NAPAWF-SD May 2016 Newsletter

NAPAWF San Diego Presents “Bi-Visibility Workshop

Join NAPAWF-SD on Saturday, May 28 from 6-8pm (location TBD) for our Annual Membership Drive & APAHM event!

With over 9 million LGBT people in the United States, more than half identify as bisexual. However, the high poverty, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health outcomes within the bisexual population—often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers—point toward an urgent need to provide services and support for this segment of the community. “Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans.” Report, 2014.

As an interactive session for members and allies of the API LGBT Community, this workshop will involve a guided discussion around aspects of being non-monosexual within API spaces. Come prepared to see what our sexualities and identities look like on the Spectrum. an interactive session for members and allies of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender (LGBT) Community, this workshop will involve a guided discussion around aspects of being non-monosexual within API spaces. Come prepared to see what our sexualities and identities look like on the Spectrum. Please contact Samantha at for more information or visit the event page on Facebook to RSVP. Look forward to seeing you there!

In the Community

Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego event
May 18 at 5:30pm
Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD) is commemorating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a reenactment of the 1875 case, 22 Lewd Chinese Women: Chy Lung v. Freeman.  For more information and to RSVP visit:

D6 Night Market
May 21 at 4:00-10:00pm
Night markets, which are a popular tradition throughout Asia and other parts of the world, are an open-air casual social gathering and fill a need for civic community. They are a chance to leisurely stroll, shop, and eat while enjoying the excitement and pleasure that comes from being part of a festive crowd. Located at Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St, 92126. For more information, please visit:

High School FilGrad of San Diego
May 22 at 2:30-5:00pm
The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) will be hosting its 8th High School Filipino/a Graduation of San Diego co-sponsored by the Filipino American Educators Association of San Diego County (FILAMEDA). The celebration will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Centro Cultural de la Raza.  For more information, please visit:

Lao American Writers Summit 2016
May 27 at 9:00am-4:00pm & May 28 at 9:00am-4:30pm
The summit aims to be a gathering space for creative professionals of Lao American background and those who support the community. Its objective is to open dialogue on the current state of creative writing, visual artistry, social media, and community advocacy of Lao Americans whose history ties with the events tracing back to the 1975 Diaspora of people from Laos. The event will take place at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd, 92101. The Summit is free of charge. The Reception has a $10.00 entrance fee. For more information or to RSVP, visit:

In Case You Missed It: #ICYMI

Last month, NAPAWF celebrated 20 years of advancing social justice and human rights for AAPI womyn and girls in the United States! Click here for info about the 20th Anniversary Gala and click here to see photos from the event.

The NAPAWF San Diego Board sends our sincere gratitude to our members and allies. Your passion and dedication to empower the AAPI community on a local, national and global level is a constant inspiration to us.
We couldn’t do what we do without your support!

2016 NAPAWF San Diego Leadership

Chair: Samantha Howell
Political Action & Awareness Coordinator: Gracelynne West
Leadership Development Coordinator: Amelia Ortega
Queer Issues Coordinator: Karen Villa
Communications Coordinator: Tina Helmstreit

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the San Diego Chapter or want to get more involved, please email for more information.

Community Event: Khmer New Year Festival, the Year of the Horse

DATE: Saturday, April 12, 2014 and Sunday, April 13, 2014

LOCATION: Colina Del Sol Park

Hosted by San Diego’s Cambodian American community. There will be Pageant competition to select the New Year’s Angel, cooking demo, eating contest, traditional games and dances, classical and modern music, pony ride, spicy food, and more. Come and join for 2 days of family fun under the warm sun with fresh spring air. For more info, please contact

Community Event: Lao New Year Festival 2014

DATE: Saturday, April 5, 2014 and Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

LOCATION: Market Creek Plaza / Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

Hosted by Lao Community Cultural Center of San Diego.  There will be Angel of Mercy Parade, Beauty Pageant Competition, Classical dance and music; Lao Food Booths, Retails, kid zones; Sports competition (Ping Pong, Basketball & Kataw) and Lao Idol competition.  For more info, please contact:

Community Event: The Inaugural Filipino Sun Festival

DATE: Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 11am – 6pm

LOCATION: Mira Mesa Park, across from Mira Mesa High School

(map 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, California 92126).

Presented and hosted by Operation Samahan. First Filipino Sun Festival, featuring a community produced event to celebrate Filipino and Filipino American culture in Mira Mesa!  Traditional and contemporary performances, art, food, educational and cultural fun for the whole family. Cultural exhibits, children’s activity, history of tattoo pavilion, health and wellness pavilion, and more! FREE!