The U.S.–Japan Council (USJC) introduced the U.S.–Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship on Feb. 18. The scholarship is for undergraduate American and Japanese students in a term or a year-long study abroad program in the United States or Japan. During the inaugural program year (2016–2017), the scholarship will be used to assist Japanese students studying […]
By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese lawmaker is being criticized for saying President Barack Obama was a descendant of Black slaves and so would have been an unthinkable presidential choice in America’s early history. Kazuya Maruyama, a lawyer-turned-lawmaker in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party, apologized hours after making the remark […]
By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Hilary Stern walked onto the raised stage at China Harbor Restaurant to address a packed audience on Feb. 4 at Northwest Asian Weekly’s Women of Color Empowered awards luncheon. Stern was one of 14 honorees, lauded for her work in bridge-building — the event’s theme — as executive director […]
By Li Jin For Northwest Asian Weekly New York police officer Peter Liang was patrolling a dark staircase in a Brooklyn housing complex when his gun discharged accidentally, and the bullet struck and killed a man walking down the stairs with his girlfriend. This was terrible enough, but what made it worse was that it […]
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) is sponsoring an essay contest to provide a forum for expression by youth who aim to be future leaders of the United States. The contest is open to all high school students. To participate, students must register before Feb. 29. The actual essay has to be written on-site at […]
On Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Tacoma Dome exhibition hall, drums thundered. Dancers glided and swayed with power, pride, ease and grace. And the aroma of food wafted enticingly through the air, mingling with the massive sea of people.
MONROE, Wash. (AP) — A man who was 14 years old when he was sentenced to life without parole for a 1987 murder has been released from a Washington state prison.
In the last week, news broke that the attorney general’s office is going after Facing East, a very popular Taiwanese restaurant in Bellevue, and its owner Yu-Ling Wong for alleged sales tax evasion. (Read our story on this on page 4 of this issue.) Wong is accused of pocketing nearly $400,000 in sales tax from […]
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe has her eyes set on her next big dream: being a Bond girl. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach returned home to the Philippines for the first time since her crowning — and that awkward moment when host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the winner instead of her. […]
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would modernize and improve certain aspects of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS is also proposing regulatory amendments to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa […]