To promote and preserve the diverse cultural customs and heritage of the Asian American communities in New Mexico.
To Contribute to the better social well-being of Asian Americans in New Mexico.
To Promote and support the economic progress of the Asian American communities in New Mexico
If you would like to join our organization as an individual, family or even as an organization, please feel free to download our membership application.
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For the past ten years AAANM has annually celebrated the diverse Asian cultures by organizing and presenting the Festival of Asian Cultures. Additionally, AAANM has spearheaded efforts in building an Asian American Cultural Center (AACC). Planning and design coupled with fundraising efforts are in progress.
Outstanding Asian Americans are honored every other year during Asian Heritage Day at the State Legislature.
We founded the Asian Family Center. It provides direct social services including counseling to abused women, develops and implements anti-smoking projects and handles responsible gaming counseling in our Asian communities. Please visit:http//:www.nmafc.org
Grants from Stop Tobacco On My People (STOMP) have enabled us to organize antismoking programs and projects for our youth.
We worked closely with the City of Albuquerque in expanding and advancing the Metropolitan redevelopment area in Southeast Albuquerque. AAANM worked with our Legislators, Councilors, and Neighborhood Associations in renaming this area as the “International District”. This once blighted area is on the upswing as businesses are re-energized and economic growth is promoted.
We are helping people find jobs and assisting small business to get started.
We are actively involved in the International Day celebrations to promote and nurture cultural diversity, and social and economic growth.
We have also formed collaborative relationships with various Asian American communities such as: Chinese American Citizen Alliance, Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico, India Association of New Mexico, Japanese American Citizen League, Korean American Association of New Mexico, Lao Embassy to the USA, Lao Virtual Library, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and the Vietnamese Community in Albuquerque. Our collaborative communities include Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian (East Asia), Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Nepali, Thai and Vietnamese.
A mini grant (Healthy Kids NM) from NM Department of Health, AAANM completed a project (Healthy Asian American Children) during a period of several months (late 2009 through May 2010). The project focused on creating healthy environments that motivate children to change behaviors through healthy eating practices, dancing as a fun form of exercises, and parental involvement in project activities. The project enhanced the organization by (1) capacity building for teens and youth, (2) building a healthy Asian American community for youth, and (3) networking across Asian cultural groups.
During the early months in 2010, a mini grant from NM Department of Health, AAANM embarked on a Hepatitis B Project to impart awareness to Asian communities about the nature, risk, preventive measures, and treatment of Hepatitis B, which plagues ten percent of Asians. The project was achieved through lectures and informational brochure.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- Roderick Ventura, President / Executive Committee
- Rusty Chan, Vice President / Executive Committee
- Ligaya White, Secretary / Executive Committee
- Vinod Mehta, Treasurer / Executive Committee
- Sue Thorson, Immediate Past-President / Executive Committee
- Dely Alcantara
- Nancy Bearce
- Yong Shin Kim
- Myrna Samson
- Siu Wong
- Victor Yamada