Public Hearing Results in Unanimous Decision to Continue TEACH Program in Sacramento County

by Sokie Hul 23. June 2014 17:09
Dear Friends and Community Leaders, Thank you for your testimonies, participation and support at the Public Hearing last Wednesday, 6/18/14. The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors conducted a hearing on the elimination of and/or reductions in the level of medical services provided by UC Davis TEACH clinic and County for the medically underserved community. It was an honor to meet Mr. Stephen Webb, President of NAACP Sacramento Branch 1060; Ms. Kula Koenig, District Director of State Assembly Member Roger Dickinson; Prof. Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Director of Center for Reducing Health Disparities UC Davis School of Medicine (UCDSOM); Dr. Mark Henderson, Vice Chair of Education and Associate Dean of UCDSOM. Their public testimonies along with others resulted in an unanimous decision to continue the TEACH program, partnership between UC Davis and Sacramento County. The hearing room was packed with UCDSOM doctors, residents and students. As I was leaving the hearing room, a 2nd year medical student came up to me to thank APAPA for supporting the community. She was APAPA intern from 2 years ago. It is a great feeling to hear that heart touching comment. We want to especially thank the County Board of Supervisors and County Executives for listening to the voices from the community. Thank you, Tom Bhe, Ph.D. VP Public Relations, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) 916-355-4159

Congratulations for an Outstanding and Successful Event

by Sokie Hul 10. April 2014 15:17
I am writing to you personally to congratulate and thank all of you for a successful APAPA 10th Annual Capitol Internship Award, Scholarship Fundraising & Installation Gal last Saturday. We had great representation from diverse community, business & government leaders. This event has been extremely successful in developing our students to become leaders of tomorrow. The success of this huge and historical event is a result of all your hard work through the leadership of Lucy Oback, APAPA President & Internship Chair. I would also like to thank Amy Tong, APAPA Vice Chair, for assisting in managing the program, Sokie Hul and the entire Hq. staff for providing support, the Scholarship Committee, Duper Tong for media staging and all the board members. I would also like to thank the APAPA Chapter leaders who traveled all the way to Sacramento from all over California to support and share in our celebration. I would like to recognize our Keynote Speaker, Sandy Chau, for his inspirational speech. Thank you to all the event sponsors, elected officials, businesses, community leaders and all of the guests who made this event exciting and memorable. I look forward to working with all of you with continued success.   Sincerely, C.C. Yin, APAPA Founder & Chair

Sacramento Community Town Hall on April 17th at APAPA HQ

by Sokie Hul 8. April 2014 11:32
Attention Senate District 6 Voters! Come on Thursday, April 17, 2014, hear from the candidates running in your district. Don't miss this opportunity to ask them questions about issues that matter most to you and your community. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact APAPA's Headquarters at 916-928-9988 x 105 or by email at Download PDF Flyer:

APAPA-BAR Internship Graduation - May 8th

by Sokie Hul 13. March 2014 12:06
Please come to congratulate the past six months of community volunteerism, local government service and professional development of the APAPA-BAR Youth Leadership Interns at their graduation on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Skywest Golf Course in Hayward. For more information, please contact Patricia Cheng at or call (925) 759-2488. Download flyer:

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

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.

APAPA-GSC Sacramento Community Town Hall Meeting - November 12, 2013

by Sokie Hul 18. October 2013 10:31
APAPA's Greater Sacramento Chapter will be having its Sacramento Community Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Central Station Community Meeting Room. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Download PDF Flyer: For more information, please contact APAPA's National Headquarters at (916) 928-9988 or email

Update on Shark Fin Ban Lawsuit

by Liz Pham 28. August 2013 15:17
San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal on Tuesday, August 27th, refused to block the ban on the sale of Shark fin soup in California. San Francisco-area Chinese restaurants and their suppliers plan to pursue their lawsuit to overturn the state law in the lower courts. The U.S. Department of Justice supports the lawsuit. The law took effect last month.

