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The Vietnamese community of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle is gathering in Tukwila to worship in its own language. Members of the Vietnamese Martyrs Parish blessed their new temporary sanctuary and meeting rooms in a large building on South 180th Street, just west of West Valley Highway, during Lunar New Year celebrations in January. The parish is the outgrowth of the Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Community that brought together Vietnamese from throughout the Archdiocese that encompasses Western Washington. The parish was established in 2010 by Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett as a personal parish. “That means that the parish just meets the needs of Vietnamese language and traditions,” said Father Thanh Dao, the parish pastor. In Seattle, the parish has about 1,300 families, but Dao said that not all of the families will move to the church in Tukwila. The move is necessary because the current location was too small to serve all members who were split over two locations, he said. The search began between Seattle and Skyway for a new location, but all the possible sites were too small, he said. Then, they found the site of a former car-wash company next to the Green River, which Dao said is a peaceful place like Lourdes, where Catholics go on pilgrimage to the mountains of south France. Last summer, the parish held its Summer

Thanh Dao, is pastor of the Vietnamese Martyrs Parish that has relocated to Tukwila. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

Festival along the Green River to mark the 25th anniversary of the canonization of the Vietnamese martyrs, who were Catholics persecuted and killed in Vietnam. The parish will look forward to the future, said Dao. “We focus more on our young people. A lot of them have wandered away from faith,” he said. The parish now has about 300 youths. With the large space, the parish will have plenty of space for its faithful mission program and language school. It will involve youth in its own youth program that blends religion and scouting. The future includes a new church the parish will build on the 5.8-acre site next to the current building.


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The pea patch at Riverton Park has a new name, Gully Gardens, to honor Paul and Betty Gully, who devoted themselves to gardening and Tukwila. The Gullies lived on Macadam Road, not far from Riverton Park. It’s fitting, say family and friends, to name a communal place to garden after them because they always shared their time, their knowledge and anything they grew in their own garden. “They were consummate volunteers,” said Mayor Jim Haggerton at the Feb. 3 City Council meeting. Paul Gully volunteered in many ways to help Tukwila’s children

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Where marijuana processors and producers – and a single marijuana retailer – will locate in Tukwila is still working through the state review process. Part of that process includes sending a “local authority notification” to cities so that they can review the applications. As of last week, no such notifications had been sent to the City of Tukwila. “We have already sent out a number of local authority notifications but they don’t go out all at once; they go out when the individual application reaches a certain point in the process,” said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesman for the Washington Liquor Control Board. About three dozen applications were filed to grow, process or sell marijuana in Tukwila. According to the City of Tukwila, fewer than a dozen of those applications were for locations in the two zones where marijuana uses are allowed under city code. However, the liquor board announced it will allow applicants another chance to apply with new locations if their initial ones weren’t appropriate.

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It’s something the couple did for many people who needed help, he said. Granddaughter Kathleen Gantz told the council the family is grateful and honored by the designation. “To have this honor for them is very special,” she said. Lamb offered his thanks, too. “As special as Betty and Paul are, it’s their inspiration to other people in the community to step up and do what needs to be done in the community,” he said. Dave Johnson, the city’s recreation superintendent, said the Parks and Recreation Department will meet with the family and the parks and arts commissions to discuss signage for Gully Gardens and to plan a dedication, likely this spring.

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garten learning. This fall, the city will offer a preschool program. On Thursday (Feb. 20), there’s an open house at 6 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center to explain the details. The second grant is for $200,000 and is geared to students in middle school and high school. The grant is designed to strengthen course rigor (I love that word) and add college-readiness classes to better prepare Tukwila’s students for college and beyond. A goal for Foster is to boost its graduation rate and a focus on a more rigorous curriculum (and the addition of a success coordinator) will surely help make that happen. Turns out, just one edition of Tukwila Reporter is not big enough to contain all the success stories in Tukwila. (Check out the wonderful and inspiring story of Thong and Chiev Ung in this month’s Tukwila Reporter.) So, next month, I am going to write about the impact those two Road Map grants will have on Tukwila’s students, from beginning to end.

