Obama Appoints Five Asian Americans to Key Posts

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WASHINGTON – President Obama announced his plan to appoint 19 individuals to key positions in his administration. Among them are two female Laotian Americans, Dr. Khampha Thephavong and Doua Thor.

Dr. Thephavong is a primary care physician at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Fresno, Calif. Thor has been director of the Southeast Asian Action Resource Center, based in Washington, DC.

Obama also appointed three Indian Americans to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The commission’s goal is to help Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders get greater access to federal funding and programs.

Farooq Kathwari, Sunil Puri, and Amardeep Singh were recently appointed to the commission formed earlier this year. Kathwari is the chairman, president, and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors. Puri is the president and owner of real estate firm First Rockford Group, Inc. Singh is the co-founder and director of programs at the Sikh Coalition, the nation’s largest Sikh organization.