The AAAA was founded in early 1988 after a meeting of various Asian American and Pacific Island community leaders at Arizona State University. After a successful convention in May 1988, the AAAA was formally adopted by about 500 convention attendees. The AAAA was incorporated in the State of Arizona as a non-profit organization in 1992. AAAA is widely recognized by city, county, state and federal officials as well as by civic organizations. Our membership is increasing daily. We have accomplished many goals and we are pursuing more.
The Arizona Asian American Association shall enhance unity, bring awareness to the public of cultural diversity, and address relevant issues, thereby strengthening the relationship between Asian Americans and the community at large.
Membership in this Association is open to any person, regardless of citizenship, race, religion, sex, nationality or country of origin.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- To provide an open forum for all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders where they can express and share their concerns, problems and achievements.
- To serve as a liaison in matters affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the areas of education, immigration, employment, health, human services and civil rights, etc.
- To participate in public hearings involving Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, so that they can stay informed and interact with elected officials and other public figures.
- To actively pursue the appointment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to different boards and commissions at city, county, state and federal level.
- To promote social and cultural events in order to share our ethnic heritage with other Americans and to foster public awareness of our cultural diversity.
- To broaden our organizational base by organizing a massive membership drive in schools and the community at large.
- To generate a database for expertise available within our community.
- To publish an AAAA directory
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