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Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs We are dedicated to ensuring that the Commonwealth government is accessible and accountable to the d

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

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

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We registered 246 new voters for Pennsylvania in 10 days! Join us for the final push for Voter Registration before the d...
10/20/2022

We registered 246 new voters for Pennsylvania in 10 days!

Join us for the final push for Voter Registration before the deadline, October 24th!

From August, during the past 81 days, our Commission and 152 volunteers have already completed 116 voter registration and voter education events, (averagely 1.43 events per day), reaching out to more than 35,300 people across Pennsylvania in 20 languages.

Our sincerest appreciation goes to all our hundreds of volunteers and community partners, working together with our Commission on our “My Community Votes!”--- a non-partisan Get Out the Vote initiative from August, reaching out to diverse minority communities, including diverse Asian Pacific American communities, communities and the / Latinx communities.

Do’s and Don’ts
10/19/2022

Do’s and Don’ts

All eligible PA voters can go to their county elections office and request a mail ballot, receive it, mark it and cast their vote TODAY! The last day to vote in person by mail ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 1: vote.pa.gov/EarlyVoting

Only ONE WEEK left to register. Hurry up to make changes and VOTE!
10/18/2022

Only ONE WEEK left to register. Hurry up to make changes and VOTE!

PA voters have ONE WEEK to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

Register to vote or update your voter registration information today: vote.pa.gov/Register

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10/17/2022

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To be eligible to register to vote you must be:
☑️ A U.S. citizen
☑️ A PA resident for at least 30 days before next election
☑️ 18 years old by the next election
If you checked all these boxes, then register to vote at vote.pa.gov/Register

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10/15/2022

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Once mail ballots are available, voters can go in person to their county election office any time it is open through Nov. 1 and request a mail ballot, fill it out and return it on the spot – all in one visit. Learn more about this voting option: vote.pa.gov/EarlyVoting

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10/15/2022

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Why are there two envelopes with your mail ballot? The smaller secrecy envelope that indicates "official election ballot" is intended to protect the anonymity of your vote. Do not mark the secrecy envelope. The second, larger envelope is the mailing and declaration envelope.

Be sure to seal your ballot in the inner secrecy envelope that indicates “official” ballot. Then place that envelope inside the pre-addressed outer return envelope where you sign and write the date. Your ballot must be received by 8 pm on Nov. 8: vote.pa.gov/MailBallot

The 1st ever Kimchi Festival in Pennsylvania is coming to you tomorrow!Our Commission () is proud to co-host this one-da...
10/15/2022

The 1st ever Kimchi Festival in Pennsylvania is coming to you tomorrow!

Our Commission () is proud to co-host this one-day cross-cultural culinary discovery with Korean classical food with KCUL-Korean Culture Foundation, serving up a feast of ideas to spice up Philadelphia through Kimchi. It will be appealing to attendees of all ages. While food is the heart of this festival, the event also features live entertainment, local craft and Korean traditional wine(Maggelli), fun family activities including Jabchae and Dalgona game in the drama 'Squid Game', and more, the Festival celebrates diversity.

We will also provide One-Stop Service for Voter Registration and Mail-in Ballot Application!

Everyone is welcome to join us at LOVE Park in Philadelphia, on Saturday, October 15th, 11 am - 3 pm.

More information and Register for Kimchi workshop: www.kimchifest.com
● Tasting Korean traditional wine(Maggelli)
● Kimchi workshop- $20 for making your own Kimchi !
● Jegi chagi, Ddagji game Challenges
● Live Entertainment
● Kids Koran fan Craft & Painting
● Live Music on the Outdoor Stage
● Karaoke on the Outdoor Stage
● Kids Fun Zone (Face painters etc.)
● Games, Activities & Fun for ALL AGES!

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10/14/2022

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Voter intimidation is illegal at the polls and at ballot drop boxes. You can help protect the safety and integrity of our elections. Report any voter intimidation, harassment or coercion you witness. Either notify an election worker or contact the voter information hotline at 877-VOTESPA.

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10/14/2022

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Mail ballots must be RECEIVED by your county board of elections by 8 pm on Nov. 8. Postmarks do not count. Return your voted ballot to your county board of elections, not your polling place: vote.pa.gov/ReturnBallot

From this morning, our Commission, , is running 3 Voter Registration and Education Drives in 3 counties simultaneously:-...
10/08/2022

From this morning, our Commission, , is running 3 Voter Registration and Education Drives in 3 counties simultaneously:
- North Philadelphia for Korean seniors,
- Chester County for the Chinese community,
- Montgomery County for diverse Asian communities.

