Unity Dinner

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Vichet Chhuon, University of Minnesota

Award Presentations:

Silent Auction and Cash Bar throughout the night
Featuring exciting items up for bid including kung fu and tai chi lessons, rock climbing, dining experiences, and family getaways

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Rates of $55 for students and those facing financial difficulty available!

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Please see highlights from our 2018 Unity Dinner below

Thursday, May 3, 2018



6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Boston University
Metcalf Hall at George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

The Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission (AAC) celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and our 12th anniversary as the only permanent state government organization advocating exclusively for and on behalf of the Massachussetts AAPI communities, at our annual Unity Dinner event, on Thursday May 3, 2018. The Unity Dinner centered around #RepresentASIAN and highlighted the extraordinary work of AAPI individuals and organizations in the Commonwealth through three award categories: Leadership for Inclusion & Diversity, Lifetime Achivement, and Community Hero.

The AAC would like to thank everyone who’s attended the event and the support they’ve given to the AAC’s mission. As the sole fundraising event the AAC holds, the AAC is grateful to the following sponsors: Eastern Bank, South Cove Community Health Center, Tai Tung Realty, Tai Tung PharmacyEast Boston Savings bank, East West Bank, Asian American Civic Association (AACA), Bunker Hill Community College, Chinatown Main Street (Boston), Element Care, Korean American Citizen’s League of New EnglandTufts Medical CenterJoslin Diabetes Center, Harvard HR & Association of Harvard Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff, Asian Community Development Corporation, BU Arts Initiative, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation USA, Five College Consortium, John Hancock Investments, Que Shing Chinese Opera Group, Mount Holyoke CBL Program, UMass Department of History, Massachusetts Society of ProfessorsUMass Amherst, Law Offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates, UMass Civic Engagement & Service-Learning, UMass Lowell Center for Asian American Studies, and Wheelock Family Theatre.

Congratulations and to our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College.  Thank you for welcoming remarks by Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasury, Massachusetts State Auditor, Suzanne Bump, MA AAPI Legislative Caucus Tackey Chan for State Representative (representing the AAPI State House of Representatives Legislative Caucus – Rady Mom, Keiko Orrall, Paul Schmid, Donald Wong), a video greeting by Governor Charlie Baker, and a wonderful citation presented by Ed Flynn for Boston City Council.

The AAC appreciates the participation at the Unity Dinner of numerous government officials and international diplomats: Deputy Consul General of People’s Republic of China Zhao Yumin, Consulate General of Japan Rokuichiro Michii, Consul General of the Republic of Korea Yonghyon Kim, Honorary Consul General of Nepal Pralhad KC, Director General – Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston Douglas Hsu, State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, State Senator Dean A. Tran, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham, Executive Director of the Office of Refugees and Immigrants Mary Truong, City Councilor of Lynn Hong Net, City Councilor of Lowell (and former Mayor of Lowell) Rodney Elliott, City Councilor-Ward Four of Malden Ryan J. O’Malley, City Councilor-at-Large of Malden Stephen P. Winslow.

The AAC is grateful for the wonderful community of supporters, and we look forward to continuing and advancing our work, with more partnerships and collaborations, in forthcoming months, to advocate for the state’s AAPI communities and individuals.

Thank you to our press partners for covering the 2018 Unity Dinner.

Sampan – Asian American Commission Celebrates Diversity at Unity Dinner

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Please see below for more captures from this year’s Unity Dinner.

Thank you to our photographer, Sokpagna Chuon for capturing highlights from the night.


Thank you Governor Baker for your proclamation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Presented on behalf of the Commission by Tackey Chan, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the MA Asian-American Caucus.

Dr. Richard Chu, Five College Associate Professor of History,  received the Community Hero Award: Professor Chu’s research focuses on the history of the Chinese and Chinese mestizos in the Philippines and the different Chinese diasporic communities in the world, centering on issues of ethnicity, gender, and nationalism.

Wheelock Family Theatre received the Leadership for Inclusion & Diversity Award’ for its commitment to diversity, accessibility, youth education, and professional development. The Wheelock Family Theatre’s work helps provide an experience for any and all families with its multicultural and inclusive productions.

Ranjani Saigal received the Lifetime Achievement Award – An education technology expert, Ranjani Saigal has helped oversee the introduction of various technology teaching programs and course management platforms at MIT. She is currently the executive director of Ekal Vidyalaya, non-profit organization involved in education and village development in rural areas of India. 

Keynote Speaker: Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College.

Event Emcee, Commissioner, Dr. Elisa Choi, faculty at Harvard Medical School and the first female Asian American Governor-Elect of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians

Event Emcee, Commissioner, Dr. Mabel Lam, former President of the Massachusetts Psychological Association  and Co-Chair & Co-Founder Jasmine Asian Women Giving Circles

photo of Loan Dao

Event Emcee, Commissioner, Dr. Loan Dao, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and Transnational Cultural and Community Studies at UMass Boston

Twelth Annual Unity Dinner