APIAVote is Hiring

by Chris Tan 5. August 2014 11:00

A partnering organization of APAPA, APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with local nonprofit partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation. The organization is hiring for two positions, including:


NATIONAL FIELD DIRECTOR:  APIAVote is hiring for a professional with campaign experience in the field including voter registration, engagement, voter files and data management, get out the vote, and election protection for the fall 2014 election season. This position is to start immediately and is a 6 month position that has potential to extend to 2015 for the right candidate. Candidate can be based in other locations but preference would be Washington, D.C. CLICK HERE for more details.


COMMUNICATION AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE: APIAVote is hiring for a candidate who is detailed oriented and has some experience in communications and fundraising. This is position is to start immediately and is a full time permanent position based in Washington D.C. with a competitive compensation and benefits package. CLICK HERE for more details.


To apply, email your resume and cover letter by August 15, 2015 and explain why you are a good fit for the position you are seeking to fill and other attachments to jobs@apiavote.org. APIAVote is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For more information on APIAVote, please go to www.APIAVote.org


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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" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/how-pacific-islander-students-are-slipping-through-cracks-n144281

Rally for Fox News to Fire Bob Beckel over Racist Remarks on July 29th at San Jose City Hall

by Chris Tan 23. July 2014 17:36

On July 29th, a rally organized by the office of Councilmember Kansen Chu will be held at San Jose City Hall that calls for Fox News to fire Bob Beckel over his racist remarks. Beckel's racist comments were made during Fox talk show The Five July 10th, and can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwwK0cO3z-o

Bob Beckel refused to retract his comments, stating that "there are too many Chinese apologists in this country." A former engineer, Councilmember Chu asks for local high-tech engineering groups and individuals to participate in the rally. Please see the press release for more information. 

Download here: PDF Press Release 

APAPA held voters registration booth for new citizens outside Sacramento's naturalization ceremony

by Chris Tan 18. July 2014 17:07

On July 16, 2014, APAPA held a voters registration booth in front of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium during the naturalization ceremony. Hundreds of new citizens from different countries were sworn in at the ceremony, which allowed APAPA to accomplish their goal of motivating new citizens to become civically engaged. APAPA’s multilingual Sacramento interns, board members, and volunteers were present to communicate with the new citizens in various languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish. Thanks to their efforts, APAPA was able to engage the community by empowering them to have a voice in government and public affairs.  

APAPA proudly co-presents the "Acts of Love" Story Contest with the Jeremy Lin Foundation and Jubilee Project

by Chris Tan 11. July 2014 17:17

The Jeremy Lin Foundation and Jubilee Project want to hear your story or the story of someone that your organization serves. Inspire others with your story about a mentor or mentee that you will never forget for a chance to meet Jeremy Lin via Google Hangouts! 


Talk about the challenges you were able to overcome together and the impact they had on your life. If possible, include an accompanying photo that depicts your story. Your entry can be of any length and form – but be thoughtful and creative. Be open and honest. Your stories are powerful, and they play an important role in encouraging others to overcome their challenges as well. These stories will be curated on the Jubilee Project blog to serve as an inspiration for others.


The July 15 deadline is coming up soon next week. Click here to learn more.


Jeremy Lin Foundation Fast Facts:

  • Jeremy Lin, NBA point guard for the Houston Rockets, created this foundation to support the work of organizations that empower underserved children and youth
  • Inspired by his own experience, Jeremy believes that all children and youth should have access to opportunities and mentorship to help them reach their full potential
  • Since 2013, the Foundation has raised over $150,000 for its mission and supported three Houston-based organizations through its Making A Difference Project

Jubilee Project Fast Facts:

  • Jubilee Project was the result of 3 guys who busked their way into starting a 501(c)(3) that inspires change through videography
  • Since 2010, Jubilee Project has produced over 120 videos with 11,000,000+ views and approximately 100,000 subscribers on YouTube
  • Videos advocate awareness for issues such as autism, anti-bullying, and disabilities in partnership with organizations, notably Jeremy Lin Foundation, Be The Match, Alzheimer’s Association among others

RSVP for the 2014 API Annual International Leadership Alumni Conference

by Chris 7. July 2014 14:11

Vision New America and APAPA cordially invite you to attend the 2014 API Annual International Leadership Alumni Conference. Meet the leaders of the future on August 8th-10th, 2014 for a weekend of networking, workshops, and a trip to Six Flags. This year's theme is “Pursuing Excellence in Leadership and Career Development in the 21st Century." There is a registration fee of $50 to attend the conference. The registration deadline is on July 25th, 2014, so sign up fast!


RSVP here: http://2014alumniconference.splashthat.com/


For questions, call APAPA at (916) 928-9988 or email Chris Tan at ChrisTan@apapa.org or Sokie Hul at SokieHul@apapa.org.


