The name for a new affordable-housing project in Seattle’s Rainier Valley seems to be a perfect fit since it’s located next door, at 3925 South Bozeman Street, to the Lao Highland Community Center. “Samaki” is a Lao word that means “people” or “individuals coming together.”
Many people give, but only do so with strings attached. These thoughts may sound familiar:
“The more I get acknowledged in public, the more I will give.”
“I jump on the bandwagon when the rich and powerful in the room are giving.”
Seattle may become the first city in the United States to institute a tax on the plastic bags people carry home from grocery stores. Seattleites will vote on Referendum 1, dubbed the Seattle bag tax, in the Aug. 18 election.
Now we know this upcoming election season isn’t as big as last year’s presidential election, but that does not mean we should fall into complacency.
In one of Los Angeles County’s largest defamation lawsuits, Filipino American Elizabeth Tagle was awarded $74 million after winning a defamation case against GUESS? co-founder Georges Marciano on July 29.
The Executive Development Institute (EDI) held a reception for Dr. Qi Lu. Lu is the current president of Microsoft’s Online Service Division and plays a vital role for the Microsoft-Yahoo partnership. He spoke to more than 200 people about leadership and the importance of humility and teamwork. Besides this event, EDI has created other programs to help Asian Pacific professionals.♦
Lorna Schofield is the new section chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Schofield is the first Asian American to be the chair of this section. She has experience in both the private and public sectors. She has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She is a partner of the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP.♦
The Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center celebrated its 10th anniversary. Held at the Redmond Senior Center, local martial arts schools like Warrior Martial Arts and the Wushu Academy presented intricate performances. The Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center has 28 centers in 12 countries. The first center was founded in 1995. ♦
Jerry Lee, a philanthropist and the chairman of Mulvanny G2 Architecture, celebrated his birthday with 60 good friends at South China Restaurant in Bellevue. Meant to be a surprise party planned by Lee’s wife Charlene, Lee showed up 20 minutes earlier than expected.
Chi Life (CL) Studio & Martial Arts Equipments Shop celebrated its grand opening in Redmond. Located inside a brand new building developed by his father, CL is Robin Leong’s fifth school. It is located at 2222 152nd Ave. N.E. in Redmond. His other schools are located in Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai. Leong said the school will offer yoga classes for kids, hire Shaolin monks, and hire Chinese experts in kung fu to teach his students.♦