Inspiring Central Indiana Asian Americans to Serve and Lead.
            Asian American Alliance, Inc.
   December Newsletter
Our tenth year anniversary, 2009, has been a busy and succesful year for Asian American Alliance pursuing its mission to "Inspire Central Indiana's Asian Americans to Serve and Lead."  For the seventh year in a row, AAAI presented its Race for All Races, raising scholarship funds for deserving Indianapolis Public School students.  At the end of September, we hosted our fifth cAtAlyst professional leadership development program, empowering Asian Americans for further professional and personal success.  This year would not have been possible without the generosity of wonderful sponsoring partners.  We are grateful that despite the challenging economic environment, AAAI received more support than ever from our sponsors.  As we close the year, I hope you will consider making a tax deductible contribution to AAAI so that we can continue making Indianapolis a better place to call "home".
Warm regards, 
Vince Wong, Board President, Asian American Alliance, Inc.
Seventh Annual Race for All Races...
September 12 - Military Park
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Asian American Alliance's Race for All Races this past Saturday.  The event was a success, bringing almost 700 participants from all different races and backgrounds.  It was a beautiful day.  Mike Corbin, Weekend News Anchor, WISH-TV 8, served as our guest emcee, and Mayor Gregory Ballard started the race at 9 a.m. 
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The Race celebrates the growing multi-ethnic nature of our community while raising funds for need-based students under the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Scholarship Program.  The Race was made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors:  American Family Insurance, Anthem, Bingham McHale, BioStorage Technologies, Lumina Foundation, Telamon, Barnes & Thornburg, National City/PNC, Vesta Pharma, Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, Marketpath, Row Printing, WISHTV Channel 8, Radio One/WTLC/Hot 96.3, SAsian One, Bodkin Associates, Finish Line and United Water.
To find out how you can become a sponsor or form a team for the 2010 Race for All Race, contact Jessie Mills at

Spotlight on an AAAI Member

Kanwal Prakash ("K.P.") Singh
Attends the National Sikh Conference
in Washington D.C.
AAAI Board Member, Kanwal Prakash ("K.P.") Singh attended the National Sikh Conference in Washington D.C. from June 18-19.  We are grateful to K.P. for sharing his experience with us.
The two-day National Sikh Conference, sponsored by The Kaur Foundation of Washington, D.C. in collaboration with The U.S. Library of Congress Asian Division and The Asian Division Friends Society, was a shining example of the Sikh American community coming of age.  Many came away with the distinct feeling of appreciation and confidence that the Sikhs in diaspora are at an unimagined and exciting new crossroads. The historic event took place at the magnificent and ornate Jefferson Building and James Madison Memorial Building near the U.S. Capitol.
The Conference with its timely theme of "Taking Heritage into the 21st Century" accomplished much beyond a "Celebration of Sikh Traditions, Heritage, and Arts."  It included the Sikh Collection Initiative: a permanent installation of over 87 books on Sikh history, literature and the arts, scriptures and classics in English and Punjabi in the Library of Congress.  The powerful presentations and panel discussions inspired new imaginative and creative thoughts as to how we can preserve and present the Sikh heritage to America and the world; secure a rightful place and advance our talents, dreams, and legitimate concerns as Americans; and develop networking and collaborations for our shared interests.  Successful men and women of exemplary discipline and passion, contributing and excelling in various fields and international endeavors who are serving humanity in unique and significant ways were introduced in panel discussions.
- Kanwal Prakash ("K.P.") Singh
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September 29 - Offices of Bingham McHale, LLP
Congratulations to the fifth graduating class of Asian American Alliance's cAtAlyst leadership development program.  To celebrate, cAtAlyst participants, AAAI members, and community leaders gathered at a reception at the Offices of Bingham McHale, LLP on October 1st.  Mayor Gregory Ballard joined Bingham McHale's Managing Partner, Toby McClamroch, in congratulating the participants.  In addition, Keynote Speaker Dr. David Suzuki, Professor of Ophthamology at the IU School of Medicine, delivered a powerful message to inspire the participants to continue contributing to their communities.
 AAAI has partnered with Celia Young & Associates to deliver a powerful and insightful professional and personal development experience to address the unique challenges and opportunities facing Asian American professionals.  The next session is scheduled to take place January 26-28, 2010 at the Offices of Bingham McHale, LLP.  For additional information about this unique program and to register for the next session, visit
A New Look
October 23- Indianapolis, IN
Asian American Alliance, Inc. unveils its new user-friendly website,  The site, designed and powered by Marketpath, Inc., includes a new look and feel, enhanced usability, and tools for alliance members to more easily interact and participate in member activities.  In addition to its new look and clean visual design, the site offers tools for membership sign-up, event registration, event calendaring, news and press releases.  The redesign of the website is what Marketpath hopes will be a long partnership with the Asian American Alliance. "We're very excited to have the opportunity to partner with such a great organization that is committed to our community, encourages diversity, and supports the education of our next generation.  Marketpath is proud to do our small part in assisting the Asian American Alliance to achieve their goals and to improve their online presence", said Marketpath CMO, Kevin Kennedy.
If your organization is in need of a new look, contact Kevin Kennedy at 317-579-9704 or
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In this Issue
Race for All Races
A New Look
Spotlight on AAAI Member
Dalai Lama Visit
An Indianapolis Leader
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Contact Information
Jessie Lee Mills, Executive Director
(317) 627-2010
Vince Wong, President
Sonia Chen,
Ralph Taylor, Treasurer
Other Events of Interest
May 14 - Dalai Lama to Visit Indianapolis 
The Dalai Lama plans to return next spring to Tibetan Buddhism's oasis near Bloomington, but he also will make a special public appearance in Indianapolis, his first in more than a decade.

His May 12-14 visit .will include three Buddhist teachings at Bloomington's Indiana University Auditorium and a May 14 stop in Indianapolis. 

 May 8-16- Hiroshima Peace Study in Japan

 University of Indianapolis will be hosting a a spring term travel course certified by the Hiroshima Peace Foundation as a Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Study.  Dr. Kyoko Amano and Dr. Nanci Vargus will be leading the group as they travel to Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Kyoto.  To find out more about the course or to sponsor a student, contact Dr. Amano at or
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An Indianapolis Leader...
Mari Yamaguchi Selected to Receive a Governor's Award for Tomorrow's Leader
AAAI member, Mari Yamaguchi, is the recipient of one of The Governor's Awards for Tomorrow's Leaders.  The Governor's Awards for Tomorrow's Leaders is one of the Indiana Humanities Council's most important programs, highlighting the hard work of young Hoosier leaders ages 19 to 29 who are making a difference in their communities today.

Mari Yamaguchi's community service interests and accomplishments are broad in scope.  Ranging from volunteer work with organizations that include Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Special Olympics, and the Asian American Alliance, to her day job as the producer/community liaison at WXIN Fox 59 and CW 4, it seems as if her commitment to community activism never ends.

Congrats, Mari!