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. […]
By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Facing rejection fearlessly was one of the themes I touched on during a graduation speech to the University of Washington’s Community, Environment and, Planning (CEP) graduates on June 11. I have experienced more rejection in life than most. And I still consider myself blessed. What are some of the […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Dear Fathers, On this coming Father’s Day, I suddenly realized I have no memories of Father’s Day even though I had two fathers. How ironic! Now that you’re both gone from this world, I wonder what it would have been like if I could have just one Father’s […]
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 […]