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Northwest Asian Weekly
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VOL 35 NO 33
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34 YEARS YOUR VOICE
Leukemia survivor reunites with
SPD officer who saved his life
By Stacy Nguyen
Northwest Asian
Weekly
Photo provided by Seattle Police Department
Last week, the Do family was
driving around Seattle with Randy
Yamanaka, a man that they have
seen sparingly over the years, but
one they’ve avidly kept in contact
with through letters after their
first meeting 15 years ago.
The Dos and Yamanaka were
debating over whether Luke Do,
16, should get a haircut before
speaking with press at the Seattle Police Department (SPD)
headquarters later. Luke insisted
that he didn’t want a haircut, but
the debate still flipped back and
forth.
“And I was thinking, isn’t it glorious that 15 years after what happened, we can discuss something
as mundane as a haircut?” said
Yamanaka, who is a retired SPD
lieutenant.
Seattle Police Department's Randy Yamanaka with Luke Do in 2006. Yamanaka saved Do's life through a bone marrow donation.
Screencap from WeChat
By Tiffany Ran
NORTHWEST ASIAN
WEEKLY
Kevin Yin began receiving inquiries from several University
of Washington (UW) students
in May about whether an ad offering a 5 percent discount off
their tuition was legitimate. Yin,
the marketing director of Pike
International Education Service
recalls seeing the same ad on the
popular social media app, WeChat. He reached out to the girl,
going by “FY” on WeChat, who
posted the ad and asked if such a
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discount was possible. How is the
process done? “Online payment,”
she replied. With who’s card?
“My brother’s,” she answered.
The answers sounded suspect
to Yin, who advised the students
not to risk it for the sake of saving
a little money. Justin, who wishes
to go only by his first name, is a
third-year mechanical engineering student at the UW from China’s Hebei province. He received
the same ad from FY on WeChat
on May 17. Having known FY
as a trusted and well-respected
see TUITION SCAM on 12
In 2000, Sarah Gaskins and
Lam Do, both physicians, had
their first child — a son that they
named Luke.
“And [seemingly] overnight, he
got sick,” said Do. When Luke
was 18 months old, Do noticed
that his son’s spleen was enlarged.
Gaskins, who is half Japanese
and half English-Irish, and Do,
who is Vietnamese, were told by
another doctor that their son had
juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a serious chronic leukemia
that affects children 4 years old
and younger, and would die in six
months to a year without a stem
cell transplant. The couple was
also told that — due to Luke’s
mixed-raced background — the
chances of finding a marrow donor match was slim to none.
According to Be the Match, the
see MARROW on 16
Composting in and
around Seattle
By Nina Huang
Northwest Asian Weekly
Even though composting is the
law, it’s not always easy to obey it.
Composting can be especially
difficult if you live in an apartment.
On the other hand, it can be easy and
beneficial if you’re in a house.
Phon Thach and her husband
Jim Driscoll started composting a
few years ago because they didn’t
want to waste food. They were also
inspired to compost after receiving
a reminder from the City of Seattle.
Thach explained that she composts
almost all the leftovers from food,
vegetables, and fruits. The fun part
is that they use the compost to grow
their garden.
Thach and Driscoll are both
retired, but they love working on
their garden together at their home in
see COMPOST on 15
Photo by Jim Driscoll
Widespread tuition
scam defrauds over 90
Chinese international
UW students
The beginning
Compost bins in Phon Thach’s and Jim Driscoll’s yard.
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AUGUST 13 – AUGUST 19, 2016
■ names in the news
Photo by John Liu/NWAW
Finalists announced for 2016
Mayor’s Arts Awards
for the Hamilton Leaders
Academy (HLA), which is a
curriculum that encourages
scholars to impact the world
and make positive change.
“We are very excited about
Tiffany’s potential for future
greatness,” said George T.
Cox, Founder and Senior
Director of AHS. 
Tiffany Wong
Ellen Ferguson
Huong Vu
Louie Gong
The Mayor’s Arts Awards has nominated 11 finalists
this year, from over 350 nominations. Ellen Ferguson
and Huong Vu were nominated under the Philanthropy
Award, and Louie Gong was nominated under the Arts
and Innovation Award.
Ferguson is the board co-chair at the Wing Luke
Museum. She also serves on the board of the Burke
Museum Association and has held leadership positions on
the boards of other museum associations.
Vu is the Community Investor for Arts and Civic
Engagement at Boeing. Her personal passions center
on immigrant refugee rights, social justice, equity, and
mentoring the next generation of leaders.
Gong is a Seattle-based artist and entrepreneur known
for merging traditional Coast Salish art with influences
from his urban environment to make strong statements
about identity. A self-taught artist, Gong, who is of
Nooksack, Chinese, French, and Scottish descent, has
received international recognition for his body of work.
The winners will be announced at the Mayor’s Arts
Award Ceremony on Sep. 2. 
Wong gets national award
The Alexander Hamilton Scholars (AHS) organization
awarded Tiffany Wong the national AHS Award. Wong is
a student at Kentridge High School and received this award
for superior community service and academic achievement.
The purpose of the award is to recognize young people for
their accomplishments. The AHS will also select students
Tanaka wins celeb chef smackdown
Governor selects two Asian
appointees to various boards
Gov.
Jay
Inslee
announced
appointees to various boards and
commissions in late July.
Faaluaina Pritchard was appointed
to the Arts commission. She has served
as the Executive Director of Korean
Women’s Association and the Asia Pacific Cultural Center.
Nam
Nguyen
Faaluaina Pritchard
was
appointed
to the Commission on Asian Pacific
American Affairs. He is an Assistant
Attorney General representing the
Washington State Department of Retirement Systems. After law school,
he helped to address the economic and
social problems caused by the BP Oil Nam Nguyen
Spill. 
Leong gets credit for food drive
success
Eric Tanaka
Seattle’s top chefs engaged in a friendly cooking
competition on July 20 to combat hunger among lowincome kids and teens. More than 200 meals were served
to kids at the event, and the event raised awareness about
United Way of King County’s Summer Meals program.
A panel of judges paired with school-age helpers tasted
the creations and picked Eric Tanaka, the executive chef
at his namesake TanakaSan and Tom Douglas’ business
partner. Tanaka beat out Ethan Stowell, Maria Hines, and
Josh Henderson.
The event was a collaboration between No Kid Hungry,
Americorps VISTA, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the
Seattle Seahawks. 
The president of Kin On’s
board of directors, Stella Leong,
is being credited with the
massive success of this summer’s
Asian Counseling and Referral
Food Bank (ACRS) food drive.
$312,000 was raised, including
a $100,000 match from the
CenturyLink Foundation. The
Stella Leong
2016 CenturyLink Backpack
Buddies Food Drive, held June 6-17, supported 24 food
banks in Washington.
Leong, who is now retired from CenturyLink, had the
idea five years ago to encourage members of CenturyLink’s
Pacific Asian American Network (PAAN) to donate during
the food drive window so that employee donations could be
matched and raise more money to support ACRS. ACRS
held its annual Walk for Rice on June 25. 
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AAPI Victory Fund condemns Donald Trump
for attacking American Muslim military family
WASHINGTON — The AAPI Victory Fund — the
first Super PAC of its kind focused on mobilizing Asian
American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) eligible voters
— condemns Republican presidential candidate Donald
Trump for his callous attacks on Khizr and Ghazla Khan.
The Khans are a Gold Star family, which signifies that
their son is a fallen American soldier. By criticizing the
Khan family, Trump was not just attacking Muslims,
but disparaging all American soldiers and veterans and
the entire AAPI community. The repeated pattern of
attacks on this family from the Republican candidate is
reprehensible. The Victory Fund stands in solidarity with
Starbucks recalls
China-made straws
on reports of cuts
SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks is recalling stainless-steel
straws it sold in its stores and online after three reports of
children suffering “mouth lacerations” while using them.
The Seattle-based company says about 2.5 million of the
straw sets were sold in the U.S., and 301,000 were sold in
Canada. The straws have a ridge at the bottom that keeps
them attached to beverage lids.
Starbucks says people should not let children use the
straws, which are rigid and can pose an injury risk.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says
the straws were sold between June 2012 and this past June.
They cost about $6 for a set of three straws. Cups for the
straws were sold for between $11 and $30. The straws were
made in China and imported by Starbucks Corp. 
the Khan family.
“As a proud American who is Muslim, we cannot remain
silent when the Republican presidential candidate’s
platform is based on hate and bigotry,” said Dilawar
Syed, co-founder and vice chair of the AAPI Victory
Fund. “Mr. Khan’s call to action in speech at the DNC
was to vote — underscoring that this election is the most
important of our lifetime and we must turn out the vote in
every community.”
