Assemblymember Kansen Chu Recognizes San Jose’s Own Sharon Yuhsiang Yang as Woman of the Year
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 12, 2018 - CONTACT: John Nam (916) 319-2025
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D – San Jose) today honored Sharon Yuhsiang Yang of San Jose as Woman of the Year for Assembly District 25.
“Every year, I have the privilege to celebrate the achievements of an extraordinary woman from our Assembly District,” said Chu. “For 2018, I couldn’t think of a better person than Sharon Yuhsiang Yang. She holds a strong passion for community service and has devoted time teaching hundreds of children during the weekend at Chinese language schools in the South Bay. Sharon is a true embodiment of an individual who cares deeply for her community and I am delighted to recognize her as our Woman of the Year.”
Sharon graduated from Feng Chia University in Taichung, Taiwan with a degree in international business. After working in Taiwan for a few years, she immigrated to Los Angeles in 1985. Shortly after, she met and married Joe Yang. They moved to San Jose where they had two children, Steve and Grace in 1987 and 1990 respectively.
In 1992, Sharon happened upon a charity organization called the Tzu Chi Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian organization started by a Buddhist nun, Master Cheng Yen, in Taiwan that aims to help anyone in need regardless of creed or background. The teachings of Master Cheng Yen deeply touched Sharon and ignited her passion to help others. In the past 25 years, Sharon has been involved in various projects as a Tzu Chi volunteer including visits to nursing homes and senior centers, working at food banks, initiating local recycling programs, serving hot meals at family shelters, providing haircuts to people experiencing homelessness, and providing local disaster relief. Although much of her own personal resources were spent, Sharon never complained or sought recognition. She humbly helped those in need with a smile.
Sharon also holds a great passion for education. She taught abacus and mental math calculation at weekend Chinese language schools for 20 years. In 1998, she began regularly working one-on-one with a child with autism. This led to her bringing a group of teenage Tzu Chi volunteers to spend time with special education children every Saturday from 1999 to 2007 at Friends of Children with Special Needs. During that time, she also began working as a paraeducator for children with special needs in 2005 under the Santa Clara Office of Education, where she currently works.
Assemblymember Kansen Chu represents the 25th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara and San Jose.