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.
Carolyn Kuan, former associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Judith Yan, music director/principal conductor of Opera on the Avalon in Canada, were two of four guest conductors for the performances of the Stowell/Sendak version of “The Nutcracker” by the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB).
Scott Sakakihara is the 2009 Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Masaoka Fellow and a Harvard Law School graduate.
Shirley Tang is the 2009 JACL Inouye Fellow and a University of California, Davis graduate.
Winfred “Winnie” Lim was awarded the 2009 President’s Award by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pacific Northwest Section Awards Committee. The award was based on his contributions to the sport of tennis. The award was presented to him during the annual USTA Pacific Northwest Awards and Hall of Fame luncheon at the Bellevue Club in Bellevue.
The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) opened a 75-unit building called McDermott Place. The building is located in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood and is dedicated to Congressman Jim McDermott. It will provide permanent supportive housing for 75 homeless men and women, with half of the units reserved for homeless veterans.
Seattle welcomed Japanese fruit growers as they reintroduced the traditional Japanese Aoshima mandarin orange and the Japanese Tottori 20th Century pear at the Japanese Mandarin and Pear Expo, held at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center.
Troop #53, the former resident Boy Scout Troop at the Japanese Baptist Church on Capitol Hill, commemorated its 89-year history in a celebration at the Museum of Flight. Troop #53 began in 1920, organized by Clarence Arai and others from the church. The troop was deactivated at the end of 2008 due to declining membership.