Kikuye Hayashi of Seattle died on Sept. 13. She was 78 years old. “Kiku was one of a kind,” Bill Tashima, a friend of Hayashi, told the Northwest Asian Weekly. “She was a good friend and, in spite of her busy schedule, she always found time for me.” Hayashi was born on Dec. 17, 1942, […]
By Ruth Bayang NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY A beloved volunteer of the Danny Woo Community Garden, Bill Lee, will be remembered on Saturday, July 16 at noon—fittingly at the same garden where he spent so much time. Lizzy Baskerville is the garden manager at Danny Woo. “[Bill] was the first person to show me the ins […]
By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Kim Phạm, the publisher of Người Việt Tây Bắc (Northwest Vietnamese News), died in his sleep on March 30, at the age of 71. He passed four months beyond what was predicted for him, after he suffered a mild heart attack, after his doctors discovered and alerted him that […]
Jazz pianist Deems Tsutakawa died on Feb. 25, according to an obituary. He was 69 years old and battled cancer.
Mary Matsuda Gruenewald died on Feb. 11 of complications from non-COVID-related pneumonia, her son Ray Gruenewald told the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber. She was 96 years old.
If you have dined at a variety of restaurants in the Puget Sound area, it is likely you have been indirectly affected by my father’s work (chances are higher if you frequent restaurants featuring Asian cuisines).
On Jan. 27, the unofficial “Asian American photographer laureate,” Corky Lee, passed away from complications of COVID-19 at the age of 73. For over 50 years, Corky dedicated himself to capturing the social and political lives of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) on camera.
Chan Liu Sui-Ching died on Jan. 15, 2021. She was 102 years old. Born in Taishan, China, she immigrated to the United States in 1968 and worked at her family restaurant, Tai Tung, until her retirement. Her family said she was well loved by everyone, and that people enjoyed her presence, integrity, loyalty, and company. […]
By Sharon Lee Special for the Northwest Asian Weekly Much has been written about Tony Lee and his 40-year legacy in the fight against poverty. Tony was also a tireless leader championing racial justice for the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. On Nov. 12, Washington state lost a human rights giant as Tony passed […]
Ken Kurata died on Aug. 30 after a long illness. A strong supporter of the Japanese American Citizens League, he served on the board as treasurer.