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Challenges and Experience of Chinese American Veterans
RSVP – May 15, 2021 Chinese American Citizens Alliance is honored to present the premiere film showing of “We Served with Pride, the Road to the Congressional Gold Medal” by Emmy award winning director, Montgomery Hom. The film is an intimate firsthand account of the untold experiences of the Chinese Americans who served in WWII and also covers the grassroot efforts to gain recognition for the Chinese American WWII veterans which resulted in the bipartisan support of legislation for the Chinese American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act which was signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2018.
Following the film, a distinguished panel of retired Chinese American Flag-Rank Officers and a WWII veteran will speak on a leadership challenged they faced or a unique situation that they experienced and their accomplishments in positions of responsibility. Chinese Americans have been involved in every conflict since the Civil War but their service and heroism has often been under-recognized and neglected.
Saturday, May 15, 20215:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM PT
Moderator: Ed Gor, National Director, CAWWII Veterans Recognition Project
Ed Gor is Past National President of Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.). Completed a 40-year career as a Project Engineering Manager and Controls Engineering Lead on successful chemical and refinery engineering projects at Fluor and Jacobs Engineering Group while also volunteering on boards of critical community needs non-profit organizations. A native Houstonian, he comes from a family of seven first generation Chinese Americans of immigrant parents, whose story mirrors that of many of America’s Greatest Generation.
Guest Speaker: Pamela Young, KHON2
Pamela Young is a Broadcast Journalist with KHON2 in Honolulu, Regional Vice President for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NorCal, and contributor to MidWeek, Condé Nast, and Off Camera periodicals. She is the recipient of 12 regional Emmy awards, a Peabody and is named in the Hall of Pioneers by the Asian American Journalists Association. Born and raised in Honolulu, Pamela obtained her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from San Francisco State University before reporting and anchoring at KPIX and KQED in San Francisco. Her work has appeared on ABC, BBC, NHK (Japan) and CTV (Taiwan)
Major General Bill Chen, U.S. Army RetiredPanel Topic: “Taking Charge”
Bill Chen was in the Army Acquisition Corps and served on active duty for 32 years primarily in missile, air & missile defense systems acquisition. He served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Missile Command and Program Executive Officer for Missile Defense, leading the development of national and theater missile defense programs. He served in the defense industry for 18 years successively as VP & program director, VP engineering
& product development, and VP & General Manager.
Major General Robert G. F. Lee, U.S. Army Retired Panel Topic: WWII Veterans Impacted My Career
Bob Lee served as an Infantry Officer on Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard for 39+ years. Honored to have served in the 100 th Battalion, 442d Infantry Regiment, the Army’s most decorated unit from 2nd Lt to CO. He served as Commanding General. 9th RSC Pacific Army Reserve until assignment as The Adjutant General for the State of Hawaii. He commanded the Army and Air National Guard and was responsible for Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Veteran Affairs.
1Lt Arthur Shak, Navigator, B24 Heavy Bomber “Guardian Angel”Panel Topic: How WWII Affected My Life
On Dec 7, 1941 the carefree life style ended for Art. He joined the Army Air Corps and was commissioned as a bombardier and navigator. Art flew 51 combat missions over Germany, Italy, France, and Romania. After VE, Art served as a C-47 navigator flying between Guam, Saipan, and Tinian. Art was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and many other medals for Europe and Pacific. He used the GI Bill and obtained a Civil engineering degree from Purdue University.
Major General Darryll D.M. Wong, USAF Retired Panel Topic: “In the Footsteps of Our Veterans
Darryll flew the C-141A on active duty during the Vietnam War and then the KC-135R with the Hawaii Air National Guard during the Kosovo War. Retiring with 39+ years of service. He also served as the first National Guard Assistant to the USAF A8 and then to the PACAF Commander in Hawaii. He commanded the Hawaii Air National Guard before being last assigned as Adjutant General for the State of Hawaii Army and the Air National Guard, responsible for Homeland Security, head of Emergency Management and Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs.
Rear Admiral Jonathan Yuen, SC, U.S. Navy Retired Panel Topic: “Servant’s Heart/Bedside Manner/Socratic Mindset”
Jon Yuen served in the US Navy Supply Corps for 35 years after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. He retired after leading as the 47th Chief of Supply Corps and Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command for five years. He oversaw over 110 worldwide logistics facilities, a team of 28K military and civilian professionals, $33B in managed inventory, and the Navy
Exchange system, a network of physical and online stores with $2.5B in annual sales.
Major General Suzanne Vares-Lum, U.S. Army Panel Topic: “Turning Challenges into Opportunities”
Suzy Vares-Lum served in all three components of the Army for 34 years. She is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Hawaii Army ROTC Program, and commissioned into the Military Intelligence Corps. She established and ran the Joint Intelligence Center in Balad, Iraq during OIF III. She served the last 5 ½ years at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Acting Deputy Commander and Acting Chief of Staff, and J-5 Mobilization Assistant to
the Director of Plans and Policy.
Major General K.K. Chinn, U.S. Army RetiredPanel Topic: “Relationships, Trust, Family”
K.K. Chinn lives in Aiea, HI with his wife Val; they have 2 children Ashley, an Army CPT/doctor; Jared an aspiring PGA golfer. A 1981 West Point graduate; he served in Infantry/Airborne/Ranger units the majority of his 36+ year career that included 2 combat parachute jumps in Grenada and Panama and combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with Ranger Units. His final assignment was as the Commanding General for Army South, responsible for 31 countries in Central/South America and the Caribbean.
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The Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project is a program of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.), a 501(c)8, and the National Chinese American Citizens Alliance Community Involvement Fund, a 501(c)3. Together we are spearheading a national campaign to identify, honor and recognize the efforts and accomplishments of all Chinese Americans who served in the United States Armed Services in World War II.
For more information contact email@example.com.VENG Group | C.A.C.A. C.I.F., Washington, DC 2003