4721 Lunar New Year Event with Keynote Speakers: Kathy Wyle, CEO Partnership for New York City
Frank Wu, President of Queens College
NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) announced today that it will host a Lunar New Year celebration Friday, January 20th at 6 pm ET i will combine a traditional celebration of Asian heritage with a gathering of u Federal Hall State Monument (26 Wall Street) in New York to fight anti-asian hatred.
AABDC has been leading the Lunar New Year celebration since 2000 in New York and thrilled the Asian American community by lighting the Empire State building in red and gold, the auspicious colors of the new year. Lunar New Year 4721 is the year of the rabbit, which signifies patience and luck.
“Fans of our past Lunar New Year events will once again be able to enjoy the cultural performances, community recognition and hospitality that AABDC has become known for,” said John Wang, AABDC Founder and President. “We also wanted to strike a more serious note amidst the celebration, calling attention to the anti-Asian violence, bias and harassment that still affects members of the Asian American community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
A Lunar New Year celebration reception at Federal Hall National Memorial, site of the First Congress and where George Washington was inaugurated, on January 20 will feature Kathy Wyle, executive director of the Partnership for New York City, and Frank Wu, president of Queens College. A number of city and state officials were invited.
Also joining the event are community groups The Asian American Foundation (taaf.org), Can’t Burn Us All Inc. (tcbua.org), Make us visible (makeusvisible.org), Chinatown Partnership (chinatownpartnership.org), the China American Arts Council (caacarts.org) and Admerasia (admerasia.com).
“Together, these honorees represent community, business and government institutions, which are critical influences on society and which play a key role in turning the tide of anti-Asian hostility,” Wang said.
AABDC has recently established Alliance to Stop Anti-Asian Bias, ASAP. Its goals are:
Condemn anti-Asian rhetoric and violence
Counter victimization of Asian Americans
Stand up against harmful political rhetoric
Meet the needs of AAPI communities
Promoting investment in AAPI-serving organizations
Educate people about the positive role of AAPI
According to Stop AAPI Hate, from March 19, 2020 to March 31, 2022, Asian Americans reported 11,500 reports of hate. Anti-Chinese rhetoric surrounding the origins of the pandemic, as well as other issues, has inflamed anti-Asian Americans.
Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC):
Asian American Business Development Center, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1994. It helps Asian American companies strengthen their ability to compete in the mainstream market, expand business opportunities and promote recognition. contribution of Asian American businesses to the general economy. For more information about AABDC, visit: www.aabdc.com.
Contact: Jameel Barfield, Barfield Public Relations
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