Ernest Nagamatsu

Ernest T Nagamatsu

Meet Ernest Nagamatsu, a 2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Heroes Nominee

Title: Doctor/Community Service
Organization: JACC and Bhutan Foundation
Website : (as a race car driver)

"Dr. Nagamatsu is a Renaissance man who consistently gives to the community. Most recently he initiated the first memorial day in Los Angeles honoring the tragedy in Hiroshima during WWII. Multi-faith leaders including Tibetan monks, Buddhist priests, Muslims and other religious leaders plus survivors of the bombing came together in a spiritual gathering in August 2013." Paula Brynen, Director of Corporate Sponsorship, KCETLink


  • A dentist by trade who sends his patients artwork and spiritual sayings after each visit

  • An artist and photographer

  • Founder of annual multi-faith Hiroshima Memorial Day in Los Angeles

  • A race car owner and driver of the famous Old Yeller

  • With his son, wrote the first Bhutanese cook book which won Best in the World for Asian Cuisine by Gourmand Cookbooks in Paris, France. All profits were given to the Bhutan Foundation


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