WASHINGTON,DC, June 29, 2017 — CLFF Founder and Chairman Sandy Chau, APAPA Founders C.C. Yin and Regina Yin, and CLFF Executive Director Anthony Ng spoke about the importance of building civic leadership at the local level, and teaming up together at the national level to transform the inspiration from the previous two days into action. APAPA National Board members Hsing Kung and Ken Fong expressed their strong support for the API community to stay engaged and be proactive in civic affairs. The Forum closed and all left with a heightened sense of civic responsibility and enthusiasm to work together for a stronger nation.
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through active participation and leadership in civic and public affairs, and Civic Leadership Forum Foundation (CLFF), a non-profit, non-partisan organization with the vision to create a pipeline of civic leaders regardless of ethnic group or country of origin for a fair and harmonious society, co-hosted the third national civic leadership forum (The Forum) from June 27 to June 29. The Forum featured keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and civic leadership award ceremonies. It was held in partnership with Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association (CAOMA), Committee of 100 (C100), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), International Leadership Foundation (ILF), National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans).
The forum has seen unprecedented participation of 150 API American civic leaders from around the country and over 30 U.S. congressional members, including Ami Bera, Mike Capuano, Tony Cardenas, Steve Chabot, Judy Chu, Jeff Denham, Lloyd Doggett, Tammy Duckworth, John Garamendi, Mike Honda, Sheila Jackson Lee, Pramila Jayapal, Danny K. Davis, Ro Khanna, Ruben Kihuen, Doug LaMalfa, Barbara Lee, Ted Lieu, Doris Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Tom McClintock, Jerry McNerney, Grace Meng , Norman Mineta, Bill Pascrell Jr., Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce, David Schweikert, Bobby Scott, Darren Soto, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takano, Mike Thompson, and Mimi Walters.
House Representatives Ro Khanna, Judy Chu, Ted Lieu and Grace Meng delivered keynote speeches during the two days at the Rayburn House Office Building, urging the API communityto actively engage in civic affairs, work together to develop civic leadership and speak out for the community. With the moderation of APAPA National Executive Director Victoria Li and other leaders, congressional members participated in constructive panel discussions with community leaders, and exchanged ideas about topics important to the API community, including education, healthcare and immigration. APAPA National Vice Chairman Albert Wang and APIAHF Senior Director Marianne Chung provided in-depth conversation of the proposed healthcare legislation based on their professional experience.
At the heartfelt and inspiring ceremony on June 27th, Rep. Jeff Denham presented the Leadership Award to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi along with former Congressman and former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to former U.S. House Representative Mike Honda, witnessed by many congressional members.
Leaders from APAPA and other prominent organizations presented at workshops that covered voter registration, civic organization building, youth leadership development, constitutional rights and government actions, and bridge building between the API community and other communities. APAPA Founder and National Chairman C.C. Yin, and APAPA National Vice Chairman Albert Wang gave a powerful speech on leveraging the U.S.political system to build long-lasting civic power for the API community.