al. “I don’t waiver. I will keep up a good fight.” That’s Superman’s strength. 

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■ editorial The abuse that Chun Hsien Deng suffered is heart-wrenching. If you haven’t heard about the case, a 19-year-old Asian American student died approximately two years ago due to hazing at Baruch College in New York. Deng was 19, studious, a competitive handball player, and he was an International Business major at Baruch College. His parents were first-generation immigrants. He seemed to be an over-achiever and was looking for community in his education. He joined a fraternity at the college, “Pi Delta Psi.” According to the New York Times, “Pi Delta Psi’s Baruch colony…was designed to help Asian American students…find a place in the pecking order of




No more hazing

a school buzzing with aspiring business people. “ The students who fatally assailed him during a weekend are now going through the trial process. He was forced to run blindfolded with a 30-pound backpack in

winter cold and was assailed by the fraternity members—an apparently destructive rite of passage. Since his death, there seems to be a jumble of confusion and regret. It doesn’t look good for the fraternity members or anyone

own, or what our brothers would want to do to us. Does American behavior propone this behavior, the animalistic traditions? The court will soon decide what qualifies as intent, possible homicide, and the general public will have their opinions about the Asian American youth in the U.S.. And the scenario does not look pretty for the fraternity. In the Asian American community, “fraternity” should have good connotation and focus on support for our fellow brothers involved in the hazing. What is defense on this horrific and sisters. Deng’s death and controversial situation? case resonates in its violence in Initiation rituals? how your “brothers” perhaps might Power struggle? The Asian American community not be the brothers you expect.  has been dumbfounded by our

■ Wayne’s world Yep, a column about throw pillows Rebellion

By Wayne Chan Northwest Asian Weekly It’s been a good run. Heck, it’s been a great run. For 22 blissful years, I’ve avoided the bane of many married men’s existence. I’m sure if you’re a married man, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m talking about decorative bed throw pillows. You know the ones. They’re decorative. They are thrown off the bed before you go to sleep. That’s why they are called “throw” pillows. They serve no purpose except to exist. Every other part of the bed serves a unique, functional purpose. The mattress, the box frame, the sheets – they all make sense. Regular pillows – a cool, soft, support for your head – of course you need pillows. For 22 years we’ve managed to survive without decorative throw pillows on our bed. Now we have them. Please… someone tell me what we’re supposed to do with them. In a perfectly passive aggressive way, I’ve tried my best to convey my irritation with these useless interlopers who have invaded my bed. Before I go to bed, I quickly fling these pillows off the bed, where they sit scattered around the bedroom until morning. Even if I wanted to neatly place them somewhere else in the room, there’s nowhere for them to go. We have no cabinets designated for “useless objects to be stored overnight.” So, the pillows lay on the floor, perfectly positioned for me to trip over if and when I need to get up in the middle of the night. In the morning, to continue with my passive aggressive protest, I will make the bed, putting everything in its proper place except for the pillows, which remain on the floor. For a couple of days now, my wife Maya will look at me with a stern look

on her face and say something like, “You didn’t make the bed,” which is actually code for, “These pillows are now part of the bed-making ritual. Get your act together and pick them up off the floor.” When I go for the direct approach and express my displeasure over having these pillows in our lives now, particularly when they serve no real purpose, her response is, “They do serve a purpose. They look nice, like a painting.” Baloney. I don’t remember the last time I passed one of our paintings ever having to take the painting off the wall and fling it across the room and then put them back when I pass by them again.

Even if you could argue that the only function these pillows really need to provide is as a decoration or as a way to impress, I just don’t see it. We’re not the type to try and show off anyways, but even if we were, what’s the likelihood that we would invite friends over and say, “After we show you our new pool and our brand new car, how’d you guys like to check out the new decorative pillows sitting on the bed? Not interested? OK, your loss!” The only purpose I’ve ever seen for decorative throw pillows on a bed is whenever you watch a movie where there’s an Arabian prince lounging about on his bed, he’s always surrounded by

beautiful women either feeding him individual grapes or fanning him with a long palm leaf. Whenever I see that in a movie, yes, the bed has plenty of decorative throw pillows. So, unless my wife is willing to feed me tortilla chips as I’m lounging about on the bed watching Sunday night football, I think these pillows have got to go. 

