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Asian Services in Action Friendraiser 2017

Asian Services In Action, Inc.
Friendraiser 2017
Ariel International
April 27, 2017

Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.) is the largest Asian American & Pacific Islander-focused (AAPI) health and social service 501(c)(3) agency in the State of Ohio. For more than 20 years, they have taken on the most challenging tasks to help the undeserved, low-income, and immigrant communities in Northeast Ohio and all across the state. Serving over 28,000 individuals and families annual, ASIA is committed to the AAPI community through the various health and social service programs they offered.

On April 27, 2017 ASIA, Inc. held their 2nd annual Friendraiser event at Ariel International.

ASIA, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Byun welcomed the crowd and then introduced the keynote speaker for the event.

(NOTE: We apologize for the lighting of the videos. Ariel International is a beautiful setting but the large windows facing the lake can cause lighting issues for video)

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Michael Byun

Michael Byun



Loi Dang-Nguyen, Ph.D. came to the US in 1975 fleeing Vietnam with her family of 12 siblings. This is her inspirational story.

Loi Dang-Nguyen, Ph.D.

Loi Dang-Nguyen, Ph.D.

In the first part of her speech, In this first part Dr. Dang-Nguyen tells the harrowing story of how her family of 12 siblings fled the communists in 1975.




Loi Dang-Nguyen


In this second part Dr. Dang-Nguyen tells about her family being boat people, finally arriving at a refugee camp in Florida and the cultural adjustments to their lives.

First wave of refugees from Vietnam slide




Loi Dang-Nguyen

In her conclusion Dr. Dang-Nguyen paints a portrait of the refugee family and tells how her family and other refugees contribute back to the welcoming new homeland.

President George W. Bush quote on immigrations - slide



In the Q&A session, Dr. Dang-Nguyen told about the number of English as a second language students they have in the Akron Public Schools. She shared two quotes from her father about the value of education.

Loi Dang-Nguyen and Michael Byun

Loi Dang-Nguyen and Michael Byun




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Enjoy these other images from the 2017 ASIA Inc Spring Friendraiser.


Michael Byun and May Chen, ASIA, Inc. Founder

Michael Byun and May Chen, ASIA, Inc. Founder


Oanh Loi Powell, Gia Hoa Ryan and Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy.

Oanh Loi Powell, Gia Hoa Ryan and Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy


Ajla Karalic and Kimlee Sureemee

Ajla Karalic and Kimlee Sureemee


ASIA Inc Spring Friendraiser attendees

Participants of ASIA, Inc. Chinese Lucky Senior Program


ASIA Inc Spring Friendraiser attendees

Participants of ASIA, Inc. Chinese Lucky Senior Program


ASIA Inc Spring Friendraiser attendees


ASIA Inc Spring Friendraiser attendees


ASIA Inc Spring Friendraiser attendees


ASIA Inc Spring Friendraiser attendees

Mr. Kun Chan Cho, ASIA, Inc. Board of Director (3rd from left) with
Participants of ASIA, Inc.'s Korean Lucky Senior Program



ASIA Inc Spring Friendraiser attendees

Damanti Pradhan (ICHC) and Sujata Burgess (Asst. Director of ICHC)


ASIA Inc Spring Friendraiser attendees

Ganesh Pradhan and Nar Pradhan, ICHC Staff


Dr. Li and Mae Chen

Dr. Li Li and May Chen


ASIA Inc Staff

Kelly Lee, Manager of ASIA, Inc.'s
International Community Empowerment Project (ICEP)


ASIA Inc Staff

Mao Vue, ASIA, Inc.'s
Chief Operating Officer (COO)


ASIA Inc Staff

Michael To, ICHC staff


ASIA Inc Staff

Heidi Lum, ASIA staff


ASIA Inc Staff

Joyce Deng, ICHC staff


Anne Pu

Anne Pu, Erie Chinese Journal


Oanh Loi Powell, Gia Hoa Ryan and Steve Caviness

Oanh Loi Powell, Gia Hoa Ryan and Steve Caviness



Save the date October 20, 2017 for the 21st Asian Services In Action Gala & Fundraiser

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