Other AAPI Related Activities During Inauguration


Inauguration Kick-Off Happy Hour
Celebrating 4 More Years with South Asian Americans
TIME: 7- 10 PM
Location: Josephine, 1008 Vermont Avenue, Washington, DC
Presented by Night Life Agency with
South Asians for Obama and The Washington Leadership Program

Come celebrate, mingle, and network with top South Asian Americans from the campaign, in the Administration and on the Hill!  Complimentary admission. Drink specials available. We will be taking voluntary donations for the Washington Leadership Program,www.thewlp.com, to build the next generation of community leaders.

AAPI Inaugural Welcome Briefing
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
TIME:  2-6PM
Cost:  Free
Location: U.S. Department of Education, Barnard Auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave., SW

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the White House Office of Public Engagement invite you to a briefing and discussion focused on issues of importance to the AAPI community.  Senior Obama Administration officials will share first term accomplishments, hear feedback from participants, and discuss opportunities to work together in the months and years ahead.

Click here to RSVP.  You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues, but please note that seating is limited.



Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies welcomes new Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Members to 113th Congress
Time: 1-3PM
Cost: Free
RSVP –  http://bit.ly/APAICS113thCongress

Location: Communication Workers of America, 501 3rd Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001.  The closest metro is Judiciary Square  (Red) or Gallery Place-Chinatown (Green/Yellow).  Be sure to check WMATA’s website for any metro exit closings in relationship to the weekend of events.

There will be a short program with Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco and Representative Ami Bera and Representative Mark Takano.


South Asian Americans Leading Together Inauguration Reception
Time: 6-8pm
Location: National Association of Broadcasters, 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Indiaspora Inaugural Ball
Time: 8PM
Location: Mandarin Oriental — 1330 Maryland Ave SW

The Indiaspora Ball will highlight the very best in Indian American cuisine, culture and music. Guests will enjoy fabulous networking, cuisine from the four corners of India, delightful entertainment and Bollywood dancing. Stay tuned for the entertainment lineup. A limited number of VIP tickets offering exclusive benefits and special guest access are also available.
Tickets – $300 each
Includes dinner, drinks, dancing, and entertainment

IGNITE: 2013 Korean American Inauguration Celebration
2013 Korean American Inauguration Committee

Judi Rhee Alloway, Kimberly Goulart, William Hwang, Hyepin Im, Mark Keam, Gene Kim, Hannah Kim, Julia Kim, PJ Kim, Edward Koo, Brad Lee, Esther Lee, Christian Oh, Silvia Patton, Laura Shin, Grace Han Wolf (Herndon Town Council), Matthew Yang, Hanna Yoon, Sam Yoon, Tina Yoon

Please join us as we come together as a Korean American community to celebrate the Presidential Inauguration and honor KA political leaders who are making history throughout the country.

Saturday, January 19 from 6-8 pm at
Woo Lae Oak Restaurant
8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA

Rising Star Award – Ron Kim, newly elected member of the NY State Assembly (1st KA)
Inspire Award – Patty Kim, newly elected member of the PA House of Representatives (1st AA woman)

Admission Cost: $20 Young Professionals and $40 General. Admission will be received at the door.

*Heavy appetizers and no-host bar
*Rides from the metro to Woo Lae Oak will be provided. Please contact lshin818@gmail.com to coordinate a ride and for any additional questions.
*Business Casual
Please RSVP at the link : http://bit.ly/UydPGm


Hawai’i Presidential Center Inaugural Gala
Time: 7-10pm
Location: The Hay-Adams Hotel, Rooftop Terrace
Contact AJ Halagao the gala organizer at hawaiipresidentialcenter@gmail.com


Mabuhay: Inauguration Event by Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress
Time: 7-10pm
Location: Cause- The PhilanthroPub
(Upstairs Tree House Room)
1926 9th Street, NW (9th and U)


Presidential Pearl Gala Briefing
Date Sunday, January 20, 2013
Time 8:30 am – 1pm
Location: Mandarin Oriental, Ballroom C, 1330 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington DC 20024

Click here to RSVP

There will be a variety of panels during the morning’s briefing.

