On Jan. 19, the Metropolitan King County Council declared January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in recognition of the ongoing effort to call attention to this form of modern day slavery. “In order to stop the scourge of human trafficking in our county, we need a coordinated and unified response,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a co-sponsor […]
BANGKOK (AP) — “You just need to be white to win.”
A skin-whitening ad in Thailand featuring that slogan alongside a famous actress in blackface makeup sparked such outrage that the company pulled it Friday, Jan. 8, just a day after releasing it. The retraction did little, however, to stem a debate the ad ignited about the regularity of racist advertisements in the Southeast Asian country.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea tries to get under the skin of its archrival with border broadcasts that feature not only criticism of North Korea’s nuclear program, troubled economy and human rights abuses, but also a unique homegrown weapon: K-pop.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A one-time gang tough nicknamed “Shrimp Boy” who insisted he had changed his ways through meditation and become a role model for wayward youth has been convicted of racketeering, murder and scores of other crimes in a major organized crime investigation in San Francisco’s Chinatown that also brought down a state senator.
To Shenyang, a Chinese bass-baritone singer, his name represents a bridge between the opera performer’s Chinese roots and his international reputation.
“My full name, pronounced from first to last (Yang Shen), sounds like a ‘goat’s kidney’ in Chinese,” said Shenyang.
The Seattle City Council adopted a resolution Dec. 14 in support of Seattle’s Muslim community and speaking out against the rise in hateful rhetoric and violence targeting Muslims. “We must never allow a religious test for families seeking refuge in the United States or in Seattle,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Since our nation was founded, […]
By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly There was a community meeting to provide an update on the murder investigation of Donnie Chin, held Nov. 25 at the Nagomi Tea House in the International District. International District icon and Seattle resident Donnie Chin was shot and killed in the early hours of July 23, 2015. As the […]
By Jocelyn Moore Northwest Asian Weekly Searching for love often requires courage and originality. In the case of the Akira, it means combining the wisdom of the traditional Japanese fairytales he heard from his great-grandmother with the mystical domain of the Internet. Presented by Pork Filled Productions, “Online Dating Tales of Old Japan” by Kirk […]
By Kelvin Chan Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — After being tricked into selling her Singapore home and traveling to China to invest the proceeds, Mary Seow eventually found herself homeless in Hong Kong, having lost touch with her family. Nearly five years after she was reported missing, and after her story was told this […]
By Jenn Fang Northwest Asian Weekly This year marks the 70th year of the closing of the World War II incarceration camps that imprisoned thousands of Japanese American civilians under inhumane conditions and threat of violence. Yet, this shameful and racist episode of American history still receives scant attention in our history classrooms. The vast […]