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2005 Refugee Community Building Conference

By Hong Vang A conference sponsored by the Washington State Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Program will be held at the Seatac Double Tree hotel to celebrate 30 years of refugee contributions to local communities...

Leadership Then & Now KOSAI imm. 1899

BY DEAN WONG Shinya Kosai was more than just a farmer in the White River Valley during the turn of the century. He was a pioneer and community leader among Japanese farmers who settled in...

A Furuya Family Profile: Issei Father, Nisei Daughter KAWAKAMI imm. 1899

BY IRENE SHIGAKI Kakuzo Kawakami was born on October 3, 1875, to an impoverished family of tenant farmers in Mie-ken Japan. At the early age of ten, he left his home and family to become...

Rise & Fall of an Empire FURUYA: imm.1890

BY GARY IWAMOTO Masajiro Furuya — banker, merchant, and manufacturer — was perhaps the most prominent local Japanese American businessman of the early 20th Century. Taking advantage of every business opportunity, Furuya’s success was admired...

Farming Families ISERI imm. 1897

BY CHIZU OMORI The Olympic Music Festival, voted “Best Classical Music Festival” by the Seattle Weekly, boasts a location on “a turn-of-the-century dairy farm nestled on 55 acres of tranquil farmland on Washington’s beautiful Olympic...

A Samurai to Seattle FUJII: imm. 1894

BY GARY IWAMOTO Kojuro and Chojiro Fujii played important roles as pioneers in the development of Seattle’s Japanese American community. The Fujiis, father and son, were as instrumental as any individuals in encouraging the emigration...

Oysters & Agriculture MAEKAWA: imm. 1894

BY HELEN AKITA Zenzaburo Maekawa was born on August 17, 1877 in Takashima, Japan, a suburb of Hikone. He immigrated to Canada in 1894, as passports were easier to get than to America. Maekawa worked for...

Hotel & Heritage AOKI: imm. 1887, 1897

BY KEN MOCHIZUKI Shea Aoki, 90, can remember the heyday of the Alps Hotel. Before World War II, the International District hotel — with the first elevator among hotels in the neighborhood, she claims —...

Heritage remembered…a gift to the future

The Nikkei Heritage Association of Washington, through its project, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, is proud and honored to present this first edition of “Pioneering Washington Issei: 1879-1899.” Our hope is to...

Cultural Tourism: Dragon boat racing down Victoria's Inner Harbour

Drummers help dragon boat paddlers stay synchronized. Teams came from all over the United States and Canada to compete in the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival. Story by Nhien Nguyen Photos by Richard Cranor It’s a hot summer...