NAMES IN THE NEWS
Last updated 2-19-09 at 11:02 a.m.
Young gun: Eugene Kang
A first generation Korean American, Kang has the distinction of being “special assistant to the President,” at the young age of 24. Before joining the Obama administration, Kang ran for a city council position in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while he was in his last year at the University of Michigan in 2005. He lost by only 90 votes.
He was a key player in the Obama campaign; he was responsible for enhanc-ing Obama’s presence and connection within Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. He is also credited with creating Obama’s Web site for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Lunar New Year celebration
Some of ACRS’ Vietnamese staff dressed traditionally to help their clients usher in the Lunar New Year.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service’s Vietnamese staff held its first Vietnamese Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival for 200 Vietnamese clients on Friday, Jan. 30, from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
“Our clients and their families were very content,” said Case Manager Kim Co. “Several of our clients’ family members reported that the event gave vulnerable and home-bound clients a purpose to leave their house. Our Vietnamese staff members were very pleased to know that we made a difference in their lives.
“We look forward to continuing in making a difference in our clients’ lives. We cannot wait for the next Tet festival,” said Co. ACRS says that without their generous sponsors, the event wouldn’t have been possible.
Community contributor awards
Pictured (from left to right) are: OCA-GS President Kelly Dang, Kim Tran, Vi Mar, C.C. Tien's wife Lee-Hwa Tien, and OCA-GS Secretatary Phillip Sit.
The Organization of Chinese Americans’ Greater Seattle Chapter (OCA-GS) held their Lunar New Year celebration and Golden Circle Awards on Feb. 7 at the New Hong Kong Restaurant.
Attended by 260 people, the event honored Vi Mar, Kim Tran, and Chang-Chio Tien for their dedication and contribution to the Asian community in the Puget Sound region.
The evening included a 10-course Chinese banquet, a lion dance, a dessert auction, and traditional Chinese dances.
Founded in 1973, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.
Sharon A. Sakamoto
On Nov. 19, 2008 the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) honored founder and past president Sharon A. Sakamoto by inaugurating the Sharon A. Sakamoto President’s Scholarship. The scholarship was announced at the ABAW’s Welcome Reception at the Wing Luke Asian Museum.
Sakamoto was born in the Minidoka internment camp in Idaho. She rose above those traumatic times to graduate from Seattle University and teach in the Seattle Public Schools for 16 years. Dedicated to justice and equality, Sakamoto later attended Seattle University Law School, where she graduated in 1984.
She immediately opened a practice in Seattle’s International District and within three years founded the ABAW.
The ABAW awarded the Sharon A. Sakamoto President’s Scholarship, in the amount of $4,000, to Hai-Ching Yang from the University of Washington School of Law.
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