HomeCommunity IssuesNebraska announces members of new Asian American Affairs Commission

Nebraska announces members of new Asian American Affairs Commission

Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen announced the 13 appointed members Monday to the newly established Commission of Asian American Affairs.

The legislature put the commission into place after passing bill LB1300. It will allow Asian Americans in Nebraska to have direct access to the legislature and state government and will be expected to work with already established commission groups for other racial and ethnic groups.

The Commission will also help coordinate programs to assist Asian Nebraskans with housing, welfare, education, employment and other issues. These efforts will be overseen by a chairperson and four other executive board members. One final appointment is planned for the commission, which has a total of 14 members.

The current 13 members include;

Maureen Brase, Raymond

Weysan Dun, Omaha

Deepak M. Gangahar, MD, Elkhorn

Maorong Jiang, PhD, Omaha

Tram Kieu, Lincoln

Joanne Li, PhD, Omaha

Yunwoo Nam, PhD, Lincoln

Arunkumar Pondicherry, Lincoln

Rebecca (Jueyezi) Reinhardt, Lincoln

Vickie Sakurada Schaepler, Kearney

Ryo Suzuki, Kearney

Hiep Vu, PhD, Lincoln

Carol Wang, Omaha

The announcement was made in a press release released Monday. In an interview with Nebraska Public Media last month, Alan Wang, the executive director of Prairie Stem and the new board president for Nebraska Asian Pacific American Leadership Alliance, said that “I think it’s a really important step in advancing AAPI advancement in our communities”. “For a long time, escalating during COVID, a lot of those incidents could have been mitigated if more of the community were seen and heard.”.

Maria Arriaga, executive director of the Commission on Latino Americans, also told Nebraska Public Media that, “I think Nebraska is being an example for many states showing how to move forward instead going backwards. I think Nebraska is showing the importance of diversity and inclusion”.

AsAmNews is published by the non-profit, Asian American Media Inc. Follow us on FacebookX, InstagramTikTok and YouTube. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our efforts to produce diverse content about the AAPI communities. We are supported in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library in partnership with the California Department of Social Services and the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs as part of the Stop the Hate program. To report a hate incident or hate crime and get support, go to CA vs Hate.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Worth the Time

Must Read

Regular Features


Discover more from AsAmNews

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading