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