1 Pacific Northest Nes q Volume 25 Number 10 q q.asianreporter.com 17th Annual Scholarship & Aards Banquet ENTERTAINING EVENING. Halau Hula Kaleinani o ke Kukui, a program of the Ke Kukui Foundation, entertains a crod of 350 at Foundation s 17th Annual Scholarship & Aards Banquet held at the TAO Event Center in northeast Portland. The gala event, held in advance of Asian Heritage Month, featured cultural entertainment and recognized the efforts and achievements of Asian-American elders, community organizations, and scholars. Our special section highlighting the accomplishments of our 2015 aardees begins on page 8. () Overhelmed by debt? Want a fresh start? KELLY K. BROWN Ken Han Senior Mortgage Consultant Get prequalified for a mortgage Purchase & refinance VA, FHA, USDA Commercial, Hotel/Motel, SBA (503) S.W. Greenburg Rd., Portland, OR NMLS conmls N. Killingsorth St. Portland, OR USA PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID Portland, OR Permit # 2474 BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY kellybron.com LOW-COST BANKRUPTCY Free consultation Stop foreclosure and garnishment Evening and eekend appointments 520 SW Yamhill Suite 420 Portland We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Code.
2 Scholarship & Aards Banquet COMMUNITY HONORS. The Lee s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team (top left photo) kicked off festivities at Foundation s 17th Annual Scholarship & Aards Banquet. In addition to performances, the evening featured the 2015 Most Honored Elder aards (top right photo) and the issuing of Asian Reporter Foundation scholarships (bottom right photo). Pictured at bottom left are performers ith Halau Hula Kaleinani o ke Kukui, a program of the Ke Kukui Foundation. Page 8 n THE ASIAN REPORTER Annual AR Foundation banquet honors members of the Asian community By Kate Hubbard A pproximately 350 members of the community spent an evening last month at the Asian Reporter Foundation s Scholarship & Aards Banquet. As guests arrived for the social hour, volunteers extended arm elcomes hile ushering them to their tables, hich featured lush bouquets and decadent place settings. A hole roasted pig on display near the silent auction tables and a photo booth as a sure sign the night as going to be fun and delicious. A boisterous performance by the Lee s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team provided a thunderous start to the evening s ceremonies. Lions became as cuddly as kittens in the hands of the skilled dancers ho maneuvered the beasts on the stage and around the tables of banquet-goers. The presentations ere guided by master of ceremonies Zeke Smith. Dolly Specht delivered a beautiful invocation, inviting guests to honor the knoledge and isdom of our elders. The food soon started floing to the tables a mouthatering array of yakisoba noodles, macaroni salad, shoyu chicken, kalua pig, teriyaki beef, and rice. While the room hummed ith the sounds of silverare and happy eating, Smith kept the crod entertained. Folloing remarks by Asian Reporter publisher Jaime Lim, the foundation s Most Honored Elders ere introduced each ith their inspiring life story. This year s aardees ranged in age from 70 to 79 years old, adding up to centuries of incredible personal experiences and achievements. The 2015 recipients included Luz Aviles, Sho Dozono, John Lim, and Angie Turla. The elders ere folloed to the stage by this year s accomplished young scholars. Foundation, the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon (PACCO), and generous sponsors orked together to aard $20,000 in scholarships. As the young people ere introduced, the audience heard an impressive list of extracurricular activities, community service, and other accomplishments for each. Higher education can be expensive; these hardorking students deserve all the help the community can provide. While aiting to have her name read, PACCO scholar Dessa Salavedra said, We re very thankful for the aards, because ithout a scholarship like this, e cannot afford to further our education. While guests dined and sipped beverages, members of Halau Hula Kaleinani o ke Kukui, a program of the Ke Kukui Foundation, took the stage. The dancers spread some tropical sunshine and happiness ith Haaiian and Polynesian performances. The final ceremony of the evening as the presentation of the Exemplary Community Volunteer Effort aards, hich honor organizations that ork very hard to preserve cultural traditions and enhance the orld around us. The to groups recognized this year ere the Philippine Nurses Association of Oregon & Washington (PNAOW) and the Van Lang Vietnamese School. As the evening neared its end, people vying for silent auction items found out hat they on. The bidding as active all evening on many different items ine tours, eekends getaays, sports jackets, a home-cooked native Haaiian dinner, a signed Timbers jersey, and more. While people purchased their auction items and danced to tunes spun by DJ Music By Listening Man, 50 guests ere treated to surprise scratch-it tickets provided by the Oregon Lottery. Foundation s 17th annual aards event as a great opportunity to dress up a little, recognize individuals and groups in the Asian community, and have some fun. Combined ith the delectable food and great cultural entertainment, it as a lovely evening out. In January of next year, look for nomination forms and scholarship applications for the 2016 event, and e ll see you next April! Foundation extends many thanks to our banquet sponsors. Without them, this annual event ould not be possible.
