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Against the odds, Gregerson appointed to state legislature By Sue Misao NortHWest AsiAN WeeKLY

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Against the wishes of the King county democrats’ 33rd district, seatac deputy Mayor Mia su-Ling Gregerson has been appointed by the King county council to the Washington state House of representatives. As one of three names up for appointment to fill rep. dave Upthegrove’s legislative seat after his election to the seatac city council last month, Gregerson made it clear that if not selected, she would run for the position in 2014. on dec. 3, seatac’s committee Precinct officers chose former Kent city councilmember elizabeth

Albertson to fill the seat — a choice most considered likely to be confirmed by the King county council. But, surprise. on Monday, dec. 16, the council appointed Gregerson instead. “After consulting with speaker chopp, executive constantine, and councilmember Julia Patterson, and listening carefully to the answers to questions posed to councilmembers Albertson and Gregerson, i was pleased to vote with the majority of my fellow democrats on the council to appoint deputy Mayor Gregerson to the state House,” said councilmember rod dembowski. {see GREGERSON cont’d on page 15}

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Two winning lottery tickets sold by Asian shop owners By Johnny Clark AssociAted Press AtLANtA (AP) – two lucky winning tickets were sold in this week’s near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing. one ticket was sold at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, the other more than 2,000 miles away at a gift shop in california. one ticketholders’ identity may remain a mystery for months — california gives the winner a year to come forward. Lottery officials identified the Georgia winner as ira curry of stone Mountain, east of Atlanta. For selling a winning ticket in tuesday’s drawing, thuy Nguyen, owner of Jennifer’s Gift shop in san Jose, calif., will get $1 million for selling a winning ticket, california Lottery officials said. {see MEGA MILLIONS cont’d on page 4}

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson of SeaTac will take a seat in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Lawyers demand China bans NW immigration reform shellfish imports

India diplomat outraged by invasive arrest

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imposed the ban after discovering that recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters had high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish

NeW deLHi (AP) – An indian diplomat said she faced repeated “handcuffing, stripping, and cavity searches” follow- Devyani Khobragade ing her arrest in New York city on visa fraud charges in a case that has infuriated the government in New delhi. in an e-mail published in india media on Wednesday, devyani Khobragade, india’s deputy consul general in New York, said she was treated like a common criminal, despite her “incessant assertions of immunity.” “i broke down many times as the indignities of repeated

Waiter Steve Miller takes empty lunch orders from diners (L–R) Jordan Wasserman, Tahmina Watson, Mary de Rosas, and Tom Youngjohn at a protest for immigration reform in Seattle.

A popular dish in China is steamed bean thread with geoduck and garlic.

By Sue Misao NortHWest AsiAN WeeKLY

seAttLe (AP) – china has suspended imports of shellfish from the U.s. West coast, cutting off one of the biggest export markets for Northwest companies and prompting fears of a monthslong shutdown. the chinese government

Local attorneys and other legal professionals sat down for an empty lunch at tables set up in front of the Federal building in seattle on

dec. 10. the staged protest was an effort to join fasters in a “symbolic protest of congress’ empty promises to fix our broken immigration system.” {see IMMIGRATION REFORM cont’d on page 6}

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COMMUNITY King 5’s Mary Lee loves the weather » P. 3

WORLD China on the moon » P. 5

ART It’s getting colorful under the freeway » P. 7

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Obama nominates Wu for Labor Dept. position

New board members attended the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce retreat held on Dec. 15 at the House of Hong restaurant.

on Nov. 18, the Greater seattle chinese chamber of commerce voted to renew terms and welcome the new board of directors for 2014. Afterwards, new officers were selected from the board. they are Martha Lee, president; Felicity Wang, 1st vice president; david Leong, 2nd vice president; Will chen, treasurer; and John Liu, secretary. 

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Chu receives NWPC award elaine chu, along with other nominees, received the 2013 campaign Heroine Award from the National Women’s Political caucus of Washington. chu was the campaign director for Maya Vengadasalam, Kent school Board director, Position 5. 

King for a day tony thai-Bao Vo was crowned Homecoming King at the University of Washington’s Husky stadium on oct. 26. Vo is a senior from White center, majoring in American ethnic studies and public health. His queen was Annah Wanjiku, a senior international studies major from edmonds. each received at $1,000 scholarship. 

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President obama has announced his intent to nominate Portia Y. Wu as assistant secretary for employment and training Administration, department of Labor. Wu currently serves as special assistant to the president for Labor and Workforce Policy at the White House domestic Policy council (dPc). From 2011 to 2012, she served as the senior policy advisor for Mobility and opportunity at dPc. Prior to joining the administration, she was the vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families from 2010 to 2011. From 2003 to 2010, Ms. Wu worked at the senate Health, education, Labor, and Pensions (HeLP) committee in a number of roles, including Labor and Pensions counsel, chief Labor and Pensions counsel, and Labor Policy director and General counsel. Prior to working in the U.s. senate, Wu was an attorney at Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLc, and clerked for Judge richard A. Paez in the U.s. district court for the central district of california. Wu received a B.A. from Yale college, an M.A. from cornell University, and a J.d. from Yale Law school. 

engagement partner following a multi-year engagement with a former Pacific Northwest tatum client. in returning to tatum, Numata will provide consulting and advisory services directly to clients, as well as support market growth and business development. Mae Numata “Mae’s executive background working with predominantly Pacific Northwest familyowned businesses, combined with her 20-plus year banking career, makes her extremely well-qualified to amplify our clients’ business impact,” said david douglass, managing partner at Pacific Northwest. Numata graduated from the University of Washington and holds a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in accounting. she is also a graduate of the executive development institute. 

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Numata returns to Tatum tatum, a management and advisory firm offering handson strategic, financial, and technology solutions, announced today that Mae Numata has rejoined the company as an

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

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Minority businesses Lee is new King 5 ranked, awarded meteorologist

Winners of the Minority Business Awards were honored at the Westin Hotel Dec. 5.

the University of Washington Minority Business Awards were announced dec. 5 at the Westin Hotel in seattle. the program, started in 1999, is sponsored by the UW consulting and Business development center of the Michael G. Foster school of Business. the event was co-hosted by the Puget sound Business Journal. Kalani Packaging inc. in everett was named the UW’s Northwest Washington Minority Business of the Year. HyGen Pharmaceuticals of redmond won the UW’s Minority Business owner rising star Award. several APi businesses were included in the top 50 for Washington’s largest minority-owned businesses, ranked by 2012 revenues in the Puget sound Business Jourrnal. town & country Markets in Poulso ($204.9 million) was ranked at No. 5 and Uwajimaya in seattle ($106.5 million) at No. 6.

others in the top 50 included spokane Produce inc. in spokane; edifecs inc. in Bellevue; revel consulting in Kirkland; inspirage LLc in Bellevue; Greater china industries inc. in Bellevue; true Fabrications in seattle; society consulting in Bellevue; christensen o’connor Johnson Kindness PLLc in seattle; Jabez construction/st Fabrication in Federal Way; and compendium inc. in seattle; WideNet consulting Group in Bellevue; Farrow construction specialties inc. in Fife; c2s technologies in Bellevue; HyGen Pharmaceuticals inc. in redmond; teleion consulting LLc in seattle; caiman consulting in redmond; schakra inc. in redmond; idea entity corp. in Bellevue; Pacific software Publishing inc. in Bellevue; Western safety Products in seattle; Prr inc. in seattle; iFusionit in Bellevue; and exeltech consulting inc. in Lacey. 

