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APA Heroes

Thank you for all of your Asian American Hero of Colorado nominations this year!

The 2009 Asian American Heroes have been selected and will be announced on May 1st to kick off Asian Heritage Month!

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, OCA Colorado and Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network (CACEN), will recognize Asian American Heroes of Colorado at the 2009 Asian American Heroes of Colorado Awards Ceremony in May (date TBA), in addition to providing each hero a certificate of recognition and the opportunity to be highlighted in the May issue of Asian Avenue magazine!

Selected recipients of the 2009 Asian American Hero of Colorado award will be featured in the cover story of Asian Avenue magazine and awarded a certificate from OCA Board members and Asian Avenue magazine Board of Advisors, on behalf of CACEN.

For more information or questions, please contact us at: [email protected] or call us with any questions you may have at: 303.937.6888.


Comment from Sara
Time March 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I would like to nominate my boss at Real Pretty cosmetics and Spa, Judy Jia. For all of her energy and joy she spreads everyday.

Comment from Alvina
Time March 12, 2009 at 12:38 am

OK I can think of some great folks:

1) DJ Ida (Executive Director, NAAPIMHA) - DJ has been a long-time activist in the Japanese-American, AAPI and health community. Anyone who has met her know her boundless positivity is infectious. Her passion for equity in AAPI mental health issues is really inspiring and her work isn’t just limited to that - she’s also been a political activist. Her work spans generations as works with folks from youth to the elderly. She is a bridge builder - constantly looking for ways to connect various groups of people (ethnic, age, religious).

2) Leslie Wong, Center for Mulitcultural Affairs at CU-Boulder. Leslie is a living breathing example of carrying out activism from the student to career level. Leslie was one of the students of the original “APAC” (Asian Pacific American Coalition). APAC joined a multi ethnic coalition in the 80s to go on a hunger strike in order to bring Ethnic Studies to CU. It was because of students like her that students can now study about our nation’s rich AAPI history and be empowered knowing all that we’ve contributed to this country. Now Leslie is a counselor at CMA - advising students and empowering them to become active in their own communities. She also serves as adviser to several student groups - guiding them the typical issues like student retention and funding problems.

Comment from Naomi Horii
Time March 15, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I would like to nominate Gil Asakawa, who has been a strong and stellar voice for Asian Americans as well as for community-minded, intelligent folks from all walks of life. He is an excellent writer and journalist.

Comment from Hung
Time March 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I would like to nominate my uncle aka popa who has always been there for me and is the best uncle in the world and takes me fishing every summer and always drive miles down just to see me. He is also a good teacher and husband !>

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