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Something incredible and historic happened this month, and you were no doubt part of the celebration in one form or another: The Seahawks won the Super Bowl! From my perspective, the best part of the march toward the national championship was how the entire community came together in support. Strangers on the street stopped and talked to each other. The region was awash in green and blue. Mostly, there was an overwhelming sense of pride. It may be the NFL off-season now, but I invite you to keep that collective energy and spirit alive and focused on another championship home team: The Tukwila School District. You probably already know that we are ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for diversity, but we also have hundreds of big and small wins every day — full-ride scholarship winners, published student artists, more preschool opportunities for all. ... We are making steady advancement up the field, using best teaching practices, student data, and individualized support to help every child succeed. We are proud, and you should be, too! And unlike the Seahawks, you are actually part owners of this franchise. So please consider yourself our official 12th Man — you are on our team, and we welcome you in all aspects of our operations. What does that mean? For starters, please help us shape our “long game.” We have a new coaching staff this year (me!), and we are currently undergoing one of the most important processes that will determine how we measure growth and allocate resources for years to come: We are developing the strategic plan. This is not my strategic plan. It is our strategic plan. The most basic question is: What does our community want for its students, and how do we get there? We have already convened a diverse group of stakeholders to put together a foundation for the plan. Now a group of teaching and learning experts (instructional coaches, principals, teachers, etc.) are clarifying the day-to-day work that will be necessary to achieve the broad goals. What’s next? Well, it’s up to YOU. We will be taking the initial draft to the entire community with a series of public meetings in March. The strategic plan will unite us in a shared vision—directing resources, time, emphasis, and accountability measurements—so it is critical that we all have a hand in shaping the document. It may be cliché, but it really does take an entire village to educate a child. That’s why we need your voice both in the strategic planning process and in its implementation. Please check the district’s homepage, www.tukwila.wednet.edu, by the beginning of March for exact dates and locations of the strategic-plan community meetings. Just like with the Super Bowl excitement, let’s keep up the local pride, let’s keep stopping each other in the grocery store and on the street to talk, let’s immerse ourselves in strategy and wins, and let’s keep the 12th Man spirit alive — because we are all players for the most important, award-winning, national championship team in our community: Tukwila schools. In service, Nancy Coogan Tukwila School Superintendent Nancy Coogan can be reached via email at coogann@tukwila.wednet.edu Nancy Coogan

I recently had the privilege of talking with two of the key Tukwila School District administrators charged with ensuring our kids in Tukwila succeed. JoAnne Fabian is director of assessments for the school district and Gwen Estes-Zuehlke is the district’s director for special services. I interviewed them about two significant grants the Tukwila School District received from the Road Map Project. One grant, for $121,380, will strengthen the programs designed for pre-kindergarten through third grade. Such a program is critically important in Tukwila because it’s estimated that only about 30 percent of kindergartners last year were ready to start learning from Day 1. There are many reasons for that, but the goal is simple: “Success breeds success,” says Fabian. The City of Tukwila recognizes the importance of pre-kinder-

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Global to Local making a difference daily Global to Local (G2L) – What do they do in Tukwila? If there is a sustainable way to improve health-care outcomes at low cost for our under-served neighbors, G2L is likely to be there. Gender-based swims at Tukwila Pool, exercise classes, cooking and shopping classes, health screenings and referrals, all of these constitute a holistic approach. Primarily funded by Swedish, Providence, and Seattle/King County Public

Health, G2L is a non-profit pilot program that serves only SeaTac and Tukwila. G2L works collaboratively with several organizations to make things happen. G2L employs four bilingual community health promoters (CHP) who understand the languages and cultures of our Burmese, Eritrean, Latino and Somali friends. CHPs work directly with clients and community leaders (liaisons). G2L mobile health department provides phones to diabetes clients. The phones are preloaded with an app for remote diabetes

management. A case manager reviews the data and advises them. The Connection Desk is staffed by university students. They help clients identify and access food, housing, employment, language skills and training resources. The students are certified to assist in Affordable Care Act enrollment. G2L – We are lucky to have them.

