Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs We are dedicated to ensuring that the Commonwealth government is accessible and accountable to the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Pennsylvania.

Established by Executive Order 2015-10, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (GACAPAA) is dedicated to ensuring that the Commonwealth government is accessible and accountable to the diverse Asian Pacific American communities in Pennsylvania. The commission is composed of up to thirty volunteer members appointed by the Pennsylvania Governor for a term of two years. In June 2020, Stephanie Sun was appointed Executive Director of the GACAPAA by Governor Tom Wolf.

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Happy New Year to our Cambodian, Lao, Burmese, Tamil, and Thai community members and beyond.  🥳 New Year festivals celeb...
04/14/2021

Happy New Year to our Cambodian, Lao, Burmese, Tamil, and Thai community members and beyond. 🥳 New Year festivals celebrate the coming of a year filled with wishes of happiness, health, and prosperity.

Happy New Year to our Cambodian, Lao, Burmese, Tamil, and Thai community members and beyond. 🥳 New Year festivals celebrate the coming of a year filled with wishes of happiness, health, and prosperity.

GACAPAA wishes for love, peace, hope, and joy all year through for those celebrating the many Harvest and New Year (Mesh...
04/14/2021

GACAPAA wishes for love, peace, hope, and joy all year through for those celebrating the many Harvest and New Year (Mesha Sankranti) Festivals in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Aluth Avurudda (Sri Lanka), Baisakhi/Vaisakh(i) (Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Jammu, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh), Bohag Bihu (Assam), Chaitra Navaratri (many parts of India), Gudi Padwa (Maharasthra, Goa),
Maha Vishuba Sankranti (Odisha), Navavarsha (Nepal), Poila Baisakh (West Bengal), Puthandu (Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka), Ugadi (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana), Vishu (Kerala),

GACAPAA wishes for love, peace, hope, and joy all year through for those celebrating the many Harvest and New Year (Mesha Sankranti) Festivals in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Aluth Avurudda (Sri Lanka), Baisakhi/Vaisakh(i) (Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Jammu, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh), Bohag Bihu (Assam), Chaitra Navaratri (many parts of India), Gudi Padwa (Maharasthra, Goa),
Maha Vishuba Sankranti (Odisha), Navavarsha (Nepal), Poila Baisakh (West Bengal), Puthandu (Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka), Ugadi (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana), Vishu (Kerala),

YOU CAN BE A VACCINE CHAMPION!Join a training where you will receive the knowledge and tools to answer questions about t...
04/13/2021

YOU CAN BE A VACCINE CHAMPION!
Join a training where you will receive the knowledge and tools to answer questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine.

It's a great collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Government City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs and #PhillyCounts on serving and engaging the local Asian Pacific American community on the Covid-19 vaccine throughout the past several months.

After the first Chinese language COVID-19 Vaccine Training on March 18th, we are excited to welcome Chinese-speaking community members to the second session on April 13th.

Special thanks to local community organization partners Asian Americans United, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, and Northeast Philadelphia Development Corporation- 費城東北區發展會!

#GACAPAA #health #COVID19 #apa

Ramadan Kareem to all Pennsylvanians celebrating throughout the commonwealth.
04/12/2021

Ramadan Kareem to all Pennsylvanians celebrating throughout the commonwealth.

Ramadan Kareem to all Pennsylvanians celebrating throughout the commonwealth.

Help is available if you're struggling to make monthly payments:Apply by 6/30/2021 🏠 Mortgage options: on.pa.gov/2PLWOMq...
04/12/2021

Help is available if you're struggling to make monthly payments:
Apply by 6/30/2021 🏠 Mortgage options: on.pa.gov/2PLWOMq
Apply by 6/30/2021🔑 Pennsylvania Department of Human Services rent relief: on.pa.gov/2O7v7wP
Through 2021 🔥 Utility assistance: on.pa.gov/3wGJiKI
Find more financial resources at dobs.pa.gov/ConsumerResources.

Help is available if you're struggling to make monthly payments:

🏠 Mortgage options: on.pa.gov/2PLWOMq
🔑 Pennsylvania Department of Human Services rent relief: on.pa.gov/2O7v7wP
🔥 Utility assistance: on.pa.gov/3wGJiKI

Find more financial resources at dobs.pa.gov/ConsumerResources.

