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Bruce Harrell Nankai, Chief Sealth By Charles Lam Northwest AsiAN weekly

Bruce Harrell seattle City Councilmember Bruce harrell announced his entry into the increasingly contested mayoral race on tuesday, Jan. 15. the campaign will officially kick off at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the First

A.M.e. Church on Capitol hill. “i am running for mayor because people in seattle need strong, proactive leadership and a leader who inspires our city to build a pathway to success for all, a leader who will jumpstart our city with fresh ideas and energy,” harrell said. harrell, who is half Black and half Japanese American, is a former rose Bowl-winning husky linebacker. he was quick to target current Mayor Mike McGinn. “wherever i go, from community forums to the park, that mayor is overwhelmingly not supported,” harrell said in a phone interview. “Nothing creative has been done from his office.” harrell joins the race with fellow City Councilmember tim Burgess, real estate broker Charlie staadecker, state senator ed Murray, former Greenwood

{see HARRELL cont’d on page 13}

SPD address hiring and recruitment at community meeting “We started this discussion probably 20 years ago, but it keeps getting renewed and disappeared and renewed.” — Al Sugiyama Executive Director of the Executive Development Institute

face off in showdown

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enters crowded Mayor’s race

The Nankai team in warm up suits before the game. By Zachariah Bryan Northwest AsiAN weekly China can play basketball. that’s what the girls varsity team

at the Chief sealth international school learned on saturday, Jan. 12, when they played a friendly exhibition match with their sister school, Nankai high school, from seattle’s

sister city, Chongqing. the story-turned-myth goes like

{see NANKAI cont’d on page 15}

Inslee sworn in as Governor Jay Inslee was sworn in as Washington’s 23rd Governor on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in front of a crowd of approximately 250 at the State Capitol Rotunda.

Inslee with the Hou family (from right: Evelyn, Lena, and Shula)

Lena Hou (pictured with parents to right) performed

By Charles Lam Northwest AsiAN weekly

the National Anthem at the Inauguration. Inslee met the Hou family after Lena performed at the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation’s Top Contributors to the Asian Community dinner.

Inslee with Lena Hou

{see SPD cont’d on page 11}

Lena singing the National Anthem.

The InsIde sTory NAMES IN THE NEWS Who’s doing what in the Asian community. » P. 2

COMMUNITY Women of color build community bridges. » P. 7

A-POP! More Asians on screens everywhere » P. 8

ENTERTAINMENT Blind Japanese pianist to perform in Seattle. » P. 9

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leaders of the Asian Pacific American community met with representatives of the seattle Police Department on wednesday, Jan. 16, in a follow-up to the community’s meeting with Connie rice earlier in December. in attendance were approximately 20 people, including lieutenant Carmen Bess, Arlene oki, Al sugiyama, Doug Chin, kim long Nguyen, linh thach, linh thai, tom Vu, officer ryan lancaster, sergeant Christie robin, rebecca Chan, rick takeuchi, and thomas le. wednesday’s meeting was proposed by Assistant Police Chief Mike

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■ nAMes In The neWs Asian Pacific Media Coalition announces new co-chairs

Daniel Mayeda

Diane Narasaki, Kip Tokuda appointed to Community Police Commission

Priscilla Ouchida Diane Narasaki

the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) announced Monday, Jan. 14 that Daniel M. Mayeda of east west Players (ewP) and Priscilla ouchida of Japanese American Citizens league (JACl) have been elected as its new cochairs. the APAMC, a coalition comprised of civil rights and media activism organizations, also announced that it will be expanding its activities. Mayeda, a founding member of the APAMC, is a longtime member of the board, legal counsel, and past president of east west Players, the nation’s largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work. ouchida is the executive director of JACl, the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization. organized in 1929, JACl is dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans. the group serves on the Comcast/ NBCUniversal Joint Advisory Council, and is associated with the Minority Media and telecommunications Council. JACl also participates on issues before the Federal Communications Commission, relating to minority participation. the coalition also announced that it will seek to expand the scope of its influence to encompass other important entities, such as advertising agencies, major advertisers, talent agencies, talent guilds, and AAPi writers, directors, and actors. “there are many important players who have an impact on the number and kinds of images of AAPis in the media,” Mayeda explained. “while we want to continue to focus on the television networks, we also want to reach out to these other stakeholders to embrace a coordinated effort to increase the representation of Asian Americans in the media and entertainment industries.” 

Kip Tokuda

Mayor Mike McGinn announced his appointments to the new Community Police Commission on Monday, Jan. 14. the Community Police Commission is a partnership between the police department, its officers, community members, and public officials intended to support the development of reforms, establishment of police priorities, and mechanisms to promote community confidence in the seattle Police Department. the Commission consists of 15 members, all of which are appointed by the mayor and are subject to City Council confirmation. the agreement requires that one member from the seattle Police officers Guild and one member from the seattle Police Management Association sit on the Commission. the remaining 13 members were selected from applicants who reside or work in seattle and include residents from each of the five geographic police precincts. “Public safety relies on public trust and engagement,” said McGinn. “that’s why i proposed the creation of a Community Police Commission as part of our agreement with the Department of Justice, to implement reforms in the seattle Police Department. i thank all the members of this new Commission for volunteering their time and experience to help build trust in our police force, by working to develop reforms and engage the larger seattle community.” the co-chairs of the commission are lisa Daugaard and Diane Narasaki. in addition to Daugaard, Narasaki, and tokuda, the members of the Commission includes kate Joncas, president and Ceo of the Downtown seattle Association; Bill hobson, executive director of the Downtown emergency services Cen-

ter; Jay hollingsworth, John t. williams organizing Committee; Joseph kessler, seattle Police Department, captain; John Page, program coordinator at the Defender Association’s racial Disparity Project; tina Podlodowski, former seattle City Councilmember; Marcel Purnell, youth Undoing institutional racism; Jennifer shaw, deputy director of AClU of washington; kevin stuckey, seattle Police Department, officer; rev. harriet walden, co-founder of Mothers for Police Accountability; and rev. Aaron williams, Mount Zion Baptist Church, senior pastor. 

Cindy Ryu is a finalist for Ferguson council seat

king County executive Dow Constantine submitted three names to the king County Council today for consideration to fill the vacancy left by the election of Councilmember Bob Ferguson as state attorney general. “each of these nominees has the experience, qualifications, and Cindy Ryu knowledge of the issues facing the county to serve the people of District 1 well,” said executive Constantine. “i again want to thank members of the Citizens Advisory Committee for reviewing the applications and narrowing the field for this significant appointment.” the three names sent today to the Council are rod Dembowski, attorney, Foster Pepper PllC; will hall, councilmember, City of shoreline; and Cindy ryu, state representative, 32nd District. the Council has 60 days to make the final appointment from the date the position becomes vacant on January 16. “our goal is to get a Councilmember to represent the over 220,000 residents of District 1 as quickly as possible,” said king County Council Chair larry Gossett. “we will have a thorough vetting of the candidates sent to us by executive Constantine with the focus of filling the appointment with the best of those candidates.” the appointee will serve in office until certification of the next general election in November. 

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Community to restore iconic Japanese gate in Seward Park For 50 years, the entrance to seward Park was distinguished by a 26-foot tall torii, or Japanese gate. Now, community members are inviting the public to help design a replacement for the former neighborhood icon, which was removed in the mid-1980s due to age and decay. the original torii was a gift of the seattle Japanese Chamber of Commerce to the City of seattle in 1934, and stood as a symbol of good will from seattle’s Japanese American community. the torii was adopted as a symbol for the seward Park Centennial in 2011 and community members suggested restoring it. with a planning grant from the Department of Neighborhoods, community groups led by the Friends of seward Park are asking the public to help develop a torii

design that will honor its predecessor and reflect current community values. Beginning Jan. 26, public meetings conducted by the landscape architectural firm Murase Associates will gather community input on the design and placement of the torii. the Friends then aim to seek additional grants and raise funds to rebuild the torii. to broaden community participation, the Friends are also hosting contests to design a torii-themed t-shirt and to write haiku, a Japanese form of poetry, related to seward Park. the winning torii design and haiku will be produced on t-shirts that will be sold to help raise funds for the torii restoration.  For further information, please visit www.

