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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

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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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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China Town Hall, Local Connections, National Reflections

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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 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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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

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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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VietFest 2016

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SAVE THE DATE Friday, Aug 12: 3pm-10pm Saturday, Aug 13: 10am-10pm Sunday, Aug 14: 11am-8pm The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center (Tysons I) 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102 We cordially invite you to come to our Fifth Annual VietFest. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1134490933279842/

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Baisakhi Festival Celebrated at Embassy Residence in Washington

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By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, April 23 – The annual Baisakhi celebration at the Indian Embassy Residence is always a colorful, vibrant, ebullient event highlighting the rich culture of northern India, primarily the state of Punjab.  This year was no exception as community activists, predominantly Indian-American Sikhs, attended a heart-warming function hosted by Ambassador Arun K. Singh and his wife …

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Our Political Coming-out Party: Reflections on First Chinese Immigrant-Sponsored Candidate Forum in the National Capital Region

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By Lily Qi Saturday night, March 26, 2016, exactly one month before the Maryland primary election, over 350 people packed the Cabin John Middle School Cafeteria in Potomac, Maryland, to meet 10 candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties running for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat. According to the candidates, it was the second largest event of the 17 …

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