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May Day March snakes way through Chinatown

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The 13th Annual May Day March for Immigration Reform and Workers’ Rights attracted thousands of marchers on May 1. The procession started at Judkins Park and snaked through Seattle, including the International District, terminating at the Jackson Federal Building. This is the first year that the march went under the Chinatown gate due to the construction on Jackson Street. Though early demonstrations were peaceful, unauthorized activities in downtown grew violent. Multiple demonstrators were arrested for setting off flares and smoke bombs, throwing metal pipes and blocks, and assaulting police and others.

Marchers make their way through the Chinatown gate.

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Overcoming trauma, women reach new heights Compiled by Staff Northwest AsiAN weekly trauma can be a difficult thing to overcome. it can set back a person’s life, but when one can find strength in trauma, it can push them to new heights. on May 10 at the New hong kong restaurant, the women of Courage luncheon will bring together 13 women and one organization that have overcome great difficulties. Many of the honorees are currently working to help others overcome their traumas as well. the event will be hosted by Mary knell, the Ceo of the washington and western Canada Division of wells Fargo. the honorees, in random order: Col. Mary Devlin Col. Mary Devlin joined the Marine Corp in 1976. At Basic school, she was a member of the infamous Charlie Company ‘77, a pilot program that fully integrated women into basic training for rifle platoon commanders. {see WOC cont’d on page 12}

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vies The Chinese connection to the Boston Bombing LIHI for $250,000 to house homeless vets

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University to study engineering and was beginning to dive into life at a technology startup. the night of the 18th, however, everything changed as Danny, who wishes to only be known by his english-language nickname, revealed in an interview with the Boston Globe. As he pulled over his leased black Mercedes sUV to answer

the low income housing institute (lihi) will be competing against 10 other organizations in a Facebook competition run by the home Depot Foundation to win $250,000 in the month of May. in order to provide housing for economically disadvantaged veterans, the home Depot foundation has pledged to donate over $80 million over five years to nonprofit organizations. lihi provides homes for over 400 veterans in washington state. “we want to help end homelessness for veterans and will use the

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The two brothers taking cover behind Danny's black Mercedes SUV during a shootout with the Boston police.

By Staff Northwest AsiAN weekly As investigations begin and Boston mourns the events of the bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15 and what followed, many Chinese will also grieve and ask questions. they are, after all, possibly the second most affected group of people by the bombing, having com-

munity members swept in the conflict. the questions of the Chinese community will take just as long to answer as those of the others who were affected. Below are the stories of the Chinese connection to the Boston Bombing. Danny, the entrepreneur Before April 18, Danny was just a Chinese-born entrepreneur who had attended Northeastern

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

COMMUNITY Children’s Friendship Festival visits Seattle » P. 5

MOVIES Witnessing “The Great Killing” » P. 9

PUB’S BLOG Dispatches from Toronto » P. 10

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NWAW writer Deanna Duff receives 2012 WPA awards

Deanna Duff with her awards from the 2013 Washington Press Association’s Community Awards

Deanna Duff received two awards for articles published in the Northwest Asian weekly at the washington Press Association’s annual Community Awards, which was held on April 20 at the Museum of Flight in tukwila. she received third place in the social issues category for “women take over: Northwest Asian Artists at sAM,” published on Nov. 17, and third place in the arts and entertainment category for “From DanceChance to the stage,” published on May 5. in addition, she also received the Press Association’s Communicator of excellence award for her entire body of work from 2012. the washington Press Association was originally founded in 1946 and annually recognizes the best writing in newspapers, in magazines, and online. in 2012, the wPA received a record number of entries. 

Indian American Vandana Slatter running for Bellevue City Council North Bellevue resident and indian American Vandana slatter will be running for Bellevue City Council, challenging position 6 incumbent Don Davidson. Davidson is conserva-

tive member of the council. Currently a clinical pharmacist working for AmGen, slatter graduated from the University of washington with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and a Masters of Public Administration. she has served on the washington state Board of Pharmacy, the Foundation Board of NArAl ProChoice washington, and as a trustee Vandana Slatter of the Children’s institute for learning Differences and overlake hospital Foundation. she is currently first in fundraising, having raised approximately $55,000 over the past three months. Davidson has currently not reported any donations to his campaign. Davidson is also being challenged by lynne robinson, who has raised approximately $26,000. 

