This report would not have been possible without the participation of community leaders who serve the Orange County Asian American & Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. We would like to thank the following interviewees for sharing their invaluable time and expertise:
Ellen Ahn, executive director of Korean Community Services
Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter (CAIR-LA)
Shikha Bhatnagar, executive director of the South Asian Network
Mary Anne Foo, founder and executive director of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
Jei Garlitos, principal and coordinator of Alternative Education with the Anaheim Union High School District
Caroline Hahn, past president of the Orange County Korean American Bar Association
Naz Hamid, parent in Irvine; ran for the local school board
Ken Inouye, former chair of the Orange County Human Relations Commission; past president of the national Japanese American Citizens League
Charles Kim, cofounder and first executive director of the Korean American Coalition
Eduardo Lee, cofounder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco
Michael Matsuda, superintendent of the Anaheim Union High School District; founding member of the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
Tam Nguyen, former president of the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce; owner of Advance Beauty College; former president of the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) Alumni Association
Tricia Nguyen, CEO of Southland Integrated Services, formerly known as the Vietnamese Community of Orange County (VNCOC)
Jonathan Paik, Orange County director of the Korean Resource Center
Jane Pang, cofounder and board member of Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP)
Victor Pang, cofounder of Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP)
Vattana Peong, executive director of The Cambodian Family
Edwin Tiongson, project director of ELEVATE AAPI (Equitable Learning Experience Valuing Achievement, Transfer and Empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) at Irvine Valley College
Audrey Yamagata-Noji, vice president of Student Services at Mount San Antonio College; served on the Santa Ana School Board for 25 years; volunteer with Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP)
Cyril Yu, former president and current board member of the South Coast Chinese Cultural Association; senior deputy district attorney at the Orange County District Attorney’s office; ran for the Irvine School Board
We would also like to acknowledge the exceptional staff at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Orange County & Los Angeles, who led the project management, drafting of policy recommendations, and editing of this report: Sylvia Kim, Orange County Regional Director; Katelyn Ogawa, Orange County Policy Coordinator; Karin Wang, Vice President of Programs & Communications.
We would also like to thank the following Asian Americans Advancing Justice staff for their input and support: Randy M. Bunnao, Communications Director; Heng Foong, Senior Policy Manager- Health Access Project; Nicole Gon Ochi, Supervising Attorney – Impact Litigation; Laboni Hoq, Litigation Director; Daniel Ichinose, Project Director – Demographic Research Project; Jessica Jinn, Communications Manager; Deanna Kitamura, Project Director – Voting Rights; Doreena Wong, Project Director – Health Access Project.
Lastly, a special thanks to our volunteer transcribers Joshua Chiu, Nicholas Colell, Nisha Kashyap, Megan Kim, Amanda Ong, Jean Park, Alexander Pequinota, and Gloria Yang.