Press Releases

  • 18 Dec 2012 10:43 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    December 18, 2012

    For Immediate Release

    WASHINGTON DC –FAPAC expresses sorrow at the passing of a giant and a great friend – Senator Daniel Inouye. Senator Inouye has dedicated his life defending our country, earning a Medal of Honor as a World War II veteran and was one of our most effective spokesmen for our community, served as the Senator from Hawaii for 50 years. He was a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

    President Kin Wong recalled his last meeting with the senator and his wife at the reception of the Committee of 100 earlier this year where he briefed the senator on the work of FAPAC. He told the senator on the joint letter to Secretary Panetta and the initiative for a special Plenary on Hazing in the Military at the National Leadership Training Program to be held on May 6-10, 2013 at the Long Beach Hilton. He expressed his support on FAPAC and its continued effort on behalf of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the federal government.

    Established in 1985, FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity among the 155,000 civilian and military AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees and managers. FAPAC carries out its mission through activities in conjunctions to the observance of the Heritage Month, held during the month of May each year, and through its education, Military and Civilian Award programs. For more information, please visit www.fapac.org

     

  • 10 Dec 2012 08:38 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    PRESS RELEASE                                                                 For information contact: fapac@fapac.org       
    December 1, 2012                                                                              
    FAPAC ANNOUNCES THE NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM

      

    Theme for 2013: ‘BUILDING LEADERSHIP: EMBRACE THE CULTURAL VALUES AND INCLUSION”

     

    WASHINGTON DC –FAPAC announced the appointments of the Standing and Ad Hoc Committees for 2013 after the installation of the Officers at the National Press Club.

    Program Committee

    Thanh Trang

    Public Relationship Committee

    Grace Spence

    Nomination& Election Committee

    Lily Ho

    Affirmative Employment Committee

    Jane Rolen

    Membership Committee

    Janet Chen

    Chapter Committee

    Parveen Setia

    Conference Committee

    Farook Sait

    Constitution By-Law Committee

    Vanee Komolprasert

    Ethics Committee

    Gerald Tiqui

    Past President

    Farook Sait

    Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity & Inclusion

    Selina Lee

    Ad Hoc Committee on Fundraising

    Vaiyapuri Subramaniam/D K Gurung

    Ad Hoc Committee on Young Professional & Outreach

    Jonathan Lee/Sharon Nickolas

    The new team continues FAPAC’s transformation to move forward as a national organization. The team includes proven leaders from a diverse background, some outside the traditional Metropolitan DC area and initiates FAPAC’s process of succession as we embrace a new generation of leaders who will take the organization to ever greater heights. Through the new Mentoring Program CDHP more leaders are ready to take the challenge. 

    Established in 1985, FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity among the 155,000 civilian and military AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees and managers. FAPAC carries out its mission through activities in conjunctions to the observance of the Heritage Month, held during the month of May each year, and through its education, Military and Civilian Award programs. For more information, please visit www.fapac.org

  • 10 Oct 2012 21:27 | Liqun Wong (Administrator)

    Calling all energetic, enthusiastic & fun loving people! If you want to be a part of our many opportunities to help others and be part of the Executive Board (see Announcement for Committee Chairperson Positions).

    For question or comment, contact Fapac@fapac.org

  • 30 Sep 2012 11:30 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

                                        THEME FOR AAPI HERITAGE MONTH MAY 2013  

    BUILDING LEADERSHIP: EMBRACE THE CULTURAL VALUES AND INCLUSION”

    WASHINGTON DC – The Federal Asian American Council (FAPAC) announced the theme for the AAPI Heritage Month May 2013:

    The theme symbolizes the great variety of cultures Asian Americans and Pacific Americans bring to our society. While acknowledging our different cultural values that lead to innovation and advancement in science, medicine and technology, we have to always be mindful of the importance of inclusion. The latter will acts as cement that will form the foundation of the younger and more diverse workforce that is bringing changes to every agency throughout the federal government. New leadership skills that embrace these changes will bring forth new solutions to age-old problems.

