Seattle CCs Create $1B Impact on Local Economy
A new study reports that the total impact of the Seattle Community Colleges on King County amounts to $1.1 billion a year. The college district is the largest in the state, and every year educates and trains more than 51,000 students at Seattle Central, North Seattle and South Seattle Community Colleges; the Seattle Vocational Institute; and four specialized training centers located across the city.

“The report confirms that the Seattle Community Colleges are vitally important to the overall strength of our region, but just as important, we affect the quality of life of thousands of individuals and families,” said district Chancellor Jill A. Wakefield.

The report was produced by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI), which calculated the economic impact based on the skills of graduates over 30 years; spending for college operations, including earnings of faculty and staff; and spending by students, including international students. The college district employs just over 1,900 faculty and staff. Approximately 97 percent of alumni remain in Washington and contribute to our state’s economic growth. The report found that the Seattle Community Colleges generate a 7 percent rate of return on investment to state and local taxpayers.

•Taxpayers see a cumulative return of $1.90 for every dollar invested in support of the colleges, based on state and local tax collections of alumni in the workforce.

•Students receive a 21.6 percent average rate of return on their educational investment. The average annual income of the typical associate’s degree graduate in King County at the midpoint of his or her career is $60,600, which is 35 percent more than someone with a high school diploma.

•Earnings of the district’s alumni expand the tax base by more than $158 million each year, based on their increased skills and reduced impact on social services related to higher education levels.

An Executive Summary and Overview Fact Sheet are included on the Chancellor’s message website:


Vietnamese American Community Share Leadership Vision
The Vietnamese Community Leadership Institute (VCLI), a grassroots organization dedicated to leadership development, will partner with various community organizations to host a “Vietnamese Leadership Capacity Building Forum” to attract and engage 50+ Vietnamese American community members in civic and community building activities on Saturday, May 28, 2011. The public forum, to be held at Viet TV Studio, 259 SW 41st Street, Renton, WA 98057 from noon to 3 p.m., will feature seven local successful civic Vietnamese American leaders and two nationally recognized Vietnamese American leaders to share and discuss their experience and vision around the themes of leadership development and “Creating a Common Future.” IE Editor Diem Ly is included as a panelist. Linh Thai, VCLI member and founder, finds it critical for a community to develop an effective and visionary leadership development strategy. For more information, please contact Nhi Tran at (206) 322.6134 or e-mail: [email protected].


LIHI celebrates 100th Anniversary of Historic Hotel
On May 10, the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) commemorated the historic Frye Hotel’s 100th Anniversary with a community celebration in the hotel on Yesler Way in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Built by Seattle pioneer George F. Frye and his wife Louisa (Denny) Frye, the Louisa C. Frye Hotel was named after George’s wife. When it was built in 1911, the Frye Hotel was the largest hotel north of San Francisco. The Frye Hotel was built for $1 million as a luxury hotel with interior finishes of marble and mahogany. It predates the Smith Tower (which was not built until 1914). President Teddy Roosevelt was a guest at the Frye Hotel’s grand opening and nearly 3,000 people attended the event on April 6, 1911. Today the Frye Hotel has federal historic landmark status and is part of the Pioneer Square Historic District. During WWII, from 1942 to 1944, the Frye served as military housing for the Army and from 1944 to 1945 for the Navy. After the war, it was a VA Resource Center and housed military dependents. In the early 1970’s Abie Label purchased and renovated the hotel into subsidized Section 8 housing. As the subsidy program was ending, the hotel came under threat of conversion to market-rate housing. In 1997, LIHI purchased and renovated the hotel to preserve 234 units of housing for low-income families and individuals, seniors, and people with disabilities. If LIHI had not raised the funds to purchase the Frye Hotel, the owners were ready to sell it to a for-profit developer who had made a back-up offer to purchase the building. The residents were at risk of being displaced and signed a petition to then Seattle Mayor Norm Rice to save their homes. LIHI purchased the building for $5.4 million and spent $7 million on renovations, including seismic upgrades.


The Hong Kong Association of Washington’s business luncheon will feature questions that impact people in the Northwest today: When and how much will the tolling on 520 impact you and your business? Also, what’s the Alaskan Way Viaduct update and its impact? Discover ways to save for your business, including discounts and tax credits related to transportation cost. The HKAW Business Luncheon is on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tea Garden Restaurant, located at 708 Rainier Ave S, Seattle. Guest Speaker: Mike Rimoin from Commute Seattle. Cost: $20 members, $25 for non-members. Please RSVP and pre-pay online at


Governor Gregoire Appoints Joey Ing to PSA
Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Joey Ing to a 3-year term on the Public Stadium Authority (PSA) which governs Qwest Field. Ing’s appointment takes effect on May 27, 2011 and will continue until July 15, 2013. In a letter to Ing, the governor said, “Thank you for your willingness to join me in serving the citizens of Washington. We need people like you, who are willing to give their time and abilities to our state.” The governor also expressed in the letter the importance of diversity to the state and “that all people deserve to be heard … In government we deal with many complex and often divisive issues. We will not always be able to make everyone happy, but we must ensure individuals are listened to.” Ing is a retired architect with Ing & Associates and has served on the InterIm Community Development Association Board since 2003.


