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Asian Pacific Americans win on Election Day By Charles Lam Northwest AsiAN weekly

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election night was a good night for Asian and Pacific Americans — not only in washington state but also nationwide. when the next session of Congress convenes in 2013, it will have more Asian and Pacific American members than ever before. let’s take a look at the electeds-to-be who made it big last tuesday, Nov. 6.

Mazie Hirono

Friday, Nov. 9 to discuss education issues important to the Asian Pacific community. included on the agenda were discussions on the lack of APA representation at high administrative

Mazie hirono, senator elect from hawaii, will be the first Buddhist senator, first female Asian American senator, and the first Japanese-born senator. she was born in Fukushima, Japan and immigrated to the territory of hawaii with her mother in 1955 at the age of 8. her mother raised hirono as a Jodo shu Buddhist. hirono first ran for elected office in 1980, when she became a representative in hawaii’s house of representatives. she continued on to lieutenant Governor in 1994, losing the Governor’s race in 2002.

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Front (left to right): Fransico Irigon, Kathy Hagiwara Purcell, Teresita Batayola, Evelyn P. Yenson, Alan Sugiyama Back (left to right): Mele Aha, Vu Le, Frieda Takemura, Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap, Officer JoJo Cambronero, Linch Thach By Charles Lam Northwest AsiAN weekly the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition (APDC) met with new seattle Public schools superintendent Jose Banda last

Women take over: Northwest Asian Artists at SAM

Yuki Makamura’s “Illuminant Pink Arrow”

Yuri Kinoshita’s “Moonshine” (above) and “Madoka” (below)

Etsuko Ichikawa’s “Trace 3211”

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located a few blocks from the downtown museum, sAM Gallery’s mission is to provide a venue for regional artists to display and sell their work. the gallery’s elles exhibit includes 50 pieces including photography, abstract paintings, three-dimensional work, ceramics, and more. “every artist has an uphill battle to get their work seen and to find an audience, but i think women still face unique issues. i don’t feel this exhibit is about settling a score with feministthemed work. it’s a celebration of the women in this community,” said Bento. the Northwest is also home to a vibrant group of Asian heritage artists. sAM’s founding collection was centered on Asian art and Bento believes it’s a natural evolution to spotlight the next generation. seattle-based artists, such as etsuko ichikawa, yuki Nakamura and yuri kinoshita, are included in the gallery show.

“they bring an Asian aesthetic. i think in all three cases, the artists are concerned with beauty. there is a meditative quality — from the fire etsuko applies to wet paper to the fine detail of the porcelain work by yuki or the light filtered through woven paper by yuri. it’s intellectual on some level. they’re not just going for a visual “wow!” they want to create a feeling concerning beauty,” said Bento. From art aficionados to casual admirers, the sAM Gallery show is a must see. it’s a rare opportunity to view a diverse survey of Northwest, female artists. Etsuko Ichikawa etsuko ichikawa was born and raised in tokyo, Japan, and works primarily as a glass artist. she came to seattle in 1992 because of the dynamic glass arts community. she studied at

women have taken over the seattle Art Museum. Not through protests or demonstrations, but with a different type of exciting, artistic occupation. sAM’s new exhibit, elles: women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, features a century’s worth of female artists representing work from Frida kahlo to Cindy sherman. in honor of the local art scene, a companion show, elles: sAM Gallery, spotlights Northwest women artists. “some are very established and some are more emerging artists,” said Jody Bento, sAM Gallery’s manager. “there are 15 artists represented and we included many different viewpoints and definitions of what it means to be a Northwest artist.”

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■ nAMes In The neWs Diane Narasaki receives ACLU Washington state APAs of Washington top award prevail in three elections

Bob Hasegawa

Diane Narasaki the ACLU of Washington honored civil rights leader Diane Narasaki with its top award for civil liberties at the AClU of washington Bill of rights Celebration Dinner on Nov. 10 at the seattle Marriott waterfront hotel. Diane Narasaki received the 2012 william o. Douglas Award, which is given for outstanding, consistent, and sustained contributions to the cause of civil liberties. Narasaki was honored for her work over the past 30 years. in the 1980s, at the request of Gordon hirabayashi, she formed and co-chaired a committee composed of civil liberties and civil rights groups, as well as community and religious organizations to gather national and local support for his legal team’s efforts to overturn his conviction in an historic world war ii Japanese American internment case. More recently, she chaired the Minority executive Directors Coalition Multiracial task Force on Police Accountability and continues to work with the group as a strong advocate for fair treatment of racial minorities. Narasaki has been a notable leader in bringing about political empowerment for the Asian Pacific islander community in washington state. in 1996 she co-founded the Asian Pacific islander Coalition (APiC) in seattle, which now includes more than 100 groups. she helped launch Asian Pacific American legislative Day in olympia. since 1995, Diane has been the executive director of Asian Counseling & referral service. “A passion for social justice has run through all her work,” said AClU-wA Board President Jesse wing. “she consistently has brought people together to work for change.” 

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the night of Nov. 6 was not just a big night for Asian and Pacific Americans nationally. it was also a big night for APAs at the state level. Democrat Rep. Bob Hasegawa, who is currently a state representative for Position 1 in legislative District 11, beat out republican kristin thompson in the state senator race for 11th lD, 69%–30%. As representative, he sat on committees for ways and means, higher education, rules, technology, energy, and communications. Cindy Ryu successfully defended her washington house of representatives seat from challenger randy J. hayden, winning the race to represent the 32nd lD, 72%– 28%. she currently sits on the committees for business and financial services, community and economic development and housing rules, and transportation. Finally, Cyrus Habib took the open seat in the 48th lD, formerly held by rep. Deb eddy, beating out hank Meyers 61%–39%. habib, who is iranian and legally blind, is currently a technology lawyer. 

NAAAP Gala awards scholarships, raises funds for more next year

the National Association of Asian American Professionals Seattle Chapter (NAAAP–seattle) held its 33rd annual scholarship gala at the Museum of Flight last Friday, Nov. 9. At the event, which was attended by several hundred people, NAAAP awarded three scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $2,500. two of the scholarships went to high school students Rosida Mohamathno and Haoming Wang to pursue a college education. the final scholarship went to Maile Kaneko to pursue graduate studies. the event was anchored by a keynote speech from MulvannyG2 Architecture Chairman Jerry lee. he

(Left to right) Scholarship winners Maile Kaneko, Rosida Mohamathno and Haoming Wang. detailed his youth and drive to achieve and give back. During the event, NAAAP also hosted live and silent auctions to raise money for next year’s scholarships, with proceeds totaling approximately $8,000. 

Homestead Community Land Trust fundraises at Pyramid Brewery

(Left to right) Homeowners Carrie Sandvick, Janet and Roshan Shafi, Matteo Griffin, and Pam Selle, who can afford to own their homes thanks to Homestead. over 125 Homestead Community Land Trust supporters gathered at the Pyramid Brewery on saturday, oct. 20, for an evening of trivia and fundraising. Guests enjoyed food and beer, answered trivia questions, and learned about the important work of homestead Clt at the event. homestead, a private, nonprofit created to acquire and hold land for the benefit of a community, lowers home owning costs for middle-class families. the existence of community land trusts prohibit price speculation and absentee ownership of land and housing, promote ecological and sound land use, and preserve the long-term interests and affordability of a community. 

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American electorate growing more diverse By Nancy Benac and Connie Cass the AssoCiAteD Press wAshiNGtoN D.C. (AP) — it’s not just the economy, stupid. it’s the demographics — the changing face of America. the 2012 elections drove home trends that have been embedded in the fine print of birth and death rates, immigration statistics and census charts for years. America is rapidly getting more diverse, and, more gradually, so is its electorate. Nonwhites made up 28 percent of the electorate this year, compared with 20 percent in 2000. Much of that growth is coming from hispanics. the trend has worked to the advantage of President Barack obama two elections in a row now and is not lost on republicans poring over the details of tuesday’s results. obama captured a commanding 80 percent of the growing ranks of nonwhite voters in 2012, just as he did in 2008. republican Mitt romney won 59 percent of non-hispanic whites. romney couldn’t win even though he dominated among white men and outperformed 2008 nominee John McCain with that group. it’s an evershrinking slice of the electorate and of America writ large. white men made up 34 percent of the electorate this year, down from 46 percent in 1972. “the new electorate is a lagging indicator of the next America,” says Paul taylor of the Pew research Center. “we are mid-passage in a century-long journey from the middle of the last century, when we were nearly a 90 percent white nation, to the middle of this coming century, when we will be a majority-minority nation.” Another trend that will be shaping the future electorate is the stronger influence of single women. they vote differently from men and from

women who are married. Fifty-four percent of single women call themselves Democrats; 36 percent of married women do. with women marrying later and divorcing more, single women made up 23 percent of voters in the 2012 election, compared with 19 percent in 2000. the changing electorate has huge implications for public policy and politics. suddenly, immigration overhaul seems a lot more important, for one thing. Ask white voters about the proper role of government, for another, and 60 percent think it should do less. Ask hispanics the same question, and 58 percent think the government should do more, as do 73 percent of blacks, exit polls show. you can hear it in the voice of Alicia Perez, a 31-year-old immigration attorney who voted last week at a preschool in ysleta, texas. “i trust the government to take care of us,” she said. “i don’t trust the republican Party to take care of people.” sure, the election’s biggest issue, the economy, affects everyone. But the voters deciding who should tackle it were quite different from the makeup of the 1992 “it’s the economy, stupid” race that elected Democrat Bill Clinton as president. look no further than the battleground states of Campaign 2012 for political ramifications flowing from the country’s changing demographics. New western states have emerged as battlegrounds as the hispanic population there grows. in Nevada, for example, white voters made up 80 percent of the electorate in 2000; now they’re at 64 percent. the share of hispanics in the state’s electorate has grown to 19 percent; obama won 70 percent of their votes.

