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Dragon Fest a boon to families, businesses

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Kip Tokuda, community activist, passes away at 66

MOVIES On the ‘Pacific Rim’ » P. 8

Rep. Sharon Santos, former Counsel General of Japan Kiyokazu Ota, the Honorable Kip Tokuda, and Lt. Gov. Brad Owen during the June 2012 event awarding Tokuda with the Order of the Rising Sun.

By Staff Northwest AsiAN weekly kip tokuda, a former four-term state representative from the 37th district and community activist who founded the Asian Community leadership Foundation (AClF), was past president of the Japanese American Citizens league (JACl),

and served on the Mayor’s seattle Police Department 20/20 initiative passed away on July 13. he was 66. he suffered a heart attack while fishing on whidbey island, according to island County authorities. “i can’t believe it,” said wendy tokuda, kip’s sister, who lives in {see TOKUDA cont’d on page 13}

During the festival, Mayor McGinn (center left) debuted the first of 30 new bilingual street signs to be put up across the neighborhood.

By Charles Lam Northwest AsiAN weekly the international District is open for business. that’s what over 25,000 people attending the interna-

tional District’s Dragon Fest 2013 last weekend learned as vendors lined the streets and restaurants opened their doors for the neighborhood’s annual summer festival. {see DRAGON FEST cont’d on page 15}

Asian America at the Capitol Hill Block Party

The Flavr Blue

Lights from Space

By Charles Lam Northwest AsiAN weekly each year in July, the Capitol hill Chamber of Commerce closes off a portion of the neighborhood to host the Capitol hill Block Party, a music and cultural festival that spans three days and over three blocks. this year’s festival will be drawing over 100 musical acts from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

The Flavr Blue

seattle-based synth-pop trio the Flavr Blue are on the cusp of their big breakout, and their set at the Capitol hill Block Party might be one of the last chances to see the

Country Lips

JK Pop!

group perform a small hometown show. the Flavr Blue’s brand of ethereal, hypnotic pop music is entrancing and insanely danceable, due in part to hapa musician, singer, and rapper hollis wong-wear’s strong synth and vocals. she’s flanked by producers and emcees Parker Joe and lace Cadence, who both have impressive seattle music pedigree. the group has already sold out multiple seattle shows, and their set at the Block Party is guaranteed to impress. in addition to anchoring the Flavr Blue, wong-wear also recently found success with another seattle musical act, Macklemore and ryan lewis. she provided writing talent on two tracks, white walls and wing$, of the duo’s Gold-certified album “the heist,” and she also provided

vocals on white walls. The Flavr Blue perform Saturday, July 27 at 9:00 p.m. at Neumos.

Lights from Space

lights from space, another seattle trio, sound like no other seattle band of current day. while the city is awash in dream pop and indie folk, lights from space have instead decided to deliver what they know best: clean, crisp, and clear rock-n-roll with a sound gleaned from the strokes, the Pixies, and Nirvana. {see BLOCK PARTY cont’d on page 15}

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

SPORTS Japan wins the World Softball Cup. » P. 7

PICTORIAL Scenes from Dragon Fest 2013 » P. 9

PUB’S BLOG Remembering Kippy, business at the fest, and politics » P. 10

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Two ID buildings receive 4Culture restoration grants

The Panama Hotel will receive $22,412 to restore its exterior.

the 4Culture Board recently awarded $258,006 to support the rehabilitation of 19 local landmarks around king County through the new landmarks Capital program, including two landmarks in the international District: the hip sing Building and the Panama hotel. Built in 1910 for the hip sing family association, the hip sing Building currently serves as a mixed-use residential and commercial property and community center. the association applied for funding to repair the original fire escape, an ornate and prominent feature on the building’s west façade. Full funding of $27,000 will be awarded, making the fire escape fully functional and allowing for future repairs to the upper floors of the building. the Panama hotel was also awarded $22,412 to restore its windows and exterior. Built in 1910 by sabro ozasa, a Japanese Architect and graduate of the University of washington, the hotel has served as a home for generations of Japanese immigrants, Alaskan fisherman, and international travelers. overall, the 19 projects supported through the 2013 landmarks Capital program will generate over $1.3 million in construction projects around king County by the time they are completed. 

Mona Locke joins Komen Puget Sound Former washington state First lady Mona locke has

agreed to return to komen Puget sound on a consulting basis to fill in after the departure of executive Director Cheryl shaw. in this role, locke will oversee operations and cultivate relations with donors and supporters, and oversee the hiring process for the next permanent executive director. Mona Locke shaw resigned her position in June to do more hands-on work, serving the needs of disadvantaged, inner city families and children. locke brings extensive nonprofit management experience to her new role at komen Puget sound. As first lady, locke cochaired the Governor’s Commission on early learning with Melinda Gates and founded the Foundation for early learning, a non-profit organization working to ensure that every child enters school prepared to succeed. Mona locke will start on a part-time basis Aug. 1 and then go full time in september through December 2013. 

Arun Rath to host NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered indian-American Journalist Arun rath will become the new host of the NPr newsmagazine weekend All things Considered beginning in late september, when the saturday and sunday edition moves its broadcast to the west Coast. rath has had a distinguished career Arun Rath in public media as a reporter, producer, and editor, most recently as a senior reporter for the PBs series Frontline and the world on wGBh Boston. he has also worked for several NPr and public radio programs. rath began his journalism career as an NPr intern at talk of the Nation, eventually joining the staff and becoming the show’s director after working on several NPr News programs during the 1990s. in 2000, he became senior producer for NPr’s on the Media, produced by wNyC, where he was part of a team that tripled its audience and won a Peabody Award. he spent 2005 as senior editor at the culture and arts show studio 360. rath moved to television in 2005 to report and manage radio partnerships for Frontline. 

Daphne Kwok joins AARP as Vice President AArP has appointed Daphne kwok as the new Vice President, Multicultural Markets and engagement effective July 8. Daphne will lead AArP’s outreach efforts toward Asian Americans. “Daphne brings with her an extensive history of community activism Daphne Kwok and leadership in the Asian American and Pacific islander American communities,” said lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, AArP’s executive Vice President, Multicultural Markets and engagement. “we are very excited to have her return to washington, DC and become part of our team.” in July 2010, President Barack obama appointed kwok to serve as chair of President obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific islanders (APiDC). Prior to her tenure at APiDC, kwok served as the executive director of the Angel island immigration station Foundation (AiisF) in san Francisco from 2005 to 2007. At AiisF, she worked to preserve and restore the Angel island immigration station and to promote the role that it played in shaping America’s past and present. A graduate of wesleyan University in east Asian studies and music, kwok is the first Asian American to serve on its Board of trustees. 

Northwest Asian Weekly is always looking for Asian American community news. If you are the host or an attendee of an API fundraiser, e-mail us a big photo, event highlights, and the amount of money raised. We are also looking for news about APIs in new jobs and APIs getting public recognition and awards. Please send materials to info@nwasianweekly.com with “names in the news” as the subject line.


