Respected Members of NASeA/ANMA and Nepali community members,
As the president of NASeA, I would like to welcome everyone to the 16th NASeA/ANMA joint convention which is going to be held in the vibrant city of Orlando, Florida on labor day weekend.
Last year due to COVID-19, we were unable to continue our yearly NASeA/ANMA joint convention. With the goal of further bolstering the long-standing relationship between NASeA/ANMA, this year we are organizing the joint convention in Orlando, Florida in collaboration with the local organization NAF during the period when most of Nepalese-Americans are fully vaccinated and by adopting all the safety protocols to the best of our ability. However, keeping the current situation of COVID-19 into account, this year we have decided to cut short our 3-day convention to a single day on Sunday, September 5 as the health and safety of our attendants is of paramount importance to us.
NASeA/ANMA joint convention has always helped to uplift the understanding and harmony among Nepalese because we perceive it as a joyful occasion to meet our fellow community members. This can be taken as another unique aspect of the convention. However, due to COVID-19, last year’s convention was limited to being virtual.
With the theme of ‘Facing the future together’, various programs and activities that exhibit Nepalese culture, language, literature and sports will be organized in order to encourage an active and widespread participation from our second-generation youths and also to remind them of our Nepalese culture, values and norms. This will enable us to establish our peculiar identity as Nepali-origin Americans in the ethnically diverse American society.
Possibly, this is the first convention of its kind to be organized jointly by such a large number of local Nepalese organizations. Therefore, we are eager to welcome you all with your families to the convention in the beautiful city of Orlando.
I also would like to take this moment to extend my heartfelt condolence to all the deceased Nepalese USA and around the world who lost their lives to COVID-19. At the same time, I also would like to congratulate all our COVID-19 survivors, wish them speedy recovery and urge them to celebrate this event as their victory over COVID-19. I also would like to extend warmth and good wishes to all who have had rough experiences in various ways during this pandemic. Nevertheless, I believe that we have now come out of it stronger and more united than ever before. It is during these tough times that the relevance and importance of Nepalese organizations and harmony among the community members become clearer to us. Therefore, on behalf of NASeA, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all the helping hands who enabled us to conduct our programs and activities even while remaining confined indoors.
Lastly, if you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to contact the members of NASeA/ ANMA and host organizations and I sincerely request everyone to come join the convention in Orlando, FL during this labor day weekend.
Nepalese Association In Southeast America (NASeA)