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

Dear Asian Avenue readers,

I had a blast playing in the AsiaXpress Tennis Tournament last month with many talented players of all ages. Kudos to Tod Nguyen and AsiaXpress.com for hosting the 15th annual event, battling through the rain, and promoting physical activity and sport in our community.

Each year, the Nan Desu Kan anime convention is highly anticipated. Many from across the state and region have been working tirelessly on their 2013 cosplay costumes for the September 13-15 weekend. This month, we highlight the history and growing popularity of anime in the U.S. as well as what goes on at conventions such as NDK. Thank you to all of the photographers, cosplay actors and anime fanatics who contributed to this story that truly only touches the surface of anime culture. Excited for the convention!

Congratulations to Sean Choi, also known as DJ Lazy Eyez, for winning the Westword Music Showcase’s Best Hip-Hop DJ award. If you know Sean by day, you would know he works a full-time job in addition to volunteering with many community organizations. How he has time to achieve such success and build his DJ skills by night (and weekends) is truly a talent! Read more about him in this month’s spotlight and visit www.djlazyeyez.com for updates on his upcoming events.

Thank you to the Colorado Alliance for Health Equity and Practice for providing important information on the Affordable Care Act, health reform laws and insurance enrollment assistance. Beginning October 1st, you may be eligible to enroll in the new health insurance exchange. CAHEP will be working in collaboration with Connect for Health Colorado to provide assistance and in-person education, as well as determine eligibility of health coverage. If you have any questions, please contact the CAHEP clinic at 303-954-0058.

My personal passion is to support children’s health and education. September provides the opportunity to do both – and for children around the world! Nathan Yip Foundation is hosting a dim sum lunch to fundraise for schools and orphanages in China, Mexico and Africa. Uplift Internationale celebrates its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner to raise money for its annual mission to the Philippines to provide reparative surgical care to poor, rural children born with facial deformities. We hope you enjoy this issue. Please contact us with any of your story ideas or suggestions at editor@asianavemag.com. We would love to hear from you. We are going strong into our seventh year of publication and would not be here without you. Thank you for all your support!

Annie Guo, President
Asian Avenue magazine