Diane Narasaki, executive director of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), a nonprofit organization, received Seattle Magazine’s Sixth Annual Most Influential People of the Year award, for her vision and leadership in the successful execution of a $19 million capital campaign.
Local community leaders Sophia Aragon, Debadutta Dash, Jeannie Lee, Faaluaina (Lua) Pritchard, and Albert Shen were appointed (and reappointed, in Pritchard’s case) as commissioners to the Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) by Gov. Chris Gregoire for three-year terms.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and his wife, Mona, were guests at the 32nd annual Kennedy Center Honors, which awards individuals for exemplary lifetime achievement in the performing arts. Mona Locke wore a dress by local designer Luly Yang.
ORB Architects hired Yong Sun Lee as Designer and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lead. A graduate of the University of Washington’s master of Architecture program, Yong has eight years of architectural design experience.
Allen Chinn launched his book, “A Kung-Fu Master’s Journey,” at Jefferson Community Center’s gym in Seattle. Approximately 200 people came to the event.
… and moments we’d like to forget
This year, Anh “Joseph” Cao became the first Vietnamese American to serve in the U.S. Congress. He represents Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district, which covers New Orleans. He is the first Republican to serve that district since 1890. Rep. Cao drew criticism from fellow party members after he cast the sole Republican vote for the house’s health care bill (HR-3962). Rep. Cao serves on the Homeland Security, Transportation, and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Government Reform committees.
Fame, fortune, and scandal were the driving forces behind the endless news coverage of Jackson. Readership of Jackson news shot up when a Los Angeles coroner ruled the singer’s death a homicide after lethal levels of the anesthetic propofol, combined with two other sedatives, were found in his system.
The University of Washington football team won five games under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian after the team went winless in the previous year. The University of Washington men’s basketball team won the Pac-10 Championship, and the Seattle University men’s team moved up to Division I. In its inaugural season, the Sounders FC reached the Major League Soccer playoffs.
2009 brought a wealth of Asian and Asian-related films to American theaters. Here’s a quick look back at 10 films you should have seen — and if you haven’t, you should hunt these down at your local video store: