APAPA's Core Services

The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development. To accomplish this objective, APAPA provides the following core services to the community.

Civic Engagement

APAPA provides community members with the opportunity to be proactive, participate, educate, and impress upon the API community that we have a voice in government and public affairs. We are accomplishing that through Voters Education, standing up for civil rights, and playing an active role in government appointments.

Youth Leadership Development

APAPA’s established track record demonstrates that we value and support our future leaders and are dedicated to fostering the development of our youth. This initiative includes both college scholarship and legislative internship programs.

Community Services

APAPA is also dedicated to enriching our community and helping members grow and adapt to our ever-changing society. Partnering and collaborating with other community organizations and business sponsors, APAPA has a vision to become the central hub for bringing services to our community members. Major initiatives include Digital Literacy, Health and Senior Services, and Personal Finance.

APAPA Welcomes You

Welcome to the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) website. Here you can see our efforts to educate the public about public policy and fostering future leaders from minority communities to serve at federal, state, and local levels.

We are a non-profit and non-partisan organization with a diverse membership representing all communities throughout California and around the nation. Everyone is welcome to become a member of APAPA to support our efforts of empowering Asian and Pacific Islanders in civic and public affairs. You can also receive recognition by becoming a sponsor of one of our events, such as the Internship Gala and Voters Forum. If you are a college student, keep checking our Internship and Scholarship programs page to learn about enrollment opportunities.

You can find our latest updates here, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or at APAPA's Blog. We value your feedback and support.



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:

Thousands rally together in 42 cities to support Officer Peter Liang
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