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"Our Role Models" in the Asian American Community
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The following videos are from a vignette series, called OUR ROLE MODELS -- produced, directed, shot and edited by Tony Lam.

OUR ROLE MODELS celebrates outstanding Asians in America, who have made an important difference in the community and beyond. Featured role models range from high-profile personalities to unsung heroes. The program focuses on those of Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean and Vietnamese descent.

We have made these videos available here to highlight the fine talent and wonderful work being done by Asian Americans in all areas of endeavor. If you're an Asian American, and especially if you're a young person, we hope you'll find pride and inspiration from the role models featured here.

Ahn Trio, Classical Musicians

Alan Woo, Director of Planning, Community Action Partnership of Orange County

Angela Killoren, Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL)

Anh Doan, Poet

Anne Kim , Editor-in-Chief, Audrey Magazine

Anne Shih, Vice Chair, Board of Governors, The Bowers Museum

Bichlien Nguyen, Breast Oncologist, BreastLink Medical Center

BongHwan Kim, General Manager, Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment

C.Y. Lee, New York Times Bestselling Author, Flower Drum Song

Carl Choi, Entertainment Promoter, Founder & CEO, Plan C Group

Catherine Park, CFO & COO, Giant Robot

Chang Lee, Chairman, Korean American Federation of Los Angeles

Charles Song, Legal Services Director, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

Charlie Nguyen, Director, The Rebel

Cher Calvin, News Anchor, KTLA

Christopher Duong Bui, Specialist, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Christopher Tang, UCLA Medical Student, Kaiser Permanente Scholarship Recipient

Chun-Yen Chen, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Women's Center

Clara Chiu, Director of Development and Outreach, Organization of Chinese Americans

Clayton Chau, Psychiatrist, Orange County Health Care Agency

Colleen Seto, Development Manager, Chinatown Service Center (CSC)

Cooke Sunoo, Director, Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program

Corky Lee, Photojournalist

Courtney Lee, 2009 Rose Queen, Tournament of Roses

Dan Kim, Dan Kim, CEO, Red Mango

Dang Family, Restauranteurs: Brodard Chateau, Bamboo Bistro, and Brodard Nem Nuong

Dat Phan, Stand-Up Comedian; Original Winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing

David Henry Hwang, Tony Award-Winning Playwright, M. Butterfly

Debra Suh, Executive Director, Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF)

Diana Shui-lu Wong, Artist

Dominic Ng, Chairman, President & CEO, East West Bank

Don Luong, Program Director, Project MotiVATe

Dustin Nguyen, Leading Asian American Actor

Ed Wong, Chairman and Co-Founder, Asian American Sports Club

Emile Mack, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department

Erin Pak, CEO, Korean Health Education Information & Research (KHEIR)

Esther Im, Evangelist

Eun Sook Lee, Executive Director, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium

Grace Yoo, Executive Director, Korean American Coalition

Ham Tran, Writer and Director

Hazel Young, AIDS Activist

Helen Kim, President, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Helie Lee, National Bestselling Author, Still Life With Rice, In the Absence of Sun

Hiep Nguyen, Artist, "Circle Painting" Creator

Hong Khanh Nguyen, Conductor, Vietnamese-American Philharmonic Orchestra

Huynh Duong, Professor, UCLA, Research Scientist, Cedars-Sinai

Hyepin Im, President, Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD)

Jack Toan, Martial Arts Instructor /Contributions Manager, Wells Fargo Foundation

James Lew, Martial Artist, Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator, Fight Choreographer, Film Director

Jane Yin, Public Relations Specialist, JSY Public Relations

Janet Nguyen, Councilwoman, City of Garden Grove

Janet Yang, Movie Producer, The Joy Luck Club, Dark Matter

Jason Scott Park, President, Asian Professional Exchange (APEX)

Jason Tran, Research Analyst, Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team

Jeannie Trinh Luong, Chairperson, Community Services Commission, City of Irvine

Jerry Wang, Executive Vice President, Charles Dunn & Co.

