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PUB’S BLOG Turning trauma into art, garbage into beauty » P. 10


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Streetcar construction causes headaches in the ID

By Charles Lam Northwest Asian Weekly

The construction on Jackson has resulted in closed intersections, increased congestion, and lowered foot traffic.

By Charles Lam Northwest Asian Weekly According to the city, the First Hill Streetcar was supposed to help the International District grow, but

so far local businesses say the only thing it’s grown is the list of transportation-related issues that have slowed the neighborhood’s already sluggish economic recovery. Combined with the elimination

of King County Metro’s Ride Free Zone and the introduction of paid street parking, the construction on Jackson with its related power and water shutoffs, traffic congestion, and intersection closures has

adversely affected business in the neighborhood. “When you start looking at the {see STREETCAR cont’d on page 15}

Uwajimaya to remodel Publix Hotel

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By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly One of the gateways into the International District will be getting a face-lift soon, as Uwajimaya Inc. prepares to remodel the Publix Hotel and the surrounding buildings, which are adjacent to the Chinatown Gate on 5th Avenue S and S King Street. The existing structure will be renovated into a mixed-used building featuring market-rate apartments and street-level retail space. Amenities will include a roof terrace, common spaces, as well as fitness and media rooms. The development will also feature underground parking as provided by the existing parking garage. The ground breaking is scheduled for the summer of 2014, with a projected finish date of summer 2015. The project is currently in the beginning design stages. “The Publix Hotel is a gamechanger project for the International District,” said Chinatown– International District Business

Since 2003, the Publix Hotel has stood mostly vacant across the street from one of the largest transit centers on the West Coast.

Improvement Area Executive Director Don Blakeney. “For years, we’ve had an abandoned front door to the neighborhood that sat looming over the largest U.S. transit hub north of San Francisco. The devel-

opment is going to breathe new life into the structure and will send a message to everyone who steps off a train or bus: Chinatown–ID is open for business.” The Publix, which was built in

Plastics bag ban detrimental to Asian supermarkets

1928 and served immigrant Asian cannery and farm workers, closed in 2003 after repair costs for the {see PUBLIX HOTEL cont’d on page 16}

Seattle’s plastic bag ban has had mixed results for businesses, but for Asian grocery stores the impact has been more negative than for most due to increased costs, misunderstandings from customers, and increased shoplifting. The amount of money stores spend on bags has increased sharply, even with the addition of the five-cent paper-bag fee charged to customers. “The ban has affected our business a lot,” said Yen Lam, owner of Lam’s Seafood. “It’s been expensive. Our expenses on bags has tripled, if not quadrupled. Bags used to cost us a penny, but now they cost us eight to 10 cents depending on the distributor we use.” This is in line with mainstream grocery stores. According to an early 2013 survey by Seattle Public Utilities, 32 percent of businesses saw an increase in the amount they spend on bags, while 31 percent of businesses said their costs stayed level. Twentyone percent actually saw a decrease in spending, while 16 percent didn’t know. Where the similarities end, however, is with dealing with customers. Unlike mainstream grocery stores, many of Lam’s customers come from outside the city, where the plastic bag ban has no effect and where Seattle’s outreach efforts have not touched. Plastic bag bans also exist in Edmonds, Bellingham, and Mukilteo. The change has resulted in offended customers, abused staff, {see BAGS BAN cont’d on page 14}

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

GREEN Recycling rules for plastic bags » P. 7

FASHION US designers take their trunks to China. » P. 8

BOOKS In a new country, challenges abound. » P. 9

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■ NAMES IN THE NEWS Seattle-based “Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project,” led by Executive Director Tom Ikeda, received the Philip M. Hamer–Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) for 2013. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Council of State Archivists and SAA Joint Annual Meeting in New Or- Tom Ikeda leans, Aug. 11–17, 2013. The award recognizes individuals or institutions that have increased public awareness of archives documents. 

Councilmembers, Hualien First Lady Zhang Mei-Hui, and numerous business and government leaders from Taiwan. The three-hour event, which was co-sponsored by the City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Sister Cities Association, featured an awakening ceremony, lion dancing, a martial arts demonstration, musical performances, folk dancing, and taiko drumming. 

Her professional aspirations are to work in the media as a television producer and newscaster. Barber volunteers with the Washington State C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors) and the Behind the Badge Foundation. These two groups are near and dear to Rio and her family because of the help they provided after Rio’s older brother Seattle Police Officer Joselito Barber was killed in the line of duty in 2006. 

Community gathers to send off Mark Mitsui

Bellevue hosts Fu Dog installation ceremony

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Densho Project honored by Society of American Archivists

Emily Rio Barber crowned Miss Seafair 2013 Mark Okazaki, Mark Mitsui, and Al Sugiyama

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Rep. Adam Smith, Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee, Hualien First Lady Zhang Mei-Hui, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Director General Andy Chin

Bellevue hosted an installation ceremony on July 29, celebrating the sister city relationship between Bellevue and Hualien, Taiwan. Over 200 people attended the event. The ceremony was attended by multiple dignitaries, including Rep. Adam Smith, Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee, multiple Bellevue City

Miss Seafair 2013 Emily Rio Barber (center) with first runner up Miss Hispanic Seafair 2013 Tania Santiago (left) and second runner up Miss UmojaFest 2013 Natalie Hart (right).

Filipino-American Emily Rio Barber was crowned Miss Seafair 2013 during the Torchlight parade July 27. She is the second Filipino-American Miss Seafair in a row, following Miss Seafair 2012 Veronica Asence. Barber is currently a junior at the University of Washington majoring in communications and English with a minor in music.

Hualien First Lady Zhang Mei-Hui (left) and Teresa Fang (right) with the 3,600-pound Fu Dog

Over 100 community members gathered at the Four Seas restaurant on July 17 to send off former North Seattle Community College President Mark Mitsui as he prepares for his new position as Deputy Assistant Director for Community College at the United States Department of Education. Funds from the dinner went to the North Seattle Community College Foundation to dedicate a scholarship in Mitsui’s name. The fund currently sits at nearly $3,000. Mitsui begins at the Department of Education on Aug. 12. “…before Mark returned as our college president, I was driving from our home in the Central District to work, I had a strange sense of déjà vu,” said NSCC Professor Paul Kurose. “As a child, I was bussed from Meany Jr. High in the CD to Marshall Jr. High in the north end. Daily, I would feel like an alien, ... I realized as I was driving to work that day that some forty years later that my feelings had not changed…But as I was walking onto campus this morning on my way to my office to write this up, I realized I don’t feel that way anymore. Thank you Mark for the difference you made for me and for all of those who walk onto our campus in the North end of Seattle, where we can finally feel like we belong.” 

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■ national news SF TV station fires 3 in connection with Asiana racist names scandal By Staff KoreAm Journal Following an in-house investigation, San Francisco TV station KTVU has dismissed three high-ranking producers involved with misreporting the names of four Asiana pilots with Flight 214, which crash landed upon arrival at San Francisco International Airport. KTVU investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock “were all sent packing,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. A fourth, noon news producer Elvin Sledge, told colleagues he was leaving the station for health reasons. During a news broadcast on July 12, anchor Tori Campbell read off the phony names as they appeared on screen beside an image of the damaged airliner. Campbell, who was reading

off a teleprompter and clearly unaware the names were bogus, issued an apology after the newscast came back from a commercial break. The station said they had confirmed the names

Munn thinks love for Wonder Woman won’t win role By Heather Tan The Associated Press SINGAPORE (AP) — Olivia Munn’s love for Wonder Woman may be no secret, but the actress doesn’t think she’d be likely to play the superheroine on the big screen. The Chinese American Munn says she likely wouldn’t be considered due to her heri-

tage as well as competition from bigger-name actresses. “It would be great, though, if the producers could make Wonder Woman an Asian American, but that’s probably not what they would do,” Munn said. “I don’t know a lot of Asian American women who are getting {see MUNN cont’d on page 13}


with an official at the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB later said the names were confirmed by a summer intern acting outside the scope of his duties. The intern was dismissed. Until now it has been unclear where the fake names originated but sources have told the Chronicle that they were received by the station via email from a reputable source. The names — Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow — were posted on the Internet two days prior. The on-air prank has become a public relations disaster for KTVU and quickly went viral on YouTube. Asian American groups spoke out against the incident and decried it as racist and playing upon caricatures of Asians. At the request of the KTVU parent company, Cox Communications, videos of the broadcast have been removed to prevent further offense. 

