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Made in America Saluting Immigrants Ben Zhang — CEO & Shari Song — Candidate Tay Yoshitani — CEO, Founder, Greater China for King County Council Port of Seattle Industries, Inc. District 9

Rick Moore — Owner, Debadutta Dash — CoSimply Thai Restaurant chair, WASITRAC

Susan Lee — Board Chair, KACCWA

Warren Chang — Will Chen — Manager State Rep. Cindy Ryu Founder, Seattle Chinese & Owner, Will Chen CPA Orchestra PLLC

Tan Tho Tien — Owner, House of Hong

Y.P. Chan — Principal, Chanden Inc.

Someireh Amirfaiz — Executive Director, REWA

Shiao-Yen Wu — President, WPI Real Estate

Teresa Fang — National Ron Chow — Founder President, TBAA & CEO, Seattle Pacific Trading Company

{Immigrants reflect on America on page 9}

Chinatown–International District fired up for Dragon Fest 2013

Photo by Charles Lam/NWAW

Medina city manager to leave post following bias verdict

Medina City Manager Donna Hanson (center) during a city council meeting in April.

Dragon Fest will feature dragon and lion dances, Japanese drumming, and many more performances.

By Charles Lam Northwest AsiAN weekly

By Staff Northwest AsiAN weekly

After a two-year trial that ended with a $2 million dollar verdict for former Medina Police Chief Jeffrey Chen, Donna hanson will be ending her tenure as Medina city manager on July 14. the Medina City Council voted 5 to 1 during a June

26 special session to give Mayor Michael luis the authority to sign a separation agreement with hanson. According to the city attorney, hanson will receive roughly 14 months of severance pay. the city will not release the full agreement until it is signed by all parties. hanson was scheduled to make $139,500 in 2013. {see CHEN cont’d on page 13}

thousands of visitors will make their way to seattle’s Chinatown on July 13 and 14 to enjoy a weekend of entertainment and international

cuisine designed at the neighborhood’s annual Dragon Fest. to accommodate growing demand for the annual “$2 iD Food walk,” event organizers have {see DRAGONFEST cont’d on page 15}

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ACRS hosts 23rd annual Walk for Rice

Debadutta Dash (center), ACRS Executive Director Diane Narasaki (center right), and Thao Tran (right) during the 2.5-mile walkathon.

Asian Counseling and referral service (ACrs) hosted their annual walk for rice on June 29, raising over $200,000 for the ACrs food bank. over 900 participants raised money by collecting pledges and running or walking 2.5 miles in seward Park. the top four individual donators were Min song, who raised $3,010; yoon Joo han, who raised $2,889; Jocelyn lui, who raised $2,590; and John Malcomson, who raised $2,074. Centurylink helped ACrs meet their $200,000 goal by making over $50,000 in matching donations. the ACrs Food Bank is one of the most-used food banks in king County, distributing over 126,000 pounds of food per month to nearly 5,000 needy individuals. it is the only food bank in washington that regularly distributes foods for Asian and Pacific islander diets, including rice and tofu. 

New China Counsel General visits Seattle

Counsel General Yuan Nansheng

China’s new counsel general headquartered in san Francisco, yuan Nansheng, visited seattle in late May, making his first round of diplomatic visits since he assumed the position on April 5. he met with Mayor Mike McGinn, representatives Derek kilmer, David reichert, and Adam smith, Gov. Jay inslee, and multiple state senators and representatives. “washington state plays an important role in the development of China–U.s. relations. China has a close relationship with the evergreen state, and our cooperation in all the fields keeps growing”, yuan said during his visit. “in the past several years, washington has witnessed many important high-level visits from China. in the year 2012, washington state became the number one exporter to China among all 50 states, taking the position of California.” yuan fills the position of former Counsel General Gao Zhansheng who returned to China earlier this year. 

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Former Twitter lawyer Nicole Wong joins White House Nicole wong, twitter’s former legal director of products, joined the white house in June as deputy U.s. chief technology officer, the white house announced in a statement. wong will work on internet privacy and technology issues. she is joining the white house at a time when confidence in online privacy is low following the disclosure of the NsA’s PrisM surveillance program. Nicole Wong Previously, wong worked as Google’s vice president and deputy counsel general. in that position, she helped decide whether or not to censor the results on the company’s search engine and on its youtube video service. 

Apolo Anton Ohno takes hosting duties on game show Federal way olympic speedskater Apolo Anton ohno is

currently taking on hosting duties for the Game show Network’s (GsN) Minute to win it program, which aired on NBC from 2010 to 2011. Contestants on the show take part in a series of 60-second challenges that use objects commonly available around the house. ohno takes over for celebrity chef Guy Fieri, who hosted the show during its original 70-episode run. NBC decided not to renew the show for a Apolo Ohno third season in 2011. GsN decided to order new episodes after carrying NBC reruns for two years. A total of 40 new episodes will be produced. the airs tuesdays at 10 p.m. on GsN. 


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‘Dhrupad Days’ Indian music festival visits Seattle By Andrew Hamlin Northwest AsiAN weekly

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“Dhrupad,” said Vibhavaree Gargeya, Director of the western region for the Dhrupad Music institute of America (DMiA), “is an ancient style of indian classical music.” the nature of Dhrupad is spiritual, seeking not to entertain, but to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. the Dhrupad Music institute of America is currently presenting a “Dhrupad Days” festival of Dhrupad

Jeff Lewis teaching a Dhrupad workshop at Cornish College.

music in seattle, starting June 24 with music workshops and ending with two concerts on July 6 and 7. the style itself is much different from other genres of music, and its roots grow back millennia. however, just recently, the style nearly died out. “the word ‘Dhrupad’,” said Gargeya, “is derived from ‘Dhruva,’ the steadfast North star (Polaris), and ‘pada’ meaning poetry. it is a form of music that traces its origin to chanting of the ancient text of sama Veda [ancient hindu scriptures]. From this

early chanting, millenniums ago, Dhrupad evolved into the sophisticated classical form of music, that it is today.” the musical tradition began with vocalists, but has extended across centuries to include instrumentalists as well. After going into decline starting in the 18th century, Dhrupad was revived with considerable success in the 20th century by the Dagar Brothers, who brought {see DHRUPAD cont’d on page 13}

American boss held hostage NYPD race oversight measure in China returns to US sees push back By Staff the AssoCiAteD Press

By Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz the AssoCiAteD Press New york (AP) — New york City’s police commissioner on June 27 called the City Council’s move to impose new oversight on the department misguided. the mayor joined in, vowing to fight the council measure. lawmakers voted earlier June 27 to create an outside watchdog and make it easier to bring racial profiling claims against the nation’s largest police force. Both passed with enough votes to override expected vetoes, marking an inflec-

tion point in the public debate and power dynamics that have set the balance between prioritizing safety and protecting civil liberties here. But the mayor, police commissioner and other critics have said measures would impinge on techniques that have wrestled crime down dramatically and would leave the NyPD hampered. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference June 27 that he “will not give up for one minute” on trying to defeat the measures. he told New yorkers it’s “a fight to defend your life and your kids’ lives.” {see NYC cont’d on page 12}

