亚太公共事务联盟(APAPA)旧金山湾区三谷分会终生会员2015年节日聚会纪实

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撰稿人:三谷人

12月21号,周日,旧金山湾区在经历了一个星期冬雨的洗礼后,迎来了又一个蓝天白云的周末,下过雨的空气中沁满了湿润的泥土和青草的气息,冬日的阳光暖暖的包围着一切。20多位三谷分会终身会员及其家属受邀相聚在亚太公共事务联盟(APAPA)的创始人尹集成先生位于Vacaville的秀丽的庄园里欢庆2015年节日的到来。

三谷分会的会长Andy Li先生先开车带大家参观了这个私人庄园,大人们泛舟在人造的大湖中,小朋友们忙着喂食各种饲养的动物,老人们乐着品尝果园里不同的水果,一个愉快的上午转眼就过去了。

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在享受了丰盛的午餐后,全体会员集聚在大会厅里,庄园的主人,也是亚太公共事务联盟(APAPA)的创始人尹集成先生和他的夫人,Regina跟大家分享了他们是如何服务于亚裔社区,帮助和提高亚裔在参政议政方面。并且介绍了他们去首府华盛顿如何对排华法案进行游说。今年是铁路华工150周年纪念,希望我们大家能慷慨解囊, 捐出一杯咖啡的钱来支持我们的祖先铁路华工,建立一个纪念碑(http://crrwmemorialproject.com),这样让整个美国都知道我们华人对美国社会所做过的贡献。

一天的活动很快就结束了,大家感谢尹集成先生和他的夫人Regina的盛情款待,并且被他们为华人社区的奉献深深的鼓舞着。从自己做起,希望能感染身边的每一个人,来投身到亚裔参政议政的事务中。欢迎每一位愿意为亚裔社区服务的人加入到亚太公共事务联盟(APAPA)的大家庭里。(http://apapa.org).

附:APAPA Youth Group student Max Zhuang's article

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On Saturday December 21, 2014, CC Yin invited many members of APAPA and myself to his home for lunch to celebrate the APAPA Tri-Valley Chapter; this year garnering 25 life time members into the organization. A polite and kind man, he immediately introduced myself to one of his daughters, Dartmouth alumni, when I mentioned that I would be attending the school in the fall. She not only talked to me about her experiences at the school but also about CC Yin, introducing me to his home. There, we witnessed his true legacy, told through the achievements, plaques, and photos in his home; Mr. Yin was an immigrant who came to the Americas in search of better opportunity as an engineer. He spoke about the many hardships he faced as a first generation immigrant with his wife, Regina. Eventually, through years of hard work in America, he formed a McDonalds empire owning 31 chains on the west coast. However, as someone who came to America as an immigrant, CC Yin shows strong appreciation for American politics and Democracy. And thus, he founded the nonpartisan organization APAPA motivated to drive voter participation in Asian American citizens like himself.

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Dinner with Secretary of State (四)

 

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By Max Zhuang

Photographers: Henry Guo, Andy Wang

On December 5, 2014, APAPA held a celebratory dinner for its youth volunteers; at a Chinese Cuisine Restaurant, many young Asian American, mostly high school students, gathered to celebrate their accomplishments in voter registration for the previous midterm election.

I, Max Zhuang, a student volunteer for the organization and an incoming Dartmouth College Freshman next fall, was invited to the dinner for continued participation throughout the months of voter registration; Lillian and Linda Du, twin sisters were also invited after registering thirteen voters. Shannon Yan, another student from my area, the APAPA Tri-Valley Chapter, was also invited for her efforts. Many volunteers arrived with different merits that contributed to APAPA's voter registration efforts.

To add to the celebration, Bay Area region President Joel Wong and APAPA Co-Founder CC Yin were there inviting Secretary of State Debra Bowen to present awards of achievement to the few APAPA volunteers that went above and beyond registering voters. Tri-Valley Chapter President, Andy Li, Vice President, Min Tsao, VP and Treasurer, Nancy Chen, and other board members were also all in attendance showing immense appreciation and pride in all the work their youth volunteers have contributed.

