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APAPA News & Events

 
This webpage is supplemented by the APAPA Blog. A window for viewing the Blog is provided at the bottom of this page. Announcements and short blurbs about current and upcoming events are usually posted on the Blog. Longer, more in-depth stories will be found here. In addition to this page and the APAPA Blog, photos of APAPA events are posted in our Gallery.


Current News

Chinese Railroad Workers & Iorn Road - Past, Present & Future
Join us on June 11, 2016 for a forum APAPA will be sponsoring about the Chinese workers building the continental railroad. This event is co-hosted by The US-China Railroad Friendship Association. For more information click here

APAPA's 12th Annual Capitol Internship Award & Scholarship Fundraising Gala
To celebrate our new 2016 scholarship and internship recipients, APAPA held a gala on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel (1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814). Click on the links below for more information about this eventful night.

APAPA's 15th Annual Voters Education & Candidates Forum will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at California State University, Sacramento on 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. For more information you can view our flyer here

APAPA Inaugural Congressional Reception
On Thursday, September 8, 2016 APAPA-GDC will be hosting its first Inaugural Congressional Reception. For more information you can view our flyer here

APAPA TVC Summer 2016 College Leadership & Internship Program
is designed to prepare undergraduate college students to become future leaders in the state of California. This program provides an opportunity for students to develop thier leadership skills, gain public policy experience and become civically engaged.

2016 Florida Summer Internship Program
APAPA's Florida Internship Program in Orlando is designed to prepare college students to become future leaders in the state of Florida. Possible placement may be in the city or county officer's office. This program provides an opportunity for students to develop thier leadership skills, gain public policy experience, and become civically engaged. Students often gain new perspectives, maturity, professionalism and confidence; they also have the opportunity to develop social relationships and skills in the result of improved acedemic performance.

2016 Southern California Leadership & Summer Internship
The purpose of this internship is to help students better understand California state and local government and to develop future leaders in the API community. View our application below for more information.

2016 Sacramento Mayoral Candidates Town Hall Meeting
This event is being hosted by APAPA-GSC and will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at APAPA National Headquarters. Click here for more information.

Racial Bigotry is a Big Deal
APAPA's Special Advisor, Maeley Tom, speaks up about the Oakridge racial incident against Asian basketball players in the Sacramento Bee. You can view the article here

Silicon Valley Impressions
APAPA National Governing Board members Hsing Kung and Kenneth Fong were featured in the Silicon Valley Impressions Magazine. Click on the links below to read more.

APAPA's 2016 Internship & Scholarship
Sign up now for APAPA-CEF's Capitol Internship and Scholarship program! We will be awarding selected students attending college during the 2016-2017 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. Click on the links below to view our applications.

Applications due by march 24, 2016

APAPA Statement on Officer Liang's Verdict
APAPA intends to support Officer Liang and his family. For the full official statement please click here

Click here to view the Rally Press Release

For more information about Officer Liang's Verdict, follow the links below:

New York Times (English)
Apple Daily (Chinese)

Click here for sample support letters for Peter Laing

APAPA-NYC Honors Lunar New Year School Holiday
On February 5, 2016 APAPA-NYC joined Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York, and other community leaders in commemorating the first year of the Lunar New Year school holiday at the Queens Library in Flushing. Too view more about this event, click on the links below.

APAPA-TVC 2016 Lunar New Year Celebration Banquet
Joy and laughter filled the air on the night of February 11th, as APAPA Tri-Valley Chapter members and VIP guests gathered for the 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration Banquet. Many attendees dressed up in traditional Chinese clothing to celebrate the year of the Monkey and enjoyed a tasty Sichuan flavored meals. Click here to view full article

ILF 2016 Civic Fellowship Programm
The International Leadership Foundation, a Combined Federal Campaign-approved non-profit (#24372), is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2016 Civic Fellowship Program is open and ongoing until February 1, 2016.

Every year, ILF's selection committee identifies approximately 30 outstanding Asian Pacific American (APA) college students to spend eight to ten weeks interning at a federal agency in Washington D.C. during the summer.

For more information and to apply, please visit www.ILFnational.org

APAPA-SOC Summer Internship Program
Sign up now for APAPA Solano County Chapter's Internship Program! This program provides an opportunity  for students to develop their leadership skills, gain public experience, and become civically engaged. Click on the link below to view our application.

