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Seattle is mosaic of cultures and diverse communities, with an endless supply of inspiring tales to share. Community Stories presents this rich tapestry -- the people, the neighborhoods, the communities, relevant issues, cultural traditions and rich histories that make each of us unique. Learn more about your neighbors on Community Stories.

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Community Stories: Uncle Jimmy
Community Stories: Uncle Jimmy
Born and raised in Seattle, James Mar has spent many of his 91 years working out of his family`s store in the International District. The Yick Fung Co., established in 1910, is a restaurant supply store that also acted as an unofficial social service agency to new Chinese immigrants. 90 years later, James carries on the tradition of helping his community. As the only funeral director for the Chinese community, James, or “Uncle Jimmy” can be counted on to help the folks in need. Reflecting on his life and the International District, James Mar is living history and a neighborhood institution.