Fierce Advocate | Winter 2012 Edition

On January 23, 2012, over 50 NAPAWF activists packed congressional offices and the White House to urge our nation’s leaders to support the Affordable Care Act, progressive immigration policies, and reproductive justice for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls. Read more about NAPAWF’s advocacy day»


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NAPAWF’s 15thAnniversary Celebrations in 2011!


The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum celebrated 15 years of visibility, action and justice in 2011! For 15 years, our movement builders and shakers have made sure that Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women and girls are seen and heard and progressive API women don’t just sit at the table, but set the table for important political conversations that deeply affect our lives. To celebrate our movement for the past 15 years, our grassroots organizers across the nation toasted in fun fashion. Take a look at photos of NAPAWF’s 15th anniversary events on our Flickr page.

Notes from the grassroots: Chapter updates


For the past few months, NAPAWF-Chicago has been running a marathon non-stop, and their eyes are definitely still on the prize! After months of planning for their Reproductive Justice Project (RJP), Joy Messinger has released a survey to gain a better understanding of reproductive justice as it relates to API women and our allies in the Chicago area. The chapter has also been holding regular chapter meetings to brainstorm about upcoming work in the community, making RJ presentations, and co-sponsoring events, such as an upcoming town hall meeting on human trafficking issues in the Asian American community. Show NAPAWF-Chicago some support by giving them an energy-boost and joining their Facebook page!

St. Cloud

NAPAWF-St. Cloud has been rockin’ the boat since 2012 rounded the corner. With an expanded leadership group, six St. Cloud chapter members were able to stomp the yard of the congressional offices and the White House in January to advocate for API women and girls on various issues impacting the community. In mid-February, core members of NAPAWF-St. Cloud had a chapter retreat to strategize on how to expand NAPAWF’s work in the local area and give more visibility to API women and girls in the state of Minnesota. There’s more to come for the rest of the year, including spoken word events, advocacy work, state festivities, and organizing work! “Can’t stop, won’t stop, get it, get it!”

And, heard of our California Young Women’s Collaborative Program (CYWC)? Well, we’re bringing our community-based participatory research and leadership development program to Minnesota! NAPAWF-St. Cloud chapter member, Dr. Melissa Kwon will be leading the first MYWC course at the University of Minnesota in Fall of 2012!!! Stay tuned for course description and more updates on the first MYWC class at the end of the year!

Washington, D.C.

NAPAWF-DC is off to a strong start in 2012! Two months in and we’ve spiced up the DC-Metro area with our Afternoon Tea on Love, Relationships and Self-Care. We had the chance to identify what we love, how we love and what hinders us from love. We also discussed family dynamics and how to practice self-care. Sounds interesting? Check out our future ATs at for more information. We’ll see you there!

DC Chapter also created our first NAPAWF mentorship program. It is structured to help API college girls prepare and network for careers focused on API issues. The mentorship will strive to provide personalized advice and suggestions as well as friendly, comfortable relationships with NAPAWF members. It will contain a combination of one-on-one and group get-togethers between mentors and mentees. Three words: spreading movement love!

Look out for our chapter’s upcoming events at Grassroots Organizing Bootcamp on Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, 2012, “Every Vote Counts Kickoff & Training” on Saturday, March 31st at 10am-5pm, 3rd annual APA Quiz Bowl in July, and a roundtable at the Association for Asian American Studies Conference on community-based participatory research (CBR) and service learning programs in the context of social justice.

Hendrix College

Although the most recent chapter to join the movement (since December 2011), NAPAWF-Hendrix College has been off to a great start! Chapter leaders are giving visibility to NAPAWF’s work by creating “awareness posters” across campus, highlighting issues that NAPAWF pours effort into for API women and girls. In addition, the Hendrix College chapter is co-sponsoring a film screening on “Vincent Who?”, organizing a fundraiser bake sale, and introducing NAPAWF to the community through an info session late March and a meet-and-greet with surrounding student groups. Way to hold it down in the big South!


NAPAWF*Sacramento is pleased to announce two exciting news! Since the inception of the Sacramento Chapter, the endless efforts of fierce API women in uplifting the voices and issues of API women and girls have awarded the chapter a Building of Cultural Unity Through Understanding and Cooperation Award as outstanding women of color by Women of Color Day. Congratulations to all NAPAWF*Sacramento sisters for paving a legendary road!

After 3 years of great leadership by Cat Nou and Alyson Woo as Co-Chairs, the chapter would like to also introduce our new fierce board! Please join us in welcoming Cecilia Tran, Mary June Flores and Sondra Morishima as they continue building the chapter’s momentum! They are especially excited about keeping the chapters informed about California state policies, collaborating with Sacramento non-profits, and bringing back Noodle Bowl. Stay tuned by following NAPAWF*Sacramento on twitter @NAPAWF_Sac or Facebook!


