NAMES IN THE NEWS
Last updated 1-29-09 at 11:48 a.m.
Scholars on the rise
NAAAP scholarships recipients Jean Huang (left), Alexander Shigemi Honjiyo (center), Emiko Kobayashi (right), and Dawn-Thanh Nguyen (not shown)
On Nov. 8, 2008, more than 200 people attended the 29th annual Step it Up Scholarship and Leadership Awards Gala held at Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Scholarships were given out by the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP-Seattle).
Dawn-Thanh Nguyen was NAAAP-Seattle’s first scholarship recipient for the Executive Development Institute’s 2008 Leadership Discovery Program for Asian American Professionals.
Jean Huang was the recipient of Collaborative Artists East West Scholarship. She recently completed her degrees in music and business at the University of Washington.
The first-place 2008 High School Scholarship winner was Alexander Shigemi Honjiyo from Woodinville High School. Second place was awarded to Emiko Kobayashi from Ballard High School.
New faces, new places
Paul Saito and Evelyn Mendoza
Uwajimaya has two new key employees. Paul Saito is the new vice president of retail, and Evelyn Mendoza is the new director of human resources.
Saito has more than 30 years of experience in the grocery industry. Prior to joining Uwajimaya, Saito held retail and corporate management positions with Kroger in southern California. Saito is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach.
Mendoza has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. She has held human resource management positions in telecommunications, hospitality, and employment industries. Mendoza is a graduate of Central Washington University.
Gladys Ly-Au Young
The Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) welcomed Gladys Ly-Au Young to its board of directors. Young’s two-year term started in December 2008.
Prior to joining Graham Baba Architects, Gladys worked at Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects as its sustainable design coordinator in its Seattle office. She oversaw the integration of sustainable design into all aspects of its projects.
Young has a Master of Science in sustainable design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Washington State University.
Best lawyer under 40
Kim Tran, an active member of the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) and past ABAW president, received the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Best Lawyers Under 40 Award at NAPABA’s annual convention held in Seattle in early January.
Tran, who works at Stafford Frey Cooper, is the first Vietnamese American female shareholder at a majority-owned Seattle law firm.
As president of the ABAW in 2006, Tran co-founded Washington’s Statewide Diversity Conference. Kim is also active in the community and is president of the Asian Counseling Referral Service (ACRS), where she has volunteered as a naturalization teacher for 10 years.
Lunar New Year Celebrations
Staff from ReWA and Rescare HomeCare at a Lunar New Year celebration, from left to right: Luc Do, An Le, Dung Tran, Suong Nguyen, Angela Kim, Loi Ho, Melanie Caoagas, and Thuy Tran
Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) held a Lunar New Year celebration on Friday, Jan. 23, at its Martin Luther King Jr. location in Seattle. The event was for its Vietnamese senior group. Approximately 80 seniors from around King County attended.
ReWA is a nonprofit, multiethnic organization that promotes inclusion, independence, personal leadership, and strong communities by providing refugee women and their families with culturally appropriate services.
For the event, ResCare HomeCare also donated international phone cards and desserts.
The Seattle Chapter of KINWA, from left to right: Mihwa Schimitschek, Sonnia Bradley, CiCi Williamson, Yongsuk Min, Eunjoo Cohen, Chong Camp, Hanna Kuether, J.J. Hong Simpson, Lea Armstrong, Chong Shoblom, Kyesuk Halas, Sarah Han, Suzi Simpson, Michelle Hart, and Jenny Smith
The Korean Inter-Married Women’s Association (KIMWA) held its second annual Korean American Day Celebration at the Community Church of Seattle in Bothell.
Attendees of the event included Sen. Paull Shinn, along with many other officials.
KIMWA is an internation organization of Korean women married to non-Korean men.
Organization formed to serve Filipino attorneys
In November, a group of Filipino American attorneys created a new bar association, Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW), to serve the unique needs of its community.
Today, there are more than 4 million Filipino Americans across the country, making it the largest ethnic group within the Asian Pacific American community.
According to the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, approximately 60 percent of Filipinos in Washington live in King County, with large populations also living in Bremerton and in the Yakima Valley.
FLOW President Abigail Daquiz emphasized the importance of giving this community a voice: “Our organization gives Filipino American attorneys the opportunity to participate in the conversations about important legal issues in Washington. In turn, FLOW can help our Filipino American community be heard on issues that affect all of us.”
Magazine names Kumon No. 1 for eighth year
Entrepreneur magazine’s annual “Franchise 500” issue recognized Kumon, the world’s largest after-school math and reading program as the leading tutoring franchise for the eighth consecutive year. Kumon helps unlock children’s potential by motivating them to achieve more on their own.
Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses a systematic individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills.
Kumon has 26,000 centers in 46 countries, and more than 4 million students study with the program worldwide.