The closure of what may be China’s first mega-church is the most visible sign that the communist government is determined to rein in the rapid spread of Christianity, with a crackdown in recent months that church leaders call the harshest in years.
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An Indian police agency investigating the deaths of two women in Kashmir said Dec. 14 that they drowned and were not raped and killed as alleged by locals, a ruling likely to further fuel anti-India sentiment.
Former state legislator and transition co-facilitator Kip Tokuda has accepted the position of Acting Director of Human Services. Tokuda will serve in the position until a permanent director is selected.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (Washington Chapter) chose six outstanding philanthropists to honor at its 21st anniversary National Philanthropy Day luncheon held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the ascension to the throne of the emperor of Japan. It follows on the heels of the 50th wedding anniversary of Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Dec. 23 is also Akihito’s birthday. In honor of these occasions, the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle celebrated during its annual holiday party. About 250 people attended the event held at the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.
Doris Wong-Estridge, niece of victim Wing “Bill” Wong (no relation to Gim Lum Wong), attended the last hearing but did not speak publicly. This time was different. She says it was important that the board hear from her why Ng, who was acquitted of murder but sentence to 35 years in prison for his participation in the massacre, should not be granted parole.
“This dinner is not a town hall meeting,” joked Assunta Ng, founder of the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, the event’s organizer, referring to the celebration dinner held at the House of Hong on Dec. 4 honoring Dow Constantine, Martha Choe, Lloyd Hara, Mike McGinn, and John Okamoto. They were named the 2009 Top Contributors to the Asian Community by the Northwest Asian Weekly. This year’s theme was “Diversity at the Top.”
Pressure from the city and state may have contributed to the closing of the War Room, a popular Capitol Hill nightclub, but the contributions that the venue has made to the music and nightlife scene is one that patrons won’t soon forget.
The Municipal League of King County is calling for nominations for its annual Civic Awards to honor those who are working to improve the community. The Centennial Civic Awards will be presented at the League’s centennial celebration dinner on March 18, 2010.
The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) and the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) recently announced the launch of a fellowship opportunity for college juniors, seniors, and graduate students to build their legislative and public policy analysis skills on issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.