On Wednesday, Aug. 13, guests at the Lake Union Armory got more than the usual quick drink at the bar. Glass bottles were spun, tossed and juggled, all in an effort to impress guests and take a shot at winning $15,000 in prize money at Battle in Seattle 3, presented by DList magazine. Battle in Seattle 3 is a bartending contest that put the best flair bartenders from around the world head to head in a competition.
Diem Chau does not make art to last. Her embroidered chinaware is delicate and gauzy. Eventually the threads will disintegrate and the colors will fade. This is not by any defect of the materials, but rather in accordance with the artist’s intention to represent the ephemeral nature of memories.
The India Association of Western Washington (IAWW) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The association decided to celebrate this occasion by including other mainstream and local Asian communities and honoring their leaders who have been instrumental in building bridges across all communities for years.
The Western Union Company, known for its money transfer services, is supporting programs that help immigrants adapt to their new American life as well as preserve and honor their ethnic heritage. Western Union has announced its sponsorship of the Lao Highland Association’s (LHA) Mien language program at a kickoff event that was held at LHA’s office in Seattle. The program, designed for Laotian Americans, is an opportunity to learn or improve Mien language skills and gain a greater knowledge of Lao’s rich cultural heritage. It is open to all who are interested.
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) seeks an executive director responsible for the national, non-profit organization’s $1.2 million budget and $2 million endowment campaign.
The Seattle Public Library invites the public to tour all 26 new and remodeled branches and the spectacular Central Library with a commemorative library passport available at the International District/Chinatown Branch, 713 Eighth Ave. S., and all other library locations beginning Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.
Due to the relocation of the Downtown Neighborhood Service Center, biweekly office hours in the International District were discontinued, effective as of Monday, Aug. 25. The office is relocating to Pioneer Square.
Community leaders in Little Saigon and Jackson Place are glad their collective voices were heard and key issues have been worked out for the neighboring Dearborn Street Development Project. They have agreed not to oppose the construction of the $300 million multi-use commercial development before the Seattle City Council or in court.
On Friday, Aug. 22, Chanda Sovan was having a good day. That is until she received word of an unflattering Northwest Asian Weekly article about the organization that she is president of, Asian American Dragon Boat Association (AADBA). Sovan couldn’t believe it. The article depicted their pageant and race as rigged and said that a slur was thrown around casually.
Even the Fu lions guarding the gallery’s front doors were not fierce enough to deter vandals from covering them with what James Russell described as a “filmy” substance.