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There are many who refer to the river running alongside present-day Interurban Avenue as the Green River. It is not exactly accurate and may be a result of changes made during the last 100-plus years. Our Duwamish River was actually part of multiple drainage areas which originate from the glaciers on Mount Rainier (Tahoma by the native population) which regularly flooded the Duwamish Valley and deposited mineral-rich silt creating fertile soil just right for farming. Most of the early pioneers to the Du• Feb. 20, 7 p.m.: Regular monthly wamish Valley meeting at Tukwila Heritage and were farmCultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. ers searching S. Tukwila. All are welcome to for land that meet our incoming chairperson, would support Joan Hernandez. Come and learn their families about the center’s plans for 2014. and farming. • No open house for March: Visit This coming the museum and bring photos or May 2015 will stories about your family in Tukmark the 164th wila to share. A n n i v e r s ar y for the arrival of the Collins/ Maple party which included Luther Collins, Jacob Maple and his son Samuel Maple on the banks of the Duwamish River in what is now known as Georgetown and Boeing Field. The Duwamish River as well as the Black, Green and White rivers offered a way to travel, since there were no roads until the 1880s. The Duwamish (known originally by the pioneers as Duwams) River covered more than 16 miles with many curves and turns but the actual distance was only eight miles from Elliott Bay to present-day Fort Dent which was where the Black and Duwamish rivers flowed together. The industrialization of the lower Duwamish River in the early 1900s with dredging of the Duwamish Water-

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Joan Hernandez, a longtime community leader, is the new president of the Tukwila Historical Society. Joining her on the leadership team are Vice President Wendy Morgan, Secretary Pat Brodin and Treasurer Louise Jones-Brown. Brodin is the society’s immediate past president and Jones-Brown is the interim director of the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center. The historical society has also made its plans for 2014. • Finish the remodeling of the museum’s bathroom so that it complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. • Hold open houses at the cultural center. • Complete the Sister Cities exhibit Please visit the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center so we can share OUR local history with you. Louise Jones-Brown is interim director of the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center. The center can be reached by phone at 206-244-HIST or via email at tukwilaheritage ctr@tukwilahistory.org.

...obituaries Fred Van Ieperen Fred Van Ieperen a 50 year Tukwila homeowner passed away peacefully from Parkinson complications on January 30~ 2014. Fred was no stranger to Parkinson disease as his journey with it lasted 25 years. Fred was 81 years old. Fred and his young family came to Tukwila in 1963 buying their current place in the Old Tukwila district. It was a two room cabin owned by a Seattle couple who came out here to go to the Longacre horse race tract. It quickly became obvious that for a family of four a larger place would be needed. Fred always handy with tools and a basic knowledge of carpentry applied for a building permit and the first addition of a new kitchen was started. Over the next 10 years, it was pay as you go, the second addition of the living room, bedrooms and garage took place.. Fred doing all the work himself while working full time at Boeing. We often thought of ourselves as pioneers because we lived under conditions most people would not even think of. The sons recall memories of taking baths in the kitchen sink as when we came here unbeknown to us the sewer levy had already passed. Was tough to get a big assessment like that with every dollar needed. Upon graduating from Lynden High School Fred entered the Air Force. Working as mechanic his job was engine repair to keep the jets all flying. Mostly he was stationed in Wichita, Kansas where he picked up hay fever due to the constant dry winds. After an honorable discharge, Fred couldn’t wait to drive his brand new 1955 Chevrolet two door back to Lynden. Much to the annoyance of his Dad who didn’t approve of the purchase and the payments that would now be needed. Once back in Lynden and no job, Fred goofed around with friends and then took a job of moving 100 lb. potato bags from one area to the other all by hand. He managed to do it but at the end of the day when they wanted him back the next day he quickly said no! In the meantime he had met a Blaine girl named Peggy Nelson who was still in school just starting her senior year at Blaine High. Fred and Peggy were married May 2, 1958 in the Blaine Baptist Church. A fifty year celebration took place in Tukwila with family, friends attending to wish us well.