NAPAWF-Seattle has been working hard to sustain NAPAWF’s reputation as the progressive voice for API women and girls! While engaged in many coalition-building efforts, and advocacy work, as well as intergenerational organizing on sex education, NAPAWF-Seattle is fired up to take more action in the realm of workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and reproductive justice!

New York City

Great things come at a surprise, sometimes. After amazing organizing work by Alda Chan and Chi-Ser Tran, who came by the way of NAPAWF-DC, the New York City chapter is revived and swinging in full mode! After an initial NAPAWF meeting in January 2012, the chapter has elected its new Board. Welcome Alda Chan, Chi-Ser Tran, Bonny Tsang, Bin Hong Plume, Darlene Cayabyab, Marilla Li, and So Yeon Jang to the NAPAWF movement!

In February, the chapter also held its first Afternoon Tea to learn about each other’s herstory and inspiration into activism work. More events and activities are being planned for the rest of the year. Email for info to join the listserv and get updates!

Orange County

OC chapter leaders had put away their flip flops in January and firmly stood their ground at the nation’s capital in January. During NAPAWF’s Chapter Leaders Summit, OC chapter leaders facilitated workshops to strengthen the NAPAWF sisterhood and expand our members’ knowledge on community-based participatory research. NAPAWF-OC will have a strategic planning retreat at the end of March and look forward to a film screening on “Miss Representation” with California State University at Fullerton!

Bay Area

“What would your vagina say if it can talk?” That’s right! NAPAWF-Bay Area is putting up an Asian Pacific American Vagina Monologues at the historic Castro Theatre, seating 1400 people, on Thursday, May 17th!!! Get ready, because you’ll hear things that will make you laugh, bulge your eyes out, sit in silence, and materials that resonate. Check out more info at Bay Area chapter’s Facebook page. Buy tickets for the show by clicking on the image!

Fierce Advocacy!

On January 23rd, 2012, NAPAWF chapter leaders culminated an empowering Chapter Leaders Summit in the nation’s Capitol by first taking their policy concerns to the Hill and then to leaders of the White House Administration for an API Women’s Briefing. NAPAWF members and friends listened to officials from several White House offices, including the Office of Public Engagement, Council on Women and Girls, Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative, and Domestic Policy Council, to discuss the progress that the Administration has made to expand access to quality health care for women, protect immigrant rights, and improve the health and safety for nail salon workers. Then NAPAWF members told their powerful personal stories to ensure that the Administration understands the importance and real-life implications of each policy issue on the lives of API women. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room after NAPAWF sisters got done flexing their fierceness in advocating for the rights of API women’s reproductive, civil, and human rights!

Student Power: California Young Women’s Collaborative

As Winter quarter draws to an end…

By Kelly Bui, Belyn V. Lai, Neha Bhargava, Members of the CYWC

As winter quarter draws to an end here at UC Irvine, the CYWC UCI 2.0 cohort would like to share what we have accomplished so far. For the past nine weeks, we have been analyzing and organizing the data results that were collected from the women’s health survey. Every day we have been working together and helping each other learn about the importance of our data. Additionally we are all working on developing factsheets which will be used to educate others, so please be on the lookout for them when they are published. As the winter quarter ends we’re excited for what is to come this spring quarter as we are getting ready to dive into activism.

This year, CYWC’s Capstone Project will consist of several events over the course of one week. We have deemed this week as API Health Awareness Week (APIHAW). The purpose of APIHAW is to raise awareness about API public health issues and to disseminate the findings from our cohort study. APIHAW will host programs such as a gallery stroll of CYWC’s factsheets, a panel of public health professionals who will discuss their views on sexual health concerns, speaking and networking session with professionals in the Public Health field, and more! We invite you to join us for the fun, festivities, and the knowledge that will empower you to new heights.

Using data compiled from a survey conducted in the fall of females18 to 25 years old UC Irvine students, we are conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis of sensitive women’s health issues such as views on abortion and sexual activity. The qualitative work includes creating a print or multi-media publication of the results from the survey questions asking for respondents’ opinions and experiences about sex education. This week in class we will be showing our classmates what each of our qualitative groups have been working on. So far, two groups have created a YouTube video and one print publication. Be on the lookout for these products on our website!

