In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Nevada Republican Party honored 15 Asian Pacific Americans (APA) Republican community leaders on Tuesday, May 24. Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison delivered the keynote speech at the reception.
Among the honorees was Filipino-American Sonny Vinuya, president of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce and vice president of Nevada State Bank for Small Business Development.
“I am a Republican because I value conservatism and believe in hard work and faith. The values that our conservative founding fathers shared are the reason why America is the greatest country in the world. I believe in Republican values such as small government; less government spending and holding people accountable. Life is about working hard and holding yourself accountable,” Vinuya said.
Another Fil-Am, Nanette Bailey, was also honored. Bailey, the assistant principal at Smith Ridge Elementary School in Washoe County, Nevada, said, “My parents moved to the United States from the Philippines because of their belief that this is the land of opportunity. They impressed upon their children that this is the greatest country in the world and that my siblings and I could do or be anything if we focused and worked hard. After visiting various countries around the world, it was clear that we, indeed, had unparalleled options for our futures. The Republican Party claims that ‘We are the party of independent individuals and the institutions they create – families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods – to advance their ideals and make real their dreams.’ which aligns seamlessly with the values I had learned growing up, and the values I continue to hold.”
Also honored were: Ana Wood of the Asian American Chamber Commerce; Derek Uehara, president of Uehara Financial Group, LLC; Cheryl Lau, commissioner for Commission on Professional Standards in Education; Mei Herbert, president of International Goodwill Ambassador Inner Circle; Pauline Lee, a community leader and retired lawyer; William Wong, owner of WGW Enterprises, Inc. dba McDonald’s; Pearl Kim, co-owner of North Pointe Dental; James Yu, founder and president of James Yu CPA; Dr. Chen Young, optometrist and president of Optic Gallery; Gloria McComas, vice president of East West Bank; Julie Hereford, former president of Tai-Pan International Inc.; Marianne Blaha, president for The Foundation Assisting Seniors and founder of Sun City Anthem International Culture Connections Club; and Michelle Chan, CPA and owner of Chen Accounting Group.
This reception is part of the Republican Party’s ongoing year-round engagement with Nevadans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, and was held to commemorate the many contributions members of the APA community have made to the party and the great state of Nevada.