SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KQED to honor two inspirational Asian Pacific Americans as local heroes. The 2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month honorees are: Nancy L. Chang, R.N., executive director and co-founder of Asian Network Pacific Home Care and Hospice, and Royce C. Lin, M.D., associate clinical professor of medicine at the Positive Health Program of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Both will be recognized in May at a private celebration with their families and executives from KQED and Union Bank.
Since 1995, KQED and Union Bank have collaborated on the Local Heroes program and recognized nearly 120 honorees. The program pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community, region and the world at large. The 2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month honorees demonstrate a shared commitment to providing their communities with the tools to thrive.
In 2014, in addition to the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month local heroes, honorees were also celebrated during Black History Month (February); Women’s History Month (March); and will also be recognized during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month (June), and Latino Heritage Month (September/October).
“We applaud our local heroes for their inspiring work as they embody Union Bank’s values of giving back,” said Union BankSenior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community and Private Banking. “From providing culturally sensitive home care to treating at-risk patients, these honorees demonstrate the true meaning of selflessness.”
“KQED is pleased to partner again with Union Bank to celebrate the 2014 Asian Pacific American Local Heroes, whose work in healthcare and medicine provide a much-needed service to their communities,” said KQED President John Boland. “KQED’s celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will continue throughout May with programming that highlights the historical and modern-day achievements of this vibrant community on television, radio and online.”
The 2014 honorees for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month are:
Nancy L. Chang is the executive director and co-founder of Asian Network Pacific Home Care and Hospice, which provides culturally sensitive end-of-life care and home health to the Asian community in the greater Bay Area. A graduate of UCSF with a master’s degree as an adult nurse practitioner, Nancy recognized a great need for access to health care within the Asian community. Through the vision of Nancy and her co-founders, Asian Network Pacific Home Care and Hospice is proud to have served thousands of patients over the last two decades.
Dr. Royce Lin is a physician specialist with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, serving low-income and at-risk clients at Tom Waddell Urban Health Center, San Francisco General Hospital, and the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center. In his clinical work, Dr. Lin focuses on HIV care delivery to vulnerable populations, particularly patients who are multiply affected by homelessness and/or marginal housing, mental illness, addiction and social marginalization due to sexual orientation, gender identity, race, socioeconomic status, immigration status and other social factors.
KQED offers a wide range of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming and community events in May. For the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month program guide or to nominate a future local hero, visit kqed.org/heritage. For more information on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events, please visit http://blogs.kqed.org/
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest rated public television services and a leader in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. Visit kqed.org for more information.
About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $107.2 billion at March 31, 2014. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 422 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 2 international offices, on March 31, 2014. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.