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The Arizona Asian Festival is a celebration, promoting public awareness of Arizona’s diverse culture and recognizing the many contributions made to this state and nation by people of Asian descent. Activities will feature Asian native folklore, art and craft, tea ceremony, ethnic cuisine, student contests and performing arts, mixed with traditional American carnival games and rides. The festival allows us to cherish the diversity of Arizona and to celebrate the spirit of community that binds us.

 —Arizona Governor Douglas Ducey

For 22 years,17 diverse Asian cultures have gathered together to Enhance Unity through art and culture.The Arizona Asian Festival has grown to host over 15,000 visitors who flock to the venue to learn and experience the diverse Asian Art, music, artifacts, dress, decor, traditions, and people.

AAAA President  Albert Lin

 

President Albert Lin and Vice-President Keiko Conn

HISTORY

The AAAA was founded in early 1988 after a meeting of various Asian American and Pacific Island community leaders at Arizona State University. After a successful convention in May, 1988, the AAAA was formally adopted by about 500 convention attendees. The AAAA was incorporated in the State of Arizona as a non-profit organization in 1992.

AAAA is widely recognized by city, county, state and federal officials as well as by civic organizations. Our membership is increasing daily. We have accomplished many goals and we are pursuing more.

MISSION

The Arizona Asian American Association shall enhance unity, bring awareness to the public of cultural diversity, and address relevant issues, thereby strengthening the relationship between Asian Americans and the community at large.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership in this Association is open to any person, regardless of citizenship, race, religion, sex, nationality or country of origin.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To provide an open forum for all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders where they can express and share their concerns, problems and achievements.
  • To serve as a liaison in matters affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the areas of education, immigration, employment, health, human services and civil rights, etc.
  • To participate in public hearings involving Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, so that they can stay informed and interact with elected officials and other public figures.
  • To actively pursue the appointment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to different boards and commissions at city, county, state and federal level.
  • To promote social and cultural events in order to share our ethnic heritage with other Americans and to foster public awareness of our cultural diversity.
  • To broaden our organizational base by organizing a massive membership drive in schools and the community at large.
  • To generate a database for expertise available within our community.
  • To publish an AAAA directory

CULTURE DIRECTORS

Bangladeshí Director Bangladesh Association of Phoenix (BAP) Tauhid Rahman
Burmese Director Emily Cheint
Cambodian Director Arizona Cambodian Buddhist Association in Phoenix, Arizona (AZ)United Cambodian Association of Arizona Staphany Pich
Chinese Director
Phoenix Chinese Week
Diana Ho, Flora Fang
Filipino Director Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Arizona (PACCA), Filipino American Business Chamber of Commerce of Arizona (FABCCA) Asia Espiritu Dising, Haidee Zmerzliikar
Indian Director India Association of Phoenix Rachel Misra
Indonesian Director Indonesian American Association Peter Suwarno, Ursula Soesilo
Japanese Director Japanese Friendship Garden Phoenix Keiko Conn
Korean Director Myung Won Cultural Foundation, 2051 South Dobson Rd., Mesa AZ 85202 Jane Park
Laotian Director Rangsy Laotian Education Foundation Maniphone Lam, Aleczander K
Nepali Director Sara Hamal
Pacific Island Director Pualini Hockenhull
Pakistani Director Pakistan Information and Cultural Organization Inc. (PICO) M Haroon Khamisani
Taiwanese Director Taiwanese American Association Arizona, Taiwan Study Society Arthur Lin
Thai Director Academy of Asian Art Foundation Malai Iseman
Vietnamese Director Vietnamese American Coalition of Arizona (VACAZ) Thanh Mai

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