“When Donald Trump attacks the Khans, he attacks
my community too,” said Tung Nguyen, co-founder of
the AAPI Victory Fund. “Trump’s comments against
refugees, new Americans and anyone who does not
hold his rigid ideology, is attacking the essence of what
America is.”
The Pew Research Center estimates that 28 percent
of 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States are of
Asian descent.
“We stand in solidarity with our American Muslim
brothers and sisters,” said Shekar Narasimhan, chair of the
AAPI Victory Fund. “The American Muslim community
is diverse and by attacking them, Trump directly attacks
Koreans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis,
Filipinos and all AAPIs.” 
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■ national news
After ‘Pokemon Go’ players
knock on his door, man files suit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A New
Jersey man is going to federal court to
keep “Pokemon Go” players off his lawn.
Jeffrey Marder, of West Orange, says
strangers began lingering outside of
his home after the popular game was
released last month. At least five people
knocked on his door and asked to get into
his backyard to catch a Pokemon placed
there virtually by the game, according to
George Takei
calls Donald
Trump to task,
in Spanish
By Lynn Elber
AP Television Writer
George Takei
LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Takei
is speaking out against GOP presidential
candidate Donald Trump, and he’s doing
it in Spanish.
In an English-subtitled video that’s
drawn more than 12 million views
in less than two weeks online, the
“Star Trek” actor compares Trump’s
proposed deportation of undocumented
Latino immigrants to the World War
II internment of more than 100,000
Japanese-Americans, including Takei
and his family.
“I’m addressing this to my Spanishspeaking fans and their friends,” he
says in the four-minute video. “I want
to give some personal, historical context
on how Donald Trump’s words and
plans can have very real and terrible
consequences.”
It’s painful history for Takei, who
was 5 years old when he and his family
were removed from their Los Angeles
home and eventually sent to a camp in
Arkansas. The West Coast relocation
was part of the federal government’s
response after Japan’s 1941 attack on
Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
“It was my parents who heard
the sounds we are hearing today
from Donald Trump, the sweeping
statements he makes characterizing and
stereotyping a whole group of people,”
Takei said in an interview. “My father
lost his business and we lost our home
and our freedom. With no charges, to be
locked up, imprisoned.”
Decades later, a federal law
authorized reparations of $20,000
each for surviving detainees, who also
see TAKEI on 14
a lawsuit filed July 29 in federal court in
California.
The suit against game makers Niantic
Inc., Nintendo Co., and The Pokemon
Company seeks class action status for
others who have had Pokemon stops and
gyms placed on their property.
The lawsuit says the defendants
“have shown a flagrant disregard for the
foreseeable consequences of populating
the real world with virtual Pokémon
without seeking the permission of
property owners.”
Spokespeople for the companies weren’t
immediately available to comment on the
suit.
J.C. Smith, The Pokemon Company’s
consumer marketing director, told The
see POKEMON GO on 14
San Francisco Chinatown
gang leader gets life in prison
By Sudhin Thanawala
Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dapper San Francisco Chinatown
gangster known as “Shrimp Boy” whose conviction on murder and
racketeering charges was part of a major federal organized crime
investigation that also brought down a state senator was sentenced
Aug. 4 to two life terms — one for killing a rival.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said Raymond Chow’s
claim during his trial that he had had an epiphany and abandoned
his criminal ways was “highly manipulative” and contrary to the
evidence.
“The defendant is not going to change,” the judge said.
The case against Chow, 56, exposed the underworld in one of the
nation’s oldest Chinatowns.
Prosecutors say Chow killed a rival in 2006 and took over a
Chinese fraternal group with members who engaged in drug
trafficking, money laundering, and the sale of stolen cigarettes and
top-shelf liquor such as Johnny Walker Blue Label and Hennessey
XO.
Chow, wearing a dark suit and flashing a smile, maintained
his innocence during the sentencing hearing while accusing the
judge of bias, lead prosecutor William Frentzen of lying, and a
former defense attorney of falling asleep during a previous court
proceeding.
“I not apologize to the victims,” Chow, who used a translator
during the trial, said in English. “I feel sorry for them because they
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man they’re looking for. That is a total
fail in the justice system.”
Frentzen stood just a few feet away
from Chow, shaking his head as Chow
addressed him directly at times.
Frentzen called Chow a “highly
manipulative, constant, perpetual liar.”
“This is a man who is a parasite.
He lived off of this organization and
other people’s criminal activities,” the
prosecutor said during the sentencing
Raymond Chow
hearing, pointing at Chow.
Chow’s conviction was largely the
work of an undercover FBI agent who posed for years as a foulmouthed East Coast businessman with mafia ties after infiltrating
Chow’s fraternal group — among dozens of active tongs, or family
associations, in Chinatown.
The agent testified under a false name that he wined and dined
Chow and his associates for years. Chow willingly accepted
envelopes stuffed with thousands of dollars in cash for setting up
various crimes, the agent said.
Chow said he was given the money because the agent was
showing his respect, not in exchange for criminal activity. Chow
presented himself as a reformed gangster who went from dealing
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Chinese team says it found
evidence of mythical great flood
By Gerry Shih
Associated Press
BEIJING (AP) — A great flood at the dawn
of Chinese civilization was said to have swept
away settlements, the water rising so high that
it overran hills, mountains and even heaven
itself. It was the sage King Yu who tamed the
waters by building ditches, the legend went,
thus earning a mandate to rule and laying the
foundation for China’s first dynasty, the Xia.
But until now, scientists could not pin down
evidence that the flood, or Yu, or even the Xia
Dynasty ever existed outside of the origin
myths passed down through millennia.
Now a team of researchers led by Wu Qianlong, a former Peking University seismologist, say in a study published last week in the
journal Science that they’ve indeed found evidence that a flood submerged a vast swath of
the country almost 4,000 years ago, possibly
lending weight to a longstanding — though
controversial — theory that the Xia Dynasty
did exist as China’s first unified state.
Using radiocarbon dating of juvenile bones
and soil samples along the Yellow River, Wu’s
team established that an earthquake triggered
a huge landslide, damming the waterway in
1920 B.C.
The researchers deduced that for six to nine
months about 4 trillion gallons of water built
up behind a wall of rock and dirt — about half
the size of Lake Mead behind Hoover Dam —
near Jishi Gorge in today’s Qinghai Province.
When the dam broke, it tore through the
gorge at 500 times the Yellow River’s average
discharge and submerged the North China
Plain that is considered the cradle of Chinese
civilization.
The flood would have predated by several
centuries the first written records kept on oracle bones. Historical texts from about 1,000
B.C. first mentioned a legendary Xia ruler,
Yu, who had devised a system of dredges
to control a great flood that spanned generations. He was said to have been based around
Jishi Gorge, according to various texts, and
his ability to combat natural disasters and
earn a heavenly mandate to rule established
him as a model for generations of subsequent
Chinese rulers.
His legend was later immortalized in some
of the best-known historical texts of Chinese
antiquity, including the Bamboo Annals of
300 B.C., and the Records of the Grand Historian by the Han Dynasty court official Sima
Qian in 94 B.C. But the legend has been hotly
debated in modern times.
Over the past century, China scholars have
doubted whether the Xia truly existed, or
whether it was truly an expansive, unified
state rather than simply many smaller states
that were mish-mashed together by ancient
Chinese political thinkers to justify a tradition of centralized power.
In the 1980s, archaeologists discovered
buildings and bronze remains at Erlitou village in Henan Province that were carbon
dated to about 1900 B.C. Many scholars believe the settlement, which may have had a
population of 30,000, was likely the ancient
Xia capital. 
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■ COMMUNITY calendar
AUGUST
11
Free screening & reception of
the film, “Operation Chromite”
Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park,
14th Ave. E. and E. Prospect St.
Reception at 5:30 p.m.
Program from 6:30–9 p.m.
206-441-1011, ext. 301
[email protected]
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International Music and Arts
Festival
Othello Park, Seattle
12–6 p.m.
Free admission
othellopark.org
Grand Opening of Viet-Wah
Asian Food Market
2825 N.E. Sunset Blvd., Renton
11 a.m.
12
16–18
2016 Election Asian Pacific
Islander Coalition Pierce
County presents Non Partisan
APIAVOTE Presidential Live Town
hall
Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S.
Tacoma Way, Tacoma
1:30 p.m.
Idea Threads: Global business,
cultural consulting,
business planning & process
improvement
Hing Hay Coworks, 409B Maynard
Ave. S., Seattle
9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
English Luncheon: A story of
the most expensive coffee in
the world, Kopi Luwak
Shanghai Shanghai, 989 112th Ave.