Jenny Yang confirmed to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission the senate confirmed Jenny r. yang as a commissioner on the U.s. equal employment opportunity Commission (eeoC) on April 25. the eeoC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetJenny Yang ic information. “As the only Asian American in a senior leadership position at the eeoC, Commissioner yang will bring an important diverse perspective and experience in her role for setting policy for the agency,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center. the eeoC is a bipartisan commission of five presidentially appointed members who are confirmed by the senate. President obama nominated yang last August to fill the vacancy left by stuart J. ishimaru. 

Sam Eng receives Boy Scout North Star Award sam eng received the North star Award from the Chief seattle Council of the Boy scouts of America on April 24 at their annual volunteer recognition event, which was held at the seattle Aquarium. the North star award is presented to volunteers who have made a significant contribution to scouting. eng was a scout in seattle troop Sam Eng 254, sponsored by the Chinese Baptist Church, where he attained the rank of eagle scout. while studying at the University of washington, he worked as director of campfires at Camp Parsons. eng, who recently retired as a microbiologist at the Uw Medical Center, carved the totem pole present at Camp Parsons. he is the first to receive the North star Award from the local organization. 

Benson Wong running for Mercer Island City Council Mercer island resident Benson wong is running for Mercer island City Council, challenging Position 6 incumbent Mike Grady. last year, he was one of the candidates vying for the city council’s open seat, which was vacated by former Mayor Jim Pearman. “i am excited about the opportunity Benson Wong to work for the residents of the island if elected onto the City Council,” wong said in a statement. “while i was born and raised in seattle, the island has been my home for almost 30 years. My family and i love living here. i want to use the talents, skills, and energy that i have to help make the island an even healthier community.” wong has yet to declare any campaign donations. Grady has yet to file documents with washington state’s Public Disclosure Committee. 

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NY man wanted in 2 killings in Philippines arrested By Rik Stevens the AssoCiAteD Press AlBANy, N.y. (AP) — Almost two years after a retired British police officer and his live-in girlfriend were shot to death in the Philippines, New york state Police said April 26 that they arrested one of the men accused of doing it. troopers worked with the FBi and interpol for several months to track down 35-year-old timothy Noah kaufman, state police Capt. timothy Munro said. they arrested him without incident on April 24 in Clifton Park, a bedroom community north of Albany. kaufman had been in New york more than six months, Munro said. Public records show he also lived in knox-

ville, tenn., and in Colorado. in a posting on its website, the Philippines National Bureau of investigation says kaufman and two other men shot 54-year-old David Balmer and his 26-year-old girlfriend, elma de Guia, in september 2011, as they slept in the home of Balmer’s business partner, richard Agnew, in Angeles City. Agnew discovered their bodies the next day. Philippines media report the area is in the heart of the country’s sex tourism business and that Agnew owns several clubs. he told the sunday world, an irish newspaper, he thought the gunmen were targeting him and killed Balmer and de Guia by mistake. “those bullets were meant for me. that night, i had luck

on my side, but David did not,” Agnew told the newspaper. the NBi bulletin says the two were shot multiple times. reached by phone early April 28, the duty agent at the NBi said nobody was available to talk about the case until Monday morning. kaufman; Joseph stephan tramontano, an American; and Jesus F. santos Jr., a Filipino, are each charged with two counts of murder. it could not immediately be learned if either of the other men was in custody. the NBi bulletin included pictures of several iDs reportedly belonging to kaufman, one of which indicated he was an ex-U.s. Marine. {see WANTED cont’d on page 15}

N. Korea charges Washington state man in plot to overthrow government regime By Staff the AssoCiAteD Press

Kenneth Bae

PyoNGyANG, North korea (AP) — North korea announced April 27 that an American detained for nearly six months is being tried in the supreme Court on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, a crime that could

draw the death penalty if he is convicted. the case involving kenneth Bae, who has been in North korean custody since early November, further complicates already fraught relations between Pyongyang and washington following weeks of heightened rhetoric and tensions. the trial mirrors a similar situation in 2009, when the

United states and North korea were locked in a standoff over Pyongyang’s decision to launch a long-range rocket and conduct an underground nuclear test. At the time, North korea had custody of two American journalists, whose eventual release after being sentenced to 12 years of {see NKOREA cont’d on page 13}

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Racist video by Asian fraternity stirs anger