King County Invitation to Bid Project: North Beach CSO Control Project, C00834C13 Sealed Bid Time/Date: 1:30 p.m., September 5, 2013 Location Due: King County Procurement & Contract Services Section, Contracts Counter, Chinook Building, 3rd Floor, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 Engineer’s Estimate: $9,000,000 to $10,000,000 MANDATORY Pre-Bid: August 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm or August 15, 2013 at 10:00 am at Chinook Building, 3rd Floor, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. A site tour will not be conducted, however the location of the work is public and you are encouraged to visit. FAILURE TO ATTEND ONE OF THE MANDATORY MEETINGS WILL RESULT IN A NON-RESPONSIVE BID DETERMINATION. A sign in sheet will provide evidence of attendance. It is your responsibility to ensure your sign in and out. Scope of Work: This project is to construct a CSO storage tank with pumping facilities and connection to the existing North Beach Pump Station. The work includes: a buried cast-in-place concrete CSO storage tank facility approximately 250 feet in length; includes drain pumps, a tipping bucket, and associated mechanical piping; gravity sewer and potable water pipes; a mechanical/electrical building; underground fuel storage tank replacement; modifications to the existing North Beach Pump Station; site improvements, including landscaping and pavement restoration. The project work is located in Seattle at Northwest 99th Street and Triton Drive Northwest, adjacent to Blue Ridge Park. Contact Information: Tina Phipps, Contract Specialist, 206-263-9329, TTY Relay: 711, Fax: 206-296-7675, or A bidder may be asked to put a question in writing. No verbal answers by any County personnel or its agents and consultants will be binding on the County. Subcontracting Opportunities: Concrete, mechanical/electrical bldg., electrical, I&C. Apprenticeship Requirements: 15% minimum Apprentice Utilization Requirement. MBWE Fair Share Goals: It is anticipated this project will be funded in part by State Revolving Funds (“SRF”) which may contain funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In accordance with EPA’s policy on the utilization of socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and disadvantaged business enterprises in procurement, the Contractor shall make Good Faith Efforts as required in 40 CFR 33 Part C to ensure to the fullest extent possible that it subcontracts the Fair Share Goal of 10% of the Contract Price to a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and 6% of the Contract Price to a Women Business Enterprise (WBE). See Section 00120 of the Contract Documents for more detailed information Bid Bond: Not less than five percent (5%) of the Total Bid Price. Plans/Specs: (NEW INSTRUCTIONS) Electronic copies of the plans, specifications, reference documents, and any addenda for this solicitation are available on the King County Procurement website shown below. Printed documents may also be ordered by contacting United Reprographics at 206-382-1177. Copies of documents are not available for purchase from King County, but are available for review M – F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Contracts Counter: Chinook Bldg., 3rd Floor 401 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104. To receive email notifications of addenda or other important information concerning this solicitation, you must register to be a planholder under the “Solicitations” tab at the following internet link: This information is available in alternate formats for individuals with disabilities upon advance request by calling 206-263-9400, TTY Relay: 711. Notes: Bids received after Sealed Bid Time will not be considered. Bidders accept all risks of late delivery, regardless of fault. King County is not responsible for any costs incurred in response to this Invitation to Bid.

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Feds charge 3 in Kan. sex trafficking conspiracy

By Roxana Hegeman Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors on July 24 charged three people in a wide-ranging sex trafficking scheme operating at nine Asian massage parlors in Wichita, alleging they recruited women from outside Kansas and coerced them to engage in prostitution. A criminal complaint filed July 24 in federal court charges owner Gary H. Kidgell, 44, of Waltham, Mass.; Yan Zhang, 49, of Wichita; and employee Xiuqing Tian, 42, of Framing-

Airport fence through Ore. internment camp opposed By Staff The Associated Press

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Japanese-American groups and individuals are questioning plans to build a fence around the Tulelake Airport that would cut through the site of the World War II era Tule Lake internment camp. A petition from the San Francisco-based Tule Lake Committee says the proposed fence would desecrate the physical and spiritual aspects of the site, The Klamath Falls Herald and News reported. “This massive fence will prevent Japanese-Americans who, while attempting to mourn their own past, will instead be assaulted with the reminder of rejection, exclusion and emotional pain,” the petition said. During World War II, an estimated 130,000 JapaneseAmericans, two-thirds of them American citizens, were sent to 10 detention centers after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tule Lake at its peak held about 18,000 people. A small portion of the camp, 44 acres of the original 7,400 acres, is designated as the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The fence, however, is not within the park boundaries. The Federal Aviation Administration, at the request of Modoc County, is considering funding a fence around the Tulelake airport. Mitch Crosby, the Modoc County road commissioner who oversees airports, said the 16,000-foot long, 8-foot tall fence has an estimated cost of $360,000. If built, he said the Tulelake airport would be the last of the three Modoc County airports to have a new fence constructed. A fence at the Cedarville airport was completed in 2008 while a fence was built around the Alturas airport several years {see INTERNMENT CAMP cont’d on page 12}

ham, Mass., with a conspiracy that allegedly started in June 2009 and lasted until August 2011. Court records do not indicate any defense attorneys for the defendants, and the U.S. attorney’s office did not know if any have been retained. The six-count complaint lists four women, identified only by their initials, who were allegedly forced to engage in prostitution. Authorities began investigating the massage parlors in 2010 after Wichita police detectives found Internet postings about sexual services available in Wichita. In September 2010, officials sent in undercover officers to the massage parlors. The officers paid for massages, but were offered, and declined, sex acts for an added price, according to the affidavit. During a 2010 search of the massage parlors, officers found

a notebook containing translations for sexually explicit phrases. Also found during the raid was copy for ads in a Chineselanguage newspaper in New York, Chicago and San Francisco offering “massage parlor hiring” in Kansas. Court documents indicate the defendants worked together and shared resources to operate nine massage parlors in Wichita: AG Spa, Sun Chi Spa, Dragon Spa, Eastern Massage, Oriental Massage, Phoenix Spa, Sunflower Massage, Massage 600, and Ocean Spa. According to court documents, Kidgell told detectives in a 2010 interview that he and his wife came to Wichita after his construction consulting business in California failed after the building market collapsed. In Kidgell said his wife had {see SEX TRAFFICKING cont’d on page 12}

Caroline Kennedy nominated as ambassador to Japan By Nedra Pickler and Bradley Klapper The Associated Press WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama announced July 24 he is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan, offering the most famous living member of a prominent American family a new role of service to country. Kennedy, an attorney and bestCaroline Kennedy selling book editor, is being rewarded for helping put Obama in the White House, where her father served until his assassination 50 years ago. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in a post where many other prominent Americans have served to strengthen a vital Asian tie. In Tokyo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Japanese government appreciated the nomination as “reflecting the great importance the Obama administration attaches to the Japan–U.S. alliance.” Kennedy helped propel Obama to the 2008 Democratic

presidential nomination with a celebrated endorsement over Hillary Rodham Clinton — the only time she’s endorsed a presidential candidate other than her uncle Ted Kennedy in 1980. She played a prominent role, particularly in courting female voters by headlining events in key states for Obama during both his presidential campaigns. In the 2012 race, she served as one of 35 national co-chairs of Obama’s re-election campaign. She called Obama “the kind of leader my father wrote about in ‘Profiles in Courage”’ during a prime-time speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The White House announced her nomination without any particular fanfare, listing her in a news release along with other selections for administration posts. Obama said in a statement that all the choices bring “a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles,” but he offered no comment specific to Kennedy. Kennedy, 55, doesn’t have any obvious ties to Japan, a key ally in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. She would replace John Roos, a wealthy former Silicon Valley lawyer and top Obama campaign fundraiser. Japan is one of the United States’ most important trading {see KENNEDY cont’d on page 12}

S.D. city dedicates altar to first Chinese immigrants By Staff The Associated Press DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — A ceremonial altar has been dedicated in Deadwood to honor Chinese immigrants who lived in the city when it was a frontier town. City leaders, history buffs and the descendants of Fee Lee Wong, one of Deadwood’s most successful Chinese pioneer merchants, gathered July 23 at the Mount Moriah Cemetery to dedicate a restored Chinese burner used in the worship of ancestors and in paying homage to the dead. “What a beautiful morning it is,” Edith Wong, great-granddaughter of Fee Lee, told the nearly 60 people in attendance. “Our ancestors are looking down on us today. We are honored to be here and play a role in Deadwood history.” Wong invited the audience to take part in the first ceremonies at the altar of the Chinese burner. After the unveiling and the lighting of incense, a parade of participants took turns setting fake 100-million-yen notes ablaze in the burner, sending them to recipients in the afterlife. “I’m sorry there’s no whole roasted pig in Deadwood today,” Wong said to a chorus of laughs as smoke wafted from the burner’s chimney.

