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WORK IN PROGRESS (Last updated on 8/9/2013)

NASeA was founded in 1991.

NASeA History
By Shaubhagya L. Shrestha
Past President, Georgia

Article Published on Yeti View Point 2011

I was born in 1991, during the great Nepalese festival Vijaya Dashami (celebrated on victory of good over evil). After being blessed by our “Aama” who came from Nepal, my birth was witnessed by my well -wishers from GA, AL, TN, FL, NC, and SC. During the second meeting in Atlanta, GA I was given a name NASeA which stands for “Nepalese Association in Southeast America”. My physical territory covers the vast Southeastern part of the United States of America.

During my first twenty years, I had the pleasure to welcome and greet many outstanding Nepalese, including Mr. Yog Prasad Upadhyay, one of the first Nepalese Fulbright Scholars and the first Nepalese Ambassador to the US after the restoration of democracy in Nepal. This year, I am celebrating my 20th birthday and with that saying goodbye to my teenage years. Social and voluntary work is my passion. During my annual conventions, people make new friends and rekindle the friendship with their old friends. I have also provided a stage for people to come together and establish deeper relationship, so don’t be surprised if you hear the word “match –maker” next to my name. No matter what I do, my priority is to optimize greater benefits for all Nepalese and friends of Nepal. I also act as a gateway for my patrons to establish connection with the outside communities. Furthermore, it contributes towards creating a global village of mankind. To achieve this objective I chart my mission as follows:

  1. To preserve and promote Nepali culture, tradition, and heritage,
  2. To advocate for human rights, freedom, peace and democracy
  3. To serve fellow human beings.

Having said so, this task will require hard work, commitment, envisioning, and non-stop perseverance. Formally, I was incorporated by the State of Georgia on May25, 1993. In the beginning, annual conventions were held during the Christmas holidays. In 1993, considering the weather, it was decided to move the event to the Labor Day weekend to allow for easier travel. Conventions had been held in Auburn and Birmingham in Alabama, Jacksonville in Florida, Atlanta in Georgia, Raleigh in North Carolina, Oxford in Mississippi, Nashville in Tennessee, Chicago in Illinois, Omaha in Nebraska and Louisville in Kentucky. This way, I am able to reach out and make many friends. Conventions had been held jointly with the local organizations as well as with my sibling Association of Nepalese in Midwest America (ANMA).

During the 1996 Olympic in Atlanta, it was my pleasure to welcome the late Crown Prince Dipendra Shah and the Nepalese Olympic delegates and athletes. My name is carved in a cinnamon color ceramic at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, located at park # 88, serial# 213094.

In 2000 (Y2K), after more than a year -long planning, a joint convention of Nepalese associations was held in Atlanta. The theme of the four-day “First International Convention of Nepalese Associations” was chosen unanimously as “Nepalese Unity 2000” to reflect the new millennium for Nepalese unity around the world. This convention was a part of my growing up as an able and visionary organization. More than 1,400 participants, including seven delegates from Nepal consisting