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Seattle directs contractors to advertise in ethnic media

By Asha DuMonthier New AMeriCA MeDiA seattle may be the first in the nation to require its contractors to include ethnic media in their community outreach plans, city officials say. the move boosts the visibility of ethnic media, but some of those news outlets say it is unclear if it will result in more ad dollars. Mayor Mike McGinn announced the policy change, which calls for consultants proposing city-funded projects with a community outreach component to incorporate ethnic media in their outreach and advertising plans, last month. robert Cruickshank, senior advisor to the mayor, said the policy ensures that city-funded projects such as building initiatives, public health campaigns, and community projects will be publicized in ethnic media. “we want to reach the people we serve,” Cruickshank said. “if there’s a new building for example, we want everyone in that neighborhood to know about it.” Cruickshank called the new policy a “sensible” move for the city, adding that it has made strides to reach a growing population of immigrants, many of whom rely on non-english publications for their news. About a third of the city’s residents are minorities, with Asians making up 13.8 percent and hispanics making up 6.6 percent of the population. Martha Montoya, publisher of the spanish-language newspaper el Mundo said the move is groundbreaking and vali-

dates the role ethnic media play to inform their communities. “i’ve never seen a mayor do this,” she said, adding that ethnic residents in the city turn to ethnic news outlets rather than mainstream news sources such as the seattle times to stay in the know. “People go to the content they feel comfortable with,” Montoya said. Cruickshank says the mayor’s office first proactively reached out to local ethnic media to publicize the 2010 Census. since then, he says, ethnic media outlets such as runta, Northwest Vietnamese News, and Univision have met on a regular basis with the mayor’s office to discuss ways that the city could better support ethnic media as key news outlets as well as small businesses. the media representatives expressed frustration over being overlooked by city consultants in the past. they said they wanted more information about plans and projects that might affect ethnic populations. Muhamod yussuf, editor of runta, a seattle-based bilingual somali and english newspaper, said that communications between the mayor’s office and his newspaper have improved over the past three years. “they know what we do and the importance of ethnic media,” he said. however, city consultants who are not based in the mayor’s office have not been required to share the mayor’s values. Now consultants will be required to translate their news releases into relevant languages and budget for ethnic media ads, if necessary.

some ethnic media say the mayor’s policy is an important step, but won’t boost the bottom lines of most ethnic media outlets. Julie Pham, co-owner of Northwest Vietnamese News says, “it is really good that the city is doing this. But the difficult thing is that the pie is still small.” City officials say that it would be “impossible” to quantify how much the city as a whole spends on media advertising, because each department comes up with its own budget for community outreach. As such it is difficult to estimate the financial impact the new policy may have, if any, on ethnic media. some ethnic media publishers say they question whether this latest move by the mayor is largely symbolic, and one intended to gain votes from seattle’s ethnic communities, ahead of a hotly contested mayor’s race. however, Montoya, the el Mundo publisher, points out that the mayor’s proposal may indirectly have a positive financial effect on media outlets simply by putting ethnic media on the public radar. she says she hopes that if the mayor’s office continues to advocate for these news outlets, ethnic media will begin to get more advertising dollars from larger companies. Despite the policy’s uncertain financial significance, it will help ethnic media stay on top of important local news. As Magdaleno rose-Avila, Director of the office of immigrant and refugee Affairs says, for him the meaning of the mayor’s new policy is clear: “it’s just a matter of respect.” 

Primary election ballots arrive this week Ballots and voters’ pamphlets for the Aug. 6 primary election will arrive in mailboxes throughout king County this week as king County elections will mail nearly 1.2 million ballots on July 17. Voters’ pamphlets are mailed separately by bulk mail and may arrive on a different day than ballots. “Voters should watch for their ballot in the mail and contact us if they haven’t received it by wednesday, July 24,” said elections Director sherril huff. the county has already sent more than 17,400

ballots to voters living overseas and those serving in the military to allow extra time for delivery. “Ballot drop locations have been expanded to provide more options for voters to return their ballots,” huff said. “Voters can return ballots to any of 25 locations, including our three Accessible Voting Centers.” the expanded locations now include 12 scheduled drop vans for the primary and general elections (up from three last year) to provide better service for voters. there are also 10 24-

hour drop boxes. Drop boxes are open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. Aug. 6; vans will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 and Aug. 5, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day, Aug. 6. you can vote, sign the return envelope, and get your ballot back as soon as you receive it. Ballots can be mailed with a first class stamp or returned to a drop-off location. Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 6 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on election day. Ballots can also be returned to accessible voting centers during their business hours.

Voters’ pamphlets are available online, at seattle and king County libraries, and at the elections office. king County residents not currently registered to vote in washington can register in person at the king County elections office or the Voter registration Annex through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29.  For more information, visit the www.kingcounty.gov/elections.aspx, or call 206-296-VOTE (8683).

■ nATIonAl neWs Civil rights group asks feds to investigate Kentucky school district By Staff the AssoCiAteD Press rUssell, ky. (AP) — A civil rights organization has asked a pair of federal agencies to investigate the russell independent schools in eastern kentucky over allegations that a 14-year-old Asian-American student has been repeatedly harassed. the Asian American legal Defense and education Fund (AAlDeF), based in Philadelphia, filed the complaints last week with the U.s. Department of Justice and the U.s. Department of education’s office of Civil rights. the complaints were filed on behalf of Milena Clarke and her parents, terry and Christi Clarke. AAlDeF attorney thomas Mariadason told the independent that school officials have an obligation to stop any alleged harassment

once they’ve been notified of it. “we believe that they must ensure that students like Milena can not only participate in school programs free of harassment, but also safely raise their concerns when they’re victims of the type of behavior at issue here,” Mariadason said. school district attorney Michael schmidt of Paintsville says the district hasn’t been given a fair opportunity to investigate and address the complaints. “it’s unclear to me what really happened, if anything,” schmidt said. the complaints allege Milena, an adoptee of Asian-kazakh heritage, was subjected to “severe and pervasive peer-on-peer” racial and national origin harassment and discrimination from 2011 to 2013 while a member of the rMs girls’ basketball team and a student at the school, and that school officials had “actual

knowledge” of the situation, but failed to take action to prevent it. the organization also alleges Milena’s coaches and school officials took steps to penalize Milena and her family for speaking up about the girl’s mistreatment, including reducing her playing time and threatening to deny her future basketball opportunities. According to the complaints filed by the AAlDeF, Milena, who was born in Almaty, kazakhstan, and came to live with the Clarkes when she was 18 months old, was regularly singled out and called racial slurs by her teammates and mocked for observing russian orthodox prayer rituals. the alleged harassment also included regular slurs about African-American teammates and friends Milena had made through the local spring and summer travel ball circuit. when Milena alerted her coaches to what

was happening, she was told the harassment “was an inevitable part of participating on a sports team to which she would have to acclimate,” the complaints state. terry Clarke sent numerous emails to members of the coaching staff and to school officials, but “his requests for intervention were left unattended,” according to the organization. Milena has suffered “cumulative impacts to her mental health” as a result of the persistent harassment, according to the complaints. At various times since 2011, she has reported feeling depressed and unmotivated and described emotional trauma associated with the bullying. “she has also been compelled time and again to modify her behavior during basketball activities and at school to try and reduce the impact of her teammates’ harassment,” the documents state. 


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Third victim in SF crash: 15-year-old Chinese girl By Martha Mendoza and Terry Collins the AssoCiAteD Press

sAN FrANCisCo (AP) — the third person to die from injuries sustained when an Asiana Airlines jetliner crash landed in san Francisco was identified as a 15-year-old Chinese girl who attended school with the other two victims. liu yipeng’s identify was confirmed by san Mateo County Coroner robert Liu Yipeng Foucrault on July 13. he said that she was rushed to san Francisco General hospital with head injuries after the July 6 crash and died there July 12. Chinese state media said she attended school with the two

16-year-old girls who also died in the crash. liu yipeng’s identification comes a day after her death was announced amid the official confirmation that one of the other girls who died in the disaster had been covered on the runway in flame-retardant foam and hit by a fire truck speeding to the crash site, a disclosure that raised the tragic possibility she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath. Police and fire officials confirmed July 12 that ye Meng yuan was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777. “the fire truck did go over the victim at least one time. Now the other question is, ‘what was the cause of death?’” san Francisco police spokesman Albie esparza said. “that’s what we are trying to determine right now.”

All three girls killed were from China. ye Meng yuan’s close friend wang linjia was among a group of injured passengers who didn’t get immediate medical help. rescuers didn’t spot her until 14 minutes after the crash. wang linjia’s body was found along with three flight attendants who were flung onto the tarmac. Moments after the crash, while rescuers tried to help passengers near the burning fuselage, wang linjia and some flight attendants lay in the rubble almost 2,000 feet (around 600 meters) away. A group of survivors called emergency services and tried to help them. survivors said that after escaping the plane, they sat with at least four victims who appeared to be seriously hurt. they {see YIPENG cont’d on page 11}

Courts will treat international passengers differently in lawsuits By Paul Elias the AssoCiAteD Press

Frank Pitre

sAN FrANCisCo (AP) — when the courts have to figure compensation for people aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214, the potential payouts will probably be vastly different for Americans and passengers from other countries, even

if they were seated side by side as the jetliner crash-landed. An international treaty governs compensation to passengers harmed by international air travel — from damaged luggage to crippling injuries and death. the pact is likely to close U.s. courts to many foreigners and force them to pursue their claims in Asia and elsewhere, where lawsuits are rarer, harder to win and offer smaller payouts.

Racially insensitive remarks heat up ‘Big Brother’ By David Bauder AP teleVisioN writer New york (AP) — racially insensitive language hurt some cast members’ reputations in the CBs game “Big Brother,” but it may not have been bad for television ratings. GinaMarie Zimmerman Contestants on this season’s “Big Brother” have been caught on the game’s 24-hour-aday internet feed making boorish remarks, and some were seen July 7 on one of the show’s television broadcasts. Contestant GinaMarie Zimmerman, 32, of staten island, N.y., referred to welfare as “N-word insurance.” while this was seen on the feed made available through CBs’ website, it was not shown on television. however, an exchange with fellow contestant Aaryn Gries of san Angelo, texas, was shown on CBs. During the conversation, Zimmerman said that a house member who is black is “on the dark side, but she’s already dark.” Gries responded: “Be careful what you say in the dark because you might not be able to see the bitch.” Zimmerman was subsequently fired from her job as a beauty pageant coordinator, ac-

cording to published reports. Pageant officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Gries, a student who does work for a modeling agency, was reportedly dropped by her agency. Gries also referred to another contestant as a “queer.” in another conversation, Gries was referring to an Asian-American housemate when she said: “shut up, go make some rice.” she also spoke in an exaggerated Asian accent. At another point, Gries said, “i look, probably, like a squinty Asian right now.” the racial remarks clearly disturbed other contestants on the show. howard overby, a youth counselor who is black, said he resisted expressing anger for fear it could hurt his chances in the game. An estimated 6.25 million people watched “Big Brother” on July 7, a 6 percent increase over the average of 5.9 million viewers for the first three episodes of the summertime series, the Nielsen company said. while viewership was down compared to last year for the first three episodes, the audience was roughly the same each year for the fourth episode, Nielsen said. so did some well-publicized controversy {see BIG BROTHER cont’d on page 12}

some passengers have already contacted lawyers. “if you are a U.s. citizen, there will be no problem getting into U.s. courts. the other people are going to have a fight on their hands,” said Northern California attorney Frank Pitre, who represents two Americans who were aboard the plane. {see PITRE cont’d on page 12}


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Accused of rape, China general’s son plays victim

By Gillian Wong the AssoCiAteD Press BeiJiNG (AP) — lawyers of a wellknown Chinese general’s son accused of taking part in a gang rape are waging a rare, western-style war of words against his critics in a reflection of the growing perception that public opinion counts. the airing of accusations surrounding the high-profile criminal case via the Li Tianyi Chinese internet has been all the more unusual because the teenage defendant is a member of one of China’s wealthy and privileged families, who usually prefer to bury salacious scandals — if they can.

li tianyi, 17, the photogenic, baby-faced son of li shuangjiang, 72, a military senior who holds the rank of general, has become the latest target of popular anger over abuses of power by the country’s elite. “At the moment, public opinion is not on li tianyi and his family’s side,” said Zhan Jiang, a journalism professor at Beijing Foreign studies University. “China’s public mood is this way when some wealthy or powerful people are involved and the opposing side is a weaker victim,” he said. “it’s a protest against Chinese society’s lack of fairness,” Zhan added. since news of his detention in the gang rape of a woman at a Beijing hotel emerged in February, pictures of him and his family have been splashed across Chinese media and websites. the case surfaced after the alleged victim told police

that some men she had been drinking with at a bar took her to a hotel and took turns raping her. this week, just days after state media reported that li and four others have been charged with rape, li’s attorney Chen shu said in an interview with the official legal Daily newspaper that his client would plead not guilty, a report that incited a storm of renewed criticism. the lawyers also circulated a statement online pointing blame at the unnamed Beijing bar for allowing underage teenagers to consume alcohol. “this case happened after a minor and others who were in a bar late at night were persuaded by adult bartenders to drink large quantities of alcohol, and then checked into a hotel,” the statement said. {see TIANYI cont’d on page 13}

Cambodian opposition Myanmar signs trustleader pardoned ahead building pact with of vote rebels By Sophen Cheang the AssoCiAteD Press

Prime Minister Hun Sen

PhNoM PeNh, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister hun sen engineered a pardon for his most prominent rival July 12, clearing the way for the self-exiled politician to return home and campaign in this month’s

general election. the pardon came after the U.s. and others had said the exclusion of sam rainsy from the July 28 vote would call into question the polls’ legitimacy. his return is not likely to greatly affect the big picture at the polls, where hun sen appears assured of extending his 28-year rule. sam rainsy has lived abroad since 2009 to avoid an 11-year prison term on charges widely seen as politically motivated. king Norodom sihamoni pardoned him Friday at hun sen’s request. the pardon signed by the king, and the prime minister’s letter requesting it, were seen by the Associated Press. hun sen’s letter requested the pardon “in the spirit of national reconciliation, national unity and to make sure the national election process is conducted under the principal of democracy with freedom and pluralism and jointly by all involved parties.” yim sovann, a spokesman for sam rainsy’s Cambodia National rescue Party, said the exiled leader would return soon. some supporters said they expected him back July 14. the pardon came shortly after sam rainsy declared that he planned to come back before the election, which suggests a deal may have been worked out. in an emailed statement released by his party, sam rainsy thanked the king for his pardon, and said he knew that he had “never done anything wrong.” “i would have returned even in the absence of a pardon to highlight the condition

of democracy in my country. My return is no more than a step on a long journey towards achieving self-determination for Cambodia,” he wrote. he also criticized the official election body as unsupportive of democracy and said, “the mere fact of my return does not create a free and fair election for Cambodia.” hun sen’s Cabinet spokesman Phay siphan said the pardon had nothing to do with the election or international pressure. “the prime minister did it for the sake of the country and in the spirit of national reconciliation,” he said. “sam rainsy is free now; he can come back to Cambodia. we welcome him back.” the pardon would appear to benefit both sam rainsy and hun sen, longtime bitter rivals. though sam rainsy is seen as the sole Cambodian politician with the charisma and resources to present any real challenge to the well-entrenched prime minister and his Cambodian People’s Party, hun sen is still expected to win in a landslide. still a return would provide at least a morale boost for sam rainsy’s party, which has been greatly handicapped by having its leader absent. “his presence will not make much difference in terms of the election results,” said independent political analyst Chea Vannath. “But i can say his presence will reassure voters that he is coming back to stay with them, which will warm the hearts of his supporters.” the opposition was dealt a blow last month when 28 of its lawmakers were expelled from parliament after a committee, run by hun sen’s party, ruled they had broken the law by running for re-election under the banner of the recently established Cambodia National rescue Party and not those under which they had won their seats. they can still run in the upcoming election, but without parliamentary immunity. immunity from arrest is a great benefit in Cambodia’s highly contentious elections, and {see SEN cont’d on page 12}

By Staff the AssoCiAteD Press yANGoN, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s government has signed an agreement with a major ethnic rebel group to build mutual trust in an effort to defuse recent tensions between the armies from the two sides, staterun media reported July 13. the kyemon daily said the five-point agreement signed July 12 between a government peace delegation and the ethnic wa rebel group includes clauses calling for prompt meetings between the two armies whenever military issues arise and committing the rebel United wa state Army not to secede. the government is seeking comprehensive peace agreements with all of the country’s ethnic rebel groups and has reached new

cease-fire agreements with many of them, but it continues to have armed confrontations with some of the major ones. Friday’s move represents a step forward in the government’s peace efforts. For decades, Myanmar has faced rebellions from several minority groups seeking autonomy. the wa, in the country’s north, are believed to have the biggest of the ethnic guerrilla armies, with as many as 30,000 men. tensions have risen recently in the wa region after government troops asked the guerrillas last month to abandon some territory it controls. the wa refused to abandon their positions, and government troops surrounded them. {see THE WA cont’d on page 12}

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■ CoMMUnITy CAlendAr 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, jcccw.org

Boulevard e., seattle WHEN: 5:30 p.m. TICKETS: www. brownpapertickets.com INFO: www.arcseattle.org

SAT 7/27 & SUN 7/28 WHAT: Natsu Matsuri WHERE: Uwajimaya, 600 5th Ave. s., seattle WHEN: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. INFO: www.uwajimaya.com

MON 7/29 THRU FRI 8/2 WHAT: JCCCw summer Camp! WHERE: JCCCw, 1414 s. weller st., seattle WHEN: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. INFO: omoide@jcccw.org, jcccw.org

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THU 7/25 WHAT: Mayoral Candidates Forum WHERE: rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 s. Alaska st., seattle WHEN: 7 p.m. INFO: rainierchamber.com WHAT: “My Favorite things, highly opinionated tour” WHERE: sAM Downtown, 1300 1st Ave., seattle WHEN: 7 p.m. WHAT: teatro Zinzanni workshop WHERE: international District/ Chinatown Community Center, seattle WHEN: 2–3 p.m.

