By: Henry Guo
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is a non-profit organization founded 13 years ago. Its mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development. APAPA has chapters in California, Florida, Texas, New York and Washington DC.
On August 22nd, APAPA Tri-Valley chapter’s 2nd annual membership drive BBQ was held at Del Valle Regional Park. APAPA Bay Area Chapter’s president Joel Wong, APAPA Tri-Valley Chapter’s president, Andy Li participated the event. Andy Li host the event and spoke to about 120 participants. He introduced APAPA’s mission, reviewed events host by APAPA in the past year. The APAPA Tri-Valley Chapter was founded in 2014, and growing fast in the past year, it has now more than 30 lifetime membership. It organized a political debate, seminar for young people’s mental health, a seminar for better education, etc. in the past year.
The following guests also participated this event, and shared their experience to encourage Asian people, especially Chinese people to get involved in community service, as well as political events.
Shao Yang, board member of Fremont Unified School District, former president of CBC (Citizens for Better Community)
David Sheen, Vice-President of APAPA Bay Area Chapter
Charles Liu, President of UBC (United for Better Community)
Ivy Liu of APAPA, along with some other volunteers had prepared a lot of delicious food for all participants. It was a great opportunity to make new friends and meet old friends.