By Staff the AssoCiAteD Press irViNe, Calif. (AP) — the University of California, irvine, is investigating a video that shows a member of an Asian American fraternity dancing in blackface after the clip sparked outrage on campus, a university official said April 25. the video shows members of lambda theta Delta dancing to the Justin timberlake song “suit & tie,” as they get dressed up in suits and dark sunglasses. About a minute into the clip, a student wearing blackface joins in and pretends to be hip hop artist Jay-Z, who raps on the song with timberlake. the fraternity, the university’s oldest and largest Asian American Greek fraternity, and the four students behind the

video are under investigation for the “reprehensible” clip, said Vice Chancellor for student Affairs thomas Parham. if violations of school policy are found, the fraternity, the students, or both could face sanctions ranging from a verbal warning to suspension, he said. lambda theta Delta posted an apology on Facebook on April 24 and said the video was made by individual members and was not approved by the organization. on May 1, the organization announced that they were entering a self-imposed suspension. “During this time off, we will take many steps, including: a new advisory board will be assembled comprised of alumni and campus staff; all current members will participate in programs to address racism; and we will propose a new recruitment and pledge process to the university in fall 2014 which will include

cultural awareness and respect, [sic]” the organization said in a statement. the individual students also apologized to the Multi-Cultural Greek Affairs Council and the Black student Union, Parham said. Ainaria Johnson, a 21-year-old senior and Black student Union co-chair, said the group’s apology didn’t ring true. “we told them the time to apologize and the time for conversation has passed,” Johnson said. “None of that can take back what you did. you’re not sorry that you did it, you’re only sorry you got caught.” Asian students make up 49 percent of the student body at UC irvine, while Black students make up about 3 percent, Parham said. 

■ CoMMUnITy neWs Children from around world visit Seattle to foster togetherness and unity Photo by George Liu/NWAW

By Zachariah Bryan Northwest AsiAN weekly

Performers representing countries from all over the world were present, including this group from Russia.

For the fourth annual international Children’s Friendship Festival in seattle, children from 31 countries united in one room, representing their cultures and fostering unity. “i feel like children can do great things if we all unite,” said one child. Another child said, “that’s the power of children!” the international Children’s Friendship Festival has a deep history, with roots dating back all the way to 1920, when the founder of the republic of turkey, Mustafa kemal Atatürk, established the festival as a way to aspire to greater things in the future. in 1979, the festival became international, with turkey inviting countries from all over the world to send delegates to turkey and to showcase

their cultural heritage. in seattle, the premise is largely the same. the organizer of the event, the turkish American Cultural Association, invited 31 countries from around the world to perform unique dances, songs, and cultural performances. Asia was well represented, with performances including Mongolian traditional throat singing and contortionism; the Filipino kabaatan Dance troupe; the Chinese li hengda Dance Academy, which blends eastern and western dance styles; Cambodian dance troupes, and others. the event was run almost entirely by children. though perhaps awkward at times, the children showed they had an awareness of {see CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL cont’d on page 15}

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■ CoMMUnITy CALendAr SAT 5/4 WHAT: kin on is offering a free seated tai Chi Class to the community WHERE: kin on health Care Center, 4416 s. Brandon st., seattle WHEN: 2-3 p.m. COST: Free admission RSVP: May 1 INFO: 206-721-3630 extension 158,

SUN 5/5 WHAT: Children’s Day Festival WHERE: JCCCw, 1414 s. weller st., seattle WHEN: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. INFO: 206-568-7114, www. WHAT: Asian Pacific islander heritage Month Celebration WHERE: seattle Center Armory, 305 harrison st., seattle WHEN: 11:45 a.m.–5 p.m. COST: Free admission INFO:

THU 5/9 WHAT: Global entrepreneurship: rewards & Challenges, a talk by william

saito WHERE: University of washington, Dempsey hall, Anthony’s Forum WHEN: 5:30–6:45 p.m. INFO: www.foster.washington. edu/centers/gbc/Pages/events. aspx

FRI 5/10 THRU SUN 5/12 WHAT: 8th Aaina 2013, south Asian women’s Focus, featuring yoni ki Baat WHERE: seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 e. Prospect st., seattle WHEN: 5/10 & 5/11 at 7 p.m.; 5/12 at 3 p.m. COST: $15/sAM members, $20/ non-members INFO:

SAT 5/11 WHAT: Mother’s Day Parade: Act Now for women and kids WHERE: stevens Place Park, intersection of Beacon Ave. s. and 17th Ave. s. WHEN: 1:30 p.m. INFO: 206-722-6057,

{LIHI cont’d from page 1} prize money to build and renovate homes for 50 veterans. Please vote for lihi each day in the month of May,” said sharon lee, lihi executive Director. Funds will also be used to provide homeless veterans looking for

