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Man meets woman and fulfills dream of owning a grocery store

Photo provided by Scott Heimberger

By Stacy Nguyen NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY

Scott Heimberger is often spotted sitting near the entrance of the new Jing Jing Asian Market, greeting customers as they come in. Heimberger isn’t a bag boy though — he’s actually Jing Jing’s owner. Located in the Factoria North Plaza in Bellevue, Jing Jing is a grocery store that aims to cater to the growing Asian population on the Eastside, particularly the Chinese. According to numbers released by the U.S. Census on Feb. 23, Asians comprise 27.6 percent of Bellevue’s residents, a significant increase from 17.4 percent in 2000. “Bellevue has a fantastic Chinese community,” said Heimberger. “And Factoria (a neighborhood of Bellevue) has the largest Chinese community in Washington state Scott Heimberger and his wife, Jing Jing He, at the February grand opening of their new Asian/Chinese grocery outside of Chinatown.” store, Jing Jing Asian Market in Factoria

Man meets woman

The store opened on Dec. 20, 2010. It is named after Heimberger’s wife, Jing Jing He. As they put it, the story of their Asian market is a simple love story. Heimberger graduated from the University of Washington in 1988 with a degree in international studies and eventually landed in Shanghai to open a health club inside the Shanghai Hilton for a large company. Shanghai is where Heimberger, who is fluent in Mandarin, met He. She also worked for a 5-star hotel as a beverage manager. They married and created a life in China. In 1993, they decided to move to Seattle, though the couple still spent a lot of time in Asia. Heim{see JING JING cont’d on page 16}

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Photo by James Tabafunda/NWAW

Community wary of the changes coming Is journalism’s future in to Jackson Place, says could be less safe hyperlocal news sites?

This building at 1600 South Lane Street is one of the vacant buildings considered for the proposed crisis center. Community members are concerned that the changes brought on by a crisis center will negatively affect the surrounding community.

Venice Buhain works on Bellevue Patch as its editor. Buhain is one of many journalists who are joining the ranks of online, hyperlocal news.

By Nina Huang NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY

By James Tabafunda NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY

Hoping to find justice and answers to their questions surrounding the building of a controversial establishment, Kwame Amoateng, Kristin Wall, and

others in their neighborhood formed an alliance. They call themselves the Jackson Place Alliance for Equity (JPAE). This group was organized in early November last year. {see JACKSON cont’d on page 11}

In March 2009, the 146-yearold Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition. The

Rocky Mountain News in Denver closed down just two months shy of its 150th anniversary. Between 2007 and 2009, the print {see PATCH cont’d on page 11}

THE INSIDE STORY NAMES IN THE NEWS Who’s doing what in the Asian community? » P. 2

OOPS! Designer Galliano caught making racist remarks » P. 5

MUSICAL NOTES A 92-year-old pianists & copyright issues » P. 8–9

PUB’S BLOG Tea=beer? And are Asians bad tippers? » P. 10

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■ NAMES IN THE NEWS Feb. 22: First Indian American elected to Chicago City Council

Feb. 16: ID receives $185,000 from Office of Economic Development

Martha Choe

Mayor Mike McGinn at the announcement

CIDBIA’s Don Blakeney with City of Seattle’s Nora Chin

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined neighborhood business district leaders and local business owners at Thompson’s Point of View in Seattle’s Central District to announce a $1 million investment in 18 neighborhood business districts as part of the Seattle Jobs Plan. Chinatown/International District (ID) received $185,000. Binko Chiong-Bisbee, owner of Kobo (at Higo), accepted the award on behalf of the ID. The coordinating organization for the grant money will be Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda). 

Ameya Pawar

Ameya Pawar, 30, was elected as alderman on Chicago’s North Side. Pawar was virtually unknown when he entered the race. He won 50 percent of the vote. He is the son of Indian immigrants and is an emergency preparedness expert who is working on his third master’s degree. He is a program assistant in the Office of Emergency Management at Northwestern University. 

Feb. 25: Martha Choe, Estela Ortega, and others receive Women of Valor award

At the Women of Valor Awards, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, with special guests U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, honored individuals who have made a difference in their communities. Among the honorees were Martha Choe, chief administrative officer at the Gates Foundation, who received the trailblazer award, and Estela Ortega, executive director of El Centro de la Raza, who received the public service and community develop-

Estela Ortega

ment award. Other honorees included Janis Avery, Kathy Fletcher, Fredda Goldfarb, Cathi Hatch, Patricia Shepherd-Barnes, Marilyn J. Smith, Dr. Beti Thompson, Megan Karch, and Alam Fanulovic Plancich. 

Feb. 23: Tom Rasmussen fundraises in the ID

Tom Rasmussen (bottom right, blue tie) with his supporters during a fundraising event at Four Seas Restaurant Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen held a fundraiser at Four Seas Restaurant. About 40 people attended the event and $4,000 was raised, which pleased Rasmussen because Feb. 23 was the day snow was projected to hit Seattle. Prior to becoming a councilmember, Rasmussen was director of the Seattle Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens. He was formerly a deputy prosecuting attorney for Yakima County. 

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Filipino American WWII vets seek equal benefits SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — Filipino Americans who fought for the United States during World War II are hoping their long battle for equal veterans benefits will soon end in victory. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) introduced legislation last month that would grant Filipino and Filipino American veterans the same benefits enjoyed by other U.S. military veterans. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Speier's bill would provide benefits to about 10,000 surviving veterans in the United States and another 40,000 who live in the Philippines. “We should be considered complete American veterans, not second-class veterans,” veteran Regalado Baldonado, a

Mike Honda wants apology for Chinese Exclusion Act SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal lawmaker is calling on the United States to issue an official apology for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Rep. Mike Honda made the call Sunday at an event commemorating the 69th anniversary of the executive order that sent 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II. The Democrat from San Jose also called on Americans to stop blaming immigrants, noting similarities between the treatment of Japanese Americans 70 years ago with anti-immigrant sentiments today. The 1882 federal law suspended Chinese immigration and made Chinese living here permanent aliens ineligible for U.S. citizenship. It was later extended to other Asians and expanded to bar aliens from owning property. Honda says years of scapegoating foreigners for the nation’s economic ills had led to the Chinese Exclusion Act. 

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Rep. Bob Hasegawa holds telephone town hall March 3

At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, households across the 11th Legislative District will receive a phone call from State Rep. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle). Those who pick up will be invited to participate in a one-hour telephone town hall during which they can learn about the current legislative session and share their thoughts and questions with the lawmaker. Only those with land lines will receive a phone call, so those wanting to participate via cell phone or from somewhere other than their home, can call toll-free 877-229-8493. The ID code is 15515. The number will be available about 10 minutes before the town hall begins. Hasegawa said this is a convenient way to reach out to constituents and get their input during a particularly difficult session when legislators must close a multibillion dollar budget gap. 

retired San Francisco electrical engineer, told the Chronicle. Speier said not providing full veterans benefits to Filipino soldiers who fought for the United States is the “grossest case of discrimination and inequality. “It’s actually embarrassing,” Speier said. “What happened to these heroes was absolutely a case of breach of contract.” Roughly 200,000 Filipinos fought under Gen. Douglas MacArthur against the Japanese during World War II when the Philippines was a U.S. commonwealth. They were considered U.S. nationals. Many spent years in prison-of-war camps, lived in the mountains as guerillas, and suffered in the Bataan Death March. About half of the Filipino soldiers died.

When the war ended, the Filipino soldiers were promised veterans benefits such as health care, pensions, and college money. But Congress rescinded the offer in 1946, reasoning that the United States had already given the Philippines $200 million after the war to cover veterans benefits, among other things. Two years ago, survivors each received a one-time payment of $15,000 as part of the federal stimulus bill, but Filipino American veterans say the fight has never been about the money. “You can't use money to compensate for humiliation,” said Ago Pedalizo of the Los Angeles group Justice for Filipino American veterans. “This is about dignity, about recognition.” 


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Witness: Galliano made racist remarks in Paris bar By Masha MacPherson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARIS (AP) — Famed fashion designer John Galliano raged against a couple at a Paris cafe with threats, expletives, and a remark referring to the man’s alleged Asian background, a witness said Saturday, Feb. 26. Details and a new video of the British-born designer moments after the cafe melee emerged a day after ChrisJohn Galliano tian Dior SA suspended him from his post as creative director at Dior fashion house. The case puts a question mark over one of fashion’s biggest-name houses and the designer, who is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant of his generation and has brought youth and freshness to Dior. The suspension, coming nearly a week before Dior’s fall/ winter 2011–2012 ready-to-wear show in Paris, stemmed from accusations that Galliano made an anti-Semitic insult

during the spat Thursday. He has denied any wrongdoing, and objects to the suspension. Witness Marion Bully said she sat nearby at La Perle cafe in the Marais district, and her first star-struck reaction was “Whoa” after seeing Galliano sitting alone at a table with a mojito. Then she noticed his dispute with the couple. “There seemed to be a tense atmosphere, and then I realized John Galliano was speaking to the woman and telling her things that were pretty disagreeable,” Bully told Associated Press Television News in an interview at her apartment in northeast Paris. “We heard him say, ‘You are really ugly.’ ” At one point, after Galliano had repeatedly insulted the woman, “the man picked up a chair and threatened to throw the chair at him,” she added. “At this point, John Galliano started getting really aggressive,” she said, quoting the designer as saying, “ ‘Now, don’t touch me!’ ” and referring to the man’s alleged Asian background with a string of expletives.

The video, obtained by Associated Press Television News, showed Galliano at the scene, being guided back to his seat by what appeared to be a security guard. A man in the video was complaining about Galliano’s behavior. Paris prosecutors said Friday that police questioned and released the designer after the couple accused him of making an anti-Semitic comment at them. Prosecutors and police said Galliano’s blood alcohol levels were high. Making anti-Semitic remarks is illegal in France, and can bring up to six months in prison. Some public figures have been convicted on such charges in the past, but are usually given suspended sentences. Bully said she didn’t hear Galliano make any anti-Semitic remarks, and said she could not corroborate a comment by a police official on Friday that the designer had exchanged slaps with the couple. Galliano lawyer Stephane Zerbib said in an APTN interview that the designer filed a complaint against the couple for alleged defamation, threats, and insults. Christian Dior said Galliano’s suspension would remain in effect pending an investigation. 

Japan court rejects China drops death couple’s request for penalty for some different surnames economic crimes By Mari Yamaguchi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO (AP) —A Japanese court has dismissed a couple’s appeal of the government’s refusal to register their marriage unless they observe a law that effectively forces women to change their surnames when they marry. The Tokyo District Court ruled that the couple’s demand is a domestic inquiry that should go to a family court, their lawyers said Friday, Feb. 25. The court, however, did not rule on the legality of the town’s decision. Emie Kayama and her partner Tsuguo Watanabe are part of a bigger lawsuit seeking the government compensation for upholding the 19th-century law, which they say violates constitutional equality. The main lawsuit is still pending. In the lawsuit filed Feb. 14, the couple and three women allege that the law on surnames

violates constitutional equality and a fundamental right to keep one’s name. They seek a total of 6 million yen ($70,000) in damages from the government for their distress. The plaintiffs planned to appeal Thursday’s ruling. The rest of the lawsuit is still pending. Their legal battle is drawing attention to the rights of women in a country where they are underrepresented in corporate, academic, and political ranks and still expected to do most of the homemaking and childrearing. Japan is the only one of the Group of Eight industrialized nations that requires married couples to have the same family name. In 1996, the justice ministry drafted in a bill allowing married couples an option to keep separate surnames. The bill was shelved by conservative lawmakers just before submission to parliament. It has since stalled. 

By Gillian Wong THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIJING (AP) — China dropped the death penalty for more than a dozen nonviolent crimes Friday and banned capital punishment for offenders over the age of 75 in a move seen as symbolic, but unlikely to significantly reduce executions. China executes more people every year than any other country, and critics say too many crimes are punishable by death. The official Xinhua News Agency said

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■ COMMUNITY CALENDAR THU 3/3 WHAT: “Aging Your Way,” conversations for community change WHERE: Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St., Seattle WHEN: 5:30–8:30 p.m. INFO: 206-727-6206, joanned@ seniorservices.org

FRI 3/4 WHAT: Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon featuring Tony Chang, CPA with Clark, Raymond, & Co., “Important Updates on 2010 Tax Act” WHERE: House of Hong, 409 8th Ave. S., Seattle WHEN: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. COST: $15–$20 RSVP: www. seattlechinesechamber.org/ event/payment/432, luncheon@ seattlechinesechamber.org WHAT: Social Dances with Live Music (dance lesson included) with Anthony Cordova Social Dance Band WHERE: NVC Memorial Hall, 1212 S. King Street, Seattle WHEN: 8–11:30 p.m. COST: $10–$15 INFO: 206-853-7513, anthonylcordova@gmail.com WHAT: NAAAP-Seattle’s happy hour networking event for Asian professionals WHERE: Via Vita Cafe & Wine

Bar, 1032 106th Ave. N.E., Suite 126, Bellevue WHEN: 6–9 p.m. COST: $5 INFO: seattle.naaap.org

SAT 3/5 WHAT: Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Saturday University, “Crafting Culture in Soviet Central Asia: Writers, Actors, and Ordinary People” WHERE: Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle WHEN: 9:30–11 a.m. COST: $5–$10 INFO: 206-442-8480, www. seattleartmuseum.org/ gardnercenter WHAT: Dori Jones Yang, author of the book “Daughter of Xanadu,” will have a “Literary Lions Gala” WHERE: Bellevue Public Library, 111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue WHEN: 6 p.m. INFO: www.dorijonesyang.com WHAT: Annual Sukiyaki Dinner to benefit Valley & Mountain Fellowship WHERE: United Methodist Church, 3001 24th Ave. S., Seattle WHEN: 2–7 p.m. COST: $7-$10 INFO: 206-723-1536, blaineoffice@yahoo.com

SUN 3/6 WHAT: Seattle Chinese Garden volunteer training for the opening of Knowing the Spring Courtyard WHERE: South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle WHEN: 1–4 p.m. INFO: 206-764-5219, info@ seattlechinesegarden.org, www. seattlechinesegarden.org

MON 3/7 WHAT: ACLF Community Leaders Program Info Session WHERE: ACLF/CISC Office, 611 S. Lane St., Seattle WHEN: 6–7:30 p.m. COST: Free INFO: 206-625-3850, chevon@ aclfnorthwest.org, www. aclfnorthwest.org

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Diversity makes a difference — Part 2 —

Han Cao

Jonathan Yepez Carino

Christine Cho

Joanna Cienfuegos

Raven Coleman

Xu Alice Dai

Yemesrach Demissie

Sarah Dillard

Dong Dinh

Trang Dinh

Compiled by Rebecca W. Lee NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Northwest Asian Weekly’s Diversity Makes a Difference scholarship program celebrates young people who are committed to reaching out across cultural lines. Students are nominated by their school as being champions of diversity. From among those students, a judging panel will choose five winners who will receive $1,000 scholarships and a number of finalists who will receive $200 scholarships. The Diversity Makes a Difference awards dinner will take place on April 1 at New Hong Kong Restaurant. For more information or to buy tickets, visit diversity. nwasianweeklyfoundation.org. Each week, leading up to the dinner, we will publish a batch of short profiles of the nominees.

