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

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.

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!