Tanweer A. Janjua is recognized for outstanding contribution and demonstrating vision and leadership in civil engagement through his educational efforts and outreach to get out and increase the Asian American and Pacific Islander vote.
K. Dennis Kim, Ph.D., P.E. is recognized for outstanding contribution to the business sector and for community service. Kim took over Enviroscience in 1982, which became EVS, a full service consulting civil engineering firm in 2003. Kim has served on state business committees, and as the Country Officer for Taiwan and Korea for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, as chair of the Minnesota Korean Association and president of the Korean Environmental Professionals Association in America. He also serves on the Board of the Minnesota Chorale, and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota board.
Bryan Douglas Thao Worra, a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellow, poet and activist, is recognized for his outstanding contribution to the Asian Pacific Islander arts and literature movement in Minnesota. Thao Worra was nominated by Saymoukda Vongsay, who said that it is his belief in making “a world where cultural diversity is a strength and not a liability, that has had a major impact in the course of 10 years since moving to Minnesota.
“Bryan has worked tirelessly as a Laotian American transcultural adoptee to create a space for Southeast Asian American writers not only in the Minnesota and Midwestern literary community but nationally and internationally,” said Vongsay in the nomination letter.
Additionally, the CAPM Board of Directors recognized Mr. Vy Van Pham with the “Distinguished Service” Award for his many years of commitment to and efforts on behalf of the community and public service.
This year’s banquet theme was “Across the Waves: In Pursuit of a Good Life.”
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated with community festivals, government-sponsored activities, and educational activities for students. At the State level, the Council commemorates May as Heritage Month with an annual dinner and the awarding of the Asian-Pacific Leadership Awards to outstanding persons and organizations who have made a significant contribution or improvement to the Asian Pacific community in Minnesota. The Council also coordinates a “Calendar of Events’ by challenging and offering assistance and support to communities, cities, and school to develop and implement their own events to commemorate Heritage Month.