23 September 2010

John Yee honored by Denver for Sister Cities work

By ADAM GOLDSTEIN
The Aurora Sentinel

AURORA | A retired Aurora Central High School teacher’s efforts to strengthen bonds with foreign countries has been recognized by the Denver City Council.

Earlier this month, Denver City Councilman Doug Linkhart presented John Yee with the city’s Friendship Award, a recognition that’s part of the Denver Sister Cities program. Yee, a former teacher at Central, received the award for his longtime efforts to build ties between Denver and Kunming, China. Linkhart presented the award on behalf of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper during a ceremony at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum on Sept. 16.

Yee, a native of Kumming, served with the Flying Tigers, an American Volunteer Group, during World War II. In addition to his work in the Aurora Public Schools District, Yee has taught at the University of Denver, the Metropolitan State College of Denver and has been an active member of the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership.

The Friendship Award is the latest in a string of honors for Yee. He’s also received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, the Minoru Yasui Volunteer Award and served as the Honorary Chair of the Dragon Boat Festival in Denver.