Chicago Engineer receive prestigious "PAN ASIAN AMERICAN PING
TOM MEMORIAL" award
24th ANNUAL ASIAN AMERICAN COALITION
OF CHICAGO LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION ON MARCH 3
AT HYATT REGENCY O'HARE- CHINESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY TO HOST THIS
CHICAGO, IL, 2007
Managing Director of
Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago
The Coalition announced that Linda Yu will host the presentation
of the prestigious PAN ASIAN AMERICAN PING TOM MEMORIAL AWARD at
ceremonies that evening, to community leader Mohinderjit Singh Saini,
the 2007 recipient. He is also Co-Founder, Past President and Managing
Director of the Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago, among numerous
other community leadership positions that he holds. Saini has served
on the Program Committee of the Asian American Coalition of Chicago
from 1987-present, serving as Program Committee Chair in 1995 and
YuCo-Anchor and Reporter, ABC 7 News Linda Yu, one of Chicago's
most respected and well-known broadcasters, co-anchors ABC 7's top
rated 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. newscasts. She joined ABC 7 Chicago in
Asian American Coalition of Chicago 24th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2007, 5:30 pm in Grand Ball Room
of the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue in Rosemont.
This year's Lunar New Year Gala is themed "Roar with the boar
2007/4705." The event usually attracts 1,100 people. Chinese
American Community is the host, Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago
(PCS), Sikh American Heritage Organization (SAHO), and many other
Asian American community organizations are co-sponsoring this event.
"Our goal is to further coalesce the Asian Pacific American
community towards becoming a more vocal group, as we continue to
grow in political empowerment," said Leonard M. Louie, 2007
Chair of the Asian American Coalition of Chicago.
“A persistently united voice is much more powerful and very
hard to ignore for too long,” said Rajinder Singh Mago of
Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago. (http://www.pcschicago.org/aa/index.htm)
According to the latest Census, the Asian Pacific American population
in Illinois numbers approximately 428,213, or 3.4% of the statewide
population. This celebration is traditionally the single largest
organized annual event in Chicago's Asian American community.
Numerous dignitaries traditionally attend the festivities, including
the Asian consular corps, elected and appointed governmental officials,
political candidates, top business and corporate leaders, and decision-makers
at Chicago's major media press outlets.
The Key Note Speaker is Ms. Laureen Ong, president of the National
Geographic Channel.Asian American artists will perform a special
“Our Silk Road” theme unity dance number choreographed
by Marc Rita.
“Balle Bhangra Team” of University of Chicago which
also participated in PCS Bhangra
and Gidha Competition 2006 will be part of the unity dance show.
The Coalition will also honor the recipients of its 2007 Pan Asian
Ping Tom Memorial, Grand Asian, Community Service, and Youth Who
The Chicago celebrity TV personalities scheduled to appear as co-presenters
Ravi Baichwal, ABC 7 News; Judy Hsu, ABC 7 News; Linda Yu, ABC 7
News; Nancy Loo, FOX Chicago TV News; Joanie Lum, CBS 2 Chicago
News; Mai Martinez, CBS 2 Chicago News; Julian Nieh, WBBM-FM &
B96 Radio; Rick O'Dell, WNUA 95.5 FM Radio; Anupy Singla, CLTV News;
and Judy Wang, CLTV News.
Cocktail reception begins and exhibits open in the lobby at 5:30
p.m.; with an open microphone forum 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Doors
to the Grand Ballroom open at 6 p.m. Grand opening ceremonies with
a lion team and Chinese dragon dance start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner,
entertainment, keynote address, awards ceremony, and “Our
Silk Road” dance performance following until approximately
Attire is dressy eveningwear or native costume. Dinner choices
are fish and beef combo; or vegetarian, and should be submitted
at time of ticket order, or a default non-veg choice will be made
The Coalition has announced that government official The Hon. George
Van Dusen, Mayor of the Village of Skokie (since 1999), has been
named the 2007 recipient of the Coalition's GRAND ASIAN AWARD. This
award is periodically presented to someone of non-Asian descent,
who has made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific American
community. Skokie is a municipality with one of the highest percentages
of Asians (21.2%, according to U.S. Census 2000 figures). Mayor
Van Dusen has appointed 24 Asian Americans to various Village Boards
and Commissions, thus encouraging the community to be active in
The following nine people have been named the 2007 Community
Service Award Recipients:
- Onkar Singh Sangha, Supervisor, Customer Service,
United States Post Office, Oak Park, Illinois; Member, Board of
Governors, Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago, Indian American
- Nadia M. Akhtar, Chief Operating Officer, RNA
Corporation, Blue Island, Illinois; Active in the community with
Bolingbrook Islamic Center, Association Pakistani Americans Bolingbrook
and Pak-American Medical Center in Chicago, Pakistani American
- Duc Huang, Chinese American Community Awardee;
- Francis L. Mon, Filipino American Community
- Astrid S. Haryati, Indonesian American Community
- Tsune Nakagawa, Japanese American Community
- Dr. Young K. Kang, Korean American Community
- Manoch Bhudvanbhen, Thai American Community
- No Van Vo, Vietnamese American Community Awardee.
The following students have been named the 2007 Youth Who
- Kevindeep Singh Atwal, College Freshman, Northwestern University,
Evanston, Indian American Community Youth Awardee;
- Saba Rashid, College Freshman, Benedictine University, Lisle,
Pakistani American Community Youth Awardee;
- Jennifer Chui, Chinese American Community Youth Awardee;
- Kristina A. Mascarenas, Filipino American Community Youth Awardee;
- Putria Aulia Kusumo, Indonesian American Community Youth Awardee;
- Patrick G. Lee, Korean American Community Youth Awardee;
- Bing Moraras, Thai American Community Youth Awardee; and
- Anhdao Vu, Vietnamese American Community Youth Awardee.
Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago www.pcschicago.org and S.A.H.O.
have reserved several prime location tables. Advance purchase is
required. Tickets are $70 per person or $700.00 per table of ten
(includes dinner, entertainment, program, and parking).
For ticket reservations, please contact: Rajinder
Singh Mago 630-440-7730, Mohinderjit Singh Saini 847-359-5727, Onkar
Singh Sangha 630-674-2052, Sunny Kular 312-226-4425
Online ticketing is also available through PCS website www.pcschicago.org.,
and also directly from the Asian American Coalition www.aacchicago.org.
They are first funded, first seated.
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community
organization devoted to promoting education, good citizenship, Punjabi
culture, language, performing arts, healthy life style, and sports
in the metropolitan Chicago area.
Other P.C.S. programs include: “Rangla Punjab 2007,”
scheduled for April 7, at Gateway Theater in Chicago and “Punjabi
Sports Festival 2007,” planned for the summer of 2007. Scholarships
for Punjabi youth will be awarded at the “Graduation Night
2007” on June 10, 2007.