Thursday, April 11, 2019
6pm - 9pm
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
The Immigrant Heritage Award is presented to those who exemplify the positive role immigrants play in shaping modern America.
This year’s recipients will join previous honorees: I.M. Pei, Norman Mineta, Dr. Herbert Yee, The Honorable Mazie K. Hirono, and C.C. & Regina Yin.
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Immigrant Heritage Award
The Honorable Mazie K. Hirono, U.S. Senator from Hawaii
Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, the country’s first Asian-American woman Senator. In the U.S. Senate, Hirono has spearheaded efforts to protect the civil rights of disenfranchised individuals, and has been an outspoken leader denouncing the recent political attacks against immigrants, refugees, and Muslims.
Kathy Ko Chin
As President & CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Kathy Ko Chin spearheads the organization’s efforts to influence policy, mobilize communities and strengthen organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AAs and NHPIs).
Felicia Lowe is an award winning independent television producer, director, and writer with more than 35 years of production experience. Her film, Chinese Couplets unfolds the impact of America’s Chinese Exclusion Acts on four generations of women. Carved in Silence, documents Chinese immigrants detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station. It has become a classic teaching tool and helped bring greater awareness about this chapter of immigration history.
Daniel Quan is an interpretive planner, exhibition designer and architect with over forty years of experience interpreting our natural and cultural worlds through designed environments and exhibitions. Daniel is a licensed California architect. Founder of Daniel Quan Design in 1977, he has built a national reputation with projects at Point Reyes, Yellowstone, Valley Forge, the California State Capitol, Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, and Angel Island Immigration Station.
Words that best describe C.C. Yin . . . community involvement for the betterment of the community. The Yin Family operates 32 restaurants and supports each as active leaders in business, civic, education, charity, government and public affairs. Time and financial assistance is given to countless charities, schools, sports programs, and the arts as well as to seniors, youth, minorities, disabled persons, and the homeless.
Regina Yin, born in China and raised in Taiwan, left wonderful parents to come to America to attend graduate school in social work at the University of Washington. There she met her husband, C. C. Yin. Over the past 33 years, Regina and C.C. participated not only in business but, more importantly, contributed to the betterment of schools, the homeless, veterans, the sick and the needy.
Ieoh Ming Pei
I.M. (Ieoh Ming) Pei, was born in Canton, China in 1917. He came to America as a student and was admitted at the Angel Island Immigration Station on August 28, 1935. He studied Architecture at M.I.T. and received a Masters from the Harvard School of Design. Recognized as one of the greatest modern architects, Mr. Pei’s work includes the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, and the the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong.
Norman Mineta’s mother Kane was a picture bride who arrived on Angel Island in 1914. As a young boy he was sent, with his family, to the Heart Mountain Internment Camp. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, Mr. Mineta served in the U.S. Army and later was elected as a San Jose City Councilperson, Mayor and U.S. Congressman. He also served as the Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and the Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush, where he distinguished himself during 9/11.
Jerry Yang was born as Yang Chih-Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan in 1968. His father died when he was two, and his mother brought Jerry and his brother to San Jose in 1978. While studying engineering at Stanford, he and David Filo created a guide to the World Wide Web, which became Yahoo!, a company Mr. Yang served as Chief Yahoo and CEO. Mr. Yang and his wife donated $75 million to Stanford University, partly to build a multi-disciplinary research, teaching and lab building.
India Community Center
Founded in 2003 by a group of successful entrepreneurs, ICC’s mission is to cherish India’s heritage and preserve its culture in the U.S. They seek to promote Indian culture and values by providing social, cultural, recreational and community programs, thereby uniting the Indian community, and raising awareness about Indian culture in the local community.
Dr. Herbert Yee
Dr. Yee was born in Toishan, China in 1924. He and his mother, plus three-year-old Calvin, were processed through Angel Island in a week. In 1948, Dr. Yee graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served as the President of the California State Board of Dental Examiners; President, International College of Dentists and 40 years on the University of the Pacific Board of Trustees.