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Marine trainer Purdue students push for Asian gets Asian cultural center makeover By Staff the AssoCiAteD Press hoNolUlU, hawaii (AP) — the $42 million high-tech immersion trainer at Marine Corps training Area Bellows is getting a makeover to go along with a new mission. Gone are the Afghanistan influences. so too are the 50 to 85 Afghan role players who once populated the infantry immersion trainer on oahu _ the military’s version of a hollywood set, according to Monday’s honolulu star-Advertiser. the trainer is getting a $280,000 makeover to reflect new regional priorities in the Asia-Pacific region. Bellows will keep its 1,149 acres of thick brush and training grounds spread among 87 structures with 20 avatar projection rooms, and 342 cameras watching the action. But hawaii Marines with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine regiment, who are heading to okinawa, Japan, in December will face korean role players when training at Bellows. the corps said new signs will be in tagalog, Chinese, indonesian and korean. the atmospherics at Bellows will be updated to be more repre-

sentative of the Asia-Pacific area, Marine Corps Base hawaii said in a statement. “we’re not going to put in fake palm trees or fake triple canopy (jungle),” said Dan Geltmacher, a retired Marine and range and training area manager for the Marine Corps base. the Corps has used iraqi, Afghan and Asia-Pacific nationalities as role players at Bellows since 2006. the immersion trainer, which debuted in october 2011, was built from a series of mock Afghan villages that were fashioned from shipping containers and were arrayed along dusty gravel roads in Bellows. training events now last about 10 to 14 days, and battalion-level exercises incorporate 50 to 85 role players. Geltmacher, the range and training manager, said Afghans who lived on the mainland were brought in two to three times a year over the past several years to be role players. “it definitely gives you the feeling of being in an Afghan village,” sgt. scott whittington said of the

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By Eric Weddle the AssoCiAteD Press west lAFAyette, ind. (AP) — time has arrived for an Asian cultural center at Purdue University. that’s what a growing number of students are demanding on the west lafayette campus as domestic and international Asians near a quarter of total enrollment, and Purdue boasts the second-largest international student population among U.s. public universities. “in my opinion, if there is a population that needs it — they should provide it,” Victoria loong, a Chinese-American junior and vice president of the Asian American Association, told the Journal & Courier. “look at the co-rec, see how many people use it? they found a way to make that happen. “to ignore it would be a very gutsy move.” loong and fellow student tamara James Dizon created a steering committee to formulate a plan on how and why Purdue should join other Big ten schools, such as indiana University and University of illinois, in building a center that would cater to the cultural and social need of Asian students. the committee’s idea is for an

Asian, Asian American Cultural Center that would be similar to the campus Black Culture Center, which houses a special collections library, a computer lab, student offices and meeting spaces, and has become a national touchstone for such centers. Dizon, a Filipino-American, said the center would also act as an outreach to the entire community to teach about the complex and wide differences in Asian cultures. “it would be a voice,” the junior said. “People want to learn but they don’t know where to go.” But if it will happen, remains unknown. so far Purdue’s administration has been quiet publicly but continues to meet with the steering committee and other campus groups advocating a center. Acting President tim sands is waiting to see the proposal before commenting, said teri lucie thompson, vice president for marketing and media. Asian enrollment on the west lafayette campus surged by 79 percent in 2002 to a record 9,184 students this fall. of that total, 1,951 domestic students identify themselves as Asian and 7,233

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Little Saigon gets first Vietnamese American mayor By Staff the AssoCiAteD Press

Tri Ta westMiNster, Calif. (AP) — the first Vietnamese-American mayor of westminster will earn just $900 a month, and the authority he holds in this southern California city is limited. But as the incoming leader of a city in the heart of little saigon — the largest Vietnamese district outside Vietnam — tri ta’s election win this week has resonated across the Vietnamese diaspora. Already, ta has been featured on radio Free Asia, seen his name on internet sites from houston to hanoi, and been invited to Northern California to speak to Vietnamese leaders in san Jose. Fellow Vietnamese-American politicians tell the los Angeles times that the 39-year-old ta can expect to get requests to represent the Vietnamese beyond city limits. “you wear more hats, not just the hat of a representative who represents a district or a city,” said Van tran, a former state assemblyman from orange County. he said he was frequently asked to attend events in New york, Florida, texas and even europe and Australia because of his standing as a Vietnamese-American elected official. “in other Vietnamese-American communities, you have to understand there’s a thirst for their own Vietnamese representative,” tran said. “they don’t have the knowhow, and they’re asking us to share that with them.” Madison Nguyen, the vice mayor of san Jose, said she works up to 15 hours a day to keep up with the demands of being the first VietnameseAmerican council member in her city, which has a large Vietnamese community. ta, a six-year councilman who runs a trade magazine for the nail salon industry, expects to face the same situation. “with the constant demands, i can just respond to people one day at a time,” he said. in past years, voters in little saigon, which sprawls across several orange County cities, have elected Vietnamese judges, a county supervisor, council members and school board trustees. two Vietnamese Americans mounted mayoral campaigns in westminster but both failed. 

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Satellite imagery reveals North Korean missile activity By Matthew Pennington the AssoCiAteD Press

wAshiNGtoN D.C. (AP) — satellite imagery indicates North korea has been testing rocket engines, a sign it continues to develop its long-range ballistic missiles, a U.s. academic institute said Monday, Nov. 12. the analysis provided to the Associated Press is based on satellite images taken as recently as late september of the sohae site on the secretive country’s northwest coast. in April, the North launched a rocket from there in a failed attempt to propel a satellite into space in defiance of a U.N. ban. the analysis on the website of the U.s.-korea institute at Johns hopkins school of Advanced international studies, which is called “38 North,” said it remains unclear whether the North is preparing another rocket launch but predicted it may embark on new rocket and nuclear tests in the first half of 2013.

the analysis underscores the challenges posed by the North’s weapons programs to the United states and its allies as President Barack obama heads into his second term. washington’s most recent attempt to negotiate a freeze in the North’s nuclear program and a test moratorium in exchange for food aid collapsed with the April launch that the U.s. regarded as a cover for testing ballistic missile technology. in 2009, North korea tested a long-range missile and its second nuclear weapon within months of obama taking office, and the 38 North analysis says North korea may conduct new tests in the aftermath of presidential elections recently completed in U.s. and due in December in south korea. that could be viewed as a tactic to exert more pressure on the close allies as the North seeks recognition as a nuclear power. last month, Defense secretary leon Panetta said North korea continues to prepare for such tests, and the North, angered by washington’s recent agreement to let seoul possess missiles capable of hitting all of its territory, has recently claimed

that the U.s. mainland is within range of its missiles. According to south korea’s Defense Ministry, North korean missiles are believed to have a range of up to about 4,160 miles, putting parts of Alaska within reach. But the North is not believed to have mastered the technology needed to hit a distant target and miniaturize a nuclear warhead to mount on a missile. the North has a spotty record in test launches, raising doubts about whether it is truly capable of a long-distance attack. the 38 North analysis concludes that since the failed launch on April 13 of the Unha-3 rocket that disintegrated shortly after takeoff, the North has conducted at least two, and possibly more, tests of large rocket motors at a test site about a half mile away. the tests are critical for the development of new rockets. “Pyongyang’s large motor tests are another clear sign that

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Obama first to become first president to visit Myanmar By Jim Kuhnhenn the AssoCiAteD Press wAshiNGtoN (AP) — President Barack obama will become the first U.s. president to visit the once pariah nation of Myanmar, drawing attention to the country’s shift to democracy and highlighting what his administration regards as a marquee foreign policy achievement.

