Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio and wife Chirlane McClay held a reception to celebrate the Asian Heritage Month on May 10, 2017 in mayor's official house-Grace Mansion. The International Hua-Yan Buddhist Federation is invited to join the event as one of the Religious leaders. Chairman Mr. Nanren Shi attended attended the ceremony.
There are 1.3 millions live in New York City. The First Lady of NYC requested the Religious leaders to take the role in helping drug abusers.