By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Queen Elizabeth II ranted about Chinese officials being “very rude,” before President Xi Jinping’s visit in London last year, in a private conversation with a police commander on May 10. A pool cameraman recorded the conversation on the Buckingham Palace lawn. Lucy D’Orsi, the Gold Commander, was in charge […]
Fumiko Ishioka watched and chatted as George Brady played travel Scrabble with his adult daughter, Lara Brady, in between press interviews at the Hyatt House Hotel on Jan. 22. Ishioka is a Japanese national and George Brady has lived in Toronto, Canada, since 1951.
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly I discontinued the tradition of sending out Christmas cards long before e-cards became popular. Why I stopped was because I found it pointless to send a card with someone’s name and my signature; and partly, I was lazy. I reciprocated by sending out a card to someone who just […]
By Randy Essex Post Independent GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — This is a story of how two Glenwood Springs High School grads and Mr. Miyagi (yes, from “The Karate Kid”) have changed bonsai in the United States from a hobby to a rising art and industry. The Artisans Cup, the first U.S. bonsai exhibition of […]
By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — A fatal fire on Japan’s bullet train, started by a man who self-immolated this week, has revealed blind spots in a system renowned for its speed, punctuality and safety record. Riding the Shinkansen feels like being in an airplane: at 300 kilometers (186 miles) per hour, it […]
POMONA, Calif. (AP) — The robots drove, walked trough rubble, climbed stairs, turned valves and sometimes fell, amid cheers and groans from a crowd of thousands at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. After three years of research, development and an obstacle course of competition, a South Korean team on June 6 won the three-year and […]
By Lynne Curry Northwest Asian Weekly I was part of a select team of sixteen teachers chosen to give a taste of an American-style classroom to Chinese students in a two-week winter camp just prior to Chinese New Year. Some of us were in Panjin, China, a coastal city about 350 miles north of Beijing. […]
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s prime minister said Sunday he was “speechless’’ after an online video purported to show one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed and promised to save the other. Shinzo Abe said on NHK TV that the video was likely authentic and offered condolences to the […]
I was with a group of Filipino teenagers, who worked in a farm picking grapes in Delano in the summer of 1965.
By Yuri Kageyama Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s prime minister picked five women for his Cabinet on Wednesday, matching the past record and sending the strongest message yet about his determination to change deep-seated views on gender and revive the economy by getting women on board as workers and leaders.