REPORT: Civic Engagement Findings on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

by Chris Tan 18. September 2014 11:52

A series of reports on Asian American and Pacific Islanders was released this year, 2014, by the Center for American Progress and AAPI Data. The report provides comprehensive data and analysis on several topics, including public opinion, education, and immigration. Here is a breakdown on the civic engagement section of the report.


According to their data, Asian Americans are continuing to be a larger part of the electorate. The doubling of Asian American voters in the last decade has increased their share of the voting population to 2.9 percent. The percentage is higher when looking at states such as Hawaii (50 percent) and California (10 percent).


Although the Asian American electorate is growing, voter participation in this racial group is lower compared to others. “Even as Asian immigrants continue to be among the fastest to naturalize among eligible immigrants,” say authors Karthick Ramakrishnan and Farad Z. Ahmad, “the relatively high number of recent immigrants in this group means that their eligibility to vote is less than most other racial groups.”


Voter registration is also noticeably lower for AAPIs. Whites and African Americans have a 73 percent registration percentage rate, while Asian Americans are sitting at 56 percent and Pacific Islanders at 58 percent. This explains the voter turnout for the 2012 presidential election, as Asian Americans (47 percent) were less likely to vote as whites (64 percent) and African Americans (66 percent). The report revealed that naturalized citizens were more likely to vote than native-born citizens, but this is mainly due to the age gap. AAPIs born in the United States were, on average, 13 years younger than foreign immigrants.


An important note to keep in mind is that the AAPI group represents a large diversity of national origins. Breaking it down, groups such as Japanese Americans and Indian Americans had a higher voter percentage than others such as Chinese Americans and Korean Americans. “Only 40 percent of Laotian American registered voters turned out to vote,” reported the authors, “compared to more than 85 percent of Indian Americans, Japanese Americans, and Hmong Americans.”


The lower AAPI voter turnout could partly be attributed to this group receiving little election-related contact. The 2012 AAPI Post-Election Survey revealed that “only 31 percent of Asian Americans and 26 percent of Pacific Islanders were contacted about the November election.” Community organizations were shown to play a vital role in contacting Asian Americans; 20 percent of Asian Americans contacted by community organizations said that they received no communication from either the Republican or Democratic Party.


As one of these community organizations, APAPA seeks to continue increasing the AAPI voter turnout in upcoming elections. We hope to register more voters at our 2014 Voters Education & Candidates Forum on September 27, 2014. Learn more at:


View the report here

The Debate on Measure L

by Chris Tan 16. September 2014 10:49

Measure L, called the “Sacramento Checks and Balances Act of 2014,” will be placed on the ballet this upcoming November. The measure will replace the city’s “council-member” government structure to a “mayor-council.” If passed, many of the city manager’s authorities will be transferred to the mayor, including the ability to veto ordinances and present budgets to the council. The mayor could also appoint a city manager, with approval from the city council, and remove them at will. The measure has sparked heated debates with strong arguments for and against the plan.


Measure L supporters believe the Act creates direct accountability to voters and real checks and balances for neighborhoods. Pointing out that Sacramento has a nearly 100 year old governance structure, advocates believe the measure will modernize our current system. They also assert that Measure L will create higher standards of conduct and increase transparency through a new Ethics Committee.


Opponents argue that the measure is a power grab for the mayor and will give more influence to big money donors. They believe that there lacks compelling reasons to amend Sacramento’s current system, which has given the city a budget surplus, additional cops and firefighters, and the preservation of our basketball team. Refuting that Measure L will create more transparency and accountability, the opposition believes it will cause more backroom decision-making.


A debate on the initiative will be held at our 2014 Voters Education & Candidates forum on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at CSUS. Representatives from the group Sacramento Tomorrow will be arguing for Measure L, while The League of Women Voters will represent the opposition. Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions and speak to the panelists.


RSVP to our event to hear the debate: 


Sacramento residents will be able to vote on Measure L at the November 4th ballot. 

San Diego City Council District 6 Candidates Forum on October 7, 2014

by Chris Tan 11. September 2014 11:05

The San Diego City Council District 6 Candidates Forum takes place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Mira Mesa High School Library in San Diego, CA. Be an informed voter and hear candidates Chris Cate and Carol Kim share their thoughts and views on important San Diego issues at this free event.


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For RSVP or Questions, email

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by 10/3/2014.

Capitol Daybook Latest Job Listings - Week of August 28, 2014

by Chris Tan 28. August 2014 17:54

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


County of Sacramento County Executive Office Management Analyst I & II: County of Sacramento is recruiting for: County Executive Office Management Analyst I Deadline to Apply: 5:00 PM September 17, 2014. Approximate Monthly Salary $5,505.36 - $6,690.30 and County Executive Office Management Analyst II Deadline to Apply: 5:00 PM September 17, 2014 Approximate Monthly Salary $8,287.62 - $9,136.74. Review full job announcement and apply on-line at: (9/17/14)

California Housing Consortium Internship: CHC is searching for a policy intern to assist the Policy Director in developing CHC’s outreach materials for congressional and legislative visits and assist in legislative research activities. Position is located in Sacramento. Learn more and apply HERE. (9/11/14)


California Department of Conservation Executive Assistant: The Department of Conservation’s (DOC), California Geological Survey is seeking an Executive Assistant to provide secretarial support to the State Geologist (CEA B) in the CGS Headquarters Office. Interpret proposed policy documents to ensure consistency with overall departmental or other policy or law, and keeps the Division Office Technician’s and the State Geologist apprised of updates in the areas of training, travel, etc. Analyze less complex proposed legislation and research history of legislative bills in order to present background information for the State Geologist. Track legislative bills assigned to staff for timely return to the legislative office and maintain legislative bill files for the Division. Position is located in Sacramento. Learn more and apply HERE. (9/11/14)


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2014 Alumni Conference: What happened in a weekend gathering of young leaders from all over the world

by Chris Tan 25. August 2014 09:40

Over 70 interns and alumni attended an Alumni Conference on August 8-10, 2014. The attendees were interns/alumni of organizations such as APAPA, CAUSE, APALI, and VNA. 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 Vacaville, California. The program consisted of networking, workshops, and mentoring. The event featured speakers including Councilmember Evan Low, the first Korean American journalist K.W. Lee, and Governor Brown’s Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil. The workshops were hosted by the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP), and included topics such as “How your Asian cultural values can add impact to your career goals” and the “Importance of effective communication skills.” Over 40 business professionals, public officials, 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 to 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.

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 APIAVote is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For more information on APIAVote, please go to


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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"

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

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:


For questions, call APAPA at (916) 928-9988 or email Chris Tan at or Sokie Hul at


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)


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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

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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:

Official Voter Information Guide:

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,

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:

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


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