Seiko Hashimoto made history when she was named president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Feb. 18 in Japan, where it is rare for women to be in boardrooms and positions of political power. The 56-year-old replaces 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister who was forced to resign after making sexist comments […]
Seattle architect Jerry Arai has been selected to be inducted into the Garfield Golden Grads Hall of Fame for the year 2021. He was selected for his “remarkable community involvement and volunteerism,” according to John Macklin, chair of Garfield Golden Grads Hall of Fame committee. A virtual annual awards luncheon will take place in June, […]
Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) held its 23rd Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration virtually from Feb. 8-13 on Facebook Live and YouTube. Performances from 17 different countries—included Guam, Samoa, Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Tonga, China, New Zealand, Indonesia, and the Philippines—were presented. APCC represents 47 nations, and each year a different country is […]
Chinese Information & Service Center held a virtual Lunar Year celebration on Feb. 18. The program featured a lion dance by the Mak Fai Lion Dance Team, a drum show, a kung fu demonstration, music, cultural dances, and Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean Lunar New Year traditions.
The Bellevue Collection marked the Year of the Ox with a 15-day-long celebration, which began on Feb. 12. It kicked off with a performance with the Seattle Shaolin Kungfu Academy & International Lion Dance Martial Art Team.
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance is sponsoring a national essay contest. Any student enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is eligible to enter. It is free. Participants are to compose an essay in English, not to exceed 500 words, on a subject regarding the Chinese in the United States. Each essay will be judged on […]
Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI), a local nonprofit, is now re-creating those infamous mittens worn by Sen. Bernie Sanders at the inauguration of Joe Biden. RAI—which generally makes fashionable clothing and jewelry—switched gears this time last year to sewing masks to help with the shortage. Now, using donated sweaters and upcycled fleece, RAI makes “Bernie’s Big […]
Frontline COVID-19 researcher Dr. Helen Chu has been selected Washingtonian of the Year in the 46th Annual Washington Leadership Awards—which recognizes those who exemplify outstanding leadership and service in our state. Chu, director of Seattle Flu Study, is credited with first identifying the presence of coronavirus in Washington. She’s an immunologist and assistant professor of […]
Filipino community leader Rick Beltran died on Feb. 3, according to an obituary. Beltran served as president of the Filipino Community of Seattle, regional chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Association, and adviser to scores of organizations in the Puget Sound area. He was an important ally in such pioneering projects like Pista […]