Han Cao

Senior at Sehome High School Recommended by Bobby Stafford “Han Cao came from China to the United States a year ago. There is no one who could be a better emissary of close cultural relations between China and the U.S. than Han. He is a gracious young gentleman, with keen desire to teach his new friends and classmates about the Chinese culture and language. At the same time, he is eager to hone his English and learn to be an American,” stated Bobby Stafford, a counselor at Sehome High School, in a recommendation. “It was not long after he arrived and settled in that I learned that he was holding informal Chinese classes, after school! And, yes, he had students who were anxious to be his pupils. Han is sharing the Chinese culture, language, and music.” “I’m glad to see so many people are interested in the language and culture of my mother country,” Cao wrote in a personal statement. “Actually, giving a Chinese class is not that easy, because my mother tongue has a completely different pronunciation than [the] Latin or Germanic language. I try to be more patient with my students and never give up on them. I am so glad that I can contribute and add another element to American culture, and make that culture more colorful.”

Jonnathan Cariño

Senior at Mariner High School Recommended by Auliilani Sanchez  “During his sophomore and junior year, Jonnathan became involved with Latino College Prep. It was the first time [that] an

organization such as this one had been active at Mariner,” wrote Auliilani Sanchez, a math teacher at Mariner High School. “Jonnathan was an enormous help reaching out to our local families with questions and answers about education at our Noche De Familia.” “In his senior year, he advocated for another organization, Latino Student Union (LSU), to help create awareness of the issues, struggles, and needs that Latino students face while in high school. … He sought an adviser, organized meetings. … [For] Dream Act Awareness Day, he helped design t-shirts for students and faculty to wear [and created a video] for our annual MLK Assembly. … Last but not least, Jonnathan participated in speaking out at the University of Washington about the importance of uniting Latino Students in our region for the purpose of creating college and mentoring connections.” “Taking initiative is something I like to do,” wrote Carino in his personal statement. “I like to lead others and giving them the best I have to offer, whether it is a simple smile, or teaching them about my culture. I learn from their culture and together we break stereotypical barriers. I try to understand when someone fears the unknown, but at the same time, I want to contribute to their understanding by showing the importance of diversity.”

Christine Cho

Sophomore at Woodinville High School Recommended by Sylvia Law “Christine is a highly motivated student and strives for excellence in all that she does. This includes her desire to promote individuality among her peers. Not only is she a minority (Korean American) in a predominantly Caucasian school, [but] she is also a Christian who is open about her faith,” stated Sylvia Law, a biomedical science teacher at Woodinville High School, in a recommendation. “She is very open about sharing her religious beliefs and encourages others to do so as well. She is also very proactive about spreading cultural awareness to her friends and fellow classmates. She enjoys sharing about Korean culture and how it impacts her family, school, and social life.” “The reason why everyone sees America as the ‘dream land’ and the ‘perfect’ place to live is because of its numerous cultures,” wrote Cho in a personal statement. “It makes people aware of what is out there and what is beyond their country. You are naturally exposed to these various cultures almost anywhere you go. To be diverse simply means [to be] different. Differences can be in ideas, culture, values, lifestyles,

etc. To be a better intellectual and person, you must grasp as many points of all these things and more because you are broadening and opening your mind and thinking.”

Joanna Cienfuegos

Junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School Recommended by Cherie Cordel   “Joanna has been an active member of our Colores Unidos Club for three years. She is now serving as our vice president and is a member of the ASB planning committee. We had the “Mix it Up Dance” in November and Joanna spent hours planning, organizing, advertising, and implementing the event which was a big success,” stated Cherie Cordel, a Spanish teacher and world language department head, in a recommendation “Colores Unidos’ main focus is to push Latino students to achieve higher education and to give back to the community,” continued Cordel. “For the past two years, Joanna has attended the LEAP Conference (Latino Educational Achievement Project) where we spend 3 days educating students on how to be a leader in their community. We travel to Olympia and meet with our legislators about new proposals …” “I feel keeping students involved in school

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and community projects encourage them and others to become what they want to be in life,” Cinfuegos wrote in a personal statement. “Taking a leadership role in the Colores Unidos group has also helped me to not only appreciate my culture, but also to appreciate everyone else’s cultures and help me break down barriers between cultures and embrace my diverse community. These leadership conferences have also helped and changed me to become open minded to everyone’s differences.”

Raven Coleman

Senior at Franklin High School Recommended by Jamie Jackson   “Raven is a leader in [the] Black Student Union (BSU) and Victory Club, a faithbased club at Franklin High School. … Raven actively promotes diversity by reaching across ethnic and racial lines to encourage all students to become members in both clubs, stated Jamie Jackson, an adviser at Franklin High School, in a recommendation “As part of the BSU leadership team, Raven has participated in the coordination of a youth summit, cultural potluck, and college prep workshops,” continued Jackson. {see DIVERSITY cont’d on page 15}


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Vietnam matriarch reflects on lifetime of devotion to piano

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Time was running out, and it wasn’t safe to stay. Sixty upright pianos had to be moved from Hanoi’s music conservatory to a village in the countryside, where students could practice without the constant threat of American bombers. The pianos were hauled by train to neighboring Bac Giang province, dragged another 8 miles on carts pulled by cattle and water buffalo, and finally hand-carried by villagers into flimsy huts with dirt floors. Thai Thi Lien, a founder of the music school and an accomplished Western-trained pianist, made sure the war and a lack of sheet music did not stop the best players from being sent abroad for advanced classical training. Today, looking at a tattered black-andwhite photo sitting atop the grand piano in her living room, the 92-year-old sees herself as a smiling young beauty surrounded by three grinning children. The image is a reminder of that hasty journey in 1965 to seek refuge during the Vietnam War. Thanks in part to Madame Lien, as she’s known, a lasting appreciation for classical music was woven into Vietnam’s culture. The country’s first professional concert hall is now being built in honor of this music matriarch. In the village, with no running water or electricity, Vietnam’s soggy air and pounding rains ate away at the pianos’ wooden

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By Margie Mason THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

In this Jan. 14, 2011 photo, Madame Thai Thi Lien, 92-year-old pianist, plays the piano in her house in Hanoi, Vietnam. Lien is one of the very first musicians to bring classic Western music to the country and keep its conservatory going through war and beyond. frames, while hungry rats burrowed inside, nibbling felt off the hammers for their nests. There weren’t enough keyboards to go around, and students were forced to take turns practicing around the clock. Dang Thai Son was just 7 years old at the time. Despite having Madame Lien as both his mother and teacher, he was forced to compete against all the older students for his chance to touch the keys just 30 minutes each day. Some of the school’s 400 students learning various instruments were taught in mudwall bunkers, but there was no room under-

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ground for all the uprights. Pianists instead banged out Beethoven in the open until being forced to take cover when screaming air raid sirens warned of approaching American B-52 bombers. Some students, determined not to lose their precious turn, terrified villagers by refusing to stop playing despite the danger. The village, however, was never hit. “It’s dark, it’s humid, and it’s dangerous. There’s a lot of snakes and frogs and all kinds of insects,” Son said, laughing at the memory. “When the parents weren’t there, we would go out and just watched how they

are fighting each other. Bravo!” With his older sister being a skilled pianist and his brother playing cello, Son said his parents discouraged him from taking up an instrument at first, arguing that the family already had enough musicians. But the young boy was drawn to the keyboard and soon found that music flowed easily from somewhere deep inside. He remembers his mother lovingly coaching him to play the romantic ballads of her favorite composer, Chopin. The emerald green rice fields, the moon, and the jungle somehow touched him during those early years. “Today, the relationship between the professor and student can sometimes be a business relationship,” Son said, perched next to his mom in Hanoi, where the family reunited this month for the Lunar New Year, or Tet. “But at that time in the village, it’s like a big family and we shared everything — we shared the pain, we shared also the joy — and it’s really such a human relationship that is quite different.” Madame Lien still looks more the part of a socialite than a jungle-dwelling nationalist. Even at 92, her eyebrows are carefully trimmed into tiny crescents, her nails manicured with a clear shellac, and her short, thin hair dyed dark, with small pearls adorning her ears. Her eyes snap as she speaks quickly in English laden with a French accent, complaining {see LIEN cont’d on page 13}


