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VOL. 33, NO. 10 JOURNAL OF THE NORTHWEST ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN COMMUNITIES MAY 17 - JUNE 6, 2006
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“Conversion,” by Esther Lee, Newport High School, 11th Grade: One of the winners of the API Heritage Month Art Contest. See p. 10 for all winners.
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Making our opinion heard in the heartland
BY NHIEN NGUYEN
Higo store to reopen
The International Examiner is
When a group of minority journalists gathered
for a meal in downtown Nashville, patrons looked
The experience and professional expertise
of panelists and speakers for the seminar were
A cursory search on the Internet of Asian
American opinion writers at non-ethnic publica-
a nonprofit newspaper serving up from their barbecued sauce stained hands to impressive. Ricardo Pimentel, editorial page edi- tions showed Ether Wu, a metro columnist for The
Seattle’s International District/
gaze at the spectacle before them. tor of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and Jarvis Dallas News, who recently wrote a compelling and
Chinatown and Northwest Asian
Stress in the holidays
Pacific American communities I imagine that it’s not every day that a town like
Nashville witnesses such a large group of mixed
DeBerry, editorial writer and columnist for The
Times-Picayune in New Orleans, were just some of
much-needed piece about the impact of immigra-
since 1974. Our mission is to tion reform on Asian Americans.
provide accurate, in-depth, timely minorities in one place. the names at the seminar. Missing from the mix of At The Seattle Times, Lee Moriwaki is on the
and sensitive coverage of local, Nashville, as homogenous as it seemed, turned speakers, however, were editorial writers of Asian editorial board, along with African American col-
regional, national, and international out to be an appropriate place for the annual descent. umnist Lynne Varner. The Seattle Times publisher
issues which affect APAs, immi- Minority Writers Seminar held on May 4-7. Raising the inclusion question during the and CEO Frank Blethen, I might add, was among
grants, and people of color. Sponsored by the National Conference of Editorial evaluation period at the end of the seminar, I the handful of names supporting the seminar.
Writers (NCEW) in partnership with the Freedom knew that the seminar planning committee was (Thanks Frank!)
In addition to producing a free Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University, not at fault for the non-existing Asian American The name of one columnist that came up dur-
biweekly newspaper, we also the program aims to train minorities in the delicate editorialists or columnists. There are simply very ing the seminar was Michelle Malkin, a Filipina
publish a bi-annual literary supple- yet brash art of editorial and opinion writing. few Asian Americans in the field. American proud to be called the Asian Ann
ment, the “Pacific Reader,” devoted
to critical reviews of APA books. Coulter. Malkin’s latest claim to fame is her appel-
Our small press has published lation of the Spanish-language version of the “Star
two books, “The History of the Spangled Banner” as the “Illegal Alien Anthem,”
International District,” and “Hum which is not only offensive, but journalistically and
Bows Not Hot Dogs.” factually inaccurate.
EDITOR As the mention of Malkin’s name sent a jolt
NHIEN NGUYEN of passionate anger up my spine, I examined my
own barriers for writing editorials with strong,
ADVERTISING MANAGER unwavering opinion. Have I internalized Asian
CARMELA LIM values of deference to elders, fidelity to tradition,
and avoidance of conflict, as described by Frank
ASSISTANT EDITOR Wu, law professor at Howard University?
KEN MOCHIZUKI Polling the six or so Asian Americans at the
end of the seminar, I asked whether they plan to
pursue editorial or opinion writing. At least half
ALAN CHONG LAU
decided that the field was not for them.
FILM EDITOR In a time of growing anti-immigrant senti-
KARYN KUBO LAMBORN ments, it’s time that Asian American views reach
the heartland. We need more Asian bylines on op-
BUSINESS MANAGER ed articles about issues like immigration reform in
ELLEN SUZUKI major newspapers, locally and nationally.
Maybe then, with next year’s seminar group
KEN HIRAIWA of Asian American writers, Nashville citizens may
not recognize our faces, but at least they will know
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Little Saigon business owners fear new ‘mega-development’ encroaches on ‘way of life’
BY KEN MOCHIZUKI
Quang Nguyen, executive director of the stores such as Target if you work with us. Darrell Vange, president of Ravenhurst
Vietnamese American Economic Development or Fred Meyer, Best We will be against Development, said he has met with VAEDA
Association (VAEDA), sent out e-mails marked Buy and Petco, with the project until we and Little Saigon community representatives
“URGENT” to members of Seattle’s Little 450 residential units come to an agree- many times, and that discussions have been
Saigon and International District communities: above the stores ment we deem fair.” “constructive.”
“Our small mom-and-pop businesses in — 40 of those to The second Construction is expected to begin on the
Little Saigon are facing potential displacement be condos selling option, he said, is Dearborn Street project during summer or
in the near future due to a mega-development to for $400,000 each the “most viable.” fall of 2007, and projected to be completed by
be built at our doorstep. — and the creation Reactions from 2010. Only then is when retailers who occupy
“Once built, the Goodwill/Dearborn devel- of 2,300 parking the Little Saigon the facility will be known, Vange said. Four
opment will cause a massive increase in traffic spaces, accord- The Goodwill Store site on Dearborn and Rainier. business owners hundred-fifty to 500 residential units are being
that will deter traditional customers from shop- ing to VAEDA. reflected how they planned, but unknown at this time are the “mix,
ping and eating in Little Saigon. This will have The developers, TRF Pacific and Ravenhurst felt about the “mega-development” threatening sizes and costs,” he said, adding that the units
the effect of choking off the lifeline to the small Development, will build an additional, new their livelihood and Little Saigon as the heart of could be half condos/half apartments.
businesses in our community. Imagine what’s 120,000 square-foot facility for Goodwill. local Vietnamese American culture: “If the rental situation improves, there could
happening along Martin Luther King Jr. Way At a May 11 meeting in Little Saigon “Our business is our culture.” be more apartments,” Vange said. “But I’m not
happening here. People will not want to come to attended by business owners and representa- “Vietnamese who live in Edmonds come making any projections – it’s way too early.”
this area anymore because traffic will be so bad. tives from community development organiza- down here.” As for the complex’s parking spaces, he said
“If you’re a business owner; if you shop and tions, Nguyen said the development will “draw “I was told, ‘They took the blacks out of there is planned to be a total of 2,307, but could
eat here; if you’re Vietnamese, you should care from all areas south of the Ship Canal,” adding this area, then they took the Filipinos out, now end up being “100 less, 200 less, or 50 more.”
what happens because it will definitely impact to traffic congestion already existing around it’s your turn.’ This is the greatest crisis for the The developers have an Environmental
your life.” Rainier and Dearborn, especially on weekends. Vietnamese American community in the past Impact Statement “under way” and, when com-
The “what’s happening” on King Way Nguyen added that the development could also decade.” pleted, neighboring communities can comment
Nguyen referred to is the displacement of 75 commence an unsettling trend. “If we don’t think for ourselves, somebody on changes and concerns about traffic, Vange
businesses, by some estimates, due to con- “Building something this large is going to else is going to think for us.” said. “It is a very well-known, well-publicized,
struction of Sound Transit’s light rail project. cause developers to salivate,” he said, and that “To them, we’re just a bee circling around very public process,” he said. “Traffic is every-
Vietnamese Americans operate many of those city rezoning of the area for residential use will them and annoying them.” one’s first concern, including ours.”