Fred started work for the Boeing Co in 1956 working on the flight line. For the next 34 years he mainly worked at the Renton plant as a mechanic with final assembly of the wings. While employed he earned many achievements and attendance certificates. Put in several suggestions over the years that made doing a job easier and eliminating extra steps. A commendation letter and check were welcomed. Fred was also, for a time part of an elite team called the AOG crew. The team was called to go wherever a Boeing jet was down and figure out the repair problems. Fred’s retirement glory came in May 1990. He had already been diagnosed with Parkinson Disease in 1988. The early years of it he was able to do almost anything and did. Fred enjoyed many hobbies with retirement making oak indoor furniture and outdoor swings, tables and chairs. A green thumb when it came to gardening, loved the hot house for early plant starts always doing what ever it took to enrich the soil organically. One year we traveled to Oregon as we had heard one could buy a special giant pumpkin seed.We bought several anxious the following spring to get those giant seeds planted. Planted, fertilized and watered the result was one 125 pound pumpkin we of course, still have the picture of it. A favorite with Fred was his Mason bee’s and the special depth holes that had to be drilled in the blocks of wood then watching each spring for the little black bees to fly out and do their pollinating. Fred was an animal person having raised rabbits, chickens and had several dogs. Fred loved making soups from scratch always following the exact printed recipe. He also invested in a bread machine and was so proud when that fresh loaf was done. Fishing was another love he along with the sons and sometimes the nephews up Lynden way could it seems always have a good catch. Fred also traveled with the sons up to Alaska to catch the big fish. Fred’s extreme joy happened when he became a Grandpa for the first time. A beautiful girl named Ashlie Anna who will turn three in March. Fred we say goodbye to you we are so thankful for all the sacrifices you made for us just so you could make our lives better. Your family, Peggy, Dennis and Douglas Memorial donations can be made to Northwest Parkinson Foundation, 400 Mercer St Ste 504, Seattle, WA 981094641 or W A Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, P.O. Box 75169, Seattle,WA 98175-0169 990744


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Nandina Cengic wants to make sure that violence against women and girls locally and worldwide doesn’t go unnoticed. Cengic, a junior at Foster High School, wrote and produced a documentary for the Girls Impact the World Film Festival, which showcases short documentaries focused on global women’s issues. While her documentary didn’t win, it was in third place last week in the people’s choice voting. How did she choose the name “Wicked” for her documentary? “The behavior, the way the women are treated, it’s wicked, it’s cruel. I thought it fit with the message I was trying to portray,” she said. That “behavior,” she said, includes domestic abuse and mental abuse. In the documentary, Foster teacher Cynthia Chesak relates her personal story of mental abuse three decades ago. “I wanted to make sure people were aware that there were different forms of abuse,” Cengic said. Cengic had fellow students at Foster in mind to appear in the documentary, which she wrote, directed and edited. It was her first attempt at filmmaking.

Nandina Cengic has produced a documentary called “Wicked” that makes the point strongly that abuse against women and girls is a problem locally and globally. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

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Isaac Tucker, coach of the Foster High boys basketball team, has a word to describe his team: hungry. That “hunger” resulted in an 8-6 record in Seamount League play and a trip to the sub-district tournament. The Bulldogs stumbled in the first two games, losing to Fife and Sumner. The final subdistrict game was last Friday night, against Steilacoom. The results weren’t available by the Tukwila Reporter deadline. However, win or lose Friday, the Bulldogs were still playing in this week’s district tournament at high school gyms in Tacoma and at Pacific Lutheran University. “I think the most special aspect of this team is having 10 guys who want to succeed on the court more than anything right now ... it drives them,” said Tucker just before the postseason.

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Cale Woyvodich, left, and Luis Cuellar dominated their opponents in competition this season. Brenda Schenck

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Two Foster wrestlers made their case for appearing at Mat Classic XXVI in Tacoma this weekend with an impressive season of tournament and meet wins. Luis Cuellar (16-5) and Cale Woyvodich (27-2) competed at the regional tournament last Saturday at Hockinson in southwest Washington. (Results are available at tukwilareporter.com) At the Seamount League tournament Feb. 8 at Tyee High School,

[ BULLDOGS from page 10] league’s first team, senior wing Ben Mitchell to the second team and senior wing Max Montoya received an honorable mention. “Roberson is clearly the motor that makes this wagon go,” said Tucker. “He has a sixth gear that most people

Cuellar placed first at 113 pounds and Woyvodich placed first at 120 pounds. They were the No. 1 seeds to the regional tournament in their weight classes. David Patton, who placed third at 160 pounds at the Seamount tournament, was an alternate to the regional tournament. Mark Schenck placed fourth at 132 pounds and Daynon Jackson placed fourth at 152 pounds at the Seamount tournament. Foster wrestlers won dual meets and tournaments during the wrestling season.

