During its Chinese New Years Gala, Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation (HKAWF) awarded Dr. Austen Chan the “Spirit of Hong Kong” Award for his vast contributions to local Asian communities. His wife Nora Chan, along with their three sons Michael, Richard, and Brian, received the award on his behalf.

During its Chinese New Years Gala, Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation (HKAWF) awarded Dr. Austen Chan the “Spirit of Hong Kong” Award for his vast contributions to local Asian communities. His wife Nora Chan, along with their three sons Michael, Richard, and Brian, received the award on his behalf.

 

Michael expressed gratitude toward HKAWF for the award, and will strive to continue his father’s work to benefit the Asian communities in accordance to his wishes.

 

Late Dr. Austen Chan was born in Shantou Prefecture, Guangdong Province of China. He came to the States in 1961 to study, and earned his PhD here. He was a researcher at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, but later mastered chiropractics to help others and to ease his wife’s back pain.

 

In 1985, he opened his first clinics in the Chinatown International District. Applying his knowledge in physics to chiropractics, he invented corrective pillows to ease spinal pain for many. Further extending his helping hand, he held free semi-annual diagnostics sessions for the poor.

 

In 1990, he found his own internet company, and due to his success and social connections, he was invited to AEA Bank on the Advisory Board and Palmer University as a director.

 

Furthering the American Melting Pot ideals, Dr. Austen Chan and three of his friends founded Seattle Chinese Times to increase cultural exchange of Chinese and Americans.

He and his wife had always generously donated their time, effort, and money toward charitable clauses including many local fundraisers, disaster rescue, and even private scholarships. They later formed “Seniors in Action Foundation(耆德會)” with other philanthropists, helping local seniors and those in need of help.

 

Besides giving, the foundation also assists elderly citizens on their voter Registrations and on vote castings for elections.  This closes the gap between the voices of the Asian community and what is represented in the ballot boxes.

 

His children are also successful in their own fields.  His three sons are respected medical practitioners for their compassion and expertise. His daughter Elizabeth, along with her husband, continues to manage his internet company.

 

The award is a modest recognition to Dr. Austen Chan’s many accomplishments and contributions. His virtues and values towards family and society are models for many entrepreneurs.

 

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