附：APAPA Youth Group student Max Zhuang's article
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.
标签 APAPA Tri-Valley 下的文章
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.
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。
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。
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。)
Secretary of State Debra Bowen with 本文作者
photographer: Henry Guo
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。
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.
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.
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.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen with 本文作者Jerry Lai
By Jerry Lai
Photographer : Henry Guo
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.
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.
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.
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。