“Live in the present and leave this life with no regrets.” That is the personal motto of Northwest Asian Weekly Top Contributor honoree Charlene Grinolds.
Growing up in South Korea in the post-Korean War era, current Director of Economic Development Bobby Lee saw firsthand how different economic strategies can help pull people out of poverty and transition a country to prosperity. He said this experience had a formative effect on his career choices.
“When the U.S. wants to exert force, they send the Seventh Fleet,” said Mark Okazaki, former chair of Asian Pacific Directors Coalition (APDC).
“[Women of color] feel they can’t be themselves at work, feel like they need to downplay their ethnicity.”
Mariko Lockhart’s identity has always informed her work. A mixed race daughter of a Black father and a Japanese mother, Lockhart said she grew up in New York City “very aware of being biracial,” because it was so unusual at the time.
In a bustling crowd, women in glittering gowns and tailored dresses, outnumbering men, were nibbling appetizers, chatting, and laughing as if they were sisters.
Along with Ha, John Chen, Min Christ, Beth Johnson, Hao Lam, Yen Lam-Steward, the Le Brothers, Tim Lee, Synthia Melton, Dr. Xiao Ming, Ezhilarasan Natarajan, James Wong, Andy Yip, and Mei Young were also honored.
John ChenJohn Chen is the CEO Geoteaming. A self-proclaimed “extreme leader,” John climbs mountains, walks on fire, swims with dolphins, rides Harleys, and snowboards out of helicopters.
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By Mahlon Meyer Northwest Asian Weekly Thirty years after his father gave up everything to give him a better future in the United States, Tien Ha can finally help him to get back home again. “I’m buying my father a plane ticket,” said Ha, 37. “He’s going to spend the Lunar New Year in Vietnam.” […]