Jim Liaw, President & Co-Founder, Formula Drift

Jimmy Lee, Vice President, IW Group, Inc.

Jin Au-yeung, Hip Hop Artist

Joann Lee, Directing Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Unit, Legal Aid Foundation of L.A.

John Chiang, California State Controller (Highest-ranking Asian American politician in California)

John Song, Pastor, New Wine / Dean, Korean Language Program, Korean Cultural Center

John Suh, CEO,

John Tran, Mayor, City of Rosemead

Johng Ho Song, Executive Director, Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC)

Joo Duk Lam, Self-taught Classical Chinese Poet

Joseph Tran, Magician

Judy Man-Ling Lam, Partner, Alschuler Grossman Stein and Kahan LLP

Julian Do, Co-director, New America Media

Jung Im Lee, Director, Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy

Justin Lin, Director: Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Finishing the Game

K. Luan Tran, Business Trial Lawyer, Lee & Tran

Karen Chau, Creator, Ni Hao, Kai-lan!

Ken Nguyen, Founder & Chairman, Little Saigon Foundation

Kevin Youk, Tenor

Khai & Thanh My Pham, Founders, Reaching Out Foundation

Kim-Yen Huynh, Commissioner, Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs Commission

Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon (Awake Brain Surgery), UCLA Medical Center

Linda Trinh Vo, Professor and Chair, Asian American Studies, University of California at Irvine

Long Nguyen, Artist and Actor

Mark Yu, Concert Pianist (Child Prodigy)

Mary Anne Foo, Executive Director, Orange County Asian & Pacific Islander Community Alliance

Michael Kwan, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Walnut/Diamond Bar Station

Michael Park Steel, Board Member, California State Board of Equalization

Miki Lim, Head Librarian, Pio Pico Koreatown Public Library

Monica Macer, Television Writer, Knight Rider, Lost, Prison Break

Nancy Kwan, Actress, The World of Suzie Wong, Flower Drum Song

Nho Trong Nguyen, Superior Court Judge, Superior Court of Orange County

Nhung Truong, District Representative, Office of Congressman Adam Schiff

Nic Cha Kim, Founder, Gallery Row

Nick Ut, Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer, Associated Press

Paul Kim (PK), Comedian / Host, Asian Nights, The Laugh Factory

Peter Nguyen, Chair, Southeast Asian Archive

Phil Yu, Creator & Editor,

Quang Than, Mountaineer

Sally Huang-Nissen, Diversity Consultant & Leadership Coach

Sam Chen, Animation Filmmaker

Sammy Lee, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist (first Asian American)

Stephane Gauger, Director and Writer, Owl and the Sparrow

Suellen Cheng, Curator, Chinese American Museum

Sukhee Kang, Mayor, City of Irvine

Susan Ahn Cuddy, First Asian American woman to join the U.S. Navy

Suzie Dong-Matsuda, Psychotherapist & Mental Health Professional

Tam & Linh Nguyen, Brother-Sister Owners, Advance Beauty College

Ted & Anh Nguyen, Husband-Wife Team, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M)

Ted Lieu, California Assemblyman & Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus

Teddy Zee, Producer, Pursuit of Happyness, Hitch, Saving Face, The Asian Excellence Awards

Thomas Shu, Tea Specialist / Vice-President, ABC Teahouse

Tim Dang, Artistic Director, East West Players

Toby Dawson, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Freestyle Skiing

Tram Le, Asian Pacific Islander Arts Coordinator, The Ford Amphitheater

Tsuann Kuo, Specialist in Senior Services

Tyrus Wong, Lead Inspirational Artist, Walt Disney's Bambi (1942), Kitemaker

Victor Law, Pharmacist and Political Activist

Viet Le, Board Member & Artist, Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association

Vu Pham, Director, Vietnamese American Heritage Project

Yong Soo Lee, "Comfort Woman" Victim in World War II

Young Oak Kim, Colonel, U.S. Armed Forces & Founder, Go For Broke National Education Center

Ysa Le, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF)

Yul Kwon, First Asian American Winner, CBS reality show Survivor