APAPA-SVC Grand Opening Celebration
The APAPA-Silcon Valley Chapter had thier Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, February 6, 2016 in Cupertino, CA. For more information click here

Welcome Back APAPA Leaders Amy Tong & Lucy Oback!!
We are happy to announce the return of two APAPA leaders for 2016. Amy Tong will be serving as Chair of the Voters Education and Candidates Forum, and Lucy Oback will continue to serve our Internship Chair. Read more about the news here

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2015 News

APAPA-SVC's Grand Opening Celebration
The APAPA-Silcon Valley Chapter will be having their Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, Febuary  6, 2016 in Cupertino, CA. For more information click here

Welcome Back APAPA Leaders Amy Tong & Lucy Oback!!
We are happy to annonce the return of two APAPA leaders for 2016. Amy Tong will be serving as Chair of the Voters Education and Candidates Forum, and Lucy Oback will continue to serve as our Internship Chair. Read more about the news here

APAPA-OCC
The APAPA Orange County Chapter Grand Opening on Saturday, November 14, 2015 was a success! Click here for the flyer

APAPA-TVC Educational Forum
The Tri-Valley Chapter hosted an Educational Forum at the Roundhouse Conference Center on Thursday, November 19, 2015. The leadership speech was delivered by Sandy Chau, Vision New America, Chair. Click here to view flyer

APAPA-PNC's Grand Opening Celebration
The APAPA-Peninsula Chapter had their Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, November 8, 2015 in Atherton, CA. For more information click here

2015 Holiday Mixer
APAPA's annual Holiday Mixer on December 7, 2015 was a sucess! The event was held at APAPA's Headquarters in Sacramento. View flyer to learn more

Representative Lieu Statement on Xi Xiaoxing
In response to racial profiling from the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Asian American Professors being spies or economic espionages, Representative Lieu responds to the DOJ and calls to investigate and stop the patterns of racism.

To read about the press release: click here

APAPA-BAR in Partnership with Committee of 100 Presents:
PANEL DISCUSSION: Spies or Stereotypes?
The Case of Professor Xiaoxing Xi
Are Asian American Scientists profiled as economic espionage threats?
This event will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:30pm in Stanford. For more information click here

Register online here

Journey Stories
The Smithsonian Institution has organized a traveling exhibition entitiled "Journey Stories" as part of the "National Museum on Main Street" program. The Museum of the San Ramon Valley hosted this exhibition on August 29 - September 26, 2015. There one would find tales of how we and our ancestors came to America. Although the event has passed, we would like to share Cheng Liao, Corliss Lee, and the Mao family's stories that were featured in the Museum. View stories here

Asian Americans Celebrate Rising Political Clout, Call for more Voter Turnout: Stephen Magagnini from The Sacramento Bee was in attendance at the 2015 Voters Forum. Check out this great article he wrote up about the forum and the rise of Asian & Pacific Islander American leaders: Click Here to read more

8th Annual Asian and Pacific Islander American Leadership Conference: On Saturday September 26, the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association-Southern California Region (APAPA-SCR) will host its 8th Annual Asian and Pacific Islander American “Leadership Conference” at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in Diamond Bar. The mission of this conference is to empower our people, educate and nurture future leaders in our community. For more information click here

APAPA's 14th Annual Voters Education & Candidates Forum took place on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at California State University, Sacramento on 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. For more information please visit: www.apapavotersforum.org

APA News & Review: APAPA's Annual Voters Education Forum is featured in APA News & Review's September/October newsletter. Click here to check it out!

Potential Biases in Prosecution of Chinese Americans:
Seven Asian American professional and community organizations who represent millions of Asian Americans have come together, led by the Committee of 100, to ask Attorney General Lynch to examine the possible racial discrimination and hostile tone in criminal prosecutions recently. View official press release here

Letter to Attorney General Lynch

2015 API Annual International Leadership Alumni Conference: APAPA and VNA succesfully cordinated the 2015 API Annual International Leadership Alumni Conference. It took place on August 14-16, 2015. The weekend provided networking oppertunities and workshops for our young future leaders! The theme this year was “Empowering Leadership Through Self Growth".

APAPA-SOC's Grand Opening: APAPA Solano County Chapter held their Chapter Grand Opening on August 1, 2015 at the Solano County Event Center. Elected officials from the state, local levels, and community leaders were all present at the event.

APAPA-BAR's Town Hall Debate: APAPA Bay Area Region's summer interns hosted a San Francisco Sheriff Town Hall Debate. It took place on August 11, 2015 at the Zendesk Global Headquarters.

APAPA-BAR Summer College Leadership & Internship Mixer: APAPA Bay Area Region hosted a Graduation Mixer for their interns on Thursday, August 6, 2015 Click here for more details

Google Free Small Business Seminar! For more information about the event, see our flyer here

Sacramento Bee: China came to Sacramento earlier this month for a gala celebrating the 150th anniversary of a feat that many said couldn't be done - the building of the transcontinental railroad over the Sierra Nevada. Read more about the story in Stephen Magagnini's article here

APAPA-SCR 2015 Leadership Program & Summer Internship: The APAPA Southern California Regional Headquarters awarded a number of internships for college students. The purpose of the internship was to help students better understand California state and local governments and to develop future leaaders in the API community. Interns will begin working for a local/state legislator, congress member, or constitutional officer in Southern California starting July 6 - August 17.

