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— On Monday, June 13, 2016, Abraham Lincoln High School graduate, Adriana Meza Gonzalez, was selected as the recipient of this year’s Andrus Opportunity Award along with $5,000 to help her pay for her education. The award is named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who served as principal of Lincoln High from 1916 to 1944. At the end of the summer of 2013, at a gala event marking the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln High School, AARP officially announced the funding …

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— AARP is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Hero Awards that were created to acknowledge the hardworking staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations serving AAPIs age 50-plus. “We’re proud to recognize Julie, Shiao-Lin, Dongwoo ‘Joe’ for their outstanding contributions and dedication to our seniors,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Multicultural Leadership, Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience Strategy. “They tirelessly devote their time, talents, and passion to provide an invaluable service to our community. We hope …

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— SACRAMENTO – Today, AARP applauded the vote on the Senate Floor passing the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Act (Senate Bill 1234) introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León into the Assembly. AARP strongly supports SB 1234, which, if passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Brown, would create an auto-enrolled, supplemental retirement savings program for more than 7 million private sector workers in California who do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their …

AARP’s Caregiving: The Circle of Love follows three family caregivers: former educator Elizabeth Chun, MSNBC Anchor Richard Lui and AARP Historian Emerita Lily Liu.

— Join us on June 21st at the University of San Francisco’s Xavier Auditorium to celebrate the launch of AARP’s new documentary CAREGIVING: THE CIRCLE OF LOVE. AARP created this short film in partnership with Executive Producer Toan Lam to help families start the often difficult but vital conversation about caregiving. The film presents the traditions and challenges of caregiving in the Chinese American community from the point of view of three family caregivers. The program will include a discussion about …

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—   Join us at the Aging Summit 2016, an event organized by the Health and Human Services Agency of San Diego County and Live Well San Diego to explore livable communities and healthy aging. During this Aging Summit, San Diego County will receive a certificate acknowledging its enrollment in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities which recognizes its commitment to becoming an age-friendly community. Members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities are part of a global network of communities …

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— By Gil Asakawa The West Coast’s version of Ellis Island, where European immigrants were processed and welcomed to the United States, was Angel Island, a military fort in San Francisco Bay that was converted to serve as an immigration station. Most European immigrants – like the ones at Ellis Island – and travelers with the means to have a first- or second-class ticket were sent straight from incoming ships to San Francisco. But immigrants from places like Russia, Mexico and …

Christin Evans, right, owner of the Booksmith in San Francisco, supports the state savings proposal. Photo by BeckCK Diefenbach

— By Laura Mecoy The Booksmith’s 12 employees are like many other retail workers in San Francisco: They are more worried about paying their sky-high rents than saving for retirement, owner Christin Evans said. So while Evans wanted to provide a retirement savings plan, she said she couldn’t justify the cost and administrative burden of creating one for the bookstore’s workers. Now Evans is looking forward to the adoption of state legislation that would implement the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings …

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— By Gil Asakawa Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have often been virtually invisible in Hollywood, but it’s getting better. Most people probably will recognize actors such as John Cho or Lucy Liu, and AAPI actors are much more common today on TV. But Asian American are still seldom in lead movie roles, and each year there are controversies over Hollywood studios casting white actors to play Asian roles, a practice known as “whitewashing.” Older movie fans can probably remember the …

AARP State President Patricia Pérez (second from left:) welcomes  Councilmember David Ryu (left), Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis (second from right) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) to AARP's Age-Friendly Network.

— Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Hilda Solis, Chair of the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, held a joint press conference on May 18 to  announce details of  “Purposeful Aging: An Age Friendly Initiative,” an endeavor that seeks to establish the Los Angeles region as one of the most age-friendly  in the world, and ensure a better future for residents of all ages. A cornerstone of this initiative is the joint admission of both the City and …

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—   By Gil Asakawa Norman Mineta has a talent that’s perfectly suited for politics: He has an amazing memory for peoples’ names, faces and the last time he met them, even if that was years ago. But that’s not the only reason he’s been a successful lawmaker at various levels including the President’s Cabinet. Mineta was born in 1931 in San Jose, California but during World War II was incarcerated with his family at Heart Mountain, Wyoming in a concentration …