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Nam Chi Vu is musician,
writer and actress. She has been singing since she was twelve years old, playing electric bass guitar since she was thirteen, acting since she was fourteen, and playing upright bass since she was 16. Her background consists of several gen- res from classical, jazz, rock, to pop. Her experience goes from sharing the stage in master classes with Victor Wooten to rocking out with Chicago based band Veruca Salt. She has collaborated with EMI songwriter/ Warner
U.S.. He graduated in 1980 with a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the- atre from the University of Southern California. Dang has been affiliated with EWP since 1980, as actor and director. He became Artistic Director in 1993, succeeding Nobu McCarthy, guiding the company's transition from a small theatre company producing Equity 99-seat shows, to a mid- sized company in a 240-seat house in 1995. As a director, he has mount- ed productions at Singapore Repertory Theatre, Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco, Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival, Celebration Theatre, West Coast Ensemble, and the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. He has won numerous awards for directing and per- forming, including two Ovation Awards. He has served on the board of LA Stage Alliance.
Nam Chi Vu
Brothers record producer Kim Bingham, also known as the former backup vocalist and guitarist for Nelly Furtado, and have had recordings with Kim produced by Steve Porcaro of Toto which were featured in Hollywood films. Recently, she went on tour with former Elektra recording artist Anna Troy, and has attracted notoriable figures such as Randy Jackson of American Idol and members of The Black Eyed Peas. Currently, Nam Chi is touring nationally and internationally with her all female Beatles tribute band The Penny Lanes, and her Beatles side project The Number 9's. She plays Carvin "Bunny Brunel" 4 & 5 String Signature basses, Kesslar Contrabass with French Bow and Underwood Pickup, Carvin B800 Combo, and La Bella strings.
Felix Fan – His versatility has made him one of the most sought after cellists of his generation. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham and Janos Starker, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Musikverein and Royal Festival Hall. Fan's recent solo engagements include the San Diego and Pacific Symphonies, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Macau Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. In 2006, Fan and violinist Cho-Liang Lin recorded Gordon Chin's Double Concerto with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony (Naxos). In 1998, Fan founded Muzik3, a performance series and commissioning foundation dedicated to the advancement of modern music with an emphasis on integrating theater, dance and video. In 1994, he was honored by Bill Clinton as a Presidential Scholar. Fan plays the 'Haussman' Stradivarius of 1724.
Timothy Dang is an actor and theatre director originally from Hawaii. He serves as the artistic director at the Asian American theatre company, East West Players, in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California,
Robert A. Shroder, conductor/musical
director of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra, took up music at the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music, with flute as his major instrument, then later concen- trated on chamber music and orchestra con- ducting. Due to his college standing as a con- sistent university scholar, he became qualified and was invited to join the Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, which was brought to the Philippine major music institutions by Dr. Lucrecia Kasilag. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1991 and first stayed in Ohio to spend some time with his relatives from the Shroder clan. There, he also conducted music workshops in local schools. While in San Diego, he played with the Chula Vista Pops Orchestra, San Diego Community Band, the Al Bahr Shrine Concert Band and The Notables Big Band Jazz, as well as direct church choirs and musicians during regular Sunday Mass. In Los Angeles, he was the founding conductor of the Boyle Heights Youth Symphony. Shroder is also the first Filipino-American in the symphony which was founded in 2002. A favorite symphony of the Office of the Mayor, Shroder and his team frequently perform in government social and community. He is also a freelance musician and a member of the National Flute Association.
Kenny Eng is doing is own thing. He made this perfectly clear with the independent release of his debut EP “Self Centered” in June of 2008. And “Self Centered” was no average collection of songs from the stereo- typic, starry-eyed troubadour. These self-penned songs were intelligent, challenging and mature both musically and lyrically and the complexity of these songs made Kenny an immediate standout in the singer/songwriter community. But Kenny’s ability to move in and out of different genres of music and his budding virtuosity were only touched upon on his first record. He spent the next 18 months honing his skills and building his reputation as a uniquely talented performer all over the West Coast. In early 2010, he released “Live From Lestat’s”, a compilation of two shows from Lestat’s West in San Diego.
Stephen Chin improves the health of our communities as
Project Manager at Sharp HealthCare, a not-for-profit regional health care sys- tem in San Diego. Dedicated to con- necting businesses with relevant health resources to support the most vulnera- ble, such as those with disabilities or substance abuse problems, he has devel- oped a diverse portfolio of partners, including the Asian Business Association (ABA) of San Diego and the San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF), and serves on the boards of numerous organizations. With more than 20 years of experience with major health care organizations, he says:
communities are a positive influence for San Diego. We consistent- ly maintain the highest educational levels and the highest median household incomes amongst all races. And now that San Diego is a ‘majority minority’ county, we share an even greater imperative to work together and address the unique needs of our communities.”
David Du – Born in Saigon, he and his family fled to Malaysia in 1978, after the Communist takeover of Vietnam. Arriving in the U.S., he went to work for Southwest Wire & Cable, where he was promoted manu- facturing manager while attending community college nights. Encouraged by his father, in 1988 he founded DDH Enterprises in Vista, a major enterprise focusing on wire and cable and harness assembly. In 1999, David founded Dutek Corp to focus on contract printed circuit board assembly, gathering such clients as Hewett Packard, MGE and Cardinal. In 2000, he expanded further
globally by forming the New East Asia Electronics in Xiamen, China, and three years later joint-ventured
with Hendan Ltd. In Beijning to open Hendan-Dutek Electronics, focusing on printed circuit board assembly. In his spare time he advocates for the integration of local Chinese communities into mainstream society and in 2007 was elected Chief Secretary of the Global Unified Chinese from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Valerie Chandler is the Vice
President of Human Resources for the San Diego Division of Time Warner Cable, responsible for working closely with the senior management team to effectively consult and advise on human resources solutions across all HR disciplines including employee relations, learning and development, compensation and benefits, recruitment, risk management and var- ious policy matters. Valerie brings more than 18 years of Human Resources experience to the organization. Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, she worked in the entertainment industry at Warner Bros. where she supervised recruitment function, after beginning her career at Lorimar Telepictures as a human resources generalist. A native of Los Angeles, Valerie is a graduate from the University of Southern California where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and sciences. She is currently a member of the Shoal Creek School Site Council and a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.
The Asian Business Association (ABA) of Los
Angeles, a non-profit membership based organization and the largest Asian business group in California, was founded in 1976 to proactively helps Asian Americans gain access to economic oppor- tunities and advancement. ABA makes every effort to provide members with current information on business opportunities and outreach programs with major corporations and public agencies.
During this economic uncertainty, small businesses need ABA more than ever as indicated from its growing member- ship. ABA offers workshops such as minority certification, meet the buyers, business connection and more. ABA also produced Access to Capital at the exclusive California Club where State Controller John Chiang, Developer Rick Caruso and CEO Thomas Wu of United Commercial Bank were featured.
The Asian Business Association of Orange County
seeks to provide a forum for members to develop business relation- ships with each other; to educate the members about business opportunities and support programs offered by major corporations and public agencies; to bring together different Asian ethnic groups on issues that mutually affect their businesses and professional inter- ests; to inform members about existing and proposed public pro- grams that may impact Asian businesses; and to voice the views of Asian businesses to local, state and federal governments for consid- eration in public programs and policies. Through its large net- works of members and association with other groups, ABAOC empowers its members and Asian businesses to thrive.
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