businesses. turn it into “another Belltown.” “Certain retailers cannot be in the project Property values and taxes increase when
What has VAEDA and the Little Saigon “Developers don’t say that, but that’s their that will compete with Little Saigon businesses, a neighborhood is rezoned, he said. The
neighborhood presently concerned is the intention,” Nguyen said. like a jewelry store or a LensCrafters.” Dearborn Street project will operate under a
planned $300 million, 600,000 square-foot Nguyen emphasized that a “solid position” “If we wait to figure out what we want, “contract rezone,” which applies only to the
mixed-use development at the present site of from the Little Saigon community is needed to they’ll be under construction by then.” project’s property, he said. The City of Seattle is
Goodwill Industries at Rainier Avenue South present to the developers. There are two options, The Little Saigon community members considering the rezoning of all neighborhoods,
and South Dearborn Street. The develop- he said: “fight this — it is not appropriate for agreed to work on that “solid position” and and what the City decides, Vange said, will have
ment, proceeding under the temporary name you to build it”; or “bring them to the negotiat- mobilize the Vietnamese American community more impact on the Little Saigon community
“Dearborn Street,” might include major retail ing table — we don’t like it, but you can realize it to support it. “than our project will.”
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WAVE Scholarship Grant Winners was recently given the “President’s Award”
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Fourteen Asian or
Pacific Islander students have received
by the Washington State Chapter of the
National Association of Social Workers
In & Around Town
Washington Award for Vocational (NASW). The award was presented to him at API Heritage Month
Excellence (WAVE) scholarship grants NASW’s Annual Conference held on April The Grateful Crane Ensemble performs
which will pay for two years of their postsec- 21 at the SeaTac Holiday Inn. “The Camp Dance: The Music and The
ondary tuition in Washington State. Sugiyama was honored for all his work in
the community, which includes founder and Memories of the Japanese-American
The students are: Angela Chien Hsuen
Change, who lives in Bothell and attends executive director of CCA, former member Relocation Camps.” The performance
Inglemoor High School; Chanvichet of the Seattle School Board and volunteer was part of the day-long API Heritage
Eng, Mill Creek, Jackson High School; with over 150 organizations.
Month Celebration on May 7 at the
Ronald Fabros, Spokane Valley, Spokane
Community College; Michelle Nguyen, Campbell will lead Seattle U Seattle Center. Photo by Yoshi Ueda.
Renton, Charles A. Lindbergh High School; PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington
Barbieto Moris, Bremerton, Olympic State University Board of Regents named
High School; Lynnette Bird, Federal Way, Phyllis Campbell, a former board member
Highline Community College; Alyssa Sheih, who is president and CEO of the Seattle
SeaTac, Global Connections High School- Foundation, as this year’s recipient of the Examiner gets examined
Tyee campus; Ngoc Le, Seattle, Evergreen Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award. “Uncle” Bob Santos gives a tour of the International District
High School; Keiko Sasaki, Seattle, Renton The Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus to a University of Washington communication class. The
Technical College; Buu Huynh, Seattle, Award is the university’s highest honor class is studying the history of the International Examiner
Roosevelt High School; Xiao-Qing (Tracy) granted to WSU alumni. Campbell served as as their project focus. They will present their final project at
Wu, Seattle, Seattle Vocational Institute;president of U.S. Bank of Washington from a public presentation on Tuesday, June 6 from 9 -10 a.m. in
Anna Menghini, Renton, Seattle Central 1993-2001, becoming the first woman presi- Kane Hall, Walker-Ames room, 2nd floor. Also, KBCB World
Community College; Tianyin Zhu, Seattle, dent of a major bank in Washington. She
TV airs a new, revised version of the International Examiner
Ingraham High School; and Chun (Leon) was a member of the WSU Board of Regents
documentary on May 19 at 9:30 p.m. and May 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Chan, Bellevue, Sammamish High School. from 1991-2003, and in 2003 became presi-
dent and CEO of The Seattle Foundation. www.kbcbtv.com.
Now in its 22nd year, WAVE, admin-
istered by the Workforce Training and She earned a WSU business administration
Education Coordinating Board, a state degree in 1973. First Hill Lions Club
Last week, Campbell, a longtime advo- Ellen Suzuki, International Examiner finance
agency, honors students for their outstand-
ing achievement, leadership and community cate for education, also became chair of the manager, and Bea Kiyohara were installed as
service in career and technical education.Seattle University Board of Trustees. She co-chairs of First Hill Lions Club. The dinner
becomes the first woman board chair in was held at Salty’s on Alki Beach on Tuesday,
Seattle University history and will oversee May 9. Photo by Nhien Nguyen.
Sugiyama receives award governance of the largest independent uni-
Alan Sugiyama, executive director of
versity in the Northwest.
the Center for Career Alternatives (CCA),
INTERNATIONAL EXAMINER: May 17 - June 6, 2006 5
UW professor connects ‘coolies’ to today’s immigration issues
BY KEN MOCHIZUKI
University of Washington (UW) history and And how did Jung end up writing a book on the plantations.
American Ethnic Studies Assistant Professor this subject? “I wanted to do
Moon-Ho Jung says his “ultimate mission” when Born in Seoul, S. Korea, Jung, 36, grew up something on Asian
teaching is to “pass along critical tools to under- mostly in Ann Arbor, Mich. and received his Pacific Americans, but
stand how power has operated historically.” undergraduate degree in government (political that would include
While researching his recently-published science) from Cornell University in 1991, and Africa and the Caribbean.
book on Chinese laborers in post-Civil War later a graduate degree in history. He thought Reconstruction, slavery, race — they
Louisiana, he discovered that these laborers, he was headed to law school, but after taking cannot be divorced; they’re inseparable
stereotyped as passive and powerless — the courses on African American history, “I got issues.”
reason why they were sought en masse by plan- hooked,” he says. What began as a 600-page dissertation
tation owners — often did have power. In 1995, he began his doctoral dissertation became a 275-page book he finished in 2004.
Moon-Ho Jung. Photo by Ken Mochizuki.
Some verbally and even physically con- on the “coolies” in post-Civil War America, About a third of his total research made it into
fronted the owners for better treatment and which led to receiving his Ph.D. in history the book. “Nobody’s going to read a 600-page considered a part of the Caribbean — produced
pay. Some deserted their employers for better while teaching at Oberlin College. Deciding book — especially not my students,” Jung says. “nearly one quarter of all exportable sugar in the
pay elsewhere. Some formed labor gangs that to make his dissertation a book, he spent six The extensive and meticulous research world” by 1853, Jung states in his book.
could only be hired as a group, sometimes months in Louisiana, mostly at the Louisiana shows in “Coolies and Cane,” as does his However, with emancipation taking place
using Chinese brokers. Others refused long- State University library, and later in libraries arguments that the history of American race during the Civil War, former slaves needed to
term contracts and would only work in short and archives in North Carolina, Texas and relations is much more than “black and white,” be replaced. Louisiana sugar producers began
stints. Washington, D.C. and that U.S. history is very complicated and importing Chinese workers, initially from
The sugar cane plantation owners, Jung “It wasn’t fun being in Louisiana by myself,” “goes beyond [U.S.] borders,” he says. Haiti and Cuba and later China and California.
