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2013 Asian Pacific American Heritage Heroes

video iconWatch the 2013 KQED Asian Pacific American Local Heroes Celebration at Yoshi's SF

video iconJake Shimabukuro and Matt Wong perform an impromptu number, not included in the celebration video below.

Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Evelyn Nakano Glenn is one of the country's leading sociologists, and her scholarship on the intersectionality of race, gender, citizenship and labor is groundbreaking. She is a professor of gender and women's studies and ethnic studies and 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

PJ Hirabayashi

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. Hirabayashi has helped guide SJT's longevity through extensive educational and outreach programs, performances, collaborations, and national and international touring.


David Lei

David Lei

David Lei is an accomplished entrepreneur with a deep-seated commitment to community development. In his 40 years of involvement with Bay Area nonprofits, Lei has volunteered his time for numerous charitable events and has served on the boards of 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.


Hyon-Chin (HC) Lee

Hyon-Chin (HC) Lee

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 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.


2012 Asian Pacific American Heroes

Nominate a 2014 Bay Area Unsung Hero for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and KQED is seeking nominations for unsung Bay Area Local Heroes. We are interested in individuals who have demonstrated leadership and a strong commitment to community service. Please submit Bay Area Local Hero nomination forms by Monday, February 24, 2014.

Also on KQED.org this week ...

The Genius of Marie Curie
KQED Celebrates Women's History Month

KQED proudly celebrates the richness and diversity of the greater San Francisco Bay Area by commemorating Women's History Month. In March, KQED Public TV 9 and Public Radio 88.5 FM schedule a special lineup of programs focused on themes and issues related to women.

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"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.

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