For example, Woyvodich won wrestling at 126 pounds in the dual meet against Hazen, Cuellar was first at 120 pounds and Patton was first at 160 pounds. Woyvodich won the Klahowya Klassic tournament at 120 pounds and placed second at the Gut Check Challenge in Olympia. And Cuellar placed third at the Sky Valley Classic in Sultan. Woyvodich, a junior, already has experience at the state tournament, placing fourth last year at 113 pounds and fourth at 106 pounds as a freshman.

don’t have, and he stays in it every second he’s on the floor.” For the second year in a row, Roberson has led the league in rebounds (14 a game) and blocked shots (2 1/2 a game) and this year placed fourth in scoring, averaging 14 points a game. Just before the postseason, Tucker

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Students of the Month, Maximilian Montoya, left, and Lea Buenavista.

Two Foster students honored Lea Adelaine Buenavista and Maximilian Montoya are Tukwila Southcenter Rotary’s Students of the Month for January. The local Rotary club selects a Foster High male and female senior each month for recognition based on: • Academic achievement for students pursuing fouryear, two-year or trade/technical schools or apprenticeships. • Community involvement or service including being involved at the school level. • Outstanding character and strong work ethic. • On track for graduation.

Students get civics lesson Five Foster High students and ASB adviser Tracy Garza travelled to Olympia Monday, Jan. 27, for a hands-on civics lesson in state government while touring the Capitol. They advocated for important issues, such as services for homeless youth and education funding. They spoke with Gov. Jay Inslee, local representatives and Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens. The students experienced all three branches of government. Those attending were Armen Papyan, Angelie Teng, Nandina Cengic, Nakita Brusnighan and Kevin Vo.


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Tukwila: Where Ungs’ dreams come true arrival stories English Language Learner students at Foster High School will share through poetry how they arrived in Tukwila from their homeland countries. The students will read selections and celebrate the 2013-14 anthology titled “The Colors of My Past: Immigrant and Refugee Voices of Struggle, Migration, and Hope” on Friday, Feb. 21. The reading is at 3 p.m. at the Foster High School library, 4242 S. 144th St., with a reception and book signing to follow in the Foster Commons. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of audio CDs of the anthology will go toward a scholarship fund for students in the project.

Chef Thong Ung prepares a dish at his Yamada Teriyaki. ON THE COVER: Ung and the family photo from Disneyland. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

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Thong Ung remembers the “killing fields” of his homeland, Cambodia, where hundreds of thousands of his countrymen were killed before he left the war-torn country in 1982. As a youngster, he also remembers returning from school, dropping his backpack and working in his family’s restaurant. He served customers and worked hard. “In Cambodia, what parents do you have to do,” he says. Ung is doing just that, running his successful Yamada Teriyaki on Andover Park East in Tukwila. He and his wife Chiev have lived in Tukwila for nearly 30 years, where they’ve raised four successful sons. He instilled that work ethic in his sons and something else – do something good for your community. Talking about his family and his homeland brings tears to his eyes. Ung talks with pride about what’s on his menu, including Chinese recipes he learned from his father and a Cam-

bodian soup. His sons made sure he had some Western food on his extensive menu, such as a Philly cheesesteak and a French dip sandwich. Ung carved out some time one recent morning before the busy lunch hour to tell his story and his family’s story and to talk about his food and his long career in the food industry in America. He started as a dishwasher. Forty years ago in the mid-1970s, Ung was a young man in his 20s. The Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia was filling mass graves with anyone it felt threatened its control over the Asian country, what some called genocide. Ung, who was born in 1952, and Chiev married when he was 22 and she was 19.

