Asian Support Group Dinner 1996

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/08/96

Contact: Margie Yu
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

CAL STATE L.A.'S ASIAN SUPPORT GROUP HOSTS ITS
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.


CALENDAR LISTING

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.

When:
Thursday, October 24, 1996. No-host cocktails: 6 p.m., Dinner Program: 7 p.m.

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

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

# # #