MiAMi, Florida (AP) — An American executive held hostage for nearly a week by his company’s Chinese workers in a pay dispute said on June 28 from his Florida home that he was held for ransom and Chip Starnes that he paid nearly half a million dollars for his freedom. “one-hundred percent, i got held for ransom,” Chip starnes said on NBC’s “today” show, just hours after arriving back home from China. he said he was “held ransom for severance package” and he paid between $500-600,000 cash for his freedom. starnes left the Beijing factory June 27 after he and a union representative reached an agreement to pay the workers who had demanded severance packages similar to ones given to laid-off co-workers in a phased-out division, even though the company said the remaining

workers weren’t being laid off. Messages left by the Associated Press with starnes and the manager of his Coral springs, Florida-based specialty Medical supplies were not immediately returned. it is not rare in China for managers to be held by workers demanding back pay or other benefits. Police are reluctant to intervene, as they consider it a business dispute. starnes earlier told the AP he planned to get back to business, and even rehire some of the workers who held him. starnes previously said the company had been winding down its plastics division, with plans to move it to Mumbai. he arrived in Beijing last week to lay off the last 30 people. workers in other divisions started demanding similar severance packages. “the whole entire factory turned against me,” starnes said on the “today” show, responding to remaining workers’ claims that the company owed unpaid salary. {see STARNES cont’d on page 14}

KING COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ADVERTISEMENT Project: KCIA Pavement Improvements [Work Order Contract] 2013, C00854C13 Sealed Bid Time/Date: 1:00p.m., July 9, 2013 Location Due: King County Procurement & Contract Services Section, Contracts Counter, 3rd Floor, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 Engineer’s Estimate: NTE $500,000 Scope of Work: Work includes, but is not limited to, clearing, excavation, removal, and disposal of existing site materials; placing finished and curbing of unreinforced and reinforced slabs; paving with Portland Cement Concrete and/or asphalt concrete; installations of stormwater drainage structures and piping; emergency snow removal; installation and removal of pavement paint markings, emergency pavement repairs and other miscellaneous site improvements. Work Site: King County International Airport, Seattle, Washington. King County is unable to determine the precise schedule or amount of work that may be performed under this Contract. The work will be assigned to the Contractor by Work Orders; each Work Order will address the scope of work and time of completion, and shall be performed as directed by the Project Representative and in accordance with the Technical Specifications issued with each Work Order. The work performed under this Contract shall not exceed $500,000 and the initial Contract Time shall

not exceed 365 calendar days from the date of Contract execution by the County. The County does not guarantee any minimum amount of work or that the dollar amount of the Work Orders issued will total $500,000 during the duration of this Contract. At the County’s sole discretion, this Contract may be extended for up to two additional years in one year increments, or until the Not to Exceed Contract Price is reached, whichever occurs first. In no event shall the Contract Time be greater than three years from the date of Contract execution by the County. Contact Information: Darren R. Chernick, Contract Specialist, 206-263-9321, TTY Relay: 711, Fax: 206296-7675, 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. Pre-Bid Conference: Neither a pre-bid conference nor a site tour are scheduled. Subcontracting Opportunities: Sawcutting, Asphalt Grinding, Pipe Installation, Concrete Curbing and Paving. Apprenticeship Requirements: No minimum Apprentice Utilization Requirement. SCS Utilization Requirements. No minimum SCS Utilization Requirement. Bid Bond: Not less than five percent (5%) of the To-

tal Bid Price. Bid Documents (NEW INSTRUCTIONS): Electronic copies of the plans, specifications, reference documents, and any addenda for this solicitation are available on the King County Procurement website shown below. 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: solicitations 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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Bangladesh trade privileges suspended over safety

By Matthew Pennington the AssoCiAteD Press wAshiNGtoN, D.C. (AP) — President Barack obama announced June 27 the suspension of U.s. trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labor rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry’s worst accident earlier this year. in a proclamation, obama said Bangladesh was not taking steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights to employees in the south Asian country. U.s. trade representative Mike Froman said the U.s. will, however, start new discussions with Bangladesh on improving workers’ conditions so the duty-free benefits that cover some 5,000 products can be restored. he didn’t say when that

might be, noting that it would depend on Bangladesh’s actions. Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry called the suspension “harsh” and had been taken despite its concrete actions to improve factory safety. the announcement was the culmination of a years-long review of labor conditions in the impoverished country. Democratic lawmakers have been pushing for the step since the April 24 collapse of rana Plaza in Dhaka that killed 1,129 people. in November, a fire at a garment factory killed more than 100 people. “the recent tragedies that needlessly took the lives of over 1,200 Bangladeshi garment factory workers have served to highlight some of the serious shortcomings in worker rights and workplace safety standards in Bangladesh,” Froman said. the Generalized system of Preferences, which is designed

to boost the economies of developing nations, covers less than 1 percent of Bangladesh’s nearly $5 billion in exports to the U.s., its largest market. the benefits don’t cover the lucrative garment sector but Bangladesh’s government was anxious to keep them. the action may not exact a major and immediate economic toll, but it carries a reputational cost and might deter American companies from investing in the country, one of the world’s poorest. taking effect in 60 days, the U.s. action may also sway a decision by the european Union, which is considering withdrawing GsP privileges. eU action could have a much bigger economic impact, as its duty-free privileges cover {see BANGLADESH cont’d on page 15}


Federal rule could upend states’ shark fin bans By Judy Lin the AssoCiAteD Press

sACrAMeNto, Calif. (AP) — several members of Congress representing coastal states are voicing concern about a proposed federal regulation that could pre-empt state bans on buying or selling shark fins.

