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A Tibetan appointed to the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

July 29, 2010

Tsewang Phuntso
Office of Tibet, New York
July 28, 2010

New York -- The Washington State Governor has
appointed a Tibetan American and resident of
Seattle, Tashi Namgyal Khamshitsang, to the State
Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

The State Commission on Asian Pacific American
Affairs looks after the well-being of Asian
Pacific Americans in the Washington State by
ensuring their access to participation in the
fields of government, business, education, and
other areas.  The Commission also serves as an
Asian Advisory Council to the Governor.  The
Commission was instituted by the 43rd State
legislation passed on February 26, 1974.

In her appointment letter, Governor Christine O
Gregoire says, "We need people like you, who are
willing to give of their time and abilities to
our state."  She further adds that "As a member
of my team I ask you to take personal
responsibility and hold our boards and
commissions and their management accountable for results”.

Tashi Namgyal is appointed for a three-year term,
which begins on 1 July 2010 and ends on 30 June 2013.

He is a former President of the Tibetan
Association of Washington State.  Tashi Namgyal,
before migrating to the United States in 1999,
served the Tibetan Administration-in-Exile for 26
years in various capacities including the
Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Nepal.

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