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Hong Kong trip renews alumni friendships

President Anderson met with PLU alumni Peggy Chan and Winston Zee in Hong Kong.
President Anderson met with PLU alumni Peggy Chan and Winston Zee in Hong Kong.

Personal attention, a strong value system, and longtime friendships-wherever PLU officials travel, the message is a common theme, with variations heard frequently. A month before this past year's Scandinavian trip, PLU President Loren J. and MaryAnn Anderson, and their daughter, Maren; his sister, Joann Anderson; and PLU Development Director James Van Beek '60, '69, traveled to Hong Kong, visiting alumni and promoting the university.

During their five-day visit (Oct. 29-Nov 2) the quintet renewed friendships with some of PLU's 150 alumni in the area. They met with old friends, such as Andrew Hsiao, Lutheran Theological Seminary president emeritus (recipient of PLU's 1982 Distinguished Service Award). The group attended a service at the Church of All Nations and visited the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Shatin, to meet with the Rev. Tak-Ho Lam, its current president.

Anderson said that in the 1970s and 1980s PLU welcomed a significant number of students from Hong Kong, thanks to the leadership of the Lutheran church there, the recruiting effort of K.T. Tang, a professor of physics, and the work of Van Beek.
Social activities the group attended included dining with Pak Jo Chan, a former PLU student, his wife, Lilly, and their daughter, Elaine, and enjoying a cruise/dinner hosted by Winston Zee '76 and Peggy Chan '77, their son, David, Zee's mother, and a family friend, Timothy.

The group met with Roy Shih '74, vice president of Salomon Smith Barney, and his son, Kevin; Eric Lau '87; and Raymond (Tak Ming) Li '86, as well as Andy Lo '74, and his wife, Miranda (Mei-Ngan) '74; Pastor Dale Keohneke; Chuck Dull, headmaster of the Hong Kong International School (HKIS); the Bickel family and their daughter, Meggen, a senior at HKIS who is interested in attending PLU; Peggy Pardini, parent of a former PLU student; Charles Oh, a 14-year-old student from Korea; and Sze Chan '85 (Peggy Chan's brother).

During the dinner, Anderson called for the involvement in PLU of the remarkable technological expertise of Hong Kong alumni, such as Peggy Chan, who is the managing director of the software company, Excel Consultancy Ltd.

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