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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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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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mamnoon owners bring Middle Eastern flavors to Amazon

mamnoon owners bring Middle Eastern flavors to Amazon

This month, employees and visitors to Amazon’s new Doppler campus will be able to savor juice and vegetarian dishes at anar, a restaurant by Racha and Wassef Haroun. Influenced by Middle Eastern flavors found at sibling restaurant, mamnoon on Capitol Hill, anar (pomegranate in Farsi) offer juices, teas, Turkish iced coffee, non-alcoholic cocktails, as well […]

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RVC’s Vu Le named an under 40 leader by national paper

RVC’s Vu Le named an under 40 leader by national paper

DC-based newspaper on nonprofit issues, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, released its annual “40 Under 40: Young Leaders Who Are Solving the Problems of Today — and Tomorrow,” a list of leaders across the nation that The Chronicle​ selected as people under age 40 to watch as they craft innovative new approaches to entrenched problems. Among […]

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Renton’s Lita Cruz releases new dance and pop album

Renton’s Lita Cruz releases new dance and pop album

Lita Cruz’s new album, “Starless Starr: Sing and Dance With Me,” was release the first week of January by independent record label Tate Music Group. Cruz is a teacher and a musician who grew up in the Philippines and immigrated to America in 1991. Also a Dallas resident, Cruz was awarded the Jet Setter and […]

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Frieda Takamura appointed to Renton Tech’s board

Frieda Takamura appointed to Renton Tech’s board

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Frieda Takamura to Renton Technical College’s board of trustees, a term she will serve through Sept. 30, 2020. Takamura was president of the Renton Education Association from 1988–91 and taught junior high and high schools in Renton, Walla Walla, and Crawfordsville, Ind. She previously was the human and civil rights program […]

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KAC–WA November reception features Ross Andrew Winery

KAC–WA November reception features Ross Andrew Winery

On Nov. 18, 2015, the Washington state chapter of the Korean American Coalition (KAC–WA) held a networking reception at 10 degrees in Capitol Hill that featured Ross Andrew from Ross Andrew Winery as keynote speaker. Fifty KAC–WA members and special guests, such as representatives from OneAmerica, attended the event. Guests chose the Celilo pinot gris […]

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Chow and former Gov. Spellman hope to bring pandas to Washington

Chow and former Gov. Spellman hope to bring pandas to Washington

On Sept. 23, 2015, Ron Chow was appointed as International Friendship Representative for Washington state by the Sichuan Provincial Government to promote trade and friendship between the two regions. Chow co-chairs the Washington State Panda Foundation with former Washington Gov. John Spellman. They aim to bring pandas to Seattle-area zoos. The majority of pandas are […]

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Posted in Names in the News, Vol 35 No 2 | 1/9-1/152 Comments

Gov. Inslee appoints Angela Roarty to Pierce College board

Gov. Inslee appoints Angela Roarty to Pierce College board

On Dec. 15, 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Angela Roarty to the Pierce College Board of Trustees, a five-member policy-making body comprising members living with the college’s Lakewood service area. Roarty is an insurance agent with State Farm. She is also chair of the St. Francis Cabrini School Commission. Roarty’s five-year term ends September 2020. […]

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Jing Mei Elementary School gifted Chinese books and CDs

Jing Mei Elementary School gifted Chinese books and CDs

Recently, Legacy Multi Cultural & Educational Service Center visited Jing Mei Elementary School in Bellevue to gift Chinese story books and CDs. These books were received by the school’s principal, Vivian Tam. This trip provided approximately 200 books up to a sixth grade reading level to the school. Jing Mei Elementary School is Bellevue’s Chinese […]

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APIs Harrell and Sawant swear into Seattle City Council

APIs Harrell and Sawant swear into Seattle City Council

On Jan. 4, Bruce Harrell and Kshama Sawant were among those sworn into the Seattle City Council. Harrell is the new council president. He is Black and of Japanese descent. He chairs the public safety, civil rights, and technology committee. Sawant is a former software engineer and part-time economics professor. Born in India, Sawant is […]

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ICHS receives $115,000 grant for hepatitis B awareness

ICHS receives $115,000 grant for hepatitis B awareness

On Dec. 31, 2015, International Community Health Services (ICHS) received a grant of $115,000 from the Ann Wu Liao Foundation to support a new program to develop greater awareness of hepatitis B, a virus that afflicts an unusually high percentage of Asians and Pacific Islanders, potentially leading to liver disease and death. (end)

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Kudos to the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Kudos to the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and the City of Seattle received three mentions in a White House Task Force on New Americans Progress Report that was released in late December. The report briefly touches on citizenship outreach partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The document also highlights two of the flagship programs focused on immigrant integration: the Ready […]

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