Get free help signing up for health insurance the international community Health services (icHs) offers free help to Washington residents to enroll or answer questions about health coverage options through Washington “Healthplanfinder.” “icHs has certified in-person assisters in the international district and Holly Park clinics, and at community venues to help raise awareness about the Affordable care Act and help people enroll in free or low-cost healthcare insurance options,” said Michael McKee, director of Health services and community Partnerships at icHs. “We have assisted more than 3,900 patients and residents in applying for coverage since the initiative began.” enrollment appointment dates at icHs are already scheduled to the end of February 2014. However, the agency is training additional staff to meet the growing demand for this service. “there is still lingering confusion about the Affordable care Act,” McKee said. “our ultimate goal is for everyone in our community to get access to quality healthcare without them worrying that it will drain their financial resources,”

this free service is part of a national outreach strategy led by the Asian and Pacific islander American Health Forum (APiAHF), Association of Asian Pacific community Health organizations (AAPcHo), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), and Asian Americans Advancing JusticeAAJc (Advancing Justice-AAJc) to enroll as many qualified Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific islanders as possible. icHs is a one-stop health care agency that offers quality and affordable health services — including medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, outreach, and healthy living assistance — in more than 50 languages and dialects. the last day to enroll for health insurance is March 31, 2014. Failure to get coverage may result in fines. Visit for more information or to enroll on your own. to take advantage of the free service for enrollment assistance, call icHs at 206788-3700 to set an appointment. 

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By Sue Misao NortHWest AsiAN WeeKLY Mary Lee loves weather. she is especially passionate about extreme weather. she even moved to texas just to be near severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, and flash flooding. “i’ve experienced golf-ball sized hail and flew into the eye of a hurricane,” she said, as if that’s a good thing. For Lee, it’s all good. since sept. 30, she has been a KiNG 5 tV meteorologist, forecasting the weather on weekend mornings and most weekdays.

Lee, a california native, graduated from Uc davis before heading into texas storms. she is happy to have landed in seattle, where she can be near family (her father is a retired mechanical engineer from the Puget sound Naval shipyard in Bremerton). she says Pacific Northwest climate and topography is every bit as interesting as texas. “there are more winter storms here,” she said. “it’s changing all the time.” Lee spends her days looking at different weather models, reading satellite and radar imagery, studying various analyses and observations, and “crunching calculations.” Lee, who is chinese American, takes pride in her Asian background. “it can be tough sometimes,” she said. “there are stereotypes for Asian Americans, but i think most people just see me as myself.” Lee isn’t alone in her passion for extremes. Her mother, Kwong Yem Han, is a calligraphist, but not just any calligraphist. “she’s the Queen of the Big Brush,” said Lee. “she’s the only woman in the world who studied [in Beijing] under the King of the Big Brush.” Big Brush means a paintbrush that is three feet tall. “You roll out rice paper and do a dance while painting on it,” Lee explained. Also, swords are involved. Lee is enjoying life in seattle in the expected way. “i love the food,” she said. “i love seafood, Asian food, the vibe of the city. it’s a really cool place with a big Asian American community.” 

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NOAA dedicates Daniel K. Inouye facility in Honolulu The late Sen. Daniel Inouye

on dec. 16, the National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NoAA) dedicated its new NoAA daniel K. inouye regional center, located on Ford island in Honolulu. the facility, named for the late senator daniel K. inouye, is the last phase of a campus environment that will house 15 NoAA offices with more than 700 staff, and most of the

NoAA assets in Hawaii. Acting NoAA Administrator dr. Kathryn sullivan attended the dedication ceremony, along with the late senator’s wife, Mrs. irene Hirano inouye, members of the {MEGA MILLIONS cont’d from page 1} But his counterparts in Georgia — Young soolee and Young Lee, who own a Gateway Newsstand at on office building in upscale northern Atlanta — get no bonus beyond the usual 6 percent commission on store lottery sales, Georgia lottery officials said. Lee said Wednesday that he hadn’t heard anything official from the state lottery

Hawaii congressional delegation, as well as Navy, state, and local representatives. senator inouye passed away in december 2012, after a distinguished, nearly 50-year career in the U.s. senate. “senator inouye was a great friend to NoAA and a great advocate for Hawaiians and our country’s natural resources. it’s fitting that we dedicate this building in his honor as a tribute to his years of public service,” said Kathryn sullivan, Ph.d., acting under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and acting NoAA administrator. the late senator inouye, with support from the Hawaii congressional delegation and the state of Hawaii, led the effort to redevelop Ford island and secure the necessary funding for a world-class facility to support NoAA’s science, service, and stewardship mission in the Pacific region. the $331 million project was partially funded under the American reinvestment and recovery Act and represents the largest capital facility project in NoAA’s

office yet. But still, he said, “this is good for me and my family,” noting the publicity that the winning ticket would bring the store, even without a bonus. Policies on store bonuses — along with those on how long a winner has to claim a prize and whether their name goes public — vary by state, according to an e-mail from Paula otto, Mega Millions lead director. Nguyen told KNtV he doesn’t know who bought the winning ticket at his store, which sits along san Jose’s tree-lined tully

history. in January 2013, the facility was named in senator inouye’s honor, in recognition of his significant contribution to ocean and environmental issues and his steadfast support for the construction of the campus. the center is a 35-acre parcel on federally owned property and combines new facilities with the historic preservation of four buildings culminating into a campus, which is environmentally sustainable, state of the art, and Leadership in environmental and energy design (Leed) Gold certified. As a national historic landmark site, the area seeks to preserve both built and natural resources associated with events of historic and cultural significance. NoAA’s mission is “to understand and predict changes in the earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources.” 

road, amid a cluster of Asian restaurants. But it’s likely someone he knows — most of his customers are his friends. “i feel good! i don’t even know, i can’t sleep,” Nguyen told the station. earlier media reports indicated soolee would receive a bonus for selling a winning ticket. But Georgia Lottery spokeswoman tandi reddick clarified that’s not the case. “they do have the distinction of being known as the lucky store now, and that’s always great news for them,” reddick said.

each state that participates in Mega Millions follows its own statutes, regulations, and governing board, ott said. With winning numbers of 8, 14, 17, 20, 39, and Mega Ball 7, tuesday’s jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in U.s. history. the chances of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 259 million.  Associated Press writers Jeff Martin in Atlanta and Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco contributed to this report.

