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Publisher Lily Chen is the daughter of Jay Chen (the founding publisher of Asian Fortune). After Jay's passing, Lily wanted to continue her father's legacy of providing a voice for the AAPI community and took over the publisher role.

Indian-American Teen Swetha Prabakaran is Selected for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Education Campaign


In final White House event, First Lady promotes diversity, higher education, empowering youth By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, January 6, 2017 – An outstanding Indian-American teenager, Swetha Prabakaran of Ashburn, Virginia, has been appointed to the inaugural Student Advisory Board of First Lady Michelle Obama’s education campaign, ‘Better Make Room’. Swetha, whose parents immigrated from Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli in 1998, …

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National Philharmonic Performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 With Award-Winning Chinese Pianist Haochen Zhang

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National Philharmonic Performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 With Award-Winning Chinese Pianist Haochen Zhang And Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major Both Conducted by Renowned Maestro Piotr Gajewski Bethesda, MD (January 3, 2017)—The National Philharmonic’s 2016-2017 season at The Music Center at Strathmore continues on the Chinese New Year with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Chinese gold medal …

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Sponsored Post: Notice of Settlement Agreement

As part of its ongoing commitment to its customers and its obligation under the D.C. Language Access Act, the D.C. Department of Human Services (“DHS”) Economic Security Administration (“ESA”) announces language access improvements in its city-wide ESA Service Centers.  If you are an ESA customer with limited or no English proficiency, you should expect to receive: Assistance from an in-person …

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Top Tips for Hosting an Online Meeting


Being the host or moderator of an online conference with a business video conferencing solution such as BlueJeans is very different from hosting a traditional meeting. While it is more convenient, it can still throw a person off if they aren’t used to it. When people aren’t in the same room together, it is easy for them to assume they …

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Want to Improve Conversions? Experiment with These 4 A/B Tests

Making progress with your eCommerce website involves a lot of testing. A/B testing is the most effective way to improve your website conversions to make more sales and revenue. With A/B testing, you compare two versions of a web page, pop-up, form, or other website element against each other to determine which performs the best. Since there are so many …

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Elation, Concern Greet Trump’s Asian American Cabinet Choices

By Jennie L. Ilustre President-elect Donald J. Trump announced in November he would nominate three American women of Asian descent to his 15-member Cabinet. His action and the choices he made got mixed reaction from Asian American leaders. Some elated leaders gave it a response akin to a high five, touting the triumph of talent and diversity. Others looked at …

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Filipino-American firm of Leuterio Thomas A Big Part of $1.4B MGM Resort Design Team


By Jennie L. Ilustre When the $1.4-billion MGM National Harbor casino and international resort formally opened on Dec. 8 amid a lot of fanfare in Maryland, MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren thanked the people that made it happen, including minority businessowners in the area. One of these entrepreneurs is Hedy Leuterio Thomas, president and CEO of Leuterio …

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Standard Wait List Opening

On December 1, 2016 WinnResidential is opening the Wait Lists for Atlantic Terrace, Atlantic Gardens, and Southern Hills for Efficiency, 1, 2, and 3 Bedroom Apartments.  This includes wait lists for apartments that are accessible to people with mobility impairments (Wheelchair Accessible) and people with hearing or visual impairments.  Applications can be printed beginning 11/29/16 at 10:00 am at www.liveatlanticterrace.com …

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OCA Denounces ‘Muslim Registry’ and Appeal to Japanese Incarceration During WWII


WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates denounced the plan to institute a “Muslim registry” and the appeal to the unconstitutional Japanese American incarceration during WWII as a possible grounds for justification of the registry. This Wednesday on Fox News, Carl Higbie spoke out in favor of a “Muslim registry” that would maintain a list of Muslim immigrants …

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Online Trading for Beginners: Start Trading Forex on platforms like Xtrade Today

Forex traders have one goal:profiting from the change in value of one currency against another. They do this by basing their investment decisions on which way they think forex prices will fluctuate in the future. For example, if the US Dollar is expected to go down in value in relation to the EUR, a forex trader would sell their US …

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Need to Hold an Urgent Meeting? Here’s How to Make It Effective

Having to hold an urgent meeting is often chaotic, since time is short and urgency is often necessitated without prior warning. This is why we are here to help you with some great tips on how to make your urgent meetings effective, so as to save time and ensure your business can maintain its high standard of performance.   A …

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Donald Trump: India and the US “are going to be best friends”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressing the anti-terror rally organized by the Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC) in Edison, New Jersey. Seen at right is Shalabh Kumar, founder and chairman of RHC

GOP White House hopeful calls Prime Minister Modi a “great man” at anti-terror rally in New Jersey By Geeta Goindi Edison, New Jersey, October 15, 2016 – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pledged that India-US ties will reach a new high if he wins the election. Addressing a sizable gathering at the spacious New Jersey Convention and Expo Center …

