Celebrate May – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI)

Are you aware May is Asian American and Pacific  Islander Heritage Month. Per the United States Census Bureau  https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2021/asian-american-pacific-islander.html

“In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration that is now known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. Thus, this Facts for Features contains a section for each.”

Visit our Community News tab and scroll through the postings of some of the planned activities and events celebrating AAPI.


We are deeply saddened by the increase in recent hate crimes against the Asian American community across our country. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, friends, and communities of those impacted in the recent Atlanta, San Francisco and New York City attacks. These are only few of many incidences highlighted in the news, but hundreds more are going unnoticed every day in the cities and communities we are all a part of. We recognize the rise in hate crimes is not new to our community and the continued struggle to educate and work towards a better and inclusive society during and after the pandemic includes acknowledging and accepting our individual responsibility.

Regardless of where we live, we all have been affected. We each are responsible for making informed choices that will impact us, our families, and neighbors. Do not let hate and ignorance fuel crimes against Asian Americans or anyone. We need to stand together, to support and protect each other and our communities more than ever before.

Stay informed and report the crime if you are harmed, assaulted or if you witnessed a hate crime. Stay vigilant and travel in groups, because there is strength in numbers. Learn how to be prepared to protect yourself and to stay safe in dangerous situations. To learn more, here are some websites to educate yourself, your family and your friends.

~ BACGG Planning Committee

Other organizations speaking out on #Stop Anti-Asian Hate:

PBS 8 Actions you can take to fight anti-Asian Violence https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/what-you-can-do-to-fight-violence-and-racism-against-asian-americans

Stop AAPI Hate https://stopaapihate.org (report any incidents to this site)

Asian Law Caucus (Asian Americans Advancing Justice) https://www.advancingjustice-alc.org

Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

How to Help Stop Hate Crimes Against Asian American’s https://www.papermag.com/help-stop-hate-crimes-asian-americans-2651116989.html?rebelltitem=17#rebelltitem17

Bystander Intervention training https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/

10 Steps Toward Bridging Our Painful Racial Divide https://www.niot.org/blog/ywca-10-steps-toward-bridging-our-painful-racial-divide?gclid=CjwKCAjwgZuDBhBTEiwAXNofRB_ffyDgyazp6-jUNEiuxCV13M07b0c1UJN04wbadc8KU7MI2pJGXxoCll0QAvD_BwE

Our America: Watch Our America: Asian Voices – The Asian experience in America today


Our America: Asian Voices tell the stories of Asian and Pacific Islander groups in America: Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, Polynesian, Filipino, Hmong, Japanese, Chinese, and more. Some came as immigrants. Some came as refugees. Some run successful businesses. Some live in poverty. Some have spoken out for years. Some are finding their voice.

We’ll look at how they built communities, learn about their culture, and explore what it means to be Asian and Pacific Islander in America. While the communities and cultures vary, one thing binds them together: they are all Americans.

Bystander Intervention PSA

Learn more about bystander intervention. Attend a free ihollaback online training



Hollaback! teaches bystander intervention using our proven 5D’s methodology: Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay, and Direct. Exit polls show that 99% of people we train leave confident they will intervene next time they witness disrespect or harassment. Here are specific trainings in this space that we offer:

Sign up for a free Guide to Bystander Invention https://www.ihollaback.org/

Asian Pacific Films Online

Watch virtual films online. Free but do consider making a donation.

During Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, join us for the Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase (AVPS), which runs

May 1 – May 31, 2021

and aims to highlight Asian American & Pacific Islander artists of different communities and neighborhoods in the United States, Canada, and Oceania. Presented by Visual Communications and various partner organizations, Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase is pleased to bring you FREE films and conversations to keep us connected.

Click to view the offering of films and panel discussions Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase!

Chinese Family History Group of Southern California Webinar Series -Researching the World of Chinese Documents – featuring Tony King

Saturday, May 22nd 10-11:30am PDT

A CFHGSC webinar featuring Tony King
Register Here
Documents commonly used in Chinese genealogy research are family records like the jiapu/zupu and local gazetteers. Tony King will address both of these critical tools but will also provide an introduction into the lesser known world of other documents and resource materials that originated in China. To name a few, this includes marriage agreements, property records, residential registrations, census records, examination rosters, and obituaries. He will discuss the possible value these have to our genealogical research as well
as repositories such as archives, libraries, the internet, and search strategies.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tony King is of Toisanese roots. His ancestors immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1800’s. Since entering retirement some ten years ago, he has concentrated on searching out his Chinese roots. He has conducted research during extended stays in China, as well as during trips to California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, New York, and Canada.  Tony serves as a volunteer for FamilySearch, consulting with patrons seeking assistance.

