In 1984, the Asian American Advisory Council was formed as the brainchild of the late NYPD Commissioner Hon. Benjamin Ward, Deputy Commissioner of Community Affairs Hon. W. Holiday and the late Chief of Patrol, Chief John McCabe to create a necessary bridge between the various Asian American communities of New York City and the New York Police Department. From its inception to the present, the mission is to improve the quality of life for Asian Americans living in New York City and the surrounding areas. Initially, the mission was to create a platform from which Asian American communities could collectively voice their concerns over issues involving police relations with the Asian American communities and to educate them about police tactics, procedures, and policies. The purpose was to improve tactical and operational police strategies in reducing crime in Asian American communities, improving communication and coordinating law enforcement efforts. Over time, the Asian American Advisory Commission evolved and expanded its scope. It started to sponsor and conduct seminars that involve numerous government agencies that address critical public policy issues such as immigration, consumer affairs, education, fire safety, truancy, education, crime prevention, community projects and economic development. It also held seminars with law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and New York City Police Department on matters of public safety which includes counter-terrorism, crime prevention, crowd control, community relations, and officer interaction with the public. We also coordinated with U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its subordinate agencies such as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in providing informational seminars to the public to disseminate the current laws, rules, and procedures pertaining- to immigration and the legal rights of immigrants.
The advent of the new millennium with its drastic scientific and technological developments as well as social and political advancements brought forth changes and we had to adapt and refocus. Thus, in 2000, the Asian American Advisory Council became Asian American Council dropping Advisory in its name as we are no longer just an advisory body. We are no longer confined to ethnic or geographic factors but global in character and universal in scope. We allowed chapters to be opened up not only in Asian countries but also in Central America such as Guatemala and El Salvador. In 2002, in close cooperation with Stop AIDS Organization of Japan, the Council’s Committee for Stop AIDS and Poverty has lent its help and expertise in benevolent projects in sub-Saharan Africa such as Kenya, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia and Mozambique in their efforts to develop solutions to address the pressing problems caused by AIDS and poverty. The council also assisted the said organization to provide much-needed medical supplies and state-of-the-art ambulances to these countries. Also in that year, in close cooperation with said organization, we are instrumental in sponsoring soccer games for children deeply affected, either primarily or vicariously through their parents, by this dreadful disease. In 2012, we assisted said organization in sponsoring exhibition soccer matches to provide educational materials to support schoolchildren in South Africa.
Our relationship with leaders of Japanese corporations such as Tokyo Electric Company and others who are on the cutting edge of bringing about important changes in reducing energy costs and curb climate change has prompted us to create a committee to develop resources, forums and workshops to disseminate information and address pressing problems on these issues. On the international understanding level, in 2008, we have been the catalyst in liaising and forging sister-city ties between the City of Rome, New York and several Asian cities such as Long Yan, Fujian Province and Jin Chen Shan, Xi Province both in China and Su Seong Metropolitan City, Korea. As a result of these initiatives, in 2011 we also helped the City of Rome, NY to conclude sister city relationship with Conghua City, Guandong, China and Yanji City, Jillin Province, China. In 2010, through our efforts, Atlantic City, NJ also forged a sister-city relationship with Zhanjiang Municipal Government, Guandong, China and Chunju City, Korea. Last year and this year, a high-level delegation headed by Governor Shin Woo-Chul of Wando-gun, Korea visited Nassau County, NY for possible investment, trade, and commerce. Also this year, a high-level delegation from Linyi City, China visited Nassau County for possible trade and commerce as well as the possibility of a friendly relationship between them. In championing sister-city or friendly relationship, our aim is to foster international understanding albeit on city and county level, expansion of knowledge and enrichment of personal experience through cultural and exchange programs and to help develop the economy by providing a platform for foreign trade and investments and in creating economic opportunities.
The Council has cultivated a good relationship with Central American countries such as El Salvador and Guatemala. In the last decade, we sent cancer prevention medicines to the national Cancer Prevention Research Center in Guatemala. As a result, Asian multinational corporations have requested our expertise to help in their investment initiatives to act as a liaison between them and the governments of Central American countries.
On the local level, in cooperation with Tomiko Abe Foundation of Japan, we gave scholarships to children of NYPD and NYFD officers who died in the line of duty (initially those who perished in the 9/11 tragedy). Last year, we expanded it to include children not only of NYPD and NYFD officers but also children of officers of U.S. Homeland Security. Early this year, we sponsored a community outreach program with NYFD Bureau of Fire Prevention on Hot Work Operation Fire Safety. The program dealt on how to get a license to operate torch and welding equipment. This is to help Asian American communities in their livelihood, creating business opportunities and in improving their quality of life.
In August of this year, we have entered a new phase to continue to develop and expand. Thus, we have to re-structure and expand our advocacy. We have also decided to change our name and henceforth, to be known as Asian American Congress. Although we are expanding our advocacy, we also cognizant of our past. We will continue to be the advocate of the people, provide informational resources and act as the forum to address problems. We are continuing to be the voice of Asian American communities. As we look forward to the future, we will hold on to our belief in the rule of law, peaceful co-existence, and friendship, loyalty to our country and pride in our ethnic heritage. We are, after all, an amalgam of our heritage and the American dream.