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{FOOD cont’d from page 3} ourselves and our community and our own identities.” It was during this period of time that they turned their initial feelings of anger over the injustice they saw “into something creative whether it’s hip hop, but for me, it was spoken word.” “It spurred this sense of responsibility in a way,” Amlag added. “It made me realize, ‘You have to do something with this information.’” In 2001, she joined the Seattle chapter of the GABRIELA Network, an organization involved

{NG cont’d from page 1} With a history of work with winning organizations (namely the Yankees and Dodgers) and respected by her peers (former Dodger manager Joe Torre hired her for her present role with MLB), Ng has set herself up to take the next step in her career. But, the speculation is that the Mariners are looking for a person that has served as general manager in the past. Hence, a retread more likely than not and someone within the established male, Caucasian-dominated fraternity that is major league baseball’s management. The Mariners ownership gave Jack Zduriencik seven years to turn around the Mariners. In media interviews, he proclaimed that was the time frame for which one might expect a winning team and playoff baseball in Seattle. Yet, seven years appeared to be a rather extensive overhaul especially when other baseball franchises appeared to reach its goal of winning baseball in a much faster time frame. Seven years later, nothing has changed. In fact, Zdurencik’s tenure offered little in the form of winning and the timeline given appears more of him attempting to salvage his job security. Not since the University of Washington gave Tyrone Willingham 4

in solidarity movements in the Philippines and in developing awareness in the U.S. of such women’s issues as human trafficking and the mail-order bride industry. She began applying her event-planning skills on its first task: organizing a national women’s educational conference at Seattle University called the North American Consultation for Women of Philippine Ancestry. A second spark of creativity struck during their 10th wedding anniversary in 2013. Deciding to use their imagination, foresight, and culinary talent, they celebrated the occasion by hosting a special

years to turn around the Husky Football program has the area seen such an embarrassing job performance. For those that do not recall, Willingham was the Husky head coach from 20052008 and amassed an 11-37 record including an 0-12 season in 2008. The Mariners franchise is synonymous with mediocrity and disappointment. Despite several key signings by the baseball team (e.g., Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz) it remains below .500 and this year will make it 14 seasons since the team made it to the playoffs. Perhaps the most-surprising thing about the mediocre Mariners is that attendance is up 15% over last year when the team was playing well. The attendance means that fans expected more this year or that people are coming to watch the visiting teams come to Safeco Field. In the end, winning baseball brings in more fans and one might imagine the attendance figures if the Mariners were competitive. The Mariners are in a familiar low point of the franchise. The team should hire Kim Ng because of her qualifications and her experience with winning organizations. One would hope that winning finally rubs off for baseball in Seattle and it doesn’t take seven more years. 

{HAZING cont’d from page 1} Fraternity members waited an hour to take Deng to the hospital after he was blindfolded, forced to wear a heavy backpack and then repeatedly tackled during a hazing ritual known as glass ceiling, Police Chief Chris Wagner said at a news conference. Deng fell unconscious and was carried inside the house while fraternity members called Meng, changed Deng’s clothes and did a Google search of his symptoms. “At this point, members began to hide paraphernalia and basically put the fraternity’s well-being over that of Michael Deng’s,” Wagner said. Three fraternity members eventually took him to the hospital, where he died a day later. The grand jury recommended thirddegree murder charges for the fraternity itself and five people. Dozens of other fraternity members face less serious charges ranging from aggravated assault to hazing. The fraternity organization could be forced to pay a fine if convicted, according to Michael Rakaczewski, assistant district attorney in Monroe County.

feast for their family – including sons Ajani and Amado – and friends. The gathering proved to be so successful that they decided to do it again but in a different way. Their monthly pop-up restaurant, Food & Sh-t, debuted at Inay’s Asian Pacific Cuisine in September 2013, and it has popped up every third Monday of the month ever since. By using large conference-style tables for communal dining, their menus – each one designed around a different theme – get strangers from different backgrounds to meet and talk over their Filipino and Hawaiian-inspired food with