JACL announces 2013 Auburn Temple to host 2013 convention scholarship program white river Buddhist temple, a member temple of the Buddhist Churches of America, announced that they will be hosting the 2013 Northwest Buddhist Convention. the 66th annual convention is to be held from Friday, Feb. 15 through sunday, Feb. 17, at the Doubletree suites hotel at southcenter in tukwila. over 400 attendees are expected to travel from washington, oregon, idaho, California, and Canada to attend a weekend full of workshops, seminars, and keynotes from some of the most renowned experts of Buddhism in the United states. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. “we are excited to be hosting the largest and oldest gathering of Jodo shinshu Buddhists in the Northwest,” says Valerie Chun, convention co-chair. “the con-

vention is a fantastic opportunity to see old friends, meet new ones, and learn the teachings of the Buddha.” this year’s convention is centered around the self-reflective theme of “where Am i?” and features speakers reverend David Fujimoto of Puna hongwanji Mission in hawaii and reverend Dr. kenji Akahoshi of san Jose, Calif. “reverend Fujimoto and Dr. Akahoshi represents a generational shift of Buddhism in the 21st century in the United states,” says kelsey Asato, convention co-chair. “we look forward to their wisdom and insight during this year’s convention.”  For more information, visit www. or

the Japanese American Citizens league (JACl) announced the details of its 2013 scholarship program earlier in December. the JACl annually offers approximately 30 college scholarships for students who are incoming college freshmen, undergraduates, and graduates, and those specializing in law or the creative/performing arts. there is also a scholarship for those in need of financial aid in this time of rising tuition costs. Making its debut in 2013 is the newly-created Meiji Gakuin University-JACl scholarship for a graduating high school senior who wishes to study in Japan. Meiji Gakuin University, founded in 1863, is located in tokyo and is one of the oldest universities in Japan. this four-year scholarship will lead the recipient to a bachelor’s degree in international studies. All classes are taught in english. Freshman applications must be submitted directly by the applicant to his/her local JACl chapter by March 1. Applications for the “other” scholarship

categories (undergraduate, graduate, law, creative/ performing arts, and student aid) are to be sent directly by the applicant to the “National JACl scholarship Committee” by April 1. the application process for the Meiji Gakuin University-JACl scholarship involves two different applications, which can be requested directly from Meiji Gakuin University. the deadline for this U.s.Japan scholarship is March 1. Detailed scholarship program information and applications can be found on the JACl website at, and by clicking “education” on the menu bar. the National JACl scholarship Program requires that all applicants be a student or individual member of the JACl.  For more information, contact Regional Director Patty Wada at:, or National JACL Vice President for Planning & Development Jason Chang at

king county invitation to Bid Project: West Point Treatment Plant Liquids Control System Replacement (Primary and Secondary Clarifiers, Aeration and IPS), C00728C12 Sealed Bid due time/date: 1:30 p.m., February 12, 2013. Sealed Bid location: King County Procurement & Contract Services Section, Contracts Counter, 3rd Floor, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 engineer’S eStimate range: $1,100,000 $1,300,000. ScoPe of Work: The County is replacing the existing West Section Control System with an Ovation SPCS (Supervisory Process Control System), an Emerson Distributed Control System (DCS). The purpose of this project is to install and commission new Ovation SPCS controllers that shall replace the PLCs that are used to control process from the Primary Clarifiers through the Secondary Clarifiers of the facility. I/O control wiring from existing field devices will be extended from the existing Local Control Panels (LCPs) to the new Ovation Control Panels. Work Site: West Point Treatment Plant, 1400 Utah Avenue, Seattle, WA 98199. contact information: Mark Hoge, Contract Specialist, 206-263-9325, TTY Relay: 711, Fax: 206-

296-7675, or A bidder may be asked to put a question in writing. No verbal answers by any County personnel or its agents and consultants will be binding on the County. mandatorY Pre-Bid / Site tour: WPTP Admin. Bldg. Rainier Conference Room. A site tour will be conducted immediately following the conference. Hardhats and safety boots are recommended for site tour. FAILURE TO ATTEND ONE OF THE MANDATORY MEETINGS AND SITE TOUR WILL RESULT IN A NON-RESPONSIVE BID DETERMINATION. A sign in sheet will provide evidence of attendance. It is your responsibility to ensure you sign in and out. 10:00 a.m., January 22, 2013. 1:00 p.m., January 24, 2013. SuBcontracting oPPortunitieS: structural, equipment pads, electrical, instrumentation and controls, and mechanical. aPPrenticeShiP requirementS: 15% minimum Apprentice Utilization Requirement. ScS utilization requirementS. No minimum SCS Utilization Requirement. Bid guarantY: Not less than five percent (5%) of the Total Bid Price

coPieS of contract documentS: Electronic copies of the plans, specifications, reference documents, and any addenda for this solicitation can be accessed through an external link to Builder’s Exchange of Washington from our website shown below. This site includes options and instructions for printing. Printed documents may also be ordered by contacting United Reprographics at 206-382-1177. Copies of documents are not available for purchase from King County, but are available for review M – F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Contracts Counter: Chinook Bldg, 3rd Floor 401 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104. To receive email notifications of addenda or other important information concerning this solicitation, you must register to be a planholder under the “Solicitations” tab at the following internet link: WeBSite: This information is available in alternate formats for individuals with disabilities upon advance request by calling 206-263-9400, TTY Relay: 711. noteS: Bids received after Sealed Bid Time will not be considered. Bidders accept all risks of late delivery, regardless of fault. King County is not responsible for any costs incurred in response to this Invitation to Bid.

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Beijing’s air pollution literally off the charts

BeiJiNG, China (AP) — People refused to venture outdoors and buildings disappeared into Beijing’s murky skyline on sunday, Jan. 13 as the capital’s air quality went off the index. the Beijing Municipal environmental Monitoring Center said on its website that the density of PM2.5 particulates had surpassed 700 micrograms per cubic meter in many parts of the city. the world health organization considers a safe daily level to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter. PM2.5 are tiny particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in size, or about 1/30th the average width of a human hair. they can penetrate deep into the lungs, so measuring them is considered a more accurate reflection of air quality than other methods. the Beijing center recommended that children and the elderly should stay indoors, and others should avoid outdoor activities. the U.s. embassy also publishes data for PM2.5 on twitter, and interprets the data according to more stringent standards. in the 24-hour period up to 10 a.m. sunday, it said 18 of the hourly readings were “beyond index.” the highest number

Photo by David Barrie

By Louise Watt the AssoCiAteD Press

Beijing’s air pollution is so thick that it can be easily mistaken for fog.

was 755, which corresponded to a PM2.5 density of 886 micrograms per cubic meter. the U.s. environmental Protection Agency’s air quality index only goes up to 500 and it

advises anything greater than 300 would trigger a health warning of “emergency conditions” with the entire population likely affected.

while some people vowed to stay indoors with air purifiers turned on, streets were still fairly busy and there was the familiar sight of lines of traffic queuing on main thoroughfares. A young couple strolled along hand in hand in the central business district, both with matching white masks strung around their faces. two taiwanese tourists wore masks they said they had brought with them because they heard Beijing’s pollution was bad. “i don’t know why there is such heavy haze these past days. it’s really quite serious compared with the air quality three days ago,” said a 33-year-old lawyer, who would give only his surname, liu, as he adjusted his own mask. he said he had only ventured out because he needed to go shopping. PM2.5 can result from the burning of fuels in vehicles and power plants. weather conditions are a factor in the recent poor air quality as a lack of wind means pollutants can easily accumulate and fail to dissipate, said Pan Xiao Chuan, a professor at Peking University’s public health department. “recent pollution doesn’t mean there is an increase in the discharge of pollutants,” he said.

