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2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes

2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KCET

As part of Union Bank's Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions in the Asian community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Seventh Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors in conjunction with public television station KCET. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming from May 1 through 31.

Congratulations to our 2010 Local Heroes of the Year:

JuryCandelarioAPA.jpg        Jury Candelario
        Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team
        Los Angeles, CA

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Jury Candelario is director of the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team in Los Angeles, which he joined in 1998. He has advocated for better HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, research funding, and policy reform, including testifying at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Office of National AIDS Policy. Mr. Candelario has been honored by the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the City of Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, and the San Fernando Valley Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce.

TerryHaraAPA.jpg        Terry Hara
        Los Angeles Police Department
        Los Angeles, CA

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As deputy chief and commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Personnel and Training Bureau (PTB), Terry Hara is responsible for overseeing the training of police recruits and the administration of human resources for the department and is the first Asian American to achieve this ranking. Deputy Chief Hara is on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, is a past president of the Nisei Week Foundation and the Japanese American Optimist Club of Los Angeles, and also serves as a board member for the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, the Japan America Society, and the "Go For Broke" National Education Center.

TedTanakaAPA.jpg        Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA
        Ted Tokio Tanaka Architects
        Los Angeles, CA

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Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA, principal of Ted Tokio Tanaka Architects, has made significant contributions to Los Angeles urban landscapes, including the well-known Los Angeles International Airport Beautification Enhancements Project. In 1994, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored Mr. Tanaka for his outstanding work. He has served as president of AIA/Los Angeles, the organization's first Asian president, president of the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association, and chairman of the board of governors at Otis College of Art and Design. In 2011, Mr. Tanaka will serve his 13th year as president of the Asia America Symphony Association, commemorating the organization’s 50th anniversary.

KarinWangAPA.jpg        Karin Wang
        Asian Pacific American Legal Center
        Los Angeles, CA

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Karin Wang is vice president of programs at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC). She is chair of the California State Bar's Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, part of the State Bar's Justice Gap Task Force, and also serves as cochair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's (NAPABA) Pro Bono & Community Service Committee. She was honored with Lambda Legal's "Liberty Award" and named one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40" by NAPABA. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, Ms. Wang was editor-in-chief of the Asian Law Journal.
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