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APAMO members connect with local leaders.

The Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO), hosted two workshops and continued the development of a book on diversity issues during the Congress of Cities in Indianapolis.

APAMO and NLC will publish the book about Asian Pacific American municipal leadership to help educate NLC members about a variety of community-based diversity issues, best practice examples and Asian Pacific American demographics around the United States.

APAMO cosponsored the workshop, "Immigration Reform in Municipalities," with the University Communities Caucus (UCC) and the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO), which was co-moderated by APAMO Board member Jean Quan, councilmember, Oakland, Calif; HELO Board member E. Junior Maldonado, councilmember, Jersey City, N.J., and UCC Chair Mark Mitchell, councilmember, Tempe, Ariz.

APAMO also convened the workshop, "The Inequalities of Healthcare Amongst Underprivileged Americans," with cosponsorship from HELO, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) and Women in Municipal Government (WIMG). APAMO Treasurer Otto Lee, councilmember, Sunnyvale, Calif., moderated this workshop featuring speakers Dr. Gail Christopher, director, Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, D.C., and Dores Jay-Pang, program manager, Milagros Center of Excellence in Migrant Health, McAllen, Texas.

"The Health Disparities Workshop, led by distinguished panelists Dr. Gail Christopher and Dores Jay-Pang Freeman, highlighted the challenges faced daily by the often forgotten ethnic minorities and migrant workers. This session recognized the need to think outside the box and to put more emphasis in funding prevention care rather than expensive treatment. We must act now," said Councilmember Lee.

APAMO's Board of Directors and general members also held their annual business meeting at the Congress of Cities with President Tzeitel Paras Caracci, councilmember, Duarte, Calif., presiding. NLC First Vice President Jim Hunt, councilmember, Clarksburg, W.Va., and Preston Lee, director of industry relations for Freddie Mac, attended the meeting and offered to continue their support for the group.

Individuals representing Asian Pacific American organizations in Indianapolis were invited to the APAMO reception which honored local Asian Pacific American leaders. This special event offered an opportunity for people to network with APAMO leaders.

"From meeting APAMO members at the reception I was able to obtain ideas about how to encourage our youth to get interested in public service. Being from California, I shared common ground with several of the attending APAMO members and fellow alumni. The reception also allowed the APAMO members to become aware of the vibrant APA community in Indianapolis," said David A. Suzuki, Ph.D., who is affiliated with the Asian Services of Indiana, Japanese American Citizens League and Asian American Alliance.

APAMO officers include: Tzeitel Paras, councilmember, Duarte, Calif. (president); Alicia Ping, councilmember, Saline, Mich. (vice president); Steve Cho, councilmember, Fremont, Calif. (secretary); Otto Lee, councilmember, Sunnyvale, Calif. (treasurer); and Gordon Quan, councilmember, Houston, Texas (immediate past president). At-large Board members are: John Chang, councilmember, Shoreline, Wash.; Dean Chu, vice mayor, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Helen Kawagoe, city clerk, Carson, Calif.; Conrad Lee, councilmember, Bellevue, Wash.; Michael Park, councilmember, Federal Way, Wash.; Josie Rosales, councilmember, Kodiak, Alaska; Jean Quan, councilmember, Oakland, Calif.; and Ted Lieu, councilmember, Torrance, Calif.

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Title Annotation:Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials
Author:Leo, Lita
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 20, 2004
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