FRI 7/26 WHAT: 4th Annual Japanese Garden Party WHERE: the seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 lake washington

WHAT: JCCCw Anne Namba trunk show WHERE: JCCCw, 1414 s. weller st., seattle WHEN: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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Photo from Softball Japan

Japan beats US to win gold at Softball World Cup

Team Japan also took gold at the Youth Softball World Cup.

Team Japan has been training together for months in preparation.

The win marks the second year in a row Japan has beaten the U.S.

By Murray Evans the AssoCiAteD Press

bat on the ball and make something happen, both yesterday and today. that’s what i think we did very well.” the six runs surrendered by the U.s. matched the secondmost it had ever allowed in a major international tournament. Japan beat the U.s. 7-4 on saturday to set that record. the U.s. had won the last six world Cups since Japan took the inaugural event in 2005. that was also the last time the U.s. lost twice in the world Cup. the U.s. now is 42-6 alltime in the event. “My message to the team was that they’re better right now,” U.s. coach ken eriksen said of Japan. “right now, they are better. you saw the benefits of being able to train together for months and months and months. you saw the deficiencies of team UsA, with the inability to train for months and months and have five days to get together. Misato kawano singled leading off in the first and scored on an infield single by yukiyo Mine.

Michelle Moultrie walked and lauren Gibson reached on an error in the bottom of the first and were in scoring position with one out, but okamura struck out Amanda Chidester and coaxed a popup from Valerie Arioto to end the threat. Japan blew the game open in the second against U.s. starter Jessica Moore (1-1). Natsuka ono singled with one out and Nozomi shimasaki followed with a bunt single. one out later, Moore intentionally walked kawano to load the bases. ichiguchi followed with a popup to short left field that hit the glove of the hard-charging Chidester but fell to the ground, allowing two runs to score. hayashi followed with a sharp single to right field and two more runs scored, making it 5-0. in the bronze-medal game, Australia beat Canada 4-3 in eight innings. Japan and the United states will next meet at the Canadian open Fast Pitch international, which starts July 16. 

oklAhoMA City (AP) — yuki hayashi had two hits from four at bats with three rBis as Japan beat the United states 6-3 on July 14 to win the gold medal in the eighth world Cup of softball. yuka ichiguchi tripled and drove in two runs for Japan, which beat the U.s. for the second time in as many days and extended its winning streak over the Americans to three games. Japan also beat the U.s. in the gold-medal game of last year’s world Championships. through an interpreter, Japan coach reika Utsagi said her team was young and didn’t feel much pressure to win. “even though we knew they would be another pitcher today, our strategy was the same,” Utsagi said. “it was to put the

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Robots on the ‘Pacific Rim’

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest AsiAN weekly Giant monsters. Giant robots. Giant monsters fighting giant robots. if the underlying principles of “Pacific rim” sound familiar to you from Japanese anime, film, and television, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Mexican director Guillermo del toro (Pan’s labyrinth, hellboy) favors the horror and science fiction genres. For his latest film, he specializes in spectacle. And he’s pulled out some of his favorite ideas from exactly the aforementioned. Pacific rim’s main characters pilot “Jaegers,” giant robots the size of skyscrapers with an impressive, apparently endless array of weapons. the robots fight “kaiju,” giant monsters emerging (as the film starts) one by one from a fissure deep beneath the ocean. in real life, “kaiju” is a Japanese word literally meaning “strange beast” but usually referring to the giant monsters popularized by inshiro honda’s film “Godzilla,” released originally in 1954. often portrayed through “suitmation” — rubber costumes worn by stuntmen who cavorted through, and often stomped on, scale-model representations of tokyo and elsewhere — Godzilla spawned 28 films, a multimedia empire, and a slew of complimentary, sometimes competing “kaiju.” the giant robot “mecha” traces its origins back to 1956, when Mitsuteru yokoyama first published the manga “tetsujin 28-gō,” detailing a robot operated remotely by a young boy. Go Nagai’s “Mazinger Z” manga, first published in 1972, made the decisive change of placing young pilots actually inside the giant robots, thus contrasting human youth and physical weakness with mechanical might. Both manga became successful anime series, and it’s been sky-high (and beyond, into deep space) for mecha ever since. Mecha have fought kaiju onscreen before, notably in 1973’s “Godzilla vs. Megalon,” which featured a giant robot called

Jet Jaguar wrestling with Godzilla. But del toro, armed with state-of-the-art CGi special effects, isn’t stopping at one or two robots, monsters, or fights. the film begins partway thorough a long, costly, demoralizing battle against the kaiju, which has united the entire earth against the monsters, but has depleted resources, killed millions, and left the remaining population in jeopardy. stacker Pentecost, played by english actor idris elba, leads a rearguard action as the Jaeger program winds down. Pentecost seeks out raleigh Beckett (played by Charlie hunnam), a former Jaeger pilot who suffered the loss of his

brother, and copilot, in combat. (Jaegers require two pilots to operate, a feature seen in some mecha anime, for example 2006’s “Zegapain.”) he wants raleigh back in the mecha saddle, but picking a new copilot proves difficult. the most obvious match is Pentecost’s underling Mako Mori (rinko kikuchi). she scores highly on all the tests, and shows a rapport with raleigh. But Pentecost is reluctant to put her into combat, for his own private reasons. then, some disturbing news about the kaiju forces his hand, and “Pacific rim” heats up. the obligatory combat sequences obligingly carry on long and thunderous, with nods to the source material such as seafaring craft tossed around like bathtub toys, and a certain bobble to the long-necked kaiju, a nod to the days when they were stuntmen in suits. the mecha, which after all have a stronger tradition in anime than in live-action fare, move more fluidly. A few fights go on a little too long, and a lengthy subplot about Mako Mori’s background could have been trimmed for a sleeker running time. on the whole, though, del toro gets what he wants: An epic, knock-down drag-out battle royal with just enough human interest for balance. For more bobble, wobble, and silliness, though, check out what came before.  “Pacific Rim” opens Friday, July 12 at various theatres. Check local listings for venues, showtimes, prices, and parking. Andrew Hamlin can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.


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Dragon Fest 2013

Lawrence Pang (left) and Van Vong (right) joined in the festivities.

McDonald’s returned as presenting sponsor for the 2013 Dragon Fest.

Over 25,000 people visited the International District during Dragon Fest 2013, according to preliminary counts, many for the first time ever.

Sakura Con cosplayers visited the International District once again, showing off their various costumes.

Volunteers were deployed to ensure that the ID remained tidy and litter free.

Cosplayers walked across the main stage, striking poses in hopes of winning the cosplay contest.

People of all ages attended the festival, some to enjoy the programing and some to perform.

McDonald’s also provided kid-friendly games and shows.

Approximately 100 volunteers staffed information booths and took surveys to ensure the event ran smoothly.

Of the dozens of cosplayers that competed, only four received prizes.

The International Dance Party debuted at the 2013 festival.

Kid-friendly entertainment included games, arts and crafts, and multiple kid-aimed performances.

Groups from the Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Pacific Islander, and other communities performed.

Photos by George Liu/NWAW

Activities ranged from games and crafts to dances and tai chi.


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■ pUblIsher’s blog What a July it’s been

From left: Andy Chin, State Sen. Bob Hasegawa, Trudi Inslee, Gov. Jay Inslee, King County Exec. Dow Constantine, King County Councilmember Jane Hague, Tan Tho Tien, and Mei Jui Lin at the Chong Wah dinner.