says, “constantly complained about their work- Jung remembers, as he pored over “a lot of Asian American history usually begins with However, with abolitionist sentiment equating
ers” in letters written during the mid-1800s. microfilm” of 19th century letters, govern- Chinese helping to build the transcontinental “coolies” with slaves, federal laws were enacted
“Coolies and Cane: Race, Labor, and Sugar ment records, payroll records, newspapers. In railroad or participating in the California Gold to bar “coolies” from entering the country, but
in the Age of Emancipation” (Johns Hopkins the payroll records, he spotted the “blocks of Rush, Jung writes. However, Chinese laborers welcomed them as “immigrants” — the begin-
University Press) is the result of Jung’s nine- Chinese names,” he says. Also, by the 1830s, were already working for America’s neighbors ning of contradictory policies that would con-
year effort to shed light on a little-known aspect stories about “coolies” (a term originated by to the south. tinually dog their presence in America.
of American history: thousands of Chinese Portuguese sailors and merchants in the 16th During the 1830s and 1840s, the British Louisiana’s sugar industry, valued at $200
workers were imported to fill the labor void century) began appearing in American newspa- West Indies imported South Asian indentured million immediately before the Civil War,
created by the end of slavery in the post-Civil pers. laborers (the British Empire ended slavery in “would lose approximately $193 million of its
War South. The aim of his book, he says, was to illumi- 1838) and the Spanish sent Chinese to Cuba antebellum assessment” — in large part due to
While researching the book, Jung recalls nate the “history of the racial figure of ‘coolies,’” and Peru. With a slave insurrection against the loss of its enslaved work force after the war,
meeting Louisianans who remarked, “Oh, yeah, and the “political and social history of Chinese French masters severely damaging sugar Jung writes. The South and Louisiana needed
what happened to them?” and black workers” who worked side-by-side on production in Haiti, Louisiana — then often the Chinese laborers. However, their standing
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in American society remained ambiguous at slave-trade laws to racially coded immigration
best. Jung further writes: laws, from slaveholding nation to a “nation of
They remained an enigma, a cultural figure immigrants,” and from a continental empire of
identified with the past (slavery) and increasing- “manifest destiny” to a liberating empire across
ly with the future (industrial capitalism and free the seas.
trade). Were they slaves or immigrants, blacks or Those “racially coded immigration laws”
white, an asset or a deficit to America’s progress?
In an industrializing and expanding nation try-
continue today, with current and proposed
laws aimed at excluding Asian and Latino No separate peace:
ing to recover from a devastating war, they were
all those things and much more.
One of the ways of distinguishing “blacks
immigrants “but not Canadians,” Jung says.
“‘Immigration’ is now a racially coded word
for Asians and Latinos. Today, people can’t
Immigration reform is a woman s issue
BY NAPAWF SEATTLE
or whites,” Jung says, was that whites, includ- say they don’t want certain people in America.
ing European immigrants were “not thought Instead, they attack immigration.” As the overwhelmingly Latino May Day force. The decades of women working abroad
of as permanent plantation workers. Blacks or At the UW, Jung teaches an introduc- march for immigration reform grew to over has caused a disintegration of the family and a
‘coolies’ were.” tory course on Asian American history, courses 30,000 in Seattle, what was obvious from the generation of children being raised by relatives
And, as Jung writes in “Coolies and Cane,” titled “Race and Power in America” and “Asian demographics was that women, young and old, and single parents. However, the Philippines
Americans initially welcomed the Chinese into American Activism”; and seminars on “Civil were fully present. And why wouldn’t they be? women’s movement, both in the country and
their country because, as a New Orleans news- Liberties and War” and “Asian American Immigration is an issue that disproportionately abroad, have analyzed the impact of migration
paper of the time editorialized, there was not Labor History.” Last month, he coordinated affects women and children whether they live on Filipino women and children, resulting
“any fear of the Chinaman becoming a citizen a day-long seminar, “Remembering Japanese in the United States or in their native country. in strategies to address their needs as well as
and voting.” American Redress: a Symposium on History, Unfortunately, this aspect within the debate forming organizations to empower Filipino
As more years from the Civil War passed, Incarceration, and Justice.” about immigration reform has been left out of women in their adopted countries.
the Chinese laborers further dispersed in the That symposium is another example of the national conversation and even within the We in the United States can learn a lot from
South. Jung notes that, in 1875, Louisiana offi- Professor Jung incorporating the past with the mainstream U.S. women’s movement. the effort to include a women’s perspective on
cials counted just 619 residents born in China. present: “We can’t be reminded enough about Of the approximately 11 million undocu- immigration in the Philippines. As the reform
Jung says there are descendants of these “coo- the [Japanese American World War II] incar- mented workers in the United States, an esti- movement continues to organize and develop
lies” living in the South today. ceration,” he says. mated four million are women. According to its message, we need to remember that any
In the book’s “Conclusion,” Jung writes: He is currently working on a book about Joanne Lin, an attorney with Legal Momentum, effective and true immigration reform legisla-
In the end, coolies represented something Asian American radicals — among them were an advocacy group on the East Coast, undocu- tion needs to be based on a gendered analysis
between and beyond slaves and immigrants, an anarchists, socialists, communists — from 1890 mented women are more likely than men to of immigration and lives of undocumented
ideal noncitizen, migrant labor force for the age to 1930, concentrating on those from Seattle find themselves in exploitative work situations. workers. By lumping men and women togeth-
of emancipation, allowed to enter the United and the Pacific Northwest. They do not get paid adequately and are more er we lose the opportunity to examine the
States for decades as tenuous “immigrants” and “We don’t know their history — they were likely to be sexually exploited or harassed and unique experience of women.
racially excluded from naturalization and then deported,” Jung says, again linking the past and feel unable to pursue redress. Conducting a meaningful gendered analy-
immigration. present. “During World War I, immigration Back in sending countries, wives left behind sis based on the experience of immigrant and
Jung further concludes: All in all, the laws were used to suppress dissent. Why? It’s by husbands are forced to raise their children undocumented women workers is a huge
recruitment and exclusion of coolies enabled and a lot easier. Put them into the immigration alone, solely on the limited remittances sent challenge because they are not leading the
justified a series of historical traditions – from system, and then you can bypass civil rights.” back by spouses. The growing economic inse- reform movement or directly contributing to
curity is prompting more and more women the agenda. This population needs to speak for
to join their husbands in the United States to themselves and lead the conversation, as they
search for their own employment opportuni- are the ones who will be directly affected by
ties. Most make the dangerous trek across the policies. We need to invest in their leadership
boarder out sheer of desperation. One-third of development so that they can be at the fore-
all Mexican immigrants in the United States front of the fight for immigrant rights.
illegally left their children in Mexico, accord- There are some examples of positive work
ing to a study by the Pew Hispanic Center. A being done to advance immigrant women’s
recent NPR news analysis detailed the devastat- rights: Nationally, NAPAWF works to educate
ing psychological and behavioral problems the policy makers and the public about the impact
separation causes in the children. UNICEF and of immigration reform on API women’s rights.
other organizations in Mexico are just starting Also, organizations such as San Francisco’s
to collect data on the impact of women’s migra- Asian Immigrant Women Advocates provide
tion because the result of their movement has leadership development training to immigrant
created powerful cultural, social and economic and refugee women. Ultimately, the advocacy
shifts. and message about reform needs to be carried
In the Philippines, the exodus of women out by immigrant women. Only then can we
is not a new phenomenon. For years, the hope of creating of truly comprehensive and
country’s number one export has been its labor inclusive immigration reform.