The Rapid City Journal reports that about 400 Chinese immigrants once lived in Deadwood’s Chinatown, maintaining their own police and fire departments, courts, and religious buildings. But by the 1930s most had left the Black Hills. The original Chinese burner, built primarily from handmade bricks in 1908, gradually deteriorated until all that remained was its foundation. It was restored using about $31,000 from Deadwood Historic Preservation funds. The project restored an enduring symbol of the town’s rich Chinese culture and history, said Mayor Chuck Turbiville. Beatrice Wong, 82, said she was pleased that clay bricks, salvaged from the Wing Tsue building that housed her grandfather’s modest empire, were used to reconstruct the Chinese burner. The historic Main Street building was demolished on Christmas Eve 2005. “Chinatown was virtually wiped from the face of Deadwood,” she said. “Today, we replaced a piece of Chinese history in this town. We have deep gratitude to the Historic Preservation Commission and the people of Deadwood.” Edith Wong, who brought her eldest son, Rob Mullikin, from California to South Dakota for the ceremony, said {see WONG cont’d on page 12}


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China microblogs praise Bo Xilai prosecution By Staff The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Twitterlike weibo microblogging services have become lively forums for commenting on the events of the day in China’s otherwise tightly controlled media landscape. On July 25, however, the comments about disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai’s indictment for alleged corruption, bribe Bo Xilai taking, and abuse of power were uniformly positive, a likely sign that censors had removed any that criticized the government or voiced support for Bo.

The anonymity of the commentators, their lack of followers, and the echoes of official propaganda sayings in the posts strongly implied they were members of the “fifty cent army,” a collection of Internet users paid to sprinkle positive, pro-government messages across the web and social media. Here’s a collection of comments that stood out for being over-the-top in their condemnations of Bo and praise for the ruling Communist Party: From user “andylau” — “Here we have a grand display of the party Central Committee’s determination to fight corruption by both `swatting the flies and whacking the tigers.’ General Secretary Xi, you are truly mighty!” From “the young gentleman of Shenyang” — “The prosecution of Bo Xilai shows our party has the strength, the

guts and the ability to both ‘swat flies and whack tigers.’ It is iron-clad proof of the party’s unswerving determination to strictly govern the party, strictly handle affairs, and enrich the people through the fighting of corruption.” From “greenflowercity” — “Bo Xilai’s brazen insubordination can never be tolerated! We’re all behind efforts to get to the bottom of his crimes and of those surrounding him.” From “meiguonetizen” — “No matter who you are, no matter how big a deal you are, you break the law, you pay the price.” From “user3549178705” — “Criminal sinner against the people. The punishment is well deserved!” 

Manila to move Cambodian air force, navy opposition makes near disputed sea gains at polls By Jim Gomez The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines plans to relocate major air force and navy camps to a former U.S. naval base northwest of Manila to gain faster access to waVoltaire Gazmin ters being contested by China in the South China Sea, according to the country’s defense chief and a confidential government report. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said July 28 that as soon as relocation funds are available the government plans to transfer air force and naval forces and their fleets of aircraft and warships to Subic Bay, which has become a busy free port since the 1992 departure of the U.S. Navy. “It’s for the protection of our West Philippine Sea,” Gazmin said using the name adopted by the Philippine government for the disputed South China Sea. Subic Bay is a natural deep harbor that can accommodate two large warships acquired recently by the Philippines from the United States, a defense treaty ally, he said, especially compared to shallower harbor at the naval fleet base at Sangley Point in Cavite province, south of Manila. The first U.S. Coast Guard cutter was relaunched as the Philippines’ largest warship in 2011. President Benigno Aquino III will lead ceremonies on Aug. 6 to welcome the second ship at Subic, the Philippine navy said. A confidential defense department document obtained by The Associated Press says Subic’s location will cut reaction time by fighter aircraft to contested South China Sea areas by more than three minutes compared with flying from Clark airfield, also north of Manila, where some air force planes are based. “It will provide the armed forces of the Philippines strategic location, direct and shorter

access to support West Philippine Sea theater of operations,” the document said. The report said the cost of repairs and improvements for an air force base in Subic would be at least 5.1 billion pesos ($119 million). It said that compares with an estimated 11 billion pesos ($256 million) that it would cost to build a new air force base, because the vast Subic complex about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Manila already has a world-class runway and aviation facilities. Relocating about 250 air force officers and men to Subic, along with “increased rotational presence of foreign visiting forces” would bolster business and trade at the port, the military document said. Subic’s international airport has been underutilized since U.S. courier giant FedEx transferred its lucrative regional hub from Subic to China in 2009, officials said. The Philippines plans to grant visiting U.S. forces, ships and aircraft temporary access to more of its military camps to allow for a larger number of joint military exercises than are currently staged each year. A larger U.S. presence could be used for disaster response and serve as a deterrent to what Philippine officials say have been recent aggressive intrusions by China into its territorials waters. The Philippines has backed Washington’s efforts to reassert its military presence in Asia as a counterweight to China’s rise. While it has taken diplomatic steps to deal with China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea, the Philippines has struggled to upgrade its military, one of Asia’s weakest. Philippine vessels backed off from the disputed Scarborough Shoal last year after weeks of a tense standoff with Chinese surveillance ship, a move that gave China effective control over the vast fishing ground off the country’s northwest. Many fear the territorial conflicts in the South China Sea, which also involve Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan, could set off a serious conflict that could threaten Asia’s growing economies. 

By Sopheng Cheang The Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition appeared to make impressive gains in July 28’s general election, though the ruling party claimed a vicHun Sen tory that would extend the mandate of longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen. The results, if confirmed, lend support to opposition contentions that the

vote could usher in opportunities for greater democracy. Khieu Kanharith, a spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, said on his Facebook page that his party won 68 of the 123 National Assembly seats. He said the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party won 55 seats — gaining heavily on the 29 it held in the outgoing parliament. The opposition party was reserving its projections of the size of its gains pending the release of more figures. But even the 55 seats conceded by the ruling party represented a stunning upsurge in fortune for the CNRP, {see SEN cont’d on page 12}

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WHAT: JKPop! August WHERE: Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle WHEN: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. INFO: COST: $3

WHAT: A fundraiser to benefit the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington WHERE: Safeco Field WHEN: 4:30 p.m. INFO: www.mariners. com/jcccw

THU 8/1 & FRI 8/2 WHAT: Summer Cultural Camp 2013 WHERE: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma INFO: chanmee., asiapacificculturalcenter. org

THU 8/1 THRU SAT 8/3 WHAT: World premiere of The Clockwork Professor written by Maggie Lee WHERE: Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave., Seattle INFO:, 206-365-0282

SAT 8/3 WHAT: Tea Experience WHERE: APCC, 4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma WHEN: 10 a.m. COST: $5/members, $10/ non-members

TUE 8/6 WHAT: Legacy House Open House WHERE: 803 S. Lane St., Seattle WHEN: 1–2:30 p.m. RSVP: 206-292-5184 by 8/2

FRI 8/9 WHAT: South Lake Union Block Party, presented by Amazon WHERE: Westlake Ave. N. and Denny Way, Seattle WHEN: 12–11 p.m. COST: Free admission INFO: www.