Find Jobs in Sacramento Through Capitol Daybook

by Chris 30. June 2014 11:01

Attention current job seekers! Please see current job listings below courtesy of Capitol Daybook:


American Cancer Society Government Relations Position: Execute a comprehensive direct lobbying and government relations leadership program for the Los Angeles Region of California. This includes: actively serving as a representative of ACS CAN with local, state and federal elected officials and staff within the Region and on coalitions, leading the planning and implementation of state and local issue campaigns with the Region to achieve progress towards legislative successes, supporting state/division ACS CAN fundraising goal achievement as directed, and complying with all relevant lobbying protocol including lobbyist registration and reporting, using proper codes and time tracking. Position is located in Los Angeles. Learn more and apply HERE. (7/14/14)


Public Health Institute Project Coordinator: PHI is seeking a part time Project Coordinator for SRO-Culture of Inclusion. This position is time limited to 13 months and is located in Oakland, CA. The Project Coordinator will coordinate program logistics, have direct interaction with program participants, provide technical assistance to participants, manage participant retention, maintain communications with staff, consultants, and vendors, and provide administrative support to the Principal Investigator and Program Directors. Learn more and apply HERE. (7/14/14)


American Heart Association Government Relations Director (Sacramento, California): We have an excellent opportunity for a Government Relations Director for the State of California based in our Sacramento office. Major Duties include working collaboratively with staff and volunteers to develop an Advocacy and Government Relations Plan and oversee its implementation; develop and manage the state advocacy budget; develop and maximize strategic relationships with local, state and federal public and elected officials, organizations, corporations and the state health department to ensure that activities and efforts are directed to effectively address the issues related to heart disease, stroke and related risk factors. Learn more and apply HERE (7/12/14)


See more job listings at http://www.capitoldaybook.com/

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)



RSVP Today for the 2014 Alumni Conference!

by Sokie Hul 23. June 2014 13:33

Attention APAPA Alumni! RSVP today for the 2014 API Annual International Leadership Alumni Conference, August 8-10, 2014 in Vacaville and Vallejo, CA! To RSVP or for more details, visit http://2014alumniconference.splashthat.com/

Download PDF Flyer: http://apapa.org/pdf/2014/2014_Alumni_Flyer.pdf

2014 APAPA Membership Drive & BBQ a Success!

by Sokie Hul 20. June 2014 09:09

The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) held its annual Membership Drive & BBQ on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Over 300 guests from all around California came out to join APAPA in the festivities at the beautiful Yin Ranch in Vacaville, CA. Guests donned colorful masks for the Mardi Gras themed celebration as they joined APAPA or renewed their memberships. Attendees were treated to numerous activities, including a strolling magician, balloon performer and tours of the spacious ranch. Henry Chang, APAPA-Central Valley Region President kicked off the event by inviting the guests to the indoor Cajun-style buffet and the outdoor station of made-to-order McDonald’s menu items. The dinner was generously donated by Harris & Mary Yin Liu of Golden Arch Enterprises, Inc. and McDonald’s.

APAPA’s statewide sponsor Bruce Newton, General Manager of Bank of the West attended the event and presented a $15,000 check to support APAPA’s programs. Afterwards, APAPA presented a framed certificate of appreciation to Bruce in recognition of Bank of the West’s generous donation and continued support.

Other distinguished guests in attendance included Former Congressman David Wu, Sacramento City Unified School District Board Trustee Darrel Woo, Vallejo City Councilmember Jess Malgapo, Chia-Chia Chien of Culture to Culture Foundation, and Dr. Albert Wang, APAPA-BAR Chair, to name a few.

The success of the event is credited to the leadership of Henry Chang, Mary Yin Liu, board members and the many volunteers who kindly gave their time to help with the membership drive. We look forward to the next membership drive in 2015.

Thank you to Bill Hennig and Danny Lee for attending and taking photos at the event.

Click here to view the APAPA Photo Gallery

Click here to view the APAPA Facebook Photo Album

Vote Today: June 3 is Primary Election Day

by Sokie Hul 3. June 2014 09:00

Sacramento, CA - Today is Primary Election day in Sacramento County and throughout the state. The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) encourages all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in California to do their civic duty and vote in today's Primary Election.

The Primary Election on June 3, 2014 will determine each party's nomination of candidates for Governor, United States Senate and Representative to Congress, California State Senate and Assembly, and positions in State, County and Local offices. Candidates elected in the Primary Election will appear on the ballot for the General Election in November. In addition to casting votes for candidates in the Primary Election, voters will be asked to decide on two major ballot measures.

Please take a moment out of your day to cast your ballot for the Primary Election and encourage others to get to the polls and vote.

Quick Links:

Find your polling place: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_ppl.htm

Official Voter Information Guide: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/

APIA Vote:



Congratulations to APAPA's Lifetime Member and Longtime Supporter, Robert Hertan!

by Sokie Hul 2. June 2014 17:30

The Advisory Council of the Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano (AAoA) selected Robert Hertan of Vacaville to serve a four-year term in the California Senior Legislator. This will be Robert's first term in the CSL. Robert has extensive leadership experience and has served on numerous Boards and Commissions. He is a retired naval officer and retired California peace officer and is adjunct faculty, associate professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus, Travis Air Force Base.

