Fierce Advocate | Summer 2011 Edition

The UC Irvine California Young Women’s Collaborative students joined forces with the Bay Area chapter to represent at San Francisco’s May Day rally. Read more about NAPAWF’s actions on May Day»

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Notes from the grassroots: Chapter updates


In March, we organized a tour of the internationally touring art exhibit “Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art” at Chicago’s Cultural Center. The powerful exhibit addresses violence against women and their basic human right to safety, security and justice around the world. NAPAWF-Chicago members and supporters toured this powerful exhibit, led by to Rape Victim Advocates Executive Director Sharmili Majmudar.

In April, NAPAWF-Chicago hosted an in-depth workshop on API Reproductive Justice, graciously facilitated by longtime community activists Inhe Choi and Aparna Sharma, and co-sponsored by Rape Victim Advocates and the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Asian American Leadership Council. Participants explored the concept of reproductive justice and its meaning within the Asian American community. Also in April, we released a statement against anti-choice billboards in the Chicago area, especially in support of Black Women for Reproductive Justice.

In May, we held a book discussion on Somaly Mam’s The Road of Lost Innocence at Women and Children First Bookstore in Andersonville. NAPAWF-Chicago members discussed the powerful memoir as well as the human trafficking issues that it raises. Special thanks to Fierce Sister Hannah Jurowicz for her help in organizing this event!

In June, we were excited to host NAPAWF Reproductive Justice Fellow Jaspreet Chowdhary from Washington, DC, for a discussion on the complex connection between son preference in API communities and sex selection abortion bans, co-sponsored by the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Asian American Leadership Council, and hosted by Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

St. Cloud

“We are the Ones We Were Waiting For” was an awesome and highly successful teen retreat organized by the St. Cloud NAPAWF chapter on May 20-21, 2011 in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. In total, 25 women and girls of API descent spent the weekend engaging in intense educational workshops and team-bonding activities that strengthened leadership skills, developed self-esteem, and created a platform to gain a comprehensive understanding of the nuances in an API female identity. Participants’ and facilitators’ backgrounds represented a wealth of diversity, spanning the globe in various heritage and generations. Present were girls and women who identified as Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Chinese, Japanese, Hmong, Indian, and of mixed race: Vietnamese-Filipina, African American-Asian, and Eurasian. Age-wise, the teen retreat included a mix of those who ranged between 14 to 62 years old. This two-day retreat showed and reiterated for API women and girls their place in history, the present and future, and that they were indeed the ones they were waiting for.

Next up for Saint Cloud Chapter is organizing a booth at Saint Paul’s annual Dragon Boat Festival on July 9th-10th at Lake Phalen Park! Stay tune for details!

Lastly, the St. Cloud Chapter would like to congratulate Hedy Tripp, St. Cloud Chapter’s Treasurer and NAPAWF National Governing Board member, for her appointment to a governing member of the Council for Asian-Pacific Minnesotans by Minnesota’s Governor, Mark Dayton.

Washington, DC

Healthy Hair and Nail Salon Panel
On Thursday, May 19, NAPAWF-DC hosted a Healthy Nail and Hair Salon Panel. Panelists were: 

  • Christine Soyong Harley, Policy and Programs Director, NAPAWF
  • Tina Pham, Community Organizer, DC Nail Salon Project (a project of Many Languages, One Voice)
  • Hien Vu, Executive Director, Vietnamese American Community Service Center
  • Audrey Buehring, Senior Advisor Intergovernmental Affairs, White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders

What is most compelling about NAPAWF’s nail salon initiative is hearing the personal stories of API women (mostly of Vietnamese descent) who work in nail salons and have been negatively impacted through exposure to harmful chemicals in many of the hair and nail salon products used in salons throughout America. There was not one person in the room who did not know someone personally that is currently being impacted by the nail salon industry. We had a very thoughtful conversation around ways to assist local advocacy organizations in creating healthier work environments for our Asian American sisters in the Greater Washington Area: policy reform, volunteerism, community activism and building strategic partnerships. In addition we were able to raise $130 at the panel discussion that NAPAWF-DC will match, which brings the total to $260 to help Hien Vu run a summer program for Vietnamese Youth through the Vietnamese American Community Service Center!!

