2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage Heroes
Gregory Fung, M.D. is a gastroenterologist by day and dedicated community health advocate and theatre group volunteer member by night. As a physician, he has been involved with many community health organizations, including Glide Health Services, where he was the founding medical director. He also works with the Delancey Street Foundation, a national rehabilitation and re-entry program where he runs a free medical clinic and conducts stress reduction seminars with his brother for the residents. Dr. Fung and his five siblings also founded a community theater group — "Friends Of…" — that stages free, original theatrical productions for 5,000 youth, senior citizens and community members annually.
Paul Osaki is the executive director of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC). He has a 33-year history of dedication and commitment to the Japanese American community and has worked with many community organizations, committees and boards, including the California Japanese American Community Leadership Council, an organization representing Japanese American organizations in the state of California. Mr. Osaki has organized several interactions between leaders of Japan and the United States and is also a strong advocate for improving the relationship between the two countries. He is also coordinating the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, which was established to help with the relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Tohoku region of Japan.
Silkworm Peace Institute
Takashi Tanemori is the founder of the Silkworm Peace Institute. Having faced great hardships in his life, including surviving the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, losing his family during the attack and enduring physical and emotional adversity, he found himself angry and eager for revenge until, in 1985, he realized he had a higher calling. He has since devoted himself to fostering forgiveness and helping others live in Heiwa — peace, with harmony and equality. Mr. Tanemori has dedicated his life to helping others overcome the barriers he once faced to help make the world a safer and more peaceful place to live.
Center for Asian American Media
Donald Young has been at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) since 1996, and is currently director of programs. Mr. Young has dedicated his career to advancing the Asian American community's involvement in the media industry, and throughout his career, he has worked with many of the Asian American community's vastly talented storytellers in an effort to convey the untold pieces of America's culture and history. At CAAM, he heads production and national PBS broadcasting efforts, manages the Media Fund and Digital Media departments and supervises the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Mr. Young has produced numerous films and documentaries that showcase the Asian American community.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Celebrates Black History Month
KQED proudly celebrates the diversity of our community by commemorating Black History Month. During February, KQED Public TV 9 and KQED 88.5 FM schedule programs that focus on African American themes and issues.
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.