APAC Celebrates 26th Annual Asian Heritage Gala

Members of Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC) celebrated its 26th annual Asian Heritage Gala banquet at Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place Hotel on Sunday, May 8.

The evening’s celebration theme is “Unity Through Diversity.”

The keynote speaker for the evening was Representative Byung J. (B.J.) Pak of Georgia State District 102. Rep. Pak shared his insights in serving as a rookie legislator at the State Capitol.

“As an Asian American, I urge all of you to embrace and to promote the diversity within the Asian American community. We also need to stand united as a community,” said Pak to an audience of 300 individuals from various background.

Among the guest of honor for the evening was Charlotte Nash, newly elected Chairperson of Board of Commissioners for Gwinnett County.

“I am proud to be part of tonight’s celebration as Gwinnett county is the most diverse county in Georgia, according to the latest Census Bureau report,” said Commissioner Nash.

Alex Wan, member of Atlanta City Council (District 6) also gave a welcome remark at the dinner banquet.

This year’s celebration also awarded eight scholarship to high school students from Asian American communities.

Scholarship winners are: Melissa Puntkattalle, Senior-Greater Atlanta Christian School, Soe Kwon Jong, Senior-Chattahoochee High School, Charlotte Pathom-Dieu Minh Nguyen, Senior-Villa Rica High School, Sujan Basnet, Senior-Spray Berry High School, Lily Nguyen, Senior-Collins Hill High School, Kaitlyn Cecille Bregman, Senior-Holy Spirit Preparatory School, So Hyun Kwon, Junior-Peachtree Ridge High School.

“APAC have come a long way in uniting and serving Asia Pacific American in Georgia. To do so, we all set aside our individual ethnicity and differences to become one unified Asian Americans. We recognize the fact that the only way to achieve our goals and to protect our interest and value as a community is to work and voice as one,” Lam Thanh Ngo, President of APAC said in his remark.

Guest of the banquet were treated to a dinner and a chorus of cultural dances by different community performers.

APAC was founded in 1985 and has since grown to include 14 community members from various cultural background.

For more information, visit www.apacga.org

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