Takisaki had eight siblings and was living in Seattle when the United States entered World War II. His mother, Mine Takehana, died soon after she gave birth to her last child. Takisaki and his siblings were raised by their father, Tomotsu S. Takizaki (the spelling of the surname was later changed), a grocery store and antique store owner, who was born in Tokyo.
BEIJING (AP) — Qian Xuesen, a rocket scientist known as the father of China’s space technology program, died on Oct. 31 in Beijing, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He was 98 years old.
William Lum Sing died on Aug. 21 in Seattle due to complications from a stroke. A businessman, Sing was a key figure in raising funds for the Chinese Baptist Church, was an active member and former commander of Cathay Post 186 of the American Legion, and contributed to the expansion and renovation of the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle in 2008.
On July 21, Commander Bok Pon passed away due to a deteriorating liver caused by Hepatitis B.
Three years ago, Commander Pon was diagnosed with Hepatitis B. Even with this prior knowledge, Pon did not stop helping people and continued his duties at American Legion Post #384, known as Cathay Post.
During her lifetime, Corazon Aquino was a symbol of hope and change for Filipinos. She was the first female president in all of Asia. To many, Aquino was more than a president. She was considered to be a mother to all Filipinos, and her recent death has caused sorrow for many in Seattle.
On May 23, Colonel Sunao (Phil) Ishio passed away in his sleep.
On May 27, George Uchida passed away from complications from a head injury. Uchida was a former scoutmaster who mentored U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.
Judge Sandra Otaka, a member of the Chicago JACL and a leader in the Asian American community, has passed away.
BERKELEY, California (AP) — Ronald Takaki, a pioneer in the field of ethnic studies who taught the University of California system’s first Black history course, has died. He was 70.
Ted Sun Yet Pang passed away due to a heart attack on Sunday, May 3, the day after his 80th birthday.