obama will also travel to Cambodia, a first for a U.s. president as well, and to thailand during the Nov. 17-20 trip. in Cambodia, the president will attend the east Asia summit in Phnom Penh and meet with leaders of the Association of southeast Asian Nations. the symbolic highlight of the trip, no doubt, is obama’s stop in Myanmar, also known as Burma, a country emerging from five decades of ruinous military rule. while there,

obama will meet with President thein sein and also with Nobel laureate Aung san suu kyi, the white house said. while the trip places new focus on obama’s foreign policy and American attention to the Asia and Pacific region, it also comes as obama, fresh from re-election, begins sensitive negotiations with congressional leaders about how to avoid

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Cautious enforcer to be China’s next premier

North Korean harvest modestly improves

By Christopher Bodeen the AssoCiAteD Press

By Nicole Winfield the AssoCiAteD Press

BeiJiNG, China (AP) — the man in line to oversee China’s massive but rapidly slowing economy for the coming decade speaks english and comes from a generation of politicians schooled during a time of greater openness to liberal western ideas than their

predecessors. But li keqiang also has been a cautious bureaucrat who rose through, and is bound by, a consensus-oriented Communist Party that has been slow to reform its massive state-owned enterprises while reflexively stifling dissent — and he has been an enforcer

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China congress highlights contrast with Taiwan By Peter Enav the AssoCiAteD Press tAiPei, taiwan (AP) — while ties between China and taiwan may be closer than at any time since they split in a civil war, that said, formal Communist Party congress being held in Beijing highlights how far apart the two sides are politically. “taiwan’s democracy has learned from the United states,” said wang yingying, who moved from eastern China to taiwan in 2005 with her taiwanese spouse. “we in China cannot vote for our national leaders. Mainland politics are backward, taiwan’s democracy is much better.” with a population 50 times bigger and an economy 15 times greater, China overshadows taiwan in almost every respect. But one area where taiwan is envied by many in China is its freewheeling political system. split since Mao Zedong’s Communist forces drove Chiang kai-shek and his Na-

tionalist government from the mainland, China and taiwan used to engage in a propaganda and ideological war against each other. since taiwan jettisoned one-party rule in the 1980s and moved toward democracy, the competition for hearts and minds continues but is more low-key. “there is now no excuse for the Chinese government to tell its people that Chinese culture is somehow at odds with democracy,” said emile sheng, who served as culture minister during taiwanese President Ma ying-jeou’s just-completed first term. “taiwan’s experience proves this wrong.” stepped-up trade and travel between China and taiwan as well as a revival in longstanding cultural and social ties are all carrying taiwan’s success with democracy to mainlanders. wang, the mainlander bride, is one of 300,000 Chinese spouses living in taiwan. More than 2 million Chinese

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roMe, italy (AP) — North korea increased its staple foods production for the second year in a row but its citizens are still suffering from a serious lack of key proteins and fats in their diets, a U.N. report said Monday, Nov. 12.

A U.N. team visited all nine agricultural provinces of the communist state in september and october during the main cereal harvest and estimated that even with the increase — a 10 percent improvement over last year — North korea will need to import 507,000 metric tons of cereals to meet its basic food needs.

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in addition his team brought with them packets of cursory desegregated school data, including figures for school population, graduation and drop out rates, short- and long-term disciplinary figures, family situation, and test scores broken down by race and ethnicity. Also detailed was a pilot program to increase ell training for the general teacher population in the seattle Public schools that is slated for an initial limited deployment in the 2013–2014 school year. Not everything was ideal. when asked about several openings in senior administrative positions, Banda said that the district is currently using the services of a recruitment and vesting agency to find potential candidates. these agencies have traditionally been biased against Asian and Pacific individuals. however, Banda reinforced the notion that he is looking to work more closely with communities of color, including the APA community. he stressed the desire to continue meeting with APDC. “when i came in to this position, my platform was about partnerships and building relationships with parents and the community,” Banda said. “i’m still about all that. the next time we meet, let’s meet around the table so we can get some work done together.” 

and i am sure they had the same experiences. on one hand, the school district leadership was accessible and heard our issues. on the other hand, we have always felt ignored.” Banda’s hiring, however, represents hope for a turning point in relations. “At this point, we remain optimistic that Jose Banda will be more responsive to our needs. As a person of color, we hope that he is more sensitive to the issues of race and culture,” okazaki said. however, there were obvious signs of the historic strained relations. “our kids have always been behind, but it’s always been the kids of the parents who complain the most, e-mail the most who get the resources,” said Vu le, executive Director of the Vietnamese Friendship Association and member of the steering committee of the southeast seattle education Coalition, at the Friday meeting. “we’re getting really tired and very frustrated with this. [Not emailing] doesn’t mean we don’t care, it just means that we don’t have the resource and means to do this. we have to reverse this loudest voice lens that the seattle public schools have been operating with these past few years.” Banda’s administration did show signs of good faith. Accompany superintendent Banda was his administrative team, including the officials personally in charge of facilities funding, school operations, equity and race, and ell. “i’ve brought my team here,” Banda said. “And the reason for that is to make sure we can address as many questions as possible.”

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Joan Yoshitomi “i probably should have become a teacher,” Joan yoshitomi said half-joking. yoshitomi is retired, but not really. Although she officially retired in 2006, the 72-year-old still lends her skills to political campaigns. this election cycle, she worked as a consultant with the Jay inslee campaign, advising on how to reach out to the Asian community. she also worked with judges on the basics of running a campaign for election. yoshitomi’s career in politics began working on Jim McDermott’s campaign and continued through her involvement with the inslee campaign. “Joan has been a great political campaigner for every Asian/minority candidate since the late 70s,” said close friend Vera ing. she added that yoshitomi is “[a] dependable follow through and go to person.” But the former Chief of staff and Community outreach for then king County executive Gary locke admits her passion for k–12 education highlights her career. yoshitomi was born in Burlington, wash. in skagit County during world war ii. Being Japanese American, her family was sent to the tule lake internment camp in Northern California when she was 4. Although she has

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no recollections of living in the internment camp, photos document her stay. During their internment, her father joined the 442nd infantry regiment, an Army unit comprised mainly of Japanese Americans, and the family moved to Mississippi. After the war, yoshitomi’s family moved back to the northwest where she attended renton high school. After graduating, she moved onto college at the University of washington. she attended her first two years but left as she married and had children. it was not until her 30s that she returned to the University of washington to obtain a degree in sociology. “i did a lot of work in the k–12 system and went to work for the renton school District,” yoshitomi said. she then moved on as a Policy Analyst for state senator McDermott’s staff. yoshitomi had volunteered with the McDermott campaign when he ran for the position. working for McDermott, yoshitomi learned the ropes of the governmental process. “what i realized when you are working there [olympia] is that what you read in the newspaper is not entirely true,” said yoshitomi of the policymaking that occurred at the capitol. “Before there were statistics, there were newspapers,” added yoshitomi of how the press influenced public opinion at the time. After working for McDermott, yoshitomi was hired on by the City of seattle where she worked as the Deputy City Comptroller. yoshitomi’s reputation gave her the opportunity to work on Gary locke’s king County executive campaign. when locke was successful in his run for office, she was made a part of the locke transition team. “[the transition team] was a fascinating process for me,” explained yoshitomi. “we had to find good people to hire or keep.” yoshitomi’s role included making sure that then king County executive locke was able to speak with all the individuals the staff considered hiring or retaining. she was also tasked with the duty of maintaining king County executive locke’s schedule. After the transition was complete, she was invited to stay on as Chief of staff and Community outreach. yoshitomi managed the work of the numerous deputies under king County executive locke. she worked with the staff in ensuring that issues within the communities of king County were addressed. while working with king County executive locke, yoshitomi assisted with his successful campaign to run for Governor of the state as well as his reelection. “Joan is an intelligent women devoted to

serving the Asian American community through her work in education,” said longtime friend Judy Vu. Vu and yoshitomi worked on the locke reelection campaign. After three years with the office of the king County executive, yoshitomi moved on to follow her passion of education in the k–12 system. she was hired by Dr. terry Bergeson with the washington state superintendent of Public instruction in olympia. she first worked in a governmental relations position but then moved on within the agency to manage a $12 million federally funded program. the 21st Century Community learning Centers Program finances afterschool and extended education programs all over the state. yoshitomi found this position one of the most rewarding in her career as she had the opportunity to travel statewide and meet educators, teachers, and students. she reviewed programs to determine funding and made sure that once the programs were in place, they lived up to expectations. while traveling through the state yoshitomi found “very innovative programs in science, math, and art,” which helped children learn. one of the challenges of the program was getting educators to understand that for kids to become engaged, the afterschool programs could not be the same as ones offered during school. while she had to persuade some, she also found one of the rewarding parts of the program was meeting regularly with educators to discuss what worked and didn’t work. “we worked with teachers and found them very innovative with the willingness to try

new things and i love working with kids,” yoshitomi said. “it was the most fun for me.” Although she left her post in 2006, yoshitomi continued to consult with the program and remains active in advocating for k–12 education. while yoshitomi is retired, she quickly became involved in volunteering. “i found i got bored when i was retired,” yoshitomi admitted. Currently, yoshitomi serves on the board for the Center for Asian Pacific American women. yoshitomi notes Delores sibonga as one of the people that has influenced her career. similar to her career path, sibonga went back to law school to become an attorney after time away from school. yoshitomi wrote a letter to sibonga detailing her admiration, which, to yoshitomi’s surprise, was answered by sibonga. yoshitomi was a supporter of sibonga as she ran for seattle City Council and attributes sibonga for helping her get a job with the seattle City Deputy Comptroller. yoshitomi offers some advice to those seeking guidance in their career. “think of what you want to do and create an “elevator speech” – a short statement on what you want to do,” she said. “Find your passion and commitment to it.” she continued, “even at age 40, i had 25 years to have a career. you don’t have to start early.”  Jason Cruz can be reached at info@

