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■ NAMES IN THE NEWS New citizens take oath on Independence Day

the Kent Mayor Advisory Team and the Seattle Foundation Small Grants Fund Advisory Committee. Also running for Position 5 are Bruce Elliot, a farmer; and Carmen Goers, a commercial banker. 

July 11 declared ‘Ray Chinn Day’ Photo by George Liu/NWAW

Molly Shen

Jagdish Sharma and Sue McNab

Four-hundred eighty-seven new citizens of the United States took their oaths of allegiance on July 4 at the Seattle Center as part of the Ethnic Heritage Council’s 29th Annual Naturalization Ceremony. The citizens came from 87 different countries, with 56 coming from the Philippines and 33 coming from South Korea. The ceremony featured speeches from U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, Gov. Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and was emceed by Mayor Mike McGinn. U.S. Circuit Court Judge Richard C. Tallman administered the oath. At the ceremony, Jagdish Sharma, who was born in India, received the Spirit of Liberty Award for his service helping the Indian community adapt to the United States, helping to establish the Nargis Dutt Cancer Foundation, Camp Bharat for IndianAmerican youth, and the Indian Association of Western Washington scholarship at the University of Washington. The citizens at Seattle Center were some of over 7,000 new citizens in the United States to take the oath of allegiance during the week of July 1. 

APAs win 10 awards at Northwest Emmys Asian and Pacific American professionals won 10 awards at

Kiyomi Taguchi

the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Northwest Chapter’s 50th Annual Emmy Awards Show on June 15. KOMO’s Molly Shen, Tri Ngo, and Kiyomi Taguchi received awards for KOMO’s “Healing Our Heroes” news special, continuing coverage on “SPD: Problem Police,” and “The Shoe Guy” feature news report. David Ko from KCTS 9 received awards for “Cooking with Nick Stellino” and “On The Dust Bowl.” Bruce Lee, from KAKM Alaska Public Media, received an award for “Iditarod — A 40th Race.” The Seattle Channel’s Shannon Gee received an award for “Community Stories: Post-Prison Education Program.” Molly Shen also received an individual award for “Healing Our Heroes.” The Northwest Chapter of NATAS serves television and media professionals in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington. Along with the Emmy Awards, the chapter provides professionals with seminars, programs, and networking. NATAS also offers scholarships for young television leaders. 

Maya Vengadasalam running for Kent School Board

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Indian-American media consultant Maya Vengadasalam from Kent is currently running for the Kent School Board Position 5. Born in India, Vengadasalam immigrated to the United States at the age of 11. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Florida in 1986 and became an American citizen the same year. She currently works as a media consultant and has positions on

Don Gregory, Ray Chinn, Art Siegal, and Bob Countryman at a 2008 U-District Rotary event honoring Chinn, Siegal, and Countryman.

The City of Seattle declared July 11 “Raymond G. Chinn Day,” in memory of Ray Chinn, the man who helped preserve the International District and who passed away July 22, 2012 at the age of 87. July 11 would have been his 88th birthday. Chinn’s family came to the United States in the late 1800s in pursuit of more opportunity. In 1945, at the age of 19, Chinn became the first Asian-American member of the University District Rotary Club. He served as its president for two years from 1966 to 1967. In 1994, Chinn helped found the Chinatown–International District Business Improvement Area, which today provides many services to the neighborhood and plans three annual festivals in the neighborhood. Chinn was also an early supporter of Storefronts Seattle, which was founded in 2010 and fills unused retail space in the International District and Pioneer Square with art projects and trial businesses to create a more welcoming neighborhood. “Ray Chinn’s life was exemplified by his generosity, goodwill to others, and the Rotary Club motto of ‘Service Above Self,’” said the city in a proclamation signed by Mayor Mike McGinn. 


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After cameras, crime down in the ID

Charles Lam can be reached at charles@ nwasianweekly.com.

Photo by George Liu/NWAW

In 2011, a committee of International District stakeholders came together to install a system of surveillance cameras in the neighborhood. Nearly two years later, the system has already made an impact and is set to be improved and expanded. The cameras are placed throughout Chinatown and keep an eye on areas that formerly saw high rates of crime, such as Hing Hay Park and 6th Avenue. In the time that the system has been active, in conjunction with increased police patrols, crime in the district has dropped. In 2012, the first full year of the system’s operation, 848 police reports were filed in the International District, down from 959 in 2011 when there was no camera system, according to data from the Seattle Police Department. In 2013 to date, 439 reports have been filed, down from 525 during the same time period in 2011. On June 21, the Seniors in Action Foundation (SIAF), the organization spearheading the program, held another fundraiser to improve the cameras, raising over $30,000. The funds will go towards improving the system’s infrastructure, growing its storage and the network capabilities. In addition, two or three additional cameras will be installed, pending the final fundraising amount, adding to the nine currently active cameras in the district. When the cameras were first put in place, issues concerning privacy were raised, and the administrators of the system have done their best to alleviate those fears. The cameras are pointed towards public areas and are programed not to record windows, even if the cameras are moved, according to the SIAF, the organization who spearheaded the campaign. The footage is also not actively monitored; rather it is examined when there are reports of crime. Footage is also only kept on hand for two weeks before being deleted. “Basically, we want to have the same kind of flexibility that the police have in downtown Seattle. Again, no one is watching the cameras on a regular basis. Only a handful of people can login to the cameras. It’s more about calling up that information and using it in court,” said Don Blakeney, executive director of the Seattle Chinatown–International District Business Improvement Area, the organization that administers the program. “… it gives everyone a greater sense of safety when they come out at night.” The new system replaced a disconnected system of older private cameras that did little to prevent crime or provide evidence. “[The cameras] are a tool we found we needed because the older cameras that are in the neighborhood — and there were plenty of cameras in the neighborhood already — were old and not sophisticated enough to stand up in court,” said Blakeney. “We had a situation in 2011 where a guy came down to the neighborhood and tagged 32 buildings with a spray can. We caught him on two cameras … you could see what he was doing and you could see the license plate of his truck, but when we went with this to court, the camera’s calendar had not been reset so the court found it inadmissible.” At the very least, the cameras have triggered a public discussion in the International District about public safety. ID seniors have visited SPD dispatch offices to learn about language services available when calling 911. Seattle Police Dispatch can immediately connect callers to Chinese speakers when they call. “If people are talking, it’s the worst enemy for crime,” Blakeney said. “The cameras have been a catalyst to start a conversation, and that’s really powerful.” 