Please join me in celebrating the 29th year anniversary of Asian American Council. For the past twenty nine years of our existence, we have been blessed by the support and loyalty of our friends and benefactors. They have stood and stayed with us through low and high times knowing in their hearts that what do is for the betterment of our communities and our society.
The Asian American Council is a vibrant organization of men and women united by a common goal.Because of the diversity of ideas, the Council has evolved progressively and expansive in scope. Despite some changes, the Asian American Council remains true to the visions and goals of its founders which is to provide guidance and strategic vision to support the government in improving the quality of our citizenry.
In these trying times of stunted economic growth, weakening of the purchasing value of our currency, unemployment, political and social uncertainties, we cannot afford to lessen public and private services especially in law enforcement and public safety.We need to develop a more responsive level of cooperation between the public and private sector, between business and government and among the different sectors of our society to build a better future for our communities.
We have always subscribed to couture of peace, the rule of law, the spread of liberalism and enlightened citizenry.We also commit ourselves to promote international peace and cooperation. This value we will cherish and continue to cherish in our endeavors.
We thank you for your continued support and celebrate with us on our twenty-ninth year. Together, we all look forward to the future.
Chief of Executive Chairman
Michael S. Limb
Together we can become more
Innovative, Adaptive and Creative
In solving today’s problems
The Asian American Council
Michael S. Limb
The 29th Annual Inaugural Ceremonies
Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of the New York State
Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg
The Mayor of the City of New York
Honorable Richard A. Brown
District Attorney Queens County
Honorable Raymond W. Kelly
Police Commissioner City of New York
The Asian American Council
Michael S. Limb
Reception committee Co-Chairmen
01) Tomiko Abe Co-Chairman of the Tokyo Chapter of the AAC
02) Dr. Louis Fujimoto Chairman of the Japanese Affairs Committee
03) James Fan Director of the Chinese Affairs Committee
04) David Ignacio, Esq. Chairman of the Filipino Affairs Committee
05) Richie Ian Chairman of the Caribbean Affairs Committee
06) Mohummad Iqubal Chairman of the International Affairs Committee
07) Lisa Su Li Chairman of the Inter Governmental Affairs Committee
08) Young Chul Lee Co-Chairman of the Korean Affairs Queens Committee
09) Qasim Majeed Chairman of the Event Committee
10) Pea Young Ho Co-Chairman of the Korean Business Affairs Committee
11) Jae Hack Sin Co-Chairman of the Korean Business Affairs Committee
12) James Sheng Director of the Chinese Business Affairs Committee
13) Gun Soo Youn Chairman of the Korean Affairs Committee
14) Wu, Kuan He Chairman of the Chinese Business Affairs Queens Committee
15) Oshell Oh Communication Director of the International Affairs Committee
16) Rafael Flores Director of Central America Affair Committee
The Asian American Council
Request the Honor of Your Presence
The Twenty Ninth Annual Inaugural Ceremonies
Anniversary Dinner Reception
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 2013
Good Fortune Restaurant (Former East Manor) Banquet Hall
46-45 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, New York 11355
Cocktail Reception at 6:00 P.M.
Official Anniversary Ceremony at 7:00 P.M.
Dinner Reception at 8:00 P.M.
Michael S. Limb
The Asian American Council Website: AsianAmericanCouncil.org
(*based on Statement of Values and Code of Ethics published by Independent Sector)
The Asian American Council adheres to the following fundamental ideals and promulgates its
STATEMENT OF VALUES
·Respect for pluralism and ethnic diversity in the context of social justice inclusive of respect for individual’s beliefs, customs, culture and personal values
·Respect for the worth and dignity of individuals
·Commitment to public good and the maintenance of public trust
·Commitment to excellence and encouragement of personal and professional growth
·Responsible stewardship of resources and accountability
·Assimilation with American way while maintaining core ethnic values that define the individual
·Shared responsibilities of nation building and good citizenship
CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT
The Asian American Council (formerly known as Asian American Advisory Council) was originally conceptualized and created as a necessary bridge between the New York City Police Department and the diverse Asian American communities to create a platform from which the Asian American communities could voice their concerns over issues involving police relations and to educate the community about police tactics, procedures and policies. The purpose was to improve tactical and operational strategies in reducing crime in Asian American communities and in improving communications and law enforcement efforts.
As with the changing times, the council has evolved and expanded its scope to improve the quality of life of the people, address critical public policy issues, promotion of benevolent works and to promote friendship between local governments and international counterparts.
The Council has an active governing body responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the organization and oversight of finances, operations, and policies.
The governing body ensures that that the members or trustees have the necessary skills, experience and wisdom to carry out the mission and duties of their office. It also ensures that the organization conducts its transactions and dealings with integrity, honesty and honorably; that it is fair and inclusive, and has the capacity to carry out its programs effectively. It likewise ensures that the resources of the organization are responsibly and prudently managed.
Compliance with the Law
The Council is knowledgeable of, and complies with, all laws, regulations and applicable international conventions.
Openness and Disclosure
All information about the Council will fully and honestly reflect the policies and practices of the organization. All reports will be complete and accurate in all material points.
The Council regularly reviews program effectiveness and has mechanisms to incorporate lessons learned into future programs. The Council is committed to improving program and organizational effectiveness and develops mechanisms to promote learning from its activities.
The Council is truthful in its solicitation materials. It also respects the privacy concerns of individual donors or sponsors. It discloses important and relevant information to potential donors.