Nepal Earthquake Relief: Please help support the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to help the thousands of people affected by the devastating disaster. You can safely and securely text-to-donate to the organizations listed on the link below to provide assistance to those in need today. No amount is too small and every donation makes a difference. Click here for more information

Government & College Tuition/Admission Education Forum: Tri-Valley Chapter will be hosted this event on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Roundhouse Conference Center in San Ramon. For more information, click here

The Power of the Community: On July 19, 2015, Open Society Media, Ivymax, and APAPA hosted a joint event to promote family involvment in schools. For more information, click here

Financial Literacy Workshop: Wells Fargo presented a Financial Literacy Workshop for young adults at our National Headquarters in Sacramento. They taught students on how to navigate through today's economy, the basics of money management, and why it's important to have a spending plan. Learn more about this event here

Passport to Health & Wellness Fair: On June 5th, 2015, APAPA sponsored a special event for all Asian & Pacific Islanders to stand united against obesity, diabetes, and other health issues affecting our community.

APAPA New York Chapter Announces Change in Leadership: APAPA is pleased to announce that Bobby Bao has assumed the position of Vice-Chariman and Michelle Wang has assumed the position of President of the NYC Board. Click here to read more

APAPA-GDC's Grand Opening: APAPA Greater DC Chapter held their Chapter Grand Opening on June 2, 2015 at the U.S. Capitol, House Visitor Center. Elected officials from the federal, state, and local levels, along with community leaders, were all present at the event. For the official press release, click here

APA News & Review: May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage month! Read more about the celebration in the latest issue here

150th Anniversary Celebration Chinese Built US Transcontinental Railroad: 2015 marks 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 that were planned to commemorate this important achievement in American history: http://railroad150.com.

APAPA-SCR 2015 Leadership Program & Summer Internship: The APAPA Southern California Regional Headquarters awarded a number of internships for college students. The purpose of the internship is to help students better understand California state and local governments and to develop future leaaders in the API community. Interns will be working for a local/state legislator, congress member, or constitutional officer in Southern California.

Law License Posthumously Awarded to Hong Yen Chang, a Chinese Immigrant
The California Supreme Court finally erased one of the last vestiges of the state's anti-Chinese laws by granting a law license posthumously to Hong Yen Chang, an immigrant who was barred because of his race in 1890. Read more here.

APAPA-SCR 2015 Leadership Program & Summer Internship: The APAPA Southern California Regional Headquarters awarded a number of internships for college students. The purpose of the internship is to help students better understand California state and local government and to develop future leaaders in the API community. Interns will be working for a local/state legislator, congress member, or constitutional officer in Southern California.

11th Annual Capitol Internship Award & Scholarship Fundraising Gala
This annual event was held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel (1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814). For more information, please contact APAPA National HQ at (916) 928-9988 or email us at info@apapa.org.

Felicia Bhe Appointed as Chair of Apapa Meet & Greet Program: The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Felicia Bhe as the Chair of the Meet & Greet Program  Click here to read the full article.

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 Historic Partnership: A New Alliance and Bog 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.

APAPA-TVC's Grand Opening & 2015 Lunar New Year Celebration Gala: APAPA Tri-Valley Chapter had 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, were invited and were present at our event.

APAPA 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. 

APAPA's 2015 Scholarship Application: APAPA-CEF awarded 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 were awarded based on their demonstrated commitment to the API community, abilities, academic achievements, career goals, civic activities, and leadership skills.

ILF's 2015 Civic Fellowship Program: The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) selected 30 outstanding Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) college students who were selected to spend eight to ten weeks interning at a federal agency in Washington D.C. during the summer. Learn more.


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-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.

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 offices in California. The successes of the API candidates from the November 4, 2014 election was the highest in history. Find out who they are.


Night at the Kings: The Sacramento Kings took on the Denver Nuggets on Friday, January 9th, 2015. A portion of proceeds benefited APAPA's scholarship and internship program.


2014 News

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
- ILF Article

2014 Holiday Mixer: APAPA-CVR held their annual Holiday Mixer on December 8th, 2014. The event was held at APAPA's Headquarters in Sacramento. A canned food drive, gently-used coat drive, and new toy drive was held at this event. View flyer to learn more.

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.

2014 Fall Newsletter

San Diego City Council District 6 Candidates Forum took place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Mira Mesa High School Library in San Diego, CA. Candidates Chris Cate and Carol Kim shared their thoughts and views on important San Diego issues at this free event. View the flyer to learn more.

LWV - Eden Area Candidates Forum: APAPA-BAR co-sponsored the League of Women Voters' Eden Area Candidates Forum on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Attendees heard from the 15th Congressional District and San Lorenzo USD Governing Board candidates. Download flyer.

MOU Ceremony Between ILF & APAPA: APAPA and the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a partnership. A ceremony was held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 on 10 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030 at 3:00pm.

The 7th Annual Asian and Pacific Islander American Leadership Conference took place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Diamond Bar, CA. This free event was open to the public and involved speeches, discussions, and performances. View the flyer to learn more.

