Annie Guo, President of Asian Avenue magazine
Annie Guo, President of Asian Avenue magazine

Dear Asian Avenue readers,

As a co-founder of the Miss Asian American Colorado Leadership Program, I am so proud of this year’s candidates and how far the program has come in the last six years. After three months of community service events and leadership workshops, the young ladies in this year’s program united for a finale show on Sunday, June 23 at Colorado Heights University. Congratulations to Thuy Trang, the 2013 Miss Asian American Colorado. Thuy has spent the first part of her summer in Vietnam working on her service project, a documentary of the girls at The Little Rose Shelter. The organization provides shelter, care, education, and assistance for young girls who are at high-risk for, or are survivors of, sexual abuse or trafficking in Vietnam. She is passionate about raising awareness on trafficking and making a difference in the lives of those affected. The 2013 Miss AACO committee cannot wait to see her project come into fruition!

In this issue, we also highlight the talents of other young Asian Americans. Sabatino Chen, a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, shares with us his hopes for playing professional basketball in Europe or Asia. Another world traveler, Susanna Park, a third-year student at the University of Denver has already spent time in Uganda and Fiji working on humanitarian projects. Last month, Asian-American high school students came together for the annual Colorado Asian Pacific Youth Association summer retreat. Together, they engaged in leadership training and team building exercises. We often say that the youth are our future. And with these talented, aspiring young leaders paving the way, the future is looking very bright!

If you are looking to travel within the States this summer, read Mary Jeneverre Schultz’s recommendations in Moab, Utah. There is plenty to do and it takes less than six hours to drive there. If you are hoping to trek abroad, say to Nepal, read more about Amuda Mishra’s personal account visiting her hometown, Kathmandu, last month. While working on a service project for the Clinton Global Initiative, she organized a Nepali community in the town of Birgunj to create light bulbs made of water bottles.

Lastly, the Asian Pacific Development Center and Chinese American Council of Colorado are collecting non-perishable food items this month to be donated to Colorado’s refugee communities. Please see the upcoming events for more information on where items can be dropped off.

Annie Guo, President
Asian Avenue magazine