Please join us for the 10:15 am session on AAPIs and Policy Change. This session will be moderated by Deepa Iyer, NCAPA Chair and SAALT Executive Director, and feature Kathy Ko Chin, APIAHF President and CEO, and Mee Moua, AAJC Executive Director.

Date Sunday, January 20, 2013
Time 7pm to midnight
Location Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington DC 20024
Purchase Tickets: Click here

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What is the Schedule for the Day?

What is the schedule for the 20th?

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Briefings on voting trends, political appointment process and legislative issues for the new Congress. (Ballroom C)   CLICK HERE for the detailed agenda and to RSVP for the briefing.  Be sure to come early and join us for coffee and breakfast.  Keynote address by Christopher Lu, Cabinet Secretary will start promptly at 8:30 AM.  Registration starts at 8:00 AM.



Registration will open you at 5:30 PM for VIPs and 6:30 PM for all attendees.

6 – 7 p.m  VIP Reception

7 p.m. to midnight: Presidential Pearl Inaugural Gala

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Road Closures

For those making your plans for the day of Inauguration, be aware of the road closures.  The map shown below provided by the U.S. Secret Service is applicable starting Saturday.  To reach the Mandarin Oriental, its suggested to come via

I-395 Entering District of Columbia to the U.S. 1 N exit.   Turn right onto D St SW.  Take the 1st right onto 12th St SW.   Take the 1st right onto Maryland Ave SW and then turnright to the Mandarin Oriental at 1330 Maryland Ave SW.

Parking at the Mandarin Oriental is $30.

Click here to download PDF map.



Other additional information can be found here:

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2013/01/07/inauguration-street-closures-in-and-around-d-c/



Inaugural/January 21st:  “Metro riders will have rush-hour service most of the day, even though it’s a holiday…the Archives, Mount Vernon Square and Smithsonian stations will be closed because of the inauguration…Metrobuses that would normally operate within the security zone will be detoured around it.”

Metrorail will run continuously from 4am Monday morning to 2am Tuesday. For more detailed info, see their inaugural page, Inauguration Metro Rider Guide Here (PDF), and follow their inauguration twitter account:  @MetroInaug


Historic Union Station, two blocks from the Capitol Building. It is the best destination for those arriving via AMTRAK or Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) trains. Virginia Railway Express (VRE), the Virginia commuter rail, will not run trains on inauguration day.

MARC tickets for Inauguration Day are on sale online through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. The $25 tickets are for specific morning trains, but can also be used for any of the afternoon trains. Regular MARC tickets will not be accepted.  Buy in advance! If there are tickets remaining on Inauguration Day, they will be sold, cash only, at the Halethorpe, Odenten, Brunswick and Germantown stations.

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How do I confirm my ticket?

Tickets will NOT be mailed to you.  Your sale confirmation and e-ticket will be emailed to you by January 15, 3013.  Bring this to gain entrance to the morning conference and inaugural gala.  Be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

If you ordered more than 2 tickets or you have a change of guests, please submit the names to info@pearlgala2013.com.  Each ticket will have the name of the attendee printed and verified upon checking in.

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Morning Briefing


Organized by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20024
Ballroom C
Sunday, January 20, 2013

If you plan on attending the briefing, please RSVP by CLICKING HERE.

**Agenda and Speakers will be updated by 1/19/13

8: 00 a.m  Registration Check-In (Coffee and breakfast will be provided for those who come early.)

8: 30 a.m. Welcome

                        Keynote Address by Christopher Lu, Cabinet Secretary

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. AAPIs’ Roles in the 2012 Election
Panel will contextualize AAPI participation in national electoral politics. What were our triumphs, our lessons learned, and the challenges AAPIs must address in elections to come? How do we increase and continue civic engagement work beyond elections? What should be our community’s goals and benchmarks moving into the 2013 midterms, 2014 Presidential election and beyond?

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. AAPIs and Policy Change: What’s Ahead in 2012?
During this interactive session, advocates and government representatives will have a robust discussion about key policy principles and priorities facing AAPI communities, and community-based strategies for influencing positive policy change. We will hear from members of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) as well as leaders within the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the White House.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. New Faces of Leadership
The 113th Congress is the most diverse in history. This includes 13 Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Come and hear the personal stories of some of these newly elected members and what drives them to be part of this political infrastructure.

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Closing

Sponsored by: Southwest Airlines



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