{see POLLUTION cont’d on page 11}

World’s oldest Tens of thousands protest Taiwan’s president woman dies at 115 in Japan By Staff the AssoCiAteD Press

By Staff the AssoCiAteD Press tokyo (AP) — A Japanese official says a woman in his town near tokyo, who became world’s oldest living female just last month, has died at 115. koto okubo died saturday, Jan. 12 at a nursing home in kawasaki City, according to city official Mitsuhiro kozuka. he said her relatives declined to release the cause of her death and family details. Born Dec. 24, 1897, okubo held her title for less than a month following the death of Dina Manfredini of the United states. Manfredini died within two weeks after becoming the world’s oldest person. Jiroemon kimura, a 115-year-old man in Japan’s ancient capital of kyoto, inherited that title. he was born on April 19, 1897. the city official said okubo had lived with one of her sons at the same nursing home. 

tAiPei, taiwan (AP) — tens of thousands of opposition demonstrators took to the streets of taipei on sunday, Jan. 13 to protest the policies of taiwan’s China-friendly president, in the largest anti-government action since he was re-elected to a second four-year term a year ago. waving green-colored banners emblazoned with the two Chinese characters for “fury” — the theme of the protest — demonstrators called on President Ma ying-jeou to fire Prime Minister sean Chen over the lackluster economic performance of the island, which saw growth of less than 2 percent in 2012. they also demanded that government regulatory bodies stop a consortium widely seen as pro-China from purchasing a masscirculation newspaper, and called for the convening of an all-party conference to discuss taiwan’s ailing social security and pension systems. “the economic situation is very bad,” said one of the protesters, 29-year-old Andy Chen, who recently returned to taiwan after several years studying abroad. “it’s very difficult for college graduates to find jobs. the government needs to do a lot more.” organizers from the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party estimated the crowd at 150,000, though Associated Press journalists on the scene put the number at no more than 50,000. there was no immediate estimate from police. since Ma’s re-election, his popularity has plummeted amid the failure

of his China-oriented economic program to show results and nagging unease over taiwan’s increasing orientation toward the mainland. Ma — whose approval rating now stands at around 15 percent — insists that tying the island’s high-tech industries ever closer to China’s lucrative markets is the best way for taiwan to avoid economic marginalization. sixty-three years after taiwan separated from the mainland following a protracted civil war, relations with Beijing remain the key issue in taiwanese politics. opposition supporters say Ma’s China-friendly policies are gradually eroding taiwan’s democratic freedoms and paving the way to the eventual loss of the island’s de facto independence. Ma rejects the charges, insisting that no changes to the island’s political status will occur on his watch. A current bone of contention revolves around the efforts of a taiwanese consortium widely seen as pro-China to acquire a popular mass-circulation newspaper. over the past few weeks, students have taken to the streets to oppose the deal to buy Next Media, claiming it would concentrate too much media power in the hands of tsai eng-meng, a pro-China businessman who already owns a popular cable tV news station and another masscirculation paper. tsai, one of the three members of the consortium, attracted widespread criticism a year ago when he disputed generally accepted accounts that hundreds, if not thousands, of pro-democracy demonstrators were killed by Chinese security forces in the area of Beijing’s tiananmen square in 1989. regulators will eventually rule on the deal to buy Next Media. 

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Google executive visits North Korea By Gillian Wong the AssoCiAteD Press

BeiJiNG, China (AP) — the Google chairman wants a firsthand look at North korea’s economy and social media in his private visit Monday, Jan. 14 to the communist nation, his delegation said, despite misgivings in washington over the timing of the trip. eric schmidt, executive chairman of one of the world’s biggest interEric Schmidt net companies, is the highest-profile U.s. executive to visit North korea — a country with notoriously restrictive online policies — since young leader kim Jong Un took power a year ago. schmidt departed Beijing on Monday aboard a flight to

Pyongyang with a delegation led by former New Mexico Gov. Bill richardson, who has traveled more than a half-dozen times to North korea over the past 20 years. richardson called the trip a private, humanitarian mission. “this is not a Google trip, but i’m sure he’s interested in some of the economic issues there, the social media aspect. so this is why we are teamed up on this,” richardson said without elaborating on what he meant by the “social media aspect.” “we’ll meet with North korean political leaders. we’ll meet with North korean economic leaders, military. we’ll visit some universities. we don’t control the visit. they will let us know what the schedule is when we get there,” he said. richardson also said the delegation plans to inquire about a korean American detained in North korea. “we’re going to try to inquire the status, see if we can see him, possibly lay the groundwork for him coming home,” richardson said. “i heard from his son who lives in washington state, who asked me to bring him back. i doubt we can do

it on this trip.” the four-day trip, which is taking place just weeks after North korea fired a satellite into space using a long-range rocket, has drawn criticism from U.s. officials. washington condemned the Dec. 12 launch, which it considers a test of ballistic missile technology, as a violation of U.N. security Council resolutions barring Pyongyang from developing its nuclear and missile programs. the security Council is deliberating whether to take further action. “we don’t think the timing of the visit is helpful, and they are well aware of our views,” U.s. state Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters last week. the trip was planned well before North korea announced its plans to send a satellite into space, two people with knowledge of the delegation’s plans told the Associated Press. the AP first reported the group’s plans last thursday. schmidt, a

{see GOOGLE cont’d on page 13}

Obama Cabinet shuffle taking shape By Ken Thomas and Sam Hananel the AssoCiAteD Press wAshiNGtoN, D.C. (AP) — the composition of President Barack obama’s second term Cabinet became clearer wednesday, Jam. 9 with labor secretary hilda solis resigning and three other members of the president’s team deciding to stay on amid concerns about diversity in obama’s inner circle. solis, a former California congresswoman and one of the highest-ranking hispanics in the Cabinet, said she was departing after leading the department during the economic storms of the first term. she was the nation’s first hispanic labor secretary. A white house official said three Cabinet members — At-

torney General eric holder, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius, and Veterans Affairs secretary eric shinseki — would stay on as the second term begins. it would ensure diversity among the president’s leadership team — holder is Black, sebelius is a woman, and shinseki is of Japanese American descent. the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel changes, said the three remaining officials were not an exhaustive list of which Cabinet members intended to stay. some Democratic women have raised concerns that the “big three” jobs in the Cabinet — state, Defense, and treasury — will be taken by white men. Democratic sen. John kerry of Massachusetts has been tapped as the next secretary of state, former Nebraska sen. Chuck hagel, a republican, was picked to run the Pentagon, and white house chief of staff Jack lew is expected to be named treasury secretary later this week. the white house is expected to announce more members of obama’s Cabinet in the coming weeks, giving the president a chance to present a team that reflects the diverse coalition of women, hispanics, and minorities that

helped give him a second term. susan rice, the U.s. ambassador to the United Nations and a close friend of the president, removed her name from consideration for the state Department last month following criticism from republicans over her initial comments about the attacks on Americans in libya. several female house Democrats said the criticism of rice, who is Black, was indicative of sexism and racism. ePA Administrator lisa Jackson said last month she is stepping down after nearly four years as the administration’s chief environmental watchdog. No replacement has been named, although several names are reportedly under consideration, including washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Jackson’s deputy, Bob Perciasepe. Gregoire is a longtime obama ally who is leaving office next week after two terms, while Perciasepe is slated to take over as acting ePA administrator after Jackson leaves, expected in the next few weeks. energy secretary steven Chu, meanwhile, is expected to leave sometime after the inauguration, while interior secretary ken salazar’s plans are unknown. Contenders to replace Chu include former North Dakota sen. Byron Dorgan, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and Gregoire. the only current republican in the Cabinet, transportation secretary ray lahood, has not indicated whether he will leave the administration.

{see OBAMA cont’d on page 13}

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■ CoMMUnITy CAlendAr THU 1/17 WHAT: hiroshima to showcase its latest CD, “Departure” WHERE: Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., seattle WHEN: 7:30 p.m. COST: $26.50 INFO: www.hiroshimamusic. com

THU 1/17 THRU FRI 3/15 WHAT: Visions of the seattle Chinese Garden, a juried show WHERE: ArtsNow Gallery, edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Ave. N., edmonds WHEN: reception on 1/17: 5–8 p.m.; gallery show is available weekdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. INFO: 425-640-1234, artsnow@

SAT 1/19 WHAT: egg carton dragon construction WHERE: welcome hall at the wing, 719 s. king st., seattle WHEN: 1–3 p.m. INFO: 206-623-5124, www. WHAT: Fashion Night: A runway show, featuring seattle’s Asian American designers WHERE: the wing, 719 s. king st., seattle WHEN: 7 p.m. COST: $30-$60 RESERVATION: 206-623-5124 INFO: 206-623-5124, WHAT: Book launch party for Maureen Francisco, “it takes Moxie: off the Boat, or out of school, to Making it your way in America” WHERE: heathman hotel, 220 kirkland Ave., kirkland WHEN: 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. REGISTER: www. event_details.asp?id=268383 WHAT: wsCCNA’s 2013 New year Celebration WHERE: Asian resource Center, 1025 s. king st., seattle WHEN: 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. RSVP: 206-850-5914

