One-hundred-and-thirty friends of Elsie Leilani Taniguchi gathered at the Mercer Island Community Center on Oct. 2 for her 80th birthday celebration. Taniguchi was the former longtime president of the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Friends say she loves to play the ukulele, dance the hula, and Obon Odori.
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By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly It is an event organized by Northwest Asian Weekly and the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation to mark the noteworthy achievements of local Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders. Held at the House of Hong Restaurant on Dec. 4, the 23rd annual Top Contributors to the Asian Community Award Dinner […]
By Yiqin Weng Northwest Asian Weekly Elsie Taniguchi, a 79-year-old Japanese American, describes herself as a volunteer. She has been the president of the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) for 17 years. Taniguchi and her colleagues in JACL are now focusing on a subcommittee called “Camp Harmony Committee” to tell the next generation […]
On Oct. 14, 2015, Elsie Taniguchi, Cho Shimizu, and Eileen Yamada Lamphere presented a PowerPoint program about the Puyallup Assembly Center, aka Camp Harmony. This presentation was a joint effort by the Puyallup First Christian Church, Puyallup United Methodist Church, and Whitney Memorial Methodist Church, all in Puyallup, Wash. From April to September 1942, Elsie […]
The Sheraton Seattle Hotel celebrated the holiday season by giving back to the community with its 22nd Annual Gingerbread Village, Providence Hospital O’Christmas Tree, the 30th Annual Senior Holiday Party, and the 62nd Annual Tim & Dan Watts Guild Santa Breakfasts. Sheraton raised over $57,000 for the Northwest chapter of JDRF, and the 22nd Annual […]
Megan Kimiko Ingram, Nicole Mitsuko Ichinaga, and Hannah Fumiko Russ were recently awarded the Puyallup Valley JACL scholarships and will be attending the University of Washington with honors. The scholarship dinner was followed by a program by the “Camp Harmony Committee” and the installation of new JACL officers Elsie Taniguchi, president; Eileen Yamada Lamphere, vice […]
“As one ages, many of the doors that are open to joyful activities will close, but there are a myriad of closed doors that beckon one to happily open.” — Rear Admiral Herb Bridge Co-chair of Ben Bridge Jeweler “I keep my mind and body very active. I love to work. Even though I am […]
To the Editor: I just want to take a minute to compliment the Northwest Asian Weekly staff for the excellent coverage on [last week’s] health issue.
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Puyallup Valley Chapter announced two scholarship winners: Kaila Yoshitomi and Eric “Kirby” Ingram.