ASIAN CULTURE AND MEDIA ALLIANCE ADVISORY BOARD

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John Shin

Founder and CEO of AXIANTA Financial Partners, LLC. (AFP)

In addition to being the founder of AXIANTA Financial Partners, John is also the Founder of a non-profit organization called “ALL FOR ONE” which provides child prosperity centers for children around the world. Together with the organization, they have built and created 9 orphanages in 6 countries like Uganda, Philippines, Nicaragua, Vietnam, China, and India and have helped over 1,000 kids live within their orphanages.

As a dynamic, high-impact, in-demand teacher and public speaker, he has the unique ability to shake up the status quo, and get people and organizations to change behavior and empower them to achieve unprecedented results. His clients range from the individual person seeking simple financial advice to Doctors, Lawyers, Fortune 500 companies, federal credit unions, Hollywood celebrities, and to professional athletes (NBA, NFL, and NFL). John’s latest accomplishment includes his role as an Executive Producer of the movie, THINK: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich.

John holds a B.A. in Business Administration from University of Southern California, an M.B.A., and earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law. He is married to Arlene, and they have 4 wonderful children who all reside in Calabasas, California.

 

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Steven Choi

California State Assembly member

representing the 68th Assembly District

Steven Choi is an American Republican Party politician from Orange County, California, who is the California State Assemblymember representing the 68th Assembly District, having won the post in 2016. Prior to that, he served two terms as mayor of Irvine, California. In 1998, he became the first Asian-American elected to the Irvine Unified School Board and served two consecutive terms there before becoming the first Asian American to have been elected to a four-year term on the Irvine City Council and one of two Korean Americans on the council. For more information, visit www.stevenchoi.org

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Young Kim

Community Leader and Businesswoman

Young O. Kim was 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.

She was elected to the Assembly in 2014 after unseating Democratic Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva. In 2016, in turn, Quirk-Silva unseated Kim in a rematch.[1] Prior to being elected to the Assembly, she was the Director of Community Relations and Asian Affairs for Congressman Ed Royce.

In 2017, Young Kim announced she would be running for Orange County Supervisor, a nonpartisan office in the 4th district which includes the cities of Fullerton, Placentia, La Habra, Brea and portions of Anaheim and Buena Park.[2]

Continuing her community involvement Young Kim has founded and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for numerous local non-profit organizations.

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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.

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Emily Letran

Cosmetic Dentist Monrovia Emily Letran, DDS

Emily Letran is a general dentist who owns two multi-specialty group practices in Southern California. She is known as a High Performance Coach, Author, Dentist, Philanthropist, Mentor and International Speaker.

Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UC Riverside (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She is a graduate of UCLA School of Dentistry (Dean’s Apollonian Scholarship) and received her Master of Science in Oral Biology from UCLA at the same time.  She continuously takes courses in clinical dentistry, practice management and marketing, attending multiple business forums every year, striving to improve her skills to better serve patients. For more information visit www.cosmeticdentistmonrovia.com

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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).

MEDIA ADVISORY BOARD

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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.

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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 Sheng

Executive Director

California Creative & Performing Arts Center & IECESC Education Center

In addition to being a business entrepreneur, Angela is also a Producer, Director, Composer, Writer and TV show host.  She currently owns ZSMT Group which include International Education, K-12 school, and Arts Programs for kids and Adults. In 2015, she founded Global Cultural and Creative Industries Foundation for helping more young artists and musician for pursuing their dreams.

Angela began studying music and playing violin at age 5. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, one of China’s top music conservatories. She studied composition and opera singing in China under celebrated composers and singer masters. She also got her master degrees in conducting, education, and M.P.A. in Indiana University, Bloomington.

In her continuing effort to push the boundaries of Chinese instruments and singing techniques in many different contexts, Angela has worked with a wide variety of musicians from a number of different genres, including country, blues, Jazz, and rock. She was the composer and producer for the original musical show <Happy Father’s Day>, she also performed in the show in June, 2017.

Angela is also the producer and host for the TV show <People’s Talk> and the documentary <Flying over the Pacific oceans>. As director, her works includes <Happy Father’s Day>, <Yi Shot Down the suns> <To Youth> and <The glory reappears>.

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Sonny Syonesa aka JJ Stomp

Filmmaker, Producer and Stunt Actor

Sonny Phoumy Syonesa aka JJ Stomp was born in the small town of Bueng Kang, Salavan – Province, LAOS. He came to America in 1980, and completed high school and graduated from colleges in Minnesota.

Sonny is a business man, martial artist, film director, producer, writer, stunt man and actor. He has written two novels; Elephant Stomp and Asian Assassin which are out on Amazon, and other online bookstores around the world.

Sonny has been inducted to many martial arts hall of fame including the World Wide Martial Arts Council, Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors, USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Masters Hall of Fame, Martial Arts History Museum , All-Pro Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame, Masters of Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Legends Of The Martial Arts Hall Of Fame, Munich Hall Of Fame, Kuroshi-Do Systems Hall of Honors, the Elite Black Belt Hall Of Fame and many mores.

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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

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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.

 

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