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OCA-Greater Los Angeles Honors State Controller Betty T. Yee, Comedienne Jenny Yang and the 626 Night Market at the 24th Annual Image Awards
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 6, 2015) – OCA-Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA), an organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is honoring State Controller Betty T. Yee (Trailblazer Award), Comedienne Jenny Yang (Rising Star Award) and the 626 Night Market (Business Impact Award) at the 24th Annual Image Awards on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.
State Controller Betty T. Yee
Only the tenth woman in California history to be elected to statewide office, Betty T. Yee was sworn in as State Controller in January 2015. As the Golden State’s chief fiscal officer, she is responsible for crucial accounting, auditing, disbursement, and other fiscal oversight and reporting for the seventh largest economy in the world.
Betty has long been committed to supporting women and others from diverse communities who pursue careers in public service. She has volunteered for organizations that provide leadership training and mentoring including the National Women’s Political Caucus, California Women Lead, and EMILY’s List. Betty also cofounded the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project to expose California high school youth to the public service, public policy, and political arenas.
Jenny Yang is a writer, stand-up comedian, the producer of the first-ever (mostly) female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/orient/ed Comedy, and the force behind viral Buzzfeed videos “If Asians Said the Stuff White People Say” and the “Ask An Asian” video series.
Before her start in comedy, Jenny dedicated herself to the Los Angeles labor movement, graduated top of her class in political science at Swarthmore College, and was a PPIA Fellow for a Master’s in urban planning at UCLA.
As a co-producer and performer of Dis/orient/ed Comedy, Jenny has independently produced nearly forty live, standup comedy shows since July 2012, successfully selling out theaters and comedy venues throughout the country. Her work and commentary have appeared in media outlets including National Public Radio, NBC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Pivot TV’s Take Part Live, Bitch Magazine, Colorlines, Racialicious, AdWeek, and AngryAsianMan.com. Dubbed one of Los Angeles’ “most fascinating people of 2015,” Jenny brilliantly melds social commentary and high-energy entertainment, educating us, inspiring us, and most importantly, giving us a reason to laugh.
626 Night Market
Inspired by the night markets of Asia, 626 Night Market is the original and largest Asian-themed night market in the United States. Originally on one street block in Pasadena in 2012, 626 Night Market has found its new home at Santa Anita Park, spread to the OC and Downtown LA, and spawned others across the country. It now averages over 80,000 people per event and features hundreds of food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in one jam-packed weekend of festivities that appeals to all ages. 626 Night Market has combined the best of the 626 and Greater Los Angeles, united and empowered the community by serving as a platform for showcasing local entrepreneurs, businesses, artists, and talent, and of course, given us another reason to eat and to celebrate the Asian Pacific American community with a large cup of boba.
“With over 250 corporate, civic, and community leaders in attendance, we thank our members, sponsors, and volunteers for helping us honor those who have contributed immensely to the APA community in Los Angeles. It is our hope that through OCA-GLA’s Image Awards, we can encourage more organizations, corporations, and community members to give back and to inspire future leadership,” said OCA-GLA president Lawrence Joe.
This year’s sponsors for the 24th Annual Image Awards are Champion Sponsor Verizon; Advocate Sponsor Northrop Grumman; and Community Sponsors City National Bank, Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhey & Bermdz LLP, InterTrend Communications, IW Group and Reed Smith. In-kind donations are provided by Huy Fong Foods, Inc. and AFC Soy Foods.
In addition to the Image Awards, OCA-GLA’s other programs include internships; the Civil Rights Fellowship; community service projects; leadership development events; industry panels; education forums on issues such as hate crimes, immigration and healthcare; and voter education programs.
OCA-GLA’s 24th Annual Image Awards will take place on Friday, Oct. 9 at Ocean Star Seafood in Monterey Park. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.oca-gla.org.
Founded in 1973, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. For more information on OCA please go to: www.oca-gla.org and www.ocanational.org.