{UIGHURTS cont’d from page 5} fueled militancy. Last year, wellknown Uighur economist Ilham Tohti, who had urged Beijing to review its policies in Xinjiang to foster reconciliation, was convicted of inciting separatism and sentenced to life in prison. In response to the 2014 attacks, Beijing launched a one-year crackdown on terror cells in Xinjiang, executing and jailing hundreds of people on terrorismrelated charges. ——— FLEEING CHINA Uighurs have been fleeing China in recent years, often by way of Southeast Asia. Rights advocates say they are escaping repressive rule, but Beijing says many are leaving to join jihad with the intention of returning to China to carry out terrorist attacks. Courts in Xinjiang cities of Hotan, Kashgar and Karamay recently jailed Chinese smugglers who helped Uighurs cross illegally into Vietnam, as well as several Uighurs who unsuccessfully tried to emigrate illegally. While there are large Uighur diasporas in Europe and

familiar Pacific Northwest flavors. Lumpia (an Asian spring roll) with salmon is one example. Chera’s Hood Famous Ube (a purple yam) Cheesecake has become one of the items on the Food & Sh-t menu in biggest demand, even selling out online at Lish Food last year. Bringing a culturally-diverse community together is important to the couple as well as promoting Filipino cuisine as an excellent choice for those who enjoy dining out. Recently, Amlag decided to start an online bakery called Hood Famous Bakeshop and now runs

it full-time. She thanks everyone who supports their devoted interest “to get Filipino flavors out to the masses” on its website. “All these things are things, I think, are connected, and we have a passion for,” said Quibuyen.

the United States, Turkey is the destination of choice for most seeking to leave China. Turkey’s government is under intense public pressure to support the Uighurs, leading to tensions in Ankara’s relationship with Beijing.

independent access to any court proceedings for the returnees, allowing the government to control the narrative about them.


Though there have been many theories about perpetrator and motive, speculation about a Uighur connection to the Bangkok bombing came almost immediately, in part because the bomb went off at a shrine popular with Chinese tourists.

THAILAND’S REPATRIATION In late 2014, the Thai government detained hundreds of migrants believed to be Uighurs in refugee camps, including women and children. Many refused to speak to Chinese officials, claiming to be Turkish, and many obtained legitimate Turkish passports and later settled in Turkey. However, on July 9 of this year, Thailand repatriated more than 100 of the Uighurs — mostly men — who were wanted by China as terror suspects. This drew criticism from Uighur advocates, human rights groups, the U.S., the United Nations and others, all concerned that the returnees would be persecuted. Video footage by Chinese state media showed the men hooded and under tight security. Chinese authorities have granted no

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Police have arrested two foreigners, confiscated bombmaking materials from two apartments on the outskirts of Bangkok and are looking for 10 other suspects. The first suspect arrested was found at one of the apartments and possessed a fake Turkish passport. The second, arrested near the Thai-Cambodia border, carried a passport that indicated he was from Xinjiang. Police say they believe the bomber has left the country. Authorities have intentionally avoided calling the bombing an act of terrorism for fear of hurting Thailand’s reputation. 

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Deng was the last of five pledges to be hazed that weekend, going through three progressively more difficult stages that lasted about 25 minutes each, Wagner said. It was during the last stage that Deng suffered the fatal blows, including footballstyle tackles in which he was “speared,” the chief said. “The overall investigation shows that he was singled out and he was treated harsher than the other pledges,” said Wagner. He declined to say why Deng was forced to suffer the extra abuse, calling it part of the investigation. A forensic pathologist determined Deng suffered repeated trauma to the head, torso and thighs, and “the forces were significant and severe,” police said in a statement. Baruch College has said it had no knowledge about the event. The college banned the fraternity and the national fraternity revoked its affiliation with the local chapter. Fraternity officials did not immediately return an email seeking comment on the charges. Authorities say staggering the arrests will keep courts from being overwhelmed. 

Notice of Election

International Special Review District Board In accordance with SMC 23.66, as amended

Nomination Deadline: 10/20/2015 Department of Neighborhoods Mailing address: ATTN: ISRD Coordinator PO Box 94649 Seattle, WA 98124-4649 Street address: Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1700 (fl 17) Nomination forms may be submitted via U.S. Postal Service or hand-delivered no later than the close of business day (5:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, October 20st. Nominees and nominators shall sign the nomination form to provide proof of consent.An original signature from the nominee is required; therefore, nomination forms will not be accepted via email or fax. Open Positions: #1 Business Owner, Property Owner, or Employee #2 Resident, Tenant, or Community Participant #4Resident, Tenant, or Community Participant Eligible persons shall be nominated to one position only. Nominees shall be eligible for the selected position in accordance with criteria of the International Special Review District enabling ordinance, SMC 23.66, as amended. Election Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Polling Place: Bush Hotel, IDEA Space meeting room (409 Maynard Avenue South, basement level) Time: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Voter eligibility is limited to those 18 years or older.