3 Scholarship & Aards Banquet THE ASIAN REPORTER n Page 9 Most Honored Elders ESTEEMED ELDERS. Foundation s Most Honored Elders for 2015 are (left to right) Luz Aviles, Sho Dozono, John Lim, and Angie Turla. Elisa, Kristen, Alison, Stephanie, and Tadashi. A strong story. Lim as elected to the Oregon State Senate in 1992, advocate for diversity and equal opportunity, Dozono has served as Majority Leader in 1995, and as re-elected in Luz F. Aviles as born June 10, 1938 in Manabo, Abra, used his role as a business and civic leader to mobilize He left the senate in 1999 due to term limits. In the Philippines, the second of eight children. As a youth, others in service to community. He has served as a board 2004, Lim as elected State Representative of District 50 Luz attended Manabo Elementary School and St. Joseph member, president, vice president, chairman, commis- and as re-elected in No retired, Lim currently Catholic High School, and continued her education in sioner, and other positions for a number of organizations serves as an honorary chair for the Korean War Memorial college, pursuing nursing, la, and secretarial studies. In since the mid-1970s. He inspired thousands to participate Foundation and enjoys spending time ith his grand1961, Luz married Mel J. Ancheta of San Fernando, La in Flight for Freedom and Flight of Friendship events children, travelling, golfing, fishing, and riting his Union, and as petitioned by her husband to move to the by organizing citizens to sho support for communities in autobiography. U.S. that same year. Five years later, in 1966, she received the ake of tragedies such as September 11, the 2004 her American citizenship. That same year, she as hired Indian Ocean earthquake tsunami, and Hurricane by the U.S. Postal Service, here she orked until her Katrina. In response to the March 11, 2011 earthquake Angela Angie Bonifacio Turla as born in Masantol, retirement in She has to sons and one daughter: and tsunami in Japan, he helped raise more than Mel, Richard, and Lorilei. A lifetime member of the $600,000 in disaster relief. Sho has received numerous Pampanga, the Philippines on May 31, 1943, the eldest of Filipino American Association of Portland and Vicinity, aards for community service and has been recognized 13 siblings. Angie attended the University of Santo Luz served as secretary from 1964 to 1970 and as internationally for his civic ork and devotion. He Tomas, graduating ith a bachelor s degree in education president in She assisted in the purchase of the currently enjoys golfing and spending time ith his in 1965, and taught school until she left for America. Angie and her husband, Ernie, immigrated to the U.S. on Filipino American Cultural Center, also knon as the grandson and three-month-old granddaughter. May 27, 1968, along ith their first-born son, settling in Fil-Am Center, in southeast Portland by co-signing for a Pasadena, California. In 1971, they moved to Portland loan in She as also a board member of the here Angie orked at a manufacturing company, Caballeros de Dimasalang, a fraternal organization, for John Lim as born in Yeo-ju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea eventually becoming a department supervisor, and her nine years. Since 2009, Luz has been the coordinator of El Shaddai Catholic charismatic prayer group at on December 23, As a youth, Lim suffered from husband orked as a clerk at the main post office. Later, tuberculosis for five years, from hich he nearly died. He she as employed at Tektronix before retiring early in Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in north Portland. married his ife, Grace, in 1963 and graduated from Angie and Ernie raised four children Michael, Seoul Theological College in 1964 ith a bachelor s degree Pamela, Eileen, and Kathy. Angie petitioned for both her in religion. He and his family immigrated to the United parents (no deceased) and all but one of her brothers and Sho Dozono as born in Okayama, Japan, on March 4, States in June of 1966 ithout a penny to their name. sisters to immigrate to the United States. She has been In 1954, at 10 years old, he and his family John and Grace have to sons: Peter and Billy. John the auditor of a local community organization, Aguman immigrated to America and settled in Portland. He continued his theological studies at the Western Capampangan Northest U.S.A., since it as founded in attended Cleveland High School and later earned a Evangelical Seminary, here he received his Master of She has also participated in the group s biennial bachelor s degree from the University of Washington and Divinity in 1970, later becoming a chaplain for U.S. medical and dental missions to the Philippines and other a master s degree from Portland State University, both soldiers. To support his