Photo by Charles Lam/NWAW

By Charles Lam NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLy

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen and SIAF President Nora Chan at the June 21 fundraiser

Cameras are placed throughout Chinatown and are administered though one central system.


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Immigration bill faces uncertain future in House By Philip Elliott THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The immigration debate is shifting to the Republican-led House, where lawmakers have shown little appetite for the largescale, comprehensive approach their Senate colleagues embraced last week. The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said that Rep. Bob Goodlatte any attempt at comprehensive immigration legislation cannot offer a “special pathway to citizenship” for those who are in the United States illegally. Democrats have called that position a deal-breaker. Meanwhile, both parties eyed the politics that could yield

electoral victories or irrelevance among the growing Hispanic voting bloc. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Virginia Republican who leads the House Judiciary Committee, said he does not foresee a proposal that could provide a simple mechanism for immigrants here illegally to earn full standing as U.S. citizens. His committee members have been working on bills that address individual concerns but have not written a comprehensive proposal to match the Senate’s effort. A pathway to legal standing, similar to that of immigrants who have green cards, could be an option, he said. Unacceptable, said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.y. “No Democrat will vote for any bill without a path to citizenship,” said Schumer, who helped write the Senate immigration plan that passed the chamber last week. The Senate bill would provide a long and difficult pathway

to citizenship for those living in the country illegally, as well as tough measures to secure the border. In the Democraticcontrolled Senate, 14 Republicans joined all Democratic senators and independents in the 68-32 vote. In the Republican-led House, conservatives have stood opposed to any pathway to citizenship for those workers. House lawmakers have urged a piecemeal approach to the thorny issue instead of the Senate’s sweeping effort. House Speaker John Boehner has ruled out taking up the Senate bill and said the Republican-controlled chamber would chart its own version of the legislation with a focus on border security. Illustrating the strong opposition among conservative lawmakers, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said flatly: “The Senate bill is not going to pass.” {see GOODLATTE cont’d on page 12}

At tail end of trans- Raid at Hmong Pacific f light, terror market leaves fear By Terry Collins and Joan Lowy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After nearly 11 hours in the air, the passengers and crew aboard a jumbo jetliner traveling from Seoul to San Francisco were looking forward to a quick and uneventful landing as Asiana Airlines Flight 214 approached the airport from over San Francisco Bay. What they got instead, without a word of warning, was terror, panic and confusion. The Boeing 777 slammed into the runway on Saturday morning, breaking off its tail and catching fire before slumping to a stop that allowed the lucky ones to flee down emergency slides into thick smoke and a trail of debris. Firefighters doused the flames that burned through the fuselage with foam and water, and police officers on the ground threw utility knives up to crew members so they could cut the seat belts of those who

remained trapped as rescue crews removed the injured. By the time the 307 people on the flight were accounted for, several hours later, two Chinese teenage girls found outside the wreckage had been confirmed dead and 182 transported to area hospitals. But as harrowing as the crash was, survivors and witnesses were just as stunned to learn the toll of deaths and serious injuries wasn’t higher. “When you heard that explosion, that loud boom and you saw the black smoke ... you just thought, my god, everybody in there is gone,” said Ki Siadatan, who lives a few miles away from San Francisco International Airport and watched the plane’s “wobbly” and “a little bit out of control” approach from his balcony. “My initial reaction was I don’t see how anyone could have made it.” Vedpal Singh, who was sitting in the {see BOEING 777 cont’d on page 13}

‘Evil Spirit’ scams plague immigrants By Colleen Long THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW yORK (AP) — One woman was told by a fortune teller that her son was possessed by demons. Another was approached on a Chinatown street by a stranger who eerily claimed her daughter would die in two days. “your son will die in a car accident — he is cursed,” a 65-year-old was told. In each instance, the women bundled up cash and jewelry in a bag and gave it to strangers they had just met — self-proclaimed spiritual healers. They were told the contents would be blessed in an effort to ward off evil spirits, bring good luck to the family, or heal a sick child — they just have to wait a period of time to reopen it. When they do, they find water bottles, cough drops and beans. But no valuables. Detectives say there has been a rash in New

york of what’s known as an evil spirit or blessing scam, where older immigrant women, mostly Chinese, are swindled out of their valuables by clever scammers newly arrived from China who prey on superstition and fear. In the past six months, two dozen victims have reported valuables stolen — in some cases more than $10,000 in cash and $13,000 in jewelry, according to police reports. A total of more than $1.8 million has been stolen. “They know the culture, they know how to talk to these victims to get them to listen,” chief New york Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said. “One person’s spirituality is another’s superstition, and they prey on that distinction.” The scam itself has many permutations, but the basic principle is the same: A woman, usually in her 50s or older, is approached by {see EVIL SPIRIT cont’d on page 12}

By Staff THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Members of the Hmong community are seeking answers following a recent raid on a St. Paul marketplace that resulted in the confiscation of hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs and painkillers. Many Hmong vendors said they’re not sure what they did wrong, and they’re worried that Minnesotans will think Hmongtown Marketplace is unsafe, Minnesota Public Radio reported. “It was a very scary experience for us,” vendor Kia Lee said of last month’s raid. “It gave me the impression — the way the raid was carried out — it gave me the impression that someone had killed someone. It was of that level of a crisis.” The raid was conducted by Ramsey County sheriff’s deputies, St. Paul police officers, and federal agents. Authorities said they’d received

reports of drugs sold at the market being tied to poisonings and a suicide, and undercover officers were able to buy drugs in plastic bags. One officer saw a customer getting intravenous treatment behind a curtain. Randy Gustafson, a spokesman for the Ramsey County sheriff’s office, said the vendors were putting their customers’ lives at risk. He said officials warned sellers that they were selling items they shouldn’t be. “We’d like to see this stop — and it would be best to see it stop on their own,” Gustafson said. “Nobody wants to put people in jail for things they’re ‘confused’ about, even though they’ve been told that it’s not the way to do that.” Drug sales in the U.S. are highly regulated. Even selling individual tablets of over-thecounter medication is a misdemeanor without proper labeling, said St. Paul City Attorney {see RAID cont’d on page 12}


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Blasts at East Indian Buddhist sites injure 2

By Indrajit Singh THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PATNA, India (AP) — A series of blasts hit three Buddhist sites in eastern India July 7, injuring at least two people and drawing condemnation from the prime minister. Senior police officer S.K. Bhardwaj said a gate at one of the two temples that was hit was badly damaged in Bodhgaya, a town 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Patna, the capital of Bihar state. No other damage was reported to the Buddhist sites. Junior Home Minister R.P.N. Singh said that no one claimed responsibility for the explosions and that an investigation would be carried out to determine who was involved. Four blasts took place on the grounds of the Mahabodhi Temple, or the Great Awakening Temple, Bhardwaj said.

