Last year, during the opening of the Year of the Dragon, the Northwest Asian Weekly wished for a few things. We wished that the economy would improve. We wished that business would go up. We wished for less vacant properties in the International District.
Vice President Joe Biden has departed for Beijing, China, the first stop on a nine-day trip to China, Mongolia, and Japan. In each country, Biden will meet with key leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral, regional, and international issues.
Born in a small town near Canton, China, Wing Luke became the first Asian American to win a seat on the Seattle City Council in 1962.
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project and the Wing Luke Memorial Foundation learned that they were being awarded significant grants by the National Park Service.
This week, there is great news coming from the New York City Council. There are new faces on the council. A quarter of its members are new.
About 300 people recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund. Stella Chao, director of the Department of Neighborhoods, reports that the fund has sparked 3,500 neighborhood projects around Seattle — including the new Chinatown gate, ID dragon poles, Lao Highland Association Community Center, Wing Luke exhibits and more. The fund boosts neighborhood projects with city money and has inspired other programs globally in 100 cities.