On Feb. 13, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and community leaders Ron Chew (International Community Health Services Foundation), Gloria Lung Wakayama (The Wing), David Leong (Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce), and Beth Takekawa (The Wing) celebrated the First Hill Streetcar’s start-of-service with a party full of lion dancing, firecrackers, and red envelopes. The party was […]
By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Mayor Ed Murray announced Dec. 15 the convening of a special task force for the Chinatown/International District (C/ID) neighborhood. Following the murder of long-time community activist Donnie Chin this summer, Mayor Murray reached out to local leaders and called on them to work with City staff and the Seattle Police […]
By Mark Okazaki Special for Northwest Asian Weekly “We were totally left out.” That is how long-time community activist Alan Sugiyama characterized the recent appointment of four Assistant Police Chiefs, none of whom were Asian Pacific Islanders, under the relatively new command of Seattle’s top cop, Kathleen O’Toole. Sugiyama went on to say that there […]
By Ron Chew For Northwest Asian Weekly The arts can be an instrument for transforming individual lives, restoring communities, and remaking our society into a more tolerant and inclusive place for all. Five years ago, in a report I wrote for Americans in the Arts, I described the emergence of community-based arts organizations. I wrote […]
The Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is accepting applications from student members in Washington state for two scholarships — the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship and the Founders’ Scholarship.
By Ron Chew Contributor to Northwest Asian Weekly A new clinic will be coming to Bellevue in April, giving people another option for high quality and affordable health care.
The Greater Seattle Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) hosted its annual Golden Circle awards banquet at the Joy Palace Restaurant in Seattle on Feb. 8. The dinner honored the outstanding contributions of three individuals and one organization in the local Asian Pacific American community. The event featured a variety of Lunar New […]
The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Greater Seattle Chapter has announced the election of the following board members for 2014: Ron Chew and Rebecca Chan (co-presidents), Connie So (vice president), Jael Yamamoto and Kevin Chao (secretaries), Chi Saeteurn (treasurer), and Bruce Huang, Doug Chin, Judy Lam Maxwell, Frank Irigon, Willon Lew, and Jacqueline Wu. OCA was founded in 1973 as […]
By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Congressman Jim McDermott introduced a bill last week that would right a wrong inflicted upon many Asian American cannery workers more than 30 years ago. The amendment to the 1991 Civil Rights Act would strike language that has prevented cannery workers from seeking legal damages for discrimination.
For Northwest Asian Weekly Ron Chew, executive director of the International Community Health Services Foundation, said his recently completed book on Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two young cannery union officials murdered in 1981, is the most difficult piece of writing he’s ever done. “It took me 30 years to arrive in an emotional space […]