Mayor Lee Invites Community to Fu Dog Dedication Ceremony

The people of Bellevue come from all different countries and backgrounds, and that is part of what makes Bellevue a great place to live. Mayor Conrad Lee continues to support this melting pot of cultures through his support of the Bellevue Sister Cities Association.

Bellevue currently has four sister cities: Kladno, Czech Republic; Liepaja, Latvia; Yao, Japan; and Hualien, Taiwan. Recently, in commemoration of a 30-year relationship, Hualien has given two 3,600 pound marble Fu Dogs installed outside Bellevue City Hall.

There will be a dedication ceremony on …

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Mayor Invites Community to Attend American Immigration Forums Event

Mayor Lee invites the community to participate in the American Immigration Forums, a platform for dialogue and discussion on national immigration policy and reform. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 5th starting at 6:30 p.m. at Bellevue’s Circle of Friends, located at 121 107th Ave Bellevue, WA. The Mayor will be joined by various community leaders and students in discussing aspects of American immigration issues.

Members of the community who are interested in contributing their opinions on this important topic are encouraged to attend. The agenda …

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Mayor Launches Second Round of American Immigration Forums

The second round of the American Immigration Forums launched on April 1st, 2013. The project is an initiative by Mayor Lee to help strengthen community feedback and focus on the important national topic of immigration on a local level. The project’s team is composed of high school students from throughout the Bellevue area, with the support of various advisors including John Spady of the Community Forums Network, Dr. Valentina Kiselev of In Time Magazine, and Y.P. Chan.

The first round was an event that took place …

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Bellevue: The Road to the American Dream

Excerpt from “The Eastside express lane to the American Dream” by Eric Scigliano, co-produced by Seattle magazine and Crosscut.com:

Conrad Lee was an early adopter of the immigrant suburban ethos. He came to the States from Hong Kong in 1958 – one soul in the mid-century “forgotten wave” of Chinese immigrants – moved to Seattle in 1962 and became an engineer at Boeing. In 1967 he crossed the lake to Bellevue and never left. In 1994, he was elected to Bellevue’s city council. Today, he is its …

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Mayor Makes Keynote Address at Naturalization Ceremony

Mayor Lee delivered the keynote address at the naturalization ceremony held at Eastgate Elementary School on February 27, 2013.

Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee, himself a naturalized citizen, told students and the new citizens, “We are all one nation.  We all share one thing in common:  We are all Americans!”  Lee immigrated to the US in the 1960s from China and his children attended and graduated from the Bellevue School District.  New citizens, their families and students also watched a special video message from President Obama, who …

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Mayor Lee: Thoughts on Eastside Immigration

Excerpts from Mayor Lee’s interview with Michelle Tolfa of Seattle Magazine for a future feature article on immigration on the Eastside:  

I was born in China, raised in Hong Kong, came to the States in 1958, graduated with a B.S. in engineering from University of Michigan in 1962, and came to Seattle to work for Boeing. I was elected to Bellevue City Council in 1994 and Mayor in 2012.

Would you say that the quality of schools and education in Bellevue is a large part of …

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