Later this afternoon and evening:
- Bucks County for diverse communities.
- Dauphin County for the Indian community.

Many thanks to our wonderful Commissioners, volunteers, and community partners! So proud of you!

With 5 events scheduled for today, today marks our 81st event of our “My Community Votes!” initiative since August 2022.

Running Voter Registration Drive at the Curtis Institute of Music now, led by our Commission Executive Director Stephani...
10/07/2022

Running Voter Registration Drive at the Curtis Institute of Music now, led by our Commission Executive Director Stephanie Sun and Commissioner Danny Mastukawa.

20 NEW voters registered to vote in Pennsylvania and 2 applied for mail-in ballots, in the first 90 minutes.

It’s our 74th event of our Commission, ’s “My Community Votes!” initiative since August, 2022.

On September 29th, we were thrilled to officially launch the Pennsylvania Asian Pacific American Jewish Alliance () - an...
10/03/2022

On September 29th, we were thrilled to officially launch the Pennsylvania Asian Pacific American Jewish Alliance () - an initiative of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and the AJC - American Jewish Committee - at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

By working together on joint issues, will seek to support the vision of America as a beacon for freedom seekers; to decry charges of dual loyalty; to combat stereotypes; to address growing hate; and to stand together and support one another's communities.

We look forward to working together in this shared initiative to make our Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a better and safer place for Asian Pacific Americans, American Jews, and everyone.

Press Release from the Office of Governor Tom Wolf:
https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/asian-pacific-american-advisory-commission-launches-pennsylvania-asian-pacific-american-jewish-alliance/

AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, & AJC - American Jewish Committee

Hello, October 🍁All Filipino Pennsylvanians, Happy Filipino American History Month!
10/01/2022

Hello, October 🍁
All Filipino Pennsylvanians, Happy Filipino American History Month!

Today, Japan bid farewell to former prime minister Shinzo Abe with a state funeral. “I wish to convey my deepest condole...
09/27/2022

Today, Japan bid farewell to former prime minister Shinzo Abe with a state funeral.

“I wish to convey my deepest condolences to his family and the people of Japan as we mourn his passing. May the memories that you share bring peace and comfort during this difficult time.”
Governor Tom Wolf expressed his condolences in his letters to the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Krishida, and the Ambassador/ Consul General of Japan in New York, Mikio Mori, following the sudden loss of Shinzo Abe in July.

Prime Minister's Office of Japan Consulate General of Japan in New York

09/26/2022

If you have a disability that prevents you from delivering your mail ballot, you may designate an agent to return it for you to:
- your county election office
- a drop box location
- any other officially designated drop-off location
Learn more at vote.pa.gov/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Accessible-Voting.aspx

Si tiene una discapacidad que le impide entregar su papeleta por correo, puede designar a un agente para que devuelva su papeleta a:
- la oficina electoral de su condado
- una ubicación de buzón
- cualquier otro lugar de entrega designado oficialmente
Obtenga más información en https://www.vote.pa.gov/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Accessible-Voting-Spanish.aspx

如果您因有殘障而無法投遞郵寄選票,您可以指定一名代理人,代替您將郵寄選票交回到以下地點:
- 您的縣選舉辦公室
- 投遞箱地點
- 任何其他官方指定的投遞地點
請造訪 https://www.vote.pa.gov/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Accessible-Voting-Chinese.aspx ,瞭解更多資訊

09/23/2022
Happy Rosh Hashanah! 2022

Together with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, we wish all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah, a sweet New Year!

When Jews throughout the world celebrate the beginning of a New Year, we offer our best wishes and may you know that allies and friends are standing with you during this holiday season and throughout the year.

Our Commission, , together with the American Jewish Committee, further cement our solidarity by forming the Pennsylvania Asian Pacific American Jewish Alliance (PAPAJA) to work together on issues of common concern to the Jewish and Asian Pacific American communities.

Please also enjoy the Op-Ed created by and Pacific Americans working together:
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2022/05/asian-pacific-americans-and-jews-are-working-together-for-a-more-perfect-union-opinion.html

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, & AJC - American Jewish Committee

Tonight, we come to the end of this summer, which reminds us of the beautiful Musical Summer Solstice Night with GACAPAA...
09/23/2022

Tonight, we come to the end of this summer, which reminds us of the beautiful Musical Summer Solstice Night with GACAPAA and LSO.
June 21st, our Commission () proudly co-hosted a summer treat for the community, a FREE concert at the Kimmel Center (The Kimmel Cultural Campus), Philadelphia, presented by Pennsylvania’s pride, the nominated Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra (LSO).

