APA Spotlight: Michael Matsuda, Founder & President, Martial Arts History Museum

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

Michael Matsuda is founder and president of the Martial Arts History Museum, an Asian cultural museum focusing on Asian art, tradition and history in connection with Asian forms of martial arts. Founded in 1999, it is a non-profit organization and first of its kind in the world.

Michael is recognized as a nationally respected historian of Asian martial arts in America. He was founder and publisher of Martial Art Magazine and contributing editor for numerous publications for the last 20 years. An author of four books on the martial arts, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. His career encompasses his role as production head for a variety of magazines as well as manager of the media department for Blue Cross of California and California Federal Bank producing their commercials and media programs.

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APA Spotlight: Dr. Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Interim Director, UConn Asian American Studies Institute

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

Dr. Cathy J. Schlund-Vials is an Assistant Professor in English and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She is the Interim Director of the UConn Asian American Studies Institute and the Faculty Director of Humanities House, a campus living/learning community. Her research interests include refugee cultural production, critical race theory, immigration law, human rights, and contemporary ethnic American literary studies.

Dr. Schlund-Vials is the author of Modeling Citizenship: Naturalization in Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple University Press, 2011) which examines the interplay between citizenship, performance, and immigration policy in the literatures of two “model minority” groups. She has published and forthcoming articles and pieces in Life Writing, Journal of Asian American Studies, MELUS, Modern Language Studies, American Literary History, and positions. She has recently completed her second book, Cambodian American Memory Work: Genocide Remembrance and Juridical Activism (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press), which is focused on genocide remembrance and juridical activism in Cambodian American literature, film, and hip hop.

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APA Spotlight: Kathy Lim Ko, President and CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

Kathy Lim Ko is president and chief executive officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Kathy has worked in senior management positions in community-based and philanthropic organizations throughout her 30 year career.

Most recently, Kathy was the program director for the Community Clinics Initiative (CCI), a joint project of Tides and The California Endowment, which supports the infrastructure development of community clinics and health centers in California through grant making, learning and knowledge sharing, and data and research. The $130 million, 10 year program, has funded over 90% of all the community clinics and their associations across California.

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APA Spotlight: James Lim, Executive Director, Philippine International Aid

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

James Lim is the Executive Director of the Philippine International Aid, a non-profit organization based in the Bay Area that provides assistance in the areas of shelter, rehabilitation, education, health and nutrition, assimilation and livelihood programs to disadvantaged youth in the Philippines and in the Bay Area.

The first Filipino-American general manager in San Francisco, James Tecson Lim was born in the Philippines of Chinese and Spanish ancestry. For years, James has been very active with various organizations that help the youth in exploring career options. He served as an advisor in the Travel & Tourism Advisory Board of San Francisco Unified School District where he helped introduce the hospitality industry to high school seniors.

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APA Spotlight: Don Nose, President, Go For Broke National Educational Center

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

Don Nose is the president of the Go For Broke National Educational Center. Most recently, Nose was Director of Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Gifts in-Kind for the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. He has also led and built sustainable high-growth organizations, spearheaded global business development, operated his own business and directed marketing for leading brands.

Nose created a successful nonprofit and public-sector practice group for The Staubach Company in Los Angeles and was a Director of Business Development in the global corporate service group for CB Richard Ellis, both leading international commercial real estate companies. He came to California as Director of Marketing for Starbuck’s Coffee Company where he was responsible for a multi-state region that is that corporation’s largest market-development zone.

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APA Spotlight: Tammy Chu, Co-Founder, Adoptee Solidarity Korea

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

Tammy Chu was born in Seoul, Korea and adopted to the U.S. She studied Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College. Her award-winning first short documentary, Searching for Go-Hyang, was broadcast on PBS, EBS (Korea), and screened at film festivals internationally.

Tammy has been living in Korea for several years and is a co-founding member of Adoptee Solidarity Korea, an adoptee activist organization based in Seoul.