KING COUNTY INVITATION TO BID Project: King County Correctional Facility HVAC Equipment Replacement, C00853C13. Sealed Bid Time/Date Due: 1:30 pm, January 29, 2014. Sealed Bid Location: King County Procurement & Contract Services Section, Contracts Counter, 3rd Floor, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. Engineer’s Estimate: Base Work $6,360,000; Alternates $2,345,000. Scope of Work: The work under this Contract consists of providing comprehensive energy saving heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and system replacements at the King County Correctional Facility. The work includes remove existing air handling units and replacement with new air handling units, including supply fan sections, return fan sections, exhaust fan sections, and all filters and coil sections, including associated coils and hydronic piping packages, ductwork modifications, pumps, and new glycol feeder. At air handling units being replaced, remove existing electrical devices and connections back to motor control centers and replace with new. Removal of existing Variable Air Volume (VAV) boxes and replacement with new VAV’s. Remove existing DDC controls system and replace with new BACnet open protocol Energy Management and Control System. Work site: King County Correctional Facility, 500 Fifth Ave., Seattle, Washington 98104. Contact Information: Mark Hoge, Contract Specialist, 206-263-9389, TTY Relay: 711, Fax: 206-296-7675, or Submit all Bidders’ questions in writing via email. No verbal answers by any County personnel or its agents and consultants will be binding on the County. MANDATORY Pre-Bid Conference & Site Tour: January 7, 2014 @ 10:00 a.m. OR Janu-

ary 8, 2014 @ 10:00 a.m., King County Correctional Facility (main public entrance) 500 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. FAILURE TO ATTEND ONE OF THE MANDATORY CONFERENCES AND SITE TOURS WILL RESULT IN A NON-RESPONSIVE BID DETERMINATION. A Sign-In/Sign-Out sheet will provide evidence of attendance. It is the Bidders’ responsibility to ensure that his or her Sign-In/ Sign-Out is recorded. IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTICE. DEADLINE December 31, 2013 @ 5:00 p.m. All persons attending a Pre-Bid Conference & Site Tour in the King County Correctional Facility must submit and pass a criminal background check prior to the tour. A completed AUTHORIZATION FOR CRIMINAL HISTORY REFERENCE CHECK must be received no later than as stated above. Any person who is DENIED jail access by the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention will not be allowed to attend. The Authorization Form is included in the Contract Documents (see Sections 00020 and 015500). Completed AUTHORIZATION forms shall be submitted to DAJD’s Maintenance and Supply Sergeant, (206) 477-5081, Fax to 206-296-0297, mailed or delivered to King County Correctional Facility, 500 4th Ave, Room 600, Seattle, WA 98104 for processing no later than the above date and time. Include with the AUTHORIZATION form a PDF copy of the individual’s driver’s license. Individuals submitting AUTHORIZATION forms are reminded that all information given must be truthful, accurate and complete. Subcontracting Opportunities: Electrical, DDC Controls. Apprenticeship Requirements: 15% minimum Apprentice Utilization Requirement. SCS Utilization Requirements: 5% minimum requirement for King County Certified Small

Contractors and Suppliers (SCS). Bid Guaranty: Not less than five percent (5%) of the Total Bid Price. Applicable Federal Provisions: Federal Labor Provisions and Davis Bacon (Federal) Wage Rates; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. 111-5 including the Buy American Provision. Federal Funding: This contract is funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Energy. The federal participation is estimated at 43% of the total contract value. Plans/Specifications: Contract Documents can be obtained ONLY at the Contracts Counter, Procurement and Contract Services Section, Chinook Building, 3rd Floor, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. No electronic copies of the Contract Documents will be made available. Individuals wishing to obtain the Contract Documents will be required to register as document holders, and to sign an agreement restricting any copying or distribution of the Documents and agreeing to return the Contract Documents within fourteen (14) days after bid opening (see forms that follow). Email notifications of addenda or other important information concerning this solicitation will be transmitted only to registered document holders. No copies of addenda will be posted online. This information is available in alternate formats for individuals with disabilities upon advance request by calling 206-263-9400, TTY Relay: 711. Notes: Bids received after Sealed Bid Time will not be considered. Bidders accept all risks of late delivery, regardless of fault. King County is not responsible for any costs incurred in response to this Invitation to Bid.

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China plans rock-collecting mission on moon in 2017

Photo by Change’ 3 landing vehicle

By Louise Watt AssociAted Press

China’s first moon rover “Yutu” — or Jade Rabbit — is on the lunar surface in the area known as Sinus Iridum (Bay of Rainbows) Sunday, Dec. 15.

BeiJiNG (AP) – china said Monday its plan to launch its fifth lunar probe in 2017 with the aim of bringing lunar soil and rock samples to earth was on track after a successful moon landing of another space probe last weekend. the chang’e 5 mission would mark the third and final phase of china’s robotic lunar exploration program and pave the way for possibly landing an astronaut on the moon after 2020. “Phase three will be a difficult task,” said Wu Zhijian, spokesman for the state Administration of science, technology, and industry for National defense. they will have to master technologies to enable the probe to package

samples and take off from the moon, and the high-speed re-entry technology that will allow it to return to earth, Wu said. on dec. 14, chang’e 3 landed on the moon, marking the first soft landing of a space probe on the moon’s surface in 37 years. the landing vehicle will conduct scientific examinations of the landing site for a year and the rover will move about and survey the moon’s structure and look for natural resources. on sunday, the chang’e 3’s separated landing vehicle and rover took photos of each other for about a minute, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. the color images transmitted back to earth showed the chinese flag on the {see CHINA cont’d on page 13}

US ups security aid to North Korea explodes SE Asia, criticizes China myth of Kim dynasty By Matthew Lee and Matthew Pennington AssociAted Press HANoi, Vietnam (AP) – U.s. secretary of state John Kerry offered harsh words for china and new maritime security assistance for southeast Asia on dec. 16 to bolster countries facing growing chinese assertiveness in a region where the two world powers are jockeying for influence. tensions are running high after a nearcollision of U.s. and chinese naval vessels this month and an air defense zone china has declared over an area that includes territory controlled by Japan, a U.s. ally. those actions have raised fresh alarm as Beijing modernizes its military and claims a wide swath of ocean and disputed islands across the east and south china seas. Kerry used his first visit to Vietnam as America’s top diplomat to reiterate support for diplomacy between southeast Asia’s regional bloc and Beijing over the territorial

disputes, and to provide aid for southeast Asian nations to defend waters they claim as their own. Kerry pledged $32.5 million, including up to $18 million for Vietnam that will include five fast patrol boats for its coast Guard. With the new contribution, U.s. maritime security assistance to the region will exceed $156 million over the next two years, he said. “Peace and stability in the south china sea is a top priority for us and for countries in the region,” Kerry told reporters at a news conference with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. “We are very concerned by and strongly opposed to coercive and aggressive tactics to advance territorial claims.” the next stop on his Asian trip will be the Philippines, which lost control of a disputed reef in the south china sea last year after a standoff with china. the United states is also helping equip the Philippines with {see VIETNAM cont’d on page 14}

By Foster Klug AssociAted Press seoUL, south Korea (AP) – North Korea’s propaganda machine has long kept alive the myth of a serene, all-powerful ruling dynasty that enjoyed universal love and support at home. in a single stroke last week, that came crashing down. in attempting to justify the execution of his uncle, who was also considered North Korea’s No. 2 official, young leader Kim Jong Un has given the world a rare look behind the scenes of a notoriously hard-toread government. it is not a pretty sight, and many analysts believe Pyongyang’s eagerness to pillory Jang song thaek not only destroys the image of unity projected by state-run media, but also acknowledges dissension and a dangerous instability. that’s an alarming prospect as Kim Jong Un tries to revive a moribund economy, even as he pushes development

of nuclear-armed missiles. the subtext to the over-the-top demonizing of Jang — he was accused of drug use, gambling, a planned military coup, and massive corruption — was a shocking admission. the Kim family wasn’t in total control. contradicting past assertions of unity and strength, North Korea has acknowledged that the leadership had indeed been roiled because of the challenge by Kim’s mentor and uncle after the 2011 death of Kim’s father, the late dictator Kim Jong il. As nervous officials and apparatchiks gather tuesday in Pyongyang for the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong il, the as-yet unanswerable question now is, what comes next? the charges against Jang must be taken with a large dose of skepticism. As always, the world only gets to see what the North Koreans want seen, and there’s no way to prove what’s true and what’s not. But the fact that the claims are being {see KOREA cont’d on page 15}

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WHAT: Asia Pacific cultural center Movie of the Month, “Love Letter,” a film by Japanese director shunji iwai WHERE: Asia Pacific cultural center, 4851 s. tacoma Way, tacoma WHEN: 7 p.m. ADMISSION: Free

SAT 12/21 WHAT: Family Fun day creating paper tops WHERE: Wing Luke Museum, 719 s. King st., seattle WHEN: 1–3 p.m. COST: Free admission

TUE 12/31 WHAT: radical Women’s annual New Year’s eve Party

WHERE: New Freeway Hall, 5018 rainier Ave. s., seattle WHEN: 8:30 p.m. COST: $5/door donation, $15/ buffet donation INFO: 206-722-6057,,

MON 1/6/2014 WHAT: explore the chinese New Year WHERE: seattle children’s Museum, 305 Harrison st., seattle INFO: WHAT: 24th Annual Mochi tsuki Festival WHERE: islandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.e., Bainbridge island WHEN: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. INFO: 206-855-4300, www.