Seen and Heard

  • March 9th: Nominated by NAPAWF-DC members, Christine Harley’s endless work to fight for social justice for API women and girls gained her recognition as Asian Pacific American’s for Progress’s 2011 Unsung Hero! For information on how you can contribute to Christine’s work for NAPAWF’s movement, click here.
  • February 25th: Shivana Jorawar, NAPAWF’s Reproductive Justice Fellow,  spoke about reproductive rights for API women and girls at Law Students for Reproductive Justice’s mid-Atlantic regional conference in Washington, D.C.
  • February 11th: Each year our partner, Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), hosts annual regional conferences. Shivana Jorawar, NAPAWF’s Reproductive Justice Fellow through LSRJ, presented her work on NAPAWF’s nail salon initiative and race and sex selection abortion ban at the Northeast regional conference at New York University.
  • March 6th: As the National Council for Research (NCRW) on Women celebrated its 30th Anniversary, NCRW also took the opportunity to recognize 30 stellar women who have advanced women’s issues and promoted women’s leadership, including the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum’s very own, Miriam Yeung! For more information on all those who were recognized at this event, click here.
  • January 23rd: Over 50 NAPAWF women gathered in the nation’s capital to uplift the voices of API women and girls to advocate for issues impacting our lives. NAPAWF members visited congressional offices and had a White House briefing on AAPI women to talk about health care, immigrant rights, and reproductive justice to our nation’s leaders and urge them to take action for progressive policies that advance the human rights of API women and girls!
  • January 14th: As Kappa Phi Lambda’s (KPL) national philanthropy project, NAPAWF was honored to attend KPL’s annual banquet and meet the faces of young women who help sustain our movement. As the night went on, Miriam Yeung encouraged audience members to “Embrace the Strength Within.”
  • December 6th: 2011 was an unfriendly year towards women. Included in the endless fight for women to choose from the reproductive justice movement is Miriam Yeung testifying as the sole woman and pro-choice voice against the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

  • October 10th: During The Future of Leadership: Women, Innovation & Collaboration conference in Maryland, Miriam Yeung served as a panelist to talk about paving the road for women to develop leadership skills and take on leadership roles, especially for future generations.
  • September 28th-29th: Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, and Christine Soyong Harley, Policy and Programs Director led the We Belong Together delegation, along with National Domestic Workers Alliance, to Georgia to fight against the state’s new anti-immigrant law, HB 87, a copycat of Arizona’s SB1070. During the trip to Atlanta, the delegation heard stories about the impact of HB 87 on women, children, and families and organized a press conference to deliver a statement about its findings. During the press conference, the We Belong Together delegation also pledged to stand in solidarity to ensure that families who belong together, stay together!
  • September 15th: Emphasizing the need for creating inclusive social justice movements, the Women of Color Network (WOCN) hosted an Economic Policy and Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. that brought great focus to the lives of survivors of violence. Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, was invited to share with participants a deeper analysis on how economic justice impact survivors of violence and its intersection with social justice. For more information about WOCN, please click here.
  • August 7th: Five long-time NAPAWF sisters and staff were seen and heard at the 2nd Laotian National Conference. As Laotian Americans still face many challenges in national unity, language and cultural preservation, education, health, and civic engagement, Monica Thammarath, Lisa Hasegawa, Doua Thor, Miya Saika Chen, Helly Lee and Christine Soyong Harley provided deeper analysis to those issues with their respective expertise. With the conference geared towards Laotian youth, our NAPAWF sisters own journey of activism also served as motivators for participants to become stronger leaders in their community.

policy and action

Policy corner: Updates from Capitol Hill

We Belong Together Takes on DC and Alabama

NAPAWF continues to co-lead the We Belong Together campaign along with the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance. During the holidays last year, We Belong Together launched the “A Wish for the Holidays” campaign, collecting thousands of letters from children and youth from across the nation, all expressing one holiday wish: that all families deserve to be together. We delivered the letters to our nation’s leaders in Congress and in the White House to ensure that the clear and simple truth spoken by our youth could be heard.

The We Belong Together campaign is now continuing its forward march by leading another Women’s Delegation to Birmingham, Alabama on March 21-22nd to hear the stories and bear witness to the lived experiences of women and children currently living in the state with the dubious distinction of having the harshest anti-immigrant law on the books. By bringing a diverse set of women leaders from movements as different as worker rights, children’s advocates, faith communities, civil rights, and anti-poverty issues, We Belong Together is forging a cross-movement campaign that states boldly and unequivocally that women and their families belong together! Follow the campaign on Twitter at #womentogether.

Reproductive Justice

Since the fall, NAPAWF has continued to be a fearless leader in the battle over women’s health. We are proud that Miriam Yeung, our Executive Director, testified in Congress against the so-called Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) in December. PRENDA is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” that uses civil rights language in an effort to ban abortions for women of color. In actuality, if PRENDA was passed, it would result in increased racial profiling and exacerbates maternal and infant health disparities for API and other women of color. If PRENDA proponents think they can get away with this because Asian American women do not speak out for themselves, they are dead wrong. NAPAWF continues to boldly lead the fight against this bill.