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Stamp Commemorating Diwali is Issued by US Postal Service

Elaborate Ceremony at Indian Consulate in New York Marks the Release of Diwali Stamp By Geeta Goindi New York, October 5, 2016 – A commemorative Diwali stamp issued by the United States Postal Service (USPS) was released today at an elaborate ceremony held at the Indian Consulate in New York. The stamp has been launched well in time for Diwali, …

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Incumbents & First-Timers are among Asian Americans in the Nov. 8 Elections


By Jennie L. Ilustre On November 8, the nation will elect a new president. As exciting as that is, other candidates are also on the ballot. These include the candidates for vice president, all 435 incumbent members of the US House of Representatives, and 34 of the 100-member US Senate. Incumbents running for reelection, as well as first-timers from both …

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APIAVote is Appalled by Offensive Fox News Segment on Chinese American Voters

Washington, DC — Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) is appalled by the recent “Watters’ World” segment on The O’Reilly Factor on Chinese American voters. The segment exploited Asian American stereotypes and exemplified the very issue of China-bashing the report supposedly sought to assess. This racist and derogatory segment damages Chinese American and Asian American communities and exacerbates negative stereotypes …

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Keeping Employees Engaged During Online IT Meetings

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Keeping employees on the ball during meetings can be a big challenge, especially for IT professionals who are used to moving from one task to the next very quickly. Whether you’re a trouble shooting technician or a network administrator, dealing with IT in any role is life in the business fast lane. Therefore, it can be particularly difficult to keep …

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China Town Hall, Local Connections, National Reflections


Register HERE Join us for the 10th Annual CHINA Town Hall! The event will include a catered reception, a local address & discussion, “Where Is the U.S.-China Relationship Headed — Why?” by Dr. Lampton in person, and a nationwide webcast featuring Dr. Kissinger. Registration fees are $20 for students & members and $30 for non-members if paid byOctober 11th, 2016. For payments & registrations …

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Fifth Annual ‘Mela Teeyan Teej’ Draws Over 800 Women and Girls in Washington Area

Women, clad in colorful attire, at the fifth annual Mela Teeyan Teej organized by Moni Gill (seated in front) of Punjabi Women Culture Association

By Geeta Goindi Oakton, VA, August 6, 2016 – The fifth edition of Mela Teeyan Teej, a popular festival for ladies, organized by Moni Gill of Punjabi Women Culture Association (PWCA), in the Washington area, was a resounding success. The annual event drew over 800 women and girls, clad in colorful attire, to the Oakton High School on a hot …

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How to Know if Your Swag Will Resonate


  When you attend a trade show, you are likely going to see many booths offering unique giveaway items or sweepstakes-style contests to help build their brand. Many companies will set their expectations too high and assume that just providing some cool gear for information will set them up for the success they want. This isn’t always the case as …

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Tips for Family Budgeting 


If your family is growing, you’re probably thinking about ways to save money. It’s estimated that the cost of raising children has grown 40% in the last decade. A statistic like that can be intimidating, but luckily, there are plenty of ways for families to save money. Here are some helpful budgeting tips for families.   Buy In Bulk Several …

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How the World Hears Vivaldi’s and Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons Via Italy, Argentina, and Korea

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World-Renowned Violinist Chee-Yun to Play Instrument Buried for 200 Years Bethesda, MD (August 12, 2016) — The National Philharmonic presents a weekend program that skips from hemisphere to hemisphere and explores how art inspires other works of art. Vivaldi’s most popular work The Four Seasons is paired with Astor Piazzolla’s Argentinian homage, Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of …

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Book Reviews: Children Books with an Asian Twist

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By Amanda Andrei The All About Asia series is the children’s version of a folklore handbook, a user-friendly encyclopedia, a DIY manual for experiencing an Asian country’s culture from a youth’s point of view. We explored All About China by Allison “Aixin” Branscombe and illustrated by Lin Wang, All About Japan by Willamarie Moore and illustrated by Kazumi Wilds, and …

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US Lawmakers Partake in Sikh Tradition of ‘Langar’ on Capitol Hill

Scenes from 'Langar on the Hill', a free community meal for all in the Sikh tradition, co-sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Congressman Mike Honda and organized by SALDEF's SikhLEAD Class of 2016

Over 500 Attend Third Annual Event by SALDEF’s SikhLEAD Interns By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, July 6, 2016 – It is among the most heart-warming events hosted by US lawmakers: ‘Langar on the Hill’, sharing and partaking in a community meal in a spirit of equality, harmony and selfless service! The third edition of the exceedingly popular event led by …

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Third DC Chinese Film Festival


3rd DC Chinese Film Festival Judges Announced Academy Award and Berlin International Film Festival winners to join festival as judges   (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the DC Chinese Film Festival (DCCFF) announced the lineup of judges for its 3rd bi-annual film festival in September. This year’s distinguished panel will feature representatives from the American and Chinese entertainment industries, including Russell Williams …

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