Seattle

No textbooks! — Books you will actually want to read

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: Nisei Daughter By Monica Sone University of Washington Press, 2014 Growing up in Seattle in the 1920s and 1930s, Monica Sone constantly battled with her Japanese heritage and her American home. From the time she was 5 and told by her parents that she and […]

Ordinary people, extraordinary feats — This month’s book picks from the Northwest Asian Weekly

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: Paper Daughter By Jeanette Ingold Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010 While her friends and classmates look forward to a summer filled with fun and relaxation, Maggie Chen is looking forward to a summer filled with hard work at her internship at the Seattle-area Herald newspaper. But […]

The “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”

This month, I took a step back from my usual book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly and wrote a review of the stage production of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” For those who have long memories, you may remember I wrote a review on the book for the paper before I began […]

The power of journalism: My thoughts on Seattle’s loss of Kathi Goertzen

We lost a dear, dear friend today. Dan Lewis, KOMO 4 news anchor Truer words have not been said. For anyone in or from Western Washington today, our community suffered a great loss. Longtime KOMO 4 News anchor Kathi Goertzen died after a 14-year battle with brain tumors. She was 54. If you lived in the Seattle […]

Balancing objectivity with compassion

One of the first things you learn in journalism is that you want to keep your stories factual and objective and you keep your emotions out of it. This usually isn’t a problem for me but I’ll admit that I am very glad I don’t report on the City of Seattle and I am especially glad that I am […]

From aliens to dragons, books on sports that score a home run

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly: “Galaxy Games: The Challengers” By Greg R. Fishbone Lee & Low Books, 2011 When Tyler Sato turns 11, his cousins in Tokyo have a star named after him, but it soon becomes clear that TY SATO is no ordinary star. First, it doesn’t stay […]

Anything can happen in the blink of an eye…

Anything can happen in the blink of an eye…

…and it can cost you a crap-ton of money. Exhibit A: Yup. That’s me and Wynn with James and Oliver Phelps, otherwise known as Fred and George Weasley. And yes. I’m blinking. And yes. Oh yes. I paid good money for this photo. But funnily enough, I’m not that upset about it. As you can see, […]