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April 26, 2011 > How do all parts of a community relate?

How do all parts of a community relate?

Submitted By Joel Wong, APAPA
Photos By courtesy of Sue Chan, Fremont City Council

Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs - Bay Area Chapter (APAPA-BAC) and the Asian Business Alliance (ABA) jointly presented a Town Hall entitled "Business-Community-School-Government: How Are They Related?" The casual, informational and net-working event was held on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Senior Center/Japanese Gardens, a Hayward Area Recreation and Park District facility.

The event was the brainchild of ABA Chair Marita Cheng, ABA member Anna May and APAPA staff. APAPA's mission is to promote the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans through active participation and leadership in civic and public affairs. ABA is a supportive organization addressing the needs and challenges of Asian business owners and professionals in Southern Alameda County. This event was an excellent showcase merging and highlighting the objectives and concerns of both organizations.

Business, community, school and government were represented by a diverse group of people in the East Bay. State, county and local officials in attendance included California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, State Board of Equalization Board Member Betty T. Yee, State Senator Ellen Corbett, State Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, Fremont Vice-Mayor Sue Chan, Ohlone College Board Member Garrett Yee, Fremont School Board VP and Member Lily Mei, Chabot College Board Member Hal Gin and many others.

APAPA and ABA Board Member David Sheen arranged for entertainment by the Academy of Chinese Performing Arts. Marita and Francis Cheng catered the delicious food. As always, "thank you" to Andrew Ly and Sugar Bowl Bakery for their delicious cookies.

The event also raised money for the earthquake and tsunami victims of Japan.

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