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The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony


May 6, 2014



On behalf of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), we invite you to join us for our Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, May 6 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm ET, in DOI’s Yates Auditorium in Washington D.C., where we will kick off the month of May with live performances, special guests and speakers, and remarks from Administration officials. The Opening Ceremony is a free event and open to all. Yates Auditorium does have a food and beverage restriction, therefore no food and beverage will be served.

Opening Ceremony Schedule

Doors open 8:00 am | Program begins 9:00 am

Master of Ceremonies: Gautam Raghavan, Advisor, White House Office on Public Engagement

Opening Chant

Welcome Remarks
Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on AAPIs

George Yamazawa Jr. | Spoken Word

Swearing-In Ceremony of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs
Daphne Kwok, President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs
Chris Kang, Senior Counsel, White House
Swearing in by Sri Srinivasan, United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Tung Nguyen, President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs

Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior

Maxie Moua | Spoken Word

“I Am Beyond” Panel
DJ Yoon, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
Maulik Pancholy, Actor
Helen Zia, Activist and Journalist
Mary A.Y. Okada, Guam Community College
Moderated by Konrad Ng, Smithsonian

Kama Hopkins | Musical Performance

Congresswoman Judy Chu, U.S. House of Representatives

Vice President Joe Biden

Closing Remarks
Chris Lu, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

Mike Song & KRNFX | Dance and Beatbox

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