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TELLING OUR STORIES. The Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs recently honored Peggy Nagae and Jaime Lim (right photo, center) at "Celebrating the Journey, Telling Our Stories," a fundraising event held in Portland’s Chinatown. The keynote speaker at the event was actor Reggie Lee (left photo), who is known as Sergeant Wu in the NBC television series "Grimm" and for roles in Pirates of the Caribbean and other productions. The awards were presented by Lynn R. Nakamoto (right photo, right), an associate justice on the Oregon Supreme Court. June Schumann (right photo, left), a pillar in the Asian community, accepted the award on behalf of Nagae. (AR Photos)

 

From The Asian Reporter, V26, #17 (September 5, 2016), page 11.

Peggy Nagae, Jaime Lim honored at OCAPIA event

The Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA) recently honored Peggy Nagae and Jaime Lim at "Celebrating the Journey, Telling Our Stories," a fundraising event held in Chinatown. The celebration was held to gather members of the community, students, state and business leaders, legislators, representatives of the Oregon governor’s office, and special guests to raise awareness of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) achievements and challenges as well as honor those who have made a difference in API communities statewide.

Peggy Nagae, a native Oregonian, national civil-rights activist, lecturer, and writer, was honored for her work as the lead attorney in the decades-long coram nobis to overturn Minoru "Min" Yasui’s 1942 criminal conviction in relation to his courageous stand against military orders that resulted in the forced removal and imprisonment of more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Nagae also spearheaded the national efforts which ultimately led to Mr. Yasui posthumously receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the State of Oregon declaring March 28 to be Minoru Yasui Day in perpetuity.

Jaime Lim — a U.S. Navy and Coast Guard veteran, entrepreneur, engineer, and longtime civic leader — was lauded for founding and publishing The Asian Reporter newspaper, which has given voice to API communities for more than 25 years.

The keynote speaker at the event was actor Reggie Lee, who is known as sergeant Wu in the NBC television series "Grimm" and for roles in Pirates of the Caribbean and other productions. Mr. Lee shared his inspiring story of barriers broken, hurdles overcome, and roles landed, as well as thoughts on what it takes to become a successful Asian-American actor.

The awards were presented by Lynn R. Nakamoto, an associate justice on the Oregon Supreme Court. June Schumann, a pillar in the Asian community, accepted the award on behalf of Nagae, who was out of town.

Funds raised at the event benefit the leadership development work of OCAPIA, including support of annual student scholarships to the Asian American Youth Leadership Conference, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon leadership courses and statewide student summit, business cultural training, and other opportunities that grow API leadership statewide.

OCAPIA is a governor-appointed body tasked with advising on policy issues with state leaders including the governor and legislators on matters of importance to API Oregonians, legislative advocacy, and public-policy research. To learn more, visit <www. oregon.gov/OCAPIA>.

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