One organization and three individuals were honored by The University of Texas at Austin for their outstanding efforts forging new paths for Asians and Asian Americans in Central Texas and for their outstanding contributions to their communities.
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin hosted the Community Leadership Awards event in partnership with the Center for Asian American Studies and the Texas Exes Asian American Alumni Network. The event was held on April 30 at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on campus. The University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers and Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Dr. Gregory J. Vincent congratulated the honorees and spoke about the benefits partnerships such as those established with the community leaders.
From left to right: Bill Powers, president, The University of Texas at Austin;Tommy Hodinh; Lucia Hur, TACC; Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, The University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Foo Swasdee; David Chi; Dr. Madeline Hsu, director of the Center for Asian American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin; and Sam Bakir, TACC.
The Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce (TACC) was honored with the Community Partnership Award for its work supporting business development in Central Texas since 1996 and for its foundation which provides scholarships for Asian American students. Tommy Hodinh and Dr. Foo Swasdee were each honored with the Community Leadership Circle Award and David Chiu received the Legacy Award. Hodinh is chairman and CEO of MagRabbit, a successful global software and supply chain management services provider that he started more than 20 years ago. Dr. Swasdee owns Satay Restaurant and is the founder of Asia Food Fest, which attracts 1,500 visitors each year. She has been active in the TACC and in its foundation, leading relief efforts for the 2004 tsunami and the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Chiu has been a businessman in San Marcos, Texas, since 1971 and has served as mayor of that city. He currently serves on the San Marcos CISD school board and has been active promoting and encouraging businesses throughout Central Texas.
Dr. Vincent said, “It was indeed an honor to host the third annual Community Leadership Awards recognizing the valuable community partnerships and contributions Asian Americans have made in Central Texas. As one of the fastest growing populations in Austin, Asian Americans continue to play a lead role in economic growth and workforce development.”