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First they came for the Japanese Americans… By Janice Nesamani NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY

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While few spoke out during World War II, the Nisei Veterans Committee Foundation (NVCF) is making sure that there is a strong voice of opposition to Islamophobia and hate against members of the Muslim community. When the current administration announced its ‘Muslim travel ban,’ the city of Seattle strongly condemned and stood up against it. Among the voices of dissent, particularly strong and poignant, were those of the Japanese American community. It stemmed from a painful history of being in a similar situation during WWII. For many of the Nisei (second generation), and Sansei (third generation), see NVCF on 11 From left: Rasul Pasha, Kim Muromoto, Aneela Afzali, Diane Narasaki, Benjamin Shabazz, Danielle Hirano, and Joseph Shoji Lachman.

Asian American students rejected by Harvard at center of affirmative action fight By SADIE GURMAN and MARIA DANILOVA ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said last week it had no broad plans to investigate whether college and university admission programs discriminate against students based on race, seeking to defray worries that a job posting signaled an effort to reverse course on affirmative action. News reports of the posting inflamed advocacy groups that believed it would lead to legal action against universities for not admitting white students over minorities with similar qualifications.

BUSINESS Chef Kevin Chung and the childhood-inspired Cheese Meats Bread. »7

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT An exhibit that focuses on the history of the Chinese in the Northwest. »9

NEWS FROM NORWAY How does the world view Seattle? Publisher Ng reports while traveling in Norway. » 10



But a day after The New York Times reported the department was seeking current attorneys interested in “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions,” the Justice Department said the job ad was related to just one complaint. “The posting sought volunteers to investigate one administrative complaint filed by a coalition of 64 Asian American associations in May 2015 that the prior administration left unresolved,” spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said. The groups sued Harvard see HARVARD on 12

What makes people look “American”? By Kim Eckart UW NEWS REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION The way they dress? Maybe their hairstyle, or mannerisms? How much they weigh? A University of Washington (UW)-led study has found that for Asian Americans, those who appear heavier not only are perceived to be more “American,” but also may be subject to less prejudice directed at foreigners than Asian Americans who are thin. Researchers believe this effect relates to common stereotypes that Asians are thin and Americans are heavy — so if someone of Asian heritage is heavy, then they appear to be more “American.” –see AMERICAN on 12

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Western Washington University honored its Outstanding Graduates for the 2016-17 academic year at spring commencement in June. Selection is based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future. Among the grads honored were Jennie Le of Des Moines, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in community health and a minor in anthropology. She completed an internship with Swedish Cancer Institute as a health education intern this summer. She plans to further her education to become a physician’s assistant. Huy Nguyen of Seattle graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with two majors, physics and mathematics, and a minor in astronomy. He is the Presidential Scholar for the College of Science and Engineering and the Outstanding Graduate in Physics and Astronomy. As president of Western’s Association of Mathematics, Nguyen also worked to create an environment where students from diverse backgrounds in math can develop together. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Michigan. Swann Davis of University Place and a native of Korea graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in manufacturing and supply chain management, a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in international business, and a minor in business analytics. At Western, Davis served as president of the International Business Network and was part of the five-student team that won the Northwest Boeing Case Competition. Next, she plans to work in operations management at Boeing in Everett and eventually pursue a master’s degree in international affairs or public policy. Congratulations to all outstanding grads. ■

Many ex-mayoral candidates mingled with community members at the BBQ.

Hundreds attended the third annual Donnie Chin BBQ on July 27 at Donnie Chin International Children’s Park. The tradition started after Chin’s murder — neighbors are invited to come together to bring food to share and build community. Leftovers were distributed to different nonprofits in the community. Chin, a beloved community leader, was killed in 2014. His murder remains unsolved. ■

Institution (AANAPISI) at Highline College. He graduated from Western Washington University and completed his master’s at Central Washington University. He is an active, co-founding member of the Southeast Asian Education Coalition (SEAeD). Sisavatdy was the last in his family Ekkarath Sisavatdy of 10 to be born in Vientiane, Laos before he moved to the United States in 1978 as a refugee immigrant. The CAPAA was established by the state Legislature in 1974 to improve the wellbeing of Asian Pacific Americans by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business, education, and other areas. ■

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Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced the appointment of Donny Rojo and Ekkarath Sisavatdy to the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA). Rojo is a second generation Filipino American. He comes from a U.S. Navy military family who settled in Bremerton. He is a University of Washington graduate, worked in the aerospace industry, then transitioned into consumer healthcare products as a project manager. In 2016, Rojo was selected by the Philippine Embassy, along with nine Donny Rojo other Filipino Americans, to take part in an annual socio-economic immersion program known as Filipino Young Leaders Program. Ekkarath Sisavatdy is the project director for the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving

The CID community celebrated National Night Out with dancing and eating hot dogs.

