Summary of Asian-American Networking Forum


December 19, 2015, Vienna, VA

A group of Asian community leaders attended a networking summit hosted by the Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Representatives and speakers from wide walks of life (politics, business, art, healthcare, education and community advocacy) attended the forum.

We are excited to have two community leaders representing us the Chinese Americans and speaking at the forum: (1) Tracy Yuan, President of the Chinese American Parent Association of Fairfax County, and (2) Mr. Ting Dai, VP of 802- Initiative DC Area Chapter.

• Tracy shared some key activities that the Chinese American Parent Association of Fairfax County has undertaken. Tracy emphasized the advocacy role played by the association, and the importance of collaboration and cooperation among various Asian-American groups. Full speech script.
• Ting outlined the key initiatives of the 80-20 Group, both at the national level and at the DC metro area, to promote the Asian-Americans’ collective interest in politics, legislation, education and business.

The meeting participants from the Chinese community (David Chen, Jackie Ma, Mike Nie, and many others) have networked with leaders from Korean, Pakistani, Vietnamese and Cambodian communities.

As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; and work together is a success.” Let’s work together across the cultural, language, ideological and religious differences to achieve our common goals: (i) to protect the success of our Asian youths’ education, (ii) to promote the prosperity of Asian businesses, and (iii) to augment the influence and relevance of Asian Americans in politics, culture, commerce and careers.