What We Do

The Virginia Asian Advisory Board (VAAB) was created to recognize the importance of the contributions of the Asian Community in Virginia, to advise and inform the Governor on issues facing Asian constituents and to advocate for the interests of the Asian community.

Asians in Virginia are native-born U.S. citizens from all parts of the country, and foreign-born residents from all over the world.  Virginia's Asian community represents a diversity of cultures and languages, unique needs and skills, countless contributions and endless potential for the Commonwealth.

The mission of the VAAB is to serve these Virginians who enrich our state and to call upon government officials, local communities, and all constituents to take part in the positive changes that are making Virginia an even better place to live.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the Asian community comprises approximately 3.7% of Virginia's population.  On the national level, Asian Americans make up 4.3% of the total U.S. population - about 12 million people.  However, this number represents an increase of 63% from the 1990 census, making Asian Americans the fastest growing of all the major racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., in terms of percentage growth.

If you are interested in serving on a state board or commission, please visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website for more information.