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San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans builds community through communication,collaboration & celebration of the cultural heritage & diversity of our Asian Pacific Islander American communities, and advocates for APIA rights & empowerment through service, education & philanthropy.
Festivals & More

“End of the Chinese Economic Miracle?” UC SAN DIEGO IR/PS (School of International Relations/Pacific Studies) & CHINA FOCUS present inaugural China Focus Oxford-style debate: The Chinese economy will collapse in five years, featuring debate teams led by IR/PS professors Barry Naughton and Victor Shih. Thurs 10/23 5pm–8 pm PDT, Robinson Auditorium UCSD IR/PS; register Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-of-the-chinese-economic-miracle-tickets-13185964575?err=29; Qs contact Jude Blanchette; live streaming online by Bay area, Washington DC, & Boston IR/PS alumni clubs: tweet Q&A @ChinaFocusblog #CFDebate

Taste of Japan @JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN: Okadaya serves takoyaki; sushi bento from Sushi on a Roll; taiyaki from Japanese Coordinating Council; okonomiyaki, shrimp tempura & fried squid from LA's Green Egg Co.; & JFG's own yakisoba! Japanese Friendship Garden, Sun 10/26 11am-4pm (Balboa Park's Halloween Family Day), with special treat: Morse High School's Ichiban Japanese Club performs "Soran Bushi", fisherman's dance 1pm

POLL MONITORING: SCAPAL (Southwest Center for Asian Pacific American Law) seeks volunteer poll monitors on Election Day Tues 11/4 to go to assigned precincts to check on translated voting materials in Chinese, Filipino/Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer & Korean as required under Federal or State laws.

SCAPAL (Southwest Center for Asian Pacific American Law) & ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) sponsor workshop to train poll monitors Tues 10/28 6pm-8pm, downtown SD. Workshop required for volunteers. RSVP info@scapal.org, 858.752.2220.

Join the WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE on ASIAN AMERICANS & PACIFIC ISLANDERS (WHIAAPI) & young leaders from across the country for WHIAAPI's 1st YOUNG LEADERS DIALOGUE (YLD) Google+ Hangout on Education! Thurs 10/30, opens 2:30pm, starts promptly 3pm. Discussion & dialogue follow, @ United Domestic Workers (UDW) of America community hall, 4855 Seminole Drive, SD 92115

- Akil Vohra, Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on AAPIs
· Maulik Pancholy, President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs
· Monica Thammarath, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
discuss critical issues facing AAPI community, highlight key federal programs & resources in which AAPIs may be underserved, & listen to your feedback, issues & concerns!

Submit questions anytime on Twitter #E3YLD, email Qs to WhiteHouseAAPI@ed.gov, or submit Qs on Google+ before or during Hangout. Register at http://bit.ly/E3YLD. Facebook link for viewing https://www.facebook.com/events/393253637489718/

Join APAC (Asian Pacific American Coalition) Sat 11/1 to Get Out The Vote in SD's Asian & Pacific Islander communities. Help distribute GOTV door hangers to Asian households in City Council District 6 (Mira Mesa, Park Village, Clairemont Mesa & Convoy District). Meet 10am @ Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St in front of Rec Center for training session, Q&A & Starbucks coffee & energy bars. Volunteers will receive walk kits, APAC GOTV T-shirts kindly donated by 2 Brothers Construction, then walk the District to distribute door hangers. Volunteers return for lunch generously provided by Cali Baguette. RSVP APAC GOTV Director Vince Vasquez, vincevasquez@apacsd.org, www.apacsd.org

SD Alliance for APIAs will be with APAC for 11/1 Super Saturday Walk; please join us!

JACL-SD (Japanese American Citizens League-SD Chapter) with APALSA (Asian Pacific American Law Students Ass'n) & HLSA (Hawaii Law Students Ass'n) of CA Western School of Law present panel on "IMMIGRATION REFORM", Thurs 11/6, 5:15 pm meet & greet; 6:15 panel, Q&A, discussion @ California Western School of Law; panelists Tom Wong, UCSD Professor Political Science; Lilia Velasquez, Esq., Adjunct Professor, Cal Western School of Law; David Kawamoto, immediate past JACL National President, JACL; moderator Randy Okamura, JACL-SD; free. Register by Wed 11/5, 8 pm, Mitsuo Tomita, mitso@cox.net, 619.507.9915.

Community News

REGISTER to VOTE! Mon 10/20 is last day to register to vote before Tues 11/4 election. Voter registration available online in 10 different languages! Register @ http://registertovote.ca.gov

SDAYO (SD Asian Youth Organization)'s 5th annual THANKSGIVING RICE DRIVE collects bags of rice to give to less fortunate neighbors 9/15-11/14: drop bags of rice off at SDPD Community Relations Office, 5348 University Ave #100, SD 921105, or contact Phet Guiney for pickup, 619.515.2729 pguiney@pd.sandiego.gov. 11/14 is last day; rice distribution is on Sat 11/15 8 am. In 2014, SDAYO would love to beat 2013 record of collecting 2,540 lbs of rice to give away! Monetary donations also welcome: make check to San Diego Asian Youth Organization; donations are tax-deductible

Casting call for Covered CA commercial; real people with health insurance through COVERED CALIFORNIA OBAMACARE: Asian male or female 18-70, fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese or Korean/ or English-speaking male/female 18-70 all ethnicities; email DB Casting director Dina Buglione projectnotices@castingnetworks.com; non-actors welcome & encouraged to audition

