2014 Asian American Heroes of Colorado
Now in our 6th year, we honor deserving members of the Asian American community, the unsung heroes, the shining stars, the selfless...
Elevating Colorado's Asian communities through cultural exchange since 2009.
May 21, 2022
Happy Living and Wellness Center
Congratulations to the 2022 Asian American Hero of Colorado Awardees!
Co-Founder & CEO, Asian Girls Ignite
Chair, Colorado Asian Pacific United
Commissioner, Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission
Dr. William Wei
State Historian, History Colorado
Boardmember, Colorado Asian Pacific United
History Professor, University of Colorado
Chief Executive Officer, Sakura Square LLC
Executive Director, Sakura Foundation
Community Grantmaking Committee, Rose Community Foundation
Mimi Luong Ye
Co-owner, Truong An Gifts in Far East Center
Founder, Sweetest Day CO
Owner & Managing Attorney, Primera Law Group
President-Elect, Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Commissioner, Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission
Legal Counsel, Asian Real Estate Association of Greater Denver
Young Hero Award: Alyssa Nilemo
Executive Director, Asian Chamber Foundation of Colorado
Dharma School Superintendent, Denver Buddhist Temple
Mirai Generations Leadership Program Graduate, Sakura Foundation
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Sumiko Tanaka Hennessy
Founding boardmember and former Executive Director, Asian Pacific Development Center
Co-founder, Asian Chamber of Commerce
Co-founder, Crossroads for Social Work (for mental health professionals in Japan and the U.S.)
Former boardmember, Women's Foundation of Colorado
The Asian American Heroes of Colorado Awards Ceremony was established in 2009
to recognize deserving Asian Americans in Colorado, who are unsung heroes that
selflessly reach out to help those around them. Nominations are submitted at the
beginning of each year. In April, a selection committee comprised of Asian-American
organization representatives select the award recipients. In May, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Asian American Heroes of Colorado are featured in Asian Avenue magazine and recognized at the Awards Ceremony.
From 2009-2020, 70 community leaders and volunteers have been awarded. See the list of past recipients.
Each award recipient will be presented an award and be featured in the May cover story of Asian Avenue magazine. There are two special awards: Lifetime Achievement Award and Young Hero Award (under age 35).