    Through its National Training Program every year FAPAC promotes cultural diversity and equal opportunity. During the event it also showcase the cultures of the many countries on the Asian Continent and across the Pacific. 

    Established in 1985, FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity among the 155,000 civilian and military AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees and managers. FAPAC carries out its mission through activities in conjunctions to the observance of the Heritage Month, held during the month of May each year, and through its education, Military and Civilian Award programs. For more information, please visit www.fapac.org

  • 22 Sep 2012 17:12 | Kin Wong (Administrator)
    September 21

    WASHINGTON DC – On September 21, 2012 the Federal Asian American Council (FAPAC) held its Installation and Award Event at the National Press Club in Washington,, DC.

    President - Dr. Kin Wong DOT

    Sr. Vice President for Operation – Peter Nguyen FAA

    Vice President for Committees – Olivia Adrian DOI

    Executive Secretary – Liqun Wong DEA

    Treasurer – Kaye Nitta FDA

    Auditor – Kevin Le FAA

    The team will assume office on October 1, 2012 and serve until September 30, 2014. In her Keynote presentation at the event Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) spoke of passage of HR683, which expresses congressional regret on the injustice of the China Exclusion Act of 1882 which discriminates one ethnic group for over 60 years. She also commended on the important work that FAPAC does to advance the representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the federal workforce through its national training program and the mentoring program CDHP that was launched in May.

    Ms Michele Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, presented the work of her agency in protecting the public and the contributions of AAPI. She also commended on the achievements of FAPAC and pledged her continued support.

    Dr. David S. C. Chu, former Under Secretary of Defense, administered the oath of office for all the elected officers. Awards were given to retiring Executive Board members for past service.  Recognition was also given to Farook Sait, Sam T. Mok, Susie Wu, Kaye Nitta, Jimmy Chow, Lily Ho, Darrick and Jonathan Lee. The Departments of Defense and Agriculture and the Drug Enforcement Administration were presented with the Diamond Sponsor Awards. Asian Fortune was presented with an award for being the only publication that reaches out to the entire AAPI community in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area.

    Established in 1985, FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity among the 155,000 civilian and military AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees and managers. FAPAC carries out its mission through its National Leadership Training Conference, held during the month of May each year, and through its Military and Civilian Awards. For more information, please visit www.fapac.org

  • 05 Aug 2012 11:27 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON DC – On August 1, 2012 FAPAC successfully completed its biennial election with the following results:

    President - Dr. Kin Wong DOT

    Sr. Vice President for Operation – Peter Nguyen FAA

    Vice President for Committees – Olivia Adrian DOI

    Executive Secretary – Liqun Wong DEA

    Treasurer – Kaye Nitta FDA

    Auditor – Kevin Le FAA

    The elected officers and auditor will assume office on October 1, 2012 and serve until September 30, 2014.

    FAPAC is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity among 155,000 civilian and military AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees and managers. FAPAC carries out its mission through the Annual National Leadership Training Conference, held during the month of May each year, and through training by local chapters. FAPAC also recognizes outstanding employees and managers who contributed to enhance diversity in the community.

    For more information, please visit www.fapac.org

  • 25 Jun 2012 13:28 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

      

    WASHINGTON DC – On June 8, 2012 FAPAC kicks off its mentoring program, Career Development for High Performers (CDHP) in Washington, DC.  President Kin Wong   welcomed the first class of mentors and mentees and encouraged the participants to take advantage of the program to learn from each other. Sharon Wong, Deputy Director of Diversity and Inclusion at OPM, and MG Sharon Dunbar, Director of Force Management Policy, USAF, discussed the opportunities and challenges of mentoring. Leona Wang, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, presented and overview of the program. Leona and Selina Lee, Chair of FAPAC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, were instrumental in getting the mentoring program started and will oversee its operation.

    The 12 month program will include 32 hours of various activities including one on one mentoring and group activities. The mentor and mentee were pairs based on interest and availability.

