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Cultural Preservation
China to be part of the city’s 1935-36 California
Pacific International Exposition, local civic visionar-
ies dreamed of creating a place to boost culture,
economy and civic pride, and the exhibition house
Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble – This
was born. Staffed by volunteers, the house has been a
integral part of the Samahan Filipino American
home for cultural leaders in San Diego for three gen-
Performing Arts & Education Center performs
erations and the focal point of many celebrations
gong-chime music and dances from the southern
shared by other cultures who are part of the park’s House of Pacific Relations.
Philippines. Formed in 2003, Pakaraguian has
been performing at various festivals, lectures,
Japanese American Historical Society –
venues and universities throughout Southern
Japanese American Historical Society has dedicat-
California. The group’s main purpose is to accu-
ed itself to the collection, identification and preser-
rately represent and educate its audiences on the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
vation of materials related to the Japanese
cultures of the Maguindanaon, Maranao, Tausug, Sama, and Yakan ethno-linguistic groups
American experience and to identify and celebrate
originating from the Muslim Filipinos in Mindanao and Sulu.
contributions by local Nikkei. JAHSSD regularly
provides educational programs and resources to local schools and universities, presents
Filipino American Library – Founded on Oct. 13,
exhibits and public programs and participates in community forums and dialogues. The annual
1985 by Auntie Helenâ Agcaoili Summers Brown, FAL is
Kansha Award, JAHSSD recognizes special individuals who have made significant contribu-
the earliest and largest Filipino library in the country
tions to the Nikkei community and Footprints, a quarterly newsletter, chronicles local changes
with a collection of more than 6,000 titles. Its mission is
in the Japanese community.
to provide access to information and knowledge through
the collection, preservation, and dissemination of a unique collection of Filipino American and
Buu-Van A.J.Rasih, a language and culture expert, is a pioneer in
Filipino reading material. FAL seeks to provide access to cultural information and enrich
preservation of Laotian cultural heritage and co-founder of the Lao
America’s diverse cultural tapestry. Whether to browse or conduct research, FAL’s visitors
Community Cultural Center of San Diego . With his insights into Asian
include students, teachers, writers, tourists.
culture, he uses a combination of intelligence, ability, and personality to
energize and promote peace, harmony and prosperity in his own commu-
San Diego Chinese Folk Dance Ensemble –
nity, as well as share those gifts with the world. The former chairman
The San Diego Chinese Folk Dance Ensemble
of the Board Community Culture Center of San Diego is dedicated to
was established as a community-based organiza-
fostering mutual understanding and appreciation of the many ethnic cul-
tion of volunteers who share a passion for
tures and communities in San Diego County.
Chinese folk dance. Through a variety of tradi-
tional dance forms, this group of dancers, who
Healili Polynesian Revue – This group of dynam-
off stage range from doctors and scientists to
ic dancers and musicians has become a fixture at
educators and entrepreneurs, promote awareness
luaus and the anual Pacific Islander Festival in San
and appreciation of Chinese dance, music and
Diego – the largest of its kind outside the Pacific
culture. SDCFDE has been an active participant
Islands. A troupe of more than 150 men, women and
in artistic, cultural, and community events such as the Nations of San Diego International
children, they regale audiences with their array of
Dance Festival and the annual Asian Heritage Awards.
dances, drums and simultaneous choreography
designed to capture the essence of Tahiti, the warriors
House of China San Diego – Under the leadership of David Seid, one of Balboa Park’s
of New Zealand and the dances of Samoa. Their
oldest tributes to the area’s Asian heritage has grown into a major gathering place for Chinese
motto: A ‘ohe hana hui ke ‘alu ‘ia”, which translates to: “No task is too gteat when done
sharing their culture and for anyone eager to learn about it. Originally opened as the Hall of
together by all.”
ship among the ranks of young professionals and helping develop the tools necessary to fur-
Business Enterprise
ther their skills.
The Indus Entrpreneurs – The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) fosters entrepreneurship global-
ly through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated
Asian Business Association of Orange County – Through its large network of members
to both wealth creation and giving back to the community,
and association with other groups, The Asian Business Association of Orange County
TiE works especially hard to nurture the next generation of
(ABAOC) empowers Asian businesses to
entrepreneurs. TiE is best known for TiECon – the largest
thrive. It organizes networking mixers,
professional conference for entrepreneurs. It also offers a
procurement events, and outreach pro-
range of programs and events to further the careers of South
grams. One of its most popular programs
Asian businesses, including Special Interest Groups (SIGs),
is the Annual Procurement Conference of
TiE Institute, Deal Flow Meetings, TiE Young Entrepreneurs, and, most recently, TiE Women’s
Orange County. This popular event start-
Forum and CEO Forum. Founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepre-
ed in 2000 and has provided all businesses with the opportunity to gain procurement contracts
neurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region, TiE now
from major corporations. It has united many different ethnic business organizations and cham-
has more than 12,000 members and over 1,800 charter members in 53 chapters across the
bers of commerce to form one of the most diverse and powerful business organizations in the
world, including San Diego and Los Angeles.
community. Founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization to meet the needs of growing Asian
businesses in Orange County, ABAOC is a major participant in the formation of the Asian
Technology Integration Group – Technology Integration
Business Association of America, an organization that represents the interests of Asian busi-
Group (TIG) has over 28 years of experience providing customers
nesses all over the country to the federal government.
with best-in-class technology solutions. Under Bruce Grier, it
maintains a team of certified consultants and system engineers in
addition to manufacturer authorized technicians. In a field that is
constantly changing, TIG strives to keep its staff up-to-date with
current technology, best practices, and industry standards. Since
its founding in 1981 it has remained profitable and grown from a
Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program – Partners in the Asian Pacific Island
local company to an international one. In addition to its headquar-
Small Business Program share 135 years of service. Formed in 1999, API SBP is a collabora-
ters in San Diego, TIG has offices located across the country and
tive of five community organizations that help immigrant development of small and micro
around the world, including offices in Atlanta, Boise, Dallas,
businesses in Los Angeles with a particular focus on the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and
Detroit, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.,
TIG’s Bruce Grier
Filipino business communities, especially those of low income. The partners are the
Heidelberg, Germany, and Shanghai, China.
Chinatown Service Center, Koreatown Youth & Community Center, Little Tokyo Service
Center CDC, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, and Thai Community Development
Asian Business Association
Center. All are well known and respected for the quality of their individual work. Still the part-
of San Diego – ABA of San
nership has enhanced the impact of their services and their standing in the community.
Diego provides a strong voice
on business, cultural and politi-
National Association of Asian American Professionals – Social networking gave birth to
cal issues of interest to San
the National Association of Asian American Professionals, which began three years ago as The
Diego’s Asian and Pacific Islander community. It facilitates the growth and development of
San Diego Asian Professional Association. During the course of the evening, amid good food
member businesses through ongoing entrepreneurial education, communication and business
and good conversation, these young Asian profes-
networking programs. Through these programs, members not only grow and prosper; they
sionals realized they had a common dream– to
acquire the acumen to compete locally and well as globally. Mainstream in its focus, ABA
form an organized group dedicated to building a
endeavors to enable members to participate fully in San Diego’s economic development, with-
community of young API professionals in San
out regard to race, color, creed or national origin. Founded it in 1990 to unite, promote and
Diego County. Now as a nationally recognized
advocate the San Diego Asian Pacific American business community, it has since grown to
organization, NAAAP strives to develop leader-
more than 400 members.
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