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Michelle K. Lee First Woman to Lead United States Patent and Trademark Office

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WASHINGTON — On March 9th 2015, the U.S. Senate confirmed Michelle K. Lee as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Lee is the first woman and person of color to lead the USPTO. “We congratulate Michelle Lee on her historic confirmation,” said George C. Chen, president of …

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MEDWeek 2014 Emphasizes Exports

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By Jenny Chen After a year hiatus due to the government shutdown, MEDweek – a procurement conference hosted by the Minority Business Development Agency, returned in full force. The Minority Business Development Agency operates under the US Chamber of Commerce and provides services and advice for mid-sized minority businesses in MBDA centers across the United States. They help with exporting …

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PolickTips: August 2014

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By Michelle Phipps-Evans Asian Fortune magazine’s column explores news, views and cues in the exciting political sphere. The column touches the three branches of the federal government, state-level political tidbits, little known historical facts, and on occasion, a dose of gossip.  Asian candidates face uphill battle in Los Angeles Although there are more than 4,000 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders …

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Veteran Making Dreams Come True As He Fights His Last Battle

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Next month, the nation will once again honor its heroes on Memorial Day:  the living as well as those who, tragically, never returned. Jesse Mallares Baltazar, a retired major of the United States Air Force (USAF), will once again wear his crisply starched uniform, with its medals and ribbons from three wars, as he heads for …

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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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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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WWII Veteran Terry Shima Awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal

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By Lieutenant Janelle Kuroda, JAG Corps, U.S. Navy WASHINGTON—President Obama awarded World War II veteran Terry T. Shima the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian award, at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 15, 2013. Shima was one of 18 recipients of the medal, hand-selected by the President from over 6,000 candidates …

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Historic Presidential Trip to Burma

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By Kaye Lin US President, Barack Obama visited Burma during his Southeast Asian trip, and met with Burmese President Thein Sein as well as Nobel laureate and opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. As he boarded on this trip with Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Obama makes history as a new relationship embarks between the United States and this …

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Why Asian Americans Voted Democratic

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By Glenn Magpantay, Democracy Program Director at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)     Nationally, a whopping 73% of Asian Americans voted for President Obama, according to the exit polls. In the swing state of Virginia, Obama captured 66% of our vote. Asian Americans were a driving force in Virginia’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Preliminary …

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