Democratic rep. Jared huffman of California is being joined by representatives of New york, Florida, and Guam in seeking changes to a proposal they say would take away a state tool to protect shark populations. California, hawaii, New york, and several other states have passed regulations on the sale and trade of shark fins. California’s ban

on the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins went into effect July 1 after a compromise allowed time for restaurants and businesses to use up their existing supplies. A letter from the representatives and the delegate from Guam states that a proposed rule by the National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries management division, the National Marine Fisheries services, would undermine those laws. California state lawmakers were also circulating an opposition letter. “if we are to address the problem of sharkfinning head on, we must allow state and territorial statutes to complement the federal regulations and further the U.s. leadership in global shark conservation,” states the letter, which has not yet been sent to the fisheries service but was given in advance to the Associated Press. in addition to huffman, it is to be signed by Democratic reps. sam Farr of California and Grace Meng of New york, Florida republi-

can rep. Vern Buchanan, and Democratic Delegate Madeleine Bordallo of Guam. their letter is dated July 8, which is when the public comment period on the proposed rule is scheduled to end. A request for comment was left with a press officer for the National Marine Fisheries services. the proposal under consideration says state and territory shark fin laws are pre-empted if they are found to be inconsistent with federal fishery management plans or regulations. Conservation and animal welfare groups have begun circulating petitions against the proposal, but representatives of the fishing industry have argued that federal pre-emption is necessary to maintain fishing of commercially viable shark species. Congress passed and President Barack obama signed the shark Conservation Act of 2010 in an effort to strengthen federal laws {see SHARK FIN cont’d on page 12}

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■ COMMUNITY CAlENdAR THU 7/4 WHAT: Celebrate July 4th, “Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion” exhibition WHERE: seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., seattle seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 east Prospect st., seattle olympic sculpture Park, 2901 western Ave., seattle INFO: 206-654-3100, www.

SUN 7/7 WHAT: the seattle NVC Foundation presents a special screening of searchlight serenade WHERE: NVC Memorial hall, 1212 s. king st., seattle WHEN: 2 p.m. INFO: WHAT: Celebrate tanabata WHERE: the wing, 719 s.

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FRI 7/12 THRU SAT 8/3 WHAT: world premiere of the Clockwork Professor written by Maggie lee WHERE: theatre off Jackson, 409 7th Ave., seattle INFO:, 206-3650282

Votes trend toward recall for embattled Pacific mayor

By Staff Northwest AsiAN weekly the ballad of Pacific Mayor Cy sun seems to be reaching its finale as early returns from the City of Pacific’s June 25 special election show that their mayor is likely to be recalled. As of July 2, nearly two thirds of the counted votes Mayor Cy Sun have authorized the recall, with 941 votes yes versus 500 votes no. the voter turnout represents almost half of Pacific’s nearly 3,000 registered voters and has already eclipsed the turnout for the last Mayoral election in 2011 where sun won with 462 write-in votes. in that election, 1,205 Pacific citizens voted. Following his victory, the 83-year-old korean war veteran immediately went to work, forcing out a community-services director, multiple city clerks, a city engineer, a finance director, a public-works director, and multiple police chiefs. in July 2012, sun was arrested by Pacific police after trying to enter the locked city clerk’s office. sun then fired the clerk and the police officers who arrested him. the clerk filed a $2.2 million wrongful termination suit against the city. in total, over $11 million worth of lawsuits have been filed against the city, which has a yearly budget of $15 million. Possibly the most memorable highlight of sun’s tenure, the City of Pacific nearly ceased existence in December, as the city’s insurance company refused to extend coverage due to the number of vacancies in City hall. king County will certify the results of the election July 9, following which sun would be forced to resign. if he is recalled, the city council would appoint a replacement to finish serving the remainder of sun’s term.  Northwest Asian Weekly staff can be reached at

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Wong debuts ‘Letters to You’

“Music is where my heart is,” said seattle-based rachel wong. this summer, the 25-year-old ChineseAmerican singer-songwriter is releasing her sophomore album, “letters to you,” and she hopes that the album shows her continuing maturity in music. “the last album was really special to me because it was the songs that i wrote while i was growing up,” said wong. this album, however, features all new music with entirely new musicians. At first, wong found it difficult to find a producer to collaborate with on the album. “For me, i wanted to work with a producer that really knew what music i wanted,” she said. But after some time, wong found the right connection and has gotten more involved in the process of building out all of the instrumentation. this summer, she will begin playing with a live band. she’s excited about the next iteration of her music. it was only two years ago that wong debuted “Curtain Fall,” a set of songs she wrote, performed, and promoted without the help of a record label. through her hard work, the self-titled single “Curtain Fall” saw radio playtime in Canada and the Philippines. her successes thus far are a product of a lifetime of passion. wong began her musical career at age 3 when she started to learn to play the piano. she took to music immediately, taught her-

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Rachel Wong is scheduled to play two Seattle-area shows this summer, one at the Wing Luke’s Jamfest and one at the Bellevue Festival of the Arts.

self how to play guitar, and wrote her own songs. while attending the University of washington, she began performing in front of crowds. she released her debut album in 2011 and has performed at local venues in seattle and Portland. without the assistance of a record label, wong has built a fan base due in part to social media. she maintains a presence on multiple social media platforms including twitter, Facebook, youtube, instagram, and spotify. “it’s definitely hard but there’s something special about social media.” wong said.

“Before social media came into the game, there was an uncertainty of who you were communicating with.” “[i]t allows you to be who you are,” she added. in addition to writing her own music and managing her own music career, wong also works full-time at Brown Paper tickets. Between her passion and work, her days can be extraordinarily long. “lots of coffee,” wong half-joked, remarking on how she survives through the day. one recent day, wong had a woke up at 5 a.m. to perform for a morning television

program in Portland, then had to drive up to seattle for her job and work until 7 p.m. similar to her first album, the songs on her second album are about her observations on life. “i appreciate and take things in. the songs are not exactly about me, per se, but experiences walking through life.” wong explained, “i love writing songs because there’s something really powerful telling the story.” “Center stage” was written after wong made an unsuccessful attempt to audition to be on American idol. it was the first time she had auditioned to be on a television show. while wong has her own thoughts and background with each song, she embraces the idea that songs can mean different things to different people. “it’s really special to create something in general, but people take it in a personal way,” she said. Despite being turned down from American idol, wong persevered and competed in the Ford Motor Company’s “Gimme the Gig” competition. the competition spanned eight months and searched for the best independent musicians and bands. wong was actually a fill-in for another act that had dropped, but once people heard her perform, they immediately got behind her. wong made the final 12 out of over 3,000 acts. she was flown to los Angeles to compete. {see WONG cont’d on page 12}


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American Dream Immigrants reflect on America “The American Dream is absolutely alive; my own experience is testament to this! The freedom of entrepreneurship and competitiveness of people in our country leads to more creative business ideas. With constantly evolving protection given to intellectual properties and the decrease of government interference, the growing market demand for our services can thrive!” — Ben Zhang CEO & Founder of Greater China Industries, Inc.