9th Circuit Court of Appeal to Hear Shark Ban Appeal

by Liz Pham 23. August 2013 14:40
Media Contact:Joseph M. Breall Phone: (415) 345-0540 Email:    orJill L. Diamond Phone: (415) 345-0545 ext.*209Email:   12 August 2013For Immediate Release: U.S. Department of Justice Says California Shark Fin Ban is UnconstitutionalChinese Communities and Advocates Hopeful Ninth Circuit Will Review Preliminary Injuction on Aug. 14 to Block New California Law San Francisco- Representatives and advocates for the Chinese community today announced some optimism that a new California law which bans the possession and sale of shark fins will be struck down as unconstitutional after the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in support of their position. The Justice Department filed an amicus brief in the United States Counrt of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit in late July. In its brief, the Justice Department took the position that California's law violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution. The brief stated that, on a number of levels, California's new law was preempted by existing federal law. "The United States has a strong interest in the proper application of preemption principles," according to the Justice Department's brief. "California's law obstructs the use of fishery resources lawfully obtained in federal waters," and "the District Court failed to appreciate the conflict presented by California's ban on possession and sale of shark fins from sharks caught in federal waters." "Here, California’s law goes too far by banning all possession and sale of shark fins from sharks caught in federal waters, when federal law allows for possession and sale so long as the shark is landed in compliance with federal law,” the Justice Department stated. “Consequently, the court below erred in finding that the California Shark Fin Ban was not preempted.” "We are very pleased that the U.S. Justice Department has expressed its view and supports the Chinese community’s position that California’s ban on the possession of shark fins in unconstitutional," said Pius Lee, advocate for the Chinese community. "We are hopeful that we will soon be able to resume our humane tradition that our culture has practiced for centuries since the Ming Dynasty." Chinatown Neighborhood Association and Asian Americans for Political Advancement filed a lawsuit against the State of California after it enacted a law banning the possession and sale of shark fins. It is an ancient Chinese cultural tradition to eat shark fin soup as a ceremonial centerpiece of traditional banquets as well as celebrations of weddings and birthdays of one’s elders. The Chinatown Neighborhood Association and Asian Americans for Political Advancement appeal of the District Court’s denial of the preliminary injunction will be heard before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 14 at 95 Seventh St., San Francisco, Courtroom 1, 3rd Floor. Chinatown Neighborhood Association et al. v. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., et al., Case Number 13-15188 "California’s law is not only culturally offensive, but according to the Justice Department, it is unconstitutional and should be struck down,” added Mr. Lee. “The Chinese community agrees that finning a shark is inhumane and wrong.  But under federal law, sharks are caught legally and humanely and there is no reason to discard the fin.  In fact, dumping the fin constitutes environmental waste.  That is why we use the entire shark, and stand with the environmental community in strong support of the existing federal legislation that bans the inhumane treatment of sharks.”   President Clinton signed the federal Shark Finning Prohibition Act in 2000, and President Obama strengthened the finning ban in 2010 by signing the Shark Conservation Act. California’s law, which took effect on July 1, 2013, goes further by banning the possession and sale of a shark fins, including fins from legally and humanely fished sharks. Both the Chinese communities and the Justice Department believe California’s law to be unconstitutional. “California’s ban violates the Supremacy Clause because it is preempted by federal laws regulating federal waters,” said Joe Breall, attorney for the Chinese community organizations. “The State’s misguided attempt to target the “market” for fins does not address the inhumane treatment of sharks on the high seas and is also unconstitutional. With the federal government’s official brief now on record, we are hopeful that the Ninth Circuit will reverse the District Court and issue a preliminary injunction against California’s law.”   About the Chinese Community Groups Chinatown Neighborhood Association and Asian Americans for Political Advancement support equal treatment for their members by the state and federal government. Eating shark fin soup is a humane tradition that the Chinese culture has practiced for centuries, since the Ming Dynasty. The communities believe in respect for sharks, and that is why they use the entire shark, not just the fin. They strongly support the 2000 and 2010 federal laws that banned the inhumane treatment of sharks, and support the federal government in its enforcement of those laws.

