Dr. Sophie Wong, a pioneer of Chinese political participation in Southern California, honored with the “American Chinese Community Service Lifetime Achievement Award”

Los Angeles, CA (July 8, 2022) – Dr. Sophie Wong, a pioneer of Chinese political participation in Southern California, co-founder of the Southern California Elected Officials Association, and former chairman of the Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education, was awarded the 2022 “American Chinese Community Service Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of her service to Chinese in the past decades. The unremitting and fruitful contributions made by the community. The non-profit organization All America Chinese Youth Federation and the Los Angeles Post, which awarded the award, also announced that the 2022 “American Chinese Culture Overseas Inheritance Lifetime Achievement Award” will be awarded to Southern California Culture. Celebrity and founder of Evergreen Books, Mr. Liu Bing, commended him for his outstanding contributions and outstanding achievements in inheriting Chinese culture overseas for more than half a century. The winner of the 2022 “Chinese Culture and Art Outstanding Achievement Award” is the Chinese Calligraphers Association Qi Hanyou, member, member of the presidium of Shandong Calligraphers Association and director of the Creation Committee, professor-level researcher, was awarded the award for his outstanding achievements in calligraphy art creation and his research achievements in calligraphy art and creation.

Dr. Sophie Wong was originally from Hanchuan, Hubei. Hier father was a famous preacher in Chongqing during the Anti-Japanese War. He initiated the establishment of the National Christian College Students Association. After immigrating to the United States, he became a famous preacher in the Chinese community in the United States. After Dr. Sophie Wong immigrated to the United States from Singapore with her parents and family in 1956, she has been living in Monterey Park since 1961. She has a special passion for service and dedication due to being well-educated. After being elected to the Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education in 1990, she served as the chairwoman of the school district board of education, and retired in 2002 after being re-elected to the school district board of education for twelve years. Dr. Sophie Wong is also the founder of the Alhambra School District Education Foundation, the founder of the Human Relations Advisory Committee, and the founder of the Alhambra School District Asian American Association.

In 1986 and 1996, Dr. Sophie Wong was elected to the White House Small Business Conference twice. Named one of the “Top Ten Emerging Leaders in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley” by the Los Angeles Business Journal in December 1997. Appointed by the Governor of California in 2005 to the Board of Directors of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board. Dr. Sophie Wong is also a co-founder/board member (former chairwoman of the board) of Golden Security Bank. President/Founder, West San Gabriel Valley Chapter, Lincoln Club of Los Angeles County; President/Founder, Asian American Republican Women’s Federation.

Dr. Sophie Wong (Right)

Whether as a Chinese-American female politician, educator, or entrepreneur, Dr. Sophie Wong has been hailed by the mainstream society as a role model for Chinese people to work hard in the United States. Her concern and enthusiastic support for the new generation of Chinese also shows her vision and expectations for the development of the Chinese community. At present, her active participation and support can still be seen in many important activities in the mainstream society and the Chinese community in Southern California.

According to the organizer, there is only one winner for each of the three important awards this year. The contributions and achievements of the winners are the best candidates for this year, which ensures the seriousness of the awards and the wide influence of the selection results. . These awards are to thank and commend those who have made outstanding achievements in the overseas inheritance of Chinese culture, service to the Chinese community, and creation of Chinese culture and art, to show the American mainstream society the Chinese elites who have made outstanding contributions to the international community, and to let the mainstream people pass the Their deeds and achievements understand the beauty of Chinese culture; at the same time, they promote and strengthen the full confidence of the Chinese community and the new generation of Chinese in Chinese culture.

This year’s selection was won by U.S. Representatives Young Kim and Michelle Steel, as well as California Treasurer Fiona Ma, California Senator Josh Newman, California Representative Mike Fong and Los Angeles County Executive Commissioner Janice Hahn, elected officials at all levels, sent congratulations to the winners, fully affirming the outstanding achievements and contributions made by the winners in their respective fields.

The winners over the years include well-known Chinese social activists such as March Fong Eu, Anna Chennault, Florence Fang, Lily Chen, Betty Tom Chu, as well as internationally renowned collectors and contemporary artists such as Wan-go H.C. Weng, Wu Huan, Qiu Guangping, etc. . In 2012, when Li Haifeng, then director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China, led a delegation to visit San Francisco, he witnessed the All-China Youth Federation presenting Fang Li Bangqin the Lifetime Achievement Award and took a group photo.

According to reports, the All-China Youth Federation started to set up annual selections across the United States such as the “Top Ten Chinese Outstanding Youths in the United States” and the “American Youth Elites Under 30” since 15 years ago. At the same time, the winners of the annual “Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award” are selected. The annual selection is held during the Asian Pacific American Cultural Heritage Month in May each year. These annual awards have their own strict selection criteria and a total of only three per year. To the limit of five winners, there is only one winner for each award. From March every year, celebrities from all walks of life propose candidates, and no contact with candidates is required during the nomination and selection process. After fifteen years of accumulation, these awards have become the most influential and professional Chinese authoritative awards in mainstream American society during the annual “Asia Pacific American Heritage Month”. 

All America Youth Federation started to set up annual selections across the United States such as the “Top Ten Chinese Outstanding Youths in the United States” and the “American Youth Elites Under 30” since 15 years ago. At the same time, the winners of the annual “Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award” are selected. The annual selection is held during the Asian Pacific American Cultural Heritage Month in May each year. These annual awards have their own strict selection criteria and a total of only three per year. To the limit of five winners, there is only one winner for each award. From March every year, celebrities from all walks of life propose candidates, and no contact with candidates is required during the nomination and selection process. After fifteen years of accumulation, these awards have become the most influential and professional Chinese authoritative awards in mainstream American society during the annual “Asia Pacific American Heritage Month”.