“I am proud to be an American because the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy here are not afforded to everyone in many other nations around the world. In the United States of America, we embrace diversity, stand for equality, and fight for justice and fairness.” — Shari Song Candidate for King County Council District Nine

“I think many people interpret the ‘American Dream’ as a rags-to-riches story. Though there are more examples of such stories in America than in other parts of the world, they are still rare. But I prefer to define the ‘American Dream’ differently. It’s about liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the opportunity to succeed in any endeavor. The ‘American Dream’ is the freedom to do what you choose to do. Does this still exist? Absolutely!” — Tay Yoshitani Chief Executive Officer, Port of Seattle “Freedom and equality is something earned and acquired, often with great cost; they need to be remembered through our daily lives and actions, not just on the 4th of July.” — Will Chen, CPA General Manager & Owner “America is an ethnically diverse society where everything is possible if one dares to dream and work hard. At the same time, there is no free lunch in America. One must work hard to make the dreams into reality. It is up to each one of us to control our own destiny.” — Yi Ping (Y.P.) Chan Principal, Chanden Inc.

“America offers peace, democracy, and freedom. We are living in the best of the best in the world. We might as well appreciate what we’ve got and enjoy it. You don’t need a lot of money to be happy.” — Shiao-Yen Wu President, WPI Real Estate Service Inc.

“America gives us freedom and diversity. It provides all kinds of opportunities to all kinds of people. It teaches us to rely on ourselves to make use of the best of what we have, instead of relying on others.” — Warren Chang Founder, Seattle Chinese Orchestra

“America is a country that helps us build dreams and make them come true. Living in America for the past 40 years has inspired me to believe in our passion, the importance of building friendships and having a purpose, and developing confidence and communication skills. These are things I had never felt before I emigrated from Thailand.” — Rick Moore Owner, Simply Thai Restaurant & Simply Thai Soccer Team

“The gift I received from America is a great public education. In Korea, education focused on memorization. That’s not my strength. The American education system encourages students to follow a different method of thinking. American teachers inspired me to be a critical thinker. When I first came to this country, I was 12 years old. I didn’t speak English. But the teachers helped me understand difficult subjects, tutored me, and taught me English. They made me think critically. They were curious about how I thought because I think in Korean when dealing with emotions like love and hate but in English about math and business. They tried to understand who I was and engaged me in different ways.” — State Rep. Cindy Ryu B.S. and MBA from the University of Washington “If you play by the rules and don’t commit crimes, you will be successful. This country is very fair. It has a fair market competition. The only thing I can complain about is Americans should practice filial piety and be more grateful to their parents. This practice wouldn’t be bad for Americans to learn.” — Tan Tho Tien Owner, House of Hong and Sun Food Trading Company

“By living in America, I have learned many things. I not only enjoy democracy, but I have also gained confidence and many opportunities. One of those opportunities was being my own boss. Having a small business is not just about making money; it is also about providing community service and helping others.” — Teresa Fang National President, Taiwan Benevolent Association of America

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“Freedom, education, and gender equality are on top of my list of gifts from America. Freedom has allowed me to explore what is desirable and possible, education has fueled my imagination with possibilities for me and others, and gender equality has empowered me to shape my own life.” — Someireh Amirfaiz Executive Director, Refugee Women’s Alliance “I believe that the American Dream is very much alive. In this country we are all provided with an equal opportunity to achieve success. With hard work, determination, and passion combined with dynamic creativity, we can ultimately accomplish our goals.” — Susan K. Lee Board Chair, Korean American Chamber of Commerce WA State

“The American Dream is still alive. Not long ago, we were able to elect the nation’s first colored President. Having the first woman president elected does not seem to be very far either. With people of color on their path to becoming a major force in the next few decades, there will be enough changes all around to make our dreams as colorful as we wish.” — Debadutta Dash Co-chair, WASITRAC President, ACRS Board of Directors


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Kung Fu anniversary attracts masters from across the world

Master John S.S. Leong with Lt. Gov. Brad Owen

Martial arts masters from across the world present Master Leong with a plaque calling him a “Grand Master.”

Leong (center) with his son, three daughters, wife (center right), and daughter in law (far right).

Master Leong performing a Hung Gar Kung Fu demonstration at the celebration.

Master Robin Leong, Master John Leong’s son, performing a demonstration duel with his son Lucan.

pride in their rich Chinese cultural traditions. his four children and their families returned home from China, the east coast, and hawaii to help celebrate the occasion. the event featured martial arts demonstrations by 20 masters of various styles, including a demonstration duel between leong’s son, robin, and leong’s two-year-old grandson, lucan. the highlight of the event was the presentation of a painting of a red Dragon to leong by his students, who are from many different ethnic backgrounds and many of which have been

training with leong for over 20 years. Many started as children and now have grey hairs. A philanthropist who has often used his demonstrations to raise and give funds, leong again used the occasion to give back to the community. he presented $5,000 donations to both kin on and the Fred hutchinson Cancer research Center. 

Master John s.s. leong celebrated the 50th anniversary of his kung Fu school, the seattle kung Fu Club, on June 29 at the seattle westin hotel with over 500 guests. A pioneer in the Pacific Northwest, leong founded the school in 1962. then, it was the first kung Fu school in seattle, and now it has grown into nine branches of martial arts schools in Asia, Canada, and the United states. over the past half century, the seattle kung Fu Club has ingrained itself in seattle, hosting international competitions, demonstrations, and attracting visiting martial arts masters from around the world. “in the seattle of 1959, no one knew what kung Fu was. they thought it was something to eat!” leong said in a 1984 interview with kung Fu Magazine. the anniversary celebration attracted students — some of them well-known entertainment professionals — from all over the world. As part of the anniversary celebration, Mayor Mike McGinn issued a proclamation declaring June 29 Master John s.s. leong Day. seattle City Council member Nick licata was present at the event with a proclamation from the city council, honoring leong for his exemplary work. lt. Gov. Brad owen spoke at the event about leong’s contributions, which, according to owen, gives something positive to youth and lets them take


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In the Shadow of the Buddha, One Man’s Journey of Discovery in Tibet By Matteo Pistono Plume, 2012

when Matteo Pistono first traveled to

tibet, he went as a Buddhist pilgrim. But after living among tibetans and hearing their stories, he spent nearly 10 years smuggling out photos of prisons, secret government documents, and firsthand interviews from individuals who were tortured and had suffered other atrocities at the hands of the Chinese government — {see SHELF cont’d on page 15}

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McGinn’s ethnic media relationship, now and then

Bridging the gap

Coordinated by the office of immigrant and refugee Affairs, the ethnic media reception was an attempt to bridge the gap between ethnic media and city officials. initially, some ethnic journalists thought that the meeting was one of those public relations schemes for the mayor’s reelection campaign. it

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last week, Mayor Mike McGinn received two major setbacks. his leading challenger for mayor, sen. ed Murray, received endorsements from former king County executive ron sims — who contemplated running — and the Civic Alliance for a sound economy (CAse), a political organization sponsored by the seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. But i have to say; McGinn has definitely scored points with his new ethnic media strategy. what McGinn has done for the ethnic media is not something his predecessors had done before. the ethnic media reception organized with the mayor’s support on June 25, introduced the ethnic media to many powerful city officials, including the City Attorney Peter holmes; interim Police Chief James Pugel; Diane sugimura, head of the Department of Construction and land Use; and many other mid-level managers who serve as department spokespersons and also make advertising decisions. over 70 media and city representatives were present.