Happy Birthday, Affordable Care Act!

President Obama’s signature domestic policy law turns 2 on March 23rd. While women’s rights groups like NAPAWF support the ACA for its provisions that mandate full coverage of women’s preventive health care services with no co-pays, eliminate gender-discriminatory insurance policies, prohibit the denial of insurance due to pre-existing conditions, and allow youth to stay on their parent’s insurance plans until the age of 26, anti-choice and anti-health care activists have made the law a crusade to unravel women’s access to birth control and abortion. Recent uproars from conservatives about the requirement to cover birth control have lit up the country, and women are speaking out en masse. In fact, women’s rights and health organizations, including NAPAWF, are planning to rally in DC in support of the ACA and reproductive health care on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, just in time for the start of oral arguments as the US Supreme Court hears challenges to the individual mandate requirement. NAPAWF has signed on to an amicus brief stating the importance of the law for women’s health care and will continue to fight to ensure that all API women have access to quality, affordable, and accessible health care.

Brazilian Blowout

This year, the company that makes the toxic hair straightening product Brazilian Blowout settled two lawsuits- agreeing to pay millions of dollars and to warn users that its product contains formaledehyde. Unfortunately, salon workers will continue to be exposed to the dangerous product. Brazilian Blowout’s CEO defiantly stated, “We get to sell the product forever without reformulation.” As a co-lead of the National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance, NAPAWF is pressuring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take this product off the market.

NAPAWF is Hiring!

Do you know of any fierce NAPAWF sisters or allies who want to work for social justice and human rights for API women and girls? If so, there are exciting opportunities at NAPAWF!

Full details of job openings can be found at Opportunities at NAPAWF.


Reflections from the Community Organizer

For the first Fierce Advocate e-newsletter of the year, rather than tell you about the many insights that I have gained through our chapters’ organizing and movement-building work, I’d like to share with you all the amazing accomplishments of NAPAWF chapters that uplifted and expanded our movement’s work across the U.S. in 2011:



  • Hosted a book reading with Founding Sister, Lora Jo Foo, on Asian American women.
  • Linked up with NAPAWF’s California Young Women’s Collaborative program and had a meet-and-greet with the University of California-Irvine cohort.
  • Participated in campaign training with NAPAWF-Bay Area, NAPAWF-DC and NAPAWF staff.
  • Ended with a wonderful dim sum brunch that brought progressive leaders of the Sacramento community together for NAPAWF’s 15th anniversary celebrations!

Bay Area

  • Hosted a series of Sunday Swaggers, where NAPAWF sisters engage activities that help balance life, work, and self-care
  • Facilitated several film and group discussions that encouraged why having gender analyses is critical to social justice work
  • Joined forces with NAPAWF’s California Young Women’s Collaborative program to rally for workers’ and immigrant rights on May Day
  • Created a fierce nationwide spotlight campaign on 15 fierce APA women leaders for NAPAWF’s 15th anniversary celebrations!


  • Built strong partners on the ground in Chicago
  • Published regular e-newsletters
  • Hosted Afternoon Teas and discussion forums on NAPAWF’s prioritized issues
  • Created a year-long reproductive justice project to better understand the current reproductive justice needs and priorities of API women and girls in Chicago and strengthen the API community in Chicago by creating linkages between organizations where API women and girls access services.

Saint Cloud

  • Successfully implemented a teen retreat by providing a space for API girls to explore the intricacies of their API female identity
  • Celebrated Asian American Heritage Month with the city of Saint Cloud in Minnesota
  • Represented NAPAWF at an annual Dragon Boat Festival during summer in Minneapolis
  •  Led conversations on NAPAWF’s nail salon initiative and motivated students at Saint Cloud State University to take political action
  • Honored NAPAWF’s 15 years of movement-building with a fun-filled party!

Yale University – InSight

  • Participated in a campus-wide awareness week on human trafficking and anti-human trafficking work
  • Built interest in other student groups on NAPAWF’s nail salon initiative
  • Created and facilitated a workshop on racial and ethnic identity for high school students in the surrounding New Haven area
  • Worked with youth to write 30 letters for We Belong Together’s “A Wish for the Holiday” campaign, which asked our nation’s leaders to stop deportations and keep families together and were presented to our legislative leaders in December 2011.


  • Built coalitions to stand against Crisis Pregnancy Centers and advocate for the passage of a Paid Sick Leave ordinance for the city of Seattle
  • Endorsed many socio-political actions from ally organizations
  • Presented on various community and university panels and workshops on human trafficking and the intersections of labor rights to immigrant right
  • Established a Girl’s Institute, where people across generations talk about sex, to follow-up with– last year’s community survey on the impact of Crisis Pregnancy Centers on API women and girls.
  • Was a steering committee member of the first API Freedom School in Seattle in 2012
  • Advocated for comprehensive sex education
  • Celebrated NAPAWF’s 15th anniversary with University of Washington.

