Sunday, March 8, 2015

Hollywood Taekwondo School Marks 20th Anniversary

Rabin Man Shakya
Advisor, Nepa Chhen, Portland, Oregon, USA

Still when I was with The Rising Nepal, I had an opportunity to interview Diwakar Dan Maharjan of  US World Class Taekwondo Association Hollywood School, Portland in 2005. In that interview published in The Rising Nepal, I remember Maharjan had shed light, among others, on the activities of the US World Class Taekwondo Association Hollywood School and role of growing Nepalese community in Oregon. Well, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge of Willamette and the number of the Nepalese coming to Oregon is also on the rise. The trajectory of community activities of the Nepalese diaspora in Portland somehow is also interrelated with the activities of the taekwondo school.

There is no doubt that two decades of Hollywood Taekwondo School, by no means, is a very big milestone for itself.  It goes without saying that the Hollywood taekwondo school champions the cause of creating and producing excellent taekwondo players. Side by side, the school has always been instrumental in promoting the cultural and traditional Nepalese values in Portland. The idea and concept of Nepa Chhen would have been incomplete without the generous contribution from people and organizations like the taekwondo school.

Meanwhile, US world Class Taekwondo Association Hollywood School marked its 20th anniverasay amid a gala dinner and cultural program at the Nekusing Memorial Theater in Portland, Saturday on March 7, 2015. More than 200 Nepalese people from the different walks  of life in Oregon took part at the taekwondo celebrations in which Shree Prasad Parajuli, vice president of NRNA - NCC USA was the chief guest. The Hollywood taekwondo school's 20th anniversary was followed by songs, dances, wining and dining. On the occasion, International Open Friendship Taekwondo Championship (IOFTC) officials wrapped Khata on Parajuli and also presented souvenirs to the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Parajuli said that NRNA - NCC USA serves as a broader platform of the Nepalese diaspora across the US and that NRNA America will leave no stone unturned to defend the interests of the Nepalese diaspora in the USA. Some participants, taking part in the discussion, had cast doubt on the relevance of setting up of NRNA - Oregon chapter, since according to them there are already more than enough organizations that represent the true interests of the diaspora in Oregon.

Well, the challenges facing organizations like Nepalese Association of Oregon and Nepa Chhen are indeed formidable, but  given the active support and help from the fellow community members, these organizations will surely get through their stated objectives.

Nepalese community members in Oregon are getting more and more organized and coordinated under the organizations like NAO and Nepa Chhen, and the Oregon chapter of Non-resident Nepali Association is to be set up shortly to harmonize the interests of the Nepalese diaspora in Oregon.

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