ASIAN CULTURE AND MEDIA ALLIANCE ADVISORY BOARD

Steven Choi

Mayor of Irvine

Steven Choi was elected Mayor of Irvine in 2012. He was elected to the Irvine City Council for the first time in 2004 and re-elected to a second term in 2008. Previously, he was elected as a Trustee of the Irvine Unified School District in 1998 and re-elected in 2002.

In addition to his City Council appointments, Steven is a member of the Concordia University President’s Advisory Council and Irvine Library Advisory committee. Steven is also Irvine’s key representative of the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board, the Orange County Vector Control Board, and the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency Commission. Visit www.stevenchoi.org for more information.

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Young Kim

Assemblywoman, 65th State District

Young Kim is the first Korean American Republican Woman ever to serve in the California state legislature, and the first Asian American to represent the cities of the 65th Assembly District in Sacramento.

Currently, Young Kim serves as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. She also serves on the Banking and Finance Committee, Budget Committee, Education Committee, Transportation Committee, and Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance. She is focused on working to create a better environment where small businesses can succeed, bringing jobs back to California, and creating an educational environment where every child can have a quality education.

 

Young is also a well-known Television Talk Show Host, having hosted “LA Seoul with Young Kim” on KSCI-LA 18 from 1998 to 2005 and “Real Talk” on Arirang-TV in 2011. In addition, she provided weekly commentaries discussing current affairs on Radio Seoul which is a 24-hour Korean radio station. For more information on Assemblywoman Young Kim, visit www.ykassembly.com

 

Suh Dae Won

Former UN Ambassador / Chairman, Hansik Globalization Committee

As the former Korean Ambassador to the United Nations, NY, USA (1998-2000), Suh Dae Won currently actively serves on various organizations around the globe. Formerly, he was the First Deputy Director, National Intelligence Service (NIS) of ROK. Suh Dae Won also served as the Korean Ambassador to Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2003). In addition to being the Chairman of Hansik Globalization Committee, he is the Chairman of Korean Amateur Baduk Association and Secretary General of 2022 Korea World Cup Bidding Committee. He is also the Chairman of International Cooperation Committee, Presidential Council on Nation Branding, Advisor to Hyundai Rotem (Hyundai Motor Group) and Chair Professor of Kwangwoon University, Seoul, Korea.

Jack Toan

Vice President and Community Affairs Manager

Wells Fargo Community Relations

As part of Wells Fargo’s Government and Community Relations team, Jack is responsible for managing the Wells Fargo Foundation’s charitable giving and volunteerism programs in Orange, San Diego, Imperial, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. He has a proven background in community development and corporate philanthropy. Jack believes in creating social changes through action.

Jack is committed to the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Union of Pan Asian Communities, Team Kids, Inc., Illumination Foundation, UC Irvine Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors and the community partners advisory board for the OC Human Relations Council. He is a member of the Orange County Funders Roundtable, San Diego Grantmakers, and also is the founder and program consultant for a children’s self-defense and safety awareness program in partnership with the Saint Anselm’s Cross Cultural Community Center.


Mitsuo Tomita, Retired MD

Mitsuo Tomita, M.D., a family practice physician originally from Los Angeles, retired from Kaiser Permanente San Diego in 2008. Currently he still does some work in community health centers and is active in teaching at UCSD School of Medicine where he is an Assistant Clinical Professor. He chaired Mayor Dick Murphy’s Asian/Pacific Islander Citizens Advisory Board to encourage more civic involvement of APIs, has served on the boards of UPAC (Union of Pan Asian Communities), Planned Parenthood, and LEAD San Diego. He currently serves on the board of the San Diego chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).

Mitz Lee

Candidate, San Diego City Council, District 6

MITZ LEE is a Dynamic Community Leader and Passionate Advocate for Family-Friendly Neighborhoods – representing a history and distinguished record of service to the San Diego community.

Mitz served on San Diego Unified School District’s Board of Education and several nonprofit boards. Mitz currently serves on San Diego City Human Relations Commission. She also spearheaded the 2013 fundraising effort for the Scripps-Mesa neighborhood July 4th fireworks celebration.