Orange County

  • Hosted meet-and-greets and afternoon teas to introduce NAPAWF-Orange County to the community
  • Facilitated a conversation on NAPAWF’s nail salon initiative
  • Represented NAPAWF-Orange County at local conferences and trainings
  • Celebrated NAPAWF’s 15th anniversary in an intimate atmosphere

Washington, D.C.

  • Hosted regular afternoon teas that brought important conversations about gender identity and political discussions to the community
  • Put together professional, organizational development, and policy advocacy workshops for the local community and NAPAWF sisters nationwide
  • Organized an annual Quiz Bowl that brought more than 100 people in the DC Metro area together
  • Celebrated NAPAWF’s 15th anniversary in style with Founding Sisters and long-time NAPAWF allies.

New York City

  • Hosted meet-and-greets to educate community members about NAPAWF’s important work
  • Organized social gatherings
  • Volunteered at NAPAWF’s New York office to support NAPAWF’s administrative work

Can you feel the power? Here’s to all the NAPAWF sisters for another great and an even better year in 2012: onward, to be seen and be heard! Please keep inspiring us all!


Reproductive Health Project – Vietnam

By Annie Hoang

NAPAWF’s Yale University Chapter, InSight

This past summer, I spent nine weeks in Vietnam trying to comprehend the complex social network that affect a young Vietnamese woman’s sexual perceptions and behaviors—what is the current practice and what is needed to motivate change. Specifically, I set out to (1) research how cultural, social, and economic factors affect young Vietnamese women’s perceptions and attitudes toward sexuality; (2) identify the correlation between those perceptions and women’s access to reproductive healthcare.

This independent project was fueled by my interests in women’s health and reproductive justice activities with NAPAWF. I conducted over 60 interviews during my time in Vietnam. These nine weeks made me realized that the effects of globalization and the reaches of Western influences have left their imprints on the emerging sexuality that young women are exhibiting. Under the veneers of conservative Confucianism—that social etiquette which dictates what a single woman can or cannot do—is a suppressed voice that is struggling to be heard. One of the most enlightening events that I have experienced is when an interviewee thanked me for providing them a medium through which they can confidentially express themselves on topics they cannot voice aloud. This suppression of sexuality deters young, single women from seeking advice or help for fear of gossip and judgment. The lack of a tolerant, safe space leads to or exacerbates issues that include: women misusing the birth control pill due to limited or misunderstood information and the morning-after-pill; women undergoing dangerous abortion procedures in an attempt to protect their privacy; women contracting sexually transmitted diseases or experiencing unintended pregnancies because of their inability to negotiate condom use. There isn’t a NAPAWF for these women, which made me realize and appreciate even more how important NAPAWF’s work is here in the United States.

As a follow-up to my work in Vietnam, I’ve been really interested on single mothers by choice, specifically single women who artificially inseminated themselves with donor sperm in order to have children. In fact, I just finished a mini-research project case study this semester on this single woman in Vietnam who had just recently undergone this process. I plan to continue my studies of the multifaceted issues that encompass women’s health in the U.S. and Vietnam and hopefully my research will create a positive contribution.

I am From

By Narate Judie Keys

NAPAWF-St. Cloud Chapter

I am looking through each days of sunshine
Shine upon my youthful soul.
Stare out the window
Like it was the last moment: STOLE!

I am my grandmother’s latest bread crumbs
Parade to an arranged marriage on June 23rd, 2000

I am wild spirited
That lasted five futurist years.
Ethan was our joint resulted seed
As he spurts into manhood;
Looks straight, right at me
Asking our ancestry to bare our sin.

I am my father’s sober notes
As well as my mother’s carriage of burden.
Carrying the Ank Rang on my right shoulder
On top of my head is ta chrang of Ka sank.

I am from the land of Angkor
The once powerful Khmer Empire
37 years to build; the stones of Angkor Wat raise higher.
From the king Jaravanman V to his son the Jaravanman VII
The temple elevate, soaring to the sky. I am the latest pieces of puzzle to the richest seven wonder of the world. Kampuja!
The tween years of yesterday once reveal
The fish sauce at Cub’s food tasted the same as Ha Tien’s.

I am an awaited American citizen to be, took only twenty years to prepare.
Ha to be or not to be “Hamlet”

I am the song of freedom
Constantly reassuring to be loved.
Always holding onto the sand of ambition
Loosing grip as it tightens, sliding off the palm of between my fingers.
Hold of solitude.

