Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2017

Bringing Communities Together

APA Heritage Awards 2017

CALL FOR NOMINATION

The APA Heritage Awards 2017 will honor a community program and a youth leader who has achieved distinct impact in nurturing the next generation of leaders. Now accepting nominations. Learn more about Awards Criteria.

Nomination Deadline : February 28, 2017

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

Save the Date

Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards & Celebration

Join us May 1, 2017 in San Francisco

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
  • 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
  • Ryan Iwasaka, EMW Partners
  • Sherman Tang, San Francisco - Taipei Sister City Committee
  • Suzanna Luong, Mayor’s Office
  • Tamiko Wong, OCA San Francisco Bay Chapter
  • Thomas Li, Mayor’s 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 following 2016 Sponsors

To learn more about 2017 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Claudine Cheng at claudine@claudinecheng.com

Sponsorship deadline is March 20, 2017

 

• 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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