Tosa Night Market 2011 100 Bites Of Taiwan
In celebration of the Republic of China’s Centennial, the Taiwanese Overseas Student Association (TOSA) from the University of Washington is hosting “TOSA Night Market 2011: 100 Bites of Taiwan”. Open to the general public, the event will be held on Red Square at the University of Washington from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The night market is a representation of Taiwanese culture, which offers entertainment, games, and delicious, inexpensive food. An exciting lineup featuring live performances by the “rising R&B music sensation” Jason Chen and a famous singer from Taiwan, Z-Chen, will make this event one of the most anticipated throughout the school year.  The Night Market is hosted by (TOSA) Taiwanese Overseas Student Association, a student organization at the University of Washington that is geared towards promoting Taiwanese cultures and serving mainly but not limited to Taiwanese students.


API Freedom School Empowers Youth
The Asian Pacific Islander Freedom School is a ground-breaking grassroots effort of community-based organizations and activists in the Pacific Northwest to mobilize and empower youth. Inspired by the work of the Tyree Scott Freedom School, the API Freedom School will target API youth — with special outreach to recent immigrants, refugees and low-income students — through a curriculum focused on diverse API history, art, culture and critical contemporary social issues using a broad-based anti-oppression approach.

Set to launch in July 2011, the week-long APIFS will provide a safe, dynamic learning space for API youth to learn from local API community leaders. The APIFS will build strong inter-community and -generational connections to grow the next generation of API community leaders, and expand the sustainability of larger social justice movement work. The API Freedom School is an effort of a coalition of community organizations, leaders, and activists in Seattle, including, but not limited to, Sahngnoksoo, WAPI Community Services, Tadaima, NAPAWF, and others.

The Asian Pacific Islander Freedom School is from June 25 – June 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. Seattle University Campus. Registration is open now for young people ages 14-18. Go to to download the application form. Contact Lynne Nguyen, coordinator for API Freedom School by e-mailing: [email protected]; or call (858) 598-4649.


Seattle U Recognizes Nisei With Honorary Degrees

On May 17, 2011, Seattle University hosted a program both to recognize its 1941-42 Nisei students (Japanese born in the U.S.) who will be receiving honorary degrees at spring commencement and to share the lessons of their incarceration.  There was a special recognition of the university’s Nisei students whose educations were disrupted by their forced removal and incarceration during World War II.  Those who will be awarded honorary degrees include John Edward Fujiwara, Ben Kayji Hara, Shigeko (Iseri) Hirai, Madeleine (Iwata) Uyehara, Colette Yoshiko Kawaguchi, Masuko Caroline (Kondo) Taniguchi, June (Koto) Sakaguchi, Joanne Misako (Oyabe) Watanabe, Lillia Uri (Satow) Matsuda, Dr. May (Shiga) Hornback, Mitsu Shoyama, and Thomas Tamotsu Yamauchi.

Recognition of their struggles were shared in the program, as well as a few words from surviving relatives. The community was also invited to other sessions held during the day, including a discussion of the incarceration and the legal cases arising from it; a special showing of the film “Of Civil Rights and Wrongs – The Fred Korematsu Story,” a documentary on the life of Fred Korematsu, including the historic Coram Nobis case in the 1980s.  His daughter, Karen Korematsu, lead a discussion immediately after the showing; and an evening program on the present-day relevance of the incarceration consisted of  showing the film “Pilgrimage,” a documentary recounting the beginnings of the Manzanar pilgrimage and a panel discussion.

The honorary degrees will be awarded at the university’s commencement ceremonies at Key Arena on June 12, 2011. For more information, please see the Seattle University Honorary Degree website at


Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is holding an ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY FORUM on Wednesday, June 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS). This is an opportunity to hear about the Mayor’s initiatives, meet department representatives, ask questions and engage in dialogue with the Mayor. Turn out to share your ideas and concerns as an API community member with the Mayor.  RSVP by June 1 to Thao Tran at [email protected] or call (206) 684-4033 or contact Joanne Cheung at [email protected].


The 2011 Seattle Japanese Queen Scholarship Celebration is set for May 28, 2011 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The Seattle Japanese Queen Scholarship Organization will crown its 2011 queen at its annual scholarship celebration at 7 p.m. at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. 6th St., in Bellevue. For ticket information, go to For more information, contact Mari Sugiyama at (206) 669-2535 or visit:





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