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Editor’s Note - November 2008

Erin's PhotoGreetings AAm readers! With the roller-coaster economic crisis, these are scary times for us all. We hope this month’s issue will give you something more enjoyable to focus on while providing insights into the Asian American culture.

To many peoples’ surprise and delight, the first winner of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” was JabbawockeeZ, a crew comprised mostly of Asian Americans. Our cover story this month is about the popularity of hip hop and break-dancing among our local AAPI communities. Hip hop is often displayed negatively in movies and the media, but the true core of hip hop allows for full physical exertions, artistic expression, and camaraderie that transcends all cultures.

Along the theme of dance, we chatted with Namita Khanna Nariani who combines her passion for architecture and Indian dance. Nariani shares her insights on how to truly do what you love in all facets of your life.

November 11 is Veteran’s Day and this month we feature a few resident AAPIs who served this country as a reminder that we, too, fight and die for civil liberties and freedom as Americans. They are just a few of the hundreds of service men and women living in Colorado. We, at Asian Avenue magazine, wish to extend our deep appreciation to all veterans, past, present and fallen who fight to keep us safe.

If you’re wondering what you can do to liven up traditional Thanksgiving dishes, Chef Leah Eveleigh shares her recipes for Citrus Roasted Duck and Baked Ham with Pineapple Orange Glaze – both have an Asian twist. The photos alone will make your mouth water.

We are thankful for your continued support and interest in our magazine. From our family to yours, we wish all of you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

With much appreciation,

Erin Yoshimura

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