Past Convention Honorees


Sefa Aina, Community Advocate

Grace Lee Boggs, Writer and Community Activist

Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice State of California

Elaine Chao, Former US Secretary of Labor

Steven Chen, Founder of YouTube

Leroy Chiao, Former Astronaut

Denny Chin, US District Court Judge

Upendra Chivakula, Community Leader

Philip P. Choy, Historian

Judy Chu, US Representative (CA-32)

Arthur Dong, Documentary Filmmaker

Tammy Duckworth, Former Assistant Secretary for US Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Bobby Fong, President of Butler University

Hiram Fong, Former US Senator (HI)

Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States

Mazie Hirono, United State SEnator

J.D. Hokoyama, Former President and CEO for LEAP

Mike Honda, US Representative (CA-15)

David Henry Hwang, Playwright

James Hong, Actor

Daniel Dae Kim, Actor

Maxine Hong Kingston, Author

Yuri Kochiyama, Civil Rights Activist

Nancy Kwan, Actress

Him Mark Lai, Historian

Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee, USMC, Retired

Bill Lann Lee, Former Assistant US Attorney General for Civil Rights

Erika Lee, Author

Ginger Lew, Community Advocate

Gary Locke, United States Secretary of Commerce

Chris Lu, Former US Deputy Secretary

Grace Meng, US Congresswoman

Norman Mineta, Former US Secretary of Transportation

Patsy Mink, Former US Representative (HI)

Wataru Misaka, Former New York Knicks

Floyd Mori, National Executive Emeritus of the JACL

Mee Moua, Community Advocate

Karen Naraski, National Civil Rights and Human Rights Leader

Dr. Thang Dinh Nguyen, Executive Director of BPSOS

Sululagi Palega, Community Advocate

IM Pei, Architect

Janet Reno, Former US Attorney General

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, Tae Kwan Do Master

Donna Shalala, Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services

Eric Shinseki, General, US Armed Forces, Retired

Anna Sui, Fashion Designer

Betty Lee Sung, Asian American Studies Pioneer and Author

Ret. Major General Antonio Taguba, US Army

George Takei, Actor

Jose Antonio Vargas, Activist

K.L. Wang, OCA Founder

Ming-Na Wen, Actress

BD Wong, Actor

Tyrus Wong, Illustrator

Frank Wu, Professor and Author

Martin Yan, Chef

CN Yang, Nobel Laureate (Physics)

Gene Luen Yang, Illustrator

Phil Yu, Creator and Editor of Angry Asian Man

Helen Zia, Journalist, Author and Scholar