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Who scored last week

From left: Sahar Fathi from the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Thao Tran, and Ivonne Rivera Martinez

did take place a month before the primary election, after all. i’ll be honest; i presumed so too. however, the reception actually provided an opportunity for ethnic media to network with city officials about potential stories and advertising. Mayor McGinn showed up and encouraged the city to engage ethnic media. the ethnic media might cover stories that the seattle times won’t cover, he said. his administration also recommended city departments to increase inclusive outreach by strengthening collaboration between City and ethnic media outlets.

the next day, his office sent out a press release saying, “consultants seeking to contract with the City on projects that include a community outreach component will be required to submit an ethnic media strategy as part of the request for proposals/qualifications.”

Kim Pham

David Cho

Ethnic media treated as second class

the ceiling of seattle’s City hall is hard to crack, especially for ethnic media. David Cho, president of AAt-tV, said at the reception, “ethnic media was frequently treated as second-class media.” ethnic media is sometimes barred from attending important press conferences when space is limited. Members of the Associate Press have preference to attend government events. Cho said ethnic media tends to do everything themselves, and have to work hard to sustain the business, but ethnic media can also cover issues in native languages so ethnic communities can understand the essence of the stories. {see BLOG cont’d on page 13}

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The immigration reform bill is not ‘immigrantfriendly’ to F-1 students By Shierly Mondianti sPeCiAl to the Northwest AsiAN weekly the United states senate recently passed an immigration reform bill that they said Shierly Mondianti would fix our broken immigration system. in short, the bill boasts a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.s., an overall increase in most visa caps for each fiscal year, and a system (e-Verify) to track unlawful employment of unauthorized aliens, among other provisions. But though all of the aforementioned sounds monumental, the bill itself is ironically not welcoming of F-1 Visa students, the majority of the international students in our education system. when an F-1 Visa student finishes their undergraduate education in the United states, they have three different options. Choice number one, the best case scenario, is to apply for post-graduate optional practical training (oPt), obtain employment, impress their boss, and be sponsored for an h-1B Visa, a temporary work permit. the second choice, a costly investment, is to continue toward graduate school, where tuition typically costs $37,000 per year in public institutions. lastly, the most often occurrence, is to return to their home country. regardless of the choice that the F-1 student makes, they have little to no chance of staying in the country. this is because F-1 students are typically given only one year to succeed. the time

limit, coupled with the highly competitive job market and currently high unemployment rate, forces most F-1 students to leave, taking their skills, ideas, and aspirations with them. while the new immigration reform bill promised to increase the issuing of h-1B Visa, i believe that is just a matter of appeasement,

nothing more and nothing less. According to the U.s. Citizenship and immigration services (UsCis), approximately 124,000 h-1B petitions have been filed for the 2014 fiscal year alone. Nothing will be solved in the long run when the current demand for h-1B Visa is already higher than the 120,000

visa cap. in fact, the institute of international education (iie) reports a 200,000 international student increase from the past 5 years, and the {see IMMIGRATION REFORM cont’d on page 14}

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{SHARK FIN cont’d from page 5} against shark finning in U.s. waters and require that sharks be landed with their fins still attached. since then, the fisheries service has been working to craft regulations to implement the act. Conservation and animal advocacy groups said fishermen have been able to sidestep the rules by taking only the fins of sharks and dumping the carcasses back into the sea. Advocates say tens of millions of sharks are killed each year for the worldwide demand of shark fins and products. Jill hepp, director of shark conservation at the Pew Charitable trusts, said states should have the right to go beyond federal rules in protecting shark populations. “if this goes forward as they are proposing, this has the potential to undermine the states’ shark fin trade ban and it would be a considerable setback for global shark conservation,” hepp said. But John whiteside, an attorney for sustainable Fisheries Association, a Massachusetts nonprofit founded by four seafood processors, said the federal government should have the final say over regulations, especially fish caught in federal waters. {NYC cont’d from page 4} kelly said he didn’t question the motives of the city council members but thought they hadn’t thought through the problem. “i think it’s unfortunate,” kelly said. “Certainly has a potential for increasing crime and making police officers’ jobs much more difficult.” Proponents see the legislation as a check on a police department that has come under scrutiny for its heavy use of a tactic known as stop and frisk and its extensive surveillance of Muslims, as disclosed in a series of stories by the Associated Press. “New yorkers know that we can keep our city safe from crime and terrorism without profiling our neighbors,” Councilman Brad lander, who spearheaded the measures with fellow Democratic Councilman Jumaane williams, said at a packed and emotional meeting that began shortly before midnight and stretched into the early morning. lawmakers delved into their own experiences with the street stops, drew on the city’s past in episodes ranging from the high crime of the 1990s to the 1969 stonewall riots that crystallized the gay rights movement, and traded accusations of paternalism and politicizing. in a sign of the national profile the issue has gained, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous was in the audience, while hiphop impresario russell simmons tweeted to urge the measures’ passage. But while it’s too soon to settle how the initiatives may play out in practice if they survive the expected veto, they already have shaped politics and perception. the measures follow decades of efforts to empower outside input on the NyPD. efforts to establish an independent civilian complaint board in the 1960s spurred a bitter clash with a police union, which mobilized a referendum on it. Voters defeated it. More than two decades later, private citizens were appointed to the Civilian Complaint review Board, which handles mainly misconduct claims against individual officers. A 1990s police corruption scandal spurred a recommendation for an indepen-

{WONG cont’d from page 8} Finalists were chosen by a combination of a popular online vote and input from judges Ford, Grammy-winning Don was, and Grammy-winning producer krish sharma. During the competition, wong’s acoustic, soulful pop sound was compared to Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter sara Bareilles, but on the guitar. the final event was held in los Angeles and had over 4 million broadcast viewers. Although a group from Gig harbor, wash. came away as winners, wong thought that it was a rewarding experience. For the finale of the competition, wong