Remembering Kippy

remembering kip tokuda, two special moments will always carry with me, one light and the other serious. the former state representative passed away last saturday while fishing on whidbey island. Kip Tokuda Did kip and U.s. Ambassador to China Gary locke look alike? Apparently someone thought so. More bizarre was that someone also thought he was locke and rep. sharon t. santos was Mona. A visitor in olympia saw kip talking with santos in the Capitol’s parking lot, and mistakenly identified them as the former governor Gary and his wife Mona. the governor’s mansion is next to the Capitol’s legislative building. “Mona and Gary” the visitor said repeatedly. he was elated that he had found the former first couple. tokuda got a kick out of it and shared the story when he received the rising sun Award from the emperor of Japan, one of the most prestigious awards given by the Japanese government. tokuda clearly had fun that someone thought he was Gary locke. i could never forget his hearty laughs and big smile while telling the story. the other moment was in July of 2001. over 30 high school students attending the Asian weekly Foundation’s summer youth leadership Program (sylP) were racially profiled by a seattle policeman. they were stopped, lined up against a wall, and frisked for allegedly jaywalking in the international District. the police officer held them for over half an hour. the community was outraged. within days, the community called a press conference and selected tokuda as one of the spokesmen. he called the police treatment of the students similar to Japanese Americans’ internment. At a meeting later with city officials, he said, “An affront against these students, quite frankly, ... (is) an affront to the entire community.” you could tell by the look on his face that tokuda was speaking with pain and conviction. i suppose he understood what it meant to go through a traumatic event like the kids did. he also sent a letter to then Mayor Paul schell that said that the event reminded him of the way his relatives were herded up at the start of world war ii. thank you kip for fighting for us and for all people of color.

Crazy July

if there were a time of the year i called impossible, it would be the first two weeks of July. in addition to publishing two weekly newspapers, the Northwest Asian weekly Foundation’s 19th

An Indian art vendor at Dragon Fest

annual summer youth leadership Program (sylP) began on June 24 at the Asian resource Center. But as if that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, the Chinatown–international District Business improvement Association asked the Asian weekly to print this year’s Dragon Fest event guide. we did it as a way to give back to the community. the Asian weekly had a booth at the Dragon Fest for the weekend too, but we didn’t use it to rest. we covered the event, and one of our staff members was recruited last minute to be a judge for the sakura Con cosplay contest. Man, those two weeks i worked 14 days without a break. But i am not complaining — i am actually grateful. i’d rather have news to write about than sit down at my desk, haunted by an empty calendar with nothing happening in the community. that would spell trouble for us. A newspaper cannot invent news. we count on you readers and the community to give us news.

Learning from Dragon Fest merchants

if a vendor’s motive is only about making money, then they might as well not come to the event. the owner of Japanese Maples from Auburn said she didn’t make as much money as she did last year, but she felt that Dragon Fest was a fun way to meet people and that she wanted to come back next year. Vendors who did well at the event thought hard about what visitors wanted. they priced themselves correctly and created beautiful storefronts from their booths. People going to street fairs and flea markets are not interested in luxurious items; they want bargains and deals. Food is always appealing. New An Dong sold over 350 pounds of rainier cherries at $1.99 per pound, and A Piece of Cake doubled their business at the Fest. the Asian weekly, like many other informational booths, had nothing to sell. i actually spent $120 to buy lunches for volunteers that managed our booth, but it’s important to have outsiders come to the Fest so they could see a part of the community they had never seen before. Arts and crafts were not an easy sell. Gifts for kids attracted the most attention. the indian Art booth was a nice example with colorful display of merchandise and products for all ages. every time i walked by, the booth was packed with people.

Greedy folks get caught

McDonald’s booth at the Dragon Fest often had lines of families and kids waiting. in two days, they handed out over 5,000 colorful bags. some greedy folks went back for seconds and thirds last year. the worst thing was that, they

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From left: Shiao-Yen Wu, Walter Liang, Albert Shen, wife Nancy, and his parents and nephew.

bragged about how smart they were by cheating. But this year, not so fast! security guards with remarkable memory caught guests coming back for seconds saying, “you were here before.”

Good news for Albert Shen

over the past two weeks, Albert shen, candidate for seattle City Council, has made some gains. the seattle times endorsed him on July 15. recently, republicans and Democrats showed up at his fundraising party at the house of hong. CAsA, a group belonging to the seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, is backing shen.

A confused Gov. Inslee

Gov. Jay inslee came to the Chong wah Benevolent Association dinner on July 9 at the house of hong restaurant. Although he only stayed for one hour, the 300 guests were happy that he finally showed up after months of delay due to the legislature being in session. My staff that was present reported that inslee was nice to the Asian weekly. he mentioned that at the Asian weekly’s 30th anniversary dinner, he met a little girl named

lena hou who performed the national anthem beautifully. he liked it so much he invited her to sing at his inauguration ceremony. But whoa there, governor, you confused one of our dinners for another! you were a gubernatorial candidate at the weekly’s 30th anniversary dinner at the seattle sheraton hotel in october; that is correct. But the group who performed the national anthem was the Filipino choir. hou performed at weekly’s top Contributors dinner in December. i don’t blame you for not connecting the two events correctly, though. At the first event, there was tension. your opponent was sitting at the other end of the head table. you were a gubernatorial candidate then. A million things must have been going through your mind. you couldn’t concentrate as much. in the December event, you were the winner, governor-elect. it’s a world of difference on your state of mind. you were relaxed and engaged in the moment. Governor, thanks for attending two of our events despite your busy schedule last year. it means a lot to little papers like us.  To read the publisher’s blog in Chinese, visit www.seattlechinesepost.com.


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Senate hog wild over Chinese bid for Smithfield Pork By George Koo New AMeriCA MeDiA

when shuanghui, China’s largest pork producer, made an offer to buy smithfield, it should have been a straightforward business transaction. smithfield is America’s largest pork producer. By acquiring smithfield, shuanghui would be positioned to fill China’s George Koo rising demand for more pork. Chinese living in America have been long familiar with the premium priced smithfield country ham; the cured meat reminds them of the taste of “Jinhua” ham famous throughout China. through shuanghui’s distribution channels, America stands to export a lot of pork to the most dynamic growing market in the world — not incidentally, exporting is an activity encouraged by President obama for job creation. what should have been a simple win-win deal is becoming a lot more complicated thanks to Congressional review. As presented at the hearing, the humble bacon has suddenly risen to become an ominous threat capable of imperiling the security of the United states. According to the testimony of one alleged expert on China, Usha haley, pork is a strategically important industry for China. therefore even if heretofore pork consumption is declining {YIPENG cont’d from page 4} believe one of them was one of the girls who died. Cindy stone, who was in that group, was recorded by California highway Patrol dispatchers calling in for help: “there are no ambulances here. we’ve been on the ground 20 minutes. there are people lying on the tarmac with critical injuries, head injuries. we’re almost losing a woman here. we’re trying to keep her alive.” san Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy talmadge said July 12 that when airport personnel reached the group near the seawall, linjia was dead. she didn’t know when the girl had died. several flight attendants remain hospitalized. talmadge also confirmed that an Associated Press photograph of a body under a yellow tarp near the burned-out jet was ye Meng yuan. the photo, taken from above, shows firefighters looking down at the tarp, and there are truck track marks leading up to it. Police said the teenager was covered in foam that rescuers had sprayed on the burn-

in the U.s. suddenly because the Chinese desires American pork, the U.s. should think hard about denying them access. then Daniel slane, a member of the U.s.-China economic and security review Commission, artfully blackened the Chinese tycoon behind shuanghui by labeling Mr. wan long a high-ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party at the beck and call of the Beijing government. the day after Mr. slane’s testimony before the senate Agriculture Committee the wall street Journal ran a profile on Mr. wan that supported none of his assertions. while the per capita American consumption of beef is around seven times that of per capital Chinese consumption, China’s per capita consumption of pork is roughly 20 percent higher than in the U.s. since China’s population is more than four times greater, the claim that China consumes a lot of pork is not in question. As China’s middle class continues to swell, demand for their favorite meat will only increase. hogs in China are raised mostly in small family-owned farms and could never match the productivity of factory farms in the U.s. thus demand will continue to exceed domestic supply. that the Chinese hog farmers won’t be swamped by the import of American pork is only because some Chinese consumers prefer the more robust flavor of “free range” pork than the more consistent but blander tasting meat from the U.s. there isn’t any question that smithfield represents the standard that shuanghui aspires to attain. without a significant economic comparative advantage, there wouldn’t be any rea-

