India Independence Day 2020
The Nassau County Office of Asian American Affairs hosted the first ever zoom event in honor of Indian Independence Day. On August 12th at 6:30pm, 100 attendees celebrated India’s 74th Independence Day. Special guests included the Consul General Mr. Randhir Kumar Jaiswal of the Consulate General of India in New York , Senator Kevin Thomas, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, and India Host Committee members Indu Jaiswal, Mohinder Singh, Dr. Bobby Kumar, Shashi Malik, Mukesh Modi, Jyoti Bhatia Gupta, and Pink Jaggi. We enjoyed lovely performances by Nassau residents, followed by messages from Indian community leaders and patriotic melodies. The County also lit the dome with the colors of the Indian flag on August 15th 2020.
Pakistan Independence Day 2020
The Nassau County Office of Asian American Affairs hosted a wonderful Facebook Live event in honor of Pakistani Independence Day. On August 13th at 7:30pm, 2.2k viewers tuned in to celebrate Pakistan’s 74th Independence Day. Special guests included Consul General Ayesha Ali of the Consulate General Pakistan New York , Senator Kevin Thomas, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, and Pakistani community members Shan Hamid, Dr.Isma Chaudhry, and Ammad Sheikh. The event began with the American and Pakistani national anthems, followed by a live performance by Pakistani comedian and impressionist Syed Shafaat Ali. The event ended with a video of local Pakistani American organizations wishing attendees a happy Independence Day. The County also lit the dome with the colors of the Pakistani flag on August 14th, 2020.
Together, with the Office of Hispanic Affairs and the Office of Minority Affairs, we hosted a 6-series workshop on community outreach and careers in Nassau County government. In 4 languages including English, Hindi, Mandarin, and Spanish we provided essential information on MWBEs, the census, education, employment opportunities, navigating the Civil Service website, and the county’s pension plan. We hope that this information will help service all communities in Nassau and let us grow together. If you would like copies of these events, please check out our Facebook page where the full video is posted.
Eid Drive-Through Celebration
To spread holiday cheer from a safe and social distance, our office hosted the first ever Eid Drive-Through Celebration. The Legislative Building’s parking lot, where the drive-through took place, was filled with joyous spirits. Volunteers enthusiastically prepared each station in anticipation. Balloons were twisted into cool animals. Cupcakes, South Asian sweets, and ice creams of various delicious flavors were set out. Platters of biryani and gyros decorated tabletops. Packets of surgical masks were readied to be doled out. A jumbotron blared fun tunes and displayed pictures. Cars adorned with creative and colorful decorations begin lining up.
By the end of the lively night, over 1,000 cars and 3,000 people participated. County Executive Laura Curran, Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder and Legislator Arnold Drucker joined our Executive Director Farah Mozawalla along with the Asian Advisory Council in the celebration! Thank you to all the wonderful organizations who made this possible and gave the public a bit of the Eid cheer that may have been lost due to the pandemic.
Sponsors for the events included Long Island Halal Guide, AMPAK Cares, NY South Asian Chamber of Commerce, ICNA Relief, Teens Against Hunger-New York, HAB Bank, Muslims of New York, Shan Shaheen, Kababjees, Gyro Spot, Rajbhog Hicksville, Make Block, Youth Innovation Lab, and Muslims of Long Island.
2020 Lunar New Year Celebration
The 2020 Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by the Office of Asian American was an enjoyable evening filled with a variety of delicious ethnic Asian cuisine. Dazzling performances included lion dances, Guzheng instruments, Dunhuang dances and other mesmerizing theatrics! The evening was filled with joy and laughter as the Year of Rat brings good fortune, health, and prosperity to us all. Thank you to all those in attendance.
Sanjah Punjab Event
On Friday, October 4th, 2019 we hosted Sanjah Punjab. We enjoyed delicious food, stunning performances, and moving speeches calling for the unity of, not just Punjab, but for all of us. We stand stronger together. At our Sanjha Punjab event we honored Harris County Sheriff Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal. Deputy Dhaliwal was killed while on duty. He was a trailblazer for the Asian American community as he was the first police officer in Harris County to wear a turban. He was a role model in professionalism, community service, and progression in society.
Property Assessment Workshop
On Friday, October 18th, 2019, in partnership with the County Executive’s office and Department of Assessment, we hosted a Property Assessment Information Session and Exemption Workshop. We’re taking critical steps to ensure that we’re serving every resident equally. Public outreach in all communities remains a top priority to ensure that Nassau’s property owners have the resources they need to take full advantage of the many exemptions available. We provided live Mandarin Chinese translation services as well, taking the first steps to ensure information is accessible to ALL of our residents.
Diwali Celebration 2019
On Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 our office held a special celebration of Diwali, which symbolizes a renewal of faith and the victory of light over darkness. Filled with stunning cultural performances, delicious food, and an informative cultural context we brought together members of the Nassau community in this joyous celebration.
