Thanksgiving has just passed and a new year dawns. It’s time to reflect and give thanks for all of our opportunities and good fortune. Hopefully, we do what we can to make the lives of others a bit brighter.
As Asian Pacific Americans we have a lot to be thankful for. We live in a unique time in American history, where our contributions are now being recognized and the Asian Pacific region plays an increasingly key role in the global economy. APAs, in particular, are well positioned to help lead America by building meaningful partnerships with Asian Pacific countries.
U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke is a shining example of a Chinese-American who can be a role model both in his native country and his ancestral country. Both the U.S. and China can celebrate and be proud of Ambassador Locke. With his recent resignation, we hope that President Obama can once again appoint a Chinese American to such a prominent and important role on the world stage.
As global citizens, like the butterfly who flutters its wings and affects the environment halfway around the globe, we have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters throughout the world no matter where they reside. Our hearts go out to the thousands of victims of Typhoon Haiyan. We are all touched and affected by the human suffering on such a grand scale. As an Asian Pacific American of Filipino decent, I and my friends and co-workers are directly impacted by the suffering and loss of loved ones, friends, family and our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.
Imprenta is a Tagalog and Spanish word for “imprint,” as we hope to make an imprint and positive impact on our community and beyond. Hence we are contributing $5,000 to the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort, through the GK1World Foundation, one of the Philippines’ most trusted organizations. Our good friend, the Honorable Rob Bonta, the first Filipino American elected to the California State Legislature, is spearheading this relief effort.
Donations can be made by check to: “GK-USA,” c/o Tony Olaes, CEO & Chairman of the Board, GK1World Foundation, 13860 Stowe Drive, Poway, CA 92064. GK USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in California with Tax ID 35-2361640 www.gk1world.com