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AAPI leaders meet with Gov. Inslee to discuss pressing issues

On Jan. 26, a delegation of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders went to Olympia to meet with Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and state legislators to raise awareness on the following issues: Supporting the Clean Air Rule & organizing around climate justice (initiative 732) Closing the K-12 opportunity and achievement gap (HB 1541) Supporting the […]

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King County asks, bike eLockers needed in ID?

King County Metro Transit wants to install eLockers at its International District/Chinatown Station’s street level central plaza. Currently, there are 10 eLocker locations in King County, each of which can park four bikes. An increase in the number of eLockers will increase non-motorized access to the regional and local transit system. If new eLockers are […]

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Visionary community health center ICHS hosts its first API fun run

Visionary community health center ICHS hosts its first API fun run

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Dozens of long-distance fun runs and walks take place throughout the year in the Pacific Northwest, each focused on a different cause or theme, as well as set in different geographical locations. Ethnic diversity in participation has been limited until now, and Seattle-based International Community Health Services (ICHS) is […]

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Differences create great harmony — Celebrate Asia concert combines music of different cultures to bridge worlds together

Differences create great harmony — Celebrate Asia concert combines music of different cultures to bridge worlds together

By Emiri Aoki Northwest Asian Weekly Often, vastly different types of things cannot unite or be in harmony when combined. Music is no exception. However, when it works, the effect can be awe-inspiring. I got to see some cool combinations of different sounds across the world coming together during Celebrate Asia, an annual Asian concert […]

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Bellevue’s Kelsey Schmidt is Miss Washington USA 2016

Bellevue’s Kelsey Schmidt is Miss Washington USA 2016

Kelsey Schmidt, of Japanese American heritage, is Miss Washington USA. Schmidt took the post after former Miss Washington USA Stormy Keffeler resigned this month due to controversy surrounding a DUI arrest. Schmidt earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Scripps College and is currently a pre-doctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and […]

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WGU ranks as a top educator of people of color in nursing

WGU ranks as a top educator of people of color in nursing

For the second year in a row, Western Governors University (WGU) was among the top producers of nursing degrees awarded to people of color, according to a recent issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. WGU ranked fourth in the nation in volume of nurses with minority backgrounds who earn their bachelor’s and master’s […]

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Heather Kawamoto joins network for equity in early childhood

Heather Kawamoto joins network for equity in early childhood

Heather Kawamoto and joined the Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) to advance racial equity in early childhood systems. Kawamoto is the Puget Sound Educational Service District’s equity in education program manager. ELAN is a focused effort across 20 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, composed of 38 fellows who work at the state or […]

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Phillip Yin vying for Washington state lieutenant governor seat

Phillip Yin vying for Washington state lieutenant governor seat

Phillip Yin, a Bellevue resident and Yakima native, is running for Washington state lieutenant governor. “I know we can make Washington the most family-friendly, job-creating, and innovative state in the country,” Yin said in a release. Yin previously worked for Bloomberg Television and CNBC Asia as a business/political anchor and was also a senior portfolio […]

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King County Council declares January Human Trafficking Awareness Month

On Jan. 19, the Metropolitan King County Council declared January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in recognition of the ongoing effort to call attention to this form of modern day slavery. “In order to stop the scourge of human trafficking in our county, we need a coordinated and unified response,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a co-sponsor […]

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USCIS seeks comments for visa programs

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would modernize and improve certain aspects of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS is also proposing regulatory amendments to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa […]

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First Hill Streetcar begins service with soft opening and free rides on Jan. 23

First Hill Streetcar begins service with soft opening and free rides on Jan. 23

Travelers on the First Hill Streetcar were able to ride for free on Saturday, Jan. 23, during a promotional service period. Conceived as a link between Seattle’s Link Light Rail at its Capitol Hill station and King Street Station adjacent to the International District, the First Hill Streetcar has undergone testing over the last several […]

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Bye post office, hello double-sized Hing Hay Park

Bye post office, hello double-sized Hing Hay Park

Demolition has started at the site of the former International District branch of a United States Postal Services (USPS) post office on Sixth Avenue and King Street. (The post office has not moved far. It’s now at 409 Maynard Ave. S.) USPS’s lease expired in 2013. Seattle Parks and Recreation Department had purchased the site […]

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Jayapal poised for Congress?

Jayapal poised for Congress?

On Jan. 21, Washington state Sen. Pramila Jayapal announced her congressional bid in Washington state’s 7th district, in hopes of succeeding U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, who is retiring and vacating his seat after 14 terms.

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API leaders tackle local communities’ considerations and concerns at briefing

API leaders tackle local communities’ considerations and concerns at briefing

With the general election set for Nov. 8, Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) leaders join presidential candidates in making sure key issues are brought up for public debate.

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Vietnamese man dead from Jungle shooting

A deadly shooting occurred at a homeless encampment at Airport Way and South Atlantic Street in a greenbelt adjacent to the I-5 freeway, known as The Jungle, on Tuesday night, Jan. 26, around 7:15 p.m., according to the Seattle Police Department (SPD).

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Two women with local ties to vie for Miss Chinatown USA crown

Two women with local ties to vie for Miss Chinatown USA crown

Michelle Lee, 24, daughter of Seattle Chinatown’s Real Home Network owners Tim and Christine Lee, will be running for Miss Chinatown USA 2016 in San Francisco on Feb. 13. Michelle Lee graduated from University of California, Davis, majoring in drama. She lives in California. Dawn Cheung, 24, Seattle’s Miss Chinatown 2015, will also compete in […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 35 No 4 | 1/23-1/290 Comments

Brady Wakayama awarded AAJA sports scholarship

Brady Wakayama awarded AAJA sports scholarship

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Sports Task Force has named Brady Wakayama the first-ever recipient of the Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship. Wakayama is a senior at Washington State University, majoring in communications with an emphasis on broadcast journalism and a minor in sports management. Currently a student member of AAJA, Wakayama has volunteered […]

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Judge Oishi and VFA honored by Asian bar association

Judge Oishi and VFA honored by Asian bar association

King County Superior Court Judge Patrick Oishi was honored by the Asian Bar Association of Washington and the Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation at their annual awards gala on Oct. 23 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. Oishi was named their judge of the year. The Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) was also honored […]

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Overlake Medical names Julie Sun to board of directors

Overlake Medical names Julie Sun to board of directors

On Jan. 13, the Overlake Medical Center Foundation announced the addition of new members to its board of directors. Among them is Julie Sun, director of International alumni affairs development for Cornell University. Previously, Sun was director of major and planned gifts at Overlake Hospital. Other new boardmembers include: Jason Thompson, Rachele Bouchand, Pauline Bach, […]

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Olympia celebrates Korean American Day Jan. 13

Olympia celebrates Korean American Day Jan. 13

On Jan. 13, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee attended the 9th Annual Korean American Day reception in Olympia. The event recognized achievements of Korean Americans in Washington state and was coordinated by the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA). Senate Bill 5166, declaring Jan. 13 Korean American day, was signed into law in 2007. […]

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