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Our Community: October 2014

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Asian Fortune is an English language newspaper for Asian American professionals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Visit fb.com/asianfortune to stay up to date with our news and what’s going on in the Asian American community.  

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Lunar New Year Celebration Photos

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Chinatown: Eden Center: Fair Oaks Mall: Lunar New Year Celebration at Fair Oaks Mall by Hai Hua Community Center. This Celebration was the 11th Lunar New Year cultural event following the successful inaugural festival launched in 2004. The venue included culture performances, demonstration, and arts and crafts activities. This two day event attracted an audience of close to 200,000. Lakeforest …

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DC Shorts Showcases World Class Indie Films to Diverse Audiences

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By Yi Chen  Founded in 2003, the DC Shorts Film Festival was created by DC-based filmmaker, Jon Gann. Frustrated that many festivals were focused on money and sponsors and not films and filmmakers, he decided to start his own event, focusing on the form he loves – shorts. “For me, it’s about connections,” said Gann. “I try to program the …

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Film Review: Authentic Voices for DC’s Chinatown

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By Easten Law As the nation’s capital, D.C. welcomes persons from all over the country and the world, 17.9 million visitors in 2011 alone. Many emerge from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro in awe of our city’s grand Chinese archway, which is the symbol for Chinatowns across the nation. Sadly, that awe often melts into confusion as they wander H and …

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Chinatown Residents Work Toward Recognition of Authenticity

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By Jewel Edwards Washington, DC – On Sunday, June 23, Eastern Law gave a talk titled Place, Identitiy, and the Makings of Culture at Chinatown’s Chinese Community Church. Law is working with residents to dispel the stereotype that D.C.’s Chinatown is an inauthentic, over-commercialized space. The talk, part of a larger series of Talk Story events hosted by Organization of …

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Let’s Make Lemonade

By Dottie Tiejun Li Police Chief Cathy Lanier has apparently settled on using space at the Chinatown Community Cultural Center at 616 H Street, NW, part of the Gallery Place development, for a “workstation,” even if she had not yet informed the Center of that as Asian Fortune went to press. The workstation is to be occupied by a new …

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DC Police: Progress on New Post in Chinatown

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By Dottie Tiejun Li (Washington, D.C.)—The Metropolitan Police Department is reporting progress on finding “workspace” in Chinatown for a still-to-be-hired “Community Outreach Coordinator,” a civilian police force employee who will act as a liaison between MPD and the Chinatown Community. And the process of filling the job is well underway, too, according to Chief Cathy L. Lanier, who told Asian …

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FAPAC

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The FAPAC Lunar New Year network lunch was held Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at the Chinatown Garden in Washington D.C. TD Bank hosted a fun-filled, multi-course, Chinese-style event as FAPAC President Kin Wong welcomed 200 guests.

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Special: LUNAR NEW YEAR COVERAGE

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Members of the area’s Chinese American community celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year 4711 on Feb. 10 in Chinatown. The annual New Year event is sponsored by The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, a group representing 30 Chinese-American organizations throughout the Greater Washington area. Over 40,000 people attended the festival and parade that featured traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations, live …

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D.C. Police Chief and Chinatown Leaders Spar Over HQ Closing

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By Dottie Tiejun Li Washington, D.C.—Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Chinatown’s business and neighborhood leaders have been struggling to find common ground since December when the Department cleaned out the longtime, but under-utilized, headquarters of the special Asian Liaison Unit (ALU) on H Street, close by the ceremonial arch. At a meeting January 7, the Chief faced …

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A Sample of Community Response to the Chinatown Meeting

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A Sample of Community Response to the Chinatown Meeting “I think the meeting was productive. There will be a civilian officer, there’ll be a space where victims if they need to, they can run to, instead of looking for roaming officers. Sometimes the phones are stolen, and they can’t just grab the nearest stranger and ask for help. So they …

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Editor’s Journal: A Lack of Respect

By Dottie Tiejun Li I don’t question D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier’s original decision to close the under-utilized Chinatown sub-station that was home to the force’s Asian Liaison Unit. Big-city policing has evolved since the unit was formed in 1996, and the Chief has helped create progress. She has incorporated the latest technologies so her officers can spend their time …

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Controversy Widens Over Loss of Chinatown Police HQ

By Dottie Tiejun Li Washington, D.C.—The Metropolitan Police Department finds itself still mired in controversy over a month after word leaked it was closing the longtime Chinatown headquarters of the Asian Liaison Unit, a team which combats crime against Asian American businesses and individuals citywide. Despite a promise from Chief Cathy Lanier to reverse the decision, made at a hastily …

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Police Chief Lanier Plays Defense on Asian Unit HQ Closing in Chinatown; Questions Remain.

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By Dottie Tiejun Li D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier fielded questions and comments from disgruntled citizens and business people Wednesday night (Dec. 5) over the abrupt shutting down of the Asian Liaison Unit’s longtime substation in Chinatown. By the end of the hastily scheduled and occasionally tense meeting, a somewhat chastened Chief promised to maintain a permanent police presence in …

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Life on the Streets With the Asian Liaison Unit

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By Dottie Tiejun Li D.C. police Sgt. Kenny Temsupasiri steps out onto H Street, NW. It’s mid-morning, a partly sunny day in Chinatown, and the sidewalks are full of people. The rich smells of Chinese cooking are beginning to waft from the omnipresent restaurants. He’s planning to cross over to Sixth Street to visit a store which has been robbed …

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