Workers’ Rights Hearing

On Saturday, May 28, NAPAWF-DC sisters co-sponsored APALA-DC’s Workers’ Rights Hearing at the National Education Association, where local workers and community liaisons shared their experiences and expertise with the audience.  The hearing featured testimonies on the right to organize, wage theft, immigrant worker exploitation and civil rights. Given the current attack on working people throughout the country, the hearing provided a local perspective of personal courage and strategies in the fight for worker solidarity and economic justice.

“Laughter Is the Best Medicine”

Later that night on May 28, NAPAWF-DC sisters volunteered for the first annual “Laughter Is the Best Medicine” benefit, hosted by the National Asian American Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) and Asian Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC), to raise awareness around mental health and disabilities in the API population. The event was held at George Washington University and brought together many people passionate about improving the quality of life for APIs. The night featured three comedians, a musical entertainer and many special surprises.

As the college year has come to an end, the NAPAWF chapter at Yale University is taking a mini-break to rejuvenate, but fear not, as Yale already has a blueprint for next year’s work! This past year, Yale collaborated with many campus groups to host a discussion on perceptions of beauty and put the Safe Cosmetics Act within the campus’s radar to support NAPAWF’s nail salon initiative. The wonderful ladies of Yale Chapter will stay on board in 2012 to continue building momentum on the initiative and solidify a coalition and campaign that give voice for API women and girls in the name of reproductive justice!

With all the anti-choice legislation and threats to reproductive health services, NAPAWF-Sacramento kicked into gear and galvanized past members and new guests to a chapter event in March. Stay tuned for what else we have to offer and ways you can get involved!

Orange County
“The Sweetest Things in Life”: It’s a fun-filled evening of sweet desserts, fierce API women, and hot topics around reproductive health! In March, the OC Chapter had its first successful afternoon (or in this case, evening) tea, which drew much interest from women seeking a warm, active, and progressive space. Coming up is a follow-up conversation and another tea time to bring more awareness of what the OC Chapter is, what we envision for the chapter, and how we are going to reach that vision!

Bay Area
The Bay Area didn’t just have one chapter retreat, but two! NAPAWF women are activists from all walks of life and play many roles within society. Hence, the Bay Area’s first chapter retreat focused on wellness and balance, while the second centered around strategic planning. Of course, both retreats included great food and fun!

Speaking of fun, the chapter gathered forces with the California Young Women’s Collaborative-UC Irvine for San Francisco’s May Day rally! The day was filled with signs, rallies, and a symbolic affirmation that NAPAWF’s movement is indeed national.

Seattle is welcoming the summer with open arms! Seattle Chapter has been working year-round on projects including:

  • Creating a nonprofit collaborative led by women of color advocates for reproductive justice called Surge Northwest,
  • Building coalitions to fight against the Board of Pharmacy and its biased practices on withholding medication from patients based on pharmacists’ religious views,
  • A community coalition advocating for a paid sick leave ordinance from the city, and
  • A “Girls’ Institute” in August 2012 that focuses on reproductive justice for young API women.

NAPAWF celebrates 15 years of visibility, action and justice!

Fifteen years ago, 156 fierce founding sisters gathered in Los Angeles to start NAPAWF. Since that time, we’ve been the political home for thousands of progressive API women and girls who are part of our movement for social justice and human rights and we’ve won numerous policy battles. Most of all, we made you visible.

Help us celebrate. In honor of our fifteen years, we’ve created a special place on our website,, for all of us to read interviews with our founding sisters, to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, and to envision what is in store for our next 15 years.

