Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Award Recipients Announced

The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans has selected seven individuals who will be recognized this month for their contributions to Minnesota’s Asian Pacific community. 

This year’s award recipients are:

The Honorable Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung—Lifetime Service Award

Gregory J. Hugh—Outstanding Service Award

PaSee Yang—Outstanding Service Award

Ramon and Sara Puerto—Humanitarian Award

Phramaha Chamnian Bunma—Humanitarian Award

The Chinese American Chamber of Commerce—Frontline Worker Award

Dai Vue—Frontline Worker Award

After a hiatus of several years, this September’s award ceremony will bring together leaders from across Minnesota’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities for a celebration themed “Democracy in the Time of COVID.”

In a time marked by ongoing political division, public health and safety concerns, and bias toward Asian Pacific individuals, the Leadership Awards Dinner celebrates the many contributions made by Minnesota’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and the courage they have demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year’s award recipients are far and away the most outstanding individuals we have ever met,” said Council Board Chair Dave Hoang. “Their demonstrated service, humanitarianism, and bravery during the COVID-19 pandemic are a guiding light to us all, and a reminder of what leadership looks like.”

Awards will be presented at the Asian Pacific Leadership Awards Dinner on Friday, September 9 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430.

Attendees will hear from keynote speaker Sarah Lancaster, the 2022 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, as well as the award recipients and the Council.

The Council, an executive-branch non-cabinet state agency, works for the implementation of economic, social, legal, and political equality of Asian Pacific Minnesotans. The Council connects the work of the state and the Legislature to the needs and realities of Minnesota’s Asian Pacific ancestry communities.

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