Last week, eight hungry souls bundled up in thick jackets, with Seahawks hats and scarves, were hovering around the Uwajimaya Food Court in the International District. I recognized one of them as my former mentee.
“How did you become successful in the newspaper business?” asked Sarah Lubitz, a Bellevue College student who interviewed me for a class project. To be honest, I don’t consider my business successful. The more I think about it, the more I feel like I have failed. I flunk the vision test not just a little — but a lot — I have been completely off base.
When former Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani called me about his new restaurant, my first reaction was, “Why?” Then, “What’s the name? Where?”
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly I discontinued the tradition of sending out Christmas cards long before e-cards became popular. Why I stopped was because I found it pointless to send a card with someone’s name and my signature; and partly, I was lazy. I reciprocated by sending out a card to someone who just […]
A power outage hit Chinatown International District on its busy hours last Sunday lunch from noon to after 6 p.m. Several blocks were affected including S. King St., Jackson St., Weller, Maynard Ave. S., and 12th Ave. S. At least 50 businesses were closed during the outage; some opened later when power resumed. Businesses closed […]
Tomio Moriguchi, infamous for Uwajimaya (and class of ’61 UW) will be receiving the Dr. Samuel E. Kelly Award from the Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) Oct. 17th at the University of Washington. Founded in 1994, the Multicultural Alumni Partnership is dedicated to promoting diversity at the UW and in the UW alumni community. MAP’s signature […]
The headline above may be a somewhat misleading statement because the International District (ID) has recently received a lot of attention, due to the death/homicide of Donnie Chin, hookah lounge controversy, and very violent neighborhood crime. The attention we are receiving is not flattering. It is hard to evaluate when you are judging what you […]
By ACRS Over a thousand community members came together on Saturday, June 27 for the annual Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) Walk for Rice, benefiting the ACRS Food Bank. Every year, the Walk draws approximately 1,000 community members who become fundraisers and take part in a community event featuring cultural celebrations and a 2.5 […]
Tomio Moriguchi was named one of the most influential business executives of the past 35 years by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Moriguchi took over his family’s business, Uwajimaya, after working as a Boeing engineer, and he is currently company chairman after serving as its CEO for 30 years. According to the Journal, Moriguchi and […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Dilemmas and misconceptions about the Seattle’s $15 wage minimum law begin since its implementation on April 1. A big misconception for many Seattle workers caused by the minimum wage law is that, “they are going to get $15 an hour on April 1,” said Evelyn Mendoza, Uwajimaya’s Human Resources […]