Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Karin Wang Honored By Union Bank & KCET as Los Angeles Asian Pacific American “Local Hero”

LOS ANGELES – Each May, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Union Bank and KCET honor “Local Heroes” in the Asian Pacific American community. This year, Karin Wang, Vice- President of Programs for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), is one of the 2010 Los Angeles “Local Heroes.” The awards will be presented at 6.30 pm on Thursday, May 6, 2010, at the KCET studios in Los Angeles.

The “Local Heroes” award honors outstanding individuals in the community who strive to enrich the lives of others. In addition to serving since 2002 as APALC’s Vice-President of Programs, Ms. Wang is currently the President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County and has also held numerous other leadership position, including in the California State Bar’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is one of the founding steering committee members of API Equality-LA, a coalition working in support of marriage equality in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. She was honored with Lambda Legal’s “Liberty Award” and named one of the Best Lawyers Under 40” by NAPABA. Ms. Wang is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.

Besides Ms. Wang, the other 2010 honorees are Jury Candelario, director of the Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team; Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Terry S. Hara; and architect Ted Tokio Tanaka. Throughout the month of May, KCET will air video profiles of each winner, highlighting how they make a difference in their community. For more information on the “Local Heroes Awards,” The spots will also be available on the KCET website.


Ryan Khamkongsay (213) 241-0235
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Founded in 1983, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and education, and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. APALC is affiliated with the Asian American Justice Center (formerly known as NAPALC) in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, May 6, 2010


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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.