NAMES IN THE NEWS
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
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
New faces, new places
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
A new book
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
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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