TUE 1/22 THRU THU 1/24 WHAT: Bank of America begins 2013 Assisting seattle homeowners WHERE: Double tree by hilton seattle Airport, 18740 international Blvd., seattle WHEN: 8 a.m.–8 p.m. COST: Free REGISTER: 855-201-7426, homeownerevent INFO: www.bankofamerica. com/homeownerevent

tremaine llP, 1201 3rd Ave., ste. 2200, seattle WHEN: 5:30 p.m. REGISTER: www.meetup. com/AsiaBusinessForum, AsiaBusinessForum.eventbrite. com COST: $15 INFO: AsiaBusinessForum

FRI 1/25 WHAT: seattle’s 13th Annual Diversity employment Day WHERE: Conference Center at sea-tac Airport, 17801 international Blvd., seattle WHEN: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. REQUIREMENT: Business attire and resumes required, 18 of age and over INFO:,

SAT 1/26 WHAT: the Crumbles Pacific Northwest Premier at the 2013 seattle Asian American Film Festival WHERE: the wing, 719 s. king st., seattle WHEN: 6:30 p.m. INFO:

WED 1/23 WHAT: Asia Business Forum Presents: what to expect in Asia in 2013 WHERE: Davis wright

WHAT: AAJA seattle is partnering with the seattle Asian American Film Festival to copresent the house of suh WHERE: tateuchi story theatre, in the wing, 719 s. king st., seattle WHEN: 8 p.m.

COST: $8/kids, $10/general admission TICKETS: www. event/300667

WHERE: helping link, 1032 s. Jackson st. #C, seattle WHEN: 3–6 p.m. INFO: 206-568-5160,

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WHAT: Celebrate Asia! WHERE: Benaroya hall, 200 University st., seattle WHEN: 3 p.m. pre-concert performances, 4 p.m. concert begins TICKETS: $19 INFO: 206-215-4747,

WHAT: Naoko Morisawa’s collection chosen by the CVG show WHERE: Collective Visions, 331 Pacific Ave., Bremerton INFO: 360-377-8327, www.

THU 1/31 WHAT: NwAwF’s event – women of Power: Building Bridges WHERE: New hong kong restaurant, 900 s. Jackson st. #203, seattle WHEN: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. COST: $25–$45 TICKETS: 206-223-0623, www.brownpapertickets. com/event/314244, rsvp@ INFO: womenofcolorempowered. com

THRU 2/26 WHAT: the last Queen of korea WHERE: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 s. tacoma way, tacoma WHEN: 5:30–6:30 p.m. INFO: 253-383-3900

THRU SUN 10/10/2013 WHAT: exhibition Display: etsuko ichikawa WHERE: sAM Gallery, 1300 1st Ave., seattle INFO: 206-903-5291,

EVERY TUE, WED & THU WHAT: After school tutoring for Vietnamese students, ages 6-14, conversational esl classes, and computer classes

Washington State Chinese Language and Talent Competition School Year 2012- 2013

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013 Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 S.W. Thistle Street, Seattle Registration deadline is March 4, 2013 Register at Registration fee is $5

Purpose • to acknowledge and reward student and teacher achievements • to help inspire further interests in the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture • to provide a positive venue for students with diverse background to come together to share knowledge and learning experiences Competition Categories Group Poetry recitation, individual Poetry recitation, Public speaking, story telling, talent show, Chinese singing, Drawing, Chinese Chess, China knowledge Bowl

Age Divisions lower elementary (Grades k-2); Upper elementary (Grades 3-5); Middle school (Grades 6-8); high school (Grades 9-12)

Contact Information For further information or questions regarding the competition, please e-mail ce2013competition@ or call 425-533-8084.

Awards All contestants will receive a gift for their participation in the competition. Awards and scholarships (cash prize of $50 for individuals and $100 for team competitions) will be given to the top three performers in each category, division, and class. the awards ceremony will be held on the same day as the competition, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Chief sealth international high school’s auditorium.

Organizers • Cultural exploration of Greater China Foundation (Ce) • Confucius institute of the state of washington (CiwA) • Chinese language teachers Association washington state (CltA-wA) • Northwest Chinese school (NwCs) • office of superintendent of Public instruction world languages Program (osPi-wl)

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Women of color building bridges and uniting communities

Carmen Julia Aguiar

Debbie Bird

Ellen Ferguson

Nikki Gane

Yoshiko Harden

Tina Kuckkahn-Miller

Vivian Lee

Pearl Leung

Jane Nishita

Michelle NitzWeiss

Sharon Parker

Manuelita Ybarra

Compiled by Staff Northwest AsiAN weekly A community can only be as strong as the bond of its people. if those bonds are weak, the community is easily divided, but the stronger they are, the more the community can work together. on Jan. 31 at the New hong kong restaurant, the women of Color empowered luncheon will bring together women who work tirelessly to unite their communities, women who are true bridge builders. the honorees in alphabetical order:

trepreneurs, and small businesses in the seattle area. Carmen also has a passion for governance, regularly serving on corporate, not-for-profit, and government boards. she has spent the past three years serving on the Board of Directors of Plaza Bank, a commercial bank serving the latino community in washington. Carmen is fluent in spanish and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from hunter College of the City University of New york. she is a member of the American institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Corporate Directors, and Bellevue rotary.

Carmen Julia Aguiar

Debbie Bird

Carmen is the Ceo of the Aguiar Group, which she founded in Bellevue in 1993. Before starting her firm 17 years ago, Carmen worked in the tax department at ernst & young llP in New york and seattle. she has since grown the Aguiar Group into a nine-person, award-winning CPA firm offering tax, financial accounting, and consulting services to individuals, families, en-

Debbie Bird was the community relations director for safeco insurance and safeco insurance Foundation. she worked to drive safeco’s sponsorship programs, maximizing foundation and corporate exposure. Debbie was at the forefront of building the company’s brand through sponsorships that aligned with the foundation’s four focus areas: arts and culture, environment, economic

inclusion, and youth empowerment. in 2008, City year king County recognized her work, awarding her their prestigious hooty Crittendend Award for bringing forth growth and creating positive change. Also in 2008, she was presented with the Community leader of the year award by the Greater seattle Business Association for her advocacy work. she uses her incredible skill of bringing people together and her powerful gift of persuasion to connect those who have resources with those who need support. in 2008, the tabor 100 presented Debbie with their prestigious Crystal eagle Award for her outstanding community leadership, in the development of awareness and concern for minority andunder-privileged communities.

Ellen Ferguson

ellen Ferguson is a proud fourth generation washingtonian. raised in Bellevue, her parents instilled in her an appreciation

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Ming Na

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Asians invade the screen

Jackie Chan

canism, television castings, and even some news straight out of seattle. read on to find out about all the buzz of the new year!

Utkarsh Ambudkar

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest AsiAN weekly even though 2013 has only been underway for a few short weeks, there’s already a lot of news to cover, including anti-Ameri-

The world, according to Jackie Chan

hong kong actor and native Jackie Chan recently rocked news waves when he called America “the most corrupt country in the world” on a hong kong talk show. say what, now? in the segment, originally translated from Chinese, Chan defended China’s recent censorship of a popular Chinese newspaper, and reflected criticism against China’s escalating corruption problems. he

then went on to declare the United states tates as not only the most corrupt country in the world, but also responsible for instigating the worldwide financial crisis. For some, this anti-American sentiment may reveal a new surprising side to Chan, who is best known to American audiences for his jolly, acrobatic characters in martial art movies, such as “rumble umble in the Bronx” and “rush hour.” what some Americans might not know, however, is that Chan has long been a staunch supporter of the Chinese Communist Party and has a history of controversial political views. some American media reactions have called the actor ungrateful, particularly as the United states has been responsible for Chan’s commercial success. As for myself, i’m just going to take Chan’s comments with a grain of salt.

