2017 International Examiner 25th Annual CVA & 43rd Anniversary Benefit Dinner


25th Annual Community Voice Awards &
43rd Anniversary Benefit Dinner

Thursday, September 21st, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location TBD in Seattle’s Chinatown-ID


Tickets to the 2017 Community Voice Awards include a 10-course family-style dinner in the International District. The evening will also feature live entertainment, an awards ceremony celebrating local API community leaders, and a thrilling dessert dash!

Each table has 10 seats. Tickets will be available for pick up upon checking in at the event.

You may purchase your tickets online or by check. If you would like to be seated with a specific Table Captain, please indicate who in the online registration form or with your mailed check.

  • Tickets can be purchased online starting in June, 2017.
    (Please select “Will Call” as the delivery method.)
  • You may send a check to International Examiner, 409 Maynard Ave. S. #203, Seattle, WA 98104. Please write down the number of 2017 Community Voice Awards tickets you are purchasing.

For ticketing questions, email Community Relations Manager, Lexi Potter, at lexi@iexaminer.org.

2016 Sponsors


Amerigroup Logo





Seattle Globalist Logo


Cathay Post #186 of The American Legion

CMarr Automotive


InterIm CDA

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Seattle Goodwill

SEIU 775

The Alaskero Foundation



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Celebrating Asian Pacific American leaders

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

We are excited to invite you to the 2017 Community Voice Awards dinner celebrating the achievements of local Asian Pacific American leaders. This year, our annual benefit dinner and fundraiser will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the International District (location TBD).

2017 Community Voice Awardees to be announced in the summer.


Below are our 2016 CVA Awardees:

Excellence in Arts:
Asia Pacific Cultural Center


Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) is a nonprofit organization that aims to bridge communities and generations through art, culture, education and business. APCC was founded in 1996 from the vision of a small group of multigenerational API Americans. It now offers events and programs representing 47 cultures, and organizes a large New Year Celebration highlighting a different culture each year. APCC also provides youth summer camps that teach young APIs cultural appreciation through arts, crafts, and games.

Excellence in Community Service:
Jamie Lee, IDEA Space Manager at SCIDpda

Jamie Lee

Jamie Lee is a second-generation Chinese American and has served as the Program Manager for IDEA Space at SCIDPDA for the past two years. She has been coming to the CID for the past 16 years since moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington—first as a visitor, and then has a community volunteer since 2005. She has volunteered at Chinese Information and Service Center, the International District/Chinatown Public Library, the International District Housing Alliance, and has served on the board of WAPI Community Services for the past five years. Her work at SCIDPDA is to act as a resource and gain resources for the residents, businesses, and community projects in the neighborhood. She believes—knows—that the CID is the heart of Seattle and is dedicated to ensuring that it continues to thrive.

Excellence in Social Justice:
Jasmit Singh, Founder of The Sikh Coalition

Jasmit Singh

Dr. Jasmit Singh is a Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of a mobile technology startup in Olympia, WA. In the wake of 9/11, Jasmit founded in The Sikh Coalition – which is a national civil rights organization that works toward the realization of civil and human rights for all people. In particular, it works in ensuring that Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith while fostering strong ties within their community. In Washington, he volunteers with Khalsa Gurmat Center that works on education, empowerment and engagement with Sikh kids and parents. He also serves on the board of Asian Counseling and Referral Service.

Lifetime Achievement:
UW Professors Emeriti Gail Nomura, Steve Sumida, Tetsuden Kashima

Gail Nomura

Gail Nomura is an Associate Professor Emerita of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington where she taught American ethnic studies and Asian American history from 1999-2016. A historian, she has researched and published numerous works on Asian American history, Asian American women, Japanese Americans, and regional studies of the Pacific Northwest. Prior to coming to UW she taught and served as Director of the Asian/Pacific American Studies Program at the University of Michigan and at Washington State University, and taught at UCLA. She is a founding member and past president of the Association for Asian American Studies, the leading professional organization for scholars of Asian American studies, and as president helped establish the Journal of Asian American Studies. In Seattle, she has had the pleasure of working on projects with such community organizations as the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW), and InterIm CDA.

Steve Sumida

Steve Sumida is a UW Professor Emeritus of American Ethnic Studies. Steve coordinated the Pacific Northwest Asian American Writers’ Conference held at UW in 1976, and went on to be a co-founder and founding president of Talk Story, Inc. in Hawai’i, which began a movement in the research, recognition, and creation of Hawaii’s local, multicultural literature that has lasted to now with ever-growing strength. Steve served as the first Asian American President of the American Studies Association from 2002-2003, the interdisciplinary organization of international scope sustaining historical, literary, cultural, and social scientific dialogue, including ethnic, class, and gender studies and serving the academic profession in the study of the United States. He taught as a Fulbright Scholar at Tsuda College and Tokyo Institute of Technology from 2007 to 2008. In addition to these terms of teaching in Japan, his international speaking engagements have spanned Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore, Taiwan, and Syria.

Tetsuden Kashima

Tetsuden Kashima is a Professor Emeritus of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. As an infant, Tetsu and his family were forced to leave their home and move to an American concentration camp. He first came to the University of Washington in 1976 as the Director of Asian American Studies. Tetsu is now a nationally recognized scholar of Asian American studies, and started the UW’s annual Day of Remembrance to educate students about the infamous Executive Order 9066. Tetsu was honored by the National Japanese American Citizens League with the 2008 Japanese American of the Biennium Award–Education and Humanities, and by the UW with the James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities.

Tatsuo Nakata Youth Award:
Jill Mangaliman, Executive Director of Got Green

Jill Mangaliman

Jill Mangaliman is a queer Filipino-American community organizer and writer from Seattle and prefers gender neutral pronouns. Thanks to Federal Pell Grants, Jill graduated from the UW as a student of Human Geography. For 6 years they organized in local and national campaigns involving health care equity, immigrant rights and protecting social services. In 2009 they joined Got Green as part of the City Weatherization program. Here, they stepped into leadership, from founding board member to lead organizer, and instrumental in the formation and strategy of the Food Access Team. In 2014, they became the Executive Director of Got Green. They are a member of Gabriela Seattle and winner of the 2013 Social Change Reporting award for the Seattle Globalist. In their spare time, they enjoy singing karaoke and making things.

Community Business Award:
Viet Wah Group


Viet Wah Group was founded by Duc Tran in 1981, and since then has been providing our community with Asian groceries, meat, seafood, and fresh produce. After arriving in Seattle as a refugee of the Vietnam War, Mr. Tran recognized the scarcity of familiar foods from his home country and sought a way to provide those items to others in the community. What started as a tiny shop grew into a full-service grocery store. Viet Wah Group has 2 retail locations in Seattle’s International District and the Renton Highlands, as well as a wholesale operation in Sodo where we import foods from Vietnam, Thailand, and China and distribute to businesses in the Seattle area, as well as Oregon, Alaska, and California. Altogether, our two stores and warehouse employ 80 people and serve over 10,000 customers each week.


For questions or more information, contact Community Relations Manager, Lexi Potter, at lexi@iexaminer.org.