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February 2010 President's Note

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presidentDearest AAm Readers,

Welcome to February! The Lunar New Year falls on February 14th, also Valentine’s Day. Hopefully, that means there will be much love and joy as we head into 2010, the year of the Tiger. Look on page 14 to see what your Chinese Zodiac has in store for you this year!

In celebration of Chinese New Year, the Isle Casino has incorporated some special promotions for the month of February. There will be Chinese beers available at the bars and Chinese food featured at Calypso’s Buffet, Farradday’s Steakhouse and Tradewinds Marketplace.

This month, we visit two local businesses in our “Inside Story” section, both of which conduct a variety of services for their customers. Happy Clinic Denver, owned and operated by Dr. Phil Nguyen, provides health treatments ranging from medical marijuana consultations to botox and aesthetic surgeries. Pacific Auction, located in Longmont, hosts a variety of auctions that include auto, estate, firearms and more!

In our Spotlight section, we sit down with a good friend of AAm’s, Brandi Shigley. She is a Filipina adoptee, who has taken her communications degree and become a young entreprenuer in the fashion industry. Not only does she have her own fashionable purse line, she also runs her business, Fashion Denver, and is in a band! You definitely need to learn more about Brandi and get inspired on how to “do what you love and love what you do!”

Last month, Curtis Chin, producer and co-director of “Vincent Who?” visited Colorado’s universities to share movie screenings and Q&A forums about his film. This 2009 documentary is about the case of Chinese American Vincent Chin, who was murdered in 1982 in Detroit, Michigan. This impactful film will continue to tour the nation this spring and you can find its schedule and how to purchase a DVD on page 17.

Lastly, congratulations to Erin Yoshimura, former Editor-in-Chief of Asian Avenue magazine for being selected as the new Executive Director for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. As Colorado’s largest annual Asian-themed event, it is a hefty position to take on, and no one would be better for the job! Read more about Erin on page 24.

Annie Guo
President, Asian Avenue magazine
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