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Community leadership and participation are very important that presents itself in various ways that has a great impact upon its respective communities. Listed below are the various categories and people that comprises this incomplete and ever-changing list of people who are concern and have takent the steps to be involved.

Categories of Community Leaders
Advocates/Activists Christian Pastors Criminal Enforcement Education Leaders
Historical Pioneers / War Heroes Leadership/Management Medical Pioneers Political Power Brokers



  • PAULA DANIELS - 1st APA President of "Heal the Bay"
  • VISHAKHA N. DESAI - First Woman and Asian American to head Asia Society
  • DAPHINE KWOK - has 20+ years of experience in building and leading national Asian/Pacific Islander organizations and developing national coalitions and networks such as being the Executive Director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA). She was the Executive Director of the Washington D.C.-based Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), a national non-partisan, non-profit organization established to increase Asian Pacific American participation in public policy and the political process. On July 1, 2005 - she became the Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF).
  • ONI VITANDHAM - She is the founder of Progressive United Action Association - an international nonprofit agency that helps create life for more than 2,000 Cambodian children.
  • YEH LING-LING - CEO of Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable American (DASA whose purpose is to limit immigration.)


  • MARY ANNE FOO - received the national 2004 "Unsung Heroines" award for her for her work as the Executive Director and founder of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), whose mission is to enhance the well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders by building strategic partnerships in the areas of service, education, organizing, and research
  • LE LY HAYSLIP - This Vietnamese-born native founded the "East Meets West Foundation", a humanitarian relief organization, which physically and emotionally helps to rebuild lives on both sides of the world. Her book, "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places", moved award winning filmmaker, Oliver Stone, a Vietnam veteran himself, to fund the building of Mother's Love Clinic for homeless children in Le Ly's village in Da Nang. With the further help from actor-comedian, Robert Kline and Senator John Kerry, money has been raised to build Peace Village, a medical center for children. Oliver Stone will soon be producing a film about the humanity of Le Ly Hayslip.
  • MELISSA ARATANI KWEE - Community leader in Singapore, Former Chair of the Community Council and granddaughter of George Aratani. This Harvard anthropology graduate has chosen to be a social activist beneath her well-cut clothes and transatlantic accent, as oppose to the life of a socialite. As a result, she often exudes a quiet conviction, self-confidence and a social conscience that money cannot buy. She has stated that “money is only a tool - use it but do not let it use you.” As a result, she has a definite idea of how she wants to spend the rest of her life - to make a difference in other people's lives.She subscribes to the proverb “To those to whom much has been given, much is expected.”
  • WEN HO LEE - Chinese American scientist who has been labeled as a "spy" by the press (N.Y. Times), yet has been charged of espionage. Despite previous examples of "similar" situations, learn how he has been treated differently!
  • PETER LEUNG - - the first Asian-American ever to serve as president of an NAACP chapter - is equal parts enthusiastic entrepreneur, angry activist and resolute role model. An agitator from his days as a youth living in Hong Kong, he is determined to be a positive example to Asian-Americans and other minority groups.
  • CHE AHN - Pastor of Harvest Rock Church who has drawn thousands of people to his various events throughout the United States.
  • JONATHAN CHAO - Christian missionary who spent 25 years teaching his faith in his native China and tracking the development of Christianity in that country under Communist rule.Beginning in 1978, Chao traveled to China more than 100 times from his home in West Covina to train ministers to lead the Christian "house church" movement. Chao founded China Ministries International, with branches in six countries, to research the growth of Christianity in modern China.
  • FRANCIS CHAN - (Simi Valley) Cornerstone Community Church's Senior Pastor was raised by his Buddhist grandmother in Hong Kong. Church has grown to 5,000 regular attendees with an evangelistic cable television show, Cornerstone Center for Biblical Counseling and Crisis Pregnancy Center. He is tangible evidence what can happen when one is focused on one goal while not allowing the presuppositions of race and prejudice color one's views.
    Francis Chan, pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, is a graduate of two Macarthur schools, an enthusiastic student of John Piper and made a 15-minute Gospel presentation called “Just Stop and Think.” (see the video on the right).

    Chan’s presentation has much in common with evangelism teachers like Ray Comfort and Will Metzger. Chan talks about the wonder of creation. He uses the Ten Commandments to explain our relationship to God, our sin, and the certainty of judgment. He unapologetically says that God loves us, that God passionately loves the world, that Christ died for you, and that God is inviting you to say “Yes!” to a relationship of repentance, faith and God-glorifying obedience.

    Pastor Francis Chan

    Pastor Chan: "This past Easter, as I was preparing another “please come back and worship with us all year” message, it occurred to me: Jesus never begged. On the contrary, He made others beg. God sees Himself as so valuable that He expects us to beg to follow Him! When people did beg for Him, he made sure they knew how difficult it would be to follow Him. His point: God is only interested in those who desperately want Him, treasure Him, and would give anything up to follow Him…

    …Why haven’t I answered people like Christ? I hate rejection. I’m scared of loved ones rejecting God, so I don’t share too much of the commitment Christ requires. That would increase the likelihood of rejection. I share the benefits of Christianity. Then beg them to agree. I don’t ask too many questions because I’m scared of how they might answer. I don’t really want to know if they’re not true followers. I just want to keep believing that they are. In doing this, I’ve preached a message that cheapens the value of God.

    God calls us to accurately describe the glory of God and invite people to treasure Him and pursue Him whole heartedly. Our goal should be to act like Christ and teach like Christ. Jesus humbled Himself to take the form of a servant, not a beggar. Let’s keep serving people, sacrificing for people, loving people…. but let’s stop begging. It cheapens the value of the God we’re called to magnify. Let’s tell how great out God is, and let them beg."