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2014年12月5日,APAPA - Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association亚太裔美国公共事务联盟举行了青年志愿者的和加州州務卿 Debra Bowen 女士一起的庆祝晚宴, 在Fremont的中餐馆举行。许多年轻的亚裔美国人,大多是高中生,齐聚一堂,庆祝这些年轻人在前中期选举期间对华人社区的贡献 -他们鼓励华人参加选举投票,并且登记成为选民。

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APAPA联合创始人 C.C. Yin 先生和Bay Area region President Joel Wong邀加州州務卿 Debra Bowen 女士为选民登记义工颁奖,Debra 给了义工们极高的鼓励和评价, 说注册工作需要投入很多时间和精力,在劝说他人时需要有很强的应变能力。因为劝说他人,尤其是比义工们年龄大的成年人成为选民是很不容易的事情。高中生们都激动地和Debra拍照留念,记住这难忘地时刻。双胞胎姐妹Lillian and Linda Du 一起努力共登记了13个选民。还有和我住在一个城市的Shannon Yan 工作也很积极努力。

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三谷分会主席 Andy Li ,副主席Min Tsao和其他APAPA成员都出席了义工颁奖礼, 并给与这些高中生极大的赞赏。Nancy Chen是APAPA三谷区青少年活动组织者,带领这些青年志愿者到中文学校,华人超市, 中秋晚会等华人聚集地方去做选民登记共登记选民99人,Andy Li和Nancy Chen为这些三谷区高中生取得的成绩而自豪。

( 作者:Max Zhuang 今年是高中四年级学生,已经被心仪的大学提前录取。)

Dinner with Secretary of State ( 三)

 

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Secretary of State Debra Bowen with 本文作者

作者:Erika Yang

photographer: Henry Guo

我是一个出生在中国家庭的美国孩子。在我成长的过程中,我知道亚裔的家长是怎么培养他们孩子的。在圣诞节,当别的孩子收到他们喜欢的玩具时,我醒来,收到的常常是学习用品。我清楚的记得,有一次,当我洗澡的时候,我的妈妈提醒我要缩短洗澡时间,要节约用水。虽然在我身上已经具有了亚裔美国人的特质,但我并没有真正理解当一个亚裔美国人的责任。直到我参加了12月5日由APAPA组织的与加州州务卿Debra Bowen女士的晚宴,才认识到这一点。

在丰富的晚宴期间,我有幸听了所有嘉宾们的有趣发言。我了解到亚裔美国人是在美国增长最快的族裔之一。但是,并没有足够多的亚裔美国人站出来为这个族裔的利益发声。因此需要我们更多亚裔美国人站出来在许多重大的事情上发出自己的声音和投票。这不光是关心我们的加州,而且是对整个美国。尽管这个晚宴活动只有二个多小时,但它将影响到我的一生。我现在不仅了解了亚裔的文化,更重要的是我也接受了作为一个亚裔美国人所应当承担的责任。

Erika Yang 是美国加州Livermore城市Granada High School 九年级的学生。她不仅是一个有竞争力的游泳运动员,而且还是学校九年级学生会负责人。在学校,她致力于帮助学生向学校表达对一些问题的看法。课余时间,她喜欢画画,平面图形设计和弹钢琴,并多次获奖。她也是CACC中文学校学生会的Vice President。她还创立了”青年国际商务倡议“高中生俱乐部,以提供一个平台来促进高中生国际间的文化和商务学习交流。

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Growing up, I always thought I had an idea of what it is like to be Asian. While other kids would be given toys on Christmas, I woke up to a stack of SAT books that my parents happily gave me. Once, I was even reminded that I should take shorter showers because I was wasting water. Although I accepted the traits of being an Asian-American, I didn't understand the responsibility of it until I attended the dinner with the Secretary of State, Mrs. Debra Bowen, on December 5th.

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During the dinner, I had the honor of listening to all the speakers, who were organized by APAPA. I realized that Asian-Americans are one of the largest growing ethnic groups in America, yet there are not many Asian public figures who actively participate in our community. There needs to be more of us who are willing to raise our voices and vote on important issues that affect not only California, but also our nation. Although the conference was only two hours, the effect that it had on me will last for a lifetime. I now not only understand the Asian culture, but also accept the responsibilities of being an Asian-American.

