VOLUME 28 NO. 8 | FEBRUARY 14 - 20, 2009


Last updated 2-12-09 at 9:28 a.m.

Seattleites at the inauguration

The Kurose-Rothmans are long-time supporters of Obama. For two years, Mika Kurose-Rothman (back right) was a volunteer for the Obama campaign, doing most of her work in swing state Iowa. Her brother, Mori Kurose-Rothman (back center), was an intern for Rahm Emmanuel in 2007. With parents Ruthann Kurose (foreground) and Nate Rothman (back, left), the family was in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20 and witnessed President Obama's inauguration.

Folks from the Seattle area made the trek to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration and attended the Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala on Jan. 19. Back row, from left to right: Mazie Hirono, Brad Tong, Mona Locke, Nanette Fok, Kristina Logsdon, Cherry Cayabyab, Ian Dapiaoen, Doreen Cato, George Cheung, and Nadine Shiroma; front row, from left to right: Tibor Horvath, Jared Jonson, Cindy Domingo, and Marissa Mei Esteban.

Judge of the Year

On Nov. 19, 2008, the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) gave the Honorable Mary I. Yu its prestigious Judge of the Year award. The award was announced at the ABAW’s welcome reception at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, a kick-off event for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Annual Convention, which was held in Seattle.

Yu was appointed as a King County Superior Court Judge by Gov. Locke in April 2000. Prior to her appointment, she served as the deputy chief of staff to King County prosecutor Norm Maleng.

In addition to her work on the bench, Yu is actively involved in the community. She serves on the board of directors for Fare Start, an organization devoted to assisting homeless individuals develop skills in the culinary industry.

New faces, new places

Chinese American Marci Wing is the new North Seattle Community College (NSCC) Education Fund’s assistant director of development. She joined the staff on Jan. 20.

Wing has 15 years’ experience fundraising and mission-marketing service in Seattle-area nonprofit organizations including Northwest Development Officers’ Association, Refugee Women’s Alliance, ACT Theatre, Seattle Goodwill Industries, and Seattle Children’s Home.

Wing lives in Ballard with her husband, Jeff, and holds a certificate in fundraising management from the University of Washington and earned the international credential Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2005.

A Japanese American icon

When the federal government forcibly evicted all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast in early 1942, the first to be uprooted were those on Bainbridge Island.

On the dock at Bainbridge, on March 30, 1942, a photographer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer captured the fear and uncertainty of the mass exile in an image of Fumiko Hayashida carrying her 13-month old daughter Natalie Ong.

Now 98 years old, Hayashida of Beacon Hill was the recipient of a special recognition award from the Seattle Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) at its 87th annual installation banquet on Jan. 24 at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott Hotel.

Hayashida is being recognized for her work in speaking about her experiences during the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans.


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