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March 10, 2000

Ryan Names Asian American Advisory Council

CHICAGO-Governor George H. Ryan today announced the creation of the Governor's Asian American Advisory Council, which will serve as an advisory board to the governor on all matters relating to the Asian American population in Illinois.

"The Asian American community has played a significant role in the business, cultural and educational areas of our state," Ryan said. "This Council will address the specific interests of Asian Americans in the State of Illinois."

Illinois' rapidly growing Asian American community now has a population of nearly 400,000.

The Council will act as a liaison to Asian American organizations and make appropriate recommendations to the Governor on matters affecting the welfare of the Asian American population. The Council will also work to keep the Asian American community informed, through public information and outreach efforts, of the wide range of services offered by the state.

The Council is comprised of thirty-three members. The communities they represent include Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Pakistani, Thai and Vietnamese.

Until a chair can be elected, Dr. Sakhawat Hussain is serving as the interim chair for the Council.

"The committee is the eyes and ears of the Asian American community," Dr. Hussain said. "We are looking forward to working with the Governor."

Ryan demonstrated his commitment to diversity in state government on October 12, 1999, when he signed Executive Order #15. The order directs several state agencies to develop a recruitment plan to reach all populations during efforts to fill vacancies.

A list of council members is attached.

Governor's Asian American Advisory Council

Mr. Leon C. Lim
Founding Member
Cambodian Professional Society of Illinois

Mr. Arthur Wong
Chinese American Service League

Ms. Bernarda Wong
Executive Director
Chinese American Service League

Mr. Chun-Wah Chan
Past Chairman
Asian American Coalition

Mr. John Lai
Chinese American Republican League

Mr. Leonard Louie
Board of Director
Chinese American Development Corporation

Ms. Ming-Ming Tong
Account Representative

Ms. Nancy Tom
Center for Asian Arts in Media

Ms. Lourdes Mon
Past Chairman
Asian American Coalition

Dr. Vince Battung
Filipino Amercian Council of Chicago

Mr. Edilberto Ortiz
Board Member
Philippine Cert. Public Account Foundation

Dr. Bansi Sharma
Vice President
Geeta Ashram of Chicago

Mr. Mathew Olickal
State Chairman
India American Forum for Political Education

Mr. Prem Lalvani
Alliance of Sindhi Association

Mr. Rajinder Mago
Past President
Sikh American Heritage Organization

Ms. Anne Schipper
Indonesian American Association

Ms. Christine Takada
Executive Director
Asian American Alliance

Ms. Cathy Wang
Minority Immigrants Female Enterprise Council

Ms. Cha-Hee Lee Stanfield
Board Member
Korean American Women's Association

Mr. Inchul Choi
Executive Director
Korean American Community Services

Mr. Jay Jung II Kim
Vice President
Korean Broadcasting Inc.

Mr. Kenny Kim
Korean American Merchants Association

Ms. San O
South East Asian Center

Ms. Suzy Kang
Korean American Society

Ms. Younghee Kang
Board Member
Korean Women's Association of Chicago

Dr. Mohammed Arian
National Pakistan American Professional and Cultural Organization

Dr. Sakhawat Hussain
Past President
Pakistani American Congress

Dr. Tariq Butt
Mayor's Asian American Advisory Council

Ms. Smita Shah
City of Chicago

Dr. Pipit Chiemmongkoltip
Founding Member
Thai Physicians Association of America

Dr. Sagul Tonsiengsom
Past Board Member
Thai Association of Illinois

Ms. Suchitra Surapiboonchai
Board Member
Thai Association of Illinois

Dr. Ho Luong Tran
Vietnamese American Community of Illinois


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