An unassuming, petite, and stoic-looking Asian inmate blends into the McNeil Inmate Corrections Center (MICC) scenery well. With his eyes cast to the floor, with neatly shined shoes, and a well-kept outer appearance, only a name — in small sized font on an inmate badge — hints at a more complicated past: Wai-Chiu Ng.
During these tough economic times, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) and its new president and CEO Christine Takada are looking out for the aging Asian Pacific Islander (API) population. NAPCA is a national nonprofit organization and its mission is to enhance the dignity, well being, and quality of life for API seniors. I spoke with Takada, who was named the president in October, regarding the organization and what lies ahead in 2010.
Thus far, there are a few notable Asian Americans as his senior personal staff: Director of Communications Frank Abe, and Director of Government and Labor Relations Sung Yang. His administrative assistant is Lee Anne Hughes
As he did paperwork, a man who the officer recognized as matching the description of Clemmons came up to the patrol car’s driver side door. The man’s identity was later confirmed as Clemmons. The officer asked him to stop and show his hands, which Clemmons did not.
Betty Patu, 61, is the newly elected Seattle School Board director of District 7, one made up of mostly students of color. She officially began her new job on Dec. 2 and really looks forward to working with all of the city’s teachers, principals, parents, as well as the overall community.
In commemorating the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the recent passage of ACR 76 in California, California State Assembly member Mike Eng, the Yee Fow Museum, and other state and national organizations held a public conference on Dec. 6 at the Chinese American Museum in California.
The renovation got a boost last week with a three-year, $600,000 Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to California State University, Monterey Bay. The planned Asian Cultural Center and Museum is the centerpiece of the Chinatown Renewal Project, led by the city and university.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the noisy town hall meetings, Tea Party protests and sky-is-falling speeches characterizing much of the health care debate is a less visible, but an intense push to broaden the face of the immigration reform movement.
“We were caught in the war without the presence of my father,” said Louie, whose brother, Shin Fong, died at the age of 4 due to malnutrition and lack of medical care. “My mother was devastated. It just broke her heart.”
He told himself that he could make something like it. That was the moment he became a board game creator. In the following weeks, he created six games. He had his friends test them out, though they weren’t too impressed with his initial efforts.