The Seattle Chapter of NAPAWF is dedicated to forging a grassroots progressive movement
for social and economic justice and the political empowerment of Asian and Pacific Islander
women and girls. NAPAWF unites our diverse communities through organizing, education,
and advocacy. Please check our Seattle Chapter website at www.napawf.org. If you would like
to get involved in NAPAWF, send us an e-mail, email@example.com or sign up for our
list serve firstname.lastname@example.org. Our mailing address is NAPAWF
Seattle Chapter P.O. Box 3207, Seattle, WA 98104.
INTERNATIONAL EXAMINER: May 17 - June 6, 2006 7
Collaboration project between seniors and youth a success
BY JONATHAN LARSON
Special to the Examiner
All eyes were on the 13 members of the sion followed to satisfy the kids’ curiosity. watched the seniors set up to dance.
“Young Once” dance and song group from This intergenerational art project was Castillo, who taught elementary school
the International Drop In Center (IDIC), a organized through the Retired and Senior physical education in the Seattle School
Filipino senior center, as they walked into Volunteer Program (RSVP) of King District for 30 years, had their full attention
Sally Hedges’ second-grade classroom at County, a federally-funded program that as soon as she spoke.
Beacon Hill Elementary. places people 55 and older in volunteer “Hello children. How are you?” asked
Dressed in bright colorful dresses with positions with non-profit agencies. Looking Castillo, who immediately engaged the students.
butterfly sleeves – traditionally worn to per- to expand their base in communities of They responded in unison: “Good!”
form Filipino folk dances – the group of danc- color, RSVP collaborated with IDIC and The women introduced themselves and
ers captured the kids’ attention immediately. Beacon Hill Elementary to create a project performed a few songs, one of which was
Young Once leader Dolly Castillo led the involving students with intergenerational, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
group by singing “Washington, My Home” as cultural learning. The dances, however, were what really
many of the students began to sing along. Once The first session of the art project, held amazed the children; the weaving move-
they began stepping and swirling in dance, the on April 18, found the kids overwhelmed ments, the bamboo sticks and the twirling
kids were riveted. A question-and-answer ses- and unruly in this new environment as they had the kids spellbound. Two members of the IDIC speak to students at
Beacon Hill Elementary about their homeland,
The Philippines. Photo by Ian Dapiaoen.
A 20-minute Q&A for the seniors had
questions such as: “What does your money
look like in the Philippines? What do you eat
in the Philippines?”
Castillo stated how Filipinos are proud of
being older, as all of the ladies shared their
age with smiles. “Whoa!” and “Wow!” were
expressions heard from the kids who were
duly impressed, especially considering the
deftness and agility displayed in their dances.
Young Once member Nadi, who had
been an elementary school teacher for over
25 years, led the second session on April 25.
She began by teaching the kids a song with
various hand motions. Picking up the song
and the motions immediately, the kids sang
along with the seniors with enthusiasm. “I
want to know you; I want to know you more.
I want to serve you; I want to serve you more.
I want to love you; I want to love you more.”
After the song, each of the seniors sat
with the kids at separate tables so the kids
could interview them. “What kind of games
did you play in the Philippines?” asked a
student. “We played lots of games. I was
the jump rope champion,” Nadi tells them,
chuckling. “Who are your heroes?” asked
another. “We have lots of heroes. Our big-
gest hero is José Rizal, who taught us to
embrace our own identity.”
When it was time to leave, many of the
kids gave their “Grandmas” hugs.
For the final session on May 2, the ladies
returned in the traditional dresses from their
region. Two ladies, who hailed from the
mountain region of the Philippines, wore
bright beads and performed an indigenous
dance that imitated the process of planting
rice and involved balancing two pots on the
head. A few kids were even able to balance
the pots and perform some of the dance’s
movements themselves. Nadi concluded the
session with a Filipino folktale.
The ladies, as well as the children, left
exuberated and expressed the hope to plan
such projects in the future.
The IDIC has provided activities for
Filipino seniors since 1971. Offering games
and assistance with social services are among
the many things the seniors, 65 and up, can
expect when visiting the center. They cur-
rently have over 325 members.
For more information and how to get involved
with RSVP, please contact Robin Knudson, RSVP
coordinator, at (206) 957-4779 x116 or e-mail
email@example.com. Visit RSVP on the
Ian Dapiaoen contributed to this report.
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Bio Note: Shalin Hai-Jew was born in Huntsville, Ala. She works as an instructional designer for Kansas State
University’s Office of Mediated Education. She writes for the Instructional Design Open Studio (IDOS) blog as
Eruditio Loginquitas. She taught English and communications in universities and colleges for over 18 years and still
teaches through WashingtonOnline Virtual Campus. This is part 3 of a 4-part series.
BY SHALIN HAI-JEW
We had come to town in the middle of a President Bush fly in, so his motor- nearly 6,000 audience members who cheered
building rush because of the expected return of in town! Shortly cade brought him madly and laughed at every joke.
thousands of soldiers to Fort Riley from various after my arrival to in from Topeka. There was a sea of purple (besides the sea of
locales around the world. Housing prices were Manhattan, news My colleague chose olive military uniforms in several large sections)
on the rise, and builders (like builders every- came that President not to attend. The representing the university spirit of the K-state
where) were trying to get every last dime out of George W. Bush lines in were long Wildcats. A few faculty members near me point-
their properties. was visiting to give (and included many edly chose not to stand or cheer. While President
Yet, we could, in a day, visit pretty much all the the prestigious military personnel Bush was speaking, his helicopters arrived.
new construction and available houses on the offi- Landon Lecture for from Fort Riley) but The contents of the speech were not particu-
cial market. Through the haze of house shopping the year (Jan. 23). I efficiently managed larly different than President Bush had spoken
(and slogging through yards of mud), we would wrangled a ticket as The state lake in Kansas. Photo by Shalin Hai-Jew. by the polite Secret in other locales (about the need for national
be driven by large mobile home parks where a fair a staff member of Service agents with security, about the importance of American
percentage of the local population lives. KSU. There was talk of the Secret Service being their metal detectors and attentive evaluations. troops, and about the correctness of the decision
We learned that most utilities here are buried in town for nearly a week to scout out locations The president himself arrived late because to invade Iraq), but having a sitting president
ones because of the threat of tornadoes. Termites and plan the president’s safe arrival, presence of the weather, and the restive students in visit Manhattan, Kan., was worthy of numer-
were a risk, so all new homes had to have specially and departure. the audience started several waves and cheers ous standing ovations, a special edition of the
treated wood. Pest control is a fairly popular field. The weather didn’t allow for the president to around the stadium. The venue was filled with Manhattan Mercury and excited talk for days.
Radon gas, seeping through basements, would
have to be mitigated. Sump pumps would be put
into basements in case of flooding.
We also learned about “special taxes” passed
along by land developers to the homeowners
– taxes that would add about 15 – 20 years of
additional tax payments to the homebuyers. The
homeowners associations would tag on another
cost on top of that. (This is in a state that also
has an income tax.)
In Pottowatomie County, which is now
home, I have to read my own water meter.
There’s no recycling per se, but there is a place
in town to bring one’s newspapers, cardboard,
aluminum cans, plastic milk jugs and plastic
bags. The homeowners association wants to
put in a pool at great expense, but with a very
transitory population, it’s not likely that they’ll
support this measure.
My half of the duplex is fairly empty, with
only a sleeping bag and a stool as the main fur-
niture. I’m pretending that I haven’t made an
absolute move yet. I’m pretending that there are
bridges back to Seattle.