Another four explosions were reported at the nearby Karma temple and at a site with a 55-meter-tall (180-foot-tall) Buddhist tower. Abhyanand, the director-general of state police, said the blasts ranged from low to high intensity. He also said police recovered two unexploded bombs, which were defused in the area. Abhyanand uses only one name. A Tibetan and a pilgrim from Myanmar received minor injuries in the blast at the Mahabodhi Temple and were taken to a hospital, Bhardwaj said, adding that a temple gate was badly damaged. Another explosion damaged an empty tourist bus parked near the Mahabodhi Temple, he said. The temple is a UNESCO world heritage site where Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. There were few people at the popular pilgrimage centers,

which were targeted for the first time, Bhardwaj said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly condemned the blasts, saying “such attacks on religious places will never be tolerated.” The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, also condemned the explosions. “It’s very sad. It’s a few individuals,” he told reporters during a visit to the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The Buddhist sites attract a large number of pilgrims, especially from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, but the main pilgrimage starts in September. Bhardwaj said there have been intelligence reports about the possibility of attacks on the sites, but he did not give any details. 

Koreas hope to reopen joint factory

‘Godfather of Heroin’ dies in Mayanmar

By Hyung-Jin Kim THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

By Aye Aye Win THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korean delegates agreed on a desire to restart a stalled jointly run factory park after overnight talks that ended July 8, but they couldn’t immediately reach an accord to reopen the complex that had been a symbol of inter-Korean rapprochement. The Kaesong industrial complex, just north of the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas, was the centerpiece of cross-border cooperation projects hatched during a previous era of warming ties. But it was closed in April as tensions rose between the rivals when North Korea angrily reacted to South Korea’s annual military exercises with the U.S. North Korea pulled its 53,000 workers out of the industrial park, and South Korea then ordered its managers to leave as well, against their wishes.

Tension later gradually eased after North Korea ratcheted down its warlike rhetoric. Officials of the two Koreas met last month and agreed to hold senior-level talks on Kaesong and other inter-Korean issues but the plan collapsed over a protocol dispute. Representatives from the two sides met again on July 7 and 8 at the border village of Panmunjom inside the DMZ and shared the view that operations at the park should be restarted, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry and Pyongyang’s state media. The two Koreas “will make sure that the businesses in the (complex) will restart, depending on their preparations,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said. The countries decided to meet again Wednesday at Kaesong to discuss the resumption of factory operations South Korea’s Unification Ministry issued {see KAESONG cont’d on page 14}

Japan set to restart reactors after nuclear crisis By Mari Yamaguchi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKyO, Japan (AP) — Japan is moving a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors as utilities are set to ask for safety inspections at their idled reactors, the clearest sign of Japan’s return to nuclear energy nearly two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster. With all but two of its 50 reactors off line since the crisis, Japan has been without nuclear energy that once supplied about a third of its power. Four of nine Japanese nuclear plant operators — supplying the regions of Hokkaido, Kansai, Shikoku and Kyushu — will apply for safety inspections by the Nuclear Regulation Authority for a total of 10 reactors at five plants July 8, when new safety requirements take effect. Kyushu Electric Power Co. is expected to apply for two more reactors at another plant later in the week.

The new standards are stricter than in the past and for the first time compulsory, and only reactors that pass the inspections will be allowed to reopen — possibly early next year. Each inspection could take several months, according to the watchdog, plus obtaining local consent may take another few weeks. Critics say the rules have loopholes, including grace periods for some safety equipment. Hit by soaring gas and oil costs to run conventional power generation plants to make up for the shortfall, Japanese utility companies have desperately sought to put their reactors back online. Nearly all the utilities owning nuclear power plants reported huge losses last fiscal year due to higher costs for fuel imports. Hokkaido Electric Power Co., for example, said it has been hit with additional daily fuel costs of 600 million yen ($6 million) to make up for {see NUCLEAR cont’d on page 15}

yANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A former drug kingpin and business tycoon once dubbed the “Godfather of Heroin” by the U.S. government has died in his home in Myanmar’s main city, a Lo Hsing Han source close to the family said July 7. Lo Hsing Han died June 6 in yangon, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he did not have authorization to speak to the media, said, citing a relative of the former drug kingpin. Lo Hsing Han was believed to be in his mid-70s. The cause of death was not immediately known. Lo Hsing Han’s involvement in the drug trade began more than four decades ago.

In exchange for heading a local militia set up by then-dictator Ne Win in the 1960s to help fight local communists in the region of Kokang, Lo Hsing Han was given permission to engage in the trafficking of opium and heroin, said Bertil Lintner, author of “The Golden Triangle Opium Trade: An Overview.” With one of the best-armed militias in Myanmar, also known as Burma, he quickly became one of the region’s most powerful drug kingpins. Thai police arrested Lo Hsing Han in northern Thailand in 1973. He was handed over to the Burmese government and sentenced to death — commuted later to life in prison — for treason. He was released in 1980 as part of a general amnesty, Lintner said. The U.S. Department of Treasury, dubbing Lo Hsing Han the “Godfather of Heroin,” put him on the financial sanctions list in 2008. 

