2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KCET
Little Tokyo Service Center
Alan Nishio is President of the Board of Directors for the Little Tokyo Service Center, the leading Asian Pacific American community development corporation in the region. He is also a past President and member of the Board of The California Conference for Equality and Justice, a human relations organization based in Long Beach. He is a founding member of the California Japanese American Community Leadership Council, a statewide coalition that seeks to preserve and protect California's remaining Japantowns. Mr. Nishio was actively involved in the successful campaign to gain redress for Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II and is a founder and co-chair of the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations. Mr. Nishio’s other community leadership roles include serving as a Board Member for the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center as well as an Advisory Council Member for Kizuna whose mission is to build a vibrant Nikkei community. He formerly served as the Associate Vice President for Student Services at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). In this capacity, he was responsible for a variety of student service programs at CSULB. Mr. Nishio continues to serve as an associate faculty member in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.
Artistic Director and Founder
Kip Fulbeck is a pioneering artist and filmmaker who specialize in spoken word, personal narrative, identity exploration and pop-culture analysis. His solo exhibitions include the Japanese American National Museum (2006, 2010, 2014), and The Field Museum He has been featured on CNN, MTV, The TODAY Show, and PBS, and has performed and exhibited in over twenty countries and throughout the U.S. He is the author of several books including Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids; Part Asian, 100% Hapa; and Permanence: Tattoo Portraits, as well as the director of a dozen short films including Banana Split and Lilo & Me. Mr. Fulbeck teaches as a professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and has been named an Outstanding Faculty Member. Mr. Fulbeck is founder of The Hapa Project which was created to promote awareness and recognition of the millions of multiracial/multiethnic individuals of Asian/Pacific Islander descent. In recognition for his work promoting multiracial awareness, he was awarded the inaugural Loving Prize at the 2009 Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival and also named a Cultural Pioneer at Harvard University. Mr. Fulbeck is also an avid surfer, guitar player, ocean lifeguard, pug enthusiast, and multiple-time national champion in U.S. Masters Swimming.
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