When you walk through the touristy Pike-Pine corridor in downtown Seattle, it’s hard to miss the smoke shops that pervade the area. On the ground level window display of Smoke Plus, on the busy intersection of Pike and First Ave., there are boxes of cigars, glass pipes of various colors and sizes, and a lineup of grandiose hookah pipes with long coils shoved against each other. A sweet scent permeates the shop’s perimeter that leads down to the basement.
“A world without refugees” — Remembering Luke T. Lee, father, and a fighter for human rights
By Sharon Lee Special for Northwest Asian Weekly This is the first time I will not be calling my dad and sending him a card on Father’s Day. It is hard to express this sad and empty feeling from losing a parent. Luke T. Lee passed away suddenly in January at age 91 from Parkinson’s […]
Welcome home! — Kenneth Bae finally gets home, family, pizza, and freedom
By Donna Bankinship and Josh Lederman Associated Press SEATTLE (AP)—Kenneth Bae arrived home after two years of imprisonment in North
Writing her own book — Cuc Vu, director of Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, has her own history
By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly As Saigon fell during the end of the Vietnam War, the chaos of people trying to leave the country tore families apart, as most sought to escape
BLOG: The New York Times gives a thumbs-up for Timothy Wu
By Assunta Ng Even with a loss, Timothy Wu has already made history. The New York Times (NYT) endorsed him with a prominent headline, “Timothy Wu for Lieutenant Governor.”
Cuc Vu is director of OIRA
Cuc Vu, a refugee from the Vietnam War, relocated with her family to Olympia, WA based on an uncle’s advice. She earned an undergraduate degree at Pomona College and a graduate degree as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She also brings twelve years of experience working on […]
Indian American confirmed as Assistant Secretary of State
Puneet Talwar has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a key diplomatic position, becoming the second Indian American to join the state department. Talwar, who was a key aide of President Barack Obama on the Middle East, will now serve as the assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs.
Governor appoints John Chun to King Co. Superior Court
In December, Gov. Jay Inslee appointed John Chun to the King County Superior Court bench. Prior to his appointment, Chun was a member of the Summit Law Group, where he focused on employment, commercial, and international cases.
Kelly Aramaki — 2013 Visionary Award Recipient
This October, the Northwest Asian Weekly presents the Visionary Awards Gala, an event honoring visionaries in the APA community. By Gabrielle Nomura Northwest Asian Weekly Before he’d taken his SATs, driven a car, or even knew which high school he was attending, Kelly Aramaki had a profound experience that would influence his future career. It […]
BLOG: Rhea Suh, a product of the American Dream
By Assunta Ng It’s always wonderful to see Obama’s Asian appointees in Seattle. Last Sunday, Rhea Suh accompanied Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to the signing ceremony for the Wing Luke Museum’s becoming an Associated Affiliate of the National Parks System.