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.
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly People often say I look fit. Beneath the surface lies the secret of my struggles with maintaining a steady weight. Despite the compliments, I was 10 pounds overweight several years ago, which was a lot for my small frame. As a journalist, it’s not in my character to conceal […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Many Chinese Seattleites visit British Columbia, Canada in search of great Chinese food, even though it’s a three-hour drive. Gone are the days when I would drive enthusiastically for hours just for one meal. In the past five years, I have been there only twice to see friends. Of […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly In politics, money matters. So do connections. When money and connections merge, you get VIP treatment at Gov. Jay Inslee’s campaign dinner on June 24 in downtown Seattle, seeing President Obama up close. Ben Zhang, CEO of Greater China Industries, bought a table for $5,000 as a gold sponsor. […]