#205, Bellevue
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
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Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s
19th Annual Polynesian Luau
APCC, 4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma
1–4 p.m.
apcc96.org
International Wudang Internal
Martial Arts Academy’s Grand
Opening
2411 S. Walker St., Seattle
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
206-498-6360
[email protected]
wudangdanpai.com
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Jeff Liang: Legal consulations
for business & non-profits
focused on transactional,
corporate, tax planning, and
tax controversy
Hing Hay Coworks, 409B Maynard
Ave. S., Seattle
2–4 p.m.
18
Ray Ishii: Budgeting & Cash
Flow Workshop and Business
Accounting Consultations
Hing Hay Coworks, 409B Maynard
Ave. S., Seattle
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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Seattle's International District
4–7 p.m.
Art Walk & Open House
Nikkei Manor, 700 6th Ave. S., Seattle
5:30–7 p.m.
18–27
"Do It for Umma," by Seayoung
Yim and directed by Sara
Porkalob
8 p.m.
theatreoffjackson.org
19
SAAFF Outdoor Film Series "Lilo
and Stitch"
Hing Hay Park
7:30 p.m.
20
Pruning & Wire-Checking of
your Bonsai
Oriental Garden Center, 30650 Pacific
Highway S., Federal Way
10 a.m.
$15
253-839-1639
A Chinese-inspired,
participatory art project,
“Let’s Burn Some Money
Together!”
Celebrate Shoreline Festival, Cromwell
Park, 18030 Meridian Ave. N.,
Shoreline
12–5 p.m.
shorelinewa.gov/art, 206-801-2661
Northwest Language Academy
and Cultural Center’s
International Food and Music
Festival and Bazaar
Whidstock Ranch in Langley, Whidbey
Island
4–10 p.m.
$20/person, $30/at the door
360-321-2101
nwlacc.org
Back to School Day
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Visitor Center, 440 5th Ave. N., Seattle
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Free
gatesvc.org
Tap-SEA's Summer Boat Party
1611 Fairview Ave. E., Seattle
6:30 p.m.
tap-seattle.org
20 & 21
Polynesian Festival
Renton Uwajimaya
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
uwajimaya.com
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THOMAS BATTY’S “IKEBANA, A
CONTEMPORARY APPROACH”
Nagomi Tea House, Seattle
1–3 p.m.
$15/members, $20/non-members
Registration at friendsofasianart.org
22
Salute to Japanese Baseball
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Safeco Field
7:10 p.m.
$21–$42
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70th Anniversary Celebration
of Cathay Post 186 and to
honor WWII Veteran members
Palisade, 2601 West Marine Pl., Seattle
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
$110/person
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Cool treats
Your guide to cooling off with Asian cold drinks
Good morning…
The cold-drink adventure starts
with waking up with something
other than the standard mug of hot
coffee. Take a cold shower, bypass
your coffee maker, and opt for an
iced Vietnamese coffee. Vietnamese iced coffee is traditionally a
dark roast and served equally with
sweetened condensed milk and
poured over ice. You can try it at
Bambu (512 7th Ave. S.), where the
Vietnamese iced coffee is one of
their most popular sellers.
If you prefer tea, why not try a
new blend chilled or over ice? Red
Oolong iced tea is the iced tea of
choice at Young Tea (609 S. Weller
St.). Red Oolong tea is partially
fermented (unlike black tea, fully
fermented, and green tea which is
unfermented). Red Oolong is also
known for its health benefits and
believed to help if you have high
cholesterol levels and inflammatory
disorders. Plus, it still has caffeine!
If it’s too early in the morning to
get adventurous on your cold-drink
journey, you can always grab an iced
latte, the most popular cold drink at
the Eastern Café (510 Maynard Ave.
S.), and it’s a safe standby before you
get your feet wet in new cold-drink
waters.
Good afternoon…
Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW
No Asian cold drink adventure
would be complete without bubble
tea on the itinerary. There are as
many varieties as there are places to
try it. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed or shaken with
fruit or milk, and special additions
Bubble tea from Ambrosia Cafe
Photo by Assunta Ng/NWAW
The weather is warmer, you have
a day to spend in the International
District (ID), and you need to stay
cool. Who needs air conditioning
when you can have a cold drink?
Your schedule is covered with some
of our favorite cold drink suggestions.
Photo from Young Tea's Facebook page
By Peggy Chapman
Northwest Asian Weekly
Teas and smoothies from Young Tea
are available, usually chewy tapioca balls (boba) or
fruit jellies. Variations are endless! A very short list
of places you can visit includes Oasis Tea Zone (519
6th Ave S.) and Hard Wok Café (1207 S. Jackson). The
Royal Milk Tea is popular at Oasis, and the Black Milk
Tea is a big seller at the Hard Wok. If you want to try an
underdog tea, opt for the Matcha at Hard Wok.
One of the best things about bubble tea are the addons — topping it off. From fruit, jellies, puddings, and
even creams, you won’t run out of choices. Not sure
what to add on to your tea? Ask for the house boba or
lychee jelly. The great thing about bubble tea is that
there will always be a new combination to try.
Now you can venture out of bubble tea territory, and
add even more layers to your drink by treating yourself
to Che Ba Mau (rainbow drink/three color dessert).
It’s a colorful and indulgent concoction of red bean,
jelly, coconut milk, and crushed ice. You can find it in
most Vietnamese delis and banh mi sandwich shops.
If you’re in the Little Saigon area, they are already prepared at the Seattle Deli (225 12th Ave. S.).
If you are on a budget and prefer more function than
fuss, and prefer it fast and less fancy, there is always the
option of running into a store and grabbing a flavored
water or juice. The flavor choices are overwhelming
(everything from aloe vera to young coconut), and you
might be spending more time picking your flavor than
actually enjoying your drink. You can find a huge selection at Viet Wah (1032 S. Jackson), the most popular
pick is watermelon in cans (bottles available, too). You
will have to dig into your wallet and find a dollar and
some change.
While you are at the store and in cold-drink-buying
Bubble tea from Oasis Tea Zone
mode, you might realize that you want to try
something else later. Cross grass jelly and
pennywort drink off your cold-drink bucket
list and put some cans in your shopping bag
to save for tomorrow. Both are excellent over
ice, have a refreshing herbal flavor, and have
purported health benefits (pennywort can
supposedly purify your blood!).
Now it has probably passed high noon, and
what was just warm weather has now turned
into hot weather — so you might want to try
a slushie. It’s iced tea reconstructed, and the
ice proportion to tea proportion will certainly
cool you off. Oasis has a large selection.
The mango and taro are the most popular.
Try the needs-to-be-recognized green mango!
Good evening…
When evening comes, you might be in the
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Ichiro Suzuki gets
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Ichiro Suzuki tips his helmet to the crowd as fans applaud. He hit a
triple off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin, making it the
3,000th hit in his Major League career.
By Michael Kelly
The Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki defined his career
with speed and sharp hits. It was only fitting he flashed
both in his historic moment.
Suzuki lined a tripled off the wall for his 3,000th
career hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th
player to reach the milestone as the Miami Marlins beat
the Colorado Rockies 10-7 on Aug. 7.
The 42-year-old Suzuki got his big hit in the seventh
inning. He became the first player born in Japan to reach
3,000, and joined Paul Molitor, his former hitting coach
in Seattle, as the only ones to hit the mark with a triple.
“I wanted to see it go over the fence, but after I
heard that Paul Molitor was the other person to do it
I was glad it didn’t go over,” Suzuki said after sharing
champagne with his teammates in the clubhouse after
the win. “I have a special relationship with him and
having something like this, that is the same thing he
accomplished, makes it more special.”
Suzuki was hitless in his first three at-bats of the
game before he tagged Chris Rusin.
Suzuki launched a long drive to right field that
Fans hold up a sign to mark the milestone career hit.
carried just beyond the reach of leaping Gerardo Parra,
and breezed into third standing up.
“When I got that hit the burden was lifted off,” Suzuki
said.
Third base coach Lorenzo Bundy hugged Suzuki as
Miami players came out of the dugout to congratulate
him. He waved his helmet to acknowledge the cheers
at Coors Field.
“We gave him a big hug and told him he deserved
it,” said Dee Gordon, who was the first player to reach
Suzuki as he stood on third. “That’s what you’re
supposed to do. Show him his respect, show him that
we respect his milestone.”
Suzuki was happy to share the moment with everyone.
He appeared to become a little emotional when he was
told fans at Safeco Field in Seattle stuck around after the
Mariners game ended to watch him get 3,000.
“I don’t have words for how wonderful that is for
them to show that and support me,” he said. “To have
that special moment to share with the fans there, I don’t
have any words how grateful I am.”
Hitting coach Barry Bonds gave him a hug as the
celebration at third base ended, and Suzuki got another
round of applause when he scored on Jeff Mathis’ single,
as well as a hug from manager Don Mattingly.
“For me, it’s been an honor to watch him play, an
honor to have managed him,” Mattingly said. “He
honors our game the way he plays, the way he prepares.
Everything he does is a tribute to the game of baseball.
He shows our guys how you’re supposed to do it.”
Suzuki gave the crowd a wave as he went into the
dugout. He batted again in the ninth and drew a walk.
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Photos from Officer Hanaumi’s Instagram account
More than just a 'cool cop,'
Bellevue police officer
reaches out to the community
fficer Craig Hanaumi has
a “bucket list” of things he
has done in his Bellevue
Police Officer uniform as a
form of outreach.
Play trombone. Check.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Check.
Shred at a skatepark. Check.
Hanaumi is no “poser,” skateboard lingo
referring to someone who cannot skateboard
but pretends to. As a part of his outreach to
youth, Hanaumi re-kindled an old passion for
skateboarding. “I started when I was about
10 years old,” recalled Hanaumi. “From 5th
grade to 10th grade, I skateboarded every
day.” He was into the counter-culture of
skateboarding, as he looked up to the likes
of Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, and Lance
Mountain.
Hanaumi enjoys the sport of skateboarding
because it’s a unique form of self-expression.
“It’s a way to do something, be good at
something, and express myself without
having someone telling you how to do it.”
While Hanaumi downplays his skateboarding
skills, the 41-year-old is able to navigate local
area skate parks with ease. He credits the local
skate community for accepting him with open
arms. “They have been super supportive,”
says Hanaumi of the regulars at the Bellevuearea skate parks. “Police typically do not
have good relationships based on how the
contacts happen.” Hanaumi refers to calls
from business owners that ask the police to
remove skateboarders from trespassing. But
his ability to “see things from the other side”
sometimes helps ease tension.
Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii,
Hanaumi draws much of his dedication to
public service from his parents. His father
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Delicious food to maintain
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A few of my friends have declared they
will not go on cruises — for fear of overeating — irresistible temptations of 24-hour
food service and worrying about dieting
afterwards.
It’s true that many who cruise often gain
a few to several pounds, especially after a
long trip.
My husband and I have been on many
cruises, but neither of us gained weight. It’s
not because we eat less. In fact, we eat more
meals each day. It’s because we are selective in what we eat.
Organic or non-organic
am 100 percent for that.
Health experts claim organic food is
better because you don’t put chemicals in
your body. But it can be pricey. If you aim
to live longer, grow your own food. A few
of my friends, who are 90-something mothers, have attributed their longevity to eating fresh food from their own garden. I am
lucky that one of my staff members shares
tomatoes, cucumbers, and Chinese veggies
from her plot at the Danny Woo Garden.
They taste wonderful.
You can also shop for organic foods in
regular grocery stores since they have become quite popular. However, some organic
items, such as peanut butter, taste weird to
me. One doctor said if I cannot eat organic
frequently, I should at least drink organic. I
Limit your sugar
Several years ago, I was borderline diabetic. No one could tell since
I didn’t have any weight issues. The
damaging food I consumed was too
much. My guilty pleasure was dessert.
When the health report card arrived, I realized what I had done to
my own body. I eliminated sugar
from my diet for months, except
honey. Besides its antioxidant powers, one spoonful of honey makes
my daily milk tea smooth and palatable. The drastic change resulted in
my body not craving sugar as much
as I used to. Today, I cannot tolerate anything that is too sweet. Just
a little sweet is pleasurable enough.
While I still enjoy desserts, my
self-control is also amazing.
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people who tend to overeat. A bowl
of soup before you start your meal
will fill your stomach. I am a soup
person, though not because I want to curb
my appetite. I feel more satisfied when I
devour a tasty bowl of soup every night.
Unfortunately, we don’t always have
time to make soup, so we use canned soup
as a substitute. Miso soup, Italian Wedding
soup, Thai coconut and beans are some of
my favorites. To me, the dinner is incomplete without soup. Perhaps that’s the best
thing about cruises — the chefs always
prepare two to three kinds of soup.
Bananas and apples are part of my daily
diet. I hated bananas when I was a child. After
I found out about the importance of magnesium in bananas, I learned to like it. A deficiency in magnesium in our bodies is likely
to cause depression and constipation. Magnesium helps us to cope with stress. If you have
been avoiding the fruit, give banana cakes and
bread a try. Yum. Or take magnesium pills. I
eat two baby bananas for breakfast and take
magnesium pills before I go to bed.
Need I say more about the benefits of
eating apples? Washington state Fuji apples are the best for everything, especially
when you wake up in the middle of the
night looking for something to eat. One of
my friends said it helps with insomnia.
No wonder my mood has improved
tremendously over the past three years,
thanks to those two beneficial fruits.
Have an egg every day
I love eggs. But the fear of high cholesterol eroded my love affair with eggs most
Baby arugula, tomatoes and cashew nuts salad
of my adult life. For the past few years,
new research has exonerated eggs of their
bad reputation and they are touted as an
important brain food. It is never too much
to have one egg every day. I fry myself
an egg every morning and sprinkle them
with my favorite spices — a great start to
the day.
When I shop, I look for jumbo-sized
eggs, a contrast to my past behavior of
shopping for smaller eggs (probably with
smaller yolks). According to one study, one
single medium sized egg contains a significant amount of protein and 186 milligrams
of cholesterol, which is the recommended
daily intake. It also consists of choline, a B
vitamin-like nutrient, which is essential to
fight diseases in your body.
Lots of fruits and veggies
I eat at least four servings of fruits daily. Fruits are my go-to snacks when I am
hungry. Besides bananas and apples, I eat
watermelon, an anti-aging fruit, and other
fresh seasonal fruits.
We prepare two big plates of veggies —
a salad and stir-fried veggie dish for dinner
aside from the entrees. My veggie list is
long for the week.
Each day, we shop in the Chinatown International District for dinner. This way,
we get the freshest and best priced items.
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OPINION
Perfectly imperfect
Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to become the
presidential nominee for a major political party.
Another historic moment at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) — Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities were seen and heard on the main stage.
When Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) addressed the Convention on July
27, she said America needs a president who rejects hateful rhetoric
and embraces diversity as the country’s greatest strength.
And that’s why we endorse Hillary Clinton for president.
Is she the perfect candidate? Absolutely not. Who is?
She is flawed and she is human.
She believes that our diversity makes us stronger, not weaker.
The answer to the problems of illegal immigration cannot be
solved by just building a wall.
America is a country of immigrants. Nearly two-thirds of the
AAPI community is foreign-born.
Clinton has said she will introduce comprehensive immigration
reform within her first 100 days as president. Asian immigrants
make up 11 percent of the 11 million undocumented immigrants
in this country — the vast majority of whom have lived here for
over a decade. Clinton will offer them a path to full and equal citizenship. Applicants from the Asia-Pacific region make up about
40 percent of the family visa backlog. Clinton will address the
backlog for those waiting for visas, which will help to reunite immigrant families.
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Clinton believes that every child deserves a world-class education. She will work to help college graduates with their student
loan debt. As announced in her New College Compact, Clinton
will enable all borrowers to refinance their loans and enroll in income-based repayment, so they never have to pay more than they
can afford. About half of Asian Americans graduate from college
with debt, with the average indebted 4-year college graduate owing more than $20,000.
Hillary Clinton is pro-woman. She will fight to break down barriers that AAPI women face in achieving pay equity and ensure
that all women are on equal footing with men. Not man-hating.
Equality. On average, AAPI women earn 86 cents for every dollar
earned by a white male, and the gap is even larger for specific segments of the AAPI community. For example, Vietnamese American women are paid only 61 cents for every dollar earned by a
white male, and Bhutanese American women only 38 cents.
As secretary of state, Clinton promoted a number of AAPI employees who made the department and the conduct of our foreign
policy stronger. As president, she will build on President Barack
Obama’s progress of appointing AAPIs throughout the executive
branch. From special assistants to cabinet members, AAPIs will
play a key role in helping to shape her administration and its policy
priorities.
The choice in this election is clear for the AAPI community.
Join us in supporting Hillary Clinton. 
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Letter in support of Asian Recap of the Democratic
American Studies at UW National Convention
President Ana Mari Cauce
University of Washington
Office of the President
301 Gerberding Hall
Box 351230
Seattle, WA 98195
Dear President Cauce,
With three vacant faculty positions in
Asian American Studies (AAS) in the
Department of American Ethnic Studies,
the Washington State Commission on Asian
Pacific American Affairs is concerned
about the future of the Asian American
Studies program. The Commission works
to improve the well-being of Asian Pacific
Americans by ensuring their access to
participation in the fields of government,
business, education, and other areas (RCW
43.117). We write in support of retaining
the three positions within the program, as
well as a quick and efficient search to fill
these three tenure track positions.
The Commission and community leaders
urge the President and Dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences to retain and increase
faculty members in Asian American
Studies. There is widespread interest in the
Asian Pacific American community for a
speedy, yet quality search. We believe that
supporting faculty in AAS will promote
understanding and improve the campus
climate at the University of Washington.
While the Race and Equity Initiative at
UW seeks to support and sustain diversity
and inclusion at the UW, this alone is not
enough. According to UW’s Office of
Minority Affairs and Diversity, 28.2% of
undergraduates identify as Asian. With
over one quarter of the undergraduate
population identifying as Asian, it is
important that these students have an
opportunity to learn about their history and
identity. The AAS program has the unique
ability to support this goal by empowering
students through curriculum and having
representation within faculty and staff.
Compared to the freshmen class of 20152016, the 2016-2017 freshmen class at UW
is becoming more diverse, with a 10%
increase in underrepresented minorities.
This population includes Southeast Asians
and Pacific Islanders that would greatly
benefit from a supportive academic
environment that the Asian American
Studies program provides. Many Southeast
Asian and Pacific Islander students have
felt invisible and marginalized, and the
retirement of Professor Sumida is of
particular concern to Pacific Islanders as
he taught one of the few courses on campus
focusing on Native Hawaiian culture.
Hiring Pacific Islander and Southeast
Asian faculty who represent or can teach
courses about their cultures can serve to
inspire and mentor these students.
Across the nation and in Washington
state, Asian American leaders advocated
for the creation of Asian American studies
programs at colleges and universities.
In the 1970s, local leaders held sit-ins to
ensure Asian Americans were represented
in faculty and administration. Today,
Asians and Pacific Islanders are the fastest
growing populations in the United States.
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By David Chan
Special to the Northwest
Asian Weekly
Photo credit: Jen Blackwood
The Washington State Commission
on Asian Pacific American Affairs
and numerous Asian Pacific American
community leaders from across the
state sent the letter below to University
of Washington (UW) President Cauce
regarding their concern for the future of
the Asian American Studies program at
the UW.
Editor’s note: The following represents the
thoughts of a fire commissioner from Snohomish
County, a one-time delegate for Bernie Sanders,
and his experience at the DNC.
Super Bowl! Yes, going to a national
convention of a major political party is
like going to a Super Bowl. You can watch
the Super Bowl on TV, but it’s not the
same as being in the stadium, feeling the
excitement and electricity in the crowd.
After one exhausting week, I completely
agree with that.
The journey to Philadelphia
I took a red-eye from Seattle to
Philadelphia on July 22. Bob Hasegawa,
our State Senator from the 11th District was
on the same flight. Another Bernie Sanders
delegate I ran into was Mario Brown, a very
active Democratic strategic consultant.
Like many of Sanders supporters, he
was still holding out some hope for a
Bernie nomination. However, he does not
believe in “absolutism” like some Sanders
supporters. “Absolutism” means rejecting
any other ideas other than one’s own.
When we arrived on the morning of July
24, we saw welcome banners everywhere
in downtown Philadelphia and there were
police officers on almost every street
corner. Washington delegates and guests
were housed along with the Massachusetts
delegates in the Sheraton Hotel in historic
Old Town near the Delaware River.
From left: Jaxon Ravens, Chair of Washington
Democratic Party, David Chan, and Gov. Jay Inslee.
was the welcoming cruise on M/V Spirit
of Philadelphia. It was a nice evening
with all the dignitaries on board. I got an
opportunity to speak with Gov. Jay Inslee.
This was his third convention and he was
excited to support Hillary Clinton and
embrace Sanders’ proposals.
I asked Inslee if he expected any
surprises out of this convention. Inslee said
there were always some surprises, but he
didn't expect anything big. Inslee’s main
focus was to meet up with other governors
to discuss how they can bring more green
jobs to their states. The environment and
the economy were the two key issues that
Inslee was focused on.
Bernie or bust
Pre-convention activities and a
meeting with Governor Inslee
Many of Sanders supporters were
definitely disappointed when he spoke on
the first day of the convention, trying to
unify the party. Sanders even got “boos”
from his own supporters. I think the best
comeback from Sanders was,“It’s easy to
boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the
face who would be living under a Donald
Trump presidency.”
Paul Simon came out to sing, “Bridge
over trouble water.” It was a moving
The official function for delegates from
both Washington and Massachusetts
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34 YEARS
TUITION SCAM from 1
Spread like wildfire
“In my over 21 years here, I’ve never seen
a scheme take off and spread so quickly
in our UW community,” said UW Police
Department (UWPD) Interim Maj. Craig
Wilson.
News of the 5 percent discount and the
subsequent effects of the alleged scam
spread throughout the Chinese international
student community as the UWPD fielded
more calls from distressed students.
“Within a day, I immediately got the
sense that this is wider than just Seattle. It’s
probably spread throughout Washington. It’s
a case dealing with international students
that involves over $1 million, money going
overseas, money laundering, and wire
fraud,” said Nelson Lee, an attorney and
founding partner of Lee & Lee PS, who is
representing the student victims pro bono.
The UWPD has requested the help of the
FBI to investigate the alleged scam which,
since last week, is estimated to involve over
90 students with 19 confirmed victims. Lee,
Yin, and community advocates like Alan Lai
of Chinese Information and Service Center
(CISC) are working together to encourage
victims to come forward and work with
law enforcement and the FBI in their
investigation. They are offering translation
assistance, explanation of legal processes,
and support for students who are afraid of
telling their parents or speaking with law
enforcement.
Suspects behind the scheme accessed
students accounts through their UW student
net ID and password, and used invalid or stolen
credits cards to pay the tuition. They printed
out a confirmation of payment for students,
leaving the students to find out only after
processing that the tuition remained unpaid.
A growing web of FYs
Justin made out a check for $11,122 and
handed it off to a friend of FY. He would
soon receive a call that his tuition had not
been paid. Initially, he thought it was a
mistake, but after confirming with the UW
cashier, he realized he had been deceived.
When he asked the friend of FY who took
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worked for the U.S. Department of
Labor and his mother was a public
school teacher. It’s his mother’s
dedication as a teacher that he cites
as one of the reasons why he loves
working in his community.
Hanaumi graduated from the
University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of
Arts in Psychology. After graduation,
Hanaumi took on several different
jobs, but later applied for the Honolulu
Police Department when his cousins
applied. He started as a police officer
in his late 20s.
In 2006, Hanaumi moved to
Washington, where he joined the
Bellevue Police Department. A portion
of his job with the Bellevue Police
Department is outreach to the local
community.
He became known as the “Coolest
Cop” for his unique brand of
communicating with people.
“It’s the closest ‘real’ job to Batman,”
Hanaumi quips when he explains it to
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student leader at the UW, he decided to
seek out her offer and save on his tuition for
summer classes.
The ad, which went out and was
subsequently shared with many students
in a WeChat group specific to Chinese
international students, was discovered by
many to be a scam. Authorities believe over
$1 million was taken from UW students.
Yiping Jiang
Justin
the check, the friend claimed not to know
anything about the money or where it
went, saying she was doing it as a favor to
a friend. But the signs were there, Justin
realized. This supposed good friend of FY,
he remembered, had not paid her tuition
using the discount. If they were such close
friends, he thought, wouldn’t the discount
have been made available to her first before
anyone else?
As news broke about the scam, a student
reached out to Yin anonymously on WeChat,
explaining that he agreed to exchange money
with FY to help her avoid banking fees. FY
gave him a bunch of checks, he explained to
Yin. He wasn’t aware of where the checks
were from, he cashed them and wired the
money to her account in China. He saw this
case on the news and expressed concerns
about his involvement. Yin encouraged him
to come forward, but the anonymous student
has since ceased contact.
Many students attributed the source of the
ad and their knowledge of the scheme to FY,
but UWPD has not named a suspect in the
case. It is unknown how many suspects are
truly involved and whether some students
may have unknowingly promoted the
offer or taken part in the scheme without
understanding the nature of their actions.
“We don’t know how far this goes. We
have to follow the money. We don’t know
if the people who are part of the web are
complicit,” said Wilson.
“Arguably, she could be the head, or just
another piece in a bigger organization,” said
Lee. “I’m more skeptical. I don’t think she
can truly say that she had no idea what was
going on. I think it’s telling that she didn’t go
pick up the money, she sent friends. That to
me shows another level of depravity because
you’re involved in a criminal enterprise and
you send out your unsuspecting friends [to
pick up money]. You entangle more people.