I am three times in name changes:
Nareth Khath, Nareth Nhim & Narate Judie Keys

I am view from the bottom upward
I am looking up, fist against my mentos
“As a man thinketh” James Allen

I am a forgiving daughter, pouring soul upon your spirit.
Mother to mother
Father to stranger

I am a forgotten loosen string yet full of enthusiastic life, beaming.
I am present.
I am me.


thank you’s and acknowledgments

We gratefully acknowledge the generous donations from the following 15 leaders and activists who gave or pledged $1000 or more in 2011 to join NAPAWF’s Legacy Circle. You make the legacy of NAPAWF possible.

Ms. Michelle Abrenilla, Berkeley, CA
The Honorable Gail Chang Bohr, St. Paul, MN
Ms. Phoebe Eng in memory of Mei Huei Liu Eng, Fairfax, CA
Ms. Lisa Hasegawa, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Priscilla Hung, Costa Mesa, CA
Dr. Robert E. Lee in honor of Amy Lam, San Francisco, CA
Ms. Yin Ling Leung, Palo Alto, CA
Ms. Mary Nguyen, Seattle, WA
Ms. Peggy Saika, San Francisco, CA
Prof. Sora Park Tanjasiri, Irvine, CA
Ms. Monica Thammarath, Washington, D.C.
Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, Seattle, WA
The Hedy, Azania & Luke Tripp Family, St. Cloud, MN
Mr. Brian Yeung in honor of Joyce Tsang, Brooklyn, NY
Miriam Yeung & Abigail Shaw, Brooklyn, NY


A big thank you to all of our new and renewing members and supporters who gave between August 29, 2011 to March 20, 2012. Your financial support helps NAPAWF’s efforts to achieve human rights and social justice for API women and girls.

Aarti Kapoor, London, OT
Alda Chan, Brooklyn, NY
Amanda Allen, Brooklyn, NY
Amy Allina, Washington, DC
Angelines Pabom, Minneapolis, MN
Anna Kurihara, Washington, DC
Annette Almazan, Forest Hills, NY
Annie Kim Noguchi, Oakland, CA
April Siruno, Washington, DC
Avani Parekh-Bhatt, Durham, NC
Ayako Miki, Lynnwood, WA
Bin Hong Plume, New York, NY
Bonnie Kwon, Washington, DC
Bonny Tsang, New York, NY
Carla Pineda, Silver Spring, MD
Chi-Ser Tran, Brooklyn, NY
Christine Tien, Davis, CA
Clifford Yee, San Francisco, CA
Conner Alana
Connie Chung, San Francisco, CA
Connie Magpale
Cora Roelofs, Jamaica Plain, MA
Cynthia Bokura-Iwanaga, Gilroy, CA
Dana Chapnick, Washington, DC
Darlene Cayabyab, New York, NY
Davinia Troughton, New York, NY
Deborah Kwan, Washington, DC
Debra Dreyer, Sauk Rapids, MN
Deeana Jang, Takoma Park, MD
Eileen Morrison, Washington, DC
Elaine Higashi, Ithaca, NY
Elizabeth Holland, Washington, DC
Elizabeth Thomson, Chicago, IL
Eric Paler, Arlington, VA
Feng Yang, Fairfax, VA
Friendly Vang-Johnson, Seattle, WA
Gregory Cendana, Washington, DC
Heather Skrabak, Takoma Park, MD
Hedy Tripp, St. Cloud, MN
Iimay Ho, Arlington, VA
Ivy Ngo, Washington, DC
Jacqueline Mac, Silver Spring, MD
Jai Lee Wong, Los Angeles, CA
Jamie Garcia, Fort Washington, MD
Jeff Liu, Los Angeles, CA
Jeffrey Moy, Washington, DC
Jennifer Pae, Oakland, CA
Jenny Lam, San Francisco, CA
Jill Kunishima, Oakland, CA
Jintana Lityouvong, Seattle, WA
Joanne Anthony Pillai, East Meadow, NY
Joy Messinger, Chicago, IL
Joyce Chu Moore, San Francisco, CA
Judy Norsigian, Chestnut Hill, MA
Julia Peng, Washington, DC
June Kao, Paramus, NJ
Kalpana Krishnamurthy, Portland, OR
Karen Jang, Evanston, IL
Katherine Ngo, Sunnyvale, CA
Kathy Khommarath, Los Angeles, CA
Katrina Badger, Manassas, VA
Katrina Dizon, Silver Spring, MD
Keely Monroe, Washington, DC
Lan Nguyen, Washington, DC
Lan Van, Washington, DC
Laura Ma, Flushing, NY
Lauren Liu, San Mateo, CA
Les Talusan, Washington, DC
Leslie Liao, Rockville, MD
Lisa Chan, Daly City, CA
Luke Tripp, St. Cloud, MN
Lynn Faria, Brooklyn, NY
Manish Vaidya, San Francisco, CA
Margaret Fung, New York, NY
Marice Fernando, Arlington, VA
Marilla Li, Oakland Gardens, NY
Mark Jimenez, Washington, DC
Marlene Fried, Somerville, MA
Mary June Flores, Sacramento, CA
Mary Kong, Wheaton, MD
Mary Kwan, Washington, DC
Melissa Kwon, Minneapolis, MN
Mia Sullivan, Northampton, MA
Narate Keys, Apple Valley, MN
Natalia Visante, Sacramento, CA
Navneet Grewal, Oakland, CA
Nina Nguyen, Garden Grove, CA
Olivia Chow, Washington, DC
Pang Dao Moua, Washington, DC
Paula Noche, Carson, CA
Priscilla Cortez, Daly City, CA
Roselle Olea, Rosemont, IL
Rosie Abriam, Bethesda, MD
Sabby Leng, Pomona, CA
Sharon Tomiko Santos, Seattle, WA
Shirley Qin, New York, NY
Sondra Sondra, Sacramento, CA
Stella Ma, New York, NY
Su Zen Rita Chang, Oakland, CA
Sui Lang Panoke, Washington, DC
Sujatha Jesudason, Oakland, CA
Tam Ma, Sacramento, CA
Tarell Hampton, Alexandria, VA
Terry Ao, Washington, DC
Thieu Do, San Francisco, CA
Thu-Huong Nguyen, Washington, DC
Tian-Li Wang, Clarksville, MD
Viraj Patel, Washington, DC
Wendy Lim, Silver Spring, MD
Wyman Lee, Wheaton, MD


