Asian Pacific Americans Receive Honors

| June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Union Bank has partnered with KPBS to honor two San Diegans for the 2012 Local Heroes program. The year-long campaign is designed to celebrate and pay tribute to extraordinary members of the community who are making a difference by improving their workplace, neighborhoods, region and the world.  The 2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage History Month honorees are: Dennis-Michael Broussard and Ikunosuke “Mike” Kawamura.

“Union Bank is very proud to partner with KPBS to celebrate these amazing community leaders,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. “The Local Heroes program has come to represent our vibrant and diverse communities, and we are pleased to recognize these outstanding San Diegans who contributed so much and have greatly enriched their community with their tireless commitment.”

Dennis-Michael Broussard is a recipient of numerous awards.

Dennis-Michael Broussard is the founder of Silk Road Productions, an event management and production firm, and is responsible for many prestigious and fundraising events throughout the San Diego Asian community, including the Asian Cultural Festival and the Filipino American Culture and Heritage Festival. Broussard is a member of many non-profit organizations, including the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, the San Diego Chinese Center, the Asian Journalists Association and the Korean American Coalition. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Cox Communications’ Asian Pacific American Heritage Outstanding Individuals and the Asian Business Association’s Community Service Award.

Ikunosuke “Mike” Kawamura is a Hiroshima survivor.

Ikunosuke “Mike” Kawamura was one of five production engineers from the Kyoto Ceramic Company, Ltd. (now Kyocera Corporation) who moved to San Diego to open the first manufacturing plant outside of Japan. Kawamura’s ideas and relentless efforts at Kyocera helped create a new generation of semiconductor packages that paved the way for the mass-commercialization of many important semiconductor technologies. In addition to his work as a chemist, manufacturing engineer and training/education professional, Mr. Kawamura, a Hiroshima survivor, is a lifelong advocate of world peace.  He is involved with a number of local community organizations that promote cultural understanding, including the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego and the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana.

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