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Man creates free online repository of Classical music, but some publishers are crying foul By Staff NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY On Feb. 16, 2006, Edward W. Guo, an 18-year-old student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, started a website called Internet Music Score Library Project (IMSLP). This site provides a vast number of classical music scores, also known as sheet music, for free to the public. The scores ranges from classics such as Beethoven’s piano sonatas to more contemporary musicians. Guo said the reason he wanted to create this outlet for classical music was due to his childhood in China, when his parents sent him to study the violin at the Shanghai Conservatory. There, he was limited to the amount of orchestral scores available. He always wanted to play more music than what was offered. At age 13, he immigrated to North America and attended high school in Vancouver, British Columbia. Eventually, he entered the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston to study composition. There, he was presented with an abundance of sources to get scores from

Ed Guo gives a presentation on the Internet Music Score Library Project, which he started, at MIT. (libraries and stores). But the ‘musical deprivation’ during his childhood still affected him. That was when the idea of creating a bank of digital scores came to mind. At age 19, Guo built an early version of the Internet Music Score Library Project. According to The New York Times,

the project grew to be one of the largest scores repositories anywhere. It has 85,000 parts for nearly 35,000 works, with several thousand being added monthly. With such success, Guo also became involved in conflicts involving copyright infringement and faced the anger of established music publishers. Universal Edition, a music publisher based in Europe, threatened the site with a cease-and-desist order for copyright infringement in October 2007, causing Guo to close down. On the site, certain scores were found to violate copyright laws, according to European laws (not necessarily Canadian laws, where the site’s server operated from). Guo and about 15,000 volunteers took down the scores on his site that violated copyright laws. From there, he set up a new company called Project Petrucci, of which he is co-founder. Project Petrucci took ownership of the site to remove Guo’s personal liability. The new ownership provided a disclaimer on the new IMSLP, saying that the scores provided are not guaranteed to be in the public do-

main. In a lecture at MIT last year, Guo said, “IMSLP is a site that tries to be legal. We have a per-copier system for staying legal and prevent any copyrighted work from being on the site. … We cannot know the copyright laws of 200 countries around the world, [so] it is up to the downloader.” Unfortunately, other publishers and Guo do not see eye-to-eye. Some publishers believe that Guo’s disclaimer is not enough. Providing a site where scores are open to the public can ultimately cause harm to new composers who are trying to make a living off of creating music because the sale of scores from Classical composers help offset the costs of printing for new composers. Currently, the site has about 40,000 visitors a day.  For more information on the Internet Music Score Library Project, visit www. imsl.org. Rebecca W. Lee contributed to this report.

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Designer caught saying anti-Semitic and anti-Asian remarks — Where’s the ourage?

Last week, John Galliano was suspended as creative director at Dior fashion house. On a mobile camera in a Paris cafe, an enraged Galliano was seen having a heated conversation with a couple who were Asian and Jewish, according to witnesses. Witnesses told police that Galliano was making anti-Semitic remarks and that it escalated to the point where the Asian man picked up a chair and was threatening to hit Galliano with it. That was when Galliano said an anti-Asian remark, according to witnesses. Since then, a cell phone video of Galliano surfaced. In the video, he was seen making anti-semetic remarks to the persons capturing the video, at one point saying, “I love Hitler, and people like you would be dead today.” Since then, many have blasted Galliano for his remarks. Paris prosecutors have ordered Gallaino to stand trial over alleged racial insults. His attorney, however, has said that Galliano has been the victim of a “veritable lynching” in

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the court of public opinion. Galliano has apologized in a public statement. “Antisemitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offense.” But don’t feel too sorry for him, because, referring to the incident with the Asian/Jewish couple, he said the story is untrue. “I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully cooperated with the police investigation.” Galliano’s attitude is bothersome and offensive, but it’s not the worst part. The worst part is that many people in the fashion world are brushing off the comments and don’t seem to take them very seriously. Designer Giorgio Armani was asked about his thoughts on the matter, and he said (translated from Italian), “I’m very, very sorry for him. It’s obviously a difficult time for him. I’m also very sorry that they even videotaped him without him knowing, and now that’s all out.”

Stylist Patricia Field, who worked on “Sex and the City,” has insisted that the video is a farce, likening his antiSemitic remarks to theater. Fashion has always been accused of being a very Euro-centric business, but as of late, it has seen massive expansion into Asia due to Asia’s economic boom. More and more Asian models and designers are being employed, possibly to appeal to the growing subset of affluent Asians who are buying designer brands. Even with these strides, high fashion is still relatively behind, in terms of embracing diversity, compared to other businesses. The excuses made for Galliano shows this. Additionally, some are excusing Galliano for his behavior on the videotape and have said that it’s unfair to judge him because he said the comments when he was very drunk. Is this what we want to teach our kids? That it’s OK to say horrible things after a few drinks? Surely not. 

Are Asians lousy tippers? Nobel Prize winner says work between those hours was my way of maximizing my earning power, so my boss didn’t have to be overstaffed during off hours.  One boss liked me so much that he grilled me a piece of steak after work once in a while. But his temper flared whenever business was slow. One night, he yelled at all employees to check out (get out) at 7 p.m., except for me and another waitress. As soon as everyone left, people started streaming in by the boatload (literally), because this restaurant was on a lake. They filled up the 100 seats in half an hour. Holy cow! The two of us looked at each other with disbelief.  “Team,” we said to one another. “We’ll split the tips.” We ran up and down the restaurant, serving the customers, playing the role of cashier and host. We were happy, not just because of the amount of tips, but every customer left with a smile. Waitresses are able to work under pressure. You’d be surprised how many successful people in America have worked in restaurants. Nobody looks down on you just because you’ve waited tables before. Nobody asked me if I knew how to wait tables when I applied. If you can prove yourself on the job, you don’t need experience. That’s the beauty of being a wait person — you can always find work. I never received much training. 

Tea (or beer), anyone? You never know what’s inside a teapot! My friend told me about his adventure with a group of friends at a restaurant a while ago. He even sent me a photo. The dinner was to celebrate a business deal. Someone said that a toast without liquor wouldn’t be festive enough. The restaurant had no liquor permit. Quietly, the good host snuck outside and brought back a few beers. Then, he asked for a teapot and dumped all the beer into it. The color of the beer was the same as the tea. The only difference is the bubbles and fumes gushing out when he poured into the tea cups! 

in Japan too constraining

Ei-ichi Negishi (left) with Minoru Taya, professor in the University of Washington’s department of mechanical engineering “Across from you is the Nobel Prize winner,” said Jiin Chen, chair of the National Engineers Week Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) Award event at the Columbia Tower Club last Friday. Although I didn’t quite believe what I heard, I still walked to the other side of the table. “Dr. Ei-Ichi Negishi, you are a Nobel Prize winner?” I asked. “I am,” he replied. Dr. Negishi is not only a Nobel laureate in organic chemistry (he just got his last November), he was the only Asian American who achieved the honor in 2010 out of 11 winners. There were two other Asian winners, one from Japan and one from China. Negishi started to explain to me what his field is. (Dude, I flunked science in high school.) I steered him away from the topic. Quickly, we discovered common ground. Like me, he was an international student. He came to America from Japan to earn his doctorate degree. “Would you have achieved Nobel Prize had you stayed in Japan?” “No,” Dr. Negishi said. “The [Japanese]

