Atlanta, GA: Asian American Heritage Foundation (AAHF) is a non-profit organization that was founded in Georgia in year 2001 with a mission to promote the awareness of contributions of citizens of Asian and Pacific heritage in the United States. AAHF held its 13th annual Banquet on May 8th, 2014 which was attended by about 150 persons. Keynote remarks were made by Kent Alexander, Chief of Staff, Nunn For Senate and distinguished guests included Colleen Nunn, Ambassador Ajit Kumar, Consul General of India, Dr. Yasukata Fukahori, Dy. Consul General of Japan and Myra Reeves, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Home Depot.
According to President of AAHF, Ani Agnihotri, the foundation has been diligently working to acknowledge achievements of citizens of Asian-American heritage who shape a positive future for all the Asian Americans and community at large and are moving forward to have an Asia Center. Asia Center will serve as Community place and center for managing services for the Asian Diaspora. In this year’s Gala Dinner & Fund Raiser progress was shared with foundation’s sponsors and friends.
Over 20 community-based organizations participated in this colorful event. Scintillating entertainment performances “The Night of Shanghai” and “Moon Light Over the Spring River “ were presented by Chinese American Culture Performing Group (CACPG) dancers. Genial multi-talented performer, Ms. Sagnika Mukherjee performed Indian semi classical & free style dancing on lively superhit Bollywood songs, Kajra Re & “Udi Teri Aankhon Se”.
Anh T. Nguyen of U.S. Census Bureau presented an interesting presentation on “Asian Americans – Power in Numbers.” In USA, Asian Population Grew at (46%) between 2000-2010, a faster rate than any other race groups. Interestingly, Asian Population in GA grew by 81% since 2000. Majority of the Asian population, (81%), 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) 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 alone population (17,925), followed by Atlanta (13,188), Alpharetta (7,690) and Duluth (5,920).
Like every year, AAHF gave a few awards to Asian Americans for their outstanding contributions and achievements. This year’s awardees included Dr. Ray Wang, of Georgia Tech, Attorney Neera Bahl, Director, AAHF & Home Depot. Awards were presented by the distinguished guests.