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Nisei_MedalNearly 70 years - is a long time.

That’s how long one group has waited for this day. They are soldiers - from World War Two - who were honored in Washington D.C. on November 2. They are all Japanese-Americans.

When many of their own families were put into internment camps, they volunteered to serve in the US military. Those units, the 442nd, 100th and military intelligence, were honored at a ceremony - where each UNIT was given the Congressional Gold Medal. Eight of the 317 veterans there were from Colorado.

And one of them is a recipient of the highest medal of valor that our country can award: the Medal of Honor. George Sakato is from Denver. He remembers very clearly the battle of the Lost Battalion.

“Tanamachi stood up and got shot,” George said.  “I went over and he died in my arms. I said, ‘Oh, my God.’ I was so mad, I cried. I was gonna get the guys that shot him or die trying.”

George got up and began running up the hill toward the enemy.


The Denver Art Museum’s Chinese textiles and costumes take center stage in Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty. In the first extensive special exhibition of these objects in thirty years, visitors will find a panorama of court and informal robes, exquisitely detailed personal accessories, and dramatic wall hangings drawn entirely from the permanent collection. In 1981, Secret Splendors of the Chinese Court debuted robes and accessories collected by Charlotte Hill Grant in China during the 1920s and 1930s, following a gift of over 600 Qing Dynasty pieces to the museum by Mrs. Grant’s children, James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin, in 1977. In addition to preeminent items from the earlier exhibition, Threads of Heaven showcases many objects rarely or never exhibited, both from the Grant collection and other donors.

The treasures on view provide a glimpse into court life during the last century the Qing Dynasty. In 1644 Manchu forces from the north conquered China. Ethnically distinct from the more populous Han Chinese, they founded the Qing Dynasty, which lasted until the deposition of the child-emperor Pu Yi—the last Emperor of China—by the 1911 Chinese revolution. The objects in Threads of Heaven date primarily to the period when Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) ruled “from behind the curtain.” The daughter of an ordinary official, she became a royal concubine at eighteen and gave birth to the emperor’s sole male heir in 1856. When her son became emperor in 1861, her power increased. She ousted his appointed regents, assuming nearly absolute control of the government. She maintained her position after his death in 1875 by appointing her young nephew and adopted son emperor. Cixi’s power was threatened when foreign forces moved into Beijing in 1900. She and the emperor fled, but returned in 1902. In 1908, a day after the emperor’s death, she chose his successor from her own deathbed.


Singles Mingle - Speed Dating
Sunday, December 4th | 5pm to 7pm | Cost: $5
Volcano Asian Cuisine | 10440 E Arapahoe Rd | Centennial, CO 80112
Round-robin style | Appetizers will be served | Have a little fun
RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 303.937.6888 or on Facebook.

Denver has made several “America’s Best Cities for Singles” lists over the last few years. Perhaps it’s the opportunities to find companionship over a local microbrew at a welcoming pub or trekking through the wonderful outdoors that draws individuals to The Mile High City. Nonetheless, the city is the perfect place for high-energy individuals seeking professional and personal opportunities to thrive. Let Asian Avenue play ‘wingman’ as we introduce you to Denver’s most eligible Asian American singles.

jennyHave you met Jenny?
Jenny Ly, 23
Currently studying for her Bachelor of Arts in International Business Administration and Public Policy and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at University of Denver

Ly may be working towards a master’s degree at DU, but that doesn’t stop her from having a career as well. She handles corporate communications and business development at a mining and chemical extraction company. Ly describes herself as a politically-active, extroverted and worldly individual. Her ambition is very apparent in her hobbies, which include working on campaigns, climbing Colorado 14ers, cooking, yoga and tennis.

Ly would love to meet a man a few years older that she can relate to about her love of economics, current events and politics. Her perfect date would be something extravagant like a wine tasting in Napa Valley or a flight to Paris. She loves to be wined and dined, but would settle for a trip to an art show or gallery.

Qualities that impress her: Those who are family-oriented, humble, politically-savvy and driven.
Her turn-offs: People who are rude or have no filter in public.
She couldn’t live without: Her tease comb. “I love my voluminous hair.”
Words to live by: “If God brought you to it, he will get you through it.”



Derek Okubo, the Executive Director of Human Rights and Community Relations for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, admits he never thought he would have such a title.

“I graduated from college with a degree in psychology,” Okubo said. “If you were to ask me then if I were doing what I’m doing now, I would have thought you were crazy.”

The Human Rights and Community Relations Agency of the city government serves as an advocate for the elderly, the disabled, the disenfranchised and many other groups in the Denver community. Okubo’s understanding and passion for civil equality makes him the perfect person to lead their endeavors.

Before accepting Mayor Hancock’s appointment to the position, the Japanese American served 19 years at the National Civic League.

He was born and raised in Colorado. Okubo’s family decided to stay in the state after being released from a Japanese internment camp after World War II. He started as assistant director of community services at the National Civic League in the early 1990s and left in July 2011 with the title of senior vice president.


aphigAlpha Phi Gamma
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Although Asian-Interest Greek organizations date back to 1929, most were founded in the 1990s. In Colorado, one of the younger organizations is Alpha Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.

Nicknamed APhiG, the sorority’s mascot is the baby panda, and it was established in 1994 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Alpha Phi Gamma has one chapter in Colorado, which was founded in 2008 by eight students at Colorado State University.

Represented in nine states, the sorority has over 600 sisters nationwide, with 27 at CSU and currently eight active in CSU’s Theta chapter.

Such small numbers promote a tight-knit sisterhood. Simrik Neupane, Theta chapter’s Recruitment and Publicity Chair, said that despite coming from a tight-knit family, she found a home away from home in APhiG.

