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Obama at Deeds Campaign.

Asian American leaders joined the 2,000 enthusiasts crowding the McLean Hilton ballroom to hear President Barack Obama and Governor Tim Kaine campaign for Creigh Deeds, candidate for VA Governor in the November elections. Photo: Jackie Bong-Wright

Asian Americans at McDonnel Campaign.

Bob McDonnell, Republican candidate for Virginia and former Attorney General of Virginia, campaigned among Asian Americans at Asian Fest and Asian Roundtable events.

Mineta for Mark Keam.

Mark Keam (left) with the strong support of former Congressman and former cabinet secretary, Norman Minetta (standing, right), launched his campaign for Virginia delegate in McLean. Photo: Jackie Bong-Wright

Shen Yun Preview Performance.

From left: Jackie Bong-Wright, Tran Lang Minh, Vietnamese singer from California, Dr. Sin Nie, publisher of the Epoch Times, and Nga Mi, singer from California, attend the exclusive pre-opening performance of the Shen Yun Performing Arts. A private reception with the artists at the Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, followed.

Appreciation for Top Legislators.

From left: Marie Blanco, senior legislative assistant of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), chairman of the Committee on Veterans Affairs, Senator Inouye, chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, and Philippine President Gloria M. Arroyo at the suite of the Willard Hotel. President Arroyo thanked the legislators for the passage of the bill with the veterans lump sum provision. Photo: Bing Cardenas Branigin

Kennedy Center Presentation.

From left: Mr. Newport, Regina Newport, Jason Garcia Ignacio, dancer/choreographer, Alma Cont and Consul Robert Borje, Cultural Officer of the Philippine Embassy, posed for a photo after the presentation of “The Mountain” to the Kennedy Center’ Performing Arts officials and other guests. Ignacio created “The Mountain,” slated to be performed on September 10-11 at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Challenge Stage. Photo: Bing Cardenas Branigin

PAFAI Summer Event.

PAFAI held its annual summer shindig at the Fort Meyer Community Center, Virginia recently. Photo shows officers and members as they welcome guests at the event. From left: Emil Alegre, Jeanette Calahung, Carl Bella, PAFAIPresident, Cesar Pontanilla, Babsie Quinn, Lilia Alba, Annie Santo Domingo, Nilo Santo Domingo, Fely Pontanilla, Tony De Vera and Mr. Alba. Photo: Bing Cardenas Branigin

Celebrating a 50-Year Career.

Vu Hoi, well-known Vietnamese poet, painter and calligrapher, celebrated his 50-year career with friends and well-wishers at Harvest Moon restaurant. Photo: Jackie Bong-Wright

Senior Residents View Exhibit.

Lisa Smith and Karin Ventura, executive staff of Winter Hills Apts in Falls Church, organized an outing for 20 senior residents to view the Smithsonian exhibit of “Exit Vietnam, Enter Saigon” at the Eden Commerical Center. They also enjoyed a delicious lunch at Viet Royale Restaurant. Photo: Jackie Bong-Wright

Richmond, Virginia Festival.

Filipino American parishioners from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church here await their turn to perform at the 4th Filipino Festival. Some 40 children of non-Filipino descent participated in the dances, stressing cultural diversity among young parishioners, said Festival Chair Rosario Igharas.

The 2010 Asian Models Calendar.

The 2010 APM Calendar, featuring Asian Pacific American models, is now available for sale online, with 100% of the profits going to the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture (APHCV), according to an email from Jason Peers, one of the three producers of the Calendar, with photographer Jeff Sheng and creative director Nareth Chuon. For more info, visit www.aphcv.org. APHCV is a community health center in California that provides low-cost medicine to the working poor and uninsured in over ten languages.

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