There shall be one vote per voter. Voters must meet at least one of these four categories of eligibility: Property Owner, Employee, Business Person, or Resident (as defined by election procedures for the International Special Review District Board authorized by the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods.) There shall be no voting by proxy or absentee ballot. For more information, contact the International Special Review District Board Coordinator at (206) 684-0226 or visit http://seattle. gov/neighborhoods/preservation/id.htm. NOTE: VOTER REGISTRATION PROCEDURE Voter registration is required. A registration list of eligible voters is kept permanently on file in the Department of Neighborhoods and in the Chinatown/ International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) office, located at 409 Maynard Ave. S., basement level.It is not necessary for an eligible voter to register every year unless his or her voting category or address changes. Eligible voters may register by filling out aregistration form and submitting it to the Department of Neighborhoods at any time of the year except forthirty (30) daysprior to the election. Registration forms are available in the Department or in the CIDBIA. On election day, voters will be asked to show one form ofthe followingvalid photographicidentification: driver’s li cense,photographicidentification card, passport,or permanent resident card,and sign a register. The International Special Review District Board Election Procedures (Amended October 25, 2012) are available upon request.


■ astrology



For the week of September 19 – September 25, 2015 By Sun Lee Chang

Rat — There is something you have been meaning to do for quite a while. Best get to it before it is too late.

Dragon — A well deserved respite from your hectic schedule should do wonders in improving your outlook and mood.

Ox — You will be pleasantly surprised by the gesture made by a good friend. Though it was unexpected, the timing couldn’t have been better.

Snake — Throwing caution to the wind isn’t exactly your style. You would rather assess all the pitfalls before you take a step forward.

Monkey — No matter how much you put in, there is no guarantee that you will receive the same amount back. So do not put in more than you feel comfortable with. Rooster — Want to be the one running the show? Figure out what needs to be done and then take the lead to make sure it happens.

Tiger — As much as you would like to anticipate what is coming down the road, there is value in just enjoying the moment.

Horse — More often than not, you tend to be all or nothing in your approach. Perhaps it is time to try something in between the extremes.

Dog — Having learned what not to do, you now have the chance to move on with a much greater likelihood of success.

Rabbit — Don’t look for problems where none exist. Instead address the ones that are already on your plate.

Goat — Are you stuck in a rut, but not sure how to get out? It is definitely not by doing the same old thing— instead engage in something new and interesting.

Pig — You are more than ready for an upgrade of sorts; however, consider carefully for all is not what it appears at first glance.

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 Rooster 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 Dog 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 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.

{BMW cont’d from page 4} deficits,’’ Shi said. The widespread distrust unnerved the ruling Communist Party. The party’s main newspaper, the People’s Daily, called the case a “public trust crisis’’ and urged the Nanjing government to be transparent and release as many details as possible to regain the public’s confidence. “The public opinion has so stubbornly questioned the medical opinion because of the worry about black-box operations, which damage social fairness and erode legal justice,’’ the newspaper wrote. For many decades, the Chinese public tended to trust their authoritarian government, but that has unraveled with the opening up of society and freer flow of information over the past three decades. Still, the partyled government has clung to a system of shutting the public out

of decision-making, leaving many skeptical and cynical to the point of rejecting anything the government says. A steady stream of corruption scandals and incidents such as last month’s Tianjin warehouse explosions that killed 165 people reinforce the public perception that their government is too corrupt to be trusted. Police mistakes haven’t helped. In 2009, members of the Chinese public coined the phrase “70 kilometers’’ to describe irresponsible government acts after police in the eastern city of Hangzhou declared a speeding car was going only 70 kilometers (43 miles) per hour when it fatally knocked over a pedestrian. Police later apologized, and the offending car was ruled to have gone as fast as 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour. In Nanjing, police found themselves almost immediately on the defensive when details

