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Matsuno steps down from DON

Matsuno steps down from DON

Bernie Matsuno, who has served as director of Department of Neighborhoods (DON) since 2011, will be stepping down effective June 2. Matsuno came out of retirement to serve as director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, intending to serve only a few months, but stayed on for over four years. She developed and expanded new community […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Nguyen battles celebrity chef

Nguyen battles celebrity chef

Seattle chef Thoa Nguyen, founder of  Chinoise & Wabi Sabi restaurants, competed on national television this past January on “Beat Bobby Flay.” The format of the show pits two professional chefs against one another for the opportunity to do battle with TV personality/chef Bobby Flay. The episode featuring Chef Thoa is titled “Homeland” and will […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Chaya auction raises over $300,000

Chaya auction raises over $300,000

API Chaya’s 2015 Dinner & Auction on May 9 had over 580 registered guests and a preliminary total of approximately $300,000 dollars raised, an increase from the previous year’s $275,000.  Chaya also raised $2,800 for the Nepal Earthquake relief fund during the dessert raffle. (end)

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Okazaki awarded Kip Tokuda Award

Okazaki awarded Kip Tokuda Award

The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) announced that Mark Okazaki is the winner of the Kip Tokuda Award.  The Kip Tokuda Award recognizes a community member that has demonstrated outstanding contributions to ACLF and the Asian Pacific Islander Community. Past winners of the Kip Tokuda Award include Vera and Joey Ing, Rep. Sharon […]

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Bamboo awards for Tosh Okamoto and Seattle World School

Bamboo awards for Tosh Okamoto and Seattle World School

Tosh Okamoto, a co-founder of Nikkei Concerns, and Seattle World School, a public school that helps immigrant children fully participate in American society, have been recognized with the Bamboo Award for Health, which honors one individual and one organization whose works have improved the lives of the International Community Health Service’s (ICHS) target populations of […]

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Fukui-Sketchley receives Odegaard Award

Fukui-Sketchley receives Odegaard Award

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, diversity affairs director for Nordstrom, has been named the 2015 recipient of the University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award. The  Odegaard award honors individuals whose leadership in the community exemplifies the former UW president’s work on behalf of diversity. It is the only University and community-selected award, and is regarded as the […]

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Widener speaks about “Tank Man”

Widener speaks about “Tank Man”

Jeff Widener, Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer of “Tank Man” spoke at the International District/Chinatown Community Center May 2. He discussed his “Tank Man” photograph, known for its portrayal of a single figure that stops a lineup of tanks after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. He had to elude Chinese security to take and send the […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Blakeney moves to Downtown Seattle Association

Blakeney moves to Downtown Seattle Association

Don Blakeney, Executive Director of the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area, will be resigning after five years of service. At the end of May, he will be joining the team at the Downtown Seattle Association as their Vice President of Advocacy & Economic Development, where he will be focusing on strengthening partnerships and policies to […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Get back to normal life — Chui Wan on their first American tour

Get back to normal life — Chui Wan on their first American tour

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Chinese psychedelic band Chui Wan, named from a passage written by Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi, brings a particular brooding spin to explorations of the macrocosm-as-microcosm and occasionally vice versa.  On their first American tour, to promote their second, self-titled album, they’re playing at Seattle’s Lo-Fi on Wednesday, May 27th.  […]

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Nakajima to open Capitol Hill restaurant

Nakajima to open Capitol Hill restaurant

Chef Shota Nakajima has acquired the former Bistrot Le Zinc restaurant space at 1449 E Pine Street in Seattle and in June will open Naka, offering a contemporary menu inspired by Japanese kaiseki.   Growing up in a Japanese family on the Eastside of Seattle, Shota’s point of view is influenced by his mother’s homemade […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Nakano appointed Executive Director of EDI

Nakano appointed Executive Director of EDI

A reception was held to honor Marci Nakano as Executive Development Institute’s (EDI) new Executive Director, April 21. Over 100 were in attendance at the Four Seas restaurant. EDI is the only Pacific Northwest non-profit organization that focuses on leadership training for multiethnic professionals. Nakano transitioned to Executive Director on March 1, 2015. EDI’s current […]

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Poem commemorates US war and Vietnam anniversary

Poem commemorates US war and Vietnam anniversary

April 30th marked the 40th anniversary of the end of the U.S. war in Vietnam, when American forces abandoned the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, leaving millions of people in peril. Ngô Văn Diệm reflected on the chaos and terror of April 30th, 1975 for those who were left behind in his poem, “Saigon Dying.” […]

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“Rebirth of the World”

“Rebirth of the World”

Chiho Aoshima, “Rebirth of the World” is featured at the Seattle Asian Art Museum from May 2—October 4. The opening reception was May 1. Aoshima is a Japanese pop artist and member of Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Collective. Aoshima graduated from Department of Economics, Hosei University, Tokyo. The exhibition features large-scale dreamscapes printed on plexiglass, […]

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Bengali new year

Bengali new year

The Bangladeshi Community of Greater Seattle came together last weekend on Saturday, May 2nd in Bellevue to celebrate Bengali New Year in style. There were numerous Bangladeshi food and crafts stores, and concert performances. (end)

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Tran appointed NAC Executive Director

Tran appointed NAC Executive Director

Sarah Tran has been appointed Executive Director of the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC), which provides culturally responsive capacity building services to strengthen immigrant, refugee, and communities of color in the Puget Sound area. Previously, Sarah served as the Deputy Director of the Vietnamese Friendship Association where she provided key leadership on fundraising strategies and initiatives, […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

JACL collaborates with the Smithsonian

JACL collaborates with the Smithsonian

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Executive Director Priscilla Ouchida met with Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History John Gray to sign an agreement for JACL to collaborate with the Museum on a 2017 exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Signed by President Roosevelt in 1942, Executive Order 9066 led […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

“Make Democracy Work”

“Make Democracy Work”

Rep. Cindy Ryu was emcee for League of Women Voters – King County event “Make Democracy Work” on April 18 at the Wing Luke Asian Museum. Award winners included Sen. Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director of CAIRArsalam Bukhari, and David Perez an associate in Perkins Coie’s Litigation practice. Also present was King County Assessor Lloyd Hara. (end)

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Celebrating Earth Day with Goodwill

Celebrating Earth Day with Goodwill

  Seattle Goodwill is celebrating Earth Day with local musicians, CEOs, athletes and community leaders who are “breaking up” with an outfit, Breakup4Good, and publicly donating it to Goodwill – and keep it from the landfill. Some of the outfits will be auctioned off to benefit Goodwill’s job training and education programs.   Over 60 individuals […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/11 Comment

Yu speaks on entrepreneurship

Yu speaks on entrepreneurship

Arry Yu, CEO and founder of Gift Starter was guest speaker for KAC-WA’s first happy hour of the year April 16th at the Stout Pub in Seattle. Yu is an entrepreneur and functional designer who has been immersed in business leadership roles growing new offices in services, entrepreneurial ventures and in the world of startups. Prior […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Doane elected to Bar Association of Governors

Doane elected to Bar Association of Governors

James K. Doane, a Seattle resident, was elected as a member of  the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, District 7-South, securing 54 percent of the vote against two other lawyers. The Board oversees the mission and finances of  the 36,000 member bar association, and holds public meetings throughout the state every six weeks. […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

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