The 2014 Santa Clara County Voter Registration Drive was a joint effort between APAPA and United Asian Americans for Activism (UAAFA). An estimate of over 1,500 citizens registered to vote from this program. Click here to read more.

State Assembly District 16 Town Hall Debate: APAPA-Tri Valley Chapter hosted a Town Hall Debate featuring the 2014 candidates running for State Assembly District 16. The event took place on Monday, September 29, 2014 and was located in San Ramon, CA. Download our flyer to learn more.


APAPA's 13th Annual Voters Education & Candidates Forum took place on September 27, 2014 at California State University, Sacramento. The free event allowed attendees to hear from different candidates in the Congressional, State, and Assembly levels.

APAPA College Application Workshop: APAPA hosted a free college application workshop to teach high-schoolers and their families how to go through the college and university application process. The workshop was on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at APAPA HQ in Sacramento, CA. See flyer for details.

State Assembly District 16 Town Hall Debate: APAPA-Tri Valley Chapter hosted Town Hall Debate featuring the 2014 candidates running for State Assembly District 16. The event took place on Monday, September 29, 2014 and was located in San Ramon, CA. Download our flyer to learn more.

California State Legislature Passes SJR 23, SCR 122 AND SR 46: APAPA thanks the State Legislature for passing these important historical resolutions.

Bay Area Region's Upcoming Internship Graduation Dinner: On Thursday, August 21, 2014, APAPA's Bay Area Region hosted their Summer Youth Leadership Internship Graduation Dinner at the South Beach Yacht Club in San Francisco. Check out the flyer (link above) to learn more.

2014 API Annual International Leadership Alumni Conference: The Alumni Conference occurred on August 8th-10th, 2014 and was a weekend full of networking, workshops, and a trip to Six Flags. For more details, visit http://2014alumniconference.splashthat.com/

Membership Drive featured on APANR: APAPA's Annual Membership Drive was featured on Asian Pacific American News & Review's (APANR) July/August newsletter. Click the link to check it out on page 12.


Voter Registration Drive:
On July 16, 2014, APAPA held a voter registration booth in front of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium during the naturalization ceremony. Hundreds of new citizens from different countries were sworn in at the ceremony, which allowed APAPA to accomplish their goal of motivating new citizens to become civically engaged. APAPA’s multilingual Sacramento interns, board members, and volunteers were present to communicate with the new citizens in various languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish. Thanks to their efforts, APAPA was able to engage the community by empowering them to have a voice in government and public affairs
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On June 27, 2014, Representative Greg Jung of State Farm presented a $5,000 check to APAPA to support the 2014 API Student Financial Literacy Workshop. State Farm's continued support makes it possible for APAPA to continue to develop programs to benefit the API community.


APAPA-NYC President Bobby Bao and VP/Treasurer Katie Zhu visited HQ in Sacramento: On June 4, 2014, APAPA board members and staff met with APAPA-NYC’s President and VP/ Treasurer, Bobby Bao and Katie Zhu at the APAPA National Headquarters in Sacramento. During the luncheon, APAPA’s Sacramento and NYC leaders had the opportunity to learn more from each other and provide updates on the great programs and activities happening in their respective chapters.

2014 Membership Drive: APAPA held its annual Membership Drive & BBQ on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Over 300 guests from all around California came out to join APAPA in the festivities at the beautiful Yin Ranch in Vacaville, CA. Guests donned colorful masks for the Mardi Gras themed celebration as they joined APAPA or renewed their memberships. Attendees were treated to numerous activities, including a strolling magician, balloon performer and tours of the spacious ranch.
 - View APAPA Gallery
 - View Facebook Gallery

The deadline for the APAPA Bay Area College Summer Internship Program has passed. The program provides an opportunity for students to work in the offices of elected official and policy offices spread across Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Alameda counties as staff interns, and develop their leadership skills, gain public policy experience and become civically engaged.

The deadline for APAPA Southern California Leadership Program's  Internship Opportunities for college students has passed. The purpose of the internship was to help students better understand California state and local government and to develop future leaders in the API community.

APAPA's Bay Area Youth Leadership Program sponsored a Town Hall in San Francisco featuring a District 17 debate between David Campos and David Chiu on May 21, 2014.


2014 Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Celebration took place on May 14, 2014 at the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. Click here to check out the photos on our Facebook page.

APAPA supports Mr. Hong Yen Chang's posthumous admission into the State Bar of California. The first Chinese immigrant licensed to practice law in the United States, Hong Yen Chang was denied admission to the California State Bar in 1890 due to the Chinese Exclusion Act. On May 13th, 2014, APAPA issued a letter in support of Mr. Chang's admission to remedy the injustice that he suffered.
 - View APAPA's Letter
 - Sign the petition at change.org

Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring May 2014 as “Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month” in the State of California. Read the proclamation at: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18515

APAPA Bay Area Region's Youth Leadership Internship Graduation was held on May 8, 2014 at Skywest Restaurant in Hayward. The event celebrated the achievement of the interns in APAPA-BAR's Youth Leadership Program. The Summer College Internship Program is a separate program.
 - ViView Facebook Gallery

2014 Congressional Candidates Debate: This free event was held on May 2, 2014 at the Hayward City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd Floor. The debate was between Congressional Candidates Hugh Bussell, Ellen Corbett, and Eric Swalwell who were running to represent the 15th Congressional District.

