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.
On July 28, Kin On’s second annual sports tournament turned out to be a success. It raised approximately $30,000 dollars. The sports tournament included billiards, table tennis, badminton, basketball, and soccer. Profits will go toward Kin On’s mission to provide culturally and linguistically relevant health and long-term care services. Their mission is to provide health and long-term nursing care in the appropriate language and cultural setting for the Asian elderly community. ♦
Taky Kimura was taken to a Japanese internment camp the day before his high school graduation 67 years ago.
During the Association of Washington Cities’ annual conference, Cindy Ryu was re-elected to the Western At-Large position one.
Nearly 200 people attended the Executive Development Institute’s benefit dinner and auction at SoDo Park in Seattle. Profits will fund culture-tailored leadership camps. The dinner comprised of Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Filipino foods.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has appointed Paul Watanabe to be part of the Asian Advisory Committee for the 2010 Census.
Michael Ty from Las Vegas is the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) new national president. He was elected by his peers. Ty was born to Chinese parents in Manila, Philippines.
A student at South Seattle Community College, Nicole Mau is the grand winner of the national Pears Competition. Her creations, using the red anjou pear, beat competitors from Texas Culinary Academy and Florida Culinary Institution.
The Consulate General of Japan at Seattle held a conferment ceremony for William E. Franklin, who was decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.