The NAPAWF-San Diego 2016 Retreat was held on Sunday, March 6, from 10am to 4pm, with 11 attendees.

It was great catching up with familiar faces and meeting new ones at the start of the day. The board started things off with introductions then everyone outlined the Community Rules for the event. Amelia, our Leadership Development Coordinator, shared the Mission Statement (see below) and we had a discussion on what it means to us as well as how it was created. All of this was followed by a powerful and refreshing Mindfulness Meditation led by Advisory Board member, Linda Le. After an Ice-Breaker activity, we discussed possible events for the year that fit in with the Mission Statement as well as increasing and sustaining membership with various events. Then our Queer Issues Coordinator, Karen Villa, led us in an activity called “Theatre of the Oppressed.” This is a form of community-based education that uses theater as a tool for social change. We partnered and presented a situation where the audience can become active by jumping into active performance to help all explore, show, analyze and transform the reality in which they are living and explore solutions on the issue at hand. After the retreat, the board finalized the 2016 Events (see below).

Here’s a photo of some of the awesome womyn in attendance!

NAPAWF retreat

The NAPAWF-SD Mission

NAPAWF Mission Statement

Ice-Breaker-  We are now known as Krazy Karen, Yummy Yaejoon, Graceful Gracelynne, Awesome (transitioning to Angry) Amelia, Energetic Erin, Joyful Jo, Wild Wilda, Loving Linda, Sneaky Sam, and more! We’re so thankful for everyone who attended and look forward to all we’ll accomplish together this year!

NAPAWF Icebreaker

2016 Events

Month Event Title
April Board Meeting
May 14 Bi-Visibility Workshop-Details coming
May Social Hour
June KAMP Collaboration
June Board Meeting
June Social Hour
July Social Hour
July Board Meeting
August Beach Day
August Board Meeting
September Immigration Workshop w/SDIRC
September Vegetarian Festival  
October Social Hour to RECRUIT 2017 Board
October Advisory Board Meeting
November RJ / Arts and Activism
December Holiday Party / Elections

Green = Board meetings

Red = Social events

Blue = Educational workshops & Political Action events


Upcoming Elections for NAPAWF San Diego Officers

NAPAWF-SD Board application 2014

Deadline to turn in the application (link above) is Friday November 7th. Elections will take place on Thursday, November 13th, from 6-7pm at the Center on Policy Initiatives. Address is 3727 Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley. ALL members are invited to attend and elect their new board for 2015! The election will be followed by a short meeting to transition the new and old board (members are of course welcome to stay for this portion).

For more info contact Trinh Le:

NAPAWF-San Diego Officially Endorses Props B and C!

NAPAWF-San Diego officially endorses and strongly urges everyone to Vote YES on Props B and C in the upcoming June 3rd, 2014 Primaries. For an easy to read comprehensive guide on the issues in Props B and C, check out Guide to San Diego Props B and C written by one of our own NAPAWF-San Diego members, Korinna Li! The issues are highlighted in her senior thesis project from the University of San Diego.

Please scroll down to the section on page 10 entitled “What’s Up With B and C” (if you do not wish read the historical context of Barrio Logan or critical frameworks) OR you can read the section below:

What’s Up With Props B and C

Now for the part you’ve been hoping would hurry up and finally manifest (unless you skipped the mental trudge through the past half+ dozen pages)! I will be breaking down the key arguments of the referendum launched against the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update (hereby referred to as CPU, or Update) by framing the arguments as a pro and con debate. Since this is ultimately about helping you decide how to vote on Props B and C on June 3rd, the arguments will be divided into the pros and con of having the referendum against the CPU, rather than pros and cons of the CPU itself (although I will provide a discussion of that at the end).

The Shipyard Repair Association (SRA; includes NASSCO, BAE Systems, and Continental Maritime of San Diego) and their cohorts represent those who are for the referendum (pro) and urge voters to vote NO on Props B & C.

The Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), the community, and stakeholders (which the SRA were included as part of during the Community Plan Update process) of Barrio Logan, and their constituents represent those who are opponents of the referendum (con) and urge voters to vote YES on Props B &C.

                                            Quick Recap You Don’t Want To Skim

I have already outlined the events and key players that culminated in this current struggle in Barrio Logan in the Timeline to Referendum section, but here’s a recap in case you critically skimmed the previous section and missed the critical points:

1) Between 2008-2013, the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) spearheaded the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update efforts with Barrio Logan residents and stakeholders (which included the SRA) in order to create an updated Community Plan that would begin to alleviate the toxic living conditions created by existing industrial and residential mixed-use zoning.

2) A CPU that was a compromise between the Update the community of Barrio Logan and the Update the maritime industries proposed was approved by the San Diego City Council last September, 2013 and this approval is called Resolution 308445

3) Cityzens of San Diego will be voting on the CPU because the Shipyard Repair Association (SRA) created the Protect Our Jobs Coalition, and through a paid city-wide campaign launched in October, 2013, gathered enough signatures to place a referendum on the Resolution.

4) Props B and C are 2 separate votes. A Yes on Prop B means that you uphold City Council’s Resolution approving the CPU; a Yes on Prop C means you also support the zoning Ordinances of the CPU (zoning dictates the land use of a city, and zoning changes was a key component of the CPU).

