Next Public Board Meeting
September 17, 2016
City of Vancouver, Clark College

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Letter to UW in support of Asian American Studies

CAPAA and numerous Asian Pacific American community leaders from across the state sent a letter to University of Washington President Cauce regarding concern for the future of the Asian American Studies (AAS) program at the UW.

“For students of all ethnicities, AAS offers an opportunity to learn more about the history, cultures, and perspectives of the numerous ethnic groups represented by this program. Retaining and increasing the number of faculty positions in AAS will better serve a growing diverse student population that seeks representation in academics, programs, faculty, and staff.”

Read the full letter here.

Community Voices on State Task Forces

Washington State has numerous opportunities for the public to shape policy and make recommendations to the governor, legislature, and state agencies.

Recently, CAPAA has encouraged, recommended, or appointed Asian Pacific American community members to apply and serve on boards, commissions, and state task forces.

View the list of appointees.

Task Force on Deadly Force in Community Policing

The Commission invites you to a Community Report Back on August 25. The meeting will inform community members about the progress of the task force and provide an opportunity to voice your feedback and concerns to CAPAA and our representative on the task force, Toshiko Hasegawa.

Community Report Back & Dialogue
Thursday, August 25, 2016
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Keiro NW, Garden Room
1601 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Community Conversation on Mental Health Awareness

On Monday, July 25, CAPAA and the Pacific Islander Health Board convened a Community Conversation on Mental Health Awareness in honor of Mental Health Awareness in Communities of Color Month.

Community members came together to talk about ways to destigmatize mental health in our communities and empower others to seek treatment. It is important to continue having these conversations with friends, families, and colleagues in order to promote mental well-being in our communities.

2016-7-25 PIHB MH Conversation (2)







Commissioner Highlights

Commissioners Zer Vue and Lynette Finau have partnered with the Burke Museum to connect community members with Hmong and Tongan objects in the Burke’s collections. During each visit, Commissioners Vue and Finau bring in community members of all ages to view the collections, share knowledge of cultural practices and history, and educate the Burke Museum about the importance of each object.

For more information about how to access the Asian and Oceanic collections at the Burke Museum, contact Holly Barker at

Burke Museum - Hmong Artifacts





Photo: Burke Museum

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