Community Mixer on Immigration Reform - Thursday, July 11, 2013

by Sokie Hul 17. June 2013 16:03
Please join APAPA-SF, Asian Law Caucus, Mayor Ray Buenaventura, and Supervisor David Chiu for a Community Mixer about Immigration Reform on Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 5:30-7:30pm at One Ferry Plaza, 1 Ferry Plaza (behind the Ferry Bldg.), San Francisco, CA 94111. Learn more about the recent developments in immigration reform and how it will impact your community and family. Network and mingle with fellow community members, and make sure APIs are represented in the immigration debate before it's too late! For more information, please contact Jay Cheng at or (408) 691-0423. Download PDF Flyer: API_ImmigrationReform_Forum_20130711.pdf (221.86 kb)

Sacramento Community Civic Meeting on Immigration Reform - Thursday, May 23, 2013

by Sokie Hul 8. May 2013 15:57
APAPA's Greater Sacramento Chapter (APAPA-GSC) and co-sponsors ARI and SHCC will be having its Sacramento Community Civic Meeting on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 5:30-8:00pm at APAPA's Headquarters in Sacramento. Come hear more about immigration reform and its impact on API families. For more information, please contact Henry Chang, APAPA-GSC President at 916-928-9988 or by email, Link to APAPA's Facebook page:

Fremont City Council member Sue Chan appointed to NLC 2013 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee

by Sokie Hul 8. January 2013 09:19
Dear Friends, The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association would like to congratulate Suzanne Lee Chan, Fremont City Councilmember, on her appointment to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2013 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. Main responsibilities of the committee include the development of NLC federal policy positions on matters concerning community and economic development, historic preservation, housing, international competitiveness, land use, recreation and parks. In this new role, Councilmember Chan will have the opportunity to work at the Federal level to advocate for America’s cities and shape NLC’s policy positions.To read more on NLC’s committees, please visit

APAPA's Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive A Success

by Sokie Hul 11. December 2012 15:55
800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 On December 10, 2012, APAPA held its Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive at APAPA’s National Headquarters in Sacramento. The annual event was sponsored by State Farm Insurance. Nick Clark, Vince Wetzel and Tri Tran were presented a Certificate of Appreciation by Amy and Lucy. The evening provided an opportunity for everyone to come together to celebrate the season and to support needy children in the local community by donating unwrapped toys to the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento. More than 300 people were in attendance at the mixer, including local officials, organization leaders from diverse communities, corporate sponsors, friends, supporters and volunteers. Councilmember Kevin McCarty, County Board Supervisor Jimmie Yee and Assembly Members Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson were among the elected officials who attended and took to the stage to deliver welcoming remarks and congratulate APAPA on its accomplishments and continued efforts to empower API Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development. The mixer proved to be a fitting occasion for APAPA to recognize exceptional volunteers and individuals for their dedicated service and commitment to helping the organization fulfill its mission. Among those being awarded were Board Members of the Year, Henry Chang and Liz Lynn.   Attendees mixed and mingled in APAPA’s large and festively decorated training room while listening to Christmas songs performed by a band of local API high school students and the unique sounds of instruments played by a Chinese music ensemble. The performances were followed by an all-female youth group dancing and singing along in unison to the Christmas classic, “Let It Snow!”   Shortly after, APAPA’s founder, C.C. Yin, and other guests were encouraged to get up on stage to join Pammy Mann, member of one of APAPA’s community partners, Indus Valley American Chamber of Commerce (IVACC), to participate in a cultural dance with lively, traditional Indian music playing in the background. Throughout the evening, guests gathered around for group photos and took turns posing for the camera with Santa Claus in front of the beautifully adorned Christmas tree.   The night concluded with raffle prize drawings and an exchange of warm wishes by all for a happy new year. The event was an overall success, and the attendees are looking forward to meeting again in 2013. Please visit APAPA's gallery online for photos taken at the event: Photo credits: John W. Oback & Danny Lee

State Farm Presents: APAPA's Annual Holiday Mixer - December 10, 2012

by Sokie Hul 16. November 2012 11:05
Please join us for our annual mixer & toy drive on Monday, December 10, 2012 from 6 to 8:30pm at APAPA's National Headquarters in Sacramento to celebrate the holiday season and to support children with special needs in the local community. To RSVP: Sokie Hul, (916) 928-9988 or email to For details, please visit our website at

Sacramento Community Town Hall Meeting - October 29, 2012

by Sokie Hul 16. October 2012 12:27
APAPA and CAPITAL will be hosting its Sacramento Community Town Hall Meeting on Monday, October 29, 2012 from 5:30-8:00pm at APAPA's National Headquarters in Sacramento. RSVP required by October 25th. To RSVP, please email to or call (916) 928-9988. For details, visit APAPA's Facebook page at