Heartbreak and sorrow for tragedies:
- crash of TransAsia GE222 7/23
- downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 7/17
- loss of Sherpa guides 4/18
- sinking of Korean ferryboat 4/15
- disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 3/8

8 million have enrolled for affordable, quality healthcare; www.coveredca.com; www.healthcare.gov, 1.800.318.2596

PACIFIC RIM PARK DAY:Led by artist James Hubbell, Pacific Rim Parks have been built around the Pacific, the Ocean we share: in San Diego; Tijuana, Mexico; Vladivostok, Russia; Jeju, Korea; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Puerto Princesa, Philippines; March 4, declared Pacific Rim Park Day by City of San Diego

API community, SDPD needs you! Join community-oriented SDPD as civilian or police officer. SDPD Multicultural Storefront works with API & African communities; mentors SD Asian Youth & East African Youth Org's. People & language skills a plus. link to SDPD

Attention overseas Singaporeans! Contact Singapore: companies are hiring: contactsingapore.sg/jobs
Alliance recognized for Excellence in "Cultural Heritage & Community Service"
The San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans was honored to receive the San Diego Filipino-American Humanitarian Foundation's Excellence Award for "Cultural Heritage & Community Service" at the Foundation's annual Historical Heritage Gala.
Alliance Events 
10th SD Dragon Boat Fest 14  
2014 Events 
9th SD Dragon Boat Fest 13 
2013 Events 
8th SD Dragon Boat Fest 12 
7th SD Dragon Boat Fest 11 
6th SD Dragon Boat Fest 10 
5th SD Dragon Boat Fest 09 
4th SD Dragon Boat Fest 08 
3rd SD Dragon Boat Fest 07 
2nd SD Dragon Boat Fest 06 
2008 Virtual Candidates Frm 
2012 Events 
2007 Matinee with Mo'olelo 
2007 Chula Vista Develop't 
2007 at SD Asian Film Fest 
2007 Symp on Hate Crime 
2007 Senator Yee Townhall 
2007 Pan-Asian Multicultural 
2007 Lunch in Neighborhood 
2006 Events 

Race Results @ San Diego Dragon Boat Festival 2014
Congratulations to Champions of Festival 2014 dragon boat races!

1st place:
           Sticky Rice Power (Khamp Thongrivong, Team Captain)
           Sticky Rice Power captures 2nd gold! 1st place winner in Festival 2013
           Sticky Rice Power 3rd place winner in Festival 2012

2nd place:
           Squirtle Squad (Randy Phomsavanh, Team Captain)

3rd place:
           Storm Born Dragons (Justin Liu, Team Captain)
Click for full race results from CompleteUp.com
Racing with the Dragons @ Festival 2014!

Ai Lao
Corazon de Dragon
Four Seas
Lighting the Way
Mekong Dragons
Musing Dragons
Pakopsin Band
Pan Pac Warriors
Pflying Pfish
Raytheon Paddle Pirates
SingMa Dragons
Squirtle Squad
Sticky Rice Power
Storm Born Dragons
Team Laos
Team Taiwan
Team Tritons - Lord Voldemort
Team Tritons Rx Liberty
The Researchers
San Diego Dragon Boat Festival Saturday, May 3, 2014, Tecolote Shores North, Mission Bay Park
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Festival 2014 Guests of Honor
SD City Council President TODD GLORIA, SD Interim Mayor 2013-14

SD City Councilmember ED HARRIS

Proclamation from Congressman SCOTT PETERS recognizing San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans for community work

Proclamation from Mayor KEVIN FAULCONER for May 3, 2014, as San Diego Dragon Boat Race Day

Special Commendation from Council President TODD GLORIA for San Diego's 10th annual Dragon Boat Festival Day

Special Commedation from Councilmember ED HARRIS to San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans

Festival 2014 Emcee Opening Ceremony

ROBERT SANTOS, KGTV 10News Meteorologist/ Anchor/ Reporter/
Festival Opening Ceremony
Southern Sea Lion Dancers
Ceremonies to Bless the Dragon Boats and Dot the Dragons' Eyes
Hsi Fang Temple
Running the Dragon Boat Races
SD Dragon Boat Alliance
UCSD Dragon Boat
Alliance Race Advisors
Mike Baker, Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival chief executive director

Gary Furukawa, US Dragon Boat Federation/ International Dragon Boat Federation race technical official
Captains' Meeting
Les Hopper, San Diego Dragon Boat Team
Wilson Li, UCSD Dragon Boat
Festival Emcee Performing Arts
Pida Kongphouthone
Festival 2014 Performing Artists
Blue Ming
Korean Traditional Drum & Dance
Mariposa Dance Group
Naruwan Taiko
San Diego Taiko
Wat Lao Buddharam Dancers
Production Coordinator
Chris Paffendorf
Festival 2014 Artists
Shirley Jew
San Diego Potters' Guild
Li Chen
San Diego Potters' Guild
Festival Food
Gabina's Cuisine, 13 1/2 Naples St, Chula Vista 91911; Linda Vista Farmers' Market Thurs 3pm-7pm
May's Kitchen Bab Lao Lao
At your favorite festivals and celebrations!





San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans
8650 Genesee Avenue, Suite 214, #927263, San Diego, CA 92192
858-405-3326 Tel