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Meet Our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heroes!

aarpaapi-hero-congratsAARP is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Hero Awards, created to acknowledge the hard-working staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations serving AAPIs age 50-plus.

The three winners “tirelessly devote their time, talents, and passion to provide an invaluable service to our community,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Multicultural Leadership, Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience Strategy. “We hope that they inspire others to work or volunteer for our older adults.”

The winners and their organizations will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. They are:



Finalists were selected from 77 submissions received from around the country. The nominees included executive directors, staff and volunteers who work in health care, social services, education, technology and the arts. The public voted via AARP’s AAPI Community page on Facebook during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.

The other  finalists were: Soon Do Paik of Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) in Philadelphia; Enoch Fung of the Chinatown Community Development Center in San Francisco; Katty Chow of Kin On Community Health Care in Seattle; Shubhada Saxena of SAIVA-South Asians’ International Volunteer Association in Houston; Rose Kim Ly of Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay in Oakland, Calif.; Fay Chew Matsuda of Hamilton-Madison House City Hall Senior Center in New York; and Lourdes Santos Tancinco of Veterans Equity Center in San Francisco.

Congratulations to all the finalists — they are all AAPI Heroes for the work they do and the dedication they bring to their communities and organizations!