Election Information from the League of Women Voters

by Sokie Hul 15. October 2012 09:59
Dear All, APAPA worked with the League of Women Voters and Citizens for Better Community to translate the Pros and Cons of the CA propositions for this coming election. Don Sun and Christine Feng did a great job of taping the translation. Please pass this link along to all those that can benefit from hearing the Pros and Cons in Mandarin. This is a great service to Mandarin speaking voters. See video in this link: It will be on the APAPA website soon and can be viewed at This is a great accomplishment for APAPA. Hopefully we'll be able to do more of these videos in various Asian languages in the future.


by Sokie Hul 6. August 2012 09:55
NEW SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENTS WHO ATTEND COMMUNITY COLLEGES Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, 2012--The Asian & Pacific Islander AmericanScholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organizationdevoted to providing college scholarships for Asian American and PacificIslander (AAPI) students, is now accepting applications for the APIASFCommunity College Scholarship Program. The organization's new scholarshipopportunity--ranging from $2,250 to $5,000 each during the 2012-13 academicschool year--is available to 155 full-time, degree-seeking AAPI students whoare enrolled at either City College of San Francisco, Coastline CommunityCollege, De Anza College, or South Seattle Community College. The APIASF Community College Scholarship Program applicants must be of AAPIethnicity as defined by the U.S. Department of Census and must be a citizen,national, or legal permanent resident of the United States or a citizen ofthe U.S. Freely Associated States.  Other eligibility requirements includeapplicants submitting a request for federal financial aid using the FreeApplication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)--although applicants do notnecessarily need to be recipients of federal financial aid to be eligiblefor the APIASF Community College Scholarship Program. The applicationdeadline is Oct. 12, 2012. "We've known for some time that the largest population of AAPI collegeenrollment, at 47.3 percent, is in the community college sector; therefore,our goal has always been to work toward creating significant opportunitiesat those types of institutions for students to access, complete, and succeedin postsecondary education," said APIASF President & Executive Director NeilHorikoshi.  "For those reasons, we created the APIASF Community CollegeScholarship Program as a natural extension of our efforts to not onlyincrease overall AAPI student success, but to develop scalable models fortraining future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role modelsin their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a vibrant America." Additionally, the APIASF Community College Scholarship Program supports thenew Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project,which APIASF along with the National Commission on Asian American andPacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) launched recently to helprealize the full degree-earning potential of the AAPI student population.Considered one of the largest investments to date to increase AAPI studentsuccess, the PEER project is a three-year, nearly $2 million effort beingsupported by The Kresge Foundation, USA Funds, and the Walmart Foundation.The PEER project also works collaboratively with three of the APIASFCommunity College Scholarship Program institutions: De Anza College, CityCollege of San Francisco, and South Seattle Community College. The APIASF Community College Scholarship Program is being supported by TheCoca-Cola Foundation, USA Funds, Walmart, and Wells Fargo.  The APIASF Community College Scholarship Program scholarship recipients willbe announced in January 2013. To apply or for additional details about the APIASF Community CollegeScholarship Program, visit APIASF's website at Also, follow APIASF on Facebook Twitter More information about the PEER project can also be found on APIASF'swebsite and by visiting CARE's website at  Alek Sripipatana, PhD, MPH :: United States Department of Health and HumanServices :: Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care :: Office of Quality and Data :: 5600 FishersLane, 6A-55, Rockville, Maryland 20857 ::  301.443.1808

APAPA attended GSVACC's 1st First Annual Installation Banquet and Gala

by Julie Tcha 2. April 2012 18:23
Officers and Board Members of APAPA attended the Greater Sacramento Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce's (GSVACC) 1st First Annual Installation Banquet and Gala. On Saturday, March 31, 2012, C.C. Yin, Ofa Mann, Tom Bhe, Edgar Calderon, Paul Chow, Honey Lum and Julie Tcha celebrated GSVACC's very successful year at Hilton Sacramento Arden West.    GSVACC ( has accomplished admirable feats this past year—Little Saigon,  tutoring programs, helping businesses and more. APAPA is proud to support such a community-driven, hard-working organization.    Over 200 people attended the event. Slideshows showed the several different projects, events and programs GSVACC has done during the past year. Not only were attendees blown away by the slideshows, but attendees were also entertained with traditional Vietnamese music.    The night ended with great music, friends and a bigger commitment to supporting our community and local businesses.

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