You victimize more people.”
“If you look at her reaction when people
started contacting her [asking about their
tuition], she was defensive or now, just
completely gone silent. Her boyfriend who
has been sending veiled threats to some of
these people, that’s also not a response from
someone who is truly innocent and just as
upset,” Lee adds.
FY, a recent UW graduate, represented
herself to students as one of the founders
of Husky Help Organization, a registered
nonprofit at the UW dedicated to helping
international
students,
particularly
those from China, to adjust to their new
environment.
Her
accomplishments,
popularity, and leadership drew many
students, including Justin, to trust her word.
Defrauded by our own
“Living in a foreign country alone is
already not easy for us. And being defrauded
by one of our own students just makes
everything much worse. I am a person who
trusts people easily. It’s not that I’m not
careful, but if I feel a person can be trusted,
I’ll fully trust. I guess I’m wrong this time.
I just couldn’t imagine how a former UW
student who was popular in the Chinese
international group can do such things,” said
Justin.
“The people who conducted this scam to
so many people know our situation. They
know exactly how hard it is for us to come
here. They know how much our family had
to work to give us a chance to come here
and study in the U.S. in hopes of a better
life. That’s why I’m really angry about
what has happened,” said Amanda He, a
UW sophomore and Chinese international
student. She was not a victim of the scheme
having paid her tuition before she heard
about the proposed discount.
The challenges ahead lie in the nature
of the case, Lee explains. Unlike a murder,
assault, or robbery, where immediate arrests
can be made, financial cases take time to go
through bank and money records in order to
build a case. He cautions students that the
possibility of getting their money back will
not happen soon if at all, but students with
the youth. “You get to work in a vehicle are many who do good within the
with cool equipment and fight crime.”
community. “There isn’t always an
In his 10th year with the Bellevue Instagram of an officer doing good
Police Department, Hanaumi has stuff,” Hanaumi said. Whether it is
used his interests to reach out to the buying someone lunch, giving a ride,
community.
or some other small gesture, Hanaumi
Not only is he an avid skateboarder, emphasized that officers are always in
he plays the trombone at community the community doing good things.
自1872年起服務西北岸社區
events. Hanaumi started playing
the
Hanaumi credits the Bellevue Police
非營利獨立協會
trombone in middle school. “I played
Department for allowing him to post
all the way through college.” He also videos on his Instagram (@craighanautaught trombone to young students.
mi) account to show the good that offiIn addition, Hanaumi has trained cers are doing within the community.
in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for eight years. Most of his Instagram posts show him
He holds a blue belt in the martial skateboarding, interacting with kids,
art, which involves ground grappling. and helping out in the community.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also used as a form
Although some police departments
of self-defense and can be taught to do not have such a flexible social media
groups to protect themselves. Hanaumi policy, Hanaumi believes that it helps
has performed demonstrations with his create a bond with the community. 
uniform on, with a training partner.
“I try to turn all my hobbies into You can follow Officer Hanaumi on
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outreach,” joked Hanaumi. •陵墓地下室
Instagram
@craighanaumi.
He explains that the purpose
of
his
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delinquent tuition payments may risk losing
their F-1 student visa status.
For many advocates facing this unique case
for the first time, the priority is to support
and encourage victims to step forward and
cooperate with law enforcement. Secondly,
to help students facing the immediate
ramifications of losing their tuition.
Yin mentions that some students hoping
to avoid scolding and shame from their
families, but in dire need to make up the
funds, are borrowing from friends and
repaying a little at a time. Lee and other
advocates have discussed trying to raise
money for victims who are struggling,
but admit that increasing hostility against
Chinese international students make it
difficult.
“I know the stereotypes about the
international students from UW, about how
we are from wealthy and rich families and
we don’t have to worry about money, but
that’s not really the case. A lot of us are from
working class families and our parents have
to work for our tuition money,” said He.
Currently, there is no known statement
from the UW regarding how it plans to
address delinquent payments from victims of
the scheme. Lee and other advocates believe,
with news of a similar scheme happening at
other local campuses, this is not isolated to
the UW campus. The precedent set by this
case could cause schools to carry the burden
of better educating international students,
suggests Lee.
“If you’re soliciting international students
to come, you have an obligation to help them
acclimate to our country beyond just the
classroom and saying, ‘This is Seattle and
it’s beautiful,” said Lee, who thinks schools
should eventually offer an “Intro to the U.S.”
program that teaches students how not to get
scammed, briefs them on legal issues that
could compromise their student visas, and
runs through some basic “what not to do’s.”
It’s a reasonable suggestion that strangely
echoes the same needs that the Husky Help
Organization had hoped to address upon its
founding. Today, much of its members and
community remain confused, angry, and
bewildered. 
Students affected by the scheme may
contact UW Student Fiscal Services at 206543-4694 with questions or concerns.
Anyone with information about this case
is encouraged to report the information to
UWPD and Det. Zachary Rockseth
(206) 221-4318.
Tiffany Ran can be reached at
[email protected]
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We cook Chinese greens,
broccoli, watercress, cabbage,
sweet potatoes, chards, eggplants, or tomatoes, depending on the season.
My salad dishes are tuna
fish with beans and celery,
beans and apple salad, or
chicken with corn and beans
salad.
Unlimited seafood
Seafood has good fats and
fewer calories than meat. We
don’t deep-fry though. Deepfrying food uses way too much
grease.
When we go out to eat, we
never order deep-fried seafood for fear that some restaurants use stale or old oil
in their cooking. That’s really
harmful to the body.
Fresh fish and shellfish are
usually steamed or baked at
home with a little soy sauce,
olive oil, ginger, and green
onion. When they are fresh,
you don’t need fancy sauces.
Their natural taste makes you
redefine and rediscover the
essence of really good food.
Lean meat
For folks who want to
lose weight, lean meat is a
good source of protein and
also filling.
Although a big veggie consumer, I am not a vegetarian.
I can’t live without beef, pork,
or chicken. Once in a while,
I crave a juicy piece of prime
rib.
The meat provides me with
taste and texture. I enjoy the
balance of having varieties of
food. That’s why my dinner
consists of delicious veggies
and seafood, as well as meat.
Beans
My Indian friends introduced me to beans six years
ago. I have added them to
my diet. It’s a rich source of
fiber, protein, and nutrients.
They are good as salads and
soups as mentioned earlier.
I often cook them with pork
and spices as a main entrée,
because beans by themselves
are quite bland.
Bread and olive oil
I am crazy about freshly
baked bread, dipped in olive
oil or butter. White flour is
not good for you. Make sure
to eat everything in moderation. We do need fats and
carbohydrates every day for
a balanced diet. Most days, a
piece of bread is on my daily
food list. And I am content
with small bites.
The mistake some people
make while trying to lose
weight is that they cut out
fats and carbohydrates completely. Fats are important for
our brain.
Just remember, don’t starve
yourself even if you are on a
diet. Attaining overall health
is more important than having a lean body.
Remember to keep moving. Move your body while
you can and when you can.
Exercise every day. You will
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CorrectionS
In last week’s issue of Northwest Asian Weekly
(Aug. 4), in the front page story, “The Lion
King of health care — Swedish CEO Armada
balances community service with health care
priorities,” we incorrectly stated that Armada
was one of seven children living with his parents.
He was one of six children.
We also misstated that Armada was the
youngest of seven boys, four of whom are
doctors.
He was the youngest of four, two of whom are
doctors.
Armada got his undergraduate degree as a
medical technical aid, not a medical technician.
And we incorrectly stated that Swedish
dedicated $150 million in venture capital to
improve and streamline health services, and that
a Swedish-led program gave out 10,000 Fitbitlike devices in Everett.
It was Providence, not Swedish. Swedish
became affiliated with Providence Health &
Services in 2012.
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COOL TREATS from 7
mood for an adult beverage. Is it time maybe … for a
cold beer? Luckily in the ID, you will most likely be able
to try out a new favorite at the restaurant of your choice.
But if you are feeling even more festive, how about a
Mai Tai?
The classic (and potent) Polynesian-inspired drink is a
concoction of rum, liquers, and fruit juices (and usually
a paper umbrella). It can add some punch — literally and
figuratively — to your evening and is a popular choice at
the classic dive bar favorite, Bush Garden (614 Maynard
Ave. S.). Watch some karaoke while you’re there and if
you’re feeling brave, volunteer your vocal talents (that
second Mai Tai might help with that).
