The Seattle Chinese Post (SCP) ceased operations earlier this month after more than four decades of local operations, while last December, their online platform, the Northwest Asian Weekly announced that they would be going fully online, mostly because the print business isn’t sustainable.
Publisher of Northwest Asian Weekly and Seattle Chinese Post, Assunta Ng thinks that they can still prosper on the web with Northwest Asian Weekly. She intends to produce daily updates as they did with the newspaper.
Assunta was born and raised in Hong Kong before moving to Seattle in 1972 to enroll in the University of Washington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and education, while also writing for the Daily newspaper.
During that time, there was no Chinese newspaper in the area, so the Chinese immigrants depended only on rumors and gossip. That’s why Assunta decided to start a Chinese-language Newspaper – Seattle Chinese Post. Their first issue was on January 20, 1982.
A lot of people were skeptical about Assunta at first, with her being an immigrant and a woman, but eventually, some of these people turned into readers and advertisers.
Currently, some Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly readers were very sad about the news, but Assunta thinks positively. This way, she gets more time to spend with her family, and at the same time, she would be able to deliver news more timely and more effectively through the internet, and readers will be able to access it anytime, anywhere.