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Arts, Culture & Community KUNIYUKI: imm. 1898

BY NHIEN NGUYEN Though Kojiu Kuniyuki never talked much about his struggles in life, he was proud to show evidence of his labor to his grandchildren: a missing middle finger on his left hand. The missing...

Entrepreneurial Issei NISHII: imm. 1879

BY RON MAGDEN Kyuhachi Nishii left Yawatahama, Japan, in 1879 with the dream of making “a grand achievement by venturing forth to seek a fortune.” For the first three years he sailed around the world; finally...

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...

CISC chosen to attend Seattle FBI Citizens’ Academy

BY HONG VAN SEATTLE – The Federal Bureau of Investigation - Seattle Office held its first FBI Citizens’ Academy in May and June with 29 businesses, civic and religious leaders chosen to participate. Chinese Information and...

APA policy makers gather in Seattle

BY HONG VAN SEATTLE - Asian Pacific American policy makers from all over the nation will meet here in Seattle to discuss issues that affect the APA communities across the country. The National Asian & Pacific...

Alumni to join UW Communication Hall of Fame

BY HONG VAN SEATTLE – The University of Washington Department of Communication has named 11 alumni to its Alumni Hall of Fame, including Evelyn Keiko Iritani and Lori Lei Matsukawa. Iritani received her B.A. in 1978...

Obituary: Zenaida Guerzon

Zenaida Guerzon BY HONG VAN Zenaida Guerzon, a long-time contributor and volunteer to the Filipino community, passed away peacefully and suddenly in her home in Seattle on Aug. 11 as a result of heart failure. She...