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Better Together 2016 Honorees 

Gordon N. Chan Leadership Award

About the award:
Gordon Chan was a beloved AACI leader who cared deeply about the community. He served as an AACI board member, board chair, and interim executive director, and was instrumental in ensuring AACI’s longevity and success. The Gordon N. Chan Leadership Award is given to leaders who have done exceptional work for the community and exemplify Gordon Chan’s leadership traits of generosity, compassion, commitment, and advocacy.

Gordon N. Chan Leadership Honoree: Bill Yee

Bill Yee (right)
Bill Yee is a former member of the AACI Board of Directors, eventually taking on the role as Chairman of the Board.  For 10 years he was a devoted volunteer at the AACI Health Center, affectionately known as “Uncle Bill,” supporting a wide range of administrative and operational tasks. 

Over a period of years, Bill was instrumental in helping over 600 low income, uninsured women access the Every Woman Counts program, tracking clients, recording information and designing recall mechanisms so early detection, diagnosis and treatment was consistently provided to a population of underserved women. 

Before the AACI Health Center migrated to electronic records, information was recorded manually and tracking and sorting information was labor intensive and time consuming. Bill took it upon himself to design Excel spreadsheets, enter the data in order to capture important information. He redefined and greatly improved AACI’s administrative and operational systems.

AACI is honored to celebrate Bill Yee as recipient of the Gordon N. Chan Leadership award. Please join us on September 10, 2016 to celebrate Bill Yee.

Community Trailblazer Award

About the award:
The Community Trailblazer Award honors members of the community who have provided cultural, social, and humanitarian leadership.

Community Trailblazer Award Honorees: PJ and Roy Hirabayashi

Roy and PJ Hirabayashi are the co-founders of San Jose Taiko, the third taiko group to form in the United States, which first began in 1973.

As post-World War II baby boomers and third-generation Japanese Americans, the Hirabayashis were looking for an outlet to express their cultural identity, when they discovered taiko, a form of drumming. They helped create a new Asian American art form y infusing the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with musical and cultural influences from their cultural context as young people in the1970’s U.S. landscape.

Roy and PJ met as college students and together found an art form that combined their cultural heritage with the contemporary social and cultural scene that they grew up in.
For over 30 years, they led the development of San Jose Taiko, a group that encompasses performers of every background, reflecting the diversity of experience that they have brought to the traditional art form.

When San Jose Taiko was founded, only a few taiko organizations existed in the United States; today, there are hundreds, with San Jose Taiko as one of the nation's most renowned. As composers and performers, the Hirabayashi’s have maintained a respect for cultural tradition, while moving the taiko art form forward through innovation, collaboration, and outstanding performance programs utilizing training and education.

AACI is honored to celebrate Roy and PJ Hirabayashi as recipients of the Community Trailblazer Award. Please join us on September 10, 2016 to celebrate Roy and PJ Hirabayashi.

Health Care Trailblazer Award

About the a
This award honors individuals in the community who have provided leadership in health care, creating greater access and care for vulnerable members in the community.

Health Care Trailblazer Honoree: Dr. Dao Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is a pediatrician and Chief of Health Promotion at Kaiser Permanente San Jose. While caring for children and families, he simultaneously makes time to engage in community service at local nonprofits, including AACI where he serves on the Honorary Council.

Dr. Nguyen came to the United States as a refugee from Vietnam when he was a child. He recalls that his earliest memories at the doctor’s office were negative. He decided to become a pediatrician to make sure every child is provided with caring and listening doctors.

In addition to being Chief of Health Promotion and Chief of Patient Education, he has previously partnered with the Tech Museum and the Children’s Discovery Museum to develop hands-on health programs to address childhood obesity. He has worked throughout the community at health fairs to promote health initiatives and has been recognized by the California State Assembly for outstanding community service.

AACI is honored to celebrate Dao Nguyen, MD as recipient of the Community Trailblazer Award. Please join us on September 10, 2016 to celebrate Dao Nguyen, MD!


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