Between May and June 10, 2016, the International Examiner called upon readers to vote for their favorite leaders, artists, service providers, businesses, community organizations, and restaurants across 36 categories. Over 800 people cast their votes through our print and online surveys.

We will be honoring the 2016 RCA winners and the contributions of all nominees to the API community at a potluck dinner and awards ceremony. All are invited to join in the celebration, which will be held at Hing Hay Coworks on Thursday, June 16 from 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm. Please contact Lexi Potter at [email protected] with any questions.

The following are our readers’ 2016 favorites. Other close contenders (having 80+% of votes compared to the winner’s total) are listed with honorable mentions.

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Favorite Local API Artist: Dean Wong

  • Honorable mention: Raychelle Duazo, Lauren Iida

Favorite Local API Performing Artist: Troy Osaki

Favorite Local API Author / Writer: Sharon H. Chang

Favorite Local API Journalist: Lori Matsukawa

Favorite Local API Musician / Musical Group: Geo / Prometheus Brown

Favorite Local Art Gallery: KOBO

  • Honorable mention: ArtXchange Gallery

Favorite Local Museum: The Wing Luke Museum

Favorite Local Family Business: Uwajimaya

Favorite Community Meeting & Events Space: Eastern Café

  • Honorable mentions: Nagomi Tea House, Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee, Hing Hay Coworks

Favorite API Young Leader (15-30): Tony Vo

  • Honorable mention: Sam Le

Favorite API Activist: Zer Vue

Favorite API Philanthropist: Tomio Moriguchi

Favorite API Educator: Zer Vue

Favorite API Executive Director: Teresita Batayola

  • Honorable mention: Beth Takekawa

Favorite API Health Care Professional: Kimo Hirayama, MD

  • Honorable mention: Ping Wong, LAC

Favorite Local API Politician: Former Governor Gary Locke

  • Honorable mentions: Councilmember Kshama Sawant, State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos

Favorite API Student Organization: Asian Coalition for Equality (ACE UW)

Favorite API Senior Organization: International Community Health Services (ICHS)

  • Honorable mention: Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)

Favorite Local Nonprofit: The Wing Luke Museum

Favorite Business Giving to API Causes: Alaska Airlines

  • Honorable mention: Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU)

Favorite Happy Hour: Japonessa

Favorite Karaoke: Bush Garden Restaurant

Favorite Café: Eastern Café

  • Honorable mention: Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee

Favorite Bakery: Yummy House Bakery

  • Honorable mention: Delite Bakery

Favorite Bubble Tea: Oasis Tea Zone

Best Chinese Food: Kau Kau

  • Honorable mention: Harbor City

Best Japanese Food: Maneki

Best Korean Food: Korean Tofu House

Best Indian Food: Cedars on Brooklyn

Best Thai Food: Thai Curry Simple

  • Honorable mentions: Thai Tom, Buddha Ruksa

Best Vietnamese Food: Green Leaf

Best Filipino Food: Kusina Filipina

  • Honorable mention: Food & Sh*t

Best Hawaiian Food: Kauai Family Restaurant

Best Local API Grocery Store: Uwajimaya

Best Desserts: Hood Famous Bakeshop

2016 Special Category – Best Pho: Pho Bac

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