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Our communities may be physically isolated through shelter at home orders, but through the power of tech, we are also more connected than ever. APA Heritage Foundation invites you to participate in weekly online programs throughout the month of May.

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May 7: #AsianFoodCulture

Greetings from Chef Martin Yan

Martin Yan is a Chinese-American chef, TV personality, and Founder of M.Y. China Restaurant.

Martin Yan has a special Asian Pacific American Heritage Month greeting message. During a Facebook Live program, Martin Yan shared his favorite past episode and answered questions about quarantine, cooking and Asian culture on Facebook Live. Watch the entire conversation on Facebook. 

Yan Can Cook
Inspired by one of Martin’s recipes? Think you can improve upon it? Post your creations at #WeCanCook or tag @YanCanCook.

M.Y. China
Upmarket Chinese eatery featuring hand-pulled noodles, cocktails & a flashy, open-kitchen setting.
845 Market St, 4th floor,
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 580-3001

Talk with Chocolatier Wendy Lieu

Wendy Lieu, Socola Chocolatier Owner

Vietnamese Sisters Wendy & Susan Lieu co-founded Socola Chocolatier – Socola prepares all its truffles with unique, cosmopolitan flavors, including burnt caramel with sea salt, guava, beer, sriracha hot sauce and more.  Celebration Co-Chair Angela Pang and Chilipepper Events’ Chau Lam talk with Sôcôla’s chief Chocolatier Wendy Lieu about making chocolates, growing a small business, being an entrepreneur pastry chef, and shifting to online sales.

Socola Chocolatier
535 Folsom Street
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 400-4071

Talk about Food Industry during COVID-19

Sonia Delan & Al Perez, Filipino Food Movement (FFM)

The Filipino Food Movement (FFM) was founded to create broad awareness, appreciation, and enhanced investment in Filipino Culinary Arts. With the food industry is struggling during COVID-19 shelter in place orders, FFM has compiled a national list of Filipino restaurants open for takeout or delivery services to encourage the public to support Filipino food establishments. APA Heritage Celebration Co-Chair Angela Pang and Chilipepper Events’ Chau Lam talk with Sonia Delen, President or the Filipino Food Movement and Al Perez, board member of the movement about the need to support local Asian restaurants.

May 8th Mayor London Breed

May 8: #APAForum

May 14: #APAFrontline

Asian Pacific American doctors, nurses, pharmacists and everyone who supports public safety are rising to the occasion on the frontlines of battling the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that’s spreading rapidly throughout our city, state and nation.

Our APA Frontline program on Facebook Live on May 14 experienced technical difficulties that did not allow us to air all four interviews during the online program. We sincerely apologize to our special guests and our viewers for the mishap. Please find the complete interviews with Asian Pacific American healthcare & public safety professionals on the frontlines of COVID-19 below. We will be sure to do better for our next online broadcast.


Claudine Cheng, Thomas Li, Al Perez, Angela Pang, JJ Lara, & Jack Song
APA Heritage Celebration Team

Hosted by:

  • Jack Song, APA Heritage Foundation
  • JJ Lara, APA Heritage Foundation
To express your appreciation and gratitude for our Asian Pacific American heroes, visit our Facebook Group and use #APAFrontline and #APACares to share encouraging words, artwork and thank you notes.
Kaiser Permanente®

Dr. Jian Zhang

Chinese Hospital CEO

Discussion about taking early actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in San Francisco’s Chinatown and what needs to happen for San Francisco to return to business.

Francille Badiola

SF General Hospital Registered Nurse

Francille talks about growing up in San Francisco and how she decided to become a nurse. Francille also opens up about postponing her wedding to work the frontlines at the hospital alongside her fiancé, who is also an essential healthcare worker during COVID-19.

Dr. Tung Nguyen

Professor & Doctor at UCSF

Discussion about Asian American health studies and the alarming rate of deaths related to COVID-19 in San Francsico’s Asian community. What is happening & why?

Paul Miyamoto


San Francisco’s first Asian American elected Sheriff talks about leading a department that interacts with COVID-19 positive residents in San Francisco and what the City has done to prepare frontline workers.

May 21: #APAtalents
APA Talents

May 21: #APATalents

APA Inspire

May 28: #APAInspire

Helen Zia & Stephen Gong

APA Inspire is a series of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month conversations about the future of Asian Pacific America

  • Helen Zia, writer, community activist & advocate
  • Stephen Gong, Executive Director, Center for Asian American Media

Ian Chang & Masashi Niwano

APA Inspire is a series of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month conversations about the future of Asian Pacific America

  • Ian Chang, musician, composer & producer
  • Masashi Niwano, filmmaker & Festival Director, CAAMFest

Robert Handa & Priya David Clemens

APA Inspire is a series of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month conversations about the future of Asian Pacific America

  • Robert Handa, news reporter & program host, NBC
  • Priya David Clemens, journalist, & host, KQED Newsroom

Other Programs Town Halls Exhibits Summits Initiatives

Census 2020

Census 2020

SF Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs

Do the 2020 Census.
Because when everyone gets counted, we help our most important, and sometimes most vulnerable, organizations get proper funding for the next 10 years!

Stop AAPI Hate

Stop AAPI Hate

Help #StopAAPIHate. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against due to #COVID19, please speak up and report to:

Cooking With Carmen

Cooking With Carmen


San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu invites Asian Chefs to join her on “Cooking With Carmen” to make one of their favorite recipes. Watch Thursdays at noon on Instagram Live!

Rise Asian Pacific America

Rise Asian Pacific America


Series of online town halls throughout the month of May on Fridays. The town halls will discuss where we are today, where we’ve been as a community, and where we need to go, to rise up to the challenges we face in the future.

API Summit

API Summit

Asian Pacific Fund

Impact of COVID 19 on the AAPI Community: Current and Future Needs, featuring speakers who are working on the front lines to address the rise in xenophobia, the overwhelming demand for essential services, and formulating recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Voices of Resilience Exhibit

Voices of Resilience Exhibit

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Voices of Resilience exhibition features a total of 55 poems including 22 historical poems and 33 contemporary poems selected from online submissions from the general public.

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