Nancy Leson of The Seattle Times wrote about the closing of New China Gate Restaurant under the management of Alan Woo recently. In the article, Faye Hong, spokesperson of Hop Sing Tong, which owns the property, said the recession has hurt Chinatown restaurants.
Last week, my challenge was not only to address Asian American professionals, but Hispanics, too. I was a speaker at the Executive Development Institute’s (EDI) kick-off leadership program at the SeaTac Airport Double Tree Inn.
When the conflict over censorship between China and Google broke out in January, I asked a Microsoft executive about his thoughts on the issue. He said Google will most likely pull out of China since its Chinese market is minor compared to Google’s global market share.
Chang-rae Lee, who just published his fourth novel, “The Surrendered,” was signing autographs at Costco. So I requested that he autograph his book in both English and Korean. It would be a good item to donate to a charity auction.
Lately, I’ve met many inspiring women. You’d be surprised, ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.
Another event I attended was the YWCA luncheon in Bellevue on March 16 with more than 1,200 women and a few men. The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of “Eat, Love, Pray.” What she learned from a Muslim woman in a tiny island of Indonesia was this: Anyone who lives in your community is your responsibility. Anyone can be a benefactor; you just have to pay attention.
However, these strangers ended up educating me instead. It was their first time in America. Boy, did I make some bad decisions.
I had no idea that a tour on King Street South, to Tsue Chong Fortune Cookie Company and the Wing Luke Museum, would transform into a “tea” adventure for the European Muslims.
1. This year, we will remember short track speed skater Apollo Ohno earning his eighth Olympic medal, setting a new record for the United States for the Winter Olympics.
It was a rare treat to see China’s Romeo and Juliet dance concert performed by the Beijing Dance Academy Youth Dance Company at the Paramount Theater last weekend. I stayed for the 25-minute dance drama even though it was placed last on the program.