DVA 2016

By: Dr.Irawan

The 2016 Diversity Visionary Awards (2016 DVA) is a celebration in May commemorating Asian Pacific

92bf9c42-107d-471f-a0bc-0e03042400a2American Heritage Month. It was held at South Coast Plaza at their Carousel Court on Saturday May

21st, 2016, 11:00am to 3:00pm.

This event brings together multi-cultural organizations, community sponsors, partners and supporters

honoring and celebrating diversity and recognizing individuals for their work in diverse communities.

South Coast Plaza continues their support of the Diversity Visionary Awards and the partnered

organizations to make this event happen every year.

2016 DVA is recognized through the Pacific Trade and Culture Alliance (PTCA) as it spearheads this

annual event together with this year's Community Sponsors:  The Friends of Thailand International

Network (FOTIN), the Hong Kong Association of Southern California (HKASC), the Indonesian American

Business Council (IABC), the Korean American Chamber of Commerce (KACCOC), the Pride of Thailand,

the Asian Pacific Cultural Foundation (APCF), the Vietnamese Community of Orange County (VNCOC),

and the STC Foundation (STC).  This year's Corporate Sponsors are Integrity Escrow, Perfection Foods

and UNITI Bank.  This year's Community Partners are:  the China U.S. Business Association, Little Saigon

TV, National Association of Asian American Professionals – Orange County, the Philippine Cultural Center

of America, Inc., and the Vietnamese Photographic Society of California.

The Mistress and Master of Ceremonies were Leyna Nguyen, KCAL 9 TV News Anchor; and Derrick

Nguyen, Esq.

This year DVA 2016 gave a legendary Musician Award to I Nyoman Wenten , A.A. He is a Professor of

Music of Bali. PhD. Ethnomusicology, UCLA. He is known not only for his work in traditional Indonesian

music and dance, but also for his creative East-West Fusion of composition and performance work.

Wenten complemented his traditional training with formal study, graduating first from Bali’s

Conservatory of Music (Kokar), then later from National Music and Dance Academy in Yogyakarta,

Central Java. He also holds a master’s degree from CalArt’s and a doctorate in ethnomusicology from

UCLA. ( DI / IM )

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