Seattle-area Olympian J.R. Celski inducted in Asian Hall Fame

J.R. Celski speaking at the event. (Photo by Mike Nakamura.)

The Robert Chinn Foundation inducted four honorees into the Asian Hall of Fame during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Saturday, May 11. Inductees included retired short track speedskater and Olympian John Robert “J.R.” Celski of Federal Way, “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, producer Marc Anthony Nicolas and fashion designer Luly Yang.

“I am honored to be inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame this May,” Celski told U.S. Speedskating last month. “I am very proud of my Filipino heritage. My grandfather and grandmother came from the Philippines to the United States during World War II and were successful in raising a beautiful family. This induction means a lot to me and my career as an athlete. I strive to continue being a positive role model in the Asian American community and to continue representing my roots with pride.”

The Robert Chinn Foundation was founded in 1986 to honor Chinn, who is notable for starting the first Asian-owned bank in the United States. Since its inception, the organization has recognized exceptional work in the Asian Pacific American community through a philanthropic grant program and the Asian Hall of Fame.

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