Daily Dose & Announcements: 06/02/09

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>> Asia Media Inc. and Community Honor Outstanding Asian-Americans
>> Chi Am Circle Scholarship Awards Dinner
>> Asian Firefighters Association Announces that SFFD is Accepting Applications
>> Leading API Coalitions Express Severe Disappointment Over Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Prop 8 Ruling in CA
>>5th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
>> Funniest Variety of Comics in San Francisco Featured in Weekend Comedy Marathon
>> UCB Chairman & CEO Thomas S. Wu Named President of National Association of Chinese American Bankers

Compiled by Beleza Chan

Nation

Asia Media Inc. and Community Honor Outstanding Asian-Americans

San Diego – More than 14,000 votes have been cast in the first week of balloting for the Sixth Annual Asian Heritage Awards, far exceeding expectations, according to Rosalynn Carmen, CEO and President of Asia Media Inc., co-producer of the annual event honoring achievement in the Asian Pacific Islander community.

One-hundred and five nominees have been nominated in 14 categories: government, business enterprise, community service media & film, legal, education, health/medicine, entrepreneurship, science & technology, humanitarian outreach, performing arts, visual arts/literature, cultural preservation and, for the first time, military.

Candidates range from famous chefs to distinguished mayors and include community activists, individuals who have grown home businesses into multi-million-dollar enterprises, performers of ancient and modern music, health experts, educators and other areas of accomplishments.

In addition to a top honoree in each category, to be announced at the event, the Awards will also accord Special Recognition to retired Major General Antonio Taguba, the first person, in 2004, to focus the international spotlight on prisoner abuses in Iraq.

Voting in the 14 categories began midnight May 22 and will continue until midnight June 26. In addition to voting on line by going to www.asiamediainc.com or www.asianheritageawards.com, voters may view nominee bios in the current edition of ASIA, which was distributed in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County in the past week, and send in their votes by mail or email their choices to editorial@asiamediainc.com. Tickets and tables to the awards “Legacy and Legends” are available by calling 619-521-8008 or on line at www.asiamediainc.com or www.asianheritageawards.com.

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Bay

Chi Am Circle Scholarship Awards Dinner

Twenty seven Santa Clara Valley high school seniors and community college students will have smiling faces when they receive Chi Am Circle Scholarships totaling $40,000 on May 15 at an Awards Dinner May 15 at the China Stix Restaurant in Santa Clara. As announced by Rose Tokugawa, Chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee, “In response to our letters to all of the high schools in Santa Clara County and on our website inviting Asian American students to apply for our annual scholarship grants, over 100 applications were received this year. Our Chi Am Circle selection committee, consisting of Advisor Susan Lew Lee, and members Paulette Curby, Sylvia Eng, Carol Fong, Charlen Fong, Mae Fong, Colleen Gee, Beverly Harada, Julie Ho, Cleo Jong, Alice Lee, Pearl Lee, Aimee Leung, Dolly Leung, Lisa Liu, Aurora Louie, Teddy Sue, Chris Tom, Antonia Tu and Helen Yamauchi, had the difficult job of choosing the 27 honorees who demonstrated academic excellence as well as involvement in the school and community. Scholarships are awarded for merit and service as well as financial need.”

Chi Am Circle is a non-profit Asian American women’s organization built on a foundation of friendship with a mission of service in projects that are diverse and affect a broad range of community involvement.

Asian Firefighters Association Announces that SFFD is Accepting Applications

Applications will be distributed at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, on June 9th, 10th, and 11th from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day.

Completed applications must be hand-delivered to 1740 Cesar Chavez on June 12th or 13th between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Experience and training required for the job include: high school diploma or equivalent,
Emergency Medical Technician certification prior to being hired, and successful completion of fire academy after being hired.

Other requirements are: minimum of 19 years of age at application, minimum of 20 years of age at hire date, a valid California Driver License at hire date, and successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test prior to hire date.

Please contact the Asian Firefighters Association if there are any questions.
Leading API Coalitions Express Severe Disappointment Over Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Prop 8 Ruling in CA

API Equality and API Equality­LA, two organizations that have worked single-mindedly to build public support for same-sex marriage in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities since 2004, are severely disappointed that the Supreme Court will uphold a proposition revoking marriage rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

“We are extremely saddened that the Court saw it fit to take away rights from a minority group,” said Khanh Nguyen, a staff attorney at API Legal Outreach, “Essentially, the court has set forth a dangerous precedent where a simple majority vote is enough to exclude a minority group from equal protection under the state constitution.”

“As Asian and Pacific Islanders, we are no strangers to the perils of selective justice,” stated Tawal Panyacosit, Director of API Equality. “From bans on immigration and interracial marriage, our community has often been the victim of such discrimination. We cannot stand silent as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender members of our communities come under fire from the same sort of prejudice that has so often hurt our families.”

According to the Williams Institute, an LGBT think tank based at UCLA, there are approximately 66,000 LGBT Asian and Pacific Islanders living in California, the largest population in the nation.

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Arts

5th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Event: A Community Partnership with Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP)
Description: Our fabulous, fun and fierce Community Partners have joined QWOCMAP on the journey to present our upcoming 5th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival, which showcases 25 world-premieres about feisty and fantastic voyages. From dyke couples navigating desire, to communities crossing divisive barbwire and chain-link, to the riveting routes of sex toys, the audience will be spellbound to saunter through their own saucy sojourns!
Details: Free, June 12-14, 2009, Brava Theater, San Francisco
Contact: http://www.qwocmap.org/festival.html


Funniest Variety of Comics in San Francisco Featured in Weekend Comedy Marathon

Event: Hosted by New York City Friars Club Roaster Susan Alexander.
Description: Funny Females created by stand-up comedian Susan Alexander, presents a variety of the funniest up and coming female stand-up comedians delivering their unique points of views. Due to the continued success and sold out shows of 5 Funny Females, 5 Funny Friends and 5 Funny Filipinos, Susan Alexander decided to add the 5 Funny Frijoles for even more diversity to the Weekend Comedy Marathon.
Details: $20, June 27-28, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Purple Onion, 140 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

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Commerce

UCB Chairman & CEO Thomas S. Wu Named President of National Association of Chinese American Bankers

San Francisco ­ United Commercial Bank (UCB) announced today that the National Association of Chinese American Bankers (NACAB) has appointed Thomas S. Wu, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of UCBH Holdings, Inc. (UCBH) and United Commercial Bank as President of NACAB. The appointment was made at a NACAB board meeting that took place earlier today at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles, California.

“I am honored to serve as President of NACAB after working with the Board’s talented and exceptional banking professionals since 2006,” said Thomas S. Wu. “I look forward to collaborating with my fellow colleagues on the Board to continue promoting the profile and standards of excellence practiced by Asian American Banks nationally and worldwide.”

Mr. Wu took UCBH public in 1998 and grew the Company from $2 billion to $13 billion in assets in 2008. In 2007, he led the company’s acquisition of Shanghai-based Business Development Bank Ltd., making UCB the first U.S. bank to acquire 100% of a foreign-owned bank in China.

Prior to his executive leadership role, Mr. Wu served as a director of UCB from 1995 to 1996 and as Senior Vice President, Head of Retail banking of UCB from 1992 to 1996. Before joining UCBH and UCB, he was the Director of Customer Care for Pacific Link Communications Limited in Hong Kong. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wu held various banking positions with First Pacific Bank in Hong Kong, Chase Manhattan Bank, Banque Nationale De Paris and Standard Chartered Bank.

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