Clyde was the first Asian American to be elected as the President of SAG/AFTRA , local Los Angeles Chapter and he was recently re-elected as the Vice President of national SAG/AFTRA where he will serve for additional 2 years.
Hawaii-born actor Clyde Kusatsu has appeared in roles calling for a variety of indeterminate ethnic origins including Hawaii Five O, Kung Fu, MASH, Magnum PI and Midway and Star Trek Next Generation. Early film appearances included unbilled bits in Airport 75 (1975) and Alex and the Gypsy (1976). With his minor role as the Freighter Captain in Black Sunday (1977), Kusatsu began working his way up the featured-player ladder.
68th District Asssembly member
Steven Choi is an American Republican Party politician from Orange County, California, who is the California State Assemblymember representing the 68th Assembly District, having won the post in 2016.
Prior to that, he served two terms as mayor of Irvine, California. In 1998, he became the first Asian-American elected to the Irvine Unified School Board and served two consecutive terms there before becoming the first Asian American to have been elected to a four-year term on the Irvine City Council and one of two Korean Americans on the council. For more information, visit www.stevenchoi.org
U.S. Representative for California's 39th Congressional District
She was elected to the Assembly in 2014 after unseating Democratic Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva. In 2017, Young Kim announced she would be running for Orange County Supervisor.
a nonpartisan office in the 4th district which includes the cities of Fullerton, Placentia, La Habra, Brea and portions of Anaheim and Buena Park.Young O. Kim was the first Korean American Republican Woman ever to serve in the California state legislature, and the first Asian American to represent the cities of the 65th Assembly District in Sacramento.
Pianist and Composer
An Emmy and Singapore Grammy Award recipient, Nathan Wang is a world-renowned Chinese-American pianist and composer for Hollywood and Asian cinema. He has scored over 500 films and televisions shows working with many renowned film directors, composers and producers such as Steven Spielberg, Jackie Chan, Hans Zimmer, Disney, Dreamworks and many others.
His arrangements have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Shanghai Philharmonic among many others.
Paul Y. Song, M.D. is a physician, progressive activist, and biotechnology chief medical officer. He is the grandson of the late Sang Don Kim, the very first popularly elected Mayor of Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Song serves as the co-chair for a Campaign for a Healthy California.
In 2013, Dr. Song was named and served as the very first visiting fellow on healthcare policy in the California Department of Insurance. In addition, Dr. Song serves on the executive board of Physicians for a National Health Program California, People for the American Way, Progressive Democrats of America, Healthcare NOW, The Eisner Pediatric and Women's Center, and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. Dr. Song graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his M.D. degree from George Washington University. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago and did a brachytherapy fellowship at the Institute Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France. He is on the staff at Dignity California Hospital where he sees primarily medicaid and uninsured patients.
Scholarly Advisory Board
Dr. ThuyVo Dang
Curator for the Southeast Asian Archive at UC Irvine
Thuy Vo Dang holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and has conducted research and taught courses on race and ethnicity, oral history, cultural studies, immigration and refugee studies.
Thuy serves on the Board of Directors for Arts Orange County and the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association, both nonprofit arts organizations. She was featured in the OC Weekly’s Inaugural People Issue as the “Studs Terkel of Little Saigon” and received the “Public Image Award” from Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Thuy is co-author of Vietnamese in Orange County, published in 2015, and is currently working on A People’s Guide to Orange County (forthcoming, UC Press), a book project that foregrounds marginalized stories of the region through a social justice lens. Part of a research team awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant in the community anchors category, she researches the intersection between ethnic studies theory and community archives practice.
Professor of Sociology at MiraCosta College
Thao was born in Vietnam and came as a refugee to the U.S. in 1975 as part of Operation Frequent Wind. She grew up in Houston, Texas, and earned her Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.
She is passionate about social justice, equity, lifting up those in need, and empowering others to reach their full potential. Aside from teaching, she owns an online jewelry business (www.thaoha.com) and donates 100% of net proceeds to the MiraCosta Foundation and other philanthropic organizations. Thao currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oceanside Promise, a non-profit organization that brings the community together to ensure Oceanside’s children and young adults reach their fullest potential in college, career, and life. She’s an associate producer of the documentary film, “Seadrift” (2019), which was inspired by her research and book chapter on Vietnamese refugees in Texas’s fishery industry and the KKK.
Vietnamese Culture & Art Educator
Dr.Hidle holds an MFA in creative writing from CSU Long Beach and a PhD in literature from UC San Diego. She writes about topical issues in Vietnamese art and culture, as well as her experiences growing up as a second-generation, mixed-race Vietnamese in Southern California.
In addition to being the founder of AXIANTA Financial Partners, John Shin is also the Founder of a non-profit organization called “ALL FOR ONE” which provides child prosperity centers for children around the world. Together with the organization, they have built and created 9 orphanages in 6 countries like Uganda, Philippines, Nicaragua, Vietnam, China, and India and have helped over 1,000 kids live within their orphanages.
John’s latest accomplishment includes his role as an Executive Producer of the movie, THINK: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich. John holds a B.A. in Business Administration from University of Southern California, an M.B.A., and earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law.
Chief Operating Officer at Illumination Foundation
Jack Toan is committed to the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Union of Pan Asian Communities, Team Kids, Inc., Illumination Foundation, UC Irvine Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors and the community partners advisory board for the OC Human Relations Council.
He is a member of the Orange County Funders Roundtable, San Diego Grantmakers, and also is the founder and program consultant for a children’s self-defense and safety awareness program in partnership with the Saint Anselm’s Cross Cultural Community Center.