Mitz has been recognized for her solid community leadership which includes, but is not limited to, a Special Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, California State Legislature, and local City Officials; a nomination to receive the President’s Service Award; recognition by the Military Spouse Business and Professional Network; Asian Business Association Community Service Award; Governor and First Lady’s Service Award; and Kappan Citizen of the Year Award.

Mitz has also been named one of the Top 50 People to Watch in San Diego by San Diego Magazine.For more information,visit www.mitzlee.com

MEDIA ADVISORY BOARD

Clyde Kusatsu

Actor & Vice President, SAG/AFTRA

Hawaii-born actor Clyde Kusatsu has appeared in roles calling for a variety of indeterminate ethnic origins including Hawaii Five O, Kung Fu, MASH, Magnum PI and Midway and Star Trek Next Generation. Early film appearances included unbilled bits in Airport 75 (1975) and Alex and the Gypsy (1976). With his minor role as the Freighter Captain in Black Sunday (1977), Kusatsu began working his way up the featured-player ladder. On series television, Kusastu has had plenty of opportunity to display his talent in the roles of Ali in Bring ‘Em Back Alive (1982) and Dr. Kenji Fushida in the Hawaii-based Richard Chamberlain vehicle Island Son (1989). In 1994, Clyde Kusastu was sixth-billed in the psychological nailbiter Dream Lover.

Clyde was the first  Asian American  to be elected as the President of SAG/AFTRA , local Los Angeles Chapter and he was  recently re-elected as the Vice President of national SAG/AFTRA where he will serve for additional 2 years.

Iris Yamashita

Screenwriter / Lecturer

Iris Yamashita was nominated for an Academy Award for her screenplay, “Letters from Iwo Jima.” Directed by Clint Eastwood, “Letters” received a Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for four Academy Awards. She has optioned or written on assignment for various production companies, and is currently developing an action film to be directed by Takashi Miike (“13 Assassins,” “Audition”). She has also been commissioned to work on an original resort show for Disney Imagineering. In the past, Iris has acted as a panel judge for contests and festivals sponsored by various organizations including the Writers Guild of America, Film Independent, the Korean Film Council and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Iris graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Literature and Writing. She received an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. She teaches an advanced screenwriting class at TFT.

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Eric Michelson

TV / Film Producer

With over 20 years of tv/film and video production experience including producing, directing, writing and editing, Eric’s experience includes corporate training programs, commercial spots, music videos, live fashion and music events to short films and documentaries.

He currently co-owns Carma Media & Entertainment and has co-produced 4 seasons of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen including Top Chef Korean Food Challenge and Hansik Stories for tvK24, ArirangTV and PBS

Since 2014, Eric had co-produced, directed and edited 2 seasons of Asian Voices show.

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Angela Chee

Media strategist, on-camera coach, TV host and speaker. 

A former TV news anchor/reporter, she is now on a mission to help others find their voice, master their message and share their vision with the world.  She helps people speak up and step into the spotlight—so they can break through their internal barriers and realize they can be and do more than they ever thought possible.

Angela has worked in top TV markets from KCBS/KCAL-TV and KNBC-TV in Los Angeles to Fox 6 and KNSD in San Diego. She has hosted shows for networks like E! Entertainment, HGTV (Home and Garden Television), Channel One News and helped launch Entertainment Tonight China.

Angela is also founder of The Zen Mom, an inspirational and informative website for moms. She has appeared as an expert on a variety of local and national shows including The Today Show, The List, Right This Minute and more. She has also made appearances in the film Blades of Glory and the TV shows No Ordinary Family, Heroes, Shark, Medium, and Boston Legal. For more information, visit www.angelachee.com

Kaushal Patel

Anchor, One America News

Kaushal Patel is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She received an Emmy for coverage of former NFL player Junior Seau’s suicide.  She has also received several Associated Press Awards for Best Newscast and for Investigative Reporting into prescription drugs that were banned in the U.S. as being unsafe, but were being sold in pharmacies across the border in Mexico. Kaushal has also been a reporter and anchor for ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates for stations in Arizona, Texas, Georgia, California as well as CNN International in Hong Kong. She’s currently the a reporter for One America News.