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■ COMMUNITY CAlENdAR THU 7/11

WED 7/17

WHAT: Senior Services presents Sound Transit Vision Meeting in Shoreline WHERE: Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave. N.E., Shoreline WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHAT: Asian Pacific Islander Community celebrates the Appointment of Mark Mitsui to the U.S. Department of Education WHERE: Four Seas Restaurant, 714 S. King St., Seattle WHEN: 5:30–7 p.m. INFO: 425-467-9365

WHAT: Rotary Meeting with Ed Murray WHERE: New Hong Kong Restaurant, 900 S. Jackson St. 2nd floor, Seattle WHEN: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. INFO: seattleidrotary.org

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: porkfilled.com, 206-365-0282

SAT 7/13 WHAT: Japanese American Citizen’s League presents “Changing the Narrative” WHERE: Seattle University’s Casey Commons, 901 12th Ave., Seattle WHEN: 4–6:30 p.m. INFO: tinyurl.com/APIinMedia WHAT: “Changing the Narrative” WHERE: Seattle University’s Casey Commons, 901 12th Ave., Seattle WHEN: 4–6:30 p.m. INFO: tinyurl.com/APIinMedia WHAT: Kimono Fashion Show from Japan WHERE: Keiro, 1601 E yesler Way, Seattle WHEN: 2:30 p.m. RSVP: lasami@nikkeiconcerns.org

SAT 7/13 & SUN 7/14 WHAT: Dragon Fest features vibrant cultural performances, street vendors, great food and much more WHERE: International District, Seattle WHEN: All day, both days

MON 7/15 THRU FRI 8/2 WHAT: Summer Cultural Camp 2013 WHERE: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma INFO: chanmee.apcc@gmail.com, asiapacificculturalcenter.org

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THU 7/18 WHAT: Rotary Meeting with Bruce Harrell WHERE: New Hong Kong Restaurant, 900 S. Jackson St. 2nd floor, Seattle WHEN: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. INFO: seattleidrotary.org

THU 7/18 THRU SAT 7/20 WHAT: An exhibit of

traditional Chinese medicine WHERE: Saint Martin’s University, Cebula Hall, 5000 Abbey Way S.E., Lacey INFO: stmartin.edu/ TCM2013

FRI 7/19 WHAT: Careers in Healthcare Orientation WHERE: Neighborhood House, 9800 8th Ave. S.W., Seattle WHEN: 2–3:30 p.m. RSVP: 206-461-4554 ext. 26, cindyh@nhwa.org, kalenas@ nhwa.org

SAT 7/20 WHAT: Seattle-Washington State Korean Association Funding night for Seafair Torchlight Parade WHERE: KO-AM TV Hall, 32008 32nd Ave. S., Federal

Way WHEN: 6 p.m. INFO: www.joyseattle.com/ news/13802 WHAT: Omeide Writing Workshop: Nikkei Poetry with Larry Matsuda WHERE: JCCCW, 1414 S. Weller St., Seattle WHEN: 1–4 p.m. COST: Free admission INFO: omoide@jcccw.org, jcccw.org

SAT 7/20 THRU SUN 7/21 WHAT: Celebrate 81 years of Bon Odori WHERE: Seattle Buddhist Temple, 1427 S. Main St., Seattle WHEN: 4–10 p.m. INFO: 206-953-1866, rthamak@yahoo.com

SUN 7/21 WHAT: Vietnamese American Seafair Raffle WHERE: New Hong Kong Restaurant, 900 S. Jackson St., Seattle WHEN: 6 p.m. COST: $30, 8-courses dinner INFO: 206-265-1821 WHAT: Chinatown Seafair Parade WHERE: King St., Seattle WHEN: 7–9 p.m.

MON 7/22 THRU FRI 7/26 WHAT: JCCCW Summer Camp! WHERE: JCCCW, 1414 S. Weller St., Seattle WHEN: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. INFO: omoide@jcccw.org


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Out of school and on the silver screen From Seattle and beyond

Aasif Mandvi

Tiya Sircar

Tobit Raphael

By Vivian Nguyen NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLy

A controversial photo of reality star Kate Gosselin recently made the rounds on Twitter. Gosselin, who is white, is seen pulling her fingers back on her eyes to make them appear more slanted. To further the imitation, she also sports a black plastic wig. This is not the first time in history that a celebrity has been caught publicly mocking Asian facial features; honestly, it probably won’t be the last either. But what makes this case particularly stupid is the fact that Gosselin has eight half-Korean children (her exhusband, Jon Gosselin, is Korean American). While Gosselin and her husband had a very messy and difficult divorce — not like that would justify this mockery — how do you get off making fun of your own children? Kate Gosselin slammed back against the allegations and claimed that the photo was taken out of context. She argued that the photo was shot while the couple was still together and while their reality show, “Jon & Kate Plus 8” was still airing. During that time, Kate Gosselin said she and then-husband Jon were fooling around with an Asian dress up wig — a gift that a fan had sent to Kate Gosselin in order to help her “be more Asian” like the rest of her family. She put on the wig and slanted her eyes for emphasis, which allegedly made her former husband smile as well. Kate Gosselin then went on to say that, because she married someone Asian and has eight biracial children, she would be the last person ever to be considered racist. While the explanation does provide more context for its existence, I’m not sure if I buy the whole story. Is it justified to mock a race just because someone of that same race condones it? Does being married to someone of a different race give a person a “Get Out of Racism Free” card? For me, the answer to both of those questions is no and no. What do you think?

The heat is rising in Seattle as summer finally makes an appearance in the city! And as temperatures are soaring high, so too are the profiles of many young Asian Americans. Read on to learn about some new fresh new faces on the scene (and maybe an offensive face as well, just for good measure).

Recent high school grad trumps everyone else in awesomeness

Think back to your senior year of high school. Remember yearbooks? Maybe you submitted a senior photo. you did it because it was the cool thing to do. Everyone did it. Or maybe it was a way to immortalize your memory — a way for your high school peers to remember just how awesome you were. This is exactly what recent high school graduate Jessica Lee was thinking when she submitted her senior quote and photo to the yearbook committee at Garfield High School. (yes, Lee is homebred, and a recent graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle!) Lee busted out her extensive knowledge of the periodic table and submitted this seemingly random senior quote to her school’s yearbook: “Fluorine uranium carbon potassium bismuth technetium helium sulfur germanium thulium oxygen neon yttrium.” It’s a list of chemical elements from the periodic table. It seems innocent enough, right? But before you write off her as a mega nerd, let’s break down all the elemental symbols listed here: (F) fluorine (U) uranium (C) carbon (K) potassium (Bi) bismuth (Tc) technetium (He) helium (S) sulfur (Ge) germanium (Tm) thulium (O) oxygen (Ne) neon (y) yttrium. Put that all together and what does it spell? yes, the popular lyrics from late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. I think this officially makes Lee the wittiest high school graduate in existence, and the fact that her stunt went viral only confirms this. I mean, who marries science with pop culture and timeless rap lyrics as a teen? It’s nerdy, but super clever. I only wish I were half as cool as her when I was her age.

