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Controversies Over Asian American Issues at Bellevue College Continue

by Vince Schleitwiler


(This piece was originally published in International Examiner and has been reprinted under an agreement.)

At a time when major institutions are scrambling to demonstrate awareness of Asian American concerns, you might think a school like Bellevue College (BC) could be a national model. Yet despite the leadership of Interim President Gary Locke, BC continues to face controversies over whether Asian American issues, and Asian American women’s voices, are being taken seriously.

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‘World War Bonsai: Remembrance and Resilience’ Showcases History, Culture, and Resistance of Bonsai in the Northwest

by Mayumi Tsutakawa


Bonsai. Many of us know broadly what it is (small, highly cultivated trees), but few of us recognize the depth of history or patient care required to create these living art works.

The exhibition at Pacific Bonsai Museum (PBM) in Federal Way, “World War Bonsai: Remembrance and Resilience,” offers perspectives and history — and perhaps hope — in our difficult time of both introspection and public cries against racism — and while we also shelter ourselves from a pandemic.

Katherine Wimble Fox, staff of Pacific Bonsai Museum, explains, “The exhibition focuses on 32 bonsai, the work of America’s first bonsai masters, who, sadly, experienced tremendous personal suffering, the loss of livelihoods, and cherished trees, when they were forced into World War II incarceration simply because they looked like the enemy.” Art works by Erin Shigaki illustrate these stories.

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