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That’s what I read recently. I hope Asian Americans aren’t lousy tippers, too. I am the opposite, actually. When I dine in any restaurants in Asia, I tend to tip, but my relatives would usually react and say, “No need to,” taking the money off the table and shoving it into my purse or pocket. I looked around, nobody tipped. I was the only one.  Some restaurants in Asia add 10 to 15 percent gratuity. Many don’t. Some people assume that every restaurant does it automatically anyway. Some say you don’t need to tip a lot because waiting is a job that doesn’t require much skill. But I was a waitress in my college days, and I remember that the wait staff isn’t even paid minimum wage. Bosses feel that tips make up a lot of their wages. Also, the amount of wealth one has doesn’t predict the amount someone tips. One waitress complained that a prominent banker tipped in nickels and dimes.   I am a pretty good tipper even though I am not rich. I view it as a nice habit. Share what you have to those who need it.   When I was a waitress for two summers in Seattle and Portland, I worked in both Chinese and American restaurants. I liked the job because I met some very nice people and made pretty good money. Working split shifts, lunch and dinner, and going home in

system is anti-democratic,” said Negishi, who did try to find jobs in Japan after he finished his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. It was in vain, though. Every job in the universities, from post-doctorate assistants to department heads, was predetermined for someone already in the system, he said. There was no room for outsiders. “This is wrong,” he said. He said the culture played it too safe, and discouraged risk because mistakes were not allowed. Nigeshi’s return to America was actually a blessing in disguise. After being hired as a post-doc researcher at Purdue University, he became assistant professor in 1968, and worked with Nobel laureate Herbert C. Brown. Negishi is the second Nobel Prize winner at Purdue. Interestingly, the other Asian who earned the Nobel Prize last year was also from Japan, also in chemistry. Nigeshi said, one can do well individually in Japan, but it’s easy to get caught up in the system. In contrast, America’s system focuses on real research, innovation, and has no constraints. 

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{PATCH cont’d from page 1} newspaper industry lost 13,500 jobs. Two Asian American reporters who once worked in print now write stories for the more interactive medium of the Internet. On June 11, 2009, global web services company AOL acquired Patch Media Corporation for an undisclosed amount. The new Patch, a hyper-local news and information platform serving several cities in the United States, claims it has hired more journalists in 2010 than any other organization. So far, the most recent total stands at more than 900 journalists. While working at The Olympian newspaper in Olympia, Venice Buhain learned about Patch from Chamorro (indigenous people of Mariana Islands) American journalist Brent Champaco, who had just been hired by Patch and now works as the editor of University Place Patch. Buhain said, “I was an education reporter, and I had a blog. I was doing a little bit of video, and this (Patch) was something that was very focused on online.”

As a journalist for more than 10 years in Western Washington, Buhain said she found Patch “pretty intriguing.” “It was focused on the strengths of online, which are immediacy and the ability to share [photos, videos, and discussions].” She applied for a job and soon became the local editor of the Bellevue Patch — Patch’s third website to launch in Washington state — last October. While reporting on stories in Bellevue, she said its residents tell her that they miss having a daily newspaper. “I think that paper or print still has a very important role,” Buhain admitted. “When I go out into the community, they thank me for the type of coverage we do,” said Buhain. “They do have a weekly (Bellevue Reporter) paper, but I think people do want that daily news.” She added, “I think that there is a void, especially if you don’t have a daily paper — what you don’t get is your briefs every day. You don’t see your event calendar every day. Things like that, things that make

{JACKSON cont’d from page 1} JPAE is an organized neighborhood group focused on addressing concerns regarding placing the Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC)’s crisis center in the Jackson Place residential community on South Lane Street. The building is currently vacant and located in the Central area of Seattle.

What is DESC?

The DESC has already signed the lease to house their crisis solutions center at Jackson Place. Amoateng states that the construction for the building would begin this summer. According to government-issued documents, the DESC center is to serve as a crisis support center for 46 individuals who are severe substance abusers or who are mentally unstable. Most of these individuals have committed a variety of criminal offenses. The center will have two units, the Crisis Diversion Facility (CDF) and the Crisis Diversion Interim Service (CDIS). The CDF will have 16 beds to house individuals who are diverted primarily from jail systems across the county in lieu of serving jail time. The CDIS will have 30 beds for up to 14-day stays for individuals who are released from the CDF, but remain homeless. Department of Corrections vehicles, police cars, and other first responder vehicles are expected to deliver individuals to the facility, which will be open 24 hours, seven days a week. King County is the funding organization for the center.

The concerns

Jackson Place has two addresses at 1600 South Lane, which is vacant, and 1618 South Lane, which houses a few business offices. Wall, a board member of the alliance, who moved to South Lane Street in 2008, said that the JPAE’s concerns are centered around the fact that city elected officials, including council members, the city attorney, and the DESC, have violated a fair, transparent legal process of siting the Crisis Solutions Center on South Lane Street. Recently, the JPAE attained a police incident report for the different DESC locations in Seattle. “The incident reports have provided good insight to what our neighborhood can expect on South Lane Street and was a big discovery that unfolded last week,” she said. Specifically, there were 208 events that required police assistance, and of those, 16 resulted in arrests from Nov. 8, 2010 to Feb. 7, 2011 in the downtown Seattle and Eastlake locations. Wall explained that the incidents ranged from noise complaints and detox to rape and assault cases. “The types of activities [in the reports] could very well be applicable to our neighborhood as well,” Wall said. Public records obtained by the JPAE show the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has been working with the DESC since July 2010 to help the DESC classify the crisis center as a hospital instead of a jail or work release facility. This will avoid a lengthy permit and public comments process. According to land use codes, a hospital would be considered a permissible use at 1600 and 1618 South Lane Street. However, Wall said documents reveal the crisis center is not a hospital, and incarceration uses are not permissible. Wall said if proper processes were followed, the crisis center would not be permitted for siting without notice to the

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you feel connected to a community.” Recent Bellevue Patch stories include, “Celebration of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Feb. 3 and “Medina Police Chief Takes Back Resignation, Put on Leave” on Jan. 21. Buhain explained, “I wouldn’t call [the Medina Police Chief Jeffrey Chen story] a scoop. [But] it was something I had first. I definitely had that one before anybody else.” Brad Wong worked as a Seattle PostIntelligencer reporter from 2002 to 2009, including two years at its Bellevue bureau. “I covered regional issues [in Bellevue],” he said. From there, he worked in Seattle and covered such business issues as economics, biotechnology, and trade. The Chinese American journalist became the local editor of Sammamish Patch in early November 2010. “I applied for the job because I believe that community journalism, no matter the medium, is important. Information helps people,” Wong said. “In this job, I do more multimedia proj-

public and a full, transparent, public review process. “We believe in [DESC’s] cause and what they’re trying to do. What we take issue with is the process of the citing of the location. All legal measures have been ignored and overlooked,” Wall said. Amoateng said that the community thought the best way to address their issues was to retain an attorney and city planner to help them better understand what was happening. “We needed to form an organization to actively engage the services of an attorney and to get the community together to address these issues,” he said. Amoateng, another board member of JPAE, moved to Jackson Place in 2008, but has lived in the Central District since 2005. He stressed that the community members do not have animosity against the mentally ill or homeless. Rather, they wanted to make sure the city and county have given this due process that it deserves, to make sure they have been transparent in making the decision regarding the crisis solutions center. “Our biggest concern right now is whether or not the right processes have been followed,” he said. On the other hand, proponents of the crisis center say that it will serve a vital function in giving people help and saving taxpayers money. “The Crisis Solutions Center is a long time in coming,” said Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. “Supported by state and local funds and overseen by King County, it will provide a safe and humane place for people to recover. It will also save taxpayers money because currently, people who are on the street and suffering from mental illness or chemical dependency have few good options. If they are picked up by the police, they are taken to one of two places, Harborview Medical Center and King County Jail. These are costly interventions and, in many cases, are ineffective. This center will offer a third place where a person in crisis can be brought for immediate assessment and [can be] provided appropriate care.” Bagshaw also pointed out that Seattle is the first to em-

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ects. I edit and write stories, and I work with freelance stories. At my previous job as a reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, I typically just wrote articles.” Patch is a network that has launched almost 800 local news websites. Currently, its websites operate in many other states including New York, California, and Illinois. “Something that we put emphasis on at Patch [is that] we want that interaction with people,” said Buhain. “And so, we encourage people to post their own events. We encourage people to post their own announcements. We want them to comment. That’s really what gets people excited about the site.” “My job at Patch is to treat Bellevue like it’s the most important place in the world,” she added.  For more information, visit bellevue.patch. com, sammamish.patch.com, or universityplace.patch.com. James Tabafunda can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

ploy the use of these centers. “Regionally, Portland, Pierce County, and Bellingham have taken the lead, and their efforts are working. Our goal is to give police and treatment providers another tool to steer people in crisis into proper treatment and help them stabilize their lives. The Crisis Solutions Center is a step in the right direction,” said Bagshaw.