surfaced that the BMW sped through red lights at an intersection and crashed into three vehicles, including a bus, in June. Surveillance videos show flying shreds from a car that instantly fell apart, and media reports said two people were thrown out of the vehicle and died. Police drew public scorn with an initial assessment that the BMW was going only somewhat faster than other cars. Later police calculations showed the BMW was speeding at 195.2 kilometers (121 miles) per hour. There was more online second-guessing about whether the man arrested, 35-yearold Wang Jijin, was a scapegoat; police later announced that DNA testing verified Wang was the driver. Police said Wang was not under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs, drawing more skepticism given reports that he had behaved irrationally following the collisions. Online commenters

sneered at a police statement that the powder-like material found inside Wang’s car wasn’t drugs, but corn starch. Three months later, Nanjing authorities offered an explanation: Wang was suffering from acute transient psychotic disorder at the time of the crash. Citing the medical condition implies authorities believe Wang may have been incapable of controlling himself. Some members of the public immediately assumed the term— heard by many for the first time— was a convenient excuse to help reduce criminal liability, and they theorized that Wang must come from a privileged family that exerted influence over police. Wang later turned out to be an ordinary businessman from a rural family who had moved to city to make a living by selling construction materials. Wang has been arrested on a charge of causing a vehicular

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and Danzhou. President Xi will be the fourth consecutive Chinese leader to visit Seattle – Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao before him all came to the region due to the importance of Seattle’s relationship with China. President Xi will be in Seattle September 22-24. He will visit a few locations throughout the region, including Boeing’s Paine Field, Microsoft’s main campus, and Lincoln High School in Tacoma. He will also meet with business and government leaders from across the U.S. and offer his only policy speech of his trip at a dinner banquet where dignitaries such as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will be in attendance. The 30-person welcoming committee includes leaders from the state which will include Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks; Jerry Lee, Chairman of MulvannyG2; and Assunta Ng, Founder and Publisher of Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly. 

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{CRISIS cont’d from page 1} and for Asians.” Yi-Fen Chou is a nuclear engineer in Chicago that now goes by a married name. However, her sister Ellen Chou, indicated that she did not want to be identified or interviewed about the name controversy. The name was given to Yi-Fen by a paternal grandfather. The Chou family emigrated from Taiwan in 1977 and settled in Fort Wayne. Prior to this controversy, Hudson’s poem, under the pen name Yi-Fen Chou, was accepted by a literary journal produced by the University of NebraskaLincoln. It found its way to the 2015 edition of “Best American Poetry,” which was edited by Washington state native Sherman Alexie. The anthology is a prestigious honor in the literary community. Upon learning the news, Hudson contacted Alexie about his actual identity. Alexie decided to publish Hudson’s poem despite the revelation. In an explanation that exceeded the word

count of Hudson’s poem, Alexie gave a thoughtful, perhaps over analytical and detailed explanation on why he chose Hudson’s poem and kept it in the publication. He admitted that the Chinese name persuaded him into giving the poem more consideration than he may have if Yi-Fen Chou did not pen the poem. “I will pay close attention to the poets that have been underrepresented in the past,” Alexie wrote. Although Alexie was angry at the “subterfuge,” he determined that the poem was still compelling and “it didn’t contain any overt or covert Chinese influences or identity.” While some within the poetry community thought Alexie’s comments were honest, it could also be seen as a case of overthinking. Although using an alias instead of your real name is not unheard of in the writing industry, using a name in order to gain an advantage is the issue which hits home with many individuals. In this case, many Asian American

writers took issue with the misrepresentation. “[I]f there is such a thing as employing yellowface in poetry, this has to be it,” stated blogger Phil “Angry Asian Man” Yu. “He (Hudson) sort of implies that minorities are published because we’re minorities, not because of our work,” said Chapman University professor Victoria Chang, “That’s just insulting because it strips everything we’ve worked so hard for.” The use of a Chinese name by a white person sparked comparisons to ousted Spokane, Wash. NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal. She was the white woman that became president of the Spokane NAACP, although she claimed that she was black. Hudson utilized YiFen Chou to gain a perceived advantage in the literary world. It appears that it has worked in his favor as the poem received the consideration to be one of 75 poems to be deemed the “best of” 2015. 

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