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October 16, 2012 > Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership awards

Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership awards

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) hosted the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 20 in the Holly Center Senior, Union City. California is home to about one-third of the nation's APIA population. Accounting for roughly 16 percent of the state's population, the APIA community is the fastest growing racial and ethnic group in the state.

"The 20th Assembly District, like all of California, has benefited from the varied contributions of Asian Pacific Islander Americans," Wieckowski said. "The individuals recognized at this ceremony are true leaders who have stepped up to make important contributions. All of them, through their own activities, are making the district a better place to live."

Honorees include: Ajay Jain Bhutoria (Business owner and activist), Bernie Nillo (President, Viola Blythe Community Services), Kim Geron (Professor, California State University, East Bay), Amrit Sra (engineer and community activist), Hon. Kansen Chu (Councilmember, City of San Jose), Hon. Jim Navarro (Councilmember, City of Union City), Mark Wong (Milpitas business owner and activist), Paddy Iyer (business owner and activist), John Luk (Milpitas Planning Commissioner), Charmaine Banther (New Haven Unified Teacher), Julius Willis (Hayward Community Services Commissioner) and Sheena Chang (Fremont business owner and activist).

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