标签 APAPA Tri-Valley 下的文章

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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尘埃落定 ---- 写在终选前

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我们带着追求美好生活的梦想来到美国。如果不是因为SCA-5,我想我们中的大多数人不会对政治话题显出特别的兴趣。回首这风风火火的大半年,因为SCA-5,大家对政治从一无所知,到推敲摸索,到主动参与,以至到一部分人接近执着的激情,争论得最多的就是这次投票要投给哪个党。部分共和党的支持者们声称华裔已成为选举中的关键少数,继续坚持要以族裔力量作Block Vote改变民主党在两院中占多数的现状,并认为这将让华裔载入史册。

选举结果是民意的反映。民主党在上次选举中在参众两院赢得多数席位有其民意基础,其在两院中占多数的现状并不表明我们的民主制度有什么缺陷,它只是传递了这样一个信息给少数党,那就是少数党需要调整其政策以期吸引更多选民。选举中每个人的投票不论其族裔都会被同等对待,因而没有任何一个族裔可以声称自己是最后的“关键”少数,也没有任何一个族裔有承担平衡所谓一党独大的责任。号召以族裔为基础作Block Vote有违民主原则并会将华裔这样一个少数族裔直接推上其他族裔的对立面,对我们来说其实是非常不利的。

美国的政党不是按族裔划分的。不论是民主党还是共和党,都不能代表全部华裔的利益。事实上,两党在不同时期,对不同议题,都可能对部分华裔各有亲疏。我个人会建议大家做中间选民,因为中间选民通常会是两党尽力争取的对象。对于我们这样一个少数族裔来说,最重要的是提高我们的投票率,并在投票中做一个educated and informed decision。与之同样重要的是支持我们自己的华裔参选人,在两党内树立我们自己的利益代言人。

终选很快就到了,起起落落的激情过后,我想很多人最想做的事,就是在终选后回归平静的生活。然而,终选的尘埃落定之后我们要怎么继续走,参政议政在终选后对我们又意味着什么?

选举中我们的力量在于我们的选民比例和我们的投票率。不管你是民主党人,共和党人,还是中间选民,只要我们投了票,我们就展现了我们的力量。选民登记,看似平凡琐碎,其实是提升我们力量的最切实有效的方法。这应当成为一项我们要长期坚持和广为宣传的事。只有投票率提高了,我们的力量才能得以凝聚,主流才能重视我们。

一次选举的输赢也许并不那么重要。对我们来说,眼光要放得更远些。投票只是参政议政的一个环节。恢复我们的平常心,在日常生活中融入美国社会,参与社区公益活动和选举投票同样能展现我们的影响力。很多时候,这意味着从我们身边的小事做起,比如PTA,公益活动义工等。不能等到选举投票了,才想到来让主流重视我们的声音。很多市级的委员会也会有义工机会,能够让我们更多地了解政府的运作,迈入从政的第一步。当社会听到我们的声音,看到我们的身影,当更多的华裔一级级参与和融入其中,我们的参政议政就会水到渠成。

轰轰烈烈,尘埃落定之后,让我们回归平静,恢复我们的平常心,以一颗平常心将参政议政融合到我们的日常生活中。