Asians! All the Asians on TV! (And a quick nod to the movies)

has anyone been watching the latest season of cooking competition reality show “top Chef?” there’s been a lot of talk about it lately, mostly because the current season is set in our own hometown of seattle! More importantly, one of the current frontrunners is korean American chef kristen kish, who has been kicking butt and taking names like nobody’s business. Another fan favorite, hawaiian-native Filipino chef sheldon simeon, has also been faring well this season. there is also Josie smith-Malave, who is of Filipina descent. Although she’s prone to controversy on the show, she definitely keeps things interesting! tune in to cheer these three cheftestants on as they battle it out in kitchens all across seattle. shooting will soon begin for the pilot of “s.h.i.e.l.D.,” a television show based on the Marvel Comics organization of the same name. For fans of the comics, the series is confirmed to take place following the events from the action movie “the

Avengers.” Actor Chloe Bennet, who is partially of Chinese descent, was recently cast in the show’s sixth and final lead role. Bennet can currently be seen on the ABC drama “Nashville.” the fabulous MingNa wen, beloved for her role in “the Joy luck Club,” also stars as a major lead in the show. hip-hop comedian and actor Utkarsh Ambudkar recently guest-starred in an episode of “the Mindy Project.” he may likely return for guest spots as he plays the titular character’s brother. Ambudkar, who is indian American, had a breakout role in the musical comedy film “Pitch Perfect,” where you can catch him beatboxing and rapping to perfection. there’s been a lot of buzz about Ambudkar lately — my bet is that this is just the first we’ve heard of him this year. i didn’t get to see many box office movies this past holiday season, but the one i regret missing the most is “life of Pi.” the adventure drama film, which explores spiritual discovery, follows a young indian boy who survives being shipwrecked … with a Bengal tiger. the film stars a silver screen newcomer, indian actor suraj sharma, as well as indian actor irrfan khan. And don’t forget the luminous Ang lee, who directed the film. lee, who is taiwanese American, is known for his directorial work on several critically acclaimed movies, including “Crouching tiger, hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain.”  Vivian Nguyen can be reached at info@

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Blind Japanese Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii to perform in Seattle By M. L. Liu Northwest AsiAN weekly

the 13th Van Cliburn international Piano Competition held in 2009 ended with a common scene, the winner cradling his trophy while simultaneously crying and laughing. however, the winner, then 20-year-old Nobuyuki tsujii, is unlike any of the other competitors — he is completely blind. in late January, he will be performing in seattle. Nobuyuki tsujii was born in tokyo, on sept. 13, 1988 to a physician and television presenter with a developmental disorder of the eyes, called microphthalmia. Nobu’s musical talent was first discovered by his mother. Baby Nobu kicked his feet to the recording of Chopin’s heroic Polonaise performed by russian pianist stanislav Bunin. one day, when Nobu was two years old, his mother itsuko – making dinner and singing “Jingle Bells” in the kitchen — was startled to hear an echo of the tune coming from the next room, played by little Nobu on the keyboard of a toy piano, in chords played with both hands. itsuko tsujii instilled in her only child the belief that he can see with “the eye in his heart.” Growing up, his mother would take him to unlikely venues, such as museums and fireworks. everywhere they went, itsuko described the sights to her son. she guided his hands over objects and introduced to him the notion of colors by associating a specific hue with a flavored food item: eggs for yellow and cherries for red. one day, when he was a child, Nobu asked his mother, “what color is the wind today?” that question became the title of a book about Nobu, co-written by his mother. Nobu began his formal study of piano at the age of 4. in 1995, he won first prize at the All Japan Music Competition

Nobuyuki Tsujii

of Blind students by the tokyo helen keller Association. in 1998, at age 10, he debuted with the Century orchestra in osaka. he gave his first piano recital in tokyo’s suntory hall at age 12, following which he made his overseas debut with performances in the United states, France, and russia. in october 2005, at age 17, Nobu reached the semifinal round and received a Critics’ Award at the 15th international Frederic Chopin Piano Competition held in warsaw, Poland. At age 20, Nobu was a sensation at the 2009 Van Cliburn international Piano Competition held in Fort worth, texas. he thrilled judges and audiences with virtuosic perfor-

mances of all 12 etudes of Chopin’s opus 10 in the first round, Beethoven’s “hammerklavier” at the semifinals, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto Number 1 in the finals. “he was absolutely miraculous,” Val Cilburn said. “his performance had the power of a healing service. it was truly divine.” Juror Michel Béroff, an award-winning internationally known pianist, told the Japanese monthly piano magazine Chopin, “the special thing about his performance is his sound. it has depth, color, and contrast, the genuine music.” since winning the Cliburn gold medal, Nobu has traveled around the world to perform in recitals and concerts, astonishing audiences everywhere. on tuesday, Jan. 22, Nobu will play a recital of Debussy and Chopin works. then, on sunday, Jan. 27, as part of the Celebrate Asia, seattle will be treated to Nobu’s performance of tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, accompanied by the city’s esteemed symphony orchestra. in Japan, Nobuyuki tsujii is revered. A biography about him was on this summer’s reading list for the nation’s school children. the popularity of Nobu in his home country is such that some of his concerts sell out in minutes and lotteries are held to distribute tickets. Although not yet as well-known outside Japan, Nobu’s fame is rising fast, and he is reportedly in great demand worldwide.  For more information and to buy tickets, visit M. L. Liu is a retired college professor. She is the owner of an unofficial website for the international fans of Nobuyuki Tsujii, M. L. Liu can be reached at

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Obama’s new cabinet is in need of some color Going into his second term, President Barack obama’s staff is already seeing a lot of changes. he has nominated a new secretary of Defense, sen. Chuck hagel (r–Neb.), and a new secretary of state, sen. John kerry (D–Mass.), and he might soon have to nominate a new head of the ePA, treasury secretary, energy secretary, and others. it’d be nice if he could tap a few Asian Americans and women to fill his Cabinet. After all, the people leaving made up one of the most diverse Cabinets in history. Confirmed to be leaving the Cabinet is current secretary of state hillary Clinton, Defense secretary leon Panetta, secre-

tary of the interior ken salazar, labor secretary hilda solis, and treasury secretary timothy Geithner. rumors of departures also include Attorney General eric holder and energy secretary steven Chu. these departures would leave the Cabinet with only one APA member in secretary of Veterans Affairs eric shinseki and four women members with Acting secretary of Commerce rebecca Blank, secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius, secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano, and Administrator of the small Business Administration karen Mills.

luckily, obama has tapped Asian and Pacific Americans before. For a plurality of his first term in office, he had three APA secretaries, including Gary locke, before he became the Ambassador to China, shinseki, and Chu. though as of yet there are no rumors of new APA nominees, obama has recognized the talent of our community. there are also rumors of new female nominees, including former governor Chris Gregoire as Administrator of the ePA. Perhaps an Asian and Pacific American female nominee isn’t too far off? All we can say is it’d be nice if obama’s second term cabinet had just a little bit more color. 

■ PUBlIsher’s BloG Lessons learned from the Aloha spirit i spent my New year’s in Maui, and i didn’t want to come home. the photos of palm trees and the ocean taken from my hotel room will tell you why. the five-hour flight back from Maui to seattle changed my perfect paradise to the cold, icy, gloomy, and rainy seattle of last week.

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Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association to host 9th Annual Female Jazz Vocalist Audition

the seattle-kobe sister City Association (sksCA) is pleased to announce the 9th Annual seattle-kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. the sksCA will send one high schoolaged and one adult female jazz vocalist from the Greater seattle area to kobe, Japan in May 2013 to be a guest singer at the 14th Annual kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest. every fall for the last 13 years, the winner of the kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest — held in kobe — has flown to seattle to make her U.s. debut at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley. eight years ago, sksCA began holding a jazz vocalist audition as the reciprocal component of this exchange. Finalists will be selected by early February and will be invited to give a live audition at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Monday, Feb. 25 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Family, friends, and community members are encouraged to come and support

the finalists. the suggested donation will be $5 for students and $10 for adults, with proceeds supporting this and future seattle-kobe jazz auditions. the two winners will be guest vocalists at the 14th Annual kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest held on May 11th, at kobe Asahi hall in seattle’s sister city, kobe, Japan. Grand Prize winners will receive: -roundtrip tickets to kansai international Airport in osaka (one for each winner and one for the guardian of the high school winner) -lodging for 4 nights in kobe (winner and guardian in same hotel room) -some meals for the 4-day stay in kobe (for winner and guardian). *Most meals/snacks, souvenirs, and additional expenses are the winners’ responsibilities.

