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It is my honor and privilege to serve our community as Chair of the Miami-Dade County Asian American Advisory Board (AAAB) for 2017-2018. I thank our AAAB members, friends and organizations for their dedicated support in contributing to AAAB's primary goal of promoting Asian culture in our community.
The Asian Americans in Miami-Dade County brought with them their heritage that contributes to the diversity in our community. Life in our Miami-Dade community has been enriched by Asians who have chosen to come and work here.
All across America and around the world, individuals of Asian descent have consistently distinguished themselves in various disciplines such as business, academia, public and private sectors, science and arts. Asian Americans have helped advance prosperity, peace and innovation in the United States. There are countless Asian American success stories buoyed by the long standing American tradition of hard work, ingenuity and entrepreneurship. Many of these success stories take place right here in Miami-Dade.
AAAB's objectives can be summarized as follows:
- Highlight the intersections of Asian and non-Asian communities
- Educate our fellow Americans about the wealth of our Asian cultures as well as our contributions to our South Florida community.
- Foster relationships with our public officials
- Build coalitions with other community groups
- Engage and support advocacy and community outreach programs
- Organize programs to recognize and appreciate outstanding Asian American community members
These are a few of the community-based non-profit Asian organizations the AAAB engages with:
- FASC, Florida Asian Services Center, provides a full community service institution helping the elderly and providing a wide range of community services.
- SAHARA helping the victims of domestic violence, providing mental health counseling, referral in legal services and helping victims gain independence.
- UHI Community Care Clinic providing free preventative healthcare to uninsured and poor in our community, regardless of race, sex or faith.
- NUR Center providing a safe house for women and children in distress, the victims of domestic violence, and human trafficking.
- APABA, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, dedicated to ensuring that the Asian Pacific American community is effectively represented in South Florida.
- COSMOS, Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations, keeping media engaged, responding to special needs and keeping media informed of Islam/Muslim related events and activities.
- ACRC, Asian Community Resource Center, provide services for our community's seniors.
- NAAAP, National Association of Asian American Professionals, promote career development and leadership development through networking, promoting Asian multiculturalism and inclusion by supporting diversity and community services.
AAAB also supports the following Asian cultural events that not only display the cultural richness of a very diverse Asian American community but also generates millions of dollars in economic activity:
- Asian Culture Festival
- Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
- Chinese New Year Festival
- Asian American Heritage Night with the Miami Heat
The beauty of Miami-Dade lies in the multitude of cultures and people who live here. With our combined efforts, we can continue the work of creating a cohesive Asian American community that adds to the vision of an inclusive and diverse county.
Thanks and Regards,
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