Socioeconomic repercussions

Amoateng, Wall, and other community members are also concerned about the changes in the socioeconomic dynamics in the neighborhood. “Anytime you have an institution such as what is being proposed planted in a residential neighborhood, it goes without saying that the socio dynamics will change. Clearly, people will have to amend their ways to accommodate that facility,” Amoateng said. “For instance, parents will be hesitant about letting their children take walks or ride bikes in the neighborhood. These are some of the questions that parents have been raising, and these are legitimate questions, but they want to know how safe are they going to feel if there’s a facility that will be housing people who have committed crimes.” “But whenever people raise these questions, they’re immediately painted as people who are insensitive to these social issues,” added Amoateng, “and it’s really not about that, but it’s about finding answers to our questions about the changes in the community.” Another concern centers around the uncertainty of the people wandering into the neighborhood after they are released from the center. Now, the JPAE must sit and wait to find out the answers to their questions and prepare for the potential construction of the center.  Nina Huang can be reached at info@nwasianweekly. com.


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{DEATH PENALTY cont’d from page 5} Thirteen economic, nonviolent offenses will be removed from the list of 68 crimes punishable by the death penalty, said Lang Sheng, who heads the legal committee of the Standing Committee to the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature. The 13 crimes include forging and selling invoices to avoid taxes, and smuggling cultural relics and precious metals such as gold out of the country. Lang told reporters at a briefing in Beijing that abolishing capital punishment for the elderly was done “to demonstrate the spirit of humanity.” It was not immediately clear how many people over the age of 75 are put to death annually in China. However, the other changes would not bring down the number of people executed because it targets crimes that have rarely, if ever, had capital punishment applied to them, said Joshua Rosenzweig, research manager for the U.S.-based human rights group Dui Hua Foundation. Capital punishment can still be used to punish other economic crimes such as corruption.

“The big obstacle, I think, is corruption. Because there still is a very strong sense that corrupt officials must die, among the Chinese population at large,” Rosenzweig said. “The revulsion for that offense is so strong that there would be a potential political cost to eliminating the death penalty for corruption.” Legal authorities have sought to stamp out abuses of the death penalty, particularly by demanding that all death sentences be reviewed by the nation’s supreme court. They have called for the penalty to be imposed only in the most extreme cases, although the punishment has wide public support in China. Lang noted that the changes reduced the number of crimes punishable by death by nearly one-fifth and said the government would consider further revisions in the future. “Of course, there are still some crimes that we’ve kept the death penalty for,” he said. “For these, we will have to continue to study further according to the requirements of our economic and social development, the needs of maintaining public order, and also the people’s will.” 

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For the week of March 5 — March 11, 2011 RAT Your willingness to mix and match creates an unlikely pairing, which works out surprisingly well for you.

DRAGON A demanding schedule will take its toll if you aren’t careful. Make taking care of yourself a priority sooner than later.

MONKEY Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits. Enlist the help of a friend or two to plan an upcoming get-together.

OX Is it taking longer than you expected to reach your destination? Despite your frustration, it is imperative that you stay the course.

SNAKE Your immediate reaction can be quite telling – revealing something that you had not been aware of before.

ROOSTER Show your appreciation towards a good friend or partner by going out of your way to do something special for them.

TIGER Only offer a choice if you are prepared to accept someone else’s pick. This is especially true when it comes to a personal issue.

HORSE Although you can’t pinpoint it exactly, there is something slightly off balance today. Try not to let it distract you too much.

DOG Occasionally checking in to monitor the status is probably prudent, but too much of a good thing can be bad.

RABBIT As you let go of one phase, take a moment to catch your breath before moving onto the next stage.

GOAT There has been plenty of hemming and hawing as of late, but now is the time to get on with what needs to be done.

PIG As you consider your next move, remember that satisfaction comes from knowing that you made a difference.

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 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

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{LIEN cont’d from page 8} that her hearing isn’t so great anymore. She laughs and apologizes for not being able to easily decipher an American accent, instead offering to speak in Vietnamese, Russian, Polish, or even, perhaps, a little Czech. She has lived a life of luxury. She began studying piano at age 4 as the daughter of Vietnam’s first Western-trained engineer, a man who allowed his children to speak only French in the former southern city of Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City. She rubbed shoulders with the likes of Pablo Picasso and other pro-Communist figures in Paris, and later became Vietnam’s first woman to graduate with an overseas music degree from the Prague Conservatory, in what was then Czechoslovakia. But she has also faced her share of hardships as a nationalist married to a revolutionary who fought alongside the country’s founding president, Ho Chi Minh, to liberate Vietnam from French colonialism. “My journey from Prague back to Vietnam was long and a very hard journey,” she said, remembering how blisters bubbled all over her feet as she carried her 22-month-old daughter in 1951. “We had to walk with my baby 110 kilometers (68 miles) at night to the North Vietnamese government in the jungle where they were based. It took about three weeks.” She spent the next three months being fully indoctrinated at a re-education camp, the place

where she first met Ho Chi Minh and Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, the architect of Vietnam’s military campaigns against the French and later the Americans. She later gave birth to a son while living in the bush, just six months after losing her husband to a bout with tuberculosis. “It was very difficult,” she said, her eyes staring at the floor of her upscale apartment. “I don’t want to remember this time.” It was also the only period in her life when she was separated from the piano. She was forced to wait until 1954 before she could again find comfort playing Chopin. She was sent to Beijing to record revolutionary music, lullabies, and folk songs to help motivate Ho Chi Minh’s ragtag Communist army to keep fighting after it overtook the French at the famous battle of Dien Bien Phu, ultimately leading to Vietnam’s independence. “When I first saw a piano again, I was very happy,” she said. “I played all night.” Madame Lien returned to Vietnam determined to start a proper music school in Hanoi. She married another revolutionary, who was also a passionate poet, and they had Son before enduring the start of another long war, this time with the Americans. They moved the entire school to the countryside — including all the upright pianos — twice, after returning to Hanoi for a period when things seemed calmer. But that window was short-lived prior to the devastating Christmas bombings in December 1972 when American B-52s pound-

ed the city over 12 days. “We Vietnamese, we are not afraid to die,” she said. “It is why we won the war.” In 1980, just five years after the Vietnam War ended with north and south reunified by the Communists, Madame Lien traveled to Warsaw alongside 22-year-old Son to translate for him during an international Chopin piano competition. Son said it was remarkable that the regime ever allowed him to study in Moscow after being discovered in the village by a visiting Soviet piano teacher. After all, his father had switched loyalties during the war, becoming an anti-communist dissident unpopular with Hanoi’s leaders. But not even Vietnam’s extreme distrust of the West could stop Son from becoming the first Asian to win the prestigious contest in Poland. The results were shocking to many at the time, but Son’s career path was set. And his mother has remained by his side — the two have only been separated for a brief period. Son, now 53, remains Vietnam’s only international artist, performing concerts globally with world-renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma. He is now recognized as one of the world’s great Chopin interpreters. In Vietnam, Son is more like a rock star. Young people born a generation after the war know his face and his music. They approach him on the street and shake his hand or pose with him while friends snap photos on mobile phones.

