On September 13th, the 1882 Foundation’s very own¬†Curriculum & Education Director Ting-yi Oei was honored as the Virginia Asian Advisory Board‘s Community Leader of the Year. The award recognized Ting-yi’s contributions and dedication to honoring the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, officially recognized by the state of Virginia on May 10th, 2019.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Ting-Yi Oei. Photo by Peter Gur

Ting-yi was nominated by Ted Gong, our executive director, to honor his work done through 1882 as Curriculum & Education Director with education programming and workshops throughout Virginia public schools to help spread Asian American awareness and bring underrepresented Chinese American histories to light. Ting-yi’s 20 years of teaching middle and high school social studies in Virginia public schools and his dedication to serving the Asian American cause beyond that make him more than well-deserving of this honor. Congratulations, Ting-yi! See more about this honor here.

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