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 an active role in government appointments.

Youth Leadership Development

APAPA’s established track record demonstrates that we value and support our future leaders and is dedicated to fostering our future through 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.



Law License Posthumously Awarded to Hong Yen Chang, a Chinese Immigrant
The California Supreme Court finally erased one of the last vestiges of the state's anti-Chinese laws by granting a law license posthumously to Hong Yen Chang, an immigrant who was barred because of his race in 1890. Read more here.

APAPA-SCR 2015 Leadership Program & Summer Internship::: The APAPA Southern California Regional Headquarters is awarding a number of internships for college students. The purpose of the internship is to help students better understand California state and local government and to develop future leaaders in the API community. Interns will be working for a local/state legislator, congress member, or constitutional officer in Southern California. Application materials are due by June 12, 2015. Apply now

11th Annual Capitol Internship Award & Scholarship Fundraising Gala
This annual event will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel (1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814). For more information, please contact APAPA National HQ at (916) 928-9988 or email us at info@apapa.org.

150th Anniversary Celebration Chinese Built US Transcontinental Railroad: 2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Chinese immigrants contributions to the building of our first transcontinental railroad. Visit their web site to learn more about the many events and programs being planned to commemorate this important achievement in American history: http://railroad150.com. Donate here: http://apapa.org/contact/membership.aspx

Felicia Bhe Appointed as Chair of APAPA Meet & Greet Program

The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Felicia Bhe as the Chair of the Meet & Greet Program  Click here to read the full article.

APAPA Founding Board Member Mayue Carlson to serve as new Executive Director
The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) National Governing Board is pleased to welcome Mayue Carlson as the new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2015.  Click here to read the full article.

ILF-APAPA Forged a Historic Partnership: A New Alliance and Big Step For Our Common Dream: ILF created a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) in San Francisco and New York. On November 6, Chiling Tong, ILF CEO, and Mr. C.C. Yin, Founder and Chairman of APAPA, signed the historic MOU in San Francisco. Click here to read the full article.

Formation of APAPA National Governing Board: As we continue our national expansion, we are excited to announce the formation of our National Governing Board. These well-respected and longtime leaders have made outstanding contributions to our API community and beyond. Click here to download PDF of photos and bios.