SAT 8/10 WHAT: Nihonmachi Nite WHERE: 6th Ave. S. & S. Main St. WHEN: 4–8 p.m. WHAT: Vietnamese Martyrs Parish Summer

Festival WHERE: Bailey Gatzert School Playground, 1301 E. Yesler Way, Seattle INFO: specialevents/events.htm

WED 8/14 WHAT: Learn Japanese Today! WHERE: JCCCW, 1414 S. Weller St., Seattle WHEN: 6:30–8:30 p.m. INFO:, 206-323-0250, jls@jcccw. org

FRI 8/16 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,,

SAT 8/17 WHAT: Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Summer Streets Party WHERE: Columbia City and Hillman City WHEN: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. INFO: rainierchamber. com


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The DOs and DON’Ts of plastic bags and recycling

Seattle’s guide to keeping the emerald city green In Seattle, there’s a lot of baggage when it comes to reusing, recycling, and composting plastic bags. So it “bags” the question: where and how should bags be disposed? It’s more complicated than you might think, but to help, we put together some tips that’ll help you stay as green as the Emerald City:


1. DO recycle clean grocery, dry clean-

ing, and newspaper bags. Clean plastics bags can be easily recycled, don’t be afraid to put them in your recycling bin instead of in the trash. 2. DO stuff multiple plastic bags into one

to prevent them from flying away and causing litter or clogging the recycling machinery. The entire point of recycling is to reduce the unnecessary waste in the environment. Start reducing early by making sure loose bags don’t get caught in the wind while they’re waiting to be picked up. 3. DO put long-cut shredded paper in a clear bag with your recycling. The paper will be recycled right along with the bag. If you have tiny confetti-like paper, you can put that in your food and

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yard cart. 4. DO put out extra recycling next to your cart in a paper bag or cardboard box if your cart is full. Don’t be tempted to throw your extra recycling in the trash, it’ll get picked up just fine if it’s all together. 5. DON’T toss a bag full of random recyclable items into the recycling cart. That’s the easiest way to slow down recycling centers. The workers at the recycling facility can’t see what’s inside the bag to easily sort them. Empty the bag into the recycling cart instead.


6. DO put frozen food, produce, bread, and Ziploc-type bags in the garbage. Even if they’re clean, those kinds of bags can have bits of food and moisture in them that ruins their recyclability. Feel guilty about throwing them away? Donate them to a local dog park or reuse them. 7. DO use a plastic bag to line your garbage can. It helps keep odors in, pests out and the neighborhood clean of litter. 8. DO double-bag your pet’s doo-doo. Be polite, it’s the kind thing to do.

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9. DO use uncoated paper bags and compostable kitchen scrap bags to store and carry food scraps to your cart. For a full list of approved bags and local stores where you can find them, visit util and search “compostable bags.” Compostable bags will naturally break down in compost heaps, returning nutrients to the ground. 10. DON’T put plastic bags in your food and yard waste cart. It can ruin the compost. 11. DON’T put biodegradable bags in your food and yard cart. Biodegradable does not necessarily mean compostable. Some biodegradable bags require heat and moisture beyond compostable bags to break down. 12. DON’T put compostable pet waste bags in {see RECYCLE cont’d on page 13}

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■ wedding

US designers take trunk show to China

Bone & Rag

Proenza Schouler

By Samantha Critchell AP Fashion Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rag & Bone, Marchesa, and Proenza Schouler, among the top in their class of cool, youngish New York-based fashion houses, took a field trip to China recently to start a dialogue with consumers there as they all have their eye on expansion. What they learned: Customers want some-

thing unique. “Some of the comments we heard were that the Chinese were getting a little sick of a Louis Vuitton store on every corner,” said David Neville, co-founder with Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone. “Some of the really affluent people are starting to want stuff that isn’t everywhere. ... The uber luxury brands have been there a long time.” The three brands staged a fashion show at Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park at the Great Wall of China. It was a receptive audience, said Meredith Melling Burke, Vogue’s senior market editor, who accompanied the designers last month. “There was a sense of

excitement on both sides about discovery,” she said. “We are always inspired by the juxtaposition between the old and the new,” said Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. “Having a runway show in the Forbidden City while being surrounded by urban Beijing was a memorable moment of the trip.” The designers were selected by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and the Council of Fashion Designers of America as part of a joint Fashion Fund program. On her own trip to China a few years ago, Wintour noted that U.S. labels didn’t have the same presence as their European counter-


parts. If there’s anyone in a position to change that, it’s probably Wintour, especially with the mentoring-focused CFDA and the financial support of Silas Chou, who helped bankroll Michael Kors. “There’s a market for less-known names, not the household names yet — something {see TRUNK SHOWS cont’d on page 12}


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Stories from a second home

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly

The Celestials

By Karen Shepard Tin House Books, 2013

In June 1870, Calvin Sampson hired 75 Chinese laborers in North Adams, Mass. to work at his factory. What the men didn’t know was that they were strikebreakers, or part of what Sampson called his “Chinese experiment.” The influx of newcomers — so different from the locals — has an effect on all who live in the small New England town. Most are friendly, merely curious to learn about the foreigners, but others are not so welcoming and are threatened by the Chinese’s presence — especially the factory workers who went on strike. For others still, the relationships they share with their new neighbors run deeper. And when Sampson’s wife Julia returns from a long trip away with a half-Chinese baby girl, all of North Adams wants nothing more than to know who the father is. “The Celestials” combines history with fiction and shows readers how some of the first Chinese immigrants to the United States were treated. Despite most of the North Adams community’s friendliness, it is plain to see they don’t view the Chinese men as their equals. Rather, they are viewed more as children who need to be taken care of. (Granted, many of them are teenagers.) Despite the novel’s overarching themes of assimilation and meshing cultures, Shepard’s story is ultimately about the characters. All of her characters face a number of obstacles and struggle with the tough decisions, making them relatable to readers. At times, their thoughts and actions can be seen as selfish and egocentric — and I’ll admit that this sometimes drove me crazy. But it is clear most of the time that it is their emotions which drive them to do what they do. And who among us has not felt the need to do what we feel is best for ourselves, regardless of how it affects others — especially in a high-stress situation?

Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America By David H.T. Wong Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012

When the Chinese first came to North America more than 100 years ago, they were treated like any other new group of immigrants: harshly (to say the least) and with a great amount of racism and discrimination. “Gold Mountain” is a graphic novel that follows one Chinese family through this time, from the first ancestor to set foot on Western soil to their descendents many generations

down the line, living in present-day Vancouver, British Columbia. The Wongs survived through the construction of railroads in the United States and Canada, various exclusion acts, immigration laws, and head taxes designed to keep Chinese out of the United States and Canada. Although the family in the story is fictional, they are affected by very real historical events, such as the aforementioned legislation passed to keep Chinese out of North America and massacres by locals to drive the Chinese out of their towns. By weaving a story and providing a narrative within the context of these historical events, it is easier for readers to follow the chronology of how we got from then to now. As a graphic novel, “Gold Mountain” provides an illustrated look at a time period that is not widely discussed or usually taught in-depth in schools. I’ll admit that while I knew a bit about the Chinese’s history in this country, I did not know anything about what had happened across the border and how the Canadian government had followed the United States’ lead in excluding the Chinese. Wong’s drawings help readers get a better sense of what happened during this dark time in North American history. He gives a face — albeit fictional — to those who suffered through these tough times. The graphic novel, as a medium, also makes a tough and complex subject accessible to young readers who may find textbooks difficult to read.

Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge

By Scott Wyatt Highland House Press, 2012 In 1882, in the Pacific Northwest’s Idaho Territory, in the small town of Sandpoint, the body of Sheriff Roger Langston is

found under the Sand Creek Bridge. Wong Hok-Ling, a newly arrived Chinese railroad worker, is charged with his murder. This comes mere days after his fiancée Mei-Yin arrives unexpectedly, having disguised herself as a man on a ship from China to escape her father, who gambled her life away in a game of mah-jong. Set to defend Hok-Ling is Jason McQuade, a man who has just arrived in Idaho Territory himself. As if the situation wasn’t complicated enough, when Jason meets Mei-Yin, he begins to question how far he is willing to go to save his client’s life. {see SHELF cont’d on page 13}

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■ publisher’s blog Turning pain into beauty Creating art with waste

Twin dragons Lee made from recycled items.

