Honoring Harrison Lim on the Occasion of His 80Th Birthdayby Senator Nancy Pelosi
Posted on 2016-01-08
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 8, 2016
Ms. PELOSI. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to pay tribute to a great
community leader and dear friend, Harrison Lim, on the occasion of his
80th birthday and 50th wedding anniversary. I join his family and
friends, City officials, Chinese family associations and service
organizations to honor and thank him for 45 years of extraordinary
leadership, vision, and enormous generosity to the Chinese American
community of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Through the numerous organizations he has founded and guided, he has represented and served the political, economic and charitable needs of Chinese Americans living in the Bay Area. Today's Chinese American community is bright, vibrant, hopeful and prosperous, thanks to champions such as Harrison Lim.
Harrison Lim immigrated to the United States in 1970, and since that time has devoted himself to helping newcomer families transition to their new homeland and pursue the American Dream.
Harrison founded two essential nonprofit social service agencies in California, one in San Francisco and one in San Jose, to help new immigrants adjust to a new culture and achieve success.
The first agency, Charity Cultural Services Center, was established in 1983 in San Francisco to help Chinese immigrants learn English and gain skills to become independent and thrive in their new community. It has provided immigration and naturalization services, cooking and carpentry job training and placement, tutoring programs with San Francisco high schools and much more. Before retiring in 1998, Harrison purchased a building in the heart of Chinatown as a permanent home for this nonprofit agency.
The second nonprofit agency, Cross-Cultural Community Services Center, was established in 1991 in San Jose. Staff worked with the City of San Jose and 14 elementary schools to provide tutoring and afterschool activities for African American, Southeast Asian, Hispanic and Chinese American students to help them achieve academic success.
Mr. Lim has won numerous awards during his career, including: Unsung Hero Award by KQED Channel 9 and the Examiner Newspaper--1995; Community Hero Award by the San Francisco Foundation--2001; Community Hero Award by the World Journal--2004; Most distinguished alumni for Chinese University of Hong Kong's 50th Anniversary--2013; Outstanding Volunteer Award from President Barack Obama--2015.
Harrison remains active on the board of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. For the past 30 years, he has helped the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the United Way fundraise for 12 agencies in Chinatown, such as the YMCA, YWCA, Chinese Hospital and Self Help for the Elderly. He has also been recognized for his leadership in establishing the Chinatown Campus of San Francisco City College.
I have been honored by our longstanding friendship and wish to thank his wife, Margaret, his daughters, Artina and Rosana, and his sons, Jackson and Samson, for sharing their extraordinary husband and father with us.