On the offensive front: Slanted eyes

Debuts for new Asian American actors on the scene

June also saw the premiere of two longanticipated films: “The Internship” and “The Bling Ring,” a comedy and a dramedy respectively. In an attempt to glorify the unique and uber-modern Google work lifestyle, “The Internship” follows two tech illiterate, 40-something men (played by Vince Vaughn

and Luke Wilson) as they take on internships at Google and team up with other, more tech savvy interns in an attempt to earn full-time jobs at the company. The two newcomers who costar with Vaughn and Wilson are Tiya Sircar and Tobit Raphael. Indian American Sircar, who has had been in a variety of television guest roles as well as a supporting role in the comedy film “Friends with Benefits,” held her own against the veteran comedians. “The Internship” is the first film for Filipino American Raphael, who plays a fellow intern. Indian American actor Aasif Mandvi also has a supporting role in the film. He may be best known for his appearances on the late night satirical news show, “The Daily Show.” Newcomers also graced “The Bling Ring,” which chronicles the true-life story of a

Garfield graduate Jessica Lee’s yearbook quote

group of fame-obsessed, teenage bandits that robbed a string of celebrities in the L.A. area from 2008 to 2009. Although British actress Emma Watson is the biggest headlining celebrity in the film, unknown actress Katie Chang is arguably the main star in the film. “The Bling Ring” is Chang’s first job in the industry. Chang had no idea of the big names attached to the project when she first sent in her audition (the film is directed by Academy Award-winning director Sofia Coppola). {see A-POP cont’d on page 13}


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Turning the tables on American cuisine

Not pictured: orange marmalade

By Wayne Chan NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLy Last week my wife Maya and I went to a neighbor’s house for “yappy Hour.” Wayne Chan yappy hour is a twice a month neighborhood get together where everyone brings their dogs, along with some drinks and treats (for the people, not the dogs), and socializes. We used to have “Kiddy Hours” where we’d bring our kids instead of dogs but we found it’s a lot easier to ignore barking than screaming. For our treat, we decided to bring green onion cakes, or “cong you bing,” — little flour pancakes with sliced green onions that are then pan fried to a crisp perfection. Sometimes, I’ll add a bit of egg to coat it just for a little change of pace. As I set the plate of cong you bing down and had a seat next to one of my neighbors, she asked me what it was that I brought and I explained it to her. She seemed intrigued, picked one up, bit into one and said, “yum! These are great! So unusual!” I knew she meant it as a compliment, but it surprised me a little since I’ve lived in the United States all my life and grew up eating these at home and in many Chinese restaurants, usually on a Sunday morning, when they’re often served. I probably should have known better, since we were one of the few Asian (really, minority) families in our neighborhood. Still, I thought it might be fun to turn the tables a bit. “Well Mary, I’m glad you liked ‘em. But you know, even though I grew up in the U.S., there’s a few things you guys eat that if you really think about it, is a little strange.” I don’t know why I’ve always been a little un-

Meat loaf: Is it bread? Is it meat? No one knows.

comfortable saying someone is white or Caucasian. I guess it’s just easier for me to call them “guys.” Come on — they know what they are. Intrigued, Mary smiled and said, “Really? Like what?” “Well, let’s see,” I said. “Let’s start with meat loaf. What is the purpose of that? It’s not a roast meat, and it’s not a loaf of bread, but a loaf of meat that you bake/roast in the oven, and then serve it in slices like it’s a piece of bread. What’s the point of combining them? I mean, if you serve me steak with garlic bread, I suppose it ends up being meat loaf by the time it hits my stomach, but what’s the point of combining the two before you’ve eaten it? Was this designed for lazy chewers? Isn’t it basically a predigested meal?” I was on a roll now. “Another thing — what’s up with roast turkey?” I said. “I mean, I actually like roast turkey and gravy ... but what about that cranberry sauce? What’s the point of eating roast turkey with what is basically jam? If it’s perfectly normal eating turkey with cranberry sauce, then why don’t you see that kind of combination anywhere else? Why don’t you ever see anyone eating a hot dog and smothering orange marmalade on it?” “And while we’re on the topic, what is the deal with hot dogs? First, it’s a misnomer — thankfully. But beyond that, who on earth came up with the idea of taking the lining of a cow’s stomach, then filling it with ground up pieces of various parts from said cow, and then making it in a way where the meat stays red no matter how long you cook it? I’ve never eaten meat that stays completely red even when the outside is burnt to a crisp. What is that all about?” We all had a good laugh at my little diatribe. And truth be told, I actually like meat loaf, turkey, and hot dogs. In the end, it’s really the blessing and curse of being Asian American. We can adapt to both

sides while being repulsed at the same time. I’m an equal opportunity culture critic. I think the key is to always look for the commonalities that link us together. At the end of my conversation with Mary, I had one last example. “When I go over to some of my friends, in the morning, a lot of them will have scrambled eggs and add ketchup to it. That seems so odd — why would you add ketchup to scrambled eggs?” Mary looked at me and said, “Remember last month you invited us to your home and you made this special dish— it was basically scram-

bled eggs with sautéed tomatoes and chunks of chicken served over rice. It was delicious! you said your dad made this dish when you were growing up. It was tomato and eggs, Wayne!” What can I say? When you’re right, you’re right, Mary. Still, at least you didn’t see me stuff all of it into little tubing and make them into little sausage links.  Wayne Chan can be reached at info@ nwasianweekly.com.


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■ PUblISHER’S blOg Cheering for a competitor and a friend

From left: Carolyn Kelly, Jane Nishita, and Martha Choe

Carolyn Kelly and former Mayor Norm Rice

Carolyn Kelly and Leadership Tomorrow Executive Director Jan Levy

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Are there competitors that I admire?

Kelly was dedicated to her job and committed to journalism, and I respect that. She has also been supportive of the Asian Weekly in other ways. The Women of Color Empowered luncheon organized by the Northwest Asian Weekly has honored her a few times.