Steven Lee

Lee’s brand of origami is different from the traditional style.

Lee envisions his sculptures, in this case a flock of swans, in his mind before creating them.

Lee’s works are always more than meets the eye.

Steven Lee collects pieces of political junk mail and creates magic out of them. No one else does what Lee does — he turns waste paper into one-of-a-kind origami creatures. If there were any consolation to politicians, it would be that Lee’s origami classes have helped lots of people who are going through some of the worst moments of their lives, including Lee himself. Lee’s rule is he doesn’t sell his amazing art; he would rather give them away as gifts to friends and strangers or donate them to charity auctions. A former engineer, many have wondered about his unconventional method of making these origami animals, wondering if it is an art or a science. Lee once even challenged a Ph.D., who failed to figure out his method of design. When I met Lee in July, he was volunteering to teach his folding skills to a group of cancer survivors at the Asian Resource Center. Soon, I learned that he was using origami as therapy for other people. Even his origami

teacher was an unusual character, a former inmate, whom he met at the Federal Detention Center near SeaTac in 2000 when he volunteered to teach English to immigrant inmates through a Bible study group. Out of gratitude, his inmate student taught Lee to make flowers. The rest is history.

animals he made as models on the table. They serve as a source of inspiration to his students. He relies on memory. Whatever his father taught him as a child or showed him photos of, he remembers. He can now create them by following his heart and passion. To enhance his techniques for birds and larger creatures, he watches television programs on animals.

Internees created art to cope

created furniture, jewelry, toys, and paintings reflecting their harsh realities of life in camps and their insurmountable spirit for survival. They used whatever materials they could get their hands on, such as scrap wood, seashells, and fence posts, and they then would turn them into incredible products with layers of polish and hours of dedication. I saw these art objects with my own eyes when I visited the Japanese Community Cultural Center of Washington State a few months ago. The internees’ art was a testimony that, no

Making art is a way to kill time and pain. Lee’s words reminded me of some of the exquisite artwork made by Japanese Americans who were being incarcerated during World War II. The internees left all their properties and wealth behind when they were sent to camps. Some found their means of hope and energy through artistic expression. In those days, they had no tools or samples to inspire them. Yet, they were able to create something out of nothing. They

Art or science

Lee doesn’t really have origami instruction books in his classroom, nor does he carry diagrams or sketches with him. There is no pattern — not even a written plan. He doesn’t even research on the Internet. Lee improvises as he makes the artwork. If you tell him to make an animal, he would first conceive the design in his head. Instantly, there will be an image. Then, he visualizes the animal’s special characteristics, size, structure, form, and color. With his engineering background and architecture degree, he probably has developed design skills. In his classroom, he displays all the origami

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Origami as therapy

An immigrant from Taiwan, Lee shared with me his painful story about being fired last year after working for Boeing as an engineer for 16 years. Lee said that he had trouble sleeping at first when he was forced out of the company unfairly. Creating origami became his sanctuary. “It helps me sleep,” he said. “I felt much better (after making origami).” “I feel amazing that I can do it. It gives me joy,” he continued after he made one artwork. “It takes a long time, as many as 16 hours to make one object. It teaches me patience and a

way to kill time for being unemployed.” He dismissed the idea that origami requires artistic talent. “Patience is more important,” he said.

Recycling materials

To Lee, origami paper is expensive. Because of that, fifty percent of Lee’s origami animals are made of recycled paper. Anything you think is trash, such as old paper clips and staples, he can recycle into his origami objects. And he especially likes to use political junk mail. “The paper quality (for political mail) is nice and heavy,” said Lee. “It’s not the thin kind of paper, which can easily be torn when you fold.” So politicians, your imprint is now in many homes through the hands of Steve Lee instead of being in the garbage dumps. How do you want to thank him? 

The visiting exhibit of internee artwork at JCCCW is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit.

Japanese Americans made due with whatever materials they could find to make art during internment.

matter what happened to them, they were not going to give up living. Their creative spirit inspired them to continue fighting without violence, until the day they would be released. And their artful desire reflected their unconquerable strength, quiet dignity and a sense of justice. When I saw them, it inspired me with an appre-

ciation of their endurance as they experienced hardship and traumas during chaotic times in a chaotic world. Watch out for the next time the exhibit visits.  To read the publisher’s blog in Chinese, visit


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■ editorial ID could use a little support keeping up with Seattle growth As the International District begins to shoulder more of the burden involved in growing a city like Seattle, it’s important for those doing the building to remember the community that is giving up so much to make Seattle better. The International District is a special place, and it’s imperative that the work that happens in it is approached with more understanding than what we’ve seen so far. The ID is a neighborhood of small businesses operating on thin profit margins. Its permanent residents are older — most in their 50s — and mostly do not speak English. For many of them, this is the first time in their entire lives that they’ve seen this much construction, and they don’t necessarily know or

understand what resources they have available to them. When large-scale development projects are planned, the special challenges involved with working with this community need to be focused on. Many of the things that have become issues in the neighborhood lately could have been avoided with just a little more dialogue, more understanding, and more communication. As the International District begins to see more investment and growth, understanding and communication will only become more important to ensure that the least harm is done in the short term in the name of growth in the long term. That’s not to say that the neighborhood hasn’t seen any

benefits lately. Two of the vacant storefronts have been picked up by the McGinn and Steinbrueck campaigns, but that does little to stop the bleeding from the loss of business due to the construction that is currently ruining the ID’s image as an easy place to walk, an easy place to get dinner, and an easy place to visit. People are learning. The Seattle Department of Transportation has committed to not doing work on the First Hill project during next year’s Lunar New Year, but developers — city, private, or otherwise — need to remember these lessons and to keep the community in mind before their projects start, not after. 

■ commentary Big Mac won’t satisfy Vietnamese desire for human rights By Andrew Lam New America Media Vietnam specializes in irony. Its president, Truong Tan Sang, is due to visited the Andrew Lam White House recently, where he was expected to request a lifting of the U.S. ban on lethal weapons sales to his country while also seeking support for a bid to join the UN Human Rights Council. The irony? Besides trying to buy weapons from the United States, a country it defeated four decades ago, Hanoi also continues to trample on human rights, and in the last few years has stepped up arrests of dissidents with no fear of international criticism or, for that matter, U.S. rebuke. Oh, and it’s also preparing to open its first ever McDonalds store, which, glancing at media headlines here, seems to be the real story. Never mind the persecution. Vietnam today has more money than ever, and is seeking an international status equal to its newfound wealth. It also needs advanced weapons to counter the looming threat from China, which has laid claim to more or less the entire South China Sea. “If Vietnam wants to stand on the world stage, its government should repudiate its crackdown on dissidents and embrace reform,” John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director with Human Rights Watch, said in a statement released this week. “The arc of history may be long, but it certainly bends away from authoritarian retrenchment.” Mr. Sifton added, “President Sang cannot publicly justify his government’s crackdown and should use [his meeting with Obama] to repudiate it.” U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, echoed HRW’s concern in an open letter this week to President Obama, urging him to make human rights a top priority during the Vietnamese President’s visit. “Vietnam has long been one of the most oppressive societies in Southeast Asia,” Royce wrote. “Democratic aspirations, human rights

advocacy, and grassroots mobilization are met with police brutality and result in show trials where defendants are denied their rights to open and fair proceedings as guaranteed by the Vietnamese Constitution.” Indeed, dissident bloggers have been arrested routinely, with 50 democracy advocates having been rounded up this year alone. Languishing in its gulags, too, are dozens of prominent clergymen, some of whom, like father Nguyen Van Ly, 67, are in failing health. Father Ly, a Catholic priest sentenced to 15 years in prison for demanding religious freedom in the country (and whose causes are being championed by Amnesty International), suffered a stroke in 2009 and is in dire need of medical care. Another prominent dissident, Nguyen Van Hai, popularly known as Dieu Cay, is currently staging a hunger strike after he was sentenced to 12 years in solitary confinement for his “propaganda against the state.” His

