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2018 Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival

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  Festival Date: May 19-20, 2018 Rain Date: June 16-17, 2018 Festival Location: Thompsons Boat Center 2900 Virginia Ave NW Washington, DC 20037 (202) 333-9543 The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival, now celebrating it’s 17th year, is a two day festival held along the Potomac River complete with cultural exhibitions, craft demonstrations, and of course… dragon boat racing. The event is sponsored …

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MOAPIA: DC Mayor Bowser’s AAPI Heritage Month Celebration!

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In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, please join Mayor Bowser for an exciting night featuring cultural performances by renowned AAPI artists, an awards ceremony, and more! Date: Monday, May 7, 2018 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM Location: Lincoln Theater (1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009) Closest metro: U Street Station (green/yellow line) The event is open to the public. Admission is free, …

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2018 ‘Jewels of Asia’ Chamber Awards Gala

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The Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Jewels of Asia’ Chamber Awards Gala will be held on May 10th, 2018 from 5:30p.m.-10:00p.m. at the Westwood Country Club to recognize individuals, small businesses, corporations, and non-profits that have made a significant impact, and contribution to the greater Northern Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia communities and the global communities. The event will feature …

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FAPAC welcomes Secretary Elaine L. Chao to the 2018 National Leadership Training Program! May 14, 2018- May 17, 2018

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The FAPAC 33rd National Leadership Training Program will be at the Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204 from May 14, 2018 – May 17, 2018. We will have educational workshops, informative plenaries, and programs for students and veterans. It is a transformative experience for attendees. If you have attended before, we want to welcome you back and share some exciting …

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Washington Performing Arts presents the return of Kronos Quartet featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man in “A Chinese Home” April 19 at 8 pm at GW Lisner Auditorium

Collaborative multimedia work is a powerful reflection on tradition and transition Washington, DC – The Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet returns to D.C. on April 19, 2018 with long–time collaborator Wu Man to perform their major collaborative work, A Chinese Home, at Lisner Auditorium, presented by Washington Performing Arts. The program was conceived by pipa virtuoso Wu Man, Kronos’ Artistic Director David …

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Four Leaders Honored by the Nation’s Only Asian Community Foundation that Serves Asian and Diverse Communities on Both Local and National Levels

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SEATTLE –The Robert Chinn Foundation announced today the 2018 class of inductees to the Asian Hall of Fame. The four new inductees include: Kourtney Kang, writer and producer of TV’s Fresh Off the Boat and How I Met Your Mother; Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians; Melissa Lee, host of Fast Money on CNBC; and Roy Yamaguchi, Chef/Founder of Roy’s, …

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Washington Performing Arts presents the D.C. premiere of a new program from Wu Man and The Huayin Shadow Puppet Band

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A rare and exhilarating experience of traditional Chinese culture, courtesy of some of China’s most celebrated artists, March 16 at GW Lisner Auditorium Washington, D.C. – One of the world’s foremost masters of the pipa (a Chinese lute), Wu Man takes the stage with China’s Huayin Shadow Puppet Band for a brand-new touring program at GW Lisner Auditorium on Friday, …

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Association for Asian Studies (AAS) 2018 Annual Conference – March 22-25, 2018

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The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference will take place March 22-25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Join over 3,300 attendees at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel, where the conference will offer 450 panel sessions, a Book Exhibition of 90 exhibitors from major publishing houses, Film Expo, receptions, professional networking opportunities, and more. The AAS is the largest Asian Studies …

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Mela Phulkari draws finest talents to famed India Habitat Centre in Delhi

At the fifth annual Mela Phulkari are seen from left to right: organizer Harinder Singh, co-founder of retail chain 1469; film director Imtiaz Ali; Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi; Sufi singer Rabbi Shergill; and co-emcee of the event RJ Jassi

Singers Rabbi Shergill, Gurmeet Bawa, Jasbir Jassi, director Imtiaz Ali, headline fifth annual Punjabi festival   By Geeta Goindi   New Delhi, February 14, 2018 — The resplendent art, culture and handicrafts of Punjab thrived at the fifth annual ‘Mela Phulkari’ drawing high-ranking government officials, exceptionally gifted artistes and a discerning audience to the lush and sprawling grounds of the …

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Fourth Diwali celebration in US Congress draws over 400 guests

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans and the first Hindu lawmaker elected to the House of Representatives, lighting the 'diya' (lamp) at the 2017 Diwali celebration on Capitol Hill

Twenty-three US lawmakers and three envoys address attendees in Senate office building By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, November 9, 2017 – Some two dozen US lawmakers, joined by three ambassadors, graced the fourth Diwali celebration in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room of the US Senate. Looking on were about 400 guests, mostly members of the Indian-American community and some Congressional …

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces the Re-Opening of the Terrace Theater October 6-November 5, 2017

Month-long Suite of Performances Led by Kennedy Center Artistic Partners Highlights Range and Versatility of Space Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Hip Hop Culture Q-Tip Kicks Off the Inaugural Hip Hop Season Alongside Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran in a One-Night-Only Collaboration, October 6 Artwork and Performances Pay Tribute to Japan Design Highlights Include Commissioned Work by Artist Dale …

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National Philharmonic Kicks Off the 2017-2018 Season with Star-Studded Opening Featuring Sarah Chang, Zuill Bailey, and Santiago Rodriguez Performing Classical Masterpieces

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Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. Featuring Instrument Petting Zoo Sunday, from 2-2:30 p.m. The National Philharmonic’s 2017-2018 season at The Music Center at Strathmore commences with star-studded performances by some of today’s most famous classical musicians. The concert on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m., will feature the famous former child prodigy …

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Ten-Day Ganesha Festival Draws Devotees to Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia

An awe-inspiring 20-foot Ganesha idol from Kolkata, India, is drawing devotees to a ten-day festival which opened August 25 at the Workhouse Arts Center in the Washington area

20-foot idol of Lord Ganesha, 1,000-pound Laddoo, fireworks among highlights of festival By Geeta Goindi Lorton, Virginia, August 25, 2017 – In one of the largest festivals of its kind in the national capital region, the Hindu god of beginnings, Ganesha, is at the heart and center of celebrations at the Workhouse Arts Center in the Washington area. The event …

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

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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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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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President Trump Condemns Kansas Shooting in First Major Address to Joint Session of US Congress

President Trump speaks to a joint session of the US Congress for the first time since being elected. Seen seated are his Vice President, Mike Pence (left), and House Speaker Paul Ryan (Republican - Wisconsin)

By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, February 28, 2017 – After nearly a week of stoic silence, President Trump has condemned the shooting in Olathe city, Kansas, which left one Indian engineer dead and two other men injured. Under fire for not speaking earlier, the president opened his first major address to both houses of the US Congress, Tuesday night, by …

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Award-Winning Chinese-American Pianist Eric Lu Performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with National Philharmonic at Strathmore, led by Piotr Gajewski concert also features Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor

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Bethesda, MD (February 27, 2017)—Chinese-American pianist Eric Lu joins the National Philharmonic, led by Maestro Piotr Gajewski, to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major on Saturday, April 1, at 8pm at the Music Center at Strathmore. The concert, showcasing the genius of Mozart, also features the humorous and satirical A Musical Joke and the popular Symphony No. …

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

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

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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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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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