A big thank you to all who have made contributions to NAPAWF in honor of the following individuals between August 29, 2011 to March 20, 2012. 

Amy Lam from Amy Lam, San Francisco, CA
Amy Lam from Bacilio Villa Gomez, Oakland, CA
Amy Lam from Cynthia Eaton, San Leandro, CA
Amy Lam from Darin Jackson, New Orleans, LA
Amy Lam from Gabriela Galicia, Berkeley, CA
Amy Lam from Jeffrey Ellens, Norwalk, IA
Amy Lam from John Adams, El Cerrito, CA
Amy Lam from Jorge Wong, San Francisco, CA
Amy Lam from Josephine Kim, Falls Church, VA
Amy Lam from Julia Liou, Oakland, CA
Amy Lam from Kevin Hur, Saratoga, CA
Amy Lam from Lancelle Lipana, Arcadia, CA
Amy Lam from MaryAnne Baysac, San Francisco, CA
Amy Lam from Monisha Ashok, Tustin, CA
Amy Lam from Olivia Ho, Redwood City, CA
Amy Lam from Priscilla Huang, Takoma Park, MD
Amy Lam from Qui Chen, San Francisco, CA
Amy Lam from Rosalyn Neranartkomol, Boston, MA
Amy Lam from Sang Leng Trieu, Rowland Heights, CA
Amy Lam from Sareen Li, South San Francisco, CA
Amy Lam from Soo Uhm, Seattle, WA
Amy Lam from Stephen Russel, Tucson, AZ
Amy Lam from Susan Kim, Danville, CA
Amy Lam from Trinity Ordona, San Francisco, CA
Amy Lam from Vicky Gomez, San Francisco, CA
Amy Lam from Winnie Mak, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong
Caroline Fan from Cindy Hom, Chicago, IL
Caroline Fan from Joan Takano, Kailua, HI
Caroline Fan from Matthew Finucane, Washington, DC
Caroline Fan from Richard Fan, Riverside, CA
Caroline Fan from Tai Shen Fan, Skokie, IL
Chao Mei Shi from Angela Lam, Washington, DC
Hedy Tripp from Carl Goldstein & Marnita Schroedl, Minneapolis, MN
Isabel Kang from Keith Kamisugi, San Francisco, CA
Jas Nguyen from Nga Huynh, Pomona, CA
Jas Nguyen from Thuy Le, Renton, WA
Jenny Lares from Christine Harley, Alexandria, VA
Jenny Lares from Maridel Lares, Bridgewater, NJ
Julia Rhee from Mandy Hu, San Francisco, CA
Kali Huang from Jenny Huang, Oakland, CA
Kathy Huynh from Linda Nguyen, Minneapolis, MN
Katie Truong from Eric Chu, Centreville, VA
Kollaboration DC from Christian Oh, Washington, DC
Laura Jean Bruce from Sui Lang Panoke, Washington, DC
Leslie Toy from Ada Tso, Berkeley, CA
Leslie Toy from Cassy Huang, Cambridge, MA
Leslie Toy from Jennifer Nishizaki, Sacramento, CA
Lillian Galledo from Judy Gong, Oakland, CA
Lillian Galledo from Vincent Sales, Elk Grove, CA
Linda Yang from Alyssa Weller, Castro Valley, CA
Linda Yang from Bernard Yoo, San Francisco, CA
Linda Yang from Linda Yang, San Francisco, CA
Linda Yang from Maudie Hampden Shah, Alameda, CA
Linda Yang from Mei Ling Liu, San Francisco, CA
Linda Yang from Sophie Wong, Rowland Heights, CA
Linda Yang from Zachary Russell, Menlo Park, CA
Lisa Chen from Jennifer Pae, Oakland, CA
Lisa Chen from Lisa Chen, Oakland, CA
Lisa Chen from Tave Samuelu, Oakland, CA
Lisa Chen from Tina Liu, Fresh Meadows, NY
Lisa Chen from Tommy Le, Oakland, CA
Lisa Chen from Vanessa Coe, Oakland, CA
Lisa Hasegawa from Marilyn L. Khan, Honolulu, HI
