On the eve of July 30, waves of applause could be heard from the AT&T auditorium located at the San Ramon Industrial Park. It was the CA Government 101 and Higher Education Forum in action, co-hosted by APAPA, DCA, UAAFA, and UBC, and sponsored by Sunset Development in San Ramon.
To start off, San Ramon Mayor Mr. Bill Clarkson gave the opening remark to welcome the guests and audience. His words were followed by a congratulatory speech by Mr. CC Yin (Founder of APAPA) as well as Mr. Albert Wong (Chairman of FCSN Foundation).
The CA Government 101 section of the seminar was given by California Controller Ms. Betty Yee. Ms.Yee has always been very involved with community work. A second generation immigrant in San Francisco, Ms.Yee has learned from her childhood experience and became passionate about getting involved in the Chinese community, and being the voice for those under-represented families. In this seminar, Ms. Yee systematically introduced to the audience the basic structure of the CA State government, the roles and responsibilities of each key position, as well as the relationship between these positions and the public that they serve. Most importantly, Ms.Yee urged everyone to actively exercise their right to this democratic society, which was to vote and to get your voice heard.
The second half of the seminar was taught by Dr. Ken Fong, on the CA Higher Education system and funding, more specifically about the State University system. In the forum, Dr. Ken Fong spent a great amount of time focusing the tuition and admission, subjects that were especially important to the Asian families. Dr. Ken Fong is a venture capitalist and the founder and chairman of the Kenson Venture LLC.
He is also the endowed professor at Stanford University as well as the Board Associate of the Whitehead Biomedical Institute at MIT. He was from 2006-2013, one of the Board of Trustees for CA State University system. While informative, Dr.Fong’s seminar was also filled with bursts of laughter from time to time.
The entire event was successfully concluded after about 2 hours, in a night of delightful moments and a wealth of valuable information about the CA government and the CA higher education institution system.