The 2014 Florida Internship Award & Scholarship Fundraising Galastrong> took place on April 27, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
- Check out photos of the event on our Facebook page
- Download the 2014 program book

San Diego City Council District 6 Candidates Forum was a free event held on Saturday, April 26th at Angier Elementary School. With the June Primary Election having been less than 50 days away, the San Diego chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA), Asian Business Association (ABA), Southwest Center For Asian Pacific American Law’s (SCAPAL), Council of Philippine American Organization’s (COPAO), and the Civic Education and Policy Advocacy Network (CEPA-NET) hosted the second of three forums for candidates running for San Diego City Council in District 6.

A Sacramento Community Town Hall Meeting regarding CA Senate District 6 Candidates was held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 5:30 - 7:30pm at APAPA National Headquarters. The free event allowed the public to hear from the candidates and ask them questions.

Capital Internship and Scholarship Fundraising Gala was on April 5, 2014 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. We celebrated the achievements of our interns and scholarship recipients, raised funds, and rocked the night away!
  -Photos of the event
are in the APAPA Gallery.
  -2014 Program book

APAPA Night with the Sacramento Kings: APAPA partnered with the Sacramento Kings to raise funds for the 2014 Internship & Scholarship Program on March 23, 2014. APAPA members were invited to watch the Kings take on the Milwaukee Bucks at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA.

APAPA’s Southern California Region has expanded to San Gabriel. Our new chapter had its first public meeting on February 22, 2014. Photos of the Grand Opening are in the APAPA Gallery. We want to especially thank our sponsors for generously giving to APAPA’s programs.  For more information, please click here.


APAPA-CFC President Andrew Jeng visited HQ in Sacramento: APAPA boardmembers, office staff and friends met with Andrew Jeng, President of APAPA Central Florida Chapter, at National Headquarters in Sacramento. The meeting was very cordial and an opportunity for each person that attended, to talk to our newest president from the Southeast Coast of the United States. 


2013 News

Hot off the Press: Our Fall-Winter Newsletter! This is our news roundup for the year just ending.


Annual Holiday Mixer, Toy & Coat Drive A Success:
The annual Holiday Mixer held on December 9th, 2013 was a great success. The event was held at APAPA's Headquarters in Sacramento.
- Read More
- View APAPA's Facebook Gallery

Philippines Natural Disaster Relief: APAPA asks that you please help support the Typhoon Haiyan Relief to help the millions of people affected by the devastating disaster in the Philippines. Make a secure, online donation today to Philippine Red Cross through their website at http://www.redcross.org.ph/, No amount is too small and every donation makes a difference.

APAPA hosted a Sacramento Community Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday November 12, 2013. Featured guests included the Sacramento District Attorney candidates. Photos of the event are posted in the APAPA Gallery.

Summer/Fall NewsletterThis issue features one of our major sponsors, Comcast. Comcast has funded a non-partisan project that is provided as a resource for all voters showing where and how to register, and resources that help voters become informed on issues of the day.

APAPA-San Diego Chapter sponsored a Forum in San Diego on October 26, 2013, to educate the public about the San Diego City Council District 6 race. Read the SDC Candidates Forum article written by Rosalynn Carmen, APAPA-SDC member and President/Co-Founder of Asian Heritage Awards. Photos of the event are posted in the APAPA Gallery.

APAPA-Southern California Region 6th Annual Asian and Pacific Islander American Leadership Conference was on October 19, 2013.  Open to the Public. Free admission and dinner. Please see the flyer for details.

APAPA-San Diego Chapter sponsored a Forum in San Diego on October 26, 2013, to educate the public about the San Diego City Council District 6 race. Read the SDC Candidates Forum article written by Rosalynn Carmen, APAPA-SDC member and President/Co-Founder of Asian Heritage Awards. Photos of the event are posted in the APAPA Gallery.

APAPA's 12th Annual Voters Education Forum was held on September 29, 2013, at CSUS in Sacramento. Many elected leaders and candidates for public office were on stage. Special discussion topics included "Immigration Reform" and, "Economic Recovery & the Housing Market." This event was free to the public. The Program booklet is available for download (PDF, 10MB).  Information about past Forum events is on the Forum webpage. Photos of the event are in the APAPA Gallery.

APAPA-CVR held a Stockton Civic Town Hall Forum on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, September 18, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This free event was open to the public at the Diamond Cove II Resource Center, 5506 Tam O' Shanter Drive in Stockton.  Read more here.

Do Not Text and Drive: AT&T, a major APAPA sponsor, had a national campaign targeting awareness of the importance of “It Can Wait” and the next Pledge Day, September 19, 2013. Please visit  www.itcanwait.com and take the pledge to not text while driving!