    The CDHP is part of the FAPAC Pipeline Program to attract more AAPI to public service, move them up the ladder into management and eventually for those who desire into SES career. Through this new initiative FAPAC will play an important part in preparing a diverse workforce for the federal government. FAPAC will collaborate with OPM, the White House Initiatives for AAPI and other federal agencies to make the initiative successful. The program will build on experience gained and will make changes as necessary.

    FAPAC is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity among 155,000 civilian and military AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees and managers. FAPAC carried out its mission through the Annual National Leadership Training Conference, held during the month of May each year, and through training by local chapters. FAPAC also recognized outstanding employees and managers who contributed to enhance diversity in the community.

    For more information, please visit www.fapac.org or contact selina.lee@ed.gov or Leona.wang@cfpb.gov.

  • 21 May 2012 15:58 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    MEDIA ALERT 

    May 17, 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Media Contact:
    David Lee (703) 623-1721

    Coalition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations to host Senate Reception

    Over twenty organizations in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have come together with members of the U.S. Senate and elected officials from Maryland and Virginia to host a luncheon reception in support of Senate Resolution 201 and Immigration Reform, and to commemorate national Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month. This is the first such event to be hosted at the Senate in over four years.

    The event’s sponsor, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, along with honorary hosts Senator Ben Cardin, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Mike Honda, Congressman John Sarbanes, Congressman Frank Wolf, MD Delegate Kumar Barve, MD Delegate Susan Lee, MD Delegate Kriselda Valderrama, MD Delegate Sam Arora, VA Delegate Mark Keam, MD Delegate Aruna Miller, and VA Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jimmy Rhee will attend the May 24th event from 11am-2pm in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Building. “This reception is the result of wide-reaching collaboration between regional and national AAPI organizations that are dedicated to the advancement of social, political, and economic well-being of those in the AAPI community,” said Judge Chung Pak of the United States Patent and Trade Office. “It is a great opportunity for legislators to reflect on recent successes in the AAPI community, as well as reinforce their commitment to addressing issues which affect members of the growing national AAPI community.”

    Host organizations include American Bangladeshi Community Development, American Indian Community Services, Association of Baltimore Chinese, China Alumni Association of Greater Washington, Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, Coordination Council of Chinese American Associations, Federal Asian Pacific American Council, Filipino American Foundation for Charity, Global Hanin Yundai, Greater Washington Chinese American Community, Guangdong Residents Assn. of Greater Washington, Hope Chinese School, Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Korean American Women's Chamber of Commerce, Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, Korean Society of Maryland, Maryland Muslim Council, National Asian & Pacific American Association, Thai Tennis Organization, Organization of Chinese Americans-DC, Union of Chinese American Professional Organizations, and the VA Asian Festival sponsored by TTOA.

    Senate Resolution 201, which expresses regret over the Chinese Exclusion Acts and reaffirms the Senate’s commitment to civil rights, was passed unanimously by the Senate late last year. It is currently with the House Subcommittee on the Constitution as HR 282. The Chinese Exclusion Acts were a series of legislative acts which imposed severe restrictions against persons of Chinese descent and were the first to restrict a group of immigrants based on race and class. “The unanimous passing of S. Res. 201,” said Maryland State Delegate Susan Lee, “marks a significant step in our country’s dedication to equality and opportunity and to reconciling the mistakes of the past.”

    Performances for the reception will represent the artistic traditions of a variety of pan-Asian cultures. “I am thrilled to bring the ancient Chinese art of WuShu to the Senate,” said Tiffany Wang, a martial artist with the U.S. Wushu Academy. “I feel it is very important to share this tradition with others. The United States is fortunate to have such a rich diversity of cultures with unique histories and experiences. We have a lot to learn from one another.” Other performances include Korean flower dance, Nepalese traditional dance, Korean musical performance, a Chinese zither performance, and a demo of Korean painting.

    For additional information, please contact David Lee at (703) 623-1721.

