ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH 2021



May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We are so pleased to be collaborating with the Asian Business Association San Diego to share stories of Asian and Pacific Islander businesses in San Diego County. These businesses have a rich heritage and have significantly shaped the history of our region and nation.

For the entire month of May, the San Diego Business Journal is dedicating a special section in each issue to share and tell their inspiring stories. Business owners will also be recognized on Thursday May 20th, 2021. The San Diego Business Journal and the Asian Business Association San Diego will present the 2021 Asian Pacific Islander Businesses of the Year Awards, as well as a panel discussion on celebrating, uniting, and creating change in the San Diego region.

We hope these stories and virtual event will not only inform but build an increasing awareness of the Asian Pacific Islander Business community.

Visit www.sdbj.com/2021_Asian_Businesses_Awards/ for more information about SDBJ's Asian Pacific Islander Businesses of the Year Awards in association with the Asian Business Association San Diego.

See below the incredible stories of AAPI-owned business in San Diego.


Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs - Week V

SDBJ is collaborating with the Asian Business Association San Diego throughout Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs - Week IV

SDBJ is collaborating with the Asian Business Association San Diego throughout Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Local Performing Artist Builds a Beacon of Hope

ARTS: Anjanette Maraya-Ramey Combines Art and Business Experience to Inspire Others

Anjanette Maraya-Ramey said she “escaped death twice” and the pandemic was yet another test of survival for her new business.

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Growing Strawberries and a Family Business with Each Generation

AGRICULTURE: Carlsbad’s Jimmy Ukegawa Reinvents His Farm Business

Jimmy Ukegawa jokes that he’s a farmer turned gardener — what was once a couple thousand acres of farmland off Canon Road has shrunk to a 25-acre family business.

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Dr. Allen Chan Serves the Community

RESTAURANTS: Jasmine Seafood Restaurant Founder Feeds and Fundraises

When Dr. Allen Chan opened Jasmine Seafood Restaurant in 1994, the initial drive for the then practicing chiropractor was simply his longtime desire to one day own and operate a food place.

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Designing a Different Path

ARCHITECTURE: Naveen Waney Was Always Interested in ‘How the Pieces Fit Together’

Naveen Waney’s parents expected him to go into the garment business. Instead, Waney became an architect.

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Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs - Week IV

SDBJ is collaborating with the Asian Business Association San Diego throughout Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs - Week III

SDBJ is collaborating with the Asian Business Association San Diego throughout Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Yi Chao's Journey Started With a $500 Loan

TECH: Seatrec at Forefront of Area Blue Technology Cluster

Yi Chao came to the United States in 1985 when he was 21-years-old with $500 of borrowed money in his pocket and a scholarship to graduate school at Princeton University.

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Wake Up, Make Ramen, Repeat

RESTAURANTS: Takashi Endo Goes to Great Lengths to Make Fresh Ramen at Menya Ultra

Every morning, Takashi Endo starts his day no later than 4 a.m. to make homemade ramen noodles. Sometimes he gets to the kitchen at 2 a.m.

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Advising and Elevating Prestige Brands

MEDIA: Joon S. Han Strategizes How to Bring Businesses into New Media

Joon S. Han has made his career out of advising businesses and sharing his insight with others. His newest venture, Trifecta New Media Group, launched this year with a goal of advising established brands on how to enter into new platforms from social media to podcasting.

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Sandwich Shop a Crossroads of Cultures Since 1974

RESTAURANTS: Garlic Rolls and Sourdough Bread Meet Southeast Asian Influences

Framed by an aluminum door frame, Angela Lopez serves customers from a table blocking the doorway of Sandwich Emporium in Bay Park.

Founder Shares Family’s Herbal Formulas

MANUFACTURING: JBK Wellness Labs Formulates Products for Other Brands

JBK Wellness Labs, a formulator and manufacturer of traditional East Asian herbs and medicines, is rooted in family tradition.

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Bennett Peji Puts Community Before Self

NONPROFIT: Leader Advocates for Diversity in San Diego

Bennett Peji, has had a career-long focus on innovative design solutions, strategic brand marketing, and sustainable community engagement.

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