Good information flows at Asian American Heritage Foundation banquet
Pictured at the 2014 AAHF Banquet:
Viren Mayani, Narsi Narasimhan, Ani Agnihotri, Consul General Ajit Kumar, Mrs. Colleen Nunn, Kent Alexander, R.K. Sehgal, and Vir Nanda.
(Photo: Dale Saini, VideoWiz)
The Georgia-based nonprofit Asian American Heritage Foundation (AAHF) held its 13th annual Banquet on May 8th, 2014 with about 150 persons in attendance. Keynote remarks were given by Kent Alexander, Chief of Staff at Michelle Nunn For Senate, and distinguished guests included Michelle Nunn’s mother Colleen Nunn; Consul General Ajit Kumar; Dr. Yasukata Fukahori, Deputy Consul General of Japan; and Myra Reeves, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Home Depot.
Chairperson of AAHF Ani Agnihotri noted that AAHF has been diligently working to acknowledge achievements of citizens of Asian-American heritage who shape a positive future for all Asian Americans and the community at large. AAHF is working towards having an Asia Center to manage services for the Asian diaspora.
Over 20 community-based organizations participated in this colorful event. Scintillating entertainment performances “The Night of Shanghai” and “Moonlight over the Spring River” were presented by Chinese American Culture Performing Group (CACPG) dancers. Genial multi-talented performer, Ms. Sagnika Mukherjee performed Indian semiclassical and free style dancing on lively superhit Bollywood songs, “Kajra Re” and “Udi Teri Aankhon Se.”
Anh T. Nguyen of U.S. Census Bureau gave an interesting presentation on “Asian Americans – Power in Numbers.” In the USA, Asian population grew 46% from 2000-2010, a faster rate than any other immigrant group. Interestingly, Georgia’s Asian population grew 81% since 2000. About 81% of the Asian population resided in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Gwinnett County had the largest Asian population (85,292), followed by Fulton (51,569), DeKalb County (35,426), Cobb County (30,657), and Forsyth County experienced the fastest growth of Asian population, from 785 in 2000 to 10,925 in 2010, or a 1,291.7% increase. Johns Creek City had the largest concentration of Asian population (17,925), followed by Atlanta (13,188), Alpharetta (7,690), and Duluth (5,920).
As every year, AAHF gave awards to Asian Americans for their outstanding contributions and achievements. This year’s awardees included Dr. Ray Wang of Georgia Tech; Attorney Neera Bahl, a Director of AAHF; and Home Depot.
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