2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KPBS
Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year:
Silk Road Productions
Dennis-Michael Broussard is the founder of Silk Road Productions, an event management and production firm, and is responsible for many prestigious and fundraising events throughout the San Diego Asian community, including the Asian Cultural Festival and the Filipino American Culture and Heritage Festival. Mr. Broussard is a member of many non-profit organizations, including the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, the San Diego Chinese Center, the Asian Journalists Association and the Korean American Coalition. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Cox Communications’ Asian Pacific American Heritage Outstanding Individuals and the Asian Business Association’s Community Service Award. Mr. Broussard’s commitment to bringing the community together with social, educational and informational services through events has made him a pillar of the Asian Pacific Islander community.
Ikunasuke “Mike” Kawamura was one of five production engineers from the Kyoto Ceramic Company, Ltd. (now Kyocera Corporation) who moved to San Diego to open the first manufacturing plant outside of Japan. Mr. Kawamura’s ideas and relentless efforts at Kyocera helped create a new generation of semiconductor packages that paved the way for the mass-commercialization of many important semiconductor technologies. In addition to his work as a chemist, manufacturing engineer and training/education professional, Mr. Kawamura, a Hiroshima survivor, is a lifelong advocate of world peace. He is involved with a number of local community organizations that promote cultural understanding, including the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego and the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana.
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