Participants of the King Street Dance Party on Aug. 1 danced under the I-5 overpass. Hot dogs and shaved ice were served, and participants stayed for games and live music. The event was part of the Chinatown International District’s block party for National Night Out — an annual community-building campaign that promotes communitypolice partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. ■



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■ COMMUNITY NEWS Public Health encourages immigrant clients to access services without fear

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Public Health – Seattle & King County has taken steps to strengthen the protections for all clients at its health clinics. This comes as recent federal immigration proposals have made people in immigrant communities feel more fear and stress. Some families feel they must choose between avoiding a clinic and possibly risk their health, or risk an encounter with federal immigration agents. Public Health – Seattle & King County said it’s “very unlikely” that federal immigration agents would search their clinics. But, just in case, it has taken steps to strengthen the protections for all clients at its health clinics. It has designated clinics as private areas, including waiting areas. Signs are posted that make it clear that these spaces are designated private. With this policy in place, federal immigration officers now need a valid judicial (court) search warrant to take any

action in clinics. Employees are trained to identify a valid judicial search warrant. Federal immigration agents may not enter a clinic without a valid warrant. Reception staff and other employees are being trained to be prepared and better serve immigrant families. “For King County to remain a beacon of opportunity, we must ensure that immigrants have access to vital health and social services,” said the Public Health – Seattle & King County’s website. Public Health – Seattle & King County operates clinics across King County and serves lower-income pregnant women and their families, women and men who need birth control and tests and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and children and adults who are unable to access dental care elsewhere. ■

Chinese tourist dies at youth Former Tibetan monk gets prison time camp in Washington state BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — An 18-year-old tourist from China has been found dead in Washington state a day after going missing from a youth camp. The Bellingham Herald reports that Bin Wang was with a tour group from Seattle that was visiting Camp Firwood as part of a longer U.S. trip. Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo says Wang was found in the water on

July 26 by a dive team after his shirt, shoes and other clothing were found the day before near a trail. Elfo says Wang did not know how to swim. The executive director of the organization that operates Camp Firwood, Tom Beaumont, did not know Wang's hometown in China. Beaumont says Wang was the first death at the youth camp since it opened in 1955. ■

SEATTLE (AP) — A Bellevue developer has been sentenced to four years in prison for scamming hundreds of investors out of tens of millions of dollars for projects from Everett to Seattle. The Seattle Times reports that Lobsang Lobsang Dargey Dargey also was sentenced on Aug. 4 to three years of supervised release. He had previously agreed to pay about $24 million in restitution.

Dargey grew up in Tibet, where he trained to be a monk. He fled to avoid persecution by Chinese security forces. He immigrated to the United States in 1997. The case was one of the first in the country involving a federal law that allows foreign investors to get green cards in exchange for funding jobcreating projects in the United States. Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office said Dargey raised approximately $235 million in all, luring people in China with a “green card guarantee.” Instead, he used some of the money to buy a $2.5 million house in Bellevue and on lavish shopping sprees. ■





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TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of firefighters battled a fire on Aug. 3 at Tokyo’s world-famous Tsukiji fish market, an area packed with tiny seafood vendors, sushi restaurants and tourists. Efforts to bring the fire under control continued late in the evening. Clouds of gray smoke and orange flames rose from a row of wooden stores in an area called “the outer market.” The street outside was filled with fire engines. Pedestrians walked briskly by, covering their noses and mouths with towels. The Tokyo Fire Department said no one was injured or trapped because the fire broke out after the shops closed. see TSUKIJI on 14

Amazon reaches for millions in Southeast Asia’s cyberspace By ANNABELLE LIANG ASSOCIATED PRESS SINGAPORE (AP) — Amazon is introducing express delivery to Singapore in its first direct effort to tap into surging online shopping in fast-growing Southeast Asia. The American e-commerce company announced late last month that it will begin operating a distribution facility bigger than a football field in the wealthy island nation. It promises to deliver tens of thousands of types of items within two hours for free, if customers spend at least 40 Singapore dollars ($29.52). That’s a step up from past international shipping options offered by Amazon, where items sometimes took weeks to arrive. Amazon is late to capitalize on the region’s rising middle class. The biggest local competitor is Lazada, which is backed by Chinese giant Alibaba and launched in the region in 2012. It operates in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore. Henry Low, the Asia Pacific director of Amazon Prime Now, said the company is keen to expand elsewhere in Southeast Asia, a market of more than 600 million people. “I’m super excited about future possibilities,’’ Low said. The number of internet users in Southeast Asia is expected

to rise from 260 million now to 480 million by 2020, according to research by Google and state-owned investor Temasek Holdings. It forecasts that the value of e-commerce in the region will soar to 88 billion by 2025 from 5.5 billion in 2015. “The offline-to-online shift will continue and we strongly believe in the great success of e-commerce (with) the rising middle class in many Southeast Asian markets,’’ said Hanno Stegmann, chief executive of the Asia Pacific Internet Group,

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Police ID man who fired on Chinese Consulate, took own life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have identified a man who opened fire on the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles before taking his own life. The gunman was identified last week as 62-year-old Larry Xin Zhang, a Chinese national. Police did not release a motive for the attack. Police say the gunman riddled the Koreatown building with bullets on July 31 before the consulate was open.

