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2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KCET

As part of the Union Bank 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 Eighth Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors in conjunction with public television station KCET. The station broadcasts video profiles of the honorees throughout its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming from May 1 through 31.

Congratulations to our 2011 Local Heroes of the Year:

 Ruth_Tang_Ting_2011.jpg        Ruth Tang Ding
        Orange County Chinese Cultural Club 
        Laguna Niguel, CA   

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Ruth Tang Ding is the founder and president of the Orange County Chinese Cultural Club and Pan Pacific Performing Arts, Inc. As a teacher and a philanthropist, Ms. Ding has been a major promoter of the arts and Chinese culture in Orange County for more than 50 years. She is a board member of the Opera Pacific, the Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where she is also a director. Ms. Ding has been honored with many awards, including a Special Commendation for Service to Orange County and Honorary Goodwill Ambassador by former Secretary of State of California March Fong Eu.

Sandy_Sakamoto_2011.jpg        Sandy L. Sakamoto
        Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP  
        Los Angeles, CA   

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Sandy L. Sakamoto is a community organizer and a partner at the law firm Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP. Her career achievements include 22 years as an assistant general counsel with AT&T. Ms. Sakamoto serves on various boards and community organizations, including the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. She was a Japanese American Leadership delegate in 2003 and continues to be involved in efforts to strengthen ties between Japan and the U.S. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, she organized a candlelight vigil through JACCC to offer condolences to those who had lost loved ones and to honor the lives of those lost.

Charles_Woo_2011.jpg        Charles Woo
        Los Angeles, CA 

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Charles Woo is the cofounder and CEO of Megatoys, an international toy manufacturing company, and credited as the founder of the Toy District of downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Woo has used his influence within the Los Angeles commerce industry to help hundreds of immigrant entrepreneurs start their own companies and to create thousands of jobs in the toy district. He currently chairs the Workforce Investment Board and served as the first Asian American chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Woo has received numerous esteemed awards and has been featured in Fortune, The Economist, and the New York Times for his dedication to the Los Angeles community.

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