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2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes

2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KPBS


As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions and influence they have made to the Asian American community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards, which Union Bank partners with public television station KPBS. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming from April 19 through May 30.

Congratulations to our 2010 Local Heroes of the Year:

DivyaKakaiyaAPA.jpg        Divya Kakaiya, Ph.D.
        Healthy Within Foundation
        San Diego, CA

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One of San Diego County's first Indian psychologists, Dr. Divya Kakaiya has been treating eating disorders since 1985, specializing in cultural issues within eating disorders. Founder of the Healthy Within Foundation, which trains volunteers to conduct eating disorder prevention outreach, Dr. Kakaiya gives more than 50 free presentations each year about preventing and eradicating eating disorders and obesity in girls. She also co-founded the South Asian Women's Initiative (SAWI), which has evolved into a vibrant organization called SDNari. Dr. Kakaiya serves on the boards of the Center for Creative Leadership's Young Women's Leadership Program and on the honorary editorial board for the Eating Disorder Journal of Treatment and Prevention.

LeeAnnKimAPA.jpg        Lee Ann Kim
        San Diego Asian Film Foundation
        San Diego, CA

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Lee Ann Kim is founder of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, which serves more than 100,000 audience members and over 1,000 individual artists through its annual film festival and year-round programs. Through her leadership, the foundation has become one of the largest media arts organizations in North America focusing on Asian Pacific Islander programming. The organization also offers programs to educate community groups about the latest media and computer technology. Ms. Kim serves on the San Diego County Cable Commission as well as on the boards of the Orchestra Nova and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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