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>> i think that ed lee certainly knows what to do with a microphone these days. we taught him well back in the days. i do remember the asian law caucus, by the way. 39 years, the celebration was friday. you were there. is truly an honor, and thank you for coming to celebrate this month. all of you and your presence means so much to those of us on stage and those of us especially being recognized with an award. it takes a community after all to move our voices forward, to move our issues forward, and you are all part of that community. whether you are the part of the community at the forefront making laws, whether you are the part of the community in the corporate forefront, and thank you to target and everyone in the corporate community. we certainly need you. and whether you are in a public service community. we certainly need you. those of us in the broadcast
community -- i think david and i have truly said so many years that we need to have a voice, and we would encourage anyone to have that voice. and it has been an honor for me to be part of the voice to move the issue that we think is so important forward in terms of television. and those of us inside the broadcasting world have that extra responsibility, i believe, to move that voice forward, to speak up about the issues that we think are important to our communities. i think that david and i have certainly tried to do that in so many levels, but this award means so much. i will tell you that i was born and raised in hawaii. my father was a taxi cab driver. he never got a high-school degree. my mother worked in a bakery. to think that you are honoring me today is so special to myself
and to my family because no one ever said back then, "you want to go into television, be a broadcaster, interview the future mayor of san francisco?" but the fact that this poor kid from hawaii can be in front of you today and share the stage with so many fabulous people is really valuable. have a dream and go for it. i will continue to try to be your voice in broadcasting. i thank you for this honor. i want to bring up my colleague. david and i have been colleagues and friends -- the best part is we have been friends -- for 39 years. please help me welcome david. [applause] >> wow. what a surprise. i could not be happier this evening that he shared the stage with jan. we came into this market years ago at a time when there were no
asian-pacific americans on television. we are celebrating something very special this evening and this month. yes, we are celebrating our history and rich culture, our culinary and fine arts, but as you look around this theater, you realize there are so many other examples of the ascendancy of ascendancyapa -- ascendancy of the apa community. there are so many issues and so many positive stories to report, and i feel so fortunate through the years to have had the opportunity to cover these stories that serve the needs of the community at large as well as our own apa community. the community should be proud and acknowledged for its role in paving the way for jan and for me and hundreds of others to be working in newsrooms across the city. it took activism by chinese for affirmative action and other organizations in the early 1970's to get apa's hired into
radio and television stations. ever since it turned out to be more than just the right thing to you. it has improved the quality of journalism and the quality of coverage for the audiences we serve. today, we have apa's in all aspects of this production and decision making, and it all started because of you. on behalf of all of us who get to tell these great stories day in and day out, thank you for recognizing the importance of what we do, and we are all very grateful for your recognition tonight. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. each of the winners of this evening in addition to the trophies and many proclamations from officials and each receiving two round-trip tickets contributed by southwest airlines. we want to thank southwest and hope you all have a good trip.
[applause] and somehow, this guy never got introduced. i want to thank the members of the committee for doing excellent work, making sure the nomination opportunities are out in the community. i want to thank the chair of our awards committee, and the co- chair of our words committee, and all the volunteers helping out this year. thank you very much. [applause] for many of you that have been with us for a one-year, two years, three years, up to seven years, you know that there is always a celebration -- there's somebody always at these celebrations. we are really fortunate that every year, former mayor brown has always taken time out of his schedule to be with us. he has been such a part of our asian pacific american
community, and thank you. [applause] >> let me simply congratulate the committee and the people who sponsored this. started seven years ago, as indicated by claudine. for me, it is one of the most events every year. in pencil it out just as it is my birthday. i am here to celebrate with you, and i congratulate all of the honorees and awardees on this very special occasion. happy asia-pacific american week. thank you. [applause]
>> and i heard the supervisor kim has joined us. thank you for being here. >> i look at david and jan and i would not be here if it were not for them. you have heard the professional side of it. 20 years ago, i was a very young reporter in montgomery, alabama, and our -- they decided, they had come out to san francisco and decided that they needed someone that looked just like her, and i was the only one in the newsroom in montgomery, alabama that look like her. do you know they forced me to do this show, and that started me on my road to coming out to san francisco and the bay area to
live and work here and become part of the community. i thank jan for that. i had no idea who she was, but that is how i got my start in the coming out to california. on a quick personal note, 10 years ago, she says she works out, but she really just kind of talk to people on the machine at certification, asked a fellow should in london, and she said she had a single friend she got really needed a date. i was really busy. i had a new job. we end up going out, and we have been married 10 years now. never say never. some george died. [applause] -- some george guy. she does not work out.