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wice, Ung lived in refugee camps in Thailand, the first time in 1979 without Chiev. They both had parents to care for and she was with them. Ung returned to Cambodia several months later, but then he returned to a camp in Thailand with Chiev and other family members. He interpreted for others in camp, knowing how to speak Thai, Chinese, Cambodian and a little Laotian. Wiping away tears, Ung talks about a life that was torn by war and then uplifted in his new home. But even in America, life has not been easy for him or for many others, even today. “From the bottom of my heart, I want everybody to be successful,” he says, in tears. “I know how hard it is with no food to eat. No medical,”

he says. In the refugee camp, Ung prayed for his family – make sure they’re not killed. The Ungs did survive, arriving in Seattle on April 22, 1982, with only $15. They lived on Beacon Hill. A year earlier, his parents and a brother and sister had arrived in America and sponsored Thong and Chiev. One of Ung’s first jobs was baking donuts. “I worked at the donut shop evenings, mornings I go to school to study ESL,” he says. When he arrived in America, his English was limited to “yes” and “no.” He worked at a deli at the Outpatient Medical Center in Northgate in Seattle, Flying Food Group and Marriott Flight Kitchen and Sky Chef. For a time he held at second job at Frederick and Nelson. Every day (he emphasizes the words), he worked non-stop, 71 or 72 hours a week, to support his family. He started as a dishwasher at the Marriott Flight Kitchen, working his way up to chef cook in the international foods. It was through these experiences that he honed his skills as a Western and international chef. In 1984 the Ungs bought a house in Tukwila; with hard work, they paid off the loan. Married for 14 years, Ungs started their family. Their first-born son is Uyjien or Jonathan as he’s known. He’s 27 and works in investment banking in South Africa. He was followed by Uykhang or Brian, 26, who works for Amazon; Uyhun or Stephan, [ more UNGS page 13


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“Daddy, you’re old now. Don’t work too hard. Just get up and relax,” his sons say. But the time goes fast in the restaurant, taking orders and doing prep work. His customers are like friends and he enjoys the socializing. He wants the community to know that he serves dinner, too.

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s refugees, the Ungs arrived in America with no personal documents, including a marriage certificate. But they needed one about two years ago to apply for health benefits. So, Ung approached Joan Hernandez, a former and longtime member of the Tukwila City Council who has known the Ungs since May 2000. She and her husband Richard chaperoned Uyjien on a Sister City visit to Ikawa, Japan. Hernandez got them in touch with Tukwila Municipal Court Judge Kimberly Walden, who helped them with paperwork. Then, on Sept. 4, 2012, on the Ungs’ 40th wedding anniversary, Walden performed their wedding; Hernandez was the witness. “Now I have to be nice to my wife,” Ung says, laughing. Chiev often works side-by-side with her longtime husband at their restaurant. He has one cook who works for him.

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Chiev and Thong Ung often work together at Yamada Teriiyaki. She also has a separate job in the food industry. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

The Ungs have operated Yamada Teriyaki since 2007, the same year they took a family vacation to Disneyland. Standing in his restaurant, Ung proudly holds a photo of he and his family: It proclaims “Disneyland, Where dreams come true” Ung offers an extensive menu of about 80 items of not only teriyaki and stir fry but Western and international food as well. Teriyaki sauce, of course, is a key ingredient. Every restaurant has its own sauce. Ung’s teriyaki sauce incudes soy sauce, ginger, sugar, powdered garlic, Saki, pineapple juice and 7UP. “I make sure it tastes good,” he says. “You want to make your customers happy.” Some of what makes his customers happiest are his hot spicy chicken, Pad Thai, fried rice and his own creation, Oriental Chicken Salad. I tried the chicken pot stickers, with tea. The flavors came through and the spices weren’t overpowering. A customer walks in. “What can I do for you?” Ung asks, laughing easily with the man. “One Philly with fries to go,” he calls out

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The Tukwila Rotary Club is once again sponsoring the Let’s Strike Out Hunger bowlathon to benefit the Tukwila Food Pantry. The event is 10 a.m.noon Saturday, March 29, at ACME Bowl, 100 Andover Park W., Tukwila. Bowler checkin is at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is a minimum of $200 per team (four members). The deadline is March 15 or until the event is full. For event information, bowler registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Rotary Club website, www.tukwilarotary. org. For answers to ques-

to his cook. Tukwila’s mayor, Jim Haggerton, visits successful businesses throughout Tukwila. When he stops by the visit Yamada Teriyaki, he’ll order the Mongolian beef plate, which he describes as “very tasty with a mix of beef and vegetables.” “The Ungs can be very proud of their background, their family and their contributions to both the residential and business communities in Tukwila,” said Haggerton. Ung’s wife and sons tell him that maybe it’s time to relax.

