Friday, May 9, 2008

Asian Pacific American Heritage 2008

United States House of Representatives
Congressman Bobby L. Rush

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
In honor of the 2008 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month,I am pleased to extend my best wishes and warmest greetings to everyone attending the 10th Annual Congressional Reception and Special Recognition Ceremony. My congratulations to the recipients for their hard and important work they are doing for Asian American community in the State of Illinois.
We can all take pride in the enormous progress and many positive contributions that the Asian American community has made in the Arts, Business, Education, Medicine, technology and Sciences in the United States. I am extremely honored to have this opportunity to acknowledge your many achievements. I also like to commend the members of my Advisory Council on Asian Affairs for their success in organizing this event, which highlights the diversity of the Asian American community.
I wish you much success in all your future endeavors.
Bobby L. Rush
Member of Congress
Illinois 1st Congressional District Advisory Council on Asian Affairs 1999-2008

Deputy District Director Office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush
Younus Suleman

Chinese Community
Joyce Jeng
Larry Wong
Susan Ng-Harrown

Filipino Community
Estrella Ravelo Alamar
Ryan Mulvaney
George Mulvaney

Indian Community
Kasi Paturi

Indonesian Community
Kus Kolkers
I Nyoman Mahartayasa
Trisila Davidge

Japanese Community
Robert S. Takagi

Korean Community
John Kwang Ho Zyung

Lao Community
Aloun Kohisene

Malaysian Community
Nurliza Buyohng

Pakistani Community
Sarwat Siddiqui

Singaporean Community
Kim and Leah Tehan

Taiwanese Community
Warren H. Tai

Thai Community
Poxie Xumsai
Alexander Limson
Chantimar Sriaroon
Shawna Roongsang
Tippi Lee
Hon Bannapradist

Vietnamese Community
Jackie Hado Conley
Tam Van Nguyen

The Congressman Bobby L. Rush
and his Advisory Council on Asian Affairs presents
We were honored to have Ms. Kacy Rush
daughter of Honorable Bobby L. Rush.
Working crew preparing the reception area.
Booth area of exhibitors
Booth 1: Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
Booth 2: Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Booth 3: Consulate General of the Philippine
Booth 4: Consulate General of the Royal Thailand
Thailand Booth with awesome new banners
from the Consul General Office.
Booth 6: Office of Congressman Bobby
Booth 7: Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chicago
Booth 8: U.S. Department of Labor
Booth 9: US Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionBooth 10: U.S. Small Business Administration
Younus, not only organizing the event, he does more.
Other participants- Chicago Military Academy Bronzeville
The program started out with dinner buffet
Packed with multi-Asian cuisinesPresentation of Colors by
Chicago Military Academy Bronzeville
National Anthem by
Hon Bannapradist from the Thai Community
Mater of Ceremonies
Younus M. Suleman, Deputy District Director
Office of Congressman Rush
Parade of the 10th Anniversary cake
Thank you speech

Consul Generals and Representatives

Honorable Blesila C. Cabrera
Consul General of Philippine in Chicago

Honorable Hidayat K. Hadimadja
Consul General of Indonesia in Chicago

Ms. Vanessa Rundlett
Trade Developement Officer
Consulate General of Pakistan in Chicago

Mr. Huixun Zhang
Consul & Director of Political & Press Affairs
The Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago
Mr. Marvin A. Brustin
Honorary Consul General of Nepal

Mr. Thomas Chen
Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Chicago
Ms. Kay Rho
Chair of Asian American Coalition of Chicago 2008-09
Mr. Hangu Oh
Consul General of Korea in Chicago

Hon. Neil F. Hartigan, Chairman of World Trade Center of Illinois

Varunee Viraphat
Deputy Consul General of Thai Consulate General in Chicago
Click below to watch video clip of her speech

Other guests were acknowledged:
Honorable Elizabeth Schick, Consul General of Austria in Chicago
Honorable Joao Almino, Consul General of Brazil in Chicago
Mr. Gene Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Chicago
Ms. Sana Hussain, Office of Senator Barack Obama
Ms. Susan Shin, Director of Asian Affairs, Office of Governor
Ms. Abbey Eusebio, Office of Congresswoman Schakowsky
Mr. Eric Salcedo, Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan


Tippi Lee
Mistress of Ceremonies in Entertainment
Year of the Rat from Chinese CommunityFairy Dance from Chinese CommunityTraditional Korean musicVietnamese DanceMalaysian Finale DanceSpecial Recognition Ceremony

Volunteers were recognized:
Muhammad Asif
Rasool Khan
Hameedullah KhanNews Media on location was WOCH Ch41
and New Chinese Media Comcast Cable 248
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