By Assunta Ng Mayor Ed Murray and his husband Michael Shiosaki got married immediately after the same-sex marriage law was legalized in Washington state in 2012. The couple has been together for over two decades. What works in our state doesn’t work well in other parts of the world. Homosexuality is taboo in China, even […]
By Assunta Ng On June 1, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen was half an hour late for the 20th anniversary event of Chinese Wushu & Taichi Academy at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall. Why? He got stuck in traffic on I-5, while driving from Olympia. I was the masters of ceremonies and asked if Owen […]
By Assunta Ng On April 23, I was fascinated by one phenomenon at the Jade Guild’s 50th anniversary celebration at the China Harbor Restaurant. There were quite a few ladies in their 80s and 90s. Longevity is a gift, but to be able to achieve the status of “great grandma” is a tremendous blessing. I […]
By Assunta Ng China Daily, a state-owned newspaper in China, said China ranks 91st in internet speed. I am not surprised. The surprise is the No. 1 country with the fastest speed. It is South Korea, according to The New York Times. I thought South Korea was superior in having a female president, producing soap […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly (Editor’s note: This is a continuation of Publisher Assunta Ng’s blog post from last week’s issue — the unique things she does while traveling around the world.) 7. Everything is negotiable Did you know that hotel room rates and its services are negotiable? Once, we booked a hotel at […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly It is said, “In Rome, do as the Romans do.” Oh, really! I seldom do when I travel. I may even do the opposite — to survive, to challenge myself, to drive my husband crazy, and to search for extraordinary experiences under unusual circumstances. 1. Is local currency necessary? […]
Asian cultures believe lucky bamboos can bring prosperity. However, I have these cute plants in my home for more important purposes.
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly When Seattle Colleges (SC) announced its three finalists for the chancellor seat, they were all persons of color — two of them Asian. The Black finalist was not considered, leaving Mark Mitsui, former president of North Seattle College, and Dr. Shouan Pan, president of Mesa Community College of Arizona, […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle’s $15 minimum wage is expected to impact many small businesses. However, challenges for the International District (ID) businesses go beyond the wage issue. The ID restaurants once known for great food with low prices are no longer enough to appeal to new customers. On many fronts, the businesses […]
By Assunta Ng Next week will be Northwest Asian Weekly’s 33rd anniversary. So how did 2014 fare for the newspaper?