March 30, 2023

SAN DIEGO – (U.S. ASIAN WIRE – June 18, 2010) – Japanese pop star Masumi will headline this year’s entertainment lineup for the Seventh Annual Asian Heritage Awards to be held Saturday, July 10, aboard the USS Midway in downtown San Diego.

An accomplished dancer trained in classical music, Masumi has captured the pop music world with her crossover hit single “Slow Down,” from her album “Baby You,” which soared to No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles Sales.  Masumi has entertained fans throughout Japan and now the US, particularly California, where she continues to excite American audiences with her up-tempo electric sound.

The One Dream Children’s Choir, under the direction of Darleen Herriman, will open the awards ceremony with its rendition of “One World, One Dream,” written by Wang Lee Hom for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  The Asian Heritage Awards, which honors achievement in the Asian Pacific Islander community, will also feature the Silk Road Dancers and the Royal Thai Cultural Ballet.

Each year, The Asian Heritage Society and newspaper ASIA collect nominations from the community for recognition at the awards.  This year, the 14 categories include the names of 72 individuals and organizations nominated by the community.  Those names were placed on an email ballot mailed to 24,000 subscribers and added to and for voting.  The top vote getters will be announced during the ceremony, emceed by KFMB Channel 8’s Marcella Lee and KGTV Channel 10’s Robert Santos.   Last year, there were over 46,000 votes.

The highlight of the ceremony will be a special tribute to San Diego icon Tom Hom, the first Asian American elected to the San Diego City Council and only third person of Asian descent elected to the California Assembly.   After a distinguished political career, which included paving the way for a new sports stadium in Mission Valley that would become home to professional baseball’s San Diego Padres and football’s San Diego Chargers, Hom went on to lead a revival of downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter District, as well as San Diego’s Chinatown.

In addition to the Asian Heritage Society, sponsors include the Avery Tsui Foundation, Ford Motor Fund, the U.S. Navy, Phamatech, Barona Resort and Casino, Cox Communications, The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, DDH Enterprise Inc., United Parcel Service, Julia Cheng Pinnacle Financial, Gingi, Tabe, Thai Spice Restaurants and Best Western, along with media partners US Asian Wire and New America Media, which reaches more than 1,000 ethnic media outlets across America.

To reserve tickets or a table, or for sponsorship information, please call 619-408-9928. All proceeds benefit the Asian Heritage Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserve the legacy of Asian Americans in Southern California.  For more details or information, visit or

Arts and Literature

Wendy Maruyama

Whilce Portacio

Giovanna Pang Garcia

Cecilia M.DeCastro

Dr. Virginia S. Loh

Panney Wei

Business Enterprise

Stephen Chin improves the health of our communities as Project Manager at Sharp HealthCare, a not-for-profit regional health care system in San Diego.

David Du, Chief Secretary of the Global Unified Chinese from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and founder of DDH Enterprises, Dutek Corp, and a partner of Hendan Ltd.

The Asian Business Association of Orange County seeks to provide a forum for members to develop business

Valerie Chandler is the Vice President of Human Resources for the San Diego Division of Time Warner Cable

The Asian Business Association (ABA) of Los Angeles,

Community Service

David Seid, San Diego Zoo

Dennis Huang, Executive Director of the Asian Business Association

Grace Pei-Chun Liu, Taiwanese American Community Center

Maragaret Iwanaga-Penrose,

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

Cultural Preservation

The Confucius Institute (CI) at SDSU

Heali’i’s Polynesian Revue

Akiko Bourland

The Vietnamese Culture and Science Association

Indonesian Arts Center (IAC)


Michelle Lopez – As part of the SDSU Division of Undergraduate Studies

Jonathan Ton – The principal of Montgomery Middle School in Linda Vista

The San Diego Japanese School

Filipino American Salvador B. Flor has served the San Diego Community as a Counselor for EOP at SDSU

San Diego Sun Yet Sen Chinese School (SDSYSCS)


Julia Cheng, CFP, MBA, CMFC, CLTC, Principal of Wealth Management and Estate Planning Inc.

Pida Kongphouthone entrepreneur.

Kathy David is the CEO and President of IT TechPros, Inc.

Joseph Wong Design Associates


Arlie Ricasa, president of the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) Board of Trustees, is the only Filipina American elected official in San Diego County.

Ted Lieu, California Assemblyman and candidate for Attorney General

Lani Lutar – In her leadership role as President & CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA)

Elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006, Michelle Steel serves as the country’s highest ranking Korean-American officeholder and California’s highest ranking Republican woman.

Health and Medicine

Tzu Chi Foundation

Dr. San Hsieh, nuclear medicine

Flossie Wong-Staal, virologist and molecular biologist

Dr. Charles Liu, private clinic in Pacific Beach

Christina Cao, pharmacist director at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, California,

Humanitarian Outreach

Robin J. Tarr, founder Jonathan Tarr Foundation to provide post-secondary scholarships for students

Dr. Lilly Cheng – SDSU professor, cultural activist and linguist, co-founder of the Asian Pacific Speech and Hearing Sciences Foundation

Citizen Diplomacy Council of San Diego

Lotus Outreach International

Innovation and Technology

Sue Wong, fashion designer

Cecil Magpuri, architect

Gary Wang, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is chief information officer for the Space and Naval Warfare S y s t e m s C o m m a n d ( S PAWA R ) ,

Todd Ichinaga, chef

Dr. Thi Pham, Physicist, software developer at Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA,

Legal Affairs

Holly J. Fujie, a litigation Shareholder in the Los Angeles -based law firm of Buchalter Nemer, served as the 84th

President of the State Bar of California

Sanjeev Dhand, senior counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP

Kim-Thoa Hoang, a prosecutor with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office since 1991.

Michelle Nguyen

chairwoman of the social security section of the Orange County Bar Association, vice president of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association and president of the Vietnamese American Bar Association in Southern California.


Cathlyn Choi-Michelson – CEO of CNE Management, Inc. (, a cross cultural marketing, media and event management firm, and co-owner of Carma Media & Entertainment,

Rekha Muddaraj is an Emmy award-winning reporter for CBS 8. Since her arrival to San Diego

Michael Chen – From crime and business to minority issues, Michael Chen has covered a wide range of stories as a reporter with 10News San Diego

Martin Yan, Master Chef TV

Aurora Soriano Cudal, Filipino Tulungan (Help) Center, information, referral

Jenny Hamel is a reporter for San Diego 6 News a

Vannasone J. Keodara, filmmaker and Lao broadcaster for Voice of America


Navy Lt. Cmdr. “JB” Baluyot,

Army Lt. Col. Somport Jongwatana,

Navy Cmdr. Tony Gamboa

Performing Arts

Nam Chi Vu is musician,writer and actress.

Felix Fan – cellist

Timothy Dang artistic director, Asian American theatre company, East West Players, Los Angeles

Robert A. Shroder, conductor/director, Filipino American Symphony Orchestra

Kenny Eng, singer/songwriter

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