Making May Day fierce in 2011

On May 1, 2011, NAPAWF sisters in the Bay Area, DC and New York marched alongside the rest of the nation to stand in solidarity for workers around the world. The atmosphere for May Day’s rally in San Francisco was especially festive as students from our California Young Women’s Collaborative at UC Irvine joined forces with Bay Area sisters to chant and dance with allied organizations. A sign scribbled with the words “love across borders” and NAPAWF-DC’s banner were just a few ways our fierce sisters echoed NAPAWF’s sentiments for the work that we do and gave visibility to our movement for social justice. After a day of soaking in the sun, chanting, and dancing (while at it!), our activists posed in style for group pictures!  See more photos here.

May Membership Drive: A Fierce Competition

This year, we asked our activists to create a representation of where they see NAPAWF in the next 15 years for our annual May Membership Drive. St. Cloud put together a beautiful flower with petals that embodied its multi-visions; Orange County put together a photo collage, as did the Bay Area; Sacramento got fancy and made a video. 6 chapters entered, but only 3 categories to win from. For NAPAWF’s 2011 May Membership Drive, the winners are (yes, let’s hear that drumroll):

  • DC Chapter for most money raised ($2,745)
  • DC Chapter for most people who donated (45 individuals)!
  • Chicago Chapter for largest percent increase in membership!

Congratulations DC and Chicago! Both chapters will be receiving more NAPAWF swag to represent how fierce they are, including NAPAWF track jackets, printed NAPAWF t-shirts with chapters’ desired design, or NAPAWF bags made by a women’s collective in Cambodia!

One other great news to share is that with the combined efforts of our chapters, NAPAWF’s grassroots raised a total of $6,401, a 28% increase from last year and got 104 individuals to become more invested in our movement! Thank you to all those who participated for your efforts and contributions to our fight for human rights and social justice for API women and girls!

Student power: California Young Women’s Collaborative

Looking Back and Moving Forward: CYWC UCI Reflects on the Year’s Empowering Accomplishments

By Kelly Bui, Paula Noche, and Stephanie Ho

As our year-long CYWC cohort comes to an end here at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), the CYWC UCI cohort would like to share what we have accomplished. For the past eight weeks, we have applied what we’ve learned for the past two quarters and spread awareness through social action all across the state. This quarter we’ve been privileged to take part in legislative visits. Our first visit was with Congresswoman Judy Chu, who is the first Chinese American woman in Congress; another legislator we were honored to meet was Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. As a class, we were able to ask for their continued support of the Affordable Care Act and presented our fact sheets containing health data collected from our research study on API women from the previous quarters. Additionally, our class was able to work with UCI’s Health Education Center, in which we hosted a Brown Bag Seminar at UCI to educate and promote women’s health issues.

We not only applied ourselves to advocacy opportunities locally, but also on a statewide level. From April 30-May 3, several of our classmates traveled to San Francisco to march alongside the NAPAWF Bay Area sisters in the May Day rally to advocate for immigration rights, and also to Sacramento to participate in the API Policy Summit. The Policy Summit was an enriching two-day event consisting of workshops, legislative visits and opportunities to network with individuals from different fields in the API community. The Policy Summit not only exposed us to a unique opportunity to share UCI research findings, but also allowed us to share how we have grown to be more socially conscious about issues in the API community and apply ourselves as leaders advocating for change, a major tenet of the CYWC experience. Furthermore, the weeks of preparation for our workshop, “Engaging in Community Participatory Research, Leadership, and Activism,” was well worth the countless long nights dedicated to the Policy Summit work. The experience tested our abilities to work as a group, speak publicly, and more importantly, to have a voice about the issues applicable to our community.