04/11/2021
Tom Hasani - live

Vigil in Support of AAPI Community. Live now from Montgomery County, PA:

04/11/2021
Covid -19 Update , Anti-Asian Hate, and Our Collective Well-Being

Saturday, 4/10/2021, Webinar:
Covid-19 Vaccine Update, Anti-Asian Hate, and Our Collective Well-being.

It's a great honor to partnering with the MAI - Muslim Aid Initiative, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Einstein Health, CAIR - Philadelphia Chapter and multiple pristine organizations, on hosting the webinar on updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, anti-Asian hate, and other important information regarding this pandemic.

Thank you, everyone who joined us, and all the wonderful partners.

Ramadan Kareem to all Pennsylvanians celebrating throughout the commonwealth.

Sunday, 4/11/2021, 2 pmVigil in Montgomery County, PAVigil for the Asian American & Pacific Islander CommunityFlyers in ...
04/09/2021

Sunday, 4/11/2021, 2 pm
Vigil in Montgomery County, PA
Vigil for the Asian American & Pacific Islander Community

Flyers in 5 languages:
- English
- Traditional Chinese
- Korean
- Vietnamese
- Simplified Chinese

Organized by:
- AAPI Montgomery County
- Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

We are partnering with the MAI - Muslim Aid Initiative, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Einstein Health, CAIR - Phila...
04/09/2021

We are partnering with the MAI - Muslim Aid Initiative, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Einstein Health, CAIR - Philadelphia Chapter and multiple pristine organizations to host a webinar on Saturday, April, 10th, at 2:30 pm. The webinar will address updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, anti-Asian hate, and other important information regarding this pandemic.

Please join us on Saturday, April, 10th @ 2:30 pm to hear from our honorable guests, which includes Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon.
Zoom: https://bit.ly/3uy8YY8

Thanks to the partners:
Bywood Community Association, Inc.
Upper Darby Community Outreach
Islamic Society of Chester County
Masjid Al-Jamia of Philadelphia
Men of Action Brothers of Faith, Inc.
Itvusa
FM786.com
Muslim Hope Foundation Inc

#StopAsianHate #COVID19 #GACAPAA

We are partnering with the MAI - Muslim Aid Initiative, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Einstein Health, CAIR - Philadelphia Chapter and multiple pristine organizations to host a webinar on Saturday, April, 10th, at 2:30 pm. The webinar will address updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, anti-Asian hate, and other important information regarding this pandemic.

Please join us on Saturday, April, 10th @ 2:30 pm to hear from our honorable guests, which includes Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon.
Zoom: https://bit.ly/3uy8YY8

Thanks to the partners:
Bywood Community Association, Inc.
Upper Darby Community Outreach
Islamic Society of Chester County
Masjid Al-Jamia of Philadelphia
Men of Action Brothers of Faith, Inc.
Itvusa
FM786.com
Muslim Hope Foundation Inc

#StopAsianHate #COVID19 #GACAPAA

🗣 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: calling all PA artists 🎨 and students 😃.  GACAPAA wants to include your video and/or artwork sub...
04/08/2021

🗣 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: calling all PA artists 🎨 and students 😃. GACAPAA wants to include your video and/or artwork submission. See the attached images for more information.

📌 Image 1: 2021 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Celebrations. Call for Entries from K-12 Students for Online Art and Writing Exhibition
“APA QUILT OF HOPE”
⛓ Link for Submissions: http://bit.ly/GACAPAA_Quilt

📌 Images 2-3: Celebrating Tradition in a Year of Resilience
APA Heritage Month 2021 Artist Virtual Event: Saturday, May 22nd; Time 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Call for Entries
⛓ Link for Submissions: https://bit.ly/GACAPAA_May2021

CALL FOR STUDENT SUBMISSIONS (grades K-12)APAHM 2021’s “APA QUILT OF HOPE,” an online student exhibition of art and writ...
04/04/2021

CALL FOR STUDENT SUBMISSIONS (grades K-12)

APAHM 2021’s “APA QUILT OF HOPE,” an online student exhibition of art and writing (organized by the PA Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs) to celebrate the 2021 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, is calling for individual entries from current K-12 Pennsylvania students of Asian Pacific American origin, who reside in Pennsylvania.