Cosmetic Dentist Monrovia, DDS
Emily Letran is a general dentist who owns two multi-specialty group practices in Southern California. She is known as a High Performance Coach, Author, Dentist, Philanthropist, Mentor and International Speaker.
Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UC Riverside (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She is a graduate of UCLA School of Dentistry (Dean’s Apollonian Scholarship) and received her Master of Science in Oral Biology from UCLA at the same time. She continuously takes courses in clinical dentistry, practice management and marketing, attending multiple business forums every year, striving to improve her skills to better serve patients. For more information visit www.dremilyletran.com
Global Supply Chain Program Manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation
Mr. McKinney is a veteran in Domestic and International Global Supply Chain management/operations in the Aerospace and Defense Industry. He is a multidimensional leader with a proven track record in leading high performance teams. His skills include special projects management, proposal planning and preparation, administrative and financial management and project planning and control.
Mr. McKinney is a Global Supply Chain Program Manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation Mission Systems Airborne Communications Division Center of Excellence. Career highlights include Global Supply Chain Leadership for the X-47B Program where he developed acquisition strategies and proactively managed surveillance over subcontractor affordability, risk/opportunity management, quality, cost, and schedule performance. His X-47B achievements include the teams 2013 Collier Trophy Award and a 2014 Aerospace Systems Presidents Award for Program Excellence. Mr. McKinney currently serves on the following boards where he advises on strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, operations and program development: University of Southern California (USC) Board of Governors; USC Black Alumni Association Advisory Council; Wilson Global Consulting, Washington, D.C.; and the New Designs Charter Management Organization Board President.
Author, activist and world-renowned speaker, Chong Kim has been working to end sexual exploitation and human trafficking for nearly two decades. Focusing much of her time on activism and human rights, her dedication, and passionate expertise is fueled by her lived experience as a survivor of child rape and sexual exploitation.
Having an edge, Chong Kim began working alongside law enforcement to offer a ground-level perspective into sex trafficking. Her intelligence became the touchstone of catching predators, essentially tilting the multi-layered corruption toward justice. Her dedication to the full spectrum of human rights led to public speaking appearances for colleges and universities, Human Trafficking Taskforces, and rescue centers, locally and abroad. She has appeared on several major daytime talk shows and has been decorated with many honors throughout the United States.
Founder, Media Arts Santa Ana
Victor Payan is an award-winning artist, arts administrator and consultant who organizes public events that promote tolerance, understanding and community empowerment. He is Founder/Director of Media Arts Santa Ana (MASA), Co-Founder of the OC Film Fiesta multicultural film festival.
His work in media includes serving as Associate Producer for the national PBS documentary series’ The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848 and The Border. He has also created youth multimedia production programs in California and Texas, including Social Justice Through Technology, the San Anto MultiMedia Institute (SAMMI), the OC Youth Cinema Camp and the Murals and Media program. Mr. Payan’s experience organizing public events began in 1994 as Coordinator of the "Chicano Urban Experience in Contemporary Rock and Folk Music" series at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego. He was Coordinator for the City Heights International Village Celebration in San Diego and served as Music Coordinator for the Adams Avenue Street Fair.
Take One Media Mentorship Board
As Entertainment/Media Chair, then President of the Undergraduate Communication Society, Sina got to live his passion of leading a team and helping his peers get clarity in careers within the communications industry through our organization’s offerings. He also coached students and friends on professionalism, using LinkedIn, resume writing and job interviewing.
Sina served as a Senior LinkedIn Champion and Director of Triton LinkedIn Group, a program that was only offered at eight college campuses in the nation. Working with his team, the Career Center at UC San Diego and actual LinkedIn employees, Sina got to further develop his knowledge and skills in career coaching.
Senior Recruiter @ LinkedIn
Son is currently the Senior Lead Campus Business Recruiter at LinkedIn. He is responsible for hiring and coaching entry-level talent for 300+ business and technical roles in the SF Bay Area, Chicago, New York, and Dublin. Prior to joining the talent acquisition team at LinkedIn, he worked in recruiting for Target Headquarters as well as college admissions at Notre Dame, Columbia, and Michigan.
He was born and raised in Bellingham, WA to Vietnamese refugees. Son is the first in his family to attend college and holds a BBA of management consulting from the University of Notre Dame along with an MS of strategic communications from Columbia University. He is passionate about his Fighting Irish, Seattle sports, and coffee.
Elliott H. Jung grew up in Los Angeles where he watched his immigrant parents trying to survive in a completely different culture. He found his life’s calling when he attended law school at Southwestern Law School in downtown Los Angeles, and is currently a partner with Hepburn, Hernandez, & Jung.
He was first accepted to work at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Appellate Unit and was then chosen to work for the Honorable Mark E. Windham handling a variety of criminal matters that were assigned to him by the Judge. He has since then worked with the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California and the Federal Public Defender’s Office. He was invited to teach as an adjunct professor at California Western Law School teaching the school’s main trial skills program and guided law students into becoming an effective advocate for their clients. Elliott also coached law students to compete in local and national trial competitions against other prestigious law schools.
Shaina is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Master of Fine Arts program in Film and Television production. She jokes that she is a triple threat (disabled, Punjabi, and a woman), and is a fierce activist for people with disabilities. Shaina has developed her style as a director - bold, unrelenting, and quirky - focused on making comedies that promote diversity and inclusion.
Shaina is also one of the founders of the production company Rebuilt Minds where the goal is to produce stories that embrace diversity and explore intersectionality.
Kayleb Lee is an independent American filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s a USMC Combat Veteran and graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Los Angeles Film School. He’s produced six award-winning short films, including three he directed and edited.