APAPA-NYC at SacramentoNew York Chapter visits APAPA National Headquarters. On Thursday, September 5, 2013, APAPA headquarters hosted a luncheon for the New York Chapter, Tim and Tricia Young (Advisors). The luncheon was attended by C.C. Yin, APAPA founder; Danny Lee, President, APAPA Central Valley;  Lucy Oback, State President; Headquarters office staff, Sokie Hul and Liz Pham; summer interns, Derek SooHoo, Cathy Liu, and Sumega Mandadi; Frank and Marjorie Yeh; James Lew; Professor Henry Huang, and friends and supporters of C.C. Yin.  Afterwards the attendees gathered for a group photograph.

The Stockton Chapter of APAPA Central Valley, held a Town Hall Forum on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at Diamond Cove II.  The theme of the town hall forum was the "Affordable Care Act;" presented in panelist format.  Panelists were Nenick Vu, SEARAC; Dr. George Khoury, Internal Medicine and Radiologist; and, Cynthia Mitchell, Kaiser Permanente. 

The APAPA Meet and Greet Program had two separate dinner meetings scheduled. On May 28, 2013, APAPA held a Meet & Greet with PUC Commissioner Carla Peterman. On August 7, 2013, APAPA held a Meet & Greet with Assemblymember Das Williams. APAPA thanks our honored guests, participants, and sponsors of these two events.

The Annual Membership Drive at the Yin Ranch was June 29, 2013. Photos of the festivities are posted in the APAPA Gallery.

Immigration Reform: APAPA-SF, Asian Law Caucus, Mayor Ray Buenaventura, Supervisor David Chiu, and many others attended a Community Mixer about Immigration Reform on Thursday, July 11th, from 5:30PM - 7:30PM. Attendees were able to learn more about the developments in immigration reform and how it had been impacting their community and families. They networked and mingled with fellow community members. The event was at the beautiful One Ferry Plaza (Behind the Ferry Building), San Francisco, CA 94111, and it offered a sweeping view of the SF Bay, along with handcrafted cocktails and drinks.

APAPA's Community Civic Meeting on Immigration Reform: On the evening of May 23, 2013, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)-Sacramento hosted a lively panel and audience of around 100 people to discuss immigration laws proposed in Washington DC. Moderated by attorney Charlotte Danielsson, the panel consisted of University of the Pacific Immigration Clinic supervising attorney Blake Nordahl, Asian Law Caucus acting director Chris Punongbayan, and Sergio Garcia. Read more.

APAPA-BAC's Cocktail Mixer, Music & Awards: The APAPA-SF chapter saluted API women who were serving as public leaders in San Francisco.  With a special spotlight on San Francisco’s then-new Assessor-Recorder, Carmen Chu, the event paid tribute to San Francisco’s pioneering of API women who serve in public office. Guests enjoyed stunning waterfront views of the San Francisco Bay while sampling handcrafted appetizers and drinks.  Doors opened at 5:30PM, and a suggested donation of $20 was collected at the door.  All funds raised went towards the 2013 APAPA Internship Program.

New UC San Diego Chancellor takes office! Welcome activities and dialogue were led by the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) on March 24, 2013.
     English language article (PDF format)
     Chinese language article (PDF format)

Photos from the 2013 Capitol Internship Award & Scholarship Fundraising Gala held on March 30, 2013, are posted in the APAPA Gallery. More information about this program is on this page.

Scholarship Application, New York: The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association’s New York Chapter awarded a number of internships for Asian and Pacific Islander (API) American college students. Current college students were eligible and encouraged to apply for this internship opportunity.  This seven-week internship program aims to further outstanding Asian-American college students in the political, legal, and civic arenas, and develops young and promising leaders in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community.

APAPA's Bay Area Region is offering Internships: The APAPA Bay Area College Summer Internship Program in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland area is designed to prepare college students of Asian Pacific Islander background 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 by working in the offices of elected leaders and corporations. Download the application packet for more information.

Southern California Leadership Program & Summer Internship: APAPA-SCR awarded a number of internships for API college students. Current college students were eligible and encouraged to apply for this internship-scholarship opportunity. The purpose of this internship has been to help students better understand California state and local government and to develop future leaders in the API community.

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Covered CA Job FairA Job Fair was held at APAPA Headquarters in Sacramento on April 25, 2013, jointly sponsored by Covered California and community partners.  Covered California announced that by the end of the year, it would open a state-of-the-art call center in Rancho Cordova. Representatives at the call center now guide Californians through their health coverage options and help determine if they qualify for federal financial assistance to cover some of the costs.
  Press release
  Call center FAQ
  Job Fair flyer

 

2013 News, continued

Mongolians and APAPA celebrate the New Year (by Danny Lee, APAPA-CVR Presdident): Monday, February 11, 2013 was a very special day for Mongolians throughout the Sacramento community; this was the first day celebrating the lunar new year, the year of the water snake.  APAPA board members from Sacramento and the Central Valley celebrated the lunar new year with their Mongolian friends and family at the Gedatsu Buddhist Church in Sacramento,California. The evening was filled with regional foods served to all who attended, as well as dancers and a fashion show representing the Mongolian culture.  The highlight of the lunar new year celebration was the Buddhist prayers and meditiation, the singing of the Mongolian national anthem, special VIP guest ANKHBAYAR Nyamdorj, Counsul General, and the Counsulate General of Mongolia in San Francisco.