Additionally, the CYWC cohort hosted its very first summit, Voice & Visibility: Asian & Pacific Islander Women’s Health Summit, which took place on Wednesday, May 18 at UCI. The event was open to all UCI students, staff, the local community as well as API community advocates. The summit featured nine workshops put on by our very own CYWC students and members from our local community. This summit was a wonderful way to help spread awareness and give voice to women’s health issues through a series of workshops that focused on educating the general public on wellness and reproductive health issues. The summit also featured Dr. Sora Park Tanjasiri, professor of Health Sciences at California State University, Fullerton, as the keynote speaker. We were extremely pleased with the excellent turnout and would like to give a special thanks to Jenny Lam from the NAPAWF Board, Dr. James Lee from the UCI Department of Asian American Studies, Dr. Sora Park Tanjasiri, and many others for making this event possible.

Most importantly, being part of CYWC has given us many great opportunities that have taught us how to be leaders, share our research, and make lifelong friendships that we will never forget.

For more information, please visit our webpage.

NAPAWF seen and heard

  • March 16: The National Coalition of Immigrant Women’s Rights, co-led by NAPAWF, organized a roundtable, entitled “Lifting the Shadows from Immigrant Women,” to discuss how attacks on the 14th Amendment are negatively affecting multiple social justice movements. This talk-show style roundtable was facilitated by Christine Soyong Harley, NAPAWF’s Policy and Programs Director, and speakers included experts from National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Domestic Worker’s Alliance, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Environment Justice and Climate Change Initiative, and National Immigration Law Center.
  • March 28: NAPAWF is proud to help the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) celebrate its 40th Anniversary! At NFPRHA’s anniversary conference, Jaspreet Chowdhary, NAPAWF’s Reproductive Justice Fellow, presented on the important lens that NAPAWF contributes to the reproductive justice movement and intersectional analysis we utilize to advocate for API women and girls.
  • March 31: As the national philanthropy project of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority Inc. (KPL), Christine Soyong Harley was invited to speak at KPL’s chapter at the University of Connecticut. Christine’s discussion focused on immigration and touched upon the role of API women within families.
  • April 8-10: Not only was there presence from the NAPAWF staff at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) Conference, but also from our California Young Women’s Collaborative program at UC Irvine! This is a big shout out to Allison Nguyen, Jedrek Chua, and Deanna Thoi for bringing their activism from UC Irvine’s campus to Massachusetts! At CLPP, Christine Soyong Harley invigorated the crowd on the progressive visions for immigrant rights, described the nuances of the connection between immigrant rights and reproductive justice, and advocated for the need of reframing the concepts of parenting and mothering in an empowering way. Jaspreet Chowdhary focused her presentation on the politics of population control, in relation to abortion rights.
  • April 18: All the anti-choice rhetoric and cuts to women’s health services have gotten national communities in an uproar. Miram Yeung, Executive Director, was featured on New York’s Asia Pacific Forum to talk about the nuances of all the attacks on women’s humanitarian rights, specifically to the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community.
  • May 4: Longtime NAPAWF sister Doua Thor invited Christine Soyong Harley to present on Asian Pacific American leadership for her course at the University of Maryland. Christine described NAPAWF as an organization that strives to be a space that builds the leadership of API women and empowers API women to take on important issues impacting their communities.
  • May 16-20: As part of NAPAWF’s nail salon initiative, NAPAWF co-leads the National Health Nail Salon Alliance (NHNSA). For this particular week that we call “Week of Action,” NAPAWF released a new report, entitled “Removing the Topcoat,” and organized an inter-agency meeting to advocate for federal regulation of nail salon products before they go through market distribution. NAPAWF also organized a congressional briefing on the impact of nail salon products within the work environment and nail salon workers’ health. NAPAWF-DC had a tremendously informational panel discussion on the impact of toxins in nail products on nail salon workers as well.
  • May 18: As NHNSA’s week of action caught the attention of key players in DC and the public, Miriam Yeung was featured on Good Day New York talking about the harmful toxins within the cosmetic industry.
  • May 25: The Affordable Care Act has been in the hot seat. Jaspreet Chowdhary was featured on Raising Women’s Voices national call on health care equity. Rather than focus on racial disparities in the realm of health care, Jaspreet provided an intersectional analysis of how health care affects women of color and why reproductive justice is a necessary topic to include in conversations about health care reform.
  • June 6: The Chicago Chapter has been in full swing and sucessfully engaged the community on conversations about reproductive justice. Jaspreet Chowdhary visited Chicago and helped move the conversation towards a deeper RJ analysis regarding the issue of race and sex selection. The discussion topic highly emphasized the connection between son preference and sex selection abortion bans and that reproductive justice aims to advocate for women’s control over their own bodies as well as counter the culture of son preference.