crime: blogging about government corruption and demands for democracy. As of this writing, Nguyen has been on hunger strike for 32 days. But unlike in Myanmar, the United States has been hush on the issue of human rights abuse in Vietnam, where for the past decade it has stepped up investments. Hanoi claims that in two years, the United States will become the biggest investor in Vietnam, overtaking Japan and South Korea. Military ties, too, are deepening. Since 2010, the two nations have engaged in joint military exercises. Last year, Hanoi went as far as dropping a hint to visiting Secretary of Defense, Leon Penetta, that it would like to resume talks about renting out Cam Ranh Bay, America’s old naval station during the war. So why, in this era of seeming openness and economic progress, has Hanoi stepped up its oppression? The short answer is because it

can, for now. Despite its dismal human rights records, Vietnam has been awarded for opening up economically. It was granted membership in the World Trade Organization and made its entrance to the world’s economic stage in 2006 when it hosted its first Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference. Its gross national product has been growing at a steady and impressive seven percent for almost the last decade. And while political dissent is not allowed, its population is experiencing far greater personal freedoms. Many are allowed to travel overseas, while movement within Vietnam is permitted freely. There’s a burgeoning middle class with disposable income and access to the Internet. And therein lies the problem. As we’ve seen most recently in Brazil, increased wealth brings with it expectations of {see BIG MAC cont’d on page 13}

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learned the massage business while working at a spa in Wichita in 2007 and had learned about the city’s lack of massage parlor regulations, according to the police affidavit. It is not clear from court documents why the criminal complaint wasn’t filed until this week. Kidgell and Zhang were married and continued a business relationship after the couple became estranged, according to an affidavit filed by Wichita police Sgt. D.G. Oblinger in support of the charges. Zhang was also arrested last week for prostitution. Kidgell allegedly acknowledged during that interview to placing ads in a Chinese-language newspaper in New York and Los Angeles to recruit women to work for them, but claimed he did not know what the employees were doing. Several of the female employees told police they came to work in the massage parlors because they were told they would make a lot of money. Once they were in Wichita, they found the work was difficult and they did not earn much. Some said they were told never to leave the business because the area around the parlors was dangerous. 

earlier. Crosby said the fence will help the county operate the airport in a safe and serviceable manner. “I believe we can build a fence that improves the safety of the airport operations while minimizing the impacts to the historical significance of the location,” he said. Mike Reynolds, superintendent for the Tule Lake Unit and

{WONG cont’d from page 4} Tuesday’s dedication returned a piece of Deadwood’s past to the present and created a lasting reminder that Chinese once flourished in the bustling Wild West town. “What’s unique about this day is the combination of the Wing Tsue building and its bricks, salvaged by local residents and used in reconstruction of this 1908 burner,” she said. “They have been used to reconstruct the past and create a new history of the Chinese in Deadwood.” 

{SEN cont’d from page 5} which had predicted extensive vote-rigging. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy — who returned to Cambodia this month from years in self-imposed exile — said in a statement that it was a “historic day,” but urged his supporters to maintain calm and wait for official results to be released. Provisional results from the official National Election Committee were being announced July 28 on state television, but only by individual polling stations, making it impossible to get an immediate overview of the count. It was not clear when final official tallies would be announced. If the results stand as the ruling party projected, it would be a huge boost for the much-beleaguered opposition, giving it a strong platform for future growth. However, a simple majority is sufficient for most legislative business, ensuring that the CPP can continue to administer the country much as it wishes, though with increased sensitivity for public opinion. The CPP has an overwhelming majority of local administration posts as well. Rainsy had said July 27 that while his party could not expect victory with the deck stacked against it, the election would represent a break with the past and a chance to work for “truly free and fair elections.” Hun Sen has been in power for 28 years and says he has no intention of stepping down soon. His authoritarian rule has given him a stranglehold over the state bureaucracy that makes challenges to his authority difficult to mount. The general election was Cambodia’s fifth since 1993, when the United Nations helped stage the country’s first free polls since the 1975-79 genocidal rule of the Khmer Rouge and a subsequent period of civil war and one-party rule. A pressing question is how Hun Sen will react if the opposition has in fact made such significant gains. Mercurial in temperament, historically he has accepted neither defeat nor victory with good grace. After his party ran second in 1993, Hun Sen insisted on

{TRUNK SHOWS cont’d from page 8} special and personal,” Wintour said during a recent phone interview. “One of the reasons the European houses went to China is that they needed to expand. The U.S. didn’t have that sense of need at the time, but young designers are working in a very different environment when a Ralph Lauren was their age and they are thinking in a very different way. They are thinking globally.” The Rag & Bone designers flew to Beijing from London, where they had just put on a menswear show. “We were already halfway around the world, so we got up the next morning and went the rest of the way,” Wainwright joked. Keren Craig represented Marchesa while her partner, Georgina Chapman, stayed home with her newborn son. Although a seasoned traveler, including several trips to India, Craig had

{KENNEDY cont’d from page 4} and military partners and accustomed since the end of World War II to having renowned American political leaders serve as envoy. Former U.S. ambassadors to Japan include former Vice President Walter Mondale, former House Speaker Tom Foley and former Senate Majority Leaders Mike Mansfield and Howard Baker. Thomas Berger, an international relations professor at Boston University, said some may be concerned that Kennedy doesn’t have the experience to deal with thorny issues in the U.S.-Japan relationship, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks and the dispute over islands in the East China Sea claimed by both Japan and China. But Berger argued that Kennedy will have an experienced staff to guide her through policy matters, while she offers other assets — celebrity appeal to the Japanese, a close relationship with Obama and her gender. “Japanese women continue to look for role models who demonstrate that it is possible to be a woman and have a successful career in politics,” Berger said. “I expect that many in both the United States and in Japan will want to use her to send that message to the Japanese public.”

Lava Beds National Monument, said the fence has been an issue at all of the ongoing National Park Service workshops to develop a 15-year management plan for the Tule Lake Unit. “People feel passionate about it,” Reynolds said, noting the National Park Service cannot legally take a position for or against the fence. “Our goal is to build and maintain a relationship between the local community and the JapaneseAmerican community.” 

Kennedy would bring a third generation of her family into the U.S. diplomatic corps. Her grandfather Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ambassador to Britain, while her aunt Jean Kennedy Smith was ambassador to Ireland under President Bill Clinton. Caroline Kennedy was five days shy of her sixth birthday when her father was killed, and she lived most of the rest of her life in New York City. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, got a law degree from Columbia University, married exhibit designer Edwin Schlossberg and had three children. Kennedy is president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and chair of the senior advisory committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard. She has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, helped raise millions of dollars for New York schools and edited numerous bestselling books on history, law and poetry. She considered running for political office after Hillary Rodham Clinton resigned the New York Senate seat to serve as Obama’s secretary of state. But Kennedy eventually withdrew herself from consideration to fill the seat, once held by her uncle Robert F. Kennedy, citing unspecified personal reasons. 

