This is indeed a very special year for the National Association of Asian American Professionals Detroit Chapter – the Birth Year of NAAAP Detroit! You are the team that made this happen in this extraordinary year; without your hard work the launch of our new organization would not be successful!
Our team made great strides getting involved in the community. We co-hosted the first Greater Detroit AsiaFest to help announce our launch and introduce ourselves to the community. Additionally, we held our first NAAAP Detroit Open House on Wednesday August 10th, in the iconic Rotating Rotunda room at the Edward Hotel & Convention Center. The event reached maximum capacity, drawing a diverse crowd from throughout our Greater Detroit community. Finally, we had a very successful NAAAP Detroit Inaugural Gala on Oct 28th held at Edward Hotel & Convention Center. The gala attracted a diverse crowd from businesses both large and small, state and local government, academia, pan-Asian and non-Asian participants. The gala included speeches, networking, conversation, dance, music and culture. As noted in an article by Tom Watkins (President and CEO Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Authority) in Dome Magazine: “Michigan and America are richer when we embrace diversity and create a welcoming environment for all to flourish. The contributions of Asian Americans to our state and Nation are indisputable and will only grow richer and deeper with the help of organizations like the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)!”
We are motivated, organized, and moving forward with an exciting and aggressive schedule of events. Our upcoming events will build upon our wave of excitement and we are enthusiastically looking forward to connecting with Asian professionals throughout SE Michigan!
Once again I thank you as NAAAP Detroit members and partners. You make us a successful organization. Thank you for staying with us, for supporting our mission, and for your generous contributions of time and effort!
See you all in 2017!
Ke Zhang-Miske (Coco)