Asian Americans Celebrate Rising Political Clout, Call for more Voter Turnout

by Kevin Menardo 13. October 2015 14:13

When Dr. Richard Pan was growing up, a career in politics wasn’t considered a viable option for Asian American kids.

Pan said his parents – like many immigrants – pushed their children into careers in medicine, engineering and other fields that depend on technical skills. His Taiwanese parents preached that another great leveler was financial success in business, Pan said.

“They said, ‘They may not like the way you look or act, but if they need your skills, they will hire you,’ ” Pan remembered.

So Pan, 49, became a doctor first, a politician later and now a Democratic state senator representing Sacramento. On Sunday, Pan joined a host of other Asian American public servants at the 14th annual Voters Education Forum at California State University, Sacramento, sponsored by APAPA, the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association.

It’s been a long time coming, Pan said, but barriers blocking Asian Americans from public life are gradually coming down.

“It took 150 years after hundreds of Chinese immigrants died building the transcontinental railroad for an Asian American to finally represent Sacramento in the Legislature,” he said.

The forum’s program was a testament to Asian American political successes. Panelists included state Treasurer John Chiang; Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance; Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco; Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar; Elk Grove City Councilman Steve Ly; and 32-year-old Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Cupertino.

“If you believe in something, do it,” said Ly, the first Hmong elected official in Sacramento County, to an audience of about 600 people.

Despite making up 14 percent of California’s population, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans comprise about 8 percent of legislators, or nine members.

“Asian American participation in government continues to lag behind in California,” said Henry Chang, APAPA’s Greater Sacramento Chapter president.

Only 37 percent of eligible Asian American voters turned out in November 2014, which may have contributed to the low representation. “If we want our government to be accountable to the people, we have to participate,” Chang said. “If you haven’t been around politics, it can be daunting, especially for minorities who may be immigrants or children of immigrants.”

Founded in 2001 by immigrant and entrepreneur C.C. Yin, APAPA – which is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates – now has over 10,000 members and 16 chapters across the U.S. Yin said he would love to see an Asian American elected president, but realizes that immigrant families must first start seeing civic engagement as a noble calling.

“We have to take total responsibility – we can’t blame the government, the elected officials or the past for our problems,” Yin said.

Asian American numbers are predicted to surpass Latinos’ in the U.S. by 2055, according to the Pew Research Center, which will raise the demand for a new generation of political leaders, such as Low, who first ran for office and lost at 20.

“I’m a bad Chinese son because I’m not a lawyer or a doctor and we like to have a good public face – we don’t like to talk about failure,” Low said. Still, he said, Asian Americans have to be willing to take risks and put themselves out there.

Ling Ling Chang, 39, said that as a Chinese American female Republican state legislator, she’s broken several barriers. She counseled promising Asian American politicians: “Don’t do it for ego – do it because you want to make a difference.”

Before Pan ventured into politics, he said his mom asked him, “Aren’t you afraid you’re going to make some enemies?”

He said some Asian immigrants fled regressive regimes back home and brought with them distrust of government officials “where if you had political enemies you might disappear or go to prison.” Their children have grown up in a democracy and share little such fear.

Still, there’s a need for organizations such as APAPA because the “model minority” stereotype cuts both ways, Pan said.

“Asians stereotypically work hard and are well represented in college, graduate school and even on faculties, but the stereotype is we’re not good ‘people people,’ we’re not good managers,” Pan said. “There’s not one Asian American dean at the nation’s 150 medical schools.”

If Asian Americans learn to work with people across race and ethnicity, “you will have the opportunity to be president of the United States,” Pan said.

He added that his own 9-year-old son William muses about becoming president one day. Pan hasn’t ruled it out, “but my wife might kill me,” he said.

By Stephen Magagnini

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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:

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