The McKnight Foundation invites nominations for the 2012 Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service. McKnight will recognize up to six Minnesotans who have demonstrated an exceptional personal commitment to helping others in their communities but who have received little or no public recognition. Echoing McKnight's mission statement, the Foundation seeks individuals who "attend, unite, and empower" others in communities throughout Minnesota. Each awardee will receive US$10,000 and will be honored at a ceremony in late summer.
By Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends
By the time the United States entered World War II in 1941, the Chinese population in the country stood at 78,000. Eager to show their allegiance to their adopted country, nearly 20 percent of Chinese adult males enlisted or were drafted into the U.S. armed forces. The enlistment average for the general population was 8.6 percent. Despite the still existing Chinese Exclusion Act, Chinese Americans found themselves being promoted as friends on government-issued posters and propaganda materials.1
By the Advisory Committee of the Chinese Heritage Foundation, with Sherri Gebert-Fuller of the Minnesota Historical Society
For many years following World War II, Jane Wilson was the superintendent of the Chinese Sunday School at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis.
On Nov. 17 President Barack Obama named fifteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. One of the recipients was cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The other Medal of Freedom recipients are: President George H. W. Bush, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Congressman John Lewis, John H. Adams, Maya Angelou, Warren Buffett, Jasper Johns, Gerda Weissmann Klein, Dr. Tom Little (Posthumous), Sylvia Mendez, Stan Musial, Bill Russell, Jean Kennedy Smith and John J. Sweeney. The awards will be presented at a White House ceremony early in 2011.