Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels visited Little Saigon, the Vietnamese American business district in Seattle’s International District. This tour was organized by Washington Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce (WAVA). He visited Little Saigon’s business owners and expressed his desire to see more city investment in Little Saigon, enlarging buses’ free bus zones, and improving the physical appearance of the streets.
At the Farmers Insurance office, located on Martin Luther King Jr Way South in Seattle, Farmers staff presented Vu T. Nguyen and Maria Tran with the 2009 Asian Pacific Islander American Fund Awards for their educational excellence. ♦
The Executive Development Institute (EDI) held a reception for Dr. Qi Lu. Lu is the current president of Microsoft’s Online Service Division and plays a vital role for the Microsoft-Yahoo partnership. He spoke to more than 200 people about leadership and the importance of humility and teamwork. Besides this event, EDI has created other programs to help Asian Pacific professionals.♦
Lorna Schofield is the new section chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Schofield is the first Asian American to be the chair of this section. She has experience in both the private and public sectors. She has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She is a partner of the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP.♦
The Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center celebrated its 10th anniversary. Held at the Redmond Senior Center, local martial arts schools like Warrior Martial Arts and the Wushu Academy presented intricate performances. The Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center has 28 centers in 12 countries. The first center was founded in 1995. ♦
Jerry Lee, a philanthropist and the chairman of Mulvanny G2 Architecture, celebrated his birthday with 60 good friends at South China Restaurant in Bellevue. Meant to be a surprise party planned by Lee’s wife Charlene, Lee showed up 20 minutes earlier than expected.
Chi Life (CL) Studio & Martial Arts Equipments Shop celebrated its grand opening in Redmond. Located inside a brand new building developed by his father, CL is Robin Leong’s fifth school. It is located at 2222 152nd Ave. N.E. in Redmond. His other schools are located in Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai. Leong said the school will offer yoga classes for kids, hire Shaolin monks, and hire Chinese experts in kung fu to teach his students.♦
Local Vietnamese American businessman Thach Nguyen presented the Essence of Belltown, which coincided with the grand opening of his latest project, Moda Condominiums.
The event aimed to bring the Belltown community together. Nguyen, a former refugee, is a realtor, developer, and philanthropist who works in real estate.
Alexander Chin received the Congressional Award Gold Medal. Chin is a sophomore at Seattle University and was also selected by the National Committee to speak at the Gold Medal ceremony. This award is given to young individuals who accomplish challenging goals in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration/expedition.
There was an appreciation reception for Tim Otani for his work at Washington Mutual (later Chase) at the Four Seas Restaurant.
At the reception, community members thanked Otani for helping to get millions of dollars in funding to low-income and underserved communities throughout the Northwest.