Madame Lien remains in the background and laughs at the notion that she still teaches her youngest son. “Oh no, now he’s my master!” she says, giggling, as Son interrupts, “We play for each other!” She spends about half the year in Montreal, Canada, where she lives with Son and can speak her native French. The rest of the time, she’s in Hanoi with her daughter, Tran Thu Ha, who graduated with a doctorate from Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and later took over as head of Vietnam’s National Academy of Music. Her other son, Tran Thanh Binh, the cellist who also lives in the capital, went on to become one of the country’s most soughtafter architects. He designed the new 800seat concert hall in his mother’s honor. It’s expected to open sometime this fall. The matriarch performed her last solo concert just five years ago — when she was 87 — inside Hanoi’s elegant French colonial opera house. And her legacy lives on, with about 1,800 students now enrolled at the music school where some 200 lecturers teach. Even today, as her tiny wrinkled fingers dance gracefully over the keys of the grand piano, the room is filled with the beautiful sound she’s creating — her version of a Chopin etude, born from a long life touched by war and great peace. And she’s not finished yet. Her 6-year-old granddaughter is her newest student. 

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“Secret Asian Man” comic books are now available at the Kinokuniya bookstore in Seattle. {DIVERSITY cont’d from page 7}

U.S. on a diversity visa, the equivalent of winning the lottery.” Yemesrach also excels outside of school. She has been in“These events attract all types of students, providing a venue for volved in multiple social justice related clubs, including the them to share in Raven’s culture while also promoting their own.” gender club and HIV/AIDs awareness club. She recognizes the “The idea to increase diversity in BSU came to me when importance of diversity and has shared her culture with others at I noticed kids saying BSU is only for African American stu- her high school at multicultural night. In addition, her passion for dents. This encouraged me to go around the school and re- service is evident when she describes her volunteer work at the cruit not only African Americans, but also others to join the Rainier Dental Center and Causey’s Learning Center.” membership team. … Posters were posted around the school “In Ethiopia, there are more than 80 ethnic groups with difto let people know the diversity we were looking for in BSU. ferent languages and cultures, and my father, being a teacher, As a result in posting the posters, the club now has a wide taught in many different parts of Ethiopia. When I was born, he spread of diversity,” wrote Coleman in her personal essay.    taught in one of the remotest places in Ethiopia, called Jinka,   where the Hamar ethnic group lives,” Demissie wrote in her Elaine Colligan personal statement. “One day, I was able to visit my birth place. Senior at Roosevelt High School … I didn’t think I would be able to communicate with these Recommended by Cora H. Mackoff  people because they speak only their own language and they don’t have any kind of formal education. However, after I saw “Elaine needs to make sense of what she is learning and the Hamar people, I realized my understanding of their culture often applies those concepts to her own life in a most impres- was absolutely wrong. I communicated using sign language sive way,” stated Cora H. Mackoff, social studies department without having any difficulties, and I found these people to be chair at Roosevelt High School, in a recommendation. very smart, respectful, and generous. …   The Jinka people are “Nowhere do Elaine’s talents shine more brightly than her able to survive, even with all the hardships of their environwork as a student docent at the Henry Art Gallery on the ment. This was the main reason why I brought the Jinka culcampus at the University of Washington. Her passion for the tural dance to Franklin High School at multicultural night. … arts and making it accessible to all students has been a major Now, I am a member of the Habesha club at Franklin.”  accomplishment in her high school career. She has led countless tours, trained many docents, and established a summer Sarah Dillard intern program, as well as being a student curator of a student Senior at Sehome High School art showcase at the Sunlight Café.” Recommended by Bobby Stafford  “I’ve led over 35 tours to about 400 students, ranging from kindergarteners to at-risk high school students to senior citi“Sarah wants to challenge her beliefs and delve deeper into zens. As I guide a group through a discussion of art, students the geopolitical, cultural, and philosophical underpinnings offer their reaction and opinion to what they see,” wrote of the human triumphs and tragedies that exist in today’s Colligan in a personal statement. “Groups interpret work to- world,” wrote Bobby Stafford, a counselor at Sehome High gether, sometimes working off and often debating their dif- School, in a recommendation. ferent ideas. I love leading tours, because I get to interact with “Last summer, Sarah applied for and got a much sought diverse people and play catch with their ideas. This year, I after internship in Seattle with KUOW, an NPR affiliate. She founded the Teens at the Henry advisory group. One of our had six fantastic weeks learning and working next to profesgoals is to bring people who are often underrepresented in art sional journalists. I asked Sarah to give me a CD of the seggalleries to the museum, from teens to other groups.” ments that she produced during her internship, as I listened to a segment that Sarah had written, produced, and recorded. Xu Alice Dai Nevertheless, I remembered the segment because it provided Senior at Bellevue High School a wonderful glimpse into the Islamic month of Ramadan.” Recommended by Mitchell Smoller  “Diversity is not just about righting the wrongs of the past.  It is about creating a future in which everyone has equal op“Alice Dai transitioned from Canada to the United States in portunity to shape this world into the best one it can possibly [the 10th] grade. She adapted to her current sphere with courage, be. … It is difficult to have a real awareness of the events hard work, maturity, and displays a profound and deep penchant occurring around us if the only understanding that can be for learning and inquisition,” wrote Mitchell Smoller, a school gleaned is from the black and white block print of a newspacounselor at Bellevue High School, in a recommendation. per or the microphone of a TV reporter. By talking to people “Alice did the Japanese Exchange Experience in grade who have been shaped by a different world than the one that nine. Event personnel immediately recognized Alice’s com- you may have experienced, it is possible to gain a deeper unpetence, and appointed her to the organization committee. … derstanding of the issues,” stated Dillard in a personal essay.  Alice volunteers numerous hours as a tutor for children and serves as a Sunday school teacher.” Dong Dinh “[I] have gone to school in four different countries, in 14 Senior at Chief Sealth High School different schools, and [lived] in 15 different houses,” Dai Recommended by Marta Sanchez   wrote in a personal essay. “[In China], I missed being the new girl from Canada by always starting off a conversation with a “Early on in Dong’s life, he learned [that] whatever would handshake and saying, ‘Hi, I’m Alice, nice to meet you!’ My happen in life for him was up to him. Dong decided to check trip back to China showed me how bland and passive life can be if we all looked the same, did the same, and acted in the same way. Diversity encompasses a variety of things. It is not limited to the people, culture, belief, or actions that someone interacts, lives, stand for, and upholds.”

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out the Summer Search program. This program gave him an adult mentor who helped him [to] be accountable. His focus and hard work were rewarded with an all expense paid trip camping for three weeks. Having never camped before and working with unknown students from across the nation gave Dong a chance for growth,” wrote Marta Sanchez, an administrative secretary at Chief Sealth High School, in a recommendation. “Through Dong’s conscientious effort, he was rewarded with a five week trip to New Zealand. In New Zealand, he developed his passion for teaching and participated in community service. Upon his return, he sought out teaching opportunities and now works with an elementary after school program.” “Newspapers, television, and the media gave their negative views on African Americans. This influenced me to create a barrier to protect myself. This went on until my first year of high school. In that first year, one African American girl invited me to an Afro-Caribbean night at the University of Washington. As I sat in the auditorium, I was afraid that the people around me wouldn’t accept me, but people were welcoming, friendly, and they made me feel like one of them. By the end of the night, I had completely broken down my barrier, making new friends and accepting their culture. … I want to experience cultures first hand and achieve a higher understanding of why people isolate themselves from other cultures,” Dinh wrote in his personal essay.  

