CVA Benefit Dinner


We will celebrate our annual Community Voice Awards ONLINE this year — Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov.12!

Purchase tickets here; one purchase of $35 gets you access to all three programs:

ONLINE this year on three Thursdays: 6 PM Thursdays Oct 29, Nov 5 and Nov 12

We won’t be together in person to raise our paddles, but we can do so virtually to support the IE: Please make your paddle raise donation here!

We’ll celebrate our awardees, community resilience in the face of this pandemic and also the release of Ron Chew’s memoir, My Unforgotten Seattle! To inquire about sponsorship opportunities or with other questions, contact Jill Wasberg, [email protected] Can’t attend but want to support the International Examiner? Donate here!

Join us for this three-part series in October and November:

  • Thursday, Oct. 29:  “Art & Journalism: Speaking Truth to Power” featuring CVA Art & Culture  Awardee Erin Shigaki and CVA Journalism Awardee Naomi Ishisaka.
  • Thursday, Nov. 5:  “CID COVID Response: Love In Action” sharing the story of community collaboration and mobilization featuring CVA Community Building Group Awardees.
  • Thursday, Nov. 12: “My Unforgotten Seattle: Our Community Stories”, an evening with IE Board President, former editor and author Ron Chew and others who are featured in his newly released memoir, My Unforgotten Seattle, published by the IE this month.


Celebrating Asian Pacific American Leaders

Each year, as the oldest-running nonprofit pan-Asian Pacific American newspaper in the United States, we publicly honor exceptional leaders who inspire and provide incredible service to our communities. This year we honor:


Seattle Times social justice columnist Naomi Ishisaka. Photo courtesy of Naomi Ishisaka.

Naomi Ishisaka: Seattle Times Social Justice Writer
A conversation with Naomi Ishisaka, The Seattle Times social justice columnist





Erin Shigaki. Photo by Sam Zalutsky

Erin Shigaki: Artist
Community rallies around artist Erin Shigaki’s “Never Again is Now” at Bellevue College
From outrage to apology: Japanese Americans’ passion and push for understanding Black Lives Matter on display in the CID
Opinion: Whitewashed – A statement by Erin Shigaki



Photo by Jessica Rubenacker.


CID Community Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 response coverage



Join us for an evening of celebrating our awardees, 47 years of the International Examiner and a program including Ron Chew reading from his highly anticipated memoir, My Unforgotten Seattle.

The International Examiner is currently selling My Unforgotten Seattle! All proceeds go toward supporting the International Examiner. Purchase online or in person, more details here.



Thank you to our 2020 CVA sponsors!

Premier Level

InterIm CDA Parking Lot


Partner Level

Carolyn Kelly

Joan Yoshitomi



Chew Communications


EJ Kim Accounting

Hourglass Industries

Mei-Ling Woo, State Farm


Tai Tung

Past CVA Honorees

1991 CVA Honorees: Ruth Chinn, Dorothy Cordova, Quynh T. Nguyen, Frank Fujii

1992 CVA Honorees: Shigeko Uno, Van Sar, Sid Ko, Dan Ko, Frank Irigon

1993 CVA Honorees: Emiliano Francisco, Faye Hong, Phuong-Giang Nguyen, Reverend Jean Kim

1994 CVA Honorees: Ngy Hul, Ron Chew, Sue Taoka, Khamsene Thavseth

1995 CVA Honorees: Lea Armstrong, Nemesio Domingo, Jr., Ray Chinn, Emmanuelle Chi Dang

1996 CVA Honorees: Glenn Chinn Rachel Hidaka, Lua Pritchard, Dolores Sibonga

1997 CVA Honorees: Ben Woo, Ruth Woo, Ron Consego, Lysette Consego, Ick Wan Lee, Tazue Kiyono Sasaki

1998 CVA Honorees: Betty Lau, Soya Jung, Ellen Abellera, Jeffrey Hattori, Wang Yung, Ethnic Studies Students Association of the University of Washington

1999 CVA Honorees: Bob Santos, Bea Kiyohara, Alan Lau, Martha Choe

2000 CVA Honorees: Cindy Domingo, Alice Ito, Rocky Kim, Petty Patu, Sam Solberg, First Hill Lions Club

2001 CVA Honorees: Emma Catague, Doug Chin, Anne Xuan Clark, Larry Gossett, Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC)

2002 CVA Honorees: Sutapa Basu, Tony Ishisaka, Paul Mar, Lori Matsukawa, Northwest Labor Employment Law Office (LELO)

2003 CVA Honorees: David Della, Diane Narasaki, Tuyet Nguyen, Cheryl Lee, International District Housing Alliance (IDHA)

2004 CVA Honorees: Mayumi Tsutakawa, Maria Batayola, John Pai, Greg Tuai, Uwajimaya, State Farm, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

2005 CVA Honorees: Habib Habib, Jan Kumasaka, Washington Mutual, Minority Executive Directors Coalition (MEDC)

2006 CVA Honorees: Ruthann Kurose, Tony Lee, Sili Suvasa, Marpac Construction, Center for Career Alternatives

2007 CVA Honorees: Kip Tokuda, Mai Nguyen, Neighborhood House, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Ehren Watada

2008 CVA Honorees: Velma Veloria, Roger Shimomura, Manny Uch, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)

2009: No CVA.

2010 CVA Honorees: Sharon Maeda, Cassie Chin, Vu Le, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF)

2011 CVA Honorees: Tosh Okamoto, Albert Shen, George “Geo” Quibuyen, Mary Nguyen, ArtsXchange Gallery

2012 CVA Honorees: Pramila Jayapal, Gloria Lung Wakayama, Dean Wong, Julie Pham, Blaine Memorial Methodist Church

2013 CVA Honorees: Pat Norikane Logerwell, Carina del Rosario, Tim Wang, Heidi Park, Executive Development Institute (EDI)

2014 CVA Honorees: Ron Chew

2015 CVA Honorees: Kathy Hsieh, Debadutta Dash, Tony Vo, Connie So, Ticiang Diangson, Vulcan Inc.

2016 CVA Honorees: Gail Nomura, Steve Sumida, Tetsuden Kashima, Jill Mangaliman, Dr. Jasmit Singh, Jamie Lee, Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC), Viet Wah

2017 CVA Honorees: Rita Meher, Lynette Finau, Sameth Mell, Joan Yoshitomi, Diem Ly, Amerigroup Washington

2018 CVA Honorees: Ruby de Luna, Mike Fong, Key Bank, I-Miun Liu, Quyen Pham, Phnom Penh Restaurant, Tanya Woo

2019 CVA Honorees: Chera Amlag, Shannon Gee, Lori Matusukawa, Sue Taoka