2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage Heroes
Kimberly S. G. Chang, M.D.
Kimberly S. G. Chang, M.D. 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 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 of Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto and East Valley YMCA in San Jose.
Ivan Jaigirdar and Anuj Vaidya
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 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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