e knows what he’ll do once he says goodbye to his restaurant. “If I retire, I want to volunteer,” he says. He’s already given back to the community, preparing food for community events and donating a Buddha to the Buddhist temple in Tukwila. He could interpret for residents who don’t speak the native language, just like he did in the refugee camps on Thailand. “I like to volunteer back to my community,” he says. “I live in my Tukwila city. I know everybody.” Ung found opportunity and success in America and his wish that his sons do the same has come true. Hernandez’s friendship with the Ungs goes back to that first meeting in 2000. Over the years, the Ungs shared their cultural festivals with Hernandez. “Thong and his wife are proud examples of immigrants who have gone through great hardships to achieve the American dream by working hard to raise a family, own their own home, and put four sons through college,” says Hernandez.

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is a graduate of Foster and Stanford, where he earned degrees in human biology and computer science and works for Google in California, and Uyseah or Thomas, 21, who’s studying aerospace engineering at the University of Washington. Ung has told his sons his story of life in Cambodia, of how much he wanted to leave his war-town native land and find a new life in America, with opportunities for him and his family. He’s taught them that when they grow up, they should do something for the community. “Do something good, because this country gave me a very good life,” he said. The Ung family visited Cambodia in 1999 to attend a family wedding. The Ungs themselves have been married for 42 years, or maybe two years, if you’re a bureaucrat.

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Stories of Arrival: Release party Feb. 21 will open your eyes to the immigration experience released during a comThe statistics tell one munity celebration story of the Tukwila at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. School District: More 21, at Foster High than 80 world languages School, 4242 S. 144th spoken by students, St., Tukwila. Everyone schools with an English is invited to purchase Language Learner (ELL) the anthology (proceeds demographic approaching go towards a scholar70 percent, the top rankship fund for the ELL ing for diversity in the nastudents) and celebrate tion, according to the New alongside the young York Times. poets as they read their But within these statisstories.  tics are hundreds of indit watchpoet Merna Ann Hech al on ssi ofe Pr Audience members vidual stories that speak ies nts record their “Stor es Foster High stude are guaranteed to leave an even greater truth is th er aw Studios earli of Arrival” at Jack Str with a much deeper about our students. month. sense of the struggles Once again, community and joys that make up members are invited to our immigrant students’ daily hear these experiences fessional poet Merna Ann reality. through a poetry anthology Hecht has helped the students As Hecht explains, “Each called “Stories of Arrival,” auwrite their poetry, which they young person in this project thored by Foster High School then read aloud and record at shares the experience of havELL students. For many, leavJack Straw Studios in Seattle ing left a homeland which in ing their native country meant with assistance from vocal many instances was a result saying goodbye to family and coaches. The collaboration is of forced migration due to friends, enduring refugee so powerful that radio station the consequences of war and camps, and seeing life-andKBSC 91.3 airs the recordings violent conflict…With breathdeath violence. For all, the taking beauty and clarity they journey has involved negotiat- in April for National Poetry Month. have opened their memory ing a new meaning of home, This year, the 2014 antholboxes and their hearts so that both physically and emotionogy, which includes an audio we come close to what and ally.  CD of the recordings, will be who they have loved and lost.” For the past five years, pro-

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“My Memories” by Benu Ghimire (Sample poem from the anthology)

I remember the first day in the U.S. I felt incomplete Without my family. I missed my refugee camp, Knowing everyone around me.   I remember my Mom Said that the U.S. Is not like home. She said the U.S. Is a scary place Because we are so different.   I remember that The first day of school I got lost, like a fish losing water. It was not easy To speak English for me.  I remember the first taste of American food It made me sick. It does not have Salt, heavy chili, or cooking tomatoes.   In the U.S., There are streams of cars. People do not walk too much.  In Nepal, We have streams of feet. People walk for more than 50 miles.   Mom, you were right U.S. is not our home. Mom, you were wrong U.S. is not a scary place. U.S. is not the place  You thought it was. 

