The American Diabetes Association elected Jeffrey Caballero, executive director of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, to its board of directors. Caballero has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.
In a nonprofit and nonpartisan event, former Washington State Gov. Albert Rosellini celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 16 with seven other Washington state governors. A letter from President Barack Obama was read by former Gov. Gary Locke, who organized the event. Rosellini was Washington’s 15th governor for two terms, from 1957 to 1965. (end)
Herb Tsuchiya was elected an Asian American Baptist Advocate for the Pacific Northwest’s American Baptist Churches. Tsuchiya succeeds Rev. Yuki Sakiyama of Seattle Japanese Baptist Church, who served in 2008 and 2009.
The Kobe Earthquake 15th Year Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony was held at Seattle Center to commemorate the anniversary of the Kobe earthquake, which occurred 15 years ago. Kobe is one of Seattle’s sister cities.
Christopher Lu won the Northwest division of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Piano Competition this month and will travel to Albuquerque in March to compete as one of seven national finalists.
The 2010 Carnival China Style showcased ethnic art forms, folk traditions, and customs that make up Chinese culture. It took place at Benaroya Hall and was made possible by the Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, the Washington Chinese Art & Culture Committee, and the China Broadcasting Art Troupe. This was the first time this event has come to Seattle.
Beth Takekawa was appointed as a commissioner for the Washington State Arts Commission. Commissioners guide the direction, set policies, and advise the governor and legislators of the state of the arts in Washington state.
Julie Pham was selected as the recipient of the 2010 National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Seattle Leadership Award Benefit to the Executive Development Institute (EDI). Pham is the managing editor of Northwest Vietnamese News (Nguoi Viet Tay Bac), a Seattle-based, Vietnamese-language newspaper.
In November 2009, See Kai Run, manufacturer of the first shoe for new walkers, donated nearly 2,500 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls. See Kai Run is a family-owned business located near Seattle.
Nine people in real estate received special awards from the Seattle King County Realtors for distinctive achievements during 2009. Jason Watabe and Brenda Courtade, both members of the Asian Real Estate Association, were selected as Realtor of the Year and Realtor for Cultural Awareness, respectively.