Not doing so would violate trade laws and run afoul of treaties the federal government has with governments around the world, he said. Commercial fishing groups were successful at getting exemptions in some states for certain species of sharks, such as the dogfish, a small shark also used for fish and chips that is sustainably harvested. however, California provides no such exemption. “you’re building a wall around the state of California from which the free flow of legal goods is forbidden,” he said. “if you have these states around the country that build these little islands, you can’t have the free flow of commerce and that’s what this country needs.” Jennifer Fearing, California director for the humane society of the United states, said the state drafted its bill specifically to ban the sale of shark fins, no matter where the shark was caught. she noted that a federal judge let California’s ban stand earlier this year after the nonprofit Chinatown Neighborhood Association argued in part that state law violated Congress’ authority to regulate interstate commerce. “it’s not California sharks being finned,” she said. “it’s dried processed shark fins arriving here already processed and dried. we have no idea where those sharks come from and the only

dent board to investigate corruption; a Commission to Combat Police Corruption was established in 1995, but it lacks subpoena power. Courts also have exercised some oversight, including through a 1985 federal court settlement that set guidelines for the NyPD’s intelligence-gathering. And the City Council has weighed in before, including with a 2004 law that barred racial or religious profiling as “the determinative factor” in police actions, a measure Bloomberg signed. the new measures are further-reaching than any of that, proponents and critics agree. one would establish an inspector general with subpoena power to explore and recommend, but not force, changes to the NyPD’s policies and practices. Various law enforcement agencies, including the FBi and the los Angeles Police Department, have inspector generals. the other would give people more latitude if they believe they were stopped because of bias based on race, sexual orientation or certain other factors. Plaintiffs wouldn’t necessarily have to prove that a police officer intended to discriminate. instead, they could offer evidence that a practice such as stop and frisk affects some groups disproportionately, though police could counter that the disparity was justified to accomplish a substantial law enforcement end. the suits couldn’t seek money, just court orders to change police practices. the proposals were impelled partly by concern about the roughly 5 million stop and frisks the NyPD has conducted in the last decade, with more than 80 percent of those stopped being black or hispanic, and arrests resulting less than 15 percent of the time. But proponents also point to the department’s spying on Muslims, which has included infiltrating Muslim student groups and putting informants in mosques, as the AP series showed. the poor, mostly Muslim members of a south Asian advocacy group called Desis rising Up and Moving “feel the impact of

performed a song off of her new album, “invisible strength,” which is about overcoming adversity. “if life throws you curveballs, stay positive,” she said.  You can see Rachel Wong perform at the Wing Luke’s Jamfest on July 18 and at the Bellevue Festival of the Arts July 27. For more information on those events and about Rachel Wong, visit RachelWongMusic. com. Jason Cruz can be reached at info@

way California can protect sharks globally is if they were not selling.” California, Delaware, hawaii, illinois, Maryland, New york, oregon, and washington have passed laws banning the buying and selling of shark fins, according to the humane society. similar bans are in effect in three U.s. Pacific territories — Guam, American samoa and the Northern Mariana islands. hawaii state sen. Clayton hee, a Democrat who wrote the bill that made the 50th state the first to ban the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins, said June 28 that the changes would benefit corporations outside the United states involved in the trade. hee said he can’t think of another incentive for the rule changes unless the agencies are arguing that there are too many sharks in the ocean. “it’s baffling to me why a government agency would work to rid the ocean of its health by taking sharks,” hee said. hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the state’s law must be preserved. “our law is working as intended,” he said. “we have educated fishers and restaurants, and they are complying.”  Associated Press writer Oskar Garcia in Honolulu contributed to this report.

both issues — surveillance, as Muslims — and stop and frisk,” which is prevalent in a Queens neighborhood where many members live, said Fahd Ahmed, the group’s legal director. stop and frisk is already the subject of a federal lawsuit brought by four men who claim they were stopped solely because of their race, along with hundreds of thousands of others stopped in the last decade. A judge is considering whether to order reforms to the policy and establish the court’s own monitoring. City attorneys argued the stops were lawful and not based on race alone. the NyPD has defended the surveillance and stop and frisks as legal, and critics of the new legislation point to another set of statistics: killings and other serious offenses have fallen 34 percent since 2001, while the number of city residents in jails and prisons has fallen 31 percent. Bloomberg has said that they could tie the

department up in lawsuits and complaints, inject courts and an inspector general into tactical decisions and make “proactive policing by police officers extinct in our city.” several council members agreed with him. “the unintended consequences, potentially, of these bills is when a human, a man or woman, who has (a) badge will pull their punch and not aggressively pursue a potential perpetrator, and then he or she goes out and commits a crime. that’s the fear,” republican Councilman Vincent ignizio told his colleagues June 27. if the measures ultimately survive, Bloomberg won’t be in City hall to see much of the outcome. the term-limited mayor leaves office this year. Democratic mayoral candidates have generally said the practice needs changing. some republicans, meanwhile, have embraced the NyPD’s view. 


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For the week of July 6–July 12, 2013 By Sun Lee Chang Rat — You have an undeniable charm that comes through when you want it to. Use it to your full advantage today.

Dragon — Someone is ready to do business with you. Should you choose to proceed, things are about to get very hectic.

Monkey — Torn between what you want and what you need? Perhaps there is a compromise between the two that would satisfy both.

Ox — There are more options available than you may realize. They hinge on how comfortable you are going beyond the familiar.

Snake — A tempting treat might seem much less so if you saw what really comes with it. Forego the immediate gratification, if you are able.

Tiger — With yet another milestone reached, you are even closer to your ultimate goal than you ever were before.

Horse — Going too fast could cause you to miss some crucial details. Slow down to the extent that it makes sense.

Rooster — If there are chores to be done, try to complete them early. By getting them out of the way, you free up the rest of your day for more enjoyable activities.

Rabbit — The rumblings you hear now will grow louder before they go away. As long as you are prepared, weathering the storm should not be a problem.

Goat — An intriguing offer seems to fit the bill for what you have been searching for. However, don’t get too excited just yet.

Dog — A little bit of hospitality goes a long way. Your guests will marvel at how well you entertain with seeming ease. Pig — Not feeling like yourself today? What a perfect day to try something out of the ordinary that your normal self wouldn’t usually do.

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.

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Now and then

the last time i attended a McGinn’s ethnic and community media reception in 2011, it was a disaster. it resulted in controversy and bad press. the failure of that meeting was due to the fact it had no real purpose, other than chatting with the mayor and his staff. this time, the reception was organized with a clear focus and goal: to help ethnic media and to encourage both the city and ethnic media to work together.

{DHRUPAD cont’d from page 4} the tradition to europe in a series of well-received concerts. the festival is part of the DMiA’s push to grow Dhrupad in the United states, and seattle was chosen to host a festival due to its long history with the genre. “the earliest activities of Dhrupad music in the U. s. occurred during the tenure in the 1970s and 1980s of the late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, a prominent indian instrumentalist, who was artist-in-residence at the University of washington’s program in ethnomusicology,” said Dhrupad musician shubha sankaran. “there are currently teachers of both vocal and instrumental Dhrupad music very active in at least three U.s. locations — washington, D.C; san Francisco, Calif.; and seattle, wash.” sankaran continued, “ But his [Zia’s] teaching and performing presence have made seattle the current center of Dhrupad interest and activities in the U.s. During his time there, Zia created a community of Dhrupad connoisseurs, as well as a

{CHEN cont’d from page 1} the city has a yearly annual revenue of roughly $5 million, according to budget documents. “i’m fully for accepting the resignation of the city manager, but i felt that the terms are not beneficial to the city,” said Medina City Councilmember David lee, the sole councilmember to vote no in a phone interview with the Asian weekly. City officials have called the separation mutually agreed upon. in March of this year, a federal jury found that Chen’s dismissal as the police chief of Medina due to alleged misconduct was racially motivated. the jury awarded Chen $285,000 in back pay, $1.65 million tied to Chen’s inability to find work due to his tarnished image, and $100,000 in emotional damages. the jury also ruled that hanson must pay Chen $25,000 for her role in the firings. At the time of his release, Chen was the only non-white department head in Medina. Chen’s dismissal angered some of the residents of Medina. shortly after his initial dismissal, some Medina community members

“(the ethnic media reception) was a good idea,” said kim Pham, publisher of the Northwest Vietnamese News. “we need to raise our profile, get involved, and be respected. this meeting let us remind the City that it needs to share their resources with ethnic communities and media.” Needless to say, the gathering also had a political agenda. in case McGinn doesn’t get the mainstream media’s endorsement, he can count on some ethnic media’s support for sure. McGinn is taking a page out of Gov. inslee’s book. studies found that inslee won in part because of his support from Asian and latino voters. Uw Prof. Matt A. Barreto credited inslee with doing a better job

of reaching out to and advertising with minority media. over the past three years, the mayor and his administration made several mistakes. But, eventually, he learned and has made several changes. he understands that his administration has the power to change lives and make a difference in the community. it’s clear that he and his staff have been doing a lot of thinking. this time, he and his team worked hard to do it right. 

coterie of musicians who will be featured in [the festival]…” the DMiA came about following a concert by the Gundecha Brothers — prominent Dhrupad performers — in washington D.C. during the summer of 2011. three Dhrupad musician and enthuisists — Dr. Brian Q. silver, shubha sankaran, and satish Bhatia — established the DMiA in september 2011 to grow the form. “the organization has expanded to cover different geographical areas of the U.s. with a Board of Directors representing the North east, Mid-west, and western regions,” sankaran said. “we also have a range of honorary Members currently in 17 states and 32 cities from around the U.s.” the festival will include performances from Pandit ramkant Gundecha, one of the two Gundecha Brothers who have done an enormous among to popularize Dhurpad throughout the world. the singer will conduct workshops both in seattle, at Cornish College of the Arts; and in Bellevue at the eastside eastside Baha’i Center. other venues include seattle’s Dibble house, a bed and breakfast; and the odd Fellows lodge in

Ballard. Asked about future plans for the organization, sankarna says: “DMiA is planning a U.s. tour of two accomplished non-indian performers of Dhrupad, a duo of a Japanese and an Australian singer, as well as a percussionist on the traditional Dhrupad barrel drum, the pakhawaj, later this year. this tour, which will include a concert in seattle, will demonstrate the burgeoning worldwide interest in Dhrupad.” 

presented the city council with a petition signed by roughly 100 Medina and hunts Points residents calling for his reinstatement and the firing of Donna hanson. According to the 2010 census, Medina has a population of 2,969. hunts Point, which contracts the Medina Police Department, has a population of 394. Following the jury verdict in March, the Medina City Council once again saw full chambers. some gave the city council their backing while others asked for no appeal. Four seats on the Medina City Council are up for election in 2013. of the six candidates vying for them, three — Jennifer Garone, Alex Morcos, and James Girardot — have criticized the city council’s handling of the case. the Chen case is not yet closed as it is still going through post-trial motions. Judge thomas s. Zilly will hear arguments on whether or not to allow a retrial on July 10. Chen declined to comment.  Charles Lam can be reached at charles@

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{STARNES cont’d from page 4} “that’s false, they were all paid,” starnes said. “And now they all got paid more than they should have.” starnes arrived at the Fort lauderdalehollywood international Airport in Florida June 28 and told reporters he was relieved to be home after his “nightmare” experience. he said in a telephone interview with AP June 27 that he had been forced to give in to

{IMMIGRATION REFORM cont’d from page 11} University of washington saw a 44 percent increase in international student enrollment. this means one thing: many of the incoming F1-students pursuing higher education in hopes of staying and working in this land of opportunity are going to find themselves stuck at square one. the immigration reform bill will not make much difference for international students in the long run. when a simple solution of in-

what he considered the workers’ unjustified demands. At the beginning of his captivity, workers had deprived him of sleep by shining bright lights and banging on windows of his office, he said. the company would keep the plant open in China, he said, although he had no plans of returning himself. “i don’t know if it would be wise for me to go back over there,” he said. 

creasing h-1B Visa output is put forth to address a growing situation of international students, lawmakers are exemplifying that they would rather send F-1 students home after their education. surely, if this immigration reform bill upholds the very principle of reform, the bill would tackle all channels of immigration carefully. how are we calling this an immigration reform bill when new waves of student immigrants are only given false hope and no legal pathways to stay? 

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situations, sometimes, hope is all you have.

all because they refused to denounce the exiled Dalai lama. “shadow of the Buddha” is the story of a man from wyoming who merges his initial journey toward spiritual enlightenment with political activism in a fight for human rights. During his journey, Pistono begins to study under a venerated meditation master in tibet. shortly after, Pistono begins couriering messages between his teacher and the Dalai lama in india. throughout his travels, Pistono was always aware of the danger he was in for smuggling sensitive information in and out of tibet. Although he did worry for his own safety, he was often more concerned about the individuals who would be implicated and faced severe punishments for wanting to share their truths. “shadow of the Buddha” gives readers a glimpse into a country with a rich spiritual past that is slowly fading, but not without a fight. No matter how much and how severely they are tortured and punished — often for small crimes or crimes they never committed — the people of tibet never give up hope that the Dalai lama will return and they will once again be free. while some may think this mindset is delusional, i find it admirable because in dire

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amended labor law and other steps to enhance workers’ rights and worker safety, Froman said. Defending its record, Bangladesh said it was amending the labor law and a ministerial committee has been formed to ensure compliance by garment factories. “Bangladesh hopes that the U.s. administration would soon bring back Bangladesh’s GsP status, a benefit a least-developed country is supposed to receive in developed countries as per the provisions of the world trade organization,” the Foreign Ministry statement said. house and senate Democrats who had been calling for the U.s. benefits to be curtailed quickly welcomed the decision. rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.y., who is co-chairman of the congressional caucus on Bangladesh, said that in light of recent tragedies in the country, the suspension was “inevitable.”