When the Seattle Times struggled financially several years ago, she would use her own money to sponsor events in minority communities but let the Times get the recognition. She wouldn’t let go of opportunities to help young women of color. She would connect them to prominent woman leaders, even inviting them to her own home.

the first to say he didn’t do it alone, and to credit and recognize the others who helped make it happen. Eddie could do what he did because he’d spent a career, a lifetime, building connections, building trust, building a network that he could call upon to come together to make our community better.” “The problems we face today may feel bigger, and maybe they are, but that isn’t an excuse not to act, it’s a powerful call to step up, to come together, to make a difference; to tackle the tough issues we face with caring hearts, open minds, an inclusive approach and a resolve to find common ground, to solve problems, not point fingers.” I wish more politicians would listen to Kelly’s speech. So many of them enjoy pointing fingers instead of taking responsibility for their mistakes and oversights. Thank you Kelly for your wisdom, and for who and what you are! 

yes, there was one. Carolyn Kelly, retired president of the Seattle Times, used to be my competitor. Why am I comparing a baby mouse like the Northwest Asian Weekly to a lion that leads the entire Northwest media kingdom? The Times is the largest paper in our state, and Kelly has been competitive since I met her in the 1990s. We competed not so much for business, but for stories about the Asian community. She wanted the scoop just as much as I did, not just to beat us but also to beat the Seattle PI, which stopped printing in 2009. It sounded strange that Kelly was so passionate about the Times’ coverage even though she was also the chief operating officer and didn’t deal with content directly. But if you know her, whatever she does, she gives 150 percent. It is no surprise that she broke all the glass ceilings at the Times and was named as president of the company. Kelly’s circle of friends includes an army of people of color and Asian American friends and leaders, all who like her immensely. Some Asian Americans sources would give us both a story, some sources would time it so well that both papers would get it Wednesday so that the Asian Weekly would publish the story the same day as the Times. “I am sorry I have to give the Times the story,” I recalled someone apologized to me. The Times does have a bigger circulation. There are serious issues affecting the community, and the more coverage we can get, the better.

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Kelly lives a life of diversity. Jane Nishita, a close friend and award presenter for Kelly’s recent Leadership Tomorrow’s Edward Carlson Award, called her “an honorary Asian.” (Carlson was a successful civic and business leader and was the mastermind behind the Space Needle and Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair.) That night at the Seattle Sheraton, an audience of 300 gave Kelly a standing ovation both before and after her receiving the award. A sea of people of color who were her old friends for decades came to pay tribute. One black friend from the Eastside, who hated driving across the bridge, was happy to show up to support Kelly. According to Nishita, Kelly was instrumental in getting the Blethen family, who owns the Seattle Times, to “take an unprecedented position to defeat an Initiative on the Washington State ballot — I-200.” The initiative prohibits affirmative action for minorities and women. Starting in 1995, Kelly has funded a scholarship specifically for students of color at her alma mater, DeSales Catholic High School in Walla Walla. Over the years Kelly has endowed over $30,000 to that scholarship. Kelly’s support on diversity is generous.

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Four myths about the International District most-loved break dance team, the Massive Monkees, host their studio, the Beacon, in the ID, offering nightly classes and after school programs.

The International District (ID) gets a bad rap for being a little grungy, but dirty it is not. Community organizations and members have focused on keeping the district clean and tidy for the people who live and visit the neighborhood. In May, over 300 community members volunteered a part of their Saturday to help clean up litter as part of the 15th Annual Chinatown–ID Spring Clean hosted by the Chinatown–International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) and the Seattle Chinatown–International District Public Development Authority (SCIDpda). The CIDBIA has also partnered with CleanScapes to provide daily graffiti removal services to the neighborhood, and in April the ID was enrolled in the City of Seattle’s Clear Alleys Program, which aims to reduce the amount of litter in the city’s alleys.

Myth Two: Chinatown is unsafe

In July of 2012, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) announced its new patrol plans centered on crime “hot spots” in the city at the pagoda in Hing Hay Park, considered at the time to be a major hot spot. However, through increased officer foot patrols and ef-

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Myth One: Chinatown is dirty

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Chinatown–International District comes with its set of myths, but behind the assumptions is a neighborhood that is both vibrant and historic. Here are four myths about the ID, and the reality behind them.

Efforts are underway to keep litter and graffiti off of C–ID streets.

Police cruisers and officers on bike or foot are common sights in the International District.

forts by the community, crime in the neighborhood is dropping and, as of last December, the park is no longer considered a hot spot, according to the SPD. It still sees regular patrols by police officers. In 2012, police reports in the ID dropped nearly 12 percent, despite training seniors in the area to call 911 more often (more calls usually translate to higher crime statistics), outpacing crime drops in the rest of the city of Seattle.

The Wing Luke Museum received an affiliated area designation from the National Park Service earlier this year and is one of the best chronicles of the Asian-American experience in existence. The ID community also hosts three annual festivals a year — The Lunar New year Festival in late January or early February, Dragonfest in July, and the Seattle Night Market in the late summer. The festivals feature music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and cultural demonstrations. The ID also hosts several unexpected attractions as well. The Seattle Pinball Museum is located in the heart of the ID and features over 50 pinball museums from the 60s onward. If you feel like a little motion, Seattle’s

Myth Three: Chinatown is all restaurants

While Chinatown has the highest density of restaurants in the city, there’s plenty to do that doesn’t involve food.

Myth Four: Chinatown is old

While many buildings in the ID are historic, some of which have been standing for over a century, Chinatown is also home its fair share of new development. yesler Terrace, the oldest housing project in the city, is being renovated, with one 83-unit and one 90-unit apartment building planned for construction. InterIm is also building a new 96-unit apartment building at the corner of S. Main St. and 5th Ave. S. with apartments for low-income individuals and families. The parks are growing as well. Hing Hay park is slated for expansion as the International Station post office is set to move to a new space in the neighborhood. Finally, transit into and out of the ID is getting an expansion, with two ID stops on the First Hill streetcar line planned. For a long time, the ID has been a gateway to the rest of Seattle with its easy access to Seattle’s stadiums, I-5 and I-90, and First Hill and Capitol Hill, but it’s quickly becoming a destination in its own right. The district has some of the best restaurants in the city, and plenty of unexpected attractions for visitors who take the time to find them. Spend some time in the International District; you’ll be surprised what you find. 


