By Thanyarat Doksone Associated Press PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Testimony began July 14 in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed by Thailand’s navy against a small news website over a report it posted saying naval forces accepted money to assist or turn a blind eye to the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar by sea. The navy […]
Alex Tizon: One Asian man in search of self
By Daria Kroupoderova Northwest Asian Weekly In the dimly lit basement of Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company on the evening of June 18, Alex Tizon, author of “Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self,” told his audience to turn to one another and say “You’re fat!” with a genuine smile.
Tacoma native receives Walt Whitman Award for poetry
NEW YORK (AP) – A young Korean American poet has received a $5,000 award for first-time writers that also ensures the publication and thousands of sales of her debut collection. Hannah Sanghee Park has won the Walt Whitman Award, the Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday. Park’s book, “The Same-Different,” will be released next year […]
“Documented” by Vargas gets to heart of immigration debate
By Evangeline Cafe Northwest Asian Weekly Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas spurred conversations about what it means to be American when he outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine in June 2011. Vargas is now shedding more light on his story of heartbreak and […]
New immigration policy excludes Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
News that the Obama administration will offer immunity to illegal immigrants under the age of 30 came as a relief to many, including Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who came out last year as an undocumented immigrant. Though the change will affect an estimated 800,000 immigrants, it excludes Vargas, who, at the age […]
Pulitzer Prize winner Sheryl WuDunn raises awareness of gender inequity in Seattle
By James Tabafunda NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY The title of Sheryl WuDunn’s 2009 New York Times bestseller “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” comes from a Chinese proverb that says “Women hold up half the sky.” Last May, her appearance at the University of Oregon expanded on women’s importance in the world […]
10 API events that are shaping our lives TODAY
During Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month, we typically focus on the past — on what has happened and the events that have shaped who we are.