Sacramento, CA – The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA) will mark a milestone anniversary by celebrating leaders who have empowered and advanced Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The honorees include elected officials, a Hollywood director, an NBA owner, and a doctor.
APAPA will present the awards during its 20th Year Anniversary Celebration – Strength in Unity – on Saturday, September 18, at 6 p.m. at the Yin Ranch in Vacaville.
An example of strength in unity is the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Equity Budget, a historic investment to combat violence against AAPI communities. California Assemblymember Phil Ting, who spearheaded the effort to pass the $156.5 million package as chair of the Assembly Budget Committee and a member of Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, will be honored with the Civic Leadership Award. Governor Gavin Newsom, who signed the API Equity Budget as part of the state’s new spending plan, will receive the Strength in Unity Award.
APAPA will also present the following:
The Civic Leadership Award to Representatives Ted Lieu, Judy Chu, and Young Kim, members of California’s congressional delegation, for their work on federal hate crimes legislation in response to anti-Asian violence.
The Legacy Award to California State Senator Jim Nielsen and his wife Marilyn, APAPA national deputy executive director, for their continued support of the organization and its internship program.
The Breakthrough Award to Bao Tran, director of “The Paper Tigers,” for creating the movie he envisioned with a predominantly Asian American cast and ultimately proving the success of diversity.
The Advocacy Hero Award to Carl Chan, Chair of the APAPA Greater Oakland Chapter, for
courageously standing up against a racially motivated attack. With strength and determination, he organized a Unity Against Hate rally in Oakland.
The Corporate Stewardship Award to Vivek Ranadivé, owner of the Sacramento Kings, and the Community Healthcare Award to Dr. Alvin Cheung, president and CEO of California Northstate University (CNU), for their work toward improving the region’s healthcare. Ranadivé donated land at the former Sleep Train Arena for CNU’s new medical school and teaching hospital, while Cheung provided additional training for his students by opening a community-wide COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the school.
The Civic Leadership Award to Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost at Touro University and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Community Education Foundation Advancing Leadership and Civic Engagement former congresswoman, and Elihu Harris, former mayor of Oakland, for providing guidance to a fledgling nonprofit and being early champions of APAPA.
The Corporate Stewardship Award to Jason Chan, AT&T director of external affairs, for his leadership at AT&T and his company’s financial investment to combat and confront anti-Asian hate.
“We are celebrating champions who are making life better and safer for our AAPI communities. We are celebrating champions who are helping AAPIs achieve a seat at the table. And we’re celebrating champions who have broken through barriers,” said Henry Chang, APAPA national executive director.
Our Mission: To advance Asian American and Pacific Islander communities through increased civic engagement and leadership.