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Awardees

 

2016 GRAND ASIAN AMERICAN SANDRA OTAKA MEMORIAL AWARDEE

Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation.

Durbin also serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader, the second highest ranking position among the Senate Democrats. Also known as the Minority Whip, Senator Durbin has been elected to this leadership post by his Democratic colleagues every two years since 2005.

Elected to the U.S. Senate on November 5, 1996, and re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014, Durbin fills the seat left vacant by the retirement of his long-time friend and mentor, U.S. Senator Paul Simon; bio

2016 PAN ASIAN AMERICAN PING TOM MEMORIAL AWARDEE

 Ms. Tuyet Le is the executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago (Advancing Justice | Chicago), formerly the Asian American Institute. Established in 1992, this is a pan-Asian, not-for-profit organization that promotes equity for Asian Americans through advocacy, by utilizing research, education and coalition building. Other members of Asian Americans Advancing Justice are based in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta; bio

EXEMPLARY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDEES

Mr. George Mui,  Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Chinese American Community Awardee; bio

Dr. Mylene Ongos-Hilo, Doctor of Dentistry, humanitarian and philanthropist, Filipino American Community Awardee; bio

Mr. Dave Vasudevan, Owner, Adinfix Advertising Agency, Indian American Community Awardee; bio

Ms. Lily Cooley, Committee member of the Indonesian Diaspora Network (IDN-Midwest), Indonesian American Community Awardee; bio

Ms. Kayoko Kay Kawaguchi, Coordinator of cultural classes at the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC), Japanese American Community Awardee; bio

Dr. Jin Wook Choi, Associate Professor of Economics in the Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University, Chicago, Korean American Community Awardee; bio

Ms. Catherine S. Wang,  Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Malaysian American Community Awardee; bio

Ms. Rozina Gilani-Salim, Attorney and Partner, Azam Chandran & Gilani LLP, Pakistani American Community Awardee; bio

Ms. Orachorn Nannar, President, Thai Nurses Association, Thai American Community Awardee; bio

Mr. Chanh Duong, Vietnamese Baptist Church of Chicago, Vietnamese American Community Awardee; bio

YOUTH WHO EXCELS AWARDEES

Ms. Melody Eng, Senior, Thomas Kelly High School, Chinese American Community Awardee; bio

Ms. Maia Rose Lasko,  Junior, Warren Township High School, Filipino American Community Awardee; bio

Ms. Manpreet Kaur Teji, Sophomore, The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, Indian American Community Awardee; bio

Ms. Grace Merline, Architecture student at Illinois Institute of Technology, Indonesian American Community Awardee; bio

Mr. Lane Sawa Mita, University of Illinois at Chicago , Illinois, Japanese American Community Awardeebio

Ms. Christine Lee, Sophomore, University of Illinois at Chicago, Korean American Community Awardee; bio

Ms. Priyananthini Rajagopal, Malaysian Club of Chicago, Malaysian American Community Awardee; bio

Ms. Sonya Ajani, Freshman, Marquette University, Pakistani American Community Awardee; bio

Mr. Pawat Suntharan, Senior, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Thai American Community Awardee; bio

Mr. Kevin Pham, Freshman, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign (UIUC), Vietnamese American Community Awardee; bio