Twenty volunteers from the Chinese Students Association from the University of Washington (CSA) gladly gave out bags of rice to seniors in need on Oct. 4.
The Washington state chapter of the Korean American Coalition (KAC) presented CEO of Paldo World Brian Park and KoreAm Journal Editor-in-Chief James Y. Ryu the Rocky Kim Pioneer Awards at the 2008 KAC National Convention Gala Dinner, Sept. 26.
Seattle’s own Vietnamese-language newspaper Nguoi Viet Tay Bac celebrated their 24th anniversary Oct. 3 at Tea Palace Restaurant. This year they decided to award two people the first ever Nguoi Viet Tay Bac “Wholehearted Dedication” award.
On Oct. 9 the Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) selected Dr. Louisa Silva, of Salem, Ore., as this year’s Mark O. Hatfield Research Fellowship recipient. Funded by NWHF, the fellowship focuses on autism research and awards up to $150,000 annually.
The newly remodeled Garfield High School’s grand opening was on the weekend of Sept. 26. Close to 90 people were in attendance. The program started with a dedication of the Quincy Jones Performance Center and ended with the Garfield Jazz Ensemble playing “Stockholm Sweetnin” directed by Quincy Jones himself.
On Oct. 18 the 4th annual University of Washington Alumni Association MAP Bridging the Gap Scholarship Breakfast will honor Dolores Sibonga. Sibonga is a lawyer who has been a lifetime community activist and an elected public official, having served three terms as the first Filipino American member of the Seattle City Council.
On Sept. 3, the new district governor of Rotary District 5030 Jesse Tam and his wife, Lilly Tam, spoke at Seattle 4 Rotary in downtown Seattle at the Red Lion Inn. Seattle 4 Rotary’s president is Nancy O. Slater. It is the largest Rotary in the world with over 700 members.♦
Jolene Jang, a fun specialist, has been elected as the chapter president of National Speakers Association (NSA) for 2008-2009. Founded in 1984, NSA Northwest is a community of speakers on a wide range of topics. Their professional members have qualified to this status by presenting professionally for five years and earning over a certain amount from speaking.
Jared Jonson was hired by APIA Vote — WA 08 in June as the new coalition’s field organizer. The coalition was formed in late 2007 between Seattle Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Raising Our Asian Representation (ROAR) and the National APIA Vote to ensure active APIA participation in the 2008 elections and a strong voice for our communities.
The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) announced that Meredith Higashi, a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, will join its staff as the NAPABA Law Foundation Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellow.