National Meet & Greet Tour: West Coast

By Holly Ham, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Executive Director Holly Ham and Cal State East Bay President Leroy Morishita discuss how Cal State East Bay has been serving their AAPI students.

In March, I had the opportunity to visit various cities along the West Coast to both hear about how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are using federal resources to fulfill some of their communities’ needs and also to learn about prevalent issues each community is facing. During this tour, I met with leaders of educational institutions, businesses, and community-based organizations, as well as federal employees who serve local AAPIs, and learned of the diversity of needs across all these communities.

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How the Carolinas Are Seeking to Grow

By Holly Ham, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Executive Director Holly Ham engaging in a roundtable discussion at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce with CCCC President Michael Wang, CCCC Chairman Richard Yang, and AAPI leaders.

On March 10th, I had the privilege of meeting with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ (AAPI) leaders from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in Charlotte, NC.

The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable discussion with nearly 30 AAPI leaders from city council, non-governmental organizations, commerce and education. Topics of discussion included education rights for Asian Americans, federal resources available to help Asian American businesses’ and immersion schools grow, how to obtain credit as a coalition of Asian American firms, immigration reform and alleged discrimination against Asian Americans.

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Welcoming the Year of the Dog

By Holly Ham, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Washington Sorichung performs a traditional Korean song.

Washington Sorichung performs a traditional Korean song.

This Lunar New Year, families across our nation and the world came together to welcome the Year of the Dog. This is a particularly special time of the year for many Asian Americans. As President Trump stated in his celebratory message, “Asian Americans have made countless contributions to our national unity and makeup. It is not difficult to notice how deeply they cherish a rich heritage and emphasize the importance of sacred traditions and familial ties. The American people join with those in Asia and around the world in welcoming the Year of the Dog. According to tradition, the dog represents qualities such as honesty, reliability, and sincerity. These are virtues that all Americans celebrate and hold dear.”

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