Asian Pacific American
Heritage Month 2017

Bringing Communities Together

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the APA Heritage Celebration Committee cordially invite
you to join in the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

APA Heritage Awards Ceremony and Reception

May 1, 2017
San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center
The Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco

Ceremony program: 5:30p.m.
Reception at City Hall Immediately following ceremony



About the San Francisco APA Heritage Celebration

Asian American and Pacific Heritage Month takes place in May. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

In 2005, a new community tradition was born in San Francisco 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. 

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signing the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Proclamation

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signing the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Proclamation

Our Team

Celebration Committee

The annual San Francisco celebration of APA heritage month is coordinated by community representatives who volunteer on the APA Heritage Celebration Committee.

2017 APA Heritage Celebration Committee

  • Claudine Cheng, Committee Chair
  • Acadi Kolchak, San Francisco Hep B Free
  • Al Perez, Filipino American Arts Exposition
  • Angie Louie, San Francisco Unified Lions Club
  • Beverly Lee, Chinese Hospital Auxiliary
  • Carmen Colet, San Francisco - Manila Sister City Committee
  • Crystle Wong, APAPA
  • Dennis Yee, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
  • George Saxton, San Francisco - Ho Chi Minh Sister City Committee
  • Green Chang, Korean-American Chamber of Commerce, USA
  • Hagen Choi, SF-Seoul Sister City Committee
  • JJ Lara, Leadership Circle, American Red Cross
  • Jack Chin, Coalition of Asian American Government Employees
  • Jaclyn Chiyo Funasaki, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
  • Jay Cheng, Asian Pacific Democratic Club
  • Jeff Mori, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
  • Faye Woo Lee, Chinese American Citizens Alliance San Francisco Lodge
  • Jeanette Adi, San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee
  • Mary Nicely, District Director, Office of Assemblyman Tony Thurmond
  • Richard Hashimoto, Japantown Merchants Association
  • Ron Lee, American Chinese Cultural and Art Association
  • Rose Chung, Asian American Pageant
  • Sherman Tang, San Francisco - Taipei Sister City Committee
  • Suzanna Luong, Mayor’s Office
  • Tamiko Wong, OCA San Francisco Bay Chapter
  • Thomas Li, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
  • Warren Szeto, Chinese Cultural Center
  • Valerie Sheibels, Myanmar Ambassadors Council

APA Heritage Foundation Board

The APA Heritage Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting appreciation of the diverse Asian Pacific American cultures as well as to providing a forum for community collaborations.

The main activity of the Foundation is to coordinate and support San Francisco’s annual official celebration of APA Heritage Month through securing sponsorships and resources.

In addition, the Foundation’s program also includes promoting awareness of significant APA ethnic festivals throughout the year and establishing community partnerships to create opportunities for nurturing the next generation of APA leaders in all sectors of society.

APA Heritage Foundation Board

APA Heritage Foundation Board

2017 Board of Directors

  • Claudine Cheng, President
  • Irene Yee Riley, Treasurer
  • JJ Lara, Secretary
  • Matt Mui
  • Raymond Kim, Board Chair
  • Ryosuke Kimura
  • Scott Adams
  • Valerie Sheibels

Thank you to the 2017 Sponsors and Partners

• A&PI Wellness Center
• Asian American Donors Program
• Asian Peace Officers Association
• Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
• Chinese American Citizens Alliance-San Francisco Lodge
• Coalition of Asian American Government Employees
• Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
• OCA-San Francisco Bay Chapter
• Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition
• San Francisco Hep B Free
• 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
• Thit Ta Gar Philanthropic Foundation

Chillipepper Events
APA Heritage Reception event planner
Thomas Li
APA Webmaster
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Print design
Sparxo, Inc.
Event Registration System

To learn more about 2018 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Claudine Cheng at claudine@claudinecheng.com