How Pacific Islander Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks

by Sokie Hul 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

Long Beach Cambodian Leader Appointed to President's Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders

by Sokie Hul 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.

Governor Appointments - February 2014

by Sokie Hul 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

Asian Americans Called the New ‘Sleeping Giant’ in California Politics

by Sokie Hul 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

Congratulations to Andrew Ly, CEO, Sugar Bowl Bakery

by John Oback 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/  

Mee Moua Named Among Washingtonian's "Most Powerful Women"

by Sokie Hul 13. November 2013 14:46
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Please see the press release below courtesy of AAJC. __________________________________________ Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2013 Contact: Kimberly Goulart, 202-499-7027 x. 103, comrequests@advancingjustice-aajc.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.

Governor Brown Announces Appointments - November 5, 2013

by Sokie Hul 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.

APAPA Responds to Jimmy Kimmel Kids Table Segment

by Sokie Hul 1. November 2013 13:57
APAPA Responds to Jimmy Kimmel "Kids Table" Segment and Urges All to Sign Petition Read more: click here

Asian Pacific American Community Demands Accountability from ABC and an Investigation by the FCC

by Sokie Hul 30. October 2013 15:35
Please click here to read the press release courtesy of OCA National.

White House Initiative on AAPIs currently seeking spring interns

by Sokie Hul 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.

APAPA-SCR 6th Annual API Leadership Conference - October 19, 2013

by Sokie Hul 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 ehuang@aspus.com. Download Flyer: http://apapa.org/scc/pdf/2013_scr_leadership_flyer.pdf Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/381382608658418/?ref=22

OCA Applauds House Officials' Dedication to Immigration Reform

by Sokie Hul 7. October 2013 13:24
Please see the press release on immigration reform below courtesy of OCA. __________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2 October 2013 CONTACT  Tom Hayashi | Executive Director 202 223 5500 | thayashi@ocanational.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.

Governor's Appointments for LA County Superior Court - API Members

by Sokie Hul 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

Advancing Justice-AAJC Responds to Senate Passage of Immigration Reform

by Sokie Hul 27. June 2013 10:49
Please see the press release below for an update on the immigration reform bill courtesy of AAJC. Website: http://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 27, 2013 CONTACT: Kimberly Goulart 202-499-7027 x. 103 comrequests@advancingjustice-aajc.org    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."

"If I Were the First Asian American President"

by Liz Pham 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"

APAPA's Leaders Appointed to CA Commission on APIA Affairs by Governor Brown

by Sokie Hul 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 Sincerely, C.C. Yin, Founder & Chair Amy Tong, Nationwide Vice Chair Lucy Oback, Nationwide President

AT&T Awards $50,000 to APAPA for Statewide Programs

by Sokie Hul 23. May 2013 12:38
Sacramento, CA - Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA), a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering Asian Americans in civic engagement, is pleased to announce they received $50,000 from AT&T. The funds will be utilized in 2013 to further APAPA's programs in civic engagement, voters participation and youth leadership. Read more: AT&T Press Release.pdf (152.73 kb) Contact: Lucy Oback, National President, (916) 928-9988 or lucyoback@apapa.org.

APAPA CEF Internship & Scholarship Applications Available

by Sokie Hul 2. January 2013 17:46
Happy New Year! The following applications are now available for download from our website: Internship Application for College Students: http://www.apapa.org/pdf/2013/apapa_intern_app_2013.pdf Scholarship Application for College Students: http://www.apapa.org/pdf/2013/apapa_schol_app_2013.pdf Scholarship Application for High School Students: http://www.apapa.org/pdf/2013/apapa_high%20school%20schol_app_2013.pdf Students who wish to be considered for the internship or scholarship must complete an application and submit required documents by February 11, 2013. To apply: 1) download the application form 2) complete the form and gather all required documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) 3) mail the application and all materials to APAPA's headquarters by the deadline If you have any questions, please email Lucy Oback at lucyoback@apapa.org

Summary of APAPA NYC Grand Opening Celebration

by Sokie Hul 13. December 2012 17:29
Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), the establishment of the New York Chapter  Reported by Sing Tao Daily, World Journal, & China Press Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) has been established eleven years in California and just launched its New York Chapter in Flushing on December 2, 2012. The organization empowers its members to take part in public affairs, to nurture the next generation to become future leaders, and to increase the political and economic status of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the United States. APAPA founder C. C Yin said that 11 years ago, the API community saw a need for and the importance of having representatives of API descent in public office, and this gave him and a few friends the insight to establish the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, to nurture young people interested in politics to become future leaders. In recent years, the political and economic status of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans has increased significantly, and currently, APAPA has 20,000 members and 300 active volunteers. At the state level, API representatives in California grew from zero to 30, and even the mayor of the city of San Francisco is of Chinese descent. In this year’s congressional elections, there were 18 API candidates, six of which were elected to office.  The non-profit organization consists of all types of members, regardless of party preference. The three main core services include civic engagement, youth leadership, and community services. The organization provides its members with the opportunity to be proactive and to participate and educate themselves through voter’s registration, training and internship opportunities for the younger generation, workshops for financial literacy, and appointment programs to help members seek appointments in areas of government. Congresswoman-elect Grace Meng said the creation of political history of Chinese in the United States is a joyous thing, but at the same time stresses that now should be the time to work hard to let the public see and understand the power in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. New York City Comptroller John Liu pointed out that the API population across the country has experienced substantial annual growth, according to the census data, but the number of elected representatives of API descent is not proportionate in comparison to the number of people in their respective communities. He said California’s participation in Asian politics has been a model for New York, with a female ethnic Chinese Congressmember-elect Grace Meng. Liu said, "With a Chinese mayor in San Francisco, who knows what will happen in New York?" Remarks won the audience with warm applause.  Welcoming remarks were received by Congresswoman Judy Chu, who sent a letter to congratulate the New York Chapter on its grand opening. Korean American Assemblyman-elect Ron Kim, New York State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan and New York Supreme Court Justice Peter Tom were among many of the elected officials who attended to support and congratulate APAPA at the grand opening of their New York Chapter. New York Chapter Board: Justin Yu, chairman; vice chairs Cynthia Chou, Dr. Howard Shiang, and Michael Wang; secretary general Ching K. Chen; chief advisor Jenifer Lin; vice supervisor Cheng Hui; advisor Tim Yang.      Photo courtesy of Sing Tao Daily NYC

2013 Kaiser Permanente Asian Association (KPAA) Scholarship Program

by Sokie Hul 30. October 2012 12:07
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The KP Asian Association Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from high school students graduating in Spring 2013. KP Asian Association scholarships recognize students who have brought demonstrable, tangible benefit to an Asian community and have the potential to be future leaders. Students may have demonstrated this potential through their activities in school, in the community, or in the face of unusual circumstances. Submit your application on line by February 15, 2013 at: https://www.scholarselect.com/scholarships/4670-kaiser-permanenteasian-association-scholarship-program-2013 Eligibility requirements: ·         high school student graduating in Spring 2013 and attending an accredited two- or four-year college, university, trade or technical school in Fall, 2013; ·         high school or student's residence located in the Kaiser Permanente Northern CA service area; and ·         minimum 2.5 GPA. Although on-line submission is preferable, KPAA will accept applications by mail from students unable to apply on line. Mail-in applications are due one week before online applications to allow for data entry. Applications sent by U.S. mail must have a postmark date of February 8, 2013. Visit https://kpaaonline.atlassian.net/wiki/x/EgAJ for more information about the program or to download a copy of the application.

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