21. May 2015 15:14
Check out this exciting article written by World Journal about the 150th Anniversary Chinese Railroad Workers Celebration in Sacramento, CA!
Article : goo.gl/v4yva4
13. May 2015 15:56
Read the latest issue of APA News & Review here:
6. May 2015 13:45
APAPA Bay Area 2015 Internship Program
Friday, May 22, 2015
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. The program provides an opportunity for students to work in the offices of elected official and policy offices across the Bay Area as staff interns, and develop their leadership skills, gain public policy experience and become civically engaged.
The internship program will help interns develop:
Political awareness and civic engagement
An understanding of the government and the legislative processes
Professional and leadership growth
Networking opportunities with elected officials and community leaders
The program is open to all undergraduate college students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants will be selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, community service, and academic performance.
If you have any questions, please contact:Patricia Cheng, Internship Coordinator925-759-2488, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. March 2015 10:27
Join us for the 11th Annual Capitol Internship Award & Scholarship Fundraising Gala on Saturday, April 11th at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento!
To RSVP or for more information, please contact APAPA National Headquarters at email@example.com or call 916-928-9988 ext. 100.
Click here for our event flyer and sponsorship form.
25. July 2014 10:03
Please see the article below regarding Pacific Islander students courtesy of NBC News.
"How Pacific Islander Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/how-pacific-islander-students-are-slipping-through-cracks-n144281
13. May 2014 13:15
Please see the article below courtesy of the Long Beach Post.
A Cambodian-born Long Beach community activist with a history of working with disadvantaged youth of color was honored on a national level for her local efforts last week when she was sworn in to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Lian Cheun, who has been Executive Director of Khmer Girls in Action since 2012, was chosen to be one of several advisors to the President under the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which aims to help facilitate more access to and participation in federal programs among those in the AAPI community.
The swearing-in ceremony May 6 was part of a U.S. Department of the Interior kick-off for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Click here to read more.
12. February 2014 13:24
APAPA is pleased to announce Governor Brown's reappointment of Lai Lai Bui to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, where she has served since 2005. Ms. Bui has held multiple positions in the Sacramento Police Department since 1994, including sergeant, detective and officer. She is a member of the California Peace Officers Association, the Sacramento Asian Peace Officers Association, the Sacramento Police Officers Association and the Peace Officers Research Association. Ms. Bui is a Republican.
Read more: http://gov.ca.gov/anews.php?id=4-2014-February
7. January 2014 16:40
Please see the article below courtesy of AsianWeek and Sleeping Giant.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Hispanics were considered the "sleeping giant" in California politics because of their growing numbers. Now Asian Americans are at a point where Hispanics were about two decades ago, according to an analysis conducted by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UC Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Initiative.
Read More: Asian Americans Called the New ‘Sleeping Giant’ in California Politics
3. December 2013 13:21
Please join us in congratulating Andrew Ly and his family. Andrew’s success story came to the attention of President Obama after the White House asked USPan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) for recommendation of a successful Asian American business whose inspiring immigrant story could be shared to a wider audience.
In a speech on immigration reform delivered on November 25 in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, President Barack Obama singled out USPAACC Member Andrew Ly’s remarkable success story – from refugee to Founder, President and CEO of Sugar Bowl Bakery – in a crowd assembled at the Betty Ong Recreation Center that included U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Asian American Congressional Representatives Judy Chu and Mike Honda, former mayor and current California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, members of the Board of Supervisors, and heads of city agencies. The address was televised live nationwide.
Named “Most Admired CEO in the Bay Area” in 2007 by San Francisco Business Times, Andrew Ly and his award winning Sugar Bowl Bakery is recognized by the community as one of the leading businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fairytale success of Sugar Bowl Bakery Business comes not only from Ly’s dedication, but with the strong support system of his family who has been there every step of the way.
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) honored Mr. Ly in October 2011 with its Immigrant Heritage Award, which is given to individuals and organizations who exemplify the courage and perseverance of immigrants and the valuable contributions that they make to our nation.
Andrew Ly is one of the founding members and a long time supporter of APAPA. His generosity includes providing office space for APAPA’s Bay Area Chapter, baked goods for APAPA events and fundraisers. In 2009, Andrew was the recipient of the APAPA Community Service Award for his contributions in the API community and in 2012 the first San Francisco Internship class presented Andrew with the Civic Service Award.
To read the President’s speech, go to: www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/
To read more about Andrew’s family bakery business, go to: www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/
13. November 2013 14:46
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Please see the press release below courtesy of AAJC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2013
Contact: Kimberly Goulart, 202-499-7027 x. 103, firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON - Mee Moua, executive director and president for Asian Americans Advancing Justice AAJC, was chosen as one of Washingtonian Magazine's "Most Powerful Women". The list, compiled by Washingtonian's editors, recognizes the most influential women in the government, public and private sectors.
"Mee's dynamic leadership has been transformative for the Asian American community," said Paul Lee, chair of the Advancing Justice AAJC Board of Directors. "Like the many impressive women on this list, Mee has blazed a trail for future women leaders, and it is clear that she will leave a lasting impact on all those who have had the opportunity to work alongside her and experience the power of her voice speaking on behalf of those whose voices would otherwise not be heard."
