By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly China has 5,000 years of history. That doesn’t mean the Chinese culture is flawless. Being a Chinese immigrant, I grew up with cultural practices that induced fear, self-doubt, disgust, and worry if I did or didn’t do certain things, especially during Lunar New Year (LNY). My culture is supposed […]
By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Most people know me as a journalist. But my most unusual title is: First Chinese female Rotarian in the world, thanks to a group of smart men who decided in 1986 that women should be a part of Rotary, despite opposition from their peers. Today, I am still a […]
By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Lately, the worst and best has struck Beacon Hill. What is interesting is the increasing crimes on Beacon Hill (with a population of close to 10,000) doesn’t deter buyers from buying real estate there. Some owners have received great offers, even though their homes are old and should be […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly My son inspired me to write this blog. I recently asked what he wanted for his birthday. He could have asked for a big gift, and I was prepared to give it. But instead he said, “A scarf.” Of all the things in the world, he just wanted a […]
By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY My friend goes to a fortune-teller every December to find out her fortune for the following year. Surprisingly, her first question is about Christmas and not her future. “Will I have a good Christmas?” she would ask. I don’t seek predictions about my Christmas. But I do agree with […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly “You have to be in Hong Kong in early November,” my brother said, when he called me from Texas in late September. So I embarked on a 12-day trip to Hong Kong, one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. I should have said no. […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly You might think I was a dog in my past life, as I like to chew and suck on bones. My motive is vanity. No, I am not weird or crazy. You might not believe it, but bones are considered to be beauty aids. All my life, I have […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the two Washingtons last year, he received red-carpet welcomes — first from Gov. Jay Inslee in our state, and then later, from President Obama in D.C. On Sept. 3, President Obama, visiting China for the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, got a different reception. […]
I am not always punctual. In fact, I admit that I am often a few minutes late. That realization hit me when I was in Japan recently.
An eyesore vanished in Chinatown when I came home after a trip to Asia. The 10-plus homeless encampments, along with the filth, trash, and smell, had been cleaned up on South King Street under the I-5 freeway on July 18.