Comings and Goings


NAPAWF is proud to announce the hiring of a new Administrative Assistant: H’Rina Detroy. H’Rina hails from Connecticut and Maine, but now calls New York her home. With a background in journalism and a passion for social justice for API women and girls, H’Rina’s expertise and energy adds extra sizzle to our fierce movement and especially the New York office.

In our DC office, we welcome Linh Chuong as a summer intern! Linh is ethnically Yao Chinese, born in Vietnam, and raised in the heart of Los Angeles. Her personal experience with various issues in LA motivated her to pursue a degree in Gender and Social Justice at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She is a quirky, energetic, and vocal individual who is honored to be working in solidarity with and for her fellow API sisters through NAPAWF.

Joining our Policy Team for the summer is also Vasu Reddy. Vasu is a Public Interest Law Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, where she is a member of the class of 2013. She served as a legal intern working on issues of human trafficking at the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, and next year will serve as Vice President of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Prior to law school, she gained a background in domestic violence and human trafficking while working at Sanctuary for Families in New York City. Vasu received an A.B. in Government from Harvard University in 2006.

Kimberly Lee is also helping keep our summer in DC with high energy. Kim is an upcoming 2L at the Seattle University School of Law and the vice president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice-SU Chapter. Prior to a last-minute decision to head off to law school, she was on the path of becoming a journalist, holding various internships with local publications in Washington state and news editing for her undergraduate paper. Her desire was to someday write articles that would raise awareness about global women’s rights issues. It was during her time as news editor, when she frequently dealt with ethical and policy issues, that she became interested in law school. She is now interested in taking a more active advocacy role for reproductive justice and is looking forward to learning about the specific concerns that API women face in reproductive rights. Kim received her B.A. in communications and philosophy at the University of Washington in Seattle. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, writing, and playing tennis.

NAPAWF was sad to see Vui Ung, former Administrative Assistant, leave in March 2011. However, with great news, we excitedly congratulate Vui on her new journey into the health field in Minnesota. Look out, Minneapolis and Saint Cloud! We’re sending a fierce sister your way!

policy and action

Policy corner: Updates from Capitol Hill

Salon Workers Take on DC!

The National Healthy Nail Salon Workers Alliance (Alliance), co-led by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, and Women’s Voices for the Earth, partnered with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) to host the first Healthy Salon Week of Action in Washington, DC, and across the country. The amazing, whirlwind success of the Week of Action once again proves how important it is to elevate the voices of workers and enable them to tell their own stories. Successes from the Week of Action include:

  1. The EPA agreed to translate its Best Practices Guide into Vietnamese and Korean languages and will complete its Healthy Hair Guide within the next few months.
  2. NIOSH will release a new health hazard evaluation for nail salons soon to help the federal government to assess exposure to toxins.
  3. OSHA has released a National Health Hazard Alert in English and Vietnamese to warn salon owners and stylists about risks of formaldehyde exposure from using hair straightening product, Brazilian Blowout.
  • The Alliance partnered with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus to host a successful Congressional Briefing on Toxins in Salons.
  • Alliance members met with 23 Congressional offices in DC to share the important message and personal stories from workers about the importance of the Safe Cosmetics Act.
  • Three nail salon owners and workers came to Washington, DC for the first time to tell their own stories and advocate for the need for action by Congress to improve health and safety standards.
  • The Healthy Salon Week of Action garnered national attention, including print and TV coverage of nail salon workers and regulation of toxins in cosmetics in 12 media sources.
  • Importantly, the noise coming from DC was echoed by members in local communities as well! The DC chapter put on a local face to NAPAWF’s national healthy nail salon worker policy priorities and organized a hugely successful panel event. Forty-five community members attended and heard compelling personal stories of API women who have been negatively impacted by exposure to harmful chemicals in nail salon products. The event also connected local groups who are beginning to take interest in the issue of nail salon worker health and safety. Movement-building was in the air.
  • More than 248 NAPAWF members took time to learn more about nail salon worker health and safety and take action. Through your activism within NAPAWF’s movement and submission clicks, 16 legislators from 14 states received an advocacy letter in support of the Safe Cosmetics Act!