{GEODUCK cont’d from page 1} poisoning, KUoW public radio reported. the chinese government says the ban that started last week will continue indefinitely. clams, oysters, and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off Washington, oregon, Alaska, and Northern california are affected. “they’ve never done anything like that, where they would not allow shellfish from this entire area based on potentially two areas or maybe just one area,” Jerry Borchert of the Washington department of Health told KUoW. U.s. officials think the contaminated clams came from Washington or Alaska, but are waiting for more details from china to help identify the exact source. the National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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WHAT: seattle dept. of Neighborhoods workshop on applying for grant applications for its small and simple Projects Funds WHERE: Garfield community center, 2323 e. cherry st., seattle WHEN: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. INFO: 206-733-9916 or

WHAT: New Years All Year round Family Fun day WHERE: Wing Luke Museum, 719 s. King st., seattle WHEN: 1–3 p.m. INFO: 206-623-5124, www.

TUE 1/14/2014 WHAT: seattle dept. of Neighborhoods workshop on applying for grant applications for its small and simple Projects Funds WHERE: ravenna community center, 6535 ravenna Ave. N.e., seattle WHEN: 6-8 p.m. INFO: 206-733-9916 or

TUE 1/21/2014 WHAT: Hing Hay Park expansion public meeting WHERE: international district/chinatown community center, 719 8th Ave. s., seattle WHEN: 6–8 p.m. INFO: seattle Parks & recreation 206-615-0810 or hing_hay/

will negotiate with the chinese government on an agreement to reopen the shellfish trade. NoAA stopped issuing certification for shellfish exports last week. the United states exported $68 million worth of geoduck clams last year, most of which came from Washington state’s Puget sound. Nearly 90 percent of those geoduck exports went to china — about 4,000 tons of it, according to King tV, which also reported the ban will have a $100 million impact on the Northwest economy. “it’s had an incredible impact,” said George Hill, the geoduck harvest coordinator for Puget sound’s suquamish tribe. “A couple thousand divers are out of work right now.” in the region, most geoduck farmers are based in Puget sound, where about 5 million pounds (2.3 million kilograms) of wild geoduck are caught each year. Geoduck sell for $100 to $150 per pound in china.

steve Miller, an attorney with cowan, Miller & Lederman, offered the day’s lunch specials: “Undue delay, wasted time, and empty potential.” About two dozen members of the Washington chapter of the American immigration Lawyers Association staged the “empty-plate” demonstration in conjunction with the peace and justice group, oneAmerica. “As lawyers, we know exactly how much time has been wasted by our representatives, unduly, simply for political positioning,” said tom Youngjohn, an attorney with All American immigration. “We see families torn apart every day by the immigration laws,” added Jordan Wasserman, an attorney with Northwest immigration rights Project. “We are on the ground seeing people who need help,” said tahmina Watson of Watson immigration Law. “Without reform, we can’t help them.” A same-day action was held in Bellingham. 

Although the clams are harvested year-round, demand peaks during the holiday season leading up to the chinese celebration of the Lunar New Year, which falls on Jan. 31 in 2014. officials say the closure could last for months. While the industry awaits a resolution at the international level, it is adjusting to the new reality. A spokesman for taylor shellfish, the largest shellfish supplier in Washington, said the company is considering other solutions. “i was just talking to our geoduck manager and he’s got two harvest crews and three beach crews essentially doing make-work,” Bill dewey said. “He’s too nice a guy to lay them off during the holidays, but there’s only so much you can be charitable in making work for people. eventually, you’re going to have to lay them off.” 

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Welcoming waves enhance freeway columns By Vivian Nguyen NortHWest AsiAN WeeKLY

Dennis Su

Photo by Vivian Nguyen/NWAW

the strip of 30 columns under the i-5 overpass on south King street has undergone a makeover in a bid to transform and revitalize the area. the community project, led by former architects-turnedretirees dennis su and Alex Young, had a recent dedication ceremony to commemorate the painting done on the columns. though painting for the project officially ended in November, its origins began in 2011, when interim cdA, a community development nonprofit organization based in chinatown and the international district, first put out a call for proposals to redo the columns on south King street. As a long-time community stakeholder, su makes it his civic duty to improve the international district when he can. in 1999, su proposed and subsequently headed the redesign of the columns on south Jackson street, which also sits under the i-5 overpass. this experience, coupled with his background of having run his own urban architectural firm, made him an ideal choice for interim’s latest community project on south King street.

Colorful art has brightened things up beneath the I-5 overpass at S. King Street in Seattle.

However, su had a bigger vision for these columns, and pursued help from other professionals with niche experience in public artwork. inspired by the art display of bronze salmon sculptures attached to the sound transit ramp by the eastgate Freeway station in Bellevue, su actively sought out the project’s mastermind.

this quest led him to Young, who previously worked with the department of transportation for 30 years, and held a long history of working on public enhancements and structures. intrigued by working on his first community project for the international district, Young agreed to collaborate with su.

the two men brought their respective unique talents to the project: su pitched and cultivated the artistic vision, while Young brought more technical skills and advice to the table.

Symbolic imagery

When considering images to use for the columns, su drew on

Alex Young

both local geography and Asian art for inspiration. His aim was to choose a symbol that reflected the values and roots of the international district’s diversity and origins. Like the south Jackson street columns, su and Young recognized that the columns lie on a stretch of south King street {see ARTS cont’d on page 12}

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Art exhibit deconstructs our perceptions of race By Jason J. Cruz NortHWest AsiAN WeeKLY

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the color of one’s skin is one of the most telling differences between people. in the past, racial identity has been used as a way to divide more than to unite. An exhibit at the Pacific science center at the seattle center explores these differences. “rAce, Are We so different?” probes our perceptions of race from a historical, scientific, and social perspective. According to the exhibit organizers, the exhibition’s goal is “to help individuals of all ages better understand the origins and manifestations of race and racism in everyday life by investigating race and human variation through the framework of science.” the displays deconstruct perceptions that have divided people for ages, while offering up new ways to view race. “rAce” explores three primary themes: the science of human variation, the history of the idea of race, and the contemporary experience of race and racism. the exhibit was developed by the science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the American Anthropological Association. it has traveled to more than 25 cities across the United states, inspiring discussion and debate since it was established in 2007.

Student groups engage in one of the many interactive displays challenging our preconceived notions of race.

