International Examiner held their 19th Annual Community Voice Awards banquet at New Hong Kong Restaurant last Wednesday May 19. The numerous friends of International Examiner left barely enough room for walking. In the festive atmosphere among their great many friends, International Examiner celebrated its 36th year of success – championing for the voiceless as the only non-profit Asian and Pacific Islander (API) newspaper on the West coast.

International Examiner held their 19th Annual Community Voice Awards banquet at New Hong Kong Restaurant last Wednesday May 19. The numerous friends of International Examiner left barely enough room for walking. In the festive atmosphere among their great many friends, International Examiner celebrated its 36th year of success – championing for the voiceless as the only non-profit Asian and Pacific Islander (API) newspaper on the West coast.

Five people were awarded by the International Examiner that evening for their extraordinary efforts and achievements.

Vu Le received the Tatsuo Nakata Youth Award for his works in leading the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) to become the leading Vietnamese social service agency in Seattle. The agency has immeasurable impact on building of the youth community among Vietnamese.

   

Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) received the Outstanding Organization award for service and support it provides in the API community. An 11 year-old organization, its program trained many new leaders in the API community. It not only develops leaders, it also created a strong and influential network in the API community.

Cassie Chinn received the Arts Award for her integral role in re-opening the Wing Luke museum in its new space, and preserving the century-old East Kong Yick Building that it now occupies. Cassie is the Deputy Executive Director at the Wing Luke Museum.

   

Sharon Maeda was recognized as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for her lifelong contribution as an activist. The award was presented to her by King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, who regarded her as a mentor in activism and social change. Upon receiving the award, Sharon educated the audience on the injustices the 25,000 grocery store workers union fights against – and she encouraged the crowd to bring up the issue at their local grocery stores.

A surprise award was given to International Examiner’s Editor in Chief Diem Ly, unbeknown to most, received a degree in neuroscience before she rediscoverd her love for writing. Diem tearfully accepted the award from her appreciating staff members.

   

International Examiner’s fundraising efforts were met with enthusiasm over the evening. The supporters participated passionately in the live auction, dessert auction, as well as the “raise the paddle” donation drive. In response to the support, International Examiner pledged to continue as a voice for the community for many years to come.

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