TUE 5/14 WHAT: A conversation on China with sidney rittenberg and James Fallows WHERE: ACt theater, 700 Union st., seattle WHEN: 5:15–7:30 p.m. COST: $10/students, $25/ members, $35/general REGISTER: node/306

2ND & 4TH TUES OF MONTH WHAT: international District special review Board meeting WHERE: Bush Asia Center, 409 Maynard Ave. s., seattle WHEN: 4:30 p.m. INFO: 206-684-0226 www. preservation/historic_districts. htm

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WHAT: international examiner’s Community Voice Awards Gala WHERE: tea Palace, 2828 sunset lane N.e., renton WHEN: 5:30 p.m.

WHAT: Asian Counseling and referral services employment Program orientation WHERE: ACrs, 3639 Martin luther king Jr. way s., seattle WHEN: 3–4:30 p.m. INFO: 206-695-7527, employmentprogram@, employmentandtraining

THU 5/23 WHAT: Book reading: Marivi soliven’s first novel, “the Mango Bride” WHERE: Uw ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave. N.e., seattle WHEN: 6 p.m. INFO: marivisoliven.blogspot. com

housing and jobs with free hygiene services such as showers, laundry, and restrooms at the Urban rest stop. Voting begins May 1 and runs through May 31 at the home Depot Foundation’s Aprons in Action Facebook page. Voting will also happen at lihi’s website. the organization

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EVERY TUE, WED & THU WHAT: After school tutoring for Vietnamese students 6-14, Conversational esl classes, and Computer Classes. WHERE: helping link, 1032 s. Jackson st. #C, seattle WHEN: 3–6 p.m. INFO: 206-568-5160,

EVERY THU WHAT: the rotary Club of seattle international District meets WHERE: New hong kong restaurant, 900 s. Jackson st., seattle WHEN: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.


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WHAT: seattle University school of law Citizenship Project WHERE: yesler Community Center Computer lab, 917 e. yesler way, seattle WHEN: 5–6:30 p.m. COST: Free

WHAT: intro to Chinese Community Chinese Corner WHERE: seattle Chinese Garden, 6000 16th Ave. s.w., seattle WHEN: 4–6 p.m. INFO: Confucius.washington. edu,

with the most votes at the end of May will win the top prize of $250,000. second prize is $150,000, and third prize is $100,000. in November, lihi received $25,000 from the home Depot Foundation for winning an earlier competition lihi is hosting a homes for Vets Cam-

paign kickoff event on May 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the rendezvous inn’s Grotto.  For more information about LIHI, their work, and how to support the organization, visit

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Goodbye Ebert, goodbye Lin, hello China.

By Vivian Nguyen Northwest AsiAN weekly

Honoring Roger Ebert in early April, the world bid adieu to roger ebert, famed writer, journalist, and film critic, who passed away after an 11-year battle with cancer. he was an unpar- Roger Ebert alleled figure in the world of film criticism, and he was often known for championing cinematic work from minority filmmakers. Asian American cinema enthusiasts may remember ebert’s fierce defense of the indie film “Better luck tomorrow,” a crime-drama movie about Asian American overachievers who fall into a world of crime as a way to deal with the boredom of their teenaged, suburban life. the movie burst onto the film scene at a time when there was little to no representation of Asian Americans in front of or behind the

camera. For Asian Americans coming of age during this time (including yours truly), the film was a trailblazer, as it shattered stereotypes and preconceived notions of the model minority. the film also served as the directorial debut of Justin lin, and introduced audiences to actors John Cho and sung kang. During the film’s screening at sundance in 2002, lin and his cast fielded criticism from a white spectator, who claimed that the movie was a cliché and derided the film as an “empty” and “amoral” representation of Asian Americans. it was a condescending comment, and one that ebert didn’t take too kindly when he stood up in the audience to defend the film. “what i find very offensive and condescending about your statement is, nobody would say to a bunch of white filmmakers, ‘how could you do this to your people?’ this film has the right to be about these people, and Asian American characters have the right to be whoever the hell they want to be! they do not have to ‘represent their people!’ ” ebert’s public defense of “Better luck tomorrow” — in addition to a written review with glowing praise for the movie — put the film on the map, and subsequently carved new

opportunities for Asian Americans in the film industry, while widening the distribution of Asian American films to new audiences. this is why honoring ebert’s memory is important. he was a true friend to Asian American filmmakers and audiences alike, and he understood well the necessity for discourse and context when it came to multifaceted representations in ethnic media. Asian American cinema has lost one of its original champions, but ebert’s spirit will continue to live on as the industry thrives and grows in unprecedented ways. thanks for everything you’ve done, roger. to echo some of your famous last words, we’ll see you at the movies.

