News: Fiona Ma, Ash Kalra reunite for Sept. 18 Gala...

This month's update from ASIAN, Inc.                                                            August 2015
In this issue:  
  • Fiona Ma and Ash Kalra reunite on Gala stage Sept. 18!
  • "Diversity in Contracting Opportunities" comes to Fresno
  • MBDA Business Center Director Alejandro Serrudo joins PG&E
  • Our housing counselors play critical role at SF Housing Expo
  • Remembering Vincent Chin, over 30 years later
  • On the ground for SF Pride, same-sex marriage ruling
Fiona Ma and Ash Kalra reunite on Gala stage Sept. 18!


Catch the dynamic duo in action once again! The Honorable Fiona Ma and the Honorable Ash Kalra reunite to emcee our 2015 “A Force for Good” Gala, taking place Friday, September 18 at The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center.

As the first ever Asian woman to serve as California State Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore since 1850, Ma now represents the 2nd District on the California Board of Equalization. Powered with her wit and charm, Ma is joined by Kalra, the first Indian-American San Jose City Council, representing the 100,000-strong 2nd District of the nation’s 10th largest city. Ma and Kalra will be a force to be reckoned with when they take the ASIAN, Inc. Gala stage for the second year running.


To catch Fiona and Ash in action, as well as join us for a night of great entertainment, purchase your Gala tickets here.
"Diversity in Contracting Opportunities" comes to Fresno

On July 16, our Fresno Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center hosted the second in our series of "Diversity in Contracting Opportunities" workshops, generously sponsored by Wells Fargo and PG&E. The event was resounding success, engaging over 80 attendees with interactive panels on access to capital and contracts. The program closed with a large expo and networking session, providing Central Valley businesses with a real chance to make meaningful connections with private- and public-sector companies and organizations. Click here to view highlights from the event.  
MBDA Business Center Director Alejandro Serrudo joins PG&E
The newest face of PG&E Supplier Diversity and Sustainability, former San Jose MBDA Business Center Director Alejandro Serrudo, joined the Supplier Diversity and Sustainability team on May 26. He is an Industrial Engineer with an MBA (focus in Finance) and brings to PG&E over a decade of business consulting and supplier diversity experience. He currently supports PG&E's Electric Operations Line of Business. 

We wish Alejandro the very best in his new role and we thank him for his past stewardship of our three MBDA Business Centers -- in San Francisco, San Jose and Fresno. We look forward to continuing to work with him and PG&E's Supplier Diversity Program!

Our housing counselors play critical role at SF Housing Expo

As a member of HomeownershipSF, a coalition of experienced housing organizations, ASIAN, Inc. was on hand at San Francisco's Housing Expo 2015 to provide education and counselling to first-time homebuyers. The event, held at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, saw a strong turnout of hundreds.

Along with our friends from Wells Fargo, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Chase, ASIAN, Inc. Housing Counselor Crystal Huang co-presented the Cantonese-language “Steps to Homeownership” and “Housing Assistance Programs” workshops to educate first-time homebuyers.


“We are very happy to work with such reputable partners as well as help native Chinese speakers learn how to buy a house in San Francisco,” said Huang.

With the inflation of cost of living in San Francisco, such housing events are beneficial to providing potential homebuyers with much-needed education and aid. Furthering the outreach, ASIAN, Inc. seeks to administer in-language assistance and financial coaching to first-time limited-English speaking homebuyers in San Francisco and beyond.

Remembering Vincent Chin, over 30 years later


Thirty years ago saw a surge in political activity among angry Asian-Americans who mourned the loss of Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese immigrant and victim of a hate-based murder..

Vincent's death sent powerful messages across the nation about the racial disparities that plagued the country.

The uproar served as a catalyst of the Asian-American community’s strengthening in this society. Today besides remembering Vincent Chin, we are also able to celebrate the growth of our community. Never forget.

Click here to read the New York Times 2012 op-ed Why Vincent Chin Matters.

President Michael Chan joins Greenlining Advisory Committee

Our President, Michael Chan, has accepted an invitation to represent ASIAN, Inc. on the Greenlining Coalition’s Community Advisory Committee on Impact Purchasing & Jobs.

Greenlining is a racial justice coalition that was set up to reverse redlining by seeking to empower communities of color and ensuring that race is not a barrier to acquiring life opportunities.

“Greenlining is to empowering the minority,” said Chan.

As part of the Advisory Committee on Impact Purchase & Jobs, Chan will be working to collect, collate and analyze universal data to protect and advise racial minorities in businesses. Chan endeavors to ensure data transparency, which reflects social reality.

“This (analysis) allows us to appropriate policies to level the playing field for the minorities,” said Chan.

Expanding ASIAN, Inc.'s 44-year-long mission to greater heights, Chan looks set to open more pathways of opportunities for underserved minorities across the region and beyond.

On the ground for SF Pride, same-sex marriage ruling

The U.S Supreme Court’s historic legalization of same-sex marriage across the nation has sparked a flurry of discussion worldwide. Locally, the voices of the congregation gathered at San Francisco City Hall last month were in unison -- in celebration of the civil right to love for all.

The court’s ruling set the succeeding Pride Paradeto be an electrifying one and it sure did not disappoint. A few of us here at ASIAN, Inc. joined the hundreds of thousands of people in the rainbow-colored splash lining along Market Street for the party. Cheers, smiles and dances abounded.

Supporters stacked on each other and climbed trees, lampposts, bus stop roofs and anything available just to get a view of the string of contingents making up the the parade. The sights and sounds of the street soared with colors, from the silent smiles to the heart-thumping cheers. The atmosphere at the parade was overflowing with a featherweight sense of freedom.

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