News Release| Asian Youth Center; Cal State L.A.

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CSULA professor helps launch local math tutoring program

Asian Youth Center to honor Kern K. Kwong at Oct. 20 event

Los Angeles, CA – For his collaborative work in establishing a free math tutoring program for kids in the San Gabriel Valley community, Kern K. Kwong (Irvine resident)—professor of management and director of the Asian Pacific Business Institute at Cal State L.A.—will be honored by the Asian Youth Center (AYC) at its annual awards gala Wednesday, Oct. 20.


Picture of Kern Kwong.

To be held at New Capital Seafood Restaurant in San Gabriel, the AYC gala recognizes organizations and individuals annually who have made an exceptional contribution and investment in the youth in the community.

Kwong will be acknowledged at the event for his mission to improve the educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Realizing the need for tutoring services for kids struggling academically and whose families cannot afford the cost of a tutor, Kwong partnered with AYC in 2008 to develop the Shared Achievement Team Program—a free math tutoring service to prepare young minds for the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test).

A CSULA faculty since 1986, Kwong teaches courses in the field of operations and production management. He has authored more than 70 professional articles and papers, which focus on business forecasting, manufacturing and sales practices in China, Japan, Korea and the U.S., and computers in the workplace. He also specializes in management issues of small business firms. As director of the University’s Asian Pacific Business Institute, he aims to support and foster cooperative relationships between the University’s College of Business and Economics and local business organizations.

Additionally, Kwong is a member of the editorial review board for the College’s Business Forum and Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business Report. He serves as chief financial officer and on the board of directors for the American Chinese CEO Society, and on the board of directors for the Los Angeles – Guangzhou Sister City Association. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from Georgia State University.

Other 2010 AYC honorees include Assemblyman Mike Eng and the Southern California Chinese Lawyer’s Association. The event’s dinner co-chairs are Congressman Adam Schiff and Senator Carol Liu. For more about the annual AYC awards gala, call (626) 309-0622, ext. 101.

The Asian Youth Center (AYC), located in San Gabriel, is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides important social services for youth and families, with a particular focus on the needs of Asian immigrants. 

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