ORGANIZATIONS: Friends of China

In Seattle last week, 640 leading citizens sat down to feast on mandarin chicken, pineapple chicken, Cantonese beef, steamed rice in lotus leaf, jai choy and other triumphs of Chinese cuisine. Occasion for the feast: New Year's celebration of the Chinese year 4654—the Year of the Monkey. It was also the 40th anniversary of Seattle's China Club, a remarkable example of the American penchant for voluntarily organizing for a high purpose—in this case for Sino-American friendship.

"I wish to say how grateful my countrymen and myself feel toward the club," said the...

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