Thursday, May 27, 2010


The IFC will collaborate with AlcoSmart to have a Chinese Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST). A MAST permit is required by law to serve alcohol anywhere the State of Washington. Classes are just 3 hours long, offered in Chinese, tests are available in Chinese. After completing the course and exam, participants will receive their MAST permit on the same day.

Date: 6/14, 7/12 or 8/9 (Monday)

Time: 2-5pm

Permit fee: $40

Location: CISC's International Family Center- Seattle

For registration or details, please call 206-624-5633x4150 Cheryl Lee

Or go to

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

CISC Students Featured in Youth Art Works Exhibition

The artwork of CISC students is currently being featured in a special exhibition put on through the Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Youth Art Works Program. at the Triangle Art Gallery in downtown Seattle  Each year, Pratt provides free art classes to over 600 kids and youth from Seattle’s Central District and surrounding neighborhoods, helping these students develop their individual voices and build skills to succeed in school and life.   

These pictures are from a reception that was held on May 20th at the downtown Seattle YMCA where the kids got to show off their work to the public.  The exhibition runs from May 1st-31st so there is still time to visit and see the work of these talented young artists if you haven’t already.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Redmond Play & Learn

Just found out today that one of the participants in this play and learn group, a grandfather, finds it so worthwhile he takes a $20 cab ride to Grasslawn Park every week so he can participate in the group with his grandchild.

Now, that's dedication!

To learn more, contact Saulai Cheung at or just stop by any Thursday from 10:00 to 11:30.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Adobe Youth Voices Live 2010

On May 13th high school students from CISC’s after school program were selected to participate in the Adobe Youth Voices Live 2010 event at the Seattle International Film Festival Cinema in Seattle Center.  Over the course of several months the students worked with Adobe Premiere and Flash software to produce a short video entitled “Welcome to the USA”.  The video gives advice to new Chinese immigrants about what they can expect in the United States and features many CISC staff as well as other students from the after school program. 

Launched in June 2006, Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation's global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large.  Thanks to Adobe, CISC is able to provide high tech video production training for new immigrant youth who would otherwise have limited or no access to professional production software.

Watch their video here! Welcome To The USA: "immigration advice"

Thursday, May 13, 2010

International Family Center - Kent

Chinese Information Service Center’s International Family Center-Kent has moved to a new, larger space in order to meet the growing needs of families in South King County. IFC-Kent is now located at:

18123 East Valley Highway, Suite 105
Kent, WA 98032

The new center has more than double the space, is easily accessible via public transportation (Metro bus lines 153,155,161, and 247) and has plenty of free parking. As a result the new IFC-Kent is able to help and serve more families than ever before. Improvements in facilities allow CISC to better assist families who are in need and are only possible thanks to your generous contributions. Thank you again for your support!

Please visit our new Kent center Tuesdays, or Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, contact Gilbert Leow at 425-251-4300 or

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

CISC Receives 2010 Hepatitis B Outstanding Leadership Award

On May 6th, 2010 CISC was honored to receive the 2010 Hepatitis B Outstanding Leadership Award at the 2010 Annual Hepatitis B Forum.  Given by the Hepatitis B Coalition of Washington State, the award is presented to organizations and/or individuals who demonstrate leadership and commitment to raising hepatitis B awareness in the API community. 

The Hepatitis B Coalition of Washington State is dedicated to reducing hepatitis B disease and its complications through innovation, education, and community partnership. Currently, CISC is partnering with the Hepatitis B Community Engagement Workgroup in order to assess hepatitis B awareness levels in the API community and address gaps, barriers, and take advantage of potential opportunities in health services.  Ultimately, this partnership allows CISC to expand its current efforts to improve the health of the API community. International Family Center Coordinator Mabel Kwong (pictured) accepted the award on behalf of CISC

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Asian Pacific Islander Celebration at Seattle Center

On May 2nd the Seattle Center House hosted the Asian Pacific Islander Celebration to commemorate the beginning of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The event was put on by the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition in partnership with Seattle Central Festal and included performances from Asian-American soul and R&B artist Dawen, the Chinese Community Girls Drill Team (pictured), Seattle Matsuri Taiko, Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team, Apna Bhangra Crew, and Cambodian Dance Preservation Group, among many others.

CISC Executive Director and Chairperson of the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition Alaric Bien delivered the event's opening remarks. In his speech, Alaric focused on the growing disparities in education and healthcare within the Asian American community and the need to address those issues.

The event was well attended with people from a variety of different backgrounds coming together to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Rice for Seniors

Once again, Brownie Troop 52844 is using proceed from their cookie sales to purchase and distribute rice to low income seniors.

They're here at CISC this morning, bagging and giving away 400 pounds of rice!  Way to go girls!!

Some of these seniors came early for the noon event - before 10:00.  And we hear one woman was actually waiting at the door at 7:00 a.m.!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Understanding Insomnia

Did you know that 30-50% of Americans are affected by insomnia? One of the major causes is stress, and being a full-time caretaker of a loved one can certainly be stressful. On April 24th, our Family Caregiver program had a seminar that focused on the emotional factors that lead to insomnia, and how to achieve a better quality of sleep in the future.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Youth Art Works Exhibition

CISC after school youth will have their art on display this month at the Douglass-Truth branch of the Seattle Public Library.

The Pratt Fine Arts Center provided free art instruction to help our students develop their individual voices and build skills to succeed in school and life.

Come take a look at some of the fine examples of art, now through May 30 - 23rd & E Yesler!