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February 17, 2014
  • Read the Washington Post‘s enthusiastic review of the recent performances by the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, one of our 2011 grantees, at the Kennedy Center:

    How powerful art is when it shows us our spiritual self, the part that gazes beyond this tottering world for meaning. Dance, with its embodied emotion, is optimal for this. The best dance pieces register with an immediacy that is like an ancient knowledge, a shared language of gesture and feeling that transcends the stage and inspires the imagination.

    But to do all that simply is the Holy Grail. There were magnificent glimpses of such simplicity in Dana Tai Soon Burgess’s works, performed Friday at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

    Read the full review.

  • Watch the newest video from AAPIP’s National Giving Circle Campaign and its celebration of 10 years of dreamers and doers! We are a proud member of the National Giving Circle Campaign and receives matching grants to increase support to our recipient community organizations.
  • Congratulations to the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) and Many Languages One Voice for receiving capacity-building grants from the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.  We awarded grants to DVRP in 2010 and 2012 and to Many Languages One Voice in 2011. Congratulations also to AA Lead for receiving OAPIA’s first ever Vietnamese American Youth Empowerment (VAYE) grant! Read more on the OAPIA website.
  • Attend the “Day of Remembrance” tribute to Gordon Hirabayashi on Wednesday, February 19 at the National Association of Broadcasters (1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036). JACL National and JACL DC will host a reception at 5:30 pm and the staging of an excerpt from Hold These Truths at 6:45 pm. This is Jeanne Sakata’s acclaimed one-man play about Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee Gordon Hirabayashi and his legal battle against the Japanese American internment during WWII. A Q&A with the playwright and performer, moderated by Dr. Scott Kurashige (University of Michigan), will follow the performance. The event is produced in collaboration with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Please contact Tara Ohrtman at with questions.
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