The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) won the Seattle Human Services Coalition’s (SHSC) 2009 Innovative Program Award for its toll-free, multilingual helpline. NAPCA’s helpline was created in 2004 in order to address the language needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. In this past year, the helpline has handled more than 24,000 […]
Vivek Kundra is the nation’s first federal chief information officer. His job is to manage $76 billion in spending and keep the government’s technology projects on track. ♦
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) awarded the 2009 JACL Mike M. Masaoka Fellowship to Scott Sakakihara. He has started working in the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D–HI). Sakakihara graduated from Harvard Law School in 2008. ♦
The University of Puget Sound awarded honorary degrees to 36 Japanese American students at the 2009 Commencement Ceremony on May 17. In 1942, the students’ education had been abruptly stopped when they were sent to relocation camps during World War II.
For Kimiko Mukai’s 90th birthday, she received an honorary degree. Mukai, a Japanese American who was a sophmore at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in 1942 (then called Seattle Pacific College), had to suddenly leave school due to an order issued by President Roosevelt. Her education was stopped due to Japanese American internment during WWII.
State Rep. Bob Hasegawa was the keynote speaker for the 64th annual Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) Memorial Day service. The event was held on May 25 at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle.
The 40th annual Seattle University District Street Fair took place on May 16 and 17 in the U-District. The fair is the longest running of its kind in the nation and was founded by Asian-import shop owner Andy Shiga in response to the volatile politics of the 1960s.
U.S. immigrants and workers took to the streets for the May 1st Immigrant and Worker Rights Rally and March, urging President Barack Obama to develop immigration reform policies.
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) held its 15th annual gala dinner on May 19 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.
On May 13, in addition to 20 extraordinary high school students receiving the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Max Block Awards, three students were selected as award finalists to receive the inaugural Deborah Rosen Scholarships.