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OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
AND UKULELE WIZARD JAKE SHIMABUKURO JOIN
UNION BANK, KQED TO CELEBRATE BAY AREA LOCAL HEROES




For Immediate Release
 

Contacts: 
Jane Yedinak
(415) 765-3241
jane.yedinak@unionbank.com

Nina Ronstadt
(619) 224-3186
nina@ronstadtpr.com


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 25, 2013) – As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, and in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Union Bank, N.A., partnered with KQED for the Local Heroes program to honor four extraordinary individuals. The 2013 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month honorees — Evelyn Nakano Glenn, PJ Hirabayashi, Hyon-Chin (HC) Lee, and David Lei — will be recognized Wednesday, May 1, 2013, during an awards celebration at Yoshi’s San Francisco hosted by special guest Olympic gold medalist and champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and featuring popular musician Jake Shimabukuro.

The Local Heroes program recognizes and pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their workplace, community, region and the world. The program premieres on KQED 9 Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 7 p.m. and has repeat airings on KQED 9 Thursday, May 23 at 11 p.m. and Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m.; on KQED Plus Sunday, May 26 at 5 p.m.; and on KQED Life Friday, May 24 at 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 at 8 p.m.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the 18th Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors in conjunction with public television station KQED. Union Bank and KQED created the awards to help celebrate the national commemorative heritage months for the African American and Asian Pacific American communities. In 2011, it was expanded to also recognize honorees as part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.

“Union Bank has been a proud partner with KQED on the Local Heroes program for nearly 20 years, and the program has allowed us to recognize the accomplishments and success of local heroes who have contributed so much to our community,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. “The honorees embody our core values of diversity and community involvement, and they continue to inspire us.”

“KQED is pleased to join our long-term partner Union Bank as we celebrate the 2013 local heroes,” said KQED President John Boland. “These individuals are doing remarkable work to benefit the local Asian Pacific American community, the Bay Area community in general and the world at large. We are also pleased to introduce these heroes to our viewers through the video profiles airing on KQED throughout Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as we also celebrate with programming that focuses on Asian Pacific American themes and culture.”

The 2013 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month honorees are:

Evelyn Nakano Glenn is one of the country’s leading sociologists; her scholarship on the intersectionality of race, gender, citizenship and labor is groundbreaking. She is a professor of gender and women’s studies, ethnic studies and is the founding director of the Center for Race & Gender at the University of California, Berkeley. Her books include Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America; Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor; and Issei, Nisei, Warbride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service.

PJ Hirabayashi is a taiko artist, teacher, artistic director emeritus and founding member of San Jose Taiko (SJT), a nonprofit professional performing arts company celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013. Based in the heart of San Jose’s Japantown, SJT is an active catalyst in its cultural preservation and contemporary vitality. Ms. Hirabayashi has helped guide SJT’s longevity through extensive educational and outreach programs, performances, collaborations and national and international touring.

Hyon-Chin (HC) Lee is the current executive director at The Link to Children (TLC), an Oakland-based nonprofit that provides Early Intervention Programs at eight locations in Alameda County and at the Alameda County Family Justice Center. TLC strives to reduce stress and conflict in families and childcare settings. In her current role at The Link to Children, Ms. Lee has created momentum and opportunity for vulnerable children.

David Lei is an accomplished entrepreneur with a deep-seated commitment to community development. In his 40 years of involvement with Bay Area nonprofits, Mr. Lei has volunteered his time for numerous charitable events and has served on the boards of several organizations, such as the Chinatown Community Development Center and the Asian Art Museum. Most recently, he co-founded the Chinese American Community Foundation to support donors who want to be resources for nonprofits serving Chinese American communities.

To view the videos profiles of each honoree and to get more information on the wide range of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming KQED offers in May, or to nominate a future local hero, visit kqed.org/heritage/. 2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month nominations are now open. For more information about the Local Heroes Awards, please also visit unionbank.com/heroes.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $97 billion at December 31, 2012. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 447 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York as well as two international offices, on December 31, 2012. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world's largest financial organizations. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program, and as a leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. kqed.org.