FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/08/96
Contact: Margie Yu
Public Affairs Assistant
SIXTH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE DINNER
Los Angeles, California -- October 8, 1996 -- On
Thursday, October 24, the Asian Support Group (ASG)
at California State University, Los Angeles will honor
Ronald K. Wakabayashi, Executive Director of the Los Angeles
County Commission on Human Relations, along with the 1996-1997
Asian Support Group Student Scholarship recipients at its Sixth
Annual Scholarship and Awards of Excellence Dinner. The
program begins with a no-host cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by
a dinner program at 7 p.m., at Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant in San
Gabriel. All proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships
and programs of the Asian Support Group.
The 1996 Awards of Excellence will be presented to Wakabayashi
for having made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific
American community. Past recipients include entrepreneur Lilly
Y. Lee, businessman Andrew J.C. Cherng, actress Nobu McCarthy,
community leader David Ma and pastor Hee Min Park.
Ronald K. Wakabayashi, a Cal State L.A. alumnus, is one of the
earliest activists of his generation in the Japanese American
community. He was involved in establishing several social service
agencies, was the founder of the Asian Rehabilitation Services
in Los Angeles and was the first executive director of the Asian
American Drug Abuse Program. In 1991, Wakabayashi was appointed
national director of the Japanese American Citizens League, headquartered
in San Francisco. He headed the organization through the entire
period of the Redress Campaign, culminating in the passage of
the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, resulting in a formal apology
by the government for the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans.
He later returned to Los Angeles to serve as field director for
the Democratic Party's California Campaign 1988 and then as vice
president for Planning and Problem Solving for United Way of Greater
Los Angeles. Prior to his current position, Wakabayashi was executive
director for the City of Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations.
Among several organizations of which he is an active member,
Wakabayashi also coordinates annual multicultural delegations
to Japan and links Japan corporate citizenship activities with
ethnic community efforts in California.
During the event, the ASG Student Scholarship recipients will
also be announced. Students who are selected must have a minimum
of 3.0 grade point average (GPA), full-time student status, and
completion of at least 12 units at CSLA. Grants are awarded
to students with special needs who have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.
The Asian Support Group was established in 1987 by a group of
alumni and friends of the University for the purpose of providing
support and encouragement to the Asian American student population
enrolled at CSLA. For details on how to support CSLA's Asian
Support Group, call the Alumni Office at (323) 343-4980.
Who & What:
Cal State L.A. Asian Support Group presents its
Sixth Annual Scholarship and Awards of Excellence Dinner
in honor of Ronald K. Wakabayashi, executive director
for the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, and
the 1996-1997 Asian Support Group Student Scholarship recipients.
Thursday, October 24, 1996. No-host cocktails: 6 p.m.,
Dinner Program: 7 p.m.
Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant is located on 140 West
Valley Blvd., San Gabriel.
Complimentary self parking is available at the Valley Square.
For information or reservations for the program, call the CSLA's
Alumni Office at (323) 343-4980.