Sparkles and smiles gleamed at the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce 52nd Anniversary of the Scholarship for Women pageant. The event was held this past Saturday, July 11, at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.
Roger Mark, a tennis coach, and Byron, his younger brother and business partner, started playing tennis when they were 9 years old. At the time, tennis was considered a rich white man’s sport and Asian American players playing at private clubs was unheard of. However, Roger and Byron Mark recently gained ownership of their own tennis club.
The new Uwajimaya (formerly a Thriftway) in the Renton Village Shopping Center at 501 S. Grady Way hosted its grand opening at 9 a.m. The new store cost over $4 million in remodeling.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in partnership with Seattle’s Ethnic Heritage Council, hosted more than 500 people from the western part of Washington state at a naturalization ceremony on the Fourth of July. The new citizens came from nearly 80 different countries. Judge Richard C. Tallman administered the oath of citizenship.♦
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) paid respects to former director Mimi Gates by obtaining 20 works of art in her honor. Gates, whose last day at the museum was June 30, had been the museum’s director since 1994.
On May 23, Colonel Sunao (Phil) Ishio passed away in his sleep.
Are you an Asian American student graduating from high school or college? You may be eligible for the Northwest Asian Weekly’s Outstanding Graduates column.
To qualify, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.6, have overcome personal adversity, or are an outstanding athlete, community volunteer, or artist.
On July 1, the Washington State Sheriff’s Association wrote a letter to Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell urging reform for the immigration system. The sheriff’s association wants the president and congress to fix the immigration process because, according to the letter, it is eroding the immigrant community’s trust for the state and local police.
A recent Supreme Court ruling has made it easier for officials to deport immigrants who have been convicted of a crime.
The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) and its affiliates — the Asian American Institute of Chicago, Ill., Asian Law Caucus of San Francisco, Calif., and Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Los Angeles, Calif. — express eddisappointment with the United States Supreme Court’s decision in the matter of Ricci v. DeStefano, which imposes a new standard on employers.