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Chinese American teen to receive posthumous award for bravery

The Chinese American Museum in Washington D.C. will present a posthumous award to teenager Peter Wang this Friday for his bravery during the 2018 shooting at Parkland High School.

The honor is part of the museum’s 2023 Golden Lantern Awards. According to the Chinese American Museum website, the awards will be presented during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center on Friday, October 13.

Other people receiving awards include writer-activist Maxine Hong Kingston; television host Yue-Sai Kan; forensic scientist and media personality Dr. Henry Lee; innovator Stephany Yu; former Career Civilian Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and AAPI advocate Bel Leong-Hong; community leaders Larry La and Paul Li.

On February 14, 2018, Wang was shot and killed in a hallway by a mass shooter at Parkland High School in Florida. He was 15.

Wang had been holding the door open so his teachers and classmates could escape when he was shot. He was praised for his brave actions.

The teenager had dreams of one day attending the U.S. Military Academy. He was wearing his Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) uniform the day he was shot. According to NBC News, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point posthumously accepted Wang a week after the shooting.

The Golden Lantern Awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase on the Chinese American Museum’s website.

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