President’s Note – April 2012
Are you feeling the effects of spring fever—an increase in energy and vitality? Now is the time to get out of the house, enjoy the warm weather and get active! And not only get active, but get healthy. Let’s make healthier choices in what we eat and smarter decisions in living well. In this issue, we uncover Asian American health in many forms: the most common diseases, causes of health disparities and tips on how to take better care of yourself. Many Asian Americans rarely visit the doctor’s office unless they absolutely need to—how about changing that this spring? Schedule an appointment for your annual physical or check-up. It’s good for you!
Spring is also a time to rejuvenate and get in touch with your inner creativity. Miss Asian American Colorado Dao Than is organizing the “ARTiste” art gala dedicated to exhibiting the work of local artists as well as refugee youth. For the past months, she has been teaching art classes to refugee youth at Merrill Middle School. Through the Responsible Leadership and Action for Youth (ReLAY) program, Dao has been directly mentoring youth in their discovery of drawing, painting, dance and more. On Saturday, April 21st, the ARTiste (Art is Shown Through Expression) fundraising event will feature live performances as well as a dance performed by the youth. Speaking of art, we also spotlight Denver’s #1 champion of youth and arts, Stella Yu, the executive director of Arts Street. Art Street is a non-profit organization that fosters inspiration and creativity among the young people of Colorado. Stella has worked tirelessly over the past 11 years to provide career-based educational programs and encourage artistic expression for the youth. She is excited to announce the opening of the new Arts-Street Accelerator location at 1099 Osage Street in Denver last month.
The 2010 Census showed interesting results affecting the Asian-American community. We are the fastest growing racial group in the U.S., increasing by 45.6 percent from 2000 to 2010. Other interesting numbers include: $68,780 is the median household income of Asians; 50% of Asians 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education and 1.5 million businesses are owned by Asian Americans, a 40% increase from 2002 to 2007. Take a look at page 22 to get more of the numbers. One thing is for sure, the U.S. is becoming increasingly more diverse and mixed, as many of the Census categories defined a separation between Asians alone (single race) or Asians in combination (with additional races).
Lastly, we hope you will join us on Friday, April 27th, for our Joy of Living Dinner at Sae Jong Kwan Korean Restaurant in Aurora. We are looking forward to a delicious Korean BBQ feast with new and old friends. Thank you for the continued support of Asian Avenue magazine.
President, Asian Avenue magazine