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

Dear Asian Avenue readers,

Are you ready to say good-bye to this year and ring in 2014? How fast time has flown by. Thank you for another amazing year! In 2013, we covered interesting topics including: Asian parenting, the Hmong people, refugees in Colorado, Japanese tea ceremonies and meanings behind tattoos. We never run out of articles or information to share due to the richness of culture here in our state. This year, we also hosted a multitude of events including our annual lunar new year banquet, joy of living dinners, Asian American Heroes awards ceremony, singles mingle mixer, and Halloween party! Our mission continues to be “connecting cultures, linking lives”.

We hope you spend time with friends and family during the holiday season; and we invite you to celebrate the new year with us at Jing Restaurant on December 31. Dress to impress in red and white at the “Red Carpet Affair” New Year’s Eve Party. Time to let go of what you can’t change, and make new resolutions for what you can!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Best of 2013 survey to identify the best restaurants and supermarket in metro Denver. This has become a ritual issue, now in its third year, and we enjoy hearing the input and recommendations of our readers. We hope you enjoy this cover story, as well as our special feature of this year’s Asian-American news in “a look at 2013”.

We loved getting to know Toni Yagami and Kevie Kawasaki in our Spotlight and Rising Star previews this month. Both are of Japanese descent; and both are inspiring with their love for performing arts. Toni, who is a taiko performer and instructor, shares that her passion for taiko is far more than the movements of drumming; it is an expression that comes from the soul. Kevie, a student at the University of Colorado Denver, brings her Hawaiian roots to the Auraria Campus as she is actively involved in Hawaii Club of Auraria and teaches others how to hula dance.

Last month, Typhoon Haiyan left many parts of the Philippines in destruction and despair. Locally, our Filipino-American community is coming together to fundraise and provide relief to the typhoon’s victims. On December 15, the largest local fundraising event will take place at the Exdo Event Center. As you watch or read the news of the aftermath, you may think it is impossible to help people on the other side of the world. However, this event allows all of us to get involved locally. We invite you to attend the event or make a donation in support of those affected by the typhoon. ‘Tis the season to give!

Happy Holidays,

Annie Guo, President
Asian Avenue magazine