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“The Secret World Of Arrietty” By Andrew Hamlin Northwest AsiAN weekly studio Ghibli, founded in 1985 by anime directors hayao Miyazaki and isao takahata, quickly built a reputation as one of the most outstanding Japanese animation studios. its latest movie, “the secret world of Arrietty,” continues its winning streak, delivering one of the most impressive family-friendly movies in recent years. “Arrietty” takes its inspiration from a series of children’s books known as “the Borowers,” written by english author Mary Norton between 1952 and 1982. in these books, the “Borrowers” are tiny humans that live secretly inside the houses of regular-sized people. they sneak out at night when the regular humans are asleep to “borrow” things they need to survive. the film opens in one such house, located in the Japanese countryside. here, a young boy named shō — or shawn as he’s called in the Disney-produced english-language dub — has come to rest before a crucial operation that will either cure him or kill him. his parents are divorced, his mother is away on business, and his only two steady companions are his aunt, sadako Maki (Aunt Jessica in english dub), and a loud, busybody housekeeper named haru (hara in english). the other family living in the house is a trio of Borrowers: the father, Pod; the mother, homily; and their teenage daughter Arrietty. Voiced by Mirai shida in Japanese and in english by singer/actress Bridgit Mendler — who also contributes a song to the english-language soundtrack, Arrietty is full of energy and thirsty for adventure. the risks she takes scare her excitable mother (shinobu otake or Amy Poehler) half to death, and even her taciturn but proud father (tomokazu Miura or will Arnett) sometimes worries for her safety.

eventually, the two families will have contact, although this is forbidden under the Borrower’s tradition. “Beans,” as Borrowers call big people (short for “human beans”) are dangerous, and need to be avoided at all costs. But Arrietty and shawn are both lonely, both looking for friends, and not beholden to old codes. Arrietty’s director is 39 year-old hiromasa yonebayashi, the youngest director to ever helm a studio Ghibli

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A Fashion Star is Born .................... By Nina Huang Northwest AsiAN weekly

yan-Berrong said. Despite these bumps in the road, he is still determined to breakthrough in the fashion market in the Pacific Northwest as a “double minority.” over the years, yan-Berrong learned that things may not always go the way you want them to, but staying confident and strong is key. “No matter what, you must believe in yourself. you need to know who you are, what you

Devon Yan-Berrong Dream. evolution. Freedom. these were the attributes that Devon yan-Berrong wanted to convey through his 2013 spring/ summer collection, Devonation. earlier this month, yan-Berrong presented his fifth collection, consisted of 29 different outfits, to an enthusiastic and energetic crowd at the social on Capitol hill. the packed house consisted of members of the fashion community, friends and family of the designer and models, and bar patrons. As soon as the show started, attendees gave their full attention to the models wearing yan-Berrong’s designs. inspired by the energetic, vibrant trends from the 1960s, his outfits were pattern-heavy featuring bright yellows, purples, and blacks. originally from hong kong, yan-Berrong kept his fashion talents hidden for a long time — mostly because his traditional Asian parents were not fond of him pursuing a career in the arts or fashion. they wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer, but things didn’t exactly turn out the way his parents had hoped. Persuing the untraditional route, yan-Berrong began his career as a watercolorist and eventually added fashion design to his resume in 2010. he recently took first place in the Asian weekly’s newspaper fashion contest and also designed the flyer for the firstever Pride AsiA event a few months ago. A self-taught artist and fashion designer, he presented his first collection in 2010. After the event, he was overwhelmed by requests to participate in other shows in major cities around the country. he was even personally invited by Project runway producers to be a part of their show. in addition, yan-Berrong was a nominee for the 2010 Portland Fashion week emerging Designer recognition. the opportunities continued coming, and it was hard for anyone around him to deny his true talents. it was yan-Berrong’s partner of almost eight years, ric, who finally encouraged him to present his work to his parents and ask for their full support. his parents eventually acknowledged their son’s gift and accepted his desire to achieve his dreams. the yan family has come a long way; his mother has even travelled from China to attend her son’s show. yan-Berrong attributes much of his creativity from his own Chinese heritage, as

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Why Rob McKenna lost the governor’s race

when the final votes were counted, Democrat Jay inslee walked away as the governor of the state of washington, winning 51.25% of the vote. how did rob Mckenna, a popular Attorney General who garnered 53% of the vote in 2004 and nearly 60% of the vote in 2008 lose out? there are multiple reasons for his loss, most notably his actions on obamacare, the people and groups he aligned himself with he keeps, degrading his support base and the evolution of washington’s electorate. when Mckenna defended his decision to sign washington state’s name onto the multi-state lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, widely known as obamacare, he said that he only wanted to strike down the individual Mandate, not the other protections that were provided by the law. Despite what he said, however, the lawsuit as it was written attacked the ACA at a much larger scale and may have taken down the entire law. signing onto something that seemed so extremely partisan may have cemented Mckenna in washington’s republican

base, but it helped degrade his coalitions from 2004 and 2008, which contained members whose lives would be much improved because of obamacare. in addition to his misstep on the ACA, Mckenna further weakened his moderate standing with the company he kept. in particular, two republican governors came to washington to fundraise for the Mckenna campaign: louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell. For someone wanting to come off as a moderate, appearances with Bobby Jindal, who opposes abortions in all cases, including rape and incest, and Bob McDonnell, who also opposes all abortions and once sponsored a “vaginal probe” clause that would have required women to undergo a vaginal ultrasound examination before having an abortion, is dangerous in the very pro-women washington state. early on, Mckenna also aligned himself with the tea Party, telling hundreds of tea Partiers at a rally, “i represent you.” Alliances like those may have helped his republican base,

but it greatly degraded his earlier coalition. Finally, aided by the many high tech jobs in washington state that attract young, highly-educated, and out-of-state professionals, the washington electorate has been slowly drifting away from Mckenna. each year, more people from out of state moved to washington. they had no knowledge of his prior work, they didn’t see his dominating victories. All they knew for sure was that he had an ‘r’ next to his name. there are other reasons, too, Debutta Dash, co-chair of the washington state–india trade relations Committee, said. Dash states that Mckenna never really appealed to minority communities — his efforts to engage them seemed ingenuine. he also ran into what may have been his worst problem. he and Jay agreed on very many positions, making them seem very similar in the eyes of undecided voters. what do undecided voters in washington do when they can’t tell the difference between two candidates? easy, they vote for the one with the ‘D’ next to their name. 

■ pUblIsher’s bloG tan tho tien wanted to donate a dinner to benefit hurricane sandy victims at his restaurant, the house of hong. the only condition he set for tony Au, captain of the international Dance team, was that it had to be organized within seven days, by Nov. 8. tan had scheduled a trip and wanted it to happen before he left. Au said yes. And that yes meant that everything had to be accomplished quickly and deliberately. there was only enough time for one meeting to get everything done, but the result was $33,000 in donations by 380 guests and volunteers, including lt. Gov. Brad owen. what contributed to this success? Chinatown relief movement unknown to outsiders there isn’t really a formal Chinatown organization to support disaster relief. But an army for such an organization has existed in the community for over a decade. this group is made up of big and small donors who have fundraised for the American red Cross during hurricane katrina, Chinese earthquakes, tsunamis, and more. this army doesn’t even have a name or title. they don’t need credit. they just respond whenever there is a need. Many sold out community events i have attended have had no one show up, but Chinatown charitable dinners always enjoy the backing of over 20 family and fraternal organizations with great hearts that are willing to

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participate at a reasonable price. each table last thursday cost $250. the community has become so sophisticated that Au and Jimmy leong were able to sell over 30 tables in only five days. Proceeds from the dinner alone totaled over $7,000. the organizers set a wonderful giving example. other big donors consisted of the most generous couple that donated $4,000. that inspired elderly and low-income residents to contribute what they could.

nity doing charitable things. i knew the organizers were waiting for me to develop a program. “what auction items do you have?” i asked Au. “None, we don’t have time,” he said. “Call donors now,” i said. that conversation happened 24 hours before the event, when we had only one item Jerry lee had offered to donate, a large autographed photo and cap of a seattle sonics basketball legend. so we brainstormed and secured another jackpot: Dinner for six with lt. Gov. Brad owen at his home. that sold for $2,000. the six auction items we put together in one day netted $5,000.

also donated to the cause. the success of the hurricane sandy dinner depended on the presence of many “Buddhas” showing up. one such table was the vegetarian table. Mr. and Mrs. Victor young donated $4,000. Mei rae Chiu bid $400 for a night at the seattle sheraton and then donated the item back to the cause. lisa lam followed with over $1,300 in donations. there weren’t any bid cards. these folks just raised their hand to support the cause.