Read more at www.advancingjustice-aajc.org.
5. November 2013 14:56
Congratulations to Jean Shiomoto, Director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles
APAPA applauds Governor Brown on his appointment of Jean Shiomoto as the Director of the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, one of the largest departments in California. Ms. Shiomoto has been an active community leader in Sacramento with the Asian Pacific State Employees Association and the Asian Community Center Board of Directors for many years. Her remarkable career achievement is a tribute to all the Asian Pacific Islander Americans who are a part of the State's civil service system.
Read more of the press release at gov.ca.gov.
1. November 2013 13:57
APAPA Responds to Jimmy Kimmel "Kids Table" Segment and Urges All to Sign Petition
Read more: click here
30. October 2013 15:35
Please click here to read the press release courtesy of OCA National.
11. October 2013 17:02
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) is currently seeking spring interns. Applications are due October 15th.
For more information, please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/aapi/internships.
9. October 2013 11:37
APAPA-SCR will be having its 6th Annual API Leadership Conference held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1:30-5:30pm at Diamond Bar High School Performing Arts Theater in Diamond Bar. Join APAPA-SCR for speeches, discussions, Taekwondo and dance performances, and more! The event is free and open to the public.
To RSVP, please contact Elizabeth Huang, APAPA-SCR VP-Outreach at email@example.com.
Download Flyer: http://apapa.org/scc/pdf/2013_scr_leadership_flyer.pdf
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/381382608658418/?ref=22
7. October 2013 13:24
Please see the press release on immigration reform below courtesy of OCA.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2 October 2013
Tom Hayashi | Executive Director
202 223 5500 | firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), applauds House Congressional Officials for their dedication to immigration reform.
Today, House Officials including Congressman Garcia (D-FL), Congresswoman Chu (D-CA), Congresswoman Pelosi (D-CA), Congresswoman DelBene (D-WA), and Congressman Horsford (D-NV) introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, a bill similar to comprehensive immigration reform bill (S.744) passed by the Senate earlier this past summer. Like S.744, the House bill includes a pathway to citizenship for a majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants, provides an expedited pathway for Dreamers, reprioritizes the immediate family of legal permanent residents to match U.S. citizens, and clears the overcrowded visa backlogs.
"We applaud our Congressional officials for their leadership and dedication to immigration reform,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President, "Passage of this bill would bring us one step closer to realizing the hopes and dreams of the 11 million aspiring citizens waiting to fully live their lives in the United States.”
Similar to S.744, the House bill also eliminates siblings and children over 31 from the family immigration category. Under the bill, siblings and children over 31 would have to immigrate through the proposed merit system which awards visas to individuals based on a process that allocates points for specific markers such as English proficiency and level of education.
"Although we celebrate the commitment to immigration reform that our congressional leaders have demonstrated, we are disappointed at the elimination of siblings and children over 31 from the family category,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "It is disheartening to see an issue central to the Asian Pacific American community’s immigration experience left out of this version of the bill. However, OCA remains optimistic and committed to improving the current provisions to ensure that the interests of the APA community are represented.”
OCA is co-sponsoring a Town Hall Discussion on Comprehensive Immigration Reform at 1952 Gallows Road in Vienna, VA on October 5 at 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. This Town Hall Discussion is part of over 100 local events happening throughout the country on October 5 advocating for immigration reform. More information can be found at this website.
17. July 2013 17:23
APAPA applauds Governor Brown for two additional API judicial appointments, Goswami and Kim, to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Read More: http://www.apapa.org/pdf/2013/2013_summer-fall_newsletter.pdf
27. June 2013 10:49
Please see the press release below for an update on the immigration reform bill courtesy of AAJC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2013
202-499-7027 x. 103
Advancing Justice-AAJC Responds to Senate Passage of Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON--Today the U.S. Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform with a bipartisan vote of 68-32. The following is a statement from Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC ("Advancing Justice-AAJC").
"Advancing Justice-AAJC applauds the Senate for passing this bipartisan immigration bill. We want to thank Sen. Mazie Hirono for her courage to protect the provisions in the bill that will allow families to reunite with their loved ones in a more timely manner, and her tireless efforts to strengthen the bill for women and families. We continue to be concerned about the impact the bill will have on immigrant families, if enacted. The decision to severely limit the family-based immigration system is a dramatic shift away from our long-held American values. We look forward to working with all Members of Congress to improve this bill for women and families by the time it reaches the president's desk."
21. June 2013 13:40
Please click on the following link to see the shared video courtesy of Asian Pacific Fund:
"If I Were the First Asian American President"
31. May 2013 16:31
Congratulations to Phong La and Catherine Ofa Mann, two of APAPA's most distinguished leaders for their gubernatorial appointments to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs.
gov.ca.gov Press Release: Governor Brown Announces Appointments
C.C. Yin, Founder & Chair
Amy Tong, Nationwide Vice Chair
Lucy Oback, Nationwide President