being named co-prime minister, then ousted his partner in government four years later in a bloody coup. After election victories in later years, he showed a pattern of cracking down on critics. The streets around Hun Sen’s residence in Phnom Penh, the capital, were closed Julu 28, with security personnel patrolling in an apparent effort to ward off any protesters. Hun Sen, 60, has a reputation as a tough and wily survivor, starting with his defection from the Khmer Rouge to Vietnam, which after invading to oust the radical regime installed him first as foreign minister and later as prime minister. Rainsy, 64, has long been the thorn in Hun Sen’s side. He spent the Khmer Rouge years in France, where he was educated in economics and political science. As a member of a royalist party, he served as finance minister in the government elected in 1993, but was kicked out from his party and his post for his outspoken anti-corruption stand. Rainsy founded his own party in 1995, and two years later narrowly escaped being killed in a grenade attack on a rally he was leading. The perpetrators were never brought to justice but were suspected of being linked to Hun Sen’s bodyguards. Despite his party’s good showing, Rainsy will be in a state of political limbo. He was not allowed to run as a candidate or even vote in the election, because he missed the registration deadlines as he stayed abroad for almost four years to avoid a jail term for convictions that he said were politically motivated. He returned July 19 only after receiving a royal pardon at the behest of Hun Sen, his longtime and bitter rival. The pardon was an evident effort by Hun Sen to appease critics of the election process, including the United States, who suggested that Rainsy’s exclusion was a major sign that the polls would not be free and fair. Critics alleged that the process was heavily rigged anyway. Rainsy’s party and nonpartisan groups charged that the ruling party used the machinery of government and security forces in an unfair manner to reward or pressure

voters. They also said that voter registration procedures were badly flawed, possibly leaving more than 1 million people disenfranchised. The independent Committee for Free and Fair Elections said that the ink with which voters were supposed to stain their fingers to prevent them from voting twice was not indelible as claimed. The extent of voting irregularities was not clear July 28, despite many anecdotal accounts spread on social media such as Twitter. Hun Sen’s party and the government-appointed National Election Committee said the election process was fair. Despite its showing, the opposition CNRP was not in a conciliatory mood. Rainsy’s wife, Tioulong Saumura, a candidate in Phnom Penh, said she did not accept the ruling party’s figures. Asked if she thought the CNRP won more than 55 seats, she replied: “Of course. Almost everywhere we lead. No way we have 55 and they have 68.” Rainsy had issued a statement early July 28 evening claiming victory, but later retracted it. CNRP spokesman Yem Ponhearith said July 28 that the party was still collecting results and would announce its tally when it was done.

never been to China. “For a country so full of people, I was amazed at how open it felt. It didn’t feel as bustling as I was expecting,” she said. Craig learned that Chinese customers are enthralled with travel, and Marchesa happens to be launching a collection called Voyage this year. “It was great feedback to feel like we’re going in the right direction. It was very exciting.” Marchesa already has “leaned quite heavily” on Chinesestyle embroidery and traditional colors, but Craig imagines future collections will aim to capture the intricacy of the architecture and art that she saw. (If she could figure out how to do it, she’d also capture the exciting and awesome feeling of whooshing down a toboggan at the Great Wall, which was a highlight of her trip.) Wintour said an exchange program such as this or the one the CFDA does in Paris is the next generation of trunk shows,

where designers talk with customers who buy straight from miniature runways set up in department stores. Now, huge houses such as Chanel will stage versions of their fashionweek catwalks in far-flung places to keep that personal connection to their markets and the people who live there. “I would love to bring a group of designers to India next,” Wintour said. Neville said his visit will be invaluable as his brand tries to grow in China. “We’ve traveled a lot to different places on the planet, and this felt like a different world. You need some local expertise and partners to help guide you.” Does it matter that two other labels got the same insight? Not at all, Neville said. “It’s not like there isn’t room for all of us.” 

“I can say that so far the number of seats is very close between the two parties,” he said. “At the moment we appeal to the people to be patient and wait for the final data we are collecting from the provinces.” Voters appeared to be happy just to cast their ballots. “I am delighted that today that I able to express my voice through the ballot paper. I’ve voted for the party that I love,” said 25-year-old Reth Sonitha. Cambodia has 9.7 million registered voters in a population of almost 15 million. The major portion of the electorate is under 30 years old. The election campaign was not marked by the kind of violence, including killings, that plagued past polls. 


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For the week of August 3–August 9, 2013 By Sun Lee Chang Rat — Although the physical distance is greater than you would like, that shouldn’t stop you from holding something beloved close to your heart.

Dragon — Is someone you know trying to rekindle a spark? If there wasn’t much the first time, the situation likely won’t be the same the second time around.

Monkey — You have a flair for doing things in a style all your own. There is nothing to apologize for, just much to be proud of.

Ox — Now that the initial glow is wearing off, you are seeing the real deal. One is not necessarily better than the other, just different.

Snake — While you may be able to juggle multiple tasks at once, that doesn’t mean you should try to do this too often.

Rooster — A one size fits all option just isn’t what you had in mind. Learn what works best for you, so that you can have a tailored fit.

Tiger — Are you expecting more from yourself than you can reasonably deliver? Dream big, but do try to keep most of your goals within reach.

Horse — Identifying a problem is the first step in fixing it. Don’t ignore what needs to be taken care of right away.

Dog — After all the commotion, the quiet now seems strange. Give it some time, for excitement can be overrated at times.

Rabbit — Get your creative juices flowing this weekend. There will be ample opportunity to show your artistic side.

Goat —Even though you might prefer not to use a substitution, it could actual turn out better than the original recipe.

Pig — Are you running close to the wire on a deadline? Don’t hesitate to ask for the support that you need to finish before the project is due.

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{MUNN cont’d from page 3} great opportunities yet, and the other actresses (vying for the role) are probably really famous and Hollywood tends to go for the girls who are already in the big movies.” Munn has a fierce following among comic book fans thanks to her love for “geek culture” and regular appearances at San Diego’s Comic-Con. The Oklahoma-born, 33-year-old actress also has appeared in “Iron Man 2” and “Magic Mike.” While she gushed about feeling “strong and invincible” dressed up as Wonder Woman, she admitted discomfort in the costume, too. “I dressed up as Wonder Woman one year and that was my last; it’s not comfortable to dress up in front of all those people,” Munn said. “Costumes for superheroes; man or woman, are always very skimpy, so it’s not something that you want to wear with a lot of people around you.” She also carefully explained that the title of her book, “Suck it, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek,” was not her idea, but rather an editor’s inspiration. “I did not want to name it that, and I actually did not agree with it because I love Wonder Woman,” Munn said. She contin{SHELF cont’d from page 9} “Sand Creek Bridge” is a story about the life of Chinese immigrants when they first arrived in the United States. To say life was challenging is an understatement. In addition to coming to a new land thousands of miles away from home, they must deal with trying to learn a new language, racism and discrimination from the locals and, in some cases, the high expectations of those back home who assume things are easy {BIG MAC cont’d from page 11} increased political freedom. Indeed, despite the arrests, more Vietnamese are blogging online, demanding greater respect for human rights and condemning Hanoi for, as they see it, kowtowing to China. Hanoi’s efforts to control this rising tide of discontent, moreover, are being stymied by the boom in communications technology. Vietnam has 132 million active cellphones in a country of 93 million. Facebook entered Vietnam last October and by March had over 12 million users. Concerned over a potential Arab-spring style revolt, Hanoi’s response to date has been arrests and more arrests. That it can do this without fear of international condemnation is due in large part to American indifference. President Bush visited Vietnam in 2006 for the APEC summit, and promptly dropped it from the list of nations that severely curtail religious freedom. Under Obama, the United States is licking its chops as it perceives an opening for a grand reentry into the Pacific Rim theatre. “It’s hard to be seen as deeply concerned about human rights when you are in bed with

ued, admitting “it worked out well because the name was so silly that it became memorable and helped my book sell, so I stopped complaining about the name.” The self-professed “vigilante superhero” broke into a smile when told about fans wanting her to play Wonder Woman in an anticipated “Justice League” movie. Warner Bros. hasn’t confirmed reports that a film was being slated for 2017 in which a medley of DC Comics superheroes — including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman — come together to fight crime. Munn was in Singapore on July 23 to promote the season premiere of the HBO series “The Newsroom,” where she plays financial journalist Sloan Sabbith. She said she always dreamt of being an actress but that Hollywood dreams were not encouraged in her traditional Asian family. “I was never encouraged to go into acting, so I majored in journalism as I love telling stories, and I love doing it. But the moment I had the opportunity to pursue acting, I took it,” she said. “Playing Sloan is really nice because in some way, my mom feels I am making good use of my journalism degree,” she added with a laugh. 

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in this new country. The encounters between the locals and the Chinese Wyatt describes are cringe-worthy in the blatant mistreatment of the latter group. And while this made them difficult to read — especially the scenes in which the local teenagers abuse the Chinese workers for no other reason than existing — it was also important to include them. The United States has a history of terribly mistreating minority groups, but the focus is usually placed on blacks and

slavery. The country’s behavior toward Asians was just as horrible, and in treating that part of history, Wyatt certainly did not sugarcoat things. The book serves as a reminder that Asians have been in the United States for quite a long time, despite many still being treated as foreigners. 

the politburos selling Big Macs and Starbucks,” noted one Vietnamese American living in Hanoi. No wonder, then, that those fighting for democracy in Vietnam no longer look to the United States as their major supporter. In online chatrooms, dissidents are increasingly finding inspiration in protest movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and Burma. It would be a tragedy, however, if Uncle Sam, while publicly voicing concern about human rights, lifts the ban on lethal weapons sales and supports Vietnam’s bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. That tragedy would turn to irony should a Vietnamese Spring erupt, only to be put down with American bullets and guns.  Andrew Lam is an editor at New America Media and the author of “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora,” “East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres,” and his latest, “Birds of Paradise Lost,” a collection of stories about Vietnamese refugees struggling to rebuild their lives in the West Coast.

your food and yard cart. Don’t even use compostable pet waste bags, as pet waste belongs in the garbage and compostable bags only turn into compost at compost facilities.

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{BAGS BAN cont’d from page 1} and loss of business. “They don’t understand it’s city policy,” Lam said. “A lot of my customers aren’t from the city, and they think this is our policy — they think we want to charge them for bags. Our checkout workers have been yelled at, cursed at. We’ve had people who were offended and decided not to buy from us.” “It’s different for Asian stores,” Lam continued. “We tried

different ways of not offending our customers, we gave them free reusable bags with large purchases, but it hasn’t worked.” Shoplifting at Lam’s Seafood has also increased. Though nearly 60 percent of businesses surveyed by the Seattle Public Utilities said shoplifting was not an issue, Lam’s has seen a sharp increase in shoplifting due to the ease of slipping items into reusable bags. “Shoplifting has gone up tremendously,” Lam said. “We finally caught one shoplifter who had been coming in three

times a day. She had been coming very often.” “There’s a lot of decent people who put items in their bags and walk around while shopping,” Lam continued. “But shoplifters do too, and it’s considered disrespectful to ask people to keep items in their basket until they’re checked out.”  Charles Lam can be reached at charles@nwasianweekly. com.

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actual impacts, it’s hard to tell whether they’re from the street car or because of other transportation issues, but the businesses around here have really complained about the drop in business,” said Maiko Winkler-Chin, the executive director of the Seattle Chinatown– International District Public Development Authority (SCIDpda), an organization that works to preserve and develop the International District and that provides services to the neighborhood’s seniors and businesses. “Some things we know are truly because of the streetcar construction — the impact of the power and water shutoffs, the confusion about walking down the street.” One of the aspects of the neighborhood most greatly affected by the streetcar construction is the foot traffic along Jackson Street, a major thoroughfare for the International District. While the First Hill Street Car may bring new customers to the neighborhood once it’s finished, at the moment many feel like the construction is pushing people away. “We’ve definitely felt an impact from the streetcar construction. Revenues are down compared to years past,” said Binko ChiongBisbee, who owns Kobo gallery with her husband. The Kobo gallery in the Higo building is located at the corner of Jackson Street and 6th Avenue South, right along the construction. “It’s changed our foot traffic quite a bit. I think a lot of people avoid the neighborhood now. It’s even deterred the people who live and work in the International District from crossing Jackson because it’s not clear where they can turn or cross.” Worse still, during the peak period of the neighborhood’s commercial activity — the two weekends leading up to Lunar New Year — the Department of Transportation closed two main intersections in the neighborhood, resulting in increased congestion. “There’s a couple of things that are different about this neighborhood, and one of them is the fact that Lunar New Year is so important,” Winkler-Chin said. “I think there was

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Confusion regarding where to cross the street and reduced parking have been major issues for multiple businesses.

a miscommunication with the city about just how important this holiday is.” In response to the complaints, the Seattle Department of Transportation has committed to not working on the First Hill Streetcar project in the International District during the two weekends before Lunar New Year in 2014. However, a longer-term construction moratorium, much like the one that exists in Pioneer Square and the Central Retail District between Thanksgiving and Christmas, is an issue that requires legislative action, according to SDOT. These effects can have a massive toll for a neighborhood that is only just recovering from the recession. The number of businesses in the International District has slowly been growing, from 377 at the peak of the recession to 395 in 2011, and 408 in 2012, according to the Metropolitan Improvement District’s Business Development and Market Research team. In preparation for the construction, SDOT attempted to inform the community through

multiple avenues. In addition to media notices, emails, and online postings, SDOT went door-to-door with notices and hosted informational booths at community festivals. SDOT even hosted its own information meetings at the Asian Resource Center and the Wing Luke on May 29 and 30 respectively. There are also concerns that the construction is having an increased impact on the senior population, which makes up the majority of the people who live in the ID. According to Nielson Research, the median age of an ID resident in 2012 was 48. “The construction has really made access to our services inconvenient and difficult,” said Teresita Batayola, CEO of International Community Health Services, which operates a clinic in the ID. “Our patients continue to come in because they need to see the doctor or dentist, get a mammogram, pick up a prescription, or participate in one of our classes. In that sense, the numbers seeking health care from us have not been negatively affected. However, the disruptions at Jackson, the abil-

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ity to turn into 8th Ave S, and at times blockages in front of our clinic and the surrounding neighborhood have made it very difficult to find our parking and for our patients to cross the street. The elderly have had a harder time because their mobility is more limited and crossing uneven steel plates or finding the temporary crosswalks are challenging for them.” Construction on the First Hill Streetcar is slated to be finished in 2014. With increased cooperation, businesses can only hope to make it though another year. “There’s a lot of businesses in this neighborhood that’re very strong, and they’re not openly complaining,” said Winkler-Chin. “But we still need to get through this for another year, because it’s going to be another full year.”  Charles Lam can be reached at charles@

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crumbling building grew too high to maintain. Its upper floors have been vacant ever since. The buildings adjacent to the Publix housed the Uwajimaya grocery store from 1970 until the store moved one block north in 2000. Since then, it has housed the Nagomi Tea House and several small businesses. Uwajimaya picked now to begin the redevelopment due to in part favorable real estate and retail markets. “The market has really dictated what’s happened,” said Miye Moriguchi, development manager at Uwajimaya Inc. “Uwajimaya has always had a retail focus, and we’ve owned the property for years and have always wanted to do right by it. We feel like now is the right time due to favorable financing and the demand for apartments.” At its closure, the hotel housed over 70 men, many of whom had dealt with addiction, mental illness, and poverty, in a total of 120 usable rooms. After the remodel, 108 one-bedroom and studio apartments will be available, according to preliminary plans. Currently, the building houses two tenants — a hair and nail salon and a Storefronts Seattle installation. The Shunpikerun project, which has had a hand in the Seattle Pinball Museum, the Massive Monkee’s The Beacon dance studio, and other art displays, uses the building’s lobby as a project space. Storefronts Seattle will continue to display at least for the next six months, according to Anna Blackburn, manager of the Storefronts Seattle project. “The Publix has been one of our most popular spaces,” Blackburn said. “Most of the requests we get from artists are for the Publix. They’re drawn to the air of history that surrounds the building.” The redevelopment will attempt to ensure the history of the building is maintained. The exterior of the building will remain untouched. As part of the redevel-

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The Publix currently houses one business on its first floor. The surrounding buildings have been home to several small businesses.

opment, the lobby and original storefronts will be restored. A new entrance will also be created on the corner of Weller and 6th Avenue. The surrounding buildings may be expanded, pending a study on the capabilities of the building’s foundation. “We are extremely excited about this project as it continues our efforts to revitalize the International District,” said Uwajimaya CEO Tomoko Moriguchi-Matsuno in a statement. “The close proximity to downtown, the accessibility to the bus, light rail, train and other commuting options, the rich

history and character of the area, plus having lots of great restaurants and shops right outside the doorsteps, will appeal to many people.” Uwajimaya has hired Seattle-based Spectrum Development Services to manage the project. Clark Design Group, the Seattle architecture firm that designed the Ballard Blocks and the remodeled Alaska Building, is the lead architect on the project and will be working with Graham Baba Architects to preserve the building’s identity and history. Marpac Construction is the general

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