family hile a student, he orked humanitarian ork. Angie has travelled extensively ith a focus on education. After teaching history for five as a janitor, gardener, house painter, salesman, and in a across the U.S. and around the orld. In addition to years at Grant High School, he joined Azumano Travel in nursing home. With his ife, Lim eventually oned some atching her four grandkids, she currently enjoys 1976 and later became its president and CEO in He small retail stores and sold real estate. Through the years, television, going to restaurants and movies, attending married his ife, Loen, in They have five children: they built their ARJ Company into an American success church, cooking, and more. Luz Aviles Angela Turla John Lim Sho Dozono FREE HOME REPAIRS FOR PORTLAND SENIOR & DISABLED HOMEOWNERS Plumbing l Electrical l Carpentry Call (503) or visit https://reachcdc.org Portland Housing Bureau Interpretation services available OHSU Diverse in People and Ideas Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent orkforce. Diversity maximizes our true potential for creativity, innovation, quality patient care, educational excellence and outstanding service. 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4 Scholarship & Aards Banquet Page 10 n THE ASIAN REPORTER Exemplary Community Volunteers AR Foundation Scholars Philippine Nurses Association of Oregon & Washington The Philippine Nurses Association of Oregon & Washington (PNAOW) as founded in September 2002 by a group of Filipino nurses ho sought to assist other nurses by creating a strong and cohesive group that fostered continued personal and professional groth hile also supporting the community. With the ork of its more than four dozen members, PNAOW has funded travel for medical relief missions; granted educational scholarships; helped feed the hungry through the Faith Café in Beaverton; raised funds for the organization s International Outreach Program for a housing project in the Philippines; and volunteered to revie immunization records and administer immunizations on behalf of the Oregon Department of Health. PNAOW members have also introduced Taste of the Philippines to the community by serving authentic Filipino dishes. To support its outreach programs, PNAOW holds fundraising events, including garage sales, dinner dances, boling events, and more. To learn more, visit <.pnao.org>. Van Lang Vietnamese School The Van Lang Vietnamese School in Portland as founded in It currently serves 558 students ith the help of approximately 100 volunteers. The school has six primary purposes: the preservation of the Vietnamese culture and language; instilling a sense of cultural values and pride ithin youth in the area; creating a healthy environment here children can interact ith others ith the same values; promoting parental involvement in schooling; providing opportunities for activities (cultural events, camping, etc.) that promote skill building and team building; and providing academic support for students through tutoring or scholarships. Vietnamese language and culture are taught every Sunday for to-and-a-half hours beteen September and June by a dedicated group of volunteer teachers. Since its inception, thousands of students have benefitted from services offered by the Van Lang Vietnamese School. To learn more, visit <. vanlangoregon.org>. (AR Photos/Jan Landis) Nomination forms for the 2016 Exemplary Community Volunteer aards ill be available January 1, 2016 and ill cover volunteer efforts performed beteen April 1, 2015 and March 31, For more information, visit <.ARFoundation.net> or <.asianreporter.com>. PACCO aards four scholarships 2015 Asian Reporter Foundation Scholars (left to right): Christina Kuang, Nhan Le, Nhu Do, Emma Nellor, Jia Wu, and Jenny Duong. (AR Photos) Christina Kuang Sponsored by the Oregon Lottery ($2,000) Christina Kuang, the daughter of Guan Hun Kuang and Zhu Yu Zhu, is at the top of her class at Franklin High School, here she has been president of the Red Cross Club, treasurer and editor of the Key Club, and vice president of Stop the Trade. In addition to orking at her family s restaurant, Christina is a member of the constitution team, the Chinese and Vietnamese clubs, and Link Cre, and has served as a youth leader ith the Asian Pacific American Netork of Oregon (APANO). She plans to study business administration and economics. Nhan Le Sponsored by Foundation ($2,000) Nhan Le, the son of Nhy Phan Le and Van Thu Thi Nguyen, is a senior at Madison High School. Nhan is active in his community and has volunteered his time through Blanchet House, AVID, Upard Bound, and Providence Health & Services. He is a member of school leadership, National Honor Society, and the Madison Red Cross Club, and has also participated in the ASE internship program