APAPA-SCR Newsletter for February 2013 is available for download in PDF format. "SCR" stands for "Southern California Region."

Join APAPA's New York Chapter (NYC)! See this brochure for more information.

2013 SACC AwardsSacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce event: On Friday January 25, 2013, boardmembers from APAPA's Sacramento and Central Valley Chapters attended the 20th anniversary awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. The evening was highlighted when Jimmy Yee was honored as the 2013 honoree for his outstanding contributions to the Sacramento community.  Special guest Roger Dickinson, President Pro Tem,  State Assembly, presented an award to Pat Fong Kushida for her leadership role as founder and President of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce.

CC Yin was presented the MLK Difference Maker Award on January 20, 2013, by the MLK Celebration Committee.  CC received his award in the area of Historical and cultural preservation. This annual event unites people from churches throughout the Sacramento area to celebrate and be challenged by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of racial diversity, reconciliation, and harmony. It has grown annually, with over 2,000 people from more than 100 churches attending. The committee presented the “Lifetime Achievement” award to individuals who made a tremendous impact on the Sacramento region over the past thirty years, as well as “Difference Maker” award to individuals who have made major contributions in the following areas.
• Service and Advocacy
• Programs for children
• Coaching and mentoring
• Historical and cultural preservation
• Innovation and change
• Unity of the church
The keynote speech was delivered by Kenneth B Morris Jr. He is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. Ken is the President of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation (FDFF), a public charity that endeavors to create a modern Abolitionist Movement in schools all over the country by means of Service-Learning. Experts in the field of human trafficking and modern-day slavery agree that building awareness is the first step to ending slavery in our time. The celebrated evening was filled with prayer, music, and worship, all of which was led by the MLK Choir. Photos are in the APAPA Gallery.

APAPA Channel Introducing the APAPA Channel, powered by YouTube! We already have a good collection of videos posted on YouTube. The APAPA Channel provides an easy interface to find and select APAPA videos that interest you. Please check it out! In the future, you can get to the APAPA Channel using the main menu, above. You'll find it under "News & Events."

Save the Date! A Massage Parlor Forum was held in Sacramento on January 23, 2012. The forum provided an opportunity for the API community to meet with local law enforcement to discuss human trafficking of API women in local massage parlors and brothels.


2012 News

2012 News Briefs; short bits and pieces.

APAPA-New York Grand OpeningAPAPA is Expanding to New York! APAPA's New York Chapter (APAPA-NYC) celebrated its Grand Opening with a Luncheon
on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Good Kitchen Restaurant in Flushing, NY.

2012 CAIR BanquetCelebrating Ten Years of Empowering the American Islamic Community (by Andrew Chang): The Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held its 10th Annual Banquet entitled “Upholding our Constitution: Defending our Faith” on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Sacramento State Ballroom.  CAIR, one of APAPA’s community partners, is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group and works tirelessly to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America.  Over 900 people attended this banquet that celebrated CAIR’s accomplishments over the past ten years and set forth its goals for the future involving continuing to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.  The inspirational program featured US Congressman Keith Ellison ( 5th District of Minnesota) who is the first Muslim to be elected to Congress and Imam Siraj Wahhaj who is the Religious Director of At-Taqwa Mosque in New York and is the Leader of the Muslim Alliance in North America.  Attendees especially enjoyed the feast of Arab cuisine that was served which included traditional favorites such as lamb, eggplant, and kabobs.

Mongolian New YearAPAPA Stockton Civic Town Hall Forum was held on October 11, 2012 at the Central United Methodist Church. The program opened up with a soloist, Connie Rill, performing the National Anthem. Steve Smith, SUSD Trustee served as emcee followed by Bobby Bivens, President of the NAACP, Stockton Branch, who served as moderator for the evening. Candidates running for  Stockton City Council, Mayoral, California State Assembly and Senate participated in Q & A sessions. This program is organized by APAPA's Central Valley Region (APAPA-CVR), under the leadership of Danny Lee and with the support of dedicated volunteers. APAPA wants to give special thanks to Philip Ardnt of Comcast for sponsoring this very informative event. Photos are posted in the APAPA Gallery.

Vote by MailVote by Mail: This year, APAPA HQ served as one of the Vote by Mail Ballot drop off sites. The number of folks dropping off their ballots were slow during the first week. When the second week rolled around, however, the ballot box was getting picked up almost daily. On the last day, the box was busting at the seams. It was a great opportunity for APAPA to serve the community, share important information about the organization with the voters, and most of all, fulfill the mission.