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Senior at Highline High School Recommended by Nghi Le “Trang is a very dedicated member of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society, as well as in all other activities she chooses to pursue in,” wrote Nghi Le, a youth minister, in a recommendation. “Many people, including those who are even older than her, look to Trang for guidance. … Our youth organization serves hundreds of youth from all over the Greater Seattle region, so we have a very diverse member base. Sometimes, this huge amount of people from different areas or different backgrounds can cause clashes. However, Trang uses her skills well to stimulate unity among diversity. With her help, our organization is able to maintain a cohesive learning environment and shape our youth into virtuous and productive members of society.” “Without diversity, I see a black and white society without any color whatsoever,” Dinh wrote in a personal statement. “I mean this literally and figuratively. Diversity offers a spectrum of color to our nation and contributes an array of cultures that define what America is all about. We are a nation of immigrants, and diversity is present to unite people of cultures from everywhere in the world. This unity is most significant because it allows us to be compassionate and understanding towards others.”  Stacy Nguyen and Yukari Sumino contributed to this report. Rebecca W. Lee can be reached at info@nwasian weekly.com.

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{JING JING cont’d from page 1} berger earned his Master of Business Administration from Seattle University in 1997. Heimberger worked as a financial analyst for about seven years for SSA Marine Inc., before becoming the business development vice president at a global company. Jing Jing He worked for Asian American Television (AATV) as an anchor. Despite all the bright spots, there was one aspect of their life in China that the couple particularly yearned for. In the United States, they found that they missed the foods of Asia. So they decided to “go for it” and start their own grocery store filled with the items they liked.

A store is born

“Look at my past experience,” Heimberger said. “It has nothing to do with what I’m doing now.” Though Heimberger lacked experienced in running and branding an Asian market, he had wanted to develop his own business for a number of years. He made up for his lack of experience with a lot of research and extreme attention to detail. Heimberger partnered with one of his wife’s relatives, who lives in Shanghai. They have invested $2 million in the store. His research led him to place the store in the Eastside because he saw ample opportunity to grow and serve a burgeoning niche. “The Asian population in the Puget Sound region is growing and moving everywhere. It’s nice for them to have a store where they are.” The Jing Jing building is situated next to the Factoria Mall, and Jing Jing shares about 125 parking spaces with another building. Nick Gaig, a Bellevue resident, said that the building Jing Jing inhabits used to be part of a tanning salon and, in the 1990s, an extension of Bellevue College (then Bellevue Community College). He welcomes its latest incarnation. “In the South Bellevue area, there are about three options for Asian groceries, mostly Korean,” Gaig wrote in a review on yelp.com. “To have a selection of Chinese staples without having to drive into Seattle is nice for Eastsiders.” “They actually have decent fresh vegetables and items,” added Gaig. “I noticed a lot of Taiwanese items.” Heimberger wants each of his stores to be between 9,000 and 10,000 square feet (to compare, the 99 Ranch store in Edmonds is about 30,000 square feet) because he thinks that’s the optimal size that strikes the balance between personalized service and a comprehensive inventory. Heimberger also drew inspiration from well-known chains Trader Joe’s and Uwajimaya.

having to drive into Seattle is nice for Eastsiders.” — Nick Gaig

“It’s a great grocery store,” he said, speaking about Uwajimaya. “However, it’s Japanese focused. So I took from its model — very clean and very good service — and wanted to give it a Chinese focus. I want my store to be bright, clean, energetic, with very wide aisles.” When asked whether Jing Jing will take away from Chinatown businesses, including Uwajimaya, Heimberger said, “I don’t think it will because each store has its own niche.” “What an honor,” said Tomoko Matsuno, Uwajimaya president, when she was told that Jing Jing partly modeled itself on Uwajimaya. As to whether she sees Jing Jing as a threat, Matsuno is not too worried. “Of course, it’s competition. But you cannot control competition. All the suburban [Asian] markets affect us. [Actually], what will hurt everybody most is the new gas price. Every time the gas price increases, it affects our business because people start thinking, ‘How far am I willing to go?’ ” If anything, Heimberger says, Jing Jing may give mainstream grocery chain a run for their money. There is a Safeway and a QFC nearby. Jing Jing has a surprising number of non-Asian customers. Heimberger observed that they don’t necessary patronize the store for its Asian items, but for its meats and produce — because those items are priced lower than mainstream grocery stores. Bellevue Deputy Mayor Conrad Lee has a different view point. “I don’t think it’s competition,” Lee said. “Jing Jing has its own niche. And I am impressed. The merchandise is well-prepared and priced [well]. When you buy something — for instance, meat — there is little fat. You don’t waste anything.” Heimberger does see a potential issue when SR 520 Bridge begins tolling in the spring of 2011. Tolls may discourage Eastsiders from traveling to the International District to buy groceries. 99 Ranch declined to comment on whether it sees Jing Jing as competition.

What’s next?

Heimberger wants Jing Jing to grow into a chain, and his goal is to open a new store every other year. He says new stores will not always be Chinese-oriented — it largely depends on the community that the store resides in. “Whatever the community needs,” said Heimberger.  Assunta Ng contributed to this report. Stacy Nguyen can be reached at stacy@nwasian weekly.com.

A wink and a smile

After opening, Heimberger fielded a few unexpected complaints. His Chinese customers said that the service at the store was too friendly, and it made them uncomfortable. Rather than making the service colder, Heimberger

Thank You!

ket celebrated its ar M an si A ng Ji ng Ji Feb.19. We are here grand opening on d mainstream an to serve the Asian community. r the presence of We are grateful fo cials leaders, elected offi y it un m m co y an m all ies. We appreciate s and other dignitar on ti paintings, dona your gifts, flowers, ur congratulatory yo to Olive Crest, and mmunity newspapers co in ter advertisements ing. We thank Mas in honor of our open ance and students' D Mak Fei for his Lion . performances. by all you did for us We were touched g in e our grand open Your suppor t mad l and special. You fu ceremony meaning our best to serve the do have inspired us to sit us of ten and give e vi community. Pleas rve you better. se us input how to Yours sincerely,

pushed forward and is trying to get both his staff members and customers to see a personable Chinese grocery store as normal. He has created incentives for his staff members. “If I see someone on my staff do something above-and-beyond, I’ll immediately give him or her a ticket to put into a lucky draw pot. [The idea is for them] to get prizes for doing something right for the store.” Similarly, Heimberger wants to eventually create a customer membership program to reward customers for their loyalty. Qualified customers would be invited to exclusive shopping events or would be given special promotions. He’s also toying around with the idea of organizing a major event every month. An example would be a Cinco de Mayo day, for his Mexican customers. “My other objective is to bring non-Asians to the store,” said Heimberger. “Non-Asians come in, interested, but they don’t know how to cook Asian dishes. The next step is giving out recipes and packing all the ingredients for them. They come to shop and will have something ready to cook when they go home. The interest is there for non-Asians, but there is a lack of knowledge [on cooking Asian food].”

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Attending the ceremony: › Elder Peter Su, East King County Evangelical Church › Representative Marcie Maxwell, District 41 House of Representatives › Deputy Mayor of Bellevue, Conrad Lee › Bellevue Councilwoman, Claudia Balducci › Mrs. May Wan, Ceremony Organizer › Lubond Construction & Tandem Engineering › Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce › Key Bank › Leroy Christiansen & Steve Fueston, North Factoria Plaza Owners › Doug Plager, Wallace Properties › Evelyn Wang, Jing Jing Store Manager › Donny Tu, Jing Jing Store Manager › Henry Li, Assistant Store Manager › Joseph & Sandy Cheung › Media Press › All guests, customers, friends, family, and staff of Jing Jing Asian Market

Olive Crest Donors: › Asia Discount › Magnan Consulting › Golden International › Seattlebin.com › Janet Lau › JFC International › Plymouth Poultry

› Factoria Center Investments › L&W Food Corp. › Lop Sing Trading › Mon Chong Loong › Lubond Construction & Tandem Engineering

Jing Jing Asian Market 12402 SE 38th St. Ste. #209  Bellevue, WA 98006 (425) 644-3548  www.jingjingmarket.com Open everyday: 9 a.m. — 9 p.m.

VOL 30 NO 10 | 2011  

han bui, photographer, graphic designer, web designer, seattle, everett, freelancer, layout editor

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