at University of Portland. In the fall, he plans to study biochemistry and mathematics. Nhu Do Sponsored by Slayden/ Sundt Joint Venture ($2,000) Nhu Do, the daughter of Vinh Pham, is in her senior year at Madison High School. Nhu volunteers ith the American Red Cross and Portland Homeless Family Solutions and is active ith Thien Sinh Buddhist Youth Group, the Vietnamese Community of Oregon, the Madison Viet Group, and other organizations. International studies is Nhu s chosen courseork. At the 2015 banquet, the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon issued four scholarships, to in conjunction ith the Future Connect program. This year s PACCO scholars are (front ro, L-R) Raylene Monzon, Allysa Gonzales, Dessa Salavedra, and Kiara Mina. () The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon (PACCO) also aarded scholarships at this year s Asian Reporter Foundation Scholarship & Aards Banquet. PACCO, no in its 12th year of giving aards, issued four scholarships. Raylene Monzon and Allysa Gonzales received $1,500 each, sponsored by Future Connect & PACCO, and Dessa Salavedra and Kiara Mina ere issued $500 scholarships sponsored by PACCO. High school seniors or current college students of Filipino descent ho are legal residents of Oregon or southest Washington are eligible to apply for PACCO scholarships. Aards must be utilized at an accredited to- or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school in Oregon or Washington. To learn more, call (503) or visit <.pacco.org>. Emma Nellor Sponsored by the Northest Health Foundation ($1,000) & FamilyCare Inc ($1,000) Emma Nellor, the daughter of Marilou Nellor, is a senior at Fort Vancouver High School. Among her many activities, she is an ambassador for the Center for International Studies and is a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, Class Council, and Girls ROC. Emma has also participated in volleyball, tennis, and boling, and as aarded Scholar Athlete aards throughout high school. She plans to study social ork or education. Jia Wu Sponsored by Comcast ($1,500) & Foundation ($500) Jia Wu, the daughter of Junneng Liu and Song Wu, currently attends Franklin High School. Jia has been a member of the Vietnamese and Math Clubs and spent to years as Chinese Club president. In addition to caring for her younger siblings, she has orked as a Friends of Trees intern and volunteered ith Red Cross Club, Key Club, the Multnomah Youth Commission, the Multnomah County Library, and the Asian Health & Service Center (AHSC). Jia plans to study biology. Jenny Duong Sponsored by the City of Portland ($1,000) & the Port of Portland ($1,000) Jenny Duong, the daughter of Le Le Tat, is currently a senior at Franklin High School. While at Franklin, Jenny has been a member of the Red Cross Club and Key Club, orked ith the Asian Pacific American Netork of Oregon (APANO), and volunteered for the Asian Health & Service Center (AHSC). Her other activities include Chinese Club, Vietnamese Club, youth leadership, and mock trial. She plans to major in health studies. David Ha Sponsored by United Way ($1,000) & Asian-Pacific Cultures Business Resource Group at PGE ($1,000) Senior David Ha currently attends David Douglas High School. David has served as an ambassador for the Asian American Youth Leadership Conference and has been on the robotics team, sim team, badminton club, science club, and Rocket Club. In addition to participating Continued on page 11 Support the efforts of Foundation hile shopping at Fred Meyer! It s easy! Just link your reards card to The AR Foundation s number, hich is 91860, at <.FredMeyer.com/CommunityReards>. (Linking does not affect your current card reards.) An online version of this scholarship & aards banquet special issue is available at <.asianreporter.com>.
5 Scholarship & Aards Banquet ARF Scholars Continued from page Asian Reporter Foundation Scholars (left to right): David Ha and Van Nguyen. (AR Photos) at Our Lady of Lavang parish and Upard Bound, David has also volunteered at Adventist Medical Center, Blanchet House, and the Red Cross. He plans to pursue studies in marketing. Van Nguyen Sponsored by Oregon Health & Science University ($1,000) & Multnomah County ($1,000) Van Nguyen, a senior at Franklin High School, is the daughter of Hai Nguyen and Nguc Ly. Van is a member of the Key Club, Red Cross Club, and Stop the Trade, served as vice president of the Vietnamese Club, and has volunteered for Kaiser Permanente. Her extracurricular activities have included preparation for and performance at her school s multicultural assembly, teaching Vietnamese to youth through the language school at her church, and more. After graduation, Van plans to study nursing. ASTHMA IS ON THE RISE. Help us find a cure LUNG-USA THE ASIAN REPORTER n Page 11