Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on Monday, May 9 honored 28 young Asian American leaders from throughout Illinois for their leadership and service to the community. In addition to the individual honors, Munger presented the 3rd Annual John Vietnam Nguyen Asian American Youth Leadership Award to the Khmer Support Giving Circle Chicago. A rising community leader from the Uptown neighborhood, Nguyen was in his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin in 2012 when he drowned after saving the life of another student. In 2014, he became the first Vietnamese-American honored with a street name in Chicago.
Held to coincide with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the program featured performances by SoriBeat (Youth Pungmul Program & Ensemble Presented by Global Pungmul Institute), the Chinese Mutual Aid AssociationLotus Flower Dancers, and Chicago singer-songwriter MER. In addition, Comptroller Munger and Judy Hsu ABC7 provided remarks.