Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Asian Pacific Islander Roundtable

May 20, 2012
Asian Pacific Islander Roundtable
Hosted by ABC7's Kristen Sze

This special episode of Beyond the Headlines has a guest host sitting in for Cheryl Jennings. It's a special roundtable discussion in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

ABC7's Kristen Sze sits down with local leaders for an in depth conversation about opportunities and challenges in the API community.

Studio Guests

Corey Lee
Chef & Owner
Corey's career spans over 15 years working at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world, including seven 3-star Michelin restaurants in England, France and the U.S. Immediately prior to opening Benu, Corey was the chef de cuisine at The French Laundry, Thomas Keller's destination restaurant in Yountville, California. During his tenure at The French Laundry, the restaurant was named 'Best Restaurant in North America' by Restaurant Magazine and garnered the highest rating from Michelin, Mobil Guide and San Francisco Chronicle. In 2010, Corey became a goodwill ambassador for the city of Seoul, Korea, a recognition given to leaders in various fields.

Anna Sidana
Founder & CEO
One Million Lights
Anna has spent her professional life in high technology companies with careers ranging from marketing to business management. She currently works full time at Silicon Valley startups in marketing. Prior to that, she was at PayPal in San Jose as Director, Financial Products focused on Credit products. Ms. Sidana also worked at eBay with product responsibilities for worldwide pricing and promotions.

Rev. Norman Fong
Executive Director
Chinatown Community Development Center
Norman grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown and received a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University and Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary. The "Good Reverend" lived in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia working on human rights issues for one-and-a-half years. He was Youth Program Director at Donaldina Cameron House for 11 years. In 1990, he joined Chinatown CDC as Program Director. As Deputy Director, Norman oversaw the organization's work in Community Organizing, Community Planning, Tenant Services, and Youth Leadership. He is also an ordained Presbyterian Minister. Norman was promoted to Executive Director on October 3, 2011.

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