May 21-May 28, 2010
Cathlyn Choi-Michelson – A seasoned entrepreneur, Cathlyn has 20 years
of experience in international marketing, business development, sales and consulting experience within the broadcast and media, wireless, consumer electronics and serv- ice industries in the U.S. and in Asia. Currently the CEO of CNE Management, Inc. (www.cnemanagement.com
), a cross cultural marketing, media and event man- agement firm, she is also producer and co-owner of Carma Media & Entertainment, specializing in professional digital media production and live events (www.ca
). In addition to being an artist and composer, Cathlyn is currently the co-producer and host of “Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen,” a weekly television cooking show featuring healthy and easy to make traditional and fusion Korean foods. (www.cathlynskoreankitchen.tv
) Fluent in 4 foreign languages, she co-founded and managed an international consulting firm called CSIS Inc. in Seoul , Korea for nine years until she moved to the U.S. in 2000. At CSIS, she dedicated 7 years of her professional career, managing 300 professionals, with over 500 local and foreign clients throughout Korea and Asia
Rekha Muddaraj is an Emmy award-winning reporter for CBS 8. Since her
arrival to San Diego three years ago, she has covered several headline stories includ- ing the 2007 Wildfires, and an exclusive interview with admitted murderer, John Gardner. Rekha previously worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at the CBS and FOX stations in Pittburg, KS. Rekha graduated from the prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, at Arizona State University. She has dual degrees in journal- ism and political science. She is a member of the South Asian Journalist Association and was Miss Asia Arizona 2005. Rekha is a first-generation American, and loves visiting her extended family in India as often as possible. She enjoys traveling, cook- ing, and discovering San Diego with her husband Neil.
Michael Chen – From crime and business to minority issues, Michael Chen has covered a wide range of stories as a reporter with 10News for the past 7 years. One of the most gratifying was a recent story on the upcoming makeover for the downtown Asian Pacific Historic District. Michael was recognized for his coverage on the front- lines of the 2003 and 2007 wildfires, including a Press Club - Best in Show. For the last 6 years, he’s also served as a programmer with the San Diego Asian Film Festival, helping recruit films and shape the content for the annual festival. In that role, he’s had the opportunity to support aspiring Asian directors and Asian-themed stories that often go untold. Michael’s passion for film has also led him to direct three short doc- umentaries, including a film on voter turnout within the local API community. Another film, which focused on a local Korean adoptee’s battle with drugs and identity, played in dozens of films festivals across the world.
Martin Yan – The celebrated host of over 3,000 cooking shows, broadcast world- wide, Martin Yan enjoys distinction as a certified Master Chef, a highly respected food consultant, a cooking instructor and a prolific author. His diverse talents have found expression in 30 cookbooks, including the award-winning Martin Yan’s Feast, Martin Yan’s Asian Favorites, Chinese Cooking for Dummies, Martin Yan’s Chinatown (intro by Julia Child). Born in Guangzhou, China, to a restaurateur father and a mother who operated a grocery store, Chef Yan possessed a passion for cooking at an early age. He refined his natural talent at the Overseas Institute of Cookery in Hong Kong, and then pursued an MS in Food Science at the University of California, Davis. In 1985, he founded the Yan Can Cooking School in California and in 2007 founded the Martin Yan Culinary Arts Center, a unique international culinary academy for professional chefs in Shenzhen, China. Dedicated to dispelling the mysteries of Asian cooking, Yan furthers an understanding of these excellent cuisines, and the cultures that created them, with spirited lessons, fun and entertainment.
Aurora Cudal – Aurora Soriano Cudal’s involvement with the media started
after her graduation from the University of the Philippines. Her varied positions in government and in the academe honed her writing skills. She made use of the media as an effective tool in “promoting health, preventing disease and prolonging life” and after a fulfilling career in public health education, she came to the United States to retire and to take care of her grandchildren. After being told on several job interviews that she lacked “local experience”, she built her own by conducting an informal study on the needs of new Filipino immigrants, seniors and low-income families. She estab- lished the Filipino Tulungan (Help) Center, information, referral and counseling serv- ice, and her first press release in 1993 drew the attention of the late Ernie Flores, edi- tor and publisher of the Filipino Press, who encouraged her to write and to get involved in the life of the commu- nity. She has remained an active columnist since then.
Jenny Hamel is a reporter for San Diego 6 News and a San Diego native. Jenny raced home as soon as possible after three years in Fayetteville, Arkansas. There she started her news career as a general assignment reporter for KFSM, before becoming the weekend anchor. Jenny is a graduate of UCLA, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She spent a year working in Europe for an online travel guide, and lists cliff diving in Croatia as one of her favorite experiences! Jenny loves reporting as it allows her to create common ground with people from different walks of life and, in turn, tell their story to the community in which they live. She likes spending time with friends and family, particularly her little sister who is also a fellow La Jolla High Viking.