Mari Rose Taruc from A. & M. Ortiz, North Hills, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from An Le, Los Angeles, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Ayoka Turner, San Francisco, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Carol Cantwell, San Francisco, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Ernesto & Josefina Taruc, Delano, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Eufrocino & Herminia Pobre, Sacramento, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Gisele Fong, Long Beach, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Jack Chin, San Francisco, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Jennifer Barak, Roseville, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Jennifer Pae, Oakland, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Jidan Koon, Oakland, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Mariday Taruc, Irvine, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Maureen Dilao, Trabuco Canyon, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Michael David Sasson & Kristen Cross, Oakland, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Nai Saeteurn, Richmond, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Stephen Yeh, Oakland, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Viveka Chen, San Francisco, CA
Mari Rose Taruc from Young Shin, Oakland, CA
Maribelle Camero from Maribeth Camero, Fairfax, VA
Marilyn Bruce from Sui Lang Panoke, Washington, DC
Monica Thammarath from Alvina Yeh, Washington, DC
Monica Thammarath from Bounchanh Senthavong, Springfield, VA
Monica Thammarath from Kathy Huynh, Jackson Heights, NY
Monica Thammarath from Matthew Finucane, Washington, DC
Monica Thammarath from Nga Bui, Berkeley, CA
Persephone Tan from Meghan Smith, Washington, DC
Sang Leng Trieu from Lisa Wu, Irvine, CA
Sham-e Ali Nayeem from Claudia Leung, San Francisco, CA
Sham-e Ali Nayeem from Delia Hom, BROOKLINE, MA
T. Stephanie Tanny from Andrew Lape, Centennial, CO
T. Stephanie Tanny from Anthony Leon, Lancaster, PA
T. Stephanie Tanny from Brian Davis, Loveland, CO
T. Stephanie Tanny from Kira Suyeishi, Centennial, CO
T. Stephanie Tanny from Linna Tanny, Denver, CO
T. Stephanie Tanny from Phung Nguyen, Denver, CO
T. Stephanie Tanny from T. Stephanie Tanny, Denver, CO
T. Stephanie Tanny from Timothy Huey, Washington, DC
Theresa Navarro from Christine Start, Union City, CA
Theresa Navarro from Diane Tran, Brooklyn, NY
Theresa Navarro from LeRoid David, San Francisco, CA
Theresa Navarro from Maria Beall, Alameda, CA
Theresa Navarro from Rojack Cruz, Hillsboro, OR
Theresa Navarro from Stephen Gong, Oakland, CA
Theresa Navarro from Wyman Lee, Wheaton, MD
Urooj Arshad from Abby Rosenstein, Washington, DC
Urooj Arshad from Ben de Guzman, Springfield, VA
Urooj Arshad from JV Sapinoso, Arlington, VA


A big thank you to all who have made contributions to NAPAWF in memory of the following individuals between August 29, 2011 to March 20, 2012. 

In memory of Deonicia Cruz from Sarah Cruz, San Francisco, CA
In memory of Felicitas Guilas Salvoza from M. Franco Salvoza, Washington, DC
In memory of my aunt from Diana Bui, Washington, DC
In memory of Park Hyang Nan from Nari Baker, Seattle, WA
In memory of Sunil Kuver from Seema Kuver, Antelope, CA


A big thank you to the following Foundations for supporting NAPAWF in advancing human rights and social justice for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls. 

The California Wellness Foundation
The Ford Foundation
General Service Foundation
The Groundswell Fund
Law Students For Reproductive Justice
The Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation
The Moriah Fund
Ms. Foundation for Women
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
The Open Society Foundation
The Overbrook Foundation


Every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of the above listings. If you notice an error, please contact H’Rina DeTroy at or 202-470-3170 x31 for assistance.