Asian Pacific American
Heritage Month 2018

A 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join Us on
May 2, 2018

Asian Pacific American Heritage
Awards Ceremony and Reception

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of APA Heritage Month (1978-2018)

For a listing of APA Heritage Month programs throughout the City, visit our Master Calendar compiled by the APA Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Mayor’s APA Heritage Celebration Committee and the Official Celebration Partners of the 40th Anniversary:

Asian Pacific Fund

Asian Art Museum
SF Public Library

About the San Francisco APA Heritage Celebration

In the United States, the month of May each year is celebrated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This annual celebration came about in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter signed into law a Joint Resolution of the Congress of the United States designating the month of May for the celebration of Asian and Pacific Islanders culture and heritage.

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 Mayor’s 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

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.

2018 APA Heritage Celebration Committee

  • Claudine Cheng, Committee Coordinator
  • Al Perez, Celebration Co-Chair
  • Thomas Li, Celebration Co-Chair
  • Alvin Louie, San Francisco Unified Lions Club
  • Angela Pang, Asian Business League
  • Angie Louie, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce
  • Arcadi Kolchak, San Francisco Hep B Free
  • Ashley Cheng, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
  • Beverly Lee, Chinese Hospital Auxiliary
  • Crystle Wong, APAPA
  • Dennis Yee, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
  • Francis Tsang, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office
  • G Preet Singh 
  • 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
  • Jason Brock, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
  • Jay Cheng, Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation
  • Jeanette Adi, San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee
  • Mary Nicely, Office of Assemblyman Tony Thurmond
  • New Oo, Community Health for Asian Americans
  • Richard Hashimoto, Japantown Merchants Association
  • Ron Lee, American Chinese Cultural and Art Association
  • Rose Chung, Asian American Pageant
  • Suzanna Luong, Mayor’s Office
  • Victor Lim, Deputy Director of Communications, Mayor’s Office

APA Heritage Foundation

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 community partnerships.

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.

2018 Board of Directors

  • Claudine Cheng, President
  • Scott Adams, Board Chair
  • Irene Riley, Treasurer
  • Matt Mui,  Secretary
  • Raymond Kim
  • Ryosuke Kimura
  • Stephen Wilson

Thank you to the 2018 Sponsors and Partners

list as of April 18, 2018


East West Bank

First Republic Bank

APAH-Sponsor-Asset 9@2x

Hong Kong




Golden State Warriors


  • American Chinese Cultural and Art Association
  • Anthony Presents
  • Asia Society
  • Asian American Donor Program
  • Asian American Foundation
  • Asian Business League
  • Cambodian Cutural Dance Troupe of Oakland
  • Chinatown Merchants Association
  • Chinese Cultural Center
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Coalition of Asian American Government Employees
  • Community Health for Asian Americans
  • Community Youth Center
  • Filipino American Arts Exposition
  • Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
  • Hometown Heroes
  • Indonesian Professionals Association
  • InspirASIAN Northern California
  • Japantown Community Benefit District
  • Japantown Merchants Association
  • Japantown Task Force
  • Korean Culture Center of San Francisco
  • Lao American Cultural Center - International Lao New Year Festival
  • Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
  • Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
  • One Myanmar Community
  • Ong Dance Company
  • Samoan Community Development Center
  • San Francisco Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee
  • Self Help for the Elderly
  • SoulKrush Entertainment
  • Sparxo Inc
  • Suave Tequila
  • The Art of Tau'olunga
  • Tongan Radio
  • Wat Lao Saysettha
  • World Team USA (Thailand)
  • YMCA of San Francisco API Employee Resource Group

To learn more about 2018 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Claudine Cheng at