Officers answering reports of a shooting found a man seated in his car nearby with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No one else was hurt. In 2011, a man was arrested after police said he fired nine shots at a security guard outside the same consulate, but only hit the building. Police said he was protesting China’s human rights record. Police believe the two shootings are unrelated. ■

Officials: Woman found dead in Yosemite National Park was from China YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the woman found dead in Yosemite National Park was from China. Park spokesman Scott Gediman says the woman has been identified as 27-year-old Chaocui Wang of China. On July 31, officials confirmed the death on the Pacific Crest Trail, in the northwestern portion of the California park. About a week ago, the body of a Japanese

tourist who was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was found in a river in Kings Canyon National Park. The body of 32-year-old Rika Morita was found July 23 submerged in the south fork of the Kings River at the 10,000-foot level of the park. The body was retrieved a day later. Runoff from a record winter snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has swollen rivers, making them swift and treacherous. ■

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it felt like we were the only three people to play all day. We were able to select from five games, but the VR games could handle only two players at a time. Unfortunately, we were forced to stay in a small boxed grid the entire game. There wasn't a single game that allowed any kind of forward movement, and I felt stuck the whole time. If the VR area could be expanded for a full first person shooter game with multiple players, I would say it would have some amazing potential. My advice to the casino is the VRcade should be offered as complimentary for people who gambled for a few hours and need a change of pace. You may even be able to use a fitness perspective to get people off their butts and do something else. I know casinos would rather keep players sitting down and dumping money onto tables or in machines as long as possible, but casinos need to come up with new marketing ideas. Otherwise, I have to decide between spending $5 on a VR game for 3 minutes or gamble it away! When we got to the table games, the $1 Blackjack table was full and we had to wait our turn. We passed the time by playing $1 Roulette. I usually don't play Roulette, as it's notorious for see MUCKLESHOOT on 13

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Art exhibit memorializes the lives of Chinese railroad workers

Artist Zhi Lin (far right) speaks to visitors at the Tacoma Art Museum in July. Behind them is Lin’s “Sunset on Cascade.

By Tim Gruver NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Thousands of Chinese men sought their fortunes in the California gold mines of 19th century America, but many only found work laying the tracks of the great transcontinental railroads. Constructed from 1863 to 1869, the first transcontinental railroad was celebrated as the country’s gateway to the American

West. This groundbreaking technology was accomplished due in large part to the backbreaking work of the men who cut through perilous mountain sides and scorching deserts. These tireless workers are the figures depicted by artist Zhi Lin, whose awardwinning work now hangs in the Tacoma Art Museum more than a century after their passing. “Art is about making a connection,” Lin

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Whenever I travel overseas, I found that foreigners and even some Americans don’t seem to think much about Seattle. I could be biased, but there is no other place I would rather live. They think Seattle is insignificant and unexciting, despite the growth of the city that has skyrocketed in the past few years. My recent trip to Norway proves that strangers still carry an old impression of Seattle. I am not kidding. Germans, Australians and even Americans (including Asians) I met, all chimed in that Seattle rains a lot. One American couple from Utah even depicted Seattle’s summer as “dark, cold, and wet.” That’s bad. What these people remember was the Seattle from decades ago, when I just arrived. It was like summer had never found its footing in the city. Hey, when was the last time these people visited our city? Please don’t judge us by one visit, give us another chance. Come back! Did they know that Seattle was hot as hell last week — 104 degrees and several 80-degree days in July? Are they aware that our nice summer lasts much longer than it did 10 years ago? Perhaps global warming is to blame. When we have rain, it doesn’t last as long, and the sun quickly emerges



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The Asian problem

The Justice Department confirmed last week that it is examining claims of racial discrimination against Asian Americans in university admissions. What the investigation will likely uncover is that Harvard and other Ivy League schools use an unfair and unconstitutional process that restricts the number of Asians admitted. This isn’t just an Asian problem. This should alarm all Americans. Nearly a century ago, almost a quarter of all Harvard freshmen were Jewish. And the president of the school at that time, Abbott Lawrence Lowell, warned that the increasing number of Jewish students

would ultimately “ruin the college.” So Harvard invented the “holistic” admissions system, which diminished an applicant’s academic achievements in favor of subjective factors, such as “leadership” and “sociability.” Within a year, enrollment of Jewish students dropped precipitously. A lawsuit filed in 2014 accused Harvard of having a cap on the number of Asian students — the percentage of Asians in Harvard’s student body had remained about 16 percent to 19 percent for two decades, even though the Asian American percentage of the population had more than doubled. Compare that to other top schools that

NVCF from 1 the ban is a reminder of Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, that led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans based on their ethnic identity. The order that was signed after the attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in Japanese Americans losing their homes, farmland, businesses, and even their way of life, and came on the back of derogatory representation of the community that fueled antiJapanese sentiment in the country. Concerned about how we may have not learned our lesson from history, the Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) and NVCF organized a panel discussion on Aug. 5 that addressed how prejudice against Muslim Americans has steadily risen since the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center (WTC), prompting the 'War on Terror' and more recently, resulted in the rise of hate crimes against the community within the United States. “NVC has a strong connection to our history and the past. However, we were looking at how we can be relevant even today. Our intern Danielle Hirano came up with this idea and we helped her take it forward. There were some concerns about us having this event, which is why I requested security for the event,” said Bev Kashino. Panelists at the event presented accounts of how their lives were influenced by events that occurred during 9/11 and/ or Pearl Harbor attacks and relocation of several Japanese Americans. Panelists included Aneela Afzali, who came to the United States from Kabul, Afghanistan as a refugee. She is now the founder and executive director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network, a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound; Joseph Shoji Lachman, president-elect of the Japanese American Citizens League and donor relations specialist of the Council of American Islamic Relations in Seattle; Kim Muromoto, a Nisei held at the Minidoka Concentration Camp and then served in the 442nd segregated infantry during WWII; Diane Narasaki, an API activist and executive director of Asian Counseling and Referral Service; Rasul Pasha, CEO of Centric Ltd, a Seattleite who converted to Islam at the age of 21; and Benjamin Shabazz of the Al Islam Center in Seattle. Facilitator Ken Mochizuki introduced the event while pointing out the significance of the venue — a space that Nisei veterans, who served their countries despite being incarcerated, built because they weren't welcomed in officer's clubs. He asked panelists to recount their feelings during the 9/11 and/or Pearl Harbor attacks, how it impacted their race, religion, and heritage, and asked for some action steps the community could take to avoid Islamophobia and injustice against the Muslim American community.

