Honda honored for ‘promoting cultural heritage’ of community.
By The American Bazaar Staff
WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) was honored by the Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA) for promoting the cultural heritage of the Kashmiri people, in the United States, at an event in Fremont, California.
“Thank you for this recognition,” Honda said, according to a press release. “Kashmiris, like all Indian Americans, have added so much to America’s culture. It is an honor to be recognized by this august organization.”
The Kashmiri Overseas Association presented the congressman with a plaque saying he was being honored for “Promoting Cultural Heritage.” It also mentions his work on the Appropriations Committee, as Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and as Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
“I’ve known Mike since he became a Congressman in year 2000,” said KOA member Jeevan Zutshi. “His excellent and consistent record of service to his district speaks for itself. However, his service to Kashmiri community in its quest to preserve 5000 years of culture has been exemplary. It was high time the entire Kashmiri community in the U.S. thanked him and honored him for his service.”
The Kashmiri Overseas Association is a national organization of Indo-Americans hailing from Kashmir, India, dedicated to the preservation of their 5000 year old heritage. Its purpose is to protect, preserve, and promote Kashmiri ethnic and socio-cultural heritage, to promote and celebrate festivals, and to provide financial assistance to the needy and deserving.