garments, which account for 60 percent of Bangladesh’s exports in that sector. the U.s. trade representative review of labor conditions in Bangladesh follows a petition filed in 2007 by the AFl-Cio seeking withdrawal of the GsP benefits. the review was expedited late last year amid concern from U.s. lawmakers over deadly industrial accidents, deteriorating labor rights and the April 2012 killing of prominent labor activist Aminul islam — a case that has not been solved. Froman said despite close engagement with Bangladesh to encourage labor reforms, the U.s. hadn’t seen sufficient progress. But he said the U.s. was “committed to working with the government of Bangladesh to take the actions necessary to rejoin the program.” steps it wants to see include passage of an {DRAGONFEST cont’d from page 1} expanded the event’s footprint on s. king st. and created a stand-alone menu that offers a greater selection for this year’s festival-goers. An additional 11 restaurants have joined the Food walk, including neighborhood newcomers Bun (featuring Vietnamese Five spice Chicken wings) and the eastern Café (which will be serving Paradiso iced teas). “with three new neighborhood restaurants opening this summer, and eleven restaurants joining this year’s food walk, Chinatown is a buzz with new bites,” said Don Blakeney, the executive Director of CiDBiA. “And this year we have added our new neighbors the Massive Monkees to the entertainment roster to round out this truly global block party.” Festival-goers will still be able to find all of Chinatown’s restaurant staples, including tai tung, sea Garden, harbor City, sun-ya, honey Court, Purple Dot, sub-sand, Fuji Bakery, and henry’s taiwan. over 60 $2 menu items from across Asia and the Pacific will be featured this year. Diners who sample five or more of the participating restaurants will be eligible to enter a drawing at the event to win an iPad Mini and gift certificates to local businesses. lion and Dragon dances, Japanese taiko drumming, Chinese martial arts demonstrations, Asian drill team performances, and other multi-cultural entertainment will feature on the Dragon stage, while children from around the region can take part in the variety of interactive Asian arts and crafts, including dragon mask making, face painting, lion dance lessons, and outdoor pinball

By Lisa Takeuchi Cullen Plume, 2013 have you ever wondered what it’s like to be married to a man who is also married to God? For ruthie Matters, this question became a reality when her wall street husband Jerry (short for Jeremiah, like the bullfrog) got the call from God to become a pastor. the New Jersey couple moves to the fictional Atlanta suburb of Magnolia where Jerry becomes a pastor at Greenleaf, a “megachurch” where smoke machines and jumbo screens are the norm during a sunday sermon. there, ruthie — whose Catholic upbringing and subsequent questioning of faith mirrors Cullen’s own life — meets Candace and Ginger. Candace is the wife of Greenleaf’s senior pastor and Ginger is the wife of Candace’s son, a globetrotting pastor who tends to put his traveling ministry before his family. “Pastors’ wives” follows the lives of these three women and the struggles they face with faith, duty, marriage, and love. their stories are derived from interviews Cullen — who grew up with an irish-Catholic father and Japanese-Buddhist mother (who converted to Catholicism) — conducted of pastors’ wives

machines. to celebrate the year of the snake, the Pacific Northwest herpetological society will bring hing hay Park to life with live snakes and reptiles to educate and interact with children and families. Chinatown’s 2nd Annual “$2 Double happiness hour” will also take place, giving attendees a chance to sample $2 drinks on July 13, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Festival will also feature an outdoor traditional Japanese sake and beer garden on July 13 and 14. New this year, the Chinatown-international District has partnered with local high school radio station C-89.5 FM (kNhC) to host an outdoor “international Dance Party” below the historic Chinese gate on king street. local DJ richard J. Dalton will play top 40 dance tracks from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on July 13. hollywood lights has been hired to install a 36” disco ball under the Chinese Gate for the late-night, all-ages dance party. to close out the Festival, the producers of sakuraCon will partner with the Festival to promote the “4th Annual sakuraCon Anime Costume Contest” on the Festival Main stage sunday at 7 p.m. Japanese anime enthusiasts come from all over the region to participate in the competition.  For more information about the $2 ID Food Walk, the 2nd Annual Double Happiness Hour, or Dragon Fest 2013 visit For more information on Chinatown-ID or District restaurants, visit www.SeattleChinatownID. com.


and eventually began to travel with the Dalai lama — an individual whose name is practically synonymous with tibet. through these travels, we see the Dalai lama at work and learn that while he is a great figure in the western world, he is reviled by the Chinese and controversial among his own people. in Johnson’s recounting of his time with the Dalai lama, readers will see that despite some people’s views that he is a king-god, the great tibetan leader is also human. he holds strong opinions about various topics and is not afraid to criticize others — calling Chinese government leaders narrow minded. in addition to interviews with the Dalai lama, Johnson also includes conversations he has had with monks, nomads, and exiled activists. All throughout the book, he is painting a larger picture of what exactly is at stake should the Chinese succeed in their mission to erase tibet’s indigenous cultures. For those who have grown up in a country that allows people to be who they are and practice whatever religion they wish, this stark contrast can be difficult to swallow, but it is necessary to show that no matter how far we may have come as the human race, there is still a long way to go. 

during her time as a journalist. ruthie, Candace, and Ginger’s lives are fascinating. the three women have varying levels of faith, from Candace, who will do anything and everything for her husband and the church, to Ginger, who believes she was saved from her disrepute the day she met her husband, to ruthie, who questions whether she even believes. they are all tested when chaos strikes Greenleaf and are forced to face possibly devastating decisions that could change their lives forever. through these differences, readers discover how difficult life can be for a pastor’s wife as she always comes second to God and his work (sometimes third). each woman deals with the situation differently and readers will really think what they would do if it was them.

Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World but Lost the Battle with China By Tim Johnson Nation Books, 2011

As his six-year stint as a foreign journalist and bureau chief in China for McClatchy Newspapers came to an end, tim Johnson decided to end his tenure with a book about the country’s issues with tibet. As part of his research, Johnson met with

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erating in Bangladesh to improve conditions for factory workers and work with european companies on a global standard for safety. lawmakers have criticized U.s. retailers that source garments from Bangladesh for not joining the more than 40 mostly european companies that have adopted a five-year, legally binding contract that requires them to help pay for fire safety and building improvements. the Bangladeshi garment manufacturers’ association says it stepping up inspections and has closed 20 factories. the garment industry employs some 4 million people in Bangladesh, 80 percent of them women. 

“i hope this action will propel Bangladeshi officials to develop a clear path forward that protects all workers in Bangladesh,” he said. sen. robert Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the senate Foreign relations Committee, said it was long overdue for Bangladesh to change its labor practices and ensure workers’ rights. “Bangladesh is an important trading partner, but we cannot and will not look the other way while workers are subjected to unsafe conditions and environments endangering their wellbeing,” Menendez said in a statement. he also called for American companies op-

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