Chinese New Year – February
The program for the evening included Chinese New Year greetings from the County Executive followed by cultural programs, including, a lion dance show, Chinese Yo-Yo theatrics, Zither instrument ensemble, martial arts, and traditional and modern dance performances. Chinese food was served and Chinese artwork was on display. The evening was filled with warmth, laughter, and cheer as the Chinese New Year ushered in a year of good fortune, health, and prosperity to the administration and to all who attend. The purpose of this event is to showcase and embrace the multiethnic diversity in Nassau County.
Lifeguard Sensitivity Training – May
In early May, our office and the Nassau County lifeguards and pool directors participated in a cultural bias training conducted by our staff. The program was designed to sensitize the lifeguards and pool directors to the reasons why modest swimwear is worn by members of certain ethnic groups and ensuring all members of the public feel welcome and safe at our pools and beach facilities. We also conducted outreach with ethnic groups about water safety and what fabrics would be permitted in the pools.
Ramadan Iftar –
This event honored local Muslim leaders and activists as well as showcased Ramadan’s focus on the principles of community, sacrifice, and self-reflection. Part of the event included a traditional breaking of the fast at sunset followed by dinner.
Bangladesh Independence Day – March 26th, 2019
On March 26th, we celebrated Bangladesh Independence Day due to the growth of the community. It commemorates the day when Bangladesh achieved independence from Pakistan. Bangladesh emerged as an independent nation in 1971. This cultural event showcased the diversity in Nassau County with performances, ethnic food, and honoring community leaders.
Asian Heritage Month – May 2019
May was Asian Heritage month. Throughout the month, we celebrated the contributions of Asian Americans in Nassau County. During this month we displayed Asian American art at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Building and held an Asian Heritage celebration to celebrate diversity. Through these efforts, we hope to have the entire county acknowledge and celebrate Asian American contributions. This has also helped to strengthen our social media presence.
World Cup Softball Tournament - June 29
The World Cup event brought in hundreds of players and fans! We had 13 different countries compete in a show of unity, sportsmanship, diversity, and competition! Looking forward to the next one! Congratulations to our winners, team USA and Afghanistan.
Census Panel-July 23
The Offices of Asian American Affairs, Hispanic Affairs, and Minority Affairs organized a Census Panel event to create awareness of the importance of the census to our communities. The expert panelists explained the significance of being counted in the Census and addressed the ongoing efforts of the Complete Count Committee, Census jobs, and the L.I Counts 2020 Census Report. With standing room only, it was exciting to see our communities taking a proactive role in this initiative to ensure their voices are heard.
Census Job Fair July-30
Our Office along with Legislator Solages and Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman hosted a Census Job Fair. Over a 100 people turned out to apply online for Census Jobs at the Elmont Library. Although the library ended up closing due to a water main issue, we did not let that stop us and set up right inside the lobby!
India Independence Day 8/15/19
- Nassau County hosted a wonderful event in honor of India Independence Day! It was a meaningful celebration of 72 years of the world’s largest democracy. We enjoyed a lovely flag raising ceremony followed by traditional Indian songs and a thali of food.
Pakistan Independence Day 8/14/19
- Thank you so much to all of our attendees at the Pakistan Independence Day program for coming out and supporting the cultural and ethnic diversity of our county. We had a huge turnout of over 300 people.
Together, we celebrated with an evening full of beautiful decor, delectable food, and phenomenal cultural performances of music and color by the youth - all centered around our theme of Trailblazing Pakistani Women of Nassau County. And after a vibrant evening of fun, we enjoyed chai, desserts, and music as the dome was lit green and white. Shoutout to Naheed Bhatti, Tasneem Qamar, Tahira Sharif, Dr. Uzma Syed, Dr. Sabahat Mahmood, and Mahdiya Jaffer, all of whom are active community leaders who embody our theme and were honored for their hard work. We would like to give a special shoutout to our all-women host committee, lead by Sabah Ijaz, for helping us put together this wonderful event. Each member of the committee showcased their talent and leadership, fully embodying our theme: Trailblazing Pakistani Women of Nassau County. It was an honor working with you all.
And once again, Happy Pakistan Independence Day!
2020 Census Panel 7/23/19
- Thank you for coming out and showing your support for the 2020 Census last night! It was exciting to see our communities taking a proactive role in this initiative to ensure their voices are heard. A special thank you to Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Office of the Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman’s for their leadership. A huge shout out to Rebecca Sanin for being an amazing moderator and our fearless leader on the census. Thank you to the phenomenal panelists, Valerie Anderson Campbell, Dr. Isma Habib Chaudhry, Marv McMoore Jr., Mimi Pierre Johnson, Theresa Sanders, George Siberon, and Marianella Casas for helping quell the doubts about the Census any of our constituents may have had.
World Cup Softball Tournament 6/29/19
- Sports ignite our competitive spirits and give us something to unite with. The World Cup Softball Tournament did just that, with teams stretching across the globe. It was an absolutely beautiful event full of play, fun, and laughter. This only serves to show that we are happier and stronger together than we are apart.