San Francisco Celebrates

Asian Pacific American
Heritage Month

May 2020

Bringing Diverse Communities Together

Nomination is Now Open for The Third Annual Edwin Mah Lee Public Service Award

In honor of the late Mayor Ed Lee’s legacy, this Award was established in 2018 to recognize a distinguished Asian Pacific Islander American for their dedication to public service and impactful achievements.

Nomination deadline is March 18, 2020, 5:00p.m. PST

APA Heritage Awards and Reception

Save the Date

May 1, 2020

San Francisco, CA


APA Heritage Month Events in San Francisco

Please check back for a listing of APA Heritage Month programs throughout the City. Events are being compiled by the APA Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Mayor’s APA Heritage Celebration Committee and our Official Celebration Partners.

Official Celebration Partners

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Art Museum
SF Public Library

For May 2020 events calendar - Coming Soon in April.

APA Heritage Month Poster 2019

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.
Thank you to over 30 community partner organizations for their role in promoting public awareness of APA Heritage Month 

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.

2020 APA Heritage Celebration Committee

  • Claudine Cheng,  Committee Coordinator
  • Al Perez,  Celebration Co-Chair
  • Angela Pang,  Celebration Co-Chair
  • Thomas Li,  Celebration Co-Chair
  • Alvin Louie, San Francisco Unified Lions Club
  • Angie Louie, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce
  • Arcadi Kolchak, San Francisco Hep B Free
  • Ashley Cheng, Coalition of Asian American Government Employees
  • Crystle Wong, Asian Pacific American Public Affairs Association
  • David Latt, Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi
  • Dennis Yee, OCA San Francisco Bay Chapter
  • Francis Tsang, San Francisco International Airport
  • G Preet Singh, Sister Cities International, Northern California
  • George Saxton, San Francisco - Ho Chi Minh Sister City Committee
  • Green Chang, Korean-American Chamber of Commerce, USA
  • Hagen Choi, San Francisco -Seoul Sister City Committee
  • JJ Lara,  APA Heritage Foundation
  • Jack Chin, Coalition of Asian American Government Employees
  • Jaclyn Chiyo Funasaki, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
  • Jason Brock, APAHCC volunteer
  • Jay Cheng, Asian Pacific Young Leaders
  • Jeanette Adi, San Francisco - Manila Sister City Committee
  • Judy Lee, Office of Mayor London Breed
  • Mary Nicely, Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
  • Noora Larson, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
  • Richard Hashimoto, Japantown Merchants Association
  • Ron Lee, American Chinese Cultural and Art Association
  • Rose Chung, Miss Asian Global Pageant

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.

2020 Board of Directors

  • Scott Adam, Board Chair
  • Steve Wilson, Secretary
  • JJ Lara, Treasurer
  • Irene Riley, Director
  • Jack Song, Director
  • Claudine Cheng, President

2019 Sponsors and Partners

To learn more about 2020 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Claudine Cheng at

The following is a listing of our 2019 sponsors as of April 29, 2019.

  • Asian American Donors Program
  • Asian Firefighters Association
  • Asian Peace Officers Association
  • API Council
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance San Francisco Lodge
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce
  • Center for Asian American Media
  • Coalition of Asian American Government Employees
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
  • Japantown Merchants Association
  • Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
  • Nihonmachi Street Fair, Inc.
  • North East Medical Services
  • OCA San Francisco Bay Chapter
  • San Francisco Community Health Center
  • HEP B FREE San Francisco Bay Area
  • San Francisco – Ho Chi Minh 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

Food Sponsors 2019