-Airport transfers/ground transportation in kobe. eligibility: Applicants must (1) be a female high school student or adult 18 years or older, (2) reside in the Greater seattle area, and (3) able to represent seattle in kobe, Japan. Audition schedule: January 19, 2013: submit by e-mail a copy of your application and your songs for finalist selection to eddingsn@gmail. com. submissions must be e-mailed on or before January 19, 2013 to qualify. February 2, 2013: Finalists will be notified by e-mail. February 25, 2013: live audition at Jazz Alley (Mon.) 6:309:30 p.m. Guidelines/ required Preparation:

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sergeant are based almost solely on an officer’s performance on a civil service exam, with little weight being given to other responsibilities, such as community work. this, combined with the assignment of many minority officers to community relations roles, has adversely affected their chances of promotion, especially considering that their schedules may not offer them as much time to prepare as other assignments. “we take our best and brightest people and we put them in positions where they’re in the community every single day,” said sanford. “they’re out, they’re in meetings, and they’re around. we make them so busy doing the work that, really, every police officer should be doing, that they don’t have the time or the assignments for career development. we’ve taken a group of people who are incredibly skilled and we’ve put a narrow field, and make them incredibly busy.” suggestions were made that increased weight could be given to officers whose assignments include community outreach. “they’re doing incredibly important work, but other people can do that work,” sanford continued. “we need to do a better job in the department of preparing people, of mentoring people. the day-to-day interaction needs to be the path to promotion.” it was agreed that better promotion practices and more APA

officers in command positions would lead to better recruitment, as youth would see advancement possibilities. “if our community doesn’t see Asians at all levels, you’re going to have problems,” said sugiyama. “People become bank tellers because they can see Asians at all levels of finance, even president. they wouldn’t become tellers if they thought that being a teller was as high as they could get. they won’t become police officers if they thought patrol officers would be as high as they could get.” Also suggested was a program that would mentor individuals who were interested in joining the police force, but who were deemed unqualified. the police department left the meeting with numerous suggestions and a promise to release additional information about their internal processes to the community for additional comment. “i want to find a middle ground where we can all agree that the seattle Police Department is an organization that we can say is our police department,” said sanford, “because our sons and daughters work in it, work with it, and run it.” 

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until tuesday. several other cities, including tianjin on the coast east of Beijing and southern China’s wuhan city, also reported severe pollution over the last several days. 

sanford to address issues that were left on the table in 2012, including the recruitment and promotion of Asian and Pacific American officers. recruitment and hiring practices have long been a hot button issue. “we started this discussion probably 20 years ago, but it keeps getting renewed and disappeared and renewed,” Al sugiyama, executive director of the executive Development institute, said. sanford acknowledged that sentiment. still, he was optimistic that the reforms required by the Department of Justice settlement with the city would finally result in changes that the community has long been searching for. “the DoJ settlement gives us a, what i like to call, once-ina-lifetime opportunity for us to make an organization that is our police department, one that is representative of our community,” said sanford. “None of us want to be at the same table talking about the same things in 10 or 20 years.” the discussion focused mainly on promotion and how better promotion practices would improve recruitment. Currently, promotion to command levels of lieutenant and

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{WOC cont’d from page 7} for the entire community. she has enjoyed a 35-year-long career at the Burke Museum, currently working as the director of community relations. her museum work has led to board service as president of the ethnic Arts Council of the seattle Art Museum and as a board co-chair of the wing luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American experience. she also proudly carries the title of “Museum lady” at Children’s hospital, where she has shared artifacts with patients for the last three decades. ellen has been fortunate to serve on numerous community boards, including the empty space theater, Bailey Boushay house, islandwood, and the Alaska wilderness league. As a proud member of the University District rotary Club, she has traveled throughout the world on rotary service Delegations, including wheel chair deliveries in Vietnam and providing polio vaccines in ethiopia. ellen’s base of operations is Madison Park, where she lives with kumuda kali, her partner of 27 years.

Nikki Gane

After leaving a difficult marriage in 2006, Nikki found herself 3,000 miles away from family and living on the streets. she experienced being without basic necessities that every woman requires on a daily basis. she eventually moved to seattle and got her life back on track, but she never forgot going through that period of her life. it was after their experience that she found Dignity for Divas, an organization focused on providing “daily hygiene” items to homeless women. hygiene is the first step in regaining self worth and is vital to maintain a healthy and sound life. Dignity for Divas’ mission is to spark the inner diva in all homeless women in hopes of giving them dignity and a reminder of their true self.

Yoshiko Harden

yoshiko harden currently serves as the vice president of diversity in the office of equity and Pluralism at Bellevue College. As vice president, she provides leadership in the development, coordination, and implementation of programs that promote and integrate equity and inclusion at the college. she was formerly the director of multicultural services and student development at highline Community College. As an educator and practitioner, she believes that building human capacity to create institutional change is most successful when approached from both individual and institutional angles. her overarching goal is to help create for students the college experience she always wanted but never received. Most recently, she co-developed a parents of color group at the seattle Girls school, which her 11-year-old daughter, leila, attends. the group provides support for parents of color to build community and better integrate into the “sGs” parent experience.

Tina Kuckkahn-Miller

For the past 17 years, tina has served as the founding director of the longhouse education and Cultural Center at the evergreen state College. she oversees all aspects of design, funding, development, and implementation of the Native American public service programs of the longhouse, including the Native economic Development Arts Program (NeDAP). she has also convened a wide variety of artists and arts organizations through various symposia and convenings, including the first gatherings of the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association, the Northwest Native woodcarvers, Northwest Native Arts symposia, and convenings of arts service organizations on behalf of the Ford Foundation, in partnership with leveraging investments in Creativity (liNC). in 2011, tina was invited to join the Aboriginal Program Council at the Banff Centre in Alberta, where she is currently advising on the creation of a new indigenous arts center at Banff. An adjunct member of the faculty at evergreen, tina currently serves as the Planning Unit Coordinator for all Native American academic and public service programs at the university.

Vivian Lee

Vivian lee is a retired nurse who developed and implemented policies that brought more Asian Americans and other people of color into the nursing profession. A proud husky, graduating with a Bachelor’s of science in Nursing in 1959, lee is now a consultant in women’s health and Clinical Administration, reviewing federal grants and contracts for the Dhhs and the Centers for Disease Control. she is also a community volunteer, focused on enhancing diversity and advancing public health. she has also worked with the U.s. Public health service, most recently serving as the founding director of the office of women’s health, serving washington, oregon, idaho, and Alaska.

Pearl Leung

Pearl was born in hong kong and immigrated to the United states with her family at the age of 6. After graduating high school, she decided to attend the University of washington without ever visiting seattle. three short years later, Pearl made lifelong friends and mentors while working on Governor locke’s campaign, managing representative Velma Veloria’s reelection campaign, and working with inner-city high school students at Upward Bound. still passionate about her undergraduate work in American ethnic studies, Pearl sought a different path to impact change by obtaining a Masters in Urban Planning, eventually taking her skills to harlem. her path has led to her career at Vulcan, inc., where Pearl revels in being a professional bridge builder. As the community relations manager, Pearl has been instrumental in working with diverse nonprofit organizations to advance their goals and mission.

Jane Nishita

As a market development manager for Centurylink, Jane Nishita’s focus is on the community. she serves as the eyes and ears for the company to the community and is the bridge between nonprofit organizations and the company. Jane also inspires employee volunteerism, inviting employees to volunteer with their favorite 501(c)3 so that Centurylink can write a check to match their donated time. Jane has worked for Centurylink for 33 years and is a graduate of the business schools of the University of hawaii and the University of washington. she is a leadership tomorrow Alum and lives in west seattle.

Michelle Nitz-Weiss

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is to improve the lives of low-income women in washington through financial assistance for health care and education. the organization strives to improve the quality of women’s lives by supporting their educational goals and improving the quality of their lives by helping them maintain or improve their physical and mental health. wwiN empowers women to improve the quality of their lives by treating them with dignity and respect in all their encounters with staff, volunteers, and board members. wwiN believes that by improving the lives of low-income women, they improve the lives of their families and the strength of our communities. since the organization’s founding in 1992, wwiN has provided financial assistance to over 5,000 low-income women via the vision and generosity of their founder, Julia Pritt, and the donations of individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations, and other service organizations. wwiN receives no federal or state government funding for its programs and charges no fee for services.

Sharon Parker

Dr. sharon Parker serves as the assistant chancellor for equity and Diversity at the University of washington tacoma, where she is responsible for initiating and monitoring campus policies and practices that support an inclusive and respectful environment. Previously, Dr. Parker served as a visiting scholar at Claremont Graduate University in California, and a resource faculty at evergreen state College in olympia, while also maintaining a practice as a private consultant on diversity issues in higher education. she specializes in institutional transformation through diversity. From 1997 to 2000, she served as the president of the American institute for Managing Diversity, inc. (AiMD) in Atlanta, Ga., a position that drew upon her combined expertise in the nonprofit sector and career work on issues of diversity. Prior to joining AiMD, Dr. Parker served as the director of social responsibility Programs for the Union institute, a national, progressive university, and senior associate provost and director of the stanford University office for Multicultural Development. in addition, she lectured publicly on the topics of multiracial, multi-ethnic, and multicultural communities, and institutional change. she was born in washington, D.C. and is of Native American (tslagi/rappahanock/susquehama) and African American heritage.

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Manuelita ybarra is a program analyst for the women’s Bureau, an agency of the U.s. Department of labor, working in seattle and serving the Northwest. she has been a driving force in coordinating many Department of labor events that are initiative-driven work projects. she has orchestrated several projects affecting older workers, including the planning of the annual resource Fairs for Mature workers for four years. her work on “workplace Flexibility” is an ongoing effort to promote and improve business practices and policies that provide greater work-life balance and workplace flexibility. she is also focused on equal pay, green jobs, and non-traditional jobs in the trades and construction to help women become self-sufficient and transition to new careers. Ms. ybarra has over 25 years of experience in workforce projects, as a manager, and as an analyst adhering to complex laws, contracts, grants, and regulations monitoring and reporting on government programs. she has worked in adjudicating Foreign labor and Unemployment insurance Programs. she is experienced in labor relations, facilitating committees, planning meetings, conferences, and coordinating educational events and seminars. she has a proven track record and a successful career in coordinating meetings with businesses, public/ private sectors, and works with chambers, employers, and profit/non-profit agencies in local communities. the event will be hosted by Natasha Burrowes. Natasha Burrowes is the director of Multicultural Affairs and leadership at highline Community College. she currently is in her second year of studies at seattle University pursing her Master of Arts degree in transforming spirituality. she served on the Board of Directors for the Community Day school Association, served as a commissioner for the king County Civil rights Commission, and is currently on the Board of trustees for sojourner truth Ministries. Natasha also is an artist and primary dancer for the steel Grace Dance Company. Staff can be reached at info@nwasianweekly. com.

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For the week of January 19–January 25, 2013 RAT There is no reason to be discouraged if you are not quite where you want to be. Remember that there is always room for improvement.

DRAGON He who keeps score is not likely to see beyond the game. There is value to looking beyond and developing more than just the here and now.

MONKEY Have you recently learned that a friend might be leaving for a while? Make the time you still have together really count.

OX Your environment can be enriched with the simplest of items. Think color, texture, and quality as opposed to price.

SNAKE You can start out with all the right ingredients, but that doesn’t mean the recipe will turn out right. How you combine them is also very important.

ROOSTER Is the pettiness of another really bringing you down? Shift your focus up and away from that to what you actually have going on.

TIGER The past and the present need not conflict. You just need to be mindful and respectful of each. RABBIT Whether it’s a wrong number or a missed turn, sometimes you just have to correct the problem and try again.

HORSE Are you doing the same thing, but expecting a different outcome? The sooner you realize this, the faster you can make the necessary adjustments. GOAT If you delay any longer, then you risk losing the momentum that you have built up so far. This will only matter if you still want the prize at the end.

DOG What you have set in motion has passed the point of no return. All that remains to be done is to follow it to its natural conclusion. PIG There have been rumblings for some time now. It is not too late to pick up on the signals and act accordingly.

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 Goat 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 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.

{HARRELL cont’d from page 1} Community Council President kate Martin, former City Councilmember Peter steinbrueck, and incumbent Mayor McGinn. the registration deadline for the August primary is still months away in May. other potential candidates include former king County executive ron sims, local business owner Albert shen, and others. the candidates will face off in an August primary that will send the top two candidates to the November election. harrell’s time on the city council includes his successful oversight of seattle City light, preventing rate increases in 2008 and 2009, and pressure on seattle Police Department reform. Among harrell’s campaign proposals are a $20 million private endowment to make college education more affordable, the conversion of current community centers to “empowerment centers,” and a strong push towards police department reforms.

{OBAMA cont’d from page 5} obama said solis was a “tireless champion for working families” and had been a key member of his economic team during a first term marked by efforts to rebound from the recession. she won praise from labor unions for an aggressive enforcement of wage and hour laws and job safety regulations, but business groups criticized her as not taking a more cooperative approach. solis is expected to return home to Cali-

{GOOGLE cont’d from page 5} staunch proponent of internet connectivity and openness, is expected to make a donation during the visit, members of the delegation told the AP. they spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to divulge details of the delegation’s plans to the media. the visit is the first by a Google executive to North korea and comes just days after kim, who took power following the death of his father, kim Jong il, laid out a series of policy goals for North korea in a lengthy New year’s speech. he cited expanding science and technology as a means to improving the country’s economy as a key goal for 2013. Computer and cellphone use is gaining ground in North korea’s larger cities. however, most North koreans only have access to a domestic intranet system, not the

harrell stated he would convert the majority of community centers to empowerment Centers, giving youth, seniors, and all people the tools and curriculum to be successful. he would also create 20 Community service officers (Csos) with approximately four in each precinct, reflecting the communities they serve. the Csos would strengthen the police department’s community presence, build relationships, conduct meaningful outreach for the police department, and facilitate a program known as saving streets and saving souls that bring faith communities, gang outreach workers, and mentors to the troubled parts of the city. “Gang violence and substandard housing described other cities, not seattle,” harrell said. “our culture demanded that we worked hard to understand the needs of others. My administration will listen and provide ‘honest straight talk,’ this will distinguish it from all others. our authenticity will inspire others to be better, to be bolder. i have demonstrated the courage to identify our City’s frailties, as well as the boldness to propose novel solutions.” harrell would also extend to all seattle Public high schools

fornia to run for a seat on the los Angeles County Board of supervisors. sebelius, a former kansas governor and insurance commissioner, had been widely expected to stay on to shepherd obama’s health care overhaul to its fulfillment. the big push to cover some 30 million uninsured Americans starts next year. holder, who served in the Justice Department during the Clinton administration, has faced a rocky tenure as attorney general, dealing with civil rights and terrorism cases, world wide web. For North koreans, internet use is still strictly regulated and allowed only with approval. schmidt, who oversaw Google’s expansion into a global giant, speaks frequently about the importance of providing people around the world with internet access and technology. Google now has offices in more than 40 countries, including all three of North korea’s neighbors, including russia, south korea, and China, another country criticized for systematic internet censorship. Accompanying schmidt is Jared Cohen, a former U.s. state Department policy and planning adviser who heads Google’s New york-based think tank. the two collaborated on a book about the internet’s role in shaping society called “the New Digital Age,” which comes out in April. 

a program that currently exists at two schools, which allow graduating students to attend south seattle Community College with free tuition. this would be accomplished with private money by establishing a $20 million endowment fund. he intends to run his mayoral campaign similarly to his two council campaigns. “i am going to use the same strategies that i used in my last two campaigns,” harrell said. “Grassroots strategy with lots of volunteers. People believe in what i do.” to the Asian community, he is honest. “i am the only candidate who will openly talk about the differences in the Asian community,” he said. “But i will not subscribe to the idea that we all think alike. i won’t fragment us.”  For more information, visit Charles Lam can be reached at charles@nwasianweekly. com.

along with a botched gun smuggling probe along the southwest border. he ordered a review of CiA interrogations during the Bush era amid disclosures that agency interrogators once threatened to kill a sept. 11 suspect’s children and suggested another would be forced to watch his mother be sexually assaulted. the outcome of the exhaustive inquiry — it lasted three years and resulted in no criminal charges — prompted more criticism, this time from human rights groups.

shinseki has sought to manage a large agency closely watched by returning troops as the war in iraq ends and another one winds down in Afghanistan. he has dealt with problems ranging from homeless veterans, rising troop suicides and veteran unemployment, and growing mental health care needs.  Associated Press writers Matthew Daly, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Pete Yost contributed to this report.