With much success achieved, we are looking forward to more growth and expansion on this important issue that affects such a vast majority of API women we know in some capacity. Onward!


Reflections from the Community Organizer

My biggest highlight throughout the year is seeing chapter leaders and members. Regardless of how short and what the content of my conversation with NAPAWF sisters are, the opportunity to interact with passionate API women who devote time to a great cause and a great change is re-energizing and motivational. This year, I had the chance to visit our St. Cloud Chapter twice: in September for a chapter retreat and last month for NAPAWF-St. Cloud’s teen retreat.

September was when the actual blueprint for a second teen retreat came about. In Minnesota, API girls make up the highest statistical rate of low self-esteem. As an empowerment model, the St. Cloud Chapter focused its teen retreat on building a broader awareness of what it means to be an API woman and girl and building a safe space for API Minnesotan teens to use their voices. With an entire ten months of strategic planning, the two-and-a-half-day retreat was implemented in late May. The retreat was facilitated by interns, chapter members, and longtime NAPAWF sister Ilean Her. Workshop topics included API and women’s history, the concept of “isms,” an introduction to RJ, immigration, spoken word, and last but certainly not least, role-playing and a talent showdown.

One particular session allowed many people, almost everyone, to open up and talk about what we as API women and girls struggle with within our personal lives. Laid in the center of the group circle were random objects. Each individual was asked to pick an object that resonated with them and share their story with the group. Included in the set of objects was a makeup kit swooped by a teen participant. To this young woman, makeup became a part of who she was, and everyone, including herself, at school used it. Simultaneously, makeup was a tool that she used to hide herself, and her usage of it became heavier as time progressed. That reflection and the courage to share those words was highly symbolic, because it was a pivotal moment exemplifying the need for St. Cloud Chapter’s work and what sisters there have invested effort in for the past 3-plus years.

This reflection piece is dedicated to the St. Cloud Chapter for establishing a rare and safe space for API girls in Minnesota to share a part of who they are and seeding a sense of community and support for who they want to be.

In sisterhood,


Feature: I Am From

At our 2011 Chapter Leaders Training, NAPAWF sisters shared their background and experiences with one another through a self-written poem entitled, “I Am From.” To highlight the commonalities and diversity of the NAPAWF sisterhood, we will feature an “I Am From” poem for each issue. We hope that through these poems, we are able to give a picture of where we, as NAPAWF, come from.

If you would like to contribute to this section, please contact Kathy ( for submission details.

I Am From….
by Azania Tripp 

I am from the thoughts of a turtle
That turned into the world.
I am from a womb
That made me a child.

I am from a grandma’s patients
And her constant pet tales.
I am from a father in a basement
That does my laundry without separating colors.

I am from everyday stiry fry something
And once live biscuits cooked of the dog that smells so good.
I am from multicolored unmatchable clothes unmatchable clothes
From a sister and mom.

I am from playtimes with my brother
Being super cleaner uppers.
I am from open mouths
And constant stares.

Acknowledgments and thank you’s

A big thank you to all of our new and renewing members and supporters who gave between March 15, 2011, and May 21, 2011. Your financial support helps NAPAWF in our efforts to achieve human rights and social justice for API women and girls.