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Kim Muromoto said, “We heard about the Pearl Harbor attacks and initially did not think much about it. We had to go to work, that's what we thought about. When we left work and people looked at us differently, but we didn't think too much about it until the internment.” Muromoto’s family was one of the lucky ones that had their farmland returned when they came back from the camps. Pasha, who was playing basketball in the gym, recalls being told, “Look what your guys did,” while on the court. While watching reruns on the television, he realized that this attack would have grave implications on the Muslim Americans.

don’t ask about race in the admissions process. The California Institute of Technology, for example, is about onethird Asian. Thirteen percent of California residents have Asian heritage. The University of California, Berkeley is more than 40 percent Asian. Asian students have higher average SAT scores than any other group, including whites. A 2009 Princeton study examined applicants to top colleges from 1997, when the maximum SAT score was 1600 (today it’s 2400). It found that Asian Americans needed a 1550 SAT to have an equal chance of getting into an elite college as white students with a 1410 or Black students with

Afzali recalls being in her dorm at Harvard and says that she was what you’d call a Ramadan Muslim at the time, but then came to realize in the pit of her stomach that this would have a bad impact on Muslims across the country. She remembered how before 9/11, Americans couldn’t place her home country on a map and how the ensuing War on Terror changed that, and not in a good way. Speaking of the impact of the internment, Lachman mentioned how he didn’t learn a lot about the internment of his community and family through them or while studying history in school. He delved into the subject, did his research, and learned of the loss of a differently abled grand aunt. “My grandfather didn’t take a suitcase, he carried his sister Flora instead. Due to the poor living conditions at the camps, her condition deteriorated and she was taken to the Idaho State Hospital. She never made it back and my family transferred the sense of her loss through the generations. My family also had to burn all their Japanese possessions, like documents, photographs, and mementos, so they weren’t suspected of being Japanese sympathizers. After the internment, my family encouraged the next generation to speak in English and assimilate. I am the first person in my family who has studied Japanese and can speak it proficiently. Nobody should be made to choose between their heritage, culture, and way of life ever again,” he said. Narasaki, who recalls being at a retreat with her colleagues when she heard about 9/11, remembers how they knew at that moment that it would change things drastically for the Muslim American community. She said, “Asians were deliberately kept as a minority for a reason. Asians were considered dirty and sneaky. My parents encouraged us to speak English and go to college. The elders and community came together and focused on things that could not be taken away — education was one of them.” She was brought up by parents who nurtured a healthy skepticism for the government, while encouraging her to assimilate into American society. She also witnessed how the Civil Rights Movement changed the image of the community, portraying Asians as the perfect American or model minority community, which she felt works against other immigrant communities that have not had the time to weave themselves into the American fabric.

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An interesting observation came from Shabazz, who recalls watching replays of the planes crashing into the WTC. He recalls that the Black community realized that they

an 1100. The way it works is that Asian Americans are evaluated not as individuals, but against the thousands of other ultra-achieving Asians who are stereotyped as boring academic robots. A 2011 Associated Press article featured students who are responding to this concern by declining to identify themselves as Asian on their applications. The ideal outcome of this issue ultimately would open up more opportunities for students who are disadvantaged by income and struggling public schools. Race or ethnic heritage should not be a factor. 

were not going to be the targets anymore. Afzali, on the other hand, embraced her Muslim identity after 9/11. She started to wear the hijab to stand in solidarity with her Muslim brothers and sisters. “We saw a rise in the number of hate crimes, that was not only based on religion but ethnicity,” she said. Quoting a study by Toronto-based 416 Labs that examined the headlines of the New York Times and found that Muslims were portrayed more negatively than cancer, cocaine, and alcohol, Afzali feels that the representation of Muslim Americans is extremely negative. “Under the recent administration, the number of hate crimes against Muslims has steadily increased. The sign of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound mosque in Redmond was vandalized twice. In one instance, we caught the perpetrator on camera. However, instead of focusing on the negative actions of one individual, I would like to focus on the goodwill and support from the community.” “The community has come closer together. The outpouring of support from people in the community was heartening. Messages of people saying ‘We stand with you’ is what I’d like to focus on.” Ending the discussion, Afzali distributed a document that would help educate people about Islam and countering Islamophobia. She encouraged people to educate themselves about Islam and be aware of what’s happening around them, and meet their Muslim neighbors, colleagues, and fellow citizens. She asked the members present to be active allies and use their pens and voices to provide support and build solidarity within the community.  Janice can be reached at

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CMB from 7 the standard French Fries, Chung opted for Mexi Tots, topped with cheese sauce, chorizo, crema, and pico de gallo. “The way I do a menu is that I want to do an item where people have had it, but they haven’t had it this way. The Saigon is basically a tuna melt banh mi combo. Most people have had either or. I thought it would be cooler to bring together the flavors. …I have a Seattle one called the 206, it’s just your Seattle Dog like when you go to a hot dog stand in Capitol Hill. It has cream cheese, grilled jalapenos, sauerkraut, and polish sausage,” said Chung.

