The U.S. Department of State Announces Scholarships for American High School Students to Study Abroad

by richard hoang 24. September 2015 17:11
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.   The application deadline for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-2017 programs is October 29, 2015. Visit for more information.  The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers  merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey.This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.  Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project.  Applications for academic year 2016-17 programs are due December 1, 2015.  Visit www.yes-abroad.orgfor more information. The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for an academic year in Germany.  The programwas established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at  Deadlines for U.S. applicants range from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016, depending on state of residency. For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges.   To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student.  Learn more at

APAPA Solano County Chapter Grand Opening

by richard hoang 3. August 2015 12:00
Congratulations to our latest APAPA chapter in C.C. Yin's home area, Solano County! Our board members are very dedicated and energetic to be a part of APAPA. They had a robust turnout during the opening ceremony on Saturday August 1,2015. APAPA extends its most sincere gratitude to Amit Pal, SOC Chair; Gregoria Torres, SOC President; Gloria Malgapo, SOC Vice President, the SOC board memebers, as well as all of the sponsors, elected officials, and community leaders for making this grand opening a success.

Job Opportunity: Full-time Bookkeeper

by richard hoang 10. July 2015 18:10
Dear APAPA Members & Friends,   We are currently seeking a Full-time Bookkeeper to join our office staff in Sacramento, CA. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you know who may be interested and qualified for this position.      ******************************************************************************************   Position Description: Full-time Bookkeeper   Basic Function: In general, as the Bookkeeper at APAPA's Headquarters, you will be responsible for maintaining the day to day financial operations of the organization. This includes coding and processing all income and expense requests, working with CPA's to reconcile our monthly and/or yearly bank statements, and generate financial reports monthly/quarterly/yearly.   Principal Accountabilities:   1) Communication: Need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively with APAPA's chapter leaders, CPA's, vendors, and members of the community on a daily basis.   2) Organization: Must be able to organize a variety of payment requests and projects on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.   3) Attention to Detail: Accuracy is critical to performing the duties of Bookkeeper, particularly when coding income and expenses.     Desired Qualifications:   The bookkeeper candidate should have a Bachelor's degree in accounting or business administration, or equivalent business experience, as well as knowledge of bookkeeping and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. At least 2 years of experience in the accounting field Pay depending on experience If interested, please email cover letter and resume to APAPA National Headquarters at

Asian American Electorate to Double by 2040

by richard hoang 16. June 2015 15:05
The UCLA Center for the Study of Inequality and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies issued a report projecting ​that ​the size of the Asian American electorate ​will​ double to 12.2 million in 2040. To read the full report:

Washington D.C. Chapter's Grand Opening

by richard hoang 8. June 2015 09:59
APAPA would like to welcome our newest Washington D.C. Chapter! We look forward to expanding our membership and empowering more API Americans through civic and public affairs! Check out the link below for more pictures from the grand opening: Photos courtesy of Andrew Jeng

Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival

by richard hoang 28. May 2015 10:42
Check out the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival from May 29-30, 2015! Follow the exciting link for more information and tickets :

World Journal - 150th Anniversary RxR Chinese Workers Celebration

by richard hoang 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 :

ISSUU - Asian Pacific American | News & Review

by Kevin Menardo 13. May 2015 15:56
Read the latest issue of APA News & Review here:

APAPA Bay Area 2015 Internship Program

by Derek SooHoo 6. May 2015 13:45
APAPA Bay Area 2015 Internship Program Application Deadline: 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.     APPLY NOW   If you have any questions, please contact:Patricia Cheng, Internship Coordinator925-759-2488,  

11th Annual Capitol Internship Award & Scholarship Fundraising Gala

by Kevin Menardo 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 or call 916-928-9988 ext. 100. Click here for our event flyer and sponsorship form.

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"

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:

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: To read more about Andrew’s family bakery business, go to:  

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,  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

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

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

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