Asian Americans In Virginia: Getting Involved

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I saw this headline at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and wanted to re-print up the article in full as it has a good amount of information on a series of forums that are being held across the state - that you can get involved in - helping to look at public policy in regard to the Asian American community in Virginia:

Asian Pacific Americans hope a statewide series of forums starting with one Thursday in Richmond will help highlight policy needs and strategies for the growing population group.

The fifth annual Asian Pacific American Policy & Resource Forum will be held Thursday from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Bank of America building, 1111 E. Main St., 18th floor. It is free to the public. The public hearing by the Virginia Asian Advisory Board will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.

The forum brings together an alliance of more than 20 Asian Pacific American community groups.

Other hearings will be held in Tidewater in March, Roanoke in April and Northern Virginia in May, said Vicki Mirandah, chairwoman of the Virginia Asian Advisory Board.

"We hope to gather a comprehensive body of information that will help the elected officials to understand the needs of our communities and to direct policy changes to meet those needs," Mirandah said.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m., the APA Policy & Resource Forum will host a reception at the SunTrust Bank building, 919 E. Main St., 24th floor, where statewide elected officials, cabinet members, legislators and APA community groups will mark the Lunar New Year.