ing wreckage. when the truck moved while battling the flames, rescuers discovered her body, esparza said. “the driver may not have seen the young lady in the blanket of foam,” said ken willette of the National Firefighter Protection Agency, which sets national standards for training airfield firefighters. “these could be factors contributing to this tragic event.” he said fire trucks that responded to the Asiana crash would have started shooting foam while approaching the fuselage from 80 or 100 feet (25-30 meters) away. the foam was sprayed from a cannon on the top of the truck across the ground to clear a safe path for evacuees. that was supposed to create a layer

son for shuanghui to tender for the American company. Part of the motivation for acquiring smithfield would be to learn from the Americans in raising healthier hogs and producing more consistent quality of meats. even if the Chinese improve their productivity using American technology, why should the U.s. object to having more pork to go around? it’s not as if pork has suddenly become a material for the weapons of mass destruction. in fact, such a development would be a good thing for the world as a whole. Americans may eat more than what’s good for them, but the rest of the world wouldn’t mind having a bit of meat once in a while. in a world of burgeoning population facing perpetual hunger, for the august members of the U.s. senate to look at this deal as a zero sum game — where Chinese dietary gain is somehow equated to America’s loss — reflects small minds of petty consequences. But leave it to the politicians to raise the threat of national security at every imagined shadow even when cast by a dangling ham. “shuanghui” could be loosely translated from Chinese as “both win.” if senator Debbie stabenow and her committee have their way, it seems only a “both party lose” outcome can satisfy their proclivity for xenophobic paranoia.  Dr. George Koo is a retired international business consultant and a contributor to New America Media.

of foam on the ground that is several inches high before the truck gets to the plane. the victims were close friends and top students, looking forward to spending a few weeks at a Christian summer camp in California, where they planned to practice english and boosting their chances of attending a U.s. college. their parents were flown to san Francisco after their deaths where the Chinese Consulate was caring for them. the crash-landing occurred after the airliner collided with a rocky seawall just short the runway. Dozens of passengers were injured. there were 182 survivors taken to hospitals, though most sustained minor injuries.

so far, an investigation indicates the pilots, a trainee and his instructor failed to realize until too late that the aircraft was dangerously low and flying too slow. Nothing disclosed so far by the National transportation safety Board investigators indicates any problems with the Boeing 777’s engines, computers or automated systems. Also, san Francisco airport officials said that the runway where the jet crashed was reopened July 12, and all airlines would resume normal schedules immediately.  Associated Press writers Jason Dearen in San Francisco and Didi Tang in Beijing contributed to this report.

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{BIG BROTHER cont’d from page 4} boost the ratings for the long-running reality series that tests the abilities of people to live on camera in a house full of strangers? Perhaps. But it’s worth noting that there are more people in general watching tV on sundays than other nights. And the week of July Fourth, when earlier “Big Brother” episodes were shown, is typically the least-watched tV week of the year. the true test for “Big Brother” is whether the show can sustain any interest in the characters. CBs said in a statement that it did not condone what its characters said and the remarks don’t represent the views of the network or show producers. CBs said it was “weighing carefully issues of broadcast standards, an obligation to in{PITRE cont’d from page 4} Federal law bars lawyers from soliciting victims of air disasters for the first 45 days after the crash. Pitre said his clients called him. Congress enacted that law in 1996 amid public anger over lawyers who solicited clients in the days immediately following the ValuJet Flight 592 crash in the Florida everglades and the crash of twA Flight 800 off the New york coast. National transportation safety Board attorney Benjamin Allen reminded attorneys of the rules in a mass email sent July 11. the flight that broke apart recently at the san Francisco airport was carrying 141 Chinese, 77 south koreans, 64 Americans, three Canadians, three indians, one Japanese, one Vietnamese and one person from France when it approached the runway too low and too slow. the Boeing 777 hit a seawall before skittering across the tarmac and catching fire. three girls from China were killed and 182 people injured, most not seriously. two girls, ye Mengyuan and wang linjia, both 16, died right away. it is unclear, however, whether ye Mengyuan died in the crash or in the chaotic aftermath. Both girls’ parents appeared at a vigil July 13 near the airport, and thanked, through a translator, the more than 100 people in attendance for their support, kGo-tV reported. the other victim killed, 15-year-old liu yipeng, died July 12 at a hospital where she had been in critical condition since the July 6 crash. the dozens who were seriously injured — especially the few who were paralyzed — can expect to win multimillion-dollar legal settlements, as long as their claims are filed in U.s. courts, legal experts said. Northern California attorney Mike Danko, who is consulting with several lawyers from Asia about the disaster, said any passenger who was left a quadriplegic can expect settlements close to $10 million if the case is filed in the United states. Deaths of children, mean-

form the audience of important elements that influence the competition, and sensitivity to how any inappropriate comments are presented.” with barbecues, vacations and fireworks beckoning, it was an unusually slow week for television viewing. CBs won the week in prime time, averaging 5.1 million viewers. NBC had 4.7 million, ABC had 3.33 million, Univision had 3.31 million, Fox had 2.6 million, telemundo had 1.5 million, ioN television had 1.2 million and the Cw had 620,000. UsA was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.8 million viewers in prime time. tNt had 2.7 million, Disney had 2.1 million, history had 1.7 million and tBs had 1.6 million.  For the week of July 1-7, the top 10 shows, their networks

while, may fetch in the neighborhood of $5 million to $10 million depending on the circumstances in U.s. courts. in other countries, he explained, the same claims could be worth far less. in 2001, a south korean court ordered korean Air lines to pay a total of $510,000 to a woman whose daughter, son-in-law and three grandsons were killed in a 1997 crash in the U.s. territory of Guam that killed 228 people. in 2011, the Federal Aviation Administration put the value of a human life at $6 million when it was contemplating the cost-benefit of a new “cockpit resource management” regulation. But again, Danko said, that estimate applies only in U.s. courts. Foreign courts can be expected to pay far smaller settlements. in all, the south korean government agency that regulates that country’s insurance industry expects Asiana’s insurers to pay out about $175.5 million total — $131 million to replace the plane and another $44.5 million to passengers and the city of san Francisco for damage to the airport. suh Chang-suk, an official at Financial supervisory service, declined to discuss how the watchdog agency calculated its estimate. the international treaty is commonly referred to as the Montreal Convention because of the Canadian city where it was drafted. it offers international passengers five options for where to seek compensation: where they live, their final destination, where the ticket was issued, where the air carrier is based and the air carrier’s principal place of business. Foreign passengers who had roundtrip tickets to final destinations beyond the U.s. face stiff legal challenges to pursue their claims against the airline in the United states, where courts are more receptive to lawsuits and the payouts larger than in the courts of most other nations. Asiana can also invoke the America legal doctrine of “forum non conveniens” to argue that it’s much more convenient for it to litigate the Asian victims’ cases in Asia because all

and viewerships were: “Under the Dome,” CBS, 11.82 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.56 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 8.34 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.65 million; “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks” (Thursday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 7.18 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 6.34 million; “Big Brother 15” (Sunday), CBS, 6.25 million; “Rizzoli & Isles,” TNT, 5.9 million; “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday, 9:30 p.m.), CBS, 5.83 million; “Blue Bloods” (Friday, 10 p.m.), CBS, 5.75 million. ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is a unit of News Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.

parties are based there. south korean attorney suh Dong hee represented some of the victims of the 1997 korean Air lines crash. he said family members of the victims who pursued their case in the United states settled for as much as 100 times more than those who sued in south korea. Brian havel, director of DePaul University’s international Aviation law institute, said the convention does require the airlines to make immediate “down payments” to victims to help with medical expenses, travel costs and other inconveniences caused by the crash. “everyone will get something,” havel said. “But who receives what does largely depend on where they qualify under the convention.” however, Pitre and others say, the foreign passengers are still able to sue others who may have contributed to the accident, such as the plane’s manufacturer, airport personnel and even, perhaps, the first responders. Pitre said he and his clients are investigating whether Boeing Co. shoulders any responsibility for the crash, including potential design flaws in the plane’s automated instruments or differences between first-class passengers’ seatbelts, which come with a shoulder strap, and the seatbelts in the economy section, which are lap restraints only. Authorities said July 12 that 15-year-old liu yipeng was struck by a fire truck, although it’s not clear whether that killed her. some passengers who called 911 immediately after the crash also complained that the emergency response took too long. those third parties and others are open to lawsuits in the United states. san Francisco officials said ambulances could not immediately come too close to the plane out of concern the aircraft would explode.  Associated Press Writer Youkyung Lee contributed to this report from Seoul, South Korea.