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provoke visitors into challenging their own perceptions of race. the Pacific science center is collaborating with the city of seattle race and social Justice initiative in order to make the exhibit more accessible and broaden the conversation. Workshops led by trained volunteer facilitators have offered pre- and post-exhibit discussions on the understanding of racial equity in various communities. the exhibit has been visited by many school groups, during which students are invited to leave

comments about the displays. Photographs from renowned photographer Wing Young Huie portray the lives of diverse, working class individuals and communities across the country. the pictorials are a commentary about the realities of color, race, and class in America. other thought-provoking moments during the exhibit include a look at the changing view of race in the U.s. census. one question posed, “should race be a question on the next census?” in addition, it probes the disparities in earning potential based upon race, looks at the ongoing debate over sports mascots, and studies the relationship between high blood pressure and race. one of the more interesting interactive media presentations is the “Who’s talking?” activity. Visitors hear a voice and must match that voice with the face of the speaker, challenging many preconceived notions of race. in addition to the interactive and informative activities, there is a historical timeline of events detailing the struggles people of color have had in America. these include the case of Wong Kim Ark, a chinese man born in san Francisco, who was denied access back into the United {see RACE cont’d on page 13}

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Santa’s list of heartwarming stories

From left: Fredo Von Brandenfels, Olivia Apolonio, Mia Yamada-Heidner, Grace Rothmeyer, Delaney Blanford, Kayla Tounalom, and Jay Zinschlag.

Brad Goode and Ben Zhang

Julianne Kumasaka dancing

Martin Lau performing on the ehru (Chinese violin)

the other night, i dreamed about santa claus delivering presents to kids in the international district. i rushed to him, waiting for my turn. santa took a quick look at me and smiled, “You don’t need one.” “Why?” i protested. Because of my age? Like a child being abandoned, i was almost in tears. “You’ve already got it,” santa smiled again and touched my face. “Ho, ho, ho,” he roared and then disappeared in my sleep. i woke up in the morning, feeling energized. And words just came pouring out from my brain, flowing to my fingers, and i couldn’t stop writing on the computer. so here you go…

it was Friday, dec. 13, not my lucky day! Naturally, i missed it. Little did i know the best part of the program was about to be unveiled. When i sat down, the emcee introduced my seattle chinese Post staffer to say a few words. i never heard her speak english before. it blew me away! it was short, sweet, and relevant. Next, a diverse group of Beacon Hill international school students performed a chinese song called “Jasmine Flowers.” i don’t even know how to sing that song. these kids are fluent in Mandarin. they have studied Mandarin since they were in kindergarten. then another caucasian student told a story in chinese. she didn’t have a script — she memorized the whole thing. What impressed me was that she wrote the story and designed the props herself. i completely understood all the words she spoke in Mandarin. But that’s not the end of the story. A parent thanked me afterwards. she said

the Asian Weekly wrote about Beacon Hill’s students’ chinese program and that they needed to raise money to go to china to meet their chinese pen pals. they have been writing to each other for a while. Last september, their chinese friends from chongqing visited them in seattle. one reader responded and pledged to raise $5,000 for the group. Finally, the group raised enough money to go to china next year. Beacon Hill is now planning to raise funds for its second group to go to china. When the Asian Weekly publishes stories, we never know what impact the paper will produce. it’s important that people share with us how we have made a difference. that’s our reward.

which cost about $1.18 million, is to attract chinese tourists and business investment opportunities. Zhang owns Greater china industries. Zhang plans to make 20 of these, he said. “i lived here since 1993. i would like to promote seattle first. Following it, there will be Ninhao san Francisco, Ninhao Las Vegas, Ninhao chicago, Ninhao Boston, and Ninhao New York.” He predicts the program will make millions of dollars in profits. All will be donated to build a school in china for disadvantaged children. it’s a win-win for seattle and the kids. Goode’s voice is actually being dubbed in the program. in the meantime, Goode has worked with a University of Washington chinese student to brush up on his chinese.

Last Friday, i strolled from chinatown to seattle city Hall for a concert. When i arrived, someone patted me on the back and said, “the concert is over. Just go eat,” pointing at the refreshments.

“Ninhao Seattle”

can Brad Goode, KoMo 4 news anchor, speak chinese? Just watch Ninhao seattle (translation: “How are you seattle”?). if you don’t speak chinese, Goode can fool you. created by Ben Zhang, this project, {see BLOG cont’d on page 13}

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2014 looks promising for APIs in leadership roles

december has been a great month for Asian Americans in seattle. First, Mayor-elect ed Murray selected three Asian Americans for leadership positions. then, in a surprising twist of fate, Mia su-Ling Gregerson was appointed to the state House of representatives. No one expected that. Murray’s addition of Aaliyah Gupta, Mike Fong, and Hyeok Kim to his staff is a welcome sign that the new mayor is forward thinking in his efforts to create a city Hall representative of seattle’s diversity. Kim will be the mayor’s “external-facing” deputy mayor, meaning that she will maintain a “systematic engagement with the many diverse communities and groups throughout seattle and beyond.” As executive director of interim community development Association, Kim’s work has focused on preserving and revitalizing seattle’s chinatown/ international district, and she has worked on child welfare, human services, and affordable housing issues. in fact, a lot of her work has involved improving the lives of children. Kim, whose family emigrated from south Korea when she was 5, is a good fit for the job.

Fong, originally from spokane, an analyst with the seattle city council central staff, will be deputy director of the office. His experience with the city council makes him an optimal choice. His primary areas of focus have been transportation and human services, but his policy portfolio spans nearly every department of the city, and he also coaches youth basketball. Murray named Aaliyah Gupta as interim director of the office of immigrant and refugee Affairs. A native of india, Gupta is the founding executive director of chaya, a community-based nonprofit working on domestic violence issues in the south Asian community. she is an excellent choice for this position. We look forward to seeing how these three appointees will bring their skills and passion to city Hall. Meanwhile, King county council’s choice of Mia su-Ling Gregerson over elizabeth Alberston to fill dave Upthegrove’s vacated House seat — against the recommendation of the 33rd district’s precinct committee officers — is a clear indication that council members also

understand the meaning of the word “represent.” Minorities make up more than half the district’s population. that makes people of color, like Gregerson, the majority. democracy is all about the majority. Both Albertson and Gregerson are well-qualified candidates (the third candidate, omaha sternberg, said she did not want the appointment and was supporting Albertson). Both would obviously represent all the citizens of the 33rd district. When Albertson won the committee’s nod over Gregerson, the district’s website called them “two excellent examples of progressive women candidates,” and congratulated Albertson on her victory and expected appointment. “Barring the unexpected,” the democrats said, “the council will choose the first nominee of the Pcos.” it’s these small, jarring moments of the unexpected that let us know that big city politics is not always just a machine. it’s a relief to see that it is actual people, using their actual minds, to make actual decisions. We support the council’s thoughtful use of their minds. 

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Dear Editor, i strongly believe that to gain the endorsement of the seattle Police officers Guild, ed Murray promised them that he would go slow on police reform and fire interim sPd chief Jim Pugel. if that were to happen, it would be unacceptable and would not be tolerated by communities of color, and in particular those living in the central area and southeast seattle. i promise you this: the streets of seattle will be ours and every act of police misconduct, from murder to brutalizing the citizenry, will be met with retribution. this is no idle pronouncement. Police reform must move forward and to retain chief Pugel is to show good faith forward. With best regards, — Frank Irigon

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UFW is a tribute to the real solidarity achieved between Latinos and Filipinos By Lorraine Agtang

i’m one of the few living Filipino grape strikers — members of the Agricultural Workers organizing committee — who walked out of delano vineyards on sept. 8, 1965. i’m an exception. Most of the Filipino strikers were single men, imported from the Philippines in the 1920s and 1930s, who were not allowed to marry because of the antimiscegenation laws. My father, Platon Agtang, married my mother, Lorenza, a Mexican, after the california law was repealed. My six siblings and i lived with our parents for many years in the same farm labor camp, where most of us were born outside delano. i was 13 when the strike began and we were evicted. cesar chavez’s mostly Latino union, the National Farm Workers Association, joined the grape walkouts 12 days later. cesar didn’t think his union was ready for a strike, but he joined the Filipinos’ picket lines because it was the right thing to do. soon, a handful of Latino members of cesar’s union wanted to have a vote on whether to work with the Filipinos in our joint strike effort. “they wanted to take a vote to discriminate,” cesar said in Peter Matthiessen’s 1969 book, “sal si Puedes.” “over my dead body,” cesar told those Latinos. “those of you who don’t like it, i suggest you get out. or even better, i’ll get out and join the Filipinos.” that ended the debate. the Filipino and Latino unions merged in 1966, to form the United Farm Workers. My father was a loyal union member. He never broke the strike during its five years. With seven kids to feed, he returned to migrant farm work, spending months at a time laboring as far north as stockton. My parents, older siblings, and i went back to work in the table grapes once the strike was won and UFW contracts were signed in 1970. All of us went out on strike again in 1973, and i worked at the UFW medical clinic in delano. By then, most of the Filipino grape strikers were too old for field labor. Without families, they had no decent places to live. With help from volunteers, cesar proposed to

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The Delano Manongs were among the first residents of the Paul Agbayani Retirement Village in Delano after Cesar Chavez and the farm worker movement built it for them in 1974. All the Manongs in this picture were the 1965 AWOC strikers.

build the Paulo Agbayani retirement Village. A beautiful adobe-brick Mission-style housing community, it was for the delano Manongs (older or respected ones) and other ready-toretire Filipino farm workers who were union members. i was the first manager. some of the Manongs went with me as far away as salinas and stockton to recruit the first residents. there, elderly Filipino workers lived the rest of their years in dignity and security. they had a community kitchen with a Filipino menu, a recreation room, and access to the adjacent medical clinic and social services at the farm workers’ service center. When california’s farm labor law passed in 1975, i worked as a UFW organizer. i organized farm workers at delano grape ranches, who were Filipinos, Arabs, Puerto ricans, and Mexicans. cesar chavez, Larry itliong, and the other Latino and Filipino leaders of the UFW brought together the two races and cultures that growers had historically pit against each other to break strikes. i was a mestiza, of mixed race, Filipino and Mexican. Because Filipinos and Latinos united in one union, for the first time in my life, i felt whole as a person who was grounded in both communities.

the first time that AWoc leader Peter Velasco met cesar chavez in september 1965, cesar said, “Hi, brother.” Pete responded in the same way. For the rest of their lives, they never called each other by any other name. that symbolized the genuine solidarity that both races practiced. that’s also partly why the UFW was the first successful farm workers union in U.s. history. it wasn’t at the expense of any one group. My destiny was to be a farm worker for the rest of my life. i thought all the roads leading out of delano ended up in the fields. the UFW opened my eyes to the world. i moved to sacramento in 1978, leaving the fields. But i never stopped being active in the farm worker movement. it has never left me. We can never forget that original group of Filipino workers who started the grape strike and helped begin an historic movement that has lasted 51 years. they’re mostly gone now. My father, Platon Agtang, worked in the grapes under UFW contract until he was 80, and died at 106. He was always proud of the role he played in history. i’m proud to continue that legacy today. 

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{KHOBRAGADE cont’d from page 1} handcuffing, stripping, and cavity searches, swabbing, in a holdup with common criminals and drug addicts were all being imposed upon me, despite my incessant assertions of immunity,” she wrote. An indian official with direct knowledge of the case confirmed to the Associated Press that the e-mail was authentic. the official spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the case. He said india is trying to get the woman returned home. “india’s top demand right now is: return our diplomat,” he said, adding that Khobragade would have to report to the precinct in New York every week to check in with the police. Khobragade, 39, was arrested last week on charges that she submitted false documents to obtain a work visa for her Manhattan housekeeper. Prosecutors say Khobragade claimed she paid her

{ARTS cont’d from page 7} that links the Little saigon and chinatown sub-districts. “We didn’t want to exclude any party from this project,” said Young. “this should ideally be a space that not only serves both sub-districts and cultures, but the Asian community overall.” these conclusions led them to the ocean, or more specifically, the symbol of a wave. “Because [all Asians first immigrated from] across the ocean, this image of the wave is the one element that links all of us together,” explained su. “it’s a symbol of unity.” Blue and green were chosen as the columns’ primary colors, as they reflect the hues and depth of the ocean. After extensive research and sketches that led the duo through countless chinese and Japanese woodprint wave designs, Young realized that their chosen design not only had to be symbolic, but also easy to produce. “the challenge lies in coming up with

indian maid $4,500 per month, but actually paid her less than $3 per hour. Khobragade has pleaded not guilty and plans to challenge the arrest on grounds of diplomatic immunity, her lawyer said last week. the case has escalated into a serious diplomatic issue, and india has begun retaliating against American diplomats. the measures include revoking diplomat id cards that brought certain privileges, demanding to know the salaries paid to indian staff in U.s. embassy households and withdrawing import licenses that allowed the commissary at the U.s. embassy to import alcohol and food. Police also removed the traffic barricades near the U.s. embassy in New delhi in retaliation for Khobragade’s treatment. the barriers were a safety measure, but india said they clogged up traffic. Marie Harf, U.s. state department deputy spokeswoman, said federal authorities would work on the

a design that is stylized and symbolic, yet easy to paint,” explained Young. “We developed a more modern interpretation of the wave with softer curves. it’s still a version that draws on traditional wave designs, but this way, it will be easier to execute during the actual painting, and easy to maintain after.” su also had additional plans for the area. “i wanted to go beyond just painting the columns a specific color,” said su, when discussing his methodology. “When you drive under that dark area of the overpass, it’s too gloomy. What i’d like to do is lighten up the experience there for people.”

