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

2015 Alumni Conference: What happened in a weekend gathering of young leaders from all over the world

by Grant Hayward 20. August 2015 13:09

Over 70 interns and alumni attended the Alumni Conference on August 14-16, 2015. The attendees were interns/alumni from organizations such as APAPA, CAPA, and China's own Siyuan group. Along with APAPA’s interns/alumni residing in California, many interns/alumni flew in from Texas, Florida, and New York to represent their chapters. In addition, students from prestigious universities in China came to the conference to do a cross-cultural exchange.

The conference was held for three days in Berkeley, California. The program consisted of networking, workshops, and mentoring. The event featured speakers including Sandy Chau, C.C. Yin, Nelson Huang, Albert Wang, Maeley Tom, Yen Marshall, and, Anthony Lin. The workshops were hosted by Liliana Li, Executive Director of VNA, and Lucy Oback, Internship Chair of APAPA, and included topics such as “How your Asian cultural values can add impact to your career goals” and the “Importance of effective communication skills.” Nearly 20 business professionals and organization leaders participated as speed mentors, offering advice to the young and bright attendees at the event.

We would not be able to organize these types of conferences without the help of our volunteers and sponsors. With your support, APAPA can continue to develop our future leaders, whether they want to play an active role in public policy, empower the API community, or guide others. These types of events allow these interns/alumni to create a professional network and gain valuable experience that can guide them towards their aspirations.

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: California Director

by Martel Moses 15. July 2015 15:31

Dear APAPA Members and Friends,

Please see the job opportunity below courtesy of Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC).


The California Director oversees SEARAC's comprehensive California strategy to amplify SEARAC's national voice.  The ideal candidate will experience managing grant-funded projects, building and working in coalitions, advocating with policy makers, providing training and technical assistance to community-based partners, as well as deep familiarity with the Southeast Asian American community in California.  The California Director manages a small team and serves as a key member of SEARAC's policy and management team.  This full-time position is based in Sacramento, CA, and reports to the Executive Director.

For more information:

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

Job Opportunity: Information Officer I (Specialist)

by richard hoang 10. July 2015 16:46

Covered CA is looking for an Information Officer 1 with professional Chinese/Mandarin proficiency to join their team.

Under the direction of the Information Officer II (IO II), the Information Officer I (IO I) performs sensitive public relations activities that require independence of judgment and action. The IO I coordinates and interacts with the news media, the public, Spanish and ethic media, Administration communications officials, industry and environmental organizations and other stakeholders. Duties may include access to information systems containing protected enrollee information, including federal tax information, protected health information, and personally identifying information.

For complete job description and how to apply please click on link here :


Job Opportunity: Administrative Assistant (Part Time)

by Derek SooHoo 23. June 2015 13:27

Please see the job opportunity below courtesy of Pacific Staffing.


Job Duties: Provide administrative support to the Legislature.  Must have some familiarity with Bills. Strong computer skills (MS Office 2010)and office support experience.  Fast-pace environment.  Must be professional, have excellent Verbal and Written Communication skills and be able to coordinate complex scheduling and regular meeting set up and note taking.

• Location: Sacramento, Downtown area

• Days: Monday through Friday

• Hours: 8:00AM to 12:00PM

• Start Date: ASAP

If interested, please email resume to Elizabeth Mann at
Elizabeth Mann
Pacific Staffing
855 Howe Ave Suite 4
Sacramento, CA 95825
PH: 916 925 2300
FAX: 916 925 9711

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:

Job Opportunity: Account Services - General

by Martel Moses 15. June 2015 12:03

Dear APAPA Members and Friends,


UEG is an award-winning global marketing agency specializing in entertainment and sports.    We develop and implement immersive consumer experiences by partnering with the people, places and platforms that shape pop culture.  Our suite of services include Celebrity programming, Music-Film-TV-Sports partnerships, Entertainment & Sports Communications and Brand Experiences.   The team at UEG is a dynamic group, bringing together best-in-class expertise across entertainment & sports, paired with a strong understanding of brand building and effective marketing communications.   This is a work hard, play hard environment where a true passion for entertainment and sports are married with the desire to create business changing work for our clients.

For more information:

Job Opportunity: Senior Supplier Diversity Specialist

by Martel Moses 15. June 2015 11:47

Dear APAPA Members and Friends,


Promote and support Verizon’s supplier diversity program and goals.  Evaluate diverse suppliers' procurement opportunities. Identify qualified diverse suppliers through commodity and value analysis.  Collaborate with business partners to place diverse suppliers in the sourcing pipeline. Provide feedback and coaching to diverse suppliers in preparation for procurement opportunities.  Directly participate in sourcing initiatives to drive diversity spend.  

Develop and implement strategies and tactics to increase spend with diverse suppliers on a multi-tier basis. Present qualified diverse suppliers for inclusion in sales RFPs and to support customers' supplier diversity objectives.  Collaborate with regulatory/external affairs on public policy matters, including filing supplier diversity results with government and regulatory agencies.

Develop and maintain strong partnerships with advocacy and community organizations that promote, support and provide access to qualified diverse businesses (National Minority Supplier Development Council and its affiliates, Women's Business Enterprise National Council and its affiliates, United States Chamber of Commerce, other ethnic chambers of commerce, government agencies, etc.)  Represent Verizon in meetings, conferences, panels, events and other forums, as required.

For more information:

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

Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

by richard hoang 29. May 2015 10:42

Check out our Founder & Chair C.C. Yin featured on Kcra-3 News Studios for APIA Heritage Month!

Click on the link below to see the full video:

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 :

Job Oppurtunity: Program Assistant - Woodland Hills, CA, US

by richard hoang 26. May 2015 12:09

The California Wellness Foundation is seeking a Program Assistant for their Woodland Hills office.

For further information and job details, please click on the following link :

To Apply

E-mail, fax, or mail résumé with cover letter and salary history to:

Human Resources Department

The California Wellness Foundation

6320 Canoga Avenue, Suite 1700

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Fax: 818/702-1999


Job Oppurtunity: Project Manager/Community Organizer - Pasadena, CA, US

by richard hoang 26. May 2015 12:00

Pasadena Playhouse is seeking a Project Manager/Community Organizer in Pasadena, CA.

For further information and job details, please click on the following link to apply :

Job Oppurtunity: Account Excutive - Denver, CO, US

by richard hoang 26. May 2015 11:17

Linhart Public Relations is seeking an experienced account executive (AE) to join their team. 

For further information and job details, please click on the following link to apply :

Job Oppurtunity: Talent Acquisition Director - Cambridge, MA, US

by richard hoang 26. May 2015 10:54

Akamai Careers is searching for a Talent Acquisition Director at their Cambridge, MA, US location.  The ideal candidate will be responsible for aligning Akamai Careers' global hiring initiatives to business unit strategies, and then planning, communicating & delivering the best professional talent on a timely basis.

For further information and job details, please click on the following link to apply :

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.




If you have any questions, please contact:
Patricia Cheng, Internship Coordinator


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