With much appreciation to our hard working community members, especially with the challenges of the past two years, we presented this Musical Summer Solstice Night to more than 600 attendees, proudly featuring an Asian Pacific American, Debra Lew Harder, performing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.

* Debra Lew Harder — Pianist, former host on WRTI-FM, now the first American to host The Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcasts, and only the 5th person to host The Metropolitan Opera since 1931.

Hope the beautiful nights stay in the wonderful memory for all the more than 600 attendees, just like us.

Goodbye, summer; Hello, fall.

This afternoon, we celebrated the National Voter Registration Day, by putting up our Commission’s “My Community Votes!” ...
09/21/2022

This afternoon, we celebrated the National Voter Registration Day, by putting up our Commission’s “My Community Votes!” posters (in Chinese and English) on windows and doors of more than 50 busy businesses in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, providing key info for voting in this November election and QR codes for people to scan to register to vote and/or apply for mail-in ballots right away.

Starting in 2022, the language is added to all 35,000 plus voting machines at 700 plus polling places in Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s is one of the largest and oldest Chinatowns on the East Coast, and is the active hub of the local Chinese community, attracting more and more diverse community members every day.

Many thanks to every volunteer and every Asian business for their heartwarming support!

If you want these posters for your businesses, organizations or neighborhood, please reach out to us!

Happy National Voter Registration Day!In August, our Commission () proudly launched the “My Community Votes!”--- a non-p...
09/20/2022

Happy National Voter Registration Day!

In August, our Commission () proudly launched the “My Community Votes!”--- a non-partisan Get Out the Vote campaign, reaching out to communities, including diverse Asian Pacific American () communities, Black communities and Latino/ Latinx communities.

For this important , which will have an immediate and direct impact on Pennsylvanians' everyday lives, our Commission () has been working very hard to Get Out the Vote () in diverse minority communities.

From August, the Commission () and 96 have already completed 47 voter registration and voter education events, reaching out to more than 12,290 people across in 19 .

By November 8th, we have more than 100 events scheduled already and the list is growing fast. Come to join us, and empower our communities together!

September 17-23 is Constitution Week. Sharing our Executive Director Stephanie Sun’s words written on Constitution Day. ...
09/18/2022

September 17-23 is Constitution Week. Sharing our Executive Director Stephanie Sun’s words written on Constitution Day. ---

"Today, September 17th, is Constitution Day. The 2019 Constitution Day is unforgettable for me, since I organized and accomplished 31 Census Champion Training workshops and trained 1,058 people in 6 languages in one single day, collaborating with 22 diverse community organizations and wonderful volunteers across Philadelphia.

The day started at 9 am, training 95 attendees in the Christian Church in Chinatown and finished at 9 pm with training 222 Chinese community members in Mayfair Community Center in Northeast Philly, targeting the fastest growing population in the fastest growing and diversifying area in Philadelphia.

September 17th, 2019 kicked off Philadelphia’s community education and engagement on the 2020 Census, the day also kicked off my unforgettable “Census year” working with my heart, knowing how important it was for our vulnerable minority communities, running around the city working with diverse “hard-to-reach” communities for education on Census, organizing several Census events each week, especially on weekends and holidays.

The result of this work, leading the Asian Pacific community’s 2020 Census engagement work, first for the City of Philadelphia and then in Pennsylvania, marks the honor of my lifetime— the first Asian language, Chinese, being added to the election system in Pennsylvania, and to all the voting machines in Philadelphia, from this year forward.

The Asian Pacific community’s response rate on Census was historically the lowest, but together, we made a change and changed history.

Three years later, today is the first Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, when Pennsylvania’s election system’s became trilingual, adding the first Asian language (Chinese), I hope every one of us takes a moment to reflect on what it means to be a U.S. citizen, and what the most fundamental rights and responsibilities of citizenship are — voting. How we voted in the past has shaped our lives today, and how we vote today will shape our lives tomorrow.

If you care about your life and the lives of your family and friends in Pennsylvania, please vote on November 8th and encourage and/or assist people around you to vote.

I proudly launched “My Community Votes!”, --- a non-partisan Get Out the Vote initiative on GACAPAA, working with many wonderful community partners and organizations, reaching out to diverse minority communities, including diverse Asian Pacific American communities, Black communities, and Latino/Latinx communities.

For this important election, which will have an immediate and direct impact on Pennsylvanians' everyday lives, we've been working very hard to Get Out the Vote in diverse minority communities. From August, our Commission () and 96 volunteers have already completed 47 voter registration and voter education events, reaching out to more than 12,290 people across Pennsylvania in 19 languages.

