By A Correspondent
New York: Dr. Parveen Chopra, president of the Asian American Coalition USA hosted the Fourth Conglomeration of Asian American Cultures and Hall of Fame Awards ceremony recently.
A galaxy of dignitaries, who were present, included: Edward P. Mangano, Nassau County Executive; Supreme Court Justice Daniel Palmieri; New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli; New York City Comptroller John Liu; Assemblywoman Grace Meng; Senator Frank Padavan; NYC Councilman Peter Koo; Lawrence Mulvey, Nassau County Police Commissioner; Amrit Rai, Consul General of Nepal; and Ambassador and Director General of Taipei Andrew J.C. Kao.
The AAC, representing 14 Asian countries inducted the following leaders of their respective communities to the Hall of Fame: Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano; New York State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Palmieri, Dr. Panchapakesa Jayaraman, founder of the Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan, Imam Shamsi Indonesia of the largest mosque in New York, John T. Ma, China, president of US-China Cultural and Economic Council, Dr. Binod P. Shah -Nepal, president of the America-Nepal Friendship Society; Dr. Ping-Heng Chen -Taiwan, executive director of the Taiwan Center Chorus and the Tenafly Singer at Avery Fisher Hall and Lincoln Center.
Former New York State Governor David A. Paterson said: “Since its founding, the Coalition has been committed to increasing the visibility of Asian American communities across this state and nation by fostering the positive development of Asian culture and identity, and strengthening relations with other communities and countries. In providing a voice for the entire Asian population, you cultivate greater understanding and appreciation of your shared heritage.”
New York City Mayor Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg said: “I commend AACUSA for ensuring that hard-working people of many different backgrounds have the opportunity to pursue their dreams in the United States.”
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer said: “Since its founding, the AAC has dedicated itself to promoting the social, cultural, and entrepreneurial endeavors of the Asian-American community in New York and around the country.”