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.
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.