HARVARD from 1 University, saying that the school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than highscoring Asians. Isgur Flores said the Justice Department had received no broader guidance related to university admissions in general and “is committed to protecting all Americans from all forms of illegal race-based discrimination.” The memo caused much hand-wringing on Aug. 3, with questions reaching the White House, where spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she doesn’t know whether President Donald Trump believes that white college applicants are victims of discrimination. Advocacy groups have been closely watching how Attorney General Jeff Sessions has worked to reshuffle the priorities of the Civil Rights Division, which is not unusual when administrations change. Some groups assumed the job ad marked a continuation of the Trump administration’s shift away from its Democratic predecessor in the areas of gay rights, voting rights, and investigations of troubled police departments. Anurima Bhargava, who was head of the Civil Rights Division’s Educational

Cheese Meats Bread also serves similarly inventive Full Tilt ice cream milkshakes, like the Salted Caramel with pretzel crumbs and caramel, a Green Tea Nutella, and a PB&J with strawberry compote and peanut sauce. To fit its internationally inspired grilled cheese options, it also offers a wide range of hot sauces from different regions of the world, enough for one to try a different kind with each bite. Cheese Meats Bread is set up for take-out, but visitors can dine in at the limited seats beneath the restaurant’s row of cheese grater lights or skip the line entirely by ordering via delivery apps UberEats and Postmates. Fast-casual is big these days, and so is cheese. The combination of the two is one Chung is excited to see unfold

Opportunities Section during the Obama administration, said any move to investigate affirmative action policies would be a “fear and intimidation tactic” because the Supreme Court has upheld such admissions programs. “My very strong sense is that it’s nothing other than politics,” she said. But Roger Clegg, a civil rights official during the Reagan era who now runs the conservative Center for Equal Opportunity, said it was an encouraging sign. “Anytime a university discriminates on the basis of race, it ought to creep people out, and it doesn’t make any difference who’s being discriminated against on the basis of race,” Clegg said. “I’m delighted that the Trump administration is doing this.” Clegg said conservatives were displeased with what they saw as the Obama administration’s support for race-based admissions by universities. The Supreme Court last year upheld a University of Texas program that considers race, among other factors, in admissions, offering a narrow victory for affirmative action. A white Texan who was denied admission to the university sued, but the high court said the Texas plan complied with earlier court rulings that let colleges

AMERICAN from 1 The UW study comes at an especially charged time for discussions of American identity. In today’s political climate, beliefs — and often stereotypes — about race, ethnicity and religion factor into debates about who is “American.” That’s what researchers said they wanted to explore. The study, published July 26 in Psychological Science, used photos to gauge viewers’ impressions. More than 1,000 college students viewed photos of men and women (Asian, Black, Latino, and white) of varying weights, then answered questions about the photo subject's nationality and other traits. “In the U.S., there is a strong bias associating American identity with whiteness, and this can have negative consequences for people of color in the U.S.” said corresponding author Caitlin Handron, a doctoral student at Stanford University who conducted the study while at the UW. “We wanted to see whether ideas of nationality are malleable and how body shape factors into these judgments.” Weight, Handron added, is just one of many cues people rely on when making judgments of someone else's nationality. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that some 70 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. When the data is broken down by race, Asian Americans tend to be less obese than people of other racial and ethnic groups. The prevalence of obesity among Asian Americans is 11.7 percent, among whites 34.5 percent, among Latinos 42.5 percent, and among Blacks, 48 percent. More specifically, within the U.S., Asian immigrants are significantly less likely to be overweight than native-born Asian Americans. Population trends in obesity around the world, along

35 YEARS in the International District, where similar concepts are, at present, minimal. The Seattle area is fast changing, he concedes. In the past, he loved ramen so much that he even considered opening an upscale ramen spot, which would today be in competition with many prestigious Tokyo chains that have opened in Seattle. Instead, Chung went with burgers and grilled cheese, a winning combination that proves popular and remains unmatched. ■ For more information on Cheese Meats Bread, visit Tiffany can be reached at

consider race in an effort to bolster diversity. At America’s elite private colleges, many of which have drawn criticism over raceconscious admission policies, incoming classes have become increasingly diverse in recent years. Minority students made up more than 40 percent of the freshman classes at nearly all Ivy League schools in 2015, according to the most recent federal data, while only two topped that mark in 2010. At Columbia University, about half of the incoming class in 2015 was made up of minority students, the data show. Similarly, top public universities have also become more diverse. At some University of California campuses, for example, non-white students made up more than 60 percent of the incoming class in 2015. Those changes partly reflect demographic shifts across the country. According to U.S. Census data, close to half of Americans under age 18 are racial minorities, even though 62 percent of the total population is white. Matthew Gaertner, an education expert at SRI International, a nonprofit research institute, said that of the 3,000 four-year nonprofit colleges and universities in America, 27 percent consider applicants’

with common stereotypes about who is “foreign,” helped inform the experiment, researchers wrote in the study. For example, did study participants view Asian and Latino Americans as less American than whites and Blacks? For the studies, researchers used photos collected from online databases — images that were then edited to create thinner and heavier versions of each subject to hold other cues to nationality constant. Participants were asked questions such as: “How likely is this person to have been born outside the U.S.?” and: “How likely is it that this person's native language is English?” Researchers found that Asian Americans who appeared to be heavy were more likely than their thinner counterparts to be presumed to be American and in the United States with documentation. Whites and Blacks were perceived as significantly more American than Asians or Latinos. But weight did not affect how “American” participants rated white and Black portraits, researchers found. This supported their theory that people believed to be from other countries — specifically, countries that are stereotypically thin — are considered more American if they're heavy. Sapna Cheryan, a UW associate professor of psychology and a co-author of the study, called the finding “an unusual possible protective benefit of being heavier for Asian Americans.” “People in the U.S. often encounter prejudice if they are overweight — they may be mistreated by a customer service person, for example, or a health care provider. Weight can be an obstacle to getting good treatment,” Cheryan said. “We found that there was a paradoxical social benefit for Asian Americans, where extra weight allows them to be seen as more American and less likely to face prejudice directed at those assumed to be foreign.” For years, Cheryan has examined stereotypes and the ways people of various races and ethnicities navigate

race and ethnicity during the admission process. But Gaertner cautioned that doesn’t simply mean giving certain applicants extra points based on their race. Instead, race is seen as just one of the factors that help admissions officers determine which students would be aligned with the school’s mission and priorities. “You cannot place these students into categories and give them boosts based on those categories,” said Gaertner. “However, you can go through an individualized assessment of each applicant via interpretation of their race among many factors, such as whether they play the tuba, their athletic gifts, their interests.” Columbia University President Lee Bollinger said the effectiveness of race-conscious admission policies in providing top-notch higher education and fostering diversity on campuses has been demonstrated over decades, while its legality and constitutionality have been maintained by the courts. “American colleges and universities are on the right path, and for our country, given its past and hopefully our future, this is the right course,” he said. ■

the idea of what it means to be American. In 2011, she published a study showing that immigrants to the United States eat quintessentially (and frequently unhealthy) American foods to show that they belong. The new study, she added, is a reminder that notions of who is “American” are powerful, and that judgments can be made by a simple photo. Handron said the study also shows how perceptions reflect broader, systemic disparities. “The lack of representation of Asian Americans and other people of color in the media and positions of power reinforces associations between American identity and whiteness,” she said. “This work supports the call to recognize these inaccurate assumptions in order to interrupt the resulting harm being done to these communities.” The study points to the potential for future analysis of stereotypes and identity. For instance, if Americans are stereotyped as outgoing, and Asians are generally believed to be reserved, does someone who is Asian American seem more “American” if they're gregarious? Does the same hold true for Latinos, since they are often stereotyped as outgoing? This has potential consequences for who is considered inside or outside a group. People who are already marginalized are often the most vulnerable to exclusion based on behaviors or physical features, researchers noted in the paper. Other authors were Teri Kirby of the University of Exeter, Jennifer Wang of Microsoft, and Helena Ester Matskewich of the UW. The study was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Western Washington University Faculty Research Grant and the SPSSI Grantsin-Aid program. ■

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Predictions and advice for the week of August 12–18, 2017 By Sun Lee Chang Rat — Though it appears to be business as usual to most observers, you know enough to discern that things aren’t quite as they should be.

Dragon — Trimming away the excess has allowed you to enhance what was already there. Others will appreciate what you have been able to accomplish.

Monkey — Given the choice, you would rather seek out your own way. While the path may not be predictable, it is yours to navigate as you wish.

Ox — While you are required to devote more time and energy upfront to cultivating multiple options, it will pay off for you in the long run.

Snake — Although you understand that something needs to be done, you may need the help of one who can navigate the process more easily.

Rooster — Set the tone early by making the first move. Those who may not otherwise act on their own can now follow your example.

Tiger — Reaching a point of understanding has taken longer than you would care to admit. However, it is no less satisfying.

Horse — A plum assignment has just been offered to you, but accepting it could take you away from what you had been planning for a while.

Dog — You tend to be hopeful by nature, which allows you to see the bright side of a situation to your benefit.

Rabbit — Your presence isn’t necessarily obligatory, there are definitely rewards available for just showing up.

Goat — What had once been a sticking point should soon be history, paving the way for a much smoother journey ahead.

Pig — When it comes to matters of the heart, all bets are off. Let things progress naturally instead of trying to control each situation.

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, 2014 Goat 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 Monkey 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 Rooster 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 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.

STATUE from 4 complex, the Apsara Authority, said on its website that the 6-foot, 3-inch tall, 23-inch wide statue was discovered on July 30 by its team, working with experts from Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. It is one of the largest statues from the era to be unearthed in recent years.

