A New York City restaurant owner who touted her “clean” American Chinese cuisine and derided Chinese dishes as swimming in “globs of processed butter,” sodium and MSG is renewing the long-simmering debate about stereotyping and cultural appropriation in the restaurant world.
See history: Chinese Exclusion Act case files available on web
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was passed in order to limit the number of Chinese laborers entering the United States and prevent the Chinese already here from becoming naturalized citizens. When the Act was renewed 10 years later, it required the Chinese to register and obtain a certificate of residency or identity as proof of their right to be in the United States. This created voluminous amounts of paperwork.
NWAW’s book recs: Sisters doin’ it for themselves
In Andover, superpowers are commonplace. And as the daughter of the city’s two dedicated superheroes, Smasher and Shockwave, it’s easy to assume Jessica Tran would also have superpowers.
Years after Duck crash, Wash. legislature updates century-old law
By Tom James The Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature approved an update to the state’s wrongful death law on April 15, the latest reverberation from a fatal 2015 crash that cast a spotlight on a century-old state law. The proposal would remove requirements that, after an accidental death in the state, […]
ECCC labor laws workshops seeks more engagement from community
For the past month, the Ethnic Chambers of Commerce Coalition (ECCC) has been hosting and organizing workshops and meet and greets, with the goal of engaging the local Asian and Pacific Islander (API) American communities with their workshops. In ECCC workshops, ECCC representatives and subject matter experts go to API-owned businesses to inform owners and managers of sustainable business practices and labor laws.
Monisha Singh named executive director of CIDBIA
This week, the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) Board of Directors announced that Monisha Singh is the organization’s new executive director. Singh joined the CIDBIA in 2015 as its events and programs manager, managing the neighborhood’s three large street festivals and the sanitation program. In her most recent role as the organization’s communications and […]
COMMENTARY: California Asian American firm uses systems thinking to improve education
Over a lunch of all-you-can-eat sushi, a friend excitedly pulled out his cell phone and showed me an animated Chinese lesson his daughters were using to learn Mandarin. In the lesson, a river flowed through a Chinese landscape.
Seattle Public School Superintendent Juneau has sights set on closing educational disparities
On the way to her office, she must pass under the ranked row of photographs — former superintendents. They seem to glower across the lobby of the Seattle School District’s main office, as if unhappy and cognizant of the short tenure each served. Her predecessor served for four years. Many served less. Some only served for one year.
Author Thi Bui reimagines a shared history
An audience of 200 gathered to hear insights from storyteller and author Thi Bui on her graphic novel, “The Best We Could Do.” The event was facilitated by local Seattleite and Vietnamese community member Julie Pham.
Few people prepared for huge cost of aging, is Wash. first state with a solution?
By RACHEL LA CORTE The Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, a step advocates say will help an aging population that is likely not prepared for the increasing costs needed […]