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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.

Advocates Urge Congress To Pass 2017 Dream Act


By Jennie L. Ilustre Advocates are urging Congress to approve the 2017 DREAM Act, introduced last July 20 by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina, and Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat from Illinois, in the 115th U.S. Congress. The bipartisan bill seeks to provide legal status, as well as a pathway to citizenship, to undocumented children or minors raised and …

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Indian-American Lawmakers Kamala Harris, Ami Bera Co-Sponsor Fourth Annual Langar on Capitol Hill

Democratic Congressman Ami Bera of California is flanked by SikhLEAD interns and leaders of SALDEF at the fourth annual Langar on Capitol Hill

SALDEF’s SikhLEAD class of 2017 raises 10,000 dollars, packages 500 meals for the needy By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, July 25, 2017 – The fourth annual Langar on Capitol Hill was co-sponsored by Indian-American lawmakers, Senator Kamala Harris and Congressman Ami Bera, both Democrats of California, and drew over 200 attendees on a Monday evening.  The event was held ahead …

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Conferred with Inaugural Zee Entertainment National Leadership Award

Ajit Pai (left), the first ever Indian-American to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is presented the inaugural Zee Entertainment National Leadership Award by Amit Goenka, CEO of International Broadcast Business, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), at a reception on Capitol Hill

Pai is the first ever Indian-American to head the Federal Communications Commission By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, July 17, 2017 – Ajit Varadaraj Pai, the first ever Indian-American to lead the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was conferred with the inaugural Zee Entertainment National Leadership Award at a special event on Capitol Hill. The 44-year-old Republican attorney was appointed to the …

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Continue DACA, Asian American Advocates Urge President Trump

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Asian American advocates are urging President Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, following administration announcement in mid-June that the program remains in effect pending review, while permanently ending the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). DACA, began in 2012 through an Executive Order by President Obama, allows adults who entered the …

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Indian-American Girl Ananya Vinay Crowned Champion of National Spelling Bee


Indian-origin children have won the iconic competition for ten consecutive years By Geeta Goindi National Harbor, Maryland, June 1, 2017 – In one of the most riveting contests, a young Indian-American girl, Ananya Vinay, 12, of California, has been crowned champion of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee.  It’s a historic triumph: for ten consecutive years, Indian-American children have won …

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Book Review – Explore some graphic novels this summer!

By Amanda Andrei   Touch upon the history, folklore, and tenets of Buddhism and Zen with Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat’s Dharma Delight, or take a tour of Japan, either through the eyes of Christine Mari Inzer’s Diary of a Tokyo Teen or Florent Chavouet’s Tokyo on Foot.   Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide to Buddhism and Zen …

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Jogger’s Heal treated by Chinese Traditional Medicine


Sponsored Content   Plantar fasciitis is also known as jogger’s heel and pretty common among the mid-aged people. It also occurs in younger people like athletes who run more specially jumper and runners. The clinical symptoms include pain in the heel and bottom of the foot brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin. The pain …

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Five Drivers of Export Opportunity: U.S. Building Products and Green Building


Sponsored Content   The vibrant global trend seeking a greener built environment will help create some $46 billion in export opportunity for a group of U.S. building product manufacturers by 2017, according to new report Top Markets, Building Products and Sustainable Construction from the International Trade Administration. U.S. manufacturers of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment (HVACR), lighting, plumbing, insulation, wood …

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Celebration and Resistance Mark APA Heritage Month

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  By Jennie L. Ilustre Ever wonder why the month of May was chosen to celebrate Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month? May honors two historic milestones: The arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in May 1843, and also the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869. In 1978, the U.S. Congress established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week through a …

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Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris Keynotes 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon to Promote Political Empowerment of Women

Senator Kamala Harris (Democrat - California), the first Indian-American elected to the upper chamber of the US Congress, delivering the keynote address at the 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon, inspiring the next generation of women leaders

Senator Harris credits her Indian grandmother and mother for being her role models at NDI event By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, May 5, 2017 – Senator Kamala Harris, the first ever Indian-American elected to the upper chamber of Congress, delivered the keynote address at the 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon held in the nation’s capital to inspire the next generation …

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Incarceration Documentary Featured at Asian American Student Conference

By Floyd Mori The recently completed 11th Annual New York City Asian American Student Conference (NYCAASC) held at New York University presented a documentary film by Brett Kodama. The short film titled One-Two-One-Seven features Brett’s grandmother, Sharon Shizuko Okazaki Kodama. She tells the story of what happened to her family after the start of World War II. The documentary is …

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Georgetown EHLS Program Currently Seeking Linguistic Scholars – Deadline 7/17/17

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Sponsored Content The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) is a program in professional English for speakers of critical languages. The National Security Education Program (NSEP) which funds the program, seeks to broaden the pool of individuals (our scholars) with languages and cultural expertise who are interested in long-term employment with the U.S. government and specifically with agencies involved in …

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2017 Santa Fe

The award-winning Hyundai Santa Fe lineup continues to dramatically improve for the 2017 model year. The improvements span everything from fresh exterior design and LED lighting signatures to additional infotainment, convenience and safety technologies and new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings. For 2017, in order to meet increased market demand, production of the two-row Santa Fe …

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WinnResidential Wait list Opening! Come Check Us Out!

