Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Virginia

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Take a look into Asian Pacific Americans' impact on Virginia's past, present, and future.

Spotlight: Indian Americans

Indian Americans in Virginia

Indian Pacific Virginians have had significant impact on Virginia in numerous ways. As a segment of the Asian American Community, we honor Indian Americans and their contribution to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Featured Indian Americans in Virginia

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Suhas Subramanyam

The Delegate

Suhas has since worked tirelessly to improve the health and prosperity of all Virginians and Americans. He served on Capitol Hill as a health care and veterans policy aide, where he worked to expand and improve health care access to millions of Americans and drafted legislation to increase job opportunities and funding for veterans. He later earned his law degree with honors at Northwestern University School of Law, volunteering at the Center for Wrongful Convictions. Suhas is a proud resident of Loudoun County and has always maintained his commitment to serving his community.

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Dr. Marie Sankaran Raval, M.D.

The Doctor

Dr. Marie Sankaran Raval, M.D. was appointed to the VAAB in 2020.  She is an Anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor at VCU Health. Prior to her current position, she was employed by Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she served as an Anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor.

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Indian Americans in Virginia Statistics

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey Asian Indians made of 28% of the 545,000 members of Virginia’s Asian population.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey, in Virginia, in 2017, 80 percent of Asian Indians ages 25 and older held a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Noteworthy Asian Pacific Virginians

Throughout the month of May, the spotlight is on influential Noteworthy Asian Pacific Virginians of Virginia's past, present, and future.

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Atif Qarni

The Secretary

Prior to his appointment as Governor Northam’s Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni taught at Beville Middle School in Prince William County, leading courses in civics, economics, U.S History, and mathematics. He also served as a GED Night School Instructor. In 2016, Atif was recognized as the Dale City Teacher of the Year.

In addition to his work as an educator, Atif is a former Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Mona Siddiqui

The Advisor

Mona Siddiqui was appointed Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Policy Advisor for immigrant and refugee affairs in a new collaboration between the Office of Diversity, Equity.

Mona is a life-long resident of Virginia since emigrating from Pakistan with her family at the age of four. She completed her K-12 public education in Chesterfield County Public Schools and then pursued a Bachelors of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences. 

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Suja S. Amir

The Vice Chair

Suja S. Amir has a background in management, health policy, fiscal and forensic analyses, and general nonprofit consulting. She has years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in local government. She holds a B.S in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

She is a founding board member of Asian Latino Solidarity Alliance of Central Virginia.

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Learning Resources

Check out the resources below to learn more on Asian American's impact on the history of Virginia.