Below are some other facts about the events leading up to, and about the Referendum:

Price Tag of Protect Our Jobs Campaign

The SRA (NASSCO, BAE Systems, and Continental Maritime of San Diego) & co (& co includes all their campaign hires) formally formed the Project Our Jobs Coalition and launched a city-wide campaign in October of 2013. According to a February 2014 article, “Protect Our Jobs Coalition financially underwater” in the San Diego Reader by Dorian Hargrove (who got the numbers from the most recent campaign finance disclosure), the Protect Our Jobs Coalition had spent $730,000 as of February on the petition drive, legal fees and consultants to ensure the success of the referendum on the CPU (SRA hired National Petition Management, Inc. as its lead contractor for the petition drive, and public relations firm Southwest Strategies to lead their oppositional efforts to the CPU; Southwest’s president Chris Wahl has become the main spokesperson for the pro referendum efforts). Of the total costs, $185,000 was reported to have been spent on the petition drive itself (petition gathers were reportedly paid between $3-$5 per signature). With its mighty campaign budget, SRA & co were able to turn in a total of 56,000 signatures to the City Clerk’s office—over 15,000 signatures more than needed for a referendum to go on a ballot.

411 On Some Technical Planning Lingo

For those of you interested in understanding the technical urban planning aspect of the CPU, here are some quick facts. The CPU is a comprehensive update to the (currently used) 1978 Barrio Logan/Harbor 101 Plan, and will also update the city of San Diego’s 2008 General Plan.

The CPU is happening because of incompatible land use in Barrio Logan. In most other neighborhoods, zoning (laws which dictate the land use within a local region) clusters and separates industrial, commercial, and residential land uses as much as possible (this organization is considered compatible land use and the ideal for land use planning) for the sake of the health of residents, as well as protecting the longevity of the industries and businesses. In Barrio Logan however, residential, commercial, and industry are all literally scattered all over the neighborhood and exist right next to each other, thus making the existing land use incompatible.

A General Plan is a city’s official, comprehensive blueprint/master plan designed to guide future growth and development throughout the city; each neighborhood in a city has their own Community Plan, which is their own master plan for their neighborhood. These Plans must work in conjunction to and implement the General Plan’s policies and goals at the neighborhood level; the Barrio Logan CPU will update the 2008 San Diego General Plan as it will be incorporated into the Land Use Element in the General Plan, and it will also update the Local Coastal Program and Implementation Plan.

Community Event: SDAYO Fundraiser


Where: Ly’s Garden Restaurant | 4350 54th Street Suite B., San Diego, CA 92115

When: Friday, May 30, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Cost: $35.00 per person/ $350 for a table of 10

Includes: 6 course meal and a drink

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Phet Guiney at (619) 515-2729 or email at

ABOUT SDAYO (San Diego Asian Youth Organization):


The San Diego Asian Youth Organization (SDAYO), was founded by the San Diego Police Department in 1995. It is a non-profit organization located inside the San Diego Police Department’s Multi-cultural Community Relations Office next to Colina Del Sol Park.

SDAYO brings together a diverse group of teenagers and provides them with the resources necessary to give back to their community. The members participate in cultural and civic activities as well as community service events all around San Diego. The youth also learn more about issues in their world through the many guest speakers and educational workshops offered through SDAYO. During summer, they are then rewarded for their hard work and dedication by being able to go on field trips to places like Disneyland, Six Flags, and Universal Studios (for free!). SDAYO not only teaches leadership and communication skills but also motivates teens to do things that benefit their future instead of turning to drugs and gangs.

Teenagers who participate on a regular basis receive recognition from police officers as well as various other community leaders. They are also given the opportunity to partake in a variety of internships and programs that will help them gain work experience, build their resume, and get into the college of their dreams.

DISCUSS | Human Trafficking in San Diego


ICWJ Interfaith Summit on Ending
Human Trafficking in San Diego
Faith Makes A Difference!
Thursday, May 8
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Expert Panel followed by Roundtable Discussion
We will have a panel of expert speakers including Clergy, Law Enforcement, Service Providers, Educators and Survivors, followed by Q&A
Questions & RSVP:
Michelle Shoemaker
Congregational Liaison
Call us at (619) 584-5740
San Diego First Church of the Nazarene
Point Loma Nazarene University campus
3901 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Human Trafficking …
Human Trafficking is a hot topic today in our communities and congregations; especially among our youth. Hundreds of minors are trafficked every night in San Diego County, most likely within a short distance from your doorstep. It has been suggested that for each sex trafficking victim, there are eight labor trafficking victims. As people of faith, how do we educate ourselves and our congregations, to respond and work to abolish trafficking in our County? Join us for this important discussion.

Membership Spotlight: Helen Leung

April Membership Spotlight: Helen Leung


Interview by Janice Tang

Helen is the workaholic Social Justice nut that commands Pride’s unrepentantly geeky Nerd-Herd with an iron fist. Translation: Helen Leung is the Operations Manager at San Diego LGBT Pride. She graduated from UC San Diego in 2012. She enjoys cheese, Star Trek, and making the world a better place. It’s the simple things, really. Helen was born and raised in San Diego, and has lived here for the vast majority of her life.

