APAPA's Core Services

The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development. To accomplish this objective, APAPA provides the following core services to the community.

Civic Engagement

APAPA provides community members with the opportunity to be proactive, participate, educate, and impress upon the API community that we have a voice in government and public affairs. We are accomplishing that through Voters Education, standing up for civil rights, and an active role in government appointments.

Youth Leadership Development

APAPA’s established track record demonstrates that we value and support our future leaders and is dedicated to fostering our future through development of our youth. This initiative includes both college scholarship and legislative internship programs.

Community Services

APAPA is also dedicated to enriching our community and helping members grow and adapt to our ever-changing society. Partnering and collaborating with other community organizations and business sponsors, APAPA has a vision to become the central hub for bringing services to our community members. Major initiatives include Digital Literacy, Health and Senior Services, and Personal Finance

APAPA Welcomes You

Welcome to the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) website. Here you can see our efforts to educate the public about public policy and fostering future leaders from minority communities to serve at federal, state, and local levels.

We are a non-profit and non-partisan organization with a diverse membership representing all communities throughout California and around the nation. Everyone is welcome to become a member of APAPA to support our efforts of empowering Asian and Pacific Islanders in civic and public affairs. You can also receive recognition by becoming a sponsor of one of our events such as the Internship Gala and Voters Forum. If you are a college student, keep checking our Internship and Scholarship programs page to learn about enrollment opportunities.

You can find our latest updates here, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or at APAPA's Blog. We value your feedback and support.



APAPA Founding Board Member Mayue Carlson to serve as new Executive Director
The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) National Governing Board is pleased to welcome Mayue Carlson as the new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2015.  Click here to read the full article.

ILF-APAPA Forged a Historic Partnership: A New Alliance and Big Step For Our Common Dream: ILF created a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) in San Francisco and New York. On November 6, Chiling Tong, ILF CEO, and Mr. C.C. Yin, Founder and Chairman of APAPA, signed the historic MOU in San Francisco. Click here to read the full article.

Formation of APAPA National Governing Board: As we continue our national expansion, we are excited to announce the formation of our National Governing Board. These well-respected and longtime leaders have made outstanding contributions to our API community and beyond. Click here to download PDF of photos and bios.

150th Anniversary Celebration Chinese Built US Transcontinental Railroad: 2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Chinese immigrants contributions to the building of our first transcontinental railroad. Visit their web site to learn more about the many events and programs being planned to commemorate this important achievement in American history: http://railroad150.com. Donate here: http://apapa.org/contact/membership.aspx

MOU Ceremony Between ILF & APAPA: A Memorandum of Understanding has been established between the New York Chapter of APAPA and the International Leadership Foundation (ILF). The ceremony and press event announcing the 2015 ILF Civic Fellowship was held on December 20 at Waitex Group Headquarters in New York.
- Ceremony & Press Event Presentation
- Memorandum of Understanding

Amy Tong Resigns as APAPA Vice Chair of National Board and Chair of VECF: "I regret to announce the resignation of Amy Tong from the position of APAPA Vice Chair of National Board and Chair of Voters Education and Candidates Forum effective January 1, 2015. In the last 15 years, Amy and her entire family have dedicated much of their time, talent and energy in helping build APAPA. Her hard work and leadership helped build the foundation of this organization. It is with warmest personal regards that we wish Amy and her family much success. On behalf of all of us at APAPA, we thank her for her dedication."
 – C.C. Yin, APAPA Founder & Chair

Lucy Oback Resigns as APAPA President: "I regret to announce the resignation of Lucy Oback from the position of APAPA Statewide President and National President effective January 1, 2015. Lucy and her husband, John, have worked tirelessly on the different APAPA programs. John, who is also resigning, has given many years of his time designing the APAPA website. It has been a great privilege to work with this outstanding couple. Lucy will continue to chair the Annual Capitol Internship Award and Scholarship Gala as she has done for the last 9 years. On behalf of all of us at APAPA, we would like to thank Lucy & John Oback for their dedication to our cause."
– C.C. Yin, APAPA Founder & Chair

APAPA-TVC's Grand Opening & 2015 Lunar New Year Celebration Gala: APAPA Tri-Valley Chapter will have a Chapter Grand Opening Gala along with a Lunar New Year celebration on February 28th, 2015. Elected officials from the federal, state, and local levels along with community leaders are invited and will be present at our event. Limited seating is available to the public so RSVP before tickets are sold out.
- Download Flyer
- RSVP on Eventbrite

APAPA-BAR's 2015 College Leadership Program:: This program is designed to prepare college students of API background to become future leaders in California. Students will have the opportunity to work in the offices of elected officials and policy offices across the San Francisco Bay Area as staff interns. Application materials are due by January 2, 2015. Apply here.

APAPA's 2015 Internship Application: APAPA's Capitol Summer Internship Program is designed to prepare college students to become future leaders in the State of California. This program provides an opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills, gain public policy experience and become civically engaged. Application materials are due by February 11, 2015. Apply now.

APAPA's 2015 Scholarship Application: APAPA-CEF will award a number of scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each to selected students who will be attending college during the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications will be awarded based on their demonstrated commitment to the API community, abilities, academic achievements, career goals, civic activities, and leadership skills. Apply now.

11th Annual Capitol Internship Award Scholarship Fundraising & Installation Gala will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. View Flyer.

The API newly elected officials in California: APAPA is honored to have worked together with other API associations, organizations and individuals to help get more API’s to seek elected and appointed office in California. The successes of the API candidates from the November 4, 2014 election is the highest in history. Find out who they are.