she just talked to people. >> it is all true. is she doing a great job? she is just lovely. and one quick personal notes, do you know he is a million-mile flyer on united airlines? i did not say mile high club. i said million mile fire. he is going for his second million miles. he is quite the traveler. 1.4 million miles. just a little interesting tidbits. again, they are community. that is why it is so wonderful to be part of this community. congratulations to them and congratulations to all of tonight's award recipients. let's give them a big round of applause. [applause] very important to work in contributions on behalf of the community. and for inspiring us to be better citizens and activists. and a special thanks and
recognition to tobin for overseeing the awards committee and to all the committee members for their time and hard work. out come the best part of all. we have been waiting for this fabulous reception in the greenroom, being catered by chefs and their restaurants to offer the best asian-pacific cuisine in the bay area. without this support, this event would not be such a success. at this time, please welcome them. great restaurants, although you are going to see for yourself. >> how is it going, everybody? who is hungry now? better yet, who wants free food? anyway, i just want to say, i'm from the san francisco street grid, and i'm speaking here representing all the chefs tonight.
peter makes delicious dim sum. and thomas, with great singapore food. we just want to thank you so much for letting us be part of this awards show. and we are so proud to be here. after the show, please come upstairs, do the green room, and had a taste of all the delicious foods that are up here. i don't have a restaurant, but in a street food vendor. come visit me, and i will definitely took you up with a discount. anyway, thank you so much, and we look forward to seeing you guys.
and i thank you. we also want to give a special thanks to the coordinator of tonight's events. and at the conclusion of tonight's program, everybody is invited to the reception. make sure you get a ticket from the ashes at the door because you will need the ticket to get in to get that great food and the reception in the greenroom. you will notice on the ticket, there are eight great -- plant boxes on the back, and they will mark each station. you need to visit all of the food stations, and once your ticket is mark, you can take it to a raffle, drop it in the bowl to with a gift certificate from one of the participating restaurants, and the winner of the raffle will be notified by phone or e-mail. remember, doors to the green room not going to open. we still have a little bit more of our ceremony here, so stay and enjoy the grand finale. now, i would like to turn the
program over to rose, who has overseen the finale of this event since 2008. she also coordinates the decision america pageant coordinates all of tonight's multi-cultural performances as well. [applause] >> thank you very much. each year, it is our pleasure to invite friends of the community to showcase their heritage. everyone, please, for this year, joined in the segment with your party applauds, sing along, or just get up and dance, okay? we want to have a lot of enthusiasm because we have so much to celebrate. ladies and gentlemen, the 2011 cultural procession. [applause]
[applause] >> hello. thank you everyone. how you guys doing? we have one last song for you guys tonight. it is called "dancing in the streets" so i expect all of you to get up and dance, all right? hello, mayor. including you as well. [laughter] all right. i'm not seeing anyone get out yet. hmm. anyone want to get up? i'm going to come down. ♪
>> thank you so much. thank you guys for participating. have a great time. thank you so much. thank you, everyone. [inaudible] thank you. great finality, and thank you. what a wonderful way to end this fabulous celebration. and you know what? it does not end here. you can view the entire ceremony and program on sfgtv channel 26
as well as the apa heritage month's website. check out asian week's 7 annual street fair saturday the 21st in the street center. little saigon. glass of wine, arts and crafts. on behalf of the apa heritage celebration committee, congratulations to all our recipients this evening, thank you for taking part. thank you to the volunteers of the planning committee, supporting organizations, and last but not least, the sponsors who made this celebration possible. great troubles, everyone. see you next year. -- great tavels, -- great travels, everyone. see you next year.
here to see the plaza where your piece has just been installed. >> i have been doing large-scale paintings in the galleries and museums, and the idea that in the future, i could do something that would hang out a little bit longer than the duration of the installation the kind of appeal to me. i quickly found out about the san francisco arts commission school and realized there was a pre-qualified school you had to apply to, so i applied to the. >> how long did it take you to develop this work for the plaza? >> this was a fast track project. design development was about a month. >> let's look at the beautiful mural. i have never seen a mural created on asphalt. >> the heat of the asphalt, a
new layer of asphalt. then, these wire rope templates that were fabricated for the line work get laid down and literally stamped into the asphalt, and then everything was hand-painted. >> maybe you could talk about some of the symbolism, maybe starting in the middle and working out. >> [inaudible] the flower of industry. >> it is like a compass. there's an arrow pointing north. >> within the great bear consolation, there are two pointed stars here. they typically lead one to the northstar, otherwise known as polaris. so i thought it has a layer of theme. >> let's talk about some of the other elements in the peace. we are walking along, and there
is a weather vane. there's a sweet little bird hanging on the side. what kind of bird is that? >> [inaudible] the smallest of the gulf species, and it lives around the bay area. >> you want to talk about the types of flour patterns that you send? >> [inaudible] around 1926 or so by the dahlia society. >> what is this bird here? >> that is the california quail. >> coming up here, we had a little blustery theme. what is this area here? >> this is supposed to be the side view, the expense of the golden gate bridge. >> there it is. >> there are really beautiful elements