Apart from opera singing, what does Yu Seok Oh, a 30-year-old, Korean-born baritone based in Shoreline, have in common with renowned opera singers Renée Fleming, Ben Heppner, and Hei-Kyung Hong?
By Justin Vorhees FOR NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY A runaway teen is lured into prostitution. An exchange student is recruited by an escort service. An illegal immigrant is forced into labor without pay. Whether coerced by threat of physical abuse or psychologically manipulated by promises of a better future, victims of modern day slavery are often […]
By Irfan Shariff NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY International action film star Jackie Chan wants to prove that he can do more than just stunts. With the release of “Shinjuku Incident,” Jackie Chan proves he has a dark side. From acclaimed Hong Kong director Derek Yee, “Shinjuku Incident” takes Chan’s character, Nick (a.k.a. Steelhead), and smuggles him […]
By James Tabafunda NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Body image — or the perception of how one’s body looks — gets reassessed every January. In 2010, losing weight returns as one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Forty-three percent of Asian American women said they considered themselves overweight. This statistic is based on a 1997 survey, […]
By Shaodan Chen NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Masako “Masa” Murakami, the last of four children in the well-known Murakami family, recently passed away on Jan. 29 at the age of 90. Masa contributed to her family’s store, the Higo 10 Cent Store (later the Higo Variety Store), throughout her life with her enthusiasm for the imported […]
Local stars can be attractive, too. It’s up to us to discover them. If you were not among the 2,376 people in the audience at Celebrate Asia!, a remarkable performance showcasing Asian American talents collaborating with mainstream musicians, you missed one of the most exciting events in Seattle. Held at the Benaroya Hall on Jan. […]
Like many Asian Americans, Edwaard Liang spent a part of his youth dabbling in various performing arts, whether it was playing the violin or being involved with martial arts. Yet, it was dance that has allowed him to build a respectable career as one of the most critically acclaimed ballet dancers and choreographers in the world.
By Tini Tran THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The Chinese businessman battled for years to get cities to reveal their budgets, but his quest seemed quixotic in a country notorious for keeping citizens in the dark. Then China did what would once have been unthinkable — it enacted an open-government policy, and last […]
By Ravi Nessman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI (AP) — The nursery school scramble is on. Tens of thousands of parents across New Delhi are taking time off of work to complete applications, paying poorly disguised bribes to school officials, and obsessively checking websites in desperate bids to win spots in good private schools for […]
By Foster Klug THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is planning to sell $6.4 billion in arms to Taiwan, a move that will infuriate China and test whether President Barack Obama’s efforts to improve trust with Beijing will carry the countries through a tense time. The notification to Congress, posted Friday, Jan. […]