By Minal Singh Northwest Asian Weekly Every year, the Northwest Asian Weekly and Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation hold a banquet in honor of the Top Contributors to the Asian Community in the past year. These honorees are passionate about improving their communities in such areas as education, health, activism, and politics.
Top Contributor: Lori Wada — It’s all about healthcare
By Ninette Cheng Northwest Asian Weekly Northwest Asian Weekly Top Contributor honoree Lori Wada has been on the Board of Directors of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) since April 2014.
Top Contributor: Dr. Jai Jun Byeon — Helping the underserved community
By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Dr. Jai Jun Byeon is the CEO and Chief Medical Officer for Cornerstone Medical Services. He is a strong advocate of health equity for immigrants and minorities, and received the 2013 Molina Healthcare Champion award. As a family physician, Byeon is a certified civil surgeon who can perform immigration physical […]
Top Contributor: Dat Giap — Local dentist contributes volunteer work and smiles
By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Dat Giap loved sciences in high school. He thought he wanted to be an electrical engineer “when I grow up,”… but it was not until his first year in college, that he realized his weakness. He did fine in everything, but he had some troubles with physics, in figuring out […]
Top Contributor: Frieda Takamura, lifetime contributor to the Asian community
By Senhao Liu Northwest Asian Weekly From being a teacher to a policymaker in education improvement, Frieda Takamura has contributed much during the past 40 years to the Asian Pacific Islander community.
Top Contributor: Leny Valerio-Buford — A history of helping others reach a higher education
By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Conversations, discussions and debates were a normal thing in Lenore (Leny) Valerio-Buford’s household growing up in the Philippines. Valerio-Buford was born and raised in a small town called Taypay. She was the second oldest of six children. She has four sisters and one brother, who is the youngest. She […]
Top Contributor: Celebrating a lifetime of community service — Fred Yee
By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Fred Yee was a Chinese American student who wanted to please his family by studying science. So he chose geology, but he quickly realized that community service was his real passion. When he was 18, Yee arrived at Seattle from Hong Kong in August 1969. The original plan was […]
Top Contributor: Modesty, even after 88 years — Louise Kashino still quietly contributes to our community
By Zachariah Bryan Northwest Asian Weekly Behind every good man, there is a good woman. And perhaps there is no truer case of that than Louise Kashino. While her husband Shiro Kashino was used to the spotlight, having been a high school football star and a war hero, she was used to making things work […]
Top Contributor: NAAAP breaks the bamboo ceiling
By Alice Day NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY “Professional development,” “networking,” and “community service” are the three pillars of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), a nonprofit, professional organization with more than 25 chapters in the United States and Canada.