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{NANKAI cont’d from page 1}

“There’s a big world out there.

this. last March, the mayor visited Chongqing and got into a pick-up game with the Nankai girls. it’s no secret that McGinn is a basketball fan and is not afraid of a little scrimmage match, having before gone toe to toe with NBA star-turned-mayor of sacramento, kevin Johnson. so, after the game at Nankai, McGinn decided to invite the girls for a game back in seattle. “From my understanding, you have a pretty swell jumpshot and a nice hook,” said sealth Principal Chris kinsey, when he introduced McGinn. As if to prove that point, the mayor took up a basketball, which was signed by both teams, and spun it perfectly on the tip of his finger. this game was more than about showing off which country was better at basketball, however. it was an exchange of culture, skill, and friendship. “there’s a big world out there,” McGinn said, addressing the sealth girls. “we’re bringing a little bit of it to you tonight. And we’re trying to give you opportunities to go out there.” scott heinlein, president of the seattle-Chongqing sister City Association, spoke passionately about being more globally minded. “Anyone who thinks it’s too complicated, too difficult to learn a foreign language,” heinlein said, “i challenge you to imagine how much more complicated our world would be if we couldn’t communicate beyond our borders.”

We’re bringing a little bit of it to you tonight. And we’re trying to give you opportunities to go out there.” — Mike McGinn

Chongqing has been one of seattle’s 21 sister cities for nearly 30 years. An industrial and commercial hub in southwest China, the city is home to 4,400,000 people. According to seattle’s sister city website, the two cities have conducted over 200 exchanges in education, the arts, government, trade, medicine, and science. the Chief sealth and Nankai high schools, which have been sister schools for 10 years now, have an environmental exchange program. And on saturday, the two schools demonstrated their skills in basketball in what became the first sports matchup between the two schools. Before the game, no one knew how the two teams would stack

up against each other. “i have no idea how they’ll match up,” said McGinn, who attended many of his daughter’s basketball games last year when she played on the varsity team at Nathan hale high school. “the Chinese are crazy about basketball. they play a lot of basketball over there … but i know girls in seattle take basketball very seriously.” Coach katie Jo Maris of Chief sealth showed some hesitation before the game. “we’re totally blind,” she said. “we just know that they’re ranked top five in China, so we know they’re tough.” still, she said she was honored to host the visiting Chinese team. “we’re very excited and grateful for the opportunity. we don’t get very many opportunities of this magnitude for this program.” in the first quarter, the two teams kept the score tight, exchanging points. it looked as if it would be a close game. By the end of the first quarter, sealth was down just one point, 11–10. however, it wasn’t long before the Nankai team pulled ahead and stayed ahead, with team members consistently sinking three pointers and keeping up a strong passing game. they led 21–14 at half time and 42–24 by the end of the third quarter. At the end, with a strong last rally from the sealth girls, Nankai won, 57–40. But there were no sore losers in the room. smiles were common on both teams. After it was all over, McGinn and his wife could still be seen in the crowd, enjoying the game and showing that they didn’t just pop in for a quick photo-op. James Donaldsen, a former NBA star for the seattle supersonics and other franchises (also unsuccessful 2009 mayoral candidate), was spotted in the crowd, smiling the entire time. he said he helped lead a training session earlier in the day for the Nankai team, along with fellow former NBA star eldridge recasner. Around the third quarter, Donaldsen had nothing but good things to say about the players. “it’s been fun … there have been a lot of great shots, great passion, and they’re playing as a team,” he said. “But most importantly, they’re having fun. that’s what it’s all about.”  Zachariah Bryan can




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how is America so lucky to have hawaii as part of our country? this state is nothing like any other on the Mainland. its natural beauty, sunshine, and the genuine Aloha spirit of the people cannot be compared to anywhere else. i haven’t seen any stars in seattle for years, but in Maui, the unpolluted sky is so full of stars that i feel like i was on another planet. even its rainbows are one-of-a-kind. they’re so big, bright, and intense that they feel close enough to touch. they also show up often, sometimes three times a day. in late November, i felt like i needed to rest after stress from planning the Asian weekly’s 30th anniversary and from the emotional toll of my mother’s dementia. “if you want to feel relaxed, go to hawaii,” most of my friends told me. Visiting hawaii also kept my goals of driving less and spending money in America. it was the best choice.

Maui’s Hana

we decided to stay at hana, the most beautiful part of Maui, for two days. it turned out to be both a blessing, as well as a mistake. it rained ferociously during our stay. First, a couple of drops would fall, but it quickly became a full storm. there was no time to run from the hotel room to our car, even though it was only 30 feet away. An umbrella or raincoat would not be enough to prevent wetness. we spent a lot of time inside our cozy hotel, hana kai, one of the two hotels in town. i never felt stuck, though. i watched the ocean, listening to the clashes of waves and the rhythm of rain. i was immersed in the moment of content of doing nothing, experiencing the silence of calm and peace in my heart. there was no television in the room, and the internet and phones were usually down. it was awesome not to think about work, deadlines, and responsibilities. the moments when the sun came out, we hiked. often, we would end up soaking wet. the lush green trees, gigantic bamboo, pastoral hills and farms, blue ocean, and multiple waterfalls cannot be depicted in words. in the afternoon, we shopped at the historic local hasegawa store. if you like massages or the spa life, hana is famous for its reasonable prices.

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The Maui Aquarium

in west Maui (see photo for evidence). My husband swam and snorkeled next to the rock, where an abundance of fish and corals are found. this is in contrast to his experience at the Caribbean, where there were hardly any fish or coral. why? Fish in the Caribbean are probably eaten up. At hawaii, there are plenty of warnings for swimmers and divers to protect the environment and wildlife. An advertisement in a tourist guide magazine reminded me to visit the Maui Aquarium. hawaii has over 600 fish species, 25 percent of them unique to the islands. Never in my life had i seen so many gorgeous and colorful tropical fish of different shapes and strange heads. the seattle Aquarium is nice, but it doesn’t have as many fishes as Maui’s. the only thing we beat them at is our larger collection of jellyfish.

The most exquisite beach walk

traveling to hana because there are no grocery stores or restaurants near there, but we didn’t follow conventions. to be adventurous, we ate whatever we found. there were many small food stalls, so my husband and i shared the most delicious banana bread hot from the oven ($2.50), fresh coconut juice ($5), and roast chicken with rice and corn ($8). At hana, there are only two restaurants, ranch and travaasa resort hotel, for the whole town of 2,500. we liked both. ranch is a local favorite, and travaasa is upscale with more choices and yummy dishes. “where do you locals eat?” my husband asked a bag handler when we arrived at sheraton Maui hotel at kaanapali. Notice that he didn’t ask, “what’s your favorite restaurant?” “Go to lahaina,” he said. we walked four miles to the local packed restaurants in the waterfront area. we picked hoNu. it featured hawaii fusion-style cuisine, including a little bit of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, korean, and western cooking. the bill was over $100 for two entrees and drinks, but the food was good. the only Chinese meal we had was at Fu lin in the same district. who would imagine Maui could give us a decent Chinese meal? that dinner was only $44, including stir-fried veggies, chicken with eggplant, salty fish hot pot, and seaweed with tomato soup. it was not only authentic, but exceeded our expectations.

Snorkeling and swimming

where in the world can you find a place where you can walk for free with the ocean to one side and a golf course on the other? only kannapali’s beachwalk provides this setting. the threemile walk transforms again when the sun starts setting. “you got your wish,” my husband said. i love to stroll on golf courses, except i don’t golf. the hawaiian government is brilliant. the developers can build all the hotels they want, but the beach belongs to the public.

What souvenirs

if you want to buy souvenirs from hawaii, my suggestion is don’t. it’s for good reason. hawaii’s products are expensive. why? Most of them are imported. Anything you want, you can buy in seattle, not hawaii. Just go to Uwajimaya. it has a huge hawaiian selection, featuring everything from hawaiian jam, coconut butter, and honey to candies with Macadamia nuts, and even hawaiian juices. i was going to buy a large painted seashell only to find that it was made in the Philippines. My late mother-in-law taught me a trick. Buy hawaiian souvenirs in seattle for your friends, they won’t be able to tell the difference. it saves you the trouble and fees of flying with extra luggage. so don’t waste your time on souvenirs. instead, just enjoy your trip and carry the Aloha spirit back with you to seattle. live effortlessly, be free of worries, be warm and content, and smile, no matter how challenging your days can be. 

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