If you are not in the mood for fruity drinks and bad renditions of your favorite songs from the high school days,
how about sitting down and enjoying a cold sake? The
options and variety are endless. Do you want a filtered
sake? Unfiltered? Try Opokoyama, the popular seller
at the charming little bar at Tsukushinbo (515 S. Main)
in Japantown. And if you feel you have a nose for sake
and want to learn more about it, head into neighboring
Pioneer Square and visit Sake Nomi (76 S. Washington),
where you can sample a free sake flight, learn everything
you ever wanted to know about sake, and become a cold
sake connoisseur in one evening.
Feeling high-end? If you’re in the mood to splurge,
treat yourself to a glass of Iichiko on the rocks. Iiichiko
is classified as a shochu — one of Japan’s most popular
spirits, and similar to a vodka. You can find it at the cute
bar at the iconic and ever-popular Maneki (304 6th Ave.
S.), but if you find all the tempting food options and the
waitlist line too distracting at Maneki, you can opt to just
Photo by Peggy Chapman/NWAW
BLOG from 10
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Cold beverages at Viet Wah
pick up a bottle from Uwajimaya (600 5th Ave. S.). Note
that a bottle to share with friends will be around $28 for
those watching their cold-drink budget.
What if you’re not interested in the adult drink? There
are plenty of options! Consider a cold dessert drink.
Bambu has its signature dessert tea, a variation of Che
Ba Mau from your afternoon lesson, but less dense. And
then there should be high-fives all around for the Asian
milkshake variations available at all those bubble tea
shops you were able to try out during your hot afternoon.
Good night…and keep it cool.
How to close the chapter on your Asian cold drink experience? You can always reunite with your new favorite
from the morning and have another cold Vietnamese coffee. The downside is — it could keep you up all night!.
Just end the evening with a heavier dose of sweetened
condensed milk, and perhaps add some culturally inappropriate whipped cream. 
Peggy can be reached at [email protected]
LETTER from 11
Sincerely,
For students of all ethnicities, AAS offers an opportunity
to learn more about the history,
cultures, and perspectives of the
numerous ethnic groups represented by this program. Retaining and increasing the number
of faculty positions in AAS will
better serve a growing diverse
student population that seeks
representation in academics,
programs, faculty, and staff.
The Commission and community leaders urge the President and the Dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences to strongly
consider our request and support for the Asian American
Studies program. We believe
that retaining and increasing
faculty positions in AAS will
promote understanding and improve the campus climate at the
University of Washington and
help fulfill the goals of the Race
and Equity Initiative. 
Ty Tufono, Chair
Commission on Asian
Pacific American Affairs
Van Dinh Kuno,
Snohomish County Chair
Asian Pacific Islander
Coalition
Vang Xiong Toyed,
Michael Itti, Executive Spokane County Chair
Director
Asian Pacific Islander
Commission on Asian
Coalition
Pacific American Affairs
Dori Peralta Baker,
Santino Giovanni
Yakima Valley Chair
Camacho, Director
Asian Pacific Islander
ASUW Pacific Islander
Coalition
Student Commission
Lin Crowley, South
Sam Le, Director
Puget Sound Co-Chair
ASUW Asian Student
Asian Pacific Islander
Commission
Coalition
Diane Narasaki, King
County Co-Chair
Asian Pacific Islander
Coalition
Lua Pritchard, Pierce
County Chair
Asian Pacific Islander
Coalition
DNC from 11
moment and the whole stadium was in complete silence,
listening to the song.
About 75 percent of Washington delegates were Sanders
delegates. Bernie Sanders visited the Washington state
delegate breakfast on the second day of the convention,
and gave a speech about getting behind Clinton.
Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus
These caucuses were held on both the second and
fourth days of the convention. Both Bob Hasegawa
and I attended, as well as 300 to 400 people. Special
guests included Rep. Judy Chu and Rep. Mike Honda
of California. The AAPI Caucus voiced its support of
James Hong, Executive
Director
Vietnamese Friendship
Association
Ay Saechao, Co-Founder
Southeast Asian Education
Coalition
Tony Vo
UW American Ethnic
Studies Alum
Sameth Mell, Co-Chair
Cambodian American
Council of Washington
Bopha Cheng, Education
Co-Chair
Cambodian American
Brian Lock, South Puget Council of Washington
Sound Co-Chair
Rich Stolz, Executive
Asian Pacific Islander
Director
Coalition
OneAmerica
Jacqueline Wu, President
Sarah Baker, President
OCA Greater Seattle
Seattle JACL
Chapter
Dorothy Wong, Chair
Asian Pacific Directors
Coalition
cc: UW Board of Regents
Clinton’s vision, the importance of the growing AAPI
vote, and a more unified Democratic Party.
The daily routine of the whole week was to get up for
the delegate breakfast at 7:30 a.m. That meeting lasted
for more than two hours with several elected officials
speaking on various subjects.
Afterwards, there were more caucuses and other
meetings. At 4 p.m., all delegates had to report to the
Wells Fargo Center. And that session usually lasted
until almost midnight. After that, there were receptions
or parties one could choose to attend. On average, I
got only 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night. I really need a
vacation after this convention. 
David can be reached at [email protected]
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AUGUST 13 – AUGUST 19, 2016
SUZUKI from 8
Suzuki is in his 16th season in the majors. He got 1,278
hits while playing nine years in Japan before becoming the
American League Rookie of the Year and MVP with Seattle
in 2001.
Greeted with cheers every time he came to bat, Suzuki
struck out in the first inning, hit a comebacker in the third
and grounded out to short in the fourth.
“I’ve been feeling this for the last two weeks, not getting
34 YEARS
an opportunity to get in there and getting a pinch hit every
night, that was tough,” he said. “I feel like I should have
gotten this two years ago. It took a longer time than I thought
it should have.”
At 42 years, 290 days he is the second-oldest player by
three days over Ricky Henderson to reach the milestone.
Only Cap Anson, who was 45 when he got his 3,000th hit
in 1897, was older.
Suzuki said he hopes his milestone helps more Japanese
succeed in the majors.
POKEMON GO from 4
SHRIMP BOY from 4
Associated Press that the company
is updating the augmented-reality
game so it remains fun for players
but respects the real world.
The
location-aware
game
provides virtual rewards for
players who visit real sites
designated as “Pokestops” in
the game. Several locations,
such as the Hiroshima Peace
Memorial Park in Japan and the
Arlington National Cemetery in
Washington, D.C., have asked to
be removed from “Pokemon Go.”
Niantic offers an online form to
request exclusions, but changes to
the game are not automatic. 
drugs and running an escort service to
mentoring troubled youth.
In addition to murder and racketeering,
jurors convicted Chow of dozens of money
laundering counts as well as conspiracy
to commit murder in connection with a
second slaying. The murder charge carried
a mandatory life sentence.
TAKEI from 4
received a formal government apology.
Takei said he learned Spanish growing
up with Mexican-American neighbors in
East Los Angeles, a connection that he
“It hasn’t been too long since Japanese players have started
to come over here to play in the major leagues. There are still
very few. I’ve been able to get some hits. We’re not there yet.
There’s still more that we need to do as Japanese players.
“Hopefully this 3,000th hit will bring that bridge closer
and maybe we’ll be able to have the Japanese players and
have the fans understand Japanese baseball is good baseball.
Hopefully this did that and bring that closer.” 
The investigation of Chow’s tong led to the
indictment of more than two dozen people,
including former State Sen. Leland Yee —
a gun control advocate who acknowledged
in a plea deal that he accepted thousands
of dollars in bribes and discussed helping
an undercover FBI agent buy automatic
weapons from the Philippines.
A federal judge sentenced Yee in February
to five years in prison. 
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said makes Trump’s comments all the more
difficult.
“It’s very personal to me,” said Takei,
who in the video urges viewers to register
to vote and to help defeat Trump in
November. 
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Predictions and advice for the week of August 13–August 19
By Sun Lee Chang
Rat — Are you starting to realize that what you
once thought was robust is actually quite fragile?
It won’t take much to upset the balance.
Dragon — Don’t ask for one when you really
want something else. Even if you get what you
requested, it still won’t be enough.
Monkey — Be wary of an offer that is given too
eagerly. Dig a little deeper to ensure that you are
not missing any crucial details.
Ox — Avoid letting a momentary distraction take
your attention from a long held goal that is within
your grasp.
Snake — A swift moving force is picking up a lot
of support. Figure out where it is going before you
decide to join in.
Tiger — You have a message that is just not
getting across. Check for other things that may be
drawing attention away.
Horse — As the stakes go up, you are offered
a lucky break. If you accept it, other changes will
soon follow.
Rooster — If you are given a choice, err on the
side of thoroughness. It won’t take up that much
more time, but it will be well worth it for the peace
of mind.
Rabbit — There is no way to predict how a friend
is going to react to some startling news. Stand by
until you have heard the whole story.
