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Headlines | Aug 8

What a Wonderful World

My name is Lin Rui [lin-ray] Li. Rui is not a neglected middle name, but a crucial second half of my first name. I have not mastered how to confront wrongsayers of my name in person, but I was advised by the Honorable Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) , to tell it as it is to the right people and eventually, everyone will get it. The World Wide Web seemed an appropriate person to tell.

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Headlines | Aug 1

No Place Like DC

Surrounded by thousands of proud Americans who packed the National Mall for the Independence Day fireworks spectacular, one of my first experiences in DC was camping out on the Mall on Fourth of July. As the sky grew darker, the crowd also grew--a sea of families, couples, and summer interns. That I was sitting right beside the Washington Monument, listening to the outdoor concert blare country music, and watching the lights in the sky above our nation’s capital all contributed to an incredible feeling. I didn’t know it at the time, but that moment marked the beginning of a summer full of incredible experiences that I wouldn’t have known anywhere else in the world.

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Headlines | Aug 1

Building Bridges Cookout

My summer with APAICS has not only been an educational and inspirational experience, it has been a fun one as well. We have had opportunities to meet and talk with various leaders in the Asian Pacific American community, attend conferences and also to meet our counterparts with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) interns. Over the course of the summer, we really got to know each other, and there was no better way to cement our budding friendships than a toasty barbecue.

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Headlines | Jul 30

Norman Y. Mineta: A Boy from San Jose

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is proud to present "Norman Y. Mineta: A Boy from San Jose," a video biography of APAICS Founder and former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.

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