History

AACI History

Forty years ago, 12 residents of Silicon Valley gathered in living rooms, kitchens, and at dinner tables to voice discontent and share common concerns about their experiences as Asian Americans. This small group of community leaders founded an organization committed to the belief that diverse members of the euphemistically labeled “Quiet Minority” could unite, that their individual experiences and strengths could combine to create a single voice, and that with this voice they could assert the rights and advocate for the betterment and well-being of all Asian Americans. Thus, Asian Americans for Community Involvement was born, with official incorporation on November 27, 1973.
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The Original Twelve (founding members)

Jeanette Arakawa
Mari Chan
Robert Kam
Edward Kawazoe
Leo Lowe
Eimi Okano
Paul Sakamoto, Ph.D.
Nilo Sarmiento
Allan Seid, M.D.
Paul Wong
Victor Wong
Connie Young Yu
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Founding Board of Directors 1973

Jeanette Arakawa
Mari Chan
Michael Honda
Robert Kam
Edward Kawazoe
Grace Kubota
Emory Lee
Victor Li
Leo Lowe
Eimi Okano
Russell Pow
Paul Sakamoto, Ph.D.
Nilo Sarmiento
Allan Seid, M.D.
Helen Tao
Paul Wong
Victor Wong
Terry Yep
Connie Young Yu