AAPI Heritage Month – Chinese American Heritage Foundation

Chinese American Heritage Foundation
CAHF sponsors 2021 AAPI TALKS – American Stories heritage webinars everyday in May during the 2021 AAPI Heritage Month celebrations. https://www.cahf.us/aapitalks

May 1st 2021: Angel Island Immigrant Station Foundation by Edward Tepporn.


May 2nd 2021: “Three Coins is a great story that inspires all of us to explore our roots and to celebrate the diversity that makes us uniquely American.” by Dr. Russell Low


May 3rd 2021: You Chung Hong Documentary Film by Rick Quan


May 4th 2021: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Documentary by Rick Quan


May 5th 2021: Korean American History Talk Part I (1800s – Korean War) by Dr. Stephanie Han


May 6th 2021: “Forbidden Citizens” by Attorney Martin Gold


May 7th 2021: Sharing the History, Mission, Accomplishments and Future Plans of one the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organizations in the United States by Executive Director David Inoue


May 8th 2021: Unsung Heroes by Major General William S. Chen, U.S. Army retired recognizing and Honoring Chinese American WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Recipients


May 11th 2021: Yick Wo V. Hopkins by David Lei, Charles McClain and Nick Bartel


RSVP – May 15, 2021 Chinese American Citizens Alliance is honored to present the premiere film showing of “We Served with Pride, the Road to the Congressional Gold Medal” by Emmy award winning director, Montgomery Hom.


Challenges and Experience of Chinese American Veterans

RSVP – May 15, 2021 Chinese American Citizens Alliance is honored to present the premiere film showing of “We Served with Pride, the Road to the Congressional Gold Medal” by Emmy award winning director, Montgomery Hom. The film is an intimate firsthand account of the untold experiences of the Chinese Americans who served in WWII and also covers the grassroot efforts to gain recognition for the Chinese American WWII veterans which resulted in the bipartisan support of legislation for the Chinese American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act which was signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2018.
Following the film, a distinguished panel of retired Chinese American Flag-Rank Officers and a WWII veteran will speak on a leadership challenged they faced or a unique situation that they experienced and their accomplishments in positions of responsibility. Chinese Americans have been involved in every conflict since the Civil War but their service and heroism has often been under-recognized and neglected. 
Saturday, May 15, 20215:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM PT
Register Here:

Moderator: Ed Gor, National Director, CAWWII Veterans Recognition Project
Ed Gor is Past National President of Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.). Completed a 40-year career as a Project Engineering Manager and Controls Engineering Lead on successful chemical and refinery engineering projects at Fluor and Jacobs Engineering Group while also volunteering on boards of critical community needs non-profit organizations. A native Houstonian, he comes from a family of seven first generation Chinese Americans of immigrant parents, whose story mirrors that of many of America’s Greatest Generation.

Guest Speaker: Pamela Young, KHON2
Pamela Young is a Broadcast Journalist with KHON2 in Honolulu, Regional Vice President for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NorCal, and contributor to MidWeek, Condé Nast, and Off Camera periodicals. She is the recipient of 12 regional Emmy awards, a Peabody and is named in the Hall of Pioneers by the Asian American Journalists Association. Born and raised in Honolulu, Pamela obtained her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from San Francisco State University before reporting and anchoring at KPIX and KQED in San Francisco. Her work has appeared on ABC, BBC, NHK (Japan) and CTV (Taiwan)


Major General Bill Chen, U.S. Army RetiredPanel Topic: “Taking Charge”
Bill Chen was in the Army Acquisition Corps and served on active duty for 32 years primarily in missile, air & missile defense systems acquisition. He served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Missile Command and Program Executive Officer for Missile Defense, leading the development of national and theater missile defense programs. He served in the defense industry for 18 years successively as VP & program director, VP engineering
& product development, and VP & General Manager.

Major General Robert G. F. Lee, U.S. Army Retired Panel Topic: WWII Veterans Impacted My Career
Bob Lee served as an Infantry Officer on Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard for 39+ years. Honored to have served in the 100 th Battalion, 442Infantry Regiment, the Army’s most decorated unit from 2nd Lt to CO. He served as Commanding General. 9th RSC Pacific Army Reserve until assignment as The Adjutant General for the State of Hawaii. He commanded the Army and Air National Guard and was responsible for Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Veteran Affairs.

1Lt Arthur Shak, Navigator, B24 Heavy Bomber “Guardian Angel”Panel Topic: How WWII Affected My Life
On Dec 7, 1941 the carefree life style ended for Art. He joined the Army Air Corps and was commissioned as a bombardier and navigator. Art flew 51 combat missions over Germany, Italy, France, and Romania. After VE, Art served as a C-47 navigator flying between Guam, Saipan, and Tinian. Art was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and many other medals for Europe and Pacific. He used the GI Bill and obtained a Civil engineering degree from Purdue University.

Major General Darryll D.M. Wong, USAF Retired Panel Topic: “In the Footsteps of Our Veterans
Darryll flew the C-141A on active duty during the Vietnam War and then the KC-135R with the Hawaii Air National Guard during the Kosovo War. Retiring with 39+ years of service. He also served as the first National Guard Assistant to the USAF A8 and then to the PACAF Commander in Hawaii. He commanded the Hawaii Air National Guard before being last assigned as Adjutant General for the State of Hawaii Army and the Air National Guard, responsible for Homeland Security, head of Emergency Management and Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs.

Rear Admiral Jonathan Yuen, SC, U.S. Navy Retired Panel Topic: “Servant’s Heart/Bedside Manner/Socratic Mindset”
Jon Yuen served in the US Navy Supply Corps for 35 years after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. He retired after leading as the 47th Chief of Supply Corps and Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command for five years. He oversaw over 110 worldwide logistics facilities, a team of 28K military and civilian professionals, $33B in managed inventory, and the Navy
Exchange system, a network of physical and online stores with $2.5B in annual sales.

Major General Suzanne Vares-Lum, U.S. Army Panel Topic: “Turning Challenges into Opportunities”
Suzy Vares-Lum served in all three components of the Army for 34 years. She is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Hawaii Army ROTC Program, and commissioned into the Military Intelligence Corps.  She established and ran the Joint Intelligence Center in Balad, Iraq during OIF III. She served the last 5 ½ years at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Acting Deputy Commander and Acting Chief of Staff, and J-5 Mobilization Assistant to
the Director of Plans and Policy.


Major General K.K. Chinn, U.S. Army RetiredPanel Topic: “Relationships, Trust, Family”
K.K. Chinn lives in Aiea, HI with his wife Val; they have 2 children Ashley, an Army CPT/doctor; Jared an aspiring PGA golfer. A 1981 West Point graduate; he served in Infantry/Airborne/Ranger units the majority of his 36+ year career that included 2 combat parachute jumps in Grenada and Panama and combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with Ranger Units. His final assignment was as the Commanding General for Army South, responsible for 31 countries in Central/South America and the Caribbean. 

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The Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project is a program of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.), a 501(c)8, and the National Chinese American Citizens Alliance Community Involvement Fund, a 501(c)3. Together we are spearheading a national campaign to identify, honor and recognize the efforts and accomplishments of all Chinese Americans who served in the United States Armed Services in World War II.
For more information contact cgminfo@caww2.org.VENG Group | C.A.C.A. C.I.F., Washington, DC 2003

Far East Deep South

May 4 at 5 p.m. PST – Premiere broadcast of the film, FAR EAST DEEP SOUTH (directed by Larissa Lam). 

We’d like to share a reminder about the upcoming installment of the online lecture series presented by the SDSU Chinese Cultural Center and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum:
The PREMIER broadcast of the film, FAR EAST DEEP SOUTH (directed by Larissa Lam). 

The first screening will take place on May 4, 2021 at 5 p.m. PST @ http://bit.ly/ARF_FarEDeepS, and the documentary will be streamed via the same URL from 05/04 until 06/03.

The film explores Charles Chiu and his family’s search for their roots in the Mississippi Delta, providing a window into the struggles of Chinese immigrants in the American South during the late 1800s to mid-1900s and the discrimination they faced. 

Please check out http://fareastdeepsouth.comto learn more