Lin leaves “The Fast and the Furious” speaking of lin, his directorial efforts for “the Fast and the Furious” franchise have recently come to an end. lin, who has directed the last four installments of the action film series about high-stake street racing and heists, will not be returning to direct the seventh film in the series … as he will be too busy completing post-production on the sixth film of the franchise, which will debut later this month. Fans of “the Fast and the Furious” films may be sad to see lin depart, as the taiwanese American director has been credited with reinvigorating the series into the popular franchise it has become.

Byrne breaks bones

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Actor steve Byrne, who plays the lead character in the sitcom “sullivan & son,” reportedly had his jaw broken after he was hit by an agitated cab driver recently. Byrne is of korean descent. his injury required him to have his jaw wired shut for recovery, leading to a six-week shutdown of his show. Despite the setback, the show is still slated for a summer premiere in a few months. “sullivan & son” is currently in production for its second season.

Transformers come to China if you’ve been harboring dreams of becoming a superstar or a shape-shifting robot, you may be in luck. word on the street is that the new “transformers 4” film will be partially shot in China. the movie currently has no official title, but will presumably still be a {see A-POP cont’d on page 15}

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The Great Killing in water, echoes the rain and mud of the film’s opening. Visually, “the Great killing” proves much more varied than its predecessor, “13 Assassins.” kudo emphasizes the differences, and sometimes the similarities (darkness, eeriness) of indoor and outdoor shots. he arranges his characters in elaborate visual constructions, shifting them between visual planes that recall the opening and closing of traditional Japanese sliding doors. his “gang” members, including a deranged, homicidal monk and a brilliant female co-conspirator fighting with swords, and intrigue, keep the narrative percolating. some of kudo’s touches came from contemporary sources, although many audiences do not realize this. For that climactic battle scene, he mixed in tapes from modern-day Japanese riots, complete with police sirens audible faintly in the mix. one crucial scene at the end involves one man against many, a last-ditch, frantic stabbing after the struggle would seem to be decided. A war cry and a wild slash out of nowhere. American audiences might recall the killing of lee harvey oswald, the accused assassin of John F. kennedy, by Jack ruby in 1963. But a more direct Japanese reference, as reviewer Paghat the ratgirl points out, is the notorious televised killing of politician inejiro Asanuma by otoya yamaguchi in 1960 … a killing carried out with a samurai sword. kudo sketched the past, but “the Great killing” has messages — and resonance — for all eras. oppression, opposition, stealth, violence, and strategy are all very much with us today. we can look at this film and see ourselves. 

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest AsiAN weekly “warning,” reads the back of the DVD box for “the Great killing.” “Contains violence, strategy.” All three of eiichi kudo’s groundbreaking samurai films (“13 Assassins” featured last week and “eleven samurai” to come shortly) contain that same warning. All three do indeed contain violence and strategy as advertised, but in this second film of the loose-knit trilogy, released in 1964 and regarded in Japan as kudo’s masterpiece, violence and strategy overlap dramatically, sometimes crudely, but always effectively. An affable samurai named Jimbo (played by kotaro satomi) relaxes in his bath, his wife scrubbing his back. however, less than 30 seconds later, his house is full of swinging sword blades, and in short order, his wife falls to her death into the mud outside the house. eiichi makes much of rain and mud in this film, contrasting the warm, comforting, but all-too-rare respite of the bath, with the chaos and turbulence outside in the real world. the carnage and muddy chaos concerns an uprising of oppressed farmers who have finally snapped at having most of their harvests confiscated by the powers that be, with some samurai secretly joining them. As the film opens, imperious lord saki (ryutaro otomo) orders the “gang,” as he disdainfully refers to them, to be rounded up. torture, execution, and defilement await those captured. Flushed from his home, his wife slain, Jimbo finds shelter in the home of Matonoshi Asari (Mikijiro hara). Matonoshi was once a reputable samurai, but he’s dropped out of respectable society, borrowed much more money than he can pay back, and lives from skimming off the proceeds from the gambling

house he’s opened in his front room. Matonoshi feels no need to exert himself, and his lassitude gets on Jimbo’s nerves. the two men debate over what is important, what needs to be fought for, and make for some of the film’s most intense moments. Quiet, but fraught with tension, cinematographer osamu Furuya’s camera follows the two through long, dark rooms. the climactic battle, fought largely

“The Great Killing” and its companion movies, “13 Assassins” and “Eleven Samurai,” are available on DVD from your local video store; or visit http://www.animeigo. com. Andrew Hamlin can be reached at info@nwasianweekly. com.