Some days, it’s very clear that one is living
near the countryside because of the smell of
cows wafting over the air. It is said that in the
summer that flies are abundant, and one can
even smell a chicken hatchery a mile down the
road. The Dara’s Fast Lane convenience store
sells hunting licenses, and up the street the other
way is a state lake.
The fire department of Pottowatomie is all-
volunteer although their response ratings are
the same as the paid fire department in the Riley
County part of Manhattan.
Small town housing boom. Of late, there
have been articles about the housing boom.
Builders are trying to create new homes at under
$150,000, which is seen as the high end of what
soldiers can afford. That said, the same newspa-
pers quote city officials as estimating property
values as jumping upwards of 25 percent because
of the influx of soldiers — in direct opposition to
the cooling national housing trends.
As a Seattlelite, I was greeted warmly by the
liberals, with one who even baked me a loaf of
“challah” bread. People would let slip that they
were closet Democrats in a town overwhelmingly
Republican. The culture wars appear in occa-
sional banners and in the Kansas State Collegian
(alongside news stories of rodeos on campus).
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Art Contest 2006
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
To help celebrate API Heritage Month this May, students entered original art pieces
that showcase API heritage and culture in America. Here are the winners of the
contest, including the front page cover design. The contest was part of the API
Heritage Month Seattle Center celebration on May 7. The artwork is on display at
the Wing Luke Asian Museum. The second and third place winners will be shown
at City University in Bellevue.
Phoenicia Quach Watercolor
6th Grade Jungmin Lee Mixed Media
Aki Kurose MSA 11th Grade Terry Huang
“Home on the Beach” Newport High School 11th Grade
Newport High School
Second and Third Place Winners
2nd: Cheryl Kojima at Maple, “The Temple
of Art”; 3rd: Hinkwei Tu at Kimbal, “Growing
Pencil, Middle School:
Humzah Abdol at Aki Kurose, “Asian
Heritage”; 3rd: Jan Likit at Aki Kurose (unti-
Crayon, Middle School:
Simon Thai 2nd: Oscar Freeman at Aki Kurose, “A Book
Aki Kurose MSA
5th Grade at the Beach”; 3rd: Adene Shigute at Aki
“Girl with Basket”
Maple Elementary Kurose, “Palms”
“Chinese Heritage” Mixed Media, High School:
2nd: Sam Hong at Newport, “Independence
Day in Pearl Harbor”;
Frank Fujii is a fomer high school and college art teacher and local artist.
Pencil, High School:
Daryl Imanishi is a former middle school art teacher and currently vice
2nd: Samantha Kim at Newport, (untitled);
principal for Mercer Middle School. Barbara Mizoguchi is a former staff
3rd: Ben Kieu at Evergreen, “Philippine
member of the Tacoma Art Museum and currently on the board of the Ink
Wing Luke Asian Museum. Carmela Lim is advertising manager at the Stephani Khanphongphane
International Examiner. 6th Grade
Aki Kurose MSA
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
“The Time the Flower Withered”:
Pursuing the American Dream
BY BETTINA R. PALILEO
Linda Tran is a Chinese-Vietnamese immi- had to go through such horrors made her want play was selected, she got in touch with Nancy
grant living in America with her son. She fled to write about it. Calos-Nakano, a Filipino American director she
communist Vietnam for a refugee camp in “I wanted to vent my emotions,” she says. had worked with nine years ago.
Malaysia and later continued on to America. On Quang is thankful that Mae West Fest selected “One, it’s got to be interesting,” says Calos-
her way toward her very own American Dream, her play because she aims to “sharpen people’s Nakano about the projects she chooses. “I think
she experiences unimaginable hardships. Linda awareness about single women being raped what I’ve worked on a lot has been identity plays
is one among many like her, and we get to know in refugee camps. And still, nothing has been … And it’s not just educating the standard Nancy Calos-Nakano and Nu Quang.
her well in one of the Mae West Fest’s plays, done.” community, but your own community.” Photo by Bettina R. Palileo.
“The Time the Flower Withered,” written by Nu In Vietnam, Quang attended an English Calos-Nakano has been immersed in the
Quang and directed by Nancy Calos-Nakano. language school. She said, “I learned the basics arts for almost 20 years now. She started in “So, now what do I do?” Calos-Nakano asks.
“Part fiction and fact,” is how writer Quang — grammar, reading, comprehension, a little journalism but chose to walk away from TV “I’m feeling like I’m 21 again and I should go
describes her play. She had a friend who left bit of history, a little bit of everything.” The and radio work. “I didn’t like the politics!” she back to school. It’s always a learning process.
Vietnam for Malaysia, and later to America. three years that she attended the school would says. She started out with dance and later on got And the playwrights don’t have to be young
Quang said: “She came to America before help provide the foundation for Quang’s dream involved with “storytelling, performance work, people because as I grow older, we need to hear
me. When she told me, I was shocked and I of becoming a writer. putting together books.” the older voices!”
was sad and I was indignant. She left by boat in “I thought of becoming a writer, but my Calos-Nakano is a teaching artist and she For many people, the American dream
search of freedom, like many Vietnamese who English wasn’t that good at all,” she said. “I thrives on the variety of projects that come her brings to mind the image of youth and its
left the country. She ended up in a refugee camp knew just basic English. I admire the novelists, way. She finds herself drawn to “original work, many possibilities. But there is no reason why
in Malaysia. The living conditions were very the writers, the dramatists. I wondered how they ethnic work, cultural work, grassroots, actors dreams should be abandoned in one’s older
crude, very rough. She stayed with a man and could write so many pages!” just beginning or late-comers in their older age, years. Calos-Nakano asks, “Why can’t the older
his two daughters. One night she was raped.” Now, Quang finds herself working on differ- just working together.” person be the ingénue?”
Writing the play was like therapy for Quang. ent projects at the same time. While “The Time In the play, Linda Tran is in her 40s. Her Quang and Calos-Nakano are two women
She herself is Chinese-Vietnamese and had the Flower Withered” is on its final rehearsal son is in college and is beginning to learn to live who prove that discovery, learning and the
stayed in a refugee camp in the Philippines for stages, she is also working on a memoir and life on his own. Both Calos-Nakano and Quang pursuit of the American dream is a journey that
five months. And though she knew that “single collection of essays. Quang submitted “The find themselves in a similar stage in their lives. anyone can take at any time of their lives.
women who are raped in refugee camps hap- Time the Flower Withered” to Mae West Fest, Nancy’s children are now in high school and Mae West Fest IX runs May 18-21 at the
pens a lot, around the world, everywhere,” the a festival dedicated to bringing more work by middle school, and for the first time in a long Historic Youngstown Cooper Cultural Arts
shock that she felt upon hearing that her friend local women onstage. Upon hearing that her while she feels “a rejuvenation of myself!” Center. Visit www.maewestfest.org for schedules.
