The only event of its kind in the United States, the Asian Hall of Fame honors distinguished individuals of Asian Pacific descent whose personal achievements have contributed to the American experience.
Through recognizing the many groundbreaking contributions of Asian Pacific Americans, the Foundation hopes to inspire the next generation and to provide a forum for the national Asian Pacific community to come together.
Held in Seattle, WA, the Asian Hall of Fame is one of the foremost events on the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month calendar. Through this event, the Robert Chinn Foundation endeavors to raise awareness, provide a forum for collaboration, and to bring a national focus and recognition to the Asian Pacific American culture.
One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, the hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market, the cruise ship terminal and many local attractions.
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Born and raised in San Jose, California, Norman Mineta has made a significant impact through his long career as a politician.
Of Japanese heritage, Mineta and his family were among the thousands interned during World War II at a camp in Wyoming. After the war, the family went back to San Jose, and Mineta went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley. In 1953, Mineta graduated with a degree in Business Administration and served as an intelligence officer in the US Army before joining his father at the Mineta Insurance Agency.
Mineta’s political career started in 1967 with an appointment to the San Jose City Council. He was elected to the same office two years later, then was elected vice mayor. In 1971, Mineta was elected as the 59th Mayor of San Jose, defeating 14 other candidates and winning every precinct in the election. He had become the first Asian-American mayor of a major U.S. city.
Four years later, Mineta was elected to represent Silicon Valley as a member of the United States House of Representatives, a post he held from 1975 through 1995. He co-founded the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and chaired the House Aviation subcommittee, the Surface Transportation subcommittee, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Mineta was key in obtaining federal funding for San Jose’s airport and the Santa Clara County public transportation system, as well as in the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which officially apologized for the injustices endured by Japanese Americans during World War II.
Grace Park was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Of Korean heritage, Park is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada and known for her work as an actress throughout North America.
Park, who grew up in Kerrisdale, received a degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. After graduation, Park turned her attention to film and television and, in 2000, she was almost immediately cast in a role in the Jet Li film “Romeo Must Die.” She took on a guest spot in “Secret Agent Man” before quickly landing a role in the teen drama “Edgemont” the same year.
Park’s role in “Edgemont” gave her a consistent presence throughout the show’s five seasons on CBC, spurring on guest star roles in “Dark Angel,” “Stargate SG-1,” and “Jake 2.0,” as well as work on the Canadian show “The Immortal.”
In 2003, Park’s career was catapulted forward when she was cast on the Sci Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica.” In “Battlestar Galactica,” Park played two leading roles. Her performance in the season one cliffhanger earned her a place in TV Guide’s “100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History.” The series received critical acclaim and a Peabody Award in 2006, as well as a nomination for Park as Outstanding Supporting Actress in Television at the AZN Asian Excellence Awards.
A native of Washington State and graduate of Yale University and Boston University Law School, Gary Locke rose through the political ranks to become King County’s first Asian American Executive in 1994.
Nathan Adrian grew up in Bremerton, Washington before moving to Berkeley, California to get a degree in public health and travel the world as one of the top swimmers in the country.
Adrian graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in 2012 and along the way became an 11-time NCAA champion, led UC Berkeley to its first NCAA team title in 31 years, Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and a recipient of the Neufeld Scholar-Athlete Award, which is given to the graduating athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.
Throughout his collegiate career, Adrian also proved himself as a world-class swimmer, winning a total of 15 medals in major international competitions (12 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze). He holds the American record in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events.
Adrian is a two-time Olympian (Beijing 2008 and London 2012), holding three Olympic gold medals. He is now training to be a multiple medal threat at the 2016 Rio Games, where he plans to defend his “fastest man in the pool” title and looks to become the first American to win the 100m freestyle in back-to-back Olympic Games since 1928. Adrian is still at the top of his game, swimming one of the fastest splits in history in the 100m medley relay at the 2013 Barcelona World Championships.