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Mental Health Awareness in Communities of Color Month 2018

The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) is encouraging efforts to promote mental health awareness in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Mental health is essential to overall well-being, yet research shows that APIs are less likely to seek help for mental health issues due to social stigma, linguistic and cultural disconnects, and lack of access to health care. CAPAA encourages community conversations to promote dialogue and to raise awareness about mental health issues among APIs in observance of Mental Health Awareness in Communities of Color Month. The Commission believes that reducing the stigma around mental health issues is key in increasing the number of APIs who seek treatment. [...]

By |2018-08-13T15:31:11-07:00June 28th, 2018|News|

Ruth Woo Fellow: Olyvia Salter

The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs welcomes Olyvia Salter as a Ruth Woo Fellow for 2018. The fellowship is a unique opportunity for currently enrolled students to learn about policymaking in government and to gain experience working in the Governor’s Office. Fellows will learn about the late Ruth Woo’s commitment to social justice and meet mentors connected to her legacy. Olyvia is a junior at the University of Washington Tacoma majoring in Law and Policy with a minor in Human Rights studies. After recently traveling to Banjul, The Gambia for winter quarter and interning for Fatoumatta Naji, a member of the Gambian parliament, Olyvia applied for the fellowship opportunity, [...]

By |2018-06-27T10:18:02-07:00June 27th, 2018|News|

CAPAA statement on Supreme Court’s travel ban decision

The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs issued the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court decision on a travel ban impacting Muslim-majority nations and the federal government’s use of Hirabayashi v. United States as the basis for its legal argument in a recent case. “CAPAA joins Gov. Inslee in expressing our commitment to a state that upholds the values of diversity and inclusion and is welcoming to all people. We express our disdain regarding today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upholds the president’s travel ban policy. “The Commission believes the use of national security to exclude and discriminate against a group of people based on their country of origin, culture, [...]

By |2018-06-26T17:42:03-07:00June 26th, 2018|News|

The ART of Survival (4/7)

The Cambodian American Community Council of Washington is hosting The ART of Survival, an arts event exploring the Cambodian American identity. This event will be the second in an annual Cambodian American community series called Remembering the Past, Welcoming the Future, which was the inaugural event held in 2015 to reflect on the 40th anniversary of the Cambodian Genocide. For this year’s event, the Council aims to showcase Cambodian Americans who have held onto their identity through the trauma of war and resettlement through art. This event is free and open to the public. Sat, April 7, 2018 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT Seattle City Hall 600 4th Avenue Seattle, [...]

By |2018-04-10T16:59:23-07:00March 19th, 2018|Events|

Legislative Schedule for the Week of January 8, 2018

Below is a list of Committee hearings identified by CAPAA that may be of interest to Asian Pacific American communities. For more information, visit www.leg.wa.gov. Learn more about how to testify in committee or contact your legislators. January 8, 2018 Bill Description Committee Time Location HB 2333 Requiring health safety warning signs for unregulated cannabinoid products. Commerce & Gaming 1:30 PM House Hearing Rm C John L. O'Brien Building EHB 1506 Addressing workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity. Labor & Workplace Standards 1:30 PM House Hearing Rm E John L. O'Brien Building Work Session Presentation of the Governor's 2018 supplemental operating budget proposal. Appropriations 3:30 PM House Hearing Rm [...]

By |2018-01-12T10:18:48-08:00January 8th, 2018|News|

Hmong New Year (11/4)

The Hmong Association of Washington and Seattle Center Festál present Hmong New Year Celebration. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the people from the hilltops of China, Laos and Thailand through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Gain insights into the customary courtship ritual of ball tossing and participate in flower cloth sessions. Seattle Center Festál Hmong New Year Celebration November 4, 2017 Armory Main Level For more information, visit the Hmong Association of Washington's website.

By |2017-11-08T08:47:58-08:00October 3rd, 2017|Events|

Filipino Veterans Recognition & Education Project Memorial Tribute Dinner and Fundraiser (5/13)

The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project Region 8 are hosting a Memorial Tribute Fundraising Dinner for veterans and community members on May 13, 2017. The dinner will celebrate the recent passage of the World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (S. 1555), which was signed by President Obama on December 14, 2016. Filipino WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal  Memorial Tribute Fundraiser Dinner May 13, 2017 Renton Pavilion Event Center 233 Burnett Ave S, Renton, Washington 98057 Reception:  5:30 pm Dinner:        7:00 – 10:00 pm Tickets:       $100.00 ($125.00 after April 1) For more information: FilVetRepRegion8@gmail.com Proceeds from this event will directly benefit: The national Filipino [...]

By |2017-05-11T15:37:02-07:00March 8th, 2017|Events|

2017 Legislative Session Update – Day 36

Today is day 36 of the 2017 legislative session. Nearly 2,000 bills and resolutions have been introduced. Legislators are busy this week holding public hearings on bills to meet two upcoming deadlines on February 17 and February 24 for bills to be approved by policy and fiscal committees. Legislation CAPAA is tracking the following proposed legislation that may be of interest to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. To participate in the legislative process, visit our website or call 1-800-562-6000 to leave a message for your elected officials. For more information, visit www.leg.wa.gov. Civil Rights & Justice Compliance with the federal REAL ID act (HB 1041 Clibborn / SB 5008 [...]

By |2017-02-13T16:56:06-08:00February 13th, 2017|News|

Asian American Studies Semi-finalist Campus Visits

Updated April 17, 2017 The UW’s American Ethnic Studies Department was successful in its search process and will bring on two new faculty. AES will begin the process to request authorization to conduct a third faculty search next academic year. Updated February 17, 2017 The Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington is in the process of hiring two tenure-track faculty specializing in Asian American Studies (AAS). The AAS Search Committee has invited seven semi-finalists for campus visits to meet with students and community members. The Commission urges participation during these campus visits to ensure public input is included in the hiring process. Last year, in response to [...]

By |2017-04-17T11:40:15-07:00February 1st, 2017|News|

CAPAA statement on the passing of Alan Sugiyama

"A champion fighter for social justice and equity, Alan Sugiyama helped define the Asian American civil rights movement in Seattle in the late 1960s and 1970s. From education, to the media, and government, he fought to ensure Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were included in all aspects of our community. As a student leader, the first Asian American elected to the Seattle School Board, and chair and a member of the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition, he held administrators, police chiefs, and mayors accountable to serving the unique needs of our communities. "Al was a visionary in tackling systemic disparities, particularly in the lack of representation and upward mobility for AAPIs [...]

By |2017-01-04T15:11:10-08:00January 4th, 2017|News|
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