Reno Hindu leader Rajan Zed attended the reception in celebration of “Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month” at the invitation of US President Barack Obama in White House in Washington DC on May 24.
Other participants included US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, US Congressman Mike Honda, Redondo Beach (California) Mayor Mike Gin, etc.
Bhangra sounds were heard in the East Room of the White House on the occasion regarding which Obama remarked: “a uniquely American sound that may not have been heard in the White House before”.
On the occasion, President Obama talked about “more than 16 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders whose talents and efforts strengthen our economy and protect our security and enliven our communities each and every day.”
“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have helped to fulfill that promise for generations now. And because of the leadership of all of you in this room and people all across the country, I’m confident that that will continue into this century”, Obama added.