asia & asians

Deportation Case Sparks Protest

The Seattle Times
October 22, 1999
By Alex Tizon

Helen Clemente bowed her head in silence as a storm of voices rose up on her behalf yesterday afternoon: “Stop the deportation!” “Keep the family together!” “Justice for Helen Clemente!”

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Letter: Heartening To See Times Take Up Cause Of Filipino Woman

The Seattle Times
September 11, 1999

On behalf of the Philippine government, the Filipino-American community in Seattle and in the rest of the United States, I wish to express my thanks and deep appreciation to The Seattle Times for its editorial entitled “INS can uphold its duty and make an exception” (Aug. 5). It is heartening to note that you have taken up the cause of Helen Clemente, who is facing deportation and even went to the extent of stating that her case “is ripe for exceptional ruling by the INS.”

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A Slave’s Tale: Cruised, Abused, and Soon to be Deported

The Seattle Times
August 1, 1999
By Alex Tizon

Eldon and Sally Doty wanted a maid. He was a retired Seattle police officer and a successful illustrator of children’s books; she ran a prosperous travel agency. They had just moved into a sprawling estate in Redmond, and they told close friends they were going to get a maid from the Philippines. They did not reveal details of their plan.

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Beijing Under Glass

The Seattle Times
January 10, 1999
By Alex Tizon

BEIJING – I wanted to find the tackiest snow dome in Asia. My colleagues back home had a collection, and I thought they’d appreciate one from the heart of the last great Communist empire. Snow domes, those cheap, plastic, liquid-filled souvenirs that you shake up, causing tiny flecks to float around, may be the lowest form of capitalist detritus ever conceived. I wanted one that screamed of China.

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Good-Bye Tom Nakao

The Seattle Times
December 20, 1998
By Alex Tizon

A not-so-famous person is lying in a hospital bed saying his last goodbyes. His name is Tom Nakao. He is 46, now a trembling branch of a man in the final stage of cancer. Unless you are a gang-banger, runaway or dropout; black or brown; poor or foreign-born; unless you are considered incorrigible, deviant or dangerous, the kind of person most of us would just as soon avoid, you probably don’t know him. These are Nakao’s people.

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In Buddha’s Palm: Frolicking in Central Java

The Seattle Times
August 30, 1998
By Alex Tizon

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia  –  This is a story of how I was kidnapped by two elfin young men and brought, unconscious, to a local lover’s lane, which also happened to be the most colossal ancient monument in the Southern Hemisphere.

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The Story Of A Drive-By Murder

The Seattle Times
March 8, 1998
By Alex Tizon

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The boy who killed Melissa Fernandes has grown into a man. A small young man with a bald head. Brian Ronquillo is 20 years old, no longer the blank-faced adolescent without a clue. He knows stuff now. At the very least, he knows that lives can be undone in a single moment. The knowledge shows on his face, the look of someone sober after a long drunk spell. The eyes suggest a kind of regret. The mouth forms a straight, penitent line. Right now, though, he’s drawing attention to his shaved skull.

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Writing and Fighting: Peter Bacho keeps a connection to his past

The Seattle Times
March 1, 1998
By Alex Tizon

LET’S BEGIN WITH HIS pickup truck. It’s green, it runs, its windshield wipers don’t squeak. Those are the nicest things you could say about it. Otherwise, it’s noteworthy only for what it contains in the cab, namely, a world. Peter Bacho’s world. A quick look-around will give you clues to everything you need to know about the man. Immediately, you might notice his world needs vacuuming.

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Fidel Ramos Downplays ‘Asian Flu’

The Seattle Times
November 23, 1997
By Alex Tizon

The leader of the 13th-most-populous nation on Earth sat back in his chair, cigar in hand, and told stories like a favorite uncle holding court at the dinner table. He talked about everything from push-ups to the East Asian economic crisis. About push-ups, Philippine President Fidel Ramos said he still does them regularly at age 69. “Want to do some right now?” he said, challenging a guest sitting across from him in his suite at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle. About the economic crisis in Asia, his basic message was this:

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Death Of A Dreamer

The Seattle Times
April 21, 1996
By Alex Tizon

CATAINGAN, Philippines – At the end of a long muddy trail, it just appears, a city of tombstones in the middle of a mango grove. There’s no sign marking the cemetery. It isn’t necessary; everyone here knows where it is.

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