LORTON, Va. (AP) — For a long time, says Loc Pfeiffer, his fellow Asian Americans were passive participants in American politics. But things are changing.
McCain a hero for many Vietnamese people
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — John McCain’s heroism during the Vietnam War and his efforts in Congress on behalf of Vietnamese refugees are being repaid in a small office wedged between a taekwondo studio and stock trading firm in the back of a strip mall.
Candidates agree on South Asia: But is that good?
South Asia has become the new arena for the two presidential candidates’ policies concerning the war against terrorism. The refrains of Bush’s anti-terrorism offensive in Afghanistan and Iraq can be heard in both the Obama and McCain campaigns. However, Afghanistan’s neighboring country, Pakistan, is the centerfold of discussion this time.
The future leaders of our community
On Oct. 11, the young future leaders of tomorrow competed at the Lead from the Inside Out Competition in Redmond. The competition was based around a “community passion project” each young leader designed. The criterion was to find an innovative, practical vision to improve their community in some way.
Commendation for ICHS
International Community Health Services (ICHS) recently received the Washington State Hospital Association’s (WSHA) Community Health Leadership Award in recognition of its Multi-lingual Community Outreach Program targeting diabetes and cervical cancer. The award was presented to ICHS at the Association’s annual meeting on Oct. 8, at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.
Celebrating neighborhood projects
About 300 people recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund. Stella Chao, director of the Department of Neighborhoods, reports that the fund has sparked 3,500 neighborhood projects around Seattle — including the new Chinatown gate, ID dragon poles, Lao Highland Association Community Center, Wing Luke exhibits and more. The fund boosts neighborhood projects with city money and has inspired other programs globally in 100 cities.
Fundraising through sweets
On Saturday, Oct. 4, Kin On held its first annual Open House and Crafts and Bake Sale. Over 200 visitors, volunteers and community vendors filled the nursing home with handmade crafts, delicious baked goods, snacks and a friendly atmosphere. Many came to Kin On for the very first time and received informative guided tours with a board member, CEO, and/or staff member.
The first and only U.S. Pan-Asian museum grows
After years of dedication and commitment from the community, the Wing Luke Asian Museum has adjusted greatly into its new home at the four-story East Kong Ying Building in the International District.
‘Pool’ film hypnotic and deep
A languorous meditation on free will versus destiny, Chris Smith’s fine film “The Pool” traces a few weeks in the life of Venkatesh, a teenager who labors at a modest hotel in the dusty city of Panjim, Goa.
Animator the new Miyazaki?
Thirty-five-year-old Japanese animator Makoto Shinkai often gets called “the new Miyazaki.” Having learned this, you should forget it. Hayao Miyazaki represents the gold standard of Japanese anime to the West.