“What I quickly discovered was that most of the relationships that you make in college are quite superficial. I wanted something deeper than that,” said Neupane. “Here, I have found people that truly understand me, my family, my heritage and my values.”



Rated Fresh Clothing
670 S. Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80219
Tel: 720.985.0722 |
Mon to Sat: 10am - 6pm

On August 8, 2008, a lucky day for Hieu Pham, the doors opened to a new business and a lifelong dream. Growing up, he had always hoped to produce his own clothing line. Now at the age of 29, Pham not only designs clothing, he creates graphic artwork and manages his own business, Rated Fresh Clothing.

“Rated Fresh is an urban yet sophisticated clothing line with aspirations to show the world it is not a brand only for Christians but a brand for everyone to wear in style while passing positive messages.”

When Pham first began his business, he visited Vietnam to observe the quality of clothing and utilize Vietnamese apparel for his designs. Now he focuses mainly on t-shirts with embroidery on clothes made in the U.S.


cahep1Monday to Friday: 8:30AM - 5PM
5250 Leetsdale Dr. Suite 110, Denver, CO 80246
Tel: 303-954-0058 | Fax: 303-997-6325 |

Colorado Alliance for Health Equity and Practice is a non-profit organization committed to reducing health disparities in the refugee and immigrant populations in Colorado by providing an inclusive framework of community organizations sharing good practices in health care. CAHEP also performs health screenings at ethnic community centers around Denver.

The primary care clinic is a family practice physician’s office, with full service adult, pediatric, gynecological and mental health services. CAHEP has helped change the lives of its patients, many of which do not have anywhere else to go for medical services.

The clinic utilizes a network of interpreters and navigators who speak over 30 languages: Karen, Karenni (Kyah), Burmese, Chin, Kashin, Mon, Kinyarwanda, Nepali/Bhutanese, Hindi, Urdu, Tigrgna  (Eritrean), Amharic (Ethiopian), Hakha, Farsi, Oromo, Rohinga, Pashto, Arabic (Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Morocco, etc.), Suda, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Russian, Ukranian, Thai, French (Congo, West Africa), Lingala, Tagalog, Swahili (Kenya, Uganda), Kirundi (Burundi), Khmer (Cambodian), Hmong, Lao, Armenian. These are the ethnicities, nationalities, and languages that account for more than 90% of CAHEP’s patients.

Although CAHEP primarily serves new and established immigrants to Denver, patients do not have to be a minority or underserved to utilize services at CAHEP. In fact, patients with private insurance plans help subsidize care for the underserved. This is an innovative socially conscious healthcare choice. Additionally, many find CAHEP’s international clientele an enjoyable alternative, and an exposure to a unique side of Denver.


taotao10400 E. 6th Ave. | Aurora, CO 80010
Tel: 303-366-1761
HOURS: Mon to Thu: 11:00 - 9:30 PM | Closed Tuesdays

Located on the glamorous corner of 6th and Havana in the heart of the beautiful and luxurious Aurora, Colo. is the renowned Tao Tao Noodle Bar... Well, that was my humorous sarcasm. I live up the street from this restaurant and its best description would be “a diamond in the rough.”

Chef David Lee, previous owner of Chopsticks in Denver, has settled here to continue bringing us delicious Taiwanese-Chinese food. For this peek, I recruited the taste buds of my right hand woman, Catherine Wang, who is from Taiwan and knowledgeable of the authenticity and history of Taiwanese-style dishes. Without further ado, lets dive straight into the food.

The appetizers started with spicy, crunchy and delectable marinated pickled cabbage and pickled beansprouts. The bean curds with vegetables had the freshness of a salad and tasted savory at the same time. But the best of the bunch was the chilled jellyfish with pickled cucumber. According to Catherine, these appetizers are “street foods” in Taiwan that can be ordered from various street vendors.


Yabby3355 S Yarrow St. #E-131 | Lakewood, CO 80227
Tel: 303-985-0231 | Web:
HOURS: Mon to Sat: 3pm - 10pm | Sun: 12pm - 9pm

So what does “Yabby” mean? Go ahead in your best Crocodile Dundee accent say “Yabby–Australian for crawfish” (this may remind you of a well-known beer commercial).

It seems like these types of seafood eateries are popping up everywhere around town but what sets Yabby Hut apart from the rest is their dedication to quality. Located in a tucked away strip mall in Lakewood you would only find the restaurant if you knew what you were looking for, and Yabby Hut patrons certainly know what they are looking for. Delicious seafood.

So how does Yabby Hut keep people from across the city trekking back? Linh Nguyen, the restaurant’s manager said, “We focus on quality not quantity.” Sourcing their supply of seafood from all coasts—the crawfish from Louisiana, the lobster from Maine, the blue crab from Maryland and so on—they keep their supply up to standard by going to suppliers with the freshest and highest quality seafood. That coupled with their unique and secret spices and sauces produce a savory product.



Presented by the National Federation of Filipino American Association Region V, Filipiniana celebrated an evening of dinner and dancing, as well as the presentation of community awards on Saturday, Oct. 22. The evening opened with a welcome and invocation by Dr. Erlinda Rojas-Santos, Vice Chair of NaFFAA Region V. Ed Navarra, NaFFAA National Chair and Donna LaVigne, Chair of Region V presented Outstanding Youth Leader Awards to Jessica Pasion and Theresa Fernstedt. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to retired U.S. Army Veteran Ron Nono, who has been involved with the Filipino-American Community of Southern Colorado since 1993.

Chris Jose, Reporter for Fox 31 News, shared an inspirational message to the young Filipino Americans in the audience. Then the entertainment began with performances by Philippine American Society of Colorado, Filipino American Community of Southern Colorado and Hype 303. LokoMotion Band played live music to end the evening with dance.