By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly The Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation decided to throw a dinner to celebrate U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and wife Mona’s departure to their new life in Washington, D.C.
The University of Puget Sound awarded honorary degrees to 36 Japanese American students at the 2009 Commencement Ceremony on May 17. In 1942, the students’ education had been abruptly stopped when they were sent to relocation camps during World War II.
For Kimiko Mukai’s 90th birthday, she received an honorary degree. Mukai, a Japanese American who was a sophmore at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in 1942 (then called Seattle Pacific College), had to suddenly leave school due to an order issued by President Roosevelt. Her education was stopped due to Japanese American internment during WWII.
State Rep. Bob Hasegawa was the keynote speaker for the 64th annual Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) Memorial Day service. The event was held on May 25 at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle.
The 40th annual Seattle University District Street Fair took place on May 16 and 17 in the U-District. The fair is the longest running of its kind in the nation and was founded by Asian-import shop owner Andy Shiga in response to the volatile politics of the 1960s.
U.S. immigrants and workers took to the streets for the May 1st Immigrant and Worker Rights Rally and March, urging President Barack Obama to develop immigration reform policies.
Higher rates of chronic hepatitis B may explain why liver cancer cases among Asian and Pacific Islanders are expected to climb 134 percent by 2030 compared to 28 percent among non-Hispanic whites, according to a report from the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
The Regence Foundation awarded $20,000 to the Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP) on May 19 for online training targeted at boosting health care access for patients with limited English proficiency.
More U.S. citizens may reunite with overseas family members if Congress passes the Reuniting Families Act in a bill introduced on May 20 by Sen. Robert Menendez (D–N.J.), Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand (D–N.Y.), Sen. Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.), and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D–Mass.).
The 2009 OneWorld Now! (OWN) Chinese Summer Language Camp will take place Aug. 3–21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays at Seattle University. The program is open to incoming ninth through twelfth grade students in the Seattle area with a focus on serving minority and low-income applicants.