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APA News & Review: Bridging Asian Communities

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NCM, Daniela Rible Posted: May 04, 2004

The APA News & Review connects Asian Pacific American communitiesincluding East Asians, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders and South Asiansthroughout the greater Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties.

We cover as many Asian Pacific American issues as possible, alerting readers on successes in the community, while building a network and bringing the community together, says Dennis Lee, owner and publisher of the APA News & Review.

As president and CEO of the Central Valley Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Lee saw a need for a community paper that focused on all Asian communities. He created the newspaper in October, 2002 as a vehicle to help bring awareness of issues and events to different Asian groups.

Though it started out covering stories tied to the homeland, the 32-page tabloid paper now focuses on immigrant awareness, community news and local issues.

A recent article covers the White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Congressional and AAPI community advocates have issued action alerts to enhance political pressure to renew the Presidents Advisory Commission on AAPIs, which expires this summer and needs to be reestablished by an executive order.

APA News & Review increases readers' awareness of the variety of social and community-based services that are available to them by writing about local health care, housing, employment, education, mental health, outpatient and other outreach programs.

The current edition of the newspaper focuses on stories about women and community organizations that work with women. It also features the recent Dim Sum for Divas event, in which three Asian Pacific American leaders addressed an audience of the Sacramento chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum.

Maeley Tom, from the California Legislature, Nhung Thi, the first Vietnamese American appointed to any statewide education board, and Michael Yamaki, former Governor Davis' Appointments Secretary and member of the Los Angeles Police Commission spoke on the challenges Asian Pacific Americans face and offered advice on how rising leaders should proceed.

To honor Asian Pacific heritage month in May, APA News & Review is publishing stories to highlight Asian Pacific cultural events, and listing Asian Pacific-related television programs that will be aired on KVIE, channel 6.

One story urges Asians to examine their heritage and learn more about what their ancestors' history in the United States. It describes Californias growth and economy during the 19th and 20th Centuries, when the Chinese came to California during the Gold Rush in 1848 and worked on the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad link of the transcontinental railroad. The Chinese also made significant contributions in the development of the fishing, wine, the timber and lumber industry and building roads and waterways.

APA News & Review also prints a regular community resource guide that includes information on social, educational and health services as well as cultural organizations.

Now in its second year, with a circulation of 20,000, the APA News & Review may expand its distribution to Davis, Vacaville and Fairfield and eventually publish monthly, and then biweekly, says Lee. We also need more coverage in the Indian community, so we can bring more people together.

Published six times a year, the newspaper is distributed to Asian restaurants, small businesses, community centers, public libraries and the Asian American studies departments at University of California at Davis and California State University at Sacramento.

Read the APA News & Review online at www.apanr.com.

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