  • 11 May 2012 08:35 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    April 30 2012

    ATLANTA - FAPAC’s 27th Annual National Leadership Training Conference will be held on April 30-May 4, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia.  FAPAC holds this conference to coincide with the Federal government’s observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The theme for 2012 is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion”.  Dr. Kin Wong, President, said that this is the largest pan Asian gathering of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the Southeast. Atlanta is an appropriate choice given that Atlanta is among the fastest growing AAPI communities.

    Many high level leaders will be speaking at the event including John Berry, Director of Office of Personnel Management, Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, U. S. Department of Agriculture and Major General Kelly McKeague, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard Matters. Alex Wan from the Atlanta City Council will be on hand to welcome the attendees. The conference has been endorsed for many years by the Office of Personnel Management as appropriate for federal support and attendance.  The workshops and plenary sessions provide an excellent opportunity for critical leadership and communications training. Other tracks include EEO, diversity and interpersonal skills that are important for moving up the career ladders. Other plenary sessions focus on healthcare disparities and women in leadership. On May 2 Career Day students and veterans can attend special student program and the Veterans Forum free –pre-registration required. Students and veterans can visit the agency exhibits and career booths free.

    FAPAC is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the interests of over 155,000 civilian and military APA employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees. FAPAC carried out its mission through the Annual National Leadership Training Conference, held during the month of May each year, one day workshops on special topics and through other training conducted by its chapters. FAPAC also provide recognition of outstanding performers through its Military and Civilian Award Programs.

    For more information, please visit www.fapac.org or become a fan of FAPAC on Facebook.

     

  • 04 Apr 2012 07:42 | FAPAC

    PRESS RELEASE For information contact: April 3, 2012 fapac@fapac.org

    FAPAC AWARDS ANNOUCED

    WASHINGTON DC – FAPAC congratulates the recipients of the 2012 Military Meritorious Service and Civilian Awards.

    Department of Defense and Federal Asian Pacific American Council

    2012 Military Meritorious Service Award Recipients

    United States Army

    Colonel Olen L. Kelley

    US Army Cyber Command - 2nd Army

    Fort Meade, MD

    United States Navy

    Lieutenant Commander Sunny Ramchandani

    Naval Medical Center

    San Diego, CA

    United States Marine Corps

    Gunnery Sergeant Myung K. Yoo

    Recruiting Station New Jersey

    Colts Neck, NJ

    United States Air Force

    Captain Mary Jane M. Brence

    48th Operations Group Royal Air Force

    Lakenheath, England

    National Guard Bureau

    Captain Valentine Chong Castillo

    Arizona Army National Guard

    Phoenix, AZ

    Master Sergeant Jeffery Pena Dela Cruz

    146th Air Lift Wing-Air National Guard

    Port Hueneme, CA

    United States Coast Guard

    Lieutenant Jocelyn Soriano

    Coast Guard Headquarters

    Washington, DC

    Federal Asian Pacific American Council

    2012 Civilian Award Recipients

    Outstanding Individual Leadership

    SES: Meroe S. Park - Central Intelligence Agency

    GS 11-15: Jean T. Dumlao – United States Navy

    GS 1-10: Thomas Szymanek – Department of Veterans Affairs

    Excellence in Individual Achievement

    SES: Dr. James Meng – United States Navy

    GS 11-15: Anthony H. Hsia – Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    GS 1-10: Yoshiko Shibuya _ United States Army

    Diversity Excellence

    SES: John Burden – Department of the Interior/William P. Milton – Department of Agriculture

    GS 11-15: Frederick Cheng - Defense Intelligence Agency

    GS 1-10: Chor Yang – Department of Agriculture

    The awards will be presented at the 27th Annual National Leadership Training Conference will be held on April 30-May 4, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia. FAPAC holds this conference to coincide with the Federal government’s observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The theme for 2012 is "Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion".

    FAPAC is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the interests of over 155,000 civilian and military APA employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees. For more information, please visit www.fapac.org or become a fan of FAPAC on Facebook.

FAPAC is a 501 (c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments.
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