Northwest Asian Weekly and Seattle Chinese Post Publisher Assunta Ng and Oriya filmmaker Prashanta Nanda were awarded the first Washington State India Trade Relations Action Committee (WASITRAC) Building Bridges Across the Nations Award. The ceremony was held at the Space Needle and about 200 people attended.
Ng embarked on the newspaper business in 1982. Her mission is to empower the Asian community in Seattle.
Before stepping behind the camera, Nanda was an actor, screenplay writer, and lyricist in the Oriya film industry. He is a former minister of the state of Orissa. ♦