Cal State L.A. Asian Support Group to Hold Fifth Annual Scholarship and Award of Excellence Dinner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/10/95
Contact: Kristen Lawrence,
Asian Support Group University Liaison
(323) 343- 4980
FAX (323) 343-6433

Cal State L.A. Asian Support Group to Hold
Fifth Annual Scholarship and Awards of Excellence Dinner

Los Angeles, October 10, 1995 -- On Thursday, October 26, the California State University, Los Angeles Asian Support Group (ASG) will host its Fifth Annual Scholarship and Awards of Excellence Dinner at Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant in San Gabriel. The Asian Support Group will award student scholarships and the 1995 Awards of Excellence, and announce the winners of the C.Y. Lee Creative Writing Contest during the dinner ceremony at 7 p.m., following the no-host cocktail reception at 6 p.m.

The 1995 Awards of Excellence will be presented to Andrew J.C. Cherng, Chairman of the Panda Management Company, and Hee Min Park, Senior Pastor of the Young Nak Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles, for having made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific community. Past recipients include entrepreneur Lilly Y. Lee, actress Nobu McCarthy and community leader David Ma.

Andrew Cherng was born Jin-Chan Cherng in Mainland China in 1948. He moved to the United States to attend Baker University in Kansas, where he earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1970. He went on to earn a master's degree in applied mathematics at the University of Missouri in 1972 and opened his first Panda Inn restaurant in Pasadena in 1973. Since then the Panda Management Company in South Pasadena has grown to become the second largest minority-owned firm in Los Angeles County. Panda Express restaurants can be found in 21 states and Japan. In addition, Cherng is the co-founder and president of the Chinese Business Club and has endowed works in China through the Panda Charitable Foundation of California. He is being recognized by the Asian Support Group because of his work in multiethnic coalition building, in particular in the rebuilding of Los Angeles after the 1992 riots. Cherng and his wife, Peggy, have three daughters.

Since 1988, Hee Min Park has served as Senior Pastor for the Young Nak Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles, the largest Korean American Church in the United States with a congregation of 6,000 people. Korean-born Park attended the Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Soongsil University and the Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate from the University of Toronto and is a Harvard University Merrill Fellow. Park is a member of the Board of Trustees at Fuller Theological Seminary and is a Chairman of the Korean World Mission Council and Korean Broadcasting Company. It is for his work as Co-Chairman of the African American-Korean American Christian Alliance from 1991-1994 that he is being honored by the ASG. This Alliance is known for promoting cross-cultural understanding and collaboration. Park and his wife have two children.

The ASG Student Scholarship recipients will be announced during the event, and are selected from those who meet the following basic criteria: minimum of 3.0 GPA, full-time student status, and completion of at least 12 units at Cal State L.A. Grants are awarded to students with special needs who have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.

The C.Y. Lee Creative Writing Contest winners will also be announced during the event. The contest is a national competition for authors with an interest in Asian American-Pacific Asian culture and experience. The awards are named for and sponsored by C.Y. Lee, one of the best known Chinese-born authors writing in English today. Lee is the author of the best-selling Flower Drum Song.

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 student population enrolled at Cal State L.A.

For information or an invitation to the event, call the Alumni Relations Office at (323) 343-4980.

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Who & What:
Cal State L.A. Asian Support Group presents its Fifth Annual Scholarship and Awards of Excellence Dinner in honor of Andrew J.C. Cherng, Chairman of Panda Management Company, Reverend Hee Min Park, Senior Pastor of Young Nak Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles, and the 1995-96 Asian Support Group Student Scholarship recipients.

When:
Thursday, October 26, 1995.
No-host cocktails: 6 p.m., Dinner: 7 p.m.

Where:
Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant is located on 140 West Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel. Complimentary self parking is available at the Valley Square.

More:
Winners of the University's C.Y. Lee Creative Writing Contest will be announced.

Info:
For information or reservations for the program, call the Cal State L.A.'s Alumni Office at (323) 343-4980.

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