From nothing to something An e-mail arrived in my inbox a day before i boarded a flight home from hong kong. “tony would like to hear your advice on how to raise more money and see if you are able to help out when you return,” my editor wrote. Although i wasn’t prepared to work after the election, i couldn’t say no to the commu-

Buddha is the key to benefit dinners “Buddha,” said Au, naming Jerry lee one for his philanthropy. lee brought friends who

Why help? “we have to help sandy’s victims,” said tan. “house of hong did benefits for many disasters, including China’s earthquake, Japan’s tsunami, and katrina. we have to help our own. we live in America, our future generations can only identify with America. America gives us a lot and we have to give back.” 

Who did they McKenna’s Asian supporters vote for? i asked some of my more secretive friends who they voted for governor, but not everyone is willing to share that information, especially the independents. A different question usually works for me. i asked people who were secretive, “Are you happy with the election results?” those who voted for republican candidate rob Mckenna would put on a cranky, disappointed, or sad face before they said anything. those who voted for Democrat Jay inslee usually smiled and said yes. 

it was tough for rob Mckenna’s supporters to accept defeat. these folks had poured their heart, money, and time into his campaign. ron Chow loaned his staff to Mckenna’s Chinatown office and accompanied Mckenna to many functions. shiao-yen wu donated her real estate office so volunteers could call potential voters. walter liang acted as a surrogate for Mckenna in the Asian community. yoshi Minegishi thought of every opportunity to advance

the campaign. tomi Moriguchi gave immense financial support. Judy yu organized “women for rob” events. And finally, Bellevue Mayor Conrad lee and Jerry lee organized a last-minute fundraising party at MulvannyG2 Architecture for a final strong push. But not everyone was sad. A few supporters said it’s time to move on and rebuild relationships. “i can live with either one (including governor-elect Jay inslee) as governor,” one said. “they are both good guys.” 

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David Ma is mentally ill, not crazy

Dear Ms. Ng, thank you for your wonderful article featuring Mr. David Ma at the ACrs gala. i think it’s a tremendous achievement he has made and i am grateful that Asian weekly was able to cover this story. i hope it changes people’s perspectives on mental illness. however, i want to let you know

of some terminology that was used in the article that is offensive — especially to those who work with, live with, or know someone with mental illness. the term “crazy” and “shrink” both indicate negati ve concepts and continue the stigma that many of us work so hard to dissemble. instead, the terms mentally ill or mentally disabled will work in place of “crazy.” And mental health counselor should

replace “shrink”, although technically it would depend on the person’s license (some are psychologists, etc). At ACrs all the mental health staff are referred as counselors. thank you, i hope you will be able to correct this error.  Sincerely, — TP

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Vietnamese Cultural Center begins construction on additional temple

the Vietnamese Cultural Center (VCC), located in west seattle at 2236 sw orchard st, began construction of its second temple on Nov. 3. the new temple will be approximately twice the size of the existing neighboring temple and will welcome visitors and offer

them a place to pray. located in the temple will be a statue of hùng Vương sourced from Vietnam. hùng Vương is the legendary emperor who founded the Vietnamese kingdom in third millennia BC. 

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CityClub forum to answer health care questions the seattle CityClub will be hosting their fourth and final forum in the 2012 health Care series – Access to Care, at the westin seattle, Fifth Avenue room, 1900 Fifth Avenue, seattle on Monday, Dec. 3. registration opens at 11:30 a.m., luncheon and program from Noon to 1:30 p.m. register at Questions that will be addressed include: how does the Affordable Care Act change the issues of access for washingtonians? who is going to treat the 1 million new patients covered in washington? what reforms are needed to make Medicare and Medicaid sustainable for future generations? why do we have a shortage of general practitioners and nurses? how can insured populations access their full benefits? And what are the dispari-

ties in access to care among minority and immigrant populations? speakers in attendance include teresita Batayola, Ceo of international Community health services; Jane Beyer, interim Assistant secretary, Aging and Disability services Administration, washington state Department of social and health services; richard onizuka, Ceo of the washington state health Benefit exchange; and Mark secord, Ceo of Neighborhood health. the event will be moderated by Joanne silberner of the University of washington. entry ranges from $12–$45.  For more information,



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{PURDUE cont’d from page 4} international students are from Asia. the students — like the Americans, a diverse group from sri lanka, Japan, China, india, Pakistan and other countries — now make up 23 percent of the overall Purdue population. Purdue has the second-largest international student population among U.s. public universities, according to the 2011 open Door report by the institute of international education. But that growth has led loong and Dizon to be met with indifference from some students, who feel the increasing population of Asians means a center is not needed as they become such a visible campus community. Melanie Castillo-Cullather, director of the Asian Culture Center at indiana University, said if campuses are to be places that reflect the diverse landscape of the country, then it is essential to have a center. Purdue has a latino Cultural Center, Native American educational and Cultural Center, and Black Cultural Center. this past summer the first director of Purdue’s lesbian Gay Bisexual transgender and Queer Center was hired. “if college campuses want to be a place of learning, then we should not deprive our students this venue that provides

{MYANMAR cont’d from page 5} looming tax increases and steep cuts in defense and domestic spending. obama ended the longstanding U.s. isolation of Myanmar’s generals, which has played a part in coaxing them into political reforms that have unfolded with surprising speed in the past year. the U.s. has appointed a full ambassador and suspended sanctions to reward Myanmar for political prisoner releases and suu kyi’s election to parliament. A procession of senior diplomats and world leaders have traveled to the country, stopping both in the remote, opulent capital city Naypyitaw, built by the former ruling junta, and at suu kyi’s dilapidated lakeside villa in the main city yangon, where she spent 15 years under house arrest. earlier this year, hillary rodham Clinton became the first secretary of state in five decades to visit Myanmar. the state Department announced Friday that Clinton would join obama in Bangkok and travel with him to Myanmar and Cambodia. the east Asia summit in Cambodia will also provide obama with opportunities for possible sideline discussions with a number of fellow heads of state, including leaders such as outgoing Chinese Premier wen Jiabao. Also ex-

an opportunity for a free exchange of ideas,” Castillo-Cullather said. “if college campuses truly care about their Asian and Asian American community, then it is important to have a place that they can call home and a place that advocates for their concerns.” it took more than a decade of students’ organizing and lobbying on the Bloomington campus for a center to become a reality, she said. the center opened in 1998, a year after a campus protest during Martin luther king Day included demands to create an Asian Culture Center. Advocacy and education is needed as discrimination and stereotypes continue on campus, Dizon said, from twitter accounts aimed at making fun of Purdue Asian students to a sense of acceptance by some that jokes about Asians are ok. yang liu, a Purdue graduate student from China who knows the increasing enrollment numbers well, says the absence of a cultural center is strange. But he sees the eventual creation of a center as discussions continue. “we are starting late, however, late better than never,” said yang who is a student adviser for Purdue Chinese students and scholars Association. “the potential building can be the best place for us to get together to celebrate our own festival, know friends from the similar background, and what is more

important, it can be the perfect window to display the Asian culture to everyone at Purdue and in the local community.” liu said campus life for international Asians would improve if they can better connect with others who share their language and cultural background. But liu also sees the downside to creating a separate space for students to go. “this arises another problem that the students tend to isolate themselves in their own group. they are reluctant to speak english, experience American culture or learn from the students from other countries,” he said. Castillo-Cullather acknowledges that the benefits of a culture center at a university such as Purdue might not be obvious but says they are important. “it is a testament that the university is committed to diversity in the truest sense. it shows that the campus cares. i can’t tell you how many families, both Asian and non-Asian, felt grateful to learn that there is a place for their children to call home, reaffirms their identity, and a place that connects them with others that share their interests,” she said. “Departments also see the cultural center as a major partner in their efforts to recruit and retain faculty members.” 