MR. C from 4 privacy, said the verdict late last month by a district court in the southwestern city of Guiyang ruled his employment rights were violated. It ordered his previous employer, Ciming Checkup, pay him the equivalent of $297. “Short of a formal apology from Ciming, I think this lawsuit has achieved its purpose,” Mr. C told The Associated Press. “It’s never been about money,” he said. “We hope, through this case, people in similar situations will realize they have a right, and we hope it will eventually result in a workplace anti-discrimination law.” The court said no one was available

The agency said the statue, believed to be from the 12th or 13 century, is thought to have been a symbolic guardian of the entrance of the hospital. It was found buried 16 inches under the ground, and will be put on public exhibition in the museum in the northwestern province of Siem Reap, where Angkor is located. In late 2011, archaeologists at the temple complex

to speak about the case. Ciming did not respond to AP’s requests for comment. Mr. C provided a copy of the verdict to the AP. While still relatively conservative, Chinese society, especially the younger generation, has become more accepting of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in recent years. In 2001, the Chinese Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, although LGBT legal protections and concepts such as gay marriage remain foreign to most in positions of authority. Still, the increased social acceptance has encouraged some members of sexual and gender minorities to come forward and demand their legal rights, with mixed

LIN from 9 landscape — that of railway tunnels and train tracks, each from the perspective of the Chinese workers who built them. “This is attention to detail,” said Liza Morado, a visitor at the exhibit. “I like color. But images that are just black and white make me have to stop and think and process it all.” One in particular subverts the imagery of Andrew J. Russell’s famous “Champagne Photo.” Gone are the white businessmen who laid the golden spike completing the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. In their place is a view of train tracks as they would appear to a Chinese laborer standing atop them. At the center of the exhibit lies a video reel depicting a reenactment of “Champagne Photo” and a bed of stones inscribed with the names of 905 Chinese laborers known to have died working on the transcontinental railroad. Each stone will be planted at Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park following the exhibit’s completion on Feb. 18, 2018. Lin’s paintings reverberate the racism endured by laborers throughout the railroads’ construction, culminating with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The federal act barred ethnic

MUCKLESHOOT from 8 having a 5% house edge. Eventually, a player left the $1 Blackjack table and Amos took a seat. I thought it was great that casinos came up with a way to keep dealers occupied during slow times. Then I realized that the $1 Blackjack game was paying even money rather than 3:2. I told Amos afterwards, but he didn’t care. He still felt the $1 Blackjack had good entertainment value.

unearthed the two largest Buddhist statues found there in eight decades. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from approximately the 9th to 15th centuries. Large numbers of architectural and religious artifacts have been looted from there and sold overseas, while others were buried for safekeeping during a civil war in the 1970s. ■

results. In 2014, a Beijing court ruled forced “conversion therapy” intended to change sexual preferences from gay to straight to be illegal. Earlier this year, a court in the central province of Henan ordered a public mental hospital to issue a public apology and pay $375 in compensation after forcing “conversion therapy” upon a gay man. Yet, a court in the southern province of Hunan shot down an attempt by a gay couple to register their marriage in April 2016. China has no law addressing employment discrimination, and efforts are ongoing to enact laws protecting minorities in the workplace.

Chinese from immigrating to the United States, encouraging acts of violence and vigilantism against resident Chinese migrants. On Nov. 3, 1885, a mob of men rounded up the 200 remaining Chinese people left in Tacoma and marched them out of town. The following days saw countless Chinese homes and communities destroyed by what was described as the “Tacoma Method” — a blueprint for forcing out Chinese residents. It was not until 1943 that the Chinese Exclusion Act was finally repealed. The next century saw a sharp decline in Chinese immigration to Tacoma today. According to a 2010 U.S. Census, Seattle has close to 20,000 Chinese residents. Tacoma, meanwhile, has just 自1872年起服務西北岸社區 over 700. 非營利獨立協會 A Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Professor in the Arts, Lin teaches painting at the University of Washington. Lin wants his work to show how history never dies. “People say, ‘Oh, that happened in 1885, that could never happen again,’” Lin said. “The idea that we’ve moved past this doesn’t explain why more Chinese don’t walk down the street in Tacoma today. That’s the parallel I want to draw.” ■

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Mr. C filed the lawsuit after an arbitration council last year ruled against his claim that he had been unfairly fired by the medical testing center. In a May 2016 interview with the AP, Mr. C said he decided to sue the company because he felt that someone had to do it when many people were unwilling or dare not to speak up about their employment rights. The court ruled in December that he was improperly dismissed but found no evidence that he was discriminated against because he was transgender. Mr. C pressed on, and experts on labor and gender issues testified on his behalf. ■

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AMAZON from 4 the Asian arm of Rocket Internet, which founded Lazada. As Amazon gears up in Singapore, Rocket Internet already is looking at other emerging markets. Its current focus is on Daraz, an e-commerce platform aimed at the 400 million people living in Myanmar, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Still, there’s plenty of room for growth in Southeast Asia, where e-commerce accounts for only 2.6 percent of the retail market, said Sebastien Lamy, a partner at management consultancy Bain & Company. That’s compared with 15 percent to 25 percent seen in the U.S. and China.