{SEN cont’d from page 5} those without it are at risk of being charged with defamation for remarks seen critical of hun sen and his government. For hun sen, the move pre-empts some of the criticism that the election is unfair. he has used similar tactics before, pressuring his opponents until they were in disarray, then making conciliatory gestures at the last minute. sam rainsy went into exile after he was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for moving border markers at the frontier with Vietnam, seven years for spreading false information about the border with Vietnam and two years for defaming Foreign Minister hor Namhong by associating him with the genocidal khmer rouge regime of the late 1970s. one of sam rainsy’s political tactics is to appeal to Cambodian nationalism by speaking out against Vietnam, the country’s traditional enemy. hun sen enjoys good relations with hanoi, which helped install him in what was then its proxy regime after it invaded Cambodia to oust the khmer rouge in 1979. 

{THE WA cont’d from page 5} the wa, who once served as a major fighting force for the now defunct Burmese Communist Party, reached a peace agreement with Myanmar’s former military regime in 1989. it allowed the ethnic group to exercise a measure of autonomy in its region and even maintain a powerful armed force. the United wa state Army had been accused by the United states and thailand of involvement in the illicit drug trade, but the wa denied the charges and have declared their region an “opium cultivation-free zone” since 2005. Friday’s agreement also called for cooperation between the government and the UwsA for regional development and drug eradication efforts. 

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For the week of July 20–July 26, 2013 By Sun Lee Chang Rat — You take pride in the way that you get things done. If you have to do it, then your motto is to do it right the first time.

Dragon — Stay true to your own advice. People will notice if you ignore what you have been telling others to do.

Monkey — Even though you tend to gravitate toward a particular color, there are many shades that are flattering on you. Experiment a little.

Ox — A song triggers what you thought was a distant memory. The emotions it brings back are very much in the here and now.

Snake — Lasting relationships are hard to find. Be sure to put forth the necessary effort to maintain the level of connection you desire.

Rooster — In your haste to finish, you want to use whatever is available. However, finding the appropriate tool will speed things along considerably.

Tiger — Are you less than enthused about your initial catch? If so, throw back what you caught and try again.

Horse — Rather than trying to fix what has gone wrong, next time it may be worthwhile to focus more attention on prevention.

Dog — These are heady days where promising news is followed by the same, but try your best to keep your feet firmly on the ground.

Rabbit — A variation on a theme seems to be the order of the day. While it might seem a tad strange, it’s probably nothing to get too excited over.

Goat — Certain things come easier to you than others, but you are not averse to pursuing something that you have to work hard for.

Pig — Is someone pressuring you to change a longheld stance? While resistant at first, it may actually be beneficial to you.

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.

{TIANYI cont’d from page 5} this prompted the victim’s lawyer to issue a statement saying that li’s lawyers’ comments caused her great “grief and indignation” on top of all she had already been through and that she had also endured threats after the incident. the victim’s identity has not been reported. “the victim was wantonly beaten, insulted, and offended by li and the others when she was isolated and helpless,” the lawyer tian Canjun said on his blog, accusing li of threatening the victim to stop her from reporting the case. “the victim lived in great fear and helplessness for two days and nights, afraid to tell anyone.” Many news commentators also criticized the boy’s lawyers’ statement. “Not a single word in the statement mentioned the failure of the boy’s guardians, instead it’s the {TOKUDA cont’d from page 1} san Francisco but was visiting at the time of his passing. “what saddens me is that he was enjoying life so much, enjoying the time he spent with the girls [tokuda adopted two daughters from China]. he was the happiest i could ever remember seeing. he loved the work he choose to do. we weren’t ready to see him go. we didn’t notice any sign that he wasn’t well.” “kip was a respected colleague and mentor during my service in the legislature,” said king County executive Dow Constantine in a statement. “he devoted his career to improving the lives of our region’s children and families. we have lost a dedicated public servant, a visionary leader and pioneer for the Asian American community, and devoted husband, father, brother, and son.” tokuda was drawn to public service at an early age. Growing up the son of interned Japanese Americans and the brother of a developmentally delayed sibling, tokuda began working with washington families as a social worker with the washington state Department of social and health services following his graduation from the University of washington with a Master’s of social work in 1969. “As a kid, i never suspected he would go into politics,” said wendy tokuda. “when he did, he was made for it. his ability to make change for the better really showed … he was born right after the internment so it really affected his sense of justice and his desire to do something about it.” “Also, kip loved his disabled brother,” she

entertainment venue’s fault, or the hotel’s, and the adult men and women who accompanied him in drinking or persuaded him to drink. the whole thing gives the impression to people that everyone else is guilty, only li is innocent,” said a commentary in the state-run China youth Daily. the strategy adopted by li’s lawyers reflects an increasing recognition that public opinion might have the power to indirectly sway some court decisions. Courts are controlled by the Communist Party and verdicts in many cases, particularly high-profile ones, have to be approved by the party’s local politics and legal committees. But in today’s China, where hugely popular social media has enabled the widespread dissemination of information in real time and the monitoring of events, officials are more mindful that some decisions will trigger public outcries — and potentially spark the

kind of social instability that the party fears so much. “Does public opinion help to realize justice, or does it interfere with a fair judiciary? this is in dispute,” said Zhan, the Beijing media scholar. “these types of cases are decided by political leaders. the media cannot directly interfere with the judiciary, but the media might influence the political leaders, and then they in turn interfere with the judiciary.” li’s lawyers also sought to appeal to patriotism, saying the media were duty-bound to “protect and cherish the veteran artists who have spent most of their lives bringing songs and laughter to the people” — a tacit reference to the older li, who is famed for his patriotic odes. they even invoked China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, in a reference to his call for political and legal departments to ensure that the people can feel like fairness and justice has

continued. “when he was seriously sick, kip would go to see him every day. As the legal guardian of his brother, kip took his responsibility seriously.” Before he was elected to the washington state house of representatives in 1993, he was appointed by then Gov. Booth Gardner to be the executive director of the washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, leading the effort to develop policies, raise awareness, and advocate on behalf of children and families. During his time as a state representative, tokuda developed a reputation as a principled and honest politician who would always stand for what he believed in. “in addition to being a much admired and very effective legislator, his greatest legacy is his work developing a new generation of leaders in the Asian community committed to change, compassion, and service,” said U.s. Ambassador to China Gary locke, who was governor of washington during the time that tokuda was a legislator. in olympia, tokuda was a strong advocate for children, individuals with developmental disabilities, and families. he successfully passed a “special Needs Adoption” bill to help improve the chances of adoption for special-needs children. he was also a core part of the passing of the “homeless Children’s lawsuit” bill, which provided services for over 60,000 homeless families with children in washington state. During the 2000 legislative session, tokuda developed the washington Civil liberties Public education Program, which provided funding to help teach the history and lessons of executive order 9066, which authorized