RAM eventAPAPA attended the Russian American Media's "The BEST by Russian-Speaking Community VIP Award Ceremony 2012" on November 2, 2012. The event had over 500 guests in attendance. The ceremony was a highlight of the Russian community business life. It featured the most successful companies, community leaders, volunteers, and artists. Every year more than 100,000 Russian-speaking consumers of Greater Sacramento vote for the best  companies, community leaders, politicians, and government entities. This year, the winners were presented with their “Best of the Best” Award at the ceremony. The guests were served traditional food while enjoying cultural  and world-class performances.

CHP meetingAPAPA Meets with CHP: CC Yin, John Price, CHP Captain of Community Relations  & Media Relations, James Newberry, CHP Captain, Statewide Volunteer Program Coordinator along with Gaylor Gee, APAPA Board of Director met on October 30, 2012 to talk about how CHP and APAPA can build stronger statewide partnerships that extends into API and other communities.

The 5th Annual API Leadership Conference was sponsored by APAPA-SCR and held at Diamond Bar on October 13, 2012. Photos of the event are in the APAPA Gallery.

2012 Forum volunteersThe 11th Annual Voters Education & Candidates Forum was held in Sacramento on Sunday September 30, 2012. Read an article about the Forum on SacBee.com. Over 90 photos from the event are posted in the APAPA Gallery. The program booklet is available for download. Information about past events is on our Forum webpage.

APAPA-CVR sponsored its 5th Annual Stockton Civic Town Hall Forum in Stockton on Saturday May 19, 2012.  Featured guest speakers included BOE Member Betty Yee and Andrew T. Kim.


2011 News

APAPA celebrated its Tenth Anniversary with a gala celebration at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel on July 30, 2011.

In 2011, APAPA-BAR sponsored a series of Town Hall meetings and APAPA's 2011 Voters Education & Candidates Forum.


2010 News

2nd Annual Governor's Reception: (PDF) Hosted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the purpose of this event was to celebrate the achievements and contributions of API Americans in California.

APAPA held its 9th Annual Voters Education & Candidates Forum on September 26, 2010 at California State University, Sacramento.

APAPA's Night with the Sacramento Kings
First Annual Event at Arco Arena February 3, 2010. By Lucy Oback.

Haitian Disaster Relief Event Sponsored by Sacramento Chinese Indo-china Friendship Association (SCIFA). By Lucy Oback.

2010 News Briefs: Short bits and pieces.


2009 News

Igniting the Flame: (PDF) An article about APAPA's 2009 Voters Education & Candidates Forum.

Making History (PDF, 748K). An article about the Governor's API Heritage Month Celebration. By Clifton Yin.

2009 News Briefs: Short bits and pieces.


2008 News

APAPA's Southern California Chapter held its 1st Annual APIA "Making the Connection" Leadership Conference. (PDF) By Clifton Yin.

APAPA's Meet and Greet Program: (PDF) Norm DeYoung, is Chair of APAPA’s Government Relations Committee and the Meet and Greet Program.

Launching an “Everybody Vote” Initiative: Planting the Seed of Chinese-American Political Power. For APAPA's Bay Area Chapter by Andrew Li and Clifton Yin.

APAPA at the CSUS Career Fair. By Lucy Oback.

2008 News Briefs: Short bits and pieces.


2007 News

APAPA Supports Young Asian Leadership with VNA!  (PDF)

Press Release: Comcast Foundation Awards Grant to Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association to expand programs to the Bay Area (PDF)

On the Frontlines of Democracy: (PDF) A review of the 2007 Voters Education and Candidates Forum. By Clifton Yin.

CC Yin and APAPA to the Rescue: (PDF) An article about government appointments appearing in Asianweek National

APAPA's First Annual Membership Drive at the Yin Ranch. By Lucy Oback.

A World of Possibilities: (PDF) An article about APAPA's Capital Internship & Scholarship Program. By Clifton Yin.

2007 Capitol Internship & Scholarship Program: By Lucy Oback.

2007 News Briefs: Short bits and pieces.


2006 News

APAPA Newsletter for November/December 2006 (PDF)

ALERT! Sacramento City Police Dept Asks Community to Help Catch Nor Cal Serial Rapist. By Tom Bhe.

A Fulfilling Forum, a Show of Strength. An article about APAPA's 2006 Voters Education and Candidates Forum. By Clifton Yin

APAPA Newsletter for June 2006 (PDF)

2006 Red White & Blue Gala 2nd Annual State Capitol Scholarship & Internship Awards & Installation Dinner

Progress through Public Service: (PDF) How Asian and Pacific Islander Americans can contribute to the community through the Governor’s appointments. By Clifton Yin.

2006 News Briefs: Short bits and pieces.


2005 News

2005 News Briefs: Short bits and pieces.