Nominations Being Taken for APA Heritage Awards

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San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Committee invite the public to submit nominations for the 2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards. The deadline is Thursday, March 10.

The annual awards ceremony is one of the main events of San Francisco’s official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month during the month of May. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Heritage, Celebrate Community Voices.”

The committee said that this year’s event “recognizes the tremendous role the media, traditional as well as news, plays in disseminating news and information about the Asian Pacific American community. These diverse forms of communication technologies offer opportunities for Asian Pacific Americans to be their own authors and reporters on local, national and international issues. And through their words and voices, we, as well as future generations, will be able to learn more about our community and connect with each other.”

Traditional media is defined as the form of communication and expression prior to the digital age and the advent of the Internet, including but not limited to television, analog radio and printed materials such as newspapers, books and magazines.

New media is defined as the form of communication and expression generally referred to as digital media, which includes publishing through the Internet. New media provides a completely new level of interactivity as well as sharing of experiences and information. Examples include but are not limited to micro-blogging, video content creation and posting (such as YouTube and Facebook).

The award categories are Emerging Leadership, Lifetime Achievement, and Community Impact. To submit a nomination form online, visit www.apiaheritagesf.org.

The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre at the War Memorial Veterans Building (across from San Francisco’s City Hall), 401 Van Ness. Admission to the ceremony and the reception that will follow is free.

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