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March 1, 2012
It is my honor and privilege to serve our community as Chair of the Miami-Dade County Asian American Advisory Board (AAAB) for 2012-2013. I thank our AAAB members, friends and organizations for their steadfast support in contributing to AAAB's goal of promoting Asian culture in our community.
Asians have many reasons to be proud. All across America and around the world, individuals of Asian descent have consistently distinguished themselves in various disciplines - in business and academia, in the public and private sectors, in science and the arts. Asian Americans have helped advance prosperity, peace and innovation that America enjoys today. We hear of countless Asian American success stories buoyed by the long standing American tradition of hard work, ingenuity and entrepreneurship.
Life in our Miami-Dade community has been enriched by Asians who have chosen to come and work here. We brought with us our heritage that contributes to the diversity in our community.
Our goals at the AAAB are to bring Asian and non-Asian communities together, educate fellow Americans about the wealth and depth of our Asian culture and our contributions to the well-being of our community, foster relationships with our public officials, build coalitions with other community groups, and most importantly, eliminate misconceptions about Asian Americans.
This year AAAB has put together an aggressive agenda which includes, but are not limited to, engagement in advocacy and community outreach programs, publication of a book entitled "Glance at Asia", a review of laws that impact Asians (both positive and negative) and educates them about those laws, and awarding of scholarships to our Asian American college students.
I encourage you to support our sister organization, the Friends of Miami-Dade County Asian American Advisory Board ("Friends"), a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization created to bolster and advance the mission and programs of AAAB. Please visit our website at www.FriendsofAAAB.com.
I also urge you to become active members within our AAAB by attending our monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 PM at the Government Center, Stephen P. Clark Building in Downtown Miami. Please contact our Executive Director, Mohammad Shakir, at 305.375.1570 for details.
Let us all work towards improving Miami-Dade County as a better place for our children as well as for ourselves and as a culturally enlightening community that welcomes all who come.
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