Michelle Abrenilla, Berkeley, CA
Rosie Abriam, Bethesda, MD
Azizah Ahmad, Washington, DC
Amanda Allen, Brooklyn, NY
Jocelyn Aquino, Davis, CA
Meina Banh, Washington, DC
Maya Bueno, San Leandro, CA
Alexander Cena, Alexandria, VA
Gregory Cendana, Washington, DC
Jessica Cendana, Washington, DC
Maggie Chan, New York, NY
Rebecca Chan, Seattle, WA
Gloria Chan, Washington, DC
Candace Chen, San Francisco, CA
Sophal Chhon, Sacramento, CA
Anne Chiang, Washington, DC
Marcus Choi, Santa Clara, CA
Mei Yi Chou, Valley Stream, NY
Vicky Chung, Seattle, WA
Danielle Duong, San Jose, CA
Marita Etcubanez, Washington, DC
Lynn Faria, Brooklyn, NY
Marlene Fried, Somerville, MA
James Getomer, San Francisco, CA
Judy Gong, Oakland, CA
Iris Ho, Washington, DC
Chantra Hok, Lauderdale, MN
Willis Hon, Washington, DC
Priscilla Huang, Takoma Park, MD
Jeff Huang, Honolulu, HI
Priscilla Hung, Oakland, CA
Kendra Hutchinson, Brooklyn, NY
Kenny Huynh, Arlington, TX
DJ Ida, Denver, CO
Casey Jackson, Philadelphia, PA
Sujatha Jesudason, Oakland, CA
Krystal Kaai, Washington, DC
Elizabeth Kim, Washington, DC
Kyoko Kishimoto, St. Cloud, MN
Joy Kobayashi, Hilo, HI
Jacqueline Kook, New York, NY
Christina Lagdameo, Washington, DC
Jason Lagria, Washington, DC
Jessica Lee, Washington, DC
Karin Lee, Inverness, Illinois
Tong Lee, Alexandria, VA
Karen Leu, Takoma Park, MD
Gening Liao, Los Angeles, CA
Holly Lim, Oakland, CA
Diana Lin, Chicago, IL
Christina Liu, Washington, DC
Jennifer Low, Daly City, CA
Eric Ly, Hyattsville, MD
Nhuanh Ly, Oakland, CA
Jacinta Ma, Bethesda, MD
Tam Ma, Sacramento, CA
Teddy Miller, Washington, DC
Derek Mong, Potomac, MD
Pang Houa Moua, Washington, DC
Mary Nguyen, Renton, WA
Tu-Anh Nguyen, Oakland, CA
Vivienne Nguyen, Hempstead, NY
Michelle Nguyen, Washington, DC
Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Fullerton, CA
Juliane Nguyen, Garden Grove, CA
Phuong-Lan Nguyen, Washington, DC
Judy Norsigian, Chestnut Hill, MA
Catherina Nou, Davis, CA
Lynn Paltrow, New York, NY
Avani Parekh-Bhatt, Durham, NC
Diana Rhodes, Washington, DC
Cora Roelofs, Jamaica Plain, MA
Phiengtavanh Savatdy, Brooklyn Center, MN
Devan Shea, Washington, DC
Ruth Sherman, St. Cloud, MN
Matthew Tae, Philadelphia, PA
Sora Park Tanjasiri, Irvine, CA
Monica Thammarath, Washington, DC
Doua Thor, Washington, DC
Azania Tripp, St. Cloud, MN
Hedy Tripp, St. Cloud, MN
Yvonne Truong, Anaheim, CA
Katie Truong, Alexandria, VA
Lan Van, Washington, DC
Amee Vang, St. Cloud, MN
Alexandria Vang, St. Cloud, MN
Nancy Vang, St. Cloud, MN
Alyson Woo, Sacramento, CA
Jacqueline Wu, El Monte, CA
Mariko Yamada, Sacramento, CA
Linda Yang, San Francisco, CA
Jenny R. Yang & Kil Huh, Washington, DC
Jessica Yang, Waldorf, MD
Alvina Yeh, Washington, DC
Jason Yeh, Honolulu, HI
Yue Yu, Gaithersburg, MD

NAPAWF gratefully acknowledges donations made in honor of the following individuals between March 15, 2011, and May 21, 2011 (listed in alphabetical order by honoree’s last name).

Olivia Chow from Leonie Williams, Newport News, VA
Chris Soyong Harley from Anne Harley, Arnold, MD
Kappa Phi Lambda from Aiganym Barzhaxynova, Fairfax, VA
Vera Kawamura from Jessica Kawamura, Arlington, VA
Sobuon Leng from Tina Nguyen, Garden Grove, CA
Jenny Ton from Annelise Grimm, San Francisco, CA
Jenny Ton from Vay Hoang, Union City, CA
Jenny Ton from Priscilla Hung, San Francisco, CA
Jenny Ton from Elaine Kamlley, Daly City, CA
Jenny Ton from Jennifer Low, Oakland, CA
Jenny Ton from Margo Moritz, Pomona, CA
Jenny Ton from Jennifer Pae, Oakland, CA
Jenny Ton from Dania Sayvongsa, Oakland, CA
Jenny Ton from Maria Sipin, Oakland, CA
Jenny Ton from Jella Suh, Walnut, CA
Jenny Ton from Brennan Taylor, Oakland, CA
Chi- Ser Tran from Stephen Baron, Mishawaka, IN
Chi- Ser Tran from Aaron Blacksberg, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Christina Fong, Moraga, CA
Chi- Ser Tran from Robert Grant, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Timothy Huey, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Mary Huynh, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Zita Jackson, Brooklyn, NY
Chi- Ser Tran from Tam Lam, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Keith Lau, New York, NY
Chi- Ser Tran from Kim Le, New York, NY
Chi- Ser Tran from Ariane Ling, New York, NY
Chi- Ser Tran from Ariella Louie, Arlington, VA
Chi- Ser Tran from Ryan Ly, Fremont, CA
Chi- Ser Tran from Vincent Ly, San Jose, CA
Chi- Ser Tran from Patrick Maloney, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Emerald Maravilla, Oakland, CA
Chi- Ser Tran from Divya Musinipally, Cupertino, CA
Chi- Ser Tran from Sachin Patel, Toronto, Ontario
Chi- Ser Tran from Shakema Philbert, Rockville, MD
Chi- Ser Tran from Jennifer Phuong, Somerville, MA
Chi- Ser Tran from Zhengqing Qi, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Jimmy Quach, New York, NY
Chi- Ser Tran from Serena Sams, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Sarah Schwartz, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Joseph Selfridge, Foster City, CA
Chi- Ser Tran from Catherine Song, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Serena Teng, Washington, DC
Chi- Ser Tran from Uyen Tran, Brooklyn, NY
Chi- Ser Tran from Julia Tse, Walnut Creek, CA
Chi- Ser Tran from Misha Tsukerman, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Ella Tu, Irvine, CA
Chi- Ser Tran from Cedric Ulad, Chevy Chase, MD
Chi- Ser Tran from Jeffrey Vuong, Brooklyn, NY
Chi- Ser Tran from Stanley Wong, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Julia Yang, Philadelphia, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Rattana Yeang, Hatfield, PA
Chi- Ser Tran from Allen Yu, Aurora, CO
Chi- Ser Tran from Jason Yu, Seoul, Korea
Chi- Ser Tran from Lily Yuan, Flushing, NY
Chi- Ser Tran from Lucy Zhou, Philadelphia, PA
Chi-Ser Tran and Jessica Cendana from John Vu, Washington, DC
Sang Leng Trieu from Khim Trieu Lok, Milpitas, CA
Sang Leng Trieu from Wendy Sanchez, San Ramon, CA
Joshua Wyatt from Bonnie Chan, Berkeley, CA
Miriam Yeung, Kathy Huynh, Linda Nguyen, Vui Ung from Marilla Li, Oakland Gardens, NY

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