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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2010: KCET

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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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2010: KPBS

2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes

2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KPBS


As part of Union Bank’s 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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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2010: KQED

2010 Asian Pacific American Hertitage Month Heroes

2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KQED


The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the 13th Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors in conjunction with public television station KQED. 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:

VaneFeuyChaoAPA.jpg        Vane Feuy Chao
        Asian Americans for Community Involvement
        San Jose, CA

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Vane Feuy Chao has been a mental health counselor for the last 24 years at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). He is a leader in the Lao Mien community and served as president of the Lao-Mien Association of Santa Clara County from 1987 to 1994. He is also active in the Iu-Mien American National Coalition and serves as a shaman for the Mien community throughout the United States, presiding over cultural festivities, ceremonies, and family events. He is considered an elder statesman in the community, helping to resolve conflicts, mediate family disputes, and advise others.

KennithLeeAPA.jpg        Kennith Lee
        Francisco Middle School
        San Francisco, CA

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Currently the assistant principal at Francisco Middle School, Kennith Lee started his career in education with the Oakland Unified School District and as a teacher with the Teacher Corps Program in Atlanta, Georgia, during the 1970s. He has coordinated the Chinese New Year Basketball Jamboree at the Chinese Recreation Center for the past 20 years and also assisted in the annual Chinese New Year Parade. Mr. Lee is an advisor to the Yau Kung Moon Kung Fu Sport Association and finds great fulfillment working with youth. His ultimate goal is to make a positive impact on each and every child he comes across.

SueLeeAPA.jpg        Sue Lee
        Chinese Historical Society of America
        San Francisco, CA

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Sue Lee is the executive director of the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) Museum. Under her tenure, CHSA has thrived by expanding its audiences and collections with groundbreaking exhibits, innovative programs, and collaborations with several organizations, including the de Young Museum, The Oakland Museum of California, The California Historical Society, The San Francisco Museum & Historical Society, and The Historical Society of the Northern California District Court. Ms. Lee's work in the community is driven by a desire for Chinese American stories to be told in a Chinese American voice.

JeffMoriAPA.jpg        Jeff Mori
        Asian American Recovery Services, Inc. 
        San Francisco, CA

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Jeff Mori is executive director of Asian American Recovery Services, Inc. (AARS), a non-profit community organization that provides specialized substance abuse services to Asian and Pacific Islander communities in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. He has served on the San Francisco Citizen's Committee on Community Development, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission, and the California Coastal Commission. Mr. Mori has been honored by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the United States Senate, the California State Assembly, the Asian Business League of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Foundation, among others.
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