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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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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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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

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

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

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

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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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High Stakes in Presidential Elections Involve New Supreme Court Justices–APA Leaders

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By Jennie L. Ilustre   So what exactly happened recently that has a big impact on the November 8 presidential elections? Answer: Two Supreme Court decisions on issues that have divided this great nation: Immigration and Abortion. Leaders from both political parties and Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders predict the decisions would energize voter turn-out on Election Day. Reason: The …

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37 Million Asian Americans by 2040

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UCLA Study Shows More AAPI Voters is What Really Counts By Jennie L. Ilustre In 2040, one out of 10 Americans would be of Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage. That translates to a projected 37 million, or 10 percent of the nation’s total population over the next 25 years.     But Paul M. Ong, senior editor of UCLA …

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Second International Day of Yoga Celebrated on US Capitol Grounds

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‘Asanas’, Dance, Music, Meditation, Mark Yoga Day in Nation’s Capital By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, June 18, 2016 – The UN-designated International Day of Yoga was celebrated for the second consecutive year in the nation’s capital beginning with an event on the scenic grounds of the US Capitol. Titled ‘Classical on the Capitol’, it featured Indian classical dances, together with …

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Op-Ed: Data ignores health care challenges for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

By Jeffrey B. Caballero Six years later, more than 20 million people have gained health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While this is an achievement worth celebrating, millions continue to go without health insurance and finding them can be difficult due to lacking data from previous enrollment periods. Are all communities and groups being counted in enrollment …

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Embracing the Asian Stereotype

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By Joanna (Tianchang) Zhang   I can’t count the number of times someone has commented on my resemblance to an Asian peer who is completely unrelated to me, or asked about my mathematics skills. As an Asian American, I am constantly judged based on the Asian stereotype of intelligence and hard work. It doesn’t help that I want to be a …

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Zika Virus Alert – Fight the Bite: Fairfax Residents Urged to “Tip and Toss” Containers

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Eliminating breeding areas for disease-carrying mosquitoes now can prevent illness this summer   With the recent spring rains and warmer weather right around the corner, the Fairfax County Health Department is encouraging residents to “tip and toss” any water-holding containers and take other steps to prevent and protect against mosquitoes that can carry diseases, including the Zika virus. Zika is …

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50 Young Asian American Stars in Politics

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This is a list of young Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) who are making a difference in politics and public service in this great country. Indeed, these stars shine brightly, and their potentials are boundless. Quite likely, some of them will be the kingmaker or the queenmaker in the future, helping elect the president of the United States. In …

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No Jail Time Ruling for Ex-NYC Cop Liang Gets Mixed Reaction from APA Community

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  By Jennie L. Ilustre Former New York City Police Officer Peter Liang will not serve any prison time for the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley in November 2014. On April 19, after reducing Liang’s February jury conviction from second-degree manslaughter to criminally negligent homicide, Acting Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun sentenced Liang, 28, to five-year probation and 800 …

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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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My Candidate for US Senate

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Column By Lily Qi I would really love to see a woman succeeding Senator Barbara Mikulski. I admire Congresswoman Donna Edwards for many reasons—her passion, her intellect, and her strong principles. As a single mother, she overcame tremendous odds to become Maryland’s first black Congresswomen. As a woman, minority and immigrant, I find her story particularly inspiring. But I am …

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Asian Hall of Fame – Class of 2016

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The Robert Chinn Foundation is ecstatic to share with you the entire Class of 2016!  We are proud to honor this incredible group of Asian Pacific Americans including Connie Chung, Bruce Lee, Antonio Taguba, and Kristi Yamaguchi!   Connie Chung Connie Chung started her television journalism career in 1969 at a local station in her hometown, Washington, D.C. She worked …

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“REUNIFICATION” – Award-Winning Film on Contemporary Chinese Immigration To Screen at DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival April 23

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REUNIFICATION, a feature-length documentary that gives an insider’s view of the contemporary Asian immigrant experience, will have its Washington, D.C. premiere at DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival at Landmark Theatres Atlantic Plumbing Cinema in Shaw/Howard University Neighborhood on Saturday, April 23, 6:00 pm.  Award-winning Director Alvin Tsang will be present for the screening.   Between faded family photographs, old video footage, and interviews collected through the years, Alvin …

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SXSW Favorite “KTOWN COWBOYS” with Ken Jeong Hits Theaters and VOD in March 2016

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Washington, DC (March 14, 2016) – Freestyle Digital Media, the recently-acquired Digital Film Distribution division of Entertainment Studios, announced that the coming-of-age dramedy KTOWN COWBOYS will have a limited theatrical release on March 18, 2016 at the Cinema Arts Theatre located at Fair City Mall, followed by nationwide VOD release on March 25th. Specifically for the March 19th evening screenings, …

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President Obama, Nominate the First Asian-American Supreme Court Justice

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By Christopher Kang   (This editorial appeared in the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). Christopher Kang is the NCAPA National Director. He is a former Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to President Barack Obama in the Office of the White House Counsel, where he was in charge of the selection, vetting, and confirmation of the president’s judicial nominees.) …

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Will an Asian American make History As the Next Supreme Court Justice?

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By Jennie L. Ilustre The demise of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 has given rise to two important questions. First, should his replacement be confirmed this year, or should that await the results of the Nov. 8 presidential elections? A Feb. 18-21 Pew Research Center survey shows 56 percent of Americans believe the Senate should hold hearings …

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United Asian American Groups Hold Rallies, Urge Fair Ruling for Ex-NY Cop Peter Liang

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By Jennie L. Ilustre   In a show of unity, coalitions of Asian American groups held nationwide rallies and issued supportive letters and public statements, urging a fair and just decision for former New York police officer Peter Liang, while emphasizing that all cops must be held accountable for their actions. Liang was convicted on Feb. 11 on charges of …

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