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Asian American Institute Celebrates 20 Years in Chicago

The Asian American Institute (AAI) in Chicago -- which like APALC, is a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice -- hosted its 14th annual Milestone Awards at Harold Washington Library on April 17.

The Milestone Awards represent AAI’s largest annual fundraising event, and this year, was an opportunity to showcase the organization’s major accomplishments and partners from the last 20 years. During her speech,  Executive Director Tuyet Le referenced the moment 20 years ago when AAI was conceived by a group of passionate activists looking for a unified political voice, and the remarkable distance the organization has traveled to become a leading advocate for Asian Americans in Chicago.

More than 250 attendees from both the public and private sector – including Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle – attended the fundraiser, which also was a celebration of AAI’s 20th anniversary. The program, emceed by local Fox News reporter Joanie Lum,  included an address from Helen Zia, Asian American activist and former editor of Ms. Magazine, and an awards presentation to 12 community partners, which are members of the Pan Asian Voter Empowerment group (PAVE).

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Above photo: Helen Zia with AAI Executive Director Tuyet Le and Director of Donor Relations Alice Lee-Osborne at the 14th Milestone Awards. Image courtesy of AAI.


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