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Biography:

Erika Yang is a freshman attending Granada High School in Livermore, CA. She is not only a competitive swimmer, but also the class president at her high school, who is dedicated to help the student body voice their opinions on school issues. In her spare time she likes to draw and design graphics, along with competing in piano competitions. Her greatest achievements include winning first in a piano competition and science fairs, becoming the Vice-President of the CACC student council in Pleasanton, CA, and founding her own club named “Youth International Business Initiative (YIBI)” to internationally promote business among the youth.

Dinner with Secretary of State (二)

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Secretary of State Debra Bowen with 本文作者Jerry Lai

By Jerry Lai

Photographer : Henry Guo

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On December 5th, 2014, APAPA Bay Area Region held a banquet to recognize outstanding volunteering work in voter registration. The banquet, held at Chinese Cuisine in Fremont, featured student volunteers from over the Bay Area, all achieving recognition for their hard work in voter registration.

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The night began with a delicious dinner prepared by Chinese Cuisine. After dinner, APAPA Tri-Valley Chapter President Andy Li started the program and APAPA Bay Area Region Executive Director Vickie introduced the many sponsors as well as community leaders, VIP guest Secretary of State Debra Bowen and former congressman David Wu. Afterwards, APAPA founder  C.C. Yin, and APAPA Bay Area Region President Joel Wong, both provided wonderful speeches expressing the importance of Chinese participation in voting for United States issues. Then Secretary of State Debra Bowen talked about the involvement of Chinese voters.  After the speech, Ms Bowen presented award to 9 volunteers from APAPA Tri-Valley Chapter and UAAFA for their outstanding volunteer work in voter registration. Led by APAPA TVC Vice President Nancy Chen, Min Tsao and UAAFA Chair Dinggang Xu, although not all students present received award, the volunteers made a huge impact in registering voters. In the end, Debra Bowen posed with many of the students and parents for pictures, as well as providing an opportunity for all the students and members of APAPA and UAAFA to meet and talk to her.

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All in all, it was a great night for APAPA. The students worked hard in the voter registration project, and in return, they received great recognition for what they have done for both the community and the nation.

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Dinner with Secretary of State

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作者:三谷人
Photographer: Henry Guo
日期:2014年12月5日

冬雨敲打着行駛的車窗,高中生有的低語,有的敵不住白天的辛苦靠窗而睡,我們從灣區的不同城市聚到一起和加州州務卿Debra Bowen女士共進晚餐。表彰在註冊選民的活動中真誠奉獻的高中生義工。

雖然下雨加堵車,大家還是準時到達,很快坐滿了多半個餐廳,APAPA TVC President Andy Li主持的這個活動,力邀一起並肩作戰的UAAFA 組織成員,同時出席的還有前国会议员。APAPA創始人C.C. Yin 先生講到,政權變換靠的不是戰爭而是選舉、投票。當州務卿Debra Bowen 女士回想起多年前的情景,那時候,很少有華裔參政,如果投票人是華裔,唱票时他們被稱作Chinaman 1, Chinaman 2, Chinaman 3...大家沉默不語。她接著説,選舉投票的工作越普及,就會有越多的聲音被聽到,社會才能越公平 。向本年度表現出色的四位三谷高中生義工Erika Yang, Jerry Lai, Phillip Zhu和Jame Zhao也得到了州務卿親自頒發的證書,高興地與她合影,同時受表揚的還有UAAFA团队的五位同學,大家先後踴躍的上來,看着孩子們純真的笑容、年輕的身影,大家感慨良多,讓我用與會者的感言來做結尾。

"孩子做選民註冊義工,看起來是個很小的活動,但對孩子收穫很大,學到很多,從小培養了社會責任感和關懷他人的愛心,很簡單的工作,得到了如此的表揚,孩子很開心。”

“孩子們參與各種的社會活動,也許功利地來看,並不一定對申請大學有直接的好處,但是,它潛移默化地改變了孩子的眼界,對社會的看法,對孩子的思想成熟度有進一步的提高,好大學要的是不一樣的孩子。”

“我們從一個民眾沒有投票權的國家來到這裡,一人一票,自己可以選擇心儀的候選人,才真正當家做主,人生才有意義。”

“孩子們在自己18歲正式投票之前,就幫別人註冊,到自己投票時,一定做好了充足的準備。”

“我們的參與將會改變社會對華人的看法,chinaman10 將不會再出現。”

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