This project aims to capture the journey of APA students in PA, as the pandemic modified their daily lives, and tested their patience and resolve. Through art or written word submissions, we hope to share what the year has meant for them, their families, friends, and communities, and their hopes for the future. We will bring these individual entries together to create a shared APA Quilt of Hope to honor the resilience, journey and dreams of the APA students in PA. Some entries may be included in a presentation to the Governor, others featured on the Commission’s social media, or in potential exhibitions.

Please fill out the form below to submit your ART or WRITTEN WORD project: Only ONE entry per student is allowed.

The DEADLINE for submitting this form is FRIDAY, APRIL 30th, by 11:59 pm.

Link: http://bit.ly/GACAPAA_Quilt

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2021 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Celebrations
Call for Entries from K-12 Students for Online Art and Writing Exhibition
“APA QUILT OF HOPE”

APAHM 2021’s “APA QUILT OF HOPE,” an online student exhibition of art and writing to celebrate the 2021Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, is calling for individual entries from current K-12 students of Asian Pacific American origin, who reside in Pennsylvania.

This project aims to capture the journey of APA students in PA, as the pandemic modified their daily lives, and tested their patience and resolve. Through art or written word submissions, we hope to share what the year has meant for them, their families, friends, and communities, and their hopes for the future. We will bring these individual entries together to create a shared APA Quilt of Hope to honor the resilience, journey and dreams of the APA students in PA. Some entries may be included in a presentation to the Governor, others featured on the Commission’s social media, or in potential exhibitions.

Submission Guidelines: Entries must be received by April 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
Each student can submit only ONE entry, fitting the Theme of HOPE in one of four age categories: K-2; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8, or Grades 9-12. Each entry has two required and one optional component:
a) REQUIRED: one page art entry (drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, watercolors, collage, paper or digital art) saved as Last Name_First Name_Art_Grade# OR a one page writing entry (poetry or short essay) saved as Last Name_First Name_Word_Grade# uploaded digitally to your OWN GOOGLE DRIVE, and the link shared via the Google Entry Submission form below.
b) REQUIRED: A Google Entry Submission form available here, with parental consent for minors.
c) OPTIONAL: A photo of the student with the art/word entry, saved as Last Name_First Name_Photo_Grade# uploaded digitally to your OWN GOOGLE DRIVE, and the link shared via the Google Entry Submission form above.
Digital File resolution must be at least 300 dpi, or 1600×1200 pixels. Images should be no smaller than 1 MB and no larger than 5 MB. Images should be JPEG or PNG files; and word files should be pdf.

Other Guidelines:
1. Entries must be original and sole work of the student, created between March 2020 and present day.
2. Entries must not contain offensive language, hate speech, inappropriate depictions, partisan messages, commercial messages or any threat to public safety.
3. Entries may be featured on Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (GACAPAA) social media and during other APAHM celebrations, or in online or physical exhibits later, or in a presentation to the Governor and First Lady, or in a display in government buildings.
4. GACAPAA will review all entries; entry does not guarantee selection for programs or exhibitions.
5. All submissions will become property of GACAPAA and will not be returned. They will be held in accordance with the record retention schedule for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
6. Entrants retain ownership of, and all rights to, their submission. However, they grant GACAPAA and its chosen affiliates, a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publish for exhibition or education purposes, and make any alterations needed for the purposes of bringing the work together to the final exhibition form, and to make use of the submission for education and exhibition purposes without requiring the payment of any compensation or consideration to, or the receipt of approval, from the entrant."]

🗣CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS🗣 GACAPAA is hosting a virtual artist event on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021.  Learn more about how to s...
04/03/2021

🗣CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS🗣 GACAPAA is hosting a virtual artist event on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021. Learn more about how to submit your artwork below or in the attached guidelines. Comment below if you have any questions.

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Celebrating Tradition in a Year of Resilience

⭐ APA Heritage Month 2021 Artist Virtual Event ⭐

📌Saturday, May 22nd; Time 5:00 – 6:00 pm

🗣 Call for Entries 🗣

Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs in a celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) invites all professional artists/groups who reside in Pennsylvania and are performing/practicing artists in Asian American and Pacific Islander origin art. This will be a one-hour Virtual event (pre-recorded/submitted videos) to be held online during the APA Heritage Month (APAHM) on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Selected videos will also be showcased in the PA State APAHM Celebration on May 19th. The theme of the online exhibition of performances to celebrate the 2021 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is “Celebrating Tradition in a year of Resilience.”

