THE 2011 APA Heritage Awards Winners
For Emerging Leadership:
For Lifetime Achievement:David Louie
David was the first minority elected Chairman of the Board of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1994, which bestows TV's coveted Emmy Award. He helped establish and lead the San Francisco Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and served as chapter president and National President where he helped raise money for student scholarships and mentoring dozens of youth aspiring and entry-level journalists. He currently serves on the board of the Radio Television Digital News Association and trustee of the foundation where he was instrumental in the creation of a new national "UNITY" Award for coverage of communities of color.
For her radio and television work, Jan received an Emmy, a Clio, and Telly; The Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from the United Nations of San Francisco; and induction into the Academy of Television and Radio Hall of Fame and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
She is Director of the School of Multi Media Communications at the San Francisco Academy of Art University and serves on the boards of Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation, Osaka-San Francisco Sister City Association, and is a Founding Member of the Asian American Journalists Association.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Jan graduated from California State University, Fresno, with a degree in Journalism. She has three children and three stepchildren, and co-authored the books "Having a Baby," "After Having a Baby," and "This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down."
For Community Impact:Hyphen, Asian American Unabridged - Recipient
Founded in 2003, Hyphen is a volunteer-run nonprofit news and culture organization that
illuminates Asian America through hard-hitting investigative features on the cultural and political
trends shaping the fastest-growing ethnic population in the country. Hyphen engages people
through its print magazine, website, and events to fulfill its mission: to tell the untold stories of
Asian Americans with accuracy, nuance and complexity; to showcase emerging artists, creators,
and leaders of our community; and to build a socially and politically aware community through
media, dialogue, and cultural event.
Hyphen has been honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action with the "Flames of Justice" award in June 2008, and nominated by The Utne Reader for the 2004 Utne Independent Press Award for Best New Title, in 2007 for Best Design, and again in 2010 for Best Social/Cultural Coverage. Additionally, Hyphen's seventh issue ("The Body Issue") won "Best Cover" at the Independent Press Association's 2006 Convention in San Francisco.