There is a bit of spring in our step here at the Northwest Asian Weekly. Looking over the past few months, there are many things the Asian American community in Seattle should be proud of. Not necessarily “cleaning” but perhaps “beaming.”
So what has been accomplished?
— Yay for Okamoto!: John Okamoto was elected to replace Sally Clark’s position on Seattle City Council. Granted, it is an interim position (seven months) and he will not qualify to fill the seat in re-election, but it is still a victory for our community. The other victory was that we had two other Asian American candidates (Sharon Lee and Sharon Maeda) vying for the position. We are representing!
— Smoking ban in parks: Do you smoke in a park? Well, you should know you might not be allowed to do that soon. That butt might have to move somewhere else if the city’s commendable initiative passes.
— Pronto: Do you need a bicycle? We have bicycles! They are right there on the corner of Sixth and King Street in the International District (and many other neighborhoods). Take advantage.
— Panama Hotel: The beloved landmark in the neighborhood (6th and Main) has now been declared a national treasure. Make sure to check out fantastic tea, music, and more important, its dedication to Japanese heritage.
— Seattle Votes: The effort the City of Seattle has been contributing to immigration and refugee affairs is impressive. The new initiative to place permanent drop boxes for ballots in minority neighborhoods and to outreach to non-native speakers should be applauded.
— MLK day: Seattle had an impressive turnout for MLK day at Garfield High School in the Central District. The parade traveled throughout the city. Apparently, black lives do matter in all our communities.
— Beautifying the ID: Our Japantown now has lovely decorated boxes covering the obnoxious traffic boxes. And we should praise everyone who contributes to maintaining the beautiful Danny Woo Garden.
There has been devastation globally recently, but for one brief article, let’s consider what has been accomplished in our small corner of the world. (end)