Beyond the waves

together, the two pitched a three-stage proposal to interim that expanded past the columns. First, they proposed to paint the south King street columns with the wave design. Later, they hope to add living plants and hang stain steel fish overhead, as well as address the number of transits living under the freeway in order to encourage

issue with india. “We understand that this is a sensitive issue for many in india,” she said. “Accordingly, we are looking into the intake procedures surrounding this arrest to ensure that all appropriate procedures were followed and every opportunity for courtesy was extended.” Harf also said as india’s deputy consul general that Khobragade does not have full diplomatic immunity, but rather consular immunity from the jurisdiction of U.s. courts only with respect to acts performed in the exercise of consular functions. Khobragade’s case had received widespread attention in india. the case touches on a string of issues that strike deeply in india, where the fear of public humiliation resonates strongly and heavy-handed treatment by the police is normally reserved for the poor. For an educated, middle-class woman to face public arrest and a strip search is almost unimaginable, except in the most brutal crimes. 

citizens to visit the area. impressed by their comprehensive approach, and equipped with funding from the National endowment of the Arts, interim awarded su and Young with the project bid. though their proposal was first submitted in 2011, actual labor on the project did not commence until July 2013. executed by local nonprofit UrbanArtworks, a team of 12 youth, led by four professional artists and five community volunteers, painted the columns between July and November of this year. the result yielded columns that add considerable light and color to the space. “the artwork underneath the freeway not only creates a new visual landmark for the neighborhood, but it also improves pedestrian connections between the east and west sides of the community that is divided by the freeway,” said tom im, a community planner at interim. Young and su consulted extensively with im throughout the coordination and execution aspects of the project. though the two are proud to see the completion of the first stage of their proposal, the future of the second and third stages remain unknown due to a lack of additional funding. “At least the seeds have been planted in the community’s mind,” said su. “so whenever interim does get funding, we can execute the rest of our project.”

though su ultimately wants the south King street columns to become the pride and jewel of the international district, he also recognizes that this cannot happen until citizens start to feel safer, which would be solved by addressing the concern of transients. “due to a deficiency of legitimate temporary housing units and city wide shelters, homeless individuals flock to overpass embankments due to the protection the freeway provides,” explained im. However, im thinks that Young and su’s proposed second and third stages could solve this issue. “Besides creating better housing options for these individuals, the community should create positive activities or artful obstructions that make the area less habitable,” said im. “Just painting the columns alone won’t solve the security issue,” added su. “For people to actually want to come to this part of the district — to actually want to use the sidewalks and feel safe — we need to figure out how to deter transients from the embankment in the summertime, and enhance that area overall. only then will this area start to become accessible and welcoming.”  Vivian Nguyen can be reached at info@

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For the week of December 21–December 27, 2013 By Sun Lee Chang Rat — You prefer to be early, rather than late to the game. This will put you one step ahead of your competition.

Dragon — There is an unmistakable buzz of excitement in the air today. You will be quite amused when you discover the cause of the commotion.

Monkey — Has it been a while since you spent some alone time with your partner? Plan an activity that you both enjoy doing together.

Ox — Additional work might be necessary on an assignment near completion. No need to worry. You have plenty of time to get it done.

Snake — Mixed signals could set in motion a series of strange events. The sooner everything is straightened out, the better.

Rooster — Are you trying to decide whether or not to go to an obligatory meeting? Consider the cost of not attending.

Tiger — A pleasant surprise awaits you at home. It doesn’t have to be big or flashy to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.

Horse — Your spirit of adventure is tempered by a healthy respect for your own safety. In that vein, take sensible precautions before setting out.

Dog — Is someone else taking the credit for your hard work? Depending on how you feel, it could be time to step out of the shadow and into the light.

Rabbit — Is someone asking you the same question that it is to the point of nagging? Perhaps they are waiting for an answer you are unwilling to give.

Goat — Why worry about something that you cannot change? Direct your energy towards activities that you can have an impact on.

Pig — Has a friend told you more than you want to know? It doesn’t mean you need to reciprocate, especially if you’d rather keep certain things private.

What’s your animal sign? Rat 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 Ox 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 Tiger 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 Rabbit 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 Dragon 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 Snake 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 Horse 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 Goat 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 Monkey 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 Rooster 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 Dog 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 Pig 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

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

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Julianne Kumasaka, an angel

Julianne Kumasaka is one of the founders of a senior activity program Kokoro Kai, part of Nikkei concerns. Most program founders eventually leave, but not Julianne. she has dedicated her time and energy to the program for 35 remarkable years. Her spirit of devotion, community, and loyalty speaks mountains about her compassion and personality. What a role model she is for the Asian community. thank you, Julianne, for 35 years well done!

Education makes a difference

i was in Hong Kong recently, hoping to watch former seattleite Martin Lau perform. But no, it was sold out. i couldn’t get in to see the show. i was disappointed, but happy for Lau, whom i met in seattle when he was just a child. Who’s Martin Lau? Lau, 37, is now a hot commodity in Hong Kong cantonese opera circles. He is one of the top-paid tai-pans and youngest master of the art. He doesn’t just lead operatic orchestras for a successful opera troupe, but is one of the most sought-after private instructors in cantonese opera singing. And his students are on the list of who’s who in Hong Kong. i first met the Lau family when he emigrated

with his parents at the age of 6. He left seattle and went back to Hong Kong to see if there were opportunities. What’s unique about Lau is that he’s the only master who has a college background. He studied english and science at the University of Washington. recently, the Luck Ngi Musical club celebrated its 75th anniversary with an elaborate program of cantonese opera at the Meydenbauer center. Lau returned to lead the 10-man orchestra. so thank you, santa, for your gift of ideas. You are my inspiration for this blog.  Reader poll: Go to our website and vote: Should the Bellevue City Council choose Conrad Lee to continue as mayor?  Yes  No Deadline: Dec. 30, 2013 at 6 p.m.

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{CHINA cont’d from page 5} Yutu, or “Jade rabbit” rover, named after a mythological creature. Xinhua said the two will have more chances in the coming days to take photos of each other at different angles. President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang were at the Beijing Aerospace control center to hear lunar program chief commander Ma Xingrui declare the chang’e 3 mission a success, Xinhua reported. in a congratulatory message, the communist Party’s central committee, the state council or china’s cabinet, and the central Military commission hailed the mission as a “milestone” in the development of china’s space programs, a “new glory” in chinese explorations, and the “outstanding contribution” of china in mankind’s peaceful use of

space, Xinhua said. the chang’e 3 landed on a relatively flat part of the moon known as sinus iridum, or the Bay of rainbows, on saturday evening, making china the third country to achieve such a landing after the former soviet Union and United states. the chang’e 3 mission is named after a mythical chinese goddess of the moon and the Yutu rover, or “Jade rabbit” in english, is the goddess’ pet. chang’e 4 is intended to be an improved version of the chang’e 3 that will pave the way for the fifth probe. china’s military-backed space program has made methodical progress in a relatively short time, although it lags far behind the United states and russia in technology and experience.  Associated Press news assistant Zhao Liang contributed to this report.

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{RACE cont’d from page 8} states after a trip to china. His citizenship was challenged. After review by the U.s. supreme court in 1898, the court held that children born in the United states generally acquire citizenship at birth. Another case involves takao ozawa v. United states in 1922. ozawa had attempted to file for citizenship and was determined ineligible for naturalization. the ozawa case concluded that Japanese people were not a defined race, and therefore did not qualify for U.s. citizenship. these and other compelling cases in the display show the evolution of the legalities of race. Perhaps the overarching view of the exhibit is that we celebrate the differences, while rethinking the antiquated views of race and color that have been prevalent throughout our society. it is an engaging, thought-provoking exhibit that is a must-see for anyone interested in race relations.  RACE: Are We So Different? runs through Jan. 5, 2014. For more information, check Jason Cruz can be reached at info@

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{VIETNAM cont’d from page 5} ships and radar, and is in negotiations with Manila to increase the American military presence there. Kerry said the new assistance was not a “quickly conceived reaction to any events in the region,” but rather a “gradual and deliberate expansion” of U.s. support as part of the obama administration’s broader decision to refocus attention on the Asia-Pacific. But the step is almost certain to anger Beijing, which bristles at what it sees as U.s. interference in areas it views as china’s