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If immigration falls, so too could the GOP’s national prospects. Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and an author of the current Senate immigration bill, said “Speaker Boehner has a tough job ahead” to convince his caucus to act. “Republicans realize the implications of the future of the Republican Party in America if we don’t get this issue behind us,” McCain said. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi similarly predictied electoral doom if Republicans thwart the efforts to address the estimated 11 million immigrants now in the United States illegally. She said Republicans should follow the Senate’s lead “if they ever want to win a presidential race.” “We wouldn’t even be where we are right now had it not been that 70 percent of Hispanics voted for President Obama, voted Democratic in the last election,” Pelosi said. “That caused an epiphany in the Senate, that’s for sure. So, all of a sudden now, we have already passed comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate. That’s a big victory.” In 2012, Obama won re-election with the backing of 71 percent of Hispanic voters and 73 percent of Asian-American voters. A thwarted immigration overhaul could again push those voting blocs toward the Democrats’ side. If an immigration bill fails, Democrats stood ready to blame Boehner and his party. “Will he allow a small group, maybe even a majority of his caucus, to control the debate and the future on this issue?” asked Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. “If he decides to do that, we will then end in a stalemate and an impasse once again.” Goodlatte and Gutierrez spoke to CNN’s “State of the Union.” Schumer, Gowdy and McCain were on “Fox News Sunday.” Pelosi was on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 

Sara Grewing. Her office is one of several agencies that could bring charges against the sellers at the market. Grewing said investigators are still working to identify the confiscated substances. Several vendors said they didn’t understand what prompted such a large-scale raid. They said they were selling products safely based on generations of handed-down knowledge. “What I know is the products came to me with instructions or info in Thai,” said yer Lee Chang, who has sold medication for stomach pain and headaches for seven years. “We just

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{EVIL SPIRIT cont’d from page 4} a stranger, usually a younger woman, who asks the woman if she knows where to find a particular healer or fortune teller. Another seeming stranger joins the conversation, says she knows where the healer is located, and convinces the older woman to come along. The healer convinces the victim that in order to ward off some evil, she must hand over valuables in a bag to be blessed. And then they switch the bag. Similar scams occur in other places in the U.S. with large Asian communities. In San Francisco late last year, thieves stole about $2 million in nearly 60 cases. Police there called the scams an organized crime ring. The district attorney’s office, police, and politicians waged a public safety awareness campaign, including community meetings and a video depicting a reenactment of a scam and tips on how to spot one. A similar public awareness campaign has been underway in New york. Detectives in Chinatowns in Brooklyn and Manhattan have canvassed the streets warning of the scams and put up posters in Mandarin and English warning women. New york City detectives say there is no larger criminal orga-

go based off of what is in those documents and our knowledge from living in Thailand, what these meds are for.” Chang’s comments were translated by Sia Her, the executive director of the state Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. Her said many Hmong may come to the market for basic health care because they don’t have insurance, and others come because of tradition. Her acknowledged that many Hmong were adhering to practices they learned in Laos and Thailand, and said they need to adapt to American rules. “Maybe we think this is appropriate but it isn’t allowed by law here in this country,” she said. “And this is home now.”  nization at work here. Most scammers operate in groups of three or five and then disappear after, mostly fleeing back to China. Some arrests have been made, but recovery of the valuables is difficult. The awareness campaign helped one 67-year-old woman, who turned the tables on the scammers, police and prosecutors said. She was approached June 3 in Manhattan’s Chinatown. A younger Chinese girl on the street asked where to find a particular doctor. The accomplice joined and said she knew the doctor, and a third woman turned up saying she was a relative. They persuaded the woman that she was cursed. But rather than go home and bundle up her valuables, she called the cops, who set up a sting and nabbed five suspects after they’d stolen the 67-yearold’s bag of fake jewelry. Manhattan prosecutors charged the five with grand larceny. They are all from China. Lawyers for three didn’t return calls seeking comment. But a lawyer for Jun Liang, 44, and Jingchang Quan, 44 said his clients were innocent. Browne said it looked like the sting broke the scammers’ spell: There have been no new reported thefts since. 

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For the week of July 13–July 19, 2013 By Sun Lee Chang Rat — Are you too close to the situation to view it objectively? Taking a step back, at least for a short time, could be helpful.

Dragon — Avoid making a rash move by listening to the whole story before you make your mind up about what to do next.

Monkey — Friends have a way of brightening even the darkest of days. Give them a chance to cast their sunshine in your direction.

Ox — Rather than leaving an undesirable setting behind, think of it as moving towards something that you know is better.

Snake — Getting multiple opinions on a single issue might be useful, especially if you are undecided on how best to proceed.

Tiger — Waiting to be noticed for your efforts? Rewards can come to those who wait, but sometimes you have to demand the attention that you deserve.

Horse — Running into resistance where you expected none? There is no need to panic, simply adjust for this change in circumstances.

Rooster — Getting everyone on the same page will be the hardest part of your current assignment. Remember that you are in a position to lead not follow.

Rabbit — A good idea could be right under your nose. Inspiration strikes without warning, so stay tuned in to what is going on around you.

Goat —Failure can inform you just as well as success. Don’t let it scare you from trying again, this time armed with what you learned the first go around.

Dog — Your steadfast devotion has won over one who has long been sought. The question now is whether you still want them. Pig — There is no place to hide today, but that is fine with you as you are not one to shy away from a challenge.

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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For Chang, who is of Korean descent, this was a killer first job, especially since the actress has received accolades for her performance as the emotionally manipulative ringleader of the teenage robbers. For all these young Asian American actors, these films may very well be their breakout roles. While it’s always great to cover the work of more popular Asian American actors, it’s not only refreshing, but heartening to report on so many fresh faces in the industry. I’m hoping their names continue to grace this column in the future. Speaking of unknown Asian American faces, the creators behind the party-fueled web series “K-TOWN” recently dropped a new web show with a similar premise: “Roll Models,” which covers all the scandalous drama of Asian Americans involved in the import modeling, go-go dancing, and underground car scene in Orange County. If you watched its sibling show “K-TOWN,” then you’ll probably recognize a few familiar faces in this new web show. you probably also know what you’re getting yourself into. (For the uninitiated, expect lots of Asian girls booty-popping in racy outfits with a healthy side of petty drama.) Catch the show’s new episodes weekly on the LOUD channel on youTube. 