pected to attend are russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister yoshihiko Noda. “the Myanmar trip is potentially historic, and for that reason has both tremendous opportunity and risk associated with,” said Matthew Goodman, a former obama international economics adviser. But the east Asia summit, he added, is also important “as an opportunity to reaffirm U.s. engagement as an AsiaPacific power in regional affairs and for the newly re-elected president to touch base with all the relevant regional allies, partners and other countries.” “there’s going to be great interest in understanding his aspirations for his second term, and on obama’s side for reassuring these other countries about continuity and desire for continued engagement,” Goodman, now at the Center for strategic and international studies, said. the obama administration regards the political changes in Myanmar as possibly diluting the influence of China in a country that has a strategic location between south Asia and southeast Asia, regions of growing economic importance. But exiled Myanmar activists and human rights groups are likely to criticize an obama visit as premature and one that rewards thein sein before his political and economic

reforms have been consolidated. the military is still dominant and implicated in rights abuses. in a statement Friday, the government of Myanmar said it “warmly welcomes” obama’s upcoming visit and a spokesman for the country’s president said the U.s. support would strengthen Myanmar’s commitment to reform. the spokesman, Maj. Zaw htay, said the government hopes “bilateral relations and cooperation will significantly increase after this historic visit.” while no U.s. president has ever visited Cambodia or Myanmar, thailand is one of the America’s oldest allies in Asia and has been a stop for American commanders in chief since the mid-1960s, according to the state Department historian’s office, which compiles records on presidential travel. George w. Bush visited thailand twice while president, in 2003 and 2008. Bill Clinton visited in 1996. During the war in neighboring Vietnam, richard Nixon traveled there in 1969 and lyndon Johnson in 1966 and 1967, the records show.  Associated Press writers Matthew Pennington and Matthew Lee contributed to this report.

In memory of Winifred C. ("Winnie") Chin (1925—2012) Winifred Chung Chin born April 17, 1925 in Hong Kong, to parents Chung Wing Yew and Yung Po Shui, passed away peacefully November 7, 2012 in her home surrounded by loved ones. Winifred primarily grew up in Hong Kong. During World War II, she fled to mainland China to escape invading forces. After the war, she returned to Hong Kong, completed two years of college, and met the love of her life, Ark Chin. This beautiful and loving union would last 64 years, until Ark passed away one year ago. Her husband was very successful in his professional life as a Civil Engineer, community activist and philanthropist. Winnie and Ark shared similar values and philosophies, and were quite inseparable. Ark was a trailblazer, and Winnie was instrumental in their life accomplishments. She was an unending source of love, encouragement, and good counsel. Winnie highly valued education and public service. She was both president and member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Chinese family organiza-

tion, Gee How Oak Tin; volunteered at the Chinese Nursing Home, Kin On; and tutored high school students for whom English was a second language. Winnie and Ark set up scholarships at Western Washington University and University of Washington. Together they funded and built an orphanage in Kwangtung, China. Winnie's grace, loveliness and charm were noted by all who met her. Her Chinese calligraphy displayed exquisite beauty and strength. Winnie and her husband were passionate and seasoned travelers. They visited the four corners of the earth and fulfilled her lifelong dream of traveling around the world. Winnie saw travel as an invaluable way to learn about different cultures and customs. Of course, it was also a way to collect all the tchotchkes that decorated the house.

Most important to Winnie was her family. She was a great nurturer and cheerleader. Classically educated, she was an endless source of wise Cantonese proverbs that her kids didn't necessarily understand at the time, but knew were significant. She always doted on her six children. She made sure they were well fed, well-mannered and well educated, and always considered their welfare before her own, up to day she passed. Winnie carried that devotion through to her 16 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Winnie and Ark especially cherished the annual family reunions they supported for the last 20 plus years. These reunions helped foster an incredible closeness in her far-flung family. Winnie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ark and an older brother and sister. Win-

nie is survived by her daughter Candace and her four children Hannah, Elizabeth, Susha and Weston; son Curtiss and wife Omi, and their three daughters, Jessie, Samantha, Yvonne, and her husband Kiel; son Patrick and wife Patricia Lee and their two sons - Loren, Huxley, his wife Jina, and their two sons Aden and Oliver; daughter Phoebe and husband David Arndt and their child Katy; son Colin and wife Sharon Chew and their two children Simone and Sierra; and son Wilson and wife Tina Young and their four children Alex, Gabriel, Jacob and Kyrlia. A celebration of Winnie's life will be held at Bonney Watson, 1732 Broadway, Seattle, WA, 98122 on November 18, 2012 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kin On Health Care Center, Wing Luke Museum, or your favorite charity. Meal will be served at Four Seas Restaurant after the funeral service: 714 South King Street Seattle, WA 98104, (206) 682-4900.

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For the week of November 17–November 23, 2012 RAT An eye for adventure can lead you down many paths, but once committed, you generally do not deviate from the route you have chosen.

DRAGON Even if the actual date of travel is far off, start planning for a trip that you want to take. You may find that anticipation is half the fun.

MONKEY Are you setting yourself up for failure or success? You can be your own cheerleader or end the game even before it has begun.

OX Feigning enthusiasm could be a fast ticket to volunteering yourself for a project you only have lukewarm feelings about.

SNAKE Don’t believe everything that you see. Depending on your vantage point, you might not be getting an accurate picture.

ROOSTER Do you crave the company of someone who understands you? This is a good day to call on or simply be around your close friends.

TIGER Comparing notes can be a useful exercise, giving you insight into how other people might view the same thing differently.

HORSE Are you aware of the resources that are currently available to you? Sometimes, it just involves recognizing what you’ve had the entire time.

RABBIT Beware of those who gossip or speak badly on a regular basis about those around them. It won’t be long before you are the topic of conversation.

GOAT In the right context, candor can be quite disarming. Instead of trying to beat around the bush, your frankness could win you some points.

DOG How do you compete with someone who has seemingly more going for them than you? The power of passion and drive should not be underestimated. PIG Why settle for a mediocre product if you don’t have to? Turn a good thing into something great with some fine tuning on your part.

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 Horse 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 Goat 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 Monkey 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 Rooster 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 Dog 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 Pig 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

*The year ends on the first new moon of the following year. For those born in January and February, please take care when determining your sign.

{ELECTORATE cont’d from page 4} obama won most of the battlegrounds with a message that was more in sync than romney’s with minorities, women and younger voters, and by carefully targeting his grassroots mobilizing efforts to reach those groups. in North Carolina, where romney narrowly defeated obama, 42 percent of black voters said they had been contacted on behalf of obama, compared with just 26 percent of whites, exit polls showed. obama got just 31 percent of the state’s white vote, but managed to keep it competitive by claiming 96 percent of black voters and 68 percent of hispanics. young voters in the state, two-thirds of whom backed obama, also were more often the target of obama’s campaign than romney’s: 35 percent said they were contacted by obama, 11 percent by romney. Among senior citizens, two-thirds of whom voted republican, 33 percent were contacted by obama, 34 percent by romney. howard University sociologist roderick harrison, former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau, said obama’s campaign strategists proved themselves to be “excellent demographers.” “they have put together a coalition of populations that will eventually become the majority or are marching toward majority status in the population, and populations without whom it will be very difficult to win national elections and some statewide elections, particularly in states with large black and hispanic populations,” harrison said.

{MISSILE cont’d from page 5} its missile program is moving forward. whether there will be another long-range missile test this spring remains unclear but is a distinct possibility,” said Joel wit, a former U.s. state Department official and editor of 38 North. An April 9 satellite image shows what appear to be dozens of fuel tanks near a stand used for conducting tests of rocket engines. A sept. 17 image shows the tanks are no longer there, and a flame trench has been stained orange and surrounding vegetation has been burned from the exhaust of an engine. An image from sept. 28 indicates a further test has taken place. the analysis was written by Nick hansen, a retired expert in imagery technology with a 43-

one way to see the trend is to look at the diversity of young voters. Among voters under 30 years old this year, only 58 percent are white. Among senior voters, 87 percent are white. Brookings institution demographer william h. Frey says policymakers and politicians need to prepare for a growing “cultural generation gap.” “Both parties are getting the message that this is a new age and a new America,” says Frey. “Finally, the politics is catching up with the demography.” Just as republicans need to do a better job of attracting hispanics, says Frey, Democrats need to do more to reach out to whites. the face of Congress is changing more slowly than the electorate or the population, but changing it is. house Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California was happy to highlight the news that for the first time in history, more than half the members of her caucus next year will be women, black, hispanic or Asian. she said it “reflects the great diversity and strength of our nation.” house speaker John Boehner of ohio, whose caucus is far more white and male, said republicans need to learn to “speak to all Americans — you know, not just to people who look like us and act like us.” Former secretary of state Condoleezza rice, one of the GoP’s most prominent black women, said the party needs to understand that “the changing demographics in the country really necessitate an even bigger tent for the republican Party.” “Clearly we are losing important segments of that electorate and what we have to do is to appeal to those people not as identity groups but

understanding that if you can get the identity issue out of the way, then you can appeal on the broader issues that all Americans share a concern for,” she said. All sides know the demographic trends are sure to become more pronounced in the future. in the past year, minority babies outnumbered white newborns for the first time in U.s. history. By midcentury, hispanics, blacks, Asians and multiracial people combined will become the majority of the U.s. since 2000, the hispanic and Asian populations have grown by more than 40 percent, fueled by increased immigration of younger people as well as more births. Currently, hispanics are the largest minority group and make up 17 percent of the U.s. population, compared with 12 percent for blacks and 5 percent for Asians. together minorities now make up more than 36 percent of the population. hispanics will make up roughly 30 percent of the U.s. by midcentury, while the AfricanAmerican share is expected to remain unchanged at 12 percent. Asian-Americans will grow to roughly 8 percent of the U.s. “the minorities will vote,” said demographer Frey. “the question is will their vote be split more across the two parties than it was this time?” For both republicans and Democrats, he said, the 2012 election is a wake-up call that will echo through the decades. 

