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AAPA Fall Seminar: Unconventional Career Paths

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10185 North Stelling Road

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Unconventional Career Paths: A night with Chef Chu, Karen van Putten, Rick Sung, and Carl Shan

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The Asian American Parents Association is very happy to present our fall seminar for this year, Unconventional Careers. We have a great group of panelists who will share some of their insights into their own and their children's career paths, whether that be in food, in Hollywood, in education, law enforcement, or entrepreneurship. We are very excited for you to join us on October 24!

Chef Lawrence Chu, Founder of Chef Chu's and Father of Crazy Rich Asians Director Jon M. Chu

Chef Chu's eponymous restaurant needs no introduction. Founded in 1970, it has had such distinguished clientele as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jerry Yang, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Serena Williams, Jeremy Lin, and Justin Bieber. A Los Altos icon, his personality, friendliness, and dedication to service have delighted many generations of patrons.

His youngest son, Jon M. Chu took his passions to Hollywood, where he has become one of the directors to watch, directing such box office hits as GI Joe: Retaliation, Now You See Me 2, and Crazy Rich Asians. We are all excited to hear what parenting advice Chef Chu has for us.

Karen van Putten, Principal, Argonaut Elementary School

Karen (Pang) van Putten is in her 26th year of K-12 public school education with a passion for literacy and social and emotional learning. She is in her fourth year serving as principal of Argonaut Elementary, recognized as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School, located in Saratoga. Prior to transitioning to the K-5 world, Karen served as principal at San Lorenzo Valley High School in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she lived and entered administration at Fremont High School, as an assistant principal. Karen taught all levels of English at Saratoga High School and West Ottawa High School where she began her teaching career in Holland, Michigan, after graduating from Hope College with her BA in English and Sociology and Secondary Teaching Credential. She earned her MA from the Urban High School Leadership program at San Jose State University, fully funded through a community endowment established for Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District teachers to pursue higher education. Karen has recently joined the AAPI, Asian American Pacific Islander Educators Network of Santa Clara County where she hopes to partner with other Asian American educators to help give voice and strengthen our collective identity in Silicon Valley. Through her work, she has been able to travel to the Amazon Rainforest, Machu Picchu, China, Canada, and all over the United States. Karen enjoys stand up paddling on the ocean, competes in paddleboard races and gives workshops for student groups and adults, teaching them about growth mindset, mindfulness and goal setting through the sport. Karen balances her professional life as an educator and as a single mom of one daughter, a freshman at Los Gatos High School, who keeps her young at heart and humble.

Rick Sung, Undersheriff at Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff

Undersheriff Rick Sung was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. His family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Santa Clara County in 1987 when he was a teenager. Undersheriff Sung holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University.

After his undergraduate studies, Undersheriff Sung was recruited by a Silicon Valley based high-tech company where he worked in Sales, Marketing and Purchasing. After a few more years in high-tech, he decided to be his own boss, opening and running a series of restaurants prior to joining the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 in order to pursue his true calling. Undersheriff Sung worked in Patrol, Investigations, Court Security, and as the Public Information Officer. As a Captain, he served as Commander of the Headquarters Patrol Division and the West Valley Patrol Division where he oversaw law enforcement services to the cities of Cupertino, Saratoga and Los Altos Hills.

In August 2016, Undersheriff Sung was promoted to the rank of Assistant Sheriff over the Support Services Bureau overseeing Personnel, Training and Compliance, and Court Security as well as the Captains assigned to Stanford University and Valley Medical Center.

Undersheriff Sung was appointed to his current position in July 2018. He graduated from the FBI’s National Academy, Class 265.

Carl Shan, Entrepreneur, Teacher, and Data Scientist

Carl Shan is a Bay Area native. He attended Miller Middle School and Lynbrook High followed by a statistics degree at UC Berkeley. He started his career as a data scientist before making an unusual career transition: leaving his job to work as a high school teacher in the Bay Area for 3 years. He has since recently moved back into the private industry and currently works as a Senior Data Scientist at LinkedIn.

He also co-founded an education program called Orenda Academy that coaches teens on self-awareness, mental health, motivation and setting goals. His workshops for parents on how to communicate with their teens have been attended by over 500 Bay Area families.

About the Asian American Parents Association

The Asian American Parents Association was established in 1995 to help engage the Asian American parent community and provide a bridge to the bigger Cupertino area school communities including Cupertino Union School District and Fremont Unified High School District. In that time we have become a leading voice for the Asian American parent community and a leading philanthropic organization, granting several thousand dollars every year to teachers to help make their visions for their students come true and sponsoring an annual essay contest.

This event is free and open to the public, but we would really appreciate any donations. AAPA is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible.

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