Friday, Oct 21, 2016
6 PM – 10 PM


Galleria Building
San Francisco Design Center
101 Henry Adams St
San Francisco, CA 94103


Yi-Hui Chen
Program Development Office
(415) 364-8567


Gala 2016 Emcee: Rick Quan

Rick Quan

Rick Quan is a two-time Emmy award winner and the first Chinese American television sportscaster in the country. He currently works part time at ABC7 San Francisco as a fill-in sports anchor and as the field reporter for the station’s “After the Game” college football show. Before then he worked at the CBS affiliate in San Francisco. Rick has been recognized for his work by the Associated Press, the Radio TV News Directors Association, and the Peninsula Press Club.

Rick also runs his own video production company and has produced videos for the Chinese Historical Society, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, and McDonald’s. He will soon be releasing a documentary on the life of legendary dancer Dorothy Toy Fong. He also operates asianamericansports.com, a website devoted to profiling Asian American athletes.

Rick has always believed it’s important to be active in the community. He has emceed and worked with dozens of Bay area organizations. In 2000, the Northern California Arthritis Foundation named him Media Person of the year, in 2008, the Chinese American Political Association presented him with their Community Achievement Award and in 2013, the Organization of Chinese Americans recognized him for being a pioneer in the broadcasting field.

Gala 2016 Emcee: Kathy Park

Kathy Park

Kathy Park is a weekend evening anchor and general assignment reporter for KCRA 3 in Sacramento. Since arriving to the golden state in July 2014, she has covered major breaking news stories both in the field and on the anchor desk, including the King Fire and the Napa earthquake.

Before moving west, Kathy was based in our nation’s capital at WJLA/NewsChannel 8. During her time there, she reported on many high profile events including both inaugurations for President Barack Obama, the Navy Yard shooting, and the blizzard of 2010, which earned her an Emmy nomination.

Kathy started her career in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia at WCYB/Fox Tri-Cities. She is a native of the DC-metro region, and graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland. As an undergrad, she reported for the school’s award-winning Capital News Service.

One of her first opportunities in a local newsroom was at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, where she worked as a Meredith-Cronkite fellow.

Outside of work, Kathy enjoys volunteering and is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She is excited to call Sacramento her new home, and loves exploring the area — especially anywhere near the water.

Keynote Speakers

Gala 2016 Keynote Speaker: Wai-Yan Sandy Chau

Wai-Yan Sandy Chau

Mr. Wai-Yan Sandy Chau has been active in IT business investments since 1997. From 1992 to 1997 he was the CEO of one of the largest and most diversified listed construction and real estate firms in Taiwan. Mr. Chau began his career as head of a consulting firm for start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was the founding president of the influential Asian American Manufacturing Association (AAMA) in Silicon Valley in 1979, and in 1977 started Universal Semiconductor in San Jose, California. Since 1984, he has been actively involved in various real estate projects in the U.S. and Far East countries. Mr. Chau also has been an active investor in several companies including: Achievo, Viador, Servgate, Photonify, EnReach, and Televigation.

He has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA.

Gala 2016 Keynote Speaker: Lisa Q. Fetterman

Lisa Q. Fetterman

Lisa Q. Fetterman is the founder and CEO of Nomiku, the first home sous vide immersion circulator machine on the market. Lisa has been featured in Wired, MAKE, and Forbes, and was named on both Forbes and Zagat Survey’s 30 Under 30 lists for her pioneering work in the food space. Lisa has worked at some of the top restaurants in the country including Babbo and Jean-Georges in New York and Saison in San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco where she and her husband-co-founder have brought manufacturing back to the states with their new WiFi-Nomiku device.

Special Guests

Gala 2016 Special Guest: Comedian Kabir Singh

Kabir Singh

Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh is one of the fastest rising comedians in the nation. Fresh off his “Comedy Central” Debut on the hit comedy show “Gabriel Iglesias’s Stand-Up Revolution, and his work on the hit Fox TV show “The Family Guy”, “Kabir is A high-energy, crowd-pleasing comic with an in-your-face attitude and razor-sharp wit, Kabeezy’s won numerous comedy competitions, including winning the 2014 “SF International Comedy Competition” by coming in first place in all 5 shows in the Final Round which was the first time that has happened in It’s rich 39 year history which included past competitors like Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Louis CK, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Doug Stanhope, Sinbad and Dane Cook.

Gala 2016 Special Guest: Miss Asian Global & Miss Asian American Pageant 2016

Miss Asian Global & Miss Asian American Pageant 2016

Founded by Rose Chung, the Miss Asian America Pageant has been the premier event in Asian American community for the past two decades and the longest running Asian American pageant in the United States. From the humble beginnings in 1985 with the Asian American Arts Festival, their event has expanded to an internationally recognized event with regional competitions nationwide.

Celebrating “Beauty, Elegance, and Culture,” the Miss Asian America Pageant is proud to have contributed thousands to community causes and continues to be one of the largest scholarship providers for Asian American women nationwide. Proceeds from the event have been donated to Asian Perinatal Advocates, a nationally recognized child abuse/domestic violence prevention program and most recently, all event merchandise sales have benefited the Stanford University Asian Liver Center in an effort to fight Hepatitis B in the Asian American community.

AACA Scholarships

Ying Zeng - Gala 2016 AACA Scholarship Receipient

Ying Zeng

My name is Ying Zeng, a senior from George Washington High School in San Francisco. I am currently applying for college and planning to major in accounting. I will use this money to help pay for college books that will be needed in my many years to come. Knowing that I can add another $1,000 dollars for my college payment lets me relax a bit and encourages me a lot. Thank you Asian American Contractors Association 2016 Scholarship!

Mai Sinada - Gala 2016 AACA Scholarship Receipient

Mai Sinada

I am a senior at Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School, who is a tenacious student and advocate for female empowerment and Muslim acceptance. I am one who believes in the power of education and how it will drive me forward towards success. I hope to join the STEM field and become an inspiration to Muslim girls, to let them know that they hold and control the keys to their education.


Speaker Videos

Lisa Q. Fetterman
Kabir Singh

Previous Galas

2015 Gala
2014 Gala