2017 Asian American Heroes of Colorado

Every year, the Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network hosts the annual Asian American Heroes of Colorado. Heroes are leaders in their communities and have selflessly given their time and efforts to improve the livelihoods of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Colorado. They are nominated and then selected by a committee of several prominent Asian Pacific Islander American organizations in Colorado.  

The 2017 Awardees include:

Form left to right: Kate Tauer, Mani Dahal, Karen Shimamoto (top), Donna LaVigne (bottom), Maria Cheng (top), Khanh Vu (bottom), and Paul Maruyama

Young Hero Award (under age 35):
Karen Shimamoto, Japanese American
Multicultural Programs Coordinator at the Cultural Unity & Engagement Center at the University of Colorado Boulder

Mani Dahal, Bhutanese Nepali American
Sustainability Program Manager at ECDC African Community Center

Maria Cheng, Chinese American
Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Esprit Asia

Donna LaVigne, Filipino American
Past Regional Chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations
Past Co-Chair of the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership
Former President of Filipino AmericanCommunity of Colorado

Khánh Vũ, Vietnamese American
Executive Director of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Ally Award:
Kate Tauer, Caucasian American
Founding Member of the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Paul K. Maruyama, Japanese American
Founding Member and Former President of the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado
Board Member of CIE-US (John Manjiro Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange)
Author of the historical biography, Escape from Manchuria

With more than 250 community leaders, supporters and organizations from across Colorado, the event will include recognition of the heroes, acceptance speeches, a dim sum brunch, and more!

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10 am -12 pm
Location:  Kings Land Chinese Restaurant
2200 W Alameda Avenue
Denver CO 80223

Tickets Available Here