Resilience is Tammy’s first feature documentary, which won Best Documentary Film at the 2010 Asian Film Festival of Dallas and DC APA Film Festival, among other awards.

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APA Spotlight: Richard Katsuda, Kay Ochi, and Kathy Masaoka, Co-Chairs, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR)

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

The Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) is an all volunteer, grassroots, community organization based in Los Angeles. The group formed in 1980 to seek individual monetary reparations for Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed from the west coast and incarcerated in America’s concentration camps during World War II.

Formerly known as the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations, NCRR worked throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s on the historic redress movement and is a founding member of the Campaign for Justice (CFJ). The CFJ organized in 1996 to seek equal reparations for Japanese Latin Americans (JLA) who were forcibly removed from their homes and businesses in Latin America and placed in the Crystal City, Texas camp during WWII.

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APA Spotlight: Do Kim, President, K.W. Lee Center for Leadership

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

In addition to being the President of the K.W. Lee Center for Leadership, Do Kim is a civil rights attorney at the Law Offices of Do Kim, specializing in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, police/prison abuse, and international human rights.

Before he began his own law firm, Do worked as a civil rights attorney at Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman.

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Daniel Park Interview: A One Man Band

There aren’t that many Asian American singers and songwriters in the media these days. Actually, I don’t think Asian Americans get all the much recognition because they’re considered the underdogs of music.

As I was sitting at The Coffee Garden in Sacramento on a Friday night, I stumbled into a live show by an Asian American acoustic musician  from New Mexico named Daniel Park. I sat, listened and was blown away at his talent. A one man band who records his instruments and loops them, using no additional band members other than himself. The singer humored the audience with jokes about his life in New Mexico and his inspirations for his songs. If records were sold based on raw talent alone, Park would be in platinum status; however, the industry does not work that way. I felt compelled by his voice and his natural talent on stage.

One song in particular stood out called “Sparks Fly”. I imagined sitting by a train station watching the fireworks go off in the summer sky.

Throughout the night, Park did top 40 covers and interacted with the crowd like they were guests in his home. After the show, I went up and introduced myself and asked for an interview via email.  Find out what Daniel Park had to say after the cut.

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APA Spotlight: Aldous Davidson, Co-manager, Asian American Film Lab

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

Aldous Davidson is an NYU film graduate who has been acting and directing for the past 10 years and his recent short film How to Greet the Dead was an Interpretations Film Award winner. He is currently a co-manager of the Asian American Film Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Asian Americans find film and acting resources in the New York City area.

What is your organization’s mission statement?

The AAFilmLab is a collaborative non-profit organization of New York based Asian American filmmakers, writers and actors who meet twice a month to hone their craft, share resources, educate, challenge and support one another. We organize monthly script readings and screenings with constructive feedback as well as industry meet and greets.

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APA Spotlight: Ling Woo Liu, Director, Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

Ling Woo Liu is the first director of the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, a program of the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. She has a wealth of media experience and a passion for giving a voice to the voiceless. She spent five years living in Asia, including three years as a print reporter and video producer for TIME in Hong Kong, and two years as a television reporter in Beijing. She has reported for the Associated Press and freelanced for a range of broadcast and print media in Asia and the US. Ling is the director of Officer Tsukamoto, a documentary film about the unsolved murder of a Japanese American police officer in 1970. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ling holds master’s degrees in Journalism and Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from UC Berkeley.

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APA Spotlight: Gregory A. Cendana, Executive Director, APALA, AFL-CIO

APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

Gregory is currently the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO and is the first openly gay person to serve in this post. Founded in 1992, APALA is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American (APA) union members. Since its founding, APALA has played a unique role in addressing the workplace issues of APA union members and as the bridge between the broader labor movement and the APA community. Most recently, Gregory served as President of the United States Student Association (USSA). USSA is the country’s oldest, largest & most inclusive student organization in the country and is the official voice of students to the Department of Education, Capitol Hill & the White House.

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