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postal carrier friend Panda that is part of this his past and the people in it. Before Ge’s from rotting cages
decline when he writes that modern society parents die, they write him a letter, and Ge’s to small enclosures
has lived by “the right to expansion and the father asks, “How does one write a parting filled with trees to
right to kill everything in its way. Shoot the letter from one generation to another?” It is climb is a move in
“The Panda Diaries” reindeer in order to kill the Oroqens. Shoot Ge’s turn to write that letter, that letter of the right direction,
(novel, poems) the student with the poster on every con- history and legacy, and maybe Panda will but Kuo wants us to
By Alex Kuo tinent in order to stop the revolution.” In deliver that message to us. remember our his-
University of Indianapolis Press Kuo’s book, everything is related. “The Panda Diaries” is Kuo’s letter to us. tory, not trust our
2006 Panda becomes Ge’s guide on his quest Is this the connection that we — humans stories to chance. The
to put all the pieces of his life together, to and animals — share? Are we writing let- Primate House could
Review by Tarisa A.M. Matsumoto
avoid “trust[ing his] narratives to chance.” ters to each other? Is it up to us to make have shown the next
After moving to Seattle, I explored the Ge wants to defy the conventions he has sure that the next generation receives our generation our his-
city in all its tourist glory: Seattle Center, been forced to abide by in his role as messages? And what do we leave the next tory and how to become more responsible
the EMP, ferry rides, monorail rides, the operative for the Chinese government. The generation besides our messes and mis- members of the world we share with others.
Waterfront, museums, expensive restau- Oroqens know their history and they know takes? “The Panda Diaries” forces us to The Primate House is gone, but Kuo shows
rants. I even went to the Woodland Park who they are, as one of them tells a young confront these questions and consider our us our history, the ugliness of it, and how
Zoo, and on my way out, I walked along Ge; but Ge does not know his narrative or place in the natural world instead of assum- the hope that we can become better always
a quiet path where no his history. Modernity causes Ge to forget ing our domain over it. Moving animals remains.
one else seemed to be
and came across the old
Primate House. For me,
more than the Zoo’s
admirable work in cre-
ating animal exhibits
that replicate natural
habitats or in develop-
ing such conservation
efforts as Partners for
Wildlife, the old Primate House stood as
a symbol of humanity’s “protection” of the
natural world. As I stood before the rusted,
cobwebbed bars of the Primate House, I
imagined people gawking at a gorilla sulk-
ing in the corner on a cold cement floor. I
pictured chimps pulling on the bars, yelling
at kids who threw candy and fired toy rifles
at them. If ever there was a memorial to
the horrendous way we used to display and
treat animals in zoos, the Primate House
In 2003, the Primate House was demol-
ished to make room for Zoomazium, an
“all-weather facility designed for early
childhood learning to provide a connec-
tion to nature,” according to the Woodland
Park Zoo Web site. I didn’t need an indoor
playground to teach me about my con-
nection to nature. Put me in front of the
Primate House, let me imagine being inside
of it, and I’ll get the message. Now when I
think of conservation, zoos, and humanity’s
place in the natural world, I remember the
Primate House. The image of it abandoned
and alone will never leave me. It’s a shame
that the Primate House couldn’t have been
incorporated into the Zoo’s education pro-
grams as an example of how far we’ve come
in our treatment of animals in zoos and of
how far we still have to go in our treatment
of animals in general.
Humanity’s relationship with all living
things that share our world is the relation-
ship that Alex Kuo investigates in his latest
work, “The Panda Diaries,” a book in two
sections: a novel and a long poem. In the
novel, we meet Ge, a secret service agent
for the Chinese government, and learn of
his history with the Oroqens, an ethnic
minority in China. Forced into agricultural
settlement and sustenance, the Oroqens
abandoned their nomadic lifestyle. In
the Oroqens, we see that Kuo equates
the decline of native populations like the
Oroqens with the decline of animal popula-
tions like the panda. An Oroqen character
states, “Already we’re less than half of
half of what we were in my grandparents’
days.” And Kuo makes readers understand
that it’s also the panda of the title and Ge’s
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Artist Etsuko Ichikawa has curated a group show The ceramic work of Reid Ozaki is on view at
entitled “nooksandcrannies” at SOIL. On view Bainbridge Arts And Crafts at 151 Winslow Way E.
through May 28, 112 Third Ave. S., (206) 264-8061. through May. (206) 842-3132.
“Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes” through Sept. 3 Seattle ceramic/installation artist Yuki Nakamura
at UW’s Henry Art Gallery. Rene Senos describes her is included in a group show of new work entitled
work with Lin in a talk: “Columbia River Reflections: “FRESH” through May 27 at the Elizabeth Leach
By Alan Lau Landscape, Language, and Artwork of the Confluence Gallery in Portland, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., (503) 224-
Project” on June 1 at 7 p.m. www.henryart.org or call 0521 or log on to www.elizabethleach.com.
(206) 543-2280. 15th Ave. N.E. & N.E. 41st St.
“Asian Pacific American Community Stories” The UW Department of Architecture Spring “The Night of the Living Dolls” includes The
is a video program of four shorts. 3 - 4:15 p.m. on 2006 Lecture Series: “Craft and Construction Buttersprites, The Hot Rollers, Voxy and Tap
May 27. “Blue Scholars” looks at Seattle’s dynamic in Contemporary Japan.” Henry Art Gallery Explosion. May 26. Jules Maes: 5919 Airport Way S.,
duo of Emcee George “Geologic” Quibuyen and DJ Auditorium. 6:30 p.m. May 28 with Hitoshi Abe of $8. (206) 719-1230.
Alexi “Sabzi” Saba Mohajerjashi. “Uncle Jimmy” tells Sendai on “Architecture of a Boundary Surface.”
the story of Jimmy Mar of the Yick Fung Co. which
2006 Young Playwrights Festival involved local
served as an unoffcial social service agency to new Portland-based jewelry artist Kristin Mitsu Shiga school kids who worked with playwrights Nancy
Chinese immigrants. “From Yoomek To Deborah” has work in a group show: “Signs of Life II.” Through Calos-Nakano and Amber Wolfe to write and pro-
traces the story of a Korean adoptee. “Aquarium June 5, Facere Jewelry Art Gallery at 1420 Fifth Ave. duce new plays. Some of the plays are “Getting to the
Kids” looks at APA interns who help clean the tanks #108, (206) 624-6768. Red Curtain” by Madeline Lee, “Summer Lust” by
and feed the animals at the aquarium. Seattle Library,
Brian Nguyen and “The Mysterious Scar & Bracelet”
Central. 1000 Fourth Ave. (206) 386-4636. “Memory: Capturing our Fleeting Existence” is a by Victoria Luong. Columbia City Starbucks on May
collection of introversion boxes by Lisa Mei Ling Fong. 18 at 6 p.m., May 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. Rainier Valley
“Minidoka Revisited” is a powerful compilation of Through May 28, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Cultural Center. 3515 S. Alaska, (206) 725-7169.
the work of Roger Shimomura that chronicles experi- Ave., (206) 322-7030 or www.hugohouse.org.
ences of racial and ethnic stereotyping, highlighted by
Filipino Community of Seattle presents
the work inspired by his late immigrant grandmoth- The Burke Museum has a touring exhibit, “Toi Powerdance, the Philippine’s premier dance com-
er’s diaries. Roger will talk about the work and sign Maori: The Eternal Thread.” Through May 29. N.E. pany who celebrates 100 years of Filipinos’ presence
books on May 20 at 2 p.m. In town to be honored as 45th and 17th Ave. N.E., (206) 543-5590. in America. May 28. 2 p.m. in the Nordstrom Recital
a University of Washington “distinguished alumni,”
Hall at Benaroya Hall, (206) 292-ARTS.