the internment of Japanese Americans during world war ii. tokuda’s family was placed in an internment camp in idaho. tokuda was born shortly afterwards. Apart from his work helping with families, tokuda also spent time helping to grow the next generation of Asian American leaders. in 1998, he was one of the cofounders of the AClF, a community-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to growing Asian and Pacific American leaders with a focus on social justice, community empowerment, and public service. since 2003, the AClF has granted an annual “kip tokuda Award,” which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the APA community. “kip made everyone feel like a best friend,” said Jason liu, who took the AClF leadership program in 2002. “he treated the community like a best friend too, never hesitating to champion its many causes, to give voice to the voiceless, and to shower extreme devotion and generosity to all those around him. we’ll all miss kip a lot, and his memory will always bring us smiles.” recently, tokuda was appointed the interim director of the City of seattle’s human services Department in 2009. he served as interim director until his retirement in 2010. During his retirement, tokuda focused on improving the seattle Police Department. he worked with the sPD 20/20 initiative and served on the city’s newly created Community Police Commission. in June of 2012, tokuda was awarded the order of the rising sun by the emperor of Japan for his work strengthening relations between Japan and the United states. “kip was a real stand up guy,” said Al

been served in every case. one of li’s lawyers, wang ran, confirmed by phone the authenticity of the statement circulating online but declined further comment. the victim’s lawyer could not be reached through his office in Beijing. the rape charges aren’t the younger li’s first brush with the law. he was sentenced to a year in detention in 2011 as a 15-year-old for attacking a couple over a minor traffic dispute and threatening onlookers, in a case that attracted widespread condemnation online. li, who was allegedly illegally driving a souped-up BMw at the time, was ridiculed in the media as a spoiled brat and his father was forced to make a public apology for failing to check his son’s bad behavior.  Associated Press researcher Flora Ji contributed to this report.

sugiyama, executive director of the executive Development institute. “he was truly an individual that you could count on. he always put community before everything else — except for family. he was someone that people really, really respected. you knew when kip was speaking that he was speaking for the community, not because it benefited him or was convenient for him. he really inspired an entire generation of people.” “his priority was always to make sure that individuals who were left out were brought back in,” sugiyama continued. “kip was a giant among giants. there was nothing he wouldn’t do if it meant he could help the less fortunate.” tokuda is survived by his wife, Barbara lui; and his two daughters, Molly and PeiMing.  There will be a public viewing at Bonney Watson on Capitol Hill at 1732 Broadway in Seattle, on Thursday, July 18 from 2 – 7 p.m. A public memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m., at 130 Kane Hall, at the University of Washington in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kip Tokuda Legacy Fund, which is currently being organized and will be used to support the causes to which Kip dedicated his life. Northwest Asian Weekly staff can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.


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{DRAGON FEST cont’d from page 1} in addition to the traditional dances, cultural exhibitions, and martial arts demonstrations that have taken place in the neighborhood for years, the 2013 event featured the return of the international District $2 Food walk and Double happiness hour, the debut of the international Dance Party, and the unveiling of the first of 30 bilingual street signs in the international District. over the summer, translated street name signs in english and Chinese or english and Japanese will be added to over 30 intersections in the international District through a partnership between the City of seattle and the Chinatown–international District Business improvement Area (CiDBiA). the CiDBiA worked with over 100 community stakeholders, 15 family associations, the University of washington, and translators from the seattle Municipal Court to translate the existing street names into traditional Chinese and Japanese. “this is awesome,” said Jesse robbins, a half-Filipino half-white visitor to the international District. “this will bring identity to the international District.”

Activities ranged from neat and tidy to slightly messy.

{BLOCK PARTY cont’d from page 1} the group’s vocals, provided by front man and guitarist John Conner, are classic. the guitar in turn is the same, light on effects, though at times grungy and distorted. No frills involved. lights from space is ultimately propelled by the in-step drumming of laotian-American Bill lor, whose work pushes the music forward. if you enjoy the classic seattle sound of days past, lights from space might be the act for you. Lights from Space perform Saturday, July 27 at 5:45 p.m. at Barboza.

Country Lips

Country lips, a seven-piece country group based around seattle, is currently working on a full-length album to follow the release of their eP released in 2012. the group’s set at the Capitol hill Block Party will be a change of pace from their surrounding acts as Country lips is fullon, unapologetic country rock, complete with a crooner leading the vocals and multiple guitars backing him up, as well as the requisite boots, bandoliers, and cowboy hats. the lips’ country music finds its

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Visiting the ID

“this festival is leaving a very positive impression on us,” said shana weiss, a Magnolia resident whose family was visiting the international District for the first time ever. “we’re so happy to be able to share this cultural experience with our daughter. she’s got to see a few dragon dances and performances, and she’s so excited.” the story was similar for the many families who made the trip to Chinatown to attend the event. strollers and toddlers crowding the arts and craft activities and games areas, and children performances were a common sight. Family-aimed activities this year included splat-a-Paint, a paint-flinging art project by inscape Arts; and the Canton Alley games, organized by the seattle Chinatown–international District Preservation and Development Authority. McDonald’s, the presenting sponsor of the event, also put on shows and activities for children. while the Dragon Fest program was packed, others still, visited for the food. “we’re really enjoying the Chinese food, especially my daughter Zoë,” said Dennis, who had brought his family from seward Park in south seattle. “Zoë’s excited to be here. it’s like we’re in hong kong again.” People who attended the event choose

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Multiple dance groups took the stage to perform ethnic dances.

Dragon Fest over several other events last weekend, including the Ballard seafood Fest, sub Pop record 25th anniversary music festival, and the Green lake Milk Carton Derby. traveling to the festival also proved more difficult due to closures on i-520 and i-405. in addition to cultural and family activities, this year’s festival introduced a dance party under seattle’s Chinatown Gate at s king street and 5th Ave s. the event closed saturday’s program, running from 8 p.m. to midnight. organizers hung a disco ball under the gate, and a DJ played electronic dance music. “the beginning was kind of weird. it was more like groups performing rather than a dance party,” said renton resident Uyen ha, who attended the dance party. “But after the

performances everyone started dancing.” “i had a lot of fun. i brought all my friends and it brings out a lot of people to the area,” ha continued. “there were younger people, but there were a lot of older people too. it was really a fun mixture.”

Despite the past few years’ successes, the summertime festival was just recently in danger. After decreasing attendance and few obvious advantages, the community was faced with the question on how to proceed. “when i came on about three and a half years ago, we were at a crossroads with the event — businesses were asking us to retire the event because it wasn’t helping bring customers, and that was something we saw as a major problem,” said Don Blakeney, the executive director of the CiDBiA, the organization that organizes the event. “obviously with the rich history, and importance to the community, this wasn’t an option.” in order to improve the viability of the festival, it underwent a major rebranding and reorganization in 2011, replacing the former title, the international District–Chinatown summer Festival, with the more recognizable “Dragon Fest.” Fees for vendors also dropped. in 2009, vendors could expect to pay as much as $400 to participate in the festival. in 2011, a comparable booth cost only $120 plus a 15 percent cut of receipts from the festival. since 2012, vendor fees have remained level. the CiDBiA has also focused on bringing attendees into businesses as opposed to bringing business to the attendees. “we wanted to showcase as many businesses to as many customers as possible while we had their attention, with the hope that we would make return customers out of our visitors,” said Blakeney. the trial 2011 Food walk proved successful. in 2011, 10 restaurants participated. this last weekend, 30 did. “Business has been very even and steady today. A variety of people and families are coming in and are enjoying the last day of the festival,” said world Pizza’s Adam Cone. “i always love Dragon Fest, i can’t wait for it. it’s always a special time.”  Charles Lam can be reached at Charles@ nwasianweekly.com.

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foundation in keyboardist kenny Aramaki’s fingers, which provides the base the other musicians build upon. Country Lips perform Saturday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m. and Neumos.

JK Pop!

seattle’s favorite monthly J-pop and k-pop dance party, Jk Pop! has been a part of the city’s dance scene since 2011. the pair of DJs, reese “Bishie” Umbaugh and Allen “hojo” huang, fill Barboza monthly with a party fueled primarily by Asian pop music production and lights. the pair will be filling time between sets at the Vera stage, and though there might not be the same costumes and lights as some might be accustomed to, the dance party is sure to be just as fun.  JK Pop! perform all Saturday, July 27 between sets at the Vera Stage. The Capitol Hill Block Party will take place July 26 – 28 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Tickets, the full lineup, and schedule are available at www. capitolhillblockparty.com. Charles Lam can be reached at Charles@ nwasianweekly.com.

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