12-year-old Filipino girl crowned National American Miss Florida Pre-Teen 2020

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MarianaLynn Togado - National American Miss (NAM) Miss Florida Pre-Teen
Marianalynn Togado, age 12, captured the title of 2020 National American Miss (NAM) Florida Pre-Teen. She started dancing when she was 6 years old and is now a competitive dancer for 3 years. She is a member of the "Indak Pambata", a dance group associated with the Philippine Performing Arts Company that comprises of Filipino youth who...

Preserving The Philippine Culture in America is Alive and Well in Tampa, Florida

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It is believed that there are many very good Philippine dance groups all over the United States supervised by talented former dancers themselves who have settled in the U.S. Most of these groups are not funded by any government grants except a few, yet they survive because the directors and choreographers dedication sacrifices every weekend with no...

Central Florida Asian Student Achievers’ Scholastic Awards Needs Your Support

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Asian American Heritage Council of Central Florida (AAHC), is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization in existence since 1980 with a mission to preserve the culture and heritage of Asians, to advance their civic, educational and social interests, and promote their cultural diversity. As part of that mission, AAHC holds an annual event to recognize and honor Asian American...

Before You Vote, Learn About the Judicial Candidates on Your Ballot

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Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (“GOAABA”) and the National Association of Asian American Professionals (“NAAAP”) hosted the 2020 Judicial Candidate Forum on Wednesday, July 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live. The purpose of the Judicial Candidate Forum was to give Orange &...

Voting 101: Why Electioins and Voting Matter

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We are less than four months away from Election Day 2020, but early voting has already begun. Voters in Florida began casting their ballots on mid-July. In the upcoming weeks, total 32 states and the District of Columbia allow early voting with a few restrictions, including key battle ground states like Ohio, Florida, and Colorado. Some potential...

Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA) Board Installation 2020

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July 2, 2020, marked a special celebration for the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (“GOABBA”). With over 70 Zoom attendees spread across the United States they witnessed Judge Denise Beamer induct the following GOAABA members to the Board: Onchantho Am, President; Kenway Wong, President-Elect; Shane Herbert, Secretary; Scott Leitner, Treasurer; Janice Chon,...

CAACF Duanwu Dragon Boat Festival postponed until 2021

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The Chinese American Association of Central Florida (CAACF) and CHARGE Dragon Boat Club made the decision to cancel the 2020 Duanwu Dragon Boat Festival on June 27 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The precautions advised by the Florida Department of Health and Prevention to limit possible transmission of the virus. https://youtu.be/k1KvaDQ9Af4

Model Minority is not a compliment

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In recent weeks associate psychology professor at the University of Central Florida, Charles Negy has come under fire by different groups for his track record of racist and problematic tweets and comments. Of these tweets was one downplaying the systemic injustice towards African Americans by pointing to the success of Asian Americans as a model minority.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors During Pandemic!

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Cloth Masks donation
The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. https://www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyFlorida/photos/a.217188915051354/2318348754935349/?type=3 https://www.facebook.com/shally.wong.10/posts/10158599864057697 The COVID-19 pandemic has ignited the selflessness of local residents, who have taken...

Doppa Festival – resilience in uncertainty

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May 5 marks the Uyghur Doppa Festival or Doppa Day. A Doppa is a four cornered hat traditionally worn by the Turkic of peoples of Central Asia and East Turkestan. Often brightly studded or embroidered with a distinctly Islamic and Turkic aesthetic, they are a point of pride for the Uyghurs of East Turkestan.
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