TSUKIJI from 4 Tsukiji market is popular among tourists. Its inner market, where tuna auctions are held and seafood traders vie to buy raw ingredients for Japan’s finest sushi and other dishes, was not affected. “First there was only smoke, then it kept getting worse,” Kiyoshi Kimura, president of the popular sushi restaurant


Even if online commerce is just getting started, it’s already having an impact in Singapore, whose glitzy malls are the backbone of the local economy and tourism. Mall vacancies along Orchard Road and in other areas are rising, abandoned by shoppers like Rahil Bhagat, a content producer. Rahil started buying video games and accessories online from the U.S. in 2009. Now, he makes 75 percent of his purchases, from car parts to quinoa, online. “Physical shopping has lost its appeal,’’ he told the AP. “Even if I visited a brick-and-mortar store, I would be checking online to see if it’s cheaper. It usually is.’’ ■

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Sushizanmai, told TV Asahi. Tsukiji market is at the center of a dispute over its relocation. The Tokyo city government’s plan to move the fish market to another site has been delayed because of the contamination of underground water at the new complex in Toyosu. In June, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced a plan to go ahead with the inner market’s move to Toyosu, while turning Tsukiji into a food theme park. The outer market will stay. ■


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SEATTLE from 10 The sleeping giant has now awakened. Seattle has contributed to the world in commerce, technology, innovation, job opportunities, and arts and entertainment. Seattle is the gateway to Beijing, the closest city to fly to in China. It is the first major city to pass a $15 minimum wage law. That’s historic. Chinese investors enjoyed a shopping spree in our real estate market, and it drove our housing prices to an all-time high. It’s still a good place to invest. Seattle is one of the most expensive cities to live in the United States. Watch out, New York! We have two sports stadiums in town and are planning to add a third. Not many U.S. cities have first-class sports facilities. Unfortunately, all these attributes don’t impress the strangers I met. Still, I wouldn’t give up a chance to sell my beloved city. Frequently, I start with something they are familiar with — Seattle is the headquarters of many internationally-renowned companies, such as Amazon, Starbucks, Costco, Microsoft, and formerly Boeing. Starbucks might be popular in our hometown, and famous in America, China, and Japan, but in Europe, it is not well-received. “It is expensive and doesn’t taste good,” said a Portuguese millennial. It is interesting to know that Portuguese are addicted to their own espresso. So are the Italians. There is no need for me to argue with strangers. The point is, I just want to engage them in a hearty conversation. Surprisingly, I found foreigners like to talk more about Donald Trump than Seattle. Unsurprisingly, Germans, Italians, Australians, Portuguese, and British don’t have any good things to say about our president. I would change the subject to enlighten my European friends about America. It’s interesting when I talk about Amazon, we clicked as they also shop on Amazon. I then realize, I have become a goodwill ambassador not only for Seattle, but America when I travel. For someone who has never been to Seattle, and has no clue about the city, I ask them, “Do you know [the founder of Microsoft and philanthropist] Bill Gates? Ten out of 10 people will nod their head. “He is from Seattle,” I said. It quickly puts Seattle in a positive light.

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With Asians, I refer to Gary Locke, the

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first Chinese American governor in the United States and U.S. Ambassador, or the late Bruce Lee to build bridges. A decade ago, upon hearing that I was from Seattle, the first reaction from Asians I met in America and Asia would be, “That’s Gary Locke country.” He was a powerful figure in those days and a symbol of pride for Chinese in many parts of the world. After finding common ground, it was easy for us to engage in conversation. Few Asians actually remember that Bruce Lee was raised in Seattle. If Locke’s name doesn’t evoke any emotions, I try the martial arts star to see if we can hit it off. Most strangers find it interesting that Lee is also buried in Seattle. Also, the Chinese movie, “Beijing in Seattle,” seems to elicit more positive emotions about Seattle from Mainland Chinese. Whenever I introduce myself as someone from Seattle, I need not say more.

No problem with Canadians

The ones who know us best are our neighbors, Canadians, even though some have never been to Seattle. “We are familiar with Seattle because it’s similar to Vancouver, B.C. You have the mountains and waters like B.C.,” said a Canadian I met. The big difference is, we Americans can carry guns and Canadians can’t.

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How outsiders remember us

It’s funny that most foreigners, including Canadians, are unaware of how much Seattle has grown. Our population now exceeds 660,000, compared to 500,000 a decade ago, and housing prices and rents have soared. New construction is also booming, as visitors can see with the cranes all over the city. My message to outsiders: Seattle has changed so much, you wouldn’t believe it. An Australian, who complained about our rain, remembered that Seattle is the gateway to Alaska. “I will come back to Seattle for the Alaska cruise.” Hey, that’s not fair. Seattle is not just the gateway to Alaska. To many, Seattle is a destination in and of itself. Talk about raising profiles, Seattle has a long way to go. Our city needs to come up with better strategies and plans. It’s something for the next mayor to think about. ■



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AUGUST 12 – AUGUST 18, 2017

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• Fluent Chinese care staff • Full-time nursing • Authentic Mandarin and Cantonese cuisine • Peking duck oven & noodle bar • Cultural center for local community events • Traditional tea rooms • Mahjong parlor • Saltwater therapy pool • Private family dining room • Massage & acupuncture spa • Meditation rooms • Hair salon & barbershop • Luxury private apartments

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VOL 36 NO 33 | AUGUST 12 – AUGUST 18, 2017