Kenney appoints city Commission on Asian-American Affairs

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Mayor Jim Kenney (center) stands with members of the Philadelphia Commission on Asian-American Affairs at City Hall Thursday. (Tom MacDonald/ WHYY)

Mayor Jim Kenney (center) stands with members of the Philadelphia Commission on Asian-American Affairs at City Hall Thursday. (Tom MacDonald/ WHYY)

Philadelphia’s Asian community now has a panel focusing on the community, its challenges and resources.

Mayor Jim Kenney, who on Thursday announced a revival of the city’s Commission on Asian-American Affairs, said the panel’s goal is to advise him on issues and policies pertinent to that community. That includes exploring ways to expand jobs for Asians in the city.

“Currently two industries that our city is known for — information technology and biotechnology — are seeing an increased need for a diverse workforce,” Kenney said. “We can help them meet these needs while also setting our Asian-American communities up for success.”

John Chin, who was appointed commission chairman, called on professionals to join together to help their community.

“We are in a new time with new challenges, and it behooves all of us to raise our expectations and do a little bit more,” he said. “And we’re going to find out what that little bit more is.”

After the announcement, the group met for the first time at City Hall.

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