  On May 11th, 2017 WinnResidential is opening the Wait Lists for Atlantic Terrace, Atlantic Gardens, and Southern Hills for 2 and 3 Bedroom Standard Apartments. The wait lists for 1, 2, and 3 Bedroom Apartments that are accessible to people with mobility impairments (Wheelchair Accessible) and people with hearing or visual impairments will also be open.  Due to the …

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid: America’s Most Sophisticated, Powerful and Fuel Efficient Midsize Hybrid Sedan

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

America’s best-selling midsize sedan bolsters its resume for 2016 with the arrival of the restyled and reengineered 2017 Accord Hybrid, America’s most powerful and fuel-efficient midsize hybrid sedan, launching today at Honda dealerships nationwide. Featuring an advanced second-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain, the 2017 Accord Hybrid delivers a knock-out combination of power, fuel efficiency and standard high-tech feature content with peak …

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2016 Honda Accord


For nearly four decades, the Accord has set the benchmark for vehicles in the midsize sedan class, historically the most popular class of vehicle with American car buyers. Accord is widely recognized as a segment-defining product, delivering class-leading interior space and superior ergonomics along with outstanding fuel efficiency, refined and responsive driving dynamics and top-class safety performance. As one important …

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2017 KIA CADENZA – Second-Generation Cadenza Boasts Luxury Refinements with Expressive Styling, Advanced Technology, and Refined Powertrain

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The all-new 2017 Cadenza arrives to market with higher levels of luxury, technology and convenience than its predecessor, and it comes wrapped in a beautiful, bold design inspired by the simplicity of the straight line.  The second-generation Cadenza boasts a stronger body structure and powertrain enhancements along with a more engaging driving experience than before. “The new Cadenza adds an …

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Wins Wards 10 Best Interior Award and Autotrader’s “Must Test Drive’ Award

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Mazda CX-9 is the epitome of having your cake and eating it, too. It’s a vehicle that caters to families with seating for seven, offers all-weather capability thanks to its optional predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive and carries class-leading fuel-efficiency ratings, courtesy of its innovative SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine. And it’s a statement for the Mazda brand as a whole, winning numerous accolades …

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APA Organizations Urge Probe, Boycott of UA for Using ‘Excessive Force’ in Removing Passenger

David Dao

By Jennie L. Ilustre Asian Pacific American (APA) organizations, outraged over the “use of excessive force” in the removal of Vietnamese American (initially thought to be Chinese American) passenger, identified by the media as Dr. David Dao, 69, from a United Airlines plane on April 9, are demanding: 1) a thorough investigation of the incident; 2) accountability on the part …

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UA 3411: On Being a Randomly Picked Asian

Dr. Dao being dragged off flight 3411

by Andrew Lam (New American Media) In America, when a source of authority says it randomly singles you out, you should always be wary. On Monday, video surfaced of a Vietnamese American, David Dao, being forcefully dragged from a United Airlines flight departing Chicago for Louisville, Kentucky. Dao, 69, had allegedly refused to voluntarily give up his seat on the …

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2017 KIA SOUL TURBO – Best Car for Families and Best Car for the Money

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It’s hard to make something great even better, but Kia did when it added a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine to one of its best-selling, most-iconic and most beloved vehicles. Fans of the Soul had long lobbied for a little more zip in their favorite ride and the 2017 Soul Exclaim didn’t disappoint when it was revealed to media today.     …

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Celebrate Asian art with your kids this season with Adventures in Asian Art: An Afternoon at the Museum, calligraphy, and origami!

By Amanda Andrei     Adventures in Asian Art: An Afternoon at the Museum by Sue DiCicco (with Deborah Clearwaters and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco) follows three young children and their mother as they explore over fifty artworks and artifacts from San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Each page is a fabulous spread with a photograph of an …

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National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Responds to President Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) National Director Christopher Kang issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s address to Congress: Tonight, President Trump’s address started with an essential response to recent hate crimes, including the shooting in Olathe, Kansas, that targeted two Indian Americans and repeated anti-Semitic threats and vandalism:  “We are a country that stands united in …

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CAPAC Reissues Meeting Request with President Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of the recent resignation of over two-thirds of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) sent a letter to President Trump requesting that he meet with Members of CAPAC. This follows a letter that Chair Chu sent on November 23, 2016 …

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