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Asian Americans

White House Initiative for AAPI Apparent Casualty of Trump Presidency

posted by Randall
President Obama meets with White House Initiative of AAPIs

President Barack Obama’s White House Initiative for AAPI gave Asian/Americans and Pacific Islanders to the highest levels of government.

By Ed Diokno

In President Barack Obama’s first year in office, he reinstated the White House Initiative for AAPI that was first created by President Bill Clinton but had lain moribund during George W. Bush’s two … Read more

Indian American/ South Asian American

President Obama Becomes First President to Light Diya for Diwali

posted by Randall

President Obama celebrates Diwali by lighting diya

By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent

President Obama on Sunday became the first president ever to light a diya in the Oval Office.

The President joined Indian American staff members in the White House for a small celebration.

“I wish you and your loved ones peace and happiness on this Diwali,” said the President in … Read more

Asian Americans

Asian Americans Celebrate at the New York Pride Parade

Asian Americans Celebrate at the New York Pride Parade

posted by ShirleyNLew

By Shirley N Lew
AsAmNews New York Correspondent


Under a blue sky with a sea of rainbow, New York City’s Pride Parade could not have been more celebratory. After the massacre of  49 people and injuring of 53 at Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando, FL, New Yorkers packed 5th Avenue from 36th … Read more

Indian American/ South Asian American

Obama Marks Holy Month of Ramadan

posted by Randall

Governor Martin O’Malley (Maryland 2013) hosts Ramadan celebration. Photo from Maryland Gov Pics

President Barack Obama issued his annual message for Ramadan, reminding Americans to maintain respect for all Americans.

“As Muslim Americans celebrate the holy month, I am reminded that we are one American family. I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection … Read more

Asian Americans

Texas Court Imposes Injunction as APIA Leaders Mobilize for DACA Expansion

posted by Mandy Day

Rep Judy ChuBy Mandy Day

After President Obama announced an Executive Order expanding the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program and creating DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents), Asian American politicians and organizations have been encouraging eligible applicants to take advantage of the pathway to legalization and citizenship. On Monday, the … Read more

Asian Americans

NY Times: Obama Delays Action on Immigration Reform

posted by Randall

Barack ObamaBacking off from a pledge to issue an executive order on immigration reform shortly after the end of  summer, President Obama has delayed any action until after the November midterm elections, reports the New York Times.

The delay is an acknowledgment of concerns by some in the Senate that the issue is too controversial … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

NDTV: Why Indian American Frank Islam Got a Call from President Obama

posted by Randall

Resolute desk  Frank Islam’s home is a tribute to his adopted country.

The Indian American has a replica in his home of the iconic Resolute desk, reports NDTV. The original was originally put in the White House Oval Office by President John F Kennedy and is still used by President Obama today.

The ten acre property … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

BenefitsPro: Chris Lu confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Labor

posted by Randall

Lu, ChrisChris Lu has been confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Labor, becoming just the second Asian American to reach that position in a cabinet department, reports Benefits Pro.

Lu served as White House Cabinet Secretary during President Obama’s first term.

“I commend the Senate on its confirmation of Chris Lu to be the new deputy secretary … Read more


Huff Post: An open letter to President Obama from his #Chinatown heckler

posted by Randall

Ju HongJu Hong, the San Francisco State University student and undocumented immigrant who heckled President Obama during his appearance in San Francisco’s Chinatown last week, has written an open letter to President Obama in the Huffington Post..
He once again scolded the President for the high number of deportations during his administration.

And while you

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Community Issues

Talking Point Memo: President Obama visits immigration rights fasters on National Mall

posted by Randall

Immigration rights activists now in their 19th day of fasting for immigration reform have received a big boost.

The President and First Lady took time Friday to stop by the National Mall to visit with them, reports Talking Point Memo.

“The President told them that it is not a question of whether immigration … Read more


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