1) Helen, can you please tell us why you decided to stay connected and involved in the San Diego community and NAPAWF-SD?

I stay because I want to engage with like-minded people who nurtured my desire to continue doing social justice work after graduating college. It’s tough to find similar API spaces in this city, so NAPAWF is a breath of fresh air.

2) Self-care is very important and oftentimes we forget to practice it when life gets busy. How do you practice self-care while balancing your job, your membership in NAPAWF, and your other community activities?

Does eating an entire order of carne asada fries count? #kiddingbutnotreally. Up until a year ago, I wasn’t aware that self-care is actually a thing. Needless to say, I’m working on it. For me, creating a few non-work-related blocks of time throughout the week helps me push through busy season at Pride. I take yoga classes to calm myself down. I also cook for myself on the weekends. After Pride is over, I take a weekend off to catch up on sleep.

3) NAPAWF-SD’s first fundraiser of the year is a comedy showing of “18 Mighty Warriors.” Why do you think it is important to bring Asian and Pacific American issues to the mainstream, particularly in the entertainment field?

I could go into an incredibly verbose explanation of why media representation has the power to shape dominant narratives about oppressed groups of people in ways that have material impact on marginalized communities, but in the end, it’s really simple. If all of our stories aren’t told, how can we expect others to see our humanity?

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Want to share a fellow NAPAWF member’s story and passion here?
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Membership Spotlight: Amy Chang

March Membership Spotlinght: Amy Chang



Interview by Janice Tang

Amy Chang is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working at her private practice, Amy Chang Therapy. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UCLA and a Masters in Counseling, MFT from SDSU. She enjoys playing board games, photography, being out in nature, and being around fun, energizing positive people.

1) Amy, you were a Board member of NAPAWF SD in 2013. Can you please tell us what influenced that decision and why you decided to stay connected?

When I attended UCLA as an undergraduate student, I actively participated in amazing student organizations that raised my awareness on the issues affecting the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities. When I returned to San Diego, I went seeking for a supportive, nurturing, like-minded space. However it was difficult for me to find a space that felt comfortable. I felt loss in a sea of organizations and groups that didn’t fit my personality, desires, and hopes. As NAPAWF began to form, I felt the passion of the other folks in the space to create a nurturing, collaborative space to advocate for social justice and equality for the APA community. I fell in love and continued to be involved in the space ever since.

2) What are some events that affected you personally and drives you to stay involved in your community?

Having a sense of community is so important to my own emotional well-being. When I transitioned to LA for school, I had a really difficult time adjusting to the new fast-paced city and the people. The busy environment didn’t align with my calm temperament. Adjusting to new places became a challenge for me and developing a community at school helped me flourished in LA. Being around people with shared common interests and purpose helps me feel nurtured. Thus, it is important for me to continue be involved with my community.

3) You gave an amazing workshop during the NAPAWF February Social on wellness and positive self-image, can you please explain why this was important?

As an Asian American woman, there are specific challenges to my gender and ethnicity that makes it more difficult to have a positive self-image. For example, in a male dominated world, women are often made to feel inferior to their male counterparts. Even in our modern society, the U.S. Census reported women continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. According to Catalyst women CEO only occupy 4.6 % of Fortune 500 companies. There has yet to be a female US president. Also, in certain countries, there are explicit messages that male are more valuable than female. Additionally, when we examine print ads, media, and movies, Asian Pacific Americans are practically invisible. How many APA actress/models/leaders can you identify? Asian American women are underrepresented in the media. Having a lack of role models in the community impacts one’s self esteem. Therefore, it is important to focus on creating a positive self-image for ourselves as Asian Pacific Americans and also take care of our own well-being. This is especially important for NAPAWF members that are constantly advocating for a healthier community and a better future.

4) What do you hope to personally accomplish this year?

It is important for me to experience and be aware of the joy, happiness, and the simple pleasures in my life amidst our high stress society. One thing that I find great pleasure in is exploring new places, people, and food. I love to experience new cultures and neighborhoods. Thus, I hope to be able to take trips to a new location each year to learn and discover the existing beauty of our world. Another thing I hope for is to write a book to help people find more inner peace and happiness. I want to learn the ins and out of what it takes to write a book and be able to offer people what I have learned as a therapist. I see a lot of people experience distress due to external triggers and societal pressure that can be alleviated. Thus, I wish to be able to share my knowledge with the work I have done to help people cultivate happiness.

5) What is the direction you see San Diego heading in, and how will NAPAWF SD fit into that?

Historically, San Diego is a conservative city though there are amazing organizations and groups working hard to educate and advocate for equality for all. SD appears to be slowly transitioning to more progressive values. NAPAWF SD is helping with the transition and is also bringing attention to the needs of the marginalized APA community. NAPAWF has been able to gain momentum with the membership growth, visibility at community events, and also hosting informative workshops to raise awareness on issues that have impacted the APA community. NAPAWF SD is part of the collective voice in San Diego as the city continues its transition to more progressive values.

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