this talk may be his most casual, relaxed appearance. The Seattle Asian Art Museum: “A Northwest
KOBO at Higo, 604 S. Jackson, (206) 381-3000. Summer,” is a series of six exhibitions through Jazz pianist Victor Noriega showcases new work
Oct. 15. Johsel Namkung’s large color photographs from his recently released CD, “Alay” at the Sunset
“Beautiful Challenge” is a recital by Korean soprano of nature, “Elegant Earth” is amongst them. Roger Tavern in Ballard on Saturday evenings, 5433 Ballard
Sumi Jo. She is touring the U.S. to celebrate her 20- Shimomura talks, “An American Diary with Roger Ave., (206) 784-4480. Also on May 28, Noriega with
year career as a coloratura opera singer. May 27 at 7: Shimomura,” on May 19, 7 p.m. UW South Asia his group including Willie Blair and Eric Eagle hosts
30 p.m. Presented by the Korea Times. Nordstrom Center presents Padma Kaimal on “Collecting Across Portland-based saxophonist Tim Wilcox in a concert
Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, (206) 292-ARTS. Borders: Goddesses from a Lost Kanchi Temple” on featuring both player’s original compositions, 8 p.m.,
May 25. 7 p.m. RSVP at (206) 654-3226; M-RSVP@s Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave.
eattleartmuseum.org. 1400 E. Prospect St. (206) 654-
Susie Jungune Lee, Christiane Tran and Chang- 3100. www.seattleartmuseum.org. “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow” is a play
Ling Wu are UW graduate students who all have
that charts the odyssey of a Chinese adoptee who,
work in, “EXHIBITING ARTISTS - Master of Fine The work of Teruko Wilde is part of a group show when she becomes adult, starts a search to find her
Arts 2006” at Henry Art Gallery. May 27 - June 18, celebrating spring entitled “Bloom” at Artforte real parents. Opens May 19 and runs till June 11.
15th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 41st St. through May. 213 First Ave. S., (206) 748-0187. Seattle Public Theatre at the Bathhouse by Green
Lake, (206) 524-1300, www.seattlepublictheater.org.
Photographer Vivian Yamakoshi shows, “Infused A watercolor of a backyard by Kiyoshi Shimizu
Entanglements: Casual Statements” at Hiroki’s (1900 - 1969) is part of a show on “Home.” Martin-
through June 8, 2224 N. 56th St., (206) 547-4128. Zambito Fine Art through June 1. 721 E. Pike. Poet Rick Barot, a recent area resident who teaches
at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, reads from
Jack Straw New Media Gallery presents the work May 20 & 21 marks the 47th Annual Japanese “The Darker Fall” (Sarabande) on May 25. His poems
Kichul Kim on view through June 23. “Rapport” Flower Arrangement Exhibition: “Breath of Life” have been praised for their “illumination of a sensi-
is an interactive sound sculpture with moving voice sponsored by Ikebana International. Seattle Asian tive, sensual and lyrical intelligence.” Barot reads with
and sound-activated handmade propellers. Kim talks Art Museum at 1400 E. Prospect. Demonstrations at another poet, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, 7:30 p.m., Open
May 24 at 7 p.m., 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., (206) 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the 20th, and 11 a.m. and 1 Books: A Poem Emporium at 2414 N. 45th St., (206)
634-0919, Jsp@jackstraw.org. p.m. on the 21st, (206) 723-4994. 633-0811 or log on to www.openpoetrybooks.com.
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Chinese WuShu & Tai Chi Academy International District Housing Alliance Refugee Women’s Alliance
606 Maynard Ave. S #104/105 Seattle, WA 98104
709 1/2 S. King Street, Seattle, WA 98104 ph: 206-623-5132 fx: 206-623-3479
4008 Martin Luther King Jr. Seattle, WA 98108
ph: 206-749-9513 www.yijiaowushu.com Multi-lingual low-income housing outreach, ph: 206-721-0243 • fax: 206-721-0282 www.rewa.org
Offers Wushu and Tai Chi training in a small class rental information, homeownership community education. A multi-ethnic, multilingual, community-based organization
setting where individualized instruction is key for quality learning. that provides the following programs to refugee and immi-
Low Income Housing Institute
Instruction in bare hands and weapons style Wushu as well as grant women and families in the Puget Sound area: Devel-
2407 First Ave Suite #200 Seattle, WA 98121
Tai chi Sword, Chen style and Yang Style Tai Chi. opment Disabilities, Domesitc Violence, Early Childhood
ph: 206-443-9935 fx: 206-443-9851
Education, Youth Family Support, Mentel Health, Parent
Denise Louie Education Center Education and Education and Vocational Training.
Housing and services for families, individuals,
801 So. Lane St. Seattle, WA 98104
seniors and the disabled in Seattle and the Puget Sound Region. Washington Asian Pacific Islander Families Against Substance Abuse
firstname.lastname@example.org www.deniselouie.org Seattle Chinatown/International District 606 Maynard Ave. S, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98104
Half day and full day Head Start program located in the Interna- Preservation and Development Authority ph: 206-223-9578
tional District, Beacon Hill, Mt Baker, and Rainier Beach. ph: 206-624-8929 fax: 206-467-6376 email@example.com Alcohol, tobacco & drug prevention; early intervention &
Comprehensive multi-cultural pre-school for children ages 3-5. Housing, property management, and community development. outpatient treatment for APIA youth and their families.
Join our Community Resource Directory. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Calendar documentary tells the story of Korean, Filipino print journalism students who are in the initial Sunday, May 28
and Thai immigrant workers in Los Angeles. 7:
Thursday, May 18 30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. for a $7.50 donation.
stages of looking for a job or an interview. For
• Greater Seattle Japanese Community Queen
• “Grassroots Rising” video showing to celebrate Scholarship Pageant - Four women make up 2006
New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle.
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This new court: Mineko Ann Hasegawa of Seattle, Sayuri
Hosted by Radical Women. (206) 722-6057 or e- • The ID/Chinatown Community Center will host Kathrine King of Tacoma, Stephanie Mariko
mail RWseattle@mindspring.com. their second annual “Day of the Swordsman” Oling of Edmonds, and Paige Mari Wakasugi
exhibition. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come see the out- of Renton. 7 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Theatre,
• API Roundtable Monthly Meeting. 7:30 – 9 standing swordsmanship skills. (206) 233-0042.
Bellevue. Tickets at www.ticketwindowonline.co
a.m. “Immigration “Reform,” Legislation, and
m, (206)325-6500, or any Ticket/Ticket location.
Impacts on API Communities.” A panel discus- • APA Heritage Month “AsiaFest” Celebration
sion. Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director, Hate - Portland. AsiaFest 2006 offers the opportunity
Free Zone; Diane Narasaki, Executive Director, to see a show, listen to music, and experience
Monday, May 29
• Cathay Post#186, the American Legion, will con-
ACRS; George Cheung, Lopez and Cheung; the craftsmanship and creativity of a variety
duct Memorial Day Services at Hing Hay Park.
Representative from Latino community, (tba); of Asian cultures. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oregon
423 Maynard Ave. S. at 4 p.m. to honor members
Safeco Jackson Street Center. 306 23rd Ave. S., Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, 777 NE
of Armed Forces who have given their lives for
Ste 200, Seattle. Free parking. MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232. Contact: the country. Dick Kay at (206) 232-1755.
www.ARFoundation.net, (503) 283-0595. Cost:
Friday, May 19 $2. Call The Asian Reporter Foundation at (503) Saturday, June 3
• The China Club of Seattle ís May 2006 dinner 283-0595 or visit www.ARFoundation.net.