By November 8th, we have more than 100 events scheduled already, and the list is growing fast. Come to join us, and empower our communities together!

Photos: Some of my beautiful memories of Asian Pacific community outreach and education events for the 2020 Census."

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On November 27th, 10 days after the racial violence incident of Asian students on a SEPTA train in Philadelphia, a free bilingual Self-defense Training Workshop for High School Students, in both English and Chinese, was hosted in the Fa Yuan Chan Buddhist Temple. At the same time, there was also a Conversation Session with Parents listening to their concerns on public safety and school bullying and discussing how we can better understand each other across communities and all work together for a safer and better future for our children.

Together with our community partner organization NEPCA, our Executive Director, Stephanie Sun, delivered a speech to encourage the students and co-hosted the conversation session with the parent group.

On November 30th, many hundreds of people rallied in Philadelphia to support Christina Lu, the brave young woman who recently became the victim of ethnic intimidation and aggravated assault when she stepped in to help her fellow Asian students on a SEPTA train as they were being bullied and assaulted. Our Executive Director, Stephanie Sun, was invited to deliver a speech at the rally.

People came together from multi-racial backgrounds and different counties and states, to promote brotherly love, not hate, and marched from the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building to the School District headquarters. Students and parents spoke directly with District officials about their concerns and asked for heightened security in and around school properties.

“The best protection against is getting fully vaccinated– and getting a booster shot.” Joe Biden.
Join us to protect our community and our ! Our Commission, , organizes two COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics this weekend, collaborating with wonderful community partners, in the areas with large and diverse populations of Asian Pacific Americans in Delaware County (Saturday 12/4 afternoon) and Philadelphia (Sunday 12/5 morning).

Tomorrow (Sunday 12/5) morning, we look forward to serving you at our Vaccine Clinic in the University City, Philadelphia, in 5 languages, and with culturally sensitive services to the community members. Everyone is welcome!

We serve you in 5 languages: English, , , , (English, বাং লা , اُر دُو , हिं दी , 中文);
👧 COVID Vaccines for Adults & Kids age 5+ 🧒👦
👩‍🔬 Date: Sunday, December. 5th, 2021;
👨‍🔬 Time: 9:30 - 1:30 pm;
🤝 Co-organizer: Baitul Mukarram Masjid, Phialdephia
👩‍⚕️ Location: 18 S 43rd St, Phialdephia, PA 19104

To serve the fast-growing diverse communities in the Upper Darby area in Delaware County, our Commission, , collaborating with Masjid Al-Madinah - Upper Darby Islamic Center, invite you to our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on December 4th, serving in 6 languages, and providing culturally sensitive services to the Muslim community members. Everyone is welcome!

We serve you in 6 languages: English, , , , , .

👧 COVID Vaccines for Adults & Kids age 5+ 🧒👦
👩‍🔬 Date: Saturday, December. 4th, 2021;
👨‍🔬 Time: 2 - 5 pm;
👩‍⚕️ Location: Masjid Al-Madinah, 201 S 69th St, Upper Darby, PA 19082

We wish you, your families and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!

Thank you for all your support to the Asian Pacific American community, and .

Happy Gurpurab!
Today is the 552nd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of .

Happy to everyone who is celebrating today!

Our Commission, , wishes your and your family's life to be filled with 's blessings!

Prepare for a healthy and safe Thanksgiving!
Community members around Harrisburg or in Central PA, we invite you to our vaccine clinic for COVID-19 Vaccines and Flu shots!

Collaborating with the Central PA Korean Association (CPKA), we serve you in 3 languages: English, Korean and Chinese. Everyone is welcome!

Please share the flyers in English, , Simplified , and Traditional Chinese with your loved ones.

👩‍🔬 Date: Tuesday, November, 23rd, 2021;
👨‍🔬 Time: 12 - 5 pm;
👩‍⚕️ Location: CPKA Office, 717 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg PA 17102

Let's give!
It's a great honor for our Commission, , to collaborate with the American Red Cross and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) on the Community Blood Drive in Allentown, Lehigh County.

Location: Hindu Temple Society, 4200 Airport Road, Allentown.
Time: 1 - 6 pm, Friday, November 19, 2021.

Question: Should my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Answer: CDC recommends everyone 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against the virus. Have questions?

📌 Learn more: https://bit.ly/3EV438z
Last Saturday, 11/6/2021, our Commission () was proud to collaborate with the KCUL-Korean Culture Foundation on 'Heart of Korea: Tradition-Transformation' concert + Vaccine Clinic, happy to help provide this health service together with arts experiences to the Korean community members in Southeast PA.

Thank you, Pennsylvania veterans, for your service.

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