year experience in national intelligence. he concludes the tests were likely of the firststage engines of the Unha-3 or the new, bigger kN-08 long-range missile first viewed in a military parade in Pyongyang shortly after the April launch attempt. the capabilities of the kN-08 and whether it could pose a potential threat to the continental United states remains unclear. some analysts have also questioned whether the half-dozen of kN-08 missiles shown at that parade were genuine or just rigged up for show. the analysis by 38 North says the sept. 28 images also show construction work on the upper platform of a launch tower at sohae to enable it to accommodate even larger rockets than the Unha-3 or kN-08. 

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AP Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius and writer Hope Yen contributed to this report.

training in 2011. “those little doors into the shops, people hanging out — it’s like no detail was left out.” Geltmacher said the wall-projected avatar people can be reprogrammed for other nationalities. the signage and markets will be changed over the next year, he said. the upgrade is being done as part of an “atmospherics refresh” that’s scheduled every two years. the Bellows trainer was the last of three similar facilities established for each of the three Marine expeditionary Forces, with the others at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Camp lejeune, N.C. 

{MOVIES cont’d from page 8} physical derring-do and shawn’s feebleness. other effective contrasts include homily’s hysteria versus Pod’s pragmatism, and the reflectiveness of Aunt Jessica versus the suspicion and hostility of hara. hayao Miyazaki himself supervised the film, and the results bear his stamp of meticulousness. every detail, from a leaf that Arrietty plucks for an umbrella against a rainstorm to the sparkling dollhouse in shawn’s room, which the Borrowers may visit but must never “borrow” from, holds within it many finer details still. some Miyazaki visual traditions also push the film along. like many of his previous movies, “Arrietty” features a strong, determined female protagonist; a fat, mewling cat; and a rubber-faced, thicktoothed villain, in this case hara (voiced by kirin kiki and Carol Burnett). “the secret world of Arrietty,” like many studio Ghibli films, demonstrates the joys of childhood wonder and childhood discovery, but does so by keeping its roots in adventure and risk. we don’t know if shawn will recover his health. we don’t know if Arrietty will return from dueling dangerously with harm in the garden. And the fate of the tiny Borrowers family remains in suspense. the film balances risk and fright with its characters’ striving for friendship and understanding. that’s as trueto-life for kids as for anyone of any age.  “The Secret World Of Arrietty” is currently available for sale or rental at a video store near you. Andrew Hamlin can be reached at

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{NKOREA cont’d from page 5} North korea has struggled for decades to feed its 24 million people. its new leader, kim Jong Un, has made improving the economy a priority and has pledged to improve North koreans’ standards of living. in its eagerly anticipated report, the U.N. said it was concerned that North korea’s soybean production declined 30 percent and that there were limited vegetables available, meaning the chronic lack of proteins, oils, fats, vitamins and micronutrients in the typical North korean diet remains a problem. “the new harvest figures are good news, but the lack of proteins and fats in the diet is alarming,” Claudia von roehl, the world Food Program’s country director for North korea, said in a statement. the U.N. report proposed ways to improve the North korea diet, saying farm-

ers there need to produce more proteinrich foods like fish and soybeans. the U.N. said household gardens could go a long way to providing a more diverse diet for ordinary North koreans and that farmers should be allowed to sell their rice, corn and wheat at market. North korean farmers have recently mentioned that a proposed directive would allow them to sell or barter their surplus food at market, a move apparently aimed at boosting productivity on collective farms. the report said overall production for the 2012-2013 early harvest was expected to be 5.8 million metric tons. the government has set a cereal import target of 300,000 metric tons. Given the U.N. estimate that 507,000 metric tons of imported cereals are needed, the deficit is expected to be 207,000 metric tons, the lowest in many years, the statement said. 

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{CHINA cont’d from page 5} keeping a lid on bad news. li, to be promoted within the leadership’s top council after a pivotal party congress closes later this week and expected to take the economy-focused post of premier from outgoing wen Jiabao next spring, was governor of the agricultural province of henan in 1998 during an unusual explosion of AiDs cases. tens of thousands of people had contracted hiV from illegal blood-buying rings that pooled plasma and re-injected it into donors after removing the blood products. But Beijing hadn’t acknowledged the problem yet, and li oversaw a campaign to squelch reporting about it, harass activists and isolate affected villages. when the government finally did go public four years later, li showed canny political instincts with a rapid course reversal, channeling government assistance to victims and making public shows of compassion. “he just tried to escape from this crisis” at first, said wan yanhai, a prominent Chinese AiDs activist who fled to the United states with his family in 2010 following increasing police harassment. “he’s probably not a bad guy, but he’s not shown himself to be very capable of managing crises in a strong and responsible way.” li’s formative years are typical of the fifth generation of communist leaders. he was introduced to politics during the chaotic 1966-76 Cultural revolution, then entered the prestigious Peking University. in contrast to the current leadership crop of engineers, li studied law and economics, during a time of great liberal influence in the party and optimism in China.

After graduation, li went to work at the Communist youth league, an organization that grooms university students for party roles, when it was headed by now-President hu Jintao. After Beijing erupted in the 1989 pro-democracy protests centered on tiananmen square, li originally tried to build bridges between the league and student activists. however, after martial law was declared, he quickly abandoned such efforts and within four years rose to head of the league at a time when it was becoming irrelevant to young people amid increasing choices and a growing market economy. li had been seen as hu’s preferred successor, but the need to balance party factions prompted the leadership to choose a consensus candidate, Xi Jinping, who’s expected to take over as party chief after a pivotal party congress ends wednesday and later as president. li’s relationship with Xi remains ambiguous, although the two are expected to follow the existing model under which hu stayed somewhat aloof as head of state while wen acted as the public face of the administration. Both are seen as part of a generation of leaders more comfortable with the west than their predecessors, said Ding Xueliang of hong kong University of science and technology. “their reference for great power status from Day one was the United states, unlike hu Jintao and wen Jiabao, who looked toward the soviet Union,” Ding said. After henan, li’s next posting was in the northeastern rustbelt province of liaoning, where he oversaw a revival that drew foreign investment from BMw and intel. one of the province’s largest cities, the port of Dalian, even attracted the glitzy world economic Forum, where global tycoons mixed with top Chinese

leaders and captains of industry. in a U.s. state Department cable released by the wikileaks organization, li is quoted telling diplomats that Chinese economic growth statistics were “manmade,” and saying he looked instead to electricity demand, rail cargo traffic and lending as more accurate indicators. Married to an english literature professor, li and his family have largely steered clear of the webs of corruption surrounding other leading Chinese officials, although questions have been raised over whether his brother’s powerful position at the government tobacco monopoly clashes with li’s role in making health policy. since his 2007 appointment to the standing Committee, li has overseen modest progress in his areas of responsibility, including public health, food safety and housing, which have long been plagued by funding difficulties, lax supervision and soaring prices. he’s maintained a steady, if low-key, schedule of meetings and speeches, with a visit last year to the Chinese autonomous region of hong kong attracting the greatest attention _ though not necessarily for the right reasons. the stifling security surrounding him and his unwillingness to meet with political critics seemed to cast him as a typical Chinese leader, tone deaf to public opinion in the former British colony that has maintained its own legal system and political freedoms. in an April speech to the Boao Forum, a gathering of government officials and business leaders in southern China, li made the case for structural reform of China’s economy, citing the need for greater balance, coordination and stability. China wants to create an “open, transparent, fair, competitive, and predictable marketplace and legal environment,” he said. yet similar pledges have been made many times before, including in China’s latest Five year Plan, and questions remain about li’s willingness to take on vested interests, particularly in the state-owned enterprises, said Patrick Chovanec, a business professor at Beijing’s tsinghua University. “it remains to be seen whether li will come out as a leader, or just follow a weak, watered-down consensus,” Chavonec said. that demand for consensus severely constrains the scope of any administrative reform, even though li and the party say they are necessary, said U.s. Naval Academy China scholar yu Maochun. “you can’t change the key parts of China’s economic structure without fundamentally changing China’s political structure, so i don’t expect much” from li, yu said. 

{APA ELECTION cont’d from page 1} the first indian-American hindu and only the she was piloting in iraq was hit by a rocketAfterwards, she served in the U.s. house of representatives from 2006 to 2012. As a U.s. representative, she was the first Asian American Buddhist member, sharing the title of first Buddhist member with hank Johnson of Georgia who was also elected in 2006.

Tulsi Gabbard the person replacing Mazie hirono is no slouch. 31-yearold tulsi Gabbard is the first hindu to win an election for Congress. she was also hawaii’s youngestever elected when she became a legislator at the age of 21. she cut that term short, resigning her position to serve two tours in the Middle east as part of hawaii’s National Guard. though she is not of indian heritage, her mother converted to hinduism and raised tulsi in the Vaishnava branch of hinduism. Gabbard will be taking her oath of office over a Bhagavad Gita instead of a Bible.

Ami Bera Ami Bera, a 47-year-old California Democrat, currently holds an approximate 2,000 vote lead over incumbent Dan lungren in the contest to represent California’s 7th District in the U.s. congress. if he wins, he will be

third indian-American to be ever elected to Congress.

Mark Takano Mark takano, the har vard-educated Democrat who will be representing California’s new 41st district, will be the first openly gay, non-white Congressman. he was born in riverside, Calif. but his family was interned during world war ii. this was his third time running for Congress, having lost the first two elections by very slim margins.

Mike Honda 71-year-old Democrat Mike honda won his bid for reelection to represent California’s 17th District. honda, who was interned as a child during world war ii, is soon expected to represent the only district outside of hawaii to be made up of a majority of Asians.

Tammy Duckworth tammy Duckworth, 44-year-old Democrat, lost both her legs and the use of one of her arms when the helicopter


propelled grenade. Despite this, she beat out a republican incumbent and will be the first thai-Chinese American woman in Congress as well as the first injured-in-combat female veteran in Congress. the race for the seat was marred by vicious attack ads and accusations that Duckworth relied too much on her military service during the election.

Grace Meng Grace Meng will become the first Asian American to represent New york in Congress, despite the Chinese’s long history in the state. Meng represents the predominately Chinese neighborhood of Flushing, located in the borough of Queens in New york City.

Colleen Hanabusa Colleen hanabusa, one of the three female Asian Americans elected to Congress from hawaii, successfully defended her position, defeating her opponent Charles Djou 54 percent to 44. she was first elected to the house of representatives in 2010. when serving in the state senate of hawaii, she was the first woman president of the senate in 2006, making her the first Asian American woman to preside of a state legislature in the United states.

But, despite the gains made this year, Asian and Pacific Americans are still underrepresented in Congress. of the 541 members of Congress, only 11 — or two percent — are Asian American. the U.s. population is currently 4.5 percent Asian American. But progress is being made and Asian Americans are becoming more involved. “today is a first for Congress,” said Mike honda (D-Calif.), in an interview with rafu shimpo, a los Angeles-based Japanese newspaper. “the next Congress will see more Asian American and Pacific islander members of Congress than ever before. As chair emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, this is everything i’ve worked to create and i’m thrilled to see Congress more diverse than the day i started. that goes for the more hispanic American 113th Congress, the first openly gay senator in history, and the first Asian American woman in the senate too. Congress is slowly, but surely, starting to better represent America. today is also a voting first. having traveled the country during this election, getting out the Asian American and Pacific islander vote in swing states like Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia, i know that we witnessed the highest voter turnout ever among Asian Americans and Pacific islanders. we moved the dial of democracy forward and more minorities voted than ever before.”  Charles Lam can be reached at charles@

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A native of kyoto, Japan, yuri kinoshita was an artist from a young age. As a child in her family’s kimono Pilchuck Glass school and worked for shop, she created a makeshift desk for Dale Chihuly. drawing. As an adult, she fell in love “the Northwest has deep connections with seattle and it’s amazing views to Japan, Asia, and the Far east. i feel while visiting friends. comfortable in seattle. there is a strong “in the second year, i understood more Japanese American community and that about the long seattle winters, which encouraged me to stay and helped me gave me plenty of time to think. the fact survive the culture shock,” said ichithat you don’t see the sun often is how kawa. the idea for my ‘sunrise’ creations was while glass is ichikawa’s primary born. i had always wanted to make cremedium, she also works with video, ations that came from deep within and sound, fiber and creates both small- and seattle’s environment inspires my crelarge-scale installations. three of her ativity,” said kinoshita. pieces are included in the sAM Gallery kinoshita makes lighting pieces from show. natural materials such as linen paper, A particularly interesting work visibamboo fiber, and Japanese silk textiles. tors can view is a triptych piece con“i believe my light is not just an obceived earlier this year during ichikaject of design nor a functional tool, but wa’s collaboration with the Calty Design i want to make it beautiful like the sun research/toyota Design studio in Newand moon,” said kinoshita. port Beach, Calif. Yuki Nakamura’s “Illuminant White Gold” kinoshita’s 2007 “Moon shine” wo“the director challenged me to creven light sculpture piece hangs from ate a work inspired by the concept they sAM Gallery’s ceiling. she was also inspired to create two new were working on for a future car. the work was inspired by what pieces, “Madoka” and “tessen,” to complement the original. the i saw in their creative studios. if you really look at it, you can see pieces use kimono textiles as well as bamboo and Japanese pasome of the influences,” said ichikawa. pers, which reflect her kyoto roots. Yuki Nakamura “the power and influence of women in today’s world cannot be yuki Nakamura, born and raised in Japan, came to seattle in ignored,” said kinoshita. “i believe the potential of female com1995 to attend the University of washington where she earned passion are essential keys to solutions for the problems existing a Master of Fine Arts. her chosen medium, ceramics, has exin the world. i am honored to be part of this historic exhibit.”  panded in recent years to include fashion design, printmaking, and multimedia projects. “like Japan, there are many little islands around the Pacific Elles: SAM Gallery Northwest. there is a similar geography and that probably influNorthwest Women Artists ences the Japanese community that’s been here for 100 years. it’s October 25-December 1 helpful as an artist,” said Nakamura. Seattle Tower Building in 2007, Nakamura was commissioned by seattle City light 1220 Third Avenue to develop a large-scale installation for their Municipal tower Free and open to the public. office. she used hundreds of vintage, porcelain light bulbs and video projectors to create “Filament,” a thought-provoking look For hours and location, visit seattleartmuseum. at light. the sAM Gallery show includes a smaller-scale version. org. Visitors should note, SAM Gallery hours “it’s important to see museum shows with international artdiffer from the downtown museum. ists and also gallery shows that focus on locals. it’s a different experience since this is a group showing (at sAM Gallery) with a variety of artists. it’s unique to have an overall feeling of what’s Deanna Duff can be reached at happening in the Northwest,” said Nakamura. Yuri Kinoshita

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{TAIWAN cont’d from page 5} tourists travel to taiwan every year, often holing up in their hotels to watch taiwan’s many politically relentless all-news television stations. China’s ruling Communists continue to hail their model as superior, noting its state-directed economy has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty in recent decades and government policies have warded off the recession and weak growth that have wracked the west during the past four years. in his opening speech to the congress thursday, President hu Jintao said China would never adopt a western-style political system. “there is a contest of ideology between China and taiwan,” said political scientist George tsai of taipei’s Chinese Culture University. “it is dictatorship versus democracy. Many people are wondering if taiwan’s model of democracy is appropriate for China’s future.” sheng, the former culture minister, said a high watermark for taiwan’s influence came earlier this year when millions of politically literate mainlanders closely followed taiwan’s hard-fought presidential election between Ma and challenger tsai ing-wen. he said the thousands of favorable comments that appeared on Chinese blogs — which mainlanders use to skirt government restrictions on officially sanctioned media — left little doubt that some in China had been won over by the vibrancy of the taiwanese system. “they were really taken with the openness of the electoral process, the way the candidates conducted themselves, the graciousness of tsai’s concession speech after she lost,” he said. Despite sheng’s optimism, even some Chinese impressed by taiwan’s democratic transition believe it is naive to assume that a robust democratic system can take root on the mainland anytime soon. Decades of repressive policies mean there is no ready opposition party, and many Chinese fear the chaos that might result from a collapse of the Communist Party. then there’s the leadership’s resistance to losing power. “they realize what kind of purge they could expect if democracy ever came,” mainlander eric Zhang wrote in a recent post on sina Corp.’s popular weibo service, a Chinese version of twitter. “they would no doubt fight democracy as if their lives depended on it.” 

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