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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: KCET

2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KCET

Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year:

Kwoh        Stewart Kwoh
        President and Executive Director
        Asian Pacific American Legal Center

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Stewart Kwoh has been Co-Founder, President and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) since its inception in 1983. APALC offers an array of services, including legal services via a telephone hotline in Khmer, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese, litigation that protects the exploited, the promotion of immigrants’ rights, protection of voting rights and leadership development.

Mr. Kwoh is currently an undergraduate lecturer at UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department and editor and co-author of “Untold Civil Rights Stories: Asian Americans Speak Out for Justice,” the first textbook that focuses on Asian American civil rights heroes.

He is also co-author of “Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future” and “Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America.”

Mr. Kwoh is chair of the board of the Los Angeles Methodist Urban Foundation and vice-chairman of the national civil rights organization, Asian American Justice Center, which was co-founded by APALC in 1991. He is also board member of Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs of California State University, Los Angeles, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and Southern California Public Radio.

The MacArthur Foundation named Mr. Kwoh a MacArthur Fellow in 1998. He has received several awards, including the Civic Medal of Honor from the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Impact Award from the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA).

Watanabe        Bill Yoshiyuki Watanabe
        Community Activist
        Executive Director Little Tokyo Service Center

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Bill Watanabe has served as Executive Director of Little Tokyo Service Center, a Community Development Corporation (LTSC CDC), since 1979. Under his leadership, LTSC CDC has grown from a one-person office to a center with a staff of more than 150 and a legion of volunteers. LTSC CDC provides a comprehensive program of social services. In June 2012, Mr. Watanabe is retiring from his position as executive director of LTSC CDC.

Mr. Watanabe has served as President of the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON), the largest social service network in the Asian community and the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture. He was also founder of the Asian Pacific Community Fund, which has awarded more than $2 million in grants.

He has served as chairman of the statewide Nonprofit Policy Council of California and board member of several organizations, including National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, UCLA Center for Civil Society, Amnesty International USA and National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, which he was also co-founder.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: KPBS

2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KPBS

Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year:

APA2012_Broussard.jpg        Dennis-Michael Broussard
        Event Producer
        Silk Road Productions

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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.

APA2012_Kawamura.jpg        Mike Kawamura
        Training Director

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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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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: KQED

2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KQED

Kimberly S.G. Chang, M.D.        Kimberly S. G. Chang, M.D.
        Site Director, Frank Kiang Medical Center
        Asian Health Services

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Kimberly S. G. Chang, MD is a family physician and site director of the Frank Kiang Medical Center of Asian Health Services (AHS), a comprehensive community health center in Oakland’s Chinatown. The center provides primary health care services to more than 21,000 limited-English-proficient, low-income and underserved Asian immigrants and refugees annually. Dr. Chang serves as a physician advocate, providing direct patient care and advocating for one of the most marginalized segments of our society — child victims of commercial sexual exploitation

Anil Godhwani        Anil Godhwani
        India Community Center

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Anil Godhwani is a successful serial and social entrepreneur. He co-founded and was the vice president of people at SimplyHired. Godhwani also co-founded and was the vice president of sales and business development for AtWeb, which was acquired by Netscape in 1998. As a social entrepreneur, he co-founded the India Community Center in Milpitas, CA, which is the largest Indo-focused community center in North America. He has also served as a board member for both Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto YMCA and East Valley YMCA in San Jose.

Ivan Jaigirdar and Anuj Vaidya        Ivan Jaigirdar and Anuj Vaidya
        Festival Directors
        3rd i Film Festival

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Ivan Jaigirdar is the co-founder of 3rd i Films and co-directs 3rd i’s San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival. He also founded Bollyhood, a venue for South Asian art, music and films. Jaigirdar served as artistic director and programmer at Artist Television Access. He remains on the board for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and has helped curate programs for numerous festivals (with Anuj Vaidya).

Anuj Vaidya is an artist, educator and media curator who has spent equal parts of his life in India and in the US. His work in film education has ranged from youth media work to his work on CineFiles, an online document database managed by the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Vaidya has been with 3rd i South Asian Films since 2007 and initiated 3rd i’s touring series, in addition to co-programming 3rd i’s annual film festival (with Ivan Jaigirdar).

Gerrye Wong        Gerrye Wong
        Volunteer, Historian and Columnist 
        Chinese Historical and Cultural Project and
        Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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Gerrye Wong has been a passionate volunteer for the past 50 years working for many Asian American causes. One of her proudest achievements is co-founding the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project 25 years ago. In 1991, the project was gifted to the City of San Jose’s Museum of Chinese American History in a reconstruction of the Ng Shing Gung temple, which stood in the city’s active Chinatown from 1888-1940. Through the temple, more than 2,500 visitors have been educated about the contributions of the Chinese to the history of Northern California. Wong serves on the board of directors of Asian Americans for Community Involvement and Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.

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