• The 16th Annual Walk for Rice: Unite Against
meeting will have. Josh Yiu, the new curator at
Hunger at Seward Park. This event raises funds
SAAM, discuss Qing Dynasty altar vessels and • The Indian American Education Foundation
to help Asian Counseling & Referral Service Food
how they mediated between humans and deities (IAEF), dedicated to elevating the conditions of
Bank. Registration begins 8 a.m. Event ends at 12:
and impacted Chinese society sociall and politi- disabled children in India through education,
30 p.m. www.walkforrice.com. (206) 695-7600.
cally. Social at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Doong is sponsoring an event to raise awareness about
Kong Lau Hakka Cuisine, 9710 Aurora Ave. their challenges and successes. Fifteen children
• Chinese Information Service Center presents
in Seattle. Call (206) 447-9599 ext. 2 or e-mail with physiological and psychological disabilities
“Moving on Up,” 2006 CISC Friendship Dinner
LaoBao206@aol.com. Cost is $25 per person. – students at Amar Jyoti Rehabilitation Center & Auction. 5:30 p.m. at Grand Hyatt Seattle. Call
in New Delhi, India – display their resilient spirit
Saturday, May 20 and talents on May 20 at 7 p.m. at the University
(206) 624-5633 for information.
• The Ayame Kai Guild sponsors one of Seattle’s of Washington Roethke. www.iaefseattle.org;
largest rummage sales to benefit The Seattle email@example.com; (425) 830–8158.
Sunday, June 4
• Olympic Gold Medalist Apolo Anton Ohno,
Keiro Nursing Home. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Seattle
and his father, Yuki Ohno, will host “An Evening
Buddhist Church. 1427 S. Main St. (206) 323- Saturday, May 27
with Apolo Anton Ohno,” an exclusive reception
7100. www.nikkeiconcerns.org. • Free Tagalog Homeownership Education Class: and dinner. Carnegie’s Restaurant, Bar, 2026 NW
Homeownership 1-2-3 Office in White Center, Market St. The reception for 200 is from 5 - 7 p.m.
• AAJA sponsors a “Job Fair Boot Camp,” 10 9829 16th Ave SW, Seattle 98106. 10:30 a.m. - 4:
$150/$75 for children under 18. Darcia Tanabe at
a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 101 30 p.m. IDHA Counseling. (206) 957-1316. E-
(206) 726-6550; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elliott Ave. W., Seattle. This event is intended for mail: email@example.com.
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EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT
Assistant Director of Admissions
Become a part of the Seattle creative Traffic Marking Lead Worker
scene in our close and caring com- $20.27 to $22.74/hour
munity bound by mutual respect for General Labor Plus Excellent Benefits
individuality and creativity. WA State Convention & Trade Center Lead crews in the operation of traffic
Beautiful waterfront location! is hiring Set-Up Personnel. Duties line painting trucks and in the instal-
include set-up of meeting rooms and lation of traffic signs, guard rails, and
• Are you motivated by helping oth- custodial duties. Requires HS diploma parking meter posts for the Seattle
ers achieve their dreams and career or GED and excellent friendly, cus- Transportation Department. Set up
goals? tomer service, prefer hospitality ex- lane closures and detours, and follow
• Do you possess excellent communi- perience. Hourly wage $13.27. Must safety procedures for in-street work
cation and interpersonal skills? be available flexible hours including in heavy traffic and on elevated road-
• Are you very self-sufficient but at the weekends, evenings & nights. ways. Requires two years of public
same time a strong team player? works experience in traffic marking
• Are you a well-organized multi- Visit our website at www.wsctc.com or working with non-electrical traffic
tasker? for further info or to download an app. control devices, including operating
Apps are also available at the WSCTC trucks in excess of 10,000 lbs GVW,
We are seeking positive-thinking, mo- Service Entrance, 9th and Pike, Mon- and the ability to obtain a CDL. Experi-
tivated individuals with a proven sales Fri, 8a-5p. Apps must be completed ence with traffic line painting trucks is
background to serve our students in for consideration. Jobline: (206) 694- highly desirable. For more information
the Admissions Department. ADAs 5039. EOE. and an Online Application Form, visit
recruit students by evaluating their www.seattle.gov/jobs by 5/21/06. The
needs and qualifications, presenting Traffic Engineering City is an Equal Opportunity Employer
factual information, and guiding them $28.93 - $33.75/hour that values diversity in the workforce.
through the enrollment process. Plus Excellent Benefits
Investigate traffic safety and mobility
Qualified candidates should possess a issues raised by citizens, collect and
Bachelor’s Degree combined with prior analyze data, and develop solutions.
sales or customer service experience. Design traffic control improvements Asian Counseling and
such as circles, bumps, curb bulbs, Referral Service seeks:
Please send your resume, cover and walkways. Provide technical guid-
letter including salary require- ance and assist community groups SENIOR ACCOUNTANT
ments to Candice Middlebrook, with capital projects. Requires the Responsible for general ledger, A/P
firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE equivalent of a BS in Civil Engineer- & cost acctg systems. BA + 2 yrs
ing and three years of professional senior acctg experience. Knowledge
Generous benefit package. For more civil engineering experience, with an of GAAP, MIP & Excel software
information about the Art Institute of emphasis on neighborhood traffic required.
Seattle, and a detailed job descrip- engineering. For more information
tion visit http://www.ais.edu/about_ and an Online Application Form, visit AGING & ADULT CASE MGRS
employment.asp www.seattle.gov/jobs by 5/21/06. The Two half-time, bilingual positions
City is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing skilled case mgt. to
that values diversity in the workforce. Korean & Vietnamese elderly & dis-
abled with social, cultural, economic
International Examiner seeks and personal care needs. BSW & 3
freelance writers. Submit resume/
bio and writing samples to
TUTORING yrs. exper; MSW preferred. Strong
PC skills helpful.
email@example.com or fax (206) Free Tutoring
624-3046. Free English tutoring for women 18 INFO & ASST/BASIC FOOD ED
and up. (206) 323-3625 SPEC
PT position provides Info &
Assistance services and outreach
for WA Basic Food Program to
elderly and disabled adults of the
Mien community w/ social, cultural, *** Now Pre-Leasing!***
economic & personal care needs. Villa Capri
BA & 4 yrs exper. Beginning May 2006, Villa Capri will
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CASE MGR Applications for our NEWLY
1 FT & 1 PT position perform- REMODELED
ing skilled clinical case mgt for Apartment Homes.
VIETNAMESE or MIEN clients w/ Villa Capri offers:
long-term mental illness. BSW plus • Spacious 1 and 2 bedroom floor
3 yrs. MH/soc svc exper; MSW pre- plans
ferred. Must be biling/bicult. • D/W and disposal
• Private decks/pations
BH CLINICAL SUPERVISOR • Controlled access entries
Supervises BH Clin Case Mgrs • On-site laundry facilities
in providing culturally relevant & • Clubhouse w/fireplace
competent treatment, counseling & • Ample parking
follow-up svcs Asian/Pac Islander • Wonderful Federal Way location
clients w/ long term mental illness. • Units set aside for disbled house-
MSW + 3yrs counseling & 1 yr holds
supervisory exper. • Rents starting at only $599!!!
(based on income)
Competitive salary, benefits &
great work place. To apply send FOR AN APPLICATION
PLEASE CALL (253)941-3157
resumes to Asian Counseling &
Referral Service, Attn: HR, 720 8th
Ave S, Ste 200, Seattle, WA 98104.
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