On May 18, 449 former University of Washington students were recognized for their courage and contributions to society. About 200 diplomas were given to those whose education was interrupted by World War II. The students were among the thousands of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated based on their racial background.
Michelle Obama attends a Democratic fundraiser July 17 at the WaMu Theater at Qwest Field.
On Jan. 7, Cindy Ryu became the first female Korean American mayor in America. She is currently mayor of Shoreline.
Robert Mak, longtime King 5 reporter, was named the mayor’s new communications director and senior policy advisor. His last day with King 5 was May 27.
Karen Bryant, of Filipino and Alaskan-native heritage, was named CEO of the Seattle Storm basketball team.
On Feb. 9, the new Chinatown Gate was unveiled at South King Street in the ID. Authenticity was foremost. All materials were shipped in all the way from China.
The Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) both became bigger and better this year. Both organizations have settled into their new buildings, Wing Luke on June 1 and ACRS on Aug. 6.
After 3 years, the Dearborn Street Development project moves forward. On Aug. 29 community leaders in Little Saigon and Jackson Place agreed not to oppose the construction of the $300 million multi-use commercial development before the Seattle City Council or in court.
In 1928, Fujimatsu Moriguchi sold homemade fishcakes out of the back of his truck to Japanese laborers working in logging and fishing camps in the Puget Sound. The business was named after the town where he learned the trade – Uwajima. In 2008, Uwajimaya celebrated its 80th anniversary.
Maneki Restaurant, a local institution for 102 years and the only surviving restaurant from the once thriving Nibonmachi, has been awarded a 2008 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Awards. Owner Jean Nakayama (left) went to New York to accept her award at a June 6 gala ceremony.