“core interest.” Beijing looks dimly on Washington’s push to increase the U.s. military presence and strengthen its alliances in Asia as it ends a decade of war in iraq and Afghanistan, calling it an attempt to contain china. in a reminder of the high stakes in play, U.s. and chinese naval vessels came close to colliding in the south china sea on dec. 5, the most serious incident between the two navies since 2009. the U.s. Pacific Fleet said that Uss cowpens was operating in international waters and had to maneuver to avoid hitting china’s lone aircraft carrier. the Liaoning, a symbol of china’s ambition to develop a navy that operates further from its own shores, only entered service last year and was on its first-ever sea trials in the south china sea. Beijing has not formally commented on the incident, but the state-run Global times newspaper reported on Monday that the U.s. ship had first harassed the Liaoning and its group of support ships, getting too close to a chinese naval drill and entering within 30 miles of the chinese fleet’s “inner defense layer.” As china expands its navy’s reach and starts to challenge decades of American military predominance in the region, it’s becoming more common for vessels of the two nations to operate in close proximity. the obama

administration has made it a priority to seek closer military cooperation with china to prevent misunderstandings that could spark a clash — part of a broader push to foster friendly ties between the established world power and the emerging one. Beijing’s unilateral declaration in late November of its east china sea air defense identification zone was a setback, and has ratcheted up tensions with Japan over disputed islands within that zone. All aircraft entering the zone must notify chinese authorities beforehand, and china has said it would take unspecified defensive measures against those that don’t comply. the United states, Japan, and south Korea have said they will not honor the new zone, and in a show of defiance soon after china announced it, the United states flew two B-52 bombers through the area. “the zone should not be implemented, and china should refrain from taking similar unilateral actions elsewhere, particularly in the south china sea,” Kerry said.  Pennington contributed to this report from Washington. Associated Press writer Chris Brummitt in Hanoi also contributed.

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31 YEARS yoUr VoICe {GREGERSON cont’d from page 1} Going against the cPo’s recommendations doesn’t happen often, but it shouldn’t be an anomaly, says council Member Kathy Lambert. “the law says they’re to send us their three choices, and we’re supposed to decide who we think is the best of those three,” she said. “What’s been happening is a game. People have been sending up people who don’t want it or aren’t physically able to take it,” said Lambert. “that’s not sending me three.” Lambert said despite Albertson’s top ranking by the committee, Gregerson provided “superior answers to several questions, had better skills, and gave a lot more details on what she would do as a legislator.” Gregerson thanked the 33rd district democrats and the council, and said she was honored to serve as state representative. “i also appreciate going through the process with elizabeth Albertson and omaha sternberg,” Gregerson wrote in a dec. 17 e-mail. “elizabeth brought her experience as a Kent city councilmember and a breadth of knowledge on a diverse set of issues to the process. i would love to work with her more closely and learn more from her as i go through my first session in the state legislature.” Gregerson knows her district well. Her family goes back four generations in the seatac area. And while Gregerson, who is 41, was raised there, her life began far away. “i was born in a remote village in taiwan,” she said, “and placed on the doorstep of a police station.” After she was found there, she was taken to a nearby orphanage, and a few months later, she was adopted by her American parents. she knows very little else about her background. Gregerson doesn’t dwell too much on her past, although now that her grown daughter has expressed curiosity about their roots, she is considering a visit to taiwan. “i’ve always wanted to go,” she said. “But i’m a very forward thinker. everything is so bright in the future.” Gregerson’s future revolves around public service. “i want to use my life to give back,” she said. Gregerson’s involvement in politics grew out of her years of volunteer work. it was just by chance that she heard of an opening on the city council and decided to run for the seat in 2008. At the time, she said, she barely knew what council members did. she does now. Gregerson used some of her time on the council working to protect funding for public safety and public works, as well as expanding parks and recreation programs. she represents south King county on several boards and committees. “i understand how things work,” she said. “i’m not afraid

DECEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 27, 2013 to step in and help and foster change.” Her main focus, she said, is fiscal responsibility. “it’s not sexy, but that’s the complicated truth,” said Gregerson. “the budget is what makes programs sustainable.” covering seatac, des Moines, Normandy Park, and parts of Kent, Burien, and renton, Gregerson has watched the district’s demographics change over the years. “When i was growing up, i was the definition of diversity,” she said. Now the district is 52 percent minority. Her ongoing concerns include K-12 funding, transportation issues, and getting people signed up for health insurance. she is a member of King county executive dow constantine’s Leadership circle, created to foster enrollment of people who are newly eligible for health insurance. Gregerson is focused on children’s mental health, and her background in the field of dentistry has got her thinking about the lack of dental coverage for adults in the program. eventually, everyone needs a dentist. “if you’re walking around without a front tooth, you can’t get a job,” she said. Gregerson encourages the Asian community to get involved in local elections. Believing that it’s especially hard for minorities in her district to get elected, and even harder to be appointed to office, Gregerson said it takes a lot of outreach and resources that are not readily available to working people in her community — especially people of color. “there has never been a person of color elected to the state legislature from our district,” she said. Gregerson is the first Asian American elected to the seatac city council, and that town’s first Asian American deputy mayor. “i think that the Asian American community is amazingly powerful,” she said. “But we have to have the foresight in what it takes to be strong and to win. “the old guard already knows what to do,” she said. Gregerson’s legislative seat will come up for election in November 2014, but she won’t be sitting still in the meantime. “We have many challenges facing south King county,” she said, “including investing in sr 509 and sr 167, implementing the Affordable care Act, and ensuring economic fairness. i am excited to hit the ground running as the appointed state representative from the 33rd Legislative district.”  Sue Misao can be reached at editor@nwasianweekly. com.


{KOREA cont’d from page 5} aired in public, and in such detail, opens up a new view of a struggling leadership in Pyongyang, one that outside government officials and analysts are scrambling to figure out. Kim Jong Un “has managed to tarnish his own image, look like a modern caligula, and give the lie to 90 percent of the bombast emanating from Pyongyang,” said Bruce cumings, a history professor at the University of chicago. “Whatever one thinks of this regime, from the standpoint of the top leadership, this was a politically stupid, self-defeating move,” he said. the closest historical parallel to Jang’s fall may be in North Korean show trials during the 1950s, which eliminated opponents of Kim il sung, the country’s founder and the current leader’s grandfather. For many years, outside interpretations of internecine struggles were at best educated guesses. Analysts tried to determine who had fallen from favor by the physical distance between an official and the leader in pictures or from a void in state media or an announcement of sudden illness. Assumptions were also linked to the sometimes questionable assertions of North Korean defectors, many of whom had been out of the country for years and had axes to grind. All the while, Pyongyang usually insisted that all was well domestically and, without fail, the Kims were firmly in control. Now, astonishingly, state media say someone tried to usurp the leadership. And not just anybody, but a man closest to the leader because of family ties and shared history. Jang was once also seen as the closest thing the country had to a reformer and a darling of Beijing, which is North Korea’s only major ally. “We now know for sure that the Kim regime is afraid of the emergence of a renegade insider who may attempt to take advantage of the North’s economic problems and the people’s yearning for a better life to seize power with military backing,” Alexandre Mansourov, a North Korea specialist, wrote on the website 38 North. “this prospect keeps Kim Jong Un awake at night.” state media are already getting back to business as usual. Kim Jong il is being glorified in the run-up to his death anniversary. Kim Jong Un has visited a military institute, a ski resort, and a fish factory, all in keeping with the longstanding propaganda message that he’s deeply engaged in the business of running the country. Jang’s wife, who is Kim Jong il’s sister, has also been listed prominently in state media, an indication that she has survived her husband’s purge, at least for the time being. 

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