Congratulations to the 2007 AAWA Scholarship and AAWA Recognition Award Recipients. These recipients were honored at our annual banquet on April 27, 2007 at the Grand Palace Restaurant in San Jose, California. Click here for pictures from the banquet.
2007 AAWA Scholarship Award Recipients
A student at Piedmont Hills High School, he has been associated with the Asian American Recovery Services and has overcome many obstacles and hardships. Dennis is planning to be the first person of his household to graduate high school this May 2007.
Aditi is a senior at Monta Vista High School who started Project Literary International that raises money to build international schools and MePods.com, a social networking website company. She is President of California Scholastic Foundation, Girls Exploring Math & Science, and Future Physicians of America in her school.
A graduate student at UC Berkeley, she battled alcoholism and is now focused on her PhD and research exploring the struggles that Tongans and Asian Pacific Islanders encounter in the US. In addition to teaching race and gender relations courses at New College of California and City College of San Francisco, she also hosts a show called “Education is Powerful” on a Tongan language radio program. She is working with social leaders in her community to build a South Asian voice.
Hannah is a second year Santa Clara University Law School student working towards a career in law to ensure social justice for minorities. She did research for the Constitutional Court of Korea, worked in the Division of Public Service of the American Bar Association and plans to work at the American Civil Liberties Union in Atlanta with the Voting Rights Project.
2007 AAWA Recognition Award Recipients
Ms. Miranda Chan
Ms. Chan currently serves as the Senior Wellness Program Coordinator at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) and has provided outstanding services to our community. Since 1998, Miranda has been using her language skills and passion for serving others in her position at AACI.
Ms. Chan oversees AACI’s senior nutrition program, English and citizenship classes, recreation activities, case management, information and referral services. The majority of seniors in the program are low-income and living alone. Ms. Miranda Chan is an unsung hero who has dedicated herself to improving the quality of life for the Asian American community.
Congressman Mike Honda
Congressman Honda represents the 15th Congressional District of California in the House of Representatives. Congressman Honda has been a public servant for decades during which he has been lauded for his work on education, transportation, civil rights, and the environment. In 2000, Congressman Honda was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the Appropriations Committee and he is the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Congressman Honda is dedicated to passing a responsible budget that pays down our nation’s debt, revitalizes our economy, while protecting top priorities such as Social Security, Medicare, and public education.
Congressman Honda has been selected by his Democratic colleagues to serve as the Regional Whip for Northern California, Hawaii, American Samoa, and Guam. As Regional Whip, he works with the Democratic Leadership by communicating legislative priorities and strategies to members within his region. In February 2005 he was elected Vice Chair for the National Democratic Party. He continues to be a strong voice for the cause of social justice, cultural tolerance and civil rights.
Dr. Lene V.M. Martinez, M.D., F.A.C.O.G
Dr. Martinez graduated from the University of the Philippines’ College of Medicine in 1966. After her residency at Philippine General Hospital in Manila, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and Saint Ann Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, she worked in various hospitals in Ohio and moved to the Bay Area in June 1977.
Dr. Martinez is active OB-GYN affiliated with St. Mary’s Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke Hospital in San Francisco, Seton Medical Center in Daly City, and Washington Hospital in Fremont. She has her private practice in Alameda County from 1976 until the present time.
Dr. Martinez is member of numerous Medical Organizations and Hospital Committees, and currently active with the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Association of American Gynecological Laparoscopist, San Francisco Medical Society, Philippine Medical Society, Seton Medical Center, to name a few. She is also active in various Civic Organizations and currently serves as Charter President of Northern California Chapter of University of the Philippines Medical Association in America.
The Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project: Suc Khoe La Vang (SKLV) – Health is Gold
A community-based health promotion research project at UCSF for Vietnamese people in the Bay Area and throughout the U.S, SKLV was founded in 1986. For the last 20 years, in collaboration with many other health organizations. SKLV has published many attractive and informative pamphlets, booklets, fliers in Vietnamese language for health promotion:
- How To Quit Smoking
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer Screening
- Hepatitis B
- Vietnamese Cookbook (nutrition: low sodium, low fat; a collective effort from over hundreds of participants’ recipes)
- Health Care For Bright Future
- How to information for: Cerebrovascular, Infectious diseases, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis, AIDS, Influenza, Tetanus, Dental disease, Eye disease, and Hearing
SKLV has kept the Vietnamese population informed through the media with TV ads, articles in Vietnamese Newspapers about their collaborative health events for Pap Clinics, Pap Registration, and Health Fairs at the annual forum-Tet New Year. The Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project (SKLV) is part of the AANCART (Asian American Network of Cancer Awareness, Research and Training).