the Asian Heritage Awards event opened with a brief theme of Viet Nam with Robin Williams shouting
"GOOD MORNING VIET NAM!" as an introduction to award Dr. CHARLES CUONG NGUYEN, and his success in America despite numerous setbacks as a Viet refugee.
The 11th annual Asian Heritage Awards this year also marks history of the two generations Asian Councilmen:
The first San Diego elected councilman, Tom Hom, known as Mr. San Diego, was elected 50 years ago after his 3rd try. Talking about being persistent! And the young, newly elected Chris Cate, both on stage with the two San Diego Supervisors; the Asian Heritage Award’s chair David W. Roberts and Ron Roberts.
“We honor these men, women and organizations who have dedicated their lives for the betterment of humanity and community.” - This is the essence of the Asian Heritage Awards.
The annual Asian Heritage Awards is the largest celebration of Asian achievement in California and has been acknowledged by Congress, the State of California, the federal government, U.S. Navy, the city of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission, and the San Diego Press Club as a public service.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Asian Heritage Society, the BOOSTEM education program for middle school females of Asian and Hispanic descent to give them a heads up on meeting future global and technological change.
Since its inception in 2004, more than 5,300 leaders in government, business, industry and education have attended the Awards and ceremony.
Congratulations to all ten awardees for your dynamic achievements –
1. Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal, for public health
2. Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, for science and technology.
3. Tina Guo for innovation
4. Dr. Palmer Taylor, for medicine.
5. Dr. Anand Srivastava, for business enterprise.
6. Dr. Deven Petal, for business enterprise.
7. Dr. Alexander Chuang, for global outreach.
8. Dr. Charles Cuong Nguyen, for opportunity in education.
9. Dr. Marissa Pei for entrepreneurship.
10. Toni G. Atkins, Speaker of the Assembly for Diversity Pioneer.