VOLUME 28 NO. 7 | FEBRUARY 7 - 13, 2009


Last updated 2-5-09 at 1:24 p.m.

A night to remember

Two Seattle families at the Western States Ball, from left to right: Nate Miles with his wife,Leslie Miles, Sharon Nickels with daughter Carey Nickels and husband, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels

For Nate Miles, who participated in a week’s worth of inauguration events in Washington, D.C., the highlight was the Western States Ball on Jan. 20. There were stars and celebrities there, and the magic of Miles’ entire week came to a crescendo when the president and first lady arrived.

“You truly got the sense that you were in the room with royalty,” Miles said. “As they danced, I sensed something special happening. It was the feeling you got as a child watching the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s epic movie “Cinderella,” as [Cinderella] was dancing with the prince. Here was America’s prince and princess, our prince and princess, right in front of our eyes, and we were there!

“As I held my wife — in my opinion, the most beautiful belle at the ball and a princess in her own right — I was struck by how universal our feelings were. We noticed the whole room was glued in adoring amazement at this young couple.
“That night was truly a memory of a lifetime.”

A proper sendoff

Walter Liang

On Jan. 15, Walter Liang retired from his position as the regional representative of Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao amid a crowd of colleagues and friends at his farewell party.

Liang held the position for nearly eight years. Having received many accolades, he was an inspiration to his fellow U.S. government workers.

Prior to being named the Department of Labor representative, Liang was a congressional appointee to the U.S. Census Monitoring Board as the western regional representative. He has been a member of numerous boards and advisory councils, and he has received various awards for his work in public service. He is a graduate of California State University in Sacramento.

New faces, new places

Larry Pang

Larry Pang has been named the new president of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Pang will continue carrying the Chamber’s mission of empowering individuals, organizations, and businesses within the Chinese community through networking, education, cultural awareness, and mutual support.

Pang has his own insurance company, Pang & Associates Insurance Services.

A new book

“You can take the girl out of the country, but not the country out of the girl,” the English saying goes. For Wendy Liu, it has been more the case of “You can take the girl out of China, but not the Chinese proverbs out of the girl.”

Liu presents 39 essays in her new book, “Everything I Understand about America I Learned in Chinese Proverbs.” The essays are based on 39 Chinese proverbs and sayings, and on 39 of her experiences and observations over her 20 years of living in the United States. She writes about her understanding of America and U.S.–China relations.

A former Chinese citizen, Liu has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Xi’an Foreign Languages Institute and a Master of Science in technology and science policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Liu lives on Mercer Island.



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