The First 100 Days, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Every Day Thereafter
By Elena Ong
Because of what AA NHPIs did on November 4, 2008, CHANGE came to America, CHANGE came to Asian Pacific America.
Because of what AA NHPIs did on January 19, 2009, the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s National Day of Service, HOPE came to America, HOPE came to Asian America, HOPE came to Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander America.
From the First Day of the 2008 Presidential Election, to the First 200 Days of the Obama Administration, AA NHPIs throughout the nation, are answering President Obama’s Call for National Service
By believing in HOPE, because HOPE saves lives.
Every day, as the clock ticks, 6,000 patients diagnosed with myelolyphoma HOPE to LIVE, but only half-a-million AA NHPIs are in the Be the Match Registry, not enough to help everyone who needs a bone marrow transplant, to live. (delete to survive).
By creating SOLUTIONS, to keep HOPE alive.
By forming partnerships with AA NHPI medical leaders, community leaders, elected leaders, and patients, to prevent leukemia, and encourage more AA NHPIs to become bone marrow donors, and collaborating with Yul Kwon, Cook IslandsÂ’ Survivor and Spokesperson for the Be The Match Registry (BTM), Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA), AAPIs for Obama, APIAVote, APAs for Progress (APAP), Asian American Donor Program (AADP), Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M), Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation (CLLF), Family Bridges (FB), and South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters (SAMAR), Hon. Gary Locke, Hon. Fiona Ma, Hon. Jean Quan, Hon. Dee Andrews, Hon. Suja Lowenthal, and Hon. Harold Fong, to bring “The Gift of HOPE” to Asian Pacific America for the 2009 PIC National Day of Service at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic in Sacramento, the MLK Day Parade in Long Beach, the Tet Festival in San Francisco, the Renaissance Plaza in Oakland Chinatown, the APIA Vote Town Hall in Washington, DC, and at “Unity for the Sake of Change” at the Oakland Coliseum. That weekend, hundreds of AA NHPIs, from NYC to Long Beach, took a simple cheek swab, and registered to become a bone marrow donor, to give “The Gift of HOPEÂ” – a noble act, a noble gift of life, that money cannot buy. Dozens more “pledged it forward” by agreeing to organize AA NHPI Bone Marrow Awareness Days/Drives/Recruitment Parties.
The result? Passion. Momentum. A Lifelong Commitment Public Service.
The passion and momentum to propel National Service as more than One Day of National Service, but a Lifetime of National Service, not just on one day, but for the future, each and every day.
On Lunar New Year’s APAMSA teamed up with Yul Kwon to launch it’s National Public Service Project, “1,000 Cranes for Hope,” to register 1,000 AA NHPI Bone Marrow Donors by APA Heritage Month.Â Hon. Laura Lee worked with APAMSA UCI to host a bone marrow drive at the Cerritos Friendship Festival; APAMSAÂ’s National Bone Marrow Director, Vinca Chow, hosted a Â“See One, Do One, Teach One” bone marrow drive at Stanford Medical School; Cupertino Mayor Kris Wang organized bone marrow drives at public libraries throughout Cupertino; Jeanette Moy of APIAVote teamed up with OCA NY to organize bone marrow drives with NYC Councilmember John Liu; and National APAMSA launched it’s “1000 Cranes for Hope” You-Tube, featuring Yul Kwon and APAMSA President Shelly Choo, to inspire community leaders and GenerASIAN Next to be the momentum that spearheads APAHM “Be The Match” Parties.
organizing and speaking at APAMSA “1000 Cranes for Hope” bone marrow drives during APAHM and beyond.
3. Find an “1000 Cranes for Hope” Drive in AZ, CA, CT, DC, IL, MA, MD, NC, NV, NY, OR, TX or VT, and invite a friend to become one of APAMSA’s “1000 Cranes for HOPE.”
This a partial listing of APAMSAÂ’s “1000 Cranes for Hope” Parties/Bone Marrow Drives:
– April 22: University of Vermont, VT – Julie Kwok
– April 24/5: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ – Yeeck Sim
– April 24/5: California Democratic Party, Sacramento, CA – Senator Torres & Crystal Strait
– April 28/9: Stanford University, Stanford, CA – Vinca Chow
– April 29: Duke University, Durham, NC – Rachelle Rebong
– April 29: Univ of Chicago, SNMA, SMMA-MAPS, NNLAMS, Lambda Phi Epsilon & Pan Asia, Chicago, IL
– Apr 27-May 4: Yale University On-Line Drive, New Haven, CT – Vinca Chow
– May 2: Service in Asia Concert, San Francisco, CA – Vinca Chow
– May 4: Stanford University, Stanford, CA – Vinca Chow
– May 5: College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA – Khin Thu
– May 6: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA Â– Tristen Chun
– May 6: John Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, MD Â– Shelly Choo & June Peng
– May 6: Touro University Nevada, Henderson, NV – Hao Nguyen
– May 16: Asian Week APA Street Festival w SF Supervisors Chiu & Chu, SF, CA Â– Elena Ong
– May 18: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA Â– Tristen Chung
– May 18: UCLA Center for Health Sciences, Los Angeles, CA Â– Lynne Ada Chang
– May 18: UCSF Medical Sciences Building, SF, CA – Kristen Lum
– May 19-21: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR Â– J Chinn & S. Srikantom
– May 24: Baylor Vietnamese Outreach, Houston, TX Â– Revanthi Jyothindran & Peter Koon
– May 25-29: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX Â– Revanthai Jyothindran & Peter Koon
– May 26: API Legislative Summit, Sacramento, CA Â– API Leg Caucus, Diane Ujiiye & Elena Ong
– May 27: Microsoft, CA Wellness Fdn & IW Grp Â“Here & Now,” LA, CA – Bill Imada & E Ong
– May 28 Stanford Â“Be The MatchÂ” APAHM Dinner w Asm. Fiona Ma, Stanford, CA – V Chow
– May 30: OCA Asian Fair & NY Medical College, Valhalla, NY – Matt Chow
– June 1: APIA Health Forum, Washington DC – Deeana Jang, Shelly Choo & Elena Ong
– Oct 10: National APAMSA Conference, UCLA, LA, CA – Jim Nguyen & Jeff Chu
Remember “10/10,” the date of APAMSAÂ’s National Conference at UCLA, and be recognized as a Transformative Student and Community Leader who inspires National Public/Community Service by “keeping HOPE alive.”
Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation . China Spirit Music Ensemble . Dana Farber . Family Bridges . LOUD . South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters
Lynne Ada Chang, APAMSA UCLA . Dr. Art Chen . Hon. Jay Chen, Hacienda Heights School Board . Alex Cheng, APAMSA University of Michigan
Julie Chinn, APAMSA Oregon H&S University . Hon. David Chiu, President of SF Board of Supervisors . Shelly Choo, APAMSA President
Matt Chow, APAMSA NY Medical College . Hon. Carmen Chu, SF Supervisor . Hon. Judy Chu, California BOE Member
Tristen Chun, APAMSA Boston University SOM . Martha Dodge . Helen Dougherty, Native American Caucus . Hon. Mike Eng, California Assemblymember Hon. Harold Fong, Sacramento School Board Member . Hon. Paul Fong, California Assembly . Hon. Warren Furutani, California Assemblymember
Lillian Galedo, Filipino Immigrant Services . Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, Historic Filipinotown Festival . Carol Gillespie,Â AADP . Kimie Gon, UCLA
Sherri Hirota, Asian Health Services . Hon. Mike Honda, US Representative . Bill Imada, IW Group . Shin Ito, A3M
Peter Koon, APAMSA Baylor College of Medicine . Judy Jacobs, Native American Caucus . Dr. Ron Jacob, SAMAR . Dr. Ron Jan, Paul Hom Asian Clinic Corrinne Jang, Family Bridges . Deeana Jang, APIAHF . Joan Jia, OCA Westchester . Revanthi Jyothindran, APAMSA Baylor College of Medine
Eileen Kage, LOUD . Ms. Kahn, SAMAR . Kurt Kessler . Betsy Kim, AAPIs for Obama . Lawrence Kim, APAMSA UCI . Svetlana Kim, Author . Leslie Kimori, LOUD . Julie Kwok, AASU University of Vermont . Yul Kwon, Be The Match . Jeanne Kwong, Bone Marrow Recipient’s Family Member . Cammy Lee, Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation . Dr. Jhemon Lee, APAMSA . Hon. Laura Lee, Cerritos City Councilmember . Hon. Ted Lieu, California Assemblymember . Anne Liu, APAMSA UCLA . Hon. Carol Liu, California Senator . Hon. John Liu, NY City Councilmember . Peony Liu, APAMSA UCLA Hon. Henry Lo, Garvey School Board . Hon. Gary Locke, Cabinet Secretary . Hon. Suja Lowenthal, Long Beach City Councilmember
Kristen Lum, APAMSA UCSF . Hon. Fiona Ma, California Assemblymember . Charmaine Manansala, AAPIs for Obama . Hon. Eric Mar, SF Supervisor
Hao Nguyen, APAMSA Touro University Nevada . Jim Nguyen, APAMSA UCLA . Elena Ong, National APAMSA Advisory Board
Dharmi Patel, APAMSA UCLA . Hon. Mark Pulido, ABC Unified School District . Rachelle Rebong, APAMSA Duke University
Magda Silva, Be The Match – Oakland . Yeeck Sim, APAMSA University of Arizona . Sandhya Srikantom, APAMSA Oregon H&S University
Elaine Stef, LOUD . Crystal Strait, California Democratic Party . Sharon Sugiyama, A3M . Hon. Michelle Steel, BOE Member
Hon. Van Tran, California Assemblymember . Dr. Tran, APIAHF . Emily Tsai, APAMSA Trustee . UC Davis Medical & Undergraduate Students
Diane Ujiiye, APIsCAN . Hon. Kris Wang, Cupertino Mayor . Brian Wang, www.aapimomentum.org . Grace Wong, APAMSA Past President
Hon. Mariko Yamada, California Assemblymember . Hon. Betty Yee, California BOE Chair . Hon. Leland Yee, California Senator
Francine Youngberg . Juliette Zhou, KSCI*