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Discuss: Do Asian Americans Still Face Challenges?

New York City Comptroller John Liu (C) celebrates with his family after he was sworn into office by Judge Jeffrey K. Oing (R) at New York’s City Hall, Jan. 1, 2010.  (Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images)

New York City Comptroller John Liu (C) celebrates with his family after he was sworn into office by Judge Jeffrey K. Oing (R) at New York’s City Hall, Jan. 1, 2010. (Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, May 17, 2010 - This month Asia Society spotlights the remarkable achievements of—and the continuing challenges faced by—the one in eight New Yorkers and over 15 million Americans who trace their descent to Asia or the Pacific Islands. President Obama recently emphasized those challenges by reestablishing two major White House initiatives, and Asian Americans are increasingly represented in important positions at every level of government.

Tell us what you think. Does this heightened visibility and increased prominence mean that Asian Americans have become assimilated into the mainstream of American life? Or are there still obstacles preventing people of Asian descent from achieving their full potential in this country?

Join the discussion below. Then, join us at Asia Society New York on Wednesday, May 19 for a discussion on how Asian Americans are changing the landscape of American life with the following guests:

Christine Lagdameo, the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
John C. Liu, New York City Comptroller & the first city-wide Asian American elective official
Mee Moua, State Senator, MN, and the First Hmong American elected to a state legislature
Vijay Iyer, composer/pianist
Alice Young, Partner & Chair, Asia Pacific Practice, Kaye Scholar LLP

Please note: this panel discussion will also be a free live video webcast from 6:00 to 7:30 pm ET on AsiaSociety.org/live. Online viewers are encouraged to submit their questions to [email protected].