This project aims to capture the journey of Pennsylvania artists/performers of Asian and Pacific Islander origin over this past year, as the pandemic modified their daily lives and made them adopt new methods and modes of showcasing their talent. We hope to showcase these individuals/groups together to honor the resilience, sacrifice and journey of the APA community in Pennsylvania.

GENERAL GUIDELINES
Professional/Trained Artists from across PA in the areas of AAPI art: music, dance, art, martial art, instrumental, or calligraphy/painting video.
Age limit: all ages, add consent in form for under 18
Artists may or may not be of AAPI background
Videos – 1 hour online through FB live event
Selected videos will be presented as part of a to the state government APAHM virtual event
Virtual Event details: May 22, Saturday, 5-6PM

Video Details
Videos – Total video time 3 mins or less. Submit written description of artist and art form details through the form
Videos can be either groups or individuals
All videos must be created in 2020 and up to the present date.
Videos need to be in Landscape (horizontal mode)
We will not have the ability or capacity to edit any videos, so ensuring that your video and audio quality is good remains with the submitting person/group
Videos should not have any inappropriate content

Submission Details
All submissions will be accepted through a google form pasted below
Each form can take up to six names (if you are a group). Please fill additional forms depending on the size of the group
Please upload your video on your OWN GOOGLE DRIVES or YOUTUBE and share the link with us in the submission form
The uploaded video should be made public so that we can download it at our end
All accepted file types in format: mp3, mp4, wav, mov
All submissions are due by Friday, April 30th by 5:00 PM
Submissions are not guaranteed to be selected for either the Virtual Cultural Event or the PA State APAHM Celebration and the Commission reserves the right to select the final videos.

All entries can be submitted below

SUBMIT FORM HERE: http://bit.ly/GACAPAA_May2021

✍GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships (2021-2022) due April 19th, 2021.  Tag your friends/family...
04/02/2021
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✍GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships (2021-2022) due April 19th, 2021. Tag your friends/family in the comments to share the information!

Apprenticeships are offered annually in both performing and craft traditions. The program
makes awards of up to $4,000. Apprenticeships may receive a maximum of four grant awards.

📌Learn more about this opportunity by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts here: https://www.arts.pa.gov/WHAT%20WE%20DO/FUNDING/apply-for-a-grant/Folk-Art-Apprenticeships/Pages/default.aspx#.VS6rd6PD-Uk

The goals of the Folk and Traditional Arts Partnership are to investigate, document, present, sustain, and promote the folk and traditional art of Pennsylvania in order to celebrate our diverse heritage. This system of local and regional organizations forms a mutually supportive network and speciali...

Thank you, the 150+ people who attended the Harrisburg interfaith vigil in person despite the rain, and everyone joined ...
04/01/2021
Harrisburg interfaith vigil: Dozens stand in solidarity with Asian community

Thank you, the 150+ people who attended the Harrisburg interfaith vigil in person despite the rain, and everyone joined us virtually on Wednesday 3/31 night. Thank you for standing in solidarity with the Asian and Asian American community.

The video of the violence against Asian Americans during this pandemic has been disturbing and these cowardly attackers have been going after senior citizens the most.

⭐ Learn more about PA's Accelerated Vaccine Strategy here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=137...
04/01/2021

⭐ Learn more about PA's Accelerated Vaccine Strategy here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=1375&fbclid=IwAR3SBDtcm3f-3ew8zaiu4kiLyNRp14moDmAbyS5mv3sFhnkMMu984g8dyX8

Today DOH in conjunction with the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced the start of the special initiative to vaccinate targeted industry workers and to accelerate the vaccination timetable for those in Phases 1B, 1C and 2. All Pennsylvanians will be eligible to schedule vaccination appointments beginning April 19. Read more: https://bit.ly/39yc1Hs

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Proclimation Creating the GACAPAA

August 4th 2015, Governor Tom Wolf signed executive order 2015-10 and hence created the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

WHEREAS, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are helping to build a strong and vibrant Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities represent many ethnicities and languages that span generations, and their shared achievements are an important part of the Pennsylvania experience; and

WHEREAS, AAPIs represent a vital and valued part of the culture, society and economy of the commonwealth; and

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