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Building global connections and strengthening relations among Asian-Americans

LOS ANGELES- Asian American business owners in Southern California representing 10 Asian nations formally signed a collective agreement in a historic ceremony on May 28 at The Mercury in the heart of Koreatown in Los Angeles. The presidents of the ten members of the newly formed Asian American Chamber Association who signed the agreement are Edward Tan (Cambodian-American Chamber of Commerce), Chester Chong (Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles), Waqar Ali Khan (Council of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce), Leo A.Maranan (Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Fernando Valley), Ted Wakao (Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California), Chang Y. Lee (Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles), Dashdorj Dugar (Los Angeles Mongolian Association), Esther Wee (Singapore American Business Association of Southern California), Sommai Patamakanthin (Thai Chamber of Commerce at Southern California), and Za hangir Sayem (US Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce).
         The Asian American Chamber Association was established four months ago in January 2008 when representatives from the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai chambers of commerce in Southern California organized themselves together to maximize their influence and expand their economic opportunities. Last Wednesday, the six new members joined the original four and collectively represented tens of thousands of mostly immigrant entrepreneurs in Southern California from Asia. The affair's emcee, Peter Jung, Vice President of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, reported that the association first started with "friendship" golf tournament two years ago. They then saw the need for the Asian American entrepreneurs to form an association which would seek ways for economic cooperation through the sponsorship of joint trade  and business seminars, cultural events, field trips and other activities. 

         The president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Gary Toebben, welcomed the new association and congratulated the new members. "This association is for the betterment of your businesses, your communities and the nation, as a whole," Toebben said. Also on hand to congratulate the new organization and lend his support to the Asian Americans was LA Deputy Chief Terry Hara, the highest-ranking Asian American LAPD Officer. Hara said he looks forward to the growth of the AACA so they can have a stronger voice in the community for the common good. "Congratulations to all of you for this historic event as Asian Americans partner together so business can continue and thrive in the city," Hara said. The agreement that the Asian American businessmen signed called for the members' "cooperation and support in all manner possible in community, cultural and commerce functions, promoting presence and involvement for such ventures with the exclusion of international political undertakings". Leo A. Maranan, who owns American Healthcare Services is the president of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, San Fernando Valley.

Show of Unity and Strength. Members of the Asian American Chamber Association during the Signing Ceremony held last May 28 at The Mercury.  The different member Chambers represented  by its Presidents, from L-R: Mr. Edward Tan,  Cambodian-American Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Leo Maranan, Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce, San Fernando Valley (FACCsfv); Mr. Sommai Patamakanthin; Mr. Chester Chong, Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles; Mr. Chang Lee, Korean American Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Ted Wakao, Japanese Chamber of Commerce; Ms. Esther Wee, Singapore-American Business Association of Southern California; Mr. Waqar Ali Khan, Council of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Dashdorj Dugar , Los Angeles Mongolian Association.

FACC-SFV President Leo Maranan showing the signed MOU between the Asian American Chambers of Commerce with Berwyn Salazar, director for business development and Maridy Masical, director for Public Relations.

Presidents of the different Asian Chambers of Commerce with LAPD Chief Jim McDonnell and Los Angeles Business Federation representative Tracy Rafter.

President Leo Maranan with Director of business development Berwyn Salazar and LAPD Chief Jim McDonnell.

President Leo Maranan with Matte Hernandez, Marketing Director and Charina Carrera, co-chair for Membership with the magnificent view of downtown Los Angeles.

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