VOLUME 28 NO. 1 | DECEMBER 27, 2008 - JANUARY 2, 2009

Top 10 Names in the News of 2008

Last updated 12-24-08 at 1:10 p.m.
Graphic by Stacy Nguyen, utilizing photos and images under ownership of Northwest Asian Weekly or of each respective entity.

No. 1

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.



No. 2

Michelle Obama attends a Democratic fundraiser July 17 at the WaMu Theater at Qwest Field.



No. 3

On Jan. 7, Cindy Ryu became the first female Korean American mayor in America. She is currently mayor of Shoreline.



No. 4

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.



No. 5

Karen Bryant, of Filipino and Alaskan-native heritage, was named CEO of the Seattle Storm basketball team.



No. 6

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.



No. 7

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.



No. 8

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.



No. 9

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.



No. 10

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.


The Celebrity Hall of Shame: Top 8 of 2008:
1. Miss Vietnam Thi Thuy Dung Tran
2. Hong Kong actress Bai Ling
3. Edison Chen
4. Tila Tequila
5. Miss Washington Elyse Umemoto
6. Jose Manuel Calderon
7. Miaoke Lin
8. Miss Asia pageant Eunis Yao


1. Jan. 16: Madame Ninh to open new university in Vietnam

2. Feb. 23: BCC faculty says, 'Racism happens for a profit'

3. April 12: South Asian domestic abuse victims finally open up

4. April 19: China loves Tibet?

5. June 14: Seattle's Chinatown raises $166,596 for quake victims

6. June 7: Ruby Chow, local legend, dies at 87

7. Aug. 10: Hooters gives Chinese sports fans a thrill

8. Oct. 11 Editorial: We endorse Barack Obama



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Seattle, WA 98101


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