Goat — A worthy opponent should not be counted
out until the very end. They could be saving a
daring move for when you least expect it.
Dog — While you know the reason for your
position, it may not be obvious to others. Fill in the
blanks where it makes sense to do so.
Pig — Let a controversy simmer down before you
add anything else to it. You could soon find that
additional input is not needed.
What’s your animal sign?
Rat 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 Ox 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 Tiger 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Rabbit 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 Dragon 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 Snake 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Horse 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 Goat 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 Monkey 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Rooster 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 Dog 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 Pig 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
*The year ends on the first new moon of the following year. For those born in January and February, please take care when determining your sign.
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The couple grows berries, tomatoes, garlic,
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“We eat and give away what we grow to
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She spends a lot of time cleaning the leftovers for composting to prevent odor and
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learned to compost. In the past, she always
thought composting was a difficult thing to
do.
Hirabashi Place is the first building that
Ammon has lived in that actually provided
compost bins.
When she used to live in a house in West
Seattle, Ammon and her roommate could
have composted, but they didn’t. They would
just throw food down the garbage disposal.
Also, Ammon attributed it to the lack of
knowledge about how to compost the right
way. They also didn’t have access to compost
bins, so even if they tried, they didn’t know
where to throw it.
“Composting can be time consuming and
it’s easier to just throw everything out, but
there’s no excuse not to compost anymore,”
she said.
Ammon admitted that when she received
mail from Seattle Public Utilities about composting in the past, she didn’t pay much attention. But after moving into her current
building, the management emphasized that
they were trying to go green and more information was shared with tenants.
“If your peers are doing it, then people follow along with what everyone else is doing.
It’s our responsibility to take care of what we
have for the environment. Reminding people
that composting is easy and how much impact one person can make might encourage
people to compost more,” she explained.
Ammon said that the property managers
do a great job of putting up signs — encouraging and teaching people how to compost.
They even have flyers in different languages
for the residents.
“Having access to the compost bin makes
a huge difference,” she reiterated.
Tomatoes in Phon Thach and Jim Driscoll’s garden.
Too much of a hassle?
Not all apartment buildings in Seattle
make it that easy or convenient for residents
to compost.
Fuzz Azni has lived in his apartment
building in Columbia City for a year. When
he used to live in a single family house that
had a yard waste bin, he composted, but he
doesn’t anymore due to inconvenience.
“Currently, I have to walk to the other end
of my building, which takes about five minutes. Whereas the trash chute is right at the
end of the hallway,” he said.
Azni’s building does have a compost bin
along with recycling bins, but the distance
makes composting cumbersome.
Although Azni understands the importance of composting, there isn’t enough of an
incentive or consequence for him to do so.
However, he did say that if buildings allocated more compost bins around the apartment, he would compost.
In addition, he mentioned that he would
be more inclined to compost if the city had
incentives like offering sewage or garbage
rebates, or even providing compost bins and
bags for everyone.
Composting may not be on everyone’s
mind right now, but it could get easier for Seattle residents.
Ammon compared the act of composting
to the resistance that was met when people
were first asked to recycle. It may be hard to
do at first, but over time, people will start
to understand the ease and benefits of composting. 
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AUGUST 13 – AUGUST 19, 2016
U.S. National Marrow Donor Program, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing is what
determines a match for a marrow transplant.
The body’s immune system uses these protein markers to know which cells belong in
the body and which don’t. Best transplant
outcomes occur when a patient’s HLA and
a donor’s HLA closely match. That is — the
respective immune systems have a higher
chance of not seeing each other as foreign.
According to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, HLA typing, while hinging on ethnic
ancestry, is also very complex; there are more
than 2,500 known HLA markers. Siblings
have only a 25 percent chance of an HLAidentical match — and about 70 percent of
patients who need a transplant will not have a
fully matched donor within their family.
Gaskins was already pregnant with Christine, Luke’s younger sister, when Luke’s diagnosis came in. They learned that Christine
was not an HLA-identical match to Luke.
Thus, the Dos’ health care team contacted the
National Marrow Donor Program to find a
match outside of the family.
Leukemia and ethnicity
Leukemia, a blood cancer, is the most common childhood cancer, affecting about 3,500
children in the United States. It also affects
44,000 adults annually. It kills about 50 percent of diagnosed adults and 20 percent of
diagnosed children, according to the Institute
for Justice.
Currently, a search on the Be the Match Registry includes more than 22.5 million potential adult donors and more than 600,000 cord
blood units. At any given time, there are 7,500
Americans actively searching the registry for a
match — yet only 2 percent of the population
is on the registry. Additionally, a significant
number of those on the registry either cannot
be located or will not donate when asked to
do so. Sixty-five percent of whites will donate
when asked, compared to 47 percent Latinos,
44 percent Asians, and 34 percent Blacks.
Photo by Stacy Nguyen/NWAW
MARROW from 1
At Seattle Police Department Headquarters on Aug. 4, from left: Randy Yamanaka, SPD Deputy Chief Carmen
Best, Luke Do, Christine Do, Lam Do, and Sarah Gaskins.
Furthermore, while whites will find a donor about 75 percent of the time, there exists
an ethnic and racial disparity.
Latinos find donors on the registry about
45 percent of the time, Asians 40 percent, and
Blacks 25 percent. Those who are multiracial,
like Luke, face even smaller odds.
A 2012 study by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published in the
journal Blood, found that the reluctance to
donate stem cells or marrow — or backing
out when contacted to donate — within communities of color is often due to cultural or
religious beliefs, family pressures, or mistrust
of the medical system. Worries that the donation process is painful is also a factor in reluctance within communities of color.
The donor
Fifteen years ago, then-sergeant Yamanaka, a third generation Japanese American,
was contacted by the registry, stating that he
was a potential match for a baby in San Jose
with leukemia. Yamanaka had joined the registry six years prior.
Marrow donation is a surgical procedure
that takes place in an operating room, in which
the donor is anesthetized during the procedure
— 96 percent of the time, the donor is under
general anesthesia, which means he or she is
unconscious during the procedure. A needle is
then inserted into the donor’s pelvic bone and
liquid marrow is extracted — about 1 to 5 percent of the donor’s total marrow. The marrow
will replenish itself within four to six weeks
after a donation. Nominal effects post-donation
may include a couple weeks of soreness, fatigue,
headaches, or bruising at the incision site.
“Lam and Sarah kept a journal [during that
time],” said Yamanaka, “which I read later.
What they said was … that they had been
through so much that they didn’t believe that
the transplant was going to happen until those
two bags of [my] marrow were in the room,
[so] that they could transplant them into Luke.
They said that these two bags looked a lot like
blood. Now, they’re both doctors … [and they
wrote that, visually,] blood and marrow are almost identical. You can’t really tell them apart.”
“I found that interesting,” said Yamanaka.
“I’m not sure why.”
A roadblock
When Yamanaka was asked to donate his
marrow, he would have had to use his vacation time in order to do so. His request for
paid leave of absence from work was denied.
He didn’t think it was right — and his first act
in challenging the system was to write a letter
to then-Gov. Gary Locke.
Yamanaka ended up using his vacation
time for the donation anyway — five days —
because time was of the essence.
On March 1, 2002, the Seattle City Council
passed a bill allowing for paid leave for government employees for these kinds of donations. It was the same day Luke received Yamanaka’s donated bone marrow at Stanford
University, according to a 2006 report from
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This kind of
policy change trickled up — to state government while Locke was still in office, additionally influencing California policies.
A life after
“We always talk about hope,” said Yamanaka. “That’s always important, to keep
hope. [But] what is hope? What does it look
like? Fifteen years ago, what it looked like
was two bags of blood dripping into an IV,
that infused Luke with that spark of life.”
“Randy saved Luke’s life, and we’ve all been
able to watch Luke grow up and thrive in the last
14 years,” said Gaskins. “We saw him graduate
kindergarten, play soccer, sing in the choir, have
multiple birthday parties, go to Disneyland, and
hang out with his sister. He’s now a young man
in high school. The point is that Luke was given
a chance to have a life. We would’ve missed all
this without Randy. I can’t imagine what life
would be like if my son was not here.”
“I wanted to thank sir Randy Yamanaka
for saving my brother’s life,” said Christine.
“Without him, I would not only be missing a
brother, but also my best friend.
“I’m very thankful to Randy for these 14
years that I’ve had,” said Luke. “I wish I can
just — just thank you.”
“Just by joining [the registry] — believe
me, I knew the day I joined that I had done
something special,” said Yamanaka . “I didn’t
know how special, but I knew.”
For more information or to join the registry,
visit bethematch.org.
Stacy Nguyen can be reached at
[email protected]
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