APAICS Celebrates 2017 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

2017 04 May APAICS Celebrates 2017 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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APAICS Celebrates 2017 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


Washington, D.C. – May 2017 –  The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) by hosting various events during the month of May that will highlight the accomplishments of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

“In 1977, Secretary Norman Mineta and Congressman Frank Horton introduced ‘Asian-Pacific Heritage Week.’  The celebration was expanded to a month by President George H. W. Bush in 1992.  The month of May has a special historic meaning to AAPIs as it marks the first time Japanese immigrants came to the U.S. and when the U.S. transcontinental railroad was completed by Chinese immigrants.  Our history as a community is rich and diverse, with unique languages, traditions, and customs,” said Floyd Mori, APAICS President & CEO.

On May 14 and 15, APAICS will be hosting its National Leadership Academy at the Washington Hilton Hotel.  The 2017 National Leadership Academy is a two-day leadership training program for current elected officials looking to run for higher office and individuals seeking to run for public office within the next two years. The program consists of interactive leadership training with topics ranging from planning your campaign, developing and telling your campaign story, base building and outreach, fundraising strategies and tips, and special guest speakers.  This year’s National Leadership Academy will include Former White House Cabinet Secretary and Former Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa as keynote speakers.

“APAICS is excited to host our 2017 National Leadership Academy.  APAICS’ mission is to empower and educate the next generation of AAPI leaders and to build a political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels,” said Mori.  “We have accepted over 35 participants to gain the knowledge and hopefully bring it back to their communities and become a stronger public service leader.”

On May 16, APAICS will be hosting its 23rd Annual Awards Gala from 6 p.m to 9:30 p.m at the Washington Hilton.  The annual APAICS Awards Gala Dinner is the premier event in Washington, D.C. to celebrate APAHM. The evening honors AAPI leaders, both current and pioneers, and recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to politically empower the AAPI community.  The 2017 honorees are Chancee Martorell, Randall Park, and Verizon Communications.  CBSN News Correspondent and 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate Moderator Elaine Quijano will be the Gala’s Mistress of Ceremonies and Award-Winning recording Larissa Lam will be the National Anthem singer.  The keynote speaker will be US Senator Cory Booker.  APAICS has also invited US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as a keynote speaker as well.  Click here for further information.  

“Our 23rd Annual Awards Gala is the primary event that APAICS hosts where community leaders, business leaders, and the largest gathering of AAPI local, state, and federal elected officials and appointees come together to celebrate and honor our community’s accomplishments. Chancee Martorrell and Randall Park have been trailblazers throughout their careers.  They have paved the way for our community to be represented in their respective industries.  Verizon has been a constant supporter of APAICS for over 12 years.  They believe in our mission to empower AAPIs in politics,” said Mori.  “We have invited speakers that represent both sides of the aisle.  We hope that both Senator Booker and Ambassador Haley can provide an interesting perspective to our current political climate.  As you can see, we have an exciting program prepared and we hope to see you there!”  

On May 18, APAICS will be collaborating with the Pan Pacific American Leaders and Mentors Organization (PPALM) to host the 4th annual Military Leadership Luncheon from 12 p.m to 2 p.m at the Capital Hilton.  The Military Leadership Luncheon is dedicated to promoting leadership diversity and Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in our troops.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Congressman Ted Lieu.  Click here to for more information.  

“Our Military Leadership Luncheon is an opportunity for our community to celebrate and promote AAPI representation in the military.  This year’s luncheon will be a tribute to the 75th anniversary of World War II.  AAPIs valiantly and patriotically served on the front lines of World War II.  We are excited to honor Congressman Ted Lieu for his service to our country and his leadership as an AAPI veteran in Congress,” said Mori.    

“With our various programs and events this month including our National Leadership Academy, Military Leadership Luncheon, and our 23rd Annual Awards Gala, APAICS is happy to promote and celebrate the diversity of our community during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.”

-Floyd Mori, APAICS President & CEO



The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels. 



Jason Liu
Communications Consultant
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
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