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Christopher P. Lu First Asian American Nominated to Deputy Secretaryship

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January 9, 2014 – Yesterday, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the first Asian American to a Deputy Secretary position since his years as a president. Christopher P. Lu first joined the President’sWhite House as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary from 2009 to 2013. If confirmed, Lu will replace deputy secretary Seth Harris, who had been in …

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President Obama Offers Condolences to President of Philippines

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On November 12, 2013 President Obama spoke with President Aquino of the Philippines to express deep condolences on behalf of the American people for the lives lost and damage caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the strongest storms to ever hit land. President Obama discussed with President Aquino the need for a speedy assessment of what further American resources …

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APA Youth Launch National Immigration Road Tour

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Several Asian American and Pacific Islander undocumented youths, members of Congress, and National AAPI leaders convened on July 31 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building to raise awareness for immigration reform. The youths, recently approved under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, demonstrated at the House Triangle today as part of their nine-city tour, “DREAM Riders: Road …

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Obama Meets with Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

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This morning, President Obama met with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) at the White House to discuss a range of important issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.  The President thanked CAPAC for their work to expand the middle class within AAPI communities and among all Americans, and said that he looks forward to continuing …

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Obama Names Kent Hirozawa To Labor Relations Board

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WASHINGTON, DC – On July 16, 2013 President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: ·         Kent Hirozawa – Member, National Labor Relations Board ·         Nancy Schiffer – Member, National Labor Relations Board President Obama said, “The National Labor Relations Board is responsible for enforcing protections that are fundamental to growing the economy and creating jobs from the middle …

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Immigration Reform Coalition Vows to Keep Fighting to Reunite Families

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Washington, D.C.–Asian American advocates and families, in a coalition with Latin American and African American labor, civil rights and multi-faith leaders across the country, vowed to keep fighting for family reunification visas at a highly-energized rally held on June 5 at the Capitol (Congress). “If you are for justice, make some noise,” said African American national …

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HealthCare.Gov Provides Tools to Help AAPIs Get Health Insurance

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  The  stereotype that casts Asian Americans as a “model minority group” fails to account for the fact that, like other ethnic and minority groups in the United States, AAPIs suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases such as hepatitis B, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. AAPIs are also the least likely among all racial groups to receive routine mammograms and pap …

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Asia Society Awards Dinner Honors Shared Future Between Asia and America

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By Michelle Phipps-Evans The early June meetings between U.S. President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China became the main topic of conversation for many speakers during Asia Society’s Washington Awards Dinner on June 12. The Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and …

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President Obama and President Xi Ji Ping Discuss Relations and the Environment

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By Jenny Chen Rancho Mirage, Ca. – In the picturesque Sunnyland Estates in Rancho Mirage, California, President Obama greeted President Xi Ji Ping in a historic meeting that signified stronger communication between the United States and China. The two leaders met from June 7-8, 2013. “Our decision to meet so early, I think, signifies the importance of the U.S.-China relationship.  …

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Asian America: June 2013

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by: Mary Tablante 1.Fighting Hunger LOS ANGELES—Five Indian American freshmen at UCLA are competing for $1 million in seed funding for a student project with the goal of solving the global food crisis. The students, Aditya Aggarwal, Anushka Bhatia, Varadh Jain, Sajal Khanter and Sagar Patel, are developing an idea to purchase grain in bulk in India, package them into …

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Speak Out: Will we finish health reform?

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By Kathy Ko Chin   It’s been three years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is the historic health reform bill signed by President Obama March 23, 2010. On this third anniversary, there is much to celebrate: better access to key preventive services, the end of many discriminatory practices by …

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At the Capitol

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By Andy Liu  

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Obama Administration Rule Change Prioritizes Family Unity

Washington, D.C.—As of March 4, 2013, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will permit certain visa applicants to file for family unity waivers within the United States, reducing the amount of time families must spend apart. “We applaud the Obama Administration for prioritizing family unity by easing burdensome bureaucratic hurdles,” said Erin E. Oshiro, senior staff attorney at the Asian …

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Zee Gives “A” to Michelle Obama

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Joe Zee, (r) creative director of ELLE Magazine, guided CNN’s Piers Morgan and Erin Burnett through DC fashion hits and misses Inauguration night. Broadcasting from the Official Inaugural Ball at the Convention Center, Zee gave Michelle Obama a thumbs-up for her stunning red Jason Wu gown and her day coat. Zee, born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, is …

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At the Parade

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By Mary Tablante A diverse group of people gathered for the 57th presidential inauguration on Jan. 21 to watch President Obama takes the oath of office for his second term. Although the crowds were smaller than the 2009 inauguration, there were still hundreds of thousands who flocked to the National Mall and the inaugural parade route to witness a part …

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On the Mall

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By Devika Koppikar

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Chris Lu: Taking Nothing for Granted

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By Dottie Tiejun Li Most boys at age ten are playing with toys of some sort, building fun things or playing sports. Chris Lu watched a debate between President Gerald Ford and his challenger, Governor Jimmy Carter, when he was ten. Fast forward 32 years, the younger son of Chinese immigrants Eileen and Chien-Yang Lu, and Chris Lu works as …

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