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For Immediate Release

Tanya Peebles-Hill
(213) 236-5329

Nina Ronstadt
(619) 224-3186

SAN DIEGO (May 2, 2012) – As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, and in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Union Bank has partnered with KPBS to honor two remarkable San Diegans for the 2012 Local Heroes program. The year-long campaign is designed to celebrate and pay tribute to extraordinary members of the community who are making a difference by improving their workplace, neighborhoods, region and the world. The 2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage History Month honorees are: Dennis-Michael Broussard and Ikunosuke “Mike” Kawamura.

Earlier this year, honorees were identified during Black History Month (February); Women’s History Month (March); Jewish American Heritage Month (April/May); and will also be identified for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month (June); Hispanic Heritage Month (September); Disability Awareness Month (October); and Native American Heritage Month (November). Honorees are formally recognized during celebration dinners, which Union Bank sponsors with KPBS.

“Union Bank is very proud to partner with KPBS to celebrate these amazing community leaders,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. “The Local Heroes program has come to represent our vibrant and diverse communities, and we are pleased to recognize these outstanding San Diegans who contributed so much and have greatly enriched their community with their tireless commitment.”

“We are honored to partner with Union Bank to pay tribute to these incredible individuals in our community,” said Tom Karlo, KPBS general manager. “We are delighted to acknowledge each honoree with a video profile of their life and achievements, as they continue to inspire us all.”

The 2012 honorees for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month are:

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.

Ikunosuke “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.

Throughout the respective commemorative heritage months, KPBS will air video profiles of the winners, highlighting how they made a difference in their community. To view the videos and to nominate future heroes, visit For more information on the Local Heroes Awards, please also visit

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $92.3 billion at March 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 operates 407 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, New York and Illinois as well as two international offices. 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 for more information.

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