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Two community-oriented seniors earn prestigious full-ride scholarship Foster High School seniors Immanuel Gounder and Ciin Nuam this month were awarded full-tuition scholarships from the Act Six Leadership Initiative. Selected through a rigorous three-month competition among more than 900 applicants, these two student leaders rose to the top because of their distinctive leadership, academic potential, and commitment to making a difference in their community. Gounder will attend Northwest University next fall; Nuam will attend Trinity Lutheran College. Act Six empowers young leaders—ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation and lowincome—to make a difference on their college campus and in their communities. To date, 90 percent of Act Six scholars have graduated or are still enrolled in college, a retention rate that far exceeds the national average. Nearly 85 percent have brought their degrees back to their home communities and are making the Pacific Northwest a more vibrant and just region. “I plan to stay involved in community service and to become a leader at Northwest University by doing what I can to help my peers,” Gounder said.  That includes developing programs to encourage local youth to stay away from drugs and alcohol and to pursue higher education, he added.

Attendance program makes a big difference When Tukwila Elementary kicked off a campaign to improve attendance and decrease tardies this school year, administrators knew the students would be excited to win an ice cream party if their class improved the most each month. But they didn’t realize how excited! Suddenly, the students themselves are encouraging each other to

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Give students a lift: Please donate Metro passes Our students are going places—or at least they are trying. From internships to community-service events to educational opportunities, Tukwila students need regional mobility, and they often request assistance from schools to afford bus fares. King County Metro cannot offer us low-income fare tickets, so we are asking for your help: Please take advantage of and donate any free King County Metro Transit tickets you come across.  A few good sources for free tickets include the Seattle Chinook Book, www.chinookbook.net, and the Transit Incentives Program, which offers eight free passes whenever you renew your vehicle tabs through May 2014. Your Metro ticket donations can be dropped off at the Tukwila School District Administration Building, 4640 S. 144th St., Tukwila, weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Collect Box Tops to support schools Helping your local middle school is as easy as clipping a logo from sundry products that are already in your home! Please collect Box Top for Education coupons—they are on cereal boxes, frozen food, paper products, and even Hanes undergarments—and mail or deliver them to Showalter Middle School, 4628 S. 144th St., Tukwila, 98168. Every Box Top coupon can be

redeemed by the school for 10 cents. That money will be used for supplies, field-trip scholarships, or other necessities. The next redemption date is Feb. 25, but the school will continue to collect Box Top coupons throughout the year. Go to www.boxtops4education.com to see a list of all participating products. Together, we can make a big difference for students!

Family Emergency Night: Are you prepared? Foster High School’s student SAFE Club is hosting a Family Emergency Night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Foster High School, 4242 S. 144th St., Tukwila. Everyone is invited to learn how to prepare for an emergency, including what to stock in a home pantry and safety/emergency kit. There will be door prizes, live demonstrations, information booths, a light meal, translation services, and a coloring table for kids. Award-winning guest speaker Mohamed Ali will talk about the dangers of carbon monoxide, and local organizations and businesses will be there with giveaways. Don’t miss it!

come to school and be on time, and they are talking about the importance of good attendance. For the first time in more than 35 years of collective memory, Tukwila Elementary in early February had a day with no unexcused absences—a major milestone! Our other elementaries are looking at the model for their own schools.

New partnership aims to keep student athletes safe Thanks to an innovative new partnership with Children’s Hospital, this year the Foster High athletic program has full-coverage from a certified athletic trainer, Geniqua Harris. She is on campus for practices and games to oversee emergency treatment, injury prevention and rehabilitation, education about sports nutrition and conditioning routines, and concussion testing. “She is working to protect the best interest of our student athletes,” said district athletic director J.D. Hill. “She helps ensure their health comes first.”

Go green! The Foster High School Environmental Club has had a groundswell of support this year, with more member than ever. These eco-conscience student leaders have already attended a regional action summit and received a grant to begin composting at the school next fall.


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