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Saying goodbye to an old friend

Cheaper than B.C. and just as good

Casa-Imperial restaurant in Toronto

You can walk for blocks in Toronto’s underground city.

how do you say goodbye to a friend who is dying? you don’t. or, at least, i don’t. last February, i got the news that a close friend had lung cancer and might not survive. i said the most unimaginable thing. “wait, don’t leave us yet.” i couldn’t leave town during lunar New year. “Believe in miracles,” i emailed him. “every day is a gift.” Am i selfish or what? or maybe i am encouraging him to stretch life a little longer? Perhaps i was asking God for more mercy. i don’t know. But i did know that i was gambling then. what if he didn’t make it to April? what if he went unconscious? in March, i emailed him that we would be there on April 14.

didn’t look too bad. though he did lose a lot of weight, his spirits were high. But it didn’t matter how he looked. we were happy that he was alive, still able to chat and reminisce about the good old days and our golden youth. our friendship is close to half a century old. he had anticipated our meeting for weeks, and his preparation was detailed and thoughtful. he dug out old photos, so we could pass them back to our overseas friends. he ate, rested, and tried to sleep well, so that he would have the energy to talk to us for more than an hour. he doesn’t talk much normally to conserve energy. i showed few signs of sadness, for i was focusing on the moment and sharing profound emotions and memories. i was overwhelmed with gratitude that he could be with us. one friend tried to control her tears. his sister cried in another room. when the time came for us to leave, no one uttered the word goodbye. i still ask the same question that i did before. why him? he never smokes. he’s only 62. A professor in medicine, he knows how to take care of his body better than any of our friends. Could it be secondhand smoke? his two

brothers are smokers.

The reunion My friends and i were prepared for an emotional reunion at his house. he had prepared, too. Four friends and i drove three hours from toronto to london, Canada to see him. it was unlike anything you could imagine of someone dying. he wasn’t lying in bed. if you didn’t know he had cancer, you would think he


Toronto vs. Vancouver which city has better Chinese food? My friend, a torontonian, argued that hong kong had invested a lot of money in building great Chinese restaurants in toronto. he was surprised to hear that i thought B.C. Chinese food was better. “No, no, no,” he said. “our Chinese food is so fabulous that even New york Chinese say that our Chinese food is beyond comparison.” Both toronto and B.C. Chinese food set a high standard. however, i noticed that B.C. Chinese food has higher prices. i was amazed a bowl of clam porridge that fed five people only cost $8. All the Chinese restaurants have long lines on weekends. they were packed even before 6 p.m. Never mind that toronto charges 13 percent sales tax on restaurants during weekends and only 9 percent on weekdays.

The Toronto underground city food court

Salt-free fries at McDonald’s i never expected to eat at McDonald’s when i was in toronto, but a twist of fate brought us to Mr. Mac, and i discovered something new — eating French fries without salt. During our drive from london to toronto, Canada, we were hungry. the only thing that came to our mind was, “where is the nearest McDonald’s?” soon, we exited the freeway and found one. My friend was clever — he ordered salt-free fries. i didn’t know we could do that. For five adults, we ordered two Angus mushrooms burgers and salt-free fries to share. Gluttony is my sin. once i devour one fry, i couldn’t stop. the fries taste even better without salt. But with salt-free fries, i don’t have to feel guilty. McDonald’s is a traveler’s friend.  To read the publisher’s blog in Chinese, visit

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early last week, a video of four members of an Asian American fraternity based in southern California dancing to Justin timberlake’s “suit and tie” surfaced on the internet. one of the members, in an effort to portray Jay Z, was wearing blackface. Many students were understandably upset. they rallied, met with administration, interrupted meetings, and demanded action. likewise, the video’s news coverage exploded, jumping from student, local, and ethnic blogs to NPr, the lA times, and others in the span of only a few days. however, some students and community members were confused about why people were so offended. After all, the students didn’t seem to mean any harm. Apart

from the blackface, they did nothing else that seemed offensive. when the video was discovered, the organization quickly apologized. what those critics are missing, however, is that incidences like these reveal deeper problems — especially at a school where Asian Americans represent nearly 50 percent of the population, while Black students represent only 3 percent. if the students truly didn’t mean any harm, how did no one in the organization realize that this could be offensive? At least four people were involved in the making of the film, and it was uploaded to the organization’s official youtube channel. shortly after the first video debuted, students found another video on the channel that included a member in blackface. But instead of responding, the fraternity just deleted everything.

