We at The California Endowment are pretty proud of the work of our social media team. They are geniuses at creating memes that resonate with diverse audiences. It’s nearly the end of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and in honor of all the contributions bestowed upon California by the Asian-Pacific American community our social media team commissioned some absolutely stunning portraits of Asian-Pacific Americans doing good work in California. And since all of us at The Endowment celebrate diversity with much gusto, we thought we would share these wonderful images with all of you who visit our website. Enjoy and share with your friends on social media!
George Takei is known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He is an advocate for LGBTQ rights and active in state and local politics.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is the 28th chief justice of California. She was sworn into office on January 3, 2011, and is the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice. At the time she was nominated as Chief Justice, she had served more than 20 years on California trial and appellate courts, including six years on the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Sacramento. The Chief Justice has received numerous awards including the Public Interest Excellence Award, from the Public Interest Law Foundation, and the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, from the American Bar Association.
Roy Choi is a Korean American chef who gained prominence as the creator of the gourmet Korean tacotruck, Kogi. He was born in Seoul, Korea and ended up emigrating from South Korea permanently in 1972.
Godwin Higa is the principal of Cherokee Point Elementary School in San Diego. He is known for his compassion-based philosophy and elevating awareness around the effects of childhood trauma on students.
Mindy Kaling is a comedian widely known for creating and starring as Mindy Lahiri in the Fox sitcom The Mindy Project.
Jeremy Lin is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He unexpectedly led a winning turnaround with the New York Knicks in 2012, which generated a global following known as “Linsanity.” He is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the league.
Lian Cheun is the executive director of Khmer Girls in Action, an advocacy group for youth, women and others in the local Southeast Asian community. She is among the new commissioners, who serve as the Obama administration’s eyes and ears of the AAPI community.
Philip Vera Cruz was a Filipino American labor leader, farmworker, and leader in the Asian American civil rights movement. He was a co-founder of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, which later merged with the National Farm Workers Association to become the United Farm Workers. He was the longest-serving Filipino officer in the United Farm Workers (UFW), acting as vice-president under Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta from 1966 to 1977.
Jirayut Latthivongskorn is the first undocumented student accepted as a UC San Francisco (UCSF) medical student.
Rob Bonta is a politician serving in the California State Assembly representing the 18th District in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the first Filipino American elected to the California State Legislature. Assemblymember Bonta serves as the Co-Chair for the Assembly Select Committee on Boys & Men of Color.