Camas library to host ‘Building Relationships Across Difference’ event
The Camas Public Library will host a 90-minute, virtual “Building Relationships Across Difference” event at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14.
Alexis James, a longtime local educator and activist, and founder and CEO of Construct the Present, will lead the discussion of how our own biases may be limiting our experiences, even within our closest relationships. Participants will have a chance to brainstorm with others to expand their circles and experience more diverse relationships to continue the work of allyship and personal growth.
A part of the Camas library’s 2021 “Read for Change” program, the Sept. 14 event — originally scheduled for Aug. 11 — was made possible by a Black Voices Minigrant provided by Beanstack.
Registration is required. Participants will be emailed the Zoom login info the day before the event. To register, visit camaspubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=7688.
The Camas library’s second annual Read for Change program, which kicked off in June with the theme “Community Healing,” included a book giveaway, speakers, an exclusive documentary screening, book discussion groups and an old-fashioned block party.
Arts Alive! Event set for Sept. 18
A free, inaugural Arts Alive! event, featuring 25 arts organizations throughout Clark County will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Clark County Public Service Center Plaza, 1300 Franklin St., in downtown Vancouver.
The event will feature live performances on the main stage from Columbia Dance, Journey Theater, Magenta Theater, Metropolitan Performing Arts, Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra, Traveling Day Society, Vancouver Ballet Folklórico and Washington Dance Creative.
The gazebo will host poetry by current and past Clark County Poets Laureate Armin Tolentino, Gwendolyn Morgan and Christopher Luna. In a separate area, children can have fun writing poems and making fish origami to attach to a “net of life.”
Arts Alive! is a collaborative effort of Artstra, Clark County Arts Commission and Columbia Arts Network.
“The goal,” Artstra chair Karen Madsen said, “is to invite the public to reconnect with the arts. People will learn what each of these groups are up to and they can check out the upcoming season for what to expect in the coming year. We hope this will really be a celebration, welcoming back the season of the arts, bringing the arts alive.”
Free parking will be available in the adjacent parking garage.
For more information, visit artstra.org/events/arts-alive.
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Bogdanov sentenced to 20 years in murder of Nikki Kuhnhausen
David Bogdanov was sentenced Thursday to 20½ years in prison in the murder of Nikki Kuhnhausen, a 17-year-old transgender teenager who went missing in 2019. Her body was later found on Larch Mountain.
In August, a Clark County Superior Court jury found Bogdanov, 27, of Vancouver, guilty of second-degree murder and malicious harassment, now legally called a hate-crime offense in Washington, in Kuhnhausen’s death.
During trial, prosecutors argued Bogdanov strangled the Vancouver teen because she was transgender. The defense argued it was self-defense.
After Kuhnhausen’s death, Bogdanov dumped her body down the hillside of Larch Mountain, booked a one-way flight to Ukraine and called a friend to “get rid” of his car, according to trial testimony. He returned to the U.S. about six weeks later.
Bogdanov testified during his trial that when he pushed Kuhnhausen away and yelled at her to get out of his car, she lunged for a loaded gun he had near the driver’s seat. He said he wrapped a phone charger around her shoulders to pull her away, but the cord slipped up around her neck.
During closing arguments, the prosecution noted that Bogdanov lied multiple times to police and never claimed he had to defend himself from Kuhnhausen.
In March 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 1687 — dubbed The Nikki Kuhnhausen Act — that prevents a criminal defense based on discovery of a victim’s actual or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation.
This story will be updated.
Thinner Kim steals spotlight at North Korean parade
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has held a parade showcasing military dogs and virus workers in orange hazmat suits, but leader Kim Jong Un still managed to seize the spotlight by looking thinner and more energetic than he has in years.
During the event late Wednesday, Kim, wearing a cream-colored suit and a shiny white tie, emerged as the clock struck midnight. He beamed in response to thunderous applause from performers and spectators filling Pyongyang’s brightly illuminated Kim Il Sung Square, named after his grandfather, the country’s founder.
He smiled widely, waved to the crowd and kissed children who presented him with flowers before taking his spot on a balcony to observe the parade. He laughed vigorously and applauded the marchers throughout the event, while holding animated chats with senior officials.
It was a stark change from 2018, when TV footage showed him struggling to catch his breath while accompanying South Korean President Moon Jae-in on a short hike to North Korea’s Mount Paektu during a period of diplomatic engagement. Moon, who is three decades older than Kim, didn’t seemed fazed by the walk at all.
“His face is clearly thinner and he is moving much more vigorously,” said Park Won-gon, a professor of North Korea studies at Seoul’s Ewha Womans University.
Kim’s weight loss became noticeable in June, when he made his first public appearance in weeks to convene a ruling party meeting. Some North Korea watchers then said that Kim, who is about 170 centimeters (5 feet, 8 inches) tall and has previously weighed 140 kilograms (308 pounds), may have lost 10-20 kilograms (22-44 pounds).
Most experts say Kim’s weight loss is more likely a result of efforts to improve his shape than an indicator of health problems, considering his regular public activity. It may also have a political purpose.
Kim is facing perhaps his toughest moment as he approaches a decade of rule, with North Korea wrestling with U.S.-led economic sanctions over its nuclear weapons, pandemic border closures that cause further strain to its broken economy, and food shortages made worse by floods in recent summers.
It has become crucial for Kim to build an image as a young and vigorous leader who can navigate the country out of trouble, analyst Park said. Such image-making efforts would align with the latest parade, which showcased civil defense units involved in efforts to rebuild the economy and communities destroyed by floods and emphasized a domestic message for unity.
Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said Kim, with his weight loss and cheerful demeanor at the parade, is likely trying to project an image of a “normal statesman” who engages with the public.
“He’s also a husband and a father of three children who is approaching his 40s, so it isn’t strange that he would care about his health,” Yang said.
Kim’s health is the focus of keen outside attention as the 37-year-old leader hasn’t publicly anointed a successor who would take control of North Korea’s advancing nuclear arsenal targeting Asian rivals and the American homeland. He has been known for heavy drinking and smoking and comes from a family with a history of heart problems. His father and grandfather, who ruled North Korea before him, both died of heart issues.
“Considering the North’s political system, where the supreme leader decides everything, Kim’s health is an extremely important security matter,” Park said. “It’s likely there were internal concerns that he was overweight, and it would have been important for Kim to reduce those concerns and present himself as a young and healthy leader who’s capable of doing things.”