Vannasone J. Keodara, a native of Luang Prabang, Laos, came to the United Sates in 1980 a teen along with her family as refugees. She holds a master degree of fine arts form the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she produced “The Leaf, Not Yet Falling.” which was nominated for the best documentary in the US ASEAN Film Festival.
Currently she has undertaken a bigger role in spreading
peace, freedom, human rights, with her voice around the globe as an international broadcaster for the Voice of America in Lao. Vannasone is a strong front line activist where she serves as cultural ambassador to educate others about her roots and her- itage. In the same token she works and provides assistance to the elder Laotian gen- erations to understand, assimilate, and value their new culture.
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Michelle Lopez – As part of the SDSU Division of Undergraduate Studies, Michelle Lopez advises honors stu- dents on academic progress and pre-graduate school planning. She also developed and leads a Peer Mentor program. Michelle also administers the National Institute of General Medical Sciences funded Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program for underrepresented science students and prepares them for acceptance into biomedical and behavioral science doctorate programs. Her grant writing contributions have resulted in more than $5 million awarded for student training and devel- opment, enhancing the overall competitiveness of undergraduates, and her long-standing commitment to student mentoring and retention has resulted in over 50 students admitted into Ph.D. programs and 22 Ph.D. completions. She serves on the following committees: Diversity, Equity and Outreach, the Filipino American Educators of San Diego (FIL- AMEDA), the Minority Access to Research Careers and has served as consultant for other student support programs.
Jonathan Ton – The principal of Montgomery Middle School in Linda Vista approaches his job as he approaches his hobby of antiquing. Just as he visits shops, takes notes of eye-catching items, researches them and seeks out other collectors, as principal he visits parents and other educators, befriends them, metic- ulously conducts walk-throughs of each classroom and does not shy from acknowledging his students’ needs. During the last two and a half years, Montgomery has met and exceed- ed goals in many areas, not only meeting requirements for the state and schoolwide target test scores, but surpassing them. At the same time, the school provided so-called “wrap-
around” services, such as mentor programs, by partnering with Mesa College, the University of San Diego, UCSD, and SDSU. When Ton arrived at Montgomery in 2006, he struggled to increase parental and community involvement. Believing in the power of collective effort, he induced the help of others, including his vice principal, Myra Perdomo-Melendez, and asked the parents themselves during parent-teacher night to name the meeting center, which they did, calling it the Family Success Center. Since then, the center has become an innovative program and facility that provides services and support for the entire Linda Vista community.
The San Diego Japanese School provides class-
es in Japanese Language and culture to both children and adults. Saturday morning classes are held for chil- dren from 1st. grade up to 12th. grade. Afternoon, evening, and weekend instruction, by arrangement, is available for professionals and interested adults.
Filipino-American Salvador B. Flor has served the San Diego community as the Director of Filipino EOP at San Diego State University for over 30 years. In that time, he has motivated, assisted and counseled thousands of suc- cessful Asian undergraduates and post-graduates through the academic demands of predominantly white-upper class high- er institutions of education. As a social welfare major, his internship led to his involvement with the Filpino communi- ty, in which he took part in many causes fighting for social justice. While working with Andres Bonifacio Samahan, a Filipino American student organization at SDSU, he also assisted the Operation Samahan Youth Development Program while becoming active with the Union of Pan Asian Communities and later the Pilipino Cultural Resource Center.
tenure at SDSU, he has been actively involved with the Asian Pacific Islander student com- munity, assisting with annual high school conferences, Samahan Filipino Culture Night, APSA Fashion and Talent Show and PISA Annual Luau. He has also helped countless students in pursuing vocational and bachelor degrees , assisting many to complete their mas- ter degrees with research based on the Filipino American Experience.
San Diego Sun Yet Sen Chinese School (SDSYSCS) is a non-profit organiza-
tion which has served San Diego community by promoting Chinese cultural and language learning programs in City Height area. Currently, the class- es are held at Monroe Clark Middle School. It was estab- lished in 2000 by some of the Indo-Chinese community lead- ers. The classes meet 30 weeks in a year on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 12:00 noon with 3 one-hour sessions. The school’s mission is to provide quality programs for the gener- al public in San Diego community to learn Chinese culture and language by providing equal access for heritage and non- heritage Chinese in the community. More than 90 percent of enrolled students are from non-Mandarin speaking families.
In 2000, when the school started, it had only 90 students enrolled in the program. In 2008, approved by San Diego Unified School District, the school began providing accredited classes in which enrolled students can earn high school world language credits.
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