    In the process, Chan says that the cross was the way a God of love saved sinners. He says that God passionately loves and pursues sinful people. He believes that sinners must respond and he urges them to do so in intense, emotional terms. He says that God wants the viewer, right now, as they watch the film, to pray a prayer of faith and surrender, and then begin living out what it means to appreciate a God who sends his Son to love, die for and save undeserving sinners.

    Chan, like a lot of young pastors who are influenced deeply by John Piper, isn’t frightened by the language of traditional evangelical invitations, and especially isn’t afraid of the language of passionate, pursuing love. I can appreciate that, because in my encounters with Calvinism as a pastor and a preacher, this was a never-ending controversy: What could you say to unbelievers, and how would you say it?

    "Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul, / And sings the tune without the words,
    And never stops at all, / And sweetest in the gale is heard; / And sore must be the storm
    That could abash the little bird / That kept so many warm. / I've heard it in the chillest land, / And on the strangest sea;
    Yet, never, in extremity, / It asked a crumb of me." - Emily Dickinson

  • SIMON CHANG - is Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Theological College in Singapore and author of a number of books, most recently Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community (InterVarsity, 2006), in which he outlines his ecclesiology.
  • DR. RODNEY WOO - pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church in Houston, is one-quarter Chinese. He grew up in a mostly African-American neighborhood of Port Arthur and is married to a Mexican-American woman. His father was a Southern Baptist "home missionary" in Port Arthur, working with all races in various social programs. His story is story is featured in the new book People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States by Michael Emerson. The book's bottom line: Multiracial churches are rare, hard to sustain – and worth the trouble.


  • MILTON CHEN - leading expert in the educational field and multi-ethnic relations
  • YUJIRO HAYAMI - Yujiro Hayami, born in 1932, was one of the first Japanese to earn a U.S. Ph.D. in agricultural economics after World War II(Iowa State, 1960). He began his professional career in the National Research Institute of Agricultural Economics in Japan, followed by two decades' service at the Tokyo Metropolitan University. He recently moved to Aoyama-Gakuin University. He has also served as visiting professor at the University of Minnesota and as an economist with the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. He served on the Editorial Council for the American Journal of Agricultural Economics in 1972-74 and 1984-86.
  • GARY MAR - Founder & Dir. of Philosophy Dept. Logic Lab & Philosophy. Dir. of Stony Brook University's first Asian American Center Bridge - temporary home of the $25 million Charles B. Wang Asian American Center.
  • HARRY & ROSEMARY WONG - He, a former high-school science teacher in Menlo Park, California, is now one of the country's leading speakers in the field of education. Harry Wong has been awarded the Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award, the Science Teacher Achievement Recognition Award, the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, and the Valley Forge Teacher's Medal. Rosemary was chosen as one of California's first mentor teachers and has been awarded the Silicon Valley Distinguished Woman of the Year Award. During more than 33 years in the classroom, Herry Wong developed methods which resulted in his having a zero dropout rate, no discipline problems, a 95% homework turn in factor, and the ability to demonstrate master level learning by each of his students. His students won over 200 awards.
  • HEATHER FONG - San Francisco's Deputy Chief (S.F.'s highest ranking Asian American law enforcement management)
  • DR. HENRY LEE - Commissioner Dr. Henry Lee is the head of Connecticut's state police force and the most prominent Asian American in law enforcement. This world famous forensic criminologist, called Connecticut's Sherlock Holmes and known for engaging and entertaining presentations, has made breakthrough discoveries in several famous investigations, including the Nicole Brown Simpson murder case.
  • FENG SHAN HO - As consul general for the Chinese Nationalist government in Vienna, after Adolf Hitler invaded Austria in 1938, Mr. Feng Shan Ho helped many Jews escape the Nazis by issuing them visas to China. He was one of a handful of Gentile diplomats identified by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial who saved the lives of more than 200,000 European Jews.
  • BETTY ONG - The 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean declared: "Betty Ong is a true American hero." He stated that "we have to remind ourselves of exactly what it was like that day. . . wasn't just a tragedy but a triumph ... of heroes." The 5' 9" native of San Francisco's Chinatown was a victim of the terrorists and the first hero of that fateful day of September 11, 2001 where terrorist attacks killed 3,000 people in New York and Washington, DC. in the greatest American catastrophe of modern times.
  • CHARLIE SOONG - Duke's 1st International student and Methodist minister turned wealthy businessman whose daughters married Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek
  • CHIUNE "SEMPO" SUGIHARA - Japanese Vice-Consul to Lithuania in 1940, is credited with saving the second largest number of Jews from the Holocaust.
  • FRANCIS WAI - Captain Francis Wai (of the 34th Regiment of the 24th Infantry division under General Douglas MacArthur) was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor,: but not until 2000, after Congress had ordered a review of the war records of Asian American soldiers during WWII because of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was still being enforced. The U.S. government did not recognize Wai with the Congressional Medal of Honor until the 1999 act of Congress that mandated a review of war records of Asian American soldiers in World War II. Along with 21 other Asian Americans, Wai finally received his overdue honor in May of 2000 from former President Bill Clinton.

  • ANNA CHAN CHENAULT - This "Hostess of Washington D.C." was married to Flying Tigers’ General Claire Chennault and the first person of Chinese ancestry to be a success in politics in the United States.
  • WILLIAM "MO" MARUMOTO - first APA to serve at the White House at an Executive level & member of President's Advisory Committee at Kennedy Center.
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