VOLUME 28 NO. 10 | FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 6, 2009


NAMES IN THE NEWS

Last updated 2-26-09 at 2:47 p.m.

New faces

Stuart Ishimaru

Stuart J. Ishimaru was designated by President Obama as acting chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Jan. 20. Ishimaru has been a commissioner since 2003. He has worked with his colleagues in pushing the commission to focus on large, systemic cases and reinvigorating the agency’s work on race discrimination issues.

Ishimaru previously served as deputy assistant attorney general in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice between 1999 and 2001.

A native of San Jose, Calif., he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of California.

Rita Brogan

Rita Brogan has been appointed to the board of governors at City University of Seattle. Brogan is one of the members responsible for approving and monitoring the implementation of the mission of the institution in addition to overseeing the establishment of broad institutional policies.

Brogan has more than 30 years of communications and marketing experience. She is currently the CEO of PRR, Inc, a Seattle-based public affairs and communications consulting firm.

Brogan is half-Japanese and half-Irish, and she is extensively involved in Seattle’s Asian community. She co-founded the Asian Pacific Women’s Caucus, served on the Japanese American Citizen’s League board of directors, was on the International District Urban Design Advisory Committee, was chair of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service Board of Directors, and was a co-editor for the International Examiner.

From left to right, top to bottom:
Thi Huynh, Sinjin Dinh, Huong Lam, Lam Nguyen-Bull, and Tien Nguyen.

On Jan. 13, the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW) officially introduced their new 2009 officers. Thi Huynh is the president, Sinjin Dinh is the treasurer, Huong Lam is the secretary, and Lam Nguyen–Bull and Tien Nguyen are the co-residents-elect.

For 2009, VABAW plans to continue its law student, membership, and community programs. It is also expecting some exciting new programs, such as an evening Vietnamese cooking class.


Journalist honored

Jinah Kim

On Jan. 24, the ALS Association has presented NBC News correspondent Jinah Kim, whose father fought ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, with the prestigious Voice of Courage Award.
Kim received the award, which recognizes an individual or team in print and/or electronic journalism whose reporting about ALS demonstrates accuracy, originality, creativity, and journalistic merit.
“After witnessing the horrors of ALS firsthand, I promised myself that I would do whatever I could to fight and help raise awareness about the disease,” Kim said. “I am very lucky that I am a journalist because it gives me an opportunity to give a voice to a cause I am fervently passionate about. … I only wish my father could be here to witness the work his daughter is doing in his honor and memory.”
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kim immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 6 years old. She grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended UCLA, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.


A successful fundraiser

Known as a popular event, this year’s Greater Seattle Japanese Community Queen’s Court’s annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction was a success.

“We are grateful for the tremendous support from our friends, families, and the com-munity at large. The funds raised will go a long way in supporting the Queen’s Court Scholarship Program,” said Queen Erina Aoyama.

Held on Nov. 22, guests attending the dinner enjoyed spaghetti made by the Bon Appetit Catering Company and a dance performance by the All That Dance Honor Club.

Proceeds from the dinner, auction, raffle, and bake sale totaled about $3,000.


Community activism

Jonathan Yeh

On Nov. 19, 2008, the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) honored Jonathan Yeh with its prestigious Com-munity Service Award.

Jonathan Yeh is the coordinator of the Inter-national District Legal Clinic and has been involved with the clinic for more than seven years. The clinic opened its doors in 1995 with the purpose of providing free legal advice and consultation primarily to members of the Asian/Pacific Islander community and to reduce the cultural and linguistic barriers to participation in the legal system.

Due to Yeh’s efforts, more than 250 clients were served in 2007 alone. In addition to his work with the clinic, he serves on the Washington State Bar Association’s Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee.

Northwest Asian Weekly is always looking for Asian American community news. If you are the host or an attendee of an API fundraiser, e-mail us a big photo, event highlights, and the amount of money raised. We are also looking for news about APIs in new jobs and APIs getting public recognition or awards.

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