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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: KCET

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
        Partner
        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
        Megatoys 
        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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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: KPBS

2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KPBS


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 and influence they have made to the Asian American community.

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

Congratulations to our 2011 Local Heroes of the Year:


 Tom_Hom_2011.jpg        Tom Hom
        The Tom Hom Group 
        San Diego, CA  

       



Tom Hom is a community leader and philanthropist. He was the first Asian American elected to the San Diego City Council in 1962 as deputy mayor and later served in the California State Assembly. Mr. Hom is also a successful entrepreneur, having been president of Tom Hom & Associates Realtors and Tom Hom Investment Corporation and chairman of The Tom Hom Group. He is also the founder of the Hom Family Foundation, which has helped launch the Chinese Historical Museum. Mr. Hom serves on many community boards, including the board of San Diego Television, Inc., where he's director and chairman, and BSD Bancorp as director and vice-chairman. Mr. Hom has also received numerous recognitions and awards, including the Center City Development Corporation Director's Award, Gaslamp Quarter Foundation Award, and the Downtown Partners Association "Man of the Year."

 Robin_Tarr_2011.jpg        Robin J. Tarr
        Jonathan Tarr Foundation 
        Encinitas, CA   

       



Robin J. Tarr is founder of the Jonathan Tarr Foundation, an education-based nonprofit that provides scholarships to a diverse population of underserved boys and girls. The Jonathan Tarr Foundation was established in memory of her son Jonathan, who died in a tragic car accident at 17. Ms. Tarr has drawn strength from her children and her Chinese-Hawaiian heritage to help handle adversity and changes in her personal life. She has received numerous awards, including the Hometown Hero Award, Making a Difference for Women Award, and His Excellency Award from Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines.


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Asian Pacific Amerian Heritage Month: KQED

2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KQED


The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the 14th Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors in conjunction with public television station KQED. 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:

Dr_Fung_2011.jpg        Gregory Fung, M.D.
        Asian Americans for Community Involvement 
        San Francisco, CA   

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Gregory Fung, M.D.,
is a gastroenterologist by day and dedicated community health advocate and theater group volunteer member by night. As a physician, he has been involved with many health community organizations, including Glide Health Services, where he was the founding medical director. He also works with the Delancey Street Foundation, a national rehabilitation and reentry program where he runs a free medical clinic and conducts stress reduction seminars with his brother for the residents. Dr. Fung and his five siblings also founded the community theater group Friends Of... that stages free, original theatrical productions for 5,000 youth, senior citizens, and community members annually.



Paul_Osaki_2011.JPG        Paul Isao Osaki
        Japanese Cultural Community Center of Northern California 
        San Francisco, CA   

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Paul Isao Osaki is the executive director of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. He has a 33-year history of dedication and commitment to the Japanese American community and has worked with many community organizations, committees, and boards, including the California Japanese American Community Leadership Council, an organization representing Japanese American organizations in California. Mr. Osaki has organized several interactions between leaders of Japan and the United States and is also a strong advocate for improving the relationship between the two countries. He is also coordinating the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, which was established to help with the relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts in the Tohoku region of Japan.



Takashi_Tanemori_2011.jpg        Takashi Tanemori
        Silkworm Peace Institute 
        Berkeley, CA   

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Takashi Tanemori is the founder of the Silkworm Peace Institute. Having faced great hardships in his life, including surviving the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, losing his family during the attack, and enduring physical and emotional adversity, he found himself angry and eager for revenge until, in 1985, he realized he had a higher calling. He has since devoted himself to fostering forgiveness and helping others live in Heiwa (peace, with harmony and equality). Mr. Tanemori has dedicated his life to helping others overcome the barriers he once faced to help make the world a safer and more peaceful place to live.



Don_Young_2011.JPG        Donald Young
        Center for Asian American Media     
        San Francisco, CA  

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Donald Young
has been at the Center for Asian American Media since 1996 and is currently director of programs. Mr. Young has dedicated his career to advancing the Asian American community's involvement in the media industry. Throughout his career, he has worked with many of the Asian American community's vastly talented storytellers in an effort to convey the untold pieces of America's culture and history. At the center, he heads production and national PBS broadcasting efforts, manages the Media Fund and Digital Media departments, and supervises the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Mr. Young has produced numerous films and documentaries that showcase the Asian American community.


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