By Assunta Ng The other day, I was surprised to see my senior Jewish friend shopping at Uwajimaya. He confessed that it was his first time shopping in the ID. Last Christmas, I gave him a bottle of plum sake, knowing that he loves sake. “My girlfriend told me to get some mushrooms,” he said. […]
By Assunta Ng Recently, I got e-mails that Gael Tarleton, president of the Port of Seattle Commission, is running for state representative. Another Port of Seattle Commissioner, Rob Holland, called me saying that he, too, is running for state representative. Bill Bryant, also a Port of Seattle commissioner, is mulling over which office to run […]
By Assunta Ng My Bellevue friend always jokes that Bellevue has a city manager, a mayor, and an emperor, Kemper Freeman! Despite the negative press on Freeman, the owner of Bellevue Collection, I found the man to be humble and easy to talk to when I spoke with him during a recent private meeting.
By Assunta Ng Bellevue Square Owner Kemper Freeman raved about Bellevue Square’s Lunar New Year tradition earlier this year, an event that attracted more than 40,000 people on the snowy, freezing day of Jan. 29. Teresa Fang, president of the Taiwanese Benevolent Association, organized the event with two others, beginning in late December 2011.
By Assunta Ng My brother sent me an e-mail. “Dad has passed away, please contact Hong Kong,” it said. So began my sad trip to the funeral in Hong Kong. Despite my great sadness, I attended an exciting event for my son while I was in Hong Kong, where he served as co-emcee with a […]
By Assunta Ng “Mom, I will be emceeing in Cantonese?” said my American-born son Jason.
By Assunta Ng While I was in Hong Kong, the country was electing its new chief. The format of the debate among the three candidates looked familiar. The podium, setting, accusations, rebuttals, and surprises, combined with candidates that jeered and attacked at every opportunity were similar to those of U.S. presidential candidates. The candidates did […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly “I just advise that your son marry a Chinese girl,” my friend said. “I am doing you a favor.” That happened a few years ago. I wanted to shout, “How dare you!” But I swallowed the words in my throat because I didn’t want to regret them later. “I […]
Several men, young and old, glided across the room to dance with an old, pretty woman, and she never refused. At 93, Anne Wing’s amazing figure could perform the cha cha, swing, waltz, rumba, and even a line dance without missing a beat.
I was completely lost during the first half of Celebrate Asia! at Benaroya Hall last Friday. I was the problem. Pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument similar to a guitar (except it’s played vertically), is too profound for me.