middle of the aircraft and survived the crash with his family, said there was no forewarning from the pilot or any crew members before the plane touched down hard and he heard a loud sound. “We knew something was horribly wrong,” said Singh, who suffered a fractured collarbone and had his arm was in a sling. “It’s miraculous we survived,” he said. A visibly shaken Singh said the plane went silent before people tried to get out anyway they could. His 15-year-old son said luggage tumbled from the overhead bins. The entire incident lasted about 10 seconds. Another passenger, Benjamin Levy, 39, said it looked to him that the plane was flying too low and too close to the bay as it approached the runway. Levy, who was sitting in an emergency exit row, said he felt the pilot try to lift the jet up before it crashed, and thinks the maneuver might have saved some lives. “Everybody was screaming. I was trying to usher them out,” he recalled of the first seconds after the landing. “I said, `Stay calm, stop screaming, help each other out, don’t push.”’ Airport spokesman Doug yakel said 49 people were critically injured and 132 had less significant injuries. The flight originated in Shanghai, China, and stopped over in Seoul, South Korea, before coming to San Francisco, airport officials said. The airline said there were 16 crew members aboard, and the 291 passengers included 77 South Koreans, 141 Chinese, 61 Americans and one Japanese citizen. The nationalities of the remaining passengers weren’t immediately known. Chinese state media identified the dead as two 16-year-old girls who were middle school students in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. China Central Television cited a fax from Asiana Airlines to the Jiangshan city government. They were identified as ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia. At least 70 Chinese students and teachers were on the plane heading to summer camps, according to education authorities in China. Asiana President yoon young-doo said at a televised news conference that it will take time to determine the cause of the crash. But when asked about the possibility of engine or mechanical problems, he said he doesn’t believe they could have been the cause. He said the plane was bought in 2006 but didn’t provide further details or elaborate. Asiana officials later said the plane was also built

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that year. yoon also bowed and offered an apology, “I am bowing my head and extending my deep apology” to the passengers, their families and the South Korean people over the crash, he said. South Korean President Park Geun-hye offered his condolences to the families of passengers and said his government would make all necessary efforts to help handle the aftermath, according to her spokeswoman Kim Haing. Based on witness accounts in the news and video of the wreckage, Mike Barr, a former military pilot and accident investigator who teaches aviation safety at the University of Southern California, said it appeared the plane approached the runway too low and something may have caught the runway lip. San Francisco is one of several airports around the country that border bodies of water that have walls at the end of their runways to prevent planes that overrun a runway from ending up in the water. Since the plane was about to land, its landing gear would have already been down, Barr said. It’s possible the landing gear or the tail of the plane hit the seawall, he said. If that happened, it would effectively slam the plane into the runway, he said. Noting that some witnesses reported hearing the plane’s engines rev up just before the crash, Barr said that would be consistent with a pilot who realized at the last minute that the plane was too low and was increasing power to the engines to try to increase altitude. Barr said he could think of no reason why a plane would come in to land that low.

Four pilots were aboard the plane and they rotated on a two-person shift during the flight, according to The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in South Korea. The two who piloted the plane at the time of crash were Lee Jeong-min and Lee Gang-guk. yoon young-doo, the Asiana president, described the pilots as “skilled,” saying three had logged more than 10,000 hours each of flight time, while the fourth had put in almost that much time. All four are South Koreans. Asiana is a South Korean airline, second in size to national carrier Korean Air. It has recently tried to expand its presence in the United States, and joined the Star Alliance, which is anchored in the U.S. by United Airlines. The 777-200 is a long-range plane from Boeing. The twin-engine aircraft is often used for flights from one continent to another because it can travel 12 hours or more without refueling. The most notable accident involving a 777 occurred on Jan. 17, 2008 at Heathrow Airport in London. British Airways Flight 28 landed hard about 1,000 feet short of the runway and slid onto the start of the runway. The impact broke the 777-200’s landing gear. There were 47 injuries, but no fatalities.  Lowy reported from Washington, D.C. Associated Press writers Jason Dearen and Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco, Scott Mayerowitz in New York and Pauline Arrillaga in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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{KAESONG cont’d from page 5} a near-identical statement. South Korean media pool reports cited chief Seoul delegate Suh Ho as saying the two Koreas still had not had sufficient discussions on Kaesong’s restart, and plan to discuss the issue in follow-up talks. The Unification Ministry said it couldn’t confirm the report. North Korea agreed to let South Korean factory managers visit Kaesong to retrieve products and supplies left at the complex, and inspect factory equipment from Wednesday to decrease possible damage ahead of the rainy season, accord-

ing to the KCNA and the Unification Ministry. The park, which brought together North Korean labor and South Korean capital, resulted in nearly $2 billion a year in cross-border trade before its shutdown. It was the last remaining joint project between the two Koreas as relations soured over the past five years. As the park remained shuttered, South Korean businesses that operated in Kaesong sought rescue funds from the government. Some South Korean businesspeople who were forced to leave their Kaesong factories behind sent a message to government officials near the border city of Paju as they headed to the talks Saturday, holding placards that read “We

want to work.” The closure meant a loss of salary for tens of thousands of North Korean workers employed in factories run by 123 South Korean companies, and a loss of goods and orders for business managers who relied on Kaesong to churn out everything from shoes and watches to cables and electrical components. The Korean Peninsula still officially remains at war because their 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.  Associated Press writer Youkyung Lee contributed to this report.

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31 YEARS YOUR VOICE {NUCLEAR cont’d from page 5} three idled reactors. Nuclear operators have already requested rate hikes or plan to do so. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took office in December, scrapped a phase-out plan set by the previous government. Resumption of nuclear power plants is part of his ruling party’s campaign platform in parliamentary elections in two weeks. The new requirements specify for the first time that plants must take steps to guard against radiation leaks in the case of severe accidents, install emergency command centers and enact anti-terrorist measures. Operators are required to upgrade protection for tsunamis and earthquakes, as well as tornadoes and aviation accidents. Safety was previously left up to the operators, relying on their self-interest in protecting their own investments as an incentive for implementing adequate measures. Tokyo Electric Power Co. came under fire for underestimating the

JULY 13 – JULY 19, 2013 risk of a tsunami and building a seawall that was less than half the height of the wave that hit the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on March 11, 2011, knocking out power and cooling systems, which led to meltdowns in three of its reactors. About 160,000 evacuees still cannot return to their homes. “We decided to apply because we’re confident about the safety measures we’ve taken,” said Shota Okada, a spokesman at Hokkaido Electric Power Co. “We’ll do everything to accommodate a smooth inspection process.” Hokkaido Electric hopes to restart them in time for the long, cold winter on the northern main island, said company president Katsuhiko Kawai recently. Critics say the requirements still have loopholes that make things easier for operators, including a five-year grace period — given to reactors known as PWRs that come with larger containment chambers considered less likely to suffer from pressure buildup than ones like those ravaged at Fukushima — for installing

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