Established in 1980, AAoA is a non-profit organization committed to providing services that support seniors in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. Please join us in congratulating Robert for his dedicated service and making a difference in the community.

APAPA Calls on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Investigate Chicago Police Department

by Sokie Hul 2. June 2014 09:00

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 2, 2014

Contact: APAPA National Headquarters, 202-821-8367, info@apapa.org

Sacramento, CA - The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) calls on Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago to issue an apology on behalf of the Chicago Police Department for the conduct of officers who abused an American citizen of Asian descent.

As seen in this video link, one officer handcuffed the woman, pushed her to the floor, and struck her on the back of the head. A second officer shouted, "You're not 'f__________' American...I'll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever you came from...I'll take this building and you'll be dead and your family will be dead."

The words and actions of these officers are an offense to deeply held American values, a threat to the lives and safety of all Americans, and a stain on the reputation of the City of Chicago. APAPA calls on the Mayor to expunge that stain with an apology and investigation.

APAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan and grassroots organization. Its mission is to promote the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education, active participation, and leadership in civic and public affairs.


APAPA Supports SJR23 - CA Senate Resolution Apology to Chinese Americans

by Sokie Hul 29. May 2014 17:58


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sacramento, CA - The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) offers its support of SJR23, acknowledging the history and contributions of the Chinese in California.

APAPA appreciates Congresswoman Judy Chu, Senator Kevin De Leon, Assemblyman Paul Fong and Senator Bob Huff's leadership and efforts in championing the official apology for past discriminatory laws and constitutional provisions against a specific ethnic group.

APAPA encourages all to support SJR23 in the passage of the resolution.

Click here for the history of the bill.

To track the current status of the bill, click here.

APAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan and grassroots organization. Its mission is to promote the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education, active participation, and leadership in civic and public affairs.


Job Opportunity - Legislative Advocate (Sacramento, CA)

by Sokie Hul 22. May 2014 12:54

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is currently seeking a full-time Legislative Advocate based in Sacramento. The Advocate will be responsible for advancing a policy agenda that is centered on key civil rights and social justice issues affecting California's diverse Asian American as well as Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities (AA/NHPIs). The focus will be on the California Legislature but may also include administrative and budget targets. Issues championed by Advancing Justice affiliates have included language rights, immigrant rights and racial justice. 

Read more: http://www.advancingjustice-alc.org/job-opportunity/legislative-advocate-sacramento-ca

Position is open until filled. Send resume, cover letter, relevant writing sample, and three references (including at least one prior supervisor) via email to hr@advancingjustice-la.org.


APAPA's Headquarters serving as an official Ballot Drop-off site

by Sokie Hul 19. May 2014 16:00

APAPA is now an official ballot drop-off site for the June 3, 2014 Primary Election.

Week of May 19th through May 30th: drop off your voted and signed vote by mail ballot packet at our office.

Find Us: http://apapa.org/contact/findus.aspx

Voter Registration and Elections: http://www.elections.saccounty.net/Pages/default.aspx

APAPA Alumni Conference - August 8-10, 2014

by Sokie Hul 19. May 2014 15:46

Join us for the APAPA Alumni Conference from August 8-10, 2014 at the Yin Ranch in Vacaville and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo! To RSVP and for more information about the conference, please visit http://2014alumniconference.splashthat.com/ 

Note: conference limited to alumni interns of sponsoring organizations

Limited capacity and reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

Download PDF Flyer: http://apapa.org/pdf/2014/2014_Alumni_Flyer.pdf

Reminder - RSVP for the Assembly District 17 Town Hall Debate in SF

by Sokie Hul 16. May 2014 17:23

APAPA's Bay Area Youth Leadership Program will host the Assembly District Town Hall Debate on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Koret Auditorium in San Francisco. The debate will feature Assembly District 17 candidates David Campos and David Chiu. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Patricia Cheng at patriciacheng@apapa.org or 925-759-2488.

Download PDF flyer: http://apapa.org/bac/pdf/bac_townhall_05-21-2014.pdf

APAPA-BAR Youth Leadership Internship Graduation A Success

by Sokie Hul 13. May 2014 16:08

The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association-Bay Area Region (APAPA-BAR) celebrated their 3rd annual Youth Leadership Internship Graduation on May 8th, 2014 in Hayward. The event was well attended to celebrate intern graduates Priscilla Law, Oliver Chew, and Jain Thapa. Judge Stuart Hing of the Alameda County Superior Court was presented with the Mentor of the Year Award. APAPA's mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education, active participation, and leadership in civic and public affairs. Interns have the opportunity to work for elected officials at all levels of government. They receive an invaluable perspective of how our government functions. As interns, they learn about the budgets, how bills become law, resolving constituent concerns and what it means to be civically engaged.

World Journal Article - BAR's Internship Graduation: http://epaperworldjournal.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

Photo Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/apapahq

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.

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