these questions still need to be answered. sensitivity training and history classes for the offenders are all well and good, but there is a larger problem here. young people of all cultures need to realize how important it is to know the historical meaning of the symbols they use. while the students might not have intended to hurt anyone with their actions, intent does little to make things better. if you step on someone’s toes, even accidentally, they are still injured by that action. Minority communities are much more alike than they are different, and they go through many of the same struggles. we should support each other and strengthen each other, not hurt each other. 

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“Chinese are very friendly to Muslim!” Danny replied. “we are so friendly to Muslims.” Danny’s chance came when the brothers stopped to get gas. As the younger brother went inside the gas station to pay in cash and the younger brother put down his gun to play with the car’s navigation system, Danny unlatched his seat belt and opened the door, running for his life toward a gas station across the street. the brothers fled, not bothering to fire a single shot. hours later, the car’s satellite navigation system and Danny’s iPhone would help the police track down the sUV. the brothers would start a shoot-out that would end with the older brother dead and the younger brother wounded. And Danny? he would take his second chance at life to call that girl from New york.

both piano lovers, and both without boyfriends. “we believed we were long-lost sisters and could not wait to begin our adventure in Boston,” she said. “i was so grateful that i had such a lovely sister in my life, but i had no idea that this friendship would only last one year.” her father, lu Jun, thanked everyone for helping the family over the recent dark days before offering a eulogy “to comfort the heavenly soul of my beloved daughter.” “she was the family’s shirley temple, if you will, the little elf and a little jolly girl, bringing everyone in the family ceaseless laughter,” said lu Jun, who spoke in his native tongue and was followed by an english interpreter. “she’s gone but our memories of her are very much alive,” her father said. “An ancient Chinese saying says every child is actually a little Buddha that helps their parents mature and grow up.” eric kolaczyk, director of the school’s program in statistics, said lu was an excellent student who passed her qualifying exams with “flying colors” just before her death. he said that though she will never achieve her goal of becoming a financial analyst, a scholarship set up in her name by Boston University will help others meet their goals. “lingzi’s potential will instead be fulfilled by many others,” he said. 

a text, a man who had been following him in an old sedan knocked on his window. that man was tamerlan tsarnaev, also known as the Boston Police Department’s suspect No. 1. Danny had been carjacked. “i don’t want to die,” Danny told the Boston Globe. “i have a lot of dreams that haven’t come true yet.” those dreams included Lu Lingzi growing his new-born startup and starting a relationship with a girl he fancied who lived in New york. what followed was a game of life or death. Danny spent the next 90 minutes absorbing every detail — the brother’s conversations about girls, the car, CDs, the streets they were passing — looking for any chance to escape. he heard them speaking in a foreign language about Manhattan and was held hostage as they transferred supplies from their old car to his. the brothers asked him if his car could make it to New york. During the hour-and-a-half ordeal, Danny tried anything that would keep himself safe. though he originally came to the U.s. in 2009 and graduated with a Master’s in 2012, he told the brothers that he had not been in America for even a year and that he was still a student. “oh, that’s why your english is not very good,” one of the brothers said. “ok, you’re Chinese … i’m a Muslim.”

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and strategy advisor. Prior to this position, Pitre led the outreach and diversity team for the washington state Department of Personnel and also worked with the Greater seattle Chamber of Commerce as the king County business liaison for the public/ private partnership between the chamber and the washington state employment security Department. she is also chair of the Puget sound Diversity taskforce and serves on the boards of the washington state Business leadership Network and the staffing Management Association. Pitre holds a strong passion for the Pacific Northwest’s vast diverse populations and has gained a reputation for consistently reaching out to diverse job seekers to aid in their career success. Carol Simmons Carol simmons is a retired educator and a lifelong seattle resident. she was a teacher, counselor, administrator, and university instructor from 1959 to 1994. Upon her retirement, she attended law school at the University of Puget sound. simmons is committed to multi-ethnic education, desegregation, integration, appreciation of diversity, and the elimination of disproportionately in academic achievement and discipline sanctions between white students and certain groups of students of colors. she continues to volunteer her time on various school district committees and testifies at school board meetings on the issue of equity for all students. she has marched, protested, boycotted and applauded various educational equity issues. simmons has received numerous awards and has also been featured on national television and in national print, has published numerous articles, and has been featured on the front pages of seattle newspapers in the last several years for her educational activist work. Winona Hollins-Hague seattle native winona hollins-hague has been an active leader and advocate in the health community for over three decades. hollins-hague is the immediate past chair of the Uw school of social work’s Practicum/ Field work Advisory Committee and serves on the advisory board of the Uw health Promotion research Center. she has worked in several major hospitals and clinics including the odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and was senior clinician and outreach manager for the Fred hutchinson Cancer Center. hollins-hague currently serves on the Commission on African American Affairs where she represents the commission on the governor’s health equity Council. she is nationally known for her work as a past member of the Consumer Advisory Board of the National Marrow Donor transplant Program. winona’s passion is spending time with her family and working as a Community Broadcasting host for a gospel and blues music show on kBCs-FM. Martha Yallup Martha yallup is a member of the yakima

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{NKOREA cont’d from page 4} hard labor paved the way for diplomacy following months of tensions. Bae was arrested in early November in rason, a special economic zone in North korea’s far northeastern region bordering China and russia, according to official state media. in North korean dispatches, Bae, a korean American, is called Pae Jun ho, the North korean spelling of his korean name. the exact nature of his alleged crimes has not been revealed, but North korea accuses Bae, described as a tour operator, of seeking to overthrow North korea’s leadership. “in the process of investigation, he admitted that he committed crimes aimed to topple the DPrk with hostility toward it,” the staterun korean Central News Agency said saturday. “his crimes were proved by evidence. he will soon be taken to the supreme Court of the DPrk to face judgment.” No timing for the verdict issued at the austere supreme Court in Pyongyang was given. U.s. state Department spokeswoman Jen


Psaki said the U.s. government is “aware of reports that a U.s. citizen will face trial in North korea” and that officials from the swedish embassy in Pyongyang had visited Bae on April 26. she said she had no other information to share. Because washington and Pyongyang do not have diplomatic relations, the swedish embassy in North korea represents the United states in legal proceedings. Friends and colleagues described Bae as a devout Christian from washington state, but based in the Chinese border city of Dalian who traveled frequently to North korea to feed the country’s orphans. At least three other Americans detained in recent years also have been devout Christians. while North korea’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion, in practice, only sanctioned services are tolerated by the regime. Under North korea’s criminal code, crimes against the state can draw life imprisonment or the death sentence. in 2009, American journalists laura ling and euna lee were sentenced to hard labor for trespassing and unspecified hostile acts after

being arrested near the border with China and held for four months. they were freed later that year to former President Bill Clinton, who flew to Pyongyang to negotiate their release in a visit that thenleader kim Jong il treated as a diplomatic coup. including ling and lee, Bae is at least the sixth American detained in North korea since 2009. the others eventually were deported or released. “For North korea, Bae is a bargaining chip in dealing with the U.s.,” said koh yu-hwan, a professor of North korean studies at Dongguk University in seoul, south korea. “the North will use him in a way that helps bring the U.s. to talks when the mood slowly turns toward dialogue.” As in 2009, Pyongyang is locked in a standoff with the obama administration over North korea’s drive to build nuclear weapons. washington has led the campaign to punish Pyongyang for launching a long-range rocket in December and carrying out a nuclear test, its third, in February. North korea claims the need to build atom-

ic weapons to defend itself against the United states, which has 28,500 troops in south korea and over the past two months has been holding joint military drills with south korea that have included nuclear-capable stealth bombers and fighter jets. Diplomats from China, south korea, the United states, Japan, and russia have been conferring in recent weeks to try to bring down the rhetoric and find a way to rein in Pyongyang before a miscalculation in the region sparks real warfare. south korean defense officials said earlier in the month that North korea had moved a medium-range missile designed to strike U.s. territory to its east coast. the korean Peninsula remains in a technical state of war because the three-year korean conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, in 1953.  Associated Press writers Jean H. Lee in Pyongyang, Sam Kim and Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul, South Korea, and Tom Strong in Washington contributed to this report.

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MAY 4 – MAY 10, 2013

VOL 32 NO 19 | MAY 4 - MAY 10, 2013  

may day, boston bombing, low income housing institute, women of color empowered