Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards

Celebrating Significant Community Milestones

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May 2, 2016
San Francisco

Learn more about APA Heritage Month

History of APA Heritage Month
This month long celebration is similar to the annual celebration of Black History Month and National Hispanic Week. It is a dedicated time during the year for celebrating the diverse history and heritage of Asian Pacific American. It is a time for promoting...
signing (San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signing the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Proclamation)

The San Francisco Celebration


In 2005, a new community tradition was born when Mayor Gavin Newsom embraced the proposal by former OCA National President, Claudine Cheng, to launch an annual official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in San Francisco. The APA Heritage Celebration Committee, comprising of a diverse group of APA community representatives, was established to coordinate this community celebration. In 2010, the APA Heritage Foundation was incorporated as a nonprofit organization to help secure sponsorships and resources needed to carry on the annual festivities.
Over the years, this annual community celebration has been made possible through the generous support of businesses and community sponsors as well as professional services.

Celebration goals

The primary goal of the annual APA Heritage Month events is to celebrate and promote public awareness of the history, cultures and accomplishments of the diverse APA community. This year, the goal is being accomplished through the following activities:
• A kickoff press conference on April 28, 2016.
• The APA Heritage Awards Ceremony on May 2, 2016, during which three organizations will be honored for having achieved significant milestones in their respective history.
• A community reception immediately following the Awards Ceremony at City Hall that will feature the best of what Asian Pacific cuisines have to offer.
• A visibility campaign to promote awareness of APA Heritage Month and this year’s honorees through community partners and media sponsors.

Celebration Planning

The annual San Francisco celebration of APA heritage month is being coordinated by community representatives who serve on the APA Heritage Celebration Committee.
Members of the 2016 Committee
Claudine Cheng, Committee Chair
Richard Hashimoto, 2016 Celebration Co-Chair
Thomas Li, 2016 Celebration Co-Chair
Mary Nicely, 2016 Celebration Co-Chair
Jeanette Adi, San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee
Jubily Boy, Association of Indonesian Americans
Jay Cheng, Asian Pacific Democratic Club
Jack Chin, Coalition of Asian American Government Employees
Hagan Choi, San Francisco - Seoul Sister City Committee
Rose Chung, Asian American Pageant
Carmen Colet, San Francisco - Manila Sister City Committee
Nwe Do, Burmese American Refugee Committee
Daryl Higashi, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
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Ryan Iwasaka, EMW Partners
Acadi Kolchak, San Francisco Hep B Free
Jenny Kwan, Association of Indonesian Americans
JJ Lara, Leadership Circle, American Red Cross
Beverly Lee, Nikkei Lions
Faye Woo Lee, Chinese American Citizens Alliance San Francisco Lodge
Ron Lee, American Chinese Cultural and Art Association
Susanna Luong, Mayor’s Office
Michelle Nguyen, Legal Services for Children
Al Perez, Filipino American Arts Exposition
George Saxton, San Francisco - Ho Chi Minh Sister City Committee
G Preet Singh, NoCal-Sister City International
Valerie Sheibels, Burmese-American Institute for Corporate Responsibility
Sherman Tang, San Francisco - Taipei Sister City Committee
Francis Tsang, Mayor’s Office
Xavier Tsang, Chinese Cultural Foundation
Crystle Wong, APAPA
Dennis Yee, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
Staff Representatives of San Francisco City Officials
Victor Lim, Office of Supervisor Eric Mar, APA Board Liaison
Frances Hsieh, Office of Supervisor John Avalos
Ray Law, Office of Supervisor Katy Tang
Jen Low, Office of Supervisor Norman Yee
Vivian Po, Office of Assessor Recorder Carmen Chu

APA Heritage Foundation

Incorporated in 2009, the APA Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Asian Pacific American cultures and heritage as well as providing a forum for community collaborations. The APA Heritage Foundation’s primary activity is to secure resources through fundraising and community collaborations to support the City and County of San Francisco’s annual official celebration of APA Heritage Month. The Foundation also supports and helps promote other significant APA ethnic festivities throughout the year.
Claudine Cheng, President
Raymond Kim, Board Chair
Irene Yee Riley, Treasurer
Valerie Sheibels, Secretary
Scott Adams
Matt Mui

2016 Celebration Sponsors


• A&PI Wellness Center
• Asian American Donors Program
• Asian Pacific Islander Committee (HSBC)
• Asian Peace Officers Association
• Chinese American Citizens Alliance-San Francisco Lodge
• Chinese American Railroad Workers Memorial Project
• Coalition of Asian American Government Employees
• Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
• Myanmar Ambassador Council
• OCA-San Francisco Bay Chapter
• Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition
• San Francisco - Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee
• San Francisco - Manila Sister City Committee
• San Francisco - Osaka Sister City Association
• San Francisco - Seoul Sister City Committee
• San Francisco - Taipei Sister City Committee
• Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center


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2016 APA Heritage Awards Ceremony and Reception
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Pictures and videos from the 2016 Celebration Event.
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