Congratulations to the 2011 AAWA Scholarship and AAWA Recognition Award Recipients. These recipients were honored at our annual banquet on April 23, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel in Santa Clara, California.
2011 AAWA Scholarship Award Recipients
Currently, she is the co-founder of the Pagkabata Project, an initiative that aims to eradicate child trafficking through awareness, youth leadership, and education. Last December, she traveled to Manila, Philippines to work with girls who have been recently trafficked and rescued. In addition, she has been a member of Girls For A Change, a non profit that teaches middle school and high school girls leadership skills through community service. She has been a member of the Girl Steering Committee and its National Board of Directors for the past two years. She has been involved in various student and youth leadership teams, such as the TASC Force, the community service team at school. She is currently interning at the Santa Clara County Office of Women Policy, where she is researching policies that affect women and creating a county-wide Girls Advisory Board.
Katherine will be studying political science at Stanford University this fall and hopes to continue using her passion for social justice and women empowerment after college and throughout her career.
San Jose State University Vietnamese Student Association
The San Jose State University VSA is a non-profit student organization founded in 1978 with the main purpose of serving the Vietnamese community by preserving and promoting Vietnamese culture and traditions.
The association currently consists of 18 officers, one faculty advisor, and 50 members. It is primarily for Vietnamese students at San Jose State University who are eager to help the Vietnamese community as well as other communities. The organization makes all efforts to maintain the Vietnamese Culture throughout generations that were born or raised outside of Vietnam. It also promotes diversity in all ethnic groups that are willing to learn the Vietnamese culture.
The organization hosts a series of events annually – Tet Parade and Festival, Moon Festival, Health Fair, Winterformal, and its annual Culture Show in June. This year, after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March, the VSA raised money for The Japan Relief Efforts.
2011 AAWA Recognition Award Recipients
Dr. Samuel So
Dr. So is the Lui Hac Minh Professor in the School of Medicine and professor of surgery at Stanford University. He is also the founder and Director of the multidisciplinary Liver Cancer Program and the Asian Liver Center. Dr. So works on several groups and taskforces with the aim to identify new strategies for eliminating hepatitis B worldwide and reducing the threat and incidence of liver cancer. He was a key contributor to the recent report from the Institute of Medicine entitled, “Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and C.” His current laboratory research efforts focus on the discovery and evaluation of novel diagnostic and treatment markers, and new therapies for liver cancer.
Among Dr. So’s many accomplishments, he has been an instrumental leader in launching Hep B Free: Santa Clara County, a regional campaign to increase physician and public awareness about hepatitis B and the importance of screenings and vaccinations.
Dr. So brought together the Asian Liver Center, AsianWeek Foundation, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to serve as the campaign steering committee, and currently, Santa Clara Hep B Free. While Dr. So is internationally renowned as a champion for greater Hep B awareness, we are grateful for his ongoing commitment to local efforts to address hepatitis B, a disease that disproportionately impacts Asian Americans.
Bich Dao Le
Ms. Le was born in Vietnam to a family of 12 children. She graduated from the University of Hue in Vietnam and worked in the education field for nearly three decades. She taught at various universities in Saigon and established a private language school.
Ms. Le immigrated to the United States with her teenage daughter and has lived in San Jose since 2003. Soon after arriving to the U.S, she took a job as a House Manager for AACI CalWORK’s Transitional Housing Unit (THU) where she continues today to work with clients from a variety of ethnicities, cultures, and family backgrounds. Ms. Le provides case management, counseling, parenting education and other support services to these mothers in transition while assisting them to become independent. In addition to working at AACI, she volunteered for Nord Wood Elementary School helping newly arrived immigrant students with their English as Second Langus(ESL). She also volunteered to teach ESL for older adult clients at AACI.
Ms. Le is adept in managing multiple responsibilities with poise, professionalism and compassion. She has actively translated at critical community forums between the San Jose Police Department and community members at large. Ms. Le is not just a highly respected professional but also a cornerstone of the Vietnamese community in our greater community.
ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) provides free reconstructive surgery for the poor in 14 developing countries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.
ReSurge restores the health of nearly 4,000 people each year—so they can go to school, provide for their families, and be productive members of society. It empowers local doctors to increase year-round access to medical care in under served areas and provides comprehensive reconstructive surgery and follow-up care. The first organization of its kind, ReSurge has renewed the health and dreams of children and adults with deformities and injuries since 1969.
Since 1